Science and Technology

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

Nov 16, 2012
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.

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.

4FRI Part 3: A Collaboration of Unlikely Partners

Nov 15, 2012
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.

4FRI Part 2: The Birth of a Collaboration

Nov 14, 2012
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.

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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Ninth grader Nate Darkins grins from ear-to-ear as he listens to a tour leader describe the Clark Telescope at Lowell Observatory.

The 23rd Flagstaff Festival of Science begins tonight, and this year's theme is water. Over the next ten days, there will be dozens of water-related events, including a talk by the grand daughter of legendary filmmaker, Jacques Cousteau. Arizona Public Radio's Shelley Smithson spoke with festival organizer Bonnie Stevens.

*Cousteau's talk is tonight at 7:00 at NAU's Ardrey Auditorium*

100 Years of the Expanding Universe

Sep 17, 2012
Mark Bevis

Say you wanted to find a place in Flagstaff where a scientist made a major discovery.

It would be a good bet to start at the Lowell Observatory.

“Well right now we’re sitting inside the Clark Telescope dome at Lowell Observatory.” 

That’s Kevin Schindler.

He works at Lowell doing public outreach.

He also loves history….especially about Lowell.

And the story about Vesto M. Slipher is a good one.

“Vesto Slipher was a country boy from Indiana.”  

Despite this year’s abundant monsoon season, researchers say climate change could be pushing the Southwest into a period of sustained drought. 

Appoose

Beginning this year, high school seniors in Arizona will have to clear another hurdle before winning their diplomas.

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