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Loretta Yerian

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Backcountry permits offer a chance to trek in Grand Canyon wilderness
Hiking Grand Canyon's backcountry offers physical challenge, unmatched views

What’s the best way to secure a backcountry permit for the Grand Canyon?

By Loretta Yerian June 11, 2019
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Federal emplyees have not received a paycheck in over a month, including national park employees on the South Rim at Grand Canyon National Park, and this, along with the growing impacts to the park, is starting to weigh on many employees.

By Loretta Yerian January 22, 2019
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Grand Canyon School (GCS) and other local organizations are doing what they can to make sure the needs are met and students and families are taken care of during this time.

By Loretta Yerian January 22, 2019
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For an entire year, a stuffed scorpion measuring about a foot in length sat on a shelf in the ranger station.

By Loretta Yerian January 8, 2019
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Anya Uqualla, a young Supai mother holds her 2-month-old infant in her arms as she sits on a bench in the village square watching three U.S. Marines and several volunteers make final arrangements for Santa Claus, who will be arriving by helicopter later that morning.

By Loretta Yerian December 18, 2018
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Employees at Phantom Ranch are in the holiday spirit after a Christmas tree was packed into the Canyon by Festus the mule Dec. 4.

By Loretta Yerian December 11, 2018
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WILLIAMS, Ariz. — Twenty-five privately owned railroad motorcars, known as Speeders, chugged out of the Williams Train Depot Oct. 15 on their way to the Grand Canyon.

By Loretta Yerian October 23, 2018
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Every day Grand Canyon Park Ranger Sarah Acomb gets to see the Grand Canyon through the eyes of visitors from around the world.

By Loretta Yerian October 9, 2018
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Passengers on the Grand Canyon Railway were forced to make alternative plans following a washout of a portion of the train tracks at milepost 40 heading north to the Grand Canyon.

By Loretta Yerian August 28, 2018
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From year to year winter weather at Grand Canyon is unpredictable — on Dec. 25, 2016 the South Rim of Grand Canyon and the nearby community of Tusayan received 6-7 inches of snow.

By Loretta Yerian January 9, 2018
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Four people were killed and six people injured, including two children after a head on collision on State Route 64 Dec. 22.

By Loretta Yerian January 2, 2018
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Every year during the annual Western Legends Round-Up visitors stroll down the streets of Kanab, rubbing shoulders with film legends from some of America’s most legendary western movies and television shows.

By Loretta Yerian July 18, 2017
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Babbitt Ranches hold annual colt sale west of Flagstaff
Babbitt Ranches keeps tradition strong

Horses are a part of cowboy and American culture.

By Loretta Yerian July 18, 2017
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Ellsworth Kolb arrived at Grand Canyon in 1901 with younger brother Emery Kolb soon following.

By Loretta Yerian July 11, 2017
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With nearly six years working at the Williams-Grand Canyon News and six months after her promotion to business manager, Madeline Keith was promoted as publisher of the Williams-Grand Canyon News and Navajo-Hopi Observer.

By Loretta Yerian January 17, 2017
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After a successful comeback last year and following a 25-year absence, Man vs. Machine bike race returns to Williams and Tusayan Sept. 24.

By Loretta Yerian September 20, 2016
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In mid-October, author Kevin Fedarko and National Geographic photographer Pete McBride will finish the final leg of a nearly 670 mile hike through the heart of Grand Canyon where they have taken an in-depth look at what they consider to be a growing number of threats surrounding the canyon.

By Loretta Yerian September 13, 2016
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Fusion of contemporary classical and traditional Hopi music debuts at MNA
Grand Canyon Music Festival debuts new genre of Hopi music combining classical with traditional

There’s a new brand of music floating across the airwaves of northern Arizona and it sounds good.

By Loretta Yerian September 13, 2016
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Capturing electricity: photographing lightning at Grand Canyon
Grand Canyon photographer Greg Brush shares tips on photographing one of nature's deadliest forces - lightning at Grand Canyon

GRAND CANYON, Ariz. - Lightning is a giant spark of electricity in the atmosphere and is created in the space between clouds, air or the ground. Every year in the U.S. lightning strikes the ground approximately 25 million times.

By Loretta Yerian July 19, 2016
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GRAND CANYON, Ariz. - The Grand Canyon Track and Field team rounded out the season by setting new school records and having 11 out of 24 students qualifying for the state track meet May 6 - 7 at Mesa Community College.

By Loretta Yerian May 24, 2016
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GRAND CANYON, Ariz. - "I'm here with my heart in my throat a little bit right now," said Grand Canyon Superintendent Dave Uberuaga during a presentation at the annual Guide Training Seminar in Marble Canyon April 2.

By Loretta Yerian April 12, 2016
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GRAND CANYON, Ariz. - Participation in Grand Canyon School's track and field team is up this year - way up. Moving from a team of seven athletes and two managers last year to 22 athletes and four student managers this season, this could be one of the largest track and field teams Grand Canyon has had in years.

By Loretta Yerian March 17, 2016
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ROUTE 66, Ariz. - There's a dinosaur in the driveway. Close by there's a miniature golf course and vintage hotel and restaurant reminiscent of the 1950s and 1960s era.

By Loretta Yerian March 15, 2016
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GRAND CANYON, Ariz. - Most people will never see the Grand Canyon from the helm of a river boat, heading into the swirling abyss of a Class IV rapid.

By Loretta Yerian March 7, 2016
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GRAND CANYON, Ariz. - The Lady Vikings are celebrating the end of the season after winning, their final game Feb. 5 against Shonto Prep 50 - 26.

By Loretta Yerian February 9, 2016
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GRAND CANYON, Ariz. - With the swing of a creaking gate and the gentle thud of four hooves stepping down from the trailer, 11 mules arrive at their new home - the mule barn at Grand Canyon National Park.

By Loretta Yerian January 26, 2016
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GRAND CANYON, Ariz. - Thomas Ratz has worked at the Grand Canyon for over 35 years and his dedication has paid off in an uncommon honor - having one of Grand Canyon's world famous mules named after him.

By Loretta Yerian December 15, 2015
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The art of fire watching: Red Butte Lookout
Fire lookout at Red Butte works to keep landscapes and living rooms beautiful

GRAND CANYON, Ariz. - It's been said Bruce Hill can spot a lit cigarette 30 miles out in the woods. He's good. Which is one reason Hill has worked as a fire lookout on Red Butte for the last 16 years. Red Butte is a lonely outcropping located off Highway 64, just south of Grand Canyon National Park.

By Loretta Yerian October 14, 2015
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