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Tag: Grand Canyon

Oct.
12th

Former Mount St. Helens ranger Jim Gale retires after 32 years

From the National Park Service:

One of Pacific West Region’s most respected and revered park rangers, Jim Gale, hung up his flat hat for the last time on October 5th.

Gale served the National Park Service for 32 years, starting at Yellowstone and reaching the pinnacle of his career at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park as chief of interpretation. His work took him to some of the nation’s most treasured public lands – Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, Kenai Fjords National Park in Alaska, Indiana Dunes National Seashore, Blue Ridge National Park in Virginia, and Grand Canyon National Park. At

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April
30th

2 bodies found in Grand Canyon

Two bodies were found in the Grand Canyon last week according to a pair of statements released recently by the National Park Service. Here are the statements.

Missing Man’s Body Found Below South Rim
Last Thursday afternoon, rangers received a report from a Peregrine Fund staffer of a possible body below the South Rim in the Mather Point area. Due to poor weather conditions and the late hour, rangers had to wait until Friday to confirm the report. They spotted the body that morning and rappelled 500 feet to the victim’s location. The body was retrieved by helicopter and

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Feb.
28th

24-year-old woman dies after fall at Grand Canyon National Park

From Grand Canyon National Park:

On Sunday, February 26th, 2012, park dispatch received a report that a hiker had fallen in Owl Eyes Canyon, which is located on the south side of the Colorado River across from the Tapeats Creek and Deer Creek areas. The park’s helicopter was dispatched to the area and discovered the woman’s body below a cliff in the Supai rock layer. Rangers then flew to the scene via helicopter, began their investigations, and prepared the body for transport. It was flown to the South Rim and turned over to the county medical examiner. The woman has

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Oct.
12th

Grand Canyon hiker indicted for child abuse

From the National Park Service:

On August 28th, rangers contacted a man hiking with his three juvenile grandsons and found reason to believe that he was physically abusing them. They asked for a special agent to assist and a joint investigation was begun. On September 20th, a federal grand jury in Phoenix returned a six count indictment against Christopher Carlson, 45, for knowing child abuse committed under circumstances likely to produce death or serious bodily injury. The indictment alleges that Carlson took his three grandsons, ages eight, nine and twelve, on two separate hikes in the park in August when

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Oct.
6th

3 bodies found in burned RV at Grand Canyon National Park

From the National Park Service:

On Monday, October 3rd, an RV located at the park’s South Entrance burned severely before firefighters were able to extinguish the flames. Subsequent investigation revealed the bodies of three persons inside the vehicle.  The bodies appear to be those of an adult and two children. An investigation into the identities and cause of death of the three is currently underway and is being conducted by the National Park Service with support from the Flagstaff Fire Department, the Coconino County Medical Examiner’s Office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Evidence Response Team, and the Bureau of Alcohol,

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May
26th

Two hikers rescued at Zion National Park by crew from Grand Canyon

From the National Park Service:

On Saturday, May 21st, a 24-year-old hiker from Norway sustained a lower leg fracture near the summit of Angels Landing when he jumped approximately five feet off a small, isolated pinnacle atop the route. Grand Canyon’s helicopter and flight crew were summoned and short-hauled the man off the peak. While waiting for the helicopter, rangers prepared for a lengthy technical lowering operation down the 1,500-foot-high north face of the mountain should weather or other factors preclude a short-haul evacuation. While doing so, rangers learned that a 62-year-old male from St. George had collapsed from severe

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May
18th

Man convicted of assaulting ranger at Grand Canyon National Park

From the National Park Service:

Marcello Bravo, a Grand Canyon National Park concession employee, was arrested by rangers on May 4th for being under the influence of alcohol and interfering with agency functions. Bravo refused to cooperate throughout the booking process.  When a ranger attempted to fingerprint him, Bravo grabbed hold of one of the ranger’s fingers, twisting it painfully and causing the ranger to forcefully disengage. Later the same day, the ranger noticed significant swelling on to the top of his wrist. The information regarding the injury was relayed to the assistant United States attorney and the Investigative Services

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