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Apr 26th - 10:08am | TabbiThorn
Anything is possible in a world gone mad... And isn't that mad world we live in, isnt that the place in which we live?
Apr 26th - 09:37am | Lana Horton
Have you actually looked at these animals? Have you seen the sores on some of their backs and they ribs sticking out? A rough coat in summer means an unhealthy animal; probably worms. How would anyone want to put their weight on an animal who looks unhealthy and half-starved?
Apr 26th - 09:35am | Lana Horton
Unless they are going to start feeding these horses and mules and caring for their sore backs, they should be removed from the program. They are clearly abused, starved, and over used. So sad to see them and all the dead ones that are just rotting away or already skeletons.
Apr 26th - 08:56am | tahoma
I'm not impressed by this economic activity propaganda. It mostly measures how badly NPS management has lost its way. The main factor in the calculation is visitation, which is an estimate at best and no doubt well-padded in some cases, such as Olympic National Park. It also seems to ignore the fact that much of this economic activity would occur even if there were no national parks at those
Apr 24th - 16:56pm | warren mcguffin
Taht amount of money is why some politicians wan to privatize the parks.
Apr 24th - 14:02pm | Acadia on my mind
It's interesting to note the state by state, and park by park breakdowns are available on an interactive tool accompanying the new national report. We made use of that for our blog post the other day on Acadia National Park's impact on the Maine economy.
Apr 26th - 08:19am | Art Kreuter
Clean Refinery????? A big ugly plant that belches smoke and looks like what you see in Huston would not be a positive for the National Park. Oil and water do not mix. There must be more suitable locations in ND that are not 3 miles from the T. Roosevelt National Park.
Apr 25th - 08:41am | Lee Dalton
The problem is that what's on paper and what's actually happening are two different things. The oil companies (and many other industries) take advantage of a cave of tax loopholes larger than Mammoth and Carlsbad combined. Clever accounting allows them to hide the truth behind a smokescreen of gobblydegook.
Apr 25th - 02:22am | ecbuck
And no Lee you havent answered a single one of those. You provide links but because you dont apear to have any real understanding of the issues you are oblivious to the fact those links are totally irrelevant. Lets try this one again. Explain, in your own words, how is a company that pays $57 bil in taxes and nets $16 billion subsidies.
Apr 25th - 02:16am | ecbuck
the "jury" still out after 6 years is hardly an example of a lifetime of landscape alteration.
Apr 25th - 02:11am | ecbuck
Dont know why i am getting the double posts. Must be the Italian internet.
Apr 24th - 19:56pm | Lee Dalton
This is awfully tiresome -- I've answered all your questions many times over with documentation. So have Kurt and many others. You choose to ignore or dodge it. Has DJT been taking lessons from you?
Apr 24th - 19:09pm | Rick B.
Give him a mirror, Lee, monogrammed with Q.E.D., for that unglued thingie.
Apr 24th - 17:19pm | Kurt Repanshek
Perhaps we should look at more recent articles, EC, which suggest the jury is still out on the damage to the Gulf:http://www.wmnf.org/update-gulf-ecosystem-6-years-bp-oil-disaster/
Apr 24th - 16:53pm | ecbuck
Yes kurt, deepwater was drilled and as the article suggested it has largely recovered in 5 years, well short of a life time. The Valdez was not Drilled
Apr 24th - 15:54pm | Lee Dalton
The Artful Dodger is dodging again.
Apr 24th - 13:42pm | Kurt Repanshek
Wasn't the BP well drilled? Thanks for the link to that article. Interesting, but they also note:
Apr 24th - 13:18pm | ecbuck
We are discussing oil drilling/extraction not shipping. I cant find any bona fide organization to say six years isnt a "lifetime" as that is self evident but i can find this: https://www.tamucc.edu/news/2015/04/041315%20Spill%20Anniversary%20NR.html
Apr 24th - 12:41pm | Kurt Repanshek
Ask the folks in Alaska affected by Exxon Valdez if the impacts have been"minimal." Can you cite any bonafide organization that says, and has the science to show, the impacts from Deepwater have been minimal?From an NPR story:
Apr 24th - 12:31pm | Stephanie Ryan
The stink from the cracking plant can be filtered with scrubbers. However I don't want to see all sorts of other development popping up all around this park.
Apr 24th - 12:31pm | ecbuck
Deep water has been six years, far from a lifetime and has minimal residual effects on the landscape, particularly relative to the predictions
Apr 24th - 11:19am | Kurt Repanshek
Well, EC, some would say the Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico will live up to that. While it's only been six years, if you look at the aftermath of the Exxon Valdez spill of more than a quarter-century ago, it seems likely that the aftermath of Deepwater Horizon will linger for quite some time.
Apr 24th - 09:47am | ecbuck
Jeffery, could you provide an example of an oil drilling/extraction accident that led to a lifetime of ruined landscape?
Apr 24th - 09:04am | Jeffrey J. Hill
Putting oil exploration equipment & a oil refinery so close to park boudaries is reckless. The oil industry's record for land preservation is not good, "How can it be?" Their primary motive is to pull oil out of the ground in the most cost effecive manner. And that is n-e-v-e-r good for the environment. One accident and the landscape is ruined for a lifetime, if not more.
Apr 25th - 19:24pm | Lee Dalton
Fascinating, Cliff. How many gallons of water do those bits of ice comets add to Earth's supply every day?
Apr 25th - 16:56pm | Cliff Leverette
You should never, I repeat NEVER give in to a lie from a known liar who eschews truth all the time, that we can say for a second, is lie is the truth. Never do that. The truth is not in him.
Apr 25th - 15:39pm | Alfred Runte
Lee, you hit the nail on the head the moment you said: "Might it be possible in a relatively few years to find that the huge solar and wind farms are no longer needed? And if that is the case, they should be removable with little permanent damage."
Apr 21st - 08:10am | Lee Dalton
Agreed, Ron. Earth is so full of humans and we are having such enormous impacts upon our planet that a growing number of geologists believe there should be a new epoch of geologic time -- the Anthropocene.
Apr 25th - 14:45pm | GCSB
Also the tent scene itself is amateur. When the side arm is first discovered it is pointing one way, the scene cuts to the Special Agent then back to the foot locker and the weapon is facing the other way.
Apr 24th - 17:19pm | Lee Dalton
Here's the latest from Utah and Bears Ears National Monument. http://www.sltrib.com/opinion/3808751-155/editorial-obama-should-create-...
Apr 24th - 16:47pm | Lee Dalton
Wow, Rebecca, that is one fantastic photo.
Apr 23rd - 22:18pm | Tom Mallard
Consider San Onofre's effluent changed the entire bottom ecosystem as a result of warmer water, with a warming ocean with acidification it's added a negative influence, how can the outcome using Steam Age technology for electricity?
Apr 23rd - 14:17pm | Kurt Repanshek
Could you be more specific, Amarillobymorning. Not sure off the top of my head what photo guides you're referring to. Those by Rebecca Latson?
Apr 23rd - 07:13am | Cathy Janus
I agree, we rented from Farabee's & it was a great experience!
Apr 22nd - 19:32pm | Amarillobymorning
That's good to know, Lee. Thanks for adding it. Knowing this is available makes Teakettle Junction a "must" on my list.
Apr 22nd - 08:37am | Lee Dalton
A visit to the Racetrack is a great adventure. But as Kurt points out, it's not a highway leading out there.
Apr 22nd - 17:49pm | Lee Dalton
On page 363 of Stephen E. Ambrose's book NOTHING LIKE IT IN THE WORLD, we find that the engineer of the Union Pacific's locomotive Jupiter was George Booth. The fireman was R.A. Murphy. The train's conductor was Eli Dennison. Sam Bradford was engineer on 119 with Cyrus Sweet as fireman and Benjamin Mallory, conductor.
Apr 22nd - 16:09pm | Gaylel Gale
do you have the names of those who actually were working on either engine during the ceremon or regular workers who actually brought the engines tgether?
Apr 22nd - 17:01pm | Aubry Collins
My local park said that I can obtain an all access pass due to my disabilty by bringing in documentation from my physician. Do I have to disclose all my medical inforamation to get this pass and do I have to hand over this letter with my personal information on it to park personnel? I don't want my HIPPA rights violated or to risk identity theft or theft of medical information.
Apr 22nd - 15:46pm | To Lori, You do...
Its natural to assume the harrassment was by men towards women, but the actual truth is women were also the harrassers in this situation. Some employees did lose their jobs, some were reassigned, both MEN and WOMEN. There are male and female victims here, so know the whole story before you criticize.
Apr 22nd - 13:11pm | JohnBick
"Had Abbey written MWG in 2016, would the Gang's targets have changed? In addition to oil wells and coal trains and bridges, would he have expanded his list to include trophy homes and elevated bikeways and luxury tour companies?" -- Probably. And toss in industrial wind farms and solar panel arrays on public lands, too.
Apr 22nd - 12:24pm | Anonymous
Why don't you post the address???
Apr 22nd - 00:41am | Testarossa Travel
I really loved the end of this article. This is what travel is all about, isn't it? The opportunity to see how we're all alike, no matter our language or culture. Nicely done.
Apr 21st - 23:46pm | Chris M
I simply state hiking in those areas in the Summer results in one simple conclusion. "Exit your vehicle! Join the food chain!" The only predators found in the Summer are Sun, Heat, Ignorance, and Thirst. Take the first letters of those words to describe your situation. Don't become another statistics stating that word! Sensible people do not hike those trails in the Summer!
Apr 21st - 19:24pm | Lee Dalton
Trevor, respectuflly disagree with you. All the land is already federal land. None is private, although grazing has been allowed -- and may perhaps continue. (That will depend upon how the monument's creation is written.) I may well remain under adminstration by the Forest Service. There are many unknowns at this point.
Apr 21st - 17:26pm | Trevor V
I Agree that we as a nation should protect certain areas as "National Parks". But I invite you to visit the proposed area in San Juan County, to see what they are trying to do. In a majority agricultural community it would devistate the cattle ranchers and their familys in the area. This is not a good plan.
Apr 21st - 16:30pm | Tom 59
I was backpacking in the San Juans with 3 friends in early jJune 1978 or 79. We were all very knwoledgeable about wildlife and we spotted a wolverine at the top of Endlich mesa above Durango Reservoir. It was a particulrly heavy snow year and it took us 2 days to get to this area that typcially takes an hour and half. Needless to say, we were the frist ones in that year.&
Apr 21st - 12:39pm | Btoo
Well stated. I had a solo encounter in Denali back 15yrs ago where it was a Grizzly and me coming head to head on the park road. There was no option for me to escape. I did exactly as the Rangers teach in the class, the bear bluff charged a couple times and then took off into the brush.
Apr 21st - 10:31am | Harryb3570
Many promises here for creating a first class site but without funding and supportive management it will never happen. The National Park Service is a first class organization with a third class web site. The American people and the parks deserve a better site at least one without broken links and out of date information.
Apr 20th - 22:58pm | Lee Dalton
The lead story on one Salt Lake TV news show this evening was a squabble in the Utah legislature over the lawsuit idea that is being funded with taxpayer dollars. A Louisiana law firm is being paid $1700 per hour and have apparently recently released a secret report. The Republican leadership refuses to make it public. They are claiming doing so would violate attorney / client