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Sunday, August 31st, 2008

Saturday, August 30th, 2008

  • Remember the good old days, when you could enter a national park and there was no cost to hike a trail, tour a museum, or enjoy nature? Well, those days seemingly are fleeting. In a move likely to disappoint many, the folks at Gettysburg National Military Park are thinking of charging a fee to access their museum.

  • [i]Editor's note: In part five of his look at the history and preservation of America's Civil War battlefields, as captured in Pilgrim Places: Civil War Battlefields, Historic Preservation, and America’s First National Military Parks, 1863-1900, historian Richard West Sellars looks at the Africa American role in recalling the Civil War.

Friday, August 29th, 2008

  • On August 28, an adolescent grizzly mauled a woman hiker at her campsite in Alaska’s Gates of the Arctic National Park. Thanks to the quick action of the woman’s companions, the bear was driven away and the victim’s life was spared. The woman, whose identity has not been revealed in early reports, is now being treated at a Fairbanks hospital.

  • At this writing, Tropical Storm Gustav is still in the Caribbean and not yet a hurricane. However, Gustav is expected to get a big energy boost when it moves over warm Gulf of Mexico waters (probably early Sunday) and will likely transition to hurricane strength before making landfall.