Parks

FILE - In this May 4, 2020, file photo, Park ranger Tyler Gagat wears a protective face mask as he monitors activity at the Flamingo boat ramp during the new coronavirus pandemic in Everglades National Park in Florida, as the park gradually reopens to the public in phases. As the coronavirus pandemic continues, the National Park Service is testing public access at several parks across the nation (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)
May 09, 2020 - 7:32 pm
BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Utah (AP) — After closing amid the coronavirus pandemic, the National Park Service is testing public access at several parks across the nation, including two in Utah, with limited offerings and services. Visitor centers and campgrounds remain largely shuttered at Bryce...
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FILE - In this Jan. 16, 2019, file photo, doors at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in the Henry M. Jackson Federal Building are locked and covered with blinds as a sign posted advises that the office will be closed during the partial government shutdown in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
May 09, 2020 - 2:38 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Returning Internal Revenue Service workers in Kansas City are being directed to a room well-stocked with face masks, while some other IRS offices were still telling staffers to buy or make their own as the Trump administration starts rolling out a location-based plan for returning...
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FILE - In this Nov. 21, 1996, file photo, tourists cast their shadows on the ancient Anasazi ruins of Chaco Culture National Historical Park in New Mexico. Lawmakers from the country's largest American Indian reservation may have thrown a wrinkle into efforts aimed at establishing a permanent buffer around the national park as New Mexico's congressional delegation, environmentalists and other tribes try to keep oil and gas development from getting closer to the World Heritage site. Navajo Nation delegates voted Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, to support a buffer only half the size of the one proposed in legislation pending in Congress. (AP Photo/Eric Draper, File)
April 30, 2020 - 3:38 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Federal land managers plan to hold a series of virtual meetings on a contested plan that will guide for at least the next decade oil and gas development around a national park and other areas in northwestern New Mexico that are revered by Native American tribes. A World...
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FILE - In this March 16, 2015 file photo, hikers stop and take photos along the Grand Canyon National Park's South Kaibab trail. Parks around the country are grappling with how best to expand service while preserving the pristine nature. One of the latest debates is playing out at the Grand Canyon, where park officials are road mapping future telecommunications towers. The handful that exist now are prominent among the park lodging, visitor center and residential area. (AP Photo/Anna Johnson, File)
April 29, 2020 - 12:46 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — Musetta Vander has been to several of the most iconic national parks and landscapes in the U.S., capturing herself doing a yoga pose among the Joshua trees, driving on a tree-lined highway framed by Yosemite's towering rock formations and sitting at the edge of a cliff overlooking a...
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April 09, 2020 - 8:35 am
LE PECQ, France (AP) — With humans away, the whales will play. In another sign that wild animals are roaming more freely while locked-down people are sheltering indoors from the coronavirus, a maritime patrol has filmed remarkable images of whales powering through Mediterranean waters off the coast...
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FILE - In this Oct. 5, 2013, file photo, the Grand Canyon National Park is covered in the morning sunlight as seen from a helicopter near Tusayan, Ariz. Edward Keable, a veteran lawyer for the U.S. Interior Department, has been appointed as the new superintendent of Grand Canyon National Park, a crown jewel of the park system. The National Park Service announced Friday, April 3, 2020, that Keable will assume his new post in northern Arizona within 60 days.(AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)
April 03, 2020 - 12:36 pm
GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) — A veteran lawyer for the U.S. Interior Department has been appointed as the new superintendent of Grand Canyon National Park, a crown jewel of the park system, the National Park Service announced Friday. Edward Keable, currently the assistant solicitor of...
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FILE - In this Monday, Feb. 17, 2020 file photo, a bison walks through the snow in Yellowstone National Park's Lamar Valley near Mammoth Hot Springs, Wyo. Park officials said hundreds of bison were removed from the park's herds this winter by hunters and a controversial slaughter program. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown, File )
March 30, 2020 - 2:10 pm
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Yellowstone National Park is done capturing wild bison for the year after rounding up almost 550 of the wild animals and sending most to slaughter as part of a population control program, park officials said. The culling is carried out under a legal agreement between federal...
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Residents enjoy the warm weather with a stroll along the Lakefront Trail near Oak Street Beach, Wednesday afternoon, March 25, 2020, in Chicago, despite a stay-at-home order from Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker during the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)
March 27, 2020 - 2:34 pm
OAK PARK, Ill. (AP) — It was a sunny day, the first in about a week when temperatures had climbed past the 50-degree mark, and people in Chicago did what they always do on such a day: They flocked to the shores of Lake Michigan. Mayor Lori Lightfoot did not consider that the kind of postcard...
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FILE - This Sept. 15, 2015, file photo, shows Zion National Park near Springdale, Utah. Zion National Park announced Monday, Marc h 23, 2020, it is closing its campgrounds and part of a popular trail called Angel's Landing that is often crowded with people. The top part of the hike that is being closed is bordered by steep drops and ascends some 1,500 feet (457 meters) above the southern Utah park's red-rock cliffs, offering sweeping views.(AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
March 27, 2020 - 5:48 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is sticking with its crowd-friendly waiver of entrance fees at national parks during the coronavirus pandemic, as managers at some parks try and fail to keep visitors a safe distance apart and communities appeal for a shutdown at other parks that are still...
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In this photo taken Wednesday, March 18, 2020, a person takes a selfie as she walks along the Walk of Fame on Hollywood Boulevard in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. The coronavirus is hitting California's most famous tourist sites hard. From Disneyland to Yosemite National Park, the Golden State's iconic destinations are closed or shuttering amenities to prevent the spread of the pandemic. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
March 22, 2020 - 4:51 pm
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — California has sold itself to the world with images of endless sunshine, the splendor of its natural beauty and iconic attractions. No sales pitch, though, is a match for the coronavirus pandemic. Even before Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered all the nearly 40 million residents...
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