The Latest News & Views

Saturday, May 9th, 2009

  • Is the swine flu, er is the H1N1 flu a real threat to you, or is it being blown out of proportion due to the 24-hour news cycle? Good question, but regardless, the National Park Service has tips for staying flu-free in the National Park System.

    According to the folks at the Park Service's "public health program:"

  • Death Valley National Park has more than its share of colorful historical characters and sites: ghosts towns, prospectors, Twenty Mule Teams and Scotty's Castle. One of those locations, the Barker Ranch, achieved notoriety through association with Charles Manson, the convicted leader of a group responsible for several murders in California.

  • There's expected to be better access in Glacier National Park this weekend thanks to the hard-working plow crews, and, as a result, campgrounds are slowly beginning to open.

  • If you can take a top-notch photo sometime this year while visiting one of America's national parks or other federal public lands, you may be interested in a photo contest that offers some great prizes.

Friday, May 8th, 2009

  • A 61-year-old New Yorker collapsed and died, apparently of natural causes, while being guided to the top of Mount McKinley in Denali National Park and Preserve. William Hearne died Thursday after his team hauled gear to 13,500 feet.