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Texas Man Sentenced To Jail For Carving Initials Into Roosevelt Arch At Yellowstone National Park

Jul 29th - 11:11am | Waco

Actually, he should be hanged.

Jul 29th - 10:13am | Otis

You should have to be forced to travel back to Wyoming and spend the time in jail at his own expense

Jul 29th - 09:27am | Marlene Puaoi

Three days may be all that the law allows. If not, this sentence is woefully insufficient. He should spend more days cleaning up after people like himself. 

Jul 29th - 08:48am | Chuck

Come on people! Lets stop acting like Texans!

Jul 28th - 13:46pm | Wayne martin

get used to it . You soon may see the word trump caraved into all our national treasures

Jul 27th - 19:42pm | Kris

...any day is "inconvenient". Good on the folks At Yellowstone. The published embarrassment is enough punishment, but 3 days will do. Those calling for harsher may or may not have done more stupid things in their young adult lives to warrant a punishment they may or may not have received. I know I did.  From a Texan.

Jul 27th - 18:49pm | Brian Watson

I think that he should serve his 3 days in the local county jail. Make those 3 days inconvenient. 

Jul 27th - 18:02pm | Whatsthe world ...

He gets 3 days in jail which isn't enough but the same amount of time a guy 2 weeks ago for kicking a dog to death....

Jul 27th - 17:18pm | Geni C.

What a thoughtless act. Three days is not enough time for him to think about his destructive  behavior.

Jul 27th - 16:59pm | Susan D.

Would have liked to see him ordered to clean up his own damage as well as spending at least a week working with park staff to clean up other grafitti, litter, toilets, whatever.

Jul 27th - 16:30pm | Gwen

I agree....three days and $250 fine is not enough punishment .... the Code of Federal Regulations is 3 - 6 months! Under the Code of Federal Regulations, it is prohibited to destroy, injure, deface, or damage national park property. Vandalism of national parks is a federal misdemeanor, and is punishable by three to six months in prison and as much as a $500 fine.  

Jul 27th - 15:08pm | WannaMontana

3 days in jail not enough for defacing the iconic entrance to our national treasure.

National Park Service Leadership Team Explains Zero Tolerance Sexual Harassment Policy

Jul 28th - 13:00pm | Ethical Retired...

I agree with both responses to my post.  The NPS Personnel Officer who broke a promise of confidentiality 30 years ago, and went straight to the person who I had serious concerns about taught me a valuable lesson, never trust them.

Jul 28th - 10:34am | tahoma

It is a common misconception that Human Resources has some allegiance to employees.They serve one master: management.That is as it should be. Their task is to put workers in jobs, maximizing efficiency and minimizing cost.

Jul 27th - 16:22pm | another anonymo...

The accused sexual harraser still working at the Grand Canyon is still there because of the fact that just because he's accused, he was  not convicted.  Matter of fact, since he filed a EEO complaint against the twerking Pe$3s straw girls, to punish him would be viewed as retribution for him filing a complaint, matter of fact, the complaintaints going to Sally Jewell to

Jul 27th - 13:57pm | aargle bargle

It is a common misconception that Human Resources has some allegiance to employees. They serve one master: management. That is as it should be. Their task is to put workers in jobs, maximizing efficiency and minimizing cost.

Jul 27th - 12:52pm | Ethical Retired...

Can we be assured that the persons assigned to monitor the "Confidential" sexual harassment hotline will be more sympathetic towards assisting complainants than protecting Management?  While employed by the NPS, the promise of confidentiality made to me by a personnel officer was not kept, and I suffered reprisal.  And, remember that this pledge of confidentiality&

Jul 27th - 01:21am | David J Gill

The term "Zero tolerance" is almost always strictly for CYA (cover your ass) purposes. It means the decision makers and individuals in a position of authority will sacrifice you and the truth, as required, to protect their self-interest.

Jul 26th - 19:41pm | Siglin1

I am not  or never have been a member of the FOP. I also hate Facebook so guess I will never know.

Jul 26th - 14:36pm | Anonymous

What is the re-design of law enforcement vehicles all about? @Siglin1: Yawn. But if you really must, visit the Facebook page for the United States Park Ranger Lodge for the Fraternal Order of Police. Seldom have so many cried so much about so little. Well...until the 2016 election season, anyhow.

Jul 25th - 17:17pm | Siglin1

What is the re-design of law enforcement vehicles all about?

Jul 25th - 15:41pm | Ron W

See read above comment by Anonymous Dude. Says all you need to know about what's gone wrong. Why is the director still in his position?

Jul 25th - 14:27pm | Another really ...

You anonymous guys nailed it.  Once again, Jarvis sends out these empty catch phrases, pretending that something is happening when it's just business as usual.  Has there been any disciplinary action against the accused sexual harasser who still works for the Park?  Has anybody been really punished?

Jul 23rd - 23:01pm | SmokiesBackpacker

Crooked Jarvis has thoroughly embarrassed the agency on its 100th anniversary.  Which is why they aren't firing him presently to bring more scrutiny on the uniform.  I live for the day when his "maintenance backlog" scheme is similarly exposed like all the other scandals currently seeing light. He will be allowed to "retire" at the end of the year.  Which is bullsh...

Jul 23rd - 20:32pm | Really Anonymou...

"Just as Operational Leadership has empowered employees to speak out when they or their colleagues face a decision that might compromise safety?????"  Oh, we're doomed. Just as management has ignored Operational Leadership when it conflicted with management agendas.

Jul 23rd - 20:28pm | Anonymous Dude

Our zero tolerance policy is even more zero tolerance than our previous zero tolerance policy. We're talking totally zero here. And the people who were responsible for the last zero tolerance policy, well, we're not tolerating their zero any more. Sure, they're all still here, but this time, we're really, really, really, really serious about it. Honest.

Jul 23rd - 16:44pm | Anonymous

Correction to comment above: I meant "Douglas Factors." Graham factors deals with something entirely different haha.

Traveler's View: Park Service's Zero Tolerance Policy Good Step Forward, But Not Without Challenges

Jul 28th - 08:45am | Someonewhocares

As Anonymous stated above, a Performance Improvement Plan is for performance, not for misconduct. Dealing with misconduct is a separate process from dealing with performance issues. Depending on what the first offense is, penalties can be up to dismissal from the agency for a first misconduct offense.

Jul 26th - 12:19pm | Siglin1

I went through the performance improvement process with a couple of employees during my career. I think I was only allowed to list 10 or 12 things they needed to improve. They would do that and at the same time do a crappy job in all other respects. After 6 months of doing the things you listed  you had to start the process all over again with a new list.

Jul 26th - 01:32am | Ethical Retired...

The Director seems to be in full damage control mode, spouting empty promises and making excuses.  The good news is that all of the adverse publicity has forced the NPS to confront problems it has ignored for decades.  30 years ago, administrative misconduct in many NPS units was very bad, as it is today.

Jul 25th - 18:45pm | Anonymous

It isn't as difficult to discipline an employee as Director Jarvis makes it seem.  A PIP is used for performance problems.  Sexual harrassment  not a performance problem.

Jul 25th - 15:30pm | Ron W

Jarvis is full of excuses, not accountability. This crisis is his legacy.  

Sexual Harassment Chapter At Grand Canyon National Park Leads Superintendent To Retire

Jul 28th - 07:47am | Virginia Woolf

I am just a citizen that wrote emails to end the sexual harassment of employees.  I am so happy to hear that changes have been made.  I hope the employees continue to speak out when problems are not handled.  This is the only way the general public will be able to have any influence.  I was glad to hear a report on our local radio news here in Arizona 7-27-16 that other park

Centennial Series | How Strong Is A Conservation Mandate In National Park Service Legislation?*

Jul 27th - 19:57pm | RodF

The 1916 Organic Act is scarcely the last, nor is it the strongest, legislation directing Park conservation.  Its conservation goal is "for the enjoyment of future generations".  The Wilderness Act and legislation designating specific Parks are perhaps more significant.

National Parks Are Managed In Very Inconsistent Ways...Or Are They?

Jul 27th - 18:53pm | ecbuck

informed by three decades in NPS leadership, are scarcely "unsubstantiated hearsay". 

Jul 27th - 16:40pm | pete345

More on death valley, two events, death valley 49ers and the ultramarothon. parks sevice likes to change policy depending on managment, localy and federel. the 49ers were spopped from there long time horse driven wagon train. the runners were stopped from running during the day. Both these changes were done for "safety", but there were no previous incedents to justify there changes!

Jul 27th - 15:45pm | RodF

Maureen Finnerty's interview, informed by three decades in NPS leadership, are scarcely "unsubstantiated hearsay".  They reflect her deep understanding of NPS policy and experience in decisionmaking in which she has many times been called on to balance various competing internal and external interests in Parks.

Jul 27th - 12:33pm | ecbuck

from what we understand, there's a lot of politicial pressures brought to do this From what I understand, and I didn't talk directly to him, he wasn't going to be allowed to say no Nothing in those statements reflect opinion.   But they were unsubstantiated hearsay.

Jul 27th - 12:22pm | Rick B.

Squack squack. There was specific attribution of a subjective opinion in a piece of reporting. It weasn't court testimony. It WAS a thoughtful piece.

Jul 27th - 08:50am | ecbuck

Ms. Finnerty said. Kurt, I'm disappointed you used unsubstantiated hearsay in an otherwise thoughtful piece.  

What Should The National Park Service Do With The Enchanted Valley Chalet At Olympic National Park?

Jul 27th - 14:57pm | RodF

It's easy to remove the Chalet further - it's already up on steel beams on skid plates on its moving rails.  The steel can remain as a permanent foundation. A protected location is available 400 feet NE, in the corner of the meadow below the bear wire / campsite ridge.

Coyote America: A Natural And Supernatural History

Jul 26th - 13:48pm | [email protected]

VISIT: http://www.projectcoyote.org/wkc/   https://www.nps.gov/articles/denali-adolph-murie.htm

Climbing Guide Was Trying To Free Gear When He Fell To His Death At Grand Teton National Park

Jul 26th - 13:31pm | Dennis

Rest in Peace and prayers to the family 

Add Saguaro National Park To List Of Sites Proposing A Fee Increase

Jul 25th - 11:33am | SmokiesBackpacker

The good ole "Deferred Maintenance Mantra".  I can see Jarvis sitting around the moustache club meetings, cigar in hand, saying,"Well, we can't cry about our budgets anymore because they have been steadily increasing, so let's push this.

4-Year-old Dies in Fall off South Rim of Grand Canyon

Jul 25th - 10:38am | wild places

It is sad that some people think we need signs and fences to warn people that falling may hurt your (or worse). It is also sad that people feel the need to judge the parents without being there. They may be good parents or not so good but accidents happen to everyone. Most of us are lucky that those accidents don't result in serious injury or death. Others are not so lucky.

Jul 25th - 00:04am | Crystal

As a mother to 4 young ones, I know that it only takes a second for something like this to happen. My husband has been begging me to haul our family to the grand canyon since we moved to Arizona over 2 years ago and I haven't because I'm afraid of something like this happening.

Climbing Guide Falls To His Death At Grand Teton National Park

Jul 25th - 09:58am | Pyramid

I believe he is from Chicago. Not Wyoming or Colorado.

Jul 23rd - 22:10pm | Linda Littke

We are joined in the grief of our Colorado-Wyoming family in face of this tragic loss.

Exploring The Parks: A Visit To The Harry S Truman National Historic Site

Jul 24th - 10:32am | David Scott

Like Alfred Hitchcock always made a short guest appearance in most of his movies, we always try to add at least on bit of hidden humor to our Traveler articles.

National Park Service, Delaware North Seeking Mediated Resolution To Yosemite National Park Trademarks

Jul 24th - 01:15am | y_p_w

I would point out that by suspending the action, the USPTO board wasn't doing so on any merits.  It created a situation where it might affect the court case.  What could have happened is that the court cuts to the chase and a judge directly decides on the same complaint that the trademarks are either void or belong to NPS.

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