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Flagstaff residents in recent months may have noticed a handful of shuttered gas stations in the city. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports, they’re among nearly 300 locations in the state with leaking underground storage tanks.


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SpaceX launched 60 new Starlink satellites into orbit last week, in their quest to expand Internet access across the globe. The company hopes to have 1500 in orbit by the end of the year, and other companies are planning launches, too. That could mean tens of thousands of new satellites in the sky, which is bad news for astronomers. KNAU’s Melissa Sevigny spoke with Lowell Observatory director Jeff Hall about how these “satellite constellations” threaten astronomical research.

Melissa Sevigny: Are they brighter than the usual satellite up there?

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The main architect of northern Arizona’s Four Forest Restoration Initiative is set to retire later this month. Wally Covington, a forestry professor at Northern Arizona University, has been a pioneer of modern forest management for more than five decades. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.


Earth Notes: Navajo Churro Sheep

Jan 15, 2020
Stonefield Sheep

The Navajo Churro sheep was originally brought to the New World as a food source, but it turned out to be highly valued for its excellent wool weaving properties, as well.


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The Arizona Legislature begins its 2020 session today. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports, a bill addressing how sex education is taught in the state is among the first to be considered by the Education Committee.  


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