Flagstaff, AZ – If giant blow-up-yard-Santas and acres of wrapping paper have you feeling overwhelmed this holiday season, it might be time to simplify your traditions...and expectations. New American Dream is a non-profit organization that helps people wade through the excess and waste of the holidays so they can become "greener" consumers. Lisa Wise is the Executive Director of New American Dream. She spoke with Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris Kohl.
Flagstaff, AZ – Helen Knoll has lived in Sedona for five years. She and her husband live in a spacious home on Airport Mesa with great views of the surrounding red rocks. They like to organize neighborhood garage sales, holiday carol singing. They're members of their neighborhood association and neighborhood watch program. Lately though, they haven't felt too neighborly.
The Census Bureau recently named Arizona the fastest growing state in the nation. Many of the more than 200 thousand people who moved here last year settled in the fringes of metro Phoenix. That's something commentator Gary Nabhan says needs to change.
Flagstaff, AZ – The Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra's artistic director and principal conductor is stepping down at the end of this season. During Randall Craig Fleischer's tenure, the FSO experienced serious financial troubles but also artistic success. Arizona Public Radio's Geoff Norcross reports.
Flagstaff, AZ – Students in more than a third of schools in the state are not sufficiently advancing their learning, at least according to federal law. But Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports those figures may be misleading.
Flagstaff, AZ – The dangers of radioactive uranium have been known for decades, but new research shows that the element is even more dangerous than we thought. Studies conducted by the Native American Cancer Research Partnership show that uranium that has been depleted of its radioactivity can still make people sick. Diane Stearns is a biochemist at Northern Arizona University and she led the research. She tells Arizona Public Radio's Geoff Norcross more about what her team found.