Owen, thanks for the post. I attended a climate change workshop this last weekend in conjunction with other agenda items. Heading the panel was Jim Stewart. PhD, a noted expert on the issue here in California. Have you come across any of his posts?
There is increasing evidence that Homo Sapien is the dumbest species on earth.Really Lee. Please show us the comparative study of the intelligence of Homo Sapiens against every other species. Just another of your unsubstantiated accusations.
There is increasing evidence that Homo Sapien is the dumbest species on earth.It's not only the lesser animals that foul their nests. Humans are doing a great job of fouling ours. Thus compelling proof of our collective lack of intelligence.
EC, I'm not aware of a credible method of scientific analysis that permits manipulation of data in order to support a pre-determined conclusion.Neither am I which is exactly why I find the claims not credible. They take raw data and make adjustments to "account for anomolies and quirks". But then when the results don't fit, they adjust again.
EC, I'm not aware of a credible method of scientific analysis that permits manipulation of data in order to support a pre-determined conclusion. However, it's become more than obvious that the majority of one political party in this country has chosen not to believe present scientific evidence that human-caused climate change is real and serious.
"The scientists replotted average annual surface temperatures since 1880 while accounting for changes and quirks in the readings, particularly anomalies from ocean ships and buoys."In other words they remanipulated the data to get the results they wanted.
But why can't those developers simply buy the services of a few Congressmen to push through a big pipeline from Lake Powell to provide water for their development forever and ever?I just read that in the early 19th Century, members of Congress regularly came to the floor with knives in their belts. Today they come with wads of lobbyist money in their pockets.
On a beach in Hawaii I saw an Asian family sit their infant kid right next to a nesting giant sea turtle for a picture. People apparently think all these wild animals are tame zoo animals. You would think peole would know better by now.
Lake Mead as I remember it from 1973-1977 is so different from today. I am sure I would have difficulty recognizing Echo Bay and the Overton Area. I was assigned to Callville Bay but spent time on all areas of the lake including Temple Bar, and of course, Las Vegas Wash and Boulder Beach. It was a great time to be a Park Ranger at Lake Mead.
I was always under the assumption that Lake Mead was what built Vegas, not vice versa. There's a satellite timelapse from NASA that they put out showcasing the rise, and fall of Lake Mead over the course of 30 or 40 years, and it was pretty telling what has happened. You basically see Lake Mead shrink as Vegas bursts outward. I'll try and dig up that video later today. So, it seems that eve
So why not drain Lake Powell and send that water to Lake Mead instead of building a giant pipeline to divert water from the edge of the Great Basin to "Lost" Vegas? Wasn't Lake Powell supposed to hold additional "surplus" water above Lake Mead in case it was needed in Vegas or further down the Colorado destribution points?
There are many interesting NPS sites around the area showcasing civilization swells, and then village/site abandoment due to long term mega droughts - Mesa Verde, Chaco Canyon, the Grand Canyon, Wupatki, and the list goes on. It's happening again, although I fear this one is going to be worse because the population numbers are much much greater. Back then there weren't millions sucking down
Thanks for an excellent column, Deby. I've been following you since you got to Yellowstone. Read this several times yesterday before going up to the valley to shoot Yosemite Falls last night under a strawberry moon.
Thanks Kirby! I, and my wife, live this story on every birding trip. Your advice will make for more productive, and less stressful, birding. The only thing left is to get our eyes at the same level. Maybe I can find some lifts for her shoes! Mike
Mundsy -With respect, your note and your pointed comments would be more meaningful if you clarified who the 'you' is you are addressing it to. Author of the original article? Author of the last previous comment? Etc?
I feel like I just read a diatribe written by Grampa Simpson while he shook his fist and yelled at those durn kids to get off his lawn. Required reading with tests? States taking over NPS sites? Accusations of the agency not teaching administrative history and mission?
I was at Paradise last week, and I couldn't believe how little snow there was. Just a few plowed piles in the parking lot and a bit in the shady places, and that was about it.The early flowers are already spectacular. It looks like early July up there.
More background on the traffic jam at Arches National Park and the reluctance of local businesses to endorse a park reservation system.That is the same article Lee posted. The one that said the issue wasn't a crowded park but rather a back up at the entry.
http://m.deseretnews.com/article/865629809/Jammed-highway-lights-fire-un...More background on the traffic jam at Arches National Park and the reluctance of local businesses to endorse a park reservation system.
Obviously, EC is an overcrowding denier, with reports of recent surges in park visitation and traffic congestion exceeding park's capacities being merely the outcome of the limited and local effect of traffic bottlenecks.
Actually, regardless of what the article might have said, the park is usually crammed.Its your article Lee, if you don't believe it why did you post it? But what is your point anyway? People are going to the parks. Is that a bad thing?
I've not been there for many years, but an interesting quote from the story cited above: "The entire Moab area was experiencing what many residents say was the heaviest traffic, by far, that they have ever seen. For much of the weekend, cars headed for many destinations in the region created bumper-to-bumper traffic all the way through town, for a distance of several miles.
Actually, regardless of what the article might have said, the park is usually crammed. Parking lots overflow and cars park off the roads for long distances along main roads near turnoffs to parking lots. In this case, the situation at the gate became so bad that the highway patrol actually stepped in and closed the park entrance road. They sent people who had been waiting on the highway down
Thanks for the link, Lee. A very interesting article. Is Arches the next Yosemite Valley in terms of severe over-crowding during peak season? The story says the park staff is trying ways to encourage people to visit outside of peak hours and seasons (including higher entrance fee at peak hours, lower fee at off-peak) and even raised the idea of a reservation system during peak season.
Gee - the lands are being used for exactly the purpose they were established - raising school funds. Horrors!. If it so ridiculously low Lee, why don't you go buy it. It is an auction after all so you have as much right to buy it as "their good friends". As usual, you totally mischaracterize the situation.
For a picture of what State "Management" of public lands means, here is an example from today's Salt Lake Tribune. While this particular land is actually owned by the state, it is land that was set aside upon statehood as "school lands." Developers have been drooling over these lands for years, and now the legislature has seen fit to grant some of their wishes. Note the ridiculously low pric
Using 2005 as the base and applying the CPI inflation index to the $25 annual fee, it should only be $30.29 today. Yes, I know all the arguments, was the fee in 2005 correct, things are different today etc. but it does give a frame of reference to the magnitude of these increases.
Not sure how one would determine "correctness" in this case. Is the 7 day pass priced "correctly"? I just appreciate that they recognize someone there for a day isn't going to use as much infrastructure as someone there for a week.