grand canyon national park

KNAU and Arizona News
11:16 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Tusayan Town Council Considers a Name Change

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The Town of Tusayan near the South Rim of the Grand Canyon is considering changing its name. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the driving force behind the plan is marketing the town to tourists.

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Earth Notes
8:53 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Earth Notes: Using Social Media to Manage the Outdoors

The view from Shoshone Point at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon
Credit Photo by Ryan Heinsius

The managers of nature-oriented parks, including many on the Colorado Plateau, don’t always know how many visitors to expect, or when peak visiting times will come. But, technology may be changing that. It turns out that vacation photos posted by tourists on the Internet may be able to improve managers’ understanding of how people use and enjoy parks.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Tusayan Receives 20 Acres of Land as Part of Development Deal

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The Town of Tusayan just outside Grand Canyon National Park is now the owner of a parcel of land to be used for affordable housing construction. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the transfer is part of a large and controversial development project.

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KNAU and Arizona News
9:35 am
Thu February 13, 2014

ADOT Moving Ahead With Water Well and New Terminal at Grand Canyon Airport

The terminal at Grand Canyon National Park Airport
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Last month, the Arizona Department of Transportation announced the cancelation of construction of a small building at Grand Canyon National Park Airport. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the agency still plans to build a new terminal and construct a well.

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KNAU and Arizona News
8:47 am
Fri February 7, 2014

More Air Tours to be Flown Over Grand Canyon

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This year, nearly 2,000 additional air tours could be flown over Grand Canyon National Park. But, as Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the aircraft used for those flights will have to conform to certain quiet-technology standards.

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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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Elections 2012
9:20 am
Fri October 26, 2012

Uranium Mining Near Canyon Subject of AZ Senate Debate in Yuma

Senate candidates, Democrat Rich Carmona and Republican Jeff Flake held their last debate Thursday in Yuma.

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KNAU and Arizona News
4:00 am
Mon July 2, 2012

The Grand Canyon Needs New Pipes

The aging pipeline that carries water from the inner Grand Canyon to the rims has been damaged five times so far this year, leading to breaks. This break occurred in May.
Photo courtesy of the National Park Service.

Grand Canyon National Park has issued five warnings this year about water shortages due to pipeline breaks. That means so far, it’s actually been a good year for the aging water system that park officials are dying to replace. 

Imagine hiking in the Grand Canyon and seeing a geyser. There are no natural geysers at Grand Canyon. But up to 25 times a year, the pipes break that carry water from the Inner Canyon to the rims.

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Local Headlines
1:55 pm
Thu November 10, 2011

Officals at Grand Canyon National Park halt plans to ban plastic water bottle sales

Officials at Grand Canyon National Park have halted plans to ban the sale of bottled water to park visitors. AZPR’s Gillian Ferris Kohl reports the move comes shortly after discussions with Coca Cola, the main provider of bottled water at the Grand Canyon.