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Geri Hongeva

Channeling the Force

The costume is very familiar and was fashioned from $12 worth of golden fabric and fitted with its iconic belt. Meet C-3PO, the life-sized droid hero, noted for his perfect etiquette and protocol, who has been featured in almost every Star Wars film since the franchise first screened in May 1977. It took Geri Hongeva, […]

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Grand Canyon Saddle Maker Enjoying the Ride

Across from the Xanterra South Rim is a mule barn sitting on an inconspicuous lot at the Grand Canyon Village. The historic building was a blacksmith’s shop. Inside, the old wooden floors show their age, while the aroma of worked leather and mules give away its purpose. This is Joe Marshall’s territory: the Saddle Maker’s […]

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Sharing Flagstaff through Tours, Souvenirs

After hearing and taking to heart what tourists like to buy, Blake Nabours, owner of AZ Segway and Pedal Tours, is on a roll to open the Grand Circle Outpost, an exclusive emporium featuring souvenirs all manufactured on site. Encompassing what Nabours refers to as the “grand” circle, Flagstaff, Sedona, Route 66, Grand Canyon, Page […]

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Training the Next

The searing flash of flames, the ground-shaking vibration, the deafening roar of engines – witnessing a space shuttle launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida, is not something easily forgotten by most, but for Lauren Edgar, it was life altering. The then-second grader, who came to visit her grandmother in Florida, left her vacation with more than […]

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Flying High

Leonardo Da Vinci was quoted as saying, “Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the Earth with your eyes turned skywards.” Holding one of the highest pilot certifications, Craig Sanderson spread his wings upward to serve as director of operations for Grand Canyon Scenic Airlines and mayor of the small but bustling town […]

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Bob Baker

Grand Canyon Railway General Manager: A Man in Motion

A sign posted on the wall of the Grand Canyon Railway locomotive shop states, “Expect movement on any tracks from any direction…at any time.”  Though a good reminder for engineers and mechanics working on the trains, the advice spells out sage wisdom for Bob Baker’s position as general manager of train operations as well. With […]

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Hospitality from Kabul to the Grand Canyon

Traveling almost 8,000 miles to fill his new position as food and beverage director for Xanterra at the Grand Canyon South Rim Lodges was an “easy” decision, says Todd Rodemyer, who left Kabul, Afghanistan, for the Grand Canyon. “It was the best move I’ve made yet. I really like it here.” While in Kabul, Rodemyer […]

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