The Latest News & Views

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

  • Two groups of boaters encountered problems recently at separate coastal parks, but the situations had vastly different outcomes. Seven teenagers in North Carolina fared immensely better than a group of adults in Mississippi. Four members of the latter group spent the night in the water and 1 is still missing.

  • Each year NPS rangers nominate one of their own for the Harry Yount National Park Ranger Award for excellence in “rangering.” This year's winner received his award at a Capitol Hill ceremony this week.

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

  • Thanks to a brilliant tactical move, gun rights advocates are a step closer to arming themselves in national parks and national wildlife refuges across the country following a U.S. House of Representatives' vote on a credit card bill.

  • National parks often are looked upon as places of not just great beauty, but also great inspiration. So it's only natural that they should spur the creative juices of writers, painters, sculptors, and other artists. And that's the idea behind the artist-in-residence programs that are spreading across the National Park System.

  • Yosemite National Park rangers are searching for a young woman who fell into the Merced River below the Vernal Fall footbridge.