COVID-19 puts Amache camp’s national park pursuit in limbo

DENVER (AP) — At first, the trip unfolded as just an academic tracing of family history.

John Tonai had for years heard the stories from his father, Minoru, about the Amache internment camp in southeastern Colorado, where the U.S. government transported thousands of Japanese Americans from California and held them behind barbed wire and guard posts for three years during World War II. The family lore became a constant soundtrack … Read More

National forests, other federal lands offer free parking for Presidents Day

Presidents Day means another opportunity for free parking at some outdoor recreation areas around the Pacific Northwest.

The holiday, on Monday, Feb. 15, is one of nine fee-free days honored by federal public lands agencies in 2021, meaning all parking and entry fees are waived on lands where it’s recognized.

This Presidents Day, fees will be waived on lands managed by the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and

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Neighbors still haunted 10 years after deadly gas explosion

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) —

The emptiness across the block still unsettles Elsa Reyes after midnight, when she returns from work to her North 13th Street home in Allentown.

During the first five years Reyes lived on the east side of the 500 block, eight row homes stood across the street.

Her son Joel would walk to school with a girl, Katherine Cruz, who lived at 542 N. 13th St.

But

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Some fitness trainers got vaccine as ‘health care workers’

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Some fitness trainers in California were able to get vaccinated against COVID-19 after state health officials created a loophole that helped them qualify as health care workers.

In January, the California Department of Public Health released updated guidelines on vaccination allocation that classified outdoor recreation as health care, the first tier eligible to get the vaccine along with people over 75. Some fitness clubs jumped at … Read More

Michigan State Park campgrounds expecting record year, campers should reserve sites early

Reservations for campsites in the Michigan State Parks can be made six-months before the planned arrival date.

MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich. — Camping sites in the Michigan State Park system can be reserved six-months in advance of a planned arrival date. That means many of the most popular state park campgrounds are already filling up for holidays like Memorial Day and Fourth of July.

For that reason DNR Chief of the

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Some fitness trainers got vaccine as ‘health care workers’

Some fitness trainers in California were able to get vaccinated against COVID-19 after state health officials created a loophole that helped them qualify as health care workers.

In January, the California Department of Public Health released updated guidelines on vaccination allocation that classified outdoor recreation as health care, the first tier eligible to get the vaccine along with people over 75. Some fitness clubs jumped at the chance

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