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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Tue May 19, 2015

Slide Fire: 1 Year Later... Residents Reflect on Evacuation

Current manager of Garland's Lodge, Taylor Swain and former owner Mary Garland stand in the Lodge's lower orchard. Some of the trees were burnt before the fire was diverted away from the Lodge.
Credit Justin Regan

This week, KNAU is airing a series of stories marking one year since the Slide Fire ripped through Oak Creek Canyon. We're sharing a collection of perspectives and experiences from some of the people closest to the first; investigators, fire crews, researchers, and evacuees. Hundreds of people fled under evacuation orders as the wildfire raced up the narrow canyon. In today's installment of KNAU's series The Slide Fire: 1 Year Later, residents of Oak Creek reflect on what it was like to leave that day not knowing how long they'd be gone, or what they'd be coming home to. Arizona Public Radio's Justin Regan produced this audio postcard.

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KNAU and Arizona News
2:16 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

Museum of Northern Arizona Receives National Honor at White House Ceremony

Museum of Northern Arizona President Dr. Robert Breunig, Navajo educator and musician Jeneda Benally and First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House ceremony Monday awarding MNA the 2015 National Medal for Museum and Library Service.
Credit Institute of Museum and Library Services

The Museum of Northern Arizona has been awarded the 2015 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the award was presented Monday by First Lady Michelle Obama at a White House ceremony.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Mon May 18, 2015

Slide Fire: 1 Year Later... The Investigation Continues

Credit InciWeb

This week marks one year since the Slide Fire broke out in Oak Creek Canyon. It burned more than 33 square miles and forced the evacuation of nearly 300 residents and visitors. It now stands as the largest wildfire in the history of the Coconino National Forest. Each day this week, KNAU will revisit the Slide Fire: checking in with evacuees, taking a look at how flora and fauna are doing, hearing from local officials about lessons learned in firefighting and community preparedness. KNAU's Aaron Granillo starts our series with an update on the investigation into the human-caused blaze.

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KNAU and Arizona News
10:47 am
Fri May 15, 2015

A Conversation with NAU President Rita Cheng About How Budget Cuts will Affect the Future of Higher

Northern Arizona University President Rita Cheng
Credit NAU

Arizona’s most recent budget cut nearly a $100 million from the state’s three public universities. Northern Arizona University alone will lose $17.3 million and officials there have responded with a tuition increase for incoming students and the restructuring of several programs. Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius sat down with NAU President Rita Cheng this week to discuss how the university is dealing with the cuts and what the future of higher education in the state might look like.

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KNAU and Arizona News
10:18 am
Fri May 15, 2015

Grand Canyon Entrance Fees Going Up

The Grand Canyon has raised the price to enter the national park and camp overnight in the backcountry areas.

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KNAU and Arizona News
2:20 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

Pres. Begaye: Agreement with Shelly Was About Continuity, But Opposes Escalade Project

Pres. Begaye taking his oath of office earlier this week.
Credit Alexa Rogals/The Daily Times

Navajo President Russell Begaye has altered his position on the development of a tram at the Grand Canyon. Earlier this week at his inauguration, the new president signed an agreement supporting the Escalade Project. But as Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, now President Begaye seems to have changed his mind.

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KNAU and Arizona News
8:40 am
Thu May 14, 2015

Navajo President Takes Firm Stance Against Grand Canyon Tram

Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye
Credit Navajo Post

Newly inaugurated Navajo President Russell Begaye stood before hundreds of people at his inauguration ceremony and signed a document stating he would pursue development of an aerial tram at the Grand Canyon.

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KNAU and Arizona News
4:54 am
Thu May 14, 2015

Brain Food: Artifacts Offer Insight Into Lives Of Slaves

NAU anthropologist/archaeologist Sharon Moses and a volunteer excavate materials found underneath slave cabins on South Carolina's Cat Island
Credit Sharon Moses

Beneath piles of bricks that were once chimneys for slave quarters, anthropologist and archaeologist Sharon Moses is unearthing what she believes are spiritual artifacts on South Carolina's Cat Island. Nails, shells, buttons and pottery bundled together, she says, were likely part of Hoodoo magic intended to protect the inhabitants.

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State Capitol News
1:45 pm
Wed May 13, 2015

Arizona Leads the Nation in Higher Ed Budget Cuts Since the Great Recession

Gov. Doug Ducey and state lawmakers say the $99 million in cuts to higher education was necessary to contend with a $1.5 billion budget deficit.
Credit Mark Henle/The Republic

A recent report shows Arizona leading the nation in cuts to higher education since the Great Recession. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the study comes just months after the state trimmed nearly $100 million from its three public universities.

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Earth Notes
12:00 pm
Wed May 13, 2015

Earth Notes: Utah’s Bison

Above Moab’s Mill Canyon, a sandstone cliff holds an art gallery. Its images range from petroglyphs left by the ancient Fremont people to cowboy inscriptions. One stands out—a bull bison, complete with hump and horns. Nearby, painted Ute warriors carry shields, a form of body armor crafted from the animal’s skin.

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