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Start-Up Leading Revolution in Solar Technology

A Flagstaff company is at the forefront of a new idea that could make solar technology more accessible and affordable. Three local entrepreneurs recently launched Plug and Play Solar Kits of Arizona. It is one of a handful of companies nationwide that are selling solar panels that don’t need to be installed by a professional […]

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Green Incubator Helping Navajo Startups

On a sunny fall day, Brett Isaac and his team of workers screw solar panels onto a large array at the Tolani Lake Enterprises building on the Navajo Nation. Isaac is the project manager for the Shonto Economic Development Corporation, a solar company on the Navajo Nation. He also is part of a team of […]

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Proposed Grand Canyon Airport Expansion

The Arizona Department of Transportation is evaluating the environmental impact of a plan to build a 41,000-square-foot terminal at the Grand Canyon airport. ADOT officials say a new $13 million building will bring the terminal up to date with federal security regulations and present visitors with a better impression of the state of Arizona than […]

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New Law Affecting Local Patents

Flight nurse Ryan Heck recalls an all-too-familiar story. It was Memorial Day weekend and a man on the Hopi reservation had suffered a heart attack and needed a helicopter to transport him to the nearest hospital with cardiac facilities. “Flagstaff Medical Center was full,” Heck remembered. “So the next call [the doctors] made was to […]

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Navajo Nation Implementing 4G Network

On a weekday morning, 32-year-old Nelson Cody types on his laptop at the chapter house in Leupp, Arizona.   A chapter house is a community meeting hall on the Navajo Nation. It’s also where many Navajos living on the reservation must go to get online.   “I come here two to ten times a week,” […]

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