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Gov. Ducey guarantees to keep Grand Canyon National Park open

Arizona officials on Friday guaranteed that Grand Canyon National Park will remain in full operation if Congress fails to pass a budget and a government shutdown ensues.

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Photo highlights: Winter delivers snow to the Grand Canyon at last

Jan. 10 delivered the first winter snow of 2018 to the Grand Canyon area.

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Ready to ‘Rumble:’ annual event returns to Flagstaff Jan. 20

Rumble on the Mountain IV features local artists, musicians, dancers and speakers highlighting the sacred lands of the Colorado Plateau

Rumble on the Mountain IV, an annual event to raise awareness of the plight of indigenous people and lands of the Colorado Plateau, takes place Jan. 20 at the Coconino Center for the Arts from 2-7 p.m.

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Special 'bulletin:' Felix Christiansen wins Grand Canyon Spelling Bee

Eighth-grader Felix Christiansen defeated Linnea Whisenhunt for the honor of Spelling Bee champion Jan. 10.

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Tusayan a safe community despite small bump in crime

Despite a few small bumps in crime activity in 2017, Lt. Brian Tozer of the Coconino County Sheriff’s Department still considers Tusayan to be a safe, family-friendly community.

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Flake pens bill to limit Mexican wolves, delist them from federal program

Annual wolf count begins Jan. 22

In a 1982 draft of the Mexican Wolf Recovery Plan, which was the standard until late 2017, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) determined 100 Mexican wolves should be the benchmark for the species’ survival.

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Federal judge blocks Trump decision to end young immigrant program Judge blocks Trump decision to end young immigrant program

Young adults currently living in the country under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program can continue to reapply after October 2017 deadline

A federal judge on Jan. 9 temporarily blocked the Trump administration’s decision to end a program protecting young immigrants from deportation.

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Grand Canyon National Park celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day with free entry

Fee-free applies to park entrance only and doesn't affect camping reservations, tours and concessions

GRAND CANYON, Ariz. - In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Grand Canyon National Park visitors can get into the park free Jan. 18.

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South Rim scales back to level 1 basic water conservation measures

With water again filling the South Rim storage tanks, Grand Canyon National Park will ease restrictions on water use.

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Pile Burn scheduled Thursday and Friday on Tusayan Ranger District

One-hundred acres of slash piles are scheduled to burn on Thursday and Friday, Jan 11 and 12 on the Tusayan Ranger District.

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National Park Service explores monthly themes through 2018

Every year, the National Park Service (NPS) hosts an annual calendar of themed monthly events.

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South Rim Roads Improvement Project begins; expect detours, slight delays

As part of the 2018 Federal Highways Administration’s South Rim Roads Improvement Project, additional construction and detours began Jan. 8 at the South Entrance Road and Desert View Drive (Arizona Highway 64 East) intersection.

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Another accident claims one on State Route 64

On Dec. 28, just six days after a multi-fatality accident at milepost 207 on State Route 64, emergency personnel responded to another significant car accident on SR 64 at milepost 191 that resulted in a fatality.

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Grand Canyon National Park under water conservation measures following water pump failure

Water conservation guidelines in place at the South Rim, Desert View and Hermit's Rest

At Level 2, mandatory measures require that all concessions operations switch to disposable dishes and utensils, alter menus to use less water for food preparation and dish washing, adopt low water use for hotel room cleaning and serve drinking water at restaurants by request only.

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Hualapai Tribe plans to open zip line at western rim of Grand Canyon

In January, a pair of zip lines will send guests nearly 1,000 feet above a side canyon on the western rim of Grand Canyon. Each zip line will carry four people.

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Catalyst Quartet’s ‘Dreams and Daggers’ nominated for Grammy

The Catalyst Quartet, perennial favorites at the annual Grand Canyon Music Festival, were nominated for a Grammy Award for their latest album “Dreams and Daggers.”

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Progress on new binational drought plan in Colorado basin slow going

States, federal and Mexican officials hailed a binational agreement this fall that they said could lead to a radical shift in how the region prepares for and responds to drought.

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Arizona ranked sixth among fastest-growing states

Idaho, Nevada and Utah experience the highest population growth in 2017

Arizona was the nation’s sixth fastest-growing state in 2017. Arizona’s population increased 1.6 percent to 7.4 million from July 1, 2016 to July 1, 2017, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s national and state population estimates released Dec. 20. Idaho was the nation’s fastest-growing state with 1.7 million.

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Road improvement project underway for Hermits Road interchange

Construction has begun at the Hermit Road interchange to resurface and improve the Hermit Road and Village Loop intersection.

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Deadly crash claims four on State Route 64

Four people were killed and six people injured, including two children after a head on collision on State Route 64 Dec. 22.

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Multi-agency DUI task force planned for New Year's

Coconino County Sheriff Office is wishing everyone a happy and safe holiday season and reminds the public officers will be patrolling 24 hours a day seven days a week to keep our communities safe.

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Grand Canyon uranium mining ban upheld, court sides with Havasupai

A coalition of Havasupai tribal members and environmental groups breathed a brief sigh of relief as the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Fransisco, California handed down a verdict Dec. 12: the 20-year moratorium on new uranium mines was upheld.

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What winter? Grand Canyon mules make a break for the tropics

Around half of the mules who call Grand Canyon home through the warmer months headed out on vacation to Tropic, Utah Dec. 8.

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Yes, Virginia, there really is a Santa Claus, and he’s calling you

Think there’s almost a conspiracy out there to squelch your child’s belief in Santa Claus?

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Vacation planning 101: NPS announces fee-free days for 2018

Winter winds are howling and Christmas is on the way, but that doesn’t mean it’s too early to start planning next summer’s road trip or family vacation.