Mount Rainier National Park

Climate Change
5:00 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Jewell Visits Mount Rainier, Discusses Climate Change At UW Roundtable

U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell leads a roundtable discussion at the University of Washington’s College of the Environment, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, in Seattle.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

"The best classrooms are the ones without walls," said U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, standing inside a classroom at the University of Washington, her alma mater, on Tuesday.

The former CEO of Seattle-based REI spent two days at home this week, wrapping up her visit with a roundtable discussion about the president's Climate Action Plan and the local impacts of climate change. 

To illustrate the need to reduce carbon pollution, Jewell visited Mount Rainier National Park and toured areas affected by climate change.

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government shutdown
3:20 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

No Plans to Reopen Wash. National Parks with State Funds

File image of Mount Rainier.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

Gov. Jay Insee says he has no plans to reopen national parks and monuments using state dollars. President Obama has given states that option as the federal government shutdown stretches into its 11th day and beyond.

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government shutdown
10:28 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Shutting National Parks No Fun for Rangers or Visitors

Tom Banse

The effects of the partial federal government shutdown are rippling across the Northwest. About 1,000 federally-funded Oregon National Guard members received furlough notices Tuesday, as did 850 Washington National Guardsmen and another 850 from Idaho.

Meanwhile, guests at hotels and campgrounds inside national parks have been told to leave by Thursday.

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Mount Rainier National Park
12:25 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Mount Rainier makes changes after ranger's death

lawdawg1 Flickr

The National Park Service says a climbing ranger who fell to his death during a rescue operation at Mount Rainier National Park last year was not roped for safety or equipped with an ice ax at the time of the accident.

Thirty-three-year-old Nick Hall was a four-year climbing ranger at the park. He fell roughly 2,400 feet while helping to rescue four injured climbers from Texas on June 21, 2012.

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sequester
3:53 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Canceled open house latest effect of sequester on parks, science

Mount St. Helens is seen from Johnston's Ridge Observatory.
woodleywonderworks Flickr

A much-loved open house at the Cascades Volcano Observatory in Vancouver 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.

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Environment
5:01 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Mount Rainier National Park poised to ban sales of bottled water

Grand Canyon National Park is one of the most recent federal properties to ban bottled water sales. Before doing so, they had to install a siuffient number of filling stations like this one.
Courtesy Think Outside the Bottle

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 might be next.

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Mount Rainier National Park
4:57 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

Man sliding at Mount Rainier killed in accident

PARADISE, Wash. — A Mount Rainier National Park spokeswoman says a Kent, Wash., man who was sliding down a lower mountain slope with his son on July 4 died in an accident.

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