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Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

  • National parks often are looked upon as places of not just great beauty, but also great inspiration. So it's only natural that they should spur the creative juices of writers, painters, sculptors, and other artists. And that's the idea behind the artist-in-residence programs that are spreading across the National Park System.

  • Yosemite National Park rangers are searching for a young woman who fell into the Merced River below the Vernal Fall footbridge.

  • NPS areas in and around the nation's capital will host or assist in special activities during the upcoming Memorial Day weekend, including an unusual concert and opportunity to view the city from a unique location.

    Here's just a sampling of events this coming weekend in the Washington, D.C. area:

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

  • It will be a bit easier to negotiate Yosemite National Park on Wednesday. That's when the Tioga Road will open for the summer.

    Acting Superintendent Dave Uberauga says the road will open at 10:00 a.m. for all vehicle traffic. The Tioga Road, bounded on both sides by State Highway 120, is the popular east-west crossing of the Sierra Nevada.

  • For the first time since Yellowstone National Park's gray wolf recovery program began more than a decade ago, rangers have had to kill a wolf that had become too accustomed to turning to people for food.