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KNAU's Southwest Book reviewer, Mary Sojourner, has lived in the desert for decades. She thought she knew all about it. She thought she'd memorized its sunsets, people and nuances. But then she read Cowboys and East Indians, by Nina McConigley. That's when Sojourner realized she'd been looking at the desert southwest through a very narrow lens, as she reveals in this month's book review. 


Fire restrictions begin Wednesday at four national forests around Arizona.

Campfire and smoking restrictions will be enforced on the Coconino, Kaibab, Prescott and Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests.

Fires, campfires, charcoal, coal and wood stoves are allowed under the restrictions only in developed campgrounds managed by concessionaires or have campground hosts.

The restrictions also limit smoking to within enclosed vehicles or buildings or in developed campgrounds.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye wants the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to designate the tribe as its own EPA region. He says the agency struggles to serve the 27,000 square mile nation. Arizona Public Radio’s Justin Regan reports.  


EPA/Reuters

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $465,000 to the Navajo Nation to monitor the ecology of the San Juan River. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, scientists are still trying to understand the possible long-term effects of last summer’s Gold King Mine spill.


Tenderfoot Fire Updates

Jun 13, 2016
BLM Phoenix District

UPDATE, 6/13/16, 7 a.m.:

Residents of Yarnell and Peeples Valley have been allowed to return to their homes as crews make progress containing the Tenderfoot Fire. No other evacuation orders are in place and officials do not anticipate further orders. 

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