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Wednesday
Oct122016

Glacier smashes all-time visitor record 

(WEST GLACIER)- Glacier National Park has smashed its all-time record for visitation, topping last year's mark by hundreds of thousands of tourists. 

Park administrators had expected a new record to be set this year, given the heavy traffic seen throughout the park this summer. Last year's record was set at 2.3 million visitors. 

But adding in the new September numbers just been released shows the rate surpassed even the wildest projections, with over 2,722,000 coming through the park gates by the end of last month, a new all-time record. 

All areas of the park except Cutbank and the Belly River entrances showed an increase, with St. Mary registering the largest jump, with visits there up 49%.

The record will continue to increase with remaining visits through the end of the year. 

Wednesday
Jul062016

Going-to-Sun crash not caused by wildlife

(WEST GLACIER)- Glacier National Park rangers are checking into what caused a crash that closed the popular Going-to-the-Sun Road for two hours earlier this week. But they're saying the head-on wasn't caused by wildlife. 

The crash Monday afternoon happened on the lower reaches of the road, only about 4-miles from Apgar, and wasn't on the narrow, winding "alpine" section of the popular road. 

A total of nine people were involved in the crash, with seven injured. One person was flown to Kalispell Regional Medical Center. 

Glacier spokesman Tim Raines tells the Flathead Beacon the crash wasn't caused by wildlife, which are frequently seen along the park's main route. He says the road has been seeing very heavy traffic this summer. 

Monday
May232016

Heavy rains pounding Northwest Montana

Stormy conditions in Glacier today- view from GNP webcam at Many Glacier (WEST GLACIER)- Heavy rains are expected to continue across Northwest Montana today, coming on top of the several inches of rain that fell in and around Glacier National Park over the weekend.

The National Weather Service in Missoula reports the West Glacier region has received 3-to-4 inches of rain in the past 48-hours leading up to Monday morning. And more heavy rain is expected to continue throughout the day, raising the chance for localized flooding.

In addition, gusty winds are possible over the higher elevations. A Winter Weather Advisory remained in effect Monday morning above 5500' in Glacier National Park, the Bob Marshall Wilderness and other areas along the Northern Continental Divide where several more inches of snow are expected to fall today. 

Monday
Dec072015

December visits will add to Glacier National Park record 

Dennis Bragg photo (WEST GLACIER)- It's all gravy from here.

And however many visitors decide to see Glacier National Park will only add to the park's new annual visitation record. 

Last week the the park set a new visitation record for the second year in a row, a mark reached despite a summer which brought fire closures that interfered with tourism.

There had been some questions in mid-summer whether Glacier would be able to come close to the record set in 2014, after a major fire in the St. Mary valley shut down the Going-to-the-Sun Highway, lodging and campgrounds for a couple of weeks.  

But even with the road's closure, park visits remained strong through the balance of the summer and into the fall. 

 

The park's November report shows the visitor total at 2.35 million people, easily outpacing the the 2.3 million people that had gone through the park gates at the end of November last year. It also breaks the latest record that had just been set last year at 2.1 million visitors. 

It's the sixth time in the past decade Glacier has had more than 2-million visitors. 

Thursday
Oct012015

Bear spray saves man in Glacier attack

(WEST GLACIER)- A 65-year old Wisconsin hiker says he was grabbed and shaken by a grizzly bear while hiking off trail in Glacier National Park. But a can of bear spray probably saved his life.

Rangers say the man was hiking alone near Mount Henkel in the Many Glacier Valley on the east side of the park Tuesday when he surprised the sow grizzly and her two cubs. After being grabbed by the bear, the hiker managed to set off his bear spray, and the bear released him and left the area. 

The man then hiked back to his car at Many Glacier and drove to the emergency room at the Northern Rockies Medical Center in Cutbank. He was treated and later released. 

Rangers are still investigating, but say the bear's actions were defensive and what you'd expect when the big animals are surprised by a hiker. 

The park says the incident is a good reminder for hikers to carry bear spray, and avoid areas like berry patches, thickets and fields where the bears are foraging for food, especially before right now in the weeks before hibernation.