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Mother drowns at Lake Powell while trying to save son

Posted: Thursday, Aug 25th, 2016
By David Rupkalvis
Lake Powell Chronicle

A 33-year-old woman drowned in Lake Powell earlier this week while trying to save her 2-year-old son who fell off a houseboat.
The woman was part of a group that was on a houseboat near Hall's Crossing on Tuesday, when the child fell into the water.
The National Park Service reports the woman
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CRD launches Colorado River’s first electric raft

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 24th, 2016
Colorado River runners have a long history as innovators and pioneers. John Wesley Powell became the river's first explorer and cartographer in 1869. Amos Burg introduced the first inflatable raft to the Grand Canyon in 1938. That same year, Norman Nevills became the first Grand Canyon boatman to take passengers for hire. Martin Litton introduced wooden dories to the Colorado
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Navajo Nation sues EPA

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 24th, 2016
The Navajo Nation is taking the federal government to court, filing a lawsuit that alleges the EPA has not done enough to clean up after a massive spill from the Gold King Mine.
A year ago, the spill resulted in 3 million gallons of heavy sludge being dumped into a tributary of the Animas River.
The sludge moved downstream,
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Citing funding concerns, council says no to concert

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 24th, 2016
Page City Council has been advocating a new fiscal policy which can be summed up by a phrase councilor Dennis "Dugan" Warner has publically mentioned many times: "we are not an ATM machine."
The philosophy applies to council's recent aversion toward city money being used to directly fund third-party event organizers who host their events within city owned venues.
Council
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Bennett brings his campaign for Congress to Page

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 24th, 2016
Ken Bennett believes his experience in politics and the private business sector make him the best choice to represent Congressional District 1 in Washington D.C.
With less than two weeks before voters choose Republican and Democrat candidates to run in the race, Bennett visited Page to share his views with voters.
He said his experience, not only as a local
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Page voters to choose mayor, party candidates Tuesday

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 24th, 2016
On Tuesday, voters across Arizona will head to the polls to decide who will represent the Republican and Democrat parties in local, county and national elections.
In Page, voters will choose a mayor in the only contested race on the ballot. Three seats for city council are unopposed with incumbents Korey Seyler, Scott Sadler and John Kocjan guaranteed of winning
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Park Service push for centennial visitors worries environmental groups

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 24th, 2016
WASHINGTON, The National Park Service hopes to boost visits in honor of its centennial later this month, but its "Find Your Park" program has some environmental groups asking: How much is too much?
"The Park Service's current posture seems to be that there can't be enough visitation," said Jeff Ruch, executive director of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility.
"We
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Fleas found near Flagstaff test positive for plague

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 24th, 2016
Coconino County Public Health Services District officials confirmed last week that fleas collected near County Club Drive south of Soliere Avenue have tested positive for plague. The tests were conducted by the Center for Microbial Genetics and Genomics at Northern Arizona University.
Signs have been posted by CCPHSD in the infected area and burrows have been treated. The
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Update - Moody indicted on assaults of two women

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 17th, 2016
After an investigation that lasted a year and a half, a former nurse practitioner in Page is facing criminal charges that he sexually assaulted two patients under his care.
On July 21, a Coconino County grand jury indicted Cresfield Moody on three charges of sexual assault. The charges stem from allegations Moody used his ability to prescribe medication to force
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Star fans revel in meteor shower

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 17th, 2016
A caravan of SUVs crept over the sand and sandstone as they made their way from the Big Water Ranger Station to the Paria Overlook, where the group planned to camp and watch the Perseid meteor shower last Thursday evening, when the annual celestial event was expected to hit its peak.
As day faded to dusk, the desert air
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Council approves plan to raise sewer rates

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 17th, 2016
After rebuffing a planned sewer rate ordinance that they deemed inequitable for commercial customers, Page City Council voted unanimously last week to put forth a new -- and perhaps easier to swallow -- rate recommendation to Page Utility Enterprises.
Based on a 2015 citywide rate study conducted by GDS and Associates Inc., the new recommendation will target all PUE customers,
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Police arrest three men while investigating burglaries

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 17th, 2016
Three Page men are behind bars and at least two burglaries appear to have been solved after Page police investigated crimes committed in early August.
According to a press release issued by Lt. Larry Jones, police arrested Clarence Redhouse on Aug. 3 in relation to a burglary that occurred the day before in the Lake Powell Mobile Home Village.
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NPS, volunteers remove graffiti at Hanging Gardens

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 17th, 2016
Visitors to the Bronx, Oakland or Cleveland may expect to find some graffiti during their visit, but tourists visiting America's national parks are often surprised when they find some of our parks' most popular sites defaced with graffiti.
Throughout America's national parks, visitors will find graffiti of every variety; from minor scratches, to spray paint, to names deeply carved into
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Learning about bats

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 17th, 2016

Boy Scouts from Troop 907 attended the Bat Festival at the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, learning about echolocation and having fun. The National Park Service hosted the event to showcase the importance of bats in the local environment.
Photos courtesy of Leah Glenn
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Arizona gives nurse practitioners a lot of freedom, authority

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 17th, 2016
According to the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, Arizona is one of 21 states that allow nurse practitioners to run their own medical practice without being supervised be a physician.
In Arizona, a plenary state, nurse practitioners are licensed independent professionals and do not have to work under the supervision of physicians.
In that role, nurse practitioners such as Cresfield
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Council approves grant to repair Lake Powell Boulevard sidewalks

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 17th, 2016
The Page City Council approved a $424,000 federal grant for Lake Powell Boulevard sidewalk upgrades this month after the request was sitting in governmental limbo for more than five years.
The money, a Federal Highway Administration Transportation Enhancement Grant, will foot two thirds of an estimated $652,000 bill to complete the project. The city will put up the remaining
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