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Apr 17th - 14:37pm | ecbuck
What is worse by far...the Republicans who want to Privatize are Parks. Who might they be?
Apr 17th - 14:27pm | David Sherburne
What is worse by far...the Republicans who want to Privatize are Parks.
Apr 16th - 17:26pm | Harryb3570
Nice proclamation Mr. President but what the national parks really need is more money to hire staff and to begin to reduce the $12 billion backlog in maintenance needed to be done. Don't underfund our national parks.
Apr 17th - 14:08pm | Anonymous
To many dead links and outdated info.
Apr 17th - 13:54pm | mrmark
If its not the NPS, then who allowed the Yosemite trademarks to be approved for an outside company in the first place??
Apr 17th - 13:37pm | Mark Anthony
When was the last time you looked at the cost to maintain the road in front of your house?? $12 Mil to essentially replace a road in the middle of the desert is pretty cheap as well as necessary. Considering the other foolish things our government is spending money on, its a bargain and very well worth the effort.
Apr 13th - 12:31pm | Kurt Repanshek
Well, it's a little bit more than simply paving a road. They have to rebuild it. Still, that's a sizeable chunk of change. The following link is dated, going back to the 1990s, but at that time some road construction in the country could range as high as $15 million per mile in hilly West Virginia.
Apr 13th - 12:25pm | David Dills
$12 million to pave a road? Park Service wasting tax dollars again.
Apr 17th - 12:30pm | ecbuck
Well since it isn't on government land and isn't subsidized (unless you can finaly explain how $57 billion of taxes and $16 billion of income is a subsidy), I would say they have nothing in common.
Apr 17th - 11:32am | Lee Dalton
In another feature in today's Traveler, we read about Soda Mountain. Isn't this just Soda Mountain north?
Apr 17th - 09:57am | Boufa
The parks have boundaries. Yet they want to control the land outside of their boundaries. I appreciate the environmental issues, but if that land needed protection then it should have been inside the boundaries.
Apr 17th - 11:53am | ecbuck
At it again with your unsubstantiated accusations. MONEY, PROFIT, and GREED as obstacles
Apr 17th - 11:29am | Lee Dalton
"The problem is that developers don't read environmental history--or think critically about it if they do." Let's change just one small part of that sentence -- let's make it read "developers and their purchased allies in legislatures." We could even add "and the American public" to make it even more accurate.
Apr 16th - 18:25pm | JEAN
So forrunate to have Patrick with his sensitivity to bird song and desire to increase our knowledge!
Apr 16th - 16:51pm | Shoshana Biro
I fully agree with this article. I always go to the park to feel better. I feel rejuvenated and able to solve complicated programming or and mathematical problems.
Apr 16th - 14:36pm | Richard Wear
Imperial Valley is fantastic for a winter vacation or getaway
Apr 16th - 10:22am | Lee Dalton
A couple of comments about Death Valley: Last time I visited DEVA, gasoline at Stovepipe Wells was something like 20 cents a gallon less than at Furnace Creek. And after a very forgetable Christmas dinner at Furnace Creek, someone who lived and worked in the park told me that there's a different concessionaire at Stovepipe and food service there was much, much better.
Apr 15th - 16:23pm | John D Lemons
Unfortunately, Kurt and Jim Stiles have fallen for a sort of joke. Since the late 1970s, various announcements and posters have circulated about a forthcoming movie to be produced based on "The Monkey Wrench Gang." While I would hope this would be the case, a lot of time has passed with variou announcements about a forthcoming movie but, alas, there has been no movie.
Apr 15th - 14:48pm | Beth Pedersen
People who enjoy the outdoors, wildlife and parks are very often pet owners. The majority of which are responsible. Recently walking on a "No dogs" beach I was watching horses and unsupervised children all of which were doing more damage than my dog would. Years ago we were required to show proof of vaccination when we entered a park with our pets. Owners who do not
Apr 15th - 14:32pm | Beth Pedersen
Absolutely right! I can't believe that my dog isn't allowed in areas that horses are! These policies are ridiculous.
Apr 15th - 12:58pm | ecbuck
Why is it more difficult, Tony? You can enter the lottery like anyone else. They don't ask where you are from.
Apr 15th - 12:40pm | Tony from Scotland
I climbed half dome in my sixties a few years ago but last year we had to make do with walking down from Glacier Point because it is almost impossible for overseas visitors to get Half Dome permits
Apr 13th - 23:29pm | Stephen Ho
Dear Rick, How old are you now? Amazingly you still going and going strong. I need some inspiration, maybe I too will go up one day.
Apr 13th - 13:20pm | Owen Hoffman
I've been up three times, 1962, 1970, and 1993. I found that the most disappointing thing about being on top is that Half Dome itself cannot be seen from its summit.
Apr 13th - 11:38am | rmackie
An excellent book, "Shattered Air" by Bob Magic is a great read for those who enjoyed the Half Dome Trip or plan to go. Lots of history,information on lightening, and the story of the hero of the book, a young women EMT who was involved in the rescue of several hikers caught in a lightening storm up on top of the Dome.
Apr 15th - 11:00am | ecbuck
Yup, the stated goal and real goal are often completely different when our politicians start their backroom dealings to repay their campaign contributors Care to give an example of that or will you just accuse and run again as you have with oil subsidies, walmart subsidies, unglued conservatives re bottle bills etc, etc, etc
Apr 15th - 10:22am | Lee Dalton
So what? A prime example of how for some the stated goal and the real goal are quite different. Isn't that called lying? Yup, the stated goal and real goal are often completely different when our politicians start their backroom dealings to repay their campaign contributors and uphold their commitments to Republican Plutocratic Socialism.
Apr 15th - 08:10am | ecbuck
Kurt - love the new feature.
Apr 14th - 19:35pm | ecbuck
here would be no national ownership of the park. So what? A prime example of how for some the stated goal and the real goal are quite different.
Apr 14th - 19:22pm | Also Anonymous
The franchise will not create national parks. It will create private parks endorsed by the National Park Service. There would be no permanent protection of the land and its resources under such a system and there would be no national ownership of the park. Calling such an enterprise anything other than a federally endorsed,or possibly a federaly subsidized, private venture is a farce.
Apr 14th - 17:50pm | Carol Thompson
American Prairie Preserve is working to acquire 500,000 acres or so thru leases and purchase of private land. The remaining 2,500,000 of contiguous land is already publically funded land ... the Charles M Russell NWR...1,100,000 acres, The Missouri Breaks National Monument...500,000 some acres, other BLM and State land and Reservation land.
Apr 15th - 10:19am | Nate Levin
Other great suffrage leaders worthy of note include Lucy Stone, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B.
Apr 14th - 13:58pm | Audry & Michael...
About time.. Alice Paul finally, receiving the recognition she deserves. Watch the film "Iron Jawed Angels" to truly appreciate the trials and tribulations that generation of women endured. This is a true hero.
Apr 15th - 08:10am | Dorothy Lemmey
We are having significant problems with tea party diminishing our public parks. The probate judge has appointed all tea party members and they are bent on making these natural environments profit making entities.
Apr 14th - 15:55pm | Jean Bjerke
Eloquent and informative account of your time during Lamar Valley Wolf Week. We love Lamar Valley. It is my favorite part of Yellowstone for numerous reasons, particularly since my first serious time there was during the height of the reign of the famous Druid Peak Pack.
Apr 14th - 05:17am | Anonymous
Sounds like you had a great experience Lee. Nice write up.
Apr 14th - 02:30am | Brenda Papera, ...
When people ask me why I spend so much of my time volunteering, I'm going to send them your writing about this Wolf Week with the Yellowstone Association Institute. I am thankful to be a part of helping people to connect with our still wild places and wild things.
Apr 14th - 15:48pm | Jean Bjerke
Thank you June. Mid-May is a wonderful time to be in Yellowstone, probably our favorite time. Would be there that time this year, except for a planned trip to Yosemite. Have a great time!
Apr 14th - 15:47pm | Jean Bjerke
Thank you, Lee! Those are two of our favorite images. As you know, the more time you spend, the luckier you get in encountering such opportunities.
Apr 14th - 12:47pm | Rick B.
Apr 14th - 11:28am | Janet Goodban
Fabulous article and fabulous photos! And thank you for your comments about keeping your distance from wild animals. If someone gets hurt by one, it's usually because they have done something stupid and unthinking. Then it's the animal that suffers, because it may have to be killed. Please respect these beautiful creatures in their homes - remember, everyone, you are vis
Apr 14th - 15:12pm | ecbuck
They would differentiate them just as the states do. With a logo on the label or bottle.
Apr 14th - 14:02pm | argalite
That depends on how the NPS would differentiate those bottles coming from the park and those that do not.
Apr 14th - 11:26am | ecbuck
an NPS driven bottle bill would be gamed by people, How?
Apr 14th - 11:22am | argalite
ecbuck, an NPS driven bottle bill would be gamed by people, and it is unlikely your idea would work.
Apr 14th - 10:06am | ecbuck
teach the park service Actually their words are to "share their knowledge of zero landfill practices". All for it as long as it reduces the cost to the NPS and does not overly burden the Park's visitors.
Apr 13th - 16:07pm | Lee Dalton
Just be patient. Subaru is a sponsor of the NPS Centennial and they are running TV ads about how they are going to teach the park service to completely eliminate trash from the parks. Not sure if they are talking about plastic bottles or just the people who toss trash around.
Apr 13th - 14:02pm | ecbuck
Those states still have people tossing their bottle in the bush. And the unredeemed deposits would fund cleaning up those bushes of water bottles sold in the Park as well as all the other plastic bottles sold or brought into the park. Banning water bottles won't keep trash out of the bushes
Apr 13th - 13:14pm | argalite
There are 11 states with deposits on bottles. Those states still have people tossing their bottle in the bush. There is no reason for the NPS to do so. In addition, people would try to game the system if it was just NPS. Remember the Sienfeld episode with Newman and Kramer?
Apr 13th - 13:30pm | Rick B.
What a shame. So few of these are lightning strikes, and so many seem to have careless human origins.