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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
Thu March 12, 2015

Flagstaff City Council Votes to Oppose Grand Canyon Development

Sunset at Mather Point on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.
Credit NPS

The Flagstaff City Council has passed a resolution opposing a U.S. Forest Service easement that would allow a large development project near the Grand Canyon to proceed. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the council’s move is in reaction to the development’s potential economic effects.

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KNAU and Arizona News
8:16 am
Fri February 20, 2015

Arizona Republicans Urge Against Grand Canyon Watershed National Monument

The Grand Canyon viewed from the North Rim.
Credit NPS

Twenty five members of Congress, including four Arizona Republicans, are urging President Obama not to designate nearly 2 million acres near the Grand Canyon as a national monument. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the representatives say such a move would be an overreach by the president.

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KNAU and Arizona News
3:36 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

DNA Test Confirms Death of Gray Wolf Seen Near the Grand Canyon

The dispersed female Rocky Mountain gray wolf photographed near the North Rim of the Grand Canyon on Oct. 27, 2014, traveled from Wyoming, more than 450 miles.
Credit Arizona Game and Fish Department

Federal wildlife officials have confirmed that an endangered gray wolf mistaken for a coyote and killed by a hunter was the same one recently seen near the Grand Canyon. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, Echo — as the wolf had been unofficially named — was the first of its species known to roam the area near the national park in more than 70 years.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:01 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Arizona Prepares Appeal as EPA Again Rejects the State’s Regional Haze Rules

The EPA's new rules are designed to reduce haze at several national parks and wilderness areas in the Southwest including the Grand Canyon.
Credit NPS

The Environmental Protection Agency recently rejected part of Arizona’s plan to improve visibility at several Southwestern wilderness areas and national parks including the Grand Canyon. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the state is preparing an appeal after its third such rejection.

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KNAU and Arizona News
8:49 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Grand Canyon National Park Implements Fire Restrictions

Credit cicotello.com

Beginning at 8 a.m. on Fri, June 13, Grand Canyon National Park will implement heightened fire restrictions due to the increased risk of wildfire. This applies to all areas within the park, including residential areas, except for the Colorado River corridor.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Park Officials Seek Public Input in Grand Canyon Bison Management

Bison on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon
Credit AP/Kaibab National Forest

The National Park Service is holding a public comment period regarding the management of a bison herd on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, some wildlife advocacy groups are pushing for the animals to remain in the park.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Grand Canyon Continues to Battle Harmful Invasive Plant Species

Invasive tamarisk trees in the Grand Canyon
Credit blog.audubonguides.com, photo by Lisa Densmore

Next month, officials at the Grand Canyon will continue a program of ridding many areas of invasive plant species. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the goal is to protect native habitats even in the most heavily visited areas.

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

Tusayan Town Council Considers a Name Change

Credit azcentral.com

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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