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KNAU and Arizona News
2:58 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Monitoring and Oversight a Common Theme in FWPP Public Comments

Steep slopes in the Dry Lake Hills north of Flagstaff. It's one of two locations for the Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project, which will thin more than 15,000 acres over the next several years.
Credit FWPP

The recent public comment period for the Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project yielded more than 500 issues for managers to consider. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, many local residents voiced concerns about how the large-scale forest-thinning project will be monitored.

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KNAU and Arizona News
3:13 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

ADEQ Grant to Fund Pollution Cleanup on Oak Creek

Red Rock Crossing, a popular swimming area on Oak Creek in west Sedona, last summer during monsoon season. Seasonal rains flush animal waste down Carrol Canyon Wash into Oak Creek frequently causing higher than acceptable levels of E. coli.
Credit Ryan Heinsius

The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality has awarded a grant to clean up a polluted section of Oak Creek in Sedona. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, storm runoff from private property and recreation areas triggered high levels of E. coli in the area.

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KNAU and Arizona News
3:18 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

State Rep. Wants to Legalize Recreational Marijuana Ahead of 2016 Ballot Initiative

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Next year, an Arizona lawmaker plans to introduce legislation that would legalize recreational marijuana. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, if passed, the law would mark the first such legalization in the U.S. by elected officials, rather than through a ballot initiative.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Mon October 13, 2014

Lead Poisoning in California Condors at a 10-Year Low

Seventy five California condors now inhabit northern Arizona and southern Utah. The endangered scavenger is the largest North American land bird and can have a wingspan of nearly 10 feet.
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Deadly levels of lead in endangered California condors are at a 10-year low. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, a collaboration between conservationists and hunters to reduce the use of lead ammunition is responsible for the drop.

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KNAU and Arizona News
1:55 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Mexican Gray Wolf Death in Eastern Arizona Under Investigation

A Mexican gray wolf — 83 of the endangered animals occupy the 4.4 million-acre Blue Range Recovery Area in Arizona and New Mexico.
Credit wolfhaven.org/Julie Lawrence

Last month, an endangered Mexican gray wolf was found dead in eastern Arizona. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the animal was part of the Blue Range Recovery Area that spans more than 4 million acres in the Southwest.

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KNAU and Arizona News
2:00 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Wildlife Advocates Urge Bearizona to Sever Ties with Questionable Bear Facilities

The American black bear, ursus americanus.
Credit Photo by Steven Kazlowski

The advocacy group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is calling on a wildlife park near Williams to sever its relationships with three other animal facilities. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, those out-of-state businesses have all received citations from the federal government for animal-handling infractions.

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KNAU and Arizona News
12:25 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

Forest Crews Begin the Prescribed Fire Season in Northern Arizona

A prescribed burn conducted by a Forest Service crew.
Credit azprescribedfirecouncil.org

Managers on northern Arizona’s forests are gearing up for an active prescribed-burn season this fall. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, conditions are favorable for a variety of fire-mitigation projects. 

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Fri October 3, 2014

Dual Track Voting System to Affect Some First Time Voters

Student organizations use both forms when registering voters. The state form is on the left and the federal form is on the right.
Credit Justin Regan

November will mark the first general election in which Arizonans use a dual track voting system. The new method prevents Arizona from imposing citizenship requirements on voters using the federal form. But it does allow the state to mandate proof of citizenship for local elections. It comes from a voter approved initiative to crack down on fraudulent voting. But, as Arizona Public Radio’s Justin Regan reports, the new system is proving difficult for some first time voters.

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KNAU and Arizona News
4:59 am
Fri October 3, 2014

Native American Delayed Birth Certificate Process Gets Streamlined

Coconino County Supervisor Lena Fowler offers help to Navajos applying for delayed birth certificates two days a month.
Credit Cindy Carpien/NPR

Last week, the state health department instituted a streamlined process for those Native Americans who were never issued birth certificate to obtain one. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the changes are expected to improve the lives of many tribal members.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Brain Food: Home-Centered Healthcare for Native American Patients

The town of Chinle, near Canyon de Chelly on the Navajo Nation.
Credit Nicole Gilbert/Cronkite News

The Navajo Nation spans three states and 27,000 square miles. Many homes are so remote and spread out that they don’t have addresses. And, that can make healthcare difficult, especially follow-up care after hospitalization. That’s why John Georgas is working on a computer project and mobile app to identify homes without street addresses to make healthcare access a little easier. 

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