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NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona

A NASA spacecraft operated by the University of Arizona has discovered water locked up in clay minerals on an asteroid. KNAU’s Melissa Sevigny reports, some scientists believe asteroids may have delivered water and organic molecules to Earth in its early history, sparking the origin of life.

Brigitte Pleitgen

The Bureau of Land Management has approved a controversial mining project south of Skull Valley. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the agency says it’s addressed environmental and health concerns raised by local residents.

Joe Trudeau

Stakeholders for the Four Forest Restoration Initiative or 4FRI have complained the U.S. Forest Service cut down two- and three-hundred year old trees in a thinning project in eastern Arizona, contrary to longstanding agreements to protect old growth.  KNAU’s Melissa Sevigny reports.

Derik Spice/KPAC

Recent storms on the San Francisco Peaks have dropped nearly three feet of snow on the highest elevations. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports, local avalanche experts are urging caution to anyone who plans to recreate in the backcountry. 

Courtesy of Robert Neustadt

Hundreds of people die each year attempting to cross the international border through the Sonoran Desert. It is described by many as a humanitarian crisis including Robert Neustadt, an activist and a professor Northern Arizona University. He has has written and produced a play called “Border Voices” that features his students acting out harrowing stories taken from the headlines. The vignettes are based on Neustadt’s recently released album of border-related songs. In the latest installment of Eats and Beats, we catch a rehearsal with Neustadt and his cast.