May 8, 2014
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Identified as missing river guide
On Tuesday, September 20th National Park Service personnel located a body on the Colorado River at River Mile 139. Today park rangers responded and recovered the body, which was transported to the rim by helicopter and transferred to the Coconino County Medical Examiner. Based on evidence found with the body, it is believed to be that of missing 34 year old river guide Joshua Tourjee.
The National Weather Service is predicting several large winter storms across Northern Arizona, including Grand Canyon National Park. The National Weather Service Flagstaff has issued a Winter Storm Warning through Wednesday, January 6th and a Winter Storm Watch has been issued from Wednesday evening through Friday, January 8th. Significant snow fall is expected across Northern Arizona.
Input sought on background hiking, camping plan
The National Park Service (NPS) announced today another opportunity for the public to weigh in on revisions to Grand Canyon National Park’s Backcountry Management Plan (BMP). The NPS began developing a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for this plan in 2011 in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). More than 580 public comments were submitted during the initial phases of the development of this DEIS.
SR 473 in White Mountains to close Nov. 19
It’s an annual sign that winter is arriving in northern Arizona. The Arizona Department of Transportation will close State Route 67 between Jacob Lake (US 89A) and the North Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park for the winter season on Tuesday, Dec. 1.
Free admittance on Wednesday
Grand Canyon, Ariz. – In honor of those that serve and have served in the United States military, national park units around the country, including Grand Canyon National Park, will offer everyone free entrance on Veterans Day Wednesday, November 11.
Trails remain open but water supplies scarce
Water utility staff at Grand Canyon National Park will begin repairs to a break in the Transcanyon Pipeline. The break is located north of Phantom Ranch on the North Kaibab Trail in an area known as “The Box.”
Rim Country's state representdative in fierced opposition
Rep. Bob Thorpe wants voters to rally against formation of two new national monuments — one near Sedona and the other near the Grand Canyon.
Grand Canyon, Ariz. – National Park Service employees continue to search for missing Glendale, AZ resident Marc Buckhout, according to a National Park Service release on Tuesday.
On Wednesday, July 16 sometime between 2:30-3 p.m., MST, a bat landed on a visitor while she was standing in front of the Tusayan Museum, just west of the Desert View Visitors’ Center within Grand Canyon National Park. The bat crawled on the visitor’s shorts, shirt, and leg for at least 10 minutes. A crowd gathered around the bat to take pictures. This bat was later captured and euthanized and tested positive for rabies on July 19. The identity of the individual is unknown at this time.
Grand Canyon tourism supports 6238 jobs and has a $476 million economic impact
A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 4.6 million visitors to Grand Canyon National Park in 2013 spent $476 million in communities near the park, which produced 6,238 local jobs. The Grand Canyon remains the state’s biggest tourist draw, but the study demonstrates the impact of such well-known attractions for tourist dependent rural economies like Payson.
With their natural beauty and protected environments, the Grand Canyon and other national parks in the West would seem removed from having mercury in their streams and rivers.