There was a TON of news to report today. It goes to show you why I should never take a day off. Anyway, here are some of the headlines that I found interesting over the last couple of days.

Acadia NP:
ACADIA NAT’L PARK — Acting chief ranger Stuart West has been appointed chief ranger, superintendent Sheridan Steele announced on Tuesday.

Black Canyon NP:
Black Canyon National Park offers snowshoe walks, telescope viewing
Snowshoe walks are scheduled at 10 a.m. Saturdays and 1 p.m. Sundays from Jan. 17 through March 8. Meet at Black Canyon National Park South Rim visitor center to experience winter at Black Canyon by snowshoeing with a ranger among the oaks, through open meadows and along the rim of the canyon.

Everglades NP:
Riding the 'glades Shark Valley Loop -- no sharks, just gators
There is one time of year to bicycle the Shark Valley Loop and that is winter.

Glacier NP:
GNP head wants wilderness designation to become official
Most of Glacier National Park has been proposed wilderness for decades, but that proposal has just been sitting in Congress since the 1970s.

Grand Canyon NP:
Raul Grijalva looks to prohibit uranium mining near Grand Canyon
Federal lawmakers have not given up the fight to prevent uranium mining near the Grand Canyon.

Grand Teton NP:
Outdoors notebook: Dog mushers race to Park City (from JH)
Twenty teams from Canada, Switzerland, Scotland and the U.S. will fill the International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race beginning Jan. 30 in Jackson, Wyo. It's the largest sled-dog race in the lower 48 states, crossing through 10 Wyoming towns before ending in Park City on Feb. 7.

Alaskan sled dog comes to Powell Branch Library (Not really a NP News Item...I just enjoyed it)
More than 100 children gathered at the Powell Branch Library Tuesday to literally get their hands on a genuine Alaskan sled dog.

Great Smoky NP:
Road to a Smoky paradise
HYDERABAD: The Smokies are today one of the greatest attractions in the eastern United States, providing countless opportunities of fun and frolic including camping, rafting, hiking and enjoying the wilderness. We, a group of five, started a little early in the morning from Nashville. It was our second trip to the Smokies.;SEO=Gatlinburg,+Smokies+United+States,+Nashville&SectionName=BUzPVSKuYv7MFxnS0yZ7ng==

Hawaii Volcanoes NP:
Small new lava flow hits ocean in national park
A small lava flow that last month was at the boundary of the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island has now crossed the park and is entering the ocean.

Misc. Parks News:
Filmmaker asks for outdoor retailers' help in promoting parks
Ken Burns » Calls new six-part series on parks his best work
A partnership between a famous documentary filmmaker like Ken Burns and the outdoor industry might seem like a mismatch.

Matheson proposes national park fund increase
Rep. Jim Matheson, D-Utah, wants national parks to be a priority in any economic stimulus package.

Obama punts 11th-hour oil shale, park gun rules to Salazar
Environmentalists and unarmed national park enthusiasts got a bit of a reprieve Tuesday when the new Obama administration issued a memo halting further progress on a series of controversial midnight regulations pushed through in the waning days of a lame-duck Bush White House.

Interior Secretary Visits Liberty’s Crown
Ken Salazar, the new secretary of the interior, climbed the 146 steps to the Statue of Liberty’s crown on Friday. When he came down, he said of the experience: “One word: Awesome.”

Olympic (and Mount Baker) NP:
Funds available for Washington forest work
The Olympic and Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forests can start work this year repairing storm damaged roads, trails and facilities with special funds appropriated by Congress in September 2008.

Yellowstone NP:
A bright idea
Most Montanans figure they know all about Yellowstone Park, yet on Thursday night filmmaker Ken Burns showed he’s still a master storyteller who can surprise even a Bozeman audience with the history of America’s first national park.

'Where the deer and the antelope roam
Wildlife and stunning natural landscapes have taken the spotlight in a new exhibit at The Field Museum in Chicago (Yes, you read that...).

Big Sky Institute lecture series kicks off in February
Coming up this February, the Big Sky Institute, the National Parks Conservation Association and the Big Sky Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a lecture series focused on climate change impacts and issues in our region. Each lecture will feature a regional expert as well as a local expert in each topic. The series will be hosted at the Big Sky Library.

Nature and travel photographer Ray Scott to present slide show at library
Nature and travel photographer Ray Scott is set to present a beautiful and inspiring slide show of Yellowstone National Park at the Faulkner County Library, 1900 Tyler St. at 7 p.m. on Jan. 29.