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

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. 

River Running Record Attempt Aborted

Nov 21, 2012

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. 

Marcin Klapczynski, 2004

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

Rules of thumb come in handy at times.  Commentator Scott Thybony has learned a few of them over the years from Grand Canyon guides, scientists, and rangers.

Michael Collier

If you stand at the brink of Toroweap Overlook and toss a penny into the Grand Canyon, the falling coin would hit the Colorado River two minutes later.

The last time you visited the Grand Canyon, what did you take away?

Photographs? An appreciation of natural beauty?

Certainly memories.

Composer Erik DeLuca is taking away sound.

As the Park's most recent artist in residence, DeLuca's using the sounds of the Grand Canyon to create music.

What do you hear when you go to the Grand Canyon?

Recent park visitors said, “You could hear the wind rustling.”

“It’s a nice peaceful silence.”

“A gentle breeze and/or silence.”

But to Erik DeLuca, the canyon is by no means quiet.

Anne Minard

Grand Canyon National Park is in the lengthy process of revamping its back country management plan, which  regulates where people can go and what rules they have to follow. 

The park’s plan is still a ways off, but one proposal that’s likely to surface could cause quite a stink.

Zack Summit, from Prescott, and a couple of his friends went backpacking in the Grand Canyon in early April.

Overall they had a pleasant time.

But Summit isn’t likely to forget his one early morning surprise.

Senator John McCain's (R-AZ) deal will help ensure that tour flight operators have continued access to the Grand Canyon. It also gives the National Park Service leeway to develop its own regulations. Attached as an amendment to transportation legislation, McCain called the deal "a major step forward."

The amendment allows the Park Service some freedom in regulating the quantity, location, and time of day in which tour flights can operate. Some critics of the deal think that’s not enough.

She would have been the youngest person to have hiked the entire length of the Grand Canyon - about a thousand miles off trail. Ioana Hociota, 24, was close to her goal when she stepped on the wrong rock and died in a hiking accident.

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