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Hikers discover 310-million-year-old animal prints on well-traveled Grand Canyon path

When you’re out hiking, you never know what you might see. Scientists have never bothered to look along the Bright Angel Trail for proof of pre-Jurassic life, then hikers found footprints that travel back in time a quarter billion years before dinosaurs. ... Read more»

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Az national parks need $531 million to fix roads, buildings

Arizona’s national parks are feeling their age and need a $531 million makeover on hundreds of roads and buildings that serve millions of annual visitors, park officials said. ... Read more»

Grand Canyon park sup't reassigned while under federal investigation

The superintendent of Grand Canyon National Park is “presently out of the office” and under investigation by the Interior Department for undisclosed allegations, a spokeswoman for the National Park Service said Wednesday.... Read more»

Unlikely allies Grijalva, Bishop back bill to fund $11.6 billion in national parks work

Raul Grijalva and Rob Bishop agree on almost nothing, but the two came together Wednesday to back a bipartisan bill that could steer billions toward a national parks maintenance backlog that reached $11.6 billion last year.... Read more»

McCain, Udall honored for legacies of supporting Grand Canyon

A plaque dedicated to two Arizona icons who have championed the Grand Canyon – Sen. John McCain and the late Rep. Morris Udall – was unveiled in an emotional ceremony last week on the South Rim.... Read more»

Grand Canyon partly open, blunting biggest hit of gov't shutdown

As Congress met this weekend in an effort to end the government shutdown before it could enter its third full day, the costliest impacts of the shutdown in Arizona have been blunted – for the moment. Privately run shops, lodging and other businesses at Grand Canyon National Park remain open, although no park rangers are on hand.... Read more»

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Grijalva on Grand Canyon uranium mining: 'No boundaries to Trump's spite'

U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva dug in against an administration proposal to reopen areas around the Grand Canyon to uranium mining: "Trump wants to turn one of the world’s greatest natural wonders into a strip mine... there are no boundaries to his spite."... Read more»

House advances bill to limit president’s creation of nat'l monuments

A House committee gave preliminary approval Wednesday to a Republican bill that would sharply curtail the Antiquities Act, which allows presidents to order the creation of national monuments.... Read more»

Grand Canyon water pipeline slated for multimillion-dollar replacement

An aging pipeline bringing water to residents, resorts and 6 million visitors a year at the Grand Canyon has broken about 80 times since 2010 and needs a multimillion-dollar replacement, park officials say.... Read more»

1.4 million weigh in on Trump’s review of nat'l monuments

An Interior Department review of national monuments has drawn more than 1.4 million public comments, a “phenomenal” number. On the list are the Tucson-area Ironwood Forest monument, the Sonoran Desert monument near Gila Bend, and the Grand Canyon - Parashant and Vermillion Cliffs monuments in Arizona, and nearly two dozen others across the U.S.... Read more»

Bronson blasts GOP call to eliminate Ironwood Nat'l Monument

Sharon Bronson, chair of the Pima Board of Supervisors, is "astounded" that three Republican congressman from Arizona are calling for the elimination of four national monuments here, including Ironwood Forest just outside Tucson. They "assert outright falsehoods," she said.... Read more»

Az GOP congressmen call for end of Ironwood, Sonoran nat'l monuments

A group of Republican representatives, including three Arizona congressman, are calling for the complete elimination of four national monuments in Arizona, including the Ironwood Forest just outside Tucson. They also called for shrinking or de-listing others across the nation.... Read more»1

National park visitors spent $995 million at nearby businesses in Arizona

The 12 million people who visited national parks in Arizona last year spent more than $995 million with nearby businesses, a $63 million increase from the year before, the National Park Service said.... Read more»

Trump orders review of predecessors’ national monument designations

President Donald Trump ordered the Interior Department Wednesday to review two decades of national monument designations, actions he said represent an “egregious use of government power” affecting millions of acres of land — including four monuments in Arizona.... Read more»

Lawmakers: Obama won’t OK Grand Canyon monument before leaving

President Barack Obama will leave office Friday without declaring a new 1.7 million acre national monument around the Grand Canyon, Arizona lawmakers said this week.... Read more»

Trump would face steep climb undoing possible Grand Canyon Nat'l Monument

President Obama could cement his environmental legacy by taking executive action to designate nearly 4 million acres of Western land as national monuments before leaving office next month.... Read more»

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