Northern Arizona has four times more uranium than any other deposit in the United States. But as of 2012, new uranium mining claims are banned on land surrounding Grand Canyon National Park. From the Changing America Desk in Flagstaff, Laurel Morales reports that the uranium riches still have mining companies looking for a way in.
The last election was a setback for Republicans, at least on the national level, as Hispanics flocked to support President Obama. But, Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports that local elected officials aren't sure if that means they need to change their stance on immigration.
Roller derby began as a form of cheap entertainment during the Great Depression. By the 1950's, it had become an iconic sport - part athleticism, part spectacle. Back then it was a co-ed sport, but fast forward to today, and roller derby is played predominantly by women. Arizona Public Radio Intern Sarah Kolb reports on derby's modern revival - a combination of sport, kitsch, rock n' roll and feminism.
Flagstaff was one of hundreds of cities across the world that sent disaster relief teams to Haiti after a powerful earthquake struck the country in 2010. While most other cities have long-since stopped aid to Haiti, Flagstaff remains, and is now one of the leading cities in the world for sending volunteers to a country still rebuilding. In the second story in our series Building Hope in Haiti, Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris Kohl reports on a group of Flagstaff volunteers who've - essentially - adopted dozens of Haitian orphans and the compound they live in.
Last December's deadly shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut have led to a slew of school safety legislation across the country, including in Arizona. The Flagstaff Unified School District held a meeting recently to discuss the issue. Arizona Public Radio's Justin Regan reports on how local schools are reacting.