Northern Arizona University

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The board that oversees Arizona’s three state universities announced Friday that they'll will comply with a federal mandates for government contractors and require their employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 by Dec. 8 unless they receive exemptions. 


Earth Notes: mule deer fall migration

Oct 6, 2021
Arizona Game and Fish Department/George Andrejko

It’s fall and mule deer are on the move from summer to winter range on the Colorado Plateau.  These large charismatic mammals are faithful to fixed routes during their seasonal travels.  And it turns out a few are doing marathon migrations.  

In 2008, biologists with the Arizona Game and Fish Department started a tracking project to see how deer could navigate hazards along their set routes--especially crossing busy Highway 64 between the San Francisco Peaks and the Grand Canyon.

Researchers from the Institute of Tribal Environmental Professionals this week released a report on the State of Tribes and Climate Change. It examines the disproportionate effect climate change has on Indigenous people, lands and culture, as well as the added strain tribes experience as they respond to damaging climate events. The STACC report builds on another report released in August by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, or ITEP, a tribal institute at Northern Arizona University.

Angela Gervasi / KNAU

Last week, the presidents of Arizona’s three public universities announced they’d require facemasks in classrooms and other indoor spaces as COVID-19 infections surge in the state. It comes amid a heated debate about mask mandates in Arizona schools and follows an executive order by Governor Doug Ducey and a new state law that attempts to prohibit vaccine and mask mandates. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius spoke with Northern Arizona University President José Luis Cruz Rivera about his decision to require masks and the university’s ongoing effort to limit the spread of COVID.

NAU Rolls Out Mask Mandate, Despite Executive Order

Aug 12, 2021
Angela Gervasi

Northern Arizona University is rolling out a mask mandate for certain areas of campus this fall semester as COVID-19 cases surge statewide. The move comes despite state legislation and an executive order from Gov. Doug Ducey barring mask mandates in public universities and community colleges. 


In a town hall Wednesday, NAU President José Luis Cruz Rivera said face coverings would be mandated within classrooms, research labs, and other spaces that don’t allow for social distancing.

The Three Little Pigs taught us to be skeptical of straw houses. But, since the early 1900’s, humans have shown there’s a lot more to building with straw than the old fairytale suggests.

Straw bale homes are works of art with a uniquely southwestern feel. They’re often built with sculptural reliefs and alcoves carved into their thick, earthy walls.

Rafael Fire Information

It’s Tuesday, June 29. Precipitation is expected this week — with showers and thunderstorms forecast across northern Arizona. Chances for rain will increase this afternoon, per the National Weather Service.


Rafael Fire Improvement Reported, Nears 60% Containment

Earth Notes: The Cedar Mesa Building Murals Project

Jun 23, 2021
Bureau of Land Management

Cedar Mesa, in the southern Bears Ears region of Utah, is home to many ancestral Pueblo cliff-dwellings: for archaeologists, it’s a research Shangri La.

The ancient kivas and common living areas are adorned with intricate plaster murals and etchings. Some replicate the intricate patterns of yucca plants, others cotton textiles. They are an invaluable resource for learning about the ancestral Puebloan communities that occupied the area more than 700 years ago.

KNAU's Morning Rundown: Wednesday, June 16

Jun 16, 2021

It’s Wednesday, June 16. 


The National Weather Service reported a high of 94 degrees yesterday in Flagstaff, setting a new June 15 record. The previous high was 92 degrees in 1974. An Excessive Heat Warning, meanwhile, remains in effect for lower elevations in northern Arizona, set to lift Friday evening.

Ducey Bans Requirements For Unvaccinated College Students 

Earth Notes: Eat More Bugs!

Jun 16, 2021
The University of Arizona/Arizona Insect Festival

Close to a decade ago, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization issued a report with a six-legged directive: eat more bugs. With the human population set to exceed 9 billion by 2050, we’re going to need new sources of food to satisfy our growing demand. Insects are a rich source of protein, already consumed regularly by some 2 billion people worldwide.