Researchers and farmers across the Southwest are experimenting with drones, specialized cameras and other technology to squeeze the most out of every drop of irrigation water from the vital but beleaguered Colorado River.


Coconino County is testing a ballot-collecting drone in the Grand Canyon to make voting easier for members of the Havasupai Tribe.

Matt Pace/Coconino National Forest

Coconino National Forest crews are working to manage a lightning-caused wildfire near Clints Well that started last week. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports, they were forced to halt aerial firefighting operations after spotting a drone flying in a restricted area. 

Coconino National Forest

Crews on the Coconino National Forest have contained about half of the 8,600-acre Maroon Fire northeast of Flagstaff. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports, firefighters have had to carefully work around a World War II artillery range where unexploded munitions could be buried.

Zac Ziegler

It's been about 15 minutes since Cayden Wilford pulled out his smartphone and opened a new app.