Navajo Times, Oct.4, 2012 – Bodaway Opens Door to Escalade

Cindy Yurth reports  in the Oct. 4 edition of the Navajo Times that the Bodaway-Gap Chapter voted to approve the Grand Canyon Escalade project Wednesday afternoon.  To see the full article click here.  According to Ms. Yurth the resolution to withdraw up to 420 acres on the cliff above the confluence of the Colorado and Little Colorado rivers, paving the way for a huge new resort with a tramway to the floor of the Grand Canyon. passed by seven votes.

According to the Navajo Times article the debate focused on economic development vs. preservation of sacred sites and the environment.  The Times quoted one fo the local residents that voted on behalf of the project.

“We’re not looking out for ourselves,” said resort proponent Brian Kinsley, who identified himself as a former member of the chapter’s land use planning committee. “We’re looking out for our children.”

According to the Times article, Arizona State Rep. Albert Hale, who is also a partner in the company that hopes to develop the $180 million resort, commended the chapter for its action.

“It was a good vote,” he said. “We had a discussion. It really came down to the people.”