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Feb 17th
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UPDATE: Mount Rainier National Park will reopen to the public on Saturday, Jan. 7, at 8 a.m. according to a posting on the park's Website. The sledding hill will not be open this weekend.

Park rangers and staff on Tuesday spent the day grieving the loss of one of their own, Park Ranger Margaret Anderson, who was fatally shot New Year's Day.

Plans for a memorial service for Ranger Anderson to be held next week are underway with the date to be determined. A fund is being set up for the family.

ORIGINAL STORY: The manhunt on Mount Rainier for the person who fatally shot Park Ranger Margaret Anderson on Jan. 1, 2012 ended on Monday as SWAT team members recovered the body of Benjamin Colton Barnes, the suspect in the shooting.

Mount Rainier National Park will remain closed at least through Tuesday, Jan. 3, a park ranger told OldWestNewWest.com Travel & History Magazine.
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Nearly a thousand visitors joined the staff of Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park on Nov. 19, 2011 for the official dedication of the Resaca de la Palma Battlefield as a new unit of the park, and to participate in the memorial illumination ceremony held annually at the site.

Palo Alto Battlefield NHP near Brownsville, Texas has the distinction of being the only unit in the National Park Service to preserve battle sites from the U.S. War with Mexico.
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Homestead National Monument of America is offering a select number of visitors the chance to make a tintype photograph with noted photographer and Artist-in-Residence Jason Jilg.

The last 2011 Artist-in-Residence at the national monument located in Beatrice, Neb., Jilg's passion and talent for photography will be showcased during his residency, from Sunday, Oct. 16 through Sunday, Oct. 30.
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A thousand-year-old buffalo jump and a historic homestead will become part of South Dakota's Wind Cave National Park as part of a 5,555-acre acquisition made by the National Park Service, it was announced Oct. 6, 2011.

"We would like to thank The Conservation Fund for the critical role they played in acquiring this property," National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis said. "Because of their help, we look forward to providing educational programs about the buffalo jump and historic ranch to area school children and all our visitors."
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After undergoing a year-long $2.2 million renovation by the Archdiocese of San Antonio through funds raised by the Las Misiones Capital Campaign, Mission San José in San Antonio, Texas reopened Aug. 19, 2011.

Part of San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, the church at Mission San Jose is widely known as the "Queen" of Texas' 44 missions.
Completed in 1782, the front façade and famed "Rose Window" are regarded by art historians as some of the finest examples of European baroque architecture in the United States.

Nearly 300 persons attended the celebratory mass and luncheon. Festivities continued through the weekend with guided tours of the church, a chamber chorale concert on Saturday night, and the return of the Mariachi Mass on Sundays.
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Repaving of the exterior observation deck area and pathways adjacent to the Jaggar Museum at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, part of the park's ongoing facility maintenance, is now underway.

The approximately 7,000 square foot repaving project will remove and replace the existing pavement in sections from the east side of the museum to the exterior museum bathrooms. Work began Aug. 22, 2011.
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Two major annual events offering fascinating views of what life was like at a frontier fort in the late 1800s are quickly approaching for visitors to Fort Larned National Hisoric Site located in western Kansas.

The first annual event takes place over Labor Day weekend, Sept. 3 to 5, 2011, when visitors will experience a variety of living history demonstrations and activities held during all three days from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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Visitors to Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park are being asked to used caution over the next 10 months as a series of projects get underway to reconstruct park roads.

Work began July 11, 2011 on Crater Rim Drive at Jaggar Museum and will proceed back to the park entrance at Highway 11. Parking lots at Jaggar Museum, Steam Vents, Kīlauea Visitor Center and Volcano House are also targeted to receive improved surfaces.
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Colorado National Monument, one of the West's greatest landscapes, celebrated its 100th anniversary on Saturday, May 21, 2011 with more than 600 guests gathered for the occasion under a festive canopy tent adjacent to the visitor center.

Located in Mesa County, Colorado between the gateway communities of Fruita and Grand Junction, the monument preserves 32 square miles of canyons and mesas. This is a special place; contemplate glorious views, discover solitude deep in a canyon, and delight in desert bighorn and golden eagles.
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President Bill Clinton's birthplace home in Hope, Arkansas was formally dedicated into the National Park System April 16, 2011, making it the newest addition to the National Park Service's list of historic presidential sites.

President Bill Clinton was on hand for the dedication ceremony of the President William Jefferson Clinton Birthplace Home National Historic Site, and was joined by Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis, and other dignitaries.
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Fort Smith National Historic Site in Arkansas will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and Confederate occupation on April 23, 2011 with a variety of programs for park visitors.

While most eyes at the start of the war were on the East Coast and the Deep South, many regions of the West experienced the Civil War first hand.

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After almost 17 days of being inactive, lava returned to the east rift zone of Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano March 26, but there is no immediate threat to the public, rangers at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park said.

The current lava activity is confined within the crater of Pu‘u ‘O‘o, a cinder and spatter cone, according to National Park Service and the U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO).
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The 9.0 earthquake that struck Japan on Friday, March 11, 2011 produced a tsunami that crossed the Pacific and came up on the shores of National Park beaches from Guam to the West Coast.

As of Friday, March 14, the National Park Service said no visitor or employee injuries have been reported. There has been some damage, mostly in Hawaii and around Redwood National Park in California.
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Lava has stopped flowing from Hawai‘i's Kamoamoa Fissure Eruption, and park rangers planned to reopen the upper six miles of Chain of Craters Road beginning Friday, March 11, 2011.

"The flow has abated for now," Ranger Jim Gale, chief of interpretation for Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, told OldWestNewWest.com Travel & History Magazine. "This is an active volcanoe, however, and the road could close again at any time. But right now, everything has come to an equilibrium."
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As lava continues to flow on the east rift of Kilauea Volcano at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, rangers March 7 closed Chain of Craters Road, all east rift and coastal trails, and Kulanaokuaiki Campground until further notice.

These closures are due to an eruption on the East Rift Zone of Kilauea, located in an inaccessible area 8 miles east of the summit, that began on Saturday, March 5, 2011.
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Quick action by firefighters battling a fire at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area's Wahweap Marina March 2, 2011 were able to save 40 vessels.

Receiving a call reporting the fire just after 4:30 p.m., park rangers and firefighters responded immediately in the park's new fireboat. By the time they got to the scene, four private houseboats moored at the "O" dock were engulfed in flames.
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Lyndon B. Johnson's Presidential Lockheed Jet Star, restored to its 1960s splendor, has been added as a new permanent exhibit at the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park in Johnson City, Texas.

The aircraft's dedication ceremony was part of the observance of the 102nd anniversary of President Johnson's birth on Friday, Aug. 27.

The day began at the Johnson Family Cemetery, where the traditional wreath was placed on the President's gravesite by Colonel Richard Murphy, commander of the 12th Flying Training Wing from Randolph Air Force Base in San Antonio.
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