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Tag: Mount Rainier National Park

July
10th

Mount Rainier National Park receives grant to fund youth trail crews

Mount Rainier National Park is one of 34 national parks receiving a 2013 America’s Best Idea grant from the National Park Foundation, the park announced Wednesday.

According to a statement released by Mount Rainier National Park supports the park’s partnership with the Student Conservation Association.  The statement reads, “Funding from the National Park Foundation supports the crew leaders for three eight-person trail maintenance teams, each made up of Community Program members from Seattle and Base-to-Base Camp youth from JBLM. The first crew is in the field now, and the second and third will be in the park later this

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June
26th

Sunrise opens Friday at Mount Rainier, other areas to follow

The highest point in Mount Rainier National Park that can be reached by vehicle will open ahead of schedule Friday.

Warm weather has helped melt snow, allowing staff to open Sunrise Road and Sunrise Lodge early. The visitor center is scheduled to open July 3.

The Paradise, Longmire, Ohanapecosh and Carbon River ares of the park are already open for the season. The Narada Falls trail is also open, but may close periodically due to construction.

The Cougar River Campground opens Thursday and the White River Campground follows Friday.

Mowich Lake Road is open Wednesday, July 3, but about three

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June
14th

The Wonderland Trail: A 93-mile backpacker’s dream

Each year 820 people attempt to hike the Wonderland Trail, the rigorous 93-mile path around Mount Rainier. Last September I hiked the trail with colleagues Matt Misterek and Drew Perine and Graham firefighter Thad Richardson.

Since March we’ve published a series of articles explaining the trails history as well as how to pack and train for this classic hike. On Sunday the 15-story series ends with our tale from the trail.

Here’s a sneak peak courtesy of videographer Joe Barrentine:

May
10th

Big cuts coming to Mount Rainier National Park this summer

Here’s a statement from Mount Rainier National Park outlining what cuts it must make after having it’s operating budget reduced by $603,000.:

 

Mount Rainier’s annual budget last year (in FY12) was $12.08M. This included funding administered by Mount Rainier for human resources and resource Inventory and Monitoring (I&M) programs supporting many national parks in the Pacific Northwest, leaving $11.35M for Mount Rainier operations. From this budget, the park is eliminating $603,000 in planned FY13 expenses to meet the five percent mandated sequestration cuts, resulting in $10.75M available for the year. This year’s reduction is in addition to over $500,000

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Jan.
30th

Karen Taylor-Goodrich named new superintendent of North Cascades National Park complex

Karen Taylor-Goodrich has been named the new superintendent of North Cascades National Park Service Complex. She will start her new duties in March.

Taylor-Goodrich has been the superintendent at Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks in California for the last three years. She fills the vacancy created when Chip Jenkins left the park last year to become the National Park Service Pacific West’s deputy regional director in Seattle.

Her career of more than 30 years with the Park Service included a stint at Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area.

“Returning to work and live in the Pacific Northwest has been a

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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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Dec.
14th

Connecticut school shooting stirs sad memories at Mount Rainier National Park

For Chuck Young, chief ranger at Mount Rainier National Park, tragedies like today’s elementary school shooting in Connecticut stir awful memories.

It was less than a year ago that his staff responded to a gunman in Mount Rainier National Park. When law enforcement ranger Margaret Anderson stopped the man, Benjamin Colton Barnes, on the morning of Jan. 1 she was shot and killed. Barnes fled into Rainier’s unforgiving wilderness where he was found dead, drowned in Paradise River, the next morning.

Some, including Young, believe Anderson’s actions may have prevented a Barnes from shooting park visitors at Paradise.

While park

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Oct.
24th

Climbing fees to increase at Mount Rainier on Dec. 1

Mount Rainier climbing fees will soon increase by $1 to $44 for adults and $31 for those 24 and younger, park officials announce this morning.

The increase for the annual passes goes into effect on Dec. 1, said park superintendent Randy King in a prepared statement.

The climbing fee was implemented in 1995 and an increase was approved after a series of public meetings last year. The 2011 increase allows the park to adjust the fee annual based on the U.S. Consumer Price Index.

The climbing fee is a special use fee designed to offset cost of Rainier’s climbing program

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