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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.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Local Specialists Assess Fallout from the Slide Fire

A part of the Slide Fire's burn area among the steep cliffs of Oak Creek Canyon.
Credit Courtesy photo

With the Slide Fire fully contained, the burned areas of Oak Creek Canyon still pose risks to people and structures. As Arizona Public Radio’s Justin Regan reports, officials with the Coconino National Forest have sent in the Burned Area Emergency Response Team to assess the damage.

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KNAU and Arizona News
10:05 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Slide Fire Update

The Slide Fire viewed from Oak Creek Vista on May 21.
Credit Ryan Heinsius

Final Slide Fire Update, 2:15 p.m., Wed, June 4:

The Slide Fire is now 100 percent contained and 21,227 acres. To date the cost of fighting the fire is $10.1 million.

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KNAU and Arizona News
8:00 am
Mon June 2, 2014

A Look Inside Oak Creek Canyon After the Slide Fire

The Slide Fire burn area just north of Slide Rock State Park where the blaze began.
Credit Aaron Granillo

Now that the smoke has settled and the most of the flames are out, we’re getting our first good look at how the Slide Fire changed the landscape of Oak Creek Canyon. Arizona Public Radio’s Aaron Granillo tours the canyon where the fire scorched more than 33 square miles.

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KNAU and Arizona News
4:52 am
Fri May 30, 2014

An Interview With Garrison Keillor, Host of A Prairie Home Companion

Garrison Keillor in Flagstaff for the Summer of Love Tour.
Credit PHC/publicradio.org

One of public radio's most popular shows is coming to Flagstaff. The cast of A Prairie Home Companion will perform a live national broadcast tomorrow from the amphitheater at Fort Tuthill County Park. Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris had a chance to talk  with the show's host, Garrison Keillor. He's on the road, making his way from Minnesota to Flagstaff, and celebrating 40 years with A Prairie Home Companion.

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KNAU and Arizona News
8:05 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Slide Fire Updates

The Slide Fire in its beginnings shot from the Oak Creek Vista on Wed, May 21.
Credit Ryan Heinsius

Update, 8 a.m., Thu, May 29:

The Slide Fire is now 55 percent contained and 21,067 acres. Crews continue mop-up operations and chipping and rehabilitation work. All burnouts are complete and crews are beginning to leave the area. Also, smoke levels are expected to decrease.

At 1 p.m. today, the mandatory evacuation order will be lifted for Oak Creek Canyon.

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KNAU and Arizona News
8:00 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Woods Fire Fully Contained

As of Sat, May 24 the Woods Fire in the Black Mesa Ranger District of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest was fully contained and 88 acres in size. No structures or power lines were damaged or threatened and no injuries were reported.

Officials have determined that the fire was caused by an illegal and escaped campfire outside of developed campgrounds while Stage I fire restrictions were in place. An investigation is ongoing.

For more info, see www.fs.usda.gov/asnf.

KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Thinning on the Coconino National Forest Helped Contain the Slide Fire

Crews thin areas of the Coconino National Forest.
Credit Tim McDonnell/Climate Desk

Last week, high winds carried embers beyond the Slide Fire’s containment lines. But, as Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, previous forest treatment projects helped keep the fire from spreading toward Flagstaff.

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KNAU and Arizona News
4:31 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Officials Manage the Galahad Fire on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon as viewed from the North Rim.
Credit National Park Service

The lightning-caused Galahad Fire is slowly burning on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. As Arizona Public Radio’s Parker Olson reports, National Park officials are letting the 223-acre fire burn.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Air Quality Reaches Hazardous Levels from Slide Fire

Smoke from the Slide Fire fills Oak Creek Canyon on May 21.
Credit Ryan Heinsius

The Slide Fire has reached more than 20,000 acres in size and smoke has created dangerous breathing conditions in some areas. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the most harmful levels of air quality are expected for Sedona through the rest of the week.

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