National Park passes increase $70 next Monday

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OK, so I hammered this into the ground last week, but this is too good to let it go without hammering it into the ground again this week.

The best deal of the year is at hand if you are 62 years old or older. The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Senior Pass is currently $10 and has been so since 1994. However, this fee will increase to $80 on Aug. 28.

Yes, this is correct. The senior pass will increase by $70. If you currently have a senior lifetime pass, it will continue to be a valid pass. U.S. citizens or permanent residents 62 years or older are eligible for the Senior Pass.

There is also an annual senior pass for $20, which is valid for one year from issuance. Plus, four annual senior passes purchased in prior years can be traded for a lifetime pass.

There are several other national parks passes, such as the disabled veteran pass, so go online and research which one is best for you.

I have the disabled veteran pass, but we stopped at Bonneville Dam during a return trip from Oregon, and Garnet and my sister, Denise, bought a senior pass.

Google National Park Pass and you will find a way to purchase the pass online, but this will cost you an additional $10. I canít find a local place to buy one. If you are headed for Wenatchee, check with the forest service office, but call ahead.

Annual and lifetime Senior Passes provide access to more than 2,000 recreation sites managed by six federal agencies: National Park Service, US Fish & Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Forest Service, US Army Corps of Engineers.

The passes cover entrance and standard amenity recreation fees and provide discounts on some expanded amenity recreation fees.

The pass will allow the driver and passengers of a noncommercial vehicle entry into national parks.

Senior Passes can be purchased at any federal recreation site, including national parks, that charges an entrance or standard amenity fee. Proof of age and residency is required. A driverís license did the trick for Garnet.

Stop by the History Barn for fair history

What town hosted the first Grant County Fair? How about the second and third? Stop by the History Barn and find out. There is a lot of history in the old barn, but we are always looking for more. Fair ribbons, fair books, photos, newspaper clippings any and all things Grant County Fair related is needed.

Karen and Clay Crook, Peggy and Dennis Skinner, along with Denise Keegan and me, will be attending to the barn, so stop by for a visit.

Kathy Jingling stopped me as I was entering the fairgrounds on Wednesday. She suggested we have some sort of lectures or seminars in the barn, especially on Senior day.

Well, the first thing I did was add Kathy to the history committee. Then I told her we were working on just this sort of idea. We just didnít get around to accomplishing the finished product. By fair time next year, look for a few interesting history and county programs.

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