Flagstaff, AZ – In late November Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials arrested 80 people in the span of three days. The arrests took place in northern Arizona and many in Flagstaff. Up until recently Flagstaff was considered by many undocumented people to be a sort of safe haven, where immigration laws weren't strictly enforced. But as Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales reports that perception is changing.
Kykotsmovi, AZ – The Hopi reservation in remote northeast Arizona is a quiet place, far removed from the bustle of what's referred to there as "mainstream society." But just beneath the placid surface, the Hopi tribe is embroiled in political turmoil. A power struggle has ground the tribal government to a standstill. Arizona Public Radio's Daniel Kraker reports.
Flagstaff, AZ – Yesterday, we heard about Arizona's economic forecast. Today, we'll hear about the state's weather forecast. And if there's one thing our listeners always want to hear more about, it seems to be weather...especially during winter. Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris Kohl spoke with long-time Flagstaff meteorologist Lee Born about what we can expect this winter.
Flagstaff, AZ – Arizona has never had so many residents without jobs. And many Arizonans who apply for unemployment insurance benefits are waiting several weeks and sometimes months to receive money. Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales spoke with Pat Harrington at the Department of Economic Security. He admits the agency's struggling to keep up with the demand.
Flagstaff, AZ – Grad student Valerie Kurth pulls a handful of dried grass out of a paper bag and puts it on a scale. She's studying the amount of carbon in the environment.
She usually talks over her progress with her advisor. But he's left NAU for a job in California. The forestry department decided not to fill his position to save money. So Kurth and five other students are left without an advisor.
Flagstaff, AZ – TB) On this cold December afternoon at Sinagua High school Students are walking home .others are climbing on school buses or walking toward their cars. ..and while the parking lot is full of activity enrollment is down . Superintendent Kevin Brown says by closing one of Flagstaff's high schools, overhead could be reduced and more programs could be offered at the 2 remaining schools.
Flagstaff, AZ – A Flagstaff butcher has donated thousands of pounds of elk, deer and buffalo meat to the Northern Arizona Food Bank. This Thanksgiving he'll give six deer and an elk to the hungry. That's about 14 hundred meals. Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales says Dennis Champagne is not what you'd expect.
Dennis Champagne is a paradox. He's a butcher and a hunter and a sentimental animal lover.
CHAMPAGNE: I have three cats, three dogs, bird, couple fish, I love em.
Flagstaff, AZ – Demand at food banks is up dramatically across the country. In northern Arizona the emergency food need has more than tripled since the beginning of the year. Local food banks say people who once donated food are now in line to receive food boxes. And as Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales reports there are first timers at the soup kitchen as well.