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KNAU and Arizona News
7:37 am
Mon May 11, 2015

Grand Canyon To Mark Renovation Of Kolb Studio

The historic Kolb Studio at the Grand Canyon's South Rim looks like new again.

Park officials will celebrate the completion of a two-year renovation of the iconic, cedar-shingled property Saturday.

Built in 1904, Kolb Studio was the workspace and home of brothers Emery and Ellsworth Kolb for decades.

The brothers sold photographs they took of tourists visiting the canyon. They are also credited with bringing interest to the Grand Canyon by filming themselves navigating the Colorado River.

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KNAU and Arizona News
8:12 am
Fri May 8, 2015

Concessionaire Drops Efforts To Trademark Grand Canyon Names

A major national parks concessionaire has dropped efforts to trademark names of the most popular properties at the Grand Canyon.

Xanterra Parks & Resorts applied for roughly 20 trademarks before its contract to manage South Rim hotels, restaurants and mule rides expired at the end of December. It later won a temporary contract.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office now lists some of them as "dead." For others, Xanterra has stated it is abandoning the applications.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Fri May 8, 2015

New Eagle Aviary on Navajo Nation Will Supply Ceremonial Feathers to Members

Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly with a representative from the Arizona Game and Fish Department, as well as a golden eagle, attend the Navajo Nation Zoo Fest on Sat, May 2. At the event, the president committed to signing legislation that will fund a new golden eagle aviary at the zoo.
Credit Navajo Nation

Outgoing Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly is expected to sign legislation that will fund the construction of a large golden-eagle aviary. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the move will expand a current program allowing tribal members to legally obtain the feathers of federally protected birds for ceremonial purposes. 

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KNAU and Arizona News
12:54 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

Cinder Pit on Kaibab National Forest Opens for Forest Debris Disposal

A home in California that was saved from wildfire by creating a defensible space free of dry forest fuel.
Credit mtveederfiresafe.org

Officials with the Kaibab National Forest are encouraging residents who live in wooded areas to remove potential fire fuel from their properties. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, they’ll be able to dispose of yard debris at a cinder pit near Parks.

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KNAU and Arizona News
7:14 am
Wed May 6, 2015

Judge: Dreamers Can Get In-State Tuition In Arizona

Credit Tom Tingle/Arizona Republic

A judge says young immigrants granted deferred deportation status by the Obama administration are eligible for in-state college tuition.

Tuesday's ruling from Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Arthur Anderson comes in a lawsuit filed by former Attorney General Tom Horne against the Maricopa County Community College District.

Horne contended that so-called "dreamers" offered deferred action status were not legally present in the U.S and could not get state benefits because of a 2006 voter-enacted law known as Proposition 300.

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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
7:57 am
Tue May 5, 2015

Arizona National Forests Open Campgrounds For Season

  Some of Arizona's national forests are announcing seasonal openings of campgrounds.

In northern Arizona, the Kaibab National Forest on Friday opened campgrounds in the forest's south zone, which includes the Williams and Tusayan  districts.

Newly opened campgrounds in those two districts include Kaibab Lake, Dogtown Lake, White Horse Lake and Ten-X.

In eastern Arizona, many campgrounds in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests are opening in the next few weeks.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Tue May 5, 2015

New Food Restrictions for Apache-Sitegreaves

Credit National Park Service

Officials with the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests have issued new orders to keep bears away from campsites. As Arizona Public Radio’s Justin Regan reports, campers will now have to keep food locked in their cars overnight. 

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KNAU and Arizona News
6:10 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

Arizona Board of Regents Approve Tuition Increase

Credit University of Arizona

The Arizona Board of Regents has approved tuition and fee increase proposals for the three state universities of between 3 and 4 percent.

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KNAU and Arizona News
4:29 am
Thu April 30, 2015

Brain Food: Preparing For Fire Season On The Coconino

Wildland fire crews prepare for fire season on the Coconino National Forest
Credit KNAU/Bonnie Stevens

More than 100 season firefighters, including 3 Hot Shot crews, 10 tower lookouts and 1 air tanker, are poised and ready for fire season on the Coconino National Forest.

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