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  • EDITORIAL: Downsize National Park Service, dumping costly, unpopular sites

    04/25/2014 8:06:19 PM PDT · by george76 · 32 replies
    Washington Times ^ | April 22, 2014
    When too much of a good thing can be too much. ... the swollen agency spends $2.6 billion a year. President Obama wants to spend still more money on parks, asking Congress to approve a scheme to spend an additional $1.2 billion over the next three years. The cash would be earmarked to celebrate the National Park Service’s centennial anniversary in 2016. It would fund, among other projects, an expensive youth work program and provide more muscle for the federales to wrestle land from individual property owners. ... Few national parks are financially self-sufficient. The rest are on the dole,...
  • Grilling the Park Service Bullies

    10/18/2013 12:26:04 PM PDT · by george76 · 38 replies
    NRO ^ | October 18, 2013 | John Fund
    The House Oversight Committee wants to find out why the Park Service behaved so bizarrely. ... Representative Trey Gowdy of South Carolina, a former prosecutor, almost drove National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis into incoherence with his relentless questioning. Gowdy wanted to know why Jarvis had allowed “pot-smoking” Occupy Wall Street protesters to camp overnight illegally in Washington’s McPherson Square park for 100 days, yet put up barricades to keep veterans out of war memorials on the first day of the shutdown. By not issuing a single citation to the Occupy campers, Gowdy argued, the Park Service was treating them...
  • 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 director blames threat of terrorism for closing Mall during shutdown

    10/16/2013 7:44:24 AM PDT · by yoe · 34 replies
    The Washington times ^ | October 16, 2013 | Stephen Dinan
    The National Park Service director will blame terrorism for having to shut down most of the National Mall during the government shutdown, saying that was the only way to protect the memorials with limited staff “in a post-9/11 world.” In testimony submitted to Congress, Director Jonathan B. Jarvis said he’s only been able to keep a dozen of the normal 300 employees charged with cleaning and caring for the capital region’s memorials during the shutdown, and without the rest of his staff he cannot guarantee the safety of the property.
  • 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...
  • The Park Police, Part Deux: Hot Cops

    10/10/2013 2:35:18 PM PDT · by xzins · 35 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 10 Oct 13 | Jonathan V. Last
    div class="article"> Since first writing about the conduct of the National Park Service yesterday, events have accelerated somewhat.The Eagle-Tribune in New Hampshire reported on a local resident who went through something of an ordeal while visiting Yellowstone National park. I’ll let them tell it, just so you don’t think I’m making it up: 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...
  • 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...
  • Federal government to let states pay to open national parks

    10/10/2013 10:50:15 AM PDT · by george76 · 35 replies
    Trib Total Media ^ | Oct. 10, 2013
    700,000 people a day would have been visiting the parks and that the surrounding areas are losing $76 million in visitor spending per day. The park service said it is losing $450,000 per day in revenue from entrance fees and other in-park expenditures, such as campground fees and boat rentals.
  • “Vindictive” Park Service Inflicting Maximum Pain During Shutdown

    10/10/2013 9:35:42 AM PDT · by george76 · 56 replies
    Colorado Observer ^ | October 9, 2013 | Audrey Hudson
    Aggressive actions and double standards used by the National Park Service are vindictive and designed to inflict maximum inconvenience and fear among visitors, say Republican lawmakers whose efforts to reopen the parks are gridlocked by Senate Democrats. World War II veterans were blocked by barricades and armed guards from paying tribute at their memorial last week. However, the national mall where the memorial is located was opened Tuesday to allow hundreds of illegal immigrants to stage a protest demanding amnesty. ... the administration has closed the Mall and memorials to some groups and not others, giving preferential treatment under the...
  • Park Rangers Refuse Truckload of Porta Potties for WW II Veterans

    10/09/2013 6:02:55 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 206 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | October 9,2013 | Jim Hoft
    A semi carrying porta potties pulled up yesterday beside the WW II Memorial in Washington D.C.. The porta potties were donated by private citezens to help out the visiting veterans since the facilities are closed. However, the park rangers turned the truck away and they were not allowed to unload. Michele Tennery witnessed this event and was astonished that the rangers could be so heartless in their treatment of the veterans. Michele added, “The photos show the attempted delivery of Port-A-Johns by Don’s Johns. The NPS Ranger would not allow the Port-A-Johns to be left at the WWII Memorial site...
  • Democrats Using Government Shutdown to Punish Citizens

    10/04/2013 11:32:05 AM PDT · by rightwingerpatriot · 13 replies
    RightWingPatriot.com ^ | October 4, 2013 | RightWingPatriot
    It's like the return of the sequester cuts in how Obama and his political allies are using the current government shutdown to intentionally hinder and punish American citizens. We all remember that when the dreaded sequester cuts (which weren't cuts at all) went into effect, the Obama administration told federal agencies to cut back in those areas that would most inconvenience the public. Well, the same thing is happening again as the government shutdown continues to lurch forward. The progressive liberals in Congress and in the Obama administration just continue to show their true contempt for the average citizen. The...
  • Watchdog Group Files Ethics Complaint Against Neugebauer Over WWII Memorial Incident

    10/04/2013 10:51:59 AM PDT · by kristinn · 41 replies
    The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal ^ | Friday, October 4, 2013 | Adam D. Young
    A Washington, D.C. watchdog group filed an ethics complaint against U.S. Rep. Randy Neugebauer, R-Lubbock, for his spat with a park ranger at the National World War II Memorial earlier this week. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington filed a complaint Friday morning, Oct. 4, with the Office of Congressional Ethics against Neugebauer “for conduct that reflects discreditably upon the House,” according to a news release from the organization. “Rep. Neugebauer’s mistreatment of a federal employee who was doing her job is disgraceful,” Melanie Sloan, the group’s executive director, said in a news release. “The blame for the government...
  • Report: Park Ranger at WWII Memorial Wants to Punch Congressmen In Face

    10/02/2013 10:07:56 AM PDT · by kristinn · 36 replies
    Buzzfeed via Twitter ^ | Wednesday, October 2, 2013 | Benny Johnson
    Park ranger breaks down "sometimes you just want to punch these congressmen in the face."Park ranger "you know who was moving these barricades in the first place? The damn congressmen."
  • National Park Service produces videos praising Islam, Who is Going to Put an End to This?

    09/24/2013 9:07:04 PM PDT · by Stayfree · 18 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | Sept. 24, 2013 | Stayfree
    In an era of the federal government excoriating Christianity, how is it that it can at the same time promote Islam...my country is being destroyed by politicians who want cheap Mexican labor and want to pacify the Muslims here......get your head out of your @ss and think about how stupid this approach is for the future of our country.....
  • Feds plans to enforce camping ban on Occupy D.C.

    01/26/2012 7:05:56 PM PST · by gusopol3 · 8 replies
    Washinton Times ^ | January 24,2012
    The head of the National Park Service said Tuesday the Occupy DC protesters will get one final warning before U.S. Park Police begin to enforce the ban on camping in McPherson Square. Jonathan Jarvis testified Tuesday at a hearing of a House oversight subcommittee. He says the camping ban will be enforced “very soon.”
  • Keeping Carter’s home neat costs U.S. a tidy sum

    02/01/2011 7:59:12 PM PST · by La Lydia · 29 replies
    Washington Times ^ | February 1, 2011
    The tennis court at former President Jimmy Carter‘s private home is swept twice a day, his pool is cleaned daily and his grass cut, his flower beds weeded and his windows washed on a regular basis - all at taxpayers’ expense. Under an arrangement with the National Park Service, taxpayers are responsible for the exterior of Mr. Carter‘s home in Plains, Ga. - to the tune of $67,841 last year alone. In exchange, the government obtains the right to add the home to the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site when he and his wife pass away. Other presidents have had...
  • Is Obama's Position on Religious Freedom: Mosque, Yes; Cross, No?

    10/10/2010 3:32:40 AM PDT · by Scanian · 13 replies · 1+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | October 10, 2010 | Margaret Calhoun Hemenway
    It would be unimaginable for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) to pursue the removal of thousands of crosses in Arlington National Cemetery situated so near the seat of the federal government in the nation's capital, and where so many of America's veterans and honored heroes are laid to rest. Likewise, it would be seemingly unthinkable for the ACLU to try to sue to eliminate the Senate and House chaplains (both of whom are of the Christian faith) who, in accordance with longstanding tradition, open with a prayer the upper and lower chambers each day that Congress is in session....
  • Obama Administration Lashes Out at Critics of 'One Nation' Rally Trashing of Nat'l Mall

    10/04/2010 3:18:17 PM PDT · by kristinn · 135 replies
    Monday, October 4, 2010 | Kristinn
    National Park Service spokesman Bill Line has lashed out at conservative critics of the trashing of the National Mall by attendees of the leftist One Nation Working Together rally held at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. on Saturday.The Park Service is part of the Interior Department which is headed up by Obama appointee, former U.S. Senator Ken Salazar (Dem.-CO).Line spoke to the Daily Caller, in an unprecedented protest of coverage by the Caller and other conservative news sites and blogs that criticized the One Nation Rally for the large amounts of trash left at the Lincoln Memorial, the World...
  • PPL sues National Park over power line easement

    08/11/2010 9:04:52 AM PDT · by RBW in PA · 10 replies
    Pocono Record ^ | August 11, 2010
    PPL has sued the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area so it can trim trees. According to the electric utility, the recreation area suggested it would require special, time-consuming permits that would delay PPL's trimming of vegetation along a 1.5-mile stretch of transmission line near Bushkill. According to a company release, PPL said it has easement rights that allow it to trim vegetation in order to meet strict federal requirements. The company said it could face stiff financial penalties if proper clearance boundaries around the vegetation aren't met. "It's unfortunate that we have to take legal action, but this line...
  • Scientists side with Drakes Bay oyster farmer

    05/07/2009 8:52:04 AM PDT · by BlueDragon · 5 replies · 482+ views
    SF Gate ^ | May 6, 2009 | Peter Fimrite
    Supporters of a Marin County oyster farmer claimed victory Tuesday after a panel of scientists concluded that National Park Service officials made errors, selectively presented information and misrepresented facts in a series of reports about his Drakes Bay shellfish operation. The findings mark the second time in a year that the Park Service has been put under a spotlight for essentially fudging data in its attempts to show that the Drakes Bay Oyster Co. harmed the environment.
  • National Park Service plans to ban use of lead in fishing tackle, ammo

    03/24/2009 6:04:49 PM PDT · by kittycatonline.com · 9 replies · 635+ views
    National Park Service News Release For Immediate Release: March 10, 2009 Contact(s): David Barna, 202-208-6843 Bert Frost, 202-208-3884 National Park Service Gets the Lead Out! WASHINGTON – National Park Service visitors and wildlife have something to cheer about today with the agency’s stepped-up efforts to reduce lead in national park environments. “Our goal is to eliminate the use of lead ammunition and lead fishing tackle in parks by the end of 2010,” said Acting National Park Service Director Dan Wenk. “We want to take a leadership role in removing lead from the environment.” The new lead reduction efforts also include...
  • Do we need guns at Paradise?

    03/05/2008 8:36:13 AM PST · by XR7 · 81 replies · 287+ views
    Crosscut ^ | 3/5/08 | Knute Berger
    How do you feel about allowing loaded guns in our national parks? Do you feel the need to pack heat while wandering the wildflower meadows of Paradise on Mount Rainier? Are you determined to protect yourself against overly aggressive squirrels at Hurricane Ridge? As you may have heard, Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne has agreed to modify existing rules that prohibit people from carrying loaded weapons in the national parks. The new rules will be ready for public comment by the end of April [289K PDF]. The push comes from the U.S. Senate. Fifty senators added their signatures to...
  • NPS decision keeps east gate open in winter ( Yellowstone )

    11/24/2007 9:15:28 PM PST · by george76 · 139+ views
    Cody Enterprise ^ | Nov 21, 2007 | Carole Cloudwalker
    Motorized over-snow access to Yellowstone Park via Sylvan Pass will continue under terms of a Park Service decision signed Tuesday. The decision reversed an earlier Park Service preferred alternative that would have totally closed Yellowstone's East Entrance in wintertime after the 2007-08 season. A Record of Decision (ROD) concerning Yellowstone and Grand Teton parks and the Rockefeller Parkway was signed by Mike Snyder of Denver, director of the Intermountain Region of the Park Service. The ROD calls for changes in winter use in the two parks beginning with the 2008-09 winter season. “Unless they still commit to wanting to have...
  • Vietnam War Memorial Defaced a Week Ago; Park Service Reluctant to Tab as Vandalism (FReported 1st)

    09/16/2007 1:06:38 PM PDT · by SandRat · 18 replies · 866+ views
    NewsBusters.org ^ | Tom Blumer
    This was first reported at FreeRepublic on Sunday, September 9 at 6:55 PM Pacific Time (3:55 PM Eastern), with follow-up posts here, here, and here.The incident took place on or some time prior to Friday, September 7. The original Freeper report, with plentiful pictures, states that: ..... It looks like the person who did this walked along The Wall with some type of container, perhaps hidden at their side so that they could squirt the oily substance without being caught in the act...... It is unknown who did this to The Wall, and apparently the US Park Police did...
  • VIDEO: Vietnam Memorial Wall (DC) Defaced Sept 7-8, 2007 (Part 1)

    09/10/2007 5:16:17 PM PDT · by tgslTakoma · 106 replies · 4,744+ views
    Eyewitness Video ^ | September 10, 2007
    I slowly went from one end of The Wall to the other, videotaping all the way. I wanted those who have loved ones named on The Wall to know whether "their" panels were damaged. I also wanted the full extent of the damage to be documented. This is Part 1, showing the damage to the east side of The Wall. It will take me several more hours to get the second video up. Stay tuned... Vietnam Memorial Wall (DC) Defaced Sept 7-8, 2007: Part 1
  • Lincoln Memorial Video Could Become More 'Conservative'

    06/30/2005 8:17:17 PM PDT · by metalmanx2j · 2 replies · 296+ views
    Fox News ^ | June 30, 2005 | AP
    WASHINGTON — The National Park Service sought out footage of "conservative - right-wing demonstrations" to revise the video shown to visitors at the Lincoln Memorial (search) after being pressured by conservatives who complained the display implied Abraham Lincoln supported abortion, homosexuality and liberal causes. Park Service documents released under the Freedom of Information Act (search) show officials purchased video of President Bush, pro-gun advocates and pro-Iraq war rallies and also considered removing images of Democratic former President Clinton at the memorial. Park Service officials said they wanted the video to be politically balanced but refused to provide a copy of...
  • News / Activism / Editorial

    04/30/2005 9:34:20 AM PDT · by HonestChief · 1 replies · 131+ views
    HonestChief.com ^ | April 30, 2005 | Teresa Chambers
    The plight of whistleblowers – those employees who sound the alarm about anything from dangerous conditions in the workplace to missed or ignored intelligence regarding our nation’s security – is a story that seems to grow stronger and with more frequency every day. My guess is that those stories have always been there; I suspect I am just paying closer attention to them now. You see, I joined the “ranks” of whistleblowers more than one year ago when, on December 2, 2003, a major newspaper printed a story in which I confirmed for them what many of us already knew...
  • Another Federal Whistleblower -- Is Anyone Listening?

    04/29/2005 9:50:33 PM PDT · by HonestChief · 4 replies · 228+ views
    The plight of whistleblowers – those employees who sound the alarm about anything from dangerous conditions in the workplace to missed or ignored intelligence regarding our nation’s security – is a story that seems to grow stronger and with more frequency every day. My guess is that those stories have always been there; I suspect I am just paying closer attention to them now. You see, I joined the “ranks” of whistleblowers more than one year ago when, on December 2, 2003, a major newspaper printed a story in which I confirmed for them what many of us already knew...
  • CA: Park ranger fires at attacking dog

    12/09/2004 4:34:05 PM PST · by hedgetrimmer · 64 replies · 1,197+ views
    Santa Cruz Sentinel ^ | December 9, 2004 | Sentinel staff report
    RIO DEL MAR — A State Parks ranger shot an unleashed dog Tuesday evening in the Rio del Mar section of Seacliff State Beach when the dog attacked the ranger, State Parks officials said. The dog, a 9-month-old, 52-pound pit bull-Labrador mix named Diego, may have been hit by a bullet, but ran off and had not been found by Wednesday evening. Kirk Lingenfelter, area parks superintendent, said the officer, whose name is being withheld pending investigation, was on routine patrol. The ranger encountered a woman on the beach around 6 p.m. with two dogs, after it closed for the...
  • Park Service Favors Compromise in Feud

    01/24/2004 6:22:24 PM PST · by farmfriend · 12 replies · 157+ views
    Newsday.com ^ | January 23, 2004 | MARY PEMBERTON
    Park Service Favors Compromise in Feud By MARY PEMBERTON Associated Press Writer January 23, 2004, 10:07 PM EST ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- The National Park Service has carved out middle ground in the feud with a family that used a bulldozer to reopen an old mining road inside America's largest national park. The Park Service favors granting the 17-member Pilgrim family a special-use permit to drive the bulldozer along the old mining road, but only in winter and only when the ground is snow-covered to reduce damage to the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. The proposal sounds good, said family patriarch Papa...
  • Critics Say the Park Service Is Letting Religion and Politics Affect Its Policies

    01/18/2004 12:11:19 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies · 336+ views
    The New York Times ^ | January 18, 2004 | MICHAEL JANOFSKY
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 — To halt the removal of a cross placed in the Mojave National Preserve almost 70 years ago to commemorate World War I veterans, a Republican lawmaker from California has proposed swapping the land it sits on with a private group. The National Park Service recently ordered the return of plaques bearing biblical verses that had hung in Grand Canyon National Park for more than 30 years before they were taken down last summer. The Park Service also approved selling a book at the Grand Canyon that suggests the canyon was created in six days several thousand...
  • Grand Canyon refuses to add to 20-year rafting wait list

    12/28/2003 1:33:24 PM PST · by Holly_P · 14 replies · 198+ views
    Billings Gazette ^ | 12/28/03 | A.P.
    TUCSON, Ariz. - Grand Canyon National Park is refusing to add more names to its 20-year waiting list for Colorado River rafting permits, angering some private rafters. The decision won't affect people seeking commercial rafting tours, and the Park Service says it makes sense to stop taking applications because the permit process is under review, with a new plan expected by the end of next year. In an effort to preserve the canyon, the park allocates 169,950 user-days, giving 68 percent to professional outfitters. Nearly all the other permits go to private boaters. There are now more than 8,000 people...
  • Flooded Artifacts Will be Back by '07 [Jamestown artifacts lost during Isabel]

    10/20/2003 1:03:16 PM PDT · by HenryLeeII · 11 replies · 570+ views
    JAMES CITY -- Despite a staggering estimate of $11.4 million in damages, Colonial National Historical Park representatives insist that artifacts flooded in the Historic Jamestowne Visitor Center by Hurricane Isabel will be restored and ready when a new collections building opens by 2007. Let's hope so, because Congress is watching. “I'm going to be anxiously waiting to see what they find,” Rep. Jo Ann Davis (R-1st) said this week, referring to a National Park Service investigation into the flooding. “I'm hoping we didn't do anything wrong, and we can learn from it if we were to have another disaster.” Elaine...
  • Pilgrims vs. Park Service

    10/05/2003 8:23:48 AM PDT · by FireTrack · 9 replies · 244+ views
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | October 5, 2003 | TOM KIZZIA
    <p>McCARTHY -- Like most people who meet the Pilgrim family for the first time, Walt Wigger was mightily impressed when they showed up to buy his mine in the Wrangell Mountains.</p> <p>Wigger, a crusty Fairbanks miner in his 80s, was struck by the size of the family and its energy and obvious unity of purpose. He was also impressed by the $30,000 in $100 bills that Papa Pilgrim pulled from his coat pocket -- money from cashing the family's Alaska Permanent Fund dividend checks.</p>
  • Park Service Rewrites History - and Law {"Pilgrims" - GOOD read}

    07/05/2003 12:19:18 PM PDT · by George Frm Br00klyn Park · 8 replies · 1,015+ views
    ECO - LOGIC ^ | 7/1/2003 | McCarthy Annie
    ECO - LOGIC After the Pilgrims... Park Service Rewrites History - and Law By "McCarthy Annie" Editor's note: This story is provided by the American Landrights Association, where you can find extensive coverage of the Pilgrim's plight. ALRA has established a Legal Defense Fund to help pay Pilgrim's attorney. Checks should be made payable to ALRA, with "Pilgrim Family" in the notation area. Here are a few more examples of how the Park Service and other federal agencies are driving people off their land: Bob LearzafDonald ScottDiane Luppi If you ever come to visit me in this rugged back corner...
  • Park Service selling pieces of `The Rock' (Alcatraz)

    07/01/2003 5:07:36 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 312+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 7/1/03 | AP
    <p>The National Park Service, which manages Alcatraz as one of San Francisco's most popular tourist attractions, has started selling boxed chunks of concrete from the federal prison that once housed Al Capone, George ``Machine Gun'' Kelly and Robert ``Birdman'' Stroud.</p>
  • Pilgrim Family Butts Heads With Feds

    06/26/2003 6:57:06 AM PDT · by joesnuffy · 6 replies · 560+ views
    WND ^ | June 26, 2003 | Sarah Foster
    THURSDAY JUNE 26 2003 ShopNetDaily Page 1 News Page 2 News G2 Bulletin BizNetDaily LocalNetDaily Commentary Classified Ads Letters People Search SportsNetDaily Health Weather TV Guide Movies Stocks PARK WARS: PART 1 'Pilgrim' family butts heads with feds Alaska 'hillbillies' take on bureaucrats over access to private land Posted: June 26, 2003 1:00 a.m. Eastern Editor's note: This is Part 1 of a 2-part series examining the battle a large Alaska family is fighting with federal officials over access to their land, which is located in a national park. By Sarah Foster © 2003 WorldNetDaily.com Not many travelers find their...
  • Should Park Service lift Yosemite restrictions?

    06/16/2003 7:48:27 AM PDT · by Valin · 47 replies · 553+ views
    St Paul Pioneer Press ^ | 6/16/03 | BONNER R. COHEN / JAY THOMAS WATSON
    Yes: Plan endangers equal access at all national parks With the onset of summer, Americans' thoughts are turning to where to spend this year's family vacation. Our national parks, with their breathtaking scenery and generally affordable accommodations, have long been the destinations of choice for millions of families. They may not be much longer. If a U.S. Park Service plan to limit public access to California's spectacular Yosemite National Park is allowed to stand, similar schemes could soon be in the works for other national parks, forcing many vacationers to go elsewhere for their relaxation. Yosemite is one of the...
  • CONFEDERATE SERVICE (Trashed)

    06/06/2003 5:26:07 PM PDT · by JCG · 588 replies · 763+ views
    Springfield (MO) News-Leader ^ | 06-06-03 | Gary G. Ayres
    <p>On June 1, services began at 1 p.m. at the Confederate State Park at Higginsville [MO] in memory of those Confederate Americans buried there.</p> <p>About 300 gathered to pay their respects. Those attending were descendants of those buried there, some were there to just pay their respects, and some came for the ceremonies.</p>
  • Mystery readers...Boycott Dana Stabenow's books: Kate Shugak Alaska series

    02/11/2003 10:10:13 PM PST · by ETERNAL WARMING · 11 replies · 276+ views
    self ^ | self
    I would like to take this opportunity to tell readers to boycott Dana Stabenow's work. She writes mysteries...her most famous character is the Kate shugak/Alaska series. I just began reading her 2002 book: A Fine and Bitter Snow. In the opening she goes to visit her friend Dan O'Brien of the Alaska Park Service, only to find that he's lost his job. It is blamed on the Bush administration: "So you've been fired?" "Not exactly. Invited to take early retirement is more like it." She sighed, and said again, "I don't know Kate. At least Clinton and Gore had a...
  • Political correctness at Little Round Top

    01/05/2003 10:03:12 PM PST · by kattracks · 71 replies · 2,057+ views
    TownHall.com ^ | 1/06/03 | Pat Buchanan
    Almost all who visit Gettysburg, best preserved of all the Civil War battlefields, find it a deeply moving experience. This is truly hallowed ground. Here, tens of thousands of Union and Confederate soldiers fought the decisive battle of America's bloodiest war. From the first clash of the Army of the Potomac and the Army of Northern Virginia, to Lee's attempt turn the Union flank at Little Round Top on the second day, to Pickett's Charge against the Union center on Seminary Ridge on the third, to Lee's bleeding retreat back over the Potomac as a frustrated Abraham Lincoln wondered...
  • Feds Fixing 'Southern Bias' At U.S. Parks

    12/22/2002 3:40:59 PM PST · by joesnuffy · 76 replies · 429+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | December 22, 2002 | WND
    MUCH ABOUT HISTORY Feds fixing 'Southern bias'at U.S. parks Officials look to emphasize horrors of slavery at Civil War battlefields Posted: December 22, 2002 4:01 p.m. Eastern © 2002 WorldNetDaily.com The National Park Service is looking to rid itself of what it calls Southern bias at major Civil War battlefields and instead emphasize the horrors of slavery. According to Reuters, ground zero for the project is Gettysburg, site of the largest battle ever fought on American soil. Plans are going ahead to build a new visitors center and museum at a cost of $95 million that will completely change the...
  • Park Service nixes Seabees ceremony request

    04/11/2002 5:12:57 PM PDT · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 4 replies · 226+ views
    AP via Navy Times ^ | April 11, 2002 | AP Staff
    <p>PHILADELPHIA — The National Park Service will not permit a Seabees reserve unit to hold a ceremony at the statue of Commodore John Barry, reputed father of the Navy, directly behind Independence Hall.</p> <p>The Seabees unit from Lakehurst Naval Engineering Station, N.J., wanted to bring in a Navy honor guard, lay a wreath and listen to a few words from a priest, but the unit was denied a permit from Independence National Historical Park.</p>