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Going-to-Sun Road re-opens, at least for now

GNP photo(WEST GLACIER)- The popular Going-to-The-Sun Road reopened to through traffic Monday after a week that saw several closures because of wintery weather on the Continental Divide. 

During an unseasonable cold spell last week, the popular sightseeing road had to be closed over Logan Pass because of the snow and winter driving conditions. 

However, much of that snow has now melted, at least off the roads. So traffic could resume over the scenic route. 

Still, time is drawing short to enjoy the trip. Rehabilitation work isn't happening on the west side of Logan Pass this year, but it is on the east. That means the last time to drive to summit from the east side will be this coming Sunday, September 21st.

Weather permitting, cars will still be able to access Logan Pass from the west until October 19th. 


Glacier Park visitor rate remains strong 

Dennis Bragg photo(WEST GLACIER)- The latest reports show Glacier National Park remains on pace to possibly break the 30-year old visitation record, with nearly 1.9 million people coming through the park gates by the end of August. 

That puts the park on project to possibly beat the 1983 record of 2.2 million people, but just as importantly, could be the busiest year since the park's centennial in 2010. 

However, early fall weather could cut the number of visitors, especially if the weather trends continue through September. There's also the threat of another government shutdown, such as cut park visitation off last fall, although Congress has pledged to not let that happen.


Glacier Park officials issue safety warnings after two hiker deaths

Glacier National Park photo(WEST GLACIER)- Glacier National Park rangers are warning hikers to be completely aware of their medical conditions, and take precautions in the hot weather, after two visitors died from cardiac arrest in the past few days. 

GNP reports on Monday, a 61-year old man from Illinois was hiking at the Hidden Lake Overlook when he experienced chest pains and had to be airlifted from Logan Pass. 

A 67-year old Indiana man was hiking near St. Mary Falls when he suffered cardiac arrest and died at the scene despite efforts by a ranger and other hikers to give him CPR. 

Also on Monday, a 79-year old woman lost consciousness while hiking on the Loop Trail. rangers helped her at the scene, although she was able to walk out. While they were leaving, the rangers encountered another young boy who was overheating. Another man had to be airlifted off the Loop Trail when he experienced pains from a kidney stone.  

Tuesday morning, a 75-year old man from California needed help while hiking on the Iceberg/Ptarmigan Trail near Many Glacier. Family members and park rangers tried to revive him and an airlift was arranged, but he died at the scene. 

Park officials say visitors need to be considering their personal safety and well-being while hiking, and especially take steps to avoid dehydration while hiking at a comfortable pace, allowing enough time at the higher elevations. 


Washington woman taking photos when she fell to her death in Glacier

(WEST GLACIER)- Investigators say a Washington woman was taking photos when she fell into McDonald Creek over the weekend. And despite valiant efforts to save her, 33-year old Abigail Sylvester died from her ordeal. 

Glacier National Park rangers say Sylvester was with her husband along the lower section of McDonald Creek, near the bridge below Upper McDonald Creek Falls, when she slipped and fell into the fast-moving stream. GNP spokeswoman Denise Germann says Sylvester's husband jumped into the creek and tried to save her, but she was swept away and over the lower falls, which drops some 30-feet. 

Several visitors jumped into to help, including a volunteer fireman, after Sylvester was found downstream. She was airlifted to Kalispell Regional Medical Center where she died later. 

Park authorities are always warning people to use extreme caution around the park's waterways, noting drowning is the leading causes of accidental death in Glacier. 


Plow crews in final stretch for Going-to-Sun re-opening 

Plow works the parking lot at Logan Pass last week- GNP photo(WEST GLACIER)- Glacier National Park plow crews are in high gear again this week as they drive toward a possible opening for the Going-to-the-Sun Road.

Work on opening the popular road suffered a setback this month after a blast of winter conditions moved across the park, dumping more than 2-feet of snow in the high country and leaving behind new slides that had to be cleared. Crews also had to pull off the road for a time because of safety concerns from avalanche danger. 

However, plowing continued at a brisk pace last week as crews worked around the area of the Big Drift, clearing snow and also mud, rock and other debris that had come across the road. They're also expecting to deal with a lot of ice on the road once the drifts are clear. Work has also been underway to finish clearing the Logan Pass parking lot and getting the last signs in place. There's been no announcement from the park yet on whether the road will be open for the Fourth of July weekend. 

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