Outdoors

MONDAY, OCT. 27, 2014

Plan ahead for free entry to federal lands Nov. 9-11

PUBLIC LANDS -- Federal and state land managers offer fee-free entry days to parks, forests, U.S. Bureau of Land management lands, refuges and other national interest lands where fees are charged on certain holidays scattered through the year. The last big freebie of the year...

MONDAY, OCT. 20, 2014

N. Cascades Highway closing for construction

OUTDOOR TRAVEL -- A 10-mile stretch of North Cascades Highway in northcentral Washington will be closed for 34 hours starting Tuesday morning, with no detour route. From 6 a.m. Tuesday through 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21-22, Highway 20 will be closed between Granite Creek and...

TUESDAY, OCT. 14, 2014

THURSDAY, OCT. 2, 2014

Plan ahead for free entry at federal, state lands

PUBLIC LANDS -- Federal land managers offer free entry to parks, forests, U.S. Bureau of Land management lands, refuges and other national interest lands where fees are charged on certain holidays scattered through the year. Washington State Parks also sets dates for fee-free entry. The...

MONDAY, SEPT. 29, 2014

Man charged $3K for crashing drone in Yellowstone

PUBLIC LANDS -- Here's the outcome of one of the cases in Yellowstone that helped the National Park Service solidify its policy to ban the use of drones in our national parks. Man fined for crashing drone in Yellowstone Park's Grand Prismatic Spring A visitor...

TUESDAY, SEPT. 23, 2014

After photo op, climbers fined for altering rock in Utah park

PUBLIC LANDS -- A picture is worth a thousand words, and also $4,000 dollars to law-breaking climbers in Utah. Their moment of glory doing illegal route modifications in a national park was expensive in the long run. Photo used in Patagonia catalog leads to fines...

THURSDAY, SEPT. 18, 2014

Plan ahead for free entry at federal, state lands

PUBLIC LANDS -- Federal land managers offer free entry to parks, forests, U.S. Bureau of Land management lands, refuges and other national interest lands where fees are charged on certain holidays scattered through the year. Washington State Parks also sets dates for fee-free entry. The...

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.

Yellowstone opens lottery for snowmobilers

WINTERSPORTS -- Here's Yellowstone's latest plan to harness use of snowmobiles in the one of the nation's greatest wildlife parks. Yellowstone NP to launch lottery for private snowmobile trips today Under Yellowstone National Park's winter-use plan, snowmobiling without a guide will be allowed once again,...

THURSDAY, SEPT. 4, 2014

Another drone flyer ticketed in Yellowstone

PUBLIC LANDS -- If you go to a national park, leave the drone in the trunk and enjoy the scenery and wildlife the old-fashioned way. German man formally charged for drone crash in Yellowstone Lake Following an investigation of a drone crash near the marina...

TUESDAY, AUG. 19, 2014

Utah parks officially ban use of drones

PUBLIC LANDS -- National Parks in Utah are uniting to take action on the June proclamation to ban unmanned aircraft in national parks across the United States. Drones banned in national parks, monuments in Utah The use of unmanned aircraft in Arches and Canyonlands parks...

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...

THURSDAY, AUG. 14, 2014

Plan ahead for free entry at federal, state lands

PUBLIC LANDS -- Federal land managers offer free entry to parks, forests, U.S. Bureau of Land management lands, refuges and other national interest lands where fees are charged on certain holidays scattered through the year. Washington State Parks also sets dates for fee-free entry. The...

THURSDAY, AUG. 7, 2014

Drone wreckage beginning to litter Yellowstone

PUBLIC LANDS -- There's a clear case to be made in terms of safety, privacy and stewardship for requiring people to get special permits in order to use drones on public lands. And for now, the ban on using drones in national parks gets a...

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...

MONDAY, JUNE 23, 2014

Mount Rainier plays no favorites when it claims a life

HIKING -- Although the official announcement still wasn't released this morning, friends on Sunday mourned a well-known outdoors writer and photographer who had been missing for three days in Mount Rainier National Park before searchers said they recovered a body of a woman. The National...

FRIDAY, JUNE 20, 2014

Unmanned aircraft banned from national parks

PUBLIC LANDS -- National Park Service lands across the United States, including the agency's national recreation areas such as Lake Roosevelt, are being ordered to prohibit launching, landing, or operating unmanned aircraft on lands and waters, according to a policy memorandum to park superintendents signed...

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 18, 2014

Father sets bar high as hiking/parenting role model

HIKING -- What's your excuse for not getting your son or daughter out on the trail lately? James Geier, a retired law enforcement officer, celebrated Fathers Day by hiking with his 18-year-old son, Jonah, in Arches National Park. Even though Jonah is not able to...

Rich Landers

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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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