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Friday, September 26th, 2008

  • It's that time of year grizzly bears and hunters love in Grand Teton National Park -- time for the annual elk reduction hunt. Mandated by the park's enabling legislation and fueled, more than a few believe, by the state of Wyoming's elk feedlots and the National Elk Refuge, the hunt is scheduled to open on October 11.

  • No one postcard can fully capture Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. Indeed, "lakeshore" might just be the wrong descriptor for this jewel of Lake Superior, as the park's essence is an archipelago of 22 islands (one of which falls outside the lakeshore).

  • When Ellis Island became part of Statue of Liberty National Monument in 1965, its more than 30 buildings were in terrible condition.

Thursday, September 25th, 2008

  • The heavy rains, high winds, and flooding that plagued the Midwest as the remnants of Hurricane Ike passed through struck an especially hard blow in northwest Indiana and left quite a mess at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

  • 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.