Category: Cronkite News

As golf takes center stage, ASU continues preparations for NCAA championships

Brady Vernon Thursday, July 18, 2019 As golf takes center stage, ASU continues preparations for NCAA championships PHOENIX – As five former Arizona State golfers compete on an international stage at the British Open, their alma mater is preparing for its own big event. ASU will host both the men’s and women’s NCAA Division I golf championships at Grayhawk Golf Club for the next three years, a competition that has helped shape the success of the sport’s best. Just six weeks after winning the NCAA individual title with Oklahoma State, for example, Matthew Wolff won the 3M Open in Minnesota on July 7. The Sun Devils have a rich history of golf that is playing out in Northern Ireland. Jon Rahm was one of the early leaders Thursday at the British Open. Other former ASU golfers in the elite field include Paul Casey, Chez Reavie, Chan Kim, and, of course, Phil Mickelson, who won the event in 2013. The Sun Devils were thrilled to land the NCAA championships, but it wasn’t an easy process. Venue selection process can be grueling. “Venue recommendation by the bidding NCAA host conference or member institution is a basic requirement during the bid process,” said Carol Reep, the NCAA’s Associate Director, Championships and Alliances. “The selection of Arizona State University as the host institution for the 2020-2022 NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Golf...

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Modern-day druids: No animal sacrifices, but connected to community, history

Katherine Nowicki Thursday, July 18, 2019 Modern-day druids: No animal sacrifices, but connected to community, history PHOENIX – Mark Bailey comes from Scottish and Mexican heritage, and he prefers Irish pubs. On a late morning, he sits in a booth at Rosie McCaffrey’s pub in central Phoenix, chatting with the waitresses as they navigate the narrow space, balancing trays of Guinness and burgers. Bailey’s arms are covered in tattoos carrying symbolic meaning, including a falcon and a jaguar. Bailey calls the big cat his primary deity and says the falcon reminds him to focus. Another tattoo is of Red Sonja, the heroine of the sword-and-sorcery Marvel comic book. To Bailey, the red-haired warrior epitomizes the Morrigan, a Celtic goddess linked to the cycle of birth and death. Red Sonja speaks to Bailey, an aviation worker, Army veteran, historian – and druid. Bailey is a 21st century druid. He doesn’t sacrifice animals or worship nature, and he has nuanced beliefs about an afterlife. [related-story-right box-title=”Related story” link=”https://cronkitenews.azpbs.org/2018/03/19/eco-villages/” image=”https://cronkitenews.azpbs.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/EcoVillages-1-800.jpg” headline=”Living in the margins: ‘Ecovillages’ take sustainability to personal level”] Druids are steeped in over two millennia of history, originating with the elites and the educated among the Celts, an Indo-European people. Modern druid practices are tamer, reincarnation is debated and human and animal sacrifices are forbidden. But modern practitioners still have much in common with their ancestors, including such traditions as...

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House panel OKs bills to rein in mining around Grand Canyon, elsewhere

Miranda Faulkner Wednesday, July 17, 2019 House panel OKs bills to rein in mining around Grand Canyon, elsewhere WASHINGTON – Democratic lawmakers beat back a series of Republican amendments Wednesday before advancing bills to restrict mining around the Grand Canyon and on tribal lands in Arizona and New Mexico. In a sometimes emotional meeting, the House Natural Resources Committee gave preliminary approval to bills banning mining on 1 million acres around the Grand Canyon, taking uranium off the list of “critical minerals” and setting a 10-mile mining buffer around Chaco Canyon. The approval came after three hours of attempted amendments at the hearing by Republicans, who said the bills in their current form are doomed in the Senate. “The three bills we are marking up today are going nowhere,” Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, said at the opening of the hearing. “They’re not going to be considered in the Senate. They’re not going to be signed by the president. We are simply spinning our wheels once again.” Republicans said the mining bills will hurt the local economy while standing in the way of national and economic security for the U.S. as a whole. But Rep. Deb Haaland, D-New Mexico, pointed to the cultural and sacred sites that would be protected by the bills, noting that tourism and outdoor recreation offer greater economic potential for the region than mining would. “Grand...

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‘Non-soon season’: Arizona’s dry heat is delaying the start of summer rains

Taniyah Williamson and Tanner Puckett Wednesday, July 17, 2019 ‘Non-soon season’: Arizona’s dry heat is delaying the start of summer rains PHOENIX – We’re a month into the monsoon season, and so far, it’s looking more like a non-soon. But the annual weather phenomenon lasts through September, so there’s time for storms to show up with their usual fury. Arizona is known for its dry heat, but it’s also known for its summertime rise in humidity when prevailing winds shift, bringing moisture from the Gulf of California to southern and central Arizona. And it’s much needed rain, providing nearly a third of the annual total for Phoenix of nearly 8 inches. So what’s happening this summer? “To make a long story short, it’s been too dry,” said James Sawtelle, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Phoenix. “Apparently the subtropical jet stream has taken a really long time to migrate to the north. So the result is we’ve had a lot of recurring dry, westerly-to-southwesterly flow.” The weather service defines jet streams – sometimes called “rivers of air” – as relatively narrow bands of strong wind in the upper atmosphere. The subtropical jet stream helps pull moisture into Arizona from Mexico and other areas to the south, Sawtelle said. Another system, called a heat low, usually has a great effect on monsoon season. The low pressure system is...

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