Arizona

5:38am

Mon June 30, 2014
Wildfires

Dad Of Fallen Arizona Hotshot Hopes To Make Better Fire Shelters

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 11:32 am

This aerial photo shows Yarnell, Ariz., days after a fire claimed the lives of 19 members of an elite firefighting crew.
Tom Tingle AP

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, killing 19.

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6:16am

Thu April 3, 2014

Welcome To The Borderland

Lead in text: 
It is so much more than what you heard. Morning Edition's trip along the border is captured here in 12 vignettes highlighting the people, places, maps and the physical barriers found on both sides.
Source: Npr
The U.S.-Mexico border is not a line. It's a place. NPR's Morning Edition spent two weeks driving it — a 2,428 mile road trip. Here are 12 short stories sharing what they found.

3:38am

Sat March 29, 2014
The Salt

Batter Up: Baseball Just Got Its Most Decorated Corn Dog

Originally published on Sat March 29, 2014 9:27 am

The Diamondbacks' D-bat Dog is an18-inch corn dog filled with cheese, bacon and jalapeño.
@DBACKS VIA TWITTER

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.

All that rests on a bed of fries. And for $25, it's all yours.

"I have created the D-Bat," he says.

The Diamondback's executive chef has wanted to get in on the culinary competition that's sprung up between Major League Baseball teams.

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5:25am

Thu March 27, 2014
Borderland

Crossing The Desert: Why Brenda Wanted Border Patrol To Find Her

Originally published on Mon March 31, 2014 10:18 am

Parts of the fence along the U.S.-Mexico border might stop vehicles, but they don't keep out those making the journey on foot.
Kainaz Amaria NPR

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.

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.

We met her in Nogales, Sonora, on the northern border of Mexico opposite Arizona. She was living in a shelter for deported people, where she told us of her brief and difficult stay in the United States.

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10:56am

Fri October 11, 2013
Shutdown

Some States Allowed To Reopen National Parks — And Foot The Bill

Originally published on Fri October 11, 2013 6:16 pm

Dawn at Mesa Arch in Canyonlands National Park is a favorite moment for photographers from all over the world. They'll soon be able to return to the park, given Utah's deal with the Interior Department to fund park operations.
Courtesy of Wanda Gayle

"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.

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. Rangers and other National Park Service employees will staff the parks as usual.

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