Four Corners News Coverage
Stories produced for KSUT Public Radio
An apple varietal long thought to be extinct is coming back to life in Colorado. Next stop: your grocery list.
Officials Hope Remote-Controlled Avalanches on Lizard Head Pass Will Help Keep Vital Byway Open During Snow Slide Season
A new Swiss-designed avalanche control system on the pass southwest of Telluride aims to make it safer for crews to trigger slides. The remote-controlled system uses elevated towers to drop ordnance on snow-loaded slopes.
Many people take hot and cold running water and a flush toilet for granted. But for some residents of the Navajo Nation, it’s a luxury they don’t get to enjoy at home. Now, several organizations are trying to bridge what’s known as the “water gap.”
A comparison of infection rates from the past two months shows steady increases in positive cases in Colorado, La Plata, and Montezuma Counties. See two charts based on data from health officials in Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah as of August 31, 2020.
A TV show pilot that will be shot in Montezuma County this fall aims to put the area on the filmmaking map. It’s also an opportunity for the show’s creators to revel in the Four Corners backdrop they call home.
Little has been done at the congressional level to clean up abandoned mines in southwest Colorado. But members of one community advisory group say they’re making progress with the federal government.
An Exploration of Arizona Astronomy
A five-part audio series examining professional and amateur astronomy.
Special Series: Copper at the Crossroads
Copper mining in Arizona is a tale of both fortune and failure. A look at the past, present and future of an industry at the crossroads.
Onofre Tafoya spent 40 years moving the earth in an underground copper mine near Tucson. But it was more than hard work. It was the place where, as he says, he “became a man.”
Tracking the history of Arizona’s boom and bust towns. Bisbee and Globe survived, Helvetia and Ruby didn’t.
Stories From the Archives
It takes years to cast a large telescope mirror at theSteward Observatory Mirror Lab. But the race to build ever larger “eyes” is leading to new discoveries in astronomy.
Gordon Hirabayashi objected to the way Japanese-Americans were treated in World War II. His fight took him from the Supreme Court to a prison camp in Arizona.
Tom Russell writes songs about champion fighting cocks, Edward Abbey, the Watts riots, Nina Simone, and the day Frank Sinatra played Juarez. For him, it’s all part of a grand tradition of American storytelling.
The Battle of Picacho Pass on April 15, 1862 was the western-most engagement of the Civil War. Some say it was just a “skirmish,” but each year it’s brought back to life a dedicated group of re-enactors.
Most people see Kartchner Caverns as part of a tour guided by a volunteer docent. The experience is a little different for the man who discovered the cave.
Author Byrd Baylor still writes by candlelight in her rural desert home. It’s just enough light, she says, to see the ink on the page.