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Jun 11th - 10:09am | Gila Monster
Did anyone notice the building to be missing?
Jun 11th - 09:24am | Lee Dalton
I dunno. Being exiled to Washington is about the worst punishment I can imagine.
Jun 11th - 08:47am | SmokiesBackpacker
In keeping with the Jarvis management model, this Superintendent will probably be promoted to the Washington office.
Jun 11th - 08:35am | SmokiesBackpacker
Brilliant. Just about what I have come to expect from the NPS. In the Smokies they have used DNA technology to euthanize the wrong bear, twice. How much did that cost taxpayers?
Jun 11th - 10:05am | Gila Monster
I understand that you're not too familiar with professional cycling. ;) Stages races like this Tour of Utah see 6-8 riders per team. The participating teams have more then those 6-8 riders in their squads, as they usually race two or three races at the same time.
Jun 10th - 09:16am | Kurt Repanshek
Gila Monster, that count was based on the teams entered in the tour and the number of riders per team, as taken from the tour's website:https://www.tourofutah.com/race/teams
Jun 10th - 08:58am | Gila Monster
Nearly 300 riders are entered in the professional race This is not correct. Professional bike races rarely have more then 200 participants; the Tour of Utah's last editions had circa 120 riders.
Jun 9th - 21:19pm | rmackie
I agree Rick, a bad precedent, it would be interesting to know the pressure applied and on whom it was applied.
Jun 9th - 20:58pm | Rick Smith
Jun 9th - 20:12pm | Lee Dalton
From today's SLC Tribune: http://www.sltrib.com/news/3988342-155/tour-of-utah-will-ride-but
Jun 9th - 20:03pm | Lee Dalton
How early in the morning will this occur and what route will it follow?
Jun 11th - 09:21am | Lee Dalton
"Get out before 8AM and you will never know the ride is happening." You really believe that????????
Jun 11th - 09:21am | Kurt Repanshek
Just a guess, EC, but with "official" cars and vans, and possibly 250-300 riders, the two entrances likely will be closed before 8 a.m., possibly by 7 a.m. And the east entrance closure will be longer, impacting anyone who had hoped to leave the park early via that route.
Jun 11th - 09:00am | ecbuck
a day when I cannot get out early to hike or explore because of restrictions would be a lost day to me. Get out before 8AM and you will never know the ride is happening.
Jun 11th - 06:06am | TFS
The idea of National Parks as a place to go and learn about nature is being lost. They now are backdrops for events which can be staged anywhere and Zion certainly does not NEED the extra traffic or notoriety.
Jun 10th - 22:52pm | Lee Dalton
You got it wild! Kind of like the old how many college boys can you get into a phone booth.
Jun 10th - 21:43pm | wild places
I am less concerned with the bike race than I am with the mindset that success is measured in the number of people entering the parks and not the experience. It's destroying our parks
Jun 10th - 17:53pm | ecbuck
Bill - could you explain to me what net costs (i.e unreimbursed) the public will have and how much they will be? And are you arguing that the NPS and the State of Utah will gain no benefit from the publicity?
Jun 10th - 16:46pm | Anonymous
There was a bike event through Shanendoah National Park while we stayed there. It wasn't a problem.
Jun 10th - 15:55pm | Becky Miller
NO, NO, NO -- bike race or drones or helicopters!!!!!
Jun 10th - 15:18pm | Bill Borrie
It strikes me as another example of private-public partnerships where the public bears the cost and the private group gains the benefits. By what critiera will the NPS judge the next request to partition off a public section of a park for a private event?
Jun 10th - 11:47am | Rick B.
I have to say I agree, Kurt. And, of course - follow the money.
Jun 10th - 11:17am | Debby Trunnell
I agree with their decision! The riders will be try their destination before most people are up and going .
Jun 10th - 11:03am | Springdale Blues
Just wait until next year, folks, when the entire road from the Park entrance through Springdale to Rockville is to be torn up, starting in January and lasting ALL YEAR. Yup, if you want a braindead congressional delegation, you don't have to look much farther than Utah.
Jun 10th - 08:59am | David Crowl
To quote John Candy in the movie Vacation... "Wally Worlds closed. The moose out front should have told ya." Totally agree with Travlers view.
Jun 10th - 08:48am | ecbuck
Yeah, a 45 minute delay before most will have finished breakfast, much less entered the park, is just going to ruin their entire vacation. (sarcasm off) Heck they will likely experience longer delays from TSA lines or road construction on their way to the park.
Jun 10th - 07:53am | Lee Dalton
Excellent, Kurt. There's one key line in this article that everyone should heed: "In acquiescing to this race, and Utah's congressional delegation, the Park Service is turning its back on visitors who made vacation plans many months ago -- no doubt some once-in-a-lifetime plans -- and never anticipated that a professional bike race would impact their visit."
National Park Service, In Court Filing, Claims Xanterra Trying To Block Competition In Grand Canyon Concessions Business
Jun 11th - 02:51am | R Freed
This sums it up pretty well. As a Xanterra employee here I can agree with what he says.
Jun 10th - 20:41pm | Rick B.
No one who knows him will be surprised that Mike Reynolds, the park superintendent, was one of the responding rangers for the heat victim. He is one of the good ones.
Jun 10th - 20:07pm | Dave Sheridan
Given his recent 'ethics-lapse" regarding his book and his purposed changes for entering into philanthropic partnerships and accepting donations. Director Jarvis is acting more like a politician than a steward of our parks, time for Sally Jewell to name a new director.
Jun 10th - 18:33pm | Mary Millikin
We have learned in the American Southwest that storing water in lakes only causes it to evaporate. I think the best solution is to control development in South Florida, and to recover what lands we can recover. Loxahatchee is filtering water through a fascinating system, and more water needs to flow into the Everglades.
Jun 10th - 11:22am | Nick
i was at Yellowstone last year and I was amazed at the number of people who went off trail. It wasn't only at this park, however, but at several others as well.
Jun 9th - 16:34pm | Diana Ewing
Op-Ed | When It Comes To Allegations Of Sexual Misconduct, College Sports Have More Conscience Than NPS Officials
Jun 10th - 10:08am | Rick Smith
Backpacker--I think, as you can read above, your comments about the "NPS Kool-aid drinking club" are off base and wrong. Not one of us on NPT has any sympathy for what occurred at Grand Canyon. It was wrong and unconciousnable. Enough said?
Jun 10th - 08:12am | Newly retired
Unfortunately not much has changed regarding the " good old boy" network in the NPS in the last 40 years since I " joined" the NPS. The crowning experience I had, after numerous sexual harassment incidents I both experienced and watched was when I was sexually harassed by a WASO division chief. This was witnessed by a number of people.
Jun 8th - 17:04pm | beschundler
This article is great! And together with a number of other recent events and articles (like Corbin Hiar's editorial entitled "NPS2100: Park Service Leaders Break Rules but Skate By"....in Greenwire, June 7, 2016), it highlights how the National Park Service and Jon Jarvis and many of its other top leaders just haven't changed, and are still using outdated management techniques.
Jun 9th - 22:11pm | convicted felon
How about the fact that under Uberuaga's watch at My Rainer Natl.Park the Paradise wastewater plant never had a wastewater discharge permit, which is required of every wastewater plant in the U.S. by the EPA.
Jun 9th - 22:06pm | Justme
Hell no. They know better and should be given the max penalty.
Jun 9th - 19:35pm | mtgnppics
Maybe this would have an impact on visitors: In the packets handed out at entrances, add copies of newpaper reports of the incidents and their consequences that have occured in Yellowstone.
Jun 9th - 18:06pm | S Holladay
I've been to Yellowstone twice so far and was very impressed by the NPS efforts to ensure visitors' safety. If the current warnings do not work, I'm pretty sure additional warnings will be just as thoroughly ignored.
Jun 9th - 12:05pm | Marcia Higgins
This was a terrible accident, that was totally preventable, had the young man followed the rules. Too many people think "this is a free country" I don't have to follow the rules. This is what can happen. I'm sure his family is devastated, and will want someone to blame. They'll get a lawyer and then the fun begins.
Jun 8th - 15:56pm | Anonymous
I hope these idiots don't ruin these beautiful places for the rest of us who respect nature and the warning signs.
Jun 8th - 14:42pm | [email protected]
Doesn't matter what signs, fences or posts NPS puts up, some tourists think they are at Wally World... or that these warnings not mean them. It's going to just keep happenng, whether picking up bison calves, grizzly bear maulings, or the "invincibles" who just want to jump into a hot spirngs for a little dip. May be a long season in YNP.
Jun 9th - 08:23am | Elaine Lee
I sent this to all my friends to encourage them to get on the list to receive it for themselves, and encourage their children to learn about the parks. Not sure if you have a kids edition As kids we went to alot of parks, and now I live in one here at the Cuyahoga Valley. Thank you for the beautiful videos about the Grand Canyon.
Photography In The National Parks: From Banff National Park To The Border Of Jasper National Park - An Armchair Photographer’s Guide Part 1
Jun 9th - 06:56am | Rebecca Latson ...
Thank you so much, LindaLu for your kind compliments. I envy you your trip as the weather should be at its best in July. You'll get to all the places that were previously snowed-in. Have a grand time!
Jun 8th - 23:31pm | Harold Chrishna
Thomas jefferson disagrees with you. He said: "I would rather be exposed to the inconveniencies attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it."
Jun 8th - 21:45pm | Lee Dalton
Unfortunately, vandalism of this sort is a misdemeanor. But just maybe, maybe, the magistrate might include a few hundred hours of serious public service in the sentence. Spending a week or two of full time litter clean-up might be a very appropriate lesson.
Jun 8th - 15:02pm | Rick B.
Well, DO something to them this time.
Jun 8th - 18:36pm | Garry Gitzen
This will bring a lot more people to a natural area than a few cow roaming the countryside. How hypocritical of the National Parks and those who promote natural areas.
Creature Feature: The Banana Slug is Living Proof that a Slimy Little Gastropod Mollusk Can be Loaded with Charisma
Jun 8th - 15:54pm | KJ
Howdy, I was led to this article because I was looking for an answer to a question. Lets see if someone can answer it. I recently found a banana slug in a small pool of water. It wasnt moving so I assumed it drowned. But I didnt know if a banana slug could drown? I moved it to some dirt and it started moving again, definitely alive. So do slugs use puddles of water for something?