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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Monday’s Gubernatorial Debate is a First for Flagstaff and Northern Arizona

Flagstaff City Councilman Jeff Oravits and Flagstaff Vice Mayor Coral Evans discuss the gubernatorial debate at the KNAU studios.
Credit Ryan Heinsius

Tonight, Flagstaff will host its first-ever gubernatorial debate. Each candidate will spend 15 minutes in an interview-style forum with the moderator, fielding questions gathered from an online poll. The event will take place at the Cline Library Assembly Hall at Northern Arizona University. Doors open at 5:15 p.m. and the event begins at 5:30. It’s free and open to the public and will go until 8 p.m. To become part of the debate, take the Gallup poll at www.thearizonawewant.org/azpoll.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Fri August 15, 2014

What Would Cable Logging Mean for the Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project?

A non-native species takes a dip in the Dry Lake Hills north of Flagstaff.
Credit Ryan Heinsius

The Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project is a major forest-thinning initiative set to begin in 2015. It’s designed to safeguard vulnerable areas near Flagstaff against wildfire and mitigate some of its most destructive after effects. In 2012, Flagstaff voters approved $10 million for the project and now the Forest Service has proposed four options for possible treatments, including cable logging, something never before done in the area. Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius recently spoke with the project’s manager, Erin Phelps, and asked, “What exactly is cable logging?” 

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Public Comment Period for the Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project Nears End

A monsoon storm rolls into the Dry Lake Hills north of Flagstaff. The popular local hiking and mountain biking area will likely be the location of a heavy forest thinning project over the next several years.
Credit Ryan Heinsius

The public comment period for a major forest-thinning project in the Flagstaff area will end Mon, Aug. 18. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the project could involve heavy thinning in some of Flagstaff’s most picturesque areas.

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KNAU and Arizona News
1:59 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Coconino County Health Department Reorganizes Reproductive Services

The Coconino County Health Services District Building
Credit Ryan Heinsius

The Coconino County Health department has announced a reorganization of its reproductive services clinic. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the move is a cost-saving measure that’s designed to streamline the county’s healthcare process.

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KNAU and Arizona News
2:00 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

Arizona One of the Country’s Most At-Risk States Due to Natural Disaster

Flames from the Wallow Fire — Arizona's largest-ever wildfire — consume pine trees in 2011.
Credit Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests

A personal finance website has ranked Arizona as the 10th most at-risk state for natural disaster. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, major wildfires caused by persistent drought contributed to the Grand Canyon State making the list.

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State Capitol News
10:11 am
Tue August 5, 2014

State Sen. Chester Crandell Found Dead

Sen. Chester Crandell
Credit Courtesy photo

A state senator was found dead Monday on a Navajo County ranch, the possible victim of a horseback riding accident. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Tue August 5, 2014

Sedona Becomes the Newest International Dark Sky Community

Sedona's nighttime skyline.
Credit world-wire.com

Sedona has become the newest International Dark Sky Community. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, it’s one of only eight cities in the world to achieve the designation, and the second in northern Arizona.

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KNAU and Arizona News
2:00 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Kirkpatrick Introduces Legislation Designed to Boost Economic Development on Navajo Nation

For more than 40 years, 1.6 million acres known as the Bennett Freeze were off limits to development. Rep. Kirkpatrick's new bill would encourage development there and make other changes to the laws regulating the area.
Credit Barbara Davidson/Los Angeles Times

In early July, Democratic Representative Ann Kirkpatrick of Arizona’s First Congressional District introduced a bill designed to spur economic development on the Navajo Nation. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, it would affect some of the reservation’s poorest areas.

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KNAU and Arizona News
3:43 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

EPA Announces Emission Cuts for Navajo Generating Station

The Navajo Generating Station near Page on the Navajo Nation and is owned by the federal government's Bureau of Reclamation, as well as regional utilities like the Salt River Project, Arizona Public Service Co., Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, Tucson Electric Power Co., and NV Energy.
Credit usu.edu

The Environmental Protection Agency has issued new rules designed to reduce pollution at the Navajo Generating Station near Page. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the regulations are an attempt to enforce the federal Clean Air Act.

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KNAU and Arizona News
9:52 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Coconino National Forest Managing Four Lightning-Caused Wildfires

Coconino National Forest officials are actively managing four lightning-caused fires. All are burning at a low intensity on the forest floor. As on the Kaibab National Forest, these fires are being used to increase safety, reduce fuels and for vegetation and wildlife habitat restoration.

The 300-acre Willard Fire is burning south of Flagstaff between Oak Creek Canyon and I-17 near the Willard Springs Interchange. Smoke may be visible from Kachina Village, Mountainaire, Munds Park and Sedona.

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