Arizona http://www.kunc.org en Dad Of Fallen Arizona Hotshot Hopes To Make Better Fire Shelters http://www.kunc.org/post/dad-fallen-arizona-hotshot-hopes-make-better-fire-shelters Firefighter Travis Turbyfill was killed one year ago by a wildfire after he and fellow members of the elite Granite Mountain Hotshots deployed to a fire shelter in an Arizona box canyon. A fierce wind blew the Yarnell Hill Fire over the crew, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/09/28/227177905/report-on-arizona-hotshots-deaths-finds-a-communications-gap">killing 19</a>.<p>Travis' father, David, doesn't want his son to have died in vain, and he's trying to help the U.S. Forest Service improve those shelters to withstand direct flames. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 11:38:00 +0000 58389 at http://www.kunc.org Dad Of Fallen Arizona Hotshot Hopes To Make Better Fire Shelters Batter Up: Baseball Just Got Its Most Decorated Corn Dog http://www.kunc.org/post/batter-baseball-just-got-its-most-decorated-corn-dog Inside the kitchen of the Arizona Diamondbacks, chef Michael Snoke has created a monster: 18 inches of meat that's skewered, wrapped in cornbread, stuffed with bacon and infused with cheddar cheese and jalapeños.<p>All that rests on a bed of fries. Sat, 29 Mar 2014 09:38:00 +0000 55014 at http://www.kunc.org Batter Up: Baseball Just Got Its Most Decorated Corn Dog Crossing The Desert: Why Brenda Wanted Border Patrol To Find Her http://www.kunc.org/post/crossing-desert-why-brenda-wanted-border-patrol-find-her It's hard enough to drive through the Arizona desert, where the sun is harsh and the distances immense. This is the story of people who walk it.<p>In particular, it's the story of Brenda, who asked us to use only her first name. She told us yet another of the unbelievable stories you hear in the Borderland.<p>We met her in Nogales, Sonora, on the northern border of Mexico opposite Arizona. Thu, 27 Mar 2014 11:25:00 +0000 Steve Inskeep 54964 at http://www.kunc.org Crossing The Desert: Why Brenda Wanted Border Patrol To Find Her Some States Allowed To Reopen National Parks — And Foot The Bill http://www.kunc.org/post/some-states-allowed-reopen-national-parks-and-foot-bill "This is a godsend!" exclaimed Utah Gov. Gary Herbert late Thursday night, as he signed an agreement with the Department of the Interior to use state funds to reopen eight national park areas in his state for at least 10 days.<p>The Republican governor wasted no time in wiring $1.67 million to Washington overnight so that some of the areas can open as early as today. Fri, 11 Oct 2013 16:56:00 +0000 Howard Berkes 50669 at http://www.kunc.org Some States Allowed To Reopen National Parks — And Foot The Bill Feds To Consider State Funding To Reopen National Parks http://www.kunc.org/post/feds-consider-state-funding-reopen-national-parks With <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/10/10/231440270/report-parks-shutdown-saps-750-million-in-visitor-spending">economic impacts mounting</a> and one Utah county <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/10/09/231086726/county-in-utah-threatens-takeover-of-national-park-areas">threatening to take over national parks</a>, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell says she will "consider agreements with governors" to allow state funding of national parks so that some can reopen to visitors.<p>Details are sketchy, but the agency "will begin conversations about how to proceed as e Thu, 10 Oct 2013 21:51:00 +0000 Howard Berkes 50644 at http://www.kunc.org Feds To Consider State Funding To Reopen National Parks