Flagstaff, AZ – After a few weeks' hiatus, winter returned to northern Arizona this week. The snowfall wasn't huge, but it was enough to cause icy road conditions and some school delays. Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris Kohl spoke with Flagstaff meteorologist, Lee Born, about this week's blast of winter weather.
Tuba City, AZ – When President Barack Obama was elected, a group of middle school students on the Navajo Nation wrote him letters telling him about life on the reservation. Many write honestly about the poverty they live in, but also dispense advice, and offer lots of invitations to their homes.
The project was the idea of Margaret Erhart, who teaches creative writing at Eagle's Nest Intermediate School in Tuba City, on the western edge of the Navajo reservation.
Farmington, NM – Yesterday, the Environmental Protection Agency said they'd take a second look at a permit granted to a controversial coal-fired power plant known as Desert Rock. It's located on the Navajo reservation in northern New Mexico. Now the EPA is reconsidering. It could be an early signal of how the Obama administration plans to tackle air quality issues and even global warming. Arizona Public Radio's Daniel Kraker reports.
Snowflake, AZ – The town of Snowflake has been hit harder by the economic crisis than most communities in northern Arizona. A hundred people were laid off at Catalyst Paper in a town of 5-thousand. More recently the plant has shut down for several days at a time because they don't have the demand for paper that they used to. Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales talked to current and former employees about the cut backs and how they fit into the bigger economic picture.
Flagstaff, AZ – Hundreds of thousands of people gathered in Washington, D.C. for President Barack Obama's inauguration. Some of those witnesses were from northern Arizona, including Williams resident Patrick Lucas. He told Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris Kohl what it was like to be part of such an historic celebration.
Flagstaff, AZ – Arizona's first congressional district Representative Ann Kirkpatrick is finding her way around Capitol Hill. She's cast her first votes and been assigned to committees. Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales talked to her about what it feels like to be sworn in after a long campaign.
Flagstaff, AZ – State lawmakers are looking for ways to deal with the budget deficit. This week republican leaders proposed a 20 percent reduction to K-12 education over the next year and a half. The package also includes a 30 percent cut to Arizona universities. Flagstaff Unified School District Superintendent Kevin Brown told Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales this could be devastating.