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Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Officials Worried About Proposed Pig Farm

Jul 3rd - 10:22am | Jim Burnett

A brief look at the application for this operation suggests the term "pork factory" would be more appropriate that "farm." If these large-scale operations are to be allowed, surely there must be sites somewhere in the county where water quality concerns from runoff would been of less concern that this one. A similar issue exists in the watershed for the Buffalo National River.

Jul 3rd - 08:35am | Wickerman

The vocabulary of calling this multi-thousand pig factory a "farm" needs to be changed. Nor is this huge corporation, with dozens of LLCs a "family farm". The owners are multi-millionaires only concerned with greed and profits. They need to stay in Iowa, which they've ruined for themselves already.

Jul 2nd - 08:05am | Lee Dalton

Here is a link to a book that sheds light on modern commercial pig farms. Before deciding which side to support in this issue (and the one in Missouri that has received attention here) it might be well to read this book.

Hazel Creek Area Of Great Smoky Mountains National Park Reopens

Jul 3rd - 09:18am | SmokiesBackpacker

This sums it up.*E8U3rGFXp-kqbgQSg8CMcEVh7*q4FtWa-JjMqfPv2Nv*...

Classic National Park Hikes: Grinnell Glacier At Glacier National Park

Jul 3rd - 07:17am | Jim Burnett

This area of the park around Many Glacier has some great trails, including the one to Grinnel Glacier descibed in this story.

Cape Hatteras National Seashore Visitors Warned About Shark Dangers

Jul 3rd - 07:08am | beachdumb

This is the unintended consequences of shark and turtle conservation. There are way more sharks in these waters now there have been for a long time.

Bison Gore Two More In Yellowstone National Park

Jul 3rd - 02:17am | Ginger L.

No matter how many times you warn people to keep their just cannot fix stupid.

Jul 3rd - 00:20am | commonsense

I get this feeling all the time that people are getting dumber by the minute. When life is lived through a cell phone this is what happens.

Expect Crowds At Yosemite National Park This Holiday Weekend

Jul 2nd - 22:50pm | ron mackie

Megaera, yes beginning late October and running usually until middle of April, depending on the weather. These draught years have lengthened the season, especially this year. Many people trying to get to the mountains to flee the extreme heat, particularly in the San Joaquin Valley. Lake Tahoe has been jammed also.

Jul 2nd - 15:28pm | Megaera

Better yet, just wait till the off-season. Does Yosemite Valley even *have* an off-season anymore?

Petition Urges Interior Secretary To Intervene Over Killings Of Denali National Park Wolves

Jul 2nd - 14:58pm | SmokiesBackpacker

I remember the days when I thought that any public sentiment would influence Jarvis and his band of kings to change policy.

Jul 2nd - 09:13am | Lawrence Scrima

VIP- also sign and share this: petition:

Jul 2nd - 07:08am | Cindy Beville

Let the wolves Live!

Jul 1st - 22:18pm | WAYNE SOBEY


Jul 1st - 22:18pm | Sherri Sherbo

Please put a stop to the killing of Denali wolves! Top predators are a sign of a healthy ecosystem. They are a precious commodity and part of our heritage. To exterminate them is to harm ourselves and leave a legacy of disgrace for our children.

Jul 1st - 21:40pm | Adriana McDowell

Don't kill them. It's easy to shut.....but it's hard to take care of our wild life . Don't kill the wolves. Please.

Jul 1st - 19:20pm | Anonymous USA

I'm boycotting Alaska until the state starts prosecuting the poachers and hunters killing the Denali wolves. Alaska needs to become enlightened and stop allowing hunts of keystone species like the wolves, this is the 21st century, stop behaving like barbarians.

Jul 1st - 19:03pm | Viola

They are animals and do not understand boundaries . We need to stop killing them.. They are going extinct as it is.

Jul 1st - 17:58pm | Mary Church

Please stop the killing of our Denali wolves!

Jul 1st - 17:46pm | Gerardo Lobo Go...

Please Read.... Interior Secretary Sally Jewell is being urged by more than 100,000 petitioners to intervene to halt the killings of wolves that wander out of Denali National Park in Alaska. Please Read....

Jul 1st - 17:40pm | shirley boyce

These killings need to stop. First the animals have a right to live. Second, they are suppose to be protected within the park, Third, this killing is not only murder, but is stealing treasures from the citizens of the U.S.A. The park is a preserve, the idea is to keep it safe, natural. But these killings are showing it is not safe, and those doing the killing are making it an unnatural place.

Jul 1st - 17:13pm | Liz black

please STOP killing the Denali wolves.

Jul 1st - 17:10pm | Heidi Lundholm

Save man's best wild friend. Stand up for all those who can not stand for themselves. Speak for those who can not speak for themselves. Show the rest of mankind how its done. Thank you.

Jul 1st - 17:03pm | Kevin Kallenbach

Please stop the killing of our Denali wolves!

Former Katmai National Park Superintendent Fears Park Service Values Visitation More Than Bears

Jul 2nd - 08:10am | Lee Dalton

Thank you for recommending that book, Ron. I'll head for the library as soon as it opens today to see if it's there or if I can get it via interlibrary loan.

Jul 1st - 18:22pm | ron mackie

Jim, Kowalsky, I am with you on this one. Mr. Bane needs to go to a citizens group in my own humble opinion. Environmental groups have contact with high administration officials, in this case the NPS appears to be locked in at the management level. Thanks again for Ray speaking out.

Jul 1st - 17:44pm | Jim Kowalsky

Ray Bane, seasoned warrior of earlier ongoing Alaska conservation fights reemerges and needs support for this katmai debacle. NPS essentially told him to go away and not bother them. its disheartening to support the NPS in Alaska while

Exploring The Parks: Gates Of The Arctic National Park And Preserve

Jul 2nd - 01:50am | Ray Bane

Excellent article. I spent many years exploring the central Brooks Range, both before and after it was included in the Gates of the Arctic Nat. Park & Preserve. It is truly a magic place filled with hidden secrets and pleasures waiting to be discovered.

Rangers Rescue Pair Reported Trapped In Old Mine Near Lake Mead National Recreation Area

Jul 1st - 15:08pm | tomp2

Naw, they coulda made a run for it. A race, even, as the snake always strikes the second guy!

Jun 30th - 05:40am | Jim Burnett

re: "rattlers asserting their turf do have a way of putting a chill in your plans." They do indeed! The good news is these guys were paying attention to their surroundings and noticed the snake. If they had stepped on it or very near it, the snake would likely have been a lot less docile.

Jun 30th - 03:09am | Rick B.

Well, trapped is trapped. I've encountered rattlers asserting their turf and they do have a way of putting a chill in your plans.

Visitation, And Temperatures, Soaring At Grand Canyon National Park

Jul 1st - 15:02pm | tomp2

It appears from the GRCA website that you have to pay $15 per person to take the shuttle, but only $30 per vehicle to drive into the park, so families/groups of 3 or more adults save money by driving in and using parking lots within the park. I'd rather see the price incentive turned around, or at least a $30 "group pass" for a vehicle of folks parking at Tusayan.

Jul 1st - 09:28am | Kurt Repanshek

Really, folks, let's dismiss the political rhetoric. Perhaps traffic to national parks is up -- and Grand Canyon isn't the only one seeing more visitors -- because they're great places to visit.

Jul 1st - 08:42am | beachdumb

Hey Lee, when is the Obama recovery going to start? Parks are getting more visitors because no one can afford more expensive vacation destinations.

Jul 1st - 08:14am | ecbuck

"Bush Recession" LOL Can't make a post without making something political out of it can you Lee - despite how foolish it may be.

Jul 1st - 08:00am | Lee Dalton

Utah's state parks, national forests and forest campgrounds, national parks, and other public and private recreation areas throughout the state are experiencing record visitation, too. Low gas prices? An indicator that the country might actually be recovering from the Bush Recession? Maybe people heeding the First Lady's urgings to get out and move?

Treasure Your National Park Visits With A Photo Album From Shutterfly

Jul 1st - 08:46am | Cloyce Lassiter

I have visited several National Parks including Yellowstone, Martin Luther King, and Mt. Rushmore. I always enjoy my visits. Every time I visit the MLK Memorial my heart rejoices and is also saddened. It is breathtaking. Thanks for the good work that you are doing.

National Park Gift Shops Halting Sale Of Confederate Flags

Jul 1st - 05:45am | Gary Wilson

This is quite simple, in my book. The flag represents traitors that were an enemy to the United States. At public buildings that are part of the 50 states, this treasonous flag has no right to be flown. We don't fly nazi flags or the flag of the royal queen (other previous enemies of the US) on state or capital grounds either..

Jun 29th - 14:23pm | ecbuck

"Is the claim of ecbuck and anonymous and others really that stand-alone confederate flags _must_ be available for sale at park gift shops? " No the observation is that the actions of some wacko should not be rationale for their removal from the gift shops - or anywhere else for that matter.

Jun 29th - 14:08pm | tomp2

The policy explicitly supports flying Confederate flags where the flag provides historical context. The flags aren't being removed from display at Gettysburg or any of the Civil War parks. Contra anonymous on June 26, the flags will continue to be part of park interpretive programs.

Jun 29th - 14:04pm | ecbuck

"do you still beat your wife" question Hardly - a legitimate question whose honest answer would clearly negate your position. Not everyone - or even most, of those that display the Stars and Bars are racist.

Jun 29th - 13:55pm | Rick B.

Eric, you just go on ahead choosing who and what to defend in your screeds and folks will pretty much decide about you without Lee or myself coloring the picture. You've done pretty well in this most recent in staking out your ground. And, by the way, ignoring a "do you still beat your wife" question of your construction is not the same as running away.

Jun 29th - 13:37pm | ecbuck

"I won't stop pointing a loud public finger at racism and it's apologists." Good. But don't falsely accuse others in the process.

Jun 29th - 13:29pm | Rick B.

In addition to the horrific church shooting in South Carolina there have been five black churches burned by arson in the past week. I won't stop pointing a loud public finger at racism and it's apologists.

Jun 29th - 12:20pm | ecbuck

"Allowing it to continue flying as a middle finger salute to good people is something we need to stop."

Vapur In Partnership To Slake Thirst Of Bryce Canyon National Park Visitors

Jun 29th - 21:47pm | rmackie

Agree RickB, an important first step.

Jun 29th - 15:41pm | Rick B.

This is all good. It doesn't even take a special fancy custom-designed dispenser. Just one of those drinking fountains like at my local gym with one of those inverted-J dispensers. It is all baby steps to reduce waste. Add in recent factors like the e-coli in bottle water alert and Nestle looking to drain reservoirs to market their bottled water, and it all adds up.

Summer Road Trip: Discover The Corps Of Discovery’s Trail

Jun 29th - 18:32pm | Chris Neilson

The Trail takes you through some of the most beautiful areas of our country, from St. Louis, MO, along the magnificent Columbia Rover, to the Trail terminus at Seaside Heights, Oregon. Bring the journals of Captains Lewis and Clark with you so that you can enjoy their words as you travel.

Jun 29th - 16:44pm | Gene Estensen

I have been over much of the route and it flows through beautiful country. Do the trip while you can.

Pancho Villa, the Army Air Corps and Big Bend National Park

Jun 29th - 17:26pm | David smith

Uncle Elmo's guest and flight log book, signed by several later WWII greats can be seen in the archives at the Sul Ross Library in Alpine.

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