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Friday, January 20th, 2012

  • Winds reaching 40 mph Friday created white-out conditions that hampered a search for two overdue parties at Mount Rainier National Park, and the forecast doesn't call for much improvement during the weekend.

    The severe conditions forced searchers to withdraw from the field, though they remained on standby to return to the search upon the first sign of improved

  • Perhaps it was good weather, perhaps simply the lure of the mountains, but visitation to Rocky Mountain National Park last year reached 3.3 million, an increase of 6.6 percent over 2010 levels, according to park officials.

    That total was roughly 44,000 off from the record year of 2000, when Rocky Mountain counted 3.38 million, officials said.

    They're quick

  • Trail work, citizen science, wildlife research, and studying the stars above are some of the 14 projects that the Glacier National Park Fund is underwriting in the park in the coming year.

    The roughly $150,000 in funding comes from the sale of the Montana Glacier National Park specialty license plate, along with support from annual donors. The Glacier

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

  • A team of elite mountaineers familiar with routes on snow-cloaked Mount Rainier and avoiding avalanches headed on Thursday to look for two overdue parties in Mount Rainier National Park.

    The 10-member team headed out from Paradise shortly after sunrise up across the Muir Snowfield to search the intended route of two overdue parties.

  • The earthquake that struck Washington, DC, last August seriously damaged the Washington Monument.