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'Rogue' Email Warns About Grand Canyon Radiation

For 18 years, tourists, workers may have been exposed to 3 buckets of uranium in park building

(Newser) - A whistleblower at Grand Canyon National Park has made a startling disclosure in what the Arizona Republic calls a "rogue" email: Three 5-gallon paint buckets of uranium ore were stored for 18 years in one of the park's buildings, possibly exposing tourists and workers to radiation. In a... More »

Amid the Shutdown, MLK National Park Gets 16-Day Reprieve

It's all thanks to Delta's $84K

(Newser) - The Martin Luther King Jr. National Park reopened just in time for the federal holiday, and Americans have Delta, not Congress, to thank. An $83,500 grant from the airline—which has its headquarters in Atlanta, where the park is also located—will be combined with National Park Service recreation... More »

'Park Protection Measures' to Be Taken at Joshua Tree

People have been defacing trees, damaging roads

(Newser) - Joshua Tree National Park is likely closing Thursday thanks to the partial government shutdown. The Southern California park, located near Twentynine Palms in the Mojave Desert, says that—with only about eight rangers patrolling due to the shutdown—visitors have recently defaced the park's namesake trees and done damage... More »

Dems Slam 'Extraordinary' Move to Keep Parks Open

Is it illegal for officials to tap entrance fees?

(Newser) - The National Park Service is taking an extraordinary—and, it turns out, controversial—step to keep its most popular sites open and safe for visitors during a prolonged government shutdown, the Washington Post reports. The Interior Department's acting secretary, David Bernhardt, has agreed to let park managers use entrance... More »

Consequence of the Shutdown: Poop Problems

Some parts of Yosemite have had to close down due to human feces, urine

(Newser) - When the government shut down on Dec. 22, Yosemite National Park remained open but its bathrooms did not. Tourists haven't stopped relieving themselves, apparently alongside the road, reports the Los Angeles Times . Now, two campgrounds, the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, and Hetch Hetchy have been shut down over... More »

As the Sun Went Down, He Went Up ... the National Christmas Tree

The man eventually 'self-extricated'

(Newser) - There was a bit of a hubbub Friday evening around the National Christmas Tree. The US Park Police says calls started coming in shortly before 6pm that a man was ascending the tree, and cops and negotiators were dispatched to the scene, CNN reports. Per WJLA , firefighters and EMS workers... More »

When a Murder Happens Here, Things Play Out Differently

The Investigative Services Branch is called when crimes occur in national parks

(Newser) - When Investigative Services Branch (ISB) Special Agent Kristy McGee displays her badge while investigating a crime, the reaction is generally a confused one. "They'll say something like, 'What do you guys investigate? Littering?'" she explains to Rachel Monroe. In a lengthy piece for Outside , Monroe reports... More »

River in National Park Claims 2 Lives in As Many Weeks

The Kaweah River has claimed two lives this month

(Newser) - Two people have died in as many weeks at the same spot in California's Sequoia National Park. Per USA Today , the swift and dangerous Kaweah River most recently claimed the life of a 22-year-old man who leaped in to save a 5-year-old boy who'd slipped into the rapids... More »

Ranger Went to Check a Trail in 1980, Was Never Seen Again

Reward tripled to $60K in case of Paul Fugate

(Newser) - There's been no sign of Paul Fugate since the Chiricahua National Monument ranger disappeared nearly 40 years ago. But there apparently has been "new information" in the case, which has led the National Park Service to triple the reward for information leading to his whereabouts to $60,000.... More »

Bad News, Bears: Obama-Era Rule on Hunting Reversed

New rule to allow bear baiting, spotlights for shooting in dens called 'unethical' by critics

(Newser) - The Trump administration is looking to dismantle Obama-era rules that made it more difficult to hunt on federal lands, including through the banning of bacon, honey, and doughnuts as bear bait. The 2015 rule also barred the use of dogs to hunt bears, spotlights to shoot bear cubs in dens,... More »

75% of National Parks Panel Quits in Protest

They say Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has yet to meet with them

(Newser) - "I wish the National Park System and Service well." It's a goodbye, but not just any goodbye: They're parting words from the chair of the National Park System Advisory Board , who was one of nine members to suddenly resign in protest on Monday. The federally chartered... More »

Fees Could Double at Most Popular National Parks

Revenue increase needed for aging infrastructure: NPS

(Newser) - With the Trump administration planning to slash the National Park Service's budget, a new proposal could see entrance fees for 17 of the most-visited national parks in the country more than double during peak months. In an effort to boost revenue to pay "for improvements to the aging... More »

Without Warning, a Building-Sized Rock Falls in Yosemite

Tragedy at El Capitan

(Newser) - Tragedy at Yosemite National Park: A visitor was killed and another injured when a massive chunk of rock fell off the El Capitan granite monolith, one of the world's most famous climbs. The National Park Service says the huge rockfall happened near the "Waterfall Route," a popular... More »

Zion National Park May Need to Require Reservations

'We have to do something,' says rep for crowded Utah park

(Newser) - It would be a first for a US national park: requiring reservations to explore it. But it's an option that Utah's Zion National Park is considering to manage an overwhelming surge of visitors, the AP reports. Zion, which welcomed 4.3 million people last year, is weighing online... More »

What Trump Did With His First-Quarter Salary

Donated it to National Park Service

(Newser) - President Trump has followed through on a campaign promise: to donate his presidential salary. Trump, who will receive $400,000 a year as president, donated the $78,333 he received for the first quarter to the National Park Service, Reuters reports. Sean Spicer handed over the check at Monday's... More »

Park Service Releases Official Inauguration Images

They show a bigger crowd at Obama's

(Newser) - The very first spat between the Trump White House and the media occurred over differing estimates of his Inauguration Day crowd. Well, the National Park Service has released its official photos , along with images from the Obama inaugurations, and the current president may not be thrilled. They "clearly show... More »

Trump Called Park Service to Demand Crowd Photos: Sources

He wanted to prove media wrong, sources say

(Newser) - President Trump may not have had the biggest inauguration crowd in history, but he may have made a bigger fuss about media coverage of it than any of his predecessors. Sources tell the Washington Post and CNN that on Saturday morning—the first morning of his presidency—Trump contacted Michael... More »

Government Twitter Accounts Are Continuing to Go Rogue

Even the Department of Defense is getting in on it

(Newser) - Taking a cue from Badlands National Park, which tweeted out a series of now-deleted facts about climate change Tuesday, a number of other parks and government agencies are tweeting in subtle resistance to President Trump, the AP reports. Redwood National Park tweeted that redwood groves are the best way to... More »

National Park Stands Up to Trump's 'Gag Order'

Badlands National Park spent Tuesday tweeting climate change facts

(Newser) - As President Trump puts "gag orders" on federal agencies, including the EPA and USDA, pockets of defiance are appearing. On Tuesday, someone running the Twitter account for South Dakota's Badlands National Park—part of the National Park Service—started tweeting facts about climate change, Vanity Fair reports. Those... More »

After Dig at Trump, Interior Dept Ordered to Stop Tweeting

'Urgent directive' was issued from DC

(Newser) - The Interior Department was ordered to stop tweeting from all its official accounts Friday after two posts from the National Park Service that seemed to criticize the new administration. One tweet illustrated the big difference in turnout between President Obama's 2009 inauguration and Friday's more lightly attended event... More »

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