Category: Cronkite News

State: Lead poisonings of condors fall, though reason unclear

PHOENIX – Fewer California condors were treated for lead poisoning over a one-year period ending in August, something a wildlife official said may have to do with more hunters in Arizona and particularly Utah taking steps to keep lead out of the environment. Thirteen condors were treated for lead poisoning from Sept. 1, 2013, through Aug. 31, 2014, down from 28 the previous year. While some conservation groups have called for a ban on lead-based ammunition to protect the condors, Arizona and Utah rely on voluntary programs that encourage hunters to use non-lead ammunition or, if they do use lead ammunition, to remove gut piles from the forest. Arizona launched its program in 2005, and Utah adopted a similar program in 2010. Lynda Lambert, a spokeswoman for the Arizona Game and Fish Department, said she’s cautiously optimistic that the decline in lead poisonings shows that Utah’s program is beginning to pay dividends. “We can’t attribute it to any one factor,” she said. “One year does not make it a trend, but we’re hoping that Utah program is one of the factors.” Lambert said participation in Arizona’s program has grown. “We have between 80 and 90 percent of hunters participating in any given year,” she said. California has banned lead ammunition in the condors’ range there, and a state law will eliminate hunting with lead ammunition statewide in by 2019....

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App lets ASU students order up sustainability when ordering up meals

PHOENIX – MEGAN THOMPSON/CRONKITE NEWS: Now, an Arizona State University graduate created a mobile app to encourage more sustainability on the campus. TANA HUGHES/CRONKITE NEWS: The app not only cuts down on paper, it makes it easier to place your orders as well. Perusing a paper menu may be a thing of the past. Instead you can now choose your meal and even place your order, all with your phone. ASU graduate Adam Bell created an app called Order-Up that’s helping to reduce paper waste on campus. ADAM BELL/APP CREATOR: It is something that I am really interested in, business sustainability. And then once the opportunity presented itself to start Order-Up, or at the time which was Devil Menus, once that opportunity came up and we jumped into it you know, full force. TANA HUGHES/CRONKITE NEWS: Waste reduction and efficiency were his main goals. As a former student at the W.P. Carey School of Business, Adam was aware of what a waste it was to supply menus to students who would just throw them away and wanted a simpler way to order take out. Order-Up is currently partnered with over 30 restaurants on campus. And it’s not just convenient for customers, it’s better for businesses as well. MATT SICKMAN/MANAGING PARTNER: So they go online and we’ll get an email through it and then we will receive the email and it’s usually...

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Last-second ‘Jael Mary’ caps ASU’s historic defeat of USC Trojans

PHOENIX – KARI OSEP/CRONKITE NEWS: It was a weekend of chaos in the college football world. Arizona State pulled off a win for the first time at the L.A. Coliseum since 1999, with a play that will go down in ASU history – one we like to call the “Jael Mary.” Joining us from our Los Angeles bureau with insight from the game is Sam Rabadi. SAM RABADI/CRONKITE NEWS: Thanks, Kari. Gray skies here in Tinseltown. That can best describe the mood of the USC Trojans  today after the Southern California-raised Mike Bercovici had his prayer answered when he found Jaelen Strong on the 46-yard “Jael Mary” pass to supplant the Trojans on the final play of the game Saturday. TODD GRAHAM/ARIZONA STATE FOOTBALL COACH: Great to be a Sun Devil, so proud of our team, proud of all the individuals talk about anybody individually would be just… just from a team standpoint that’s the best one we’ve had since we’ve been here. MIKE BERCOVICI/ARIZONA STATE QUARTERBACK: Saw Jaelen take a step in the end zone and I don’t think I could have made it down 50 yards to the end zone, and it was an indescribable feeling. I got people telling me, “Get up, get up, get up,” but all I wanted to do was run upstairs to my mom and give her a big hug. JAELEN STRONG/ARIZONA...

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Phoenix Dream Center seeks help for homeless recovering from floods

PHOENIX – ANALISE ORTIZ/CRONKITEE NEWS: Recent flash floods took a toll on many Valley residents, but some had no way to take cover from the storm. LIZ McCLENDON/HOMELESS: Us people on the street sleep outside next to the men’s overflow, so there’s a tent out there where we sleep on the ground so we all ran to the tent and we put on blankets on us that we sleep on to try and get the rain to not get on us as much as possible. ANALISE ORTIZ/CRONKITEE NEWS: But that didn’t stop the rain from destroying some of Liz’s belongings. LIZ McCLENDON/HOMELESS: I had a book I had just bought at the Dollar Store, it ruined the pages. ANALISE ORTIZ/CRONKITEE NEWS: Like many in the homeless community, Liz wasn’t ready for the storm. BRIAN STEELE/CEO OF PHOENIX DREAM CENTER: For them in that instance, they don’t have the weather Doppler there’s no cell phone beeping that an emergency’s coming. ANALISE ORTIZ/CRONKITE NEWS: So shelters ask the community to donate what they can to help with the aftermath. The Phoenix Dream Center says when the weather gets wet, the best thing you can donate are large garbage bags so the homeless community can keep their belongings dry. Other helpful items include food, water, raincoats and Ziploc bags. BRIAN STEELE/CEO OF PHOENIX DREAM CENTER: If you can imagine, you might go...

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Tonto National Forest weighs higher fees due to revenue shortfall

PHOENIX – ANGELIE MEEHAN/CRONKITE NEWS: Wes Herrmann is one of many city dwellers who heads to the great outdoors to take a break from the hustle and bustle. WES HERRMANN/FOREST PATRON: I like to come up here for the winter and spend several months. I’m planning on trying to spend longer up here this year. ANGELIE MEEHAN/CRONKITE NEWS: But if the cost of going to the Tonto National Forest goes up, he may have to cut back on the time he spends in the wild. The Forest Service identified a $2 million operating shortfall in 2012. In 2013, it released the information to the public in a series of open houses for input on what to do. One option: Reduce services and facilities to get expenses in line with the revenue. The other option… GREG SCHUSTER/RECREATION PROGRAM MANAGER: Was to raise the fees, and what we heard overwhelmingly from the public was that they did not want us to close sites and facilities, they actually wanted us to find a way to manage them. ANGELIE MEEHAN/CRONKITE NEWS: The proposed modifications to existing fees would continue to maintain campgrounds, picnic sites and boat launches here in recreation areas in Tonto National Forest. The proposed changes include raising the daily Tonto pass fee from $6 a day to $8 a day, installing fee machines for onsite Tonto pass purchases for $12...

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