Flagstaff, AZ – Stretched across the Hopi reservation in far northeast Arizona are 12 villages perched high atop steep, sandstone mesas. These are ancient places, considered to be among the longest continually inhabited villages in North America. For centuries they've largely governed themselves, many still led by religious leaders known as kikmongwes. But some Hopi, including former tribal chairman Ben Nuvamsa, fear that a new constitution could change that.
Northern Arizona University's portion of the cuts adds up to 25-point-8 million dollars or about 20-percent of its current state appropriations. Yesterday, University President John Haeger told a standing room only crowd, the proposed budget reflects a major shift in Arizona's government.
Flagstaff, AZ – Ben Shelly was sworn in as the newest president of the Navajo Nation yesterday, along with a much smaller tribal council. Arizona Public Radio's Daniel Kraker reports.
Ben Shelly is the former Navajo vice president. He succeeds Joe Shirley Junior, who served two four-year terms. Shelly promised to improve infrastructure on the vast reservation, including roads and water systems. He also said he would promote renewable energy projects.
Flagstaff, AZ – Arizona Governor Jan Brewer says the state is grieving, but strong and united in the face of the shooting that left six people dead and 14 injured. Brewer appealed for unity while addressing a joint session of the state Legislature. She also saluted Daniel Hernandez, the intern who treated Gifford's wounds until she was taken to the hospital.
Flagstaff, AZ – The Trails Illustrated Maps cover Flagstaff and Sedona, but also the Verde Valley, Apache Creek and Juniper Mesa, the Mogollon Rim and the Bradshaw Mountains. They join a map done last year of the Tonto National Forest, and a three part series of the Grand Canyon. Shane Matthews is product manager for National Geographic Maps.
"If we're able to get the Kaibab in, we'll have every trail from Phoenix to Boulder mapped on a variety of products."
Flagstaff, AZ – Health officials in Yavapai County have confirmed one case of Whooping Cough at a middle school in Cottonwood. But, as Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris Kohl reports, officials aren't certain if it's connected to an outbreak of the bacteria in California.