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  • Yellowstone National Park Officials Scale Back Size of "LeHardy Fire"   6 years 6 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   6 years 6 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?   6 years 6 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?   6 years 6 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   6 years 6 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?   6 years 6 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?   6 years 6 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?   6 years 6 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?   6 years 6 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.

  • Would You Love Zion National Park As Much If It Were Called Mukuntuweap National Park?   6 years 6 weeks ago

    Is anyone of small enough mind to visit places based solely on their names? Do people regularly avoid places with names they, for whatever reason, cannot pronounce? If such is so, most Americans would be advised to not travel overseas, especially to places including, but not limited to: Germany, Poland, Slovakia, any Baltic or eastern European nation, Holland, France (yes, most of us entirely butcher that language too) Scandanavia, most Central, South American and Asian countries and greater Africa as well. Kinda limits your options for self-enrichment and a greater appreciation of global cultures, no?

    By the way.......you shouldn't be all that amazed that these national treasures were endowed with "official" names LONG before they were granted park status. Remember that Anglo was not the primary tongue spoken here until quite recently, and ALL of these places existed long before, and will continue long after "we the People" depart the region.

  • Did the NRA Infiltrate Groups Opposed to Overhauling Gun Regulations for the National Parks?   6 years 6 weeks ago

    The NRA has lost a lot of credibility over the years advocating gun as the ultimate freedom. Not so NRA. Not so. It continues.

  • Did the NRA Infiltrate Groups Opposed to Overhauling Gun Regulations for the National Parks?   6 years 6 weeks ago

    The topic of this post was about the supposed tactics the NRA is using to try to roll back the current NPS guidelines on carrying weapons in NPS units. Do we really need to re-hash all the same arguments again about whether the NPS has a right to have these guidelines in the first place and the dangers of allowing or not allowing guns in the parks?

    On the topic of the NRA planting a mole into the NPCA, while this bothers me greatly, it doesn't shock me either. And I'm guessing that many associations that require the lobbying of Congress as well as fighting other groups in the mainstream media will use similar tactics to see what the "opposition" is planning. Unfortunately I wonder, in a situation like this, if the decisions will be made by who has the best lobbyists or who has the best organized grass-roots constituency. I wish it could be left up to the people, but it seems that's never the case these days.

  • Did the NRA Infiltrate Groups Opposed to Overhauling Gun Regulations for the National Parks?   6 years 6 weeks ago

    Can you provide a single incident where prohibiting the ownership/carry of fire arms produces a more peaceful society? Washington, DC, UK, etc.?

  • Did the NRA Infiltrate Groups Opposed to Overhauling Gun Regulations for the National Parks?   6 years 6 weeks ago

    I'm not sure that I would necessarily agree that a gun has to raise the stakes, but you were describing difficulties with having to know the laws of both states. I was just pointing out that that is already an issue. You would have the same issue if someone were smoking a joint on a trail that crossed between two states. The ranger would have to have probable cause to suspect that the item being smoked was illegal in which ever state he was in.

    Let's say for arguments sake that one state allows up to 3.5 ozs for personal consumption (I think that is or used to be Alaska's law) and in the other state you could get put in jail for 6 months for possession of a joint. Ignoring federal law (perhaps this wasn't a good example because there is applicable federal law - although I have no idea how it's Constitutionally justified), the ranger must determine what state he is in before knowing what action to take.

  • Did the NRA Infiltrate Groups Opposed to Overhauling Gun Regulations for the National Parks?   6 years 6 weeks ago

    Maybe if those ladies who were killed in Yosemite NAtional Park were allow to have a loaded gun in their posession they would still be alive???? (Ed: The murders referenced here did not take place in Yosemite National Park. The murdered women were Yosemite tourists who were killed near the park. For a relevant map, see this site.)

  • Did the NRA Infiltrate Groups Opposed to Overhauling Gun Regulations for the National Parks?   6 years 6 weeks ago

    Mark,

    Adding a gun to the equation raises the stakes substantially.

  • Segways in the National Parks: Do We Really Need Them?   6 years 6 weeks ago

    Well said, Anonymous. And I'm all for your excitement of being able to see what before wasnt accessable to you and others. I have a Segway with knobby tires and is built for off road use. Its quiet, eco-friendly, and not much wider than your backpacker (with his candy bars). Although I'm healthy, I wonder whos business is it that one should get excercise while enjoying nature? Go to a gym to work those 2 branches! I get the feeling that the bored, envious, or just whiners are going to protest. Enjoy your walk, jog, or bike and I'll enjoy my glide. God Bless America~Land of the Free

  • Would a Change in Gun Laws Be a Threat to National Park Bears?   6 years 6 weeks ago

    Animals can and do injury and kill people. Humans can and do injury and kill other humans.

    Very true.

    No one has the right to deny citizens of their right to defend themselves, be it from beast or man.

    Also true enough. Which is why, to the best of my knowledge, the federal government does not mandate that every citizen spend at least two weeks a year within the boundaries of a national park. No one is forcing anyone to go to national parks. The best way to defend yourself from all these vile beasts and crazed humans that are stalking our parks, is to stay far away from them. Thankfully, the law says that you have the right to not go to Yosemite. If they ever change that law, I'll be 100% in favor of allowing guns in there.

  • Did the NRA Infiltrate Groups Opposed to Overhauling Gun Regulations for the National Parks?   6 years 6 weeks ago

    Kurt,

    I understand the difficulty of a ranger knowing which state he is in (although less so than before GPS was an option) , but isn't this an issue with any law that might be different between the two states?

    Another Voice,

    You seem to be in "don't bother me, my mind is made up mode", but for what it is worth, while I am an NRA life member, I saw this not because of the NRA but because I have National Parks Traveler on my Yahoo page.
    Do you have any examples of devious schemes to undermine democracy. I personally fail to what is obfuscating about referring to the supreme law of the land, the Constitution. And, as far as things being scary goes, if the 2nd Amendment is ignored with impunity, I doubt that the 1st will remain strong.

    Mark

  • Did the NRA Infiltrate Groups Opposed to Overhauling Gun Regulations for the National Parks?   6 years 6 weeks ago

    Mark, re multiple states, I'd offer that it's not as easy as you paint it. While there are reciprocity in many states, not all states offer the same, and so rangers in parks that span two states would not only have to be well-familiar with both states' laws, but also know in which state they're in, and in the backcountry that could at times be problematic.

    But, alas, I've been through this debate too many times to want to repeat it verbatim.

  • What Exactly is a Bear Jam in Katmai National Park & Preserve? Let Ranger Michael Glore Explain   6 years 6 weeks ago

    I was just in a bear jam at Katmai. A sow and single cub decided to take a little nap on the north side of the Brooks River bridge. Fortunately it was hot and sunny out, which may have helped precipitate the bear nap, so the crowd gathering on the southside viewing platform (where I was) was in high spirits watching other bears while these two slept. There were a couple single adults snorkeling their way across the mouth of the river, looking for fish underwater with just their ears appearing above the water's surface. A sow and two yearling cubs fished, that would be mom, and played, that would be the two cubs, to within feet of the viewing platform, giving everyone great photo opportunities. And then there was the sow and three spring cubs working their way across the marsh beyond the trail on the north side and while we couldn't see them make their way through the camp area, we sure heard the radio traffic as the rangers kept tabs on where they were. Yep, it was a very beary day at Brooks Camp and one that kept the park service busy managing the humans so the bears were not interrupted in what bears like to do. Keeping an area as natural as possible for bears while allowing humans to watch will result in bear jams, not only at the bridge but also along the trails. Its a good thing NPS has the people power to manage all these humans that are both overnighting at the lodge or campground or flying in for the day. Without their ability to keep humans and bears apart - but within viewing distance - this would not be the cool experience that it is.

  • Did the NRA Infiltrate Groups Opposed to Overhauling Gun Regulations for the National Parks?   6 years 6 weeks ago

    Bryan Faehner spins well. His phrasing make the NRA sound so much worse than perhaps :

    "If the investigation by Mother Jones proves true, then the NRA will have effectively spied on our ongoing efforts to keep visitors unarmed against possible dangers in our national parks, even if they have the right to carry elsewhere in the state. If true, this is a troubling display of the lengths to which the NRA will go to further its agenda."

    Kurt, re: parks that span states: Different states have different laws regarding theft, assault, etc. What happens in those parks now for those things? I assume that (to pick Great Smokey Mountain NP) While in TN, TN laws would apply and while in NC, NC laws would apply. So to walk trail that goes through both states, you would need concealed carry rights in both states. Fortunately, many states have a reciprocity clause built in to their CC laws stating that they will recognize the concealed carry rights affirmed by another state if the other state will recognize theirs.

    Mark

  • Did the NRA Infiltrate Groups Opposed to Overhauling Gun Regulations for the National Parks?   6 years 6 weeks ago

    The comments to this story make it clear that the NRA is also hard at work responding to blog stories that paint them in a negative light, diverting attention away from their devious schemes to undermine democracy with obfuscating platitudes about constitutional rights and scare tactics about free speech. It seems that gun and ammo profits make for a lot of firepower to defeat those of us believe in the possibility of a more peaceful, nonviolent world.

  • Studies Show Bear Spray More Effective Than Guns Against Grizzlies   6 years 6 weeks ago

    Actually thousands of people hike in Yellowstone every year without carrying bear spray (many families with young children), while thousands of others that hike with it never use it. I started carrying it several years ago at the insistence of my kids. I never felt the need for it when I didn't have it, and never have since I've been carrying it. I have been hiking/packing Yellowstone for over forty years (as well as Glacier, Canada and your state). Sometimes I feel a little silly with my spray dangling from my waist as eight and ten year old kids run by me on the trail with their parents, all completely unarmed. Guns and bear spray are the same. They are both like booze to an alcoholic. They simply give a false sense of bravery and security. The best thing to carry regarding safety is common sense. If you don't have that, no gun or spray in the world is going to help you in the back country. In the time it takes to read THIS sentence, you would get your first look at a charging bear and it could be on top of you. Time's up. Did you get that gun or spray out? Did you have time to aim and fire ACCURATELY? At least with spray you don't have to be accurate. The number one cause of death in Parks is accidents (with drowning leading the list in the back country).
    A friend of mine carries one of those air horns they use at basketball games. Just a small one, fits in his pocket. He claims to have turned a charging bison with the thing. I believe him!
    Rangers carry guns because they are police officers. Poachers aren't interested in going along just because the ranger asks nice. There are crimes in National Parks. Just very,very very little violent crime involving visitors.
    I'll say it again. If you are that worried about violent crime in National Parks, you have no business even being outside.

  • Did the NRA Infiltrate Groups Opposed to Overhauling Gun Regulations for the National Parks?   6 years 6 weeks ago

    Thanks anon, it wasn't intentional. I'll fix it. Still, how many states with concealed carry place time restraints on that privilege?