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Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

  • When Congress added the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to the National Park System on June 16, 1972, the Park Service acquired a difficult and expensive set of managerial obligations well outside its traditional functions and in conflict with the agency’s basic raison d'etre.

  • There's been another death in Yosemite National Park. Rangers say a 23-year-old concession company employee from Florida apparently fell to his death from a cliff above Mirror Lake in the Yosemite Valley.

  • In the early 1900s, some national parks existed, but getting to them was problematic. Then was born the idea -- with the help of Stephen Mather, the first director of the National Park Service -- to develop a "National Park-to-Park Highway," one that would run through 11 states and connect 13 national parks.

  • Investigators are trying to determine the cause of a fire that destroyed two 37-foot cabin cruisers at the Wahweap Marina on Lake Powell in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.