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Kitchens all over the Southwest this time of year are filled with the irresistible scent of tamales steaming on the stove.

This Earth Note originally aired on KNAU December 25th, 2019.

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There’s a movement in Flagstaff to change the name of a downtown street with a controversial moniker. City officials are considering several community proposals to rethink Agassiz St. It was named after Louis Agassiz, an influential 19th century biologist and Harvard professor. But his legacy is one of racism.

Earth Notes: Jeweled Trees

Apr 22, 2020
Southwest: American

No one expects to see trees that look like jewels in the high desert of Arizona. But that’s exactly what visitors find in the Petrified Forest National Park – ancient logs preserved for millennia by a process that transfigured them into rare and beautiful stones.

Rose Houk

Bread baking is on the rise in the time of COVID-19 as thousands of people stay home and cut down on trips to the grocery store.  Some bakers are using an heirloom type of wheat flour that’s come back in fashion recently; White Sonora Wheat.

Sandra Pascoe Ortiz

Fans of the prickly pear cactus might be familiar with recipes for cactus jelly, cactus candy, and fried cactus pads or nopalitos. But how about a recipe for a biodegradable plastic bag?