If you thought the Escalade tramway project was dead, it’s not. Or that the massive Tusayan development couldn’t happen, it still can. And if you assumed uranium mining was banned for good in the Grand Canyon…well, sort of. Despite several small victories along the way, commercial development and mining interests still remain a very real threat to the Grand Canyon.
A dispute broils over whether there would be any real economic benefit for the Navajo Nation, and if there was, whether it would be worth the cultural and religious price.
I know this is long but very important. The Navajo Nation is literally giving away another beautiful place – a sacred site – to outside interest for 50 years.
Critique of a developer’s plan to haul tourists on a tramway to the Colorado River.
He was accused by local newspaper columnist Robert Leger a few years back of using public comment time at the meetings for “over-the-top” attacks against politicians who didn’t share his views.
When visitors see the dizzying depth of the Grand Canyon, someone inevitably quips, “Where’s the elevator?”