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103-year-old becomes Junior Ranger at Grand Canyon National Park

Photo Courtesy of Cheryl L Torphy Stoneburner

Rose Torphy, mother of three and great-grandmother of 10, became the Grand Canyon National Park’s oldest Junior Ranger during her January visit to Grand Canyon National Park. Torphy first visited the park in 1985 and fell for the beautiful vistas and unique natural features. During her January visit, Torphy took part in the Junior Ranger program, which has participants complete an activity book and pledge to protect the park. Torphy’s daughter, Cheri Stoneburner, reports that Torphy has not removed the junior ranger pin from her coat since she returned from her trip to the canyon. “Everywhere we go, people ask her about her junior ranger pin,” Stoneburner told the New York Post, “and she says, “You’re never too old to see the Grand Canyon!”

Photo Courtesy of Cheryl L Torphy Stoneburner, (Cheryl is the daughter of Rose Torphy and is seen here with her in this photo)

Rock climbing film “Free Solo” wins Oscar for best documentary feature

“Free Solo”, the documentary that followed climber Alex Honnold as he attempted to become the first person to scale Yosemite’s 3,000-foot rock wall of El Capitan without ropes, has won the Academy Award for best documentary feature. The film traces Honnold’s training as well as his relationship with his girlfriend, Sanni McCandless. The film explores themes of personal focus, ambition, and emotional connections. Directors Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin, a wife-and-husband team, was the first married couple of Asian descent ever nominated together for an Oscar. “Free Solo” has grossed more than $19 million worldwide.

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