Recent comments

  • Plague Confirmed As Cause of Death for Grand Canyon Biologist   6 years 41 weeks ago

    Kurt,

    The death to biologist Eric York is a shame, but due to the Plague it is a disturbing one.

    When I lived in New Mexico I became aware of the strain of Hunta Virus associated with SW fieldmice. I am certain you are aware of that deadly virus.
    We just have to be very caucious these days and never take too much for granted in nature.

    Take care.

    John Lisa

  • Does Hiking Yosemite National Park's Half Dome Still Present a Wilderness Experience?   6 years 41 weeks ago

    A wilderness experience? You really have to ask?
    Most of the National Parks I have been to have raped the wilderness with roads, lodgings, gas stations, parking lots, buses, trails, bridges, signs, scenic flights, large groups guided by corporate outfitters, etc..
    There are a few of Our National Parks that I enjoy as a wilderness type of experience.

  • Park Service's Top Investigator Pleads Guilty To Theft   6 years 41 weeks ago

    Nepotism is rampant. In the national seashore I worked, I was told by higher up LEs that in order to get the chief ranger they wanted, they also had to hire his wife as chief interp. She ran interp into the ground, and after her husband retired, they created a special position for her (since they couldn't fire her for incompetence) and took away her chief interp duties. I've seen other examples of blatant nepotism as several other national parks. Cover-ups? How about the 2002 sewage spill in Munson Creek at Crater Lake? It was as serious as the 1970s spill, but few knew about it. I found out during a trip to the Summer Solstice party and poking around Munson Creek, finding yellow biohazard tape everywhere, asking questions, and getting unofficial, off the record answers. That never made the news. Oh, then there was the shooting incident at Mazama Village, too, which was all hush-hush. People I knew who were working at CRLA were told not to say anything to anyone about the incident, and they wouldn't even give me their opinion for fear of losing their jobs. Criminality? I've witnessed supervisors breaking employment law on several occasions. Some have told me how they snatched up badges without serial numbers. The NPS is rife with corruption and career mindedness. It's time to put an end to this atrocious waste of taxpayer money.

  • Glen Canyon NRA Officials Thinking Of Digging For Water   6 years 41 weeks ago

    As I have witnessed over the years on other forums and blogs, whenever a posting goes contrary to the beliefs of folks over at www.wayneswords.com they head over, join the offending forum / blog and post their values, beliefs etc..
    I am not saying this is a bad thing, just that it makes interesting reading on their own bulletin board which one can find at:
    National Parks Traveler on the Castle Rock Cut *LINK*
    or
    LPYC soliciting lowering CRC comments to NPS *LINK*, which states, "I just received a mass e-mail from Lake Powell Yacht Club soliciting our comments to the NPS comment site below. I added my 2.5 cents there already."
    or
    Fresh comments on the NP Traveler site are up., which states, "Forest and Mondofish, among others, have been heard from. Might not hurt for a few more to pile on and smother the green-goofay-eggheads with ,,,,,, OOPS! Sorry. That's hardly PC of me. Pete K."

  • Glen Canyon NRA Officials Thinking Of Digging For Water   6 years 41 weeks ago

    Yes Pete, that is correct. The "SUM" cost of their (Aramark's) overhead package remains the same, so not only Aramark, but even those who actually USE Lake Powell, will be the one's indirectly paying for the project.
    As has already been said, "What's not to like?" Even Libertarians should approve of this one!

  • Park Service's Top Investigator Pleads Guilty To Theft   6 years 41 weeks ago

    I am truly astounded by the continuing commentary that is being placed below the article on Pat Buccello's guilty plea to the theft of $10,000 from the NPS. It has now been 17 days since this news piece appeared on the web, yet current and former rangers (mostly LE) continue daily to share their frustration and anger at an agency that they see as overwhelmingly corrupt and cynically career driven. Their biggest beefs are nepotism, cover-ups and rampant criminality.

    It's a slant on things you won't hear coming from Bill Wade or Mary Bomar.

    Check it out: http://snipurl.com/1ts8h

  • Glen Canyon NRA Officials Thinking Of Digging For Water   6 years 41 weeks ago

    LH:
    I'm not able to follow this. NPS will pay for the project. Not Aramark. True, NPS will utilize revenue generated by concession operations to pay for it. So Aramark funds it indirectly. But since the NPS skim off the top of Aramark's operation is the same whether the cut goes forward or not, how does it affect Aramark's bottom line? The "SUM" cost of their overhead package remains X whether NPS spends the money on other infrastructure maintenance, repair or upgrade, or, whether or not they spend it on the Castle Rock project, right?

    Pete K.

  • Glen Canyon NRA Officials Thinking Of Digging For Water   6 years 41 weeks ago

    This will be my last comment on the subject, as IMO it's miles off-topic and the topic in question is of far more interest to me. I will however make this final comment.

    While Lone Hiker does indeed offer a few interesting ideas, he/she is dead wrong in making this comment:

    "For you to believe for one instance that their entire customer base will not feel the sting for this project is simply not realistic."

    The money has already been collected! It's part of the requirement for being awarded the concession to do exclusive business in the GCNRA, not an additional cost of doing business to be passed on to their (Aramark) customers in the form of higher prices, lower wages, reduced level of service, or anything else. The funds have already been collected and are discretionary, to be used by the NPS for any project benefiting those who use the GCNRA. That would be mostly boaters and fishermen like me!

    Trying to keep it real. Enough said, at least by me.

  • Glen Canyon NRA Officials Thinking Of Digging For Water   6 years 41 weeks ago

    Most of what the government does to us is on the shady side of unconstitutional, but this discussion is about the CRC. As the GCNRA is a national RECREATION area rather than a national park, recreation is the issue here. The cut has been lowered several times over the years. There are no artifacts that would be involved here. No time and waste of taxpayer dollars for an EA is needed. The safety of the people that pay to use this RECREATION area should be paramount. The savings in fuel, reduction of pollution, and time saved in responding to emergencies uplake demands that CRC must be open at the lowest levels of the lake.

  • Park History: Arches National Park   6 years 41 weeks ago

    And maybe the biggest highlights of all at Arches......the crowds are miniscule and there's not a difficult hike in the entire park. Although somewhat off the beaten path, it's a fantastic place for families, even those who have younger kids not quite yet into the whole hiking experience. To them, it's like a BIG sandbox, and there isn't much soil damage you can do on slickrock, which is also easier for the youngsters to traverse. If they're looking for Pizza the Hut or McArches for dinner, you're have an inconveniet ride to Moab, but it could be worse.

  • Glen Canyon NRA Officials Thinking Of Digging For Water   6 years 41 weeks ago

    Geez, if what you say is true, you'd sure think that a country as great as ours would have had at least one single Congress in those 97 some years decent enough to abolish that illegal 16th Amendment, now wouldn't you?

    Tax revenues generated by this Act of Congress are to the Washington bureaucrats what nicotine is to many people.....a craving, an addiction to which they simply aren't willing or able to remove themselves from, no matter what the cost. Once the government began spending this revenue source prior to it actually being in the treasury, we were all done for. Now they simply can't and won't stop, short of a taxpayer revolt. Which isn't really a bad idea. They can't throw us all in jail, and since they don't have the stones to deport illegals, I feel safe as a citizen of this "great nation" in taking a stance against these types of injustices. As citizens, that's our responsibility, our duty. Or, you can choose to be a lamb heading to slaughter. The choice is all OURS.

  • The Yellowstone Precedent   6 years 41 weeks ago


    Excuse me - your assertions are inaccurate. While you are correct that snowmobiles were allowed in YELL for a decade or so until the late 1990s, the leaders of YELL and the NPS then analyzed the science and determined that the resources were being damanged. They then initiated efforts to eliminate snowmobiles altogether in favor of the quieter, cleaner and more economic snowcoaches. It was in 2000 that the current administration decided against that approach (this came right from Secretary Gale Norton and presumably from just under the top guy in the White House) and to initiate a series of (now up to four) environmental studies - evidently attempting to obtain the answer they wanted. EIS #4 still says there is resource damage, even at the numbers or snowmobiles proposed, and the public - by a margin of 4 out of 5 - say no snowmobiles. The "spin" or interpretation of the data are political, not scientific in nature; made by NPS managers who do not have the latitude to do what's right because of political pressure. To say that "the coalition of NPS Retirees were the guys who had power and control for the last 25 years and did nothing about the snowmobiles in Yellowstone," is inaccurate and unfair.

    Bill Wade
    Chair, Executive Council
    Coalition of National Park Service Retirees

  • Glen Canyon NRA Officials Thinking Of Digging For Water   6 years 41 weeks ago

    RainyRoads:

    I'm not going to turn this into a libertarian rant, but think your faith in politicians is most certainly misplaced. Congress is not an institution that is widely hailed for its virtues nor is much of what goes on in the city of Washington for that matter.

    There are many other violations of the Constitution, way too numerous to mention, that have occurred in the history of the Republic besides the illegal and immoral 16th Amendment. The most currently egregious example of this habitual Constitutional disregard would be the costly and bloody wars being waged in Iraq and Afghanistan without an official declaration from your beloved saviors on Capitol Hill, as is explicitly mandated in the Constitution. Go ahead, read it. I promise you it's all in there.

    There is in fact currently one lone member up on the Hill who agrees that the 16th Amendment is unconstitutional as well as many other actions, decrees and levies of the lawless proponents of the Warfare/Welfare state. His name is Ron Paul and he is also running for president as an avowed constitutionalist. You might want to check out his campaign and stated positions. It might be an eye opener.

    Being a great country has nothing to do with the government. We've manage to succeed, so far, in spite of it, most certainly not because of it.

  • Park History: National Parks Built Around Caves and Caverns   6 years 41 weeks ago

    On a much smaller scale, the northern end of Snow Canyon State Park in St. George (or more accurately, Ivins, I believe) UT. has some interesting caves formed by the same geological phenomenon, repleat with cinder cone visibly scarred by the eruption a scant 10,000 years ago, as estimated in park literature. A great introduction to "raftless tubing" for the younger set or those who think they might tend towards claustrophobia.

  • Glen Canyon NRA Officials Thinking Of Digging For Water   6 years 41 weeks ago

    For clarification purposes, the studies I've surveyed make mention of 2 million boaters as an annual visitation estimate and does not directly correlate to 2 million vessels traversing the waterway. This I understand with all clarity. But in the "real world" of business, of which I possess extensive experience, any corporation doing business in more than one location bases their fees for products, services, etc. on the sum cost of doing business. The entity in question must account for the sum overhead package, no matter what nature they be, in the base prices that are charged to the consumer. As you all should be aware, the Aramark Corporation is a national service company. For you to believe for one instance that their entire customer base will not feel the sting for this project is simply not realistic. All costs of doing business will be passed throughout the operating network, whether it is an increase in employee health care rates, pay raises, transportation related fees (e.g. fuel rate increases, maintenance costs, building of distribution centers, tax rates on properties), increases costs of raw materials, handling and processing, or the above mentioned "slush fund" designed to benefit a SMALL portion of their service base.

    Speaking of keeping it real........

  • Misty Hike at Yosemite's Vernal Fall   6 years 41 weeks ago

    What strikes me about this photo is its lack of color. Most photographers are taught to look for that splash of red when composing their shots, but the lack of color, the almost monochromatic composition, of this shot really sells it for me.

  • Park History: National Parks Built Around Caves and Caverns   6 years 41 weeks ago

    For trivia buffs, there's a place with lava tubes, called Mammoth Cave, but it's not a national park.

    Any guess where it might be?

  • Park History: National Parks Built Around Caves and Caverns   6 years 41 weeks ago

    Ah, those were the days, Jeremy! I grew up next to Lava Beds, and lava tubes were the first caves I ever explored. Did you know that Lava Beds National Monument has the highest concentration of lava tubes in North America? The great thing about these caves is that most of them are wild, free of development, and the ones that have been developed don't seem excessively so (like having an elevator or bathroom inside a cave like at Carlsbad Caverns). Additionally, these caves are far safer to explore and more resistant to impact (for the most part) than limestone caves and caves with standing/running water. If you haven't been, go. It's remote, but well worth the trip!

  • Glen Canyon NRA Officials Thinking Of Digging For Water   6 years 41 weeks ago

    O.K....whatever, but you still didn't answer the question. Here, I'll slightly re-phrase it:

    In your opinion, has every government this country has had since at least 1913 been corrupt and run by a pack of "Thieving thugs?"

    Geez, if what you say is true, you'd sure think that a country as great as ours would have had at least one single Congress in those 97 some years decent enough to abolish that illegal 16th Amendment, now wouldn't you?

  • Glen Canyon NRA Officials Thinking Of Digging For Water   6 years 41 weeks ago

    A great country yes! I agree.

    Love of country is NOT love of government.

    "The only good bureaucrat is one with a pistol at his head. Put it in his hand and it's good-bye to the Bill of Rights."------H.L. Mencken

  • Glen Canyon NRA Officials Thinking Of Digging For Water   6 years 41 weeks ago

    O.K., I'm getting sucked onto a tangent of which I really have little interest, but I would appreciate a simple clarification from Beamis who says,

    'The fact that the U.S. government is run by thieving thugs who subvert the Constitution on a regular basis is not news."

    That's some statement, Sir/Ma'am, especially when you call it a "Fact." If I follow your logic (?), it appears you are saying that every congress and administration this country has had, at least since 1913, has been corrupt. That would have to be the case according to your POV, since the 16th Amendment became law in that year (Illegally, according to you). If this is indeed the way you think, I would suggest to you that you have a very unfortunate view of the greatest country the world has ever known. Again, just my opinion and I'm new around here.

  • Glen Canyon NRA Officials Thinking Of Digging For Water   6 years 41 weeks ago

    Just to be clear: a Constitutional Amendment cannot be passed by Congress. It must be ratified by a two-thirds majority of all the state legislatures across the Republic. That is not my opinion but what is actually written in the Constitution.

    The dimly remembered Equal Rights Amendment failed back in the 1980's because it was put up for a vote by the 50 legislatures of the U.S. and was not ratified because it failed to get the needed majority. That's how the amendment process works RainyRoads, contrary to your opinion or what the government says is legal and binding as the law of the land.

    The fact that the U.S. government is run by thieving thugs who subvert the Constitution on a regular basis is not news. Calling what is clearly enunciated in this now largely ignored document an opinion does not change the nature of the crime or the criminals.

  • Glen Canyon NRA Officials Thinking Of Digging For Water   6 years 41 weeks ago

    Reality check:

    Those "Few" boaters to which Lone Hiker makes mention actually number in the neighborhood of about 2 million per year. Also, the funding for this project is scheduled to come from a fund collected "Off the top" from Aramark Corp. and represent a percentage of the concessionaire's profits derived from private business activities on and around the lake. In essence, those who use the lake are those who will be paying for the project. What's wrong with that? They have nothing whatsoever to do with Iraq, Afganistan, or any other conflict around the world and would not be increased in the slightest if any of those conflicts were to end tomorrow.

    Let's keep it real, folks.

  • Glen Canyon NRA Officials Thinking Of Digging For Water   6 years 41 weeks ago

    We're sorry to interrupt this debate for the following news update:

    "Wars" on ideologies are never won.

    And are ALWAYS lost. And there never was, or is now, just cause to spend billions of US taxpayer dollars, that could and SHOULD be spent improving our domestic issues, of which there are many, on a "war" that has and had no real point since it's inception. The REAL "war on terror" should have been fought in the mountains of the Pakistan / Afghan region, against an alleged "identified" threat, not in the deserts of Iraq against an idiot and his regime who were then and even lesser now a threat against this country and it's citizens. End that pointless conflict, and you can have all the monies you desire for improving the convenience of a few boaters in Lake Powell. Maybe mandatory boating safety classes and enforcement of boating regulations, along with making consumption of alcohol on US waterways illegal, would be a better usage of everyone's time and funding than additional digging, if the area is as hazardous as many posters have claimed.

    The independent voice of political conscience reason is dead in this country. REVIVE IT NOW!

    Now, back to the previously scheduled programming.........

  • Glen Canyon NRA Officials Thinking Of Digging For Water   6 years 41 weeks ago

    Just a slight clarification; The Glen Canyon National Recreation Area is NOT a "Park." It is a "Recreation area," and as such it is run under a very different set of rules. Some will disagree with those rules and others will call for a change to the status of "Park." The most extreme will even lobby for complete restoration to its pre-dam state, but for now, it remains a "Recreation area" and as such it is administered for the recreation and enjoyment of the general public, not according to a biased agenda of a small minority.