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Tag: National Park Service

June
4th

National Park Service will make changes based on review of the death of Mount Rainier climbing ranger Nick Hall


Read the National Park Service Report on accident that led to the death of Nick Hall.  

 

An pervasive level of comfort among climbing rangers working in dangerous conditions on Mount Rainier might have been a factor in the death of Nick Hall almost a year ago.

That is was one of the findings issued by a National Park Service board of review convened after the June 21, 2012, death of the 33-year-old climbing ranger.

Hall was one of four rangers rescuing four climbers from Texas. Each ranger was assisting a different climber when an Army Reserve Chinook

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Feb.
20th

Sequestration could mean Mount Rainier does not open Ohanapecosh Visitor Center for season

Here is a story I filed for Thursday’s paper on how sequestration would impact operations at Mount Rainier National Park.

Mount Rainier National Park would not open the Ohanapecosh Visitor Center this season if Congress and the Obama administration fail to reach a budget deal by March 1.

The closure was among the proposed cuts planned at 12 major national parks, according to documents obtained and released Wednesday by the Coalition of National Park Service Retirees.

Mount Rainier is facing a mandated cut of $604,000 in its annual operating budget should sequestration take place. Olympic National Park’s budget would be

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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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Jan.
11th

Pinnacles becomes 59th national park

America has a new national park today. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Director of the National Park Service Jon Jarvis today celebrated the establishment of the country’s 59th national park with President Obama’s signature of legislation to elevate Pinnacles National Monument to Pinnacles National Park.

Rising out of the Gabilan Mountains east of central California’s Salinas Valley, Pinnacles is the result of millions of years of erosion, faulting and tectonic plate movement. Within the park’s boundaries lie nearly 27,000 acres of diverse wild lands. Visitors can enjoy a variety of spring wildflowers and more than 400 species of

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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.
18th

Mount Rainier included in National Park Service holiday greetings video

Mount Rainier National Park is among 15 parks included in a “Happy Holidays” YouTube video.

In the video, park staffers extend their holidays wishes in, shall we say, unique ways.

For Mount Rainier’s part, a trio of rangers offer their greetings while sledding down a hill.

Click here to watch the video.

Nov.
19th

Charges pending in North Cascades National Park helicopter crash.

The National Park Services released a statement this morning regarding the Oct. 3 helicopter crash in North Cascades National Park.

On October 4th, rangers received a report that a leased Robinson 22 helicopter had crashed the day before in a remote area of the park about six miles south of the international border with Canada. Rangers located and interviewed the pilot and passenger, who were uninjured in the crash and had hiked out over 20 miles to the nearest road. After several days of poor weather conditions and some rough off-trail travel, rangers documented the scene with agents from Homeland

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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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