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GCPBA RiverNews 10.11.13 – National Park Service Enters Agreement with State of Arizona to Re-open Grand Canyon National Park

Here is the good news folks! Bon Voyage to those who get to go, and sorry for those who have to make new arrangements.  Thanks to the Superintendent and his folks for taking a personal hand in the effort to … Continue reading

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GCPBA RiverNews 10.11.13 – Grand Canyon National Park Remains Closed for Downstream Colorado River Trips from Lee’s Ferry

Grand Canyon, AZ – Grand Canyon National Park remains closed due to the lapse in federal appropriations.  All visitor facilities and recreational opportunities including visitor centers, park hotels, campgrounds, roads, and downstream river launches are closed. The park will remain … Continue reading

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GCPBA RiverNews 10.07.13 – GCPBA President Rist Comments On Park Plan

GCPBA applauds GCNP and especially Superintendent Uberuaga , and River District Ranger, Brian Bloom for its work in bringing together various stakeholders to assist in the formulation of this plan. Proudly, GCPBA was an integral contributor. There were others as … Continue reading

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GCPBA RiverNews 10.07.13 – Grand Canyon National Park announces plan to accommodate river permit holders once government re-opens

Grand Canyon, Ariz. – The National Park Service at Grand Canyon National Park announced today that all river permit holders who were denied their scheduled launch due to the government shutdown will receive a refund for permit fees. River permit … Continue reading

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GCPBA RiverNews 10.05.13 – Stay Tuned: GCNP To Make Announcement Soon Concerning Status of Already Permitted River Trips Currently Unable To Launch

In a Saturday conversation with GCNP Superintendent David Uberuaga and GCNP River District Ranger Brian Bloom GCPBA learned today the Park intends to make a public statement early next week concerning the status of river trips at the Ferry currently … Continue reading

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GCPBA RiverNews 10.05.13 – Arizona Senators Call For Steps To Reopen GCNP

GCPBA is in receipt of a letter from Arizona Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake asking the National Park Service to reopen Grand Canyon National Park using privately donated funds and funds from the State of Arizona to finance needed … Continue reading

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GCPBA RiverNews 10.03.13 – Confluence Project Still On the Table – Navajo Times Article

This is a link to a recent article in the Navajo Times describing the status of the Confluence/Escalade/Tramway project. The story, quiet for months seems to have gained some traction and is moving forward. Thanks to Save the Confluence for … Continue reading

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GCPBA RiverNews 10.01.13 – GCNP Press Release – Government Shutdown Forces Closure of Grand Canyon National Park

10.01.13 Update From Lee’s Ferry Hi, GCPBA President Wally Rist and Board member Rich Turner have been in the Lees Ferry area today. They called me from there, where they have phone service, but no internet access. They spent time … Continue reading

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Long; 4 Corners, off topic, river trip report: Rez-Dog

Got my boat wet. It’s been a while. Just back from a San Juan, (trib to the Colorado). Sustained high water for that drainage.   Lot’s of debris and just how many flooded community sewerage lagoons or floated septic tanks?  Had … Continue reading

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GCPBA RiverNews 09.27.13 – Our Friend “Mary Phyl” Simpson

It is with great sadness we report the passing of our friend, river runner and hiker Mary Simpson of Flagstaff, Arizona in a place she loved and with the people she loved, her family – at Granite Park, Mile 209 … Continue reading

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