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In this March 27, 2020 photo, Shelly Clayton, center, walks up the Bright Angel Trail at Grand Canyon National Park, Ariz., with her children Audrey Kuhar, 11, left, and Cooper Kuhar, 11. The park has closed restaurants, lodges, visitor centers, campgrounds and other services as it awaits approval from the federal government for a full shutdown. (Jake Bacon/Arizona Daily Sun via AP)

Grand Canyon National Park closes to visitors amid pandemic

Apr. 1, 2020 10:32 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The Grand Canyon closed indefinitely to visitors Wednesday, joining other national parks seeking to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Staff at the Grand Canyon had been shutting down visitors services piecemeal as the federal government initially rebuffed its request to shutter...

In this March 27, 2020 photo, Shelly Clayton, center, walks up the Bright Angel Trail at Grand Canyon National Park, Ariz., with her children Audrey Kuhar, 11, left, and Cooper Kuhar, 11. The park has closed restaurants, lodges, visitor centers, campgrounds and other services as it awaits approval from the federal government for a full shutdown. (Jake Bacon/Arizona Daily Sun via AP)

Calls mount to close Grand Canyon after resident gets virus

Mar. 31, 2020 9:19 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Calls mounted Tuesday for the federal government to close Grand Canyon National Park after the popular tourist destination saw its first case of the coronavirus in a hospitality worker. The man who tested positive for COVID-19 lived at a dorm within the park and worked at one of the...

FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2012, file photo, snow covers the entrance sign to Glacier National Park in West Glacier, Mont. Three more of America's most popular national parks have closed their gates as pressure mounts on superintendents to prevent crowded trails that could lead to more spread of the coronavirus even as the Trump administration sticks to its decision to waive entrance fees at the parks. Glacier in Montana and Arches and Canyonlands in Utah announced their decisions to close Friday, March 27, 2020, just days after several other well-known parks such as Yellowstone, Grand Teton and the Great Smoky Mountains did the same. (AP Photo/Matt Volz, File)

3 more national parks close to prevent coronavirus spread

Mar. 28, 2020 3:41 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Three more of America's most popular national parks have closed their gates as pressure mounts on superintendents to prevent crowded trails that could lead to more spread of the coronavirus even as the Trump administration sticks to its decision to waive entrance fees at the parks. ...

FILE - This Sept. 15, 2015, file photo, shows Zion National Park near Springdale, Utah. Zion National Park announced Monday, Marc h 23, 2020, it is closing its campgrounds and part of a popular trail called Angel's Landing that is often crowded with people. The top part of the hike that is being closed is bordered by steep drops and ascends some 1,500 feet (457 meters) above the southern Utah park's red-rock cliffs, offering sweeping views.(AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

Appeals grow to close US national parks during pandemic

Mar. 27, 2020 5:48 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is sticking with its crowd-friendly waiver of entrance fees at national parks during the coronavirus pandemic, as managers at some parks try and fail to keep visitors a safe distance apart and communities appeal for a shutdown at other parks that are still open....

FILE - In this May 21, 2011 file photo, tourists photograph Old Faithful erupting on schedule late in the afternoon in Yellowstone National Park, Wyo. On Tuesday, March 24, 2020 the National Park Service announced that Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks would be closed until further notice, and no visitor access will be permitted to either park..(AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)

Parks officials answer crowding with closures to fight virus

Mar. 24, 2020 6:47 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyoming (AP) — Three of America's best-known national parks — Yellowstone, Grand Teton and Great Smoky Mountains — closed their gates Tuesday as parks struggle to keep popular recreation areas open while heeding warnings from officials urging them to prevent spreading the...

Grand Canyon hires Bryce Drew as basketball coach

Mar. 17, 2020 4:11 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Grand Canyon has hired former Vanderbilt coach Bryce Drew as its next men's basketball coach. Drew's hiring was announced Tuesday. He replaces Dan Majerle, who was fired after seven seasons on March 12. "We are unbelievably excited to have Bryce Drew lead our basketball program into its next...

FILE - In this Dec. 9. 2018, file photo, Grand Canyon coach Dan Majerle watches his team play Nevada during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Phoenix. Grand Canyon has fired Majerle after seven seasons. The school announced the former Phoenix Suns star's firing Thursday, March 12, 2020, hours after the Western Athletic Conference and NCAA tournament were canceled due to concerns over the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Darryl Webb, File)

Grand Canyon fires Dan Majerle after 7 seasons

Mar. 12, 2020 9:51 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Grand Canyon has fired basketball coach Dan Majerle after seven seasons. The school announced the former Phoenix Suns star's firing Thursday, hours after the Western Athletic Conference and NCAA Tournament were canceled due to concerns over the coronavirus. Marjele was hired in 2013 to...

Johnson carries Grand Canyon past CS Bakersfield 64-61

Mar. 7, 2020 11:22 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Carlos Johnson had a season-high 33 points as Grand Canyon narrowly defeated Cal State Bakersfield 64-61 in a regular season finale on Saturday night. Jovan Blacksher Jr. had 11 points for Grand Canyon (13-17, 8-8 Western Athletic Conference), which ended its four-game losing streak. Lorenzo...

Varner powers UT Rio Grande Valley past Grand Canyon, 88-80

Feb. 29, 2020 10:55 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Lesley Varner II had 32 points as Texas Rio Grande Valley topped Grand Canyon 88-80 on Saturday night. Varner II shot 5 for 6 from behind the arc and 9 for 10 from the line. He added seven rebounds. Alessandro Lever had 18 points for the Antelopes (12-17, 7-8 Western Athletic Conference),...

FILE - In this Aug. 10, 2005 file photo, tourist Chris Farthing from Suffolks County, England, takes a picture of Anasazi ruins in Chaco Culture National Historical Park in New Mexico. The preservation and protection of Native American cultural sites would be a priority of U.S. land managers under one of the options up for consideration as they work to amend an outdated guide for management of oil and gas drilling across a sprawling area of northwestern New Mexico. (AP Photo/Jeff Geissler, File)

US officials cite 'balance' as goal for Chaco oil plan

Feb. 28, 2020 4:46 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N .M. (AP) — U.S. land managers on Friday made public a list of possible alternatives for managing development in one of the nation's oldest oil and gas basins, but environmentalists and others say the options fail to take into account the cumulative costs of increased drilling and threats to...