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Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

  • The fiddle, a key instrument for entertainment on the American frontier of the mid-1800s, will be featured in May when the 2012 Monumental Fiddling Championships are held at Homestead National Monument of America in southeastern Nebraska.

    The championships on May 26 will cap a week

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

  • A former seasonal ranger at Yosemite National Park who had been working for the park concessionaire has been killed by a falling tree that crushed his tent cabin in Curry Village during a storm.

    Park officials say Ryan Hiller, who would have turned 28 this month, died Saturday.

    "With intense sadness, we share with our employees and partners the news regarding the death of Ryan Hiller during

  • It has been a week since two parties on Mount Rainier failed to return from their backcountry trips as planned, and high winds, deep snow, and towering drifts continue to hamper efforts to find them.

    Thirty-seven-year-old Mark Vucich, of San Diego, and 30-year-old Michelle Trojanowski, of
    Atlanta, Georgia, had planned to winter camp on the Muir Snowfield last weekend, with a return on Sunday,

  • A slight majority of Biscayne National Park visitors are worried about climate change, and about one-third believe the park already is being harmed by a warming climate, according to a survey conducted by Colorado State University researchers.

    The survey (attached), conducted from May 2011 and on into this month, is part of a larger survey of climate-ch

Sunday, January 22nd, 2012

  • Texas, which already features a national seashore, would benefit greatly in terms of economics and storm protection if a national recreation area were created along the Gulf of Mexico near Houston, according to a National Parks Conservation Association report.