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Park Readies for Winter Visitors, Activities

November 13, 2008, 8:37 am
The winter schedule for Olympic National Park’s newly reopened Hurricane Ridge has been released, and includes some changes. The road reopened Friday after $12 million in work to repair storm damage and repave the ...

New ONP Leader Speaks to Business Group

November 5, 2008, 3:07 pm
The new superintendent of Olympic National Park likes moving into the biggest restoration project in park service history. Karen Gustin told the Port Angeles Regional Chamber of Commerce yesterday she had good reason to take the job after serving in ...

New Olympic National Park Leader Will Attend Open House in Sequim

September 25, 2008, 7:19 am
People will have the chance to meet Karen Gustin, the new superintendent at Olympic National Park, at an open house Tuesday. Gustin took over the top spot at the park in April. The event is 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Sequim Visitor Information Center, 1192 E. Washington St., ...

Olympic National Park Entrance Fees to Be Waived This Weekend

September 23, 2008, 1:49 pm
Visitors to the Olympic National park will pay no entrance fees on Saturday and Sunday. The back-to-back entrance-fee-free days are part of nationwide celebrations at national parks and other public lands. National Public Lands Day will be celebrated on Saturday when the park will join other National Park Service areas and ...

Backpacking for the First Time

August 25, 2008, 9:34 am
In the fall, my husband decided that our next big vacation should involve something we’d never done before. His idea: wilderness backpacking. Wow. OK. I am not the best at packing light or sleeping out of doors, but I try to be a happy camper. And so we signed on to ...


August 5, 2008, 8:10 am
Here the scenery features snow-capped mountains with 7,000-foot peaks as well as lush rain forests on the Pacific coast. The Olympic circuit: Head north from Seattle to the Whidbey Island ferry. Motor up the snake-shaped island's spine, stopping for chocolate treats in Langley or Penn Cove mussels in Coupeville before ...

Flags at half staff in honor of fallen firefighter

July 28, 2008, 9:00 am
In honor of Andy Palmer, the wildland firefighter from Washington state who died this week fighting a fire in California, flags at National Park Service areas throughout the agency's Pacific West Region will fly at half staff. Palmer, 18, of Port Townsend, was hired in June as a wildland firefighter ...


July 25, 2008, 8:14 am
The U.S. Forest Service says the brush fire Monday night off the road to the Staircase area of Olympic National Park was human caused. According to a news release, the fire, dubbed the East Cushman Fire, was contained before it reached one-tenth of an acre in size. An ...

Got your goat? At least one billy's a bully in Olympic National Park

July 21, 2008, 9:39 am
OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK — Beware the aggressive billy. He roams the Klahhane Ridge vicinity, now and again approaching people and "not backing off," Olympic National Park spokeswoman Barb Maynes said. There's no need to be alarmed when sighting this or any of the hundreds of mountain goats in the park. But "we ...

Rabid bat in Olympic National Park puts visitor, three employees in treatment

July 18, 2008, 7:25 am
The Olympic National Park's first possible case of rabies since 1977 has struck a woman who was in the Ozette campground late last week. The 55-year-old woman is getting rabies prevention treatment after a bat scratched her in the Ozette campground. Three Olympic National Park employees who responded to the ...

Group Gives National Park System ‘Fair’ Grade

June 30, 2008, 8:00 am
National parks across the country, including ones in Washington, face obstacles to protecting their natural and cultural resources because of underfunding and understaffing, according to a new report by a national conservation group. The report released Tuesday by the National Parks Conservation Association gives the National Park System only a ...

FDR Returns for Park’s 70th

June 26, 2008, 7:51 am
In 1937, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt motorcaded through Grays Harbor County, pausing to eat lunch at Lake Quinault during a fact-finding tour of the Olympic Peninsula. It wasn’t a long stay, but long enough for FDR to be moved by the area’s stunning natural beauty and enormous stands of timber. A ...

WTA Crew Reroutes Hoh River Trail

April 23, 2008, 11:50 am
The Washington Trails Association's first Volunteer Vacation crew of the 2008 season has returned, smiling and successful, from the Hoh River Trail in Olympic National Park.  In just six days, our crew completed over 2000 feet of rerouted trail segments on the Hoh River Trail that was damaged in ...

New superintendent for Olympic National Park noted for work amid controversy in Florida

April 23, 2008, 9:03 am
The top administrator of a federal preserve of cypress-laden wetlands in southern Florida will become the new superintendent of Olympic National Park in mid-July.Karen Gustin, superintendent of Big Cypress National Preserve in Ochopee, Fla., about 45 miles west of Miami, will replace Bill Laitner, who retired in January."I am ...