The National Parks Service estimates that communities near Arizona's national parks lost out on about $27 million in visitor spending when the federal government entered a shutdown in October.The NPS report estimates that $17 million of that lost visitor spending in Arizona was due to the closure of ... More >>
Republican Congressman Paul Gosar and some of his colleagues have been investigating why federal parks were closed during the federal government shutdown.Perhaps someone should send a calculator to Gosar's office to help him put two and two together.
The State of Arizona will be footing the bill for the Grand Canyon to stay open through October 27.The state's paying $93,000 a day to the National Park Service to keep the park open, and the governor's office says the state will get a refund if the federal government shutdown were to end.
Twenty-one people have been cited for violating the shutdown-related closure at Grand Canyon National Park, but none appear to have topped the 1995 adventure of the "Sedona 5." We're still waiting to view the paperwork on the 21 suspected scofflaws, hoping their tales of idiotic bravado are worthy ... More >>
In case you're just tuning in to reality today, the federal government's closed.Well, kind of -- things like military paychecks, Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid payments are still expected to be doled out. Border Patrol's still operating, so is the Postal Service, and if you're accused of a ... More >>
Grand Canyon Brewing Company and Gertrude's at Desert Botanical Garden are teaming up for a four-course dinner paired with craft beers.
Federal authorities have charged two would-be Grand Canyon guides for taking 90 clients from the Valley on an unauthorized, rim-to-rim day hike.Duane Hager, a Litchfield Park real estate agent, and his business partner Michael Stephens, the principals of Rim to Rim Adventures, face four counts relat ... More >>
Stanford Wero, Tamara Lake, and Lake's uncle, Vinton Whitehat, are three reasons why signs at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon warn people not to try to walk all the way to the Colorado River and back in one day. After setting out down the South Kaibab trail and hiking to the river with Wero and L ... More >>
This morning we found a series of blog posts about a fatal rollover crash in the Canyon de Chelly National Monument that has received little media coverage. The crash of the Korean War-era truck a week ago killed Hawaiian astronomy professor Richard Crowe and injured several others. Blogger Jim Ja ... More >>
The trial began today for Christopher Carlson, who's accused of forcing his three grandkids -- ages 8, 9, and 12 -- to go on Grand Canyon hikes from hell last summer, and generally abusing the boys along the way.On a pair of 100-degree-plus days at the Grand Canyon, park rangers discovered a summ ... More >>
Image: www.sedonahikingadventures.comJames Reich, owner of Sedona Hiking Adventures, has been sentenced to two days in jail for running an illegal guide service on national forest lands. A Sedona-based hiking guide has been sentenced to two days in jail and is banned from national forests for ... More >>
www.art.com If a friend sends you this post card, find out if he's being treated for depression.A recently released report from the Centers for Disease Control finds that of all the national parks in the United States, the Grand Canyon is the second- most-popular spot to kill yourself.The ... More >>
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An Apache Junction motorcycle dealership will hold a public meeting at 6:30 p.m. tonight to discuss ways to keep the Lost Dutchman Park open during the state budget crisis. Mark LeResche, owner of Superstition Harley-Davidson, says all money raised tonight will be handed over t ... More >>
Six pilots violated air space restrictions during President Obama's visit to Arizona on Sunday, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. The FAA restricted air space within a 30-mile radius of Sky Harbor, allowing only scheduled airline flights and emergency aircraft. The pilots who viol ... More >>
Image: www.chrismcnamara.com BASE jumper Chris McNamara must pay a $5,000 fine for leaping from a cliff in the Grand Canyon National Park. The winged daredevil and climber from Marin County, California did his wicked deed on November 5, 2007, during a badass Canyon adventure with climbing superstar ... More >>
Image: Wikimedia Commons The state parks department sent out the following news release this morning, announcing that "closed" signs were being taken down at state parks. The Arizona Republic's Casey Newton reports that some campers had already been evicted as a state government shutdown loomed. But ... More >>
Image: WikipediaCrown King Saloon A former National Park Services employee is being charged by the federal government for leaving a fire unattended that grew out of control and spurred the evacuation of Crown King, a small, mountain town northwest of Phoenix. The "Lane 2" fire burned nearly 10,000 ... More >>
Famed director previews his latest work on the parks system
One of Arizona's greatest treasures, Grand Canyon National Park, turns 90 today. If it wasn't for the protections this designation offered, by now the park would probably be strung up with cable cars, lined with resort hotels and full of reservoir water. Instead, the Grand Canyon remains in rel ... More >>
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Someone is shooting endangered Mexican gray wolves. The government's flawed reintroduction program helped put them in the crosshairs.
Glendale scribe dishes the dirt on world's biggest hole
Government gears up for an onslaught of Flower Children
Lake Powell's high waters are flushing the Grand Canyon again. Is it Mother Nature's fault or the Bureau of Reclamation's?
Dave Wegner's career with the Bureau of Reclamation seemed to be at peak flow. He had no idea it was about to run dry.
Five joy riders mountain-biked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon; five federal prisoners rode back up in shackles
How 84-year-old Paul Webb and a handful of cows have buffaloed the bureaucrats and trampled an Arizona national monument
A CANADIAN MINING COMPANY WANTS TO DIG A 300-ACRE HOLE BEHIND DONNA GOODALE'S HOUSE. ALTHOUGH MOST ALL OF THE GOVERNMENT AGENCIES INVOLVED THINK IT'S A TERRIBLE IDEA, THEY MAY NOT BE ABLE TO STOP THE EXCAVATION.
J.D. RAN HIMSELF UP A FLAGPOLE. BUT NOBODY SALUTED.