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Around the Canyon

'Right to Risk' showing planned

Northern Arizona University's Cline Library presents a free screening of "Right to Risk: A Fifteen Day Journey Through Arizona's Grand Canyon" at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 14.

"Right to Risk" is a documentary chronicling a Colorado River trip through the Grand Canyon by eight individuals with disabilities and their guides. It was produced by Kathleen Jo Ryan, who also produced "Writing Down the River."

Through interviews shot during the trip, the men and women, all of whom live with significant disabilities including blindness, cerebral palsy, paraplegia, quadriplegia, spina bifida and multiple sclerosis, share their insights to overcome prejudice and negative attitudes, maintain their dignity and assert themselves.

During their life-affirming journey, they reflect on their adventure and affirm that it is every individual's right to choose what they are willing to do and risk in pursuit of their dreams.

Students invited for essay contest

The Coconino County African American Advisory Council is sponsoring the fourth annual Black History Month essay contest. It is open to all county high school and middle school students, including those who are home-schooled.

First, second and third-place prizes will be awarded at middle school and high school levels.

The theme for the contest is "Contributions of African Americans in the West." Essays must be 500 words or less and either typed or legibly hand-written. Entry deadline is Feb. 9.

Entry forms are available at www.coconino.az.gov. For information, call Crystal Warden at 928-221-1281 or Lynda Locke at 928-779-6764.

Tamarisk trips planned in Jan.

In the coming months, Grand Canyon Volunteers plan a series of tamarisk removal projects in the inner canyon.

Grand Canyon Volunteers programs are made possible with the support of the Grand Canyon Trust and the Grand Canyon National Park Foundation. These organizations work together to assist in preserving the lands of the Grand Canyon National Park and its surrounding area. Through their cooperation, they help maintain and restore public lands administered by the National Park Service, the U.S. Forest Service, and the Bureau of Land Management as well as contributing to the programs of the Arizona Game and Fish Department and restoring sites held by the Grand Canyon Trust.

Upcoming tamarisk removal projects:

Wednesday, Jan. 17-Tuesday, Jan. 23 ­ South Kaibab and Bright Angel trails

Wednesday, Jan. 31-Wednesday, Feb. 7 ­ location to be announced

Monday, March 12-Friday, March 16 ­ South Canyon

Wednesday, March 21-Wednesday, March 28 ­ South Bass Trail, Turquoise Creek, Ruby Creek

Groups are also invited to volunteer for special trips tailored for their organization. Visit www.gcvolunteers.org for more information or to sign up.

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