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The public has until noon on Feb. 25, 2014 to post their applications for noncommercial river trip permits to raft the Colorado River through Grand Canyon National Park in 2015, according to the National Park Service.

The permits are for specific launch dates within calendar year 2015. A total of 461 permits will be available for 12- to 25-day river trips.
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Following quickly on the heels of Utah's deal with the federal government to open eight National Park sites in that state, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer late Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, announced she had negotiated an agreement with the Department of the Interior to open Grand Canyon National Park.

Under the agreement negotiated by Brewer, the state will pay the National Park Service $651,000, or $93,000 per-day, to reopen Grand Canyon and fully fund park operations for up to at least seven days using state and other monies.
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Planets, stars, galaxies, the man in the moon, all will be on center stage for the 23rd annual Grand Canyon Star Party from June 8 through June 15, 2013 on the South and North rims of Grand Canyon National Park.

This event is sponsored by the National Park Service, Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association (South Rim), and Saguaro Astronomy Club of Phoenix (North Rim), with funding from the Grand Canyon Association.
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Grand Canyon National Park will host its 6th annual Celebrate Wildlife Day on May 18, 2013, and visitors will have several opportunities to learn about the work of wildlife biologists and about the unique wildlife that inhabits Arizona and the Grand Canyon area.

This year's event will kick off on Friday, May 17,with a special evening program on "Grand Canyon Birds: a World of Beauty and Discovery" presented by Park Ranger Brian Gatlin.
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The 18th annual Native American Heritage Days at the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park gets underway Aug. 11-12, 2011 and visitors will find lots of activities to enjoy.

The event, celebrating the rich cultural diversity of the Colorado Plateau, the Arizona Strip and the Grand Canyon, begins with a morning nature walk on Thursday, and ends with a special evening program on Friday.
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Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona will celebrate the 43rd anniversary of Earth Day with a weekend of fun activities from April 19 to 21, 2013.

The weekend will include a film about Western conservationist Aldo Leopold, a keynote presentation by author Mary Ellen Hannibal, and a day of fun and educational activities. Everyone is invited to take part.
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The National Park Service is now accepting applications for noncommercial river trip permits to raft the Colorado River through Grand Canyon National Park for 2014.

The permits will be for specific launch dates within calendar year 2014. A total of 450 permits will be available for 12- to 25-day river trips. Eligible individuals may apply online at the weighted lottery web site.
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Visitors will have even more to experience and enjoy at Grand Canyon National Park during the week of Oct. 14 to 20, 2012 when rangers offer a unique celebration of Earth Science Week (ESW) and National Fossil Day.

Earth Science Week promotes understanding and appreciation of the Earth sciences and their relevance to our daily lives.
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The 4th Annual Grand Canyon Celebration of Art will take place from Sept. 8 through Nov. 25, 2012 and park visitors will have the chance to see and purchase works of art from some of the best landscape painters in the country.

Proceeds from the event will support the goal of funding a permanent art venue on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park. 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.
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There's good news and bad news for visitors heading to Grand Canyon National Park for the 2012 summer, and they deal with two basic elements: Water and Fire.

First, potable water is once again available at all filling stations within the Inner Canyon at Grand Canyon National Park.

Second, because of hot, dry and windy conditions at the park, rangers have put in place campfire restrictions.
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A hiking trail closure in effect since May 31 was lifted June 2, 2012 between Roaring Springs and Cottonwood Campground on the North Kaibab Trail in Grand Canyon National Park.

A temporary route through the damaged section has been established, however it is very narrow and hazardous conditions exist so extreme caution should be used when hiking in that area.
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Grand Canyon National Park will be focusing on astronomy in June as it celebrates two heavenly events for visitors.

On the afternoon of June 5, 2012, there will be public telescope viewing of a rare Transit of Venus event at the South Rim's Grand Canyon Visitor Center.

Then, from Saturday, June 16 through Saturday, June 23, the 22nd annual Grand Canyon Star Party will be held on both the South and North Rims.
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Need a place to celebrate Earth Day? Why not the Grand Canyon, where the oldest human artifacts found are nearly 12,000 years old, and you can walk into the past with the Trail of Time.

Grand Canyon National Park will celebrate the 42nd anniversary of Earth Day on April 22, 2012 with demonstrations, games, information on local and national environmental initiatives, and much more.
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A 300-fall down the side of Owl Eyes Canyon in Grand Canyon National Park claimed the life of a female hiker Feb. 26, 2012.

The woman was identified as 24-year-old Ioana Elise Hociota of Tempe, Ariz.

According to park rangers, the Grand Canyon Regional Communications Center received a report on Sunday that a female hiker had fallen in Owl Eyes Canyon.
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Grand Canyon National Park will host its 5th annual Archeology Day March 24, 2012 with a number of free activities for the public in honor of Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month.

Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month is intended to inform the public about archeology in the state of Arizona.
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Visitors to Grand Canyon National Park will no longer be able to purchase drinking water in individual disposable containers inside the park, such as plastic water bottles typically bought at convenience stores or supermarkets.

The ban on the sale of individual disposable containers of water will take place within 30 days under a plan approved Feb. 6, 2012 by National Park Service (NPS) Intermountain Regional (IMR) Director John Wessels.
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New uranium and other hardrock mining around Grand Canyon National Park has been banned for the next 20 years by the Department of the Interior.

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced his decision on Jan. 9, 2012 ans said the move is to protect the iconic Grand Canyon and its vital watershed from the potential adverse effects of additional uranium and other hardrock mining on over 1 million acres of federal land.
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Grand Canyon National Park's staff will begin shutting down most North Rim visitor services and facilities on Saturday, Oct. 15; 2011, but the North Rim will remain open to visitors through Nov. 27 or until snow closes Highway 67 leading into the park.

The South Rim and Inner Canyon facilities remain open year-round.
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Western Arts Day, an annual celebration of Grand Canyon National Park's history and culture, will be held at the North Rim Saturday, July 9, 2011.

Western Arts Day commemorates the western way of life which helps define what Grand Canyon, Northern Arizona, and Southern Utah are today.
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Phase II of the improvements called for in the Grand Canyon National Park's South Rim Visitor Transportation Plan/Environmental Assessment (Transportation Plan) are now substantially complete; and Mather Point and the Visitor Center plaza areas have reopened for public use.

In May of 2008, a Finding of No Significant Impact for the Transportation Plan was signed by the Regional Director for the Intermountain Region of the National Park Service (NPS).
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