The Latest News & Views

Monday, December 22nd, 2008

  • Investigators looking into a fire that destroyed 15 boats at a remote marina in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area haven't identified a cause of the blaze that generated $3-$5 million in damage to boats and dock facilities.

    The fire erupted late Thursday night at the Halls Crossing Marina. It took firefighters until about 3 a.m. Friday to douse the blaze.

  • If you're a serious photographer—or just an average one who got lucky—you might want to consider entering some of your shots of national parks in one or more of the following photo contests.

  • If the elk herd at Great Smoky Mountains National Park keeps growing like this, perhaps a gray wolf recovery program will be needed to keep the ungulates from over-grazing the park.

Sunday, December 21st, 2008

  • Death Valley National Park hasn't been immune from the cold, snowy weather of late, as this photo of the Furnace Creek Inn shows.

    While snow didn't make it all the way down to the valley floor, it did leave a beautiful dusting on the surrounding mountains. This photo, by Jimmie Affholder, shows the Funeral Mountains following a recent snowfall.

  • Forty blocks of St. Louis’ historic waterfront were demolished in the 1940s to make room for the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. Boosters insisted that this was basically a matter of breaking a few eggs to make an omelet. Many preservationists call it a supreme act of vandalism.