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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 15, 2014

Glacier Park grizzly shooter case dismissed

WILDLIFE -- The case against a Texas man accused of illegally discharging a firearm in Glacier National Park this summer, when he shot a grizzly bear he said was charging him, went no further than his not-guilty plea in a federal court late last month,...

MONDAY, SEPT. 15, 2014

Missoula man dies BASE jumping in Glacier Park

PARKS -- A 22-year-old Missoula man has died, possibly after attempting an illegal base jump in Glacier National Park. The National Park Service was notified at 8 p.m. Saturday that Beau Weiher was overdue from a solo day hike in the Many Glacier Area, Park...

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 10, 2014

It’s winter high in Glacier Park; Sun Road closed

NATIONAL PARKS -- Glacier National Park's Going to the Sun Road continues to be closed today after winter-like conditions shrouded the high country earlier this week. Be ready for anything when heading to the mountains.

FRIDAY, AUG. 15, 2014

Record number of visitors to Glacier park in July

PUBLIC LANDS — National Park Service officials say July 2014 was the busiest that Glacier National Park has ever seen. The park service’s statistics office says nearly 700,000 people visited the northwestern Montana park last month. The previous record for July was just shy of...

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 13, 2014

Backpacker gives grizzly bear right-of-way on Highline Trail

HIKING -- This amazing photo of a hiker retreating to a precarious position on a steep, steep, slope to avoid a grizzly bear on Glacier National Park's Highline Trail was published in The Spokesman-Review on Aug. 2, but only in one edition. I'm re-posting for...

FRIDAY, JULY 18, 2014

Glacier Park warns hikers of hazardous high country travel

HIKING -- While I'm writing an upcoming Sunday Outdoors story on a similar topic, Glacier National Park is warning hikes to be prepared for dealing with hazardous snowfields at high elevations even in lake July after a week of very warm weather. A day trip...

TUESDAY, JULY 1, 2014

Finally, Glacier Park’s “Sun” road set to open

NATIONAL PARKS – Postponed by a late storm and flooding, the entire Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park is expected to be open to vehicle travel by this weekend, allowing access to Logan Pass. While most snow removal efforts are being completed and snow above...

TUESDAY, JUNE 17, 2014

Lingering snow delays Glacier Park opportunities

PUBLIC LANDS -- Be patient if you're making plans to visit Glacier National Park, especially if you want to venture into the high country. Snow conditions, cool weather, and debris from snow slides are challenging some spring opening operations for trails, facilities and roads in...

FRIDAY, MAY 23, 2014

Grizzly bear dies in fall in Glacier National Park

WILDLIFE WATCHING — The death of a grizzly bear in Glacier National Park is a reminder to hikers and climbers that spring and summer trekking across steep snowfields can be hazardous. A member of the Glacier Park road crew found a male grizzly bear dead...


Glacier’s ‘Sun Road’ open to hikers, bikers

NATIONAL PARKS -- Bikers and hikers heading to Glacier National Park are lucky dogs this holiday weekend: The Going to the Sun Road as far as it is plowed toward Logan Pass is all yours; no motor vehicles allowed. Check the park's website for more...

FRIDAY, JUNE 21, 2013

Going to the Sun Road opens in Glacier Park

NATIONAL PARKS -- The entire 50 miles of the Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park is open as of 8:30 a.m. this morning. See map for highlights of the scenic route over Logan Pass. Additional information on park roads, weather conditions, and visitor services can...

FRIDAY, JUNE 14, 2013

Finally! Plows make Logan Pass accessible in Glacier Park

NATIONAL PARKS – Access to Logan Pass on the Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park will be available to vehicle traffic from the east-side of the park the morning of Saturday, June 15, weather dependent. Vehicles on the west-side of the park can travel as...

THURSDAY, JUNE 6, 2013

Harlequin duck, 17, returns to Glacier Park

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- A male harlequin duck, known to be at least 17 years old, was recently identified in Glacier National Park by University of Montana researchers and Glacier National Park scientists. The banded duck is believed to be the third oldest on record. The...

FRIDAY, MAY 24, 2013

Going to the Sun Road plowing opens route for bikes

NATIONAL PARKS -- Now through the next couple of weeks or so will be prime time for bicyclists to explore portions of Glacier Park's Going to the Sun Highway. While plowing is underway from both sides toward Logan Pass, motorized traffic is prohibited but bicycles...

MONDAY, MARCH 11, 2013

San Juans Islands, Glacier Park on Lonely Planet’s list

OUTDOOR TRAVEL -- Two premier outdoor recreation areas within a day’s access from Spokane are listed among the Lonely Planet's Top 10 U.S. Destinations for 2013. The San Juan Islands are No. 3 on the list and dubbed “The Gourmet Archipelago.” The writer notes the...

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20, 2012

Glacier Park opening Going to the Sun Road

NATIONAL PARKS -- Glacier National Park officials are planning to open the Going-to-the-Sun Road over 6,646-foot Logan Pass today. The opening will end the spring grace period when bikers and hikers could much of the 50-mile route motor-vehicle free. If you're driving to Logan Pass...

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 13, 2012

Plows still working on Glacier’s Going to the Sun Road

NATIONAL PARKS -- Logan Pass at the top of Glacier National Park's Going-to-the-Sun Road likely will be open for vehicle traffic sometime next week, officials say. A storm last weekend dumped another 10 inches of snow on the park high country prompting additional snow slides...

MONDAY, APRIL 16, 2012

Hikers, bikers have free access to Glacier Park roads

PUBLIC LANDS -- Glacier Nationa Park has a special incentive for walkers and cyclists for the next month or so, but especially next week when ntrance fees to Glacier National Park and the nearly 400 National Park Sites across the country will be waived during...

FRIDAY, JAN. 13, 2012

Cool spring put chill on Glacier Park visitation

NATIONAL PARKS -- Glacier National Park's attendance declined 15.7 percent last year after a record number of visitors were logged during the park’s centennial celebration in 2010. The National Park Service says 1.85 million people entered the park in 2011, compared to 2.2 million the...

THURSDAY, JAN. 5, 2012

Glacier National Park goes postal: featured on stamp

NATIONAL PARKS -- The U.S. Postal Service is featuring an image of Logan Pass in Glacier National Park on an international rate postage stamp to be issued starting Jan. 19. The stamp was designed by art director Ethel Kessler, based on an image taken by...

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Rich Landers writes and photographs stories for a wide range of outdoors coverage, including a Sunday feature section and a Thursday column. He also writes the Outdoors Blog.


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