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Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

  • You can color Bandelier National Monument yellow...at least a portion of it following an accident that dumped hundreds of gallons of yellow highway striping paint on a hillside in the monument.

    The wreck along Highway 4 on the northern side of the monument late Tuesday morning occurred when the truck failed to negotiate "a steep, sharp curve" and rolled down a

  • One of the minor joys of flying Southwest Airlines is the patented deadpan humor that the flight attendants use to get you to listen to the most routine housekeeping and safety messages:

    “We have a report of broken clouds at LAX, but we hope to have them fixed before arrival,” or, my favorite:

    “In the case of loss of cabin pressure, oxygen masks will descend; put yours on first and th

  • Solar energy is one key to sating the United States' enormous energy appetite, but federal officials need to be careful not to overly impact national parks and other public lands when it comes to siting these facilities.

  • Should campground reservations be mandatory in the National Park System, or should all campsites be on a first-come, first-served basis?

    That is a highly debatable question, one that seems to ebb and flow not only with the seasons, but with proposals floated by various parks to implement a reservations system.

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

  • Beach erosion isn't limited to the national seashores. Indeed, Lake Michigan at times has a personality that rivals the oceans', and beach erosion along Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is no small problem.