Recent comments

  • Upon Further Review: If It Smells Like Gasoline...   5 years 24 weeks ago

    In fairness to the individual involved in this situation, there was no indication in the park's report that alcohol was involved.

    Based on the available information, it sounds like another example of what can happen when folks are in a hurry to start having fun on the water.

  • Dinosaur National Monument: More Than You Can Imagine   5 years 24 weeks ago

    Yes there are. You can find the companies and their contact information at this site.

  • Hot Springs Hoopla Goads Government   5 years 24 weeks ago

    Thanks for the clarification Bob. It still seems to be a petty issue on the part of the NPS and I hope they can find more meaningful things to carp about besides the distinguishing factors that separate them from the town of Hot Springs, Arkansas.

    For an agency that is constantly touting the importance of "partnerships" this type of public squabbling with local stakeholders seems way off base. The superintendent there probably needs to be instructed in how to engage a gateway, or in this case, host community in a cooperative relationship.

  • Zuni-Cibola National Historical Park, the Park that Died A-Borning   5 years 24 weeks ago

    If you are going to name "problem" NPS units on Navajo Nation land, don't forget Rainbow Bridge National Monument. Rainbow Bridge is a sacred place to the Navajo (Diné), and culturally/religiously significant to the Hopi, San Juan Southern Paiute, Kaibab Paiute, and White Mesa Ute. Lots of Native Americans would love to see complete control of Rainbow Bridge turned over to the Navajo.

  • National Park Mystery Plant 3: It’s Toxic, and Livestock Producers Hate It   5 years 24 weeks ago

    Good job, willow. The mystery plant is the lupine (or lupin). We need to be real clear on the fact that there are lots of lupine species -- at least 200 to 500 worldwide -- but not all are poisonous. In the western U.S. the species posing a danger to livestock (birth defects as well as poisoning) include silky lupine (Lupinus sericeus), tailcup lupine (L. caudatus), velvet lupine (L. leucophyllus), silvery lupine (L. argenteus), yellow lupine (L. sulphureus), and lunara lupine (L. formosus), which is also called summer lupine.

  • Hot Springs Hoopla Goads Government   5 years 24 weeks ago

    My article initially stated that the city is named Hot Springs National Park, and that the Park Service is demanding that the city change its name. Both of these assertions are incorrect. The official name of the city is Hot Springs, Arkansas, and the Park Service has no quarrel with the official name of the city. After MRC brought these blunders to my attention (nice catch, MRC), I edited the article to correct these mistakes and added some clarifying information about the specific city actions that have aroused the ire of the Park Service. The bottom line remains the same: the Park Service wants the city of Hot Springs, Arkansas, to quit advertising itself in ways that blur the distinction between the city and Hot Springs National Park.

  • National Park Mystery Plant 3: It’s Toxic, and Livestock Producers Hate It   5 years 24 weeks ago

    I think the plant is a Lupin

  • Rescued Park Visitors Return to Yosemite National Park to Thank Good Samaritan   5 years 24 weeks ago

    If it wasn't for the visitors who had witnessed the accident and stopped Ranger Dan there would be no story.

  • Dinosaur National Monument: More Than You Can Imagine   5 years 24 weeks ago

    Are there outfitters that provide guided trips on the Yampa River through Dinosaur NM?

  • Upon Further Review: If It Smells Like Gasoline...   5 years 24 weeks ago

    No, officer- I haven't been drinking

  • Zuni-Cibola National Historical Park, the Park that Died A-Borning   5 years 24 weeks ago

    While Devils Tower is an important place in the myths of a number of Native American people, it is not and never was part of a reservation on any of the nations. If you want to compare Zuni-Cibola with an existing NPS unit, look at Canyon de Chelly National Monument. This one is on Navajo land and protects resources of pre-navajo Anasazi culture as well of Navajo heritage. Its status is in dispute, as the Navajo nation wants it back.

  • Sections of Pacific Crest Trail Poached by Mountain Bikers; Could Problems Arise in National Parks?   5 years 24 weeks ago

    I just poached a section of the PCT today on my mtb. I know that mtb's are not supposed to be on the PCT but the short section (less than 1.5 mi.) I rode linked up a huge network of trails. Maybe certain sections of the PCT that have heavily traveled mtb trails linking up to it should be considered as multi-use sections (hike, horse, bike). In these sections, signage can alert the hiker/horse pounder that they will be sharing a certain section of trail with mtb's.

  • Zuni-Cibola National Historical Park, the Park that Died A-Borning   5 years 24 weeks ago

    This is a very good thing. It is a shame that such respect for Native peoples wishes wasn't given much thought when places such as "devils tower" National Monument and many other example were birthed. Maybe progress is being made and lets hope this example becomes the norm.

  • Sky Diving at Denali National Park? A Florida-Based Company Thinks It's a Great Idea   5 years 24 weeks ago

    Well we did the jumps with success on 6-25-09 (3 times). You obviously now nothing about parachutes and you comments are unfound. I have been around parachuting and airplanes all of my 52 years of life and have much more experience to counter your remarks. This includes military HALO and HAHO jumps as a Green Beret. Openings at 22, 000 ft are well away from the the winds below the the mountain peaks. In the military HAHO jumps are done regularly and the only element to deal with was the temparture.

    Jim Horak
    Emerald Coast Skydiving Center
    and
    HALOjumper.com

  • Upon Further Review: If It Smells Like Gasoline...   5 years 24 weeks ago

    Dude! You've got to be kidding!

  • Land Donation Will Boost Size of Harpers Ferry National Historical Park By 176 Acres   5 years 24 weeks ago

    I once contributed to CWPT. This story inspires me to repeat that gesture.

  • Latest Pastime of Yellowstone National Park Bison: Human Tossing   5 years 24 weeks ago

    I came here expecting to see the usual story of people who walk up close to a wild animal, thinking they are cute and cuddly, wanting to get a close-up or pose with the animal, or having something much worse on their minds.

    Such was not the case in this story. I actually sympathize with this poor woman, although the warnings to be aware of one's surroundings and cautious around wildlife are to be heeded by everyone.

  • Secretary Salazar Wants Everglades National Park to Return to Endangered List   5 years 24 weeks ago

    Like everything else that administration did, removing the Everglades from the List of World Heritage in Danger suited them because it was good for business. For eight years, we had secretaries and administrators whose chief jobs were to ensure that the activities, standards, and goals for which their agencies were created were downsized, contained, and thwarted in the interests of business profits. What a disaster that has been for the land upon which we live, the water that we drink, the air that we breathe. Thank God for the election of President Barack Obama.

  • NPCA, TWS Presidents Meet With Canadian Ambassador To Seek Solution to Development in Flathead Valley   5 years 24 weeks ago

    These waters are pristine and full of life. They're an important part of the ecosystem here. The parks have huge historic value and will have damaging impacts if they're not preserved. If you haven't fished, drank or have taken a dip in these bodies of water in the Flathead you might never understand. Please don't let anyone destroy this relic area. The area doesn't need to be changed and the wildlife need to be protected from the mining of an outdated energy source. Solar and wind power is the future and is for the better. Movie directors choose this area for a reason, please keep it this way!

  • Traveler Tech Update: IE8 and Latest Performance   5 years 24 weeks ago

    The web site traffic problem - that's a good problem to have!

    The problem with IE8 is easy; just don't download the darned thing (and watch out for it in automatic Windows Updates). Why is it in recent years that every time Microsoft makes a move, we cringe? Too many darned doodads!

  • A Window Into North Cascades National Park   5 years 24 weeks ago

    May it remain "one of those places that many folks often don't think about" . . . until I have seen it myself! ;-)

  • UNESCO Agrees to Send Field Team to Inspect Threats to Glacier, Waterton National Parks   5 years 24 weeks ago

    Poor little Jack no longer can you or people like you just pillage the land for profit without first looking at the impact it will have on the surrounding habitats. I feel so sorry for your wallet.

  • Rangifer tarandus   5 years 24 weeks ago

    Caribou tend to be scraggly looking in the spring and early summer. They shed their undercoat and have to endure constant attacks by insects. As fall approaches their coats fill out and they gain weight in preparation for the approaching winter.

  • Latest Pastime of Yellowstone National Park Bison: Human Tossing   5 years 24 weeks ago

    I really don't think the handgun would kill the bison instantly, but I'm not too educated here. I'd assume, as stated above, it would only make the bison act more aggressively.

  • Hot Springs Hoopla Goads Government   5 years 24 weeks ago

    This can't possibly be a priority for an agency that is supposedly underfunded and over-extended in its mission. What difference does any of this make? It is just another local public relations black eye waiting to happen for an organization that seems to lose more and more of its credibility and relevance with each passing day.

    By the way, is it still necessary for the federal taxpayer to be running this place? It seems that this is just the sort of unit that could easily be transferred to a number of entities either public or private.

    Is this park a crown jewel? Wouldn't a national historic designation suffice and then see if someone else might be interested in running it? That this unit pays to have on staff a national park superintendent just like Glacier or Yosemite (at a similar pay rate I would presume) seems not only silly but an insulting affront to hard working taxpayers everywhere. I say let this artifact from a bygone era of park designations join Platt National Park in the history books as a hot spring site that came and then went away as a named national park.