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Thursday, June 19th, 2008

  • Backpackers Abby Flantz and Erica Nelson were rescued after being lost for six days in the Denali National Park wilderness. The two women, who were in good condition and high spirits, used a cell phone to help searchers locate them and were reunited with their families Wednesday afternoon.

  • It’s happened again. A party of Mexican nationals who entered the United States illegally tried to make their way across desert terrain in searing heat and fatally misjudged the risk.

  • Many nonnative plant and animal species that have invaded our national parks pose a danger to the native species. It’s a system wide problem, and it’s getting worse.

Wednesday, June 18th, 2008

  • Abby Flantz and Erica Nelson are alive and well. The two women, who were reported missing when they failed to report for work Saturday, had departed on Thursday for what was to have been an overnight backtracking trip in the park's Mount Healy Wilderness unit. An intensive search had failed to locate them.

  • Tuesday’s efforts to locate missing backpackers Abby Flantz and Erica Nelson in Denali National Park were fruitless, despite the best efforts of a 60-person contingent that included eleven ground teams and four aircraft crews. When the search resumes today there will be five new teams to help out.