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Friday, December 19th, 2008

  • One of the oldest national monuments in the country celebrates its anniversary today, and it's been around for over a century. The primary attraction in this Arizona park has been around a lot longer, and if you're up to a bit of a hike, you can take a walk through a house built 700 years ago.

  • Earlier this year a fisher recovery program got under way in Olympic National Park with the release of 18 of the furry mammals that are kin to weasels. This weekend another 15 or so will be set free to set up home in the park.

  • Today, as the venerable Chaco Culture National Historical Park celebrates the 28th anniversary of its NHP redesignation, scientists continue to explore a sophisticated artifact of pueblo culture and speculate about its functions.

Thursday, December 18th, 2008

  • In what's being described as another example of the Bush administration whittling away the conservation ethic of the National Park Service, the Interior Department today published a proposed rule to "streamline" the regulatory landscape regarding mountain bikes in national parks.

  • The impending change of rules that would allow national park visitors to arm themselves stands a good chance of being placed in limbo, if not overturned, by legal challenges in the coming weeks and months.