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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,...

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...

THURSDAY, JUNE 26, 2014

Lightning: flashy way to die outdoors

OUTDOOR SAFETY -- Name the safest place to seek refuge if you are outdoors and a lighting storm moves in? Answer: An automobile -- totally safe, unless a tree blows down on top of you. This is Lightning Awareness Week, so be aware. Sure, you...

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...

TUESDAY, MAY 6, 2014

Avalanches delay Glacier Park plowing progress

PUBLIC LANDS -- Although hikers and walkers can advance farther beyond gates, snow-plowing crews have been able to open only 12.5 miles of the Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park. The process of opening the famous road over Logan Pass is being slowed by numerous...

THURSDAY, OCT. 17, 2013

Glacier among 401 national parks reopened today

PUBLIC LANDS -- Glacier National Park in Montana is open and welcoming visitors today after a 16-day federal government shutdown that closed all national parks across the country. All 401 national parks that have been closed since Oct. 1 are being reopened today, including the...

MONDAY, SEPT. 30, 2013

Snow closes Glacier Park’s Logan Pass temporarily

PARKS -- The first serious bout of winter-like weather has temporarily closed Glacier National Park's Going-to-the-Sun Road today at The Loop on the west side of the park. Weather conditions along the higher elevations of the Going-to-the-Sun Road today have included very windy conditions --...

FRIDAY, JULY 19, 2013

Hikers in 3 national parks felled by lightning

HIKING -- Thunder storms throughout the West this week took a heavy toll, setting fires and raising havoc in several ways. The strangest detail: Hikers in three national parks were injured or killed within a 30-hour period. See the stories about this week's lightning strike...

FRIDAY, JUNE 28, 2013

Slip on snow kills Washington hiker in Glacier Park

HIKING -- A Washington man hiking early season in Glacier National Park slipped on a snowfield and fell about 100 feet to his death on Wednesday. Charles Fred Huseman of Packwood died from trauma suffered in the fall from the Highline Trail, which was still...

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...

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...

FRIDAY, AUG. 17, 2012

Tonk the grizzly hazing horse a celeb at Western Montana Fair

WILDLIFE ENCOUNTERS -- Trail ride wrangler Erin Bolster and her famous steed, Tonk, were greeting fans at the Western Montana Fair in Missoula last week to celebrate the 1st anniversary of their heroic encounter with a grizzly bear. Bolster and Tonk rode into the national...

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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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