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Saturday, July 26th, 2008

  • An 18-year-old hired at Olympic National Park in June to fight fires has been killed on the fire-lines in northern California. Andrew "Andy" Palmer died Friday shortly after a tree fell on him during his team's first day on the fire.

  • Gerald R. Ford, 38th president of the United States (1974-1977) was the only U.S. president ever to serve as a national park ranger.

  • On July 9, the US House of Representatives unanimously approved the America’s Beautiful National Parks Quarter Dollar Coin Act of 2008 (H.R. 6184). An identical version of this bill (S. 3214), and bearing the same name, was introduced to the Senate on June 26 and has received strong support.

Friday, July 25th, 2008

  • For the second time this summer a black bear in Yellowstone National Park has been put down for developing too great a taste for human food. Park officials say the bear was killed Thursday after breaking into the backpacks of a "large group" of hikers.

  • While the National Park Service might be an apolitical agency, it's nothing if not a hot property in the political world. So is it any surprise that a pro-business, anti-environment administration in the White House would have the final say over snowmobiling in the world's first and best-known national park?