The Latest News & Views

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

  • It's no secret that Yellowstone National Park is volcanic in nature. Still, scientists are raising their eyebrows over a recent swarm of earthquakes that have been shaking the park's underpinnings.

  • Harsh criticism forced the Presidio Trust to rethink its plans for the new Contemporary Art Museum at the Presidio (CAMP). A new proposal for the CAMP emphasizes smaller, better located structures built largely underground. Whether this “chop and drop” strategy will mollify preservationists and other critics remains to be seen.

Monday, December 29th, 2008

  • The National Visitor Center was a bad idea that came to a bad end. When it was abolished on December 29, 1981, the NPS breathed a huge sigh of relief. Wouldn’t it be nice to have that $100 million back?

    Washington, DC’s Union Station opened in 1908 to great fanfare.

Sunday, December 28th, 2008

  • If you were planning a pre-New Year's Eve trip to Sequoia National Park, you might want to check with park officials before you head there. A power outage that hit Christmas Day has forced closure of facilities in the Lodgepole and Giant Forest area.

  • The current occupant of the Oval Office has ties to the Lone Star State, but the term "Texas White House" is normally associated with a former president from Texas. Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park has an anniversary today, and there have been several major changes at the park in 2008, including the first public tours of the Texas White House.