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Man banned from Canyon for illegal river run

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The U.S. Magistrate Court judge in Flagstaff has banned a St. George, Utah man from Grand Canyon National Park for kayaking on the Colorado River without a permit.

According to information from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Dean Woods Jr., 24, has been banned from the park for three years while he is on probation for pleading guilty to conducting a river trip without a permit.

According to National Park Service investigators, on July 7, 2010, Dean hiked into the Canyon with an inflatable kayak in the remote Tuweep area. Rangers, working on a missing-person report, found him on a beach on the river. Dean admitted, remorsefully, he knew a permit was required to kayak the river.

The maximum penalty for the offense is six months in jail and a $5,000 fine.

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