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Rancher arrested on road to Grand Canyon Skywalk

KINGMAN, Ariz. -- A northern Arizona rancher who has charged tourists to drive through his land to reach the Grand Canyon Skywalk has been arrested and accused of threatening construction workers.

Mohave County sheriff's spokeswoman Trish Carter said deputies arrested Nigel Turner Tuesday afternoon after he was accused of intimating to construction workers that he had a gun.

Carter said Turner faces a misdemeanor charge of threatening or intimidating. She says he was release from jail after posting bail late Tuesday night.

The Hualapai Tribe operates the Skywalk and has protested Turner's charging a $20-per-person fee.

He said he's acting within his rights because an easement for public access has expired, though federal officials disagree.

It wasn't immediately known if Turner has a lawyer.

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