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Man Days Away From New Career Dies in Grand Canyon Fall

Chicago-area man was about to become a nurse

(Newser) - Andrey Privin, a 24-year-old Chicago-area man, was supposed to start his new job Monday as a nurse at a hospital in Highland Park, Ill. Instead, he was being mourned by friends and family following his death in a fall at the Grand Canyon National Park, the Chicago Tribune reports. Park... More »

Woman Whose Husband Died After Copter Crash Also Succumbs

Newlywed Ellie Udall, 29, is the fifth to die in the crash

(Newser) - More sad news in the aftermath of a Grand Canyon helicopter crash earlier this month. A fifth victim has died, the wife of Brit Jonathan Udall, who succumbed to his injuries last week. The family of Ellie Udall, 29, put out a statement that announced with "great sadness" her... More »

2 Weeks After Crash, a 4th Grand Canyon Victim

31-year-old becomes 4th UK tourist to die after fiery crash; 3 survivors remain

(Newser) - A tourist pulled from the wreckage of a fiery helicopter crash in the Grand Canyon died from his injuries Thursday, per Nevada authorities. The Clark County coroner confirmed in a statement that 31-year-old Neil Udall (also IDed as Jonathan Udall ) died at University Medical Center of Southern Nevada, the... More »

They Were Touring a US Landmark. Then, Tragedy

3 British tourists killed in helicopter crash in Grand Canyon

(Newser) - The three people killed in a Grand Canyon helicopter crash Saturday were all British tourists, authorities say. They've been named as Becky Dobson, 27, Jason Hill, 32, and Stuart Hill, 30, the Guardian reports. Three other badly injured British tourists and their American pilot were airlifted to a hospital... More »

Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour Proves Deadly

3 killed after chopper goes down in rough terrain; 4 more were aboard

(Newser) - A tour helicopter carrying seven people crashed in the Grand Canyon, reports the AP , killing three people and injuring four others. Six passengers and a pilot were on board the Papillion Grand Canyon Helicopters chopper when it crashed around 5:20pm Saturday on the Hualapai Nation near Quartermaster Canyon, Hualapai... More »

Volunteer Hunters Needed to Thin Grand Canyon Bison Herd

400 of the animals need to be shot within 5 years

(Newser) - The National Park Service plans to thin a herd of bison in the Grand Canyon through roundups—and by seeking physically fit volunteers who are proficient with a gun to kill the animals, which are increasingly damaging park resources, AP reports. Some bison would be shipped out of the area... More »

Viral Video Gives Eerie View of Grand Canyon

'It’s kind of like another planet'

(Newser) - A spectacular new video is giving the internet a view of the Grand Canyon like it's never seen it before: filled to the brim with clouds. The Arizona Republic reports the phenomenon is known as cloud inversion. It happens when a layer of warm air traps cold air close... More »

'It's Over': Body Found in Grand Canyon Is Missing Teen

14-year-old Jackson Standefer's grandma is still missing

(Newser) - A body found last week has been identified as that of a 14-year-old hiker who went missing nearly two weeks ago while hiking a remote part of the Grand Canyon during a family trip, authorities said Monday. Jackson Standefer of Chattanooga, Tenn., was crossing a creek on April 15 when... More »

Family: Merrell Shoe Founder's Missing Wife Has Survival Skills

Family says Lou-Ann Merrell may be able to keep herself, stepgrandson alive

(Newser) - The woman who was swept down a remote creek in Grand Canyon National Park on Saturday is the wife of a popular outdoor footwear company founder, leaving her family hoping the 62-year-old has the skills to keep her stepgrandson and herself alive until they're found. Lou-Ann Merrell, wife of... More »

Teen, Grandma Swept Away on Family Grand Canyon Trip

Search parties are trying to locate them

(Newser) - Authorities searched Grand Canyon National Park on Monday for a teenager and his step-grandmother who were swept away as they tried to cross a creek during a family trip in a remote part of the park, the AP reports. Two fellow hikers in their group alerted officials over the weekend... More »

After 'Dumb' Move, Lost Student 'Did Everything Right'

Amber VanHecke recalls her five-day ordeal near Grand Canyon

(Newser) - "It started with a dumb decision," says Amber VanHecke, a 24-year-old Texas college student who spent five days of her spring break lost near the Grand Canyon. After a day of hiking last week, VanHecke stopped for gas but didn't want to fill up for $2.70... More »

Love Helped Mom Power Through 2-Day Grand Canyon Trek

'I'm not letting my parents bury me': Karen Klein

(Newser) - "Maternal instinct" and a "solutions-oriented" personality are what a 46-year-old Pennsylvania mom says helped her survive a treacherous trek over more than 25 miles of the Grand Canyon to find help for her stranded family, after their car got stuck in a blizzard, Karen Klein tells NBC News... More »

Mom Hikes 27 Miles Through Snowy Forest to Find Help for Family

Authorities say their rescue is a 'Christmas miracle'

(Newser) - An Arizona sheriff's official says it's "a Christmas miracle" that searchers found a Pennsylvania woman and her family stranded in a snowy Arizona forest after their vehicle got stuck before a severe winter storm hit the area. Coconino County Deputy Jim Driscoll says 46-year-old Karen Klein was... More »

Body Found at Grand Canyon Likely That of Missing Woman

Diana Zacarias was reported missing back in April

(Newser) - Authorities believe they've found the body of a woman who disappeared nearly four months ago at the Grand Canyon, the AP reports. According to the Arizona Republic , the family of Diana Zacarias, a 22-year-old from Louisiana, reported her missing April 3. She was last seen at the Grand Canyon'... More »

Woman Lets Hiker Pass at Grand Canyon, Falls to Death

Colleen Burns' death came hours after she posted image of herself at canyon's edge

(Newser) - The last photo Colleen Burns posted to Instagram shows her sitting at the edge of the Grand Canyon. "That view tho," she captioned it. Hours later, the 35-year-old fell 400 feet to her death when she slipped off a ledge Friday morning. Park officials announced her death Monday,... More »

10 Best Places to Visit in the US

Grand Canyon, Maui top the list

(Newser) - Planning your summer vacation? US News & World Report has compiled a list of the top vacation spots in the US, based on thousands of votes. There's something for everyone, from nature lovers to beachgoers. Here's the top 10: More »

Women Confront Ugly Realities in America's Most Beautiful Places

Sexual harassment and worse inside the country's park services

(Newser) - The Huffington Post has a harrowing look at the "troubling history of hostility toward women" within the National Park Service, US Forest Service, and state parks and wildlife departments. That history, which continues to this day, includes rape jokes, up-skirt photos, threats of sexual assault, and revenge against any... More »

Vast Find Made in Unknown Region of Antarctica

We know more about the surface of Mars than the bed of Antarctica

(Newser) - For more than 50 years, scientists from across the globe have been painstakingly mapping both poles, trying to get an accurate sense of the rock hidden beneath the ice sheets. Now, thanks to satellite data from multiple organizations and "serendipitous reconnaissance radio-echo sounding data" over the canyons of Antarctica,... More »

Cameras Launched Into Space Reveal Footage, 2 Years Later

Footage thought lost was finally recovered on desert floor

(Newser) - Incredible GoPro footage from a camera that fell from the sky two years ago was finally discovered in the desert and recently made its way to the people who recorded it, Fox News reports. The strange story comes out of Tuba City, Arizona, where a group of friends rigged a... More »

Hiker Dead After Grand Canyon Fall

Nevada man fell off trail on the South Rim, second park fatality this year

(Newser) - The body of a Nevada man who fell about 400 feet off the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park to his death was recovered yesterday. Juan Carreras-Soto, 29, of Las Vegas, was visiting the park with his family on Thursday when he fell from the rim trail east of... More »

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