The Latest News & Views

Saturday, December 20th, 2008

  • The National Park Service's parent agency, the U. S. Department of the Interior, recently completed a project with both literal and symbolic "green" benefits. Earlier this week, Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne announced completion of a "green roof" on the 3rd wing of the Main Interior Building in Washington, D.C.

  • If you're kid-free or otherwise not bound to school calendars, or able to make long-range plans, there are a number of lodging specials and seasonal events in the National Park System in the coming months.

    To wit:

    Quinault Quintessentials

    When: Friday, January 30, 2009 – Sunday, February 1, 2009, and again Friday, March 20, 2009 – Sunday, March 22, 2009

Friday, December 19th, 2008

  • Federal investigators were joining Utah authorities Friday to determine the cause of a fire in a remote area of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area that destroyed as many as 20 boats.

    The fire at Halls Crossing Marina broke out late Thursday night. Firefighters were able to save 130 of the 150 or so vessels moored at the marina.

  • Delaware Water Gap National Recreational Area, on the Pennsylvania—New Jersey border west of New York City, is a popular location for "float trips" in the northeastern United States. On a nice September day, a couple I'll call Jack and Jill decided to take a canoe trip on the Delaware River. At the time, it must have seemed like a good idea.

  • One of the oldest national monuments in the country celebrates its anniversary today, and it's been around for over a century. The primary attraction in this Arizona park has been around a lot longer, and if you're up to a bit of a hike, you can take a walk through a house built 700 years ago.