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April 6, 1986 | S.J. GUFFEY, Associated Press
For those who live along the Front Range of the Colorado Rockies, Rocky Mountain National Park is "almost a suburban park," said Glen Kaye, chief naturalist for the U.S. Park Service. It is a couple of hours from Denver, through some of the state's best scenery. A plaque inside the headquarters describes the 75-year-old park's international and scientific importance. This is one of UNESCO's "biosphere preserves." For the last 15 years, the U.N.
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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.
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NATIONAL
August 7, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
A hiker found the body of a missing Rocky Mountain National Park ranger, eight days after the ranger apparently fell, park officials said. No further information on where Jeff Christensen's body was found or how long he might have been dead was immediately released. More than 200 searchers had been looking for Christensen, 31, in the vast and rugged Mummy Range since he disappeared on a routine backcountry patrol.
NATIONAL
October 11, 2013 | By Michael Muskal, This post has been updated and corrected. See below for details.
As political Washington remains knotted over how to end the partial shutdown of the federal government, Utah is putting up its own money to reopen shuttered national parks, part of the growing trend of how local government and civil society is coping with the closings. The nation moved into the 11th day of the partial shutdown on Friday and Utah began reopening its famed national parks, including Zion, Bryce Canyon and Lake Powell, according to a tweet from Gov. Gary Herbert . All three are expected to be fully operational by Saturday morning, he said.
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May 13, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
President Bush has signed a bill that will allow an 83-year-old widow to keep her summer home inside the boundaries of Rocky Mountain National Park. The measure gives Betty Dick "life estate" rights to use the land where she and her late husband had spent summers since the 1970s. Rep. Mark Udall, Sen. Ken Salazar and others in Colorado took up Dick's cause after the National Park Service threatened her with eviction.
NATIONAL
May 3, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Legislation allowing an 83-year-old widow to keep her summer home in Rocky Mountain National Park is headed to the president's desk. House members voted unanimously for a bill that would let Betty Dick keep the cabin near the park's west entrance, which she has used for decades. The bill previously had been approved by the Senate.
TRAVEL
April 8, 1990
Rocky Mountain National Park is in north-central Colorado and can be reached from the east by car on U.S. 34, U.S. 36 and Colorado 7. Highways 36 and 7 both reach Boulder, but the narrow, winding Colorado 7 offers beautiful views of southeastern portions of the park. The park also can be reached from the west by U.S. 40, which connects with 34. Estes Park is about 65 miles north of Denver, 91 miles south of Cheyenne, Wyo. Campgrounds in and around the park are abundant.
NEWS
July 19, 1997 | Associated Press
As his family watched in horror, a 10-year-old boy was dragged away by a mountain lion who attacked and killed him as the group returned from a hike in a national park. Mark Miedema was hiking several minutes ahead of his parents and 6-year-old sister Thursday in Rocky Mountain National Park, spokesman Doug Caldwell said. "What we think may have happened--and this is pure theory--is that unfortunately Mark came along . . . when the lion was in a hunting mode," Caldwell said.
NATIONAL
July 18, 2013 | By Devin Kelly
Nine people working on a northern Colorado farm were struck by lightning during a fast-moving storm on Thursday, a fire official said. Two people were critically injured, four seriously, said Gary Green, chief of the Wellington Fire Protection District. The group was working in an open field at the time.   While none of the injuries were life-threatening, the critically injured patients were “in a significant altered mental state” and were not responding appropriately to questions, Green said.
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December 14, 2004 | Hannah Nordhaus, Special to The Times
The people who moved to this spectacular city adjacent to Rocky Mountain National Park to get close to nature didn't bargain on an elk infestation. The animals migrate from the park and eat gardens, golf courses and potted plants, rub ornamental trees down to broken sticks, spar with swing sets and volleyball nets and attack people during spring calving.
NEWS
October 1, 2013 | By Jenny Deam
JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. -- The federal government shutdown on Tuesday has left Colorado officials scrambling to keep emergency relief and recovery operations continuing in the wake of last month's massive flooding.  Gov. John Hickenlooper announced Tuesday morning he authorized the use of state money to pay Colorado National Guard troops so they can continue with flood recovery. Under the shutdown they would not be paid, according to the governor's office. “We can't afford to lose one day in rebuilding areas destroyed or damaged by the floods,” Hickenlooper said in a news release.
NATIONAL
September 18, 2013 | By Connie Stewart
Emily and Steve Goldfield spent the last week in Colorado celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary -- amid biblical rains. That wasn't quite what they had in mind. They arrived in Denver on Sept. 8, the day before the rains began. On Sept. 9 they rented an RV in Longmont and headed for Estes Park, gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park. It started to rain. It turned torrential on Sept. 11. PHOTOS: Colorado flooding “Before we left, the weather forecast was for summer weather,” Emily Goldfield told the Los Angeles Times on Tuesday.
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September 16, 2013 | Jenny Deam and Matt Pearce
As rain continued for a seventh day, inundating much of the state and creating a virtual moat around the closed Rocky Mountain National Park, Sandra Ellison waited at the Timberline Church here Sunday for the helicopters that would evacuate her parents, 86 and 85. But choppers couldn't operate in the torrential rain and heavy clouds. Her parents would have to wait another day to escape their flooded, remote community near Glenhaven. Like many others in Colorado, they remained trapped inside a slow-motion disaster that has washed out roads, broken bridges from their embankments and separated families.
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July 18, 2013 | By Devin Kelly
Nine people working on a northern Colorado farm were struck by lightning during a fast-moving storm on Thursday, a fire official said. Two people were critically injured, four seriously, said Gary Green, chief of the Wellington Fire Protection District. The group was working in an open field at the time.   While none of the injuries were life-threatening, the critically injured patients were “in a significant altered mental state” and were not responding appropriately to questions, Green said.
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May 13, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
President Bush has signed a bill that will allow an 83-year-old widow to keep her summer home inside the boundaries of Rocky Mountain National Park. The measure gives Betty Dick "life estate" rights to use the land where she and her late husband had spent summers since the 1970s. Rep. Mark Udall, Sen. Ken Salazar and others in Colorado took up Dick's cause after the National Park Service threatened her with eviction.
NATIONAL
May 3, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Legislation allowing an 83-year-old widow to keep her summer home in Rocky Mountain National Park is headed to the president's desk. House members voted unanimously for a bill that would let Betty Dick keep the cabin near the park's west entrance, which she has used for decades. The bill previously had been approved by the Senate.
NATIONAL
September 18, 2013 | By Connie Stewart
Emily and Steve Goldfield spent the last week in Colorado celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary -- amid biblical rains. That wasn't quite what they had in mind. They arrived in Denver on Sept. 8, the day before the rains began. On Sept. 9 they rented an RV in Longmont and headed for Estes Park, gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park. It started to rain. It turned torrential on Sept. 11. PHOTOS: Colorado flooding “Before we left, the weather forecast was for summer weather,” Emily Goldfield told the Los Angeles Times on Tuesday.
NATIONAL
September 29, 2005 | From Associated Press
An 83-year-old woman moved a step closer to keeping her summer home inside Rocky Mountain National Park on Wednesday when a U.S. Senate committee approved a deal that would provide her with a lifetime lease on the cabin. The National Park Service wanted to evict Betty Dick when her lease expired July 16, but after the intervention of two U.S. senators and a congressman, a compromise appears near.
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September 29, 2005 | From Associated Press
An 83-year-old woman moved a step closer to keeping her summer home inside Rocky Mountain National Park on Wednesday when a U.S. Senate committee approved a deal that would provide her with a lifetime lease on the cabin. The National Park Service wanted to evict Betty Dick when her lease expired July 16, but after the intervention of two U.S. senators and a congressman, a compromise appears near.
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