With help, wheelchair-bound teen tackles Narrows

Xplore Utah Jun-07-2013
By Casie Forbes, The Spectrum - Fri, Jun 7, 2013 3:32 pm
ZION NATIONAL PARK — Doctors gave Kellisa Kain no chance to live when she was born. But in late May, 14 years later, she finished hiking the Narrows at Zion National Park. Kellisa and her sister, Kirsten, were born at Rush Medical Center on May 23, 1999, to Jacksonville, Fla., residents Lisa and Chris Kain. The twins were born 15 weeks premature and struggled to stay alive. Kirsten was deemed the... Read more.

Montana man dies in Yosemite climbing accident

By - Wed, May 22, 2013 2:54 pm
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. — A Montana man died in a rock climbing accident as he tried to climb to the top of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park, authorities said. Mason Robison, 38, of Columbia Falls, Mont., was killed after a rock dislodged and severed his rope as he and a partner were about 2,300 feet above the Yosemite Valley floor, Yosemite spokeswoman Kari Cobb said. The two climbers... Read more.

Feds sue to stop Utah restrictions on officers

By Paul Foy, The Associated Press - Mon, May 13, 2013 2:45 pm
SALT LAKE CITY — Utah has no authority to block federal officers from enforcing state or local laws like traffic violations on federal, state or private land, according to a complaint filed Monday by U.S. Attorney David Barlow. He asked a federal judge to immediately block a Utah law from taking effect on Tuesday. It was approved by legislators and signed by Gov. Gary Herbert earlier this year.... Read more.

A Grand Descent: Jackson Hole guides ski Grand Teton's north face for first time in history

Xplore Utah Apr-22-2013
By Benjamin Storrow, Star-Tribune - Mon, Apr 22, 2013 12:35 pm
On Easter morning, Greg Collins stood on the summit of the Grand Teton and called his mother to wish her a happy holiday. Then he and fellow Teton mountain guide Brendan O’Neill prepared to become the first people to ski the mountain’s north face.  Skiing the “Grand” is not new. Bill Briggs first did it in 1971, launching big mountain skiing and becoming a Jackson Hole legend in the process... Read more.

Free admission to Zion Park next week

Xplore Utah Apr-19-2013
By The Associated Press - Fri, Apr 19, 2013 6:35 pm
SPRINGDALE — Zion National Park will offer free admission all next week in honor of National Park Week. In addition to waiving entrance fees from April 22-26, the popular park in southwestern Utah near the Arizona border will expand its morning shuttle talks from rangers and evening programs at the lodge. An event with music, art demonstrations and children’s activities will be held at the Zion... Read more.

Yellowstone bison hunt takes most since '89

Xplore Utah Mar-26-2013
By Matthew Brown, The Associated Press - Tue, Mar 26, 2013 6:11 pm
BILLINGS, Mont. — Hunters killed more wild bison migrating from Yellowstone National Park this season than they have in decades, with the numbers driven by strong participation from American Indians who harvest the animals under longstanding treaty rights. Roughly 250 bison have been killed since last fall after leaving Yellowstone for low-elevation winter range in Montana. Combined with a mild... Read more.

At Yellowstone, locals step in to fill budget gap

Xplore Utah Mar-25-2013
By Lisa Rein, The Washington Post - Mon, Mar 25, 2013 5:03 pm
Small communities around Yellowstone National Park are raising almost $200,000 in private donations to do what the park cannot this year because of budget cuts: Open on time for spring visitors. Businesses and local residents in Cody and Jackson, Wy., small towns that rely on spending by park visitors for their survival, have donated close to $170,000 to have the high mountain roads at two park... Read more.

Zion National Park shuttle service starts Sunday

By The Associated Press - Fri, Mar 22, 2013 7:42 pm
SPRINGDALE — Zion National Park will begin its seasonal shuttle service Sunday. Officials of the southwestern Utah park near the Arizona border say the shuttle will run daily through Oct. 28. After that, it will run only on the weekends in November. This is the 14th year the well-known national park is offering the free shuttle service. The shuttles make nine stops in the town of Springdale and... Read more.

National park cuts detailed in memo

Xplore Utah Feb-22-2013
By Tracie Cone, The Associated Press - Fri, Feb 22, 2013 3:50 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The towering giant sequoias at Yosemite National Park would go unprotected from visitors who might trample their shallow roots. At Cape Cod National Seashore, large sections of the Great Beach would close to keep eggs from being destroyed if natural resource managers are cut. Gettysburg would decrease by one-fifth the numbers of school children who learn about the historic... Read more.

Grand Canyon finding ways to force elk to move out

Xplore Utah Jan-25-2013
By Felicia Fonseca - Sat, Jan 26, 2013 1:47 am
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Once a rare treat at the Grand Canyon, people now regularly see elk at the national park. The massive animals jam roads, graze on the hotel lawns and aren't too shy to display their power, provoked or not. And they're getting too close to comfort, having broken people's bones in the most serious encounters and chasing tourists. Hunting generally controls elk populations, but... Read more.
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