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Alcatraz Island (Photo credit by GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)

Alcatraz Closed Due To High Winds, Choppy Waters

High winds and choppy Bay waters have prompted a rare closure of Alcatraz Island to visitors Wednesday, a National Park Service spokeswoman said.

03/12/2014

A bicyclist rides over a bridge in the Yosemite Valley (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Obama Administration Says Government Shutdown Cost National Parks At Least $414M

The Obama administration says the government shutdown last fall resulted in nearly 8 million fewer visitors to national parks, costing the parks and surrounding communities an estimated $414 million in lost visitor spending.

03/03/2014

Cesar Chavez. (Tim Graham/Evening Standard/Getty Images)

San Jose Site May Become Part Of Cesar Chavez National Park

The National Park Service is recommending that Congress create a new historic park to honor farm labor leader Cesar Chavez, one that would be made up of four sites in California and a former Phoenix church hall where the now-famous rallying cry “Si se puede” was popularized.

10/25/2013

Yosemite National Park spans part of the Sierra Nevada mountain range.  (Photo by David McNeil /Newsmakers)

Bay Area National Park Sites, Yosemite Reopen After Shutdown Lifted

For the first time in more than two weeks, Bay Area residents and tourists will be able to return to Alcatraz, Muir Woods and parts of the Golden Gate Park Recreation area that were closed due to the federal government shutdown.

10/17/2013

The Cliff House Restaurant perched above Ocean Beach. (Cliff House)

San Francisco’s Cliff House Reopens With Park Service Blessing

San Francisco’s iconic Cliff House restaurant reopened Saturday despite the federal government shutdown, this time with the blessing of the National Park Service.

10/13/2013

Ocean Beach in San Francisco. (CBS)

Federal Shutdown Wipes Out SF Sand Castle Competition To Benefit Schools

An elaborate sandcastle building competition to benefit arts in local schools has been postponed indefinitely amid the federal government shutdown.

10/09/2013

Park ranger Betty Reed Soskin (right) being interviewed by KPIX 5's Ann Notarangelo. Soskin works at the Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park in Richmond and is the nation's oldest full-time park ranger. (CBS)

92-Year-Old Richmond Park Ranger Furloughed Due To Shutdown

A 92-year-old Bay Area woman who is the nation’s oldest full-time national park ranger said Friday she’s surprised that she has joined the ranks of those currently out of work due to the ongoing U.S. government shutdown.

10/05/2013

(CBS)

Teen Who Fell Down Shaft In Marin Headlands May Face Charges

The National Park Service might ask the Marin County District Attorney’s Office to file charges against a 16-year-old boy who allegedly broke into a World War II bunker in the Marin Headlands on Sunday and fell 35 feet down a ventilation shaft.

05/01/2013

Dog Walker Gary Hesterberg was shot with a stun-gun in San Mateo County (San Mateo Sheriff)

Bay Area Dog Walker Hit With Stun Gun Sues Park Service

A San Mateo County man is suing the National Park Service and a park ranger who allegedly shot him with a stun gun for being uncooperative about his off-leash dog.

03/22/2013

(CBS)

Judge Says Park Officials Destroyed Evidence Case Of Boy Who Died From Fall At NorCal Park

A federal magistrate judge says the National Park Service purposely destroyed evidence in the wrongful death case of a 9-year-old boy who fell from a retaining wall in a Northern California Park.

03/21/2013

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