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Ben Orkin sets new Grand Canyon speed record on Colorado River
GRAND CANYON, Ariz. - Ben Orkin began paddling an 18 foot Epic Sea Kayak through Grand Canyon, departing Lee's Ferry, Arizona, at 2 a.m. local time Saturday morning, Jan. 23.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Rocking retirement: Greg Bryan gets farewell party at Tusayan town hall
TUSAYAN, Ariz. - An open house took place Jan. 22 at Tusayan Town Hall to honor Greg Bryan, former mayor of the town of Tusayan.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Life on the Grand Canyon Railway: Amber Rose Sterling Bird creates memorable experiences for rail passengers
GRAND CANYON, Ariz. - In the last decade, Amber Rose Sterling Bird has served over 250,000 guests on the Grand Canyon Railway.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Newbies to the barn: training Grand Canyon's Mules
GRAND CANYON, Ariz. - With the swing of a creaking gate and the gentle thud of four hooves stepping down from the trailer, 11 mules arrive at their new home - the mule barn at Grand Canyon National Park.
Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Education on the range: homeschooling allows rural ranch families high quality education
TUSAYAN, Ariz. - Turn left at the power line. Turn right at the Y at the bottom of the switchbacks. No road signs, no traffic. No school building.
Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Hopis say Boy Scout performances make mockery of tradition, religion
LA JUNTA, Colo. - For decades, Boy Scouts from Southern Colorado have been performing Indian dances during the holiday season at the Koshare Indian Museum in La Junta, Colorado.
Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Fredonia, Kanab Elementary Schools receive grant for fourth graders
FREDONIA, Ariz. - Fredonia Elementary School and Kanab Elementary School are each one of 186 sites recently selected to receive a field trip grant from the National Park Foundation for the 2015-2016 school year in support of the White House youth initiative Every Kid in a Park.
Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Prescott College students analyze Grand Canyon management and policy with Dave Uberuaga
GRAND CANYON, Ariz. - At the beginning of Prescott College's Grand Canyon Semester, Grand Canyon National Park Superintendent Dave Uberuaga asked students participating in the class to consider three questions and to present their answers at the end of the semester.
Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Community Leader of the Year, John Vail, shares his passion and love for the Tusayan and Grand Canyon communities
TUSAYAN, Ariz. - John Vail never knows what his average week will look like. Much of the time what Vail does for the Tusayan and Grand Canyon communities is behind the scenes but Vail's dedication paid off when he was recognized as the 2016 Community Leader of the Year (CLOTY) by the Grand Canyon Rotary club in December.
Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Ch, ch, ch, chilly: snow fall drops 18 inches at Grand Canyon's South Rim
GRAND CANYON, Ariz. - Beginning Jan. 4 and continuing until Jan. 8, a series of snow storms passed through northern Arizona producing as much as 18 inches of snow in Grand Canyon and 36 inches in Flagstaff according to the National Weather Service (NWS) meteorologists in Bellemont.
Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Taking the long and winding trail: Simmon Ashley shares what it takes to be a mule wrangler at the Grand Canyon
GRAND CANYON, Ariz. - Native Americans have been known throughout the centuries for being aware of their surroundings and attentive to the needs of those in their care, including their animals. It was no surprise to find Simmon Ashley, a member of the Navajo Nation working as a wrangler at the Grand Canyon Mule Barn.
Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Bottoming out: New Year's at Phantom Ranch
GRAND CANYON, Ariz. - New Year's Eve is celebrated in cities and towns around the world, each with its own time-honored tradition. Flagstaff has its pinecone drop, Prescott has a boot drop and in the depths of the Grand Canyon the Ranger Station at Phantom Ranch has a scorpion drop.

Yep, a scorpion drop.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Flying into the future: Bataan to fly from Valle to Chino, California for full restoration
VALLE, Ariz. - History is not for everyone, but even for those not interested in dates, battles, migrations of entire civilizations and the rise and fall of empires, there's no denying the spine tingling shiver you get when a glint of polished steel and the roar from the engine of a vintage aircraft blows past you on its way down the runway.
Tuesday, December 29, 2015

A snowy December for Grand Canyon
GRAND CANYON, Ariz. - Snow at Grand Canyon National Park during the week prior to Christmas left Grand Canyon Railway's historic steam engine under a pile of snow.
Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Barbara Cote honored with a 'top staff' award by Arizona Lodging and Tourism
TUSAYAN, Ariz. - Barbara Cote, front desk manager for the Best Western Premiere Grand Canyon Squire Inn in Tusayan, was honored as the 2015 Front of the House Manager of the Year, Small Property award by the Arizona Lodging and Tourism Association (AZLTA).
Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Grand Canyon mules head north for the winter
GRAND CANYON, Ariz. - Anderson Mann helps load 20 Grand Canyon mules as they prepare to migrate to warmer weather.
Tuesday, December 22, 2015

A white Christmas possible for Grand Canyon
GRAND CANYON, Ariz. - With a forecast of snow at the Canyon this week, the possibilities of a white Christmas are steadily increasing.
Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Santa's got a new sleigh: delivering Christmas to the Supai in Grand Canyon
GRAND CANYON, Ariz. - While most volunteers fly or hike in from Hilltop, the tipping off point for travelers into Supai Village located deep inside the western interior of the Grand Canyon, a special contigent, consisting of three Marines, Santa Claus and a determined and courageous woman, took off from the town of Tusayan on the chilly morning of Dec. 16. Their mission - to create Christmas memories for one of the country's most isolated Native American tribes - the Havasupai.
Tuesday, December 22, 2015

A mule called Ratz: Grand Canyon mule named after El Tovar waiter
GRAND CANYON, Ariz. - Thomas Ratz has worked at the Grand Canyon for over 35 years and his dedication has paid off in an uncommon honor - having one of Grand Canyon's world famous mules named after him.
Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Arizona's surge in dark sky places seeks to combat light pollution
TUCSON - Look up at the sky once the sun goes down. How many stars do you see? If you live in a city or suburb, you probably see very few.
Tuesday, December 15, 2015


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