Tourist trouble

 

THE WEST

A tourist from North Carolina received a chastening lesson during a guided fishing trip on the Colorado River. Trenton Austin Ganey's group had stopped at a beach below Glen Canyon dam, leaving Ganey, 29, free to hike up to a petroglyph known as the "Descending Sheep Panel." Alone there, Ganey scratched "TRENT" in big letters into the panel, which features rock art from 2,000 to 8,000 years old. His act had dramatic -- and swift -- consequences: Park rangers quickly discovered the vandalism and confronted Ganey when his group docked at Lee's Ferry. In Arizona, U.S. District Judge Neil Wake ordered Ganey to pay $10,000 restitution and sentenced him to 60 months supervised probation and 100 hours of community service.

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