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Erin Ford

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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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Manhunt cancelled: Texas fugitive arrested in Grand Canyon National Park

NPS Investigative Services Branch nets two convictions for identity theft suspects arrested in April

A nationwide manhunt was cancelled June 11 after a Grand Canyon law enforcement ranger arrested a Texas fugitive in the park.

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Desert Dogs offers tasty treats on the go at Grand Canyon

Xanterra brings food truck trend to a national park for the first time

Visitors to Grand Canyon now have a two new dining options, with one added benefit – the food is just as mobile as the guests.

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Short film documents Havasupai struggle with uranium mining

Six million visitors travel to Arizona every year to see the Grand Canyon. The majority will explore it from the scenic overlooks along the South Rim.

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Scout Moore highlights NPS's junior ranger program

Excitable, bespectacled and ever curious, Scout Moore aspires to be a junior ranger for the National Park Service.

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Kane Ranch retreat connects artists, public lands

In October 2017, 12 local artists set out for Kane Ranch, an isolated guest house on the North Rim, far from the hectic hustle and bustle visitors might normally associate with Grand Canyon National Park.

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Grand Canyon's Jay Lusher set to head up fire and aviation for intermountain region

After 15 years at Grand Canyon, fire and aviation chief Jay Lusher is headed to Denver to take on the role of regional fire management officer for the National Park Service’s (NPS) Intermountain Region.

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Zuni fetish carver Mike Tucson shares beauty of fetish tradition

Who do you call on when you need a little shot of strength, self-reliance or wisdom?

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Annual Flagstaff Hullabaloo returns to Wheeler Park June 2 & 3

With parades, food, local microbrews and live music, the annual Flagstaff Hullabaloo returns to Wheeler Park June 2 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and June 3 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Sara Newton and David Sheppard set to leave Grand Canyon on a new adventure — for now

A revved-up retirement

After six years teaching science and culinary arts at Grand Canyon School, Sara Newton and David Sheppard are riding off into the sunset – for now.

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Head Start program now enrolling for fall semester

In a 2016 study, the Brookings Institution — a nonprofit public policy organization based in Washington, D.C. — found Head Start improves educational outcomes, increasing the probability that participants will graduate from high school, attend college and receive a post-secondary degree, license or certification.

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Summer fun starts here: community to host activities for all ages starting May 28

As of May 25, school is officially out for the summer.

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DPS trooper injured in altercation on US 180

A DPS trooper was hospitalized after sustaining non-life threatening injuries in pursuit of a fleeing suspect on Highway 180 between Flagstaff and Valle May 7.

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Brazilian journalist visits Grand Canyon Rotary club

Journalism, whether print, broadcast or multimedia, may seem universal — people are interviewed, behind-the-scenes magic happens, and stories are told to an increasingly global audience.

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AZGFD bands bald eagle chicks in continued effort to conserve species

On a typically sunny, breezy spring day, a group of raptor experts, game rangers, photographers and reporters hiked from the banks of Flagstaff’s Lake Mary into the Coconino National Forest.

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Matt Smith takes over at Grand Canyon Airport

The only state-owned airport in Arizona, the Grand Canyon Airport is home to six air tour operators serving hundreds of thousands of guests per year.

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Grand Canyon goes #RedforEd

Far removed from the sea of red blanketing the Arizona Capitol, teachers at Grand Canyon held their own rally on the streets of Tusayan April 26 to show their support for the #RedforEd movement sweeping the state.

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Ruling: Fish and Wildlife must reformulate rule capping Mexican wolf population

A federal judge’s April 2 ruling could mean fewer restrictions to the release of captive-bred Mexican wolves into the wild.

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Arizona R3 program encourages outdoor recreation, hunting and fishing

According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, a 2016 survey of hunters nationwide indicates about 3 percent less people are hunting than in 2011.

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Earth Day, every day: Annual Grand Canyon festival focuses on sustainability

Grand Canyon National Park celebrated Earth Day with its annual festival April 21.

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Employers inform, hire Grand Canyon students at annual job fair

Grand Canyon students had an opportunity to meet with potential employers and learn about available positions at the school’s annual job fair April 11.

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Phantoms track and field athletes qualify for state meet in Mesa

The Grand Canyon Phantoms have had a busy season as they continue on their quest to qualify for the state track meet in May.

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Schoppmann withdraws resignation, rejoins Tusayan Town Council

More than a month after tendering his resignation, council member John Schoppmann asked the Tusayan Town Council to reconsider, stating he felt he still had valuable experience to contribute to the town’s government.

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APS announces 276,000 gift, Field School partnership

The Grand Canyon holds vast educational opportunities for visitors young and old, and thanks to a grant from Arizona Public Service (APS), the Grand Canyon Association can now offer the same hands-on experiences to youth from disadvantaged backgrounds.

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Arizona congressmen Udall, McCain honored by Grand Canyon Association

Crossing the aisle to conserve Grand Canyon

In an era of intense political partisanship, a crowd gathered at Grand Canyon April 4 to celebrate the contributions of two Arizona congressmen: the late Rep. Morris “Mo” Udall and Sen. John McCain.

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Hop to it! Annual egg hunt a success

Grand Canyon kids enjoy warm weather, pancakes and an Easter egg hunt March 31.

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Nationwide decline in hunters may mean less funding for conservation

Arizona sees increase in wildlife viewing, but percentage of hunters remains low

Although visitors to Grand Canyon National Park are frequently involved in what locals jokingly refer to as elk jams, most of us wouldn’t be surprised to see a deer, an elk or even a pronghorn antelope grazing peacefully by the side of the road.

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Tusayan trails to provide safety, recreation opportunities for residents and guests

At a public meeting March 28, Trails Inspire’s Sirena Dufault laid out the master plan for a trail system designed to give both visitors and residents increased recreation opportunities and provide commuter trails for local employees.

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South Rim road construction on schedule

Officials remind visitors to expect delays, turn off GPS systems and follow detours

Road construction at Grand Canyon National Park is expected to last through the peak season, prompting park officials to remind visitors to turn off their GPS devices and follow marked detour signage inside the park.

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Water pipeline repaired, but level 3 restrictions to remain until tanks fill

Although breaks in the Transcanyon Pipeline were repaired late last week, Grand Canyon National Park will remain in Level 3 water restrictions until the park’s water tanks have filled to sustainable levels.

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9th annual Wild and Scenic Film Festival returns to Flagstaff April 14

Event includes seven films, raffle, live music and silent auction to benefit Grand Canyon Wolf Recovery Project

A series of films about the world’s most endangered animals — including Arizona’s Mexican gray wolves — takes center stage April 14 at the Coconino Center for the Arts.

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Uranium in Canyon Country: Who benefits from uranium mining?

There are currently 831 mining claims in the roughly 1 million acres withdrawn by former Interior Secretary in 2012, according to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

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Stephen Vandiver Jones comes alive through family's artifacts

Memories of mapping Grand Canyon

A box of brass tools; a worn, but not fragile, pocket Bible; a pottery shard of unknown Native origin; a tattered book of finely penciled-in maps, still faintly legible.

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Tusayan Trails master plan gets second public meeting

Residents of Tusayan will have another opportunity to view and comment on a proposed trails master plan at a public meeting March 28.

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Family of Powell expedition mapper donates artifacts to Grand Canyon

In 1871, John Wesley Powell took to the Colorado River again after a decidedly rocky first expedition, this time exploring the waters between the Green River in Wyoming and Kanab Creek in Utah.

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Wonder, woman: Remarkable women in Grand Canyon's history

While America's wild places were once thought of as a man's world, one of the West's most iconic landscapes has been home to some remarkable women, many of whom were the first to make their mark on both the Grand Canyon and its namesake national park.

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Celebrate Easter at Grand Canyon March 31-April 1

The Grand Canyon community is offering Easter events for the whole family, including an Easter egg hunt and sunrise service.

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Uranium in Canyon Country: Part 1 of 2: Supreme Court asked to overturn decision on Grand Canyon uranium mining

Mining industry groups allege Obama-era withdrawal unconstitutional

Mining industry trade groups petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court March 9 to review the Interior Department’s 20-year ban on new uranium mining claims on around 1 million acres of public land adjacent to the Grand Canyon.

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Photo highlights: Grand Canyon Phantoms compete at Skydome Classic March 3

The Phantoms track and field team competed for the first time this season at the NPA Skydome Classic in Flagstaff March 3.

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NPS investigative services wraps up two cases in Grand Canyon

Agency convicts one for 2014 Endangered Species Act violation, apprehends fugitive burglary suspect

A four-year interagency investigation wrapped up March 2 with a conviction for violating the Endangered Species Act.