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NPS Director: 'Zero Tolerance' for Sexual Misconduct at Parks

Park Service getting serious about sex harassment after Grand Canyon, Canaveral cases

(Newser) - Two well-publicized patterns of misconduct that went ignored for years now have the National Park Service hammering hard on a "zero tolerance" culture when it comes to sexual harassment—and Director Jonathan Jarvis isn't mincing words. Per the Washington Post , Jarvis sent an email Wednesday to about 22,... 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 »

Sex Scandal Lurks at Grand Canyon: Report

Park Service employees describe sexual harassment on river trips

(Newser) - Deep inside the Grand Canyon, on river trips that stretch for weeks, National Park Service workers sexually preyed on their female colleagues, a federal investigation found. The Department of the Interior's Inspector General's report Tuesday was prompted by a 2014 complaint accusing the Grand Canyon National Park's... 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 »

Missing Hiker Said He Had to Be 'Back With Mother Earth'

Drake Kramer, 21, last seen at Grand Canyon National Park

(Newser) - It's been a week since 21-year-old San Antonio native Drake Kramer was spotted at the Bright Angel Lodge on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. Last Monday, the avid hiker and aspiring geologist texted his father that he was at the Grand Canyon and "... More »

70-Year First? Gray Wolf Spotted in Grand Canyon

Conservationists trying to confirm multiple sightings

(Newser) - There's a new visitor roaming the Grand Canyon National Park's North Rim, and it's not exactly the fanny-pack-wearing/Nikon-toting variety: As National Geographic reports, wildlife officials are scrambling to confirm multiple sightings of a "wolf-like animal" that's believed to be a gray wolf—if it is,... More »

Man Falls to His Death at Grand Canyon

Texas man fell 350 feet while visiting family

(Newser) - A trip to the Grand Canyon ended in heartbreak over the weekend: Park officials confirmed a Texas man fell to his death while visiting with his family. John N. Anderson fell off the rim of the canyon, plunging nearly 350 feet Saturday morning. When rescuers found Anderson, they performed CPR,... More »

Sneaky Grand Canyon Hikers Headed to US Court

They tried to get around the shutdown

(Newser) - Determined hikers trying to get into the Grand Canyon despite the government shutdown will end up in federal court for their trouble. Park rangers—the remaining few who haven't been furloughed—have issued 21 citations to people found inside the national park despite its closure, reports the AP . All... More »

Grand Canyon Killed Bottle Ban After Coke Balked

Company is a big donor, and it sells Dasani water

(Newser) - Visitors to the Grand Canyon can still bring plastic water bottles into the national park, and they might thank Coca-Cola for the privilege. The New York Times explains: The park came thisclose to instituting a ban this year to cut down on trash. But the top US parks official killed... More »

Grandpa Busted for Forcing Kids on Hikes From Hell

Grandchildren whipped, deprived of water in Grand Canyon ordeals

(Newser) - A 45-year-old Indiana grandfather has been charged with child abuse after trying to toughen up his three grandsons with brutal hikes in the Grand Canyon, according to park rangers. He was busted after rangers and tourists observed him abusing the boys, ages 12, 9, and 8, MSNBC reports. The boys... More »

Grand Canyon Hiker Found Dead

Man is latest in string of hiker deaths

(Newser) - The latest in a string of national park deaths : On Sunday, authorities found the body of a Grand Canyon hiker who was apparently unprepared for the hike conditions. Two other backpackers ran across the man on Friday, and noted that he looked exhausted, was hiking without a pack, and didn'... More »

Tourist Survives 75-Foot Plunge at Grand Canyon

Dramatic rescue follows French teen's slip

(Newser) - A young French tourist is lucky his last word wasn't "merde." The traveler, 18, is being treated for wrist, ankle, and neck injuries after surviving a 75-foot fall from the south rim of the Grand Canyon, AP reports. Park ranger paramedics rappelled down to the man and strapped... More »

Obamas Soak Up Grand Canyon

(Newser) - President Obama wrapped up the recreational side of his travel weekend by visiting the Grand Canyon and peppering park rangers with questions about it, the Arizona Republic reports. With Michelle, their daughters, and other members of the Obama clan, the president marveled at a view he last witnessed at age... More »

Obamas Ride Wave of Interest in National Parks

Yellowstone-bound first family will add to record number of visitors

(Newser) - The Obama family will visit Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon this weekend, doing their part to add to this year's already-booming national parks attendance figures, USA Today reports. Yellowstone hit a record high of 900,500 visitors in July—up 11% from last year, and 6% over the 1995 record—... More »

Obamas Will Visit Yellowstone, Grand Canyon

(Newser) - President Obama will visit two national parks during a family trip to the Mountain West next week, the Denver Post reports. The first family will travel to to Colorado and Montana in addition to Wyoming, home of Yellowstone, and Arizona, where they'll see the Grand Canyon. More »

Man Drives Car Off Grand Canyon Rim

Park officials find car, driver 600 feet below edge

(Newser) - A man is dead after driving his car over the edge of the Grand Canyon today, the Arizona Daily Sun reports. Witnesses informed park officials that a car had just gone into the Canyon around 6am. Shortly after, investigators found the car and the man’s body 600 feet below... More »

National Parks Plan 3 Free Summer Weekends

(Newser) - The National Park Service is looking to stimulate summer vacations, with Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announcing today that entrance fees at 147 national parks and monuments—including the Grand Canyon and Yosemite—will be waived on three weekends this summer: June 20-21, July 18-19, and Aug. 15-16. “During these... More »

Grand Canyon Rescue Resumes

Helicopters continue to search for stranded campers

(Newser) - Rescue operations resumed this morning in the Grand Canyon, as helicopters airlifted campers and residents stranded by severe flooding, the Arizona Republic reports. Around 400 people have been evacuated since yesterday, and rescue workers are still searching for 11 tourists who remain unaccounted for—although the local sheriff says it’... More »

Hundreds Plucked From Grand Canyon Flood

Campers caught as dam breaks

(Newser) - Hundreds of tourists, along with members of the Havasupai Native American tribe, were rescued from the Grand Canyon today after a dam broke causing serious flooding. About 300 people were rescued by helicopter over a 10-hour period after the Redlands Dam, south of the village of Supai, and 220 miles... More »

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