Welcome to the Grand Canyon Community News Weekly email for January 24th. Our goal is to combine all Grand Canyon area Activities, Events, Meetings, Volunteer Opportunities in one newsletter and send it out weekly. If you have something to contribute please click the links below.
Government Shutdown - January 11th Grand Canyon National Park shifted from using State of Arizona funds to using Recreational Fee funds to supply basic services: snow plowing, trash removal and bathroom cleaning. With the shift in funds they are now also staffing the entrance stations to provide much needed safety information to our visitors.
Grand Canyon Conservancy is also providing funding and will continue to keep open Yavapai Geology Museum, Verkamps, Lookout Studio, Kolb Studio and Desert View.
All of the park Commissionaires remain open, tour companies will be able to continue to operate as well.
While everyone is hoping for a resolution sooner than later - Centennial Events (i.e. birthday party in February) will not be allowed to occur if the shutdown continues.
announced additional funds available for those Government employees affected by the shutdown. Up to $400 of assistance may be available to you. Click here
for additional information.
- NEW YORK, NY Jan 10, 2019 Chase today encouraged customers affected by the U.S. government shutdown to call if they need help with their Chase mortgages, credit card accounts or car loans.
Customers can find out about Chase’s hardship programs by calling the special care line at 1-888-356-0023.
Chase offers hardship programs to customers broadly who have been affected by unemployment, financial strain or natural disasters, including potentially:
Waiving or refunding late fees
Extending payments on car loans and leases
Protecting customers’ credit histories
“We’re here for our government worker customers whose pay may be disrupted,” said Thasunda Duckett, CEO of Consumer Banking at Chase. “We all hope this will be resolved soon.”
Since December 24, Chase has been automatically waiving or refunding overdraft and monthly service fees on Chase checking and savings accounts if an employee’s salary from an affected federal agency was direct-deposited into the account in November, 2018.
Delaware North Discount - green bag program - has increased the local discount to 20% for all residents for the duration of the shutdown. If you do not own a Green Bag they are available for purchase at Canyon Village Market or at Desert View for $7.00. This does not apply to alcohol or tobacco products.
Mike Scott is working with St Mary's food bank and Grand Canyon Recreation as a distribution point for food donations.. St Mary's is making a delivery today - January 24th and food will be available at the recreation center. Additionally on Monday January 28th we will be receiving a donation from St Vincent in the morning and may need assistance unloading. Arrangement's have also been made for dog and cat food. There is also plenty of milk available so come on by! Please contact Mike for additional information regarding food at 207-229-1228.
Friday January 25th- The Grand Canyon Food Pantry - with assistance from Grand Canyon School Culinary Students and Delaware North Chef Justin Warnat, will begin a weekly Supper Cafe at the Grand Canyon Recreation Center. Volunteers are also needed for set up, serving and take down. Please contact Mike Scott if interested in assisting. NPS will also have a member of the CI team there to assist / answer any questions.
The Grand Canyon Chamber(Visitor) and the South Rim Chamber of Commerce(locals) Facebook pages will have updates as things change / services become available. Stay tuned....
Old Cars needed for Fire Training: Need to get rid of a useless car? You can donate them to the fire department for training. If you do please contact Ray or Greg at 928-648-3473 Thank you in advance.
We have added a lot to our Google Calendar so please take a look here