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Feds deny permits for controversial project on Black Mesa
Future projects “should work closely with tribal stakeholders prior to filing,” agency officials said in decision

Federal energy officials denied permits for a controversial hydropower project on The Navajo Nation in northern Arizona. In its decision to deny those permits, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) said it was establishing a new policy about cooperation with tribes.

By Alex Hager, KUNC February 20, 2024
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Bears and other animals enjoy one of the biggest snow storm of the year Feb. 8 at Bearizona Wildlife Park.

February 13, 2024
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Grand Canyon National Park highlights employees each week in its community newsletter. Sean Ryall is this week’s employee spotlights.

February 7, 2024
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Arno Penzias died on Jan. 22. He was born in Munich, Germany, April 26, 1933. At the age of six, he and his brother were among the Jewish children evacuated to Great Britain as part of the Kinder Transport rescue operation. Later, his parents fled Nazi Germany for the United States, and in 1946 Penzias became a naturalized U.S. citizen.

By By Barry D. Malpas, Special to the Williams-Grand Canyon News January 30, 2024
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Uranium mining operations begin at Pinyon Plain Mine
Mine 6 miles south of the Grand Canyon’s South Rim and inside the new national monument has opened despite objections of tribes and environmentalists

GRAND CANYON, Ariz. — After decades of litigation and challenges by tribes and environmental groups, Pinyon Plain Mine, a uranium mine located approximately 6 miles from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, has begun production.

By Loretta James January 23, 2024
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FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Elena Klopfenstein, a junior at Coconino High School, was recognized for her work with the Grand Canyon Trust’s Rising Leaders Program during an annual Appreciation Celebration Nov. 9 in Flagstaff.

January 16, 2024
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Astronomers estimate that our Sun, along with the solar system, formed at the same time, about 4.6 billion years ago. This is based on the ages of the oldest objects that we have sampled using radiometric methods, from small asteroids brought back from space, as well as meteorites that have struck Earth.

By By Barry D. Malpas, Special to the Williams Grand Canyon News January 9, 2024
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Reverberations of a loss and dismay echoed across northern Arizona last week after Klee Benally, Navajo activists, musician and Indigenous and environmental advocate died in a Phoenix hospital Dec. 30.

By Loretta James January 9, 2024
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Kokopelli gift store in Williams assumes new ownership under Jeremy Peasley
Gift store offers Native American items, souvenirs, local discounts and more

Conveniently located in downtown Williams, Jeremy and Emily Peasley have recently taken over operations at Kokopelli gift shop. The Peasley’s became the new owners of the shop in late May after the passing of Jeremy’s mother, Andrea Peasley.

By By Morgan Smith Williams-Grand Canyon News December 26, 2023
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Finding the children who live in the village of Supai — nestled at the bottom of the Grand Canyon — has not always been an easy task for Santa, but this year, with the assistance of a talented pilot, Santa was able to leave his sleigh behind and make a grand entrance via helicopter to visit the children.

By Loretta James, Williams-Grand Canyon News December 23, 2023
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I was off to a sluggish morning. I peered out the window to find five inches of new snow covering my car in the driveway. I plugged in the teapot, dug out my boots from the closet and went on a mission to find the ice scraper under the McDonald’s wrappers in the back of the car.

By Wendy Howell December 20, 2023
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FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Nation’s Finest, an organization dedicated to supporting military Veterans and their families, is honored to announce its partnership with Light of the World Giving Machines coming to Flagstaff this holiday season.

December 20, 2023
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WILLIAMS, Ariz. — With Christmas right around the corner, the countdown to giving gifts is quickly approaching. To help with your last-minute shopping for gifts, Williams shops have you covered. Check out some of the special and unique gifts they have to offer.

By Morgan Smith, Williams-Grand Canyon News December 20, 2023
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Williams residents and Interstate 40 travelers will be pleased to have a new restaurant in town with the recent opening of Rodeo Steakhouse.

By By Morgan Smith, Williams-Grand Canyon News December 5, 2023
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For the month of November, High Country Fire & Rescue recognized FF/EMT Lukas Atwood.

By Williams-Grand Canyon News November 21, 2023

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