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Harnessing the Wind

Arizona’s largest wind energy project, the Chevelon Butte Wind Farm, is expected to have turbine blades spinning in a remote area south of Winslow by the end of 2021, and power the region with an estimated $8 million in indirect economic benefits during the construction phase. sPower, a Salt Lake City-based renewable energy developer, received […]

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CCC C-LAB Opens for Students to Gain Hands-On Skills

Coconino Community College alumnus William Gonzales stood in the space with a smile on his face. He ran his hand along the workstation, felt the sawdust. The smell of newness filled the shop. Metal surfaces, once dull, gleamed. Tools, ready for use, lined walls. “This is just so amazing,” Gonzales said, glancing around. “I wish […]

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Incomplete Minimum Wage Study Dies

The firm hired by the City of Flagstaff to conduct a study on the effect of minimum wage increases in Flagstaff has pulled out of the process, leaving the study incomplete. The move comes after a number of city councilmembers expressed concern that the firm, which has relationship with a conservative public policy think tank, […]

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Fighting Melanoma with Zebrafish

Melanoma is the most lethal type of skin cancer and is unusually common in Arizona, where residents are exposed to higher-than-average amounts of ultraviolet radiation. However, Northern Arizona University scientists believe the formula for a combination of melanoma-fighting drugs is within reach. Matthew Salanga, an assistant professor in NAU’s Department of Biological Sciences, is leading […]

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Solar Systems Inspire Composer

Fascinated by solar scenes he had experienced while visiting Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff and the Jim and Linda Lee Planetarium on the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) campus in Prescott, Curtis Peacock composed “Starkeeper Sonata” last summer. Peacock, who teaches humanities at ERAU and is the band director at BASIS School in Prescott, explained that he […]

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Cobras, Vipers, Spiders and Stingrays Move into the Desert

Touted as “the World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions,” the celebrity-studded Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale event offered a week of stunning rides, from vintage Corvettes to Retro-Mods to first production 2021 series, like the Lexus LC 500 Convertible fresh off the assembly line. The massive annual January car show also offered northlanders an almost blinding glitzy break from […]

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New Year, New Knees

After 400 backcountry hikes into the Grand Canyon, 100 trips down the Colorado River and scores of worldwide excursions spanning a 44-year career, it was no surprise to 65-year-old geologist Wayne Ranney when his knees began to bother him. “I went to the doctor, tried a couple treatments and when they didn’t work, the doctors […]

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Tip of the ICEBERG: NAU Planetary Scientists Developing Large-Scale ‘Imagery-Computing Superhighway’

Scientists are creating ways to compile and interpret an abundance of high-resolution satellite images on a continental scale to better understand Antarctica, Arizona and the world. The same sophisticated satellite imaging techniques being developed to map and identify the size and composition of uncharted land in Antarctica soon may help scientists produce finely detailed geologic […]

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Sending Love to Pluto

February marks the 90th anniversary of Pluto’s discovery right here in Northern Arizona. To celebrate, Lowell Observatory is partnering with other local organizations in hosting a two-day “I Heart Pluto Festival,” set for Feb. 15 and 18. Highlights of the event include a presentation by Alan Stern, principal investigator of the New Horizons mission that […]

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