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Arizona Highways Magazine February 2019

For more than 90 years, Arizona Highways has delighted readers with award winning journalism and photography, reflecting Arizona’s stature as one of the top vacation destinations around the globe. Every issue showcases the most amazing photography and valuable information you need to enjoy the unique and diverse travel destinations in and around the state.

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4 min.
jo baeza

I DON’T THINK Jo would have signed off on this. I think she’d have said: “You should be writing about the park’s centennial. Not about me. It’s the Grand Canyon, after all.” Like the best literature, Jo Baeza’s identity was rooted in humility. Even after so many standing ovations, she was humble. “I worry sometimes that my writing might be dated,” she told me, “but so am I.” Her demure self-deprecation was genuine, not desperate. There was nothing left to prove. She was the master wordsmith of the White Mountains. Sadly, we lost Jo last fall. It was just before Thanksgiving. She was 87. By any measure, she had a wonderful life. And for most of it, we were privileged to have her in our family. Her first story, The Hash Knife Outfit,…

5 min.
amery bohling

Every time she touched a painting, my heart stopped. “Amery! I don’t think you should do that,” I whispered, as if someone were watching on a security camera. “You can’t touch the canvas.” She didn’t listen, though. She didn’t have to. They were her paintings. She was showing me around her gallery, and she kept noticing little things that weren’t quite finished. Things that “needed” fine-tuning. She’s always fine-tuning. At least the paintings on the wall that day were dry. Her mother, Holly, says it’s not unusual for her daughter to take a wet paper towel to a painting she’s working on and wipe it clean. That’s how Amery is. Outrageous enough to be exceedingly talented, but smart enough to own her own gallery. Right brain. Left brain. It’s what comes out…

14 min.
grand canyon national park 1919-2019

STORIES ABOUT HOW THE GRAND CANYON BECAME a national park often begin with President Theodore Roosevelt disembarking from a railcar in 1903, peering over the South Rim from atop a white horse and exhorting Americans to “leave it as it is.” “Keep it for your children, your children’s children, and for all who come after you,” he famously said. Five years later, Roosevelt created Grand Canyon National Monument. He may have been the Canyon’s most celebrated spokesman, but he wasn’t its first. It was a senator from Indiana who first introduced legislation to preserve the Canyon as a “public park.” But all three bills he introduced died in committee. It wasn’t until that senator, Benjamin Harrison, became president that he succeeded in declaring the Grand Canyon a forest reserve, in 1893. And it…

3 min.
the events of the century

100 YEARS OF GRAND Through 2019, online The park has partnered with the libraries at Arizona State University and Northern Arizona University to publicly share, for the first time, thousands of high-quality photos and documents from the Canyon’s early history. Information: https://lib.asu.edu/grand100 GRAND CANYON HISTORY SYMPOSIUM February 20-23, South Rim This Grand Canyon Historical Society event brings together historians, historical figures, park employees and others with a passion for the Canyon’s history. Events will be held at Shrine of the Ages Auditorium and other South Rim locations. Information: www.grandcanyonhistory.org"> 100TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION February 26, South Rim At the visitors center, enjoy some birthday cake and sign the park’s birthday card. In the evening, speakers will talk about the important relationship between the Grand Canyon and the park’s 11 traditionally associated tribes. Information: www.nps.gov/grca STEAM SATURDAY February 26, Williams/South Rim A handful…

8 min.
point of view

EDITOR’S NOTE: This essay was originally published in our June 2007 issue. Chuck was a longtime contributor to Arizona Highways. When we needed words, he gave us the very best. Sadly, we lost Chuck on August 30, 2014. The void remains, but his words are as wonderful today as the day he first penned them. Piñon pine and juniper stand black in the gray light as the first feeble licks of dawn seep into the eastern sky. The road is more rock than anything else, the air clear and silent. Yesterday, at the south entrance to Grand Canyon National Park, the line of cars reached back more than 2 miles. I’m 20 miles west of there and alone except for the three cow elk that stand by the road and one…

4 min.
not just any old place

EDITOR’S NOTE: When you’re working on a portfolio about a place as big as the Grand Canyon, at some point, you have to zero in. What’s more, when you’re editing a magazine that’s been featuring that canyon for almost 100 years, you have to work a little harder to find a new theme. For this special issue, Photo Editor Jeff Kida referred back to John Wesley Powell, the first person to attempt a detailed written description of the natural wonder. “One might imagine that [the Grand Canyon] wasintended for the library of the gods, and so it was. Theshelves are not for books … but form the stony leaves ofone great book.” “He who would read the language of the universe maydig out letters here and there, and with them spell wordsand…