Life sciences

Group wants wolves at Grand Canyon

A wolf that is part of a captive breeding program roams his compound at Heritage Wildlife Park in Prescott. (Photo by Eric Betz)

The last, best place to release wolves in the United States might be right in our own back yards. The Flagstaff-based Grand Canyon Wolf Recovery Project wants to allow the beleaguered Mexican gray wolf to migrate northward and establish packs on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. Wilderness advocates contend the wolves are...

How cranberries evolved into a Thanksgiving favorite

How cranberries evolved into a Thanksgiving favorite

In the early days of the American Republic, one tiny, red fruit would become a fixture of the fall harvest and a mainstay of holiday meals. The cranberry — one of only a few commercial fruits native to North America — might have even sat beside a roast turkey at the first Thanksgiving feast....

NAU researcher thrust into the maelstrom

NAU researcher thrust into the maelstrom

On the morning of September 11, 2001, Paul Keim was out for a run with his dog on Observatory Mesa, oblivious to the events unfolding along the eastern seaboard. He was training for a marathon that he would never run. Within weeks, he would be sitting on the hood of his Toyota on the...