Town wants its name to reflect Grand Canyon ties

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) -- Take away the Grand Canyon, and the town of Tusayan (TOO'-say-ohn) probably wouldn't exist.
Most of the businesses in the tiny town outside the canyon's South Rim entrance cater to the tourists at the national park. The two locales even share a zip code.
That has town officials thinking that maybe Tusayan isn't the name best suited for the community.
They've been floating the idea of changing Tusayan to "The Town of Grand Canyon," "Grand Canyon South" or something similar that reflects its ties to the Grand Canyon and gives it a better marketing tool.
Mayor Greg Bryan says Tusayan also sounds too much like Tucson on the opposite end of the state.
The town is planning to hold a public meeting in April on a possible name change.