Local News

KNAU and Arizona News
10:04 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Coconino National Forest Wildfires Fully Contained

According to officials with the Coconino National Forest, three recent wildfires have been totally suppressed.

The Junipine Fire, which began in Oak Creek Canyon Monday, was fully contained as of Tuesday evening. An infrared flyover determined that the fire never grew beyond seven acres.

The Whip Fire, which ignited Tuesday afternoon at the base of Mt. Elden in Flagstaff, was also fully contained Tuesday. It measured only 1/5 of an acre.

Read more
KNAU and Arizona News
1:52 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

The Oak Creek Canyon Switchbacks Open Between Flagstaff and Sedona

The switchbacks of SR 89A between Sedona and Flagstaff before the Slide Fire.
Credit mocs1986.com

The Oak Creek Canyon switchbacks between Flagstaff and Sedona are now completely open. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, this comes on the heels of closures that resulted from wildfire and a major construction project.

Read more
KNAU and Arizona News
1:20 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Fire Ignites at the Base of Mt. Elden

According to officials with the Coconino National Forest, crews are responding to a small fire at the southeast base of Mt. Elden in Flagstaff. Currently, it's less than one acre in size and is burning north of the Flagstaff Ranger District office on Highway 89. Smoke will likely be noticeable from town. KNAU will report more information as it becomes available.

KNAU and Arizona News
11:00 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Junipine Fire Starts in Oak Creek Canyon

Junipine Fire Evening Update, Mon June 16:

According to the Coconino National Forest, the Junipine Fire is 12 acres and 25 percent contained. It has been moving toward the Slide Fire burn area, but also south in an area that had not previously burned. About 60 to 70 personnel are on scene.

The fire was reported at 3:15 p.m. on Monday and its cause is thought to have been a downed power line, though that's not confirmed yet. Officials are cautiously optimistic that the fire will be contained by the end of the day Tuesday.

Read more
KNAU and Arizona News
1:08 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Red Flag Warning in Place for all of Northern Arizona

Credit ktvn.com

The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning for Monday until 8 p.m. for virtually all of northern Arizona. Strong winds and low humidity are expected throughout the day and could create conditions highly prone to wildfire.

Read more
KNAU and Arizona News
11:00 pm
Sun June 15, 2014

Jack Fire Updates

A map of the Jack Fire as of noon on Sun, June 15
Credit Courtesy

Update, 10:34 p.m., Sun, June 15:

The Jack Fire is 90 percent contained and 1,175 acres. There are 151 personnel on scene battling the blaze. The fire is smoldering and no further movement is predicted.

Read more
KNAU and Arizona News
1:02 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

NAU Presidental Finalist Visits Flagstaff's Mountain Campus

Rita Cheng (second from left) speaks with the media Thursday afternoon on the NAU campus. Also pictured are Arizona Board of Regents members: Chair Rick Myers (left), Treasurer LuAnn Leonard (second from right), and Vice Chair Mark Killian.
Credit Ryan Heinsius

Yesterday, Rita Cheng, the finalist to become the next president of Northern Arizona University visited the Flagstaff mountain campus. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, she addressed the challenges of an expanding higher education environment.

Read more
KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Doctor Shortages Cause Delays for the V.A.

The Northern Arizona V.A. Health Care in Flagstaff.
Credit prescott.va.gov

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals across the country are experiencing a lack of doctors. As Arizona Public Radio’s Parker Olson reports, the situation is causing delays at these facilities.

Read more
KNAU and Arizona News
8:49 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Grand Canyon National Park Implements Fire Restrictions

Credit cicotello.com

Beginning at 8 a.m. on Fri, June 13, Grand Canyon National Park will implement heightened fire restrictions due to the increased risk of wildfire. This applies to all areas within the park, including residential areas, except for the Colorado River corridor.

Read more
KNAU and Arizona News
9:54 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Southern Illinois University Chancellor Rita Cheng Tapped to be Next NAU President

On Friday, the Arizona Board of Regents announced Rita Cheng as their pick for the next president of Northern Arizona University.
Credit Courtesy photo

This morning the Arizona Board of Regents announced its pick for the next president of Northern Arizona University. The six-month search yielded finalist Rita Cheng, Ph.D., the current chancellor of Southern Illinois University. If approved by a final Regents’ vote, Cheng will succeed current NAU president John Haeger, whose contract expires in June 2015.

Read more

Pages