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  • Any Question About Who's Calling the Shots in Yellowstone National Park?   5 years 37 weeks ago

    I offer my thanks to the park service for using common sense and permitting snow mobiles in Yellowstone.

    Afterall, the park is there for the recreation of the citizens of the US and it is not a private conservatory for use only by left wing conservation groups and those they deem worthly. We must be good stewards and at the same time make the park accessible to citizens.

    Snow mobiling in Yellowstone is one of the truly great adventures still available to Americans.

  • Rocky Mountain National Park Officials Select "Lethal Reduction" To Help Reduce Elk Herd--Updated   5 years 37 weeks ago

    Introducing a scientifically made birth control cocktail could bring more harm than good. The population is out of control. I know first hand as I live very close to Estes Park. Nothing is more enjoyable then taking a nice day trip into Rocky Mountain National Park and being able to view all the wildlife around including elk in town. To continue to do this, you have to control the population. I agree 100 percent with this method and would gladly be a volunteer (sharpshooter!!) to help. I also think the wolf should be introduced back into the population along with this program to allow nature to take its course. This would shorten the 20 year plan and less elk would have to be culled by human method.
    One thing to keep in mind. Introducing the wolf back into the population would have to be monitored very closely. Too few would not be control the population and too many would kill off the elk at a rate that could not be accounted for.

  • What Suggestions Do You Have For the National Park Service?   5 years 37 weeks ago

    My wife and I bought a Senior Pass in May and set out on an 11,000 mile journey to visit the national parks in the west and southwest. The Senior Pass is one of the greatest bargains out there and made it possible for us to visit about 20 parks during our six week trip and stay on budget.

    We were extremely impressed with the dedication of the Park Service and the Rangers. They were courteous, patient and most helpful at every turn. On more than a few occasions, however, it appeared that some Rangers seemed to take "ownership" of the parks and monuments a bit personally. It was as if they owned the properties instead of the general public. I suppose that any dedicated public servant can slip into that mind-set on occasion.

    The most poignant moment of our trip occured at the Grand Canyon. A young man in a wheel chair being pushed to the south rim of the Grand Canyon was heard to say, "I can't believe I'm really here." Well, brother, we couldn't believe we were there either!

  • What Suggestions Do You Have For the National Park Service?   5 years 37 weeks ago

    Denali (and any other parks with a traffic issue or shuttle system already in place) should use the type of busses that Zion has - quiet, clean, great windows for viewing, comfortable seats. The old school busses in Denali are horrible - the noise factor alone is egregious for travelling in a park where peace and quiet are part of the experience!

  • Did the NRA Infiltrate Groups Opposed to Overhauling Gun Regulations for the National Parks?   5 years 37 weeks ago

    Coming back to the article, I have to ask: Mother Jones? Really? Mother Jones is far, far left and was even edited by Michael Moore. This is hardly a neutral source, and I'm skeptical.

    "Spying" seems a bit over the top, too, and using the word raises suspicion of paranoia. At any rate, the "spying" that is alleged to have occurred includes getting placed on mailing lists. If that's the case, then I guess I'm guilty of "spying" on the ANPR since I am a Second Amendment advocate and the ANPR seems so determined to deny citizens of their Second Amendment rights on federal land.

    This seems a distraction by those on the far left from the real issue: Restoring constitutional protections to law-abiding citizens traveling and living in national parks.

  • Did the NRA Infiltrate Groups Opposed to Overhauling Gun Regulations for the National Parks?   5 years 37 weeks ago

    Concealed carry license/permit holders have said licenses/permits because they're law abiding, and willing to go through a process to prove it (and capable of safely handling a firearm). The license/permit has to be renewed every few years with another round of background checks. And what's more, if a holder violates the law (by committing a felony or in most states a domestic violence offense of any kind felony or otherwise, and gets charged) the license/permit is revoked (I'd be willing to bet that a state outside one's jurisdiction with a reciprocity agreement if one's home state will report an felony arrest and very likely physically pull one's permit upon arrest). If the holder is acquitted, then any only then, do they get to ask for it to be reinstated or have it returned depending on jurisdiction.

    In simpler terms, one or more offenses means no holding a license/permit to carry concealed, for life. I'd call that better odds, that a CCL/CCW holder is careful to abide by the law and think twice about loosing his or her cool with others, then the general population is, and therefore pretty safe grounds to assert that they are less violent and more law-abiding than other groups. If they commit one offense, they're not IN the group any more for life, not without proving their innocence (sometimes not even then and 'may issue' states, or by getting a pardon from a Governor or a President (the latter is not the most likely of outcomes).

    The only state that I know of that allows residents to carry concealed without a license or permit and that does not have a license or permitting process should one wish to get one anyway is Vermont. I'm sure its a lovely state (never been there) but I doubt it throws off the stats much in terms of population figures.
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  • Did the NRA Infiltrate Groups Opposed to Overhauling Gun Regulations for the National Parks?   5 years 37 weeks ago

    Watchdog: Show me the stats were CCL holders are "less violent" and more "law-abiding"...than any other group of the similar size...whatever that means.
    Are stats put out by the NRA!?

  • Did the NRA Infiltrate Groups Opposed to Overhauling Gun Regulations for the National Parks?   5 years 37 weeks ago

    Lone Hiker:

    The Supreme Court decision also reaffirmed that the 2nd amendment is an Individual Right, (the more generalized and far reaching part of the ruling perhaps?) which is a more on the subject than the definition of 'residence' is in this case, in my opinion.

    Another Voice for Freedom from Violence :

    You can live in the world in terms of how you'd like to be, the rest of us will live in it as it is. Those more likely to have "devious schemes to undermine democracy" are those that yell "conspiracy" at every turn when individuals debate freely.

  • Yellowstone National Park Officials Scale Back Size of "LeHardy Fire"   5 years 37 weeks ago

    The Billings Gazette is reporting that the fire has tripled in size; however, it's still burning away from the road to the northeast. Everything remains open.

    Jim Macdonald
    The Magic of Yellowstone
    Yellowstone Newspaper
    Jim's Eclectic World

  • Did the NRA Infiltrate Groups Opposed to Overhauling Gun Regulations for the National Parks?   5 years 37 weeks ago

    Why? We're dealing with licensed CCL holders, a group historically proven to be more law-abiding and less violent than ANY similarly sized group in EVERY state that issues licenses.

  • Did the NRA Infiltrate Groups Opposed to Overhauling Gun Regulations for the National Parks?   5 years 37 weeks ago

    Much better to have the drug dealers, rapists, and murderers armed in our
    national parks and the law abiding public helpless to defend ourselves
    against the threat. The criminals certainly prefer it this way, and since some
    members of our government do to, they must also be criminals... but
    I repeat myself.

  • Would You Love Zion National Park As Much If It Were Called Mukuntuweap National Park?   5 years 37 weeks ago

    I support the Paiute Name, the Indian Name.
    Period.
    It was their land afterall; and landmarks keep the "Zion" name

    Good Article!

  • Did the NRA Infiltrate Groups Opposed to Overhauling Gun Regulations for the National Parks?   5 years 37 weeks ago

    The fact that millions of like minded citizens are armed while so many liberals are not makes me feel much more confident that my personal freedoms will be protected. I bet we would all like to ban something from the parks. I for one would like to ban the socially liberal estrogen rich guys on these posts who are so frightened of handguns. I know for a fact that would make my park experience much more pleasant.

  • Did the NRA Infiltrate Groups Opposed to Overhauling Gun Regulations for the National Parks?   5 years 37 weeks ago

    Why is the gun the issue and not drugs, alcohol, poverty, cars, knives, violent crime, etc.? Compromise is attainable if the issue is violence rather than a single method with which to exercise violence.
    Crime includes numerous weapons beyond guns, and we will never eliminate weapons from the criminally inclined. Discuss the causes of violence and pose solutions to the cause and as I said compromise might be attainable. Frankly statistics just don't support the emotional out cry against legal ownership of a single vehicle of violent crime. Of course in a binary world YMMV.

    =8^)

  • Did the NRA Infiltrate Groups Opposed to Overhauling Gun Regulations for the National Parks?   5 years 37 weeks ago

    Hi Lone Hiker,
    I believe you just made my point for me. Thanks, Bob

  • Did the NRA Infiltrate Groups Opposed to Overhauling Gun Regulations for the National Parks?   5 years 37 weeks ago

    Indeed the courts have spoken but not to the extent whereby the right of "self protection" extends beyond one's person residence, as stated clearly in the DC decision, and not, as others have tried erroneously to claim on this website, to the extent that your "personal residence" is inclusive or any temporary shelter you erect. You'll have a difficult time making a case that the justice's ruling, paraphrasing here, carries with it the intent of the law to include any and all structures inhabited by people as one's "residence". Before you go off on an emotional retort, consider these options and label them as residence or not: tree house, duck blind, tree/deer stand, ice cabin (also known as lake tent for those of you not familiar with the sport of ice fishing), lean to, ice cave (a most common occurrence on the shores of the Great Lakes from Dec-Feb), we can continue as long as you like. Please spare me the banter that they all qualify.......does anyone propose that there exists someone who lives with a duck blind as their mailing address?

    Interesting also that the gun lobby claims that people with CCP's and the like will actually enhance my park experience, becoming my guardian angel should tough times arise. I thought this manner of vigilantism was exactly what we're trying to prevent? Self-protection, as stated within the 2nd Amendment does NOT give anyone the right to travel the land as judge, jury and executioner, under ANY circumstances. The last thing this country needs is a gun-toting mobile militia.........why not just become a bounty hunter if you're all geared up about protecting society? Or is that too dangerous for you?

    I vehemently disagree with the notion that compromise is unattainable. But one side has to get over their superiority complex about protection of all mankind being their right, and the other side has to get beyond the fact that our nation will never be totally free from gun violence, be it criminal or accidental from legal ownership. The easy solution is to outlaw all firearms, whereby anyone in possession would automatically be identified as a criminal element, and subjected to all manner of cruel and unusual punishment just for being in possession, or even having one's fingerprints found on a weapon. But since we all agree that the simple solution is beyond our willingness to alleviate the overall problem of gun violence, we need to consider other alternatives. But concealed permit holders wandering the country in a 21st C manner akin to Old West posse or Southern lynch mob mentality justice doesn't fill the bill either. And that, we should all fear, is the hidden agenda of the NRA and their campaign of constant disinformation.

  • Yellowstone National Park Officials Scale Back Size of "LeHardy Fire"   5 years 37 weeks ago

    As of this afternoon, the road has just re-opened - see http://inciweb.org/incident/announcements/article/1443/7555/ - though stops aren't allowed through this stretch and there may be delays as helicopters fly over. Of course, call the number above to be sure of the latest information.

    Jim Macdonald
    The Magic of Yellowstone
    Yellowstone Newspaper
    Jim's Eclectic World

  • Lawsuit Filed to Stop Expansion of Visitor Center at Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument   5 years 37 weeks ago

    I agree that the expansion of the tourist center would ruin the battlefield! In fact, I think they ought to tear down the present center and move it somewhere off of the battlefield. I have been there several times in my quest for knowledge of the Battle of The Little Bighorn. Of course, I am a history buff!

    Kingman, AZ

  • Did the NRA Infiltrate Groups Opposed to Overhauling Gun Regulations for the National Parks?   5 years 37 weeks ago

    Legal concealed carry permit holders have passed background checks and received training on safe firearm procedures. With concealed carry, criminals, stalkers and thieves do not know who is armed. No one knows. I carry when legal to protect my family. When guns are banned, criminals are aware that their victims are defenseless. Cell phones don't work,and make individuals especially vulnerable in remote areas. There have been murders in a number of national parks where victims were selected because they were defenseless. National parks are places where legal concealed carry should be encouraged not feared.

  • Would You Love Zion National Park As Much If It Were Called Mukuntuweap National Park?   5 years 37 weeks ago

    If GGNRA does become NPNP I'll make it a regular point to go there specifically to lose my lunch. Political statements are a wonderful thing!

  • Lawsuit Filed to Stop Expansion of Visitor Center at Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument   5 years 37 weeks ago

    Not only is it wrong to intrude further in to this historic site, they should consider removing the existing visitor's center and relocating it outside the field of view of the battlefield as proposed by Mr. Greene. For once, can't our government stop being so self-serving and do the right thing? If the integrity of the site is vastly important to our history, then shouldn't we try to keep it as accurate as possible and its' sites as prisitne as possible? This land should virtually remain as it did 134 years ago, untouched.

  • Would You Love Zion National Park As Much If It Were Called Mukuntuweap National Park?   5 years 37 weeks ago

    LOL! Funnier than fiction!
    What a great read Bob, thanks!

  • Would You Love Zion National Park As Much If It Were Called Mukuntuweap National Park?   5 years 37 weeks ago

    Well, apparently NPS and supporters of some NPS units (and maybe some chamber of commerce marketing hacks) do think that names matter. To wit: Congaree Swamp National Monument dropped "swamp" from its name when it became a national park in 2003 for fear no one would want to visit because, they thought, swamps are just so unattractive. How shallow! Perhaps that was a good move because Congaree isn't really a swamp anyway. (Maybe we'll see "canyon" dropped from Bryce Canyon NP's name one day...) Regardless, if Congress were to make a "swamp" a national park, I'd be intrigued and would be compelled to visit. Unfortunately, some believe that names should be altered (even after designation) to smooth over politicians, and that's what is disappointing. That happened to BLM-administered Colorado Canyons National Conservation Area here in Colorado. The name was changed to McInnis Canyons NCA, after former Republican Rep. Scott McInnis, a much less intriguing and descriptive name. Hopefully we won't see Golden Gate NRA changed to "Nancy Pelosi National Parks" anytime soon...

  • Did the NRA Infiltrate Groups Opposed to Overhauling Gun Regulations for the National Parks?   5 years 37 weeks ago

    There really is no rational discussing of this subject is there? Both sides are so polarized that any middle ground is unreachable. I love how both sides demonize the other. Well, the Supreme Court made their decision and self protection is a individual right not to be infringed upon by the government. Reasonable regulations are currently ok but will be contested in court. One day for good or ill the issue will be resolved within the constraints of our legal system but much like Roe V Wade will never be resolved in our society.

  • Did the NRA Infiltrate Groups Opposed to Overhauling Gun Regulations for the National Parks?   5 years 37 weeks ago

    Mookie, I agree with you. The NRA will milk the gun issue until your blue in the face...guns, bullets and profit! It's all about power and control. Whatever it takes win over an issue:lie, cheat, distort or give out misinformation, bad information or no information. These are the shrewd tactics of the NRA and these are not nice people were dealing with. Anyone who believes in these gun mongers that the National Parks will be safer, if we allow concealed hand guns to be implemented into law must be kidding themselves. Yes, we have extreme cases of sick violent crime in the National Parks but not at the wild level of hysteria that the NRA wants you to believe. It's all about right wing political football tactics (since it's election year) and it has nothing to do with bread and butter issues regarding the National Parks. It's a deliberate diversion tactic that separates us from the real true issues like: saving our natural heritage from the oil and cattle barons. It's all about rape and pillage of are natural resources for the multinational corporations and corrupt ideology.