Wednesday, August 23, 2006


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(good Pictures please have patience)

Fran too!
.. Now that the Old Faithful Web Cam is firmly anchored in it's tree house, adjustments are being made. Yellowstone National Park staff have posted a new page on their web site with information and progress reports. LINK.

<- nps photo

.. This satellite image shows the location of the new Web Cam and the field of view of Geyser Hill in the Upper Geyser Basin. LINK.

<- nps photo

.. There is also a photo identifying the major geysers visible from the new location.
.. There is a visitor in the foreground with a cell phone to his ear waving to the folks back home.
.. Just another attraction provided by the NPS - HI MOM! LINK.

.. LINK to live Old Faithful Web Cam.
.. LINK to Yellowstone Web Page.

Cute FranDirk Baby

Secretary of Interior Dirk Kempthorne will open the visitor center at canyon. As the official press release notes, (below,) one way to get around the disastrous maintenance backlog is to build new buildings. This may also be the last official appearance of Fran Mainella, the outgoing Park Service Boss. You're invited to come and say goodby.

Yellowstone National Park News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (307) 344-2010 or
August 22, 2006 Joan Moody (202) 208-3280

DOI Media Advisory—Secretary Kempthorne Will Open Yellowstone Visitor Center in Celebration of National Park Service's 90th Anniversary

YELLOWSTONE—On Friday, August 25, Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne will help Yellowstone National Park celebrate the 90th anniversary of the National Park Service and christen the park’s new Canyon Visitor Education Center, the first major visitor center development in the park in more than 30 years. A full day of activities is planned to celebrate the event including ranger programs, a concert and lecture.

WHO: Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne
nator Craig Thomas of Wyoming
National Park Service Director Fran Mainella
llowstone National Park Superintendent Suzanne Lewis, Host

WHAT: Canyon Visitor Education Center Grand Opening: The grand opening of
the new facility marks the first major visitor center development in the park in three decades. Because $8.6 million of the $10.5 million used to fund the project came from entrance fees, this is the largest fee demo program in the National Park System to date. The fees were collected from people who visited Yellowstone between 1997 and 2005.

WHEN:10:00 a.m.-10:45 a.m. Opening Ceremony
10:45 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Secretary Kempthorne media availability
11:00 a.m.- Director Mainella gives media tour of center
11:00 a.m - 4.p.m Center opens to the public for full day of activities
starting with a concert by Bruce Anfinson, western folk recording artist
and including “Yellow Bus” tours, ranger talks and walks and a young
scientist program.
7:00 p.m. Lecture, center’s theater, “Yellowstone Hotspot Theory,” by University of Utah geophysicist Dr. Robert B. Smith.

WHERE: Canyon Village in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. For logistical
info, call 307-344-2013.

WHY: The new visitor center addresses the park's deferred maintenance goals by replacing the obsolete visitor center with a new, state-of-the-art center where interactive exhibits will help visitors understand the geology of Yellowstone and its underlying “Supervolcano.” Aug. 25 is the 90th anniversary of the National Park Service Organic Act of 1916.