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Land Lines
4:00 am
Thu August 16, 2012

Land Lines: Toroweap

Toroweap Overlook
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.

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KNAU and Arizona News
9:53 am
Fri August 10, 2012

Composing with the Canyon

Composer Erik DeLuca strums a cigar box guitar at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.
Sierra Eckert

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.

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KNAU and Arizona News
4:00 am
Mon April 30, 2012

To Carry It Out or Leave it. That's the Stinky Question Facing the Grand Canyon Managers.

View from the Hermit Trail, Grand Canyon
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.

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KNAU and Arizona News
3:43 pm
Tue March 13, 2012

McCain Wins Concession on Flights Over Grand Canyon.

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.

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Fronteras
8:39 am
Tue March 13, 2012

Grand Canyon Hiker Dies Close To Her Goal

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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KNAU and Arizona News
6:21 am
Tue February 28, 2012

For many locals, Tusayan development debate revolves around housing

Sheryl Strobeck, office manager at Camper Village in Tusayan, supports a proposed development plan because she believes it will mean more housing options for workers.
Shelley Smithson

Sheryl Strobeck is the office manager of an RV campground in the tiny town of Tusayan.  Since moving here eight years ago, she’s worked at most of the businesses in town.

But every time her job changes, her home address changes too.

That’s because all of the housing in Tusayan is owned by companies who rent it to their employees.

“You can’t live here unless you work here," she says. "There’s nothing to rent here unless you are employed. Nothing.”

And that’s why Strobeck supports the Stilo Development Group’s plans.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Fri February 17, 2012

Grand Canyon Superintendent Faced Serious Ethics Questions

Grand Canyon panorama 2010
chensiyuan

The Grand Canyon National Park is renegotiating the terms of its contract with the current concessionaire, Xanterra.

Helping to shape that new contract will be the new Park Superintendent, David Uberuaga.

He was involved in writing contract regulations several years ago when he was Superintendent at Mt Rainier National Park in Washington.

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-Arizona Centennial
5:00 am
Mon February 13, 2012

Amateurs Bring History to Grand Canyon Symposium

Red Wolf

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.   

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KNAU and Arizona News
8:46 pm
Thu February 9, 2012

Developer sues to halt voting on land-use plan near Grand Canyon

The Italian real estate developer planning a major resort near the Grand Canyon is suing the town of Tusayan to block a vote on the development.

Stilo Development Group USA filed suit this week against the tiny town of Tusayan, located at the southern entrance to the Grand Canyon.

The suit came as a surprise to town leaders.

They had voted last fall in favor of rezoning and annexation agreements for the firm’s commercial and housing developments.  

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:26 pm
Wed February 8, 2012

Grand Canyon bottle ban raises questions over corporate donors to Parks Service

Plastic bottles in the back of a pickup truck, ready for recycling
Streetwise Cycle

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.

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