12/11/08 Update

Misc. National Parks:
Historians fight proposed Wilder
ORANGE, Va. (AP) - Many of the nation's top historians are urging Wal-Mart not to build a 53-acre Supercenter complex near the Wilderness battlefield, the site of a pivotal Civil War skirmish.

Kalaupapa resident promoted park plan
Richard Marks lived out his life in a remote corner of Hawaii, but he had a global impact.

Yosemite NP:
Yosemite National Park’s Outdoor Ice Rink Opens for Winter Season
osemite National Park, CA – December 2008 – The brisk, fall weather in the Sierra Nevada mountain range heralds the annual opening of a Yosemite icon each November. The Curry Village ice rink in Yosemite National Park is one of the last remaining outdoor ice skating venues still operating in California. After much anticipation, it opened Thursday, November 27, on Thanksgiving Day, for the holidays and the 2008 -2009 winter season.

EPA Abruptly Backs Away From Proposals to Alter Air-Pollution Rules
The Environmental Protection Agency yesterday abandoned its push to revise two air-pollution rules in ways that environmentalists had long opposed, abruptly dropping measures that the Bush administration had spent years preparing.