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Drought stops agency from flooding Grand Canyon to restore beaches

LAS VEGAS — The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation decided not to send water rushing through the Grand Canyon this month to rebuild beaches for campers and sandbars for fish because of persistent drought, officials said. An abundance of sand in the Colorado River system gives the agency an opportunity to flood the waterway to spread […]

Posted inColoradans, COVID, Health, Outdoors

Rocky Mountain National Park and others are open — with some changes — amid coronavirus

By Brandy McCombs and James Anderson, The Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY — Most national parks — including Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado — are open as a refuge for Americans tired of being stuck at home during a global pandemic. But despite now being free to visit, people may find it more difficult […]

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Colorado rafting team falls short in second attempt at speed record down the Grand Canyon 

Thirty seconds grew to a minute, to five minutes, to half an hour. As the miles and minutes passed, the crew on the customized cataraft was feeling strong and pulling hard on their oars, but their pace slipping.  “We just didn’t have enough water,” said John Mark Seelig, whose Colorado-based U.S. Rafting Team was joined […]

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“Post-traumatic growth” for five blind veterans kayaking the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon

Steve Baskis got off line while kayaking in House Rapid, the first serious whitewater in the Grand Canyon. He veered left into the maw of a truck-sized hole he couldn’t see. It swallowed his kayak. He rolled up. It flipped him again. He rolled upright again. He heard faint yelling from his friends — “Hup! […]