The Latest News & Views

Saturday, February 9th, 2008

  • Bike riding can be as dangerous as climbing Mount Rainier or horseback riding in the Rockies? That's the preliminary finding by a National Park Service team that assessed the risk of commercial cycling at Haleakala National Park.

Friday, February 8th, 2008

  • When last we left U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn, it was believed that he was going to introduce an amendment to legalize the carrying of loaded weapons in national parks. Now he's taking a poll on that question.

  • Thirteen feet of snow is a pretty good winter for most folks. At Mount Rainier National Park, they received 13 feet of snow in 11 days!

    And, not too surprisingly, that much snow has forced park officials to close the road to Paradise.

  • National Park Service officials say they've added a new, "high resolution," map feature to each park's web site. Has anyone seen it?

    I only ask because the NPS issued a press release in which Chief Information Officer Larry Curran said the maps have been placed on each park's web site.

Wednesday, February 6th, 2008

  • Time is constantly a threat to Mesa Verde National Park. As it passes, and brings with it erosion, rock falls and possibly earthquakes, the park's ruins are at risk of collapse. But a new laser technology is providing the park with, in essence, blueprints of the ruins.