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Deserts like the American Southwest are expected to get drier as the climate warms. That’s bad news for soil microbes, according to a global study co-authored by researchers at Northern Arizona University.

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President Obama has signed the Every Student Succeeds Act into law. It’ll increase state and local control over public K through 12 instruction, but is also designed to bolster Native American education and preserve tribal culture. Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports.

Melissa Sevigny

The U.S. Forest Service signed a decision yesterday to begin restoration work on 15,000 acres of forest near the City of Williams.

Arizona Republic

This week marked the most recent sale of several sacred Native American objects at a Paris auction house. U.S. and French officials have agreed to work together to address the issue. Arizona Public Radio’s Justin Regan reports.

Winter in the Southwest and West Coast could be fraught with flooding, evacuations, power outages and landslides because of El Nino, and federal officials Wednesday released their emergency plan and gave tips on how to be prepared.

Officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency released a disaster plan for how they plan to respond to El Nino, a warming of the Pacific Ocean that can bring devastating weather.

FEMA officials also participated in a mock exercise to test their reactions.

John McColgan, USDA

A Flagstaff-led study predicts future wildfires will dramatically increase soil erosion in the American West.

Utah state officials are balking at the possible inclusion of southern Utah in a recovery zone for the Mexican gray wolf.

The Utah Wildlife Board says in a letter sent this week to the Department of the Interior that science shows the northern limit of the species' range is in central New Mexico and Arizona. The board called the plan bad policy, bad science and bad for the Mexican gray wolf.

The board's letter dovetails with a similar one sent last month by Utah Gov. Gary Herbert and governors in Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona.

Craig Childs

On Saturday night, Flagstaff will get a preview of the city’s 2016 Mountain Film Festival. The event’s organizers are putting on “A Night Of Visionary Live Art” at the Orpheum Theater. It will include short films, documentaries, and interactive presentations by local filmmakers and writers, including acclaimed author Craig Childs. He joined Arizona Public Radio's Aaron Granillo to talk about his performance. 


About two thirds of Arizona students who took the new AZMerit test this year failed. However, state school officials say they expected those results because of a new testing format. Arizona Public Radio’s Justin Regan reports. 

Navajo Nation

State tribal officials met with Governor Doug Ducey this week for the first Tribal Leaders Summit. It was designed to establish a stronger dialogue between the Arizona officials and Native Nations. Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports.