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Updated Apr 9, 2014 - 11:30 am

Northern Arizona business to pay fine for oversights in ropes-training course

SEDONA, Ariz. — A Sedona businessman has agreed to pay a fine and
restitution for conducting a ropes-training course near Oak Creek Canyon without
a permit and for damaging resources.

The Coconino National Forest on Wednesday announced the resolution of the case
against Reed Thorne, who owns Ropes That Rescue.

Officials said Thorne started a fire within a narrow canyon that is home to rare
plants and animals, and a sensitive riparian community during the weeklong
training course last September. He was issued two citations.

Under an agreement with federal prosecutors and the U.S. Forest Service, Thorne
will pay a $500 fine and $5,000 in restitution.

Thorne has said his lack of a permit was the result of a misunderstanding and
that the small fire carefully was monitored.

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