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KNAU and Arizona News
1:09 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Flu hits Arizona hard

A nurse administering FluMist® live attenuated intranasal vaccine LAIV) into this patient’s nasal cavity.
Credit CDC/ Douglas Jordan, M.A.

Right on the heels of the holiday season, it’s time for the flu season.

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Fronteras
9:11 am
Wed January 9, 2013

2012 The Warmest Year On Record

Last year was the hottest year on record for the contiguous United States. And the Upper Colorado River Basin had its driest year on record, according to the latest National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration climate report released Tuesday.

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KNAU and Arizona News
3:04 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

NAU Researchers Part of Gut Project

Now, it’s time for a gut check. Literally.  A researcher at Northern Arizona University is working with a team of scientists trying to unravel what lives inside our guts.

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KNAU and Arizona News
4:00 am
Thu December 6, 2012

Local company launches new product that could be important part of solar energy's future

Jim Corning, left, Ryan Holtz and Joanna Tepley, here with her daughter Ella, recently launched a company that sells ready-to-use solar panels.
Credit Shelley Smithson

It’s a cold morning in Flagstaff and the sun is still low in the winter sky.

Business partners Ryan Holtz and Jim Corning have positioned a photovoltaic panel to face southeast.

When they plug it in, a digital monitor starts measuring the amount of energy being produced by the sun.

“Wow. 159 watts, 160, cool,” says Jim Corning, a partner in Plug and Play Solar Kits of Arizona. “Now, we’re out from behind the cloud a little more. 178. Part of the fun is messing around with these things and getting them pointed right and seeing the output.”

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KNAU and Arizona News
11:07 am
Wed November 21, 2012

Flagstaff USGS Team Helps Curiosity Rover Explore Mars

Portrait of APXS on Mars This image shows the Alpha Particle X-Ray Spectrometer (APXS) on NASA's Curiosity rover, with the Martian landscape in the background.
Credit NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS, Sept. 7, 2012, PDT

Later this year, the Mars Rover Curiosity is scheduled to begin its longest road trip yet, to Mount Sharp.  That’s a three-mile-high mountain on Mars that tells the planet’s geologic history in the same way the Grand Canyon’s exposes earth’s.  But getting Curiosity to its ultimate destination depends on maps and cameras.  That’s where Flagstaff’s office of the U.S. Geological Survey comes in.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Fri November 16, 2012

4FRI Part 4: What Restoration Will Look and Smell Like

A Feller-Buncher
Michael Collier

Over the past several days, writers Rose Houk and Michael Collier have been reporting on the plight of our ponderosa pine forest and efforts to restore its health. In this final installment, we look at industry’s role, and what the public can expect to see when restoration gets underway.

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KNAU and Arizona News
12:32 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Carving Grand Canyon: New Theories About An Old Canyon

Wayne Ranney

Flagstaff geologist Wayne Ranney discusses some new theories of how - and when - the Grand Canyon formed. The second edition of Ranney's book, Carving Grand Canyon, was recently released.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Thu November 15, 2012

4FRI Part 3: A Collaboration of Unlikely Partners

Aftermath of 2011 Shultz Fire
Michael Collier

The world’s largest ponderosa pine forest stretches from the San Francisco Peaks to the Arizona/New Mexico border, but now this forest is overgrown and threatened by huge fires.

In the third part of our series on the Four Forest Restoration Initiative, Michael Collier reports that collaboration has been essential in dealing with the threats to the forest.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Wed November 14, 2012

4FRI Part 2: The Birth of a Collaboration

Fire Below Hart Prairie
Michael Collier

The ponderosa pine forest, across northern and central Arizona, looks green and healthy, but scientists say just the opposite is true. And they’ve joined with local government officials, environmentalists and industry to restore the forest’s health.

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KNAU and Arizona News
11:43 am
Tue November 13, 2012

4FRI Part 1: The Problem with Our Ponderosa Forests

Kelly Canyon
Michael Collier

  

The world’s largest ponderosa pine forest stretches across higher elevations from the San Francisco Peaks to the Arizona/New Mexico border. But in the last century, human intervention has threatened its health.

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