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  • Dead Carp at Lake Mohave Make This Memorial Day Memorable for Wrong Reason   5 years 23 weeks ago

    Hi to all. For the most part my girlfriend and I love the lake,we live in the las vegas are and fish the north shore.This past weekend we decided to take a trip to lake mohave and were sicken with what we seen,I'm from New York and i'm use to dirty beaches...but i didn't move here for that I love nevada and all it has to offer but I don't appriciate the disrespect from our fellow beach patrons. I mean clean up your trash guys your mothers don't live there and aren't going to do it for you this just makes us all look bad to the tourist who vist us each year .I was told as a child that when my friends came over to make sure they didn't destroy my stuff because it's all I had,and when they went home they would have nice things and I would be stuck with junk.I guess what i'm trying to say is protect and take care of were we live it's all we have and when it's gone we'll all complain. We are not kids guys,shape up or ship out !

  • Zion National Park Gets Commemorative Licence Plate, But It's No Delicate Arch   5 years 23 weeks ago

    I just got back from the Oregon DMV. Always a joy. They tried to up sell me, but all Oregon's "special" designs suck, especially the Crater Lake plate, which has Wizard Island at some bizarre scale and the North Rim totally fabricated. Utter crap. The Zion one wreaks, too, probably because Zion is such a vertical park and license plates are rectangular. I suppose the Great White Throne is Zion's Delicate Arch; it's too bad the designers couldn't figure out a way to make it fit. But then it would probably look like Oregon's Crater Lake plate: fictional. Too bad they couldn't have taken something of smaller scale, like the Cave Valley pictographs, the Pine Creek petroglyphs, or even a close up of Navajo sandstone. Or if landscape is what you need, then you've also got the Guardian Angels, Checkerboard Mesa, or Angel's Landing from Observation Point. Probably not iconic enough, though. Oh, well. I'm not moving back to Utah anytime soon.

  • Roped-Together Climbers Die in Fall On Mount McKinley in Denali National Park and Preserve   5 years 23 weeks ago

    Simply a wonderful young man! He did so much and gave so much, but fortunately lived his all too brief life to the full. I am so saddened by his tragic death. My heart goes out to all he touched and were touched by him. To his closest family and friends my condolences. Andrew will be sorely missed and long remembered.

  • Toddler Dies After Drinking Citronella Oil at Chickasaw National Recreation Area Campsite   5 years 23 weeks ago

    Being extra cautious is a great idea, Anita. At this very moment my wife and I are babysitting our two-year old granddaughter, and we've redoubled our efforts to make sure she can't get at anything dangerous. We just can't imagine how awful those parents must feel....

  • Toddler Dies After Drinking Citronella Oil at Chickasaw National Recreation Area Campsite   5 years 23 weeks ago

    This warning is quite timely for me as I'm taking my Three year old son camping next weekend for the first time. I am going to let all the parents in my group know about this tragic death and use it as a reminder to keep a close watch on youngsters around dangerous supplies.

  • Zion National Park Gets Commemorative Licence Plate, But It's No Delicate Arch   5 years 23 weeks ago

    Zion hasn't been "short-changed", no, not unless you claim the firefighters, disabled vets, and wildlife advocates have also been short-changed. Sounds to me like the state gave Zion what they give anyone else for a commemorative plate.

  • Badger Pass Icon Nic Fiore Passes; Taught Thousands to Ski At Yosemite National Park's Ski Area   5 years 23 weeks ago

    Nic was the embodiment of the Yosemite High Country. I worked with him every summer from 1966-1974, first as a High Sierra Camp helper, then camp manager, at both Glen Aulin and Merced Lake camps. His high energy, enthusiasm for the mountains, and ability to remember faces was legendary, as was that marvelous French-Canadian accent. And to the high country visitors, he was the epitome of what the hospitality industry should be: providing a memorable experience for the visitor, with a ready smile and a true delight in people. Managing the five hike-in camps plus White Wolf and Tuolumne Meadows Lodge was a summer-long juggling act that he handled each year with managerial skill, people-skills, and physical stamina.
    Nic was a boss, a mentor and a friend.
    Godspeed, Nic. You have left behind a wonderful legacy. You will be missed.

  • Zion National Park Gets Commemorative Licence Plate, But It's No Delicate Arch   5 years 23 weeks ago

    It really could have been a much better looking plate than the one they came up with. Heck, most of the Southern states have nicer specialty college football license plates than the rather drab and mundane one issued by the state of Utah for Zion.

    The Alabama plate for the Crimson Tide is really something to behold.

  • National Park Mystery Photo 7: Who Was This Maiden?   5 years 23 weeks ago

    Nicely done, Larry. You've got it. Be sure to read the followup article that's scheduled for tomorrow (Friday). It's got loads of additional interesting information about the Lady of the Woods.

  • Badger Pass Icon Nic Fiore Passes; Taught Thousands to Ski At Yosemite National Park's Ski Area   5 years 23 weeks ago

    My wife, son, and I are among the hundred-thousand who took ski lessons under his direction. I'll never forget him ringing the big bell out behind the Badger Pass Ski Lodge that signaled the start of each session. He made a remarkeable contribution to both Yosemite and the ski industry. He will be greatly missed!

  • National Park Mystery Photo 7: Who Was This Maiden?   5 years 23 weeks ago

    Lady of the Woods
    Park Headquarters, Munson Valley, Crater Lake National Park - est: 1902

    October 1 thru 19 1917 Lady of the Woods carved by Dr. Ralph Bush, a doctor with the Rim Road construction and survey crew. The man-created work of art is Dr. Bush’s desire for fulfillment: “The statue represents my offering to the forest, my interpretation of its stillness and response, its beauty, fascination and unseen life. Deep love of this virgin wilderness fastened itself upon me and remains to this day.” Name by Fred Kiser, photographer who built a photo studio on the Rim now being used as the Park’s Visitor Center.

    The statue is about 3/4 life size.

    August 1919 “Petrified” mummy of an Indian woman “discovered” one fourth mile from Government Camp. “Mummy” claimed by persons to be older than the Egyptian mummies. Turns out to be the “Lady of the Woods

  • Roped-Together Climbers Die in Fall On Mount McKinley in Denali National Park and Preserve   5 years 23 weeks ago

    My heart goes out to their families. No matter how much you train and prepare accidents can still happen. Both John and Andrew seemed like very responsible and seasoned individuals.

    Dan
    Winter adventure, Northeast USA

  • Historical Graffiti   5 years 23 weeks ago

    There is a rock in Idaho, Register Rock, where travelers of the Oregon Trail left their signatures. It is near Massacre Rock State Park, on the Snake River. Beautiful spot to camp and learn some great history.

  • Toddler Dies After Drinking Citronella Oil at Chickasaw National Recreation Area Campsite   5 years 23 weeks ago

    I have visited over 150 np’s and i have never seen a caution sign about deadly chemicals. Maybe a paper list of poisonous chemical at the ranger entrance station or a sign at rest rooms and entrances or at the camping sites would be good. I feel for the Chickasaw couple's child who died. A good search of the area might have helped. I realize this is an extra expense to an already strained budget

    Maybe the np assoc should spend money providing signs and paper list of chemical poisons instead of promoting gun laws that favor the crooks. You know people who have passed fbi checks and weapon training are the bad guys and the crooks who carry concealed weapons receive a lot of tv and radio attention. Think about this opinion. I mean really think about it.

    Sorry i had to add this opinion. Bears, wolfs, and other potentially dangerous animals carry their concealed weapons in their mouth. It's only when they smile that you are aware they are about to use their weapon. Think about this when one is headed your way. Sorry for the soap box presentation, just had to do it,

    Bill Woodard, Dallas, Texas

  • National Park Mystery Photo 7: Who Was This Maiden?   5 years 23 weeks ago

    Hint, NPS'er Jon Jarvis will know the answer to this one!

    Owen Hoffman
    Oak Ridge, TN 37830

  • Roped-Together Climbers Die in Fall On Mount McKinley in Denali National Park and Preserve   5 years 23 weeks ago

    Lauren, for many, pushing the edge a little bit heightens the intensity and beauty of life. From all accounts, these two gentlemen were highly skilled climbers and very analytical in their approach. Accidents can happen anywhere, from crossing the street to climbing a mountain. While their deaths were truly tragic and unfortunate, they were doing what they loved.

  • Roped-Together Climbers Die in Fall On Mount McKinley in Denali National Park and Preserve   5 years 23 weeks ago

    That is so sad! Why do good people put themselves into dangerous situations when they have wonderful lives & wonderful loved ones??

  • Half Dome Hiker Falls to His Death in Yosemite   5 years 23 weeks ago

    I was on Half Dome when Hirofumi Nohara slipped to his death on June 16, 2007. In fact, I was behind him about 2 people when he fell and could have been taken down with him. This was an experience that one cannot forget, yet I am reliving this in your tale of what happened last weekend. Seeing him slide.... and fall..... and slide... was horrific to say the least and I still think about it every now and then. You will too I'm afraid. It was a Sunday and very crowded on the cables, people going up and down and outside the cables. It was about 3:00 PM in the afternoon. I too remember thinking "don't panic now" "keep yourself together" right after it happened..... because I knew I had to get off that mountain! People were crying and several children visibly terrified. It was also horrifying to see the helicopter land and pick up his body, before we could descend. I am all for each person taking responsibility for their own actions in the wilderness but this hike is extremely difficult! I honestly don't think most of the hikers up there have any idea of the skills and equipment needed for this climb. To most of them, it's the satisfaction of just saying, "I did it". It is a beautiful hike for sure, but can turn precarious very quickly with so many people up there. Climb Safe!

  • Half Dome Hiker Falls to His Death in Yosemite   5 years 23 weeks ago

    The cable itself is bouncing from all the people using it. As far as spacing goes, has anyone here seen how crowded it gets on a weekend? The problem is that if it were somehow restricted to only one person between each pair of poles, the wait would be several hours rather than maybe 30-40 minutes during peak season. If you've seen it when it's crowded, that's maybe 2-3 people in each segment. There are often gaps because one or more climbers gets terrified and slows down or take time to get recomposed at each plank.

    I don't recall exactly how many pairs of stanchions there are, but a quick look at photos and I'd guess maybe 36-40. That's a lot of clipping and unclipping.

  • Star Party Set for June 27 at Great Basin National Park   5 years 23 weeks ago

    National Parks are ideal places to enjoy a pristine view of a dark and starry night. All of the parks listed above offer virtually pristine views the night, but elsewhere, it becomes increasingly difficult to escape the distant effects of artifical light pollution.

    Light pollution is a major problem for urban parks. However, distant domes of light pollution from growing urban and suburban development has become more than evident along the western horizon from the top of Glacier Point in Yosemite, from Horse Pasture Plateau in Zion, from Panorama Point in Arches, and looking to the north from Clingman's Dome in the Great Smoky Mountains. Digital cameras used at night in Death Valley can pick up domes of light pollution from Los Angeles and Las Vegas.

    A view of a pristine night sky has been an experience that extended across all human cultures prior to the past century. Fortunately, through intelligent light planning and effective community lighting ordinances, light pollution can be substantially reduced and the pristine beauty of the night sky restored.

    Owen Hoffman
    Oak Ridge, TN 37830

  • Should the Jackson Hole Airport Lease Extension Wait for Safety Audit?   5 years 23 weeks ago

    While not intending to take a stance pro or con on the question of the appropriateness of the airport's location, if somehow the NPS decided it should go, where might a new airport be based in the Jackson area? There's not an awful lot of flat ground around, and that which is flat is likely privately owned.

    While there might be some space on the Driggs, Idaho, side of the range, the need to traverse Teton Pass makes that location untenable. And down near Alpine, Wyoming, doesn't make sense due to the need to negotiate the Snake River Canyon to reach Jackson.

    Any suggestions?

  • Philatelists Rejoice: New Stamps Honoring Zion and Grand Teton National Parks On The Way   5 years 23 weeks ago

    Information on Zion First Day of Sale and cachets can be found on the Zion Natural History Association (park non-profit) website, http://www.zionpark.org.

    Thanks!

  • Should the Jackson Hole Airport Lease Extension Wait for Safety Audit?   5 years 23 weeks ago

    The Nature Conservancy has proposed that the airport start the long overdue process of "repaying" Grand Teton NP for the land it has "taken". Since 533 acres has been taken out of service, those acres should be replaced by purchasing private land. Among other things, they propose a $5 per ticket fee to go to these private land purchases to expand the real park. Sounds good to me !

  • National Park Quiz 59: Only   5 years 23 weeks ago

    Craters of the Moon National Preserve is indeed a National Park System unit, MRC, even though it is jointly administered with the Bureau of Land Management. To state this in another way, Craters of the Moon National Preserve is included in the 391-count of National Park System units, even though managerial responsibility for the unit is shared with another federal agency. BTW, the Park Service uses the same four-letter code (CROM) for the monument and the preserve, and both units have the same Superintendent (Douglas Neighbor).

  • National Park Quiz 59: Only   5 years 23 weeks ago

    On No 6: The preserve land is owned and administrated by the BLM.