Spotted in the news: San Miguel Island to reopen later this month


San Miguel Island, part of the Channel Islands National Park, will reopen this month after being closed to the public for two years.

The westernmost point of the five-island park, San Miguel is owned by the Navy and managed by the National Park Service. The Navy shut off public access in April 2014, citing concerns about possible unexploded ordnance left over from the island’s use as a bombing range decades earlier.

On Wednesday, officials announced the island will open to the public May 17.

“We’re just thrilled that the public will be able to visit San Miguel Island,” said Yvonne Menard, spokeswoman for the Channel Islands National Park.