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Thursday, September 25th, 2008

  • The Orphan Mine, which produced uranium during 1956-1969 for America's Cold War nuclear weapons program, is situated on and below the South Rim at Grand Canyon National Park. Abandoned in 1969, the site is contaminated with hazardous materials, some of which are radioactive. Now the site must be cleaned up, and it’s a time-consuming, complicated process.

Wednesday, September 24th, 2008

  • Devils Tower National Monument in northeastern Wyoming was proclaimed by President Theodore Roosevelt on September 24, 1906, becoming the very first national monument established under authority of the Antiquities Act.

  • The National Park Service is seeking to inventory and preserve archaeological sites across the National Park System until funding permits their excavation. Thanks to the largest number of archaeological sites in the Southeast, the spotlight is turned on the relatively humble Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area.

  • How many hats should we expect national park rangers to wear? Already we expect them to cover law enforcement, interpretation, and backcountry patrols, and to be quick to put on their "search and rescue" hat when need arises.

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008

  • Citing serious safety hazards, the National Park Service has barred public access to the abandoned Keane Wonder Mine site at Death Valley National Park. The old mine site, which has already claimed one visitor’s life, is loaded with hazards of many kinds.