Oracle State Park Gains International Dark Sky Status

Milky Way Rising Above Oracle State Park (video below)

(Phoenix, Arizona – November 12, 2014) – Between the cities of Phoenix and Tucson, Oracle State Park is a 4,000-acre dark sky oasis in the desert. Now the park’s impressive night skies will be protected for future generations. The International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) has named Oracle State Park an International Dark Sky Park. Designated at the […]

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Time Capsule from 1925 Found Beneath Historic Marker at Bidwell Mansion SHP in Chico

Bidwell Mansion (California State Park photo)

CHICO, California.—A time capsule was discovered at Bidwell Mansion State Historic Park this week, and it will be opened to view the contents on Saturday November 29. On the morning of November 4, 2014, a construction crew working for the City of Chico was attempting to relocate a historic marker at Bidwell Mansion State Historic Park when […]

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Prescribed Fire Treatment Planned on North Rim of Grand Canyon

A prescribed fire treatment will take place on the Campground unit of the Bright Angel Rx on Wednesday, November 19, as weather and fuel moisture conditions allow. http://www.nps.gov/grca/parknews/20141118-nr-prescribed-fire-planned.htm Source:: Grand Canyon       

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Injured Climber Rescued in Joshua Tree NP

Twentynine Palms, CA — On November 9, 2014, at approximately 11:30 am, Joshua Tree rangers were notified that a climber needed assistance. David Mazal of Bishop, CA, was climbing the Gem route of the Conan’s Corridor climb in the vicinity of Jumbo Rocks Campground. While belaying for another climber, Mazal fell approximately eight feet and slammed […]

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Saguaro National Park Opposes Current Proposal for Bike Ranch Across Street

Tucson, AZ –Saguaro National Park opposes the current proposal for a Bike Ranch development, on a 45 acre parcel across from the park’s Rincon Mountain District (east) entrance. The property is located in the Pima County Buffer Overlay Zone, which preserves and protects the open space characteristics within one mile of public preserves. The park […]

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Grand Canyon National Park Proposes Entrance Fee Increase

Grand Canyon National Park is proposing to increase entrance fees into the park. The single vehicle entrance fee would change from $25 to $30 for a seven day pass. The park’s annual pass would increase from $50 to $60. The current rate of $12 per individual or motorcycle would increase to $15 per individual and […]

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Lake Mead’s 9 Wilderness Areas

Redstone North Shore NPS Photo

BOULDER CITY, Nevada –When people think of wilderness, they seldom think of houseboats, cars or four-wheelers, but at Lake Mead National Recreation Area, there is a way for visitors to experience the park’s wilderness areas using all of these modes of transportation. Lake Mead is home to nine wilderness areas, all located in Nevada. They […]

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2014 Commercial Vehicle Inspection a Success at Grand Canyon National Park

On October 14-15, 2014, the Grand Canyon Fee and Commercial Enforcement Unit partnered with the Grand Canyon Concessions and Fee Management Offices to support ongoing inspections of all commercial traffic entering the park. http://www.nps.gov/grca/parknews/2014-commercial-inspection.htm Source:: Grand Canyon       

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What Happened in Tombstone in November

November 2, 1880 – Initial results gave incumbent Charles Shibell a slim lead over Bob Paul for Pima County Sheriff. Bob challenged the count, and in April 1881 the courts declared him the winner. November 4, 1879 – George Hinckle defeated “Bat” Masterson for the position of Sheriff for Ford County, Kansas by a vote […]

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Suspect Named in Vandalism Case at Eight Western National Parks 

Public asked to be patient as investigation continues WASHINGTON – October 29, 2014 –  A 21-year-old New York State woman, Casey Nocket, has been identified as the primary suspect in recent vandalism cases that affect eight national parks in the western United States. National Park Service investigators have confirmed that images were painted on rocks […]

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