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KNAU and Arizona News
3:32 pm
Wed May 20, 2015

Grand Canyon Airport Upgrades Raise Concern of Conservation Groups

The public comment period for the Arizona Department of Transportation’s Five-Year Plan ends next week. It includes an upgrade to the state-owned Grand Canyon National Park Airport. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, conservationists have raised concerns about the project’s potential effects on the Canyon.

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KNAU and Arizona News
2:20 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

Pres. Begaye: Agreement with Shelly Was About Continuity, But Opposes Escalade Project

Pres. Begaye taking his oath of office earlier this week.
Credit Alexa Rogals/The Daily Times

Navajo President Russell Begaye has altered his position on the development of a tram at the Grand Canyon. Earlier this week at his inauguration, the new president signed an agreement supporting the Escalade Project. But as Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, now President Begaye seems to have changed his mind.

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KNAU and Arizona News
8:40 am
Thu May 14, 2015

Navajo President Takes Firm Stance Against Grand Canyon Tram

Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye
Credit Navajo Post

Newly inaugurated Navajo President Russell Begaye stood before hundreds of people at his inauguration ceremony and signed a document stating he would pursue development of an aerial tram at the Grand Canyon.

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KNAU and Arizona News
1:39 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

Hybrid-Electric Motor Completes Colorado River Trip Through the Grand Canyon

Participants in the April trip included (from left) GCROA Executive Director John Dillon, guide Sarah Hatch, Grand Canyon National Park Superintendent Dave Uberuaga, guide and trip leader Steve Hatch, Fred Thevinen, Trent Keller, and River District Ranger Brian Bloom.
Credit Grand Canyon River Outfitters Association

For the first time, a hybrid-electric motor has powered a Colorado River trip through the entire Grand Canyon. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the technology is being developed through a partnership between commercial river outfitters and the National Park Service.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Tue April 7, 2015

Colorado River in the Grand Canyon Ranked as Most Endangered River in the U.S.

The confluence of the Colorado and Little Colorado rivers in the Grand Canyon. It's the the site of a proposed large commercial development that would include a gondola capable of ferrying thousands of people per day below the rim to the river.
Credit OARS

A conservation group has named the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon as the most endangered river in the U.S. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the ranking is based on two large-scale development projects as well as the potential for future uranium mining.

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Earth Notes
8:47 am
Wed October 8, 2014

Earth Notes: Wetlands Architect

The American beaver is an appealing animal, with dexterous paws, curious eyes and paddle-shaped tail. But, these rodents, the largest in North America, were nearly wiped out by the early 1900s as trappers sent mass quantities of the thick brown pelts back East for stylish top hats.

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Scott Thybony Commentaries
11:04 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Scott Thybony's Grand Canyon Commentary: River Dogs

Northern Arizona is full of river runners, many of whom take their dogs downriver with them. Whether it's the Verde or the Salt River, many a mutt has gone along for the ride. And though dogs aren't allowed on the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon, commentator Scott Thybony says that doesn't mean it hasn't been done.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

No Upstream River Trips For Hualapai Tribe

The Colorado River near Diamond Creek, with Diamond Peak towering in the background.
Credit NAU Cline Library, Margaret Eiseman Collection

The Hualapai tribe has temporarily postponed upriver rafting trips in the Grand Canyon. As Arizona Public Radio’s Parker Olson reports, the suspension comes after the National Park Service voiced concerns about upriver travel.

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KNAU and Arizona News
9:00 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Controversial Development at the Confluence Takes a Step Forward

The confluence of the Little Colorado and Colorado rivers.
Credit "The Confluence" by George Mancuso

A proposed development project near the confluence of the Colorado and Little Colorado rivers is one step closer to becoming a reality. But, as Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, several key questions still remain about the controversial, multimillion-dollar development.

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KNAU and Arizona News
10:15 am
Wed November 21, 2012

River Running Record Attempt Aborted

Update Wednesday 11-21-12 10:06 am:  Harlan Taney has aborted his attempt to break the speed record for boating down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. 

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