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Stories You Might Have Missed This Week

One national park reopens, another sees closures, and a judge dismisses young climate activists' case.
Tourists wear masks while visiting Yosemite National Park on July 21, 2018.

Tourists wear masks while visiting Yosemite National Park on July 21, 2018.

This week at Pacific Standard, we brought you stories on the policy shifts most troubling to government scientistsCEOs' heavy payday in 2017, and a new federal effort to combat the opioid crisis.

But we're a small newsroom, and we can't cover everything. Here are a few more stories that have been on our radar.

Yosemite Valley, Which Had Closed Due to Fire Danger, Has Reopened to Visitors

This week brought both good and bad news when it comes to national parks affected by this record-breaking fire season: Yosemite Valley reopened on Tuesday after the nearby Ferguson Fire forced its closure in late July. The Los Angeles Times describes a "surreal scene" as visitors entered the park, "passing by the flames and surveying the iconic vistas shaded by a smoky haze."

But Parts of Glacier National Park Are Now Closed

Meanwhile, the Howe Ridge Fire damaged historic buildings in Glacier National Park, forcing the evacuation and closure of parts of the park on Monday. "This is a heartbreaking time at the park," Park Superintendent Jeff Mow told the Missoulian. "We've lost extremely important historic buildings that tell a piece of the park's story."

A Seattle Judge Dismissed Young Climate Activists' Lawsuit Against Washington State

The plaintiffs in the case, who are between the ages of eight and 18, alleged that the state deprived them of their rights by not protecting them from climate change. In dismissing the case, King County Superior Court Judge Michael Scott wrote that the state constitution does not guarantee the right to a healthy environment or climate. Still, Scott expressed his hope that the plaintiffs would not be discouraged from engaging in activism, the Associated Press reports.

"We have limited time to turn climate change around and every delay means more harm to me, my family, and my culture," a 13-year-old plaintiff named Kylie said in a statement. "I am hopeful that the appellate courts will do the right thing and allow this case to go to trial so that our voices can be heard."