The Latest News & Views

Monday, June 1st, 2009

  • It could be argued that the two most important jobs along the Eastern seaboard during the 19th century were that of lighthouse keeper and life-saver. The former worked hard to warn ships off shoals, while the latter worked to save those who ships foundered.

  • Hordes of day-trippers are once again converging on the Fort Pickens area of Gulf Islands National Seashore. Though not quite healed from its hurricane pummelings, this popular sun-sea-sand destination is very much back in business.

  • Is this how low the bar has dropped for inclusion into the National Park System? Is it really so low that a gas station once owned by the beer-swilling brother of President Jimmy Carter should be managed as part of a national historical park by the National Park Service?

Sunday, May 31st, 2009

  • A lack of clues in the search for a missing hiker in Grand Canyon National Park has prompted a decision to begin scaling back the effort.

  • Most people who visit Glacier Bay National Park never touch a glacier, but – with an icy breath – the glaciers reach out and touch them.

    An estimated 80 percent of visitors come to the park by cruise ship, allowed into the bay one by one under National Park Service supervision.