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Jul 20th - 11:13am | muddymoose
Submitted by ecbuck on July 17, 2016 - 10:22am. Its likely this was a planned and staged shot and after taken, everyone packed up and left. Much ado about nothing. Do you have evidence for that otherwise baseless assertion?
Jul 18th - 10:37am | Tim M.
You're a good man, Kurt. I'm amazed you keep responding.
Jul 17th - 17:17pm | Kurt Repanshek
There is a line, perhaps fine at times, but existent just the same between commercial photography and news gathering. As for someone walking across Yosemite Fall, not illegal that I know of, but I wouldn't recommend it.
Jul 17th - 15:46pm | ecbuck
I don't see Outside's reporting any less "news gathering" than some of NPT's stories. If its illegal it shouldn't be done but in this case a pretty petty complaint. By the way, this month's Outside has a picture of someone walking across Yosemite Falls. Was that illegal? Is it promoting?
Jul 17th - 15:13pm | Kurt Repanshek
Permits generally are not needed for news gathering photos, EC. At Arches, the regulations are pretty specific. For instance, the following generally will not be permitted:The project includes a portrayal of activities that are not permitted within a national park.
Jul 17th - 14:32pm | ecbuck
They'd need a permit for commercial photography.
Jul 17th - 13:53pm | Kurt Repanshek
They'd need a permit for commercial photography. Plus there's the violation for illuminating the bowl beneath Delicate Arch, as the ranger said.
Jul 17th - 12:40pm | ecbuck
before temporarily violating a couple of regs What regs did they violate? If they did, then no it isn't OK but if they pitched a tent for a photo op and didn't camp, I don't see any violation.
Jul 17th - 12:16pm | Rick B.
"Nothing", because there was forethought and planning before temporarily violating a couple of regs. OK, then, whatever you can justify.
Jul 17th - 09:22am | ecbuck
Its likely this was a planned and staged shot and after taken, everyone packed up and left. Much ado about nothing.
UPDATED: Golden Gate National Recreation Area Superintendent To Take Grand Canyon National Park Helm
Jul 20th - 08:33am | SmokiesBackpacker
Congressman have asked for Jarvis to step down but he refuses. We all predicted this arrogance from someone who identifies himself as a "risk taker". I suppose the sexual abuse is also an example of "risk taking". Except all parties got caught. And one is scott free being funded by taxpayer dollars.
Jul 19th - 21:56pm | Rick B.
I wish her all the best in a difficult situation.
Jul 19th - 21:38pm | Julie, tucson
Good luck with your battle! Proud that you are brave enough to take on such an enormous responsibility!
Jul 19th - 23:41pm | Karen
Oh "flatlander", I feel your pain. I'm back in my hotel after a similar experience today. I knew I was scared of heights, but I had no idea it would be this bad. I got numbness in my hands and came very close to a full-blown panic attack, including some illogical thoughts of getting out of my car in the middle of the road and paying somebody else to drive it down without me.
Jul 19th - 20:08pm | Steve Nelson
Kurt - from the article - "Secret Service protection was provided following the "assignation" of President John Kennedy." Is that a Freudian slip or what? This is the funniest thing I have ever seen on this site!
Jul 19th - 11:19am | ecbuck
Perhaps because that is what your want to hear. But the sound is actually someone questioning the sense of the policy.
Jul 19th - 10:49am | Lee Dalton
Gee, do I hear some echoes of the Great American Entitlement Mentality here?
Jul 19th - 10:13am | oldbuffalo
Try the Silver Jack Inn and Lectrolux Cafe in Baker, great craft beer selection, and they offer free camping - FREE PRIMITIVE CAMPING - When you make purchases in the restaurant/grocery store which has WI FI access. Just across the street from the restaurant and motel, sited by a stream and in trees, is our free camping.
Jul 19th - 08:02am | ecbuck
I have called the park - as did a rep for Res.gov. Grey Cliff is the only campground that takes reservations and it has a two night minimum. Campgrounds fill most weekends and frequently during the week according to the ranger. Question is, why a two night minimum and why aren't more sites in such a remote area reservable?
Jul 18th - 23:01pm | Lee Dalton
GRBA campsites have always been first come. But a quick check indicates that Rec.gov may be taking reservations now. (It's a bit confusing. Maybe a phone call to the park might help.)
Jul 18th - 21:44pm | Artemesia
In the past "overflow" campers were allowed to use the large group camping area. I'd call the park...
Jul 18th - 20:58pm | ecbuck
Best I can tell, there are no concessionaires involved with Grey Cliff or the other campsites, only Lehman Caves and cafe. Was told by Recreation.gov that it was NPS policy.
Jul 18th - 19:41pm | Rick B.
Probably decisions made by the job creators who own the concessions.
Jul 18th - 15:30pm | ecbuck
If that is not bad enough, the only campground that takes reservations is Grey Cliff, the least developed of the campgrounds. Even worse, there is a two night minimum. I am trying to stay there on my way back from Yosemite in August. The day before I want to arrive is open but not the day after. Therefore there is no way I can make a reservation that will be held.
Jul 19th - 10:39am | Owen Hoffman
This is a very important article. I am very happy to see the NPS promoting the night sky as a park resource worthy of protection and interpretation.
Jul 16th - 22:11pm | Anonymous
Blue, gray, and black are the best. In the east, you can see hardly any black and some gray. However, in the west the black and gray increase.
Jul 19th - 10:24am | Owen Hoffman
I am thrilled to see the NPS actively promoting the night sky as a park resource in areas of the East and West. This coming Saturday, July 23rd, the Obed Wild and Scenic River will host a public star gazing program at Nemo Bridge across the Emory River near Wartburg, TN (beginning at 9:30 PM).
Jul 19th - 07:31am | Jeff Moser
Besides the gun being a Glock semi-automatic instead of a Smith & Wesson .357 Magnum revolver, in the clip the weapon was shown ipointed it different directions before being removed.
Jul 19th - 07:17am | Jeff Moser
His gun was a .357 magnum revolver, not a Glock semi-automatic pistol.
Jul 18th - 20:40pm | El caption
To valley camper point yes you are correct and the park left the campground in a wreck with the restrooms rotting away for years after the 1997 flood terrible, a waste of "our monies" it was very dangerous just to walk thru that deserted camp ground accross from houskeeping what a rip off!
Jul 18th - 17:44pm | Rangerskip
I visited the Park back in the early 1990's. It is one of the most incredible locations on the planet. It is out in the middle of nowhere surrounded by beautiful blue green waters. And when you realize just how challenging it had to be in order to build the impressive brick fort, you become awestruck. A definite bucket list but I did not know it at the time.
Jul 17th - 21:15pm | Lee Dalton
It's the ideologic rationalization and blind denial by people like our Esteemed Comrade that enables the dishonesty and crooked dealings of our political hacks. I keep hoping that some day enough people will wake up and realize what's actually happening and then begin to take action -- on election day -- to put an end to it.
Jul 17th - 16:04pm | Alfred Runte
Lucky for you, EC, every time I have been called in for jury duty, I have been dismissed the moment I divulged my Ph.D. The coffee and doughnuts were good, however.
Jul 17th - 15:50pm | ecbuck
As a historian, I have pieced together a good many paper trails suggesting untold pressures on our national parks And no doubt they exist. But the fact they exist doesn't mean they are present in every case. I prefer waiting until I have evidence before making accusations. Again, I hope you stay away from the jury box.
Jul 17th - 15:39pm | Alfred Runte
I love it, EC, when you prove that ideology trumps history all the time. Perish the thought that people of influence and power would ever stoop to use it! I believe that history book begins: "Once upon a time, in a kingdom far, far away, there lived a good and loving king who never liked wearing clothes. All he asked of his subjects was to allow him to sit naked on the throne.
Jul 17th - 13:42pm | Threeful
I suspect you are not familiar with college educational system. Most of the primary course books or additional course books required by my professors, were written by them. There is a saying in university academia, "publish or perish". She should not be condemned for publishing a that is a requirement.
Jul 16th - 22:58pm | Lee Dalton
Esteemed Comrade, I genuinely pity you. In your deaf blindness, you have no idea what you are missing.
Jul 16th - 20:57pm | ecbuck
Because maybe now -- hopefully now -- she'll have more time to put her words and phrases on paper to reach a wider audience of people whose hearts have not been jaded by dollars.
Jul 16th - 19:57pm | Lee Dalton
I'm sitting here beside our creek reading Terry's book, The Hour of Land watching one of our families of resident mallards as I turn between pages while the water's music mutes sounds of the city outside our tree shaded condo community. As I do, it hits me. I feel a little tightness inside my throat as I read some passages. This is not a book one reads with the brain.
Jul 16th - 18:23pm | ecbuck
Terry's dismissal for lack of production wasn't proof of any political pressure. And in Hillary's case, Intent wasn't necessary. The mere act of putting them on a private server was illegal whether there was intent to risk them or not. If there was intent there could have been additional charges.
Jul 16th - 17:37pm | Alfred Runte
EC, you do make a valid point about "proving" what is said. I believe the point being made here is that the "proof" is in the action. Hillary Clinton wants us to believe that she never "intended" to risk classified information. The point is: She was being careless long after she was told not to be careless.
Jul 16th - 12:56pm | ecbuck
Rick - Exactly what field did I appoint myself an expert in? Reading english? Noticing the absense of facts? Tell us, who provided the political pressure, who was pressured and how was the pressure was applied. You don't have to be an expert in any field to answer those questions if the answers in fact exist.
Jul 16th - 12:26pm | Rick B.
Boy oh boy. Watching folks self-appoint themselves as experts in various fields and then argue against established __actual__ experts in a fieled. Climate change, academia... the list goes on. To paraphrase a phrase, now THAT is 'baseless ego'.
Jul 17th - 13:55pm | Kurt Repanshek
Jul 17th - 12:36pm | Lee Dalton
After air operations at a current fire in Utah were shut down more than five times by drones, the Utah legislature passed an emergency bill authorizing law enforcement officers, both state and Federal, to knock drones out of the sky by blocking their control frequencies or by using a device that will lead officers to the controller in the scofflaw's hands.
Jul 17th - 12:19pm | Rick B.
ChrisF - the Department of the Interior IS a federal agency. I'm afraid I'm not going to take your personal declaration that they have no authority over their lands.
Jul 17th - 09:23am | ecbuck
is no law that bans drones over NPS adminstered lands. If there isn't, there should be.
Jul 17th - 04:07am | ChrisF
It's not illegal as there is no law that bans drones over NPS adminstered lands. They aribrarily put in place a policy which they have no legal authority to enforce. A policy is not a law. If they want a ban they must follow the proper procedures and establish law. Furthermore they do not have authority to administer airspace.
Jul 17th - 13:53pm | C. Hartman
I disagree. The Director is fully aware because of his position of the legal requirements, and admittedly skirted them because he thought they would take too long to get approval. He also lied about it being his idea, and lied about using the govt. computer to write it. He should be removed from office.....
Jul 17th - 13:17pm | Carolyn William...
My mother Carrie Hilton Williamson lived on Castle Pinkney from 1916 to 1926. She lived there with her family Father Thomas Alexander Hilton, mother Maggie Balentine Hilton, half brother Julian Bunch and brothers Eugene and David.