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June 20, 2012
Re "There for the ride," Business, June 16 A photo with the article shows re-created scenery that vaguely resembles Zion National Park. One Disney fan featured in the article said she might spend $5,000 on souvenirs during her visit to the new Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park. You could spend a lot less money visiting one of the majestic state or national parks. I've enjoyed my visits to Disneyland, but for $5,000, let's pile in the car and go to the Grand Canyon.
April 23, 2014
WASHINGTON — Albert Pujols didn't hit his 500th home run in front of a hometown crowd, but at least he was able to hit it to an Angels fan. Tom Sherrill, a 29-year-old Air Force staff sergeant from Pomona who is in town for computer training, retrieved the ball Pujols hit for his milestone homer into the left-center field seats in Nationals Park and presented it to the Angels slugger after the game. "I've been an Angels fan for 20 years, and I had no intentions other than to give the ball to Albert," Sherrill said.
October 15, 2010 | By Christopher Reynolds, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
You could say every week is Wolf Week in Yellowstone National Park , now that we’re 15 years into the controversial reintroduction of the animals to the park. But this winter, the people at the Yellowstone Assn. Institute would like to say a little more on the subject. So the nonprofit institute is offering “ Lamar Valley Wolf Week ” programs Dec. 13 through 17 and Dec. 20 through 24, then again March 7 through 11 and March 14 through 18. The programs, led by the institute’s naturalists and guest speakers, include field observation, classroom learning, hikes and snowshoeing expeditions.
April 22, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
WASHINGTON - Albert Pujols didn't hit his 500th home run in front of a hometown crowd, but at least he was able to hit it to an Angels fan. Tom Sherrill, a 29-year-old Air Force staff sergeant from Pomona who is in town for computer training, retrieved the ball Pujols hit for his milestone homer into the left-center field seats in Nationals Park and presented it to the Angels slugger after the game. “I've been an Angels fan for 20 years, and I had no intentions other than to give the ball to Albert,” Sherrill said.
August 3, 2009 | Martin Miller, Maria Elena Fernandez and Kate Aurthur
Better make those park reservations now. Ken Burns' "The National Parks: America's Best Idea," a six-part, 12-hour documentary celebrating the virtues of the country's nearly 400 federally protected spaces, sets up camp on PBS on Sept. 27 and stays through Oct. 2. The country's most famous documentarian, who spoke Saturday during the semiannual Television Critics Assn.
October 21, 2010 | By Laura E. Huggins
Ken Burns makes amazing documentaries, but even more amazing is that the Oct. 15 fluff piece on national parks by Burns and Dayton Duncan, "Preserving national treasures," made it to print in The Times. The article can be summed up as such: National parks are wonderful, and thank you President Obama for saying that. Unfortunately, there's no meat, no proposals, just nostalgia. But "where's the beef" when our antiquated parks could use a real makeover? Burns and Duncan rightly pay homage to Yosemite, "the home of spectacular waterfalls, silent groves of ancient trees and an unequaled alpine wilderness.
February 17, 2013
California national parks, monuments and sites A list, from Alcatraz Island to Yosemite National Park, with programs, fees and directions. Find out about historic and scenic sites as well as programs, fees and directions to California's national parks, monuments and recreation areas: Alcatraz Island, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Fort Mason, B201, San Francisco; (415) 561-4900 or (415) 981-7625 (tickets), or
February 28, 2012 | By Hugo Martin
While overall visitors to national parks dipped slightly in 2010, spending by park guests surged, pumping about $31 billion to local economies, according to a national study released Tuesday. In California, spending at national parks generated more than $1.3 billion and helped support 16,776 jobs, according to the study. Bad weather, safety concerns for parks along the Mexican border and other factors pushed visitation numbers for the national parks down nearly 2%, from 285.5 million in 2009 to 281.3 million in 2010.
October 12, 2013 | By Matt Hamilton
With the federal government still shut down, states across the country inked deals to reopen national parks within their state borders, seeking to stop further losses to local economies anchored by park tourism. The Grand Canyon, Rocky Mountain National Park, and all of Utah's national parks reopened Saturday. The Statue of Liberty will welcome visitors  Sunday, and starting Monday, tourists can once again gaze up at the presidents on Mt. Rushmore. The source of money for these efforts varies: New York is dipping into its tourism budget, while Arizona is using state funds along with money pledged by municipalities.
October 14, 2013 | By Tony Barboza
National parks from the Sierra Nevada to the Great Smoky Mountains are increasingly being fertilized by unwanted nutrients drifting through the air from agricultural operations, putting some of the country's most treasured natural landscapes at risk of ecological damage, a new study has found. Thirty-eight of 45 national parks examined by scientists are receiving doses of nitrogen at or above a critical threshold that can harm sensitive ecosystems, such as lichens, hardwood forests or tallgrass prairie, scientists found.
April 21, 2014 | By Richard Simon
Thousands of bills are introduced in a congressional session, but only a fraction become law. Even without that success, they call attention to their causes - or their sponsors. Here are a few of the eclectic measures awaiting action in Congress. Apollo Lunar Landing Legacy Act: Would establish the Apollo Lunar Landing Sites National Historical Park on the moon. Argument for: "In 1969, led by the late Apollo astronaut Neil Armstrong, American ingenuity changed history as humanity took a giant leap forward on the surface of the moon," said Rep. Donna Edwards (D-Md.)
April 14, 2014 | By Christopher Reynolds
A new art show in Washington, D.C., spotlights national park posters from the Depression years, including the frothy falls of Yellowstone, the jagged mountains of Glacier and the native ruins of Bandelier National Monument. Titled “Posterity,” the show at the U.S. Department of the Interior Museum is built around six original posters that date to the Depression years. But it also includes later reproductions and contemporary posters in similar style, covering more than three dozen parks and wildlife refuges.
April 7, 2014 | By Hugo Martin
Tourism officials plan to go big to promote the United States to foreign visitors. IMAX big. Brand USA , the public-private partnership to promote the United States abroad, announced plans Monday to film an IMAX movie about the country's national parks to be shown late next year in theaters around the world. The group, which was launched in 2012 and is partly funded by fees charged to visiting tourists, is expected to spend about $10 million on the movie, with sponsors underwriting most of the cost, said Chris Thompson, president and chief executive of Brand USA. Brand USA is working with MacGillivray Freeman Films to produce and complete the documentary by next year, Thompson said.
April 2, 2014 | By Kate Mather
Thousands of acres of Yosemite National Park that were closed to the public since last year's massive Rim fire have been reopened, park officials announced Wednesday. However, park officials cautioned visitors to the affected areas - which include Hetch Hetchy hiking trails and the Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias - about potential risks such as "hazardous trees, uneven ground, potential rockfall, and down and dead debris on trails. " Fire restrictions also have been lifted, but could be put in place again later this year because of California's extreme drought conditions, the park statement said.
March 26, 2014 | By Mark Butler
After nearly 38 years working for the National Park Service, I hung up my "flat hat" this month and retired as superintendent of Joshua Tree National Park. That means I can now speak out against pending proposals with the potential to harm our country's most spectacular national parks in the California desert. My experience in the National Park System began right out of high school, when I spent a season patrolling the mountainous trails of Yosemite National Park's backcountry as a wilderness ranger.
March 14, 2014 | Dan Blackburn
ARCHES NATIONAL PARK, Utah - I am seated on a narrow ledge waiting for the setting sun to add a golden glow to the famous Delicate Arch in Arches National Park. A tripod is wedged between my knees. There is not a lot of room here, and a misstep could result in a nasty fall. Far below, a lone hiker with a backpack walks by - just a small figure diminished by the large arch above him. Then, the light of the setting sun arrives. The red rock begins to glow, and everything else - the trail's 480 feet of elevation gain, the almost precarious perch and more - is swallowed up by the grandeur of the scene.
March 14, 2014
If you go THE BEST WAY TO ARCHES NATIONAL PARK, UTAH From Los Angeles, the best way to get there is to drive. Just take Interstate 15 all the way to Utah and pick up Interstate 70, turn south on Highway 191 and follow the signs to Moab. It also is possible to fly to Las Vegas, Salt Lake City or Grand Junction, Colo., where rental cars are available. WHERE TO STAY The Devils Garden Campground in Arches National Park ( ) has 50 individual sites that are $20 per night and can accommodate up to 10 people.
March 10, 2014 | By Hugo Martín
The partial government shutdown in October was largely to blame for a 3% drop in visitors to America's national parks in 2013, according to a report released Monday by the National Park Service. The country's 401 parks, historic sites and recreation areas drew 273.6 million visitors in 2013, about 9 million fewer than the previous year, according to the report. The 16-day government shutdown, sparked by a budget dispute in Washington, was responsible for reducing the visitation numbers by about 7.9 million, the report said.
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