Here is what I got from Grand Canyon River Guides:
Hi canyon advocates,
After our initial meeting with Lamar Whitmer from Confluence Partners, it seemed likely that they might use the "swimming at the Confluence" issue as a wedge in their campaign to promote the proposed Grand Canyon Escalade development.
And low and behold, check out the full page ad on the back page of yesterday's Navajo Hopi Observer. Our thanks go out to the GCRG member who alerted us about this advertisement. I scanned it as best I could and it is attached here in two sections. Some of the text is a bit cut off but the top portion reads:
SAVE THE CONFLUENCE!
The Confluence and Navajo sacred sites are currently unprotected
and overrun every year by National Park visitors.
Building Escalade will provide access for
on-the-ground monitoring and law enforcement to protect sacred sites.
(followed by photos of park visitors at the Confluence).
The bottom portion says:
Grand Canyon Escalade
IT'S TIME the Navajo People enjoy a fair share of Grand Canyon Tourism!
You can pick up copies at Bookmans on Milton in Flagstaff (the newspapers are located right where you walk in).
Rather audacious, wouldn't you say! This is similar to their reference in the the Grand Canyon Escalade promotional booklet to the "NPS.....does allow their 30,000+/- river runners to land and hike on the Navajo side, and then to swim in the river" while making an even clearer point that they would use law enforcement to prevent it from happening.
I have provided this information to Superintendent Uberuaga and other key NPS personnel to give them the heads up on this PR direction Confluence Partners is taking.
The irony here is that they're appealing to the Navajo people to protect one of their most sacred sites by building a 450 acre development on it....
Grand Canyon River Guides
This is a serious matter, that IS on the table for development. Action is needed.