October 18, 2012 |
Researchers in Grand Canyon National Park have discovered a prehistoric-looking sucker fish once thought to be extinct from the area. The fish, known as the razorback sucker, is the first of its species to be caught in the Grand Canyon in more than 20 years. The fish is characterized by a long, high sharp-edged hump behind its head. The creature was snagged by Arizona fish and wildlife officials in the Colorado River last week, in the lower part of the canyon system. So is this find one of those river monsters featured on cable television?
April 6, 1990
Bill Westphal, who resigned from his position as Occidental College basketball coach in 1988, was fired Thursday as coach at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix. Westphal replaced his brother, Paul, who left Grand Canyon in 1988 to become an assistant coach for the Phoenix Suns. Paul Westphal, a USC graduate, played guard for the Suns and Boston Celtics in the 1970s.
August 30, 2013 |
While climate scientists fret over the melting of Greenland's ice sheet, a geographer using NASA data made it disappear, revealing a canyon as long as Arizona's Grand Canyon, buried a mile below the ice. At 460 miles long, the chasm bests the Grand Canyon, but its deepest stretches -- 2,600 feet -- are only about half that of the grand gorges carved by the Colorado River. The unnamed canyon runs from roughly the center of the island north to the Petermann Glacier fjord. Evidence indicates that the canyon predates the ice sheet by at least 1 million years, according to a study published this week in the journal Science.
November 11, 1993 |
A 24-year-old tourist slipped and fell to his death while posing for a picture above the Grand Canyon, the fifth fatal fall since April, officials said. The accident occurred Tuesday at the canyon's south rim. The man's name was being withheld until relatives could be notified.
January 29, 1989
Plans are developing here for the construction of a major amusement and recreationaltheme park. The park coincides with the revival of the turn-of-the-century steam train that ran along old Route 66 in Williams, Ariz. north to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Expected to cost about $80 million, the project will cover more than 1,000 acres of northern Arizona in the Williams/Grand Canyon area.
March 18, 2013 |
Nik Wallenda, the man known as "King of the High Wire," will venture into Evel Knievel territory this summer when he makes a daring high-wire walk across the Grand Canyon. And those curious to see if he makes it will be able to watch the whole thing live on Discovery. To make things more interesting, Wallenda doesn't plan to use a safety harness or net. One wrong step and it's 1,500 feet straight down to the Little Colorado River. The daredevil made the announcement on NBC's "Today" on Monday morning, telling Matt Lauer that the Grand Canyon was "another one on the bucket list" of places he's wanted to traverse via tightrope.
January 31, 1995 |
Cal State Northridge hit rock bottom Monday night, sent there by an NCAA Division II school with an appropriate name. Grand Canyon, from the same conference Northridge left five years ago, downed the Matadors, 88-82, before 329 at Northridge. Horacio Llamas scored 26 points and Tyrome Finney added 19 for Grand Canyon, which shot 58.9%. Eric Gray and Shane O'Doherty each scored 18 points for Northridge, which also got 17 points and 10 rebounds from Peter Micelli.
November 21, 1995 |
The Grand Canyon is open to visitors again. The tollbooths, scenic overlooks and souvenir shops opened first thing Monday morning, ending a shutdown that was the first in the park's 76-year history. Motels and cafeterias were back in business, and hikers were allowed onto a network of backcountry trails.