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  • National Park Service plans to ban drones over 84 million acres

    06/24/2014 7:31:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | June 20, 2014 | Staff
    The National Park Service on Friday announced it was moving to ban drones on all its lands.. The move comes amid growing concern about hobbyists using drones to create dramatic videos. The ban would cover more than 84 million acres of public land. The director of the parks service cited safety concerns as well as potential harm to wildlife. "Imagine you're a big wall climber in Yosemite working on a four-day climb up El Capitan, and you're hanging off a bulb, ready to make a [difficult] move, and an unmanned aircraft flies up beside you and is hovering a few...
  • NPS makes place for gay Americans

    06/04/2014 4:15:42 AM PDT · by RBW in PA · 27 replies
    The Pike County Courrier ^ | June 3, 2014 | Karen Matthews
    NEW YORK — The announcement May 30 that the National Park Service will begin installing markers at places of importance to the history of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans is a step toward including them in the national narrative — and components of education, supporters said. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell made the announcement at the Stonewall Inn, the scene of riots in June 1969 that are widely credited with starting the modern gay rights movement. Stonewall was made a national historic landmark in 2000, and June is widely celebrated as LGBT Pride Month. Jewell said the nation is on...
  • Shutdown cost national parks at least $414M

    03/04/2014 8:47:05 AM PST · by ColdOne · 31 replies
    ap.org ^ | 3/4/14 | MATTHEW DALY-ap
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration says the government shutdown last fall resulted in nearly 8 million fewer visitors to national parks, costing the parks and surrounding communities an estimated $414 million in lost visitor spending. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said the shutdown was a striking reminder that national parks are a powerful economic engine for local economies across the country. The report released Monday said five states, including California and Arizona, lost more than $20 million during the 16-day shutdown.
  • Obama Marks 95th Anniversary of Grand Canyon Park With A Picture of Himself

    02/27/2014 3:59:29 PM PST · by Kaslin · 45 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 27, 2014 | Leah Barkoukis
    The White House wished the Grand Canyon National Park a happy 95th birthday on Thursday the only way they know how—with a picture of President Obama, of course. Happy 95th birthday, @GrandCanyonNPS! http://t.co/Rc9ZYU4a2G pic.twitter.com/bmzVrv8aX2 — The White House (@WhiteHouse) February 26, 2014 From the anniversary of Rosa Parks’ refusal to give up her seat to JFK’s assassination and Nelson Mandela’s death, President Obama always makes the situation ‘all about himself.’
  • 'Gestapo' tactics meet senior citizens at Yellowstone

    10/08/2013 5:54:10 AM PDT · by freeandfreezing · 227 replies
    Eagle-Tribune ^ | October 8, 2013 | Staff
    NEWBURYPORT — Pat Vaillancourt went on a trip last week that was intended to showcase some of America’s greatest treasures. Instead, the Salisbury resident said she and others on her tour bus witnessed an ugly spectacle that made her embarrassed, angry and heartbroken for her country.... For many hours her tour group, which included senior citizen visitors from Japan, Australia, Canada and the United States, were locked in a Yellowstone National Park hotel under armed guard.
  • GOP blasts National Park Service for shutdown closures (Director Had to Be Subpoenaed)

    10/16/2013 1:33:45 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 20 replies
    Hill ^ | 10/16/13 01:09 PM ET | Laura Barron-Lopez
    House Republicans on Wednesday assailed the National Park Service director for erecting barriers at national monuments during the government shutdown. They accused Jonathan Jarvis of violating federal law by putting up the barricades at 401 national monuments and parks with no apparent imminent threat. In a joint hearing Wednesday, the House Natural Resources, and Oversight and Government Reform committees met to review the actions of the Park Service since the government shutdown took effect Oct. 1. Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah) charged the NPS with violating the Antideficiency Act in barring visitors from the parks during the shutdown. The law prohibits...
  • Park Service Director: I Discussed Closing Monuments With White House

    10/16/2013 9:53:24 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 12 replies
    The Weekly Standard Blog ^ | October 16, 2013 | DANIEL HALPER
    National Park Service director Jarvis said he discussed closing the open-air monuments and memorials with the White House, as well as the secretary of the Interior Department.
  • Park Service Paramilitaries [King Obama's Deer]

    10/12/2013 1:08:49 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 42 replies
    National Review Online ^ | October 11, 2013 | Mark Steyn
    "...................But perhaps the most extraordinary story to emerge from the NPS is that of the tour group of foreign seniors whose bus was trapped in Yellowstone Park on the day the shutdown began. They were pulled over photographing a herd of bison when an armed ranger informed them, with the insouciant ad-hoc unilateral lawmaking to which the armed bureaucrat is distressingly prone, that taking photographs counts as illegal “recreation.” “Sir, you are recreating,” the ranger informed the tour guide. And we can’t have that, can we? They were ordered back to the Old Faithful Inn, next to the geyser of...
  • Jonathan Jarvis: 0bama's henchman at the National Park Service

    10/10/2013 3:21:28 PM PDT · by citizen · 60 replies
    Department of the Interior ^ | 10 Oct 2013 | Department of the Interior
    Jonathan (Jon) B. Jarvis officially became the 18th Director of the National Park Service on October 2, 2009. [appointed by Barack 0bama] A career ranger of the National Park Service, who began his career in 1976 as a seasonal interpreter in Washington, D.C., Jarvis takes the helm of an agency that preserves and manages some of the most treasured landscapes and valued cultural icons in this nation.
  • Obama Orders Federal Workers To “Make Life As Difficult For People As We Can”

    10/10/2013 11:52:05 AM PDT · by Maurice Tift · 55 replies
    Silver Doctors ^ | October 10, 2013 | The Doc
      Why would the president of the United States try to purposely hurt the American people? Well, in 2013 this is done in order to score political points and force the opposition in to doing what you want them to do. A few days ago, an angry Park Service ranger publicly admitted that he and his fellow rangers have been ordered to “make life as difficult for people as we can” during this government shutdown. That Park Service ranger would never have received such an order unless it came from the very top. Apparently the Obama administration plans to cause as...
  • 93 House members charge Park Service is 'making up' rules to shut memorials

    10/10/2013 6:46:16 AM PDT · by markomalley · 79 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 10-10-2013 | Paul Bedard
    The National Park Service’s closure of the World War II and other memorials violates rules requiring them to stay open, 93 House members charge in a letter to the agency. Led by Michigan Republican Rep. Bill Huizenga, they claim that Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis is simply making up closure rules to punish the public during the government shut down and they question the costs of the random closures in Washington where not all memorials are being closed. "The National Park Service continues to act in an arbitrary and punitive manner to exclude veterans from memorials built in their honor...
  • We’re not gonna take it! Americans use 1st Amendment to storm shutdown barriers

    10/10/2013 5:41:05 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 19 replies
    Washington Times ^ | October 10, 2013 | By Stephen Dinan
    Taking their lead from the veterans who first pushed through the barricades to visit the World War II Memorial, Americans nationwide are defying the federal government shutdown, tossing aside traffic cones and toppling wooden fences to get to national parks and other federal lands that the administration has deemed out of bounds.As the shutdown hits the middle of its second week, civil disobedience has become a sensation. Some proudly post online photos of themselves overcoming the government’s obstacles, and others use more subtle ways to make their point.In Arizona, one road-stop inn is quietly giving visitors directions on how to...
  • America, Your Vacation Wonderland! (Mark Steyn)

    10/09/2013 10:53:59 AM PDT · by neverdem · 19 replies
    National Review Online ^ | October 9, 2013 | Mark Steyn
    On his radio show yesterday, our pal Michael Graham spoke to one of the tourists held under house arrest (or hotel arrest) by the National Park Service geyser stasi at Yellowstone Park. Here’s part of the interview: There was a large group of Asians there. Not many spoke English… They said, ‘Are we under arrest?’ I mean, they were fearful. I mean, it looked like we were inside a prison. There were two large guards doing a walk up and down in front of the doors, so people felt like they were in prison. And the Australians said that would...
  • Occupy America! Citizens storm the Barrycades (Michelle Malkin)

    10/09/2013 10:14:13 AM PDT · by Lakeshark · 2 replies
    Michelle Malkin ^ | 10/9/13 | Michelle Malkin
    Could this be the end of Monument Syndrome? Across the country, ordinary Americans are rising up in revolt against the old Washington tactic of closing public parks and memorials during selective government “shutdowns” to score political points. Tax-paying tourists are tossing off the orange traffic cones and “Barrycades.” Enough is enough. The movement started with waves of World War II veterans who flew to D.C. last week as part of the Honor Flight Network. (The nonprofit group brings our surviving heroes to visit the memorials that honor their service and sacrifice.) The vets and volunteers breached the fences last week,...
  • Brewster County Commissioners Decide Federal Government Has No Right to Shut Down Big Bend National

    10/09/2013 7:53:50 AM PDT · by publana · 35 replies
    NewsWest9.com ^ | Oct 08, 2013 | Staff Report
    Full title: Brewster County Commissioners Decide Federal Government Has No Right to Shut Down Big Bend National Park BREWSTER COUNTY - Brewster County Commissioners have decided the federal government has no right to shut down the Big Bend National Park and ruin the Brewster economy. With that said, they met last Thursday night to decide what action to take regarding the park and whether or not they were going to file a restraining order. We received a letter from a lawyer representing Brewster County and it says, "I'm in dialogue with both the U.S. Attorney's Office and with representatives of...
  • Grand Canyon Cites People For Entering Closed Park

    TUSAYAN, Ariz. (AP) — Nearly two dozen people have been issued citations for entering Grand Canyon National Park after a partial government shutdown forced its closure. Grand Canyon Chief Ranger Bill Wright says some people have been caught at the South Rim, on trails, attempting rim-to-rim hikes or trying to sneak in through dirt roads. All of the citations will be handled by the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Wright says each of the 21 citations issued as of Monday has a mandatory order to appear in federal court.
  • Occupy America! Park Visitors Storm the Barrycades

    10/09/2013 4:49:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 75 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 9, 2013 | Michelle Malkin
    Could this be the end of Monument Syndrome? Across the country, ordinary Americans are rising up in revolt against the old Washington tactic of closing public parks and memorials during selective government "shutdowns" to score political points. Tax-paying tourists are tossing off the orange traffic cones and "Barrycades." Enough is enough. The movement started with waves of World War II veterans who flew to D.C. last week as part of the Honor Flight Network. (The nonprofit group brings our surviving heroes to visit the memorials that honor their service and sacrifice.) The vets and volunteers breached the fences last...
  • Find a Local National Park, then Visit It This Weekend

    10/08/2013 7:53:19 PM PDT · by frankenMonkey · 38 replies
    me, mostly ^ | 10 Oct 2013 | frankenMonkey
    Find a National Park nearby, using this map, and go enjoy it this weekend. It's yours.
  • Armed Guards Kick Senior Citizens Out of Yellowstone Park

    10/08/2013 10:23:45 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 62 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10-8-13 | Elizabeth Shields
    Thousands of people found themselves inside a national park when the government shutdown went into effect. Pat Vaillancourt and her tour group "which included senior citizen visitors from Japan, Australia, Canada and the United States, were locked in Yellowstone National Park hotel under armed guard." The seniors were treated harshly by armed park employees until they were able to leave according to Vaillancourt. Once they began the journey out of the park, "the bus was not allowed to halt at all along the 2.5-hour trip out of the park, not even to stop at private bathrooms that were open along...
  • Barrycades, #SpiteHouse cones are no match for patriots at Great Smoky Mountains

    10/08/2013 8:12:44 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 23 replies
    Twitchy ^ | 10-8-13 | Twitchy Staff
    TwitchyTeam âś”@TwitchyTeam 'Catch us if you can': Gettysburg visitors defy #SpiteHouse cones and Barrycades [pics] http://bit.ly/16uZYVr
  • DUmmie FUnnies 10-07-13 ("This Land's Not Your Land": DUmmies down with Obama's park shutdown)

    10/07/2013 5:09:08 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 40 replies
    DUmmie FUnnies ^ | October 7, 2013 | DUmmies and Charles Henrickson
    "And you shall set limits for the people all around, saying, 'Take care not to go up into the mountain or touch the edge of it. Whoever touches the mountain shall be put to death.'" (Exodus 19:12) Mount Rushmore has become Mount Sinai. Lord Obama has declared it. Even though the partial "government shutdown" affects only a small percentage of federal spending, and the Chief Executive has the discretion to manage and adjust and prioritize accordingly, the Offended One is determined to make the "shutown" as visible and as miserable as possible, so that he can blame the eeevil...
  • Obama Uses Armed Gestapo-Like Guard Tactics On Senior Citizens At Yellowstone Park

    10/08/2013 10:30:03 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 30 replies
    http://noisyroom.net/ ^ | October 8, 2013 | Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
    Because there’s just no better way to show who’s boss than scaring the living crap out of a bunch of elderly tourists from numerous countries. What a bunch of fascist asshats: Vaillancourt was one of thousands of people who found themselves in a national park as the federal government shutdown went into effect on Oct. 1. For many hours her tour group, which included senior citizen visitors from Japan, Australia, Canada and the United States, were locked in a Yellowstone National Park hotel under armed guard. The tourists were treated harshly by armed park employees, she said, so much so...
  • Runner fined $100 at Valley Forge amid shutdown

    10/08/2013 8:21:47 AM PDT · by Phillyred · 62 replies
    Philly.com ^ | 10/8/2013 | The Associated Press
    <p>VALLEY FORGE, Pa. (AP) - A marathoner says he was fined $100 for running in Valley Forge National Historical Park during the government shutdown.</p> <p>John Bell, 56, said he parked his car on Sunday in a remote parking lot, not one blocked by a barrier. Bell, of Chadds Ford, said two rangers were waiting with their car lights flashing when he returned.</p>
  • Government to Shut Down 22 Privately Operated Campsites in N.H. (federal land)

    10/07/2013 1:18:05 PM PDT · by Libloather · 26 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/07/13 | Katherine Connell
    As Columbus Day weekend approaches and New England fall foliage reaches its peak, the U.S. Forest Service has decreed that 22 privately run campgrounds in New Hampshire’s White Mountain National Forest will have to close because of the government shutdown. According to the Union Leader, while the campsites are situated on federally owned land, they are entirely run by a private company, which has a contract to operate the sites and which pays the federal government a cut of the fees it collects. That means the closure will not only prevent thousands of campers from using the facilities, it will...
  • Violators visiting closed National Parks could be fined $50

    10/06/2013 6:06:28 PM PDT · by don-o · 81 replies
    myfoxdc5 ^ | October 6, 2013 | Karen Gray Houston
    WASHINGTON, DC - So far, the National Park Police don't seem to be targeting visitors jumping over barricades to see the monuments or use federal parks. But violators could technically be ticketed and fined $50. Fox 5 found many out-of-town tourists ignoring signs that say parks and attractions are closed. Dozens of locals who normally play beach volleyball in a section of West Potomac Park were there enjoying the weather and some games this afternoon. Some didn't realize the park was closed. Others aware of the government shutdown thought a $50 fine was too steep. We called the Park Police...
  • 'All about power and leverage' -- feds shut down major roadway, block access to graveyard (TN)

    10/07/2013 1:29:20 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 95 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | October 7, 2013 | Todd Starnes
    Folks who live in the Great Smoky Mountains have just about reached their breaking point with the federal government. “It’s almost like they are pushing to see how far they can push before the American people say enough is enough,” said Ed Mitchell, the mayor of Blount County, Tenn. “We were founded on a declaration of independence. And they are about to push the people to the line again.” Nearly a third of Blount County is inside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. So when the federal government shut down the park, it also shut down one of the area’s...
  • Unbelievable: Police prevent drivers from pulling over and viewing Mt. Rushmore

    10/05/2013 5:39:45 PM PDT · by Winstons Julia · 193 replies
    Twitchy ^ | 10/05/13 | Twitchy Staff
    And now the feds have put up cones to keep people out of scenic overlooks on Mount Rushmore.
  • *UPDATED* The List: Unnecessarily Shut Down by Obama to Inflict Public Pain

    10/06/2013 7:55:57 AM PDT · by don-o · 51 replies
    Breitbart - Big Government ^ | October 5, 2013 | John Nolte
    The media may or may not report on these individual occurrences, but what they will never do is provide the American people with the full context and scope of Obama's shrill pettiness. Below is a list of illogical, unnecessary, and shockingly spiteful moves our government is making in the name of essential and non-essential. This list will be regularly updated, and if you have something you feel should be added, please email me at jnolte@breitbart.com or tweet me @NolteNC.
  • Families throw off the cones at Badlands National Park in South Dakota

    10/06/2013 6:01:46 AM PDT · by Winstons Julia · 138 replies
    Twitchy ^ | 10/06/13 | Twitchy Staff
    Tax-paying, hard-working families aren’t letting White House shutdown politics stop them from enjoying America’s beauty. They’re defying the orange cones at Mount Rushmore. They’re breaching the barrycades at Zion National Park. And now, the Badlands of South Dakota. Noelle Bruno tweets that she and her family made it through Mount Rushmore despite the White House obstacles:
  • The Self-Inflicted Wounds of Bare-Knuckle Governing

    10/06/2013 5:33:12 AM PDT · by Innovative · 13 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | Oct 6, 2013 | Carl M. Cannon
    As the partial government shutdown headed into the weekend, Organizing for Action, Barack Obama’s permanent campaign operation, urged followers to use Twitter to send a message to House Speaker John Boehner: “Enough Already!” Under James Carville, Paul Begala & Co., Bill Clinton’s 1992 campaign team had a series of mantras: Define your candidate before they do. While you’re at it, define their candidate, too. Let no allegation go unchallenged. If the other side needles you, slap them. If they slap you, punch them. If they punch you back, punch harder. If they use a knife, use a gun. And don’t...
  • The government shutdown ruined my Upper Peninsula vacation

    10/05/2013 6:54:22 AM PDT · by cripplecreek · 86 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | October 05, 2013 | John Russell
    Our vacation was planned for months. The time was planned to coincide with the maximum autumn colors, and the best weather possible. The planning took place, a vehicle was rented, rooms were reserved, and the weather forecasts were all scanned and showed great autumn forecasts. Congress was the unknown factor. For hundreds of vacationers to Michigan's Upper Peninsula, the shutdown of government facilities was something that did not fit into the advanced planning. Dotted with state and federal parks and attractions, the Upper Peninsula has peak fall color in early October. It seemed like the perfect time for us to...
  • Towns, States Are Ponying Up to Keep National Parks Open

    10/05/2013 6:24:11 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 28 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | October 5, 2013 | TAMARA AUDI and CAROLINE PORTER
    The Arizona town of Tusayan, on the southern rim of the Grand Canyon, has 558 residents and 1,000 hotel rooms. And by Friday, it had $325,000 to reopen temporarily shuttered Grand Canyon National Park. "The reason we exist is the Grand Canyon National Park. This closure is devastating," said Greg Bryan, Tusayan's mayor and the owner of a Best Western hotel. The town is offering to fund a partial reopening of the park that would allow visitors to drive through on a main road and stop at overlooks. As the federal-government shutdown entered its fifth day Saturday, state and local...
  • Park Service ranger: “We’ve been told to make life as difficult for people as we can.

    10/04/2013 6:50:53 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 71 replies
    When and how did the National Park Service become “the shock troops of the punitive bureaucracy”? The Park Service appears to be closing streets on mere whim and caprice. The rangers even closed the parking lot at Mount Vernon, where the plantation home of George Washington is a favorite tourist destination. That was after they barred the new World War II Memorial on the Mall to veterans of World War II. But the government does not own Mount Vernon; it is privately owned by the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association. The ladies bought it years ago to preserve it as a...
  • Seven stupid [perverse] things the gov’t spent money on during the shutdown

    10/04/2013 12:06:29 PM PDT · by thouworm · 12 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | Oct 2, 2013 | Michael Bastasch
    3. D.C-area canal is closed and had all the pumps taken off of it.The National Park Service has actually had someone remove the handles off all the well pumps along the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal that runs 184 miles from Washington, D.C. to Cumberland, Maryland, according to sources. The NPS has also stationed officers in the park to make sure bikers don’t ride down closed bike paths and that no one can come near the scenic waterway.
  • ANF [Allegheny National Forest]: We’re Closed

    10/04/2013 11:11:51 AM PDT · by Rodamala · 41 replies
    Warren Times-Observer ^ | October 4, 2013 | Ben Klein
    Planning to take advantage of the beautiful fall weather with a trip to the Allegheny National Forest? Think again. "We're in the process of closing down our campgrounds and developed facilities, due to the lapse in funding," Allegheny National Forest Supervisor Erin Connelly said on Thursday. "Where there are gates, they will be closed."Times Observer photo by Josh Cotton Closed Rimrock overlook area in the Allegheny National Forest has been closed “due to the lapse in federalgovernment funding,” according to a sign posted at the gate. “The facility will reopen once Congressrestores funding.”
  • Darrell Issa’s committee to investigate why open-air memorials were closed as part of shutdown

    10/04/2013 9:57:21 AM PDT · by Errant · 42 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 2 Octobere, 2013 | by Allahpundit
    House oversight committee chairman Darrell Issa has launched an investigation into why the WWII memorial and other open-air monuments have been shut down. “These properties belong to the American people. They do not belong to a Political party. There is no reason to ever shut those folks out from that,” said Representative Mike Kelly in an emotional speech… Issa’s investigation is at its preliminary stages, Frederick Hill, his spokesman, said. But his committee will be exploring whether decisions were made to close monuments and other attractions for political reasons, potentially as a means of worsening the pain of a...
  • Closing of Colonial Farm, Which Receives No Government Funding

    "The farm was allowed to stay open in 1995 during the last government shutdown. Eberly said the closure had already cost the farm $20,000, and if it didn’t re-open soon, it would never open again."
  • BREAKING: White House Ordering Hundreds of Privately Run, Privately Funded Parks to Close

    10/03/2013 6:17:43 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 100 replies
    It’s official. They are shutting all of us down ASAP. Marching orders straight from the White House. Update: Mr. Meyer emails to add that not only is his business being forced to take losses for the closures, but in some cases the government is making him and the other park management companies buy the barricades that will be used to shut the parks. Warren Meyer of Phoenix, AZ, is owner and president of Recreation Resource Management, Inc. RRM employs about 400-500 camp workers and managers across about a dozen states. It is one of a handful of companies that have...
  • Park Shutdown Protest in Accomack County (CHINCOTEAGUE, Va.)

    10/04/2013 6:26:35 AM PDT · by SWO · 27 replies
    WBOC 16 (tv) ^ | Updated: Oct 04, 2013 7:44 AM EDT | LeAnne Matlach
    CHINCOTEAGUE, Va.- The federal government has shut down the Assateague National Seashore and the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. But that is not stopping residents from trying to get inside. "if they send me a summons, I'll send it to the White House," Anna Stubbs said. She and dozens of other protestors are rallying for the parks to reopen, so the Chincoteague economy can get back on track. "I have a motel and I had 10 cancellations last night, we have the biggest festival we have this year, the oyster festival and they are starting to cancel for that," Stubbs said....
  • Shutdown Day 3: Food distributor stalled, charter boat captains docked

    10/04/2013 1:31:58 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 56 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | October 3, 2013 | CHARLES RABIN
    "......Feeding South Florida is just one of 202 food banks in the country hit hard by the Washington, D.C., stalemate. With 47 employees, it’s the largest of nine in Florida, responsible for 30 percent of statewide distribution. The agency distributes 35 million pounds of food a year from its 70,000-square-foot warehouse, everything from bananas and pears, to turkeys and hams, to soups and nuts, even baby formula. The USDA funding accounts for more than one-third of Feeding South Florida’s supply chain. On Thursday, its six open loading bays were filled with volunteers heaving food into U-Hauls and other trucks. The...
  • Washington should keep nonessential services shut down

    10/01/2013 8:53:50 AM PDT · by sdnet · 23 replies
    Small Government Times ^ | 2013-10-01 | Steve Adcock
    In the wake of the government's inability to pass a budget, the government officially began the process of “shutting down” nonessential services for the first time in 17 years. This includes sending home nearly a third of the government’s 2.1 million-person workforce. National parks will be shut down. The Internal Revenue Service will temporarily suspend audits and will not staff telephone support lines. Many of the nation’s federally-run attractions, like the Smithsonian and the National Zoo, will be closed (privately-funded museums and zoos, of course, will remain open). Federally backed loans will not be available for rural communities and small...
  • Park Service adds website for teachers

    09/16/2013 11:21:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    A new website launched by the National Park Service gives Alaska teachers a new tool to engage students in classroom and place-based learning. The website nps.gov/teachers is a one-stop shop for curriculum-based lesson plans, traveling trunks, maps, activities, distance learning and other resources. Alaska’s national park-based curriculum and other teacher resources are substantial and varied, and include: • Distance Learning: Glacier Bay National Park’s “Visiting Glacier Bay” provides an opportunity for a virtual visit to this Southeast Alaska gem. 

 • Curriculum: Denali National Park’s “Denali Rocks!” focuses on geology and provides eight lessons matched to Alaska State Standards for...
  • Retro Report: Summer of Fire (video)

    09/04/2013 2:54:15 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 4 replies
    Retro Report ^ | Sep 2, 2013
    The lessons learned from the summer of 1988 when fires burned nearly one third of Yellowstone National Park continue to shape the way we fight wildfires raging across the West today. “Part of our national heritage is under threat and on fire tonight.” That was how CBS’s Dan Rather described the fires raging through Yellowstone National Park in 1988 but it was only part of the story. The continuing narrative that summer was that park officials had negligently let the fires burn out of control and destroyed the legendary national park, which had supplied generations of visitors with fond memories...
  • Yosemite Blaze Sparked By Pot Growers

    09/01/2013 5:30:20 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 15 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 09/01/13 | Friends of Ours
    The "massive forest fire that has scorched 348 square miles in and around Yosemite National Park may have been sparked by illegal marijuana growers" as reported by Fox News. As the Mexican cartels face increasing obstacles in moving their product over the border, they are setting up marijuana grow operations on remote public lands across the United States. For example, during the 2010 growing season busted nearly 100 people -- most Mexican nationals with suspected ties to the drug cartels -- for alleged marijuana grow operations on public land in the Sierra Nevada mountain range of California, and seized $1.7...
  • Montara Dog Walker Shot With Stun Gun Sues National Park Service

    03/26/2013 3:59:36 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 32 replies
    The Daily Journal ^ | March 23, 2013
    A California man is suing the National Park Service and a park ranger who allegedly shot him with a stun gun for being uncooperative about his off-leash dog. In a federal lawsuit filed Thursday, 51-year-old Gary Hesterberg of Montara claims his constitutional rights were violated and seeks $500,000 in damages for the Jan. 29, 2012 incident. The complaint says Hesterberg was running on a trail in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area when the ranger warned him about having one of his dogs off-leash. The suit says the woman hadn’t identified herself as a park ranger when she fired her...
  • Horror as hiker killed by grizzly bear after taking photos of animal for eight minutes in Ala

    08/26/2012 11:15:29 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 81 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 8/25/12 | daily mail reporter
    Full Title..Horror as hiker killed by grizzly bear after taking photos of animal for eight minutes in Alaska's Denali National ParkA hiker in Alaska's Denali National Park photographed a grizzly bear for at least eight minutes before the bear mauled and killed him in the first fatal attack in the park's history, officials said Saturday. Investigators have recovered the camera and looked at the photographs, which show the bear grazing and not acting aggressively before the attack, Denali Park Superintendent Paul Anderson said. A state trooper shot and killed the bear on Saturday, and investigators will examine its stomach contents...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Pink Aurora Over Crater Lake

    07/25/2012 4:39:07 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies
    NASA ^ | July 25, 2012 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Why is this aurora strikingly pink? When photographing picturesque Crater Lake in Oregon, USA last month, the background sky lit up with auroras of unusual colors. Although much is known about the physical mechanisms that create auroras, accurately predicting the occurrence and colors of auroras remains a topic of investigation. Typically, it is known, the lowest auroras appear green. These occur at about 100 kilometers high and involve atmospheric oxygen atoms excited by fast moving plasma from space. The next highest auroras -- at about 200 kilometers up -- appear red, and are also emitted by resettling atmospheric oxygen....
  • Sioux, Cheyenne celebrate new historic landmark

    06/11/2012 8:29:01 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 19 replies
    Billings Gazette ^ | 11 June 2012 | Lorna Thackaray
    LAME DEER — For 1,000 years or more, native peoples have etched their histories and prophecies on the sandstone faces of Deer Medicine Rocks near what is now Lame Deer. Barely visible bighorn sheep, warriors on horseback and a grizzly bear roam the soft, sheer faces of the rock outcrop just off the Northern Cheyenne Reservation. And on an early June day 136 years ago, a Sioux artist carved a vision that had come to Hunkpapa medicine man Sitting Bull after a torturous Sundance ceremony. In the dream, soldiers with “grasshopper” legs fell from the sky into the Indian camp....
  • Fox: Sioux Indians, United Nations, Demanding Control of Mt. Rushmore

    05/07/2012 11:01:47 AM PDT · by pabianice · 69 replies
    Fox News Channel (no link) | 5/7/12
    Per Fox... United Nations "diplomats" have concluded a tour of the U.S., speaking to Indian tribes in six states. According to Fox, many of the tribes involved told the UN they need the UN's help in reclaiming "ancestral sacred land," included in which would be the Mt. Rushmore monument and surrounding national park. One is left to wonder just what changes to Mt. Rushmore would then be made. The Obama Administration was reportedly responsible for arranging the UN tour. Just in time for the 2012 elections. Your $3B/year UN dues at work.
  • 54 National Park Areas Jeopardized Under Bogus "National Security" Bill Advancing in U.S. House

    04/25/2012 7:37:33 AM PDT · by opentalk · 38 replies
    PrNewswire ^ | April 18, 2012 | PRNewswire
    Legislation pending in the U.S. House of Representatives that is being falsely touted as improving U.S. border security would instead "have the potential to devastate 54 of America's national parks, historic sites, national monuments and other popular park icons and negatively impact the nation's economy," according to a warning issued today by the Coalition of National Park Service Retirees (CNPSR). H.R. 1505, the mistitled "National Security and Federal Lands Protection Act," would gut a century's worth of proven federal lands protection, potentially opening up millions of pristine acres of national parks to off-road vehicle use, road construction, air strips and...