NP News - Please again note, we do not support or endorse any of the editorial items listed in these pages. We just publish links to the news and NP related editorial items. On another note, the big item for me today (and over the last few days) has been the issue of earthquakes in the Yellowstone area. There are three articles about them today.

Misc. Parks News:
Cookie-burner hike — The National Park Service is staging a 91/2-mile cookie-burner hike on the Buckeye Trail in the Cuyahoga Valley park. It will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Meet at park headquarters at Riverview and Vaughn road in Brecksville. Wear sturdy shoes and cold-weather gear and bring water.

Salazar and the National Park Gun Rule
Will our new Interior Secretary support more guns in national parks?
A hot outdoor story keeping the blogs and community tables humming right now is the Bush administration’s last minute rule change allowing loaded and concealed guns in national parks and wildlife refuges.

Our national parks – majestic vistas, stirring histories and highly-sought suicide sites
From the woods of Georgia’s Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield to Utah’s Canyonlands, an increasing number of visitors to America’s national park system are choosing the sites to end their lives.

Theodore Roosevelt NP:
Fixing the elk problem (Editorial)
The State Game and Fish Department is doing the right thing by pushing its own idea of how to thin the elk herd at Theodore Roosevelt National Park.

Yellowstone NP:
More small quakes rattle Yellowstone National Park
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — More earthquakes are rattling Yellowstone National Park.

Yellowstone Earthquake Swarm: Updated
More on the Yellowstone earthquake swarm at the supervolcano caldera. First, this piece of database analysis from an IT guy at Splunk puts the swarm into scary perspective...

A Spurt of Quake Activity Raises Fears in Yellowstone
We who live along Montana's Yellowstone River are downstream from a simmering caldera, a geologic hot spot that has become especially active recently. Indeed, Yellowstone National Park contains the floor of a gigantic volcanic cauldron, one that rises and sinks with the forces that lie beneath — hence the picturesque geysers and steam holes. But a wave of recent earthquake activity is raising fears that have their origins 642,000 years ago, when a Yellowstone "supervolcano" exploded so violently that it created the caldera itself. Today, such an explosion — 1,000 times more powerful than the explosion of Mount St. Helens in 1980 — would not only cover most of the U.S. with ash but also throw so much dust into the atmosphere that the world's climate could change.,8599,1869313,00.html

Winter in Yellowstone: Season puts visitors nose to nose with park's critters
We were expecting to see plenty of wildlife during a winter outing to Yellowstone National Park, but we thought we might have to get through the entrance first.