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Tag: North Cascades National Park


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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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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Man dies during North Cascades National Park backcountry trip

A man died Labor Day during a backcountry trip in North Cascades National Park, park official said in a statement released this morning by the National Park Service.

According to the brief statement the man collapsed Monday morning at the Panther Creek backcountry camp and was unresponsive. The man’s son performed CPR but couldn’t revive his father. The son and his 9-year-old daughter then hiked three miles to the trailhead where they contacted park staff requesting help.

Rangers flew in to investigate and airlifted the body out of the backcountry. Fourteen park workers, a family member and a pilot from

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Rangers evacuate four climbers in North Cascades National Park

A statement released this morning by North Cascades National Park:

The North Cascades National Park search and rescue team recently responded to two separate mountaineering accidents, evacuating four people from remote mountain peaks.

On Friday, July 13th, after they successfully navigated through the remote northern Picket range and climbed several peaks, a party of three climbers requested assistance. One of the three hiked out to report that his two partners had been hit and injured by falling snow from a steep wall above their camp in a basin below Luna Peak. Rangers evacuated the injured 29 year-old male and 29 year-old female climbers via a National Park Service-contracted

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Former North Cascades National Park superintendent Keith Miller dies at 87

Former North Cascades National Park superintendent Keith Miller died recently in Bar Harbor Maine. He was 87. Miller started his 36-year career with the National Park Service as a ranger at Mount Rainier National Park. He attended graduate school at the University of Washington and was a middle school teacher in Seattle in the 1950s.

Here is the announcement posted this morning by the National Park Service:


Keith E. Miller, 87, retired career ranger, past superintendent of Acadia and North Cascades, and former ARD for Southwest Region, passed away on June 27th in Bar Harbor, Maine.

Keith was born

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North Cascades NP ranger, Darrington man honored for rescue of injured climber

From North Cascades National Park:

North Cascades National Park Ranger Kevork Arackellian and pilot Anthony Reece, co-owner of Darrington-based Hi Line Helicopters, were honored by Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar for their July 2009 rescue of an injured climber. Reece received the Citizen’s Award for Bravery and Ranger Arackellian received the Valor Award.

Reece and Ranger Arackellian conducted one of the most challenging rescues in the history of the North Cascades National Park Search and Rescue program. In July 2009, a party of four mountaineers were climbing 8151-foot Mount Terror when the lead climber fell and was left dangling upside down on the rope, semi-conscious with a femur

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