Tusayan, AZ – 50 years ago today, two airliners crashed over the Grand Canyon. One of the airplanes was flying to Chicago, the other to Kansas City --- All 128 people on board the planes were killed. At the time it was the worst commercial aviation disaster in history. And as Arizona Public Radio's Daniel Kraker reports, it still has an impact on local pilots.
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Sedona, AZ – Air tankers dropped fire retardant over the north part of the blaze while hot shot crews used axes and shovels to build fire lines to keep it from burning any more of Oak Creek Canyon, its homes and tourist-driven businesses.
Firefighter Chris Ader takes a break from mopping up hot spots above the Slide Rock picnic area. His blue eyes appear especially bright on his ash darkened face.
Flagstaff – As the drought in Arizona continues, wildlife depends on water from livestock troughs used by ranchers, but he drinking receptacles can often be fatal for mammals trying to get a drink in the desert. Arizona Public Radio's Sasa Woodruff reports on how some unlikely groups are coming together to fix the problem.
Sedona, AZ – Sedona's economy relies heavily on tourists. And hotels and restaurants there rely heavily on illegal immigrants to wash those tourists' dishes and make their beds. Meanwhile, House and Senate leaders are trying to forge a compromise on an immigration bill, including what to do with all those undocumented workers. Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Druley reports, whichever bill is approved - if any - could have a dramatic impact on Sedona's economy.
Flagstaff, AZ – Tucked deep inside the Bush administration's proposed budget for next year is a tiny cut that's generated a heap of controversy. The federal government has proposed eliminating funding for 34 urban Indian health clinics that serve Native Americans who live off reservations. The House appropriations committee wants that money back. Today the full House votes on the measure. From KNAU's Indian Country News Bureau, Daniel Kraker reports.