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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Here’s how national park reservations have changed since the pandemic

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National parks have been a respite for United States travelers this year. As dozens of international borders remain closed and as cases continue to skyrocket, road trips and outdoor destinations have been the name of the game.


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St. Peter’s Prep football duo heading to Sacred Heart among Hudson County commits on National Signing Day

As Jordan Campbell was getting recruited this summer by Sacred Heart, the St. Peter’s Prep cornerback was doing some recruiting of his own, encouraging the coaches to take a look at teammate Ethan Rodriguez as well.

“Before I committed, Ethan wanted to get that Sacred Heart offer too,” said Campbell. “I was on the coach heavy, sending him Ethan’s film.”

Those recruiting efforts – both by school and player –

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Where to find a perfect fir for the holidays? Try a national forest: Peak Northwest podcast

Why pay top dollar for a perfect Christmas tree when you can pay a nominal fee, tromp off into the woods and cut down your own?

While you might not walk away with the prettiest fir in the world, harvesting your Christmas tree from the national forest is a Pacific Northwest pastime – and a great excuse to get outside this time of year.

On this week’s episode of Peak

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How to cut down a Christmas tree in the Boise National Forest

If nothing else, 2020 has been a year of new experiences. It goes without saying that many of those have been due to the coronavirus pandemic — wearing face masks, holding get-togethers via Zoom and worrying about toilet paper hoarders were certainly new experiences to me.

So with the year drawing to an end and an unusual holiday season arriving, my boyfriend, Max, and I decided to join some friends

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National Park Service nixes entrance fee for Delaware River recreation areas

The National Park Service has rejected charging an entrance fee to simply set foot inside its Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area and Middle Delaware National Scenic and Recreational River.

The announcement came Tuesday as the federal agency released its new Visitor Use Management (VUM) Plan for the park, capping a five-year planning effort that began in September 2015.

Public comments on the proposed entrance fee raised a host of

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How to cut down your own tree from a National Forest


Oregon’s Willamette National Forest offered up his year’s Capitol Christmas tree and made a 3,000 mile cross-country road trip to Washington D.C.


In the movie, “Elf,” Buddy’s decision to cut down a tree in Central Park to decorate his dad’s New York City apartment was definitely illegal. But there is a way to cut down a tree on public property that is totally by the books. 


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You can cut down your Christmas Tree from a National Forest. Here’s how.

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The Electoral College is only getting worse

The Electoral College is a political abomination. As I have written before, rather than protecting the influence of small states, it grants overwhelming power to a handful of states that randomly happen to have a close partisan balance, which are mostly fairly large. Worse, it allows popular vote losers to win — which has happened twice in the last 20 years.

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National Sports Center for the Disabled Turns Fifty With New Brand, Same Mission

This has been a tough year for anniversary celebrations. The National Sports Center for the Disabled turned fifty in 2020, but the NSCD wasn’t able to have a big bash — even if this anniversary is really something to celebrate.

In 1970, legendary ski instructor Hal O’Leary, along with Jerry Groswald and Jack Buchheister, founded the Winter Park Handicapped Ski Program as a way for the resort to help children

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MPs draw up plans to ensure golf can resume after second national lockdown

Plans to ensure golf was the first sport to return after the second national coronavirus lockdown were being drawn up by MPs on Saturday ahead of a parliamentary debate on the “ridiculous” closure of courses.

The Telegraph Sport revelation that gyms and leisure centres would be allowed to reopen after December 2 sparked calls for outdoor grassroots and children’s sport to be cleared to resume as well.

That included golf,

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Winter motor vehicle rules on White River National forest begin Monday

Snowmobilers ride at Vail Pass in February 2020.
Photo by Liz Copan / Summit Daily archives

The White River National Forest’s winter motor vehicle use season begins Monday, Nov. 23.

Per U.S. Forest Service rules, all wheeled vehicles — including bikes — are limited to plowed routes or designated routes open through special order.

Winter motor vehicle use maps identify routes and areas designated for “over the snow” motor vehicle

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Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest offering Christmas tree permits

RHINELANDER, Wis. (WAOW) — The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest is offering personal use Christmas tree permits.

Each permit is $5 and a household can have up to five permits.

“We’re hopeful that making Christmas tree permits available online will make it easier for people to enjoy the experience of hiking through the woods to find the perfect tree,” said Tim Vetter, Recreation, Wilderness and Lands Program Manager.

The permits are available

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The status of Christmas tree cutting permits at Colorado’s national forests

Maddie Oxley of Denver, left, and her brother, Nelson, pull their freshly cut family Christmas tree back to the car while their mother Kelly looks on in the Elk Creek cutting area of the Arapaho National Forest near Fraser in 2012. (Andy Cross, Denver Post file)

Front Range families that make a Thanksgiving weekend tradition of picking out and cutting down their own Christmas trees will have to wait a

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Permits to cut Christmas trees in Santa Fe National Forest on sale Monday | Local News

Permits to cut your own Christmas tree in Santa Fe National Forest will go on sale Monday.

The $10 permits will be available online through and over the phone by calling forest headquarters at 505-438-5300 or any of the forest’s district offices.

Permits purchased by phone will be delivered by mail and those purchased online will include a $2.50 service fee.

“Venturing into the national forest to find the

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Permits to cut Christmas trees in Santa Fe National Forest on sale Nov. 16 | Local News

Permits to cut your own Christmas tree in Santa Fe National Forest go on sale Nov. 16.

The $10 permits will be available online through and over the phone by calling forest headquarters at 505-438-5300 or any of the forest’s district offices.

Permits purchased by phone will be delivered by mail and those purchased online will include a $2.50 service fee.

“Venturing into the national forest to find the

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Winamac trail gains national status. Will it help? Plus, Warren Miller ski film returns. | Life

The very rural 22-mile Panhandle Pathway out of Winamac is now a national trail. The U.S. Department of the Interior announced in October that the paved trail now joins more than 83,000 miles of routes for paddling, cycling, hiking and other activities in what’s called the National Trails System — more than 1,300 trails in all.

It joins the Kankakee River National Water Trail, which gained its status in 2016

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Grass-roots sport threatens open revolt as fury grows at second national lockdown

Golf had become one of the first sports to resume in May after a near two-month hiatus, and Jeremy Tomlinson, the England Golf chief executive, published an open letter on Sunday in an attempt to force a u-turn from Boris Johnson.

“Having digested the Prime Minister’s statement to the nation on Saturday night and read the guidance which followed, there is an element of confusion around the Government’s stated intention

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Two candidates vie to replace longtime City Clerk in National City

For the first time in 24 years, voters in National City will choose a new City Clerk in November.

Two candidates are vying to replace longtime City Clerk Michael Dalla, who is set to retire. The contenders are Luz Molina, a contract and grant officer at UC San Diego, and Javier Alvarado, a representative and auditor for the Laborers International Union of North America, LUINA Local 89.

For the record:

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COVID-19 creates unique opportunity for lynx research by WSU student in Glacier National Park

After a successful first year studying Canada lynx in Glacier National Park, Washington State University graduate student Alissa Anderson was excited to continue her research this summer. Little did she know a global pandemic would bring her an extremely unique chance to study animal behavior without human interference.

Anderson began her three-year study of the Canada lynx population in 2019, hoping to learn about their activity in the southernmost portion

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