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Erin Ford

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Canyon carols: students give tradition a twist

From Brighty the Burro to the 12 unique days of a Grand Canyon Christmas, students at Grand Canyon School sang, played, mimed and entertained a packed house at the Grand Canyon Visitor Center Nov. 30.

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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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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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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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Glen Canyon's 'goddess' Katie Lee passes at 98

With a career spanning more than 70 years, it’s easy to see folk singer, actress and author Katie Lee’s passion for the arts — a passion that was matched only by her love for Glen Canyon.

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Springing back to life: volunteers rejuvenate North Rim spring

In the high desert, springs and seeps are often the only source of life-giving water to be found for plants, wildlife and grazing livestock.

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After Vietnam: Tour in post-war Europe instills life-long love of theater in NPS veteran

Patrick Segura was 19 years old when he decided to enlist in the Army in 1974.

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11 votes decide fate of Tusayan building ordinance

Residents reject bid to allow taller buildings in Grand Canyon gateway community

Tusayan, Arizona, will remain a small community nestled among the ponderosa pines after residents rejected a bid Nov. 7 to raise the building height to 65 feet.

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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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Nov. 7 Tusayan Ballot Breakdown

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

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How a wandering farmhand from Wisconsin became an American Legion namesake

PFC John W. Ivens: 1893-1917

Before he became canyon country’s first World War I casualty and an American Legion namesake, John W. Ivens was a wandering farmer, telephone lineman and adventuring companion of the Kolb brothers.

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Public lands managers open dialogue, field tough questions

Land managers from Grand Canyon National Park, Coconino and Kaibab National Forests, Flagstaff Area National Monuments and the Bureau of Land Management gathered at the Museum of Northern Arizona Oct. 25 to update residents about ongoing projects and listen to concerns.

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Suicide awareness critical to Grand Canyon community

“Are you thinking about killing yourself?”

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Kaibab National Forest goes batty for International Bat Week

Forest Service aims to educate public about critical role bats play in insect control, crop protection and healthy forests

What is small, fuzzy and can eat up to 8,000 insects per night? Bats. And according to Kaibab National Forest biologist Justin Schofer, they are a critical component for crop protection and healthy forests.

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Yurt remembered as a welcomed destination for North Rim hikers

North Rim backcountry structure to be removed because of visitor safety concerns

Attempting a rim to rim hike in even the most pleasant of northern Arizona temperatures is a daunting prospect, but attempting it in the middle of winter just after a snowstorm dumped nearly two feet of snow is insanity, right?

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Searching for the Mogollon Monster

Imagine driving the lonely roads around the Grand Canyon after dark, or hiking its winding trails near sundown.

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Grand Canyon School receives a C, focuses on student growth

Grand Canyon School continues to see student progress despite letter grade drop

The Arizona Department of Education released its school report cards Oct. 9, assigning letter grades based on AzMERIT test scores.

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Scare tactics: Planning the perfect Halloween for all ages

Halloween is almost upon us, and the question is always the same: what do you want to do this year?

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Community trail system a keeper, town council gives plan a yes vote

TrailsInspire planning public meetings to discuss trail system as currently drawn

The Tusayan Town Council unanimously approved the Tusayan Trails Master Plan in concept at its regular monthly meeting Oct. 11.

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Zinke expands on zero tolerance sexual harrassment policy for NPS

NPS interim director vows to eradicate harrassment, change NPS culture

In a meeting with National Park Service (NPS) employees Oct. 13, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke reiterated his commitment to stamping out what he called a virus in one of the country’s most notable organizations —claims of rampant sexual harassment in America’s parks.

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4 fantastic northern Arizona hikes for fall colors

The temperatures are mild and the aspens are aglow, making October the perfect month for hiking.

Whether you're looking to enjoy a scenic hike near Grand Canyon Village or open to adventure a bit farther away, there are several fall hikes waiting to wow you.

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North Rim begins seasonal shutdown

Park is open from dawn until dusk for day use through Nov. 30; North Rim yurt permanently closed, to be demolished

The trees are changing and there’s an unmistakable chill in the winds — both signs that North Rim operations will begin seasonal shut-down of most visitor services Oct. 15.

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Trunk or Treat returns to Tusayan Oct. 31

Annual event to feature costume and trunk contests, prizes, food from local vendors

It’s time to dust the cobwebs off the Halloween décor — the town of Tusayan will host its annual Trunk or Treat event beginning at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 31 in the National Geographic Visitor Center parking lot.

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Grand Canyon students, teachers participate in Walk to School Day

Grand Canyon students and teachers participated in Walk to School Day Sept. 28 as part of a nationwide effort to give children safe routes to walk and bike to school.

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Flagstaff’s Ballet Folklorico de Colores performs at Grand Canyon

Dancers of all ages from Flagstaff’s Ballet Folklorico de Colores took the stage Sept. 30 as Grand Canyon National Park celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month and National Public Lands Day.

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K-9 officer Rex joins Grand Canyon National Park's law enforcement team


Meet the newest member of the Grand Canyon National Park law enforcement team: His name is Rex, and he’s short, furry and full of energy.

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Photo highlights: Phantoms volleyball takes on Williams Vikings

The Grand Canyon Phantoms lost a tough match-up with the Williams Vikings, losing 3-2 at home Sept. 28.

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Photo highlights: Phantoms soccer takes tough loss at home

The Grand Canyon Phantoms suffered a tough loss to Phoenix Country Day School at home Sept. 30.

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Grand Canyon students educate, entertain at Star Night

Grand Canyon students made sure everyone was seeing stars at the school’s Star Night Sept. 21.

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Grand Canyon Rotary Club awards community grants

Annual cook-off ushers in chili season

The annual Grand Canyon Rotary Chili Cook-off was a resounding success, thanks to some expert judges, 16 generous chili cooks and a lot of community support.

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Phantom Ranch moves to lottery system for coveted beds

The process of reserving a bed at Phantom Ranch in Grand Canyon is about to get a little smoother.

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Phantoms pummel Leading Edge, tie conference rival Ash Fork

Coming off a decisive win, the Grand Canyon Phantoms tied the Ash Fork/Seligman Spartans 2-2 in the first of the two teams’ conference matchups Sept. 23.

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Two children dead, one injured at Lake Powell in less than a week

AZGFD launches Child Passenger Safety Week to encourage boater safety

Lake Powell ranks 6th nationally for accidents, according to the Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD). Two children have died and a teen was seriously injured in accidents at Lake Powell this month, the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release.

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Game and Fish investigation centers on suspected poacher

Search warrant uncovers five suspicious mule deer trophies in Flagstaff guide's home, including one believed to be taken from Grand Canyon National Park

Following the poaching of a mule deer in Grand Canyon National Park and a multi-year investigation by the Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) into the hunting activities of Loren McReynolds, several state and federal agencies served a search warrant at his Flagstaff residence.

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The ultimate challenge for a Gallant Few

James Creedon, an Army reservist from McKinney, Texas, is one of only 50 Americans selected to run in the Grand-to-Grand Ultra, a 170-mile, 6-day self-supported stage race on foot through the Grand Canyon from Sept. 24 – 30, 2017.

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Search continues for Ohio man missing from Tusayan

Coconino County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating 37-year-old Travis Butler, who failed to check out of a Tusayan hotel Aug. 1.

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Public invited to release at Vermilion Cliffs National Monument

California condors release Sept. 30

California Condors will be released to the wild in Vermilion Cliffs National Monument in northern Arizona at 11 a.m. Sept. 30.

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Photo highlights: Phantoms compete in Ash Fork Spartan Classic

The Phantoms competed in the Ash Fork Spartan Classic volleyball tournament Sept. 8-9 in Ash Fork.

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Mobile on-site mammograms available in Tusayan Sept. 25

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, breast cancer is the third leading cause of death in women, just behind lung cancer and heart disease.

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34th annual Grand Canyon Music Festival highlights eclectic music, performers' ties to the landscape

"Art, Nature and Devotion"

The Grand Canyon Music Festival has been filling the South Rim with eclectic music styles for 34 years, and this year’s event was no exception.

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Abducted California woman found safe after seeking help in Valle

After almost a week on the road through California, Arizona and Nevada, 55-year-old Virginia Paris was located safely in Las Vegas.

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9th annual Celebration of Art runs through Sept. 15 at Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon Association (GCA) and Arizona Public Service (APS) are celebrating the ninth annual Grand Canyon Celebration of Art at Grand Canyon National Park Sept. 9-15.

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Grand Canyon Phantoms soccer: new coach, new season

The Grand Canyon Phantoms soccer team kicked off their 2017 campaign at the Chino Cup with some tough games, but new coach Ted Hansen said the team is ready to take on the new season.

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Flagstaff’s annual Colorado River Days continues through Sept 15

Colorado River Days, Flagstaff’s annual celebration of the Colorado River, will continue through Sept. 15 at various locations around the city.

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Florida teens rescued after five days lost in Canyon

After spending five days at the bottom of the Grand Canyon, Reese McMichael and Rowan Fitch were rescued by park rangers who just happened to be crossing the area in a helicopter.

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Grand Canyon Rotary Club collecting donations for Harvey relief

After making landfall as a category 4 storm (sustained winds of 130-156 mph) Aug. 2r, Hurricane Harvey has since dumped nearly six feet of rain in parts of Texas.

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Rockin' the classics: School of Rock returns to Grand Canyon

Students at Grand Canyon School got a lesson in classic rock from a trio of eclectic musicians visiting the canyon for the 34th annual Grand Canyon Music Festival.