Latest National parks News

Steel mill sorry for spill that killed fish, closed beaches

Aug. 17, 2019 2:43 PM EDT

PORTAGE, Ind. (AP) — A steel company apologized for a spill of cyanide and ammonia that led to a fish kill and prompted the closure of beaches along Lake Michigan. ArcelorMittal issued a statement Friday night saying it "apologizes and accepts responsibility for the incident from the Burns Harbor...

Mayor: Officials waited days to warn of lake chemical spill

Aug. 16, 2019 3:32 PM EDT

PORTAGE, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana mayor accused state environmental officials Friday of waiting several days before notifying his city about a steel mill's spill of cyanide and another chemical that led to a fish kill and prompted the closure of beaches along Lake Michigan. Portage Mayor John Cannon said the...

The Latest: Mayor: Officials delayed notifying city of spill

Aug. 16, 2019 2:20 PM EDT

PORTAGE, Ind. (AP) — The Latest on a chemical spill northwestern Indiana's Lake Michigan shoreline (all times local): 2:20 p.m. A northwestern Indiana mayor says state environmental officials waited several days before notifying his city about a chemical spill that has caused a fish kill and prompted the...

Government delays border barrier construction in Arizona

Aug. 14, 2019 5:36 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The federal government is delaying construction on parts of the border fence in Arizona because it's still working on design plans. Attorneys said in a court filing late Tuesday that plans to replace waist-high barriers this month with taller fencing in a wildlife refuge, national monument...

Burgum, backers want Roosevelt library in national park

Aug. 14, 2019 3:57 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Gov. Doug Burgum and other backers of the proposed presidential library for Theodore Roosevelt are pushing to build the facility within the boundaries of the former president's namesake national park in North Dakota's badlands. They appear to have little choice: The adjacent tiny...

Sanctuary closure prompts search for new homes for animals

Aug. 14, 2019 1:53 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A search is underway to find new homes for nearly 500 animals, including lions, tigers, alligators, owls and wolves, after officials announced a long-struggling Southern California sanctuary is shutting down. The board of directors of the Wildlife Waystation in Angeles National Forest...

Portion of Mammoth Cave to close for renovations

Aug. 12, 2019 11:00 AM EDT

CAVE CITY, Ky. (AP) — Officials say a section of Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky will be closed for more than a year for renovations. Park spokeswoman Molly Schroer told the Daily News that a 2-mile (3.2-kilometer) section of cave stretching from the Snowball Room to Grand Central Station will close...

First tracked mountain lion crosses Los Angeles freeway

Aug. 8, 2019 10:09 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Officials say for the first time during a 17-year study of mountain lions, one of the big cats has been documented crossing Interstate 405 in Los Angeles. The National Park Service said Thursday that P-61 navigated the massive freeway between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m. on July 19 in Sepulveda...

Opponents of refinery location take case to Supreme Court

Aug. 8, 2019 3:08 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Two environmental groups who say North Dakota regulators should have intervened in the location of an oil refinery near the state's top tourist attraction, Theodore Roosevelt National Park, are taking their case to the state Supreme Court. The Public Service Commission last year...

Canadian man who drowned in Montana national park identified

Aug. 8, 2019 12:30 PM EDT

WEST GLACIER, Mont. (AP) — A 64-year-old Canadian man who drowned in a small lake at Glacier National Park in Montana has been identified as Wales Wai Ming Poon, of Edmonton, Alberta. The National Park Service says the victim was visiting Glacier with family when he drowned in Pray Lake on Tuesday...