national parks

Government Shutdown
3:55 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

National Parks Report: Nearby Towns Lost Nearly Half-Billion Dollars During Shutdown

Mount Rainier National Park
Karl S. Johnson Flickr

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.

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beautiful northwest
4:39 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

North Cascades Nat'l Park named one of 10 'hidden gems' in U.S.

Mount Shuksan in North Cascades National Park
David Jensen Country magazine

Washington's North Cascades National Park has made Country magazine's "hidden gemslist of America's ten most-beautiful, least-crowded national parks. 

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 North Cascades Highway.

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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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Environment
12:08 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

For Interior nominee Sally Jewell, NW landscapes are in her blood

Sally Jewell came full circle when she became CEO of the compnay that sold her dad his frist tent.
REI

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.

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