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AP: Some national parks insist on staying open

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AP reporters Brady McCombs, Ellen Knickmeyer, Mead Gruver, Felicia Fonseca, Travis Loller and Jim Anderson were out front with widespread coverage as many national parks insisted on remaining open during the COVID-19 pandemic, triggering health concerns in neighboring towns. Seattle photographer Ted Warren showed visitors enjoying Mount Rainier National Park, and while some parks closed, others remained open with entrance fees waived by the Trump administration and promised federal guidelines still in limbo.
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Yellowstone National Park’s Lamar Valley near Mammoth, Wyo., is shown Feb. 17, 2020. On March 24 the National Park Service announced that Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks would be closed until further notice to limit the spread of coronavirus, but others remained open and newly free of charge at the direction of the Trump administration. – AP Photo / Matthew Brown
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