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Category: General National Park News

Feb.
12th

North Cascades National Park interpretation chief Charles Beall selected Bevinetto Fellow.

A statement released today by the National Park Service:

William “Gordy” Kito and Charles Beall were selected in December as the National Park Service’s Bevinetto Fellows for 2013-2014.

Their first year will be spent working as congressional staff – Gordy will work for the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources in the U.S. Senate, Charles for the Committee on Natural Resources in the U.S. House of Representatives.  In the second year of their fellowship, they will work in the NPS Office of Legislative and Congressional Affairs and an office of the NPS Directorate.

Gordy has been a concessions specialist for

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Feb.
6th

Obama to nominate REI’s Sally Jewell for department of Interior secretary

From the Associated Press:

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Wednesday will nominate business executive and former engineer Sally Jewell to lead the Interior Department, an administration official said.

Jewell is the president and chief executive officer at the outdoors company Recreational Equipment, Inc., known as REI, which sells clothing and gear for outdoor adventures with more than 100 stores across the country. Prior to joining REI in 2000, Jewell worked in commercial banking and as an engineer for Mobil Oil Corporation.

If confirmed, Jewell would replace current Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, who held the post throughout Obama’s first term.

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Jan.
8th

National Park Service officer, former Mount Rainier clerk Philip Pantoja retires after 35 years

From the National Park Service:

Philip Pantoja, contracting officer for Pacific West Region in Seattle, Washington, retired on January 3rd after 35 years with the National Park Service.

Philip is a Korea and Vietnam War veteran who served in the United States Marine Corps and the United States Army for a combined total of 21 years. He is a recipient of three Army commendation medals and the Bronze Star; he is also one of the few surviving “Atomic Veterans” and is an active member of the National Association of Atomic Veterans, working to bring attention to the issues veterans face

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Oct.
28th

Sid Beckman named fire management officer for National Park Service’s Pacific West Region

From the National Park Service:

Sid Beckman has been selected as the new fire management officer for Pacific West Region, working out of the San Francisco office. He replaces Sue Husari, who recently retired after 39 years of exemplary federal service. Beckman has a strong background in fire management planning, operations and incident management. His experience in prescribed fire and wildland fire management will be an asset to the region.

Beckman has three years of experience working for the National Park Service.  He has been the deputy regional fire management officer overseeing the region’s fuels management program since 2009. He previously served as

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Oct.
12th

Former Mount St. Helens ranger Jim Gale retires after 32 years

From the National Park Service:

One of Pacific West Region’s most respected and revered park rangers, Jim Gale, hung up his flat hat for the last time on October 5th.

Gale served the National Park Service for 32 years, starting at Yellowstone and reaching the pinnacle of his career at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park as chief of interpretation. His work took him to some of the nation’s most treasured public lands – Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, Kenai Fjords National Park in Alaska, Indiana Dunes National Seashore, Blue Ridge National Park in Virginia, and Grand Canyon National Park. At

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Oct.
8th

Former Mount Rainier staffer Rick Harris retires from National Park Service Northeast Region associate director post

From the National Park Service:

Richard “Rick” Harris, associate regional director for natural resources, science, conservation and recreation assistance in Northeast Region, retired on October 3rd.

Rick began his federal career in 1976 working on wilderness management issues with the US Forest Service in the Pacific Northwest. From the beginning of his National Park Service career in 1983 at Mount Rainier National Park to his final assignment, Rick has been a champion for protecting and preserving resources in parks.

Rick worked in nine parks, four regions and WASO.  He was a graduate of the natural resources training program, a member of the Natural

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Aug.
27th

Grizzly Bear attacks, kills backpacker in Denali National Park

From Denali National Park:

Richard White, 49, of San Diego, was killed by a grizzly bear on Friday while on a solo backpacking trip in the park. White had been in the Denali backcountry for three nights when he was killed. He may have recently hiked in other areas of Alaska prior to coming to the park, but it is not known at this time if he had previous backcountry experience in Denali. On Saturday afternoon, state troopers assisting rangers and park wildlife biologists shot and killed a bear that was defending the kill site along the Toklat River as

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