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NP News Update 12/26/08 [Re: James Morrissey] #18983
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12/26 Update

Great Smoky NP:
Smokies elk herd growing
CATALOOCHEE VALLEY – An eight-year long effort to reintroduce elk into Great Smoky Mountains National Park has nearly doubled the number of animals in the park, boding well for the great mammals' future in Cataloochee Valley.
http://www.citizen-times.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2008812260332

Annual event celebrates greatness of the Smokies
Wilderness Wildlife Week marking its 19th year as park reaches its 75th
Wilderness Wildlife Week began 19 years ago as a half-day program held in a conference room at a Pigeon Forge motel.
http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2008/dec/26/annual-event-celebrates-greatness-of-the-smokies/

Mississippi National River and Recreation Area:
River turbine roils the waters as officials fear for fish
An experimental turbine is being installed in the Mississippi River just downstream from Lock and Dam No. 2 in Hastings...With it, the city hopes to earn extra money by selling electricity to Xcel Energy.
http://www.twincities.com/ci_11310986

Mount Rainier NP:
Forecast: Snowfall in the mountains, puddles in the lowlands
Skiers and snowboarders are in for a treat this weekend: Three feet of new snow is expected to fall in the mountains between this afternoon and Sunday. But anyone who hits the slopes should forgo backcountry excursions because the danger posed by avalanches will increase through the weekend.
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2008560968_weather26m.html

Yosemite NP:
Pageantry in motion: Bracebridge Dinner at Yosemite
Did you have Peacock Pie ready for Christmas dinner?
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/dailydish/2008/12/pageantry-in-mo.html

NP News Update 12/27/08 [Re: James Morrissey] #18984
12/28/08 02:09 AM
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Banff NP:
National park avalanche risk rising (Banff + Other Canadian NPs)
The avalanche danger for treeline and alpine terrain will rise to considerable by sunday for Banff, yoho and kootenay national parks, according to a Parks canada bulletin.

Glacier NP:
Huge stimulus package could help Sun Road
A stimulus package under consideration by president-elect Barack Obama aimed at getting the economy going again could provide needed money for Glacier National Park’s Going-to-the-Sun Road.
http://www.whitefishpilot.com/articles/2008/12/26/news/doc49555c5674328467967441.txt

Grand Teton NP:
Mead named chair of Grand Teton foundation
Jackson Hole resident Kate Mead will take over as chairwoman of the Grand Teton National Park Foundation, board members announced last week.
http://www.jhnewsandguide.com/article.php?art_id=4061

Misc. National Parks News:
Outlet eyed near Civil War battlefield
Historians up in arms
It's the Battle of Bookworms vs. the Big Box.
Preservationists and prominent historians are waging a dogged campaign against a proposed 138,000-square-foot Wal-Mart supercenter next to the Civil War's Wilderness Battlefield in Orange County, Va.
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2008/dec/27/outlet-eyed-near-civil-war-battlefield/

Olympic NP:
Low-budget beauty
Rugged Olympic National Park makes a gorgeous getaway
SEATTLE - When the economy gets tough, it's time to get going on cheap trips.
http://www.theolympian.com/662/story/709001.html

Zion NP:
Books: Historic looks at Zion National Park
Two illustrated photo books of Zion National Park are out just in time for Utah's first national park to celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2009.
http://www.sltrib.com/faith/ci_11296118

Re: NP News Update 12/27/08 [Re: James Morrissey] #18985
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Big Bend NP:
Scaling Chisos Mountains a challenge worth trying
BIG BEND NATIONAL PARK — Reaching the South Rim of the Chisos Mountains is like breaking the surface of water. First you gasp for air, and then you marvel at the grandeur.
http://www.star-telegram.com/806/story/1114003.html

Misc Parks News:
Families Ask Bush to Seize Land Parcel for 9/11 Memorial
It has been more than seven years since 20-year-old Deora Bodley and 39 other passengers and crew died in the fiery crash of United Airlines Flight 93, their hijacked plane disintegrating in a grove of hemlock trees outside Shanksville, Pa.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/12/27/AR2008122701097.html?hpid=topnews


Small projects enriching S.F.'s Presidio
Thanks to a tactical retreat this month by Gap founder Don Fisher, there's now a chance to craft a large art museum that deserves to reside within San Francisco's historic Presidio.
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/12/27/MNMJ14RFRF.DTL&type=science

Yellowstone NP:
Small earthquakes in Yellowstone
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) - The University of Utah Seismograph Stations report a swarm of small earthquakes in Yellowstone National Park.
http://www.montanasnewsstation.com/Global/story.asp?S=9585045

Zion NP:
Snow-frosted Zion — Winter casts park under its magical spell
When morning temperatures hover around 20 degrees and even the Virgin River bottomlands are under a white blanket, with drifting snow and crunchy ice prompting the few drivers on the road to be extra-cautious, you know you are in Zion National Park at a special moment.
http://deseretnews.com/article/1,5143,705273258,00.html

Nat Park News 12/28/08 [Re: James Morrissey] #18986
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Please note that we occasionally have been publishing some editorials. It just occurred to me that I should make a disclaimer stating that the views expressed in the clippings presented here do not necessarily represent our own thoughts...

-JM

Aransas National Wildlife Refuge:
Whooping crane count in Texas up to record 270
The whooping crane population has set another record with 270 of the endangered birds wintering on the Texas Coastal Bend.
http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/tx/6184908.html

Grand Canyon NP (Opinion Piece):
A chasm in funding
Grand Canyon National Park is a stunning example of the grandeur of America's public treasures. It's an equally striking example of the desperate shortfall in maintaining these assets.
http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/opinions/articles/2008/12/29/20081229mon1-29.html

Great Smoky NP:
Park plans urged to help boost economy
Group says projects would create 57,000 jobs, address critical needs
A new report by a park advocacy group urges Congress and the incoming Barack Obama administration to look no further than the national park system for projects that can help jump-start the economy.
http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2008/dec/29/park-plans-urged-to-help-boost-economy/

Misc. Parks News
National Park sites lift local economies (note, we have published similar material before)
$11.8 billion boost, study finds
The country's national parks have become a valuable asset during the recession - drawing thousands of visitors and propping up local economies, a new study shows.
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2008/dec/29/national-park-sites-lift-local-economies/

Rocky Mountain NP:
Denver, CO (AHN) - An avalanche in Colorado killed two snowmobilers Saturday afternoon.
http://www.allheadlinenews.com/articles/7013544794

Yellowstone NP:
Vice president defends his record
In an interview with the Star-Tribune last week, Vice President Dick Cheney spoke about his future plans, why his term in office has been so controversial, and the role his office played in keeping the east entrance of Yellowstone National Park open in winter. Cheney spoke with the newspaper from his home in Teton County, where he was spending time with family.
http://www.jacksonholestartrib.com/artic...52c002680fa.txt

Yosemite NP:
It's California cold rush in Yosemite Valley
Walking along the snowy banks of the Merced River as it winds below cliffs, it's obvious why Yosemite Valley's original American Indian inhabitants felt they lived at the center of the universe.
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/travel/destinations/usa/orl-tr28yosemitebrdec28,0,4621346.story

Re: Nat Park News 12/28/08 [Re: James Morrissey] #18987
12/29/08 09:47 PM
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James,

I know it's be posted before but wanted say it again anyway

Thanks for all you do in getting the park news out to us all it's much appreciated. I'm sure it's not as easy as it looks.

Don


"I am a soldier, I fight where I am told, and I win where I fight."
Nat Park News 12/30/08 [Re: Don Edwards] #18988
12/30/08 06:21 PM
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Thanks, Don. It is appreciated. They actually do take a bit of work, but I will admit that it is rewarding seeing how many times in a month the thread has been clicked upon. I plan on doing this every month, as time allows, from now on.

James

Nat Park News 12/30/08 [Re: James Morrissey] #18989
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Misc. Parks News:
Looking ahead to summer trips to national parks
If you're thinking about a trip to a national park next summer, you may want to start researching your itinerary now. Campsites and cabins can be secured up to six months in advance at http://www.recreation.gov and the National Park Service has a wealth of free information online for individual parks.
http://www.mercurynews.com/travel/ci_11329762

Olympic NP:
Owls on Peninsula under pressure
PORT ANGELES -- The northern spotted owl is being driven off its territory by a larger, more aggressive cousin, say wildlife biologists.
http://www.peninsuladailynews.com/article/20081229/news/312299995

Stones River National Cemetery
Historic Weathervane Towers Over Battlefield
A piece of history returned to its place high above the hallowed ground of Stones River National Cemetery as employees replaced a repaired weathervane atop the cemetery flagpole.
http://www.murfreesboropost.com/news.php?viewStory=14666

Yellowstone NP:
Gray wolves becoming star attraction at Yellowstone
More than 350 now roam the park
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. - It is a sunny winter afternoon, and Simond Raymond has a problem.
His flight home to Yverdon-les-Bains in Switzerland leaves this evening from Bozeman, Mont. But at the moment, Raymond is standing in the snow of the Lamar Valley of Yellowstone National Park, 120 miles away.
http://www.theolympian.com/704/story/710754.html

Scientists eye unusual swarm of Yellowstone quakes
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Yellowstone National Park was jostled by a host of small earthquakes for a third straight day Monday, and scientists watched closely to see whether the more than 250 tremors were a sign of something bigger to come. Swarms of small earthquakes happen frequently in Yellowstone, but it's very unusual for so many earthquakes to happen over several days, said Robert Smith, a professor of geophysics at the University of Utah.
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hklq5saMBlMynv31EbfNSka-SpOwD95CN8P80

Zion NP:
Under the Dixie SUN: Charting the Course of History
Zion National Park Begins its Centennial Year
One hundred years ago, a St. George man was working on a report that would forever change the course of Southern Utah history.
His name was Leo A. Snow and he was a United States deputy surveyor who had been detailed to survey Township 40 South, Range 10 West from Salt Lake City.
http://www.thespectrum.com/article/20081229/STGEORGEMAGAZINE10/81223016

Nat Park News 12/31/08 [Re: James Morrissey] #18990
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Great Smoky NP:
A 75th celebration
Will the new president come to wish Smokies a ‘Happy Birthday?
Millions come to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park every year. This year, 2009, will certainly be no exception as the park prepares to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the official proclamation that gave birth to the park.
http://www.blounttoday.com/news/2008/dec/30/75th-celebration/


Haleakala NP:
Nene killed on the road in Haleakala National Park
HALEAKALA — An adult nene was killed on the road at Haleakala National Park on Dec. 28. Motorists traveling to the park are asked to drive slowly and cautiously.

Mesa Verde NP:
Mesa Verde National Park: Protecting the Culture of Ancient Native Americans
The park has more than five thousand ruins from the time of the Ancestral Puebloan people. Transcript of radio broadcast: 30 December 2008
http://www.voanews.com/specialenglish/2008-12-30-voa1.cfm


Misc. Parks News:
Brady Campaign Sues to Stop National Park Gun Rule
The new rule applies to rural and urban national parks. If it goes into effect on January 9, it would allow concealed firearms on the National Mall just eleven days before the Obama Inaugural Celebration.
http://www.newwest.net/topic/article/brady_campaign_sues_to_stop_national_park_gun_rule/C41/L41/

Health perks of the park
Take a healthy holiday vacation and visit a park. Sure, parks are pretty to look at. And they make neighborhoods much more desirable. But according to the University of Glasgow study recently published in The Lancet medical journal, they can also do wonders for your health.
http://www.sheknows.com/articles/806543.htm

LETTER TO THE EDITOR (Washington Times): National parks, an American heritage
our article "National Park sites lift local economies" (Page 1, Monday) raises one of my long-standing pet peeves.
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2008/dec/31/american-heritage/

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