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Erin Ford

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Phantoms Volleyball scores win over Shonto Prep Oct. 10

The Grand Canyon Phantoms volleyball team hosted Shonto Prep Oct. 10.

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Suspect in custody after incident at Grand Canyon

A ranger at Grand Canyon National Park is on paid administrative leave after discharging his firearm during a scuffle with a suspect Oct. 11.

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BAER: Operation Damage Check

Fostering a fire-adapted forest: Part 1

As wildfires tear through acres and acres of forest, onlookers are often horrified when they see the charred remains of a once-lush landscape.

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Army vet and paralympic cyclist Shawn Cheshire sets women's rim-to-rim-to-rim record — without seeing a single step

Anyone who has ever wandered even a mile down Bright Angel or South Kaibab trail can attest to the fact that going down is a lot easier than coming back up. Now, imagine you’re blind.

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Finding fall in northern Arizona

Visitors looking to take in the colorful changing of the leaves have a variety of options on both the Coconino and Kaibab National Forests.

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Ranger on Duty: Lori Honrath offers guests a warm welcome to Grand Canyon

The first time Lori Honrath saw the Grand Canyon, it was about three decades ago, and it was almost completely obscured by fog and clouds.

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Grand Canyon Brewery partners to produce Conservation Kolsch beer

Trout Unlimited, the Arizona Wildlife Federation and Grand Canyon Brewery teamed up to roll out Conservation Kolsch Sept. 28 in Williams.

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Grand Canyon Unified School District puts finishing touches on three-year strategic plan

After a months-long process of gathering information, processing it and turning it into usable action items, the Grand Canyon Unified School District is moving forward with its three-year strategic plan to improve the students’ education and experience.

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Zinke hears 'substantial concerns' during Grand Canyon visit

Deferred maintenance costs, NPS policy changes discussed Sept. 22

When the term deferred maintenance gets tossed out, different images come to mind.

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Grand Canyon Rotary Club hosts annual chili cook-off, awards community grants

Brady Harris takes annual event's top prize for third year in a row

When it comes to chili, eaters and experts alike tend to disagree on what makes the perfect pot.

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Once imperiled, condors now soar free over Vermilion Cliffs

In a remote area of northeastern Arizona, far from the crowds gathering to celebrate National Public Lands Day Sept. 22, another celebration was taking place. A California condor opened its wings and soared high above Vermilion Cliffs.

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In one canyon, a thousand different views

Plein air artists capture ever- changing essence of Grand Canyon, raise funds for Grand Canyon Association at annual Celebration of Art

Twenty-five artists gathered at Grand Canyon for the week-long Celebration of Art Sept. 8-16.

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Photo highlights: Phantoms score 6-0 victory over Leading Edge Academy

The Grand Canyon Phantoms scored an impressive 6-0 victory over Leading Edge Academy at home Sept. 15.

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Grand canyon students participate in International Walk to School Day

Grand Canyon students participate in International Walk to School Day Sept. 6.

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Art students forge connections to the land, water and themselves at Kane Ranch

Art as Activism

Looking out over the isolated stretches of wilderness surrounding Kane Ranch, the presence of water is evident. But so is its absence.

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Remembering Bella: Namesake sign raised over Bella's Place

Four years ago, the world handed the family of eight year old Isabella “Bella” Grogan-Cannella a tragedy after she was murdered in September 2014.

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Pink Jeep vehicles vandalized for fuel

Pink Jeep employees in Tusayan found a surprise waiting for them as they prepared for tours Aug. 25.

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Grand Teton supe tapped by Trump to lead NPS

On Aug. 31, President Donald Trump named the superintendent of Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park to head the National Park Service, a job that has been filled on an acting basis for nearly 20 months.

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Photo highlights: Grand Canyon Phantoms volleyball prepares for the season

The Grand Canyon Phantoms volleyball team practices in preparation for the upcoming season, which begins Sept. 8.

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Poll: Arizona voters prioritize conservation of public lands, support mining ban

In a recent bipartisan poll conducted statewide, Arizona voters signaled their support for recreation on public lands, with 48 percent indicating they would have a more favorable opinion of a candidate who supports a ban on uranium mining near the Grand Canyon.

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Havasupai campground reopens; Humane Society offering aid for animals

Lodging and tourism facilities will reopen on the Havasupai Reservation more than a month after a catastrophic flash flood tore through the campground.

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Early election results: Tusayan voters hand Mayor Craig Sanderson second term

Brady Harris wins council seat; Chavez, Baldosky to face off in November

On Aug. 28, Tusayan voters narrowly handed incumbent Mayor Craig Sanderson a second term.

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Grand Canyon students mentored by jazz greats at annual School of Rock

Sixteen Grand Canyon students came together as a band Aug. 30.

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Art on the Rim: 10th annual Celebration of Art kicks off Sept. 8

The 10th Annual Grand Canyon Celebration of Art takes place Sept. 8 through Jan. 21, 2019 at Grand Canyon National Park.

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Hiker flown to Las Vegas hospital after North Rim lightning strike

While summer is peak visiting season for the Grand Canyon, the monsoon storms that bring cool breezes and dazzling rainbows also bring danger: lightning strikes.

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Rescue Rangers: Grand Canyon search and rescue team practices life-saving techniques

When someone calls for help, search and rescue personnel are training to spring into action.

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Tusayan Housing Authority adopts guidelines, moves forward on construction

The banners are hung, a groundbreaking has been held and some concrete plans are coming together for a housing development at Ten X Ranch just a few miles from Grand Canyon's South Rim.

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Where are the lids and straws? Grand Canyon offers straws by request

Once a ubiquitous part of the American dining experience, plastic straws have recently been knocked down a few notches from Slurpee King to second class citizen.

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Grand Canyon School Board approves short-term internet

The Grand Canyon School governing board took steps at its Aug. 15 meeting to bring high-speed internet to the school.

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Tailor-made moccasins: Navajo artisan brings craft to the Rim

Moccasin-maker Bill Thomas, Jr. crafts traditional Navajo leather footwear

Anyone who has taken a hike through red rock country can attest to the importance of tough, comfortable footwear.

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Grand Canyon youth get a taste of baseball during weekly game nights

The pop of baseballs hitting metal bats of the excited cheers of youngsters returned to the Grand Canyon Aug. 7 as the Rec Center teamed up with Kaibab Learning Center to provide youth baseball nights Tuesdays and Wednesdays through September.

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Fire on the Rim: Monsoon lightning sets North Rim ablaze

Obi Fire grows to 9,921 acres, headed toward Cape Royal

Lightning-caused fires sparked by Arizona’s monsoon range from high-priority suppression efforts to monitored burns optimal for forest health.

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Grand Canyon Music Festival celebrates 35 years

Guest artists include Catalyst Quartet and New York's Manhattan Chamber Players

In 1983, Robert Bonfiglio and Claire Hoffman had an idea – to fill one of the seven natural wonders of the world with the most glorious music they could muster.

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Tusayan expresses State Route 64 concerns during ADOT Board of Directors visit

After a series of fatal accidents earlier this year and several more over the years, Tusayan residents and council members expressed their concerns about the safety of one of the state’s most heavily traveled roads.

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Tick-borne infections may become more common as insects move into new territory

While plague-bearing fleas often command the attention of parents and pet owners, other tiny terrors may go unnoticed.

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Maswik South to get much-needed facelift

New buildings, new amenities and a fresh style update are headed for the southern block of guest rooms at Maswik Lodge.

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Grand Canyon National Park awarded state grant to stop impaired driving

The Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, along with the DUI Abatement Council, granted Grand Canyon National Park $10,000 to improve highway safety and stop impaired driving.

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Grand Canyon welcomes students, new faculty

As the school year kicks off for Grand Canyon School, three new teachers will join the faculty in welcoming students back today.

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Gateway community of Tusayan breaks ground on housing development near Grand Canyon National Park

TUSAYAN, Ariz. — After six long years and an obstacle or three, the housing development at Ten X Ranch is finally underway, according to Mayor Craig Sanderson.

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Artisan Elroy Natachu Jr. uses traditional weaving methods to link Zuni past and future generations

Weaving the past into the future

Like many agrarian tribes of the American Southwest, the people of Zuni Pueblo dedicate time, energy and art to praying for and praising the life-giving rains that allow the tribe to thrive in an arid climate.

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In heat of fire season, equipment lags behind at Tusayan Fire District

It’s a typical warm summer morning in northern Arizona, but inside the engine bays at the Tusayan Fire Department, the air is heavier, warmer and smells strongly of diesel fuel.

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Environmental assessment for Transcanyon Pipeline due this fall

Grand Canyon National Park has nearly six million visitors per year, from viewpoint drivers to hardcore hikers and even man’s best friends, and they all need to stay hydrated.

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Reliving the past: Echoes of the Canyon brings historical figures to life

In a studio clinging precariously to the side of the Grand Canyon, Ellsworth Kolb aims his camera out one of the picture windows to capture the reddish-blue canyon stretched out far below.

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At the polls: Tusayan Home Rule option to be placed on August ballot

On Nov. 6, Tusayan residents may see an unfamiliar issue on their ballots asking them to vote yes or no on Arizona’s alternative expenditure limitation, or “home rule.”

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A new beginning for Bella's Place

Two years after foster mom Sue Winchester envisioned Bella's Place, she is one step closer to making it a reality

Raising kids is hard work.

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Feral horses found dead in Grand Canyon National Park

Park staff working to find and notify horses' owner

As the Southwestern landscape becomes ever more parched by a lack of significant rainfall, nine feral horses have become the latest casualties of a severe drought enveloping northern Arizona.

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Reward up to $60,000 for Arizona park ranger missing since 1980

The National Park Service has raised its reward to $60,000 in the case of a Chiricahua National Monument ranger who went missing more than 38 years ago.

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Grand Canyon School registration starts June 25 at Tusayan Town Hall

The new school year begins Aug. 1 and that means school registration is right around the corner.

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Fourth of July festivites, parade and laser light show coming to Tusayan

As summer kicks into high gear, plans for Tusayan’s annual Fourth of July festivities are underway.

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Tusayan Town Council debates broadband, lighting in residential areas

Tusayan residents expressed concern over a plan to light up Long Jim Loop Road and R.P. Drive at the Town Council meeting June 13.

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