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Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

  • After a week of searching made dangerous and complicated by high winds, snowfall, and dangerous avalanche conditions, crews at Mount Rainier National Park are expected to begin scaling back their efforts to locate two overdue parties on the mountain.

    While searchers had relatively good conditions Monday to search for the four overdue individuals, another storm

  • Millions of dollars are flowing to the National Park System for work on aging roads, multiple-use trails in need of some TLC, and transportation systems thanks to the Paul S. Sarbanes Transit in the Parks program overseen by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

  • The fiddle, a key instrument for entertainment on the American frontier of the mid-1800s, will be featured in May when the 2012 Monumental Fiddling Championships are held at Homestead National Monument of America in southeastern Nebraska.

    The championships on May 26 will cap a week

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

  • A former seasonal ranger at Yosemite National Park who had been working for the park concessionaire has been killed by a falling tree that crushed his tent cabin in Curry Village during a storm.

    Park officials say Ryan Hiller, who would have turned 28 this month, died Saturday.

    "With intense sadness, we share with our employees and partners the news regarding the death of Ryan Hiller during

  • It has been a week since two parties on Mount Rainier failed to return from their backcountry trips as planned, and high winds, deep snow, and towering drifts continue to hamper efforts to find them.

    Thirty-seven-year-old Mark Vucich, of San Diego, and 30-year-old Michelle Trojanowski, of
    Atlanta, Georgia, had planned to winter camp on the Muir Snowfield last weekend, with a return on Sunday,