national parks http://www.kplu.org en National Parks Report: Nearby Towns Lost Nearly Half-Billion Dollars During Shutdown http://www.kplu.org/post/national-parks-report-nearby-towns-lost-nearly-half-billion-dollars-during-shutdown <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Towns around national parks lost an estimated $414 million during the partial government shutdown last October, according to a report released Monday by the National Park Service. But surrounding communities say the shutdown wasn't a complete loss.</span></p><p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 23:55:24 +0000 Jessica Robinson 14376 at http://www.kplu.org National Parks Report: Nearby Towns Lost Nearly Half-Billion Dollars During Shutdown North Cascades Nat'l Park named one of 10 'hidden gems' in U.S. http://www.kplu.org/post/north-cascades-natl-park-named-one-10-hidden-gems-us <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Washington's <a href="http://www.nps.gov/noca/index.htm" target="_blank">North Cascades National Park</a> has made <a href="http://www.country-magazine.com/" target="_blank">Country</a> magazine's <a href="http://www.country-magazine.com/photography/scenic/hidden-gems-national-parks/" target="_blank">"hidden gems<i>"&nbsp;</i>list</a> of America's ten most-beautiful, least-crowded national parks.&nbsp;</span></p><p>The park is home to some of the most breathtaking scenery in Washington yet, due to its remote location, heavy annual precipitation and limited amenities, relatively few people visit it. Aside from some gravel roads, the main access is via State Route 20, the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Cascades_Highway" target="_blank">North Cascades Highway</a>.</p><p> Tue, 04 Jun 2013 23:39:54 +0000 Dave Meyer 8988 at http://www.kplu.org North Cascades Nat'l Park named one of 10 'hidden gems' in U.S. Canceled open house latest effect of sequester on parks, science http://www.kplu.org/post/canceled-open-house-latest-effect-sequester-parks-science <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A much-loved open house at the</span><a href="http://volcanoes.usgs.gov/observatories/cvo/" style="line-height: 1.5;"> Cascades Volcano Observatory in Vancouver </a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">did not take place over the weekend. The center is run by the U.S. Geological Survey, which had to cancel the program due to the federal budget sequestration.</span></p><p> Mon, 06 May 2013 22:53:47 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 8679 at http://www.kplu.org Canceled open house latest effect of sequester on parks, science Mount Rainier National Park poised to ban sales of bottled water http://www.kplu.org/post/mount-rainier-national-park-poised-ban-sales-bottled-water <p>The disposable plastic water bottle is known for clogging landfills and choking marine life. As a result, 14 national parks no longer sell bottled water. And it looks like Mount Rainier National Park <a href="http://www.stopcorporateabuse.org/blog/national-parks-bottled-water-free">might be next</a>.</p> Mon, 01 Apr 2013 12:01:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 8204 at http://www.kplu.org Mount Rainier National Park poised to ban sales of bottled water For Interior nominee Sally Jewell, NW landscapes are in her blood http://www.kplu.org/post/interior-nominee-sally-jewell-nw-landscapes-are-her-blood <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">President Barack Obama’s nominee for Secretary of the Interior is an unusual choice. Sally Jewell is not a politician – she’s CEO of the outdoor gear company, REI. But those who know her say she has savvy, social conscience, and a deep respect for the open spaces she’ll be managing if the Senate confirms her.</span></p><p> Thu, 07 Feb 2013 20:08:37 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 7755 at http://www.kplu.org For Interior nominee Sally Jewell, NW landscapes are in her blood