The Latest News & Views

Thursday, October 2nd, 2008

  • North Cascades National Park, part of the North Cascades National Park Service Complex in Washington, celebrates its 40th anniversary today, October 2. The park you see today is a calm, peaceful corner of America, standing like an unwavering sentinel on the Canadian Border.

  • Just before 8:00 a.m. yesterday morning ( October 1st), a Rock Creek Park maintenance worker was in a playing field north of Morrow Drive when he came upon a plastic bag near a trash can. Inside the bag, which was marked "inert,” was a suspicious looking device. Could that be a hand grenade?!

  • A car struck and killed a panther kitten in Everglades National Park Monday night (September 29). The youngster, a two- or three-month old female accompanied by its mother, was crossing a road near an entrance station when it was killed at about 10:15 p.m. The mother, who appeared to have no other kittens with it, was uninjured.

  • Zigzagging 2,175 miles between Mount Katahdin in northern Maine and Springer Mountain in Georgia, the Appalachian National Scenic Trail threads through a who's who list of Eastern state and national parks.

Wednesday, October 1st, 2008

  • A backcountry skier has died in an accident in Rocky Mountain National Park. The 40-year-old was skiing alone on Taylor Glacier and reported missing late Tuesday.

    Park officials did not immediately release the man's name, pending notification of next of kin, but did say he was from Boulder, Colorado.