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National parks endure rising visitation and less staff

National parks have been a centerpiece of America’s tourism culture since the late 19th century, after the colonialization and displacement of many of the...

The price of a national park fee hike

When Kitty Benzar bought her house in Colorado’s San Juan National Forest 30 years ago, federal law prohibited land-management agencies from charging people to...

National Park Service centennial shares limelight with scandals

This story first appeared in High Country News. Just weeks before the 2012 elections, National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis settled into a cabin on...

Ken Salazar releases It Gets Better video

Inspired by the numerous videos that have already been created as a part of the anti-suicide and anti-bullying public awareness campaign “It Gets Better,” federal government employees from the National Parks Service, U.S. Geological Survey and other agencies have launched their own.

New York AG sues federal agencies for lax hydrofracking regulation

Eric Schneiderman, the Attorney General of New York, has filed a lawsuit against several federal agencies for failing to adequately review the dangers of hydrofracking, the controversial technique used to mine natural gas by injecting large amounts of water and chemicals into shale deposits.

Hickenlooper, Udall urge Park Service to rethink national monument in Armstrong...

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and U.S. Sen. Mark Udall sent a letter to the National Park Service this week asking the federal agency to reconsider its rejection of the Colorado National Monument near Grand Junction as a stage venue for this summer’s Quiznos Pro Challenge cycling race. The 600-mile stage race is the brainchild of cycling legend Lance Armstrong and former Gov. Bill Ritter. Armstrong Tuesday officially retired from professional cycling even as he continues to deal with an ongoing doping investigation looking into the past behavior of the seven-time Tour de France winner.

Ken Salazar underwriting your beautiful weekend away

Friday readers, this weekend, whatever your politics, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is your friend. He announced last month that the National Parks Service would...

Why have we stopped talking about guns?

You know by now that in Washington, DC, on Wednesday, an elderly white supremacist and anti-Semite named James W. von Brunn allegedly walked into the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum with a .22-caliber rifle and killed a security guard before being brought down himself. He's 88 years old, with a long record of hatred and paranoid fantasies about the Illuminati and a Global Zionist state. How bitter the bile that has curdled for so many decades.

Salazar: No entrance fees at national parks three weekends this summer

In an effort to boost the economy -- and give beleaguered tourists a break -- the National Parks Service is waiving admission fees for three weekends this summer, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced. Tourists can take advantage of the three free weekends at 147 national parks, monuments and recreation areas nationwide, including eight popular sites in Colorado.

Bennet, Udall back guns-in-parks rider to credit card reform bill

A poison pill amendment to simultaneously weaken a consumer-friendly credit card reform bill and reverse a hold on a controversial Bush Administration rule to allow concealed guns in national parks won U.S. Senate approval late Tuesday. Colorado Democratic Sens. Michael Bennet and Mark Udall backed the measure introduced today by ultra-conservative Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., following a weekend compromise by Senate Banking Committee members that further watered down some consumer protections but still not to the liking of the lobbyist-heavy financial industry.