The Latest News & Views

Friday, February 27th, 2009

  • Areas near Olympic National Park have been in the news in recent months for some pretty bizarre reasons. First it was those mythical vampires in nearby Forks, Washington, inspired by the best-selling Twilight books and movie. Now there's the following news headline: "Science Finds Swirling Vortex of Poison off Washington Coast."

  • Think you've got a great winter shot of Yellowstone National Park? Then plan on heading to West Yellowstone on March 11 for the park's Winter Photo Festival.

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

  • A 48-year-old man has been killed in Zion National Park, apparently the victim of a 400-foot fall from the Canyon Overlook near Zion Tunnel.

    Park officials say the man's body was found this morning. The victim's name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

  • For many Lower 48ers, the state of Alaska is perceived as a big, raw chunk of wilderness, complete with booming wildlife populations. And perhaps it is, but there's a growing concern that Alaska's wildlife managers are getting carried away with their bag limits on national park landscapes.

  • President Obama's proposed 2010 budget carries $12 billion for the Interior Department, though exactly how much will trickle down to the National Park Service is hard to say at this point.