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Erin Ford

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Town council, Chamber partner for ambassador program

Council discusses lighting for Long Jim Loop Road, contract for court services

After hearing research from Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce manager Laura Chastain, the town council agreed to support an ambassador program designed to boost spending and customer service in Tusayan.

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First watch: Tusayan residents, Coconino County Sheriff's Office gather for inaugural neighborhood watch meeting

The Coconino County Sheriff’s Office traveled to Tusayan March 8 to conduct the first neighborhood watch meeting since residents began developing the program last month.

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Community donations boost Grand Canyon School

As school budgets struggle to meet with the demands of educating more students with less funding, community organizations often step up to help fill in the gaps for items like updated computers, desks and other basic necessities that sometimes get overlooked.

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Photo highlights: Scientific minds think alike for STEAM night at GCS

Grand Canyon School hosted STEAM Family Night March 1 to educate students and their families about science, technology, engineering, art and math.

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Finding the first voice at Desert View

NPS, tribes share vision of intercultural heritage at Desert View

Located at the southeast edge of Grand Canyon National Park, the Desert View Watchtower rises high above the Colorado River — for many, it’s the first glimpse they get of the park.

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Utah Shakespeare Festival brings ‘The Tempest’ to Grand Canyon

Political intrigue, love and conspiracy play out on a tiny island in the middle of a great storm — conjured by an embittered sorcerer and his army of magical spirits — in one of Shakespeare’s most well-known comedies, “The Tempest.”

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Papillon helicopters to get fire-resistant fuel tanks

Two more British nationals die; family sues Airbus, Papillon over death

In the wake of a helicopter crash that claimed five British tourists Feb. 10, StandardAero and Papillon Airways announced they will retrofit all of the tour company’s Airbus AS350 B3 and EC130 B4 tour aircraft with crash-resistant fuel tanks (CRFTs).

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#NeverAgain: Grand Canyon School ups lockdown drills, safety measures in wake of multiple school shootings

2018 is barely two months old, and already there have been eight shootings at schools across the country.

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For trees' sake: Forest Service tackles bark beetle problem

The bright flames of a raging wildfire and the aftermath it leaves behind may cause many to think that the biggest forest danger in the west is unrestrained fire, but the reality is actually much quieter and much, much smaller.

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Phantoms finish season, celebrate progress

The Phantoms were unable to take a spot in the state tournament this year, but head coach David Perkins is happy with the improvements made by both the team and individuals throughout the season.

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Lady Phantoms bow out of state tournament after loss to Baboquivari

Team finishes season with a 19-6 record, will say goodbye to three seniors

The Lady Phantoms’ season ended Feb. 16 with a 63-45 loss to 4th-ranked Baboquivari in the first round of the state tournament.

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Trump's budget proposal includes big cuts to EPA, Interior Department

President Donald Trump released the proposed 2019 budget Feb. 12. The proposal contains a 15 percent cut to the Department of the Interior, which houses the National Park Service.

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Ducey puts Grand Canyon Protection Plan on the books

In response to the back-and-forth budget wrangling in Washington D.C. resulting in two brief shutdowns this year, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signed away uncertainty for the Grand Canyon State with an executive order Feb. 9.

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The Art of the Proposal: Grand Canyon photographer Terri Attridge captures couples' intimate moments

From sunrise to sunset, whether it’s sunny or cloudy, windy or calm, Grand Canyon resident and photographer Terri Attridge said there is no such thing as a bad time to take a photo at the Arizona’s wonder.

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Congress avoids shutdown, funds government for two years

After a brief shutdown lasting into the early morning hours Feb. 9, Congress passed a budget that will keep the government funded for another two years.

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Notes from the edge of the wilderness

On a warm, sunny New Year’s Day at Plateau Point, hikers noticed a tiny chair, table and old-fashioned typewriter perched precariously overlooking the Colorado River.

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Justin Lee Richardson disappeared from the Grand Canyon area in 2001 and has never been found

Missing but not forgotten

Even in large, rural swaths of Coconino County surrounding the Grand Canyon and the town of Tusayan, the Coconino County Sheriff’s Department (CCSO) prides itself on being able to recover missing children quickly, whether they are runaways, victims of abduction or simply get lost.

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16th annual Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival kicks off Feb. 15

Casual movie-goers, film buffs and those with a keen interest in the environment can all find something to talk about at the 15th annual Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival Feb. 15-18.

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Book Review: historian and author Don Lago breaks down the Powell Expedition

Although the gold rush of 1849 and the years following the Civil War marked some of the greatest westward expansions in the United States, the Grand Canyon remained the country’s largest unmapped, unexplored area.

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Inspector General investigates sexual harassment at Canyon

Officials at Grand Canyon National Park and the National Park Service tested the agency’s new sexual harassment policies late last year, with the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) investigating claims that a manager harassed an intern working at the park.

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Missing in northern Arizona, Part 1 of 2: Miscommunication or missing?

When children go missing in Coconino County, Sheriff's office and NPS rangers react quickly

It’s a warm day, the sun is shining, you and your family are enjoying a weekend outdoors. You look away only for a moment to get a snack or sunscreen out of your bag, and when you look up — your child is nowhere to be seen.

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Grand Canyon community comes together in face of shutdown

A government shutdown over the weekend of Jan. 19 - 23 may have rattled some business owners in communities near national parks, but the Grand Canyon community fended off potential setbacks and saw little disruption to business as usual.

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Phantoms teams split games, record losses to Mogollon, wins over Mayer

The Phantoms split their last two games, losing to rival Mogollon and picking up wins against Mayer.

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Community leaders Andy and SuZan Pearce focus on youth

Leading for the future

Life in the National Park Service can be a transient one, with park staff moving frequently all over the United States.

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With government funding restored, Grand Canyon is open with full services

With a deal to fund the government in sight, Grand Canyon National Park resumed normal operations Jan. 23, four days after the Jan. 19 deadline to pass a budget failed to get any traction.

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Yvonne Trujillo looks to relax, volunteer after 17 years serving Tusayan community

After almost two decades serving the Tusayan community, Yvonne Trujillo headed off into the Phoenix sunset Jan. 1.

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Phantoms persevere: ‘the best basketball we have played in two years’

January has been a month of tough losses and encouraging wins for the Phantoms, and head coach David Perkins said he is proud of the way the team is playing no matter what the scoreboard says.

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Lady Phantoms roll despite second loss of the season, beat rival Cibecue

As the season winds down, the Lady Phantoms are ramping up for another post-season run, going 5-1 over their last six games.

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Photo highlights: Winter delivers snow to the Grand Canyon at last

Jan. 10 delivered the first winter snow of 2018 to the Grand Canyon area.

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Special 'bulletin:' Felix Christiansen wins Grand Canyon Spelling Bee

Eighth-grader Felix Christiansen defeated Linnea Whisenhunt for the honor of Spelling Bee champion Jan. 10.

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Tusayan a safe community despite small bump in crime

Despite a few small bumps in crime activity in 2017, Lt. Brian Tozer of the Coconino County Sheriff’s Department still considers Tusayan to be a safe, family-friendly community.

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Flake pens bill to limit Mexican wolves, delist them from federal program

Annual wolf count begins Jan. 22

In a 1982 draft of the Mexican Wolf Recovery Plan, which was the standard until late 2017, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) determined 100 Mexican wolves should be the benchmark for the species’ survival.

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Lady Phantoms go on scoring frenzy in runaway win over Mayer

The Lady Phantoms chalked up another runaway win Jan. 6, defeating the Mayer Wildcats 54-31 at home.

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Phantoms thump Mayer Wildcats

The Phantoms jumped out to a 10-point lead and never looked back, defeating the Mayer Wildcats 58-27 at Grand Canyon Jan. 6.

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Catalyst Quartet’s ‘Dreams and Daggers’ nominated for Grammy

The Catalyst Quartet, perennial favorites at the annual Grand Canyon Music Festival, were nominated for a Grammy Award for their latest album “Dreams and Daggers.”

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Turnovers sink Phantoms in losses to Mogollon, Joseph City

The Phantoms lost a competitive game, 48-38, to 1A Central region rival Mogollon Dec. 15 in Heber, Arizona.

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Lady Phantoms lose close game to Mogollon, trounce Joseph City

The Lady Phantoms’ undefeated streak came to an end Dec. 15 as they lost a close game 60-55 to 1A Central rival Mogollon in Heber, Arizona.

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Hermit Road open to private vehicles, allowing visitors a unique trip to the rim

The western expanse of the Grand Canyon’s South Rim is incredibly well-traveled, thanks to a free, efficient shuttle system and a very walkable paved Rim Trail. And while the area is hectic and crowded with travelers taking selfies and family photos, winter offers a more secluded opportunity to journey to Mary Colter’s signature Hermit’s Rest.

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Warm days, frozen nights: Keep the cold from creeping in with 7 easy steps

Northern Arizona may be experiencing a warmer — and drier — winter than usual, but there are likely to be many cold days ahead in the new year.

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What winter? Grand Canyon mules make a break for the tropics

Around half of the mules who call Grand Canyon home through the warmer months headed out on vacation to Tropic, Utah Dec. 8.

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Blue-green waters and a shiny red sleigh

Volunteers deliver holiday cheer to Canyon communities

Santa took a short leave from the North Pole last week to deliver Christmas goodies to Grand Canyon communities with the help of the Toys for Tots Marine Corps elves.

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Lady Phantoms continue winning streak against Holbrook, Williams

The Lady Phantoms continued their win streak last week, defeating both Holbrook and the Williams Vikings on the road.

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Phantoms get revenge on BASIS, take tough loss to Williams

After losing a tough game to Flagstaff BASIS in the Route 66 Holiday Classic, the Phantoms bounced back with a 48-45 win over the Yetis Dec. 4 at home.

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2017 Holiday Dinner Dance: Andy and SuZan Pearce named Community Leaders of the Year

Grand Canyon community residents hit the dance floor at the El Tovar Hotel for the Rotary's annual Holiday Dinner Dance Dec. 9.

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Feds release final revisions to Mexican wolf recovery plan, detail species' road to recovery

Environmental groups call planning process 'dishonest,' say the science is flawed

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has completed a revision to the Mexican Wolf Recovery Plan.

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Angel Tree arrives at Grand Canyon General Store

Among the festive lights and decorations in the Grand Canyon General Store, the small Christmas tree located in front of the customer service counter holds a special significance.

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Grand Canyon Phantoms open season at Rt. 66 Holiday Classic

The Grand Canyon Phantoms basketball teams once again kicked off their seasons this year at the Route 66 Holiday Classic tournament in Williams, Arizona, Nov. 30 – Dec. 2.

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Time to shop: hit the bricks or with a click?

Shopping and shipping deadlines are fast approaching at both online and brick-and-mortar retailers

With Christmas just three weeks away, shopping holidays like Black Friday and Cyber Monday seem like distant memories.

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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.