Archive for December 2014

Natchez Trace Parkway recognizes Shirley Scott

The Natchez Trace Parkway has awarded the annual Steve Ritter Volunteer of the Year Award to Tupelo-area volunteer Shirley Scott .

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Commemorative stamp makes I&M locations in Lamont, Lockport, Morris collector destination

A Grundy County cite is one of six locations within the Illinois & Michigan Canal National Heritage Corridor offering a limited-issue stamp to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the I&M Canal National Heritage Corridor, according to a Canal Corridor Association news release.

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Semi gets stuck in Zion National Park tunnel

Authorities said in a statement Wednesday that the empty truck was headed from Kanab to Las Vegas close to midnight when it became wedged in the Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel about 600 feet from the exit.

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Tecumseh Middle School students think big to replace trees planted after 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.

A project led by Tecumseh Middle School students to replace trees planted after the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing has gained support from the community and architects Hans and Torrey Butzer, who designed the Oklahoma City National Memorial. For their project to replace a row of trees planted after the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, Tecumseh Middle School students are aiming for an A+.

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Carolyn Livengood: Traveling replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial …

The Wall That Heals, a half-scale, traveling replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., will be available for public viewing from April 9-12 at Golden Gate National Cemetery, 1300 Sneath Lane , in San Bruno. “This is the kickoff event for the Bay Area’s two-year commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War,” Keith Blackey, The Wall That Heals committee chairman, wrote in a flyer.

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Reserve Your Cabin At Cape Lookout National Seashore

It wasn’t too long ago that the cabins at Cape Lookout National Seashore in North Carolina closed for the winter, but it won’t be long before you can reserve one for next summer. The cabins on Great Island and Long Point will open for the 2015 season on March 16, and close for the year on November 28. You can reserve one beginning January 5 at 10 a.m. EST via

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10 desert escapes quash cold-weather blues

Check out this story on Expansive sapphire-blue skies, soaring red rocks, shifting white sand dunes that gleam in the sun – what better way to beat the cold than with a vacation to a desert? Forget the Sahara: You can find surreal and expansive landscapes to explore in the American Southwest and Pacific. From glamorous desert cities that buzz with excitement to solace-inspiring stretches of sand-filled national parks, there is a trip to suit every traveler.

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The latest on powerful Northern California storm

Some street flooding was reported in the Sacramento Valley as heavier rain moved in. The National Weather Service issued an urban and small stream flood advisory until Thursday night for much of the Sierra foothills and northern Central Valley.

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Probe launched of alleged cover-up in child death case

Years after a child was killed by a poorly-maintained wall in Lassen Volcanic National Park, the Department of the Interior inspector general is investigating allegations of a cover-up by government officials. Nine-year-old Tommy Botell was killed in 2009 while hiking with his family after the retaining wall on which he and his sister were sitting collapsed and crushed them.

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Livestock disease found in Montana cow

The Department of Livestock said Friday that the animal was identified during testing by a rancher whose cattle graze inside a designated disease surveillance area around Yellowstone National Park. State veterinarian Marty Zaluski says the ranch where the infection was found has been quarantined and adjacent livestock producers notified.

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