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Sep 1st - 16:51pm | ecbuck
Telling of what? That oil & gas companies and aerospace companies want to support a candidate that favors the development of oil & gas and national defense? Where is the surprise in that? Happens by both sides all over the country.
Sep 1st - 16:41pm | Kurt Repanshek
Well, Veritas, the discussion centered on Mr. Bishop, a congressman from one district in Utah, not someone running for president.That said, Hill AFB is in the district, too, which explains Defense Aerospace donations, and there's quite a bit of oil and gas in the district, too. But isn't it telling that so few donations come from within his district? But that's off-topic.
Sep 1st - 16:37pm | ecbuck
My point Al is that people give money to people they agree with. People they want elected. Elected officials don't change votes for money, the get money because of the way they were going to vote anyway.
Sep 1st - 16:31pm | Alfred Runte
Hmm. That's a new one, even for me, EC. Exactly how does money follow the people? Perhaps you have a dog named "Money." Otherwise, money has no legs that I know of, but people sure do. And yes, Mr. Bishop, Hillary Clinton, et al., are beating a path toward money. How do they get it? By thanking people who give the money, and yes, by hiding their emails when they return the favor. Oops!
Sep 1st - 16:19pm | Veritas
Now, can we see those same figures for Hillary Clinton, Mr. Repanshek? No, they will not be "out of district," but why stop with Mr. Bishop? Or Donald Trump?
Sep 1st - 16:14pm | ecbuck
Yes Kurt, those are the aggregate of all donations. That same source will give you by individual donor. http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cid=N00025292
Sep 1st - 16:09pm | Alfred Runte
Remember Parkinson's Law. No bureaucracy is ever satisfied with the money it gets. Mission creep demands new increments of money, which are always labeled projects "in arrears." Would taxpayers accept the mission creep without its being justified as "making up" for some "loss?" If park roads were still 35 mph, would there be a $12 billion backlog? Think about it.
Sep 1st - 16:02pm | Kurt Repanshek
EC, not sure what docs you're looking at, but over at OpenSecrets.org, they list the following for Mr. Bishop for the current election cycle:Oil and Gas: $113,616Casinos and Gambling: $61,000Defense Aerospace: $38,000
Sep 1st - 15:58pm | Ethical Retired...
Right message, wrong messenger.
Sep 1st - 15:56pm | ecbuck
Smokies, I am curious what those numbers are supposed to be. They are not the enacted budget. Nevertheless I agree the between Congressional funding, higher visitation and major hikes in fees, the trend has been up.
Sep 1st - 15:49pm | ecbuck
Not perfect? Its hard to find an attribute or policy that is acceptable. I will take an honest thin skinned narcisicist with the right policies over a lying, deceitful, globalist who thinks and acts as if she is above the law and cost peoples lives in the process.
Sep 1st - 15:48pm | Anonymous
The National Parks have been mismanaged for far too long. Its time to clean house instead of covering it up.
Sep 1st - 15:21pm | Rick B.
Pretty colors - what is api.ning.com? Eric - it's real simple. I have two hands On one hand I have her, who isn't perfect, and on the other hand we have an incredibly thin skinned narcicist with anger management issues. [[ apologies to all. I hadn't wanted to bring the political race into NPT. ]]
Sep 1st - 15:00pm | ecbuck
starting with documenntation of his funding sources.
Sep 1st - 14:44pm | SmokiesBackpacker
Rick, sorry to disparage those of you with crumb catchers. Here is a graph of the NPS budget over the years. Can you imagine what this would balloon to if you included the donations from Friends groups and the like? Not to mention stimulus funds.
Sep 1st - 14:25pm | Rick B.
That's what the tin foil helmet contingent would have one believe. Those closer to the reality know about having to do with fewer staff, shorter budgets, plans unfunded. Two realities in this thread are that Bishop is grandstanding and that Smokies Backpacker has a mustache phobia.
Sep 1st - 13:09pm | SmokiesBackpacker
Mike, you may want to educate yourself about park budgets because they have steadily increased since 2000. But the NPS would have you believe otherwise. Even after consistent budgetary increases, they manufacture a "maintenance backlog" that goes from 4 to 6 to 12 BILLION dollars in just a matter of years. A little education goes a long way.
Sep 1st - 12:57pm | Mike Painter
It would be nice if Rep. Bishop were as concerned with increasing the budgets for the Park Service and the other land management agencies so they could do their jobs properly.
Sep 1st - 10:18am | Matt M
It's not that I question whether or not NPS could use some investigating, I just question whether Rob Bishop is capable of doing it.
Sep 1st - 02:26am | Rick B.
I would love to have Bishop testify under oath about congressional malfeasance, starting with documenntation of his funding sources.
Sep 1st - 16:29pm | Victoria Muenchow
Where's the Monkey Wrench Gang when you need them...
Sep 1st - 16:25pm | Terra Douglas
we can see the Grand Canyon as nature presented it. Greedy people want to come in and exploit what God so freely gave us. NO, NO! no to this development.
Sep 1st - 16:24pm | Barbara freeman
just say no...protect the land
Sep 1st - 15:48pm | Alfred Runte
You forgot a couple, folks. "Nothing dollarable is safe, however guarded." John Muir "Money is patient." Michael Frome
Sep 1st - 15:35pm | Janet Boykin
Pleasr stop this from happening !!
Sep 1st - 15:05pm | Joyce Line
Hell no! That would devistate the conyon !
Sep 1st - 11:53am | Roberta hoover
do not allow this......
Sep 1st - 11:14am | Saxon Holbrook
Having the good fortune to have floated through the Grand Canyon on the mighty Colorado for the first time last may, the mere thought of the project causes me to recoil in disgust and horror. This would be a tragedy and destroy an absolutely magical section of one of The Wonders of the World. Not just NO, but HELL NO!
Sep 1st - 06:05am | Kira Miller
This is an outrage. The grand Canyon should be left in its natural state not turned into a tourist destination mess.
Aug 31st - 20:22pm | Debra
No! Just no!!
Aug 31st - 14:54pm | Jeannie Walker
It breaks my heart that this is even being proposed. Stop!
Aug 31st - 13:20pm | Ottoman
Would Confluence Partners, LLC be for this if they were getting 8% and the Navajo Nation the remaining 92%? I think not.
Aug 31st - 09:25am | Mark Foster
After having flown over 1000 tours to the WeSt Rim, driven over a thousand people to the Reservation and down to peach Springs I have seen some of the "projects" they've come up with. I'm prettt sure this project was proposed to the Hualapai about the same time the Eagle Rock visitors center and observation deck was built. They turned it down do to concerns about damaging the Canyon wall.
Sep 1st - 13:05pm | Alfred Runte
So, Gary. Your national park begins off the road. Sorry, but mine begins at the gate. The boundary is the national park--not what a developer wants. Agreed. There are many geysers and waterfalls in the backcountry of Yellowstone, but the entirety of Yellowstone, not just the backcountry, was supposed to be the national park.
Sep 1st - 02:57am | Mike Cotton
It proves nothing of the sort, ridiculous comment.
Aug 31st - 19:17pm | Charles O. Slavens
3 AM.... I can empathise with anyone who might want toexperience the solitude and the beauty of such an etherial time of night. I'm sure that being at that locationwas an enthalling moment in the lives of all those present. Such an emotional experience must have filledthis young lady's mind when she took just one carelessstep.
Aug 31st - 18:38pm | Jim Mault
very sad. It proves the fact that nothing positive happens after midnight, whether in the mountains or city.
Aug 31st - 20:54pm | beachdumb
Its a criminal act that an ORV was being operated in the park after the new time restriction, no ORV access from 9pm to 7am. An NPS LEO usually ends thier patrol of beaches well after dark and I highly doubt it was them but possible. Mostly likely someone trying to break the new rules and drive on with headlights off and didn't see it. Here ORV means trucks/SUVs not "4 wheelers"/ATV.
Aug 31st - 09:01am | ecbuck
Rick, what accusation did I make? You said " feel free to point out the visible diffences between the recreationalists and the criminals." I asked (not accused) if you believed every four wheeler was a criminal. That is certainly what your statement suggests.
Aug 30th - 20:25pm | Rick B.
Another unbased accusation from the guy who lives under the bridge. Edited to add - you'll notice it was our friend dumb, above, who raised that term. But you don't have him on your Automatic Rejoinder list like you have Lee and I.
Aug 30th - 19:51pm | ecbuck
So Rick, anyone that rides a four wheeler is a criminal?
Aug 31st - 17:28pm | justinh
Thanks for the information, Michael. And for the ongoing work of RESTORE.
Aug 31st - 12:33pm | Michael Kellett
I want to correct some misconceptions by commenters.
Aug 31st - 09:32am | tahoma
I'm not very impressed by another NPS unit with snomobiles, hunting, and a development agenda. So much for that so-called 'gold-star' level of preservation. What next to appease the locals, trapping and wood gathering? This generous donation of land might have have been better directed to the adjacent and more-protected Baxter State Park.
Aug 31st - 09:03am | ecbuck
"now have another reason to return" Why do you have any more reason now than before?
Aug 31st - 08:02am | drew hanson
Thank you, President Obama, for following the will of the voters in Maine's Second Congressional District by designating this newest national monument and thank you, National Parks Traveler, for the fine reporting. You make me proud to be an American.
Aug 31st - 07:02am | Brucefl
I have seen all that without a NM or NP. And still in other areas that are not a NM can still see it.
Aug 31st - 14:26pm | Linda Mullaney
Respect to the firefighters...be safe!
Aug 31st - 12:01pm | Michael Kellett
Time to put those lands back in Yosemite, which would provide better protection for park ecosystems. For example, a good portion of the Rim Fire lands that have been butchered by "salvage" logging by the U.S. Forest Service would have been protected in the original Yosemite. We also need to add other surrounding National Forest lands to protect them from resource extraction.
Aug 31st - 09:31am | Anonymous
Pretty laughable that Parks are "allowing dogs". Pictured Rocks in Michigan, you can have them at your campsite, but not on any trails or anywhere outside your campsite. That's effectively a ban without a ban. Who is going to sit at their campsite the whole day or otherwise leave their dogs in the kennel all day?