<center>Rangers' Log</center>

During the period of Jan. 18-23, U.S. Park Rangers at Grand Canyon National Park responded to the following incidents:

Saturday, Jan. 18

o Rangers responded to a report from the South Entrance Station of a suspicious person walking in the middle of the road. The local resident was reminded to walk off the road.

o Rangers reported shuttle bus parking problems in the "Kaibab parking lot." Several more cones were placed in the lot.

Sunday, Jan. 19

o Rangers issued a verbal warning to the driver of a black commercial Freightliner diesel parked at Canyon View Information Plaza. The driver stated he did not see the prohibited sign due to the early hour; he had driven there to watch the sunrise. Rangers reported he was compliant and issued only a warning.

o Rangers responded to a report of an argument at a Pinon Park residence. The report was unfounded.

o Rangers responded to minor noise complaints at Colter Hall and Maswik Lodge. Xanterra Fire and Safety assisted.

o Rangers responded to a report of a vehicle driving on a bike path between Xanterra General Offices and Zuni Road. The vehicle was gone on arrival.

Monday, Jan. 20

o Rangers responded to a report of shoplifting involving a 62-year-old woman at the Bright Angel Lodge gift shop. An investigation of the woman allegedly stealing earrings concluded with not enough evidence. No action was taken.

o Rangers reported that Desert View staffers had observed numerous traffic violations by contract workers assigned to area projects, including failure to stop and entering the park through the outbound lane.

o Rangers responded to a report of a fight in progress at Bright Angel Cabins. The report was unfounded.

o William D. Reese, 33, Grand Canyon, was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and refusing to submit to a test, and was also cited for speeding. Reese was released to a third party.

Tuesday, Jan. 21

o Rangers responded to a request for assistance from the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office regarding a driving under the influence of alcohol arrest in Tusayan.

o Rangers responded to a request for assistance from Zion National Park regarding the search of a missing 66-year-old woman missing since Sunday. Before the aircraft departed, the woman was found dead.

Wednesday, Jan. 22

o Rangers responded to a motor-vehicle accident involving a Xanterra engineering pickup and a National Park Service residence. The pickup rolled down Juniper Hill and hit a trailer, knocking the home off its foundation and causing extensive damage. The trailer was occupied at the time and the resident was uninjured. The residents were relocated until the trailer could be stabilized and declared safe to re-enter.

o Rangers issued numerous warnings for out-of-bounds camping.

Thursday, Jan. 23

o A 24-year-old Grand Canyon resident admitted to rangers that he been looking into guest’s windows at Maswik South at night. Rangers reported that the man said "his girlfriend left him and he is feeling lonely." No charges were filed.

o Rangers responded to a report of a room break-in at Colter Hall. A resident was locked out and admitted to asking a friend to break into her room.

Indian Garden

Saturday, Jan. 18

o Rangers counted about 600 day hikers past Indian Garden. About 25 were contacted and given appropriate information.

o A resource patrol was done to Plateau Point and Horn Creek.

Sunday, Jan. 19

o Rangers reported about 400 day hikers. There were 14 backcountry camping permits and 43 campers.

o About 26 pounds of human waste was retrieved from behind Three-Mile Resthouse.

o Two condors were reported at Plateau Point, with them seemingly visiting between 2 and 4 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 20

o Trail maintenance was done in a wet area near the campground.

o Options for a day-use area’s rehabilitation were discussed and a resource hike up the Miner’s Route from Phantom Ranch was done.

Tuesday, Jan. 21

o A resource patrol to the Hermit Trailhead was done and rangers reported five backcountry camping permits and 21 campers.

Wednesday, Jan. 22

o Rangers reported about 100 day hikers to Plateau Point and back to the rim. There were 11 backcountry camping permits and 29 campers.

o Two pounds of litter and clothing were retrieved from the trail.

Phantom Ranch

Saturday, Jan. 18

o Approximately eight people with minor injuries were assisted.

o Five condors were reported in the area with two of those displaying mating behavior.

o A bald eagle returned to Phantom to fish at the river. The eagle, age 16, has done so in the past.

o The irrigation system in the campground and the trail register at Pipe Creek River Rest House were repaired.

o Two people with blisters and foot problems and two more with Canyon anxiety were helped, rangers trained two volunteers and retrieved 10 pounds of litter at Black Bridge and 3 pounds in the outer Phantom area. There were 22 backcountry camping permits and 59 in the campground.

o Rangers identified five rim-to-river-to rim runners and shared safety information.

Sunday, Jan. 19

o A resource patrol was completed to the fourth bridge, 20 visitor contacts were made, 2 pounds of trash was retrieved from the campground and 30 pounds retrieved from the river right and above Black Bridge.

o Five condors were reported in the area.

o There were 25 backcountry camping permits and 66 campers reported.

Monday, Jan. 20

o A patrol up the Clear Creek Trail to the Tapeats was completed. A bald eagle was reported to be in the area daily.

o The clinic was reorganized with equipment repaired.

Tuesday, Jan. 21

o A resource patrol to Tip-Off and back was done and there were 19 backcountry camping permits and 39 campers.

o An irrigation project in the campground was completed.

Wednesday, Jan. 22

o A resource patrol to Utah Flats was done, 5 pounds of trail and campground litter was collected, leaf cleanup continues and there were 27 backcountry camping permits and 61 campers.

o Two condors were sited in the area.


Saturday, Jan. 18

o Resource patrol personnel reported numerous contacts made on the Tonto and Clear Creek trails.

o Twelve protection rangers, three from firebase-helibase, one preventative search-and-rescue ranger and one maintenance employee assisted with the Flagstaff-area search for a missing plane.

Sunday, Jan. 19

o Rangers reported the same 17 park personnel participating in the Flagstaff-area search of a missing plane. The plane was located at 5 p.m., near Schultz Peak with no survivors.

Tuesday, Jan. 21

o A resource patrol was done of the Tanner and Beamer trails. Two permits were checked with 14 backpackers contacted. Three day hikers were contacted. Twenty-eight miles hiked. Tanner Trail conditions reported as snow packed with ice to the Supai level.

Wednesday, Jan. 22

o One ranger was reported to be on backcountry patrol to the North Rim.

(Note: Log based on ranger shift briefings; the News cannot guarantee all incidents were reported).


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