May 16, 2013 |
GRAND CANYON, Ariz. -- Eric York was obsessed with the big cats -- their health, temperaments and survival rates amid the park's annual tourist invasion. For years, he wandered the area's crags, gullies and woods, tracking and tagging the region's last remaining mountain lions as a biologist for the Grand Canyon National Park. In 2007, tragedy struck. At age 37, the Massachusetts native was killed doing the job he loved, but not in the way people might guess. He wasn't mauled by a lion, but fell victim to a case of pneumonic plague he contracted doing a necropsy on a dead female cat. Because the park lacked a forensic lab, York did his postmortem for the mountain lion research program in the garage of his home in the village of about 2,000 park employees.
May 13, 2013 |
SPRINGDALE, Utah - There comes a moment when you step backward off a cliff, clinging to a rope the width of your pinkie, and ask yourself, "Why am I doing this?" It's inevitable. Fear of heights (and its close cousin, fear of falling) is as deeply ingrained in most of us as fear of sharks or snakes. Sometimes, though, confronting these fears is the first step to discovering a new world - a coral reef, the Amazon rainforest or the convoluted landscape of southern Utah, near Zion National Park, revealed through the fast-growing sport of canyoneering.
April 22, 2013 |
The Grand Canyon Railway is sprucing up its 90-year-old steam train with a green makeover for Earth Day, which is Monday (today). The former Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe train will run on eco-friendly recycled vegetable oil for the ride to the Grand Canyon. Grab a seat this month and receive half off a future visit. The deal: Diesel trains operate daily from Williams, Ariz., to the south rim of the Grand Canyon. It's a 130-mile round-trip ride with observation cars that provide a front-row seat to the spectacular desert landscape.
April 14, 2013 |
SICILY Slide show Photographer Warner LeMenager will look at Sicily's capital city, Palermo, and nearby Monreale, with its magnificent cathedral and cloister. When, where: 7:30 p.m. Monday at Distant Lands, 20 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena. Admission, info: Free. RSVP to (626) 449-3220. PACIFIC COAST TRAIL Slide show Shian Sung will offer tips for gear and planning and present a slide show on his five-month hike from the Mexican border to the Canadian border, a distance of 2,650 miles.
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.
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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?