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Grand Canyon School principal retires in good spirits

Tom Rowland announces retirement; Matt Yost to take the reigns for 2019-2020 school year

Four years ago, Tom Rowland and his wife, Judy, got a phone call that changed the trajectory of their comfortable, retired lives.

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Grand Canyon School to receive high speed internet

After a long wait, Grand Canyon School will finally be getting high speed internet that students and staff so desperately need.

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Tusayan Council comes through with internet; discusses flood mitigation

The Tusayan Town Council announced May 8 that residents would soon be able to register for high-speed internet services subsidized by the town.

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Park Service approves plan for new Transcanyon Water Pipeline

As park visitation continues to climb, Grand Canyon National Park has finalized a plan to provide water reliably to the South Rim and several locations below the rim.

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Shifting science: Looking at Grand Canyon's next 100 years

Science panelists discuss where Grand Canyon research has been — and where it's going

Standing at a point along the rim and gazing out into the Grand Canyon, it’s sometimes difficult to remember that the Canyon is more than a beautiful piece of scenery.

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Under Canvas provides rural quality camping experience without the hassle

Luxury in the Backcountry

If the idea of sleeping in a tent under the stars sounds appealing but you’re not in love with roughing it for a few days, Under Canvas has you covered.

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Mexican Gray wolves rebound; latest numbers cause for optimism

Mexican Gray Wolf population increases by 12 percent

Things are looking up for the endangered Mexican Gray Wolf, which suffered setbacks during the last year and the year before.

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Hualapai Tribe raises fees for Colorado River rafters

Hualapai Tribal Council reinstates per-person fee for river runners

River runners embarking on trips down the Colorado River along the Grand Canyon’s western side will need to hand over more cash this year, after the Hualapai Tribal Council approved a $100-per-person fee April 10.

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Tusayan special election May 21; project manager on hold

The Tusayan Town Council discussed several items at its last regular meeting April 10.

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Students prepare for success at Grand Canyon School job fair

Community businesses and federal agencies lined the Grand Canyon School cafeteria April 10 to offer eager students information and even seasonal employment after the last bell rings at the end of May.

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County Board of Supervisors supports Grand Canyon mining ban

During an April 2 work session, the Coconino County Board of Supervisors issued a resolution in support of a permanent ban on uranium mining around the Grand Canyon and its watershed.

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On patrol: Deputy Greyeyes on the beat in Tusayan

After years of waiting, the town of Tusayan has a resident deputy: Jeremaiyah Greyeyes began his patrols in February.

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Walk 'In Her Shoes' to understand and prevent domestic violence April 23

According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, one in four women will experience domestic violence or abuse by an intimate partner in her lifetime.

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Grand Canyon Food Bank provides necessities to struggling residents

'There really is a need'

If it wasn't for the sandwich board sign and the enthusiastic promotion by volunteers like Mike Scott, someone looking at 87 Sunset Drive might easily mistake it for a storage shed.

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Preventative Search and Rescue rangers aim to help visitors before an accident happens

Sweeping the trail

For visitors to the Grand Canyon, sometimes the allure of inner canyon trails is part of the magic — looking further and further down and thinking “that doesn’t look very far at all.”

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Head Start program ends at Grand Canyon School, plans for preschool move forward

Finding new beginnings for students

According to the National Education Association, getting a jumpstart on education in a quality preschool program can pay dividends later in life, including increased earning potential and higher academic achievement.

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Avoiding the shock factor: Fire department teaches civilians how to save a life

Tusayan Fire Department offers monthly CPR and classes, next class April 20

As visitation to the Grand Canyon begins to climb into peak season, the Tusayan Fire department is offering visitors and residents the opportunity to become supervised in CPR during monthly classes at the station.

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Town Council hires project manager for Ten X housing development

After a series of setbacks in the town of Tusayan’s development of affordable housing at Ten X Ranch, the town council instructed staff to begin searching for a town project manager to oversee construction at the site.

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Ten X Campground expansion builds for the future

Proposed expansion to be completed in phases

Sitting back from State Route 64 just south of Tusayan, Ten X campground offers visitors eager to experience Grand Canyon National Park a placid alternative to the park’s camping accommodations.

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North Country HealthCare offers stress management workshop

Feeling stressed?

The American Institute of Stress (AIS) defines stress as a natural physical and mental reaction to life experiences, and it’s something everyone experiences from time to time.

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Preliminary report says no ongoing uranium exposure at Grand Canyon

Final report to be released in 90 days detailing exposure

According to a preliminary interagency safety review, Grand Canyon employees and visitors aren’t experiencing ongoing radiation exposure from uranium ore samples previously stored in the Museum Collection building.

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Tusayan visitor center rebranding after mutual partnership ends

After partnering with the National Geographic Society (NGS) for the past two decades, the Visitor Center and IMAX theater in Tusayan has been renamed the Grand Canyon Visitor Center after NGS declined to renew its license agreement with the property.

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No Home Rule: Tusayan calls for May budget override

Lack of paperwork voids Nov. 2018 election results

Tusayan could be looking at steep cuts to its annual budget next year after the Auditor General’s office found the town did not comply with state statutes prior to the Nov. 6, 2018 election.

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Grand Canyon celebrates 100 years as a crown jewel in America's park system

Grand Canyon National Park celebrated its centennial Feb. 26 with cake, chorus and visitors from around the world.

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Radiation exposure in Grand Canyon under investigation

The National Park Service is conducting an investigation into whether employees and visitors at Grand Canyon National Park were exposed to unsafe levels of radiation.

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Permanent ban on uranium mining near Grand Canyon in the works

Calling a measure to permanently ban uranium mining near the Grand Canyon just and overdue, Rep. Raul Grijalva (D – Tucson) stood before a full house Feb. 23 at Grand Canyon to announce the Grand Canyon Centennial Protection Act.

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Extended North Rim season could pump $14.2 million into regional economy

Season of change?

According to a recently-released report, communities surrounding the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park could see an economic impact of about $14 million per year to the region if the national park extends its open season by four weeks.

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Grand Canyon National Park investigating possible radiation exposure by tourists, employees

The National Park Service is conducting an investigation into whether employees and visitors at Grand Canyon National Park were exposed to unsafe levels of radiation after an employee raised the alarm Feb. 11.

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Grand Canyon National Park kicks off 100th anniversary Feb. 26 with free entry, visitor activities

A monumental celebration

Theodore Roosevelt, a New York City statesman who harbored a longstanding love affair with the American West, made his way to the Grand Canyon for the first time in 1903.

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Lady Phantoms call it a season after nail-biting tournament loss to St. David

After an exciting season that reached all the way to the west coast, the Lady Phantoms came up just inches short in their playoff game against the St. David Lady Tigers Feb. 15 in Prescott, Arizona.

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Tusayan Trails master plan on target, will begin NEPA process this spring

Forest Service environmental studies projected to begin in late summer

After listening to key input from local residents and stakeholders, the Tusayan trail master plan is on-schedule and moving forward, with Phase two scheduled to begin later this year.

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Utah Shakespeare Festival returns to Shrine of the Ages for community performance of ‘Macbeth’

The Utah Shakespeare Festival will return to Shrine of the Ages, this time bringing a tale of witches, greed and corruption as Macbeth wrestles with his own relevance.

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Backcountry backlog over: Permit process back on track

The weeks-long government shutdown produced a backlog of work for employees once they returned, and with another shutdown a possibility, Grand Canyon National Park is simultaneously catching up and looking ahead.

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Just like grandma's: Chicken Kitchen to open for all day eats in Tusayan

Families looking for a friendly, affordable meal in Tusayan before a long day at the Canyon can look no further than the Chicken Kitchen, which opens Feb. 15 next to the Grand Canyon Visitor’s Bureau.

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Delaware North takes charge: Yavapai Lodge adds charging stations for electric vehicles

Environmentally conscious options abound at Grand Canyon National Park, and drivers of electric vehicles can now find charging options at Yavapai Lodge.

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Keebahe leads Lady Phantoms past Vikings; team loses final round to Mustangs

Phantoms bow out of regional tournament with last-minute loss to Williams

Fully-rested from a first-round bye in the regional tournament, the Lady Phantoms rolled past the Williams Lady Vikings on the road Feb. 8, 55-49.

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Tusayan Sanitary District awaits flood studies, aims to prevent hazadous situation

When it comes to catastrophic flooding, most people worry about their homes and businesses, but a much more devastating casualty is sitting just off the main drag, surrounded by forest and flanked by unassuming employee housing.

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Phantoms fall to Joseph City after third quarter scoring slump; defeat Fredonia

Lady Phantoms roll over final opponents, head into post season on a high note

The Phantoms held their own against the Joseph City Wildcats in the first half of the Feb. 1 game, down by just 8 points at intermission, the game still firmly within reach.

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River trip lottery for Grand Canyon delayed

With the possibility of another government shutdown on the horizon after Feb. 15, Grand Canyon National Park will hold its annual non-commercial river trip lottery Feb. 16-March 12.

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Floodplain administration: Tusayan enters agreement with county flood control district

Town ordered to restore Ten X development area to original water storage capacity, install flood control measures

The town of Tusayan voted to enter an agreement with the Coconino County Flood Control District Feb. 4 to begin the process of obtaining a floodplain permit.

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Tusayan Fire Department receives grants, new equipment

As the primary first responders in a remote are, members of the Tusayan Fire Department rarely know what they might find when they respond to vehicle accidents on State Route 64.

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Lady Phantoms top Williams on Miles’ clutch three-pointer; crush Mayer

Phantoms lose to Williams, come home to defeat conference rival Mayer

The Lady Phantoms coasted for three quarters in the Jan. 25 game against the Williams Lady Vikings, but the game came down to the final moments of the game as junior Cayli Miles sank a clutch three-pointer for the road win, 66-63.

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Community leadership: Mike Scott tackles food insecurity

Sometimes, remote communities struggle, whether it’s with housing, education or meeting residents’ basic needs.

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Floodplain administration: Ten X housing in holding pattern while town works with county flood control

Although construction has ceased as the town of Tusayan works to come into compliance with Coconino County Flood Control District permitting requirements, work on the project – and its costs —are still ongoing.

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Grand Canyon Project shares family history through stories and song in Ash Fork

Swaying lightly before a small crowd in the Ash Fork Route 66 Museum, Meagan Gipson strums her guitar as photos, mostly black and white, scroll slowly on a screen behind her.

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Lady Phantoms score pair of wins over Holbrook, St. Michaels; Phantoms split series

The Lady Phantoms’ younger players saw significant playing time in the team’s runaway win over the Holbrook Lady Roadrunners on the road Jan. 18.

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APS encourages residents to take apply for bill assistance during shutdown

Coconino County Community Services is stepping up to let Grand Canyon community members know there are services available to them, including electric bill help from Arizona Public Service (APS) and other utility assistance and rent assistance.

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Floodplain administration: County sets parameters for Tusayan floodplains

When it comes to building a safe development, water reigns supreme. Specifically, a lot of water, moving at high speeds, toward communities and infrastructure.

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Phantoms record pair of losses to Mogollon, Mayer

Lady Phantoms lose to high-scoring Mogollon, notch comeback win over Mayer

For a team decimated by injuries this season, the Phantoms were firmly within upset territory for the entire game against the top-ranked Mustangs Jan. 11.

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Lady Phantoms find adventure, experience in San Francisco tournament

Grand Canyon to California

When you want something, you set a goal and you go for it.