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KNAU and Arizona News
8:53 am
Wed June 24, 2015

Debate Continues Over Proposed Grand Canyon Watershed National Monument

Forest and meadow land along the Kaibab Plateau Trail north of the Grand Canyon. The area includes one of the largest swaths of old-growth ponderosa pine trees in the world.
Credit Shane McDermott/Arizona Highways

The most recent group to enter the debate surrounding the Grand Canyon Watershed National Monument is the Arizona Game and Fish Department. The proposal is designed to protect nearly 2 million acres of old-growth forest and other land near the national park. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the agency says the plan would involve too much federal regulation.

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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
7:39 am
Wed May 13, 2015

Grand Canyon Aerial Tram Project Backed By New Navajo President

Jonathan Nez, left, and Russell Begaye claim victory April 21 during the special election on the Navajo Nation at the Window Rock Sports Center in Window Rock, Ariz.
Credit The Daily Times

Russell Begaye has been sworn in as president of the Navajo Nation and agreed to support several of his predecessor's projects.

Begaye easily beat former two-term President Joe Shirley Jr. in a special election last month. He succeeds Ben Shelly, who served an extended term while legal challenges surrounding the election played out in court.

Begaye and Shelly signed an agreement Tuesday during the inauguration ceremony that outlines eight projects that Begaye will push forward. Among them is a controversial proposal for an aerial tram at the east rim of the Grand Canyon.

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KNAU and Arizona News
7:37 am
Mon May 11, 2015

Grand Canyon To Mark Renovation Of Kolb Studio

The historic Kolb Studio at the Grand Canyon's South Rim looks like new again.

Park officials will celebrate the completion of a two-year renovation of the iconic, cedar-shingled property Saturday.

Built in 1904, Kolb Studio was the workspace and home of brothers Emery and Ellsworth Kolb for decades.

The brothers sold photographs they took of tourists visiting the canyon. They are also credited with bringing interest to the Grand Canyon by filming themselves navigating the Colorado River.

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KNAU and Arizona News
7:38 am
Wed April 8, 2015

Environmentalists Lose Round In Battle Against Uranium Mine

Photograph: Robyn Beck/AFP

A federal judge has ruled against environmentalists in their fight to halt a uranium mine south of the Grand Canyon.

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KNAU and Arizona News
8:45 am
Wed March 11, 2015

AZ Senators Oppose Grand Canyon Watershed National Monument Proposal

Republican Senators John McCai (pictured) and Jeff Flake have written a letter to Pres. Obama opposing possible executive action that could designate nearly 2 million acres as the Grand Canyon Watershed National Monument.
Credit AP

Both of Arizona’s U.S. senators sent a letter yesterday to President Obama opposing the possible designation of the Grand Canyon Watershed National Monument. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, they say such an action would represent a large federal overreach. 

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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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KNAU and Arizona News
9:19 am
Wed November 21, 2012

Flagstaff Man Tries to Break Colorado River Running Record

Colorado River in the Grand Canyon
Credit Marcin Klapczynski, 2004

While most of us were sleeping last night, a Flagstaff man was out to break a record.

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