Stop at Olympic National Park get 125 ticket

first_imgPORT ANGELES — People who pulled into a ranger station at Olympic National Park over the weekend were given $125 tickets for “violation of closure” — entering the park during the government shutdown.Three of the cars were a group of international students from Peninsula College led by host Kelly Sanders, a teacher from Port Angeles, the Peninsula Daily News reported Tuesday. They pulled off Highway 101 at Lake Crescent, got out and posed for a picture behind the Storm King Ranger Station when Ranger Jennifer Jackson pulled up and wrote all three drivers tickets. Each carries the $125 fine.The students from Japan, Indonesia, Hong Kong and China were puzzled, Sanders said.“I didn’t know how to explain it to them because I can’t really understand why all this happened myself,” Sanders said Monday.“I know they were surprised that we would get a ticket for trying to go for a hike.”The driveway into the Storm King lot was partially blocked by orange road cones and a sandwich board with a sign stuck to it with duct tape reading, “Because of the federal government shutdown, this National Park Service facility is closed,” Sanders said.last_img