J. Weston Phippen

Why Are NPS Park Police Headed to the Border?

The park police typically help keep the peace at urban monuments, but the Department of Interior is sending a group to the U.S.-Mexico border to chase smugglers. Sort of.

The Deadliest Days on the Alps in Decades

In all, the Italian newspaper La Republica reported that 14 people died during the storm, with victims reported in the Italian, French, and Swiss portions of the Alps. 

Zinke Rolls Over on National Park Fee Hikes

The plan was unpopular with both conservative and liberal politicians, and it had been harangued by the media as a nonsolution to the Park Service’s maintenance backlog.

Dry Winters Cost the Ski Industry $1 Billion

A new report by Protect Our Winters, a climate advocacy group, says a low-snow year can cost the ski resort industry more than $1 billion and 17,400 jobs, compared to an average season.

Bears Ears Officially Opens to Oil and Gas

There probably won’t be an 1800s-style land rush. What’s more likely is the energy industries that lobbied the Trump administration and Utah Republicans to slice up the monuments in the first place...

Keeping the National Parks Open Is a Terrible Idea

Congress still has until the end of Friday to fund the government, but Republicans, who the majority of people blame, again, for Congress’s inability to keep the lights on, are trying to temper the...

The Dollars and Sense of Drilling in ANWR

It's the greatest chance in decades Republicans have to auction away, then dig, trench, and drill land that for 65 years has been called the last great American wilderness.

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