January 10, 1992 |
In the nearly 10 years since Lawrence Kasdan defined the anxieties and dashed hopes of a generation in The Big Chill, we have come to worry about global warming. Nonetheless, the temperature is much colder and the world an infinitely harsher place in Grand Canyon. Because Kasdan's ambitious film is a free-ranging ensemble piece that gives a pivotal role to Kevin Kline, the temptation to regard it as a companion volume to The Big Chill is inevitable. But Grand Canyon reaches farther without having the grasp of the earlier film, whose many merits include the launching or boosting of several major movie careers (Kline, William Hurt, Jeff Goldblum, JoBeth Williams and Glenn Close)
July 19, 1987 |
I'm not sure where I was colder or more exhilarated: at House Rock Rapid on the Colorado River when a gigantic wave drenched me with 47-degree water, nearly tossing me out of the raft, or on the climb into Silver Grotto, requiring swims though a series of bone-chilling pools. Or where I felt more at peace: gratefully devouring a huge plate of hot lasagna after an exhausting day on the river, or snuggling down into my sleeping bag on a white sand beach in the Grand Canyon under a starry sky. Or where I felt more awed: upon reaching, on the fifth day, the dark, jagged 1.7-billion-year-old walls of the inner gorge; or watching lightning bolt across the canyon as I sat precariously on a narrow ledge near ancient Indian granaries.
March 23, 1988 |
Rodney Johns scored a career-high 41 points, including the game-winning basket with two seconds remaining in overtime, to lead Grand Canyon (Ariz.) to an 88-86 victory over Auburn-Montgomery (Ala.) last night in the championship game of the 51st NAIA tournament in Kansas City, Mo. Johns, who was voted the tournament's most valuable player, had 39 points in Grand Canyon's semifinal win over Waynesburg (Pa.), in which he also hit the winning shot. The title was the third in five years for the 11th-seeded Antelopes (37-6)
June 10, 1994 |
As an action adventure, it's hard to beat the thrills of Grand Canyon: The Hidden Secrets, the IMAX film that rides the Colorado River rapids slicing through nature's most majestic chasm. "At one point, I felt like I was water-skiing with a drunk driver," reported my companion Morgan, nearly 9, at a preview screening. So effective are the film's you-are-there perspectives that you wipe away imagined whitewater from your brow when you're not holding onto your armrest for dear life.
August 27, 1994 |
Ottawa Senators left wing Phil Bourque likely will be sidelined at least two months after suffering facial fractures and two fractured neck vertebrae in a rock-climbing accident near the Grand Canyon. Bourque had climbed about 350 feet up a 500-foot cliff Saturday at Lone Rock Canyon off Lake Powell, north of the Grand Canyon, when he fell about 30 feet and landed on a rock-strewn terrace, authorities said. It took four hours to rescue Bourque from the cliff by helicopter.
June 22, 1986 |
Vultures - a familiar sight - were circling in the canyon. Solitary and strangely majestic, the carrion hunters soared over the Colorado River gorge within sight of the trail that follows the canyon's southern rim. Tourists stood at the top of the canyon, their cameras trained on colorful rock formations and steep walls, as other tourists not far away were queuing up for helicopter and airplane rides over the scenic wonder. Two days after a De Havilland Otter twin-engine plane and a Bell Jet Ranger helicopter collided in midair, killing 25 people, visitors continued to flock to the popular attraction.
January 20, 2012 |
A hiker whose body was found near Yaki Point in the Grand Canyon National Park was that of 41-year-old Peter Reichner of Glenside, Pa., officials said. The National Park Service said Reichner's body was found Jan. 12, next to the South Kaibab Trail about one-third mile from the trailhead located near Yaki Point on the South Rim. Reichner died of injuries sustained in a fall, the Park Service said, adding the investigation is ongoing. Additional details are not yet available.
July 9, 1986
The June 23 editorial "Chaos at Grand Canyon: Put limits on aircraft" was one of the most ill-informed and misleading pieces on air safety I have read. To the uninformed, the term "uncontrolled" airspace presents a picture of thousands of airplanes vying for the same airspace and indiscriminately crashing into one another everywhere you look. All it really means is pilots' keeping distance between each other using their vision and common sense rather than relying on air traffic controllers to tell them where to be and where other aircraft are. As a user of both controlled and uncontrolled airports (with myself piloting the aircraft)
June 24, 2013 |
LITTLE COLORADO RIVER GORGE, Ariz. - Florida aerialist Nik Wallenda completed a tightrope walk that took him a quarter mile over the Little Colorado River Gorge in northeastern Arizona on Sunday. Wallenda performed the stunt on a two-inch-thick steel cable, 1,500 feet above the river on the Navajo Nation near the Grand Canyon. He took just more than 22 minutes, pausing and crouching twice as winds whipped around him so that he could get "the rhythm out of the rope. " "Thank you Lord.
April 8, 2012 |
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Generations of Navajo families have grazed livestock on a remote but spectacular mesa that overlooks the confluence of the Colorado and Little Colorado Rivers. This is the East Rim of the majestic Grand Canyon - the last with no significant development. But ancestral tradition and the tranquillity of the landscape could be subject to change if the Navajo government's plans are realized for a resort and aerial tramway that would ferry tourists from cliff tops to water's edge.