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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Mon November 3, 2014

High Voter Turnout Expected on Navajo Nation and on the NAU Campus

Credit Ryan Heinsius

Tomorrow, Arizonans will head to the polls to vote for a variety of local, state and national offices along with several ballot propositions. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, local election officials are expecting a high turnout on the Navajo Nation and among students.

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KNAU and Arizona News
3:41 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Wolf-Like Animal Seen Near the North Rim of the Grand Canyon

This is purported to be the wolf-like animal roaming forest land near the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. Officials will attempt to test its DNA through scat in order to determine its exact species.
Credit nationalparkstraveler.com

Federal wildlife officials are monitoring a wolf-like animal roaming forest land near the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, if confirmed to be a gray wolf, it would be the first such animal seen in the area in 70 years.

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KNAU and Arizona News
3:40 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Sales Tax Seen as Vital for Coconino County’s Infrastructure

Credit Coconino County

Coconino County is proposing a sales tax increase on the November ballot to fund a backlog of road repairs. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, local officials say Proposition 403 is vital to keep the county’s extensive road network functional. 

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KNAU and Arizona News
9:38 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Lumberjack Centennial Postcard

For one hundred years The Lumberjack has been the student newspaper of Northern Arizona University. In honor of its centennial, every found issue has been digitally archived at the Cline Library’s special collections. Arizona Public Radio’s Justin Regan talked to some of the people who worked for The Lumberjack in its century of publication and submitted this audio postcard.

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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.
Credit theraptorcenternews.blogspot.com

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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