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The West kisses one cheek like an old friend and the other as a beguiling stranger in The West Select: A Western Art Invitational Sale and Exhibition at Phoenix Art Museum. A Men’s Arts Council fundraiser for the museum, it’s also a gallery show full of high-caliber art worth seeing, whether you’re whiling away a winter afternoon or occupying out-of-towners.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Visiting the Grand Canyon and other national parks could get a little pricier.
The National Park Service said 115 of its 401 units plan to seek public comment on entrance fees that could go up starting next year. It's part of a broader effort by the agency to bring in more money for visitor services and start addressing a backlog of projects ahead of its centennial.
"Obviously everyone would love to have fees not go up, but we also know the reality is budgets have been static and tight," said Patrick O'Driscoll, a spokesman in the agency's Intermountain Region based in Denver. "Fees are one of the only ways that parks can try to catch up with some important improvements, badly needed upgrades."
The Grand Canyon announced a proposal Friday to increase its single-vehicle entrance fee from $25 to $30 for a seven-day pass. Efforts to raise fees at other parks across the country will be wide-ranging but cannot top certain limits. The Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Yellowstone, Zion and Sequoia are among 10 parks where proposed entrance fees will be capped at $30 per vehicle or $15 per person, for example, the Park Service said.
About 130 national park units charge entrance fees, and they are able to keep 80 percent of those fees for use within the individual park. The other 20 percent goes into a pool and is distributed to parks that don't charge visitors to enter.
Entrance fees pay for things like repairs and maintenance, visitor exhibits and resource protection. At the Grand Canyon, a percentage of entrance fees is set aside for eventual replacement of aging water pipelines.
Under the Grand Canyon's proposal, prices for visitors on motorcycles also would go up from $20 to $25. Bicyclists and pedestrians would be charged $15, up from $12. Annual passes would go from $50 to $60. The price of a pass to visit any of the national park units would remain the same at $80 per year.
The public has 60 days to weigh in on the proposed increases at Grand Canyon. Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis wrote in an August memo that a park could chose not to implement proposed fees if there is significant public outcry.
One national monument in southern Arizona has since decided to eliminate its $5 entrance fee per person. Chiricahua National Monument spokeswoman Julena Campbell said raising prices didn't make sense because many people who visit the monument known for its volcanic rock formations already use an interagency pass or have discounted passes.
Grand Canyon spokeswoman Kirby-Lynn Shedlowski said the park receives about $18 million per year from entrance fees. The park last increased its per-vehicle fee in 1997 from $20 to $25.
Darren Weigl, who works at an outdoors shop in Flagstaff, said the proposed increase is reasonable. He would like to see the extra money go to educational programs.
"I imagine if they're getting less or staying stagnant, you have to create revenue in some way to keep people enjoying it," he said. "If it's for the betterment of the park, I'm for it."
Lloyd and Linda Andersen of Sun City, senior citizens who have a $10 lifetime pass to national park units, said the Grand Canyon should consider raising that fee to keep people who are unemployed or families struggling with money from having to pay more to enter.
"Let the younger families keep enjoying it without raising it," Linda Andersen said. "They won't come."
Her husband suggested people could cut down on expenses inside the park and spend the extra money to get through the gates. "Seeing it is the best part," Lloyd Andersen said.
Fighting uphill isn’t easy, especially when that hill is home turf.
Fighting uphill isn’t easy, especially when that hill is home turf.
Desert Vista faced that task Friday against Division II power Centennial and came up short, losing 56-14 at Thunder Stadium.
This was a game the Coyotes (5-2) dominated throughout. After the first half they amassed 311 yards of offense and a 35-7 lead. By game’s end, they were over 500.
“We played well but we had two turnovers and dumb penalties. In order for us to be successful in the playoffs we can’t do that,” said Richard Taylor, Centennial’s head coach.
Taylor said he was most impressed by the team’s performance overall, even though individuals had stellar showings. Starting quarterback Isaac Steele threw five touchdowns and took one in himself on the ground.
“We beat two undefeated teams in the last two weeks, and for us to come play a Division I team and dominate really cemented that,” Taylor said.
On the other sideline, the Thunder (1-6) was plagued by its inability to convert on third down. The bright sport for the team was a 63-yard scoring drive, capped off with a T.J. Roberts run.
“Roberts is a guy that doesn’t care if we’re down by 49 or up by 49,” Thunder coach Dan Hinds said. “He goes as hard as he can every night and tonight was no different.”
He said he wasn’t disappointed in any of his players, that, for the most part they played a solid football game.
“Statistically it wasn’t a good game, but we made good plays. Alex (Farina) made throws that were key for us tonight.”
A 21-yard pass from Farina to Roberts set up the Thunder’s second touchdown. Roberts eventually scored on fourth down from the 1-yard line.
With just three games left on their schedule, there will be no postseason for Desert Vista. For Centennial, however, playoff hopes are still very much alive. Three games stand between them and another quest for the Division II title.
Centennial will take on Ironwood at home. For the Thunder, they’re in for another tough battle when Dobson comes in next week. Mountain Pointe will be at Corona del Sol next week. The Pride fell to Brophy 31-28, suffering just their second loss all year.
• Will Argeros is a senior at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. He is interning this semester for the AFN.
Centennial 56, Desert Vista 14
C 14 21 14 5-56
DV 0 7 0 7-14
C - Isaac Steele 37 Pass to Marcel Perez (Joe Navarro Kick) 7-0, 8:49
C - Steele 5 Pass to Daniel Smith (Navarro Kick) 14-0, 2:56
C -Taylor Fiame 8 Run (Navarro Kick) 21-0, 11:09
C -Steele 80 Pass to Carl Barrs (Navarro Kick) 28-0, 7:33
DV- T.J. Roberts 4 Run (Culp Kick) 28-7, 4:57
C -Steele 10 Run (Navarro Kick) 35-7, 1:13
C-Steele 14 Pass to Daniel Smith (Navarro Kick) 42-7, 10:39
C-Steele 19 Pass to David McGriff (Navarro Kick) 49-7, 10:30
DV-Roberts 1 Run (Culp Kick) 49-14, 8:44
C-Daniel Smith 3 Run (Navarro Kick) 56-14, 7:04
First downs: 16, 9
Rush-yards: 32-313, 18-1
Comp-pass-Int: 12-14-0, 15-31-1
Pass yards: 261, 141
Fumbles-lost: 2-2, 3-2
Penalties: 4-50, 2-30
C – Gomez 11-44, Hanley 4-32, Fiame 4-28, Steele 4-24, Daniel Smith 3-14, Wakeham 2-15, Young 2-9, Davonte Smith 2-6 DV – Ford 3-21, Roberts 9-6, McIntyre 1-2, Callaghan 1-1, McDonald 1-0, Farnia 3- (-29)
C – Steele 10-11-0-234, Daniel Smith 2-3-0-27. DV – Farina 15-31-1-141
C – Daniel Smith 4-70, Perez 3-60, Nichols 2-15, Barrs 1-80, Mcgriff 1-19, Stevens 1-17. DV – McIntyre 4-13, Shepardson 3-10, Roberts 2-66, Dean 2-24, Hartshorn-West 2-12, Figueroa 1-16
Missed FG: DV-Culp, 45
This year’s homecoming at Chandler High school was a little bit bigger than usual. That’s because, in addition to the regular festivities, the school also celebrated its centennial.
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Chandler and Centennial, the universal No. 1 or No. 2 ranked teams in their respective divisions, lived up to the hype in Friday night's season opener.
Chandler at Centennial
The Higley Unified School District celebrated the academic success of one of its schools during a ceremony on Aug. 22.
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Kyrene Adventure Tours visited Arizona Science Center in downtown Phoenix on Thursday as part of the program’s weekly field trip experience.
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Three students from Centennial High School bested approximately 247 other students to create a new app for the Gilbert Fire Department.
Two Higley Unified School District Kids Club site leaders were chosen to take part in the University of Arizona’s ASPIRE program.
Higley Unified School District Kids Club site leaders Michelle Napierkowski of Higley Traditional Academy and Nicole Cervantes of Centennial Elementary School have been selected to take part in the University of Arizona ASPIRE program. [Carlos Espinoza/Higley Unified School District]
The Tempe Diablos hosted its 25th annual Excellence in Education award ceremony Monday evening at the Tempe Center for the Arts, honoring teachers, students and faculty members across Kyrene, Tempe Elementary and Tempe Union High school districts.
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