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Feb 23rd
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Members of a tour group to Yellowstone National Park may have thought they were getting a really close view of Old Faithful, but what they ended up getting were citations for walking on the cone of the world's most famous geyser.

Park rangers said it was an individual from Wisconsin who called them April 27, 2011 after watching the situation unfold on the Old Faithful live streaming web cam. When the first park ranger arrived on the scene Wednesday evening, she found approximately 30 visitors off the boardwalk, standing around the cone of the geyser taking photographs.
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Park rangers on Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012, continued searching for 6-year-old Jacob Adams, who, along with his 10-year-old brother, were swept away Wednesday afternoon by the Merced River near the Vernal Falls Footbridge in Yosemite National Park.

Jacob's brother, identified by Calvary Chapel East Anaheim church (CCEA) in Orange County, Calif. as Andreas Adams, was pulled from the river by a park visitor approximately 150 yards below the footbridge.
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A fall from one of the cliffs at Santa Cruz Island within Channel Islands National Park off of Southern California may have claimed the life of Christopher Anthony Mondiek, 23, from Dublin, Ohio, rangers said.

Mondiek's body was found on the morning of Dec. 18, 2012 on the beach at Yellowbanks Anchorage, not far from Smugglers Cove. Search and rescue crews made the discovery shortly after 8 a.m.
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Even though November's winter-like storms have closed Lassen Volcanic National Park highway in northern California for the season, there's plenty of snow play ahead for park visitors.

The frequent winter storms these past few weeks have covered the park highway which no longer can be safely plowed through at higher elevations due to the deep snow and icy conditions, said Park Superintendent Darlene M. Koontz on Nov. 19, 2012.
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After a three-week shutdown to allow for extensive renovations to be completed, the Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite National Park has reopened. Restaurants, shops, public spaces, and most of the guest rooms are again available to the public.

The hotel actually reopened March 17, 2011, but a monster snowstorm on March 19-20 knocked out power to the park and closed all roads. Power was restored March 26 and the roads reopened.
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Two snowboarders missing since Sunday above Paradise at Mount Rainier National Park were finally located Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012, by searchers, and extraction plans are underway.

"We are relieved to have found Derek (Tyndall) and Thomas (Dale)! The health and safety of not only our two lost subjects, but all of our searchers had been and will continue to be our greatest concern today considering the high avalanche danger and the deep and laborious snow conditions," said Stefan Lofgren, the Incident Commander on the search.
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A female nene at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park was killed Nov. 2, 2012, and rangers are urging motorists to slow down and watch out for the endangered goose while driving on Highway 11 and other park roadways.

The bird was hit by a vehicle early morning along Chain of Craters Road, and her mate remains near the site. The young pair was preparing to nest, rangers said.
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Homestead National Monument of America in Nebraska will commemorate Native American Heritage Month with a special program by Native American flutist and storyteller Michael Murphy on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012, at 2 p.m.

Murphy skillfully blends his love for music and storytelling into an amazing performance that must be seen. This special program will be held at the monument's Education Center.
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The National Park Service will reopen the South Kaibab Trail to mule and stock use within Grand Canyon National Park beginning May 15, 2011, at levels approved in the park's new stock use plan.

The trail had been closed to mule and stock use during a reconstruction project to improve the condition of the trail for bother hikers and mule users alike. The new stock plan is dated Jan. 5, 2011.
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The federal government has established the César E. Chávez National Monument at Nuestra Señora Reina de la Paz in Keene, California, Chávez' home and the headquarters of the United Farm Workers of America (UFW) since the early 1970s when Chávez was its president.

The National Park Service will manage the new national monument as the 398th unit of the National Park System in cooperation with the National Chávez Center.
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A presentation by two noted historians and a performance by the Old Arizona Brass Band this month will help Fort Bowie National Historic Site near Willcox, Arizona mark the 150th anniversary of the Old West fort.

Originally established in 1862, Fort Bowie was built during the decades-long conflict between the U.S. military and the Chiricahua Apaches.
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Alaska State Troopers, assisting Denali National Park and Preserve rangers and park wildlife biologists, on Saturday shot and killed the male grizzly who mauled to death Richard White, age 49 of San Diego.

The bear was killed as the recovery team attempted to reach White's remains. The grizzly, a park spokesperson said, was defending the kill site along the Toklat River when it was shot.
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A combined task force of fire crews continue to attack northern California's Reading Fire in Lassen Volcanic National Park and Lassen National Forest that as of Aug. 18, 2012 had burned nearly 28,000 acres and is only 32 percent contained.

Lassen National Forest and Lassen Volcanic National Park personnel are working together and providing a coordinated response to the fire. Smoke will continue to pose health concerns for the public.
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With no immediate containment in sight, northern California's Reading Fire continues to burn inside Lassen Volcanic National Park, forcing the closure of roads, campgrounds and many trails to park visitors.

As of Sunday evening, Aug. 12, 2012, more than 19,150 acres had burned.

"The fire is moving to the east, so there is the possibility that more areas inside the park may be impacted," a National Park Service spokesperson told OldWestNewWest.com Travel & History Magazine.
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An unrelated series of recent climber deaths at National Parks in the West have spurred a call for increased caution and better preparedness.

"Many of our parks are remote and wild places, and that's one of our missions - to keep them that way," said Billy Shott, regional chief ranger for the Intermountain Region of the National Park Service. "So when you go, we want you to be aware of all the risks and hazards in summer - steep and rugged terrain, fast-moving streams, dynamic weather changes and wildfire, to name just a few."
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After a series of heavy storms that nearly closed the park, Yosemite is slowly digging out and National Park Service rangers expected to be fully operational again by Monday, March 28, 2011.

"This is the longest closure we've seen since the El Nino floods of January 1997," said Ranger Scott Gediman, park spokesperson. "The park really never closed, since the people in the valley were never asked to leave. But it was rough."
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Guardian Rock and the Crystal Creek Falls trails have reopened in Whiskeytown National Recreation Area in northern California, a unit of the National Park Service, and are now accessible to visitors who require the use of a wheel chair or walker.

Funded by park visitor's day use fees, the trails have undergone a complete redesign and also are perfect for families with young children and those looking for a brief walk culminating in a great view.
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It started in 1859 as a squabble over a dead pig, but it might have escalated into a war in the Pacific Northwest between the United States and Great Britain.

On July 28-29, 2012 you can celebrate the dispute's peaceful settlement when re-enactors from throughout the Pacific Northwest and Canada gather at San Juan Island National Historic Park for the 15th Annual Encampment and the Henry M. Jackson Centennial Celebration.
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A five-mile-long landslide that roared down a mountain at Glacier Bay National Park in Alaska earlier this year was never a threat to visitors and is so remote that the vast majority guests who come by cruise ships will never see it.

"If something like this had happened in the lower 48 states it would have been huge news," park ecologist Lewis Sharman told OldWestNewWest.com Travel and History Magazine.
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A series of accidents in National Parks in the West over the Fourth of July 2012 holiday has left one father dead and two park visitors requiring advanced life support medical responses.

The most serious accident took place July 4 at Mt. Rainier National Park in Washington state.

According to park rangers, a visitor was intentionally sliding down a slope in a controlled manner with his son in the Edith Creek area of the Paradise meadows.
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