Latest National parks News

Answers sought in deaths of couple found in Grand Canyon

Oct. 19, 2018 5:57 PM EDT

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities are trying to figure out what led to the deaths of a young couple in the Grand Canyon. National Park Service investigators said Friday that 25-year-old Garret Bonkowski and 22-year-old Jessica Bartz were found dead earlier this month in an area...

Grizzly attacks hunter in mountains north of Yellowstone

Oct. 15, 2018 6:49 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A grizzly bear attacked an elk hunter who surprised the sow and her cub north of Yellowstone National Park, with the bear sinking her teeth into his arm and clawing his eye before another hunter drove her off, the victim recounted Monday. The mauling of Bob Legasa, 57, in the Gallatin...

US lacks Latino historical sites and landmarks, scholars say

Oct. 14, 2018 8:10 PM EDT

GLORIETA PASS, N.M. (AP) — A makeshift memorial to Hispanic Civil War Union soldiers in an isolated part northern New Mexico is a typical representation of sites linked to U.S. Latino history: It's shabby, largely unknown and at risk of disappearing. Across the U.S, many sites historically connected to key...

Officials broach idea of charging for National Mall protests

Oct. 13, 2018 1:24 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Park Service is exploring whether to require protest organizers to pay for the cost of providing law enforcement and other support services for demonstrations held in the nation's capital. The proposed rule also could shrink a significant portion of the sidewalk outside the...

Life-sized plastic whale to raise ocean pollution awareness

Oct. 12, 2018 5:38 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Artists are putting the finishing touches on an 82-foot-long (24-meter-long) blue whale made from discarded plastic that will be on display near San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge to raise awareness about ocean pollution. The Monterey Bay Aquarium said Friday a blue whale can weigh...

Refinery near national park avoids potential big roadblock

Oct. 10, 2018 3:52 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota regulators decided Wednesday that they don't have authority to wade into a dispute over the site of an oil refinery being developed near Theodore Roosevelt National Park, eliminating a potential big roadblock for the $800 million project. The 3-0 vote by the Public...

US bans new mining claims on public land near Yellowstone

Oct. 8, 2018 7:54 PM EDT

EMIGRANT, Mont. (AP) — U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke approved a 20-year ban on new mining claims in the towering mountains north of Yellowstone National Park on Monday, after two proposed gold mines raised concerns that an area drawing tourists from the around the globe could be spoiled. As Zinke...

The Latest: Zinke signs mining ban near Yellowstone park

Oct. 8, 2018 12:14 PM EDT

EMIGRANT, Mont. (AP) — The Latest on a mining ban near Yellowstone National Park (all times local): 10 a.m. U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has approved a 20-year ban on new mining claims in the mountains north of Yellowstone National Park after two proposed gold mines raised concerns the area could be...

Nepal says its tiger population has almost doubled from 2009

Oct. 7, 2018 6:42 AM EDT

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — The number of tigers roaming the jungles of Nepal has nearly doubled because of initiatives from the government, conservationists and local authorities who have worked for years to increase the tiger population in the Himalayan nation, an official said Sunday. Gopal Prakash...

Judge tosses fishermen's suit against Obama ocean monument

Oct. 5, 2018 3:29 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A federal judge tossed a lawsuit Friday from a group of fishing associations that challenged the creation of an underwater monument in the Atlantic Ocean. The fishing groups sued in federal court in Washington against creation of Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National...