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Nobel laureate Toni Morrison dead at 88

Nobel laureate Toni Morrison, a pioneer and reigning giant of modern literature whose imaginative power in "Beloved," ''Song of Solomon" and other works transformed American letters by dramatizing the pursuit of freedom within the boundaries of race, has died at age 88.

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Tourism in the age of Instagram: Revenue adds challenges to preservation

Tourism continues to expand in Arizona, a boon for jobs, development and tax revenue, but the growth presents challenges to preserving the natural beauty drawing visitors to the state.

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New Mexico chile plant selected to be grown in space

It’ll be one giant leap for chile-kind.

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Some want wolf hunting ban in part of Denali National Park

A group of Alaska advocates is petitioning for an end to wolf hunting in part of Denali National Park National Park, a report said.

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Manhattan Project National Historical Park Holds moment of silence in remembrance of atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima

Manhattan Project National Historical Park held a moment of silence to remember the 74th anniversary of the day the United States dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, in the waning days of World War II.

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*Update* - UPDATE: Pilot identified after Navy jet crashes in Death Valley

Crews are searching for the pilot of a US Navy fighter jet that crashed in Death Valley National Park, injuring seven people who were at a scenic overlook where aviation enthusiasts routinely watch military aircraft speeding low through a chasm dubbed Star Wars Canyon, officials said.

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North Rim fires slowed by rain; road and trail closures remain in effect

Although rain showers along the North Rim have dampened the fires, trail and road closures remain in effect on both the North Kaibab and Grand Canyon National Park.

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Ten X Campground to undergo expansion, remodel

Kaibab National Forest decided August 5 to expand and remodel Ten X Campground on the Tusayan Ranger District, located about 5 miles south of Grand Canyon National Park.

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Smeck to continue as interim boss at Grand Canyon during search for superintendent

Grand Canyon National Park is officially on the search to hire a permanent superintendent.

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DPS troopers rescue runaway chicken on I-17

DPS troopers rescued a runaway chicken after a short chase on I-17 Aug. 3.

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Boats with invasive mussels quarantined at Lake Tahoe

Boat inspectors recently prevented two vessels infested with invasive mussels from launching at Lake Tahoe.

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County considers drone to carry vote tallies from tribal land

Officials in an Arizona county hope to use a drone to make it easier to get vote tallies from tribal land deep within the Grand Canyon during next year's election.

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Camper: Alleged Bigfoot sighting prompts gunfire at park

Federal officials are investigating a report that a man fired a gunshot while camping at Mammoth Cave National Park, an incident that another camper says was prompted by an alleged sighting of Bigfoot.

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Rainfall over North Rim Castle Fire results in no new growth

There is currently no new fire growth. The fire remains at 10,400 acres after moving across about 55 percent of the planning area.

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Grand Canyon National Park suppressing three fires on North Rim

Recent monsoon activity in the region has resulted in several new lightning fires on the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park within the last week.

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No radiation exposure from uranium ore found at Grand Canyon

The National Park Service (NPS) and the Department of the Interior (DOI) completed an interagency safety review finding no radiation exposure health risk to employees or visitors from uranium ore samples at Grand Canyon National Park.

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Golden Eagle chicks found in the Santa Monica Mountains for first time in 30 years

A pair of golden eagle chicks, a fully protected species in the state of California, have been found in a nest in a remote area of the western Santa Monica Mountains.

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*Update* - Castle Fire nearly doubles in size under favorable conditions

The Castle Fire continues to grow along the northeast portion of the planning area near the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park.

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Assateague Island National Seashore welcomes new foal

Late on June 21, Ms. Macky gave birth to a bay pinto colt.

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Museum Fire at 1,887 acres, 10 percent contained

The fire, located one mile north of Flagstaff, is 10 percent contained.

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Ducey declares state of emergency for Museum Fire, flash flood warning issued for areas below fire

The fire began July 21 and has charred an estimated 4 square miles within minutes of downtown Flagstaff. It is currently 10 percent contained.

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Lethal measures off table for controlling wild horse herds

U.S. Bureau of Land Management Acting Director Casey Hammond told the Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board that those options are not on the table.

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Game and Fish collars 20 Flagstaff-area mule deer for movement, vehicle impact study

The collars collect and transmit location data every three hours, which provides biologists a wealth of information on daily and seasonal movements.

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Grand Canyon National Park seeks input on telecommunications plan

The National Park Service is seeking public comment on a proposal to enhance cellular and Internet services and data network capacity within developed areas of Grand Canyon National Park.