The Latest News & Views

Friday, June 13th, 2008

  • A fully grown female leatherback sea turtle is a truly large animal. When she nests for the first time at about 10-15 years of age, she’ll probably be six to eight feet long. She'll weigh 1,200 to 1,500 pounds, which is a good bit more than any other kind of sea turtle -- or your average bull moose, for that matter.

  • Were Yellowstone National Park officials simply being neighborly when they reversed themselves on whether to keep Sylvan Pass open for snowmobile traffic during the winter months?

Thursday, June 12th, 2008

  • So many folks flock to Mount Rainier National Park, and Paradise, specifically, in summer that the park uses an electric sign at the Nisqually Entrance to alert incoming visitors to parking problems at Paradise.

  • Big Bend National Park in west Texas celebrated its 64th birthday June 12. This remarkable park preserves a 1,252-square mile section of the Chihuahuan Desert that is tucked into the huge southeast-to-northeast bend in the Rio Grande River from which the park takes its name.

Wednesday, June 11th, 2008

  • A day hike onto the flanks of Mount Rainier has turned fatal, with blizzard conditions killing one man and leaving two others stuck on the mountain.

    Mount Rainier National Park officials this morning planned to try to rescue the two stranded hikers via helicopter.