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Forest service initiates two small burns near Tusayan, Jacob Lake

North Zone Fire managers plan to initiate prescribed fire operations on a small 50-acre strip of land adjacent to the campground at Jacob Lake. Weather conditions are forecasted to be within prescriptive parameters.

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NPS extends comment period for Glen Canyon aquatic species plan

In response to public requests, the National Park Service (NPS) has extended the scoping public comment period for the Expanded Non-native Aquatic Species Environmental Assessment from Dec. 15, 2017, to Jan. 5, 2018.

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NPS extends public comment period for potential fee increase at 17 parks

The National Park Service has extended the public comment periods for proposed peak-season entrance fees at 17 national parks and revised fees for road-based commercial tours and will accept comments until Dec. 22, 2017.

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Christmas tree prices climb 25 percent

Kaibab National Forest offers self-serve alternative with Christmas tree cutting permits

Thanks to the decade-old recession of 2007-2008, live Christmas tree prices could climb as much as 25 percent this year.

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Ounce of prevention: flu shots available at Grand Canyon Clinic

Holiday decorations, colorful lights and family feasts are in full swing, and as chilly winter weather moves in, so does another seasonal visitor – influenza.

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Rebuilding paradise: Grand Canyon's Murray Shoemaker heads to Virgin Islands National Park to help rebuilding efforts

As the devastation in the aftermath of three hurricanes became apparent in Puerto Rico, Texas, Louisiana, Florida and the U.S. Virgin Islands, relief and rescue crews mobilized with lightning speed to aid the suffering and newly-homeless.

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North Kaibab wraps up successful season of fire management

As the year winds down, so will much of the fire management activity on the Kaibab National Forest and the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park.

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Obamacare shopping is trickier than ever — here’s a cheat sheet

Health care is complicated. Shopping for an individual health plan just got even more so, with President Donald Trump’s decision last month to block $7 billion in Affordable Care Act subsidies.

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Christmas in Canyon Country: holiday events around the region

A cozy list of holiday events for the whole family.

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Grand Canyon Rotary to host annual holiday dinner dance Dec. 9

With the holiday season fast approaching, the Grand Canyon Rotary is once again inviting the community to celebrate in style at the annual Holiday Dinner Dance.

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Called to serve: NPS veteran James Purcell enlisted just after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks

“I was doing seasonal law enforcement in Yellowstone National Park, and then 9-11 happened.”

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Flagstaff city council votes 6-1 opposing transport of uranium through city

With about 100 people, many of them Native American, packing the council chambers Nov. 7, the Flagstaff City Council passed a symbolic resolution opposing transporting uranium through the city from Canyon Mine by a vote of 6-1.

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7 hacks for dinner mishaps

With every perfectly-planned holiday feast come inevitable moments of panic when you fear that all your planning and preparation has been for naught.

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Body recovered below South Rim believed to be missing person Michael Legus

The National Park Service (NPS) located a body Nov. 10 below the South Rim on the Rim Trail, between Pipe Creek and Mather Point.

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Community groups to Ducey: ‘Commit to action on climate change’

Leaders of environmental, business and faith groups Nov. 7 urged Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey to take on climate change by embracing solutions such as renewable energy and battery technology.

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Free entrance to National Parks in honor of Veterans Day Nov. 11-12

NPS continues tradition of providing veterans and active duty military with opportunities for outdoor recreation and relaxation

The National Park Service will commemorate Veterans Day and the service of American military members past and present with special events and free admission in parks throughout the country Nov. 11 and 12.

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Photo highlights: KLC hosts Western Night at the Grand Hotel in Tusayan

Kaibab Learning Center held its annual Western Night fundraiser at the Grand Hotel Nov. 3.

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‘Issues were going to arise:’ State to take another look at its school grades

Criticisms force Board of Education to reconsider revamp

Facing a barrage of questions and criticism, the State Board of Education voted Oct. 24 to take another look at its new system for grading schools.

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Navajo Winter Tale to Re-Story the Wolf: an evening of storytelling Nov. 10

The Plan B Foundation to Save Wolves will sponsor a special performance of the traditional Navajo winter story about leadership and the wisdom of the wolf (Mai Tso) told by storyteller and folklorist Sunny Dooley.

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USFS proposes revisions to 20-year uranium mining ban

In an announcement Nov. 1, the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) took the first step toward eliminating the ban on new uranium mining leases near Grand Canyon National Park.

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Kicking tires, fighting fires: Veteran, firefighter and EMT joins Tusayan Fire Department

After travels to nearly every continent and several tours of duty in active combat zones, John Barnes made his way to the small community of Tusayan to join the Tusayan Fire Department.

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Navajo Nation Council says no: 16-2 vote kills Escalade development

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — The Navajo Nation Council voted down legislation, during a special session Oct. 31, for the Grand Canyon Escalade project, which included a gondola tramway on the western edge of the Nation at the confluence of the Little Colorado and the Colorado rivers.

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Search underway for missing man at Grand Canyon National Park

The National Park Service is conducting a search for Michael Legus, 39, of Tooele, Utah, who was reported missing Oct. 31 by a friend.

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Coconino County Sheriff announces Bret Axlund as new Chief Deputy

On Oct. 25, Coconino County Sheriff Jim Driscoll announced Bret Axlund had been selected as Chief Deputy for Coconino County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO).

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Nov. 7 Tusayan Ballot Breakdown

Two issues will be on the ballot for Tusayan voters Nov. 7.

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