Update 1/2/09

Acadia NP:
Unprepared hikers keep rangers busy at Acadia National Park
About a dozen people braved gusting winds and frigid weather Thursday morning to watch the sun rise on the first day of 2009 from the top of Cadillac Mountain.

Banff NP:
Icy road contributing factor in fatal crash in Banff National Park: RCMP
LAKE LOUISE, Alta. — Police say icy roads and poor weather were likely factors in separate collisions that killed two people in Alberta.

Misc. NP News:
New Administration Inspires Hope for Full Access to Statue (Statue of Liberty)
NEW YORK -- For more than a hundred years, generations of New Yorkers, as well as tourists to the city, have made the trek up the spiral staircase to the crown of the Statue of Liberty, to peer through the small windows at the unparalleled view of New York Harbor.

Park Quarter Legislation Foggy
If you think you know how many National Park quarter designs will be produced in the series that starts 2010, it will pay you to think again.

Suicides in national parks increase in 2008
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) National Park Service figures show at least 33 people went to national parks in 2008 to end their lives.

National park suicides up, Grand Canyon leads
SALT LAKE CITY — Freshly unemployed, former business executive Bruce J. Colburn flew to the far northwest corner of Montana in search of a place to die.

There’s no shortage of sites for a Delaware national park (Editorial)
As a recently retired National Park Service veteran and a more than 30 -year resident of Delaware, I want to heartily endorse the recent comments of my old friend and colleague Russ Smith and my co-researcher Willis Phelps. A National Park or National Historical Park should be a living, tangible, physical thing. It should be something you can put your hands around and embrace as a solid, material, cultural statement. It should remind all Delawareans (indeed, the nation) of a great deed, a remarkable person, a significant building or buildings, or an event that shaped our times.

Yosemite NP:
A trip to Yosemite National Park via YARTS is a must for valley residents The YARTS bus sped up Highway 140 from Merced into the foothills. It passed Mariposa and stopped at the entrance to Yosemite National Park. A sign read, “Chains required.”