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Woman Falls to Her Death in Zion National Park

NPS says woman was canyoneering alone

(Newser) - A 26-year-old woman has died after falling in a canyon at a US national park in Utah, officials said. The woman's body was recovered Sunday evening from Mystery Canyon at Zion National Park, the National Park Service said in a news release . According to visitors, the woman was canyoneering...

Case of Missing Ranger Was 'One That I Felt Was Solvable'

At 'Outside Online,' Brendan Borrell digs deep into the case of Paul Fugate

(Newser) - Paul Fugate is the only National Park Service ranger to vanish and never be found. It happened in January 1980, when the then-41-year-old Chiricahua National Monument ranger set out on one of the southeastern Arizona monument's trails and was never seen again. Writing for Outside Online , Brendan Borrell...

Earliest Ever Cherry Blossoms Come With a Warning

Trends in Japan, Washington, DC, show impact from climate change

(Newser) - Japan's cherry blossoms have hit their earliest peak in more than 1,200 years, in a rather gorgeous sign of a devastating problem: ongoing climate change. Emperors, monks, and governors have kept records on cherry blooms since the 8th century, making it "incredibly valuable for climate change research,...

Park Service: Missing Man and His Motorcycle Found
Body Found in Grand Canyon

Body Found in Grand Canyon

Kentucky man went missing last week, apparently on a motorcycle

(Newser) - Rescue crews believe they've found the body of a Kentucky man missing for more than a week, 465 feet below the rim of the Grand Canyon. Evidence found with the body indicated they'd found John Pennington, 40, who entered the park Feb. 23, USA Today reports. A motorcycle...

Missing Yosemite Hiker Is Found Dead

'Alice' Yu Xie, 41, found dead on Jan. 16 in Yosemite National Park after ill-fated hike

(Newser) - A hiker who went missing at Yosemite National Park earlier this month has been found dead. National Park Service officials say the body of "Alice" Yu Xie, 41, was found Jan. 16 at the base of Upper Yosemite Fall, per KCRA . KTLA reports that Xie had traveled to the...

Vandals Leave Dead Bear, 'Black Lives Don't Matter' Sign at National Park

Great Smoky Mountains rangers are offering a reward for information

(Newser) - A dead black bear and a sign reading "Black lives don't matter" were found on an entrance sign for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee on Saturday morning. Rangers are asking anyone with information to reach out, and a $5,000 reward is being offered, the...

3 Hikers, 3 Separate Disappearances in National Park

All three men in their 20s vanished on different days in Mount Rainier NP

(Newser) - Three hikers have gone missing in Washington state's Mount Rainier National Park in three unrelated incidents. Per CNN , the first hiker to vanish was Vincent Djie, a 25-year-old Indonesian student living in Seattle, who was reported missing on June 19. A National Park Service release notes that Djie was...

Cubs Can Be Killed in Alaska Dens Under Trump Rule Change

NPS, Fish and WiNPS, Fish and Wildlife to relax Obama-era regulations related to federal lands

(Newser) - Two federal agencies are relaxing Obama-era regulations on wildlife, now allowing for more hunting and trapping at national preserves throughout Alaska. The Alaska Daily News reports that the rolling back by the National Park Service and Fish and Wildlife Service of the 2015 prohibitions will allow hunters to take black...

Report: Park Service Dropped $2.5M on Trump's July 4th Event

Tanks now in place in Washington, DC

(Newser) - With at least two tanks now parked close to the Lincoln Memorial, the stage is set for President Trump's Fourth of July "Salute to America." Trump, who will speak at the memorial Thursday evening, has also ordered flyovers from Air Force One and aircraft from each branch...

Tourist Taking Photo Falls Into Grand Canyon

Helicopter recovered body from 1K feet below

(Newser) - A tourist trying to get the perfect photo stumbled over the rim of the Grand Canyon and fell to his death, authorities say. David Leibowitz, a spokesman for Grand Canyon West, says the man was part of a group taking photos very close to the canyon's edge at Eagle...

'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...

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...

'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...

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...

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...

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...

A Dead Wife, a National Park, a Different Kind of Investigation
When a Murder Happens Here,
Things Play Out Differently
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

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...

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...

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....

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,...

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