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.
Grand Canyon enthusiasts celebrated Arizona’s centennial recently with a History Symposium at the South Rim. And some of the most interesting research came from amateur historians in love with the Canyon.
Dennis Foster teaches applied macro-economics at Northern Arizona University. That’s his day job. He spends his free time studying Grand Canyon and its history. For the past 15 years Foster has been investigating the 1882 – 83 Charles Walcott expedition.
While environmentalists are praising a decision by the National Park Service to abolish bottled water sales in the Grand Canyon within 30 days, concerns about corporate influence at public parks linger.
The plan to ban plastic water bottle sales in the Grand Canyon goes back to 2010.
But just before the new policy was to take effect, the Park Service halted it.
Critics complained that the parks chief caved in to Coca Cola, which bottles Dasani Water and has donated $13 million to the parks.