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.
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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
11:16 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Tusayan Town Council Considers a Name Change

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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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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Tusayan Receives 20 Acres of Land as Part of Development Deal

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The Town of Tusayan just outside Grand Canyon National Park is now the owner of a parcel of land to be used for affordable housing construction. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the transfer is part of a large and controversial development project.

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KNAU and Arizona News
9:35 am
Thu February 13, 2014

ADOT Moving Ahead With Water Well and New Terminal at Grand Canyon Airport

The terminal at Grand Canyon National Park Airport
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Last month, the Arizona Department of Transportation announced the cancelation of construction of a small building at Grand Canyon National Park Airport. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the agency still plans to build a new terminal and construct a well.

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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
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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Tusayan Water
2:03 pm
Tue December 20, 2011

Development Plans Raise Water Concerns at Grand Canyon

The water from Dripping Springs in the Grand Canyon National Park supports creature for miles around.
Claudine LoMonaco

Larry Stevens is an evolutionary biologist. For the last 41 years, he’s dedicated much of his life to the study and salvation of springs, little spots where water bubbles out of the earth.

Stevens stands in huge alcove carved out of a sandstone cliff on a remoter trail in Grand Canyon National Park. He holds a measuring cup under a stream of water that drips from a cluster of bright green ferns.

“Dripping Springs is a fairly small spring,” Stevens says. “We’re looking at half a gallon a minute of flow.”

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