Northern Arizona University

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.