National Park Service

Washington Public Lands
5:26 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Congress Set to Pass Public Lands Bills

Hiker on Alpine Lake trail in Sawtooth Wilderness
Credit Miguel Vieira / Flickr

If you enjoy hiking in the pristine Alpine Lakes Wilderness in Washington's Cascade mountains, then a package of bills moving through Congress applies to you.

They'll make sure you can continue visiting for years and years to come. The Alpine Lakes area is actually one of dozens across the country affected by this package of bills. Senator Patty Murray says these lands are crucial.

"Designating these will make sure that they are managed and protected into the future and can't be sold of or used in ways that don't allow the public to use them," Murray said.

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WWII Japanese Camp Presevation
6:38 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

To Preserve WWII Japanese Internment Sites, Federal Government Awards Grants

Laura Ng, the onsite crew chief in the summer of 2013 at the Kooskia site in Idaho. She has worked on numerous internment camp excavations, including at Granada Relocation Center and Manzanar Relocation Camp.
Stacey Camp

After the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941 government officials rounded up Japanese Americans and sent them to harsh, ill-equipped camps. Now, the National Park Service has announced $3 million in new grants to help preserve that important history. One Northwest archeologist is working to keep a remote Idaho site on the map. 


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Rock Theft
6:15 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Idaho Man Gets 9 Months Hard Time For Rock Theft

A man was sentenced to nine months in prison for taking nearly 10,000 pounds of sandstone.
Credit PDTillman / Wikimedia Commons

A man who supplied decorative stone to Boise-area lawns was sentenced to nine months in prison for rock theft. Turns out, the sandstone he sold to landscapers came from federal land. Idaho’s U.S. attorney says it’s an important case, even though the stolen goods were only worth $1,500.

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National Parks
4:19 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

National Parks Report: Nearby Towns Lost Nearly $500M In October Shutdown

File photo of an entrance to Mount Rainier National Park
Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon March 3, 2014 4:03 pm

According to a National Park Service report, towns around national parks lost an estimated $414 million during the partial government shutdown last October.

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Government Shutdown & The Economy
4:53 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Visitors Return, But Economic Damage Done As Northwest National Parks Reopen

Cars line up at the Nisqually entrance to Mt. Rainier National Park on the first day the park reopened following a 16-day partial government shutdown.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu October 17, 2013 4:42 pm

From Crater Lake to Mt. Rainier, visitors wasted no time returning to the Northwest’s national parks and monuments.

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Government Shutdown
3:56 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Government Shutdown Sows Confusion Among Motorists And Workers

Robert Ashworth Wikimedia

Originally published on Thu October 3, 2013 3:15 pm

The National Park Service Thursday tried to sort out confusion among motorists about the extent of the partial government shutdown: State highways crossing federal land remain open to thru traffic.

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Government Shutdown
5:11 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Shutting National Parks No Fun For Rangers Or Visitors

Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue October 1, 2013 5:01 pm

The effects of the partial federal government shutdown are rippling across the Northwest.

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Potential Government Shutdown
5:41 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Partial Government Shutdown Fouls Up Park Visits

Jimmy Emerson Flickr

Originally published on Mon September 30, 2013 5:38 pm

Closed national parks will be one of the first visible effects of the partial government shutdown expected to begin Tuesday. National forest and BLM campgrounds will also close.

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Lake Roosevelt Shooting
4:08 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Park Service Investigates What Led Ranger To Shoot Boater

National Park Service

Originally published on Tue September 17, 2013 4:03 pm

The National Park Service is investigating what led a park ranger to shoot a man at Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area near Kettle Falls in eastern Washington over the weekend.

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Mt. Rainier Rescues
8:39 am
Thu July 25, 2013

Mt. Rainier Rescues Will Take Longer

Mount Rainier park rangers are warning it may take longer than usual to rescue stranded climbers.

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