Urgent Action Needed By 9/2 to Save the Confluence of the Little Colorado and the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon

CALLING ALL CANYON & RIVER ADVOCATES — The unthinkable has happened. Legislation has been submitted within the

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Navajo Nation for the Grand Canyon Escalade proposal (421 acres of development above the sacred confluence of the Little Colorado and Colorado Rivers, with a gondola/tramway that could bring 10,000 people down to river level PER DAY). If approved, this massive development would FOREVER CHANGE GRAND CANYON!

EVERYONE should submit comments and speak out against this terrible proposal before the deadline which is 5:00 PM this Friday, Sept 2nd!! Please spread the word far and wide through email and social media! We need YOUR help!

1. READ THIS HORRIBLE LEGISLATIVE PROPOSAL AT http://www.navajonationcouncil.org/Legislations/2016/AUG/0293-16.pdf

2. SIGN THE PETITION AGAINST THIS PROPOSAL! The petition link can be found at www.savetheconfluence.com (and please encourage others to support and follow the STC Facebook page, sign up for email alerts, etc.)

3. COMMENT DIRECTLY TO THE NAVAJO NATION! You can email directly to comments or you can mail comments to: Executive Director Office of Legislative Services P.O. Box 3390 Window Rock, AZ 86515 (928) 871-7590. Comments may be made in the form of chapter resolutions, letters, position papers, etc. Please include your name, position title, address for written comments; a valid e-mail address is required. Anonymous comments will not be included in the Legislation packet.

For a 2 page summary of the proposed legislation: http://www.grandcanyontrust.org/sites/default/files/gc_Confluence_Partners_Escalade.pdf
For more information on what’s at stake: http://www.grandcanyontrust.org/stopping-grand-canyon-escalade
And also: http://savetheconfluence.com/news/proposed-grand-canyon-escalade-bill-starts-move/

The bottom line is:

· This is GRAND CANYON – one of the seven NATURAL wonders of the world. If the Navajo Nation government approves this development, the integrity of values for which Grand Canyon was created will be severely compromised and degraded FOREVER.

· The Little Colorado River corridor and its confluence with the Colorado River is culturally and spiritually significant to ALL of the affiliated tribes who hold Grand Canyon sacred.

· A fragile, delicately balanced ecosystem is at stake. Proposed development raises serious questions about water, sewage, noise, impacts to endangered species (such as the humpback chub that spawn in the Little Colorado River), dark skies and wilderness values.

Nothing less than the future of Grand Canyon is at stake. We support the tireless efforts of SAVE THE CONFLUENCE and all those who adamantly oppose this massive development. Grand Canyon River Guides’ mission statement states: “We will act whenever a canyon natural resource is threatened or the quality of the Grand Canyon experience is compromised.” STAND WITH US AND TAKE ACTION NOW!!! Canyon and river stewards unite!!

Lynn Hamilton
Executive Director
Grand Canyon River Guides

Arizona Voters Overwhelmingly Support Grand Canyon National Monument, New Poll Finds


Arizona Voters Overwhelmingly Support Grand Canyon National Monument, New Poll Finds



Flying in the face of those who claim it would be unpopular to give the greater Grand Canyon watershed national monument status, a new nonpartisan poll finds that not only is there tremendous support for it but that it cuts across geographical and political lines.

“The results were overwhelming, and they demonstrated both strong and broad support [in] Arizona,” says Dave Metz of the research firm Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates, which polled hundreds of Arizona voters in January.

The pollsters discovered that 80 percent of Arizona voters support or strongly support the Grand Canyon National Heritage Monument, as outlined in a bill U.S. Congressman Raul Grijalva submitted to the U.S. House of Representatives last year.

Grijalva brought together a broad coalition of native tribes, environmental groups, and local stakeholders to design the bill, which if passed, would permanently protect 1.7 million acres of land and prevent any new uranium mines.

Courtesy of FM3

“More than half of Arizonans say more needs to be done to protect air, land, and water around the Grand Canyon, and they clearly see establishing that monument as an effective way of reaching that goal,” Metz says, adding that “the sentiment that the area around the Grand Canyon needs protection has grown over time.”

A similar poll conducted in 2009 found only 43 percent of people supported it, and a poll last year found that 73 percent of Arizonans support it.

Courtesy of Grand Canyon Trust

Local native tribes and environmental groups have talked about wanting national monument status for the Grand Canyon for years, and Grijalva’s efforts to make it a reality have solicited nothing short of a political firestorm among enemies of the bill.

Leading the charge is U.S. Congressman Paul Gosar, who has railed against the monument proposal for months. Gosar claims it would cost hundreds of jobs, destroy the local economy, and hinder sportsmen or other recreational users of the area.

U.S. Congressman Raul Grijalva

Courtesy of Raul Grijalva

In an interview earlier this year, Grijalva told New Times that Gosar’s “opposition is based on myths” and that he “needs to own up to the fact that he’s on the fringe of every public-land argument we have in this country.”

The benefit of this, Grijalva explained, helps “put the opposition of some in context with many . . . It’s important to deal with what the public wants and thinks, as opposed to letting this discussion be mired in half-truths, false information, and the sheer cry from opposition that doesn’t represent the vast majority of the people in Arizona.”

Both Metz and Grijalva say they were impressed by the broad appeal of the monument, as men and women across the state expressed support for the idea of national monuments in general and the Grand Canyon monument in particular.

According to the poll results, there is support for the Grand Canyon monument among:

  • 76 percent of men and 84 percent of women,
  • 65 percent of registered Republicans, 84 percent of independents, and 95 percent of Democrats,
  • 78 percent of people living in Congressional District 1, which is where the proposed monument would be,
  • 79 percent of white voters, 86 percent of Latino voters, and 87 percent of all voters of color, including Native Americans,
  • 81 percent of people living in urban areas, 83 percent in suburban areas, 79 percent in small towns, and 73 percent in rural areas,
  • And 76 percent of hunters and anglers.

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Unlike past polls, this most recent one also asked voters how their opinion of elected officials could be influenced by a vote for or against the monument:

“Voters were three times as likely to say they would support a politician who backed the establishment of the monument,” Metz says. “So not only do voters indicate that it’s a good idea, but they say that they’ll be more supportive of members of Congress who act to make the monument reality.”

Last year, Grijalva, along with Arizona U.S. Representatives Ann Kirkpatrick and Ruben Gallego, authored a public letter detailing their support for the monument. In the months since, however, Kirkpatrick has distanced herself from that stance, explaining that she’s still considering the statements of many local stakeholders.

But with public opinion clearly on his side, Grijalva says he’s ready to continue the fight: “As we go forward, we have strong support from the people in Arizona, the first nations most affected by this monument designation, [as well as] hunters and anglers and people that use our public land.

“I think we can start to put aside the shrill debate that occurs on this issue” and start taking “the steps to build  public support.”

A call for presentation proposals for the 2016 Grand Canyon History Symposium

A call for presentation proposals for the 2016 Grand Canyon History Symposium

An Official Centennial Event, as sanctioned by the National Park Service Centennial 2016 Committee!

The Grand Canyon Historical Society is pleased to announce the 4th Grand Canyon History Symposium, to be held on November 4-6, 2016. We encourage everyone who has done research on (or been a part of) Grand Canyon regional history to consider presenting. Proposals must be received by Tuesday, March 1, 2016.


Since January 2002, there have been three history symposia, bringing together historians, witnesses to history, park employees, and others with a passion for Grand Canyon history. The presentations from each symposium were assembled into a collection of essays. It is the Grand Canyon Historical Society’s intent to publish the proceedings from this symposium as well.

National Park Service Focus

The 2016 Symposium will be unique in that there will only be 16 presentations with preference in selecting presentations given to those that tie Grand Canyon National Park to the National Park Service. Presentations concerning the history of the greater Grand Canyon and its adjacent areas within the Kaibab Plateau will also be considered.

After the 2016 Symposium, the one hundredth anniversary of Grand Canyon National Park will occur in 2019. It is anticipated that the 2019 Symposium will be a three day event with over 40 presentations. Candidates who are not chosen for the 2016 symposium will be encouraged to re-submit their proposals for the 2019 Symposium.

Submitting a Proposal

To be considered, please submit the following information by Tuesday, March 1, 2016:

__ Name __ Mailing address __ Phone number __ Email address

__ Presentation title with a 150-300 word abstract or summary of your presentation

__ Audio-visual requirements

__ Acknowledgement that, if selected, you agree to submit your complete PowerPoint presentation and up to 3,000 word presentation in essay form by Saturday, October 15, 2016

Send to:

Grand Canyon Historical Society or: Secretary

PO Box 31405

Flagstaff, AZ 86003-1405

High-Flows Part of Proposed 20-Year Glen Canyon Dam Management Plan

High-Flows Part of Proposed 20-Year Glen Canyon Dam Management Plan

By Ryan Heinsius 14 hours ago

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Federal officials have proposed a sweeping new plan to manage Glen Canyon Dam for the next two decades. They want to be more proactive in their efforts to restore fish and animal habitat as well as beaches that have degraded in the Grand Canyon since the dam became operational in the 1960s. Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports.

Glen Canyon Dam blocks nearly 90 percent of the sediment that historically ran through the Grand Canyon.

The U.S. Department of the Interior conducted three experiments in recent years to rebuild those areas on the Colorado River. Each time, the agency released millions of gallons of water from the dam over the course of several days to flush sediment through the canyon. It’s an attempt to mimic the river’s natural floods, and federal officials say the flows have been mostly successful.

Beverley Heffernan with the Bureau of Reclamation says the plan would continue those high flows annually for 20 years.

“The whole idea is that we constantly want to be trying to operate Glen Canyon Dam in a manner that continues to meet our water and power obligations, but also wherever we can, helps do an even better job of protecting and improving the resources downstream,” Heffernan says.

The Colorado River provides water for western agriculture and millions of households. Glen Canyon Dam generates enough power for about 425,000 homes every year.

Federal officials will hold public meetings for the proposal, and a comment period lasts until April.


Need a Really Great Summer Job? Working on the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon?

Hello, everyone,

I am writing to let you know that FWS is now accepting applications for 2016 summer boat operators. The announcement will be open through December 11, and the link to the announcement is listed below. Please pass this on to any rafting-oriented people who may be interested.

This year we will be conducting a lot of our work early in the season (April-May) and may be able to hire a commercial guide who wants to return to guiding as the summer season picks up. Have them get in touch with me to discuss the details.

I hope you’re having a good start to winter. Let’s hope the snows come for a good boating season.



M. Tildon Jones

Supervisory Fish Biologist, Colorado River Fish Project

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

1380 S 2350 W

Vernal, UT 84078

435.789.0351 x14

Good Morning!

Here is a link to your seasonal announcement on USAJobs:


National Park Service Seeks Public Input on a Backcountry Management Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon News Release

National Park Service Seeks Public Input on a Backcountry Management Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon, Ariz. – The National Park Service (NPS) announced today another opportunity for the public to weigh in on revisions to Grand Canyon National Park’s Backcountry Management Plan (BMP). The NPS began developing a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for this plan in 2011 in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). More than 580 public comments were submitted during the initial phases of the development of this DEIS.

The purpose of the BMP is to establish an up-to-date plan that addresses contemporary backcountry issues and provides an adaptable framework and continues to allow the public to experience and preserve Grand Canyon’s unique backcountry and wilderness. Grand Canyon’s existing BMP was completed in 1988 and requires revisions to comply with current NPS laws and policies and the park’s 1995 General Management Plan. The park’s backcountry encompasses over 1.1 million acres, most of which are proposed for wilderness designation.

Available for review and comment, the BMP DEIS evaluates four alternatives–a no-action alternative and three action alternatives. The comment period for the DEIS will close 90 days after the Notice of Availability (NOA) is published in the Environmental Protection Agency’s Federal Register.

Public participation is an integral part of this planning process and will help ensure the plan’s success. To facilitate public participation, the NPS will host open house meetings as follows:

Tuesday, December 2, 2015

Grand Canyon Village, South Rim

Shrine of the Ages

From 4 to 6 pm

Monday, December 7, 2015

DoubleTree Hotel, 1175 W. Route 66

Flagstaff, AZ

From 4 to 7 pm

The NPS will also hold at least one webinar to reach the broadest range of stakeholders and interested public. Information about the webinar will be announced at a later date.

All interested parties may submit comments in person at one of the open house meetings; on the Planning, Environment, and Public Comment (PEPC) website; or via the US Postal Service.

The PEPC database is the preferred method for submitting comments and can be accessed at www.parkplanning.nps.gov/grca. Click on the “Backcountry Management Plan” or “Open for Comments” tab on the left-hand side of the toolbar and then select the EIS link.

Comments can also be mailed to: Superintendent, Grand Canyon National Park, Attn: Backcountry Management Plan, PO Box 129, Grand Canyon, AZ 86023.

More information about the Backcountry Management Plan and DEIS, public scoping, and public meetings will be posted on the PEPC site as it becomes available.

Grand Canyon Gondola Project seems to be Derailed

Grand Canyon Trust
Hello Friends,Good news! Years of fighting a well-funded campaign to build a mega resort and tramway on the Grand Canyon’s east rim have finally paid off.Save the Confluence family members and Navajo citizens opposed to the proposed “Escalade” development are celebrating. Escalade’s promoters are no longer employed in the executive office of the Navajo Nation.

On May 12, Navajo President Russell Begaye took office. The next day he issued a firm statement against Escalade. Begaye’s vice president, Jonathan Nez, added “any attempts to pass legislation to proceed with the development would be vetoed by the president.”

Save the Confluence family members expressed relief and thanked the new leaders for ending their “nightmare” under the Ben Shelly administration: “We believe ‘the two mighty’ rivers, the Colorado and the Little Colorado, have spoken.” They concluded that “while the president’s stance is being recognized as good and welcome news, we will remain cautious of the Navajo Nation Council.”


As you know, protecting the Grand Canyon requires constant vigilance. The Forest Service is currently seeking public comments on whether to pave the way for a large subdivision and several million square feet of retail space near Tusayan, within half a mile of Grand Canyon National Park. You have until June 2, 2015 to comment.

The Grand Canyon Trust pledges our ongoing assistance to Save the Confluence families and efforts to permanently protect the confluence and Grand Canyon from inappropriate development.

Thanks to all for your enduring support to Keep the Canyon Grand.

With gratitude,

Roger Clark

Grand Canyon Program Director

P.S. Your donations make this work possible. Make a gift today.

Photo courtesy of Jack Dykinga

Comments Needed to Stop Development at the Grand Canyon South Rim & Loss of more Water

How to comment

The scoping process for the town of Tusayan’s roadway and utility easement application will run through June 2. To submit a comment online visit comments-southwestern-kaibab with “Tusayan Roadway Easements” in the subject line.

The Forest Service also will hold three public scoping meetings:

  • May 18 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Williams Elementary School Auditorium, 601 N. 7th Street, Williams
  • May 19 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Grand Canyon Squire Inn, 100 Highway 64, Tusayan
  • May 20 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Doubletree Hotel, 1175 Route 66, Flagstaff


you can write to:

Michael Williams, Forest Supervisor

Kaibab National Forest

Williams Ranger District

742 S Clover RD

Williams, AZ 86046

Your own comments are usually better than a talking points form letter. I would suggest you express your concerns about impacts on the GC National Park, including but not limited to night sky, water, wildlife, traffic. You might question the need for such a project as well as better definitions of the scope of the project beyond the easements.

The cumulative effects should be considered. Irreparable and irreversible damage could be done with out a complete and thorough EIS. Insist on one.

Naturally, you will want to comment on the national and international significance of the Grand Canyon Canyon .

Your comments thoughts and frustrations will not be considered if you do not make them formally known.

For those in the area, try to attend one of the public scoping meetings. If you do attend and do comment at more than one meeting, do not repeat yourself, alter your presentation.


Has the National Park Service or the Grand Canyon National Park created a new “group” between commercial and private: noncommercial, organized group

 What has been casually used to define car groups has moved into the area of activities?

 The National Park Service, Grand Canyon National Park issued new regulations concerning running or hiking rim to rim or a rim to rim to rim. Rim to rim hike or run starts at either the North or South Rim, the person follows the trail to the floor of the canyon and then ascends back up to the other rim. A rim to rim to rim you start at one rim runs down and back up to the other rim and then turns around and run back. A rim to rim hike or run is 21 miles and has 4000 drop and gain in altitude.

 In Northern Arizona no matter what time of the year, this is a tough hike or run for one day.

 Of course, once something gets public attention everyone has to do it. (See Everest if you don’t believe this.) Now people are undertaking the feat without enough training, skill or knowledge putting stress on the already overburdened NPS staff and resources.

 It is for that reason that groups of people doing this now require a permit. The Permit information page is here if you are interested in taking a group of seven or more on one of these adventures.

 What caught my attention was the term used to describe these groups. “Noncommercial organized groups.” In the recent past the NPS has used this term to reduce or raise fees on groups visiting the park, mostly by car. This term was applied to church groups, school groups, etc. The term seems to be defined as “Groups and organizations that are non-commercial, and do not qualify for an educational fee waiver (churches, school clubs, scout groups, and other organizations)….” However, this is the first time I have seen it applied to anything other than entering the park.

 By this, I mean the NPS charges a different rate to groups as they come through the front gate. Consequently, the group is identified, fills out a permit and pays the fee as a group.

 Here the term has been applied to an activity in the park. Normally, activities are defined as private or commercial. Private are a group of people where no one makes money on the trip or is paid to be there. Commercial is somewhat defined where someone is making money (not necessarily a profit) or is being paid to go on the trip.

 Is this a new type of permit? Where is this going? Are we going to see it in the future (yes)?

 To Read the Grand Canyon NP article see: Grand Canyon Announces Interim Permits for Organized Groups Conducting Rim-to-Rim and Extended Day Hiking and Running

 To read an article on the issue see: R2R Permits Required at Grand Canyon

 What do you think? Leave a comment.

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The Inevitable Lost and Found in Grand Canyon, 2014


Item: Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS25 16.1 MP Tough Digital Camera with 8x Intelligent Zoom (Blue). It is water resistant. So there is a change that even if the camera is broken the pictures are still there. 

Where: Fell into Havasu Creek

When:  6/8/2014

Return to: Eva Marie Gomez, Evamariagomez@msn.com


Item: Hearing aids in a grey plastic pouch, lost from an AZRA trip.

Where: At the Ledges camp on the right below Havasu, Mile 158

When: on the night of June 24/25, 2014

Contact: Sharon Hester at AZRA, sharon@azraft.com


Item: Wedding ring

Where: Camp 1911 (Kolb inscription), aka Mile 214

When: June 24, 2014

Contact: Kim Lucy at AZRA/Grand Canyon Discovery, kim@azraft.com




Item: A blue duffle with various fishing things and shoes in it.

Where: floating in an eddy around Mile 190

When: July 3, 2014

Contact: Laura Fallon, lauraelizabethfallon@yahoo.com


Item: Wedding ring

Where: Hot Na Na (river mile 16.6L)

When: June 14, 2014

Contact: Robyn Janssen, watergirl00@gmail.com 

Most trips have 16 to 26 people on them.  Tell everyone you are married and leave your wedding ring at home.

Grand Canyon (Glen Canyon actually but the effect will be downriver) Management Alternatives explained

At long last, this will be your very first peek at the 6 ALTERNATIVES that have been developed for the Glen Canyon GCRG BW LOGO High Res (2)Dam Long Term Experimental and Management Plan (LTEMP) EIS (so keep scrolling down to the official LTEMP EIS email below). The LTEMP will affect the way the dam is managed and the health of downstream resources for the next 20 years. A REALLY REALLY BIG DEAL!!!



A quick run down of the various alternatives from Sam Jansen (our Adaptive Management Work Group rep) is as follows:



  • Alt #1: No Action Alternative
  • Business as usual. Same Modified Low Fluctuating Flows (MLFF) as the last 18 years
  • Would incorporate the High Flow Protocol & Non-Native Fish EA’s
  • Alt #2: Balanced Resource Alternative
  • Created by Colorado River Energy Distributors (CREDA)
  • All about generating hydropower–a real step backwards
  • Includes testing “Hydropower Improvement Flows”–check out the hydrograph in the .pdf (see links from LTEMP email below)
  • Restricts High Flow Experiments (HFE) to every other year
  • Alt #3: Condition-Dependent Adaptive Strategy (CDAS)
  • Seems to be the favorite of the Park and Bureau of Reclamation
  • Focused on chub, sediment, trout and hydropower
  • Adds greater flexibility in High Flow Experiments
  • Alt #4: Resource Targeted Condition-Dependent (RTCD)
  • Created by Western Area Power Administration (WAPA), the 7 Basin States & hired scientists

    Glen Canyon Dam

    Glen Canyon Dam (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

  • Focused on chub and hydropower, with nods to sediment and trout
  • Seems to be about doing the minimum for Grand Canyon that the law will allow
  • Reduces number of High Flow Experiments
  • Alt #5: Seasonally Adjusted Steady Flow (SASF)
  • Interesting hydrograph–steady 8,000 Oct through Jan, steady 7,000 July through Sep, with peak flows on May 1st (45K) and at the end of June (25K)
  • Spring and Fall High Flow Experiments
  • Alt #6: Year-Round Steady Flows
  • Not perfectly steady month to month, but centered around about 11,000 cfs
  • High Flow Protocol with some modifications

PLEASE READ THE IMPORTANT OFFICIAL LTEMP ANNOUNCEMENT BELOW and closely examine the .pdfs they provide for


important details and hydrographs for each of these alternatives. GCRG and our LTEMP Action Group will be looking at all of these very closely and assessing their merits. We’ll be in touch with you with what we think once we’ve had a chance to wrap our brains around it, in preparation for the release of the Draft LTEMP EIS this fall. This is YOUR RIVER, and Grand Canyon National Park belongs to ALL OF US. Our goal is to get everyone fired up to provide comments!



Six alternatives, including the No-Action Alternative, have been developed for consideration in the Glen Canyon Dam Long-Term Experimental and Management Plan



(LTEMP) Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The alternatives represent different ways Glen Canyon Dam could be operated under the LTEMP over the next 20 years,



and will serve as the basis of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) assessment to be presented in the LTEMP EIS. At the February 20, 2014, Adaptive



Management Working Group Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona, the LTEMP EIS team presented an overview of the alternatives. This presentation can be downloaded at






Please forward this message to any party you feel may



be interested in the LTEMP EIS.

Thanks to the Grand Canyon River Guides Association for getting this information out.



Navajo Nation Council to Vote on Grand Canyon Escalade Project

Raging Rivers: Navajo Nation Council to Vote on Grand Canyon Escalade Project

Tanya H. Lee


The Navajo Nation‘s proposal to build a multi-million-dollar resort at the confluence of the Little Colorado and Colorado rivers in northern Arizona has raised environmental and cultural concerns. The 420-acre tourist attraction would include a hotel, restaurants, and a gondola tramway from the rim of the Grand Canyon to an elevated river walk on the canyon floor.

Proponents of the project say it will create jobs, monitor and protect sacred sites and generate revenues for rehabilitation of the Bennett Freeze area. Opponents, which include the Hopi Tribe and Grand Canyon Trust, cite the sacred nature of the confluence, the threat to specific sacred sites and the appropriate conditions for religious activities and the fact that this is not an economic development plan that was created by or would necessarily benefit local residents.

RELATED: LeRoy Shingoitewa: Hopi Tribe Against Grand Canyon Project

Save the Confluence Releases Video on the Grand Canyon Escalade Project

Opposition Continues for the Grand Canyon Escalade

Tony Skrelunas, Grand Canyon Trust Native America program director, says the organization supports economic development and diversification, but the potential mechanized development in the Grand Canyon is not in keeping with its principles of environmental preservation and would set a precedent for the future. “We’re working with the [Navajo] chapters in the area to develop a community-based economic development plan that is culturally and environmentally appropriate,” he says.

The agreement between the Navajo Nation and Confluence Partners LLC, the developers of the project, expired July 1. A new agreement has been signed, but requires approval from the Navajo Tribal Council before it can go into effect. That vote could come at any time.

The Arizona Corporation Commission lists R. Lamar Whitmer, who was instrumental in the development of the Hualapai Tribe’s Grand Canyon Skywalk, as the corporation’s only member. The Grand Canyon Escalade website named other partners in the project as former Navajo Nation President and current Arizona State Sen. Albert Hale; retired Judge Michael C. Nelson, legal counsel to former Navajo Nation President Peterson Zah; Eunice L. Tso, a project management and permitting consultant; Keith A. Lamparter, a design and construction manager; Bernie Propst, former CFO for the Hualapai Tribe’s Grand Canyon Resort Corp.; Michele Crank, a community and government relations consultant; and financial advisor James J. Maguire, Jr.

So far, according to Rick Abasta, communications director for the Navajo Nation’s Office of the President and the Vice President, Confluence Partners has not identified any investors for the project. The Navajo Nation is considering investing several tens of millions of dollars upfront to build the infrastructure for the project. Whitmer has stated that at buildout the project could cost as much as copy billion.

On February 6, Hopi Tribal Chairman Herman G. Honanie wrote to Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly requesting a meeting to discuss the proposed project. The two met on February 10 and discussed, according to Abasta, a right-of-way issue related to a fiber optics cable and the taking of eaglets. The Grand Canyon Escalade proposal was, says Hopi Cultural Preservation Office Director Leigh Kuwanwisiwma, given short shrift, with Shelly telling Honanie that the project was just in the planning stages.

Kuwanwisiwma maintains that the project would violate an intergovernmental compact signed by the Navajo Nation and the Hopi Tribe in 2006. The compact ended a decades-long land dispute between the two tribes. Under its terms, both tribes agreed to end all litigation arising from the dispute, a step that eventually led to the opening the Bennett Freeze area to development. The Bennett Freeze, imposed in 1966 by the federal government, prohibited any new construction or repairs or improvements to existing structures or infrastructure on 1.5-million acres of land in the disputed territory, resulting in grossly substandard and unsafe living conditions for the 8,000 Navajos living there. President Obama signed the legislation that was the final step in lifting the Bennett Freeze in 2009.

The compact gives the Hopi Tribe a permanent, irrevocable permit to enter and use Navajo lands for religious practices (and gives Navajos the same right in regard to religious activities on Hopi lands). It further states that the “landowner tribe shall respect the privacy of persons engaging in religious practices and shall not observe or intrude upon religious activities.”

Kuwanwisiwma says the proposed resort, the tramway and the platforms overlooking the confluence could reveal the location of sacred sites to non-Hopis and would interfere with religious activities. “The most important thing in the compact is that both tribes committed to protect each other’s religious use areas from disturbance.” The proposed project would be built in “a very significant Hopi use area … where the Hopi people still go as part of their pilgrimages,” he says.

The very existence of the development would interfere with Hopi religious observance, says Kuwanwisiwma. “Privacy is so important [for our religious activities]. Tranquility is so important. The solace and relationship with the environment as you’re doing these religious ceremonies requires a lot of emotional well-being to feel good about it. I feel that that is what is going to be taken away if this resort. And quite frankly I think if the resort goes where it’s proposed to be, we will be prevented from getting access, period.”

The Hopi Tribe would like Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly and former President Albert Hale to accept an invitation to come to the reservation and talk to the tribal council and villages about the proposal. But whether they come or not, “it’s clear that the area that they have chosen is just totally not acceptable to the Hopi Tribe,” says Kuwanwisiwma. “We feel that if the Navajo Nation Council supports this project at the confluence, they’re going to violate the provisions of the intergovernmental compact.”

Should the Navajo Nation Tribal Council approve the new agreement and should investors for the project materialize, the proposed Grand Canyon Escalade project has the potential to become yet another cause for conflict on the Colorado Plateau.

Read more at http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2014/04/04/raging-rivers-navajo-nation-council-vote-grand-canyon-escalade-project-154321

Business Opportunity Announced for Hospitality Contract on South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park

Feel like entertaining a million people a year? Read on!

Grand Canyon National Park Superintendent Dave Uberuaga has announced the availability of a prospectus for a business opportunity in the park, to provide lodging, food services, retail, transportation, mule rides, and other services on the South Rim.   This prospectus, similar to one announced on August 6, 2013, outlines the business opportunity, describes the existing business, and provides details on how to submit a responsive proposal.

The new 15 year contract is one of the largest in the National Park Service (NPS) in terms of revenue and lodging inventory. The services required in this prospectus have generated an average of approximately $66 million in gross revenues annually.

This historic lodging and hospitality contract (CC-GRCA001-15) will include lodging, retail and food service in the historic Grand Canyon Village including the El Tovar, Bright Angel Lodge, Thunderbird and Kachina Lodges, Maswik Lodge and Phantom Ranch, as well as retail and food service at Hermits Rest.  It will also continue to include transportation services such as bus tours, taxi service and mule rides. 

The historic Desert View Watchtower, which is currently operated as a gift shop, will be transferred to the NPS and will remain open to the public.

Concessions contracts are developed and issued under the authority of the Concessions Management Improvement Act of 1998, P.L. 105-391, and its attending regulations in 36 CFR §51. 

All interested parties are encouraged to apply and submit a responsive proposal to the prospectus. This new opportunity is being advertised on the Federal Business Opportunities web site, www.fbo.gov.  The prospectus is available online at http://www.concessions.nps.gov/prospectuses.htm.  To obtain a paper copy of the prospectus please contact Jennifer Parker at 303-969-2661303-969-2661.

Responsive proposals must be received by the Intermountain Regional Office by Monday, May 12, 2014.  For additional information, please contact Jennifer Parker, Chief of Concessions, Intermountain Region at 303-969-2661303-969-2661. 

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An Epic Ride Through the Grand Canyon Kevin Fedark presents his award winning book The Emeral Mile

Register to join us for this free reception and lecture by Kevin Fedarko, author of The Emerald Mile. CFWE is partnering with Metropolitan State University of Denver’s One World One Water Center to bring you this memorable evening– please join us on January 9, 2014 for a 6 pm reception and 7 pm lecture at the Marriott SpringHill Suites on the Auraria Campus of MSU Denver: 1190 Auraria Parkway, Denver, CO 80204.

Interested? The event is free, but you must RSVP here.



USMC Wounded Warriors

Sponsored by the Grand Canyon River Runners Association http://www.gcriverrunners.org

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On this trip Wounded Warriors will experience moments of pure thrill, times of absolute serenity, and a deep connection with nature – all of which combine to create a truly life-changing experience. They’ll learn about the history and geology of the mighty Colorado River. They’ll strengthen friendships, form bonds that will last a lifetime, and do it all under the supervision of professional river guides and trained military medical personnel.

The Adventure Begins

Each day, they’ll wake up to the smell of freshly brewed coffee, and the sounds of rushing water mingled with the murmur of sleepy voices echoing through the canyon walls. Breakfast is hot and hearty. After filling up, the group will form a “bucket line” to help load the gear back on the boats. Then the Colorado River beckons and they’re off once again experiencing a day of adventure as they continue on their journey.

Immersed in Nature

Wounded Warriors will enjoy the spectacular white water rapids and stretches of calm water, encouraging them to relax in the warm sun and enjoy breathtaking scenery. When lunchtime comes, they’ll make sandwiches, grab a cold drink and relax with a book-or perhaps hike or fish-before shoving off again for an afternoon of surprises.

Settling in for the Night

Late afternoon finds the group at camp for the evening. As the guides assemble the camp kitchen, everyone finds their ideal camp spot and sets up their home for the night. They’ll relax with a cool drink and hors d’ oeuvres, and get better acquainted with their fellow river companions as dinner sizzles on the grill. After a mouth-watering dinner and experiencing a gorgeous canyon sunset, they’ll join in the conversation of the group, and listen to the quiet of the canyon as they settle into their sleeping bags under a blanket of stars.

The Sponsor:

The Grand Canyon River Runners Association is a 501 (c.) 3  group working to preserve public access to the Colorado River in Grand Canyon National Park.  GCRRA donates up to twenty percent of all membership fees to organizations that support conservation activities along the river, or which provide visitation opportunities for special populations.  Founded in 2004, GCRRA’s members enjoy a close working relationship with other Colorado River – Grand Canyon organizations, including the Grand Canyon River Outfitters Association, the Grand Canyon River Guides, and the Grand Canyon Private Boaters Association.

Our Passengers:

The United States Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Regiment provides and enables assistance to wounded, ill and injured Marines, sailors attached to or in support of Marine units, and their family members in order to assist them as they return to duty or transition to civilian life.


We are thrilled to be able to offer this special opportunity to a more deserving group of veterans who have sacrificed so much in their service to our country.  It will be the experience of a lifetime for people who never dreamed they would have the opportunity.

Our Wounded Warriors Trip, which includes pre-trip and post-trip meals, lodging and transportation, will be a 10-day river adventure – two motor rigs, a paddle raft, and the specialized equipment required to support passengers with disabilities. 

The outfitter for this trip, an authorized concessioner of the National Parks Service in Grand Canyon National Park and a member of the Grand Canyon River Outfitters Association, has extensive experience aiding persons with disabilities in rafting the Colorado River. Because river trips have to be planned well in advance, we have booked a charter for the summer of 2015. But initial deposits are due soon, so we are seeking donations now!

For more information or to contribute go to http://www.gcriverrunners.org

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OARS has openings for 2 people on a river trip next week

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As you probably know, Grand Canyon National Park opened again this last week after the government shutdown got resolved. This means that we are able to operate our river trips again to make those signed up for our October trips very happy as we operate our last two trips of the season – during the fall’s optimum weather.

Unexpectedly, we have room for two lucky people who are available for spontaneous travel starting this next Monday. Our 12-day trip, traveling from Phantom Ranch to Diamond Creek October 28 – November 8, has two seats available. Please call for details.



This trip offers wonderful photography, great hiking opportunities and nice traveling companions! http://www.oars.com/grandcanyon/dories/phantomranch-diamondcreek.html

Don’t hesitate to contact me at georgew@oars.com or 800-346-6277.

Sincerely, George

George Wendt
O.A.R.S. Companies, Inc.
Outdoor Adventure River Specialists
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Angels Camp, CA 95222
209-736-4677 ext 4785

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What a Government Shutdown means to individuals

Curious about how the Government Shutdown will affect some people. Read this email from the Utah Rafters List Serve!

As a United States Government shutdown looms large, plans are now in place to close all National Parks across the country on October 1, 2013. The closures will impact all recreational opportunities at Lee’s Ferry, Arizona, including the cancellation of all river trips.

According to Grand Canyon National Park officials, river runners who have already launched downstream into Grand Canyon National Park will be able to complete their river trip. Glen Canyon National Recreation Area officials, who operate Lee’s Ferry, note that should the government shutdown go into effect, the closure of Lee’s Ferry will start with a “soft closure” beginning at 8:00 am, with a hard closure from noon on, after which no river trips will be allowed to launch.

Kansas river runner Hilary Esry won the river permit lottery last year for an October 7, 2013 launch date after first becoming interested in running Grand Canyon twenty years ago. “We have friends flying in from as far away as Alaska on non-refundable tickets and have spent over $17,000 so far in NPS fees, food and equipment rental. I have a contract with the Federal Government allowing me to launch, and so far, I have not been contacted from the National Park Service at all about a pending closure of the Colorado River in Grand Canyon” she said. “We expect to be on our own and except for the mandatory orientation at Lee’s Ferry, we do not expect to interface with anyone from the NPS. I can’t tell you how nerve wracking this is for our trip.”

The Grand Canyon National Park web site states there are sixteen river trips scheduled to launch in the first seven days of October. Thirteen of those trips are public trips while three are concession guided river trips. There are sixty-one river trips scheduled for the month of October, twelve of which are concessions trips and forty-nine are public trips.

Officials at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area also stated roadwork on the Lee’s Ferry road will continue, as the funds for that project are non-appropriated funds. River runners who have parked their vehicles at the long term parking lot at Lee’s Ferry will be allowed to retrieve their vehicles but this will require a law enforcement escort.

Fishing at Lee’s Ferry, including from the bank and by boat, both public and guided, will not be allowed. The smooth water concessions river trips from the base of Glen Canyon Dam downstream to Lee’s Ferry will also cease operation.

The same will happen at all National Parks. I was talking to the River Rangers for other parks and they fell like crap. People who have waited for months or in the Grand’s case for years may not get to experience the fun, adventure and beauty of a river trip through one of America’s treasurers.

Really, fishing is prohibited……

Increase in diving (neck) injuries in Colorado River, Grand Canyon NP.

In the last few weeks the NPS has responded to three shallow water diving incidents into the Colorado River. One of these (not involved with a river trip) resulted in devastating injuries. I’m hoping you might be able inform river guides of this disturbing trend by included a note in the boatman’s s quarterly or your guide email network.

In two of these incidents the patients were diving into the river from the shoreline impacting their heads into the bottom or unseen obstacles In the other incident a patient dove off the rear of a raft that was beached. While we continue to see extremity injury patterns from getting on and off the boats and during side hikes, these incidents usually don’t carry the potential for instantly catastrophic injury like shallow water diving does. Thanks for spreading the word for this watchout situation.

Brandon Torres

Branch Chief of Emergency Services

Grand Canyon National Park

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Grand Canyon Celebration of Art

P.O. Box 399

Grand Canyon, AZ 86023




Miriam Robbins

August 7, 2013

Grand Canyon Association Presents:

A Grand Canyon Celebration of Art

Grand Canyon National Park

September 14, 2013 – January 20, 2014

The Grand Canyon Association and Arizona Public Service are pleased to announce the 5th Annual Grand Canyon Celebration of Art at Grand Canyon National Park. This event features twenty-six artists from around the country who have created a studio piece for

the exhibition and will paint plein air during the week before the exhibit opens.

Visitors will have the opportunity to watch the artists paint as they seek to represent the shifting light and shadow, amazing land forms, and vibrant colors of this vast landscape. Artists will be at the North and South Rims and, for the again this year at Phantom Ranch and Indian Garden September 14-20.

Long before there was color photography, artists like Thomas Moran and Gunnar Widforss contributed to capturing the beauty and mystery of Grand Canyon through art. It was their paintings that helped communicate to the world the need for preservation of such a special place. In 2009, the Grand Canyon Association rejuvenated this idea and brought artists to the South Rim for a week of painting and appreciation of art in the canyon. Today, Celebration of Art exposes tens of thousands of people to live artist renderings at Grand Canyon. It has become the model for outdoor art events in National Parks.

Event Schedule

Plein Air at Grand Canyon
September 14 – 20, 2013
North and South Rim, Grand Canyon National Park

Quick Draw and Auction
Friday, September 20, 2013
9:00 am – noon

Grand Opening Reception and Sale

Saturday, September 21, 2013
11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Kolb Studio

Exhibit and Sale
September 21, 2013 – January 20, 2014
Kolb Studio

Exhibition & Sale at Kolb Studio from September 21, 2013 – January 20, 2013

Please visit our website for information and updates at http://www.grandcanyon.org/celebration.asp.

Proceeds from this event will support the goal of funding an art venue at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. This permanent home will ensure that future generations of park visitors will be able to view the stunning art collection in the Grand Canyon National Park Museum and Grand Canyon Association Collections.

Kolb Studio is located along the Rim Trail in Grand Canyon Village, 200 yards west of Bright Angel Lodge. For more information about Grand Canyon Association and its programs, go to www.grandcanyon.org.

Founded in 1932, the Grand Canyon Association (GCA) is the National Park Service’s official nonprofit partner raising private funds to benefit Grand Canyon National Park, operating retail shops and visitor centers within the park, and providing premier educational opportunities about the natural and cultural history of the region. GCA works to help preserve and protect Grand Canyon National Park by cultivating support, education and understanding of the park www.grandcanyon.org

2013 Grand Canyon Celebration of Art – press release.docx

Want to work as a Swamper on a Grand Canyon Trip?

O.A.R.S. Adventure Alert
Win a Grand Canyon Rafting Trip
Wimps Need Not Apply. Here’s Why… This won’t be a vacation. Wait, we haven’t lost you already have we? Because this is your chance to have an epic adventure—two weeks, 280 miles, and some of the biggest whitewater on the planet—as a member of our crew.

That’s right, we’re giving away a backstage pass to the Grand Canyon. We’re going to select one lucky winner to become a “swamper” with O.A.R.S. in the Grand Canyon. Can you say…living the dream?

This is the real deal. You’ll help load the boats, spend some time on the oars, and if you’re lucky, we’ll even let you put the toilet away (just kidding – or are we?). Either way, as a bonafide crew member (don’t worry, “swamper” is just a technical term), you’ll be able to step behind the wheel and experience the Colorado River first-hand.

Sure, you might sweat a little bit and your hands will get dirty, but we can guarantee this trip will be a life-changing experience. Just check out this video if you don’t believe us.

So, if you’re ready to run legendary rapids, explore hidden side canyons, and get lost in the earth’s most famous crack for two of the best weeks of your life, we might have just the job for you…

Head over to our Facebook page from July 15 to August 19, 2013 to sign up for a chance to win this once-in-a-lifetime Grand Canyon experience:

Enter to Win

And when you sign up to win our Grand Canyon trip, you’re automatically entered to win daily and weekly prizes like a copy of Kevin Fedarko’s new book, “The Emerald Mile: The Epic Story of the Fastest Ride in History through the Grand Canyon,” or a pair of Teva Original sandals. Bonus!

O.A.R.S. Grand Canyon, Inc. is an authorized concessioner of Grand Canyon National Park

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Grand Canyon Youth needs Program Director


Job Title: Program Director, Grand Canyon Youth, Inc.

Location: Flagstaff, Arizona

Salary: $32,000

Benefits: Health, Dental and Retirement

Work Hours: Flexible schedule that varies by season; some nights and weekends; average 40 hour work week

Position Open: July 15-August 15, 2013

To Apply: Please submit a resume, cover letter and references to Executive Director, Emma Wharton



The Program Director for Grand Canyon Youth (GCY) is responsible for the preparation, correspondence and coordination of the programmatic aspects of Grand Canyon Youth’s river education programs. The Program Director must have the ability to develop and maintain professional relationships with GCY staff, youth participants, parents, guides, drivers, volunteers, and community partners.



Program Development (5%)

• Manage program documents

• Develop and implement educational curriculum/goals

• Collect, create and distribute educational resources


Program Preparation (90%)

• Orient the teachers, partnership agencies, and community members who work with Grand Canyon Youth to the goals of Grand Canyon Youth.

• Act as the main point of contact with groups and participants

• Maintain and facilitate on-going communication through email, phone and in-person meetings

• Schedule and lead informational meetings

• Manage the financial aid approval process

• Conduct post-season debriefs and evaluations


Other Responsibilities (5%)

• Adhere and be familiar with the GCY risk management policies, procedures, and protocols.

• Coordination of an on-river educational program



• Enthusiasm for working with middle and high school age youth

• Excellent verbal and written communication skills

• Superior organization skills and ability to formulate efficient systems

• Ability to document and communicate details

• High interest in experiential education & development of educational resources for outdoor and site-based education

• Creative and effective problem-solving skills

• Strong work ethic

• Strong ability to multi-task and prioritize tasks

• Demonstrated ability to innovate, rather than maintain status quo

• Ability to function well in a busy work environment (including a shared office with multiple interruptions)

• Practical knowledge and experience using a variety of office equipment and programs (including, but not limited to, desktop computer, shared documents, printer, fax machine, multi-line telephone, copier, email, word processing, spreadsheets)

• Flexibility

• Sense of humor


Minimum Qualifications:

• Bachelor’s degree and/or any combination of education, training and experience which demonstrates the ability to perform the duties of the position

• Clean driving record

• Ability to pass a background check

• Minimum age of 21



• At least two years experience working with youth and/or working in nonprofit management

• River experience

• Wilderness First Responder or Wilderness First Aid training



• This position is subject to the availability of grant funds.

• This job description may evolve as the needs of the organization change.

• Grand Canyon Youth, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.


Grand Canyon Youth, Inc. is a non-profit organization. Our mission is to provide an experiential education for youth along the rivers and canyons of the Southwest in an effort to promote environmental awareness, community involvement, personal growth, and teamwork among people of diverse backgrounds.

Our ideal candidate will be dependable, trustworthy and able to follow up with and complete tasks in a timely manner. The GCY Program Director must be very organized and whole-heartedly embrace the values outlined in our mission.



Emma Wharton

Executive Director

Grand Canyon Youth

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Want a job rowing a boat or motor rig in the Grand Canyon?

Hello everyone,

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There are 2 small craft operator (whitewater boat operator) positions now open in Grand Canyon National Park. The positions opened today, June 17th and will be open for applications until July 12th. The positions have a 4 year term. You can access the job posting/descriptions/requirements and apply online at:


This information came from the Grand Canyon River Guides Association. If you love the Grand Canyon, you should be a member.


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River Runner Film Festival and Silent Auction to Benefit Grand Canyon Youth!


Grand Canyon Youth’s 13th Annual River Runner Film Festival & Auction is Saturday, November 3rd!

Join us for a fun filled evening! Here are some of the highlights:

· A silent auction and raffle featuring over 100 items including:

The 2013 Whale Foundation Calendar is Spectacular


Support the Whale Foundation supported by Grand Canyon River Guides.

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Order yours today!

Calendars are $12/ea and $3/ea shipping.

Order now by sending a check and your address to:

The Whale Foundation

P.O. Box 855

Flagstaff, AZ 86002

 If you are thinking about giving them as gifts, that is a fantastic idea! There are discounts for orders over ten, contact the office through our email for details.

Go to our Facebook site to find a list of retailers carrying our calendar.

There are also more photos from the calendar for your viewing pleasure at:



Email us at:

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Pick one up at our office and save the shipping costs. We are at the same address as the Grand Canyon River Guides office,

515 W. Birch Street, Flagstaff

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Public Input Received on LTEMP EIS Alternatives………long wait, big fight, stay involved

Public Input Received on LTEMP EIS Alternatives

The Bureau of Reclamation and the National Park Serviceextended an opportunity for members of the public to provide input on LTEMP EIS alternatives after

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preliminary alternative concepts were published in a newsletter on March 30, 2012, and the agencies hosted a public workshop on alternatives in Flagstaff, Arizona on April 4 and 5, 2012. Input was received from the Basin States (consisting of the seven Colorado River Basin states and the Upper Colorado River Commission), the Colorado River Energy Distributors Association (CREDA), the Grand Canyon Trust, and the Irrigation and Electrical Districts Association of Arizona (IEDA). This input can be viewed on the LTEMP EIS website at

The LTEMP joint-lead agencies are reviewing this material and using it to inform development of alternatives to be considered in the LTEMP EIS.

For More Information

To learn more about how you can participate in the EIS process, visit the “Getting Involved” page of the LTEMP EIS Web Site

If you have questions or need more information, contact the LTEMP EIS Webmaster at ltempeiswebmaster@anl.gov

Please forward this message to any party you feel may be interested in the LTEMP EIS.



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