The Latest News & Views

Monday, April 6th, 2009

  • Can you hear me now?

    Verizon Wireless wants an affirmative answer to that question if you're in Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks, and says it needs a cellphone tower possibly 80 feet tall in Kings Canyon to get it.

  • Biologists warn that the Asian swamp eel, a non-native species, may turn out to be the animal equivalent of the kudzu vine. Here is a fish that seems very capable of dominating the waters of the Everglades. It’s poised to do just that, too. Unfortunately, it may already be too late to stop it.

Sunday, April 5th, 2009

  • The steep, downhill tilt that runs for nearly the first half-mile beyond the trailhead of the
    Reef Bay Trail definitely catches your attention, mainly because you realize the uphill grunt that awaits your return after you've hiked to the Caribbean Sea not quite 3 miles away.

Saturday, April 4th, 2009

  • Editor's note: As Yellowstone National Park is to wildlife, Great Smoky Mountains National Park is to flora. To know where to go, and when, to see what in terms of spring and early summer flowers, read Jeff Doran's following tips, which originally appeared on his Smoky Mountain Hiking Blog.

  • Rockfalls at Yosemite National Park have created a lodging problem in the Yosemite Valley, but it might not be as bad as you were initially led to think.

    A couple of mistakes have led potentially thousands of guests with reservations in the valley for this coming summer to think their reservations were in danger of being canceled. How'd that happen?