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Jan 5th - 16:23pm | Kurt Repanshek
Perhaps you could provide some details, The Rest of the Story, and drop the anonymity to bolster your comment.
Jan 5th - 16:01pm | The Rest Of The...
There is a lot more to this story. "Reprehensible" actually applies to the conduct of the Superintendent while she was in charge in Sitka. Her removal played out all kinds of wrong. Ultimately this is the outcome that should have happened from the beginning.
Jan 5th - 14:49pm | Truth
Know the whole dtory before you write an article! Things arent always as they seem!
Jan 5th - 12:20pm | ecbuck
So Ray, who complained about Miller and what were they complaining about?
Jan 5th - 12:04pm | Matt M
i'm really interested in learning more about this story. why did NPS want to railroad her out of there? was it really worth it to go through all this trouble? also, is being an NPS superintendent that different from being a USFS Forest Supervisor? Forest Supes aren't just moved from place to place. They apply for jobs and accept them if they want to.
Jan 5th - 11:55am | Ray Bane
"If she was indeed "highly valued for her performance and skills". Why would they do that?" ecbuck.
Jan 5th - 11:04am | ecbuck
I agree with TwoCollie. There must be more to this story. The plaintiff is claiming the NPS intentionally set her up for failure. If she was indeed "highly valued for her performance and skills". Why would they do that?
Jan 5th - 11:02am | Gila Monster
NPS posts - especially on Superintendet level - are usually temporary, right? A bit like in the diplomatic service - you serve your term, then head on to another job. If Mrs Miller can't accept to change her job then maybe she should quit the NPS - instead of suing them.
Jan 5th - 10:49am | Alfred Runte
This isn't just the National Park Service; it is now rife throughout the American workplace. In my field, university teaching, this is exactly how universities get rid of people who dare question the Administration. The Administration sets up some impossible standards and throws you out the door.
Jan 5th - 10:33am | TwoCollieTom
I wonder what the rest of this story is, and what reasoning NPS had. My guess is that there is much more to this story than was mentioned in the article. After all, there are always at least two sides to a situation such as this.
Jan 5th - 10:03am | tahoma
If NPS management treated a capable superintendent in this manner, imagine the hundreds of rank & file employees they have crucified. Is it any wonder NPS employee satisfaction scores are cratering?
Jan 5th - 06:58am | SmokiesBackpacker
You do what Jarvis tells you to do or we will Ranger Danno you. Lockstep with the Fuhrer.
Jan 5th - 14:05pm | George Wuerthner
I'd like to respond to Alfred Runte's comments (hello Al love your books). I agree that a land ethic is desperately needed, and as you no doubt know, Aldo Leopold wrote numerous essays revolving around this idea. But how do we get to such a place? I believe that national parks help to foster such an enthic.
Jan 5th - 12:57pm | Michael Kellett
Hello all. Thank you for your thoughtful comments. Just a couple of responses to clarify points that I was trying to make.
Jan 5th - 11:04am | tahoma
Dr Runte hits the nail on the head, as usual.
Jan 4th - 16:40pm | Alfred Runte
Oops! Forgot to log in. Anonymous above is me.
Jan 4th - 16:27pm | Anonymous
I am all for expanding the national park system. However, expansion can lead to dilution, too. More of a good thing is not necessarily a good thing in every instance, as I remind myself when eating a hot fudge sundae.
Jan 4th - 13:31pm | Cory D.
The challenge is expansion without the use of imminent domain. The use of imminent domain is a recipe for disaster. If people are forced off of their land to make way for national parks, the expansion becomes political and a bad thing. It will create a movement to defund rather than expand. The National Park System will be seen as a malignant presense.
Jan 5th - 00:28am | Francisco Romero
Good luck. I hope you are successful in this endeavor!
Jan 4th - 17:01pm | ***
It Was their land first regardless of what you think.
Jan 4th - 16:46pm | John Bochenek
Good luck in your efforts. Having talked to and learned of Navajo traditions while travelling this area, there is nothing better that could become of this land. It would preserve the spirit for all people.
Jan 4th - 14:48pm | Zan Zhin
Seems suspiciously large considering their proposed boundaries swallow an existing National Monument, a National Forest, a Federally protected wilderness, and encroaches on a designated National Recreation area. One only need travel extensively through northeastern Arizona and see what giving land over to tribal control does...
Jan 4th - 14:27pm | Jonathan Vandev...
That would be a great thing to accomplish in sich a strikingly beautiful part of your country. I wish you all strength and good luck. Keep pushing!
Jan 4th - 14:00pm | Lee Dalton
Of course, Reps. Bishop and Chafetz tell a very different story. But what's that they say about politicans and forked tongues? www.sltrib.com/opinion/3091919.../op-ed-weve-gone-to-obama-to
Jan 4th - 12:43pm | Gila Monster
That would be one great National Monument. Good luck.
Jan 4th - 21:15pm | Lee Dalton
Is it NPS or Justice Department?
Jan 4th - 19:25pm | Ray Bane
This is a sad report of the total failure of stewardship by a senior NPS management employee. As virtually any park service employee will attest, NPS personnel must be held to the highest standards of resource protection and public service. The parks and their resources are the property of the American public, both current and future.
Jan 4th - 19:03pm | Rick B.
Caught, prosecuted, convicted.
Jan 4th - 15:43pm | SmokiesBackpacker
This is just the one who got caught.
Jan 4th - 11:22am | Bill
Except that when you fly through the windshield and end up at the hospital, the group health insurance coverage foots the bill, not you. And that pushes costs onto the rest of us. If you want to sign a waiver that you refuse all life saving treatments should you be injured while not wearing a seatbelt, then by all means, main, wound, or kill yourself to your hearts content.
Jan 3rd - 19:13pm | George Douglas
The National Park Service is like the rest of the federal government. They live to over regulate and take personal freedoms from American citizens! This at one time was a free country. Now there are at least a dozen countries that are considered to have more freedom than the USA. These NPS idiots even banned the lead used in nymphs in
Jan 4th - 08:52am | Adele Sands
Thanks for all of the information. I was supporting several feedlot groups until I did some research. The owners of the lots now can make a quick buck From horse advocates, and are buying up horses that in the past would've sold at the auction to good homes. It was very disturbing what was going on.
Jan 3rd - 13:36pm | Rick B.
I don't think the slaughter is univeersal. Here at North Cascades complex. The person in charge of the trail horses is actively seeking good homes for retired NPS horses. It just seems to me that a simple top-down policy of benevolence would solve what appears to be a widely variable situation.
Jan 3rd - 10:20am | ChicoRey
In reply to the comment above - horse slaughter has NEVER been, nor is it now - humane! If in doubt-watch videos of horse slaugher-Kauffman, Texas) And as for being a "source for protein"? Any domestic horse - at least in this country - has, during its lifetime, medications (such as bute), supplements, wormers, fly-sprays - all of which are clearly marked "not for use in food
Jan 2nd - 19:27pm | Kaeleen
I'd love to have a older NPS horse to ride trails once in awhile with my kids. Love older horses.
Jan 3rd - 12:31pm | Lee Dalton
Is it that visitors don't CARE or is it more accurate to say that they don't KNOW?
Jan 2nd - 19:57pm | Doug
I think the park is under estimating the need for nice large rooms. I believe the decrease in overnight stays are due to the quality of the facility. I checked out the facilities for a staff retreat where I worked, and I felt I couldn't ask my colleagues to stay in the dump of a lodge that was there. They look like bad dorm rooms.
Jan 1st - 21:46pm | Rick B.
We'll call it the Rick & Lee Show.
Jan 1st - 16:55pm | Lee Dalton
Y'know, Rick, after seeing that nearly 23,000 kids became Junior Rangers at Yosemite alone, perhaps the idea of providing a parallel activity for parents might work without a great deal of extra effort. Hmmmm.
Jan 1st - 15:39pm | Cornell Tramontana
RE: "hopeless dunces" One should not confuse lack of intelligence with not caring. Some don't care whether what do affects other visitors experiences or how it affect the park.
Jan 1st - 15:34pm | Cornell Tramontana
Do you really believe that a lot of them care about the requlations? The only way that they will learn is if the consequences are meaningful, such as siezing any equipment they use in the comission of their acts.
Dec 31st - 23:31pm | trailadvocate
Bucking the pop culture enlightenment I have always enjoyed and respected your posts, ec. Yeah, Im old and tasted the pop culture as a youngster but it's time to grow up and grow a pair. Many are enjoying the efforts that have gone before who have taken the arrows that have allowed this stupidity to flurish.
Dec 31st - 20:30pm | Rick B.
That could actually be one of the easiest parts. In Klondike Goldrush NHP, where I just left, they had a storefront dedicated to the Junior Ranger program, with a go-getter enthusiastic ranger manning it.
Jan 1st - 20:56pm | plainview
What a great idea! I will definitely put that on my calendar for next year.
Jan 1st - 19:32pm | Daryl L. Hunter
Wish I could have been there.
Jan 1st - 14:30pm | Rick B.
I'm far from a competent low-light photographer. I'd simply like to experience this first hand some day - ust be amazing.
Jan 1st - 09:54am | Lee Dalton
HAPPY NEW YEAR, everyone.
Jan 1st - 19:23pm | Daryl L. Hunter
Appreciate it Tim, I know many of our photographer friends won't thinks so.
Record Visitation Strained Some National Parks This Year, Creating Concern Over What 2016 Might Bring
Dec 31st - 19:54pm | Lee Dalton
A thoughtful op-ed from today's Salt Lake tribune: http://www.sltrib.com/opinion/3339941-155/wharton-in-their-100th-year-na...
Dec 31st - 19:45pm | Phil Bailey
I just bought an annual pass for Acadia (where I live) but would this Senior Pass replace that and be good at all parks? Can I return it and get a Senior Pass?