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Erin Ford

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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.

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Astronomers Without Borders collecting eclipse glasses

Now that the “Great American Eclipse” has come and gone, what will be done with thousands of pairs of eclipse glasses and viewers?

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Grand Canyon Rotary Club achieves 100 percent Paul Harris Fellow status

The Grand Canyon Rotary Club was recognized Aug. 23 for attaining 100 percent Paul Harris Fellow status.

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'A new kind of LGBTQ role model': Mikah Meyer takes on all 417 national parks

When Mikah Meyer embarked on his first independent road trip at 19 years old, it was to find healing and inspiration after the death of his father.

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Challenge accepted! Phantom Challenge kicks off

The countdown to 277 miles began with a rim hike Aug. 25

Only a handful of people can say they’ve hiked the entire length of the Grand Canyon, but the National Park Service and Grand Canyon School are hoping to help community members log those 277 miles as part of the Phantom Challenge.

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Connection to the Canyon: A direct descendant of William and Ada Bass, Meagan Gipson celebrates her connection to Grand Canyon through music

Around 1876, 27-year-old William Wallace Bass headed west on doctors’ orders, hoping the Southwest’s arid climate might improve his heart condition.

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Hopi man dies in cliff jumping accident near Glen Canyon Dam

An Arizona man died Aug. 14 after a cliff-jumping accident at Anchovy Point on Lake Powell.

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Boil order, water treatment advisories for Grand Canyon lifted

After issuing a boil order Aug. 3 and two water treatment advisories Aug. 16 and 17, Grand Canyon National Park said in a media release that water sources included in those advisories no longer requires extra treatment.

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Lady Phantoms volleyball team heads back to the court

The Lady Phantoms headed back to the court Aug. 7 to prepare for the upcoming season.

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North Rim fire managers perform aerial ignitions in Pine Hollow fire

The Pine Hollow Fire, which was started by a lightning strike near Little Mountain on the North Kaibab Ranger Disitrict, has slowed significantly, allowing fire managers to conduct additional ignition operations.

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Sun takes center stage at Grand Canyon

Interior Department, NASA offer tips on safely viewing, photographing 'great American eclipse'

When the moon passes in front of the sun on the morning of Aug. 21, it will be the first time a total solar eclipse has passed across the entire length of the United States since 1918.

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Passed: Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument to remain unchanged after federal review

Following an uncertain future after President Trump’s executive order calling for Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to review 27 national monuments designated since 1996, Zinke confirmed Aug. 4 Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument will remain unchanged.

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Tusayan council approves budget, calls for election

The Tusayan town council passed its FY 2018 budget as printed Aug. 9 after receiving no public comments or recommendations during the public hearing held during the meeting.

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Rural communities prepare as state reports rise in opioid abuse

As opioid use in the United States continues to rise exponentially, rural police and fire departments are faced with the reality that an epidemic in a “couldn’t happen here” scenario is indeed knocking at their doorsteps.

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Grand Canyon Music Festival returns Aug. 25-Sept. 9

Event will feature returning favorites Catalyst String Quartet, Bonfiglio Group

The Grand Canyon Music Festival will return to Grand Canyon National Park for its 34th season beginning Aug. 25 and continuing each weekend through Sept. 9.

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At 86 years young, Letha Talasyousiea retires after four decades of serving Grand Canyon guests

Talasyousiea came to Grand Canyon from the Hopi Reservation in 1971

If you ask Letha Talasyousiea what she will miss the most about working at the Grand Canyon, she will give a big smile, a grand hand gesture and say, with great enthusiasm, “Everything!”

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TrailsInspire discusses Tusayan trails survey results, encourages residents to choose routes

As part of its planning process, the town of Tusayan held a public meeting Aug. 3 to gather input from residents on a proposed master plan for a municipal trail system through the town.

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Squire Inn receives Director's Award for Quality

The Best Western Premier Grand Canyon Squire Inn recently received the hotel chain’s Director’s Award, given to properties that meet or surpass excellent quality standards.

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Body found near Black Bridge identified as Texas doctor

Two children, ages 10 and 11, found safe

Remains recovered near Black Bridge Aug. 3 are those of Sarah Beadle, who was reported missing Aug. 1 after she failed to show up for a campground reservation.

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Ancient art finds new life: Hopi, Zuni artists unite to revive ancient pottery traditions

Looking eastward from Baccavi on the Hopi Reservation, it’s impossible to see Zuni Pueblo, some 150 miles away in New Mexico.

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Listen up, parents! Alejandra & Rosa's back-to-school basics

Everything parents need to know before their child heads back to school.

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Kids cut loose at Kaibab Learning Center summer camp

Students continued learning throughout the summer at Kaibab Learning Center’s summer camp.

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Grand Canyon School welcomes new staff

Welcome to the Grand Canyon School family.

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Arizona offers Tool Kit to help veterans get back to work force

Finding a job has never been a particularly easy task, but veterans seem to languish in unemployment limbo longer than the non-veteran population, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Tusayan seeking input on community trail system

The Town of Tusayan is seeking public input on the development of a community trail system master plan.

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Community Wellness Committee to host town hall meeting July 28

Do you have questions or concerns about what’s going on in the Grand Canyon, Tusayan and Valle communities?

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House subcommittee outlines 2018 Interior budget

Cuts to EPA, additional funding for Indian health and education services included in bill

The House appropriations subcommittee tasked with creating spending budgets for the Interior Department and environmental agencies published its first statements in the draft July 12.

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Pipe dreams: NPS outlines proposals to replace aging Trans-Canyon Pipeline

Protracted maintenance costs, catastrophic breaks and the reliance of millions on the Trans-Canyon Pipeline for water has made replacing the aging pipeline a top priority of the National Park Service.

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Monsoon lightning ignites multiple fires near North Rim

Fire managers explain the role of prescribed burns in keeping lightning-caused fires in check

Within the past week, North Zone fire personnel consisting of firefighters from the U.S. Forest Service and National Park Service have responded jointly to multiple lightning-caused wildfires located on both the North Rim of the Grand Canyon and adjacent North Kaibab Ranger District of the Kaibab National Forest.

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National Geographic Visitor Center IMAX to offer limited run of ‘Dunkirk’

The National Geographic Visitor Center in Tusayan will be showing a limited run of Christopher Nolan’s WWII epic “Dunkirk” from July 20-Aug. 31.

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Tusayan Town Council settles on 2017 budget: Ten X housing top priority

Sports complex won't be funded entirely this year

The Tusayan Town Council passed its preliminary town budget July 12 at its regular monthly meeting.

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Grand Canyon revives river unit under new chain of command

Superintendent addresses Colorado River concerns, triumphs at community meeting

Grand Canyon National Park is reviving its river unit, an action Superintendent Christine Lehnertz said the park has been looking at for several months.

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NPS seeking public comment on proposal to replace Trans-Canyon Pipeline

Open house public scoping meetings to be held in Grand Canyon, Flagstaff

The National Park Service (NPS) is seeking public comment on a proposal to replace the obsolete Trans-Canyon Water Distribution Pipeline.

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Newly-drafted Mexican wolf recovery plan, met with criticism, under review

Center for Biological Diversity calls draft plan 'deeply flawed,' Game and Fish still conducting review

A long-awaited update to the Mexican Wolf Recovery Plan has been released, drawing criticism from activist groups that say the draft strips essential protections from the animal and prompting further review from Arizona Game and Fish (AZGFD).

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Pioneering a legacy: explorers, immigrants and entrepreneurs lie at the heart of Grand Canyon's past and present

The Old West is full of colorful pioneer characters and traditions, and Grand Canyon Village, at the heart of one of the country’s national treasures, is no exception.

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Havasupai Campground named best in Arizona by "Travel + Leisure"

Famous for its turquoise waterfalls cascading amongst rust-red rocks, Havasupai campground was recently named Arizona’s top camping destination by "Travel + Leisure" Magazine.

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Ruling: hunters responsible for identifying targets before shooting

In a June 17 ruling, a federal judge struck down the Department of Justice’s “McKittrick Policy,” allowing prosecutors to more aggressively pursue charges against those who kill protected wildlife species, including Mexican wolves.

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Haul No! protesting a uranium haul route

On a hot, dusty day in the shadow of Red Butte, the Havasupai Tribe gathered to pray and educate others about the dangers of uranium mining near their sacred lands.

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Grand Canyon one of top 13 safest travel destinations for families with children

SafeWise, a home security system provider that publishes information on home and community safety, recently announced Grand Canyon as one of the top 13 vacation destinations for families with children.

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Canyon Country Tours offers opportunities for the perfect Grand Canyon shot

The urge to photograph America’s natural wonder is something that Glenn Tamblingson knows well. A professional photographer with decades of experience shooting the Grand Canyon, Tamblingson and his wife, Lori, recently opened Canyon Country Tours in Flagstaff, Arizona.

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Grand Canyon is dog-friendly, but beware the heat

Car interiors can reach up to 140 degrees in under an hour

For travelers who don’t want to leave Fifi or Fido behind this summer vacation, Grand Canyon National Park is dog-friendly and encourages visitors to be active with their pets.

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Submerged! Vacation Bible School takes over Grand Canyon Rec Center

Grand Canyon Community Church hosted its annual Vacation Bible School program “Submerged!” June 12-16 at the Grand Canyon Rec Center.

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Art, spirituality and serenity: Hopi silversmith Duane Tawahongva infuses Hopi beliefs into art

Hopi silversmith Duane Tawahongva infuses Hopi beliefs into art

Silversmithing is a Hopi tradition dating back generations, and Duane Tawahongva has taken the art of overlay silversmithing and made it his own.

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Tusayan to host 39th annual Fourth of July Parade

Celebration to include America's Got Talent season five winner Michael Grimm

The Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce will host its 39th annual Parade and Celebration July 4 in Tusayan, just outside the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.