Monday, August 31, 2015

AZ Rep Hale urges Arizona congressional delegation to keep North Rim of Grand Canyon open longer

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Rep. Albert Hale, D-St. Michaels (District 7), recently wrote to the Arizona congressional delegation urging the members to extend the visitors seasons for the North Rim of The Grand Canyon National Park by two weeks.

“Extending access to this part of the national park will provide an economic boost to both the state and region,” Hale said. “It would be a benefit to Arizona’s economic and employment situation.”

In the letter, Hale requested that the congressional delegation and the National Park Service work together to make the policy change a priority.  He wrote that the services and businesses associated with the North Rim of the Grand Canyon create a “sustained seasonal economy” and “provide needed employment in Northern Arizona.”

“There are hundreds of jobs that are dependent on the seasonal flow of visitors to this area,” Hale said. “Businesses and employees would benefit greatly if the season were extended until October.”

Hale added that he believes that keeping this portion of the Grand Canyon open for an extra two weeks would have only a negligible impact on the National Park Service budget.

“The benefits to the region will likely outweigh the cost associated with changing the length of the visitors season,” Hale said.


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Rep. Hale is an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation. He was born in Ganado and raised in Klagetoh, Arizona. He is Ashiihi (Salt), born for Todichiini (Bitter Water). His maternal grandparents are Hanaghani (Walk About clan). His paternal grandparents are Kiyanii (Tall House clan). He is a 1969 graduate of Fort Wingate High School, a Bureau of Indian Affairs boarding school located east of Gallup, New Mexico. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona (1973), and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of New Mexico School of Law, Albuquerque, New Mexico (1977), and an honorary Juris Doctor degree from Phoenix School of Law (2012).  He is the former President of the Navajo Nation.

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