Grand Canyon

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The U.S. Senate has approved a measure to reimburse states that paid to keep National Parks open during the federal government shutdown in 2013. Arizona Public Radio’s Justin Regan reports.

This year marks the centennial celebration of the National Park Service. President Woodrow Wilson signed the act creating the agency with the intention ‘…to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wild life therein…’. There are now 59 National Parks across the country and two longtime friends, Darius Nabors and Trevor Kemp, are visiting all 59 in 59 weeks. It’s their own personal salute to the Park Service’s 100th anniversary. One of their recent visits was to Grand Canyon National Park. They spoke with Arizona Public Radio’s Justin Regan about their trip.   

An effort will begin this week to spray weed killer inside Grand Canyon National Park to help prevent wildfires.

The park and the Grand Canyon Railway will spray two types of herbicide along railroad tracks to kill weeds, reducing the risk of train wheel sparks setting a fire to the vegetation. The park and railway say the effort will also help control invasive species at the landmark location.

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 Government scientists have gathered data to answer the question of whether a new uranium mining operation will contaminate the Grand Canyon region.

Scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey spent two years collecting and analyzing soil samples from around the Canyon Mine near Tusayan. The study gives them a baseline of the environment they can use to compare with future soil samples.

The mine on U.S. Forest Service land was approved in the 1980s, but ore never was pulled from the ground.

The National Park Service has extended a public comment period on a plan to manage the backcountry areas of the Grand Canyon.

One of the most significant parts of the proposals is to have hikers who venture more than 5 miles down the most popular trails obtain a day-use permit and pay a minimum $5 fee.

The plan also addresses more remote areas of the park and relatively new recreation activities such as canyoneering, rim-to-rim excursions and backpacking trips that require short travel on the Colorado River.

(Courtesy of Pamela Wolfson via AP)

A Denver man has logged the fastest Grand Canyon river trip on record, battling blisters and rapids as he paddled his kayak down a 277-mile stretch of the Colorado River in 34 hours and two minutes.

Ben Orkin reached the end of his journey Sunday, exhausted after navigating the water in the dark and swimming part of it when a rapid toppled his kayak. Orkin beat a record set last week by more than an hour and a previous one set by three men in a non-motorized boat in 1983, according to Tom Martin, secretary of the Grand Canyon Historical Society.

A tiny town outside the Grand Canyon that has big plans for development will be under new leadership in 2016.

Greg Bryan, Tusayan’s first mayor selected by colleagues on the Town Council shortly after it incorporated in 2010, is leaving the office Dec. 31 to spend more time with family.

“I’m proud and thankful to have been part of this process, building a town from scratch,” Bryan said. “It’s probably the most frustrating and rewarding thing I’ve done in my professional career. It was and is the right thing to do for this community.”

Melissa Sevigny

New research supports the long-held hypothesis that the Grand Canyon is as young as six million years. That’s what geologists originally believed before a different study claimed it was tens of millions of years older.

The study was conducted by geologists at Arizona State University. It compares the western Grand Canyon with the Grand Wash Cliffs. It found that the canyon is steeper than the cliffs, which suggests erosion started more recently.

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Coconino County Health Officials and the National Park Service are monitoring for plague at the Grand Canyon this summer. As Arizona Public Radio’s Justin Regan reports, the disease remains a small threat to humans.

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If asked what's impressive about the Grand Canyon, most visitors probably won't mention a water pipeline. But one of this national park's great engineering feats is the Trans-Canyon Pipeline, which carries half a million gallons of water every day from Roaring Springs down Bright Angel Canyon, past Phantom Ranch and across Silver Bridge.