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Cocos Island park rangers rescue fishermen, request resources
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Cocos Island park rangers rescue fishermen, request resources

Lindsay Fendt - October 6, 2015

A recent rescue near Costa Rica's Cocos Island National Park has raised concerns among park rangers about their ability to do an increasingly complex job with meager resources. Three…

Costa Rican park ranger appeals attempted murder conviction
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Costa Rican park ranger appeals attempted murder conviction

L. Arias - September 28, 2015

The Costa Rican park ranger convicted of the 2009 shooting death of a suspected turtle-egg poacher was back in court last week. The defense team for park ranger Mauricio…

Strong support for Costa Rica park ranger sentenced for attempted murder despite revelation of separate drug case
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Crime
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Strong support for Costa Rica park ranger sentenced for attempted murder despite revelation of separate drug case

Lindsay Fendt - September 6, 2015

Costa Rica park ranger Mauricio Steller Fallas -- recently sentenced to 12 years in prison for shooting a suspected poacher -- reached martyr status this past week…

Prison sentence for Costa Rica park ranger raises questions about on-the-job protections
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Prison sentence for Costa Rica park ranger raises questions about on-the-job protections

Lindsay Fendt - September 3, 2015

UPDATE: Thursday, Sept. 3, 6:00 p.m. Criminal lawyer Juan Diego Castro said Thursday afternoon that he was reconsidering representing soon-to-be-jailed park ranger Mauricio Steller against attempted murder charges…

Costa Rica’s Environment Ministry to hire 150 new park rangers
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Costa Rica’s Environment Ministry to hire 150 new park rangers

L. Arias - August 25, 2015

Environment Minister Édgar Gutiérrez Espeleta said Monday he will hire 150 new park rangers to strengthen surveillance at Costa Rica's national parks and protected areas. Gutiérrez made the announcement during…

Costa Rica’s famed Manuel Antonio National Park will close on Mondays starting this month
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Environment and Wildlife
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Costa Rica’s famed Manuel Antonio National Park will close on Mondays starting this month

L. Arias - July 28, 2015

The Environment Ministry (MINAE) recently issued an executive decree to change entry schedules at Manuel Antonio National Park, the most visited national park in Costa Rica. As of last week, the…

Costa Rica’s Guayabo National Monument reopens to tourists after flooding
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Ancient ruins
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Costa Rica’s Guayabo National Monument reopens to tourists after flooding

L. Arias - July 16, 2015

Visitors' access to Guayabo National Monument reopened Tuesday after being closed since June 27 due to damage caused by flooding in the Caribbean region in recent weeks. Located in the…

European tourist dies in Corcovado National Park
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Environment and Wildlife
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European tourist dies in Corcovado National Park

Zach Dyer - February 16, 2015

Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ) confirmed to The Tico Times that a European tourist died of an apparent heart attack while hiking in the remote Corcovado National Park…

Tourism chamber leaders vow to escalate fight against added sales tax
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Tourism chamber leaders vow to escalate fight against added sales tax

L. Arias - September 9, 2014

Leaders of the National Tourism Chamber (CANATUR) on Tuesday said they will use all available legal tactics to challenge a Finance Ministry order to start collecting 13 percent…

Another decree angers Costa Rica’s tourism sector
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Another decree angers Costa Rica’s tourism sector

L. Arias - August 26, 2014

A reorganization of the Solís administration has the tourism sector on edge. On Monday, the Costa Rican Chamber of Hotels criticized a decree signed by President Luis…

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