Happy Martin Luther King Day!

Bryce NP proposes pullouts for wildlife watching
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Bryce Canyon National Park wants to add roadside pullouts at one its most popular spots for watching pronghorn, wild turkeys and other wildlife.

Cumberland Gap NHP:
New policy allows guns in park
A new federal policy allows concealed weapons permit owners to carry guns into Cumberland Gap National Historical Park.

Haleakala NP:
Partnership raises $1.2M to benefit Haleakala park
U.S. Rep. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawai'i, announced that a partnership between the National Park Service and the Maui Invasive Species Committee has raised $1.2 million to protect and restore Haleakala National Park.

Misc. Parks News:
Biracial ranger, 87, heads to the inauguration
Betty Soskin remembers having to drink as a child at water fountains marked "colored" in New Orleans. She remembers laughing with her great-grandmother, a former slave. And she remembers her first bite of economic freedom in 1942 as one of the "Rosie the Riveters" working in the World War II shipyards of Richmond.

Mount Rainier NP (I know...this could easily just be 'misc. parks news):
Under the Needle: Rainier ranger makes his way to Washington, D.C.
He still walks to work, so there's that. And he continues to deal with big egos, with driven colleagues and another type of inveterate climber.

Outside the US/Canadian Parks System:
Assam's Kaziranga National Park a contender in Seven Wonders of Nature list
Kaziranga (Assam,India), Jan.18: The grazing heaven for the one horned Rhino, Kaziranga National Park in Assam, is on its way to become one among the new Seven Wonders of Nature.

Firefighters get on top of Morton National Park blaze
AFTER nearly a fortnight of battling the Morton National Park blaze, firefighters are winning the battle.

Huge Population Of Endangered Asian Elephants Living In Malaysian Park
Taman Negara National Park, Malaysia - New data released by the Wildlife Conservation Society and Malaysiaís Department of Wildlife and National Parks (DWNP) reveals that a population of endangered Asian elephants living in a Malaysian park may be the largest in Southeast Asia.

Palm oil frenzy threatens to wipe out orangutans
TANJUNG PUTING NATIONAL PARK, Indonesia (AP) ó Hoping to unravel the mysteries of human origin, anthropologist Louis Leakey sent three young women to Africa and Asia to study our closest relatives: It was chimpanzees for Jane Goodall, mountain gorillas for Dian Fossey and the elusive, solitary orangutans for Birute Mary Galdikas.

Rocky Mountain NP:
Craig briefs: Rocky Mountain National Park Service saves 17-year-old
About 5:30 p.m., Friday, Rocky Mountain National Park Service dispatch was notified about a stranded climber in the Lumpy Ridge area of Rocky Mountain National Park.

Rocky Mountain National Park Wilderness Act returns to Senate
The ball is rolling once again on the Rocky Mountain National Park Wilderness Act.
Itís one of Sen. Mark Udallís (D-CO) first pieces of legislation in the Senate and Sen. Ken Salazarís last before heading to the U.S. Department of the Interior.

Volcanoes NP:
Glider is found at 9,000-foot level of Mauna Loa
Big Island authorities located wreckage from a missing glider this morning on an area 9,800 feet up on Mauna Loa.