April 11, 2013 |
Extensive stands of Joshua Tree National Park's peculiar namesake plants are festooned with clumps of white and yellow flowers that are drawing tourists eager to take in the scenery before the bloom wilts in the harsh desert sun. “It's one of the most prolific blooms we've seen in recent years,” interpretive park ranger Bret Greenheck said. “The bloom peaked a week ago at lower elevations, but trees on higher groundare still producing flowers.” “Some biologists think Joshua Trees bloom like this in response to stressful conditions such as drought,” Greenheck said.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 18, 2013 |
The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing regulations to reduce emissions from the massive Navajo Generating Station by as much as 84%, in a compromise that would give the plant's operators more time to install scrubbers and would ease the economic impact on two Native American tribes. Situated in northern Arizona, less than 20 miles from the Grand Canyon, the generating station is the source of haze viewed by tourists at nearly a dozen parks and wilderness areas in the Southwest.
November 30, 2012 |
The Grand Canyon may be much older than widely believed, according to a new study that challenges the view that the American landmark was born 5 million or 6 million years ago. Analyzing helium levels in rocks chipped away from outcrops in the western portion of the canyon, geologist Rebecca Flowers of the University of Colorado at Boulder and geochemist Kenneth Farley of Caltech concluded that the gorge was already there - and within a few hundred...
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?
September 26, 2012 |
Back for a second year, the the Grand Canyon Railway is tooting its Pumpkin Patch Train, which features a jaunt from the old depot in Williams, Ariz., to a “secret patch,” where kids have 30-45 minutes to pick out their prize gourd. The train departs Saturdays and Sundays throughout October, leaving at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Rates are $20 for adults and $15 for children ages 2-15. There are no advance purchases. Tickets are sold at the depot on a first-come basis. As part of the package, each child gets a pumpkin.
August 27, 2012 |
Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona receives about 5 million visitors a year, but few venture beyond the north and south rims. Austin-Lehman Adventures offers a five-day hiking and camping trip that explores lightly trafficked red rock side canyons and spectacular waterfalls. The trip, which starts and ends in Scottsdale, will have hikers spending time on foot in the red-rock country of Sedona. The tour then moves on to Hualapai Hilltop, the stepping-off point for a descent into the Native American village of Supai.
August 19, 2012
ITALY Presentation Author Susan Van Allen will celebrate the second edition of "100 Places in Italy Every Woman Should Go" with a slide show and Q&A. When, where: 7:30 p.m. Monday at Distant Lands, 20 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena. Admission, info: Free. RSVP to (626) 449-3220. GRAND CANYON Workshop Experts will offer tips on hiking the Grand Canyon rim to rim, as well as trip planning and resources. When, where: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the REI store in Tustin, 2962 El Camino Real.
August 7, 2012 |
GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. — Who hasn't peered into this brain-bending abyss and failed to conceptualize 6 million years of stream erosion through a vertical mile of primordial rock? "I'm sorry, but there's no way a river did that," huffs a voice among this evening's mesmerized herd of South Rim-at-sunset gawkers. The voice belongs to my buddy Mark Segal, 40, a food service account manager from Long Beach. Or maybe it's my other friend Vic Leyson, 34, a business manager from Studio City.