I guess that if one headline prevailed today, it would be to simply say it is really really cold out there. :P

James

Death Valley National Park:
Board Denies Off-road Vehicle Access to Death Valley National Park
A Unique Oasis in Southern California's Wildlands Protected Once Again
DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK, Calif. The Interior Board of Land Appeals has denied yet another attempt by extreme off-road vehicle enthusiasts to gain access to Surprise Canyon, a rare, fragile desert stream in Death Valley National Park. This is the third failed attempt in the past two years by off-roaders to gain motorized access to the creek, which begins in Death Valley National Park and flows through an area of critical environmental concern managed by the federal Bureau of Land Management.
http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/news/press_releases/2008/surprise-canyon-12-22-2008.html

Haleakala National Park
Skip winter this year, visit Maui instead
It's only about half as big as Rhode Island, but it more than makes up for its size with diverse attractions running from beaches to scenic mountains.
http://www.mercurynews.com/travel/ci_11289335

Lake Powell National Recreation Area:
No signs of arson or dead fish after Lake Powell fire
Fire marshals investigating the blaze that destroyed 15 boats at Lake Powell found no obvious signs of arson, the National Park Service said Monday.
http://www.sltrib.com/news/ci_11291092

Yellowstone NP:
Sylvan Pass opens for winter season
Yellowstone's east entrance opened for the winter season Monday morning.
http://www.montanasnewsstation.com/Global/story.asp?S=9566569

Winter warnings issued
The National Weather Service has issued winter storm warnings above 6,000 feet until 6 a.m. Tuesday and winter weather advisories below 6,000 feet until midnight.
http://www.montanasnewsstation.com/Global/story.asp?S=9567217