Magistrate Judge Bryan Tsuchida said Leanne Potts made an honest mistake and misunderstood what the signs on the barricades meant.
The sign read, “Because of the federal government shutdown, this National Park Service facility is closed.”
Port Angeles teacher Kelly Sanders was ticketed the same day in October when she took a group of foreign exchange students for a hike. She decided to pay the fine rather than miss work going to court in Tacoma.
The magistrate also commended the park ranger for doing her job well.
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