Local News

A Flagstaff group has applied to get a minimum-wage-increase initiative on the city’s November 2016 ballot. They say boosting wages in Flagstaff would help alleviate local poverty and combat the area’s high cost of living. Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports.


NPR

Health officials have confirmed Arizona's first case of the Zika virus in a Maricopa County woman.

Flagstaff Fire Department

One of the first wildfires of the season broke out this weekend in Flagstaff. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, gusty winds and dry conditions fueled the blaze.


The Durango Herald

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released its final plan to monitor contamination levels from last summer’s Gold King Mine spill in Colorado. The plan is designed to give the agency broad scientific data about conditions in the Animas and San Juan rivers, which bore the brunt of the spill. Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports. 


Associated Press

A new poll shows Republican Senator John McCain and Democratic Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick are nearly tied in Arizona’s U-S Senate race. Arizona Public Radio’s Justin Regan reports.


Mark Henle/The Arizona Republic

Coconino County was only county in Arizona where Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders won in Tuesday’s presidential preference election. The Vermont Senator campaigned in Flagstaff during the week leading up to the vote. Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports.


Have cellphone, will travel: that’s the mantra in today’s device-driven world. Now, with a smartphone camera and a special app, a new project is providing virtual tours of archaeological sites in northern Arizona.


High Country News

The U.S. Department of the Interior says climate change is a growing threat to western water resources. A new report from the agency predicts Arizona and other states that depend on the Colorado River could face significant shortages in the coming years. Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports.


National Park Service

Officials at Lake Powell are concerned with the increasing number of invasive quagga mussels in the lake. Arizona Public Radio’s Justin Regan reports.


NASA

One of the first major studies of Pluto’s geology appears in the most recent edition of the Journal of Science. It used data from the New Horizons mission to get a better picture of the dwarf planet’s surface. As Arizona Public Radio’s Justin Regan reports, the study found that so-called “volatile materials” have shaped Pluto’s landscape. 


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