The Latest News & Views

Saturday, February 7th, 2009

  • Visitation to the National Park System in 2008 was, essentially, flat from the year before. There were spikes in some areas, and deep drops in others, but overall the 275 million visitors who were counted represented just 800,000 fewer than in 2007, according to preliminary data from the National Park Service.

    Among the quirks that stand out in the visitation report (attached below):

  • A series of discussions on how climate change could impact the greater Yellowstone ecosystem is coming to Big Sky, Montana, in the weeks ahead.

    The four lectures, intended to generate a community-wide dialogue about the region’s changing climate, will be held at the Big Sky Community Library in the Ophir School. Each lecture begins at 7:00 p.m., is free, and open to the public.

  • Glacier Bay National Park's main attraction are the rivers of ice that course atop the landscape. But what lurks beneath the waters of the bay? This brand new 26-minute video from the National Park Service helps answer that question.

Friday, February 6th, 2009

  • Two years ago, U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa seemed to think it was no big deal that $12 billion for the Iraq reconstruction effort vanished. So why is he so opposed to spending $2.25 billion to make inroads on the National Park System's roughly $9 billion maintenance backlog?

  • A murder-suicide is suspected in the deaths of an elderly couple in Grand Canyon National Park.

    The two bodies discovered in a residential trailer park within the national park early Thursday have been identified as Laurent “Maverick” Gaudreau, 82, and Shirley Gaudreau, 73, both from Grand Canyon, Arizona.