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National Park News:Jan20,09 [Re: James Morrissey] #19576
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Denali NP:
State to sell off Healy coal plant
$50 MILLION: Facility being sold to Fairbanks utility has been idle 8 years.
The state will sell the "clean coal" power plant at Healy to a Fairbanks electric utility for $50 million, settling years of legal wrangling over an expensive white elephant that's sat idle since 2000.
http://www.adn.com/money/industries/mining/story/654606.html

The Rigors of Research in the Cold
Rod Boertje knew it was getting cold when the National Park Service took the dogs inside. Boertje, then a graduate student in wildlife biology at the University of Alaska, was doing a study on caribou in Denali National Park in the early 1980s. Park rangers, saying it was too cold for the sled dogs that had brought Boertje to his study area, mushed the dogs back to a warm kennel. Boertje stayed behind, watching caribou to see what they did in the winter. He's one of a few scientists who have done field work in Alaska on the coldest days of winter.
http://alaskareport.com/news19/x61880_research_cold.htm

Grand Teton NP:
Ray and I had spent the better part of two hours breaking trail through deep snow to get to a climb when the final 100 yards stopped us. All we had to do was cross a slope to reach the start of the rock and ice route that we coveted. But the snow was fresh and unconsolidated; the avalanche potential significant. We dug a pit to examine how well the various layers of snow had bonded. The pit wall collapsed like the town drunk. We headed back to the car.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123241708100396573.html

Misc. Parks News:
Hawaii park visitors down nearly 15% in December
Hawaii’s national parks saw 14.7 percent fewer visitors in December, down from 400,571 in 2007 to 341,556, according to monthly data from the National Park Service.
http://www.bizjournals.com/pacific/stories/2009/01/19/daily3.html

Yellowstone NP:
Yellowstone bison could go to Wyo Reservation (previously reported)
BILLINGS — Forty-one bison that have wandered out of Yellowstone National Park and are currently held in a federal disease quarantine facility in Montana, could wind up on the Wind River Indian Reservation.
http://www.wyomingbusinessreport.com/article.asp?id=98227

Money to fund search for life forms in park
Yellowstone National Park will receive $1 million for research that could find new life in and around the hydrothermal vents of Yellowstone Lake.
http://www.jacksonholenews.com/article.php?art_id=4150

National Park News:Jan21,09 [Re: James Morrissey] #19577
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Cuyahoga Valley NP:
Chronicle Cuyahoga Valley National Park to collect oral histories
Whether it was a family sledding trip at Kendall Hills, a marriage proposal at Brandywine Falls or an entire childhood growing up nearby, memories related to Cuyahoga Valley National Park abound. In preparation for its new documentary about the park, Western Reserve PBS invites people to share their memories of Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
http://www.thesuburbanite.com/communitie...-oral-histories

Everglades NP:
Inauguration Feature: Housing And Tourism Leaders Optimistic Obama Stimulus Plans Could Benefit Florida (I almost omitted this as a news piece because it does not delve much into the park, only to mention it as a potential 'shovel ready' project)
http://www.allheadlinenews.com/articles/7013773972

Kaibab National Forest:
Kaibab National Forest officials are honoring some unique furry friends today because it is National Squirrel Appreciation Day. The Kaibab Plateau in northern Arizona is the only place in the world where the Kaibab squirrel lives in the wild.
http://prescottdailycourier.com/main.asp...86&TM=81.13


Misc. Parks News:
Estimates put inaugural crowd at over 1 million
But experts not sure if turnout surpassed LBJ's inauguration in 1965.
http://www.statesman.com/news/content/news/stories/nation/01/21/0121inaugcrowd.html

Hundreds Visit Medical Tents Seeking Care for Cold Feet and Worse
Marshall Anderson, park ranger and paramedic, arrived at his first aid tent northeast of the Washington Monument at 5:30 a.m. yesterday. His first patient arrived at 5:31.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/01/20/AR2009012003781.html

National Park Service Finally Buys Land for Controversial Flight 93 Memorial
After what seems like years upon years of standstills, redesigns, and often-aggravating controversy, there has finally been some movement on the Flight 93 National Memorial in rural Pennsylvania. The National Park Service has announced that they have finally finalized the plans to buy the piece of land needed to start building a permanent memorial.
http://www.mediabistro.com/unbeige/parks...ial__106255.asp

Parks have been shoveled aside for ages (Editorial)
Given that our national parks were created to preserve their natural wonders — the geysers of Yellowstone, Hawaii's volcanoes, Florida's serene River of Grass, and 388 others — we don't necessarily associate such pristine places with that economic buzz phrase, shovel-ready.
http://www.news-press.com/article/20090121/COLUMNISTS09/901210395/1058/SPORTS

Outside the US/Canadian Parks System
Elusive search for Kruger crocodile die-off baffles scientists
JOHANNESBURG (AFP) — When three rotting crocodile carcasses were spotted in a remote corner of South Africa's world famous Kruger National Park wildlife reserve, alarm bells started ringing for scientists.
http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5h2_a1wVgAVhUQ9ItStc81OqmfQqA

Elephants in Jim Corbett National Park in Uttarakhand have been installed with microchips, which will act as their identification proof.
http://www.newkerala.com/topstory-fullnews-78806.html

Marine park to save the coastline
A PROPOSAL for a massive marine park stretching along Sydney's coast - from Gosford in the north to the Royal National Park in the south and three kilometres out to sea - is being launched today.
http://merredin.yourguide.com.au/news/na...ne/1377273.aspx


Waterton Lakes National Park:
Historic Canadian lodge gutted by fire
WATERTON PARK, Alberta, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- An old-fashioned lodge in Waterton Lakes National Park in the Canadian Rockies burned to the ground early Tuesday.
http://www.upi.com/Top_News/2009/01/20/Historic_Canadian_lodge_gutted_by_fire/UPI-35041232497053/

Yellowstone NP:
Snow dictates avalanche forecasters' work
CODY -- Dozens of avalanches have occurred this winter at Sylvan Pass in Yellowstone National Park, keeping avalanche forecasters busy.
http://www.trib.com/articles/2009/01/21/news/wyoming/3d21ed92d1b3a35b8725754400030d9c.txt

Zion NP:
East Zion area offers easy getaway
With a short drive thru some of the most beautiful country in the nation, residents of Cedar City and St. George can find new terrain to explore, all kinds of attractions from concerts to caves and, of course, life's staple: golf.
http://www.thespectrum.com/article/20090120/LIFESTYLE/901200326

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Big Bend NP:
Black Bear and Mountain Lion Sightings December 2008 at Big Bend National Park
http://www.desertusa.com/desertblog/?p=5155

Glacier NP:
For Many Glacier caretakers, blog helps with sanity
When Ron Hoppner goes to work, he bundles up and heads out into the chill, passing by the dozen or so bighorn sheep that hang out near his door everyday.
http://www.hungryhorsenews.com/articles/2009/01/21/news/doc4977522f034f6708204364.txt

Grand Teton NP:
Grand Teton National Park Employees Give “Day of Service” to Local Community (Blog)
Grand Teton National Park employees donated a “Day of Service” to their local community of Jackson, Wyoming in observance of Martin Luther King Day on Monday, January 19, 2009. Park Service staff contributed their time and energy in answer to the nation-wide challenge from President Barack Obama, who called upon American citizens to provide community service during the federal holiday.
http://gtnpnews.blogspot.com/2009/01/grand-teton-national-park-employees.html

Misc. Parks News:
Attendance at Avalanche Classes Surges
After Dangerous Early Winter Conditions, Backcountry Beckons
http://www.flatheadbeacon.com/articles/a...y_beckons/7791/

Freeze On New Regs Could Impact Efforts to Expand Mountain Biking in National Parks
A freeze on new regulations proposed in the waning days of the Bush administration puts in limbo a number of rules and actions that affect national parks. One pending rule, for instance, could greatly expand mountain biking in the parks.
http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/200...-national-parks

Mount Rainier NP:
Limited access to Paradise (Mount Rainier style)
Mount Rainier National Park continues to explore ways to safely open the road to Paradise on weekdays, but this can only occur on days when road and weather conditions are optimal.
http://blog.oregonlive.com/terryrichard/2009/01/access_restricted_to_paradise.html

Wonderland Trail will be rerouted
Mount Rainier National Park trails crews will proceed this spring or summer with a reroute of the Wonderland Trail in the Carbon River area.
http://www.thenewstribune.com/adventure/story/602967.html

Rocky Mountain NP:
Elk Culling To Start In Rocky Mountain Nat'l Park
Rifle scopes will soon be set on elk in Rocky Mountain National Park. Park officials say they plan to start culling the herd in the next few weeks.
http://cbs4denver.com/pets/elk.culling.rocky.2.914596.html

Saguaro NP:
Saguaro National Park needs volunteers to help preserve trails
Saguaro National Park is looking for volunteers to help preserve the scenic trails in the Cactus Forest and the Tucson Mountain District.
http://www.tucsoncitizen.com/daily/local/108294.php

Yellowstone NP:
Yellowstone National Park will receive a half million dollars in federal funds to match a private donation enabling the park to conduct a groundbreaking research project.
http://journal.bigskybusiness.com/index.php?name=News&file=article&sid=531

National Park News:Jan24,09 [Re: James Morrissey] #19579
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There was a TON of news to report today. It goes to show you why I should never take a day off. Anyway, here are some of the headlines that I found interesting over the last couple of days.

Acadia NP:
ACADIA NAT’L PARK — Acting chief ranger Stuart West has been appointed chief ranger, superintendent Sheridan Steele announced on Tuesday.
http://mdislander.com/site/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=8603&Itemid=36

Black Canyon NP:
Black Canyon National Park offers snowshoe walks, telescope viewing
Snowshoe walks are scheduled at 10 a.m. Saturdays and 1 p.m. Sundays from Jan. 17 through March 8. Meet at Black Canyon National Park South Rim visitor center to experience winter at Black Canyon by snowshoeing with a ranger among the oaks, through open meadows and along the rim of the canyon.
http://www.deltacountyindependent.com/in...&Itemid=267

Everglades NP:
Riding the 'glades Shark Valley Loop -- no sharks, just gators
There is one time of year to bicycle the Shark Valley Loop and that is winter.
http://www.news-journalonline.com/NewsJournalOnline/Opinion/Columnists/Footnote/colFOOT012309.htm

Glacier NP:
GNP head wants wilderness designation to become official
Most of Glacier National Park has been proposed wilderness for decades, but that proposal has just been sitting in Congress since the 1970s.
http://www.kpax.com/Global/story.asp?S=9724941

Grand Canyon NP:
Raul Grijalva looks to prohibit uranium mining near Grand Canyon
Federal lawmakers have not given up the fight to prevent uranium mining near the Grand Canyon.
http://www.fox11az.com/news/topstories/stories/KMSB_20090122_dc_grandcanyonlegislation.1dfdb27b.html

Grand Teton NP:
Outdoors notebook: Dog mushers race to Park City (from JH)
Twenty teams from Canada, Switzerland, Scotland and the U.S. will fill the International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race beginning Jan. 30 in Jackson, Wyo. It's the largest sled-dog race in the lower 48 states, crossing through 10 Wyoming towns before ending in Park City on Feb. 7.
http://www.sltrib.com/outdoors/ci_11529299

Alaskan sled dog comes to Powell Branch Library (Not really a NP News Item...I just enjoyed it)
More than 100 children gathered at the Powell Branch Library Tuesday to literally get their hands on a genuine Alaskan sled dog.
http://powelltribune.com/index.php/content/view/674/2/

Great Smoky NP:
Road to a Smoky paradise
HYDERABAD: The Smokies are today one of the greatest attractions in the eastern United States, providing countless opportunities of fun and frolic including camping, rafting, hiking and enjoying the wilderness. We, a group of five, started a little early in the morning from Nashville. It was our second trip to the Smokies.
http://www.expressbuzz.com/edition/story...;SEO=Gatlinburg,+Smokies+United+States,+Nashville&SectionName=BUzPVSKuYv7MFxnS0yZ7ng==

Hawaii Volcanoes NP:
Small new lava flow hits ocean in national park
A small lava flow that last month was at the boundary of the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island has now crossed the park and is entering the ocean.

Misc. Parks News:
Filmmaker asks for outdoor retailers' help in promoting parks
Ken Burns » Calls new six-part series on parks his best work
A partnership between a famous documentary filmmaker like Ken Burns and the outdoor industry might seem like a mismatch.
http://www.sltrib.com/news/ci_11528070

Matheson proposes national park fund increase
Rep. Jim Matheson, D-Utah, wants national parks to be a priority in any economic stimulus package.
http://www.sltrib.com/news/ci_11541186

Obama punts 11th-hour oil shale, park gun rules to Salazar
Environmentalists and unarmed national park enthusiasts got a bit of a reprieve Tuesday when the new Obama administration issued a memo halting further progress on a series of controversial midnight regulations pushed through in the waning days of a lame-duck Bush White House.
http://coloradoindependent.com/19894/obama-punts-11th-hour-oil-shale-park-gun-rules-to-salazar

Interior Secretary Visits Liberty’s Crown
Ken Salazar, the new secretary of the interior, climbed the 146 steps to the Statue of Liberty’s crown on Friday. When he came down, he said of the experience: “One word: Awesome.”
http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/01/23/interior-secretary-visits-libertys-crown/?apage=1

Olympic (and Mount Baker) NP:
Funds available for Washington forest work
The Olympic and Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forests can start work this year repairing storm damaged roads, trails and facilities with special funds appropriated by Congress in September 2008.
http://blog.oregonlive.com/terryrichard/2009/01/funds_available_for_washington.html

Yellowstone NP:
A bright idea
Most Montanans figure they know all about Yellowstone Park, yet on Thursday night filmmaker Ken Burns showed he’s still a master storyteller who can surprise even a Bozeman audience with the history of America’s first national park.
http://www.bozemandailychronicle.com/articles/2009/01/23/news/000parks.txt

'Where the deer and the antelope roam
Wildlife and stunning natural landscapes have taken the spotlight in a new exhibit at The Field Museum in Chicago (Yes, you read that...).
http://www.nwi.com/articles/2009/01/23/e...544007d5934.txt

Big Sky Institute lecture series kicks off in February
Coming up this February, the Big Sky Institute, the National Parks Conservation Association and the Big Sky Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a lecture series focused on climate change impacts and issues in our region. Each lecture will feature a regional expert as well as a local expert in each topic. The series will be hosted at the Big Sky Library.
http://www.lonepeaklookout.com/articles/2009/01/22/news/news%202.txt

Nature and travel photographer Ray Scott to present slide show at library
Nature and travel photographer Ray Scott is set to present a beautiful and inspiring slide show of Yellowstone National Park at the Faulkner County Library, 1900 Tyler St. at 7 p.m. on Jan. 29.
http://www.thecabin.net/stories/012209/sty_0122090023.shtml

National Park News:Jan25,09 [Re: James Morrissey] #19580
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Denali NP:
Healy power plant sparks to life under new agreement
The state-owned Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority's board approved an agreement Jan. 14 to sell a mothballed 50-megawatt coal-fired power plant in Healy to Golden Valley Electric Association, the electric cooperative serving Interior Alaska.
http://www.alaskajournal.com/stories/012309/loc_img_11001.shtml

Everglades NP:
Sea grass meadows being damaged in Florida Bay
Fishing guides and anglers can expect to face some boating restrictions to help protect damaged sea grass meadows in Florida Bay in Everglades National Park.
http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/story/871319.html

Kissimmee River rediscovers its origins
First the river was a river, long and meandering, with alligators and ducks and bass and bream. Then, in the name of efficiency and flood control, the river was turned into a canal, wide and deep and polluted, lacking much animal life except the vultures that floated above on the afternoon thermals, watching, always watching.
http://www.tampabay.com/features/humaninterest/article970054.ece

Grand Teton NP:
Flood prediction for Gros Ventre moderate
A Wyoming hydrologist has issued the first in a series of spring flood predictions, singling out the Gros Ventre River drainage as the only one in the region that has a moderate potential for flooding.
http://www.jacksonholenews.com/article.php?art_id=4171

Great Smoky NP:
75th anniversary of Smokies
Important Dates in the park's founding
http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2009/jan/25/important-dates-in-the-parks-founding/

$5M gift from son of oil legend made national park possible
Count international financier John D. Rockefeller Jr. as a key figure in the drive to create the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2009/jan/25/5m-gift-from-son-of-oil-legend-made-national-park-/

Tremont program yields unique Smokies exhibit
An art teacher from Ohio had the rare opportunity to spend two months participating in an artist in residency program at the Great Smoky Mountains Institute of Tremont.
http://www.thedailytimes.com/article/20090124/NEWS/301249988

Misc. Parks News:
Bush legacy leaves uphill climb for U.S. parks, critics say
Reporting from Arches National Park, Utah -- Kate Cannon gazed across the high red desert to the snowy La Sal Mountains rising in sharp relief at the horizon. That view of uninterrupted nature is what draws nearly a million yearly visitors to this remote part of southeast Utah.
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-parks25-2009jan25,0,6965342.story

Warming Trends Alter Conservation
Experts Think Old Paradigm of Fixed Boundaries Will Not Work as Sea Levels Rise
At the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge on Maryland's Eastern Shore, sea-level rise threatens to drown the brackish marsh on which migrating shorebirds depend.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/story/2009/01/25/ST2009012500606.html

Outside the US/Canadian Parks:
JA moves closer to having park listed among UNESCO sites
GOVERNMENT last Wednesday signed a nomination document to have the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park added to UNESCO's prestigious list of World Heritage Sites, bringing to a close four years of work by the park's managers - the Jamaica Conservation and Development Trust (JCDT).
http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/html...ESCO_SITES_.asp

Fire crews continue to battle NSW, Tas blazes
Fire crews in New South Wales and Tasmania will work through the night as they continue to battle blazes which began on Thursday during severe weather conditions.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/01/25/2473763.htm

Re: National Park News:Jan25,09 [Re: James Morrissey] #19581
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Hey Guys,

Lots of interesting news today. Here are a few of the headlines.

BC's Glacier NP:
Public warning issued for those who break rules by entering parts of B.C. park
VANCOUVER, B.C. — The rising number of people caught going into closed areas of B.C.'s Glacier National Park has forced officials to issue a warning that charges will be laid against those caught breaking the rules.
http://www.google.com/hostednews/canadianpress/article/ALeqM5g5E64tc6XJtPt8Mz41AD4iIYnv2w

Cuyahoga Valley National Park
When there is 4 inches of snow or more, the Winter Sports Center at Kendall Lake in Cuyahoga Valley National Park will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through Feb. 28, as well as Feb. 16.
http://blog.cleveland.com/suncourier/2009/01/cuyahoga_valley_national_park_8.html

PBS works to preserve stories of national park
Park uniquely located between two cities
There is a place in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park where Doris Demczyk Wolfe goes to find peace.
http://www.ohio.com/news/38312699.html


Everglades NP:
Fuel for sale again at Flamingo area of Everglades National Park
Fuel services have resumed at the Flamingo area of Everglades National Park, the National Park Service announced.
http://www.naplesnews.com/news/2009/jan/26/fuel-sale-again-flamingo-area-everglades-national-/

Grand Canyon NP:
Bill Would Stop Uranium Mining Near Grand Canyon National Park
Congressman Raul Grijalva, an Arizona Democrat, has reintroduced legislation prohibiting new uranium claims, exploration, and mining across one million acres of public lands watersheds surrounding Grand Canyon National Park.
http://www.ens-newswire.com/ens/jan2009/2009-01-26-093.asp

Winter in the Grand Canyon
THE Grand Canyon National Park has long been an adventure travel destination, even before its official creation in 1919. With its inclusion on just about every must see list before you die, the Canyon draws in about 5 million visitors every year, most to its South Rim. And while those numbers may put off those looking to avoid the crowds, even the most seasoned travel ranks seeing the Canyon for the first time in their "best ever" travel experiences - a sight that will stick with you long after you've left.
http://www.examiner.com/x-2060-Portland-...he-Grand-Canyon


Misc. Parks News:
Changes ahead for U.S. national parks?
There were the attempts to gain approval for oil and gas leases to be auctioned near the boundaries of Utah’s Arches National Park. And the uranium-mine project a couple miles from a visitors center in Grand Canyon. The return of snowmobiles in Yellowstone. And permitting visitors to carry concealed weapons within park boundaries.
http://travel.latimes.com/daily-deal-blog/index.php/changes-ahead-for-us-3919/

National Park Gun and Mountain Bike Rules Not Affected by Obama’s Freeze
It's the status quo for both contentious rules, but for different reasons.
On January 21, a few hours after Barrack Obama walked into the Oval Office for his first day on the job, he issued a freeze on all “midnight rules,” last-minute administrative actions of the ongoing Bush administration.
http://www.newwest.net/topic/article/nat...freeze/C41/L41/

National Parks commercialization to be reconsidered
Under the administration of President George W. Bush, commerce came before conservation with the result that many national parks were degraded by the encroachment of energy exploration which included such actions as drilling for gas and oil.
http://www.examiner.com/x-2547-Watchdog-...be-reconsidered


Outside the US/Canadian Parks System:
Climber's body expected to be retrieved
Rescue teams on Wednesday hope to retrieve the body of a tramper found at Aoraki Mt Cook.
http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/body-found-in-mt-cook-national-park-2454586

Congo park reports 10 gorillas born in 16 months
VIRUNGA NATIONAL PARK, Congo (AP) — The first census of critically endangered mountain gorillas carried out by government authorities since rebels seized the area shows that 10 babies have been born in the last 16 months, wildlife officials said Monday.
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gYx_ONW2C4fvLas6E7GI4_mmeCSgD95V0U401


Rocky Mountain NP:
Sharpshooters will start killing elk in the next few weeks to thin the herd in Rocky Mountain National Park.
http://www.jamestownsun.com/articles/index.cfm?id=79203&section=News

Yellowstone NP:
National parks group meeting in Yellowstone
A commission examining the national parks is meeting in Yellowstone this week.
http://www.billingsgazette.net/articles/2009/01/26/news/wyoming/22-parks.txt

Are Bison Wildlife or Livestock?
You have to start somewhere, and this proposed legislation would be a good first step.
If there’s a conservation issue more volatile or confusing than the bison controversy centered in Yellowstone National Park, I’m not sure what it is. And enduring, too, going way back to before brucellosis became big news. Bison migrating out of the park have always been controversial.
http://www.newwest.net/topic/article/are_bison_wildlife_or_livestock/C41/L41/

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The headlines from the last couple of days...

Acadia NP:
Grant Coming for Schoodic Byway Entryway/Exit in Prospect Harbor
GOULDSBORO — The town will receive a $78,000 grant to create an entryway/exit to the Schoodic National Scenic Byway in the village of Prospect Harbor.
http://ellsworthmaine.com/site/index.php...ect-Harbor.html

Arches NP:
The view from Arches National Park on a system's uphill climb (reported earlier)
ARCHES NATIONAL PARK, Utah -- Kate Cannon gazed across the high red desert to the snowy La Sal Mountains rising in sharp relief at the horizon. That view of uninterrupted nature is what draws nearly 1 million yearly visitors to this remote part of southeast Utah.
http://www.sltrib.com/ci_11572468

Death Valley NP:
New superintendent named for Death Valley
DEATH VALLEY, Calif. -- Sarah L. Craighead, a 30-year veteran of the National Park Service has been named superintendent of Death Valley National Park, it was announced today by NPS Regional Director Jonathan B. Jarvis.
http://www.pahrumpvalleytimes.com/2009/Jan-28-Wed-2009/news/26502818.html

Glacier NP:
Mountaineer achieves rare winter solo of Glacier's Mount Stimson
A Great Falls native who now lives in Whitefish has successfully climbed Mount Stimson in Glacier.
http://www.greatfallstribune.com/article/20090129/LIFESTYLE05/901290317

Good things from Going-to-the-Sun
Last July, Montana and America celebrated the seventy-fifth anniversary of the opening of Going-to-the-Sun Road. In many ways, the story of the building of Going-to-the-Sun road is the story of early Montana: hard-scrambling men and women who risked life and limb to achieve a vision for a tomorrow that would be better than the past.
http://bigforkeagle.com/articles/2009/01/28/editorials/letters/doc497f9c0457bbb650373976.txt

Foster named facility chief at Glacier Park
Glacier National Park has hired from within, naming Jim Foster its new chief of facilities management.
http://www.hungryhorsenews.com/articles/2009/01/28/news/doc4980cc129300f739621781.txt

Glacier Bay NP:
Park Service awards Glacier Bay contracts
KETCHIKAN, Alaska -- Four cruise lines have been awarded 10-year contracts to operate within Glacier Bay National Park.
http://newsminer.com/news/2009/jan/28/park-service-awards-glacier-bay-contracts/

Grand Canyon
Park official pans Interior
Memo: Grand Canyon rule ignored science, risked ecology
WASHINGTON — Interior Department officials ignored scientific findings when they limited water flows in the Grand Canyon to optimize generation of electric power there, risking damage to the landmark's ecology, according to documents obtained by The Washington Post.
http://www.denverpost.com/headlines/ci_11569301

A legal battle set in stone
Lawsuit seeks to protect 'geologic wonder'
NEAR THE GRAND CANYON — In the eternal debate of man versus nature, hundreds of biologists are turning up the volume by suing federal authorities over the management of two Arizona icons: the Grand Canyon-Parashant and Vermilion Cliffs national monuments.
http://zoniereport.com/2009/01/a-legal-battle-set-in-stone-66487/


Misc. Parks News:
KALISPELL - America's parks are being shortchanged in national economic stimulus talks, critics say, and they're urging a hesitant Senate to join House lawmakers in backing a larger parks investment.
http://www.missoulian.com/articles/2009/01/29/news/mtregional/news09.txt

EXCLUSIVE: Stimulus has plum for lawmaker's son
A top House Republican is demanding an investigation into whether the more than $2 billion for national parks in the House stimulus package is proper in light of the fact that the chief lobbyist for the National Parks Conservation Association is the son of House Appropriations Committee Chairman David R. Obey.
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/jan/29/stimulus-includes-plum-lawmakers-son/

Rocky Mountain NP:
Wildlife group wants cease-fire in elk culling
An environmental group is asking federal officials not to go through with plans to use sharpshooters to thin the elk herds in Rocky Mountain National Park.
http://www.examiner.com/a-1819844~Wildlife_group_wants_cease_fire_in_elk_culling.html


Yellowstone NP:
4 snowmobilers caught off Yellowstone trails (reported earlier)
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, WYOMING - Four men from Indiana have been caught riding snowmobiles in backcountry areas of Yellowstone that are off limits to the machines.
http://www.kulr8.com/news/wyoming/38532147.html

Bison bill creates hope, buzz
HELENA - A bill that would give the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks sole responsibility for managing wild bison in Montana is creating a big buzz among bison advocates who hope it could be a step toward recognizing the species as a wild animal rather than a pest.
http://www.bozemandailychronicle.com/articles/2009/01/29/news/000bison.txt

State sends six elk to slaughter
BOULDER -- Six cow elk from the Fall Creek elk feedground were sent to slaughter Wednesday after testing positive for exposure to brucellosis.
http://www.trib.com/articles/2009/01/28/news/wyoming/e83c5f6f9b07f05d8725754d00019526.txt

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Acadia NP:
Hamilton’s Hill houses eyed
A 48-acre residential subdivision planned for Hamilton’s Hill, just outside of downtown, is scheduled to be the focus of a public hearing before the planning board on Wednesday, Feb. 4.
http://mdislander.com/site/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=8670&Itemid=36

Big Bend NP:
Peregrine nest sites at BBNP to be closed to public
The nesting sites of Big Bend National Park’s Peregrine falcons will be closed to public entry from Feb. 1 through May 31.
http://www.alpineavalanche.com/articles/2009/01/29/news/news05.txt

Denali NP:
Gas for Alaska by 2014?
From Palin to lawmakers to industry, in-state gas is a focus for the coming year
**EDITOR'S NOTE** I received feedback today that some of the information in this article may not actually be correct. Specifically, there is question as to whether or not the pipeline will actually go through Denali.**
http://www.petroleumnews.com/pntruncate/320798260.shtml

Climb every state's mountain: Spokane man will make Denali his 50th
When Dan Coslic was 8 he discovered the encyclopedia. What most captivated him among alphabetized foreign cities, inventions from near and far, and countries he'd never heard of were maps.
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/outdoors/2008685298_webclimbers29.html

Grand Teton NP:
Grand Tetons offer natural beauty amid a bounty of diverse attractions
JACKSON, WYO. — Arches built from elk antlers mark the four corners of the boardwalk-bedecked town square. Galleries displaying contemporary Western art line the streets and images of moose decorate much of the clothing and household items for sale in the shops.
http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/lifesty...cd?OpenDocument

2 skiers rescued in Grand Teton Park
Two disoriented skiers spent a cold night in a backcountry snow cave in Grand Teton National Park before being rescued.
http://www.billingsgazette.net/articles/2009/01/30/news/wyoming/58-skiers.txt

Misc. NP News:
America’s best snowy drives (Several Parks Mentioned)
These scenic roads all but guarantee great winter views
Perhaps the best way to enjoy the sub-zero weather isn't by the fireplace but in your car.
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28814837/

Stimulus offers perks
Matheson pushes for park funding
The asphalt in the popular North Campground at Bryce Canyon National Park has potholes, and in Zion National Park, moisture is taking its toll on one of the most popular hikes in the park.
http://www.thespectrum.com/article/20090129/NEWS01/901290312

Help Our Economy by Helping National Parks
Target: U.S. Congress
Sponsored by: National Parks Conservation Association
Right now, the National Park Service has more than $1 billion worth of ready-to-go projects in national parks across the country, including Acadia, Death Valley, Glacier and the Great Smoky Mountains. Investing in our national parks will help our economy, and create more than 57,000 jobs.
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/786614887?z00m=19087045

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Wrapping up the month...

Everglades NP
Snook season is upon us
Need info on the proposed hatchery?
MARCO ISLAND — Weather permitting things are looking good on most all fishing fronts for February as I prepare this article. We mark the opening of snook season. The catch and release night fishing for snook has been on a slow bite. Colder water temperature is the main reason. Colder weather and water temperature can really slow the snook down to the point many of them in waters further north of Collier County expire.
http://www.marconews.com/news/2009/jan/30/snook-season-upon-us/

Glacier NP:
No impropriety in NPCA lobbying for national parks, official notes
While the House of Representatives passed a stimulus package that includes $2.25 billion to begin to address the maintenance backlog in our national parks, visions of impropriety dance in the head of one Republican representative.
http://www.examiner.com/x-682-National-P...-official-notes

Grand Canyon NP:
Ignoring science on Canyon a public disservice
The long-overdue debate about the effects of power generation on the Colorado can’t occur if dam release findings are buried.
http://www.azdailysun.com/articles/2009/01/30/news/opinion/20090130_opini_189966.txt

Hawaii Volcano NP:
New State Web Site Offers Updated Vog Levels
Sulfur Dioxide Levels Updated Every 15 Minutes
The State Department of Health (DOH) launched a new public Web site Thursday offering updated sulfur dioxide levels for areas on the Big Island.
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28921106/

Joshua Tree NP:
Joshua Tree charity donates 10,000th acre to Park Service
he Mojave Desert Land Trust, a Joshua Tree public charity, announced the acquisition of its 10,000th acre of land to be donated to the National Park Service this week.
http://www.hidesertstar.com/articles/2009/01/31/features/doc4983fe135cb1f798249049.txt

Outside the US/Canadian Parks:
Poachers arrested near Corbett National Park
NAINITAL: In a significant success, the Uttarakhand forest department has nabbed five poachers at Ramnagar, the gateway of Corbett National Park,
40kms from here.
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Earth/Poachers_held_near_Corbett_park/articleshow/4057047.cms

Couple 'adopts' leopard in MP national park
BHOPAL: A leopard was adopted by a couple in the Van Vihar National Park here, an official said
on Friday.
http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/Flor...how/4056066.cms

Giant population of lions could live war-torn region
The war-torn frontier between Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo has prey to support more than 900 lions, but conservationists must act soon to protect the big cats from poaching and poisoning by livestock herders, report researchers writing in the journal Oryx.
http://news.mongabay.com/2009/0130-lions.html

Rocky Mountain NP:
Natural Inspiration
ESTES PARK, Colo. — Each year, Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP) presents the Lyceum Series offering educational, and often entertaining, programs highlighting environmental issues related to RMNP and other national parks.
http://www.eptrail.com/news/2009/jan/30/natural-inspiration/

RMNP touts projects for bill
A project to repave 19 miles of Trail Ridge Road, worth $17.4 million, and a $6.8 million effort to stop bark beetle infestation are among work in Rocky Mountain National Park that could receive funding from an economic stimulus bill.
http://www.coloradoan.com/article/20090130/LOVELAND01/90129031

Opposition more influential than ever (Editorial...LOL, let it not be said that I don't publish both sides of a story)
We cannot look aside or dismiss them. They are still out there. In fact, due to our country's political climate at this time, they will be raising their horrific heads higher than ever. Activist animal rights groups, anti-hunting and anti-gun organizations have received a shot in the arm and I predict they will become crazier than ever.
http://www.farmforum.net/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090130/FARMFORUM08/901300401/-1/FARMFORUM

Greeley sides with Weld on RMNP
Greeley is weighing in on federal legislation it says could hurt the city’s water rights.
The Greeley City Council sent a letter this week to several members of Colorado’s Congressional delegation expressing its concern that a bill designating much of the Rocky Mountain National Park a wilderness area could hurt its water interests in the Colorado-Big Thompson project.
http://www.greeleytribune.com/article/20...eld%20on%20RMNP

Waterton Lakes National Park
Groups renew call to expand Waterton into B. C. river valley
Conservation groups are renewing calls for Waterton Lakes National Park to be expanded into the Flathead River Valley, despite British Columbia's decision to close the door to coal bed methane development in the ecologically key area in southeastern B. C.
http://www2.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/city/story.html?id=deeea69e-4a5a-4a5e-8859-477188f31f78

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