#GrandCanyon to celebrate Centennial in 2019 — the Grand Canyon News #ColoradoRiver #COriver

Credit: Arizona State University

from the Grand Canyon News (Williams-Grand Canyon News):

With the 2019 Centennial celebration of Grand Canyon National Park on the horizon, Grand Canyon Conservancy (formerly Grand Canyon Association) and Grand Canyon National Park have announced a calendar of events for the year. Ranging from activities at the canyon to special presentations in cities throughout Arizona, the Centennial events have something for everyone.

“We’re excited to share this milestone celebration with the millions of people who love, care for, and visit the Grand Canyon each year. The Centennial is a time for reflection on the past and inspiration for the future. We honor those who have called Grand Canyon home for thousands of years while building towards a future that is inclusive and reflective of our nation,” said Christine Lehnertz, Superintendent of Grand Canyon National Park.

Events at the canyon include a Centennial celebration on February 26, 2019 (the actual Centennial date), a fun-filled Summerfest & Star Party on the South and North Rims in June, and other special performances and presentations throughout the year.

“We look forward to commemorating 100 years of the National Park Service at Grand Canyon, while inspiring future generations to experience, connect with, and protect the canyon’s unique resources,” said Susan Schroeder, Grand Canyon Conservancy CEO. “The Centennial events are a wonderful way to build awareness of the vital conservation, restoration, and education efforts supported by Grand Canyon Conservancy donors.”

The following events will take place in and around Grand Canyon National Park throughout 2019. More information can be found at http://www.nps.gov/grca/centennial or https://www.grandcanyon.org/events/grand-canyon-centennial/.

Throughout Year “100 Years of Grand” online exhibition (https://lib.asu.edu/grand100)

Through September 2019 “Splendor & Spectacle: The 100-Year Journey of Grand Canyon National Park” exhibition at NAU Cline Library, Flagstaff.

January 11 – 12 “Grand Canyon Suite” performances by the Phoenix Symphony

January 15 Martin Luther King, Jr. National fee-free day at Grand Canyon

February 20 – 24 Grand Canyon Historical Society Symposium at Shrine of the Ages

February 22 Community Centennial Celebration in Tusayan

February 23 “Teddy Roosevelt: The Man in the Arena” performance at Shrine of the Ages auditorium

February 26 Founder’s Day Centennial Celebration at the South Rim Visitor Center

March 1 “Mapping Grand Canyon” conference at ASU in Tempe.

March 2 – 3 “Grand Canyon State” performances by the Tucson Symphony

April 9 Grand Canyon Storytellers event in Phoenix

April 16 Naturalization Ceremony at Mather Amphitheatre

April 20 National Park Week fee-free day

May 10 Railroad Day/Transcontinental Sesquicentennial

May 17 – 19 Grand Gathering: Grand Canyon Conservancy supporters’ weekend

May 18 Pete McBride presentation: “Grand Canyon: Between River and Rim” at Shrine of the Ages

May 19 Powell Memorial plaque dedication

May 24 – 25 Wildlife Days

June 22 Junior Ranger Day

June 22 – 29 Centennial Summerfest and Star Party

Through July “Echoes from the Canyon” living history exhibit

July 4 Independence Day Parades – Flagstaff and Tusayan

Through August American Indian Heritage Days

Through September Hispanic Heritage Month

September 7 – 15 Celebration of Art

September 28 Public Lands fee-free day

September 28 Naturalization Ceremony

November 9 – 10 Native American Heritage Month celebration

November 11 Veterans’ fee-free day

November 28 Community Holiday Open House at Visitor Center Plaza

Governor Mead Announces #Wyoming State Engineer Pat Tyrell’s Plans to Retire

Wyoming rivers map via Geology.com

Here’s the release from Governor Mead’s office:

State Engineer, Pat Tyrrell has advised Governor Matt Mead of his plan to retire in early January 2019. The State Engineer, serving as the chief water official in the state, is a position established in the Wyoming Constitution – a unique designation signaling historic importance of water to the State. Tyrrell has been the State Engineer since January, 2001.

“Pat Tyrrell has served in this role with distinction,” Governor Mead said. “He is recognized throughout the state, region and nation as an expert on all matter relating to water resources. Pat has a reputation for balance. He has held the title of State Engineer in the Administrations of four Wyoming Governors.”

Tyrrell is planning on serving Governor-elect Gordon through the upcoming 2019 General Legislative Session, and will leave office shortly thereafter.

The Wyoming State Engineer’s duties range from overseeing the permitting and adjudication of water rights, regulation of the use of water under the doctrine of prior appropriation, and representing the state on numerous interstate compact commissions. The State Engineer also represents Wyoming on the North Platte Decree Committee, the Western States Water Council, and the Colorado River Salinity Control Forum, among other groups. It is a cabinet-level position.

Since 1890, Wyoming has had only 16 State Engineers. Technical in nature, the position has a constitutional term of six years, intended to overlap Gubernatorial terms and minimize political influences in the performance of the job. By the time of his retirement, Tyrrell will have served under four Wyoming Governors.

According to Tyrrell, “I’ve been honored to serve as Wyoming State Engineer. This is my home state, and I’m an outdoors guy. What better way to give back to a state you love than holding such a noble position focused on such an important natural resource? I’ve been lucky to serve as long as I have, and it’s been enormously rewarding. I’m very appreciative that every governor I served was supportive of our mission and helped with resources and decisions so we could perform at our best. And I have been blessed all these years to serve alongside wonderful, dedicated public servants in the State Engineer’s Office”

During his tenure, Tyrrell has dealt with successful compliance with the 2001 Modified North Platte Decree, the Coalbed Natural Gas boom, numerous Colorado River agreements, and served through the entirety of the 11-year United States Supreme Court lawsuit with Montana involving the Yellowstone River Compact. He also was responsible for entering two groundwater orders, one near LaGrange Wyoming and one in central and eastern Laramie County, intended to replace longstanding local disputes with predictable groundwater management policies and long-term groundwater resource protection.

“Previous State Engineers had wrestled with these problems, but they didn’t go away,” Tyrrell said. “I didn’t see how we could let them go on festering. In the end I think we struck a balance and made the most equitable decisions we could, for all involved.”

Tyrrell grew up in Cheyenne, and graduated with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and M.S. in Civil Engineering, both from the University of Wyoming. In 2016 he was selected as the Wyoming Eminent Engineer by the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society at UW, and in the fall of 2018 he and his wife Barbara endowed the Patrick and Barbara Tyrrell Engineering Scholarship, also at UW.

I am thankful today for agriculture

I’m planning to sit down to a great meal today, thanks to Mrs. Gulch and the agriculture industry.

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Friend of Coyote Gulch, Greg Hobbs, once told the folks in Breckenridge, “The water ditch is the basis of civilization.”

Thanksgiving — Greg Hobbs


We are waltzing now into the moonlight morning
Of the prairie and the mountains and those lights
Feeling the mountains blowing over us
I search the crystal edges of the twilight
For birds still floating over these prairies
I had to quiet the glowing clatter down
Some of these higher lights, I think, are stars
The moon’s a sand lily petal floating down
Until you join your kinsman at the sea.

Thomas Hornsby Ferril, Waltz Against The Mountains

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Armistice Day 2018: Thank you for your service

Female instructors pose in uniform beside tents and a US flag. Loretto Heights- a WWI training center for women, Denver, CO
(Photo courtesy of the Denver Public Library, Western History Collection, GB-7541) and the World War I Centennial

Good luck today Denver North Vikings!

Good luck today in the 4A soccer championship game against Air Academy.

Disclaimer: My children were the 3rd generation of North High graduates in my family.