National Park Service

WASHINGTON - The National Park Service says the Washington Monument will reopen to visitors May 12 (AP)

Washington Monument to reopen after nearly 3 years

WASHINGTON (AP) – More than 150 cracks have been repaired, rainwater leaks have been sealed, and the 130-year-old Washington Monument will reopen Monday for the first time in nearly three years since an earthquake caused […]

05/12/2014

Park Rangers and Law Enforcement patrol the waters to ensure safe passage for a pod of pilot whales, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013 at Highland Beach in The Everglades of Florida. Six dead pilot whales were found earlier today in a remote part of the park, part of a pod of 51 whales facing an uncertain future. Four pilot whales have had to be euthanized. Federal biologists report that 46 pilot whales are alive and swimming free. (AP Photo/Naples Daily News, Corey Perrine)

Whales stranded in Fla.: From despair to optimism

EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK, Fla. (AP) — When National Park Service volunteers Donna and John Buckley left a pod of 41 stranded whales Wednesday evening, their optimism was starting to wane. The couple — from Michigan […]

12/06/2013

In this photo taken Nov. 22, 2013, Herb Weatherwax, seated, poses for a photo with Hauula Elementary School sixth graders from left Dawson Langinbelik, Rachel Cheney, Frank Kojima, La'a Beatty, Chase Colleado, Makoa Ahquin-Soren and Keola Baily in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy)

Pearl Harbor survivor thrives meeting visitors

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) — Herb Weatherwax charms visitors each of the three days a week he volunteers at a memorial for the USS Arizona, a battleship that sank in the 1941 Japanese attack. The […]

12/05/2013

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell. (AP Photo/Dan Joling, File)

Jewell: Congress must fight for more park funds

WASHINGTON (AP) — Interior Secretary Sally Jewell says Congress needs to do more than talk when it comes to national parks, forests and other public lands. In her first major address since taking office this […]

10/31/2013

Ford’s Theatre in DC to reopen with private funds

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ford’s Theatre will reopen its doors and resume performances Wednesday, using private funding, even though the government shutdown has continued into a third week. Theater officials announced Tuesday that the national historic […]

10/15/2013

Tourists hike along the South Rim of the Grand Canyon with the North Rim in background, Arizona

Ariz., some other states reopen national parks

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) – Tourists returned to the Grand Canyon on Saturday after Arizona officials along with several counterparts agreed to a federal government plan to reopen national parks, which had been closed as a […]

10/12/2013

The Mount Rushmore National Memorial in the Black Hills of South Dakota.  (AP Photo/Mike Stewart, File)

Utah reopening national parks, others eye options

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Obama administration’s willingness to reopen national parks shuttered by the government shutdown came with a big caveat: States must foot the bill with money they likely won’t see again. […]

10/11/2013

This Oct. 3, 2013 file photo shows a sign at the south entrance to Grand Canyon National Park, Ariz., indicates the park is closed. The Obama administration says it will allow states to use their own money to reopen some national parks that have been closed because of the government shutdown. Governors in at least four states have asked for authority to reopen national parks within their borders because of the economic impacts caused by the park closures.   (AP Photo/Brian Skoloff, File)

Feds to let states pay to open parks

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration said Thursday it will allow states to use their own money to reopen some national parks that have been closed because of the government shutdown. Governors in […]

10/10/2013

Landmark SF restaurant on government land closes

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A landmark restaurant that’s been a San Francisco fixture for 150 years has now become a casualty of the federal government shutdown, putting more than 170 people out of work. Cliff […]

10/09/2013

A fire investigator and K-9 dog investigate near a container on the National Mall in Washington, where, according to a fire official, a man set himself on fire Friday, Oct. 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Man sets himself on fire on the National Mall

WASHINGTON (AP) — A man who poured a can of gasoline on his head and set himself on fire on the National Mall in the nation’s capital has been airlifted to the hospital, police and […]

10/04/2013

A US Park Police officer ties police tape to a hand rail closing access to the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Veterans pass barriers at closed WWII memorial

WASHINGTON (AP) — A group of veterans walked past barriers at the closed World War II memorial with help from members of Congress. Hundreds of veterans arrived for a previously scheduled visit to the memorial […]

10/01/2013

A U.S. Park Police officer stands guard next to the statue of Abraham Lincoln at the memorial in Washington, Friday, July 26, 2013, after the memorial was closed to visitors after someone splattered green paint on the statue and the floor area. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Green paint splattered on the Lincoln Memorial

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Lincoln Memorial has been temporarily closed after someone splattered a splash of green paint on the statue. The apparent vandalism was discovered around 1:30 a.m. Friday on the statue, the pedestal […]

07/26/2013

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