Sat September 28, 2013
The Two-Way

Report On Arizona Hotshots' Deaths Finds A Communications Gap

Originally published on Sat September 28, 2013 2:40 pm

A map shows the movements of the Granite Mountain Hotshot crew as they fought the Yarnell Hill fire in late June.
Arizona State Forestry Division


Fri August 30, 2013
Around the Nation

Summer Nights: Phoenix's Piestewa Peak

Originally published on Fri August 30, 2013 5:01 pm

Blair Cook and his sons, Dalton and Keegan, set out to hike Piestewa Peak in Central Phoenix.
Peter O'Dowd NPR



Labor Day is right around the corner, so before we mark the unofficial end of summer, here is the final installment in our series, Summer Nights. And for this last evening adventure, we head to Phoenix, where urban hikers strap on headlamps to ascend Piestewa Peak. This time of year, the desert heat can be deadly, so hikers wait until dark to climb to the summit, about 1,200 feet above the city.

Peter O'Dowd of member station KJZZ sends this postcard of one family that's been making the night trek for years.

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Tue August 27, 2013

Elite Native American Firefighters Join Crews At Yosemite

Originally published on Tue August 27, 2013 6:57 pm

Flames burn near the Tuolumne Family Camp near Groveland, Calif., on Sunday.
Noah Berger EPA/Landov

One of the firefighting teams trying to contain the Rim Fire in and around Yosemite National Park is the Geronimo Hotshots team from San Carlos, Ariz., one of seven elite Native American firefighting crews in the U.S.

On the San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation, firefighting jobs are one of only a few ways for many young men to earn a living. For team member Jose Alvarez Santi Jr., 25, the work is rewarding — but being away from home fighting fires can be tough.

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Sat August 24, 2013

Cutting Public Defenders Can Cost Federal Government More

Originally published on Mon August 26, 2013 11:32 am

Courts in Tucson, Ariz., are turning to private lawyers to represent clients who would have had public defenders.
Chris Morrison AP

These days, the Federal Public Defender's Office in Tucson, Ariz., has lots of space. Since the federal budget cuts known as sequestration began, the office has lost a quarter of its staff to layoffs or furloughs.

Under the Constitution, clients still need legal representation, so judges have to appoint private attorneys to replace the public defenders.

The sequester was supposed to save money. But in this case, the sequester is costing federal dollars.

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Mon August 19, 2013

In West’s Expanding Tinderbox, Questions About Development

Flames remain after the Black Forest Fire destroys a home June 12. The fire destroyed 509 homes, surpassing the Waldo Canyon Fire at 342 homes, as the most destructive fire in Colorado history.
Sgt. William Smith Fort Carson PAO - Creative Commons