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KNAU and Arizona News
12:54 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

Cinder Pit on Kaibab National Forest Opens for Forest Debris Disposal

A home in California that was saved from wildfire by creating a defensible space free of dry forest fuel.
Credit mtveederfiresafe.org

Officials with the Kaibab National Forest are encouraging residents who live in wooded areas to remove potential fire fuel from their properties. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, they’ll be able to dispose of yard debris at a cinder pit near Parks.

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KNAU and Arizona News
1:39 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

Hybrid-Electric Motor Completes Colorado River Trip Through the Grand Canyon

Participants in the April trip included (from left) GCROA Executive Director John Dillon, guide Sarah Hatch, Grand Canyon National Park Superintendent Dave Uberuaga, guide and trip leader Steve Hatch, Fred Thevinen, Trent Keller, and River District Ranger Brian Bloom.
Credit Grand Canyon River Outfitters Association

For the first time, a hybrid-electric motor has powered a Colorado River trip through the entire Grand Canyon. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the technology is being developed through a partnership between commercial river outfitters and the National Park Service.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Tue May 5, 2015

New Food Restrictions for Apache-Sitegreaves

Credit National Park Service

Officials with the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests have issued new orders to keep bears away from campsites. As Arizona Public Radio’s Justin Regan reports, campers will now have to keep food locked in their cars overnight. 

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KNAU and Arizona News
6:10 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

Arizona Board of Regents Approve Tuition Increase

Credit University of Arizona

The Arizona Board of Regents has approved tuition and fee increase proposals for the three state universities of between 3 and 4 percent.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:52 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

Condor in New Mexico First in Recorded History

A California Condor
Credit AZ Public Media

A California Condor showed up in Los Alamos New Mexico on Friday. As Arizona Public Radio’s Justin Regan reports, it’s the first confirmed case of a condor in the state in recorded history.

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KNAU and Arizona News
1:50 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

Kaibab Forest Managers Seeking Public Comment on Tusayan Road Easements

The initial public comment period has begun for a series of road improvements on the Kaibab National Forest in the Town of Tusayan. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius report, if approved it’ll pave the way for a large development project near the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Remembering Former AZ Governor And NAU Alumnus Raul Castro

Former Governor Raul Castro
Credit KPHO

Former Arizona Governor Raul Castro passed away earlier this month, at the age of 98. He was the state’s first Latino governor, a U.S. ambassador to three different countries, a teacher and a lawyer. Castro was also a graduate of the Arizona State Teacher’s College, which would eventually become Northern Arizona University. As Arizona Public Radio’s Justin Regan reports, Raul Castro’s success was hard fought and won. 

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State Capitol News
2:01 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Senators McCain and Flake Split on Support for Loretta Lynch for AG

After a five-month battle, the U.S. Senate confirmed New York City federal prosecutor Loretta Lynch as the nation's next attorney general.
Credit NBC News

After five months of delay, the U.S. Senate has confirmed Loretta Lynch to serve as attorney general. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the state’s Republican Senators were split on the nominee to lead the Justice Department.

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KNAU and Arizona News
8:59 am
Tue April 21, 2015

Navajo Nation and Interior Dept. Finalize Land Buy-Back Program

On April 14, Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly signed the final approval of the Land Buy-Back Program for Indian Nations.
Credit nativenewsonline.net

The Navajo Nation is partnering with the federal government to educate tribal members about the U.S. Interior Department's land buy-back program.

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KNAU and Arizona News
4:33 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Forest Supervisors Sign Off on First Phase of 4FRI

A dangle-head processor delimbs and cuts logs to length for the Mountainare Timber Sale on the Coconino National Forest as part of 4FRI.
Credit USFS

Supervisors with the Coconino and Kaibab national forests have given final approval of the Four Forests Restoration Initiative, or 4FRI. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, officials say the program will restore forest health and decrease wildfire danger. 

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