federal shutdown

Mark Lellouch / National Park Service

Grand Canyon National Park is delaying the start of a highly competitive lottery to award permits for self-guided rafting trips on the Colorado River.

Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management

Arizona avoided a potentially calamitous fire season in 2018 after a record-setting dry winter and spring. State fire officials say proactive prevention measures reduced wildfire impacts. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.

Ryan Heinsius

As the federal government shutdown continues communities are stepping up to help furloughed employees and contractors. They’re offering a wide range of services—everything from food to acupuncture and even laser tag.  Beth Heenan owns the Village Baker in Flagstaff and is trying to make the shutdown’s impacts a little less acute by offering the most basic form of sustenance: bread. She spoke with KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius.

Melissa Sevigny

The U.S. Forest Service wants the public to comment on a new management plan for Fossil Creek in central Arizona. But three public meetings were cancelled due to the federal shutdown. KNAU’s Melissa Sevigny reports.

Ecological Restoration Institute

Winter is an especially critical time in northern Arizona for preemptive forest thinning, seasonal hiring and other preparations for fire season. But much of this work has been delayed as the federal government shutdown enters its fifth week. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius spoke with Paul Summerfelt, Flagstaff’s fire management officer, about what the shutdown could mean for forest health and public safety as the year’s driest months approach.