Mount Rushmore National Memorial under construction.
The workers had to endure conditions that varied from blazing hot to bitterly cold and windy. Each day they climbed 700 stairs to the top of the mountain to punch-in on the time clock. Then 3/8 inch thick steel cables lowered them over the front of the 500-foot face of the mountain in a "bosun chair." Despite the dangers, no one was killed during the project.
Otters in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, Alaska.
The sea otter population of Glacier Bay has increased dramatically in the past 20 years. Ecologists consider sea otters a keystone species here. Otters consume vast quantities of clams, urchins, crabs, and other invertebrates and their presence creates ripples through the ecosystem. NPS photo.
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Secretary Salazar Meets With Families of Flight 93 Heroes
Last edited 4/25/2016
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today marked the upcoming eighth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks by meeting with families of the heroes who died on Flight 93, preventing an attack on Washington.
The meeting occurred just days after Salazar announced that the federal government has reached agreement with all of the landowners for all properties needed for the construction of the Flight 93 Memorial.
“As we look forward to beginning the construction of the memorial to these heroic men and women, I want to once again express my sympathy to these families who have suffered the loss of their loved ones and the gratitude of the nation for their heroism, which no doubt saved the lives of many people that terrible day,” Salazar said.
Later in the day, Salazar joined Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in dedicating a plaque honoring the passengers and crewmembers of Flight 93 at the US Capitol Visitor Center.
“It is especially appropriate that this plaque be located at the Capitol since it is believed that the terrorists on Flight 93 may have intended to use the aircraft to attack the Capitol,” Salazar said. “The heroes of Flight 93 prevented that.”
Salazar said he was pleased that construction on the memorial in Shanksville will begin later this fall.
“I am so pleased that we have reached a point where we can build the memorial thanks to the tireless work of the park service, its partners, with the community and with the nation in getting us to this point. I look forward to joining with you as we break ground this fall,” he said.