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Petition Urges Interior Secretary To Intervene Over Killings Of Denali National Park Wolves

Jul 1st - 17:40pm | shirley boyce

These killings need to stop. First the animals have a right to live. Second, they are suppose to be protected within the park, Third, this killing is not only murder, but is stealing treasures from the citizens of the U.S.A. The park is a preserve, the idea is to keep it safe, natural. But these killings are showing it is not safe, and those doing the killing are making it an unnatural place.

Jul 1st - 17:13pm | Liz black

please STOP killing the Denali wolves.

Jul 1st - 17:10pm | Heidi Lundholm

Save man's best wild friend. Stand up for all those who can not stand for themselves. Speak for those who can not speak for themselves. Show the rest of mankind how its done. Thank you.

Jul 1st - 17:03pm | Kevin Kallenbach

Please stop the killing of our Denali wolves!

Rangers Rescue Pair Reported Trapped In Old Mine Near Lake Mead National Recreation Area

Jul 1st - 15:08pm | tomp2

Naw, they coulda made a run for it. A race, even, as the snake always strikes the second guy!

Jun 30th - 05:40am | Jim Burnett

re: "rattlers asserting their turf do have a way of putting a chill in your plans." They do indeed! The good news is these guys were paying attention to their surroundings and noticed the snake. If they had stepped on it or very near it, the snake would likely have been a lot less docile.

Jun 30th - 03:09am | Rick B.

Well, trapped is trapped. I've encountered rattlers asserting their turf and they do have a way of putting a chill in your plans.

Visitation, And Temperatures, Soaring At Grand Canyon National Park

Jul 1st - 15:02pm | tomp2

It appears from the GRCA website that you have to pay $15 per person to take the shuttle, but only $30 per vehicle to drive into the park, so families/groups of 3 or more adults save money by driving in and using parking lots within the park. I'd rather see the price incentive turned around, or at least a $30 "group pass" for a vehicle of folks parking at Tusayan.

Jul 1st - 09:28am | Kurt Repanshek

Really, folks, let's dismiss the political rhetoric. Perhaps traffic to national parks is up -- and Grand Canyon isn't the only one seeing more visitors -- because they're great places to visit.

Jul 1st - 08:42am | beachdumb

Hey Lee, when is the Obama recovery going to start? Parks are getting more visitors because no one can afford more expensive vacation destinations.

Jul 1st - 08:14am | ecbuck

"Bush Recession" LOL Can't make a post without making something political out of it can you Lee - despite how foolish it may be.

Jul 1st - 08:00am | Lee Dalton

Utah's state parks, national forests and forest campgrounds, national parks, and other public and private recreation areas throughout the state are experiencing record visitation, too. Low gas prices? An indicator that the country might actually be recovering from the Bush Recession? Maybe people heeding the First Lady's urgings to get out and move?

Treasure Your National Park Visits With A Photo Album From Shutterfly

Jul 1st - 08:46am | Cloyce Lassiter

I have visited several National Parks including Yellowstone, Martin Luther King, and Mt. Rushmore. I always enjoy my visits. Every time I visit the MLK Memorial my heart rejoices and is also saddened. It is breathtaking. Thanks for the good work that you are doing.

National Park Gift Shops Halting Sale Of Confederate Flags

Jul 1st - 05:45am | Gary Wilson

This is quite simple, in my book. The flag represents traitors that were an enemy to the United States. At public buildings that are part of the 50 states, this treasonous flag has no right to be flown. We don't fly nazi flags or the flag of the royal queen (other previous enemies of the US) on state or capital grounds either..

Jun 29th - 14:23pm | ecbuck

"Is the claim of ecbuck and anonymous and others really that stand-alone confederate flags _must_ be available for sale at park gift shops? " No the observation is that the actions of some wacko should not be rationale for their removal from the gift shops - or anywhere else for that matter.

Jun 29th - 14:08pm | tomp2

The policy explicitly supports flying Confederate flags where the flag provides historical context. The flags aren't being removed from display at Gettysburg or any of the Civil War parks. Contra anonymous on June 26, the flags will continue to be part of park interpretive programs.

Jun 29th - 14:04pm | ecbuck

"do you still beat your wife" question Hardly - a legitimate question whose honest answer would clearly negate your position. Not everyone - or even most, of those that display the Stars and Bars are racist.

Jun 29th - 13:55pm | Rick B.

Eric, you just go on ahead choosing who and what to defend in your screeds and folks will pretty much decide about you without Lee or myself coloring the picture. You've done pretty well in this most recent in staking out your ground. And, by the way, ignoring a "do you still beat your wife" question of your construction is not the same as running away.

Jun 29th - 13:37pm | ecbuck

"I won't stop pointing a loud public finger at racism and it's apologists." Good. But don't falsely accuse others in the process.

Jun 29th - 13:29pm | Rick B.

In addition to the horrific church shooting in South Carolina there have been five black churches burned by arson in the past week. I won't stop pointing a loud public finger at racism and it's apologists.

Jun 29th - 12:20pm | ecbuck

"Allowing it to continue flying as a middle finger salute to good people is something we need to stop."

Jun 29th - 11:56am | Lee Dalton

Only if we allow them. Right. So let's stop them and put that flag in its rightful place in history. Allowing it to continue flying as a middle finger salute to good people is something we need to stop. But allowing it to play its part in a proper context is entirely different. See the Morning Report.

Jun 29th - 10:45am | ecbuck

"and a bunch of hateful whites ruined a historic US symbol." Only if we allow them.

Jun 29th - 10:09am | NormalReactionS...

When a symbol is embraced by a hateful group, it ruins it for everyone else. I was in China and bought a nice, natural Buddhist related hand made bracelet. I flipped it over and was amazed to see a symbol of ultimate hate on it. A bunch of hateful Germans ruined a Buddhist good luck symbol and a bunch of hateful whites ruined a historic US symbol.

Jun 29th - 09:36am | Lee Dalton

There was an interesting item regarding this in this morning's NPS MORNING REPORT. Here's a link: Scroll down. It's not visible until you do.

Jun 29th - 08:28am | Lee Dalton

ec, Kurt has asked repeatedly for all of us to avoid trolling. Did you get the memo?

Jun 29th - 08:21am | ecbuck

" I can easily and comfortably answer." By making up things. Again were Hillary and Obama expressing racism in their use of the flag? Was the NPS expressing racism when they sold it?

Jun 28th - 23:27pm | Rick B.

"And the issue today regarding the Stars and Bars has nothing to do with slavery." But everything to do with racism. You may or may not have noticed a slight linkage between the two.

Jun 28th - 22:54pm | ecbuck

There never was a "right" to keep slaves. The 13th amendment using the Constitutional process made it illegal at the federal level. And the issue today regarding the Stars and Bars has nothing to do with slavery.

Jun 28th - 22:18pm | Lee Dalton

How about enlightening us on exactly whose rights were guaranteed by the Constitution? White rights? Black rights? Was the right to keep slaves guaranteed in the Constitution? If so, where?

Jun 28th - 19:04pm | ecbuck

"If one checks wikipedia for William Tappan Thompson, who helped to design the confederate flag" Sorry Rick, that is not the flag that is being discussed today. That flag put the Stars and Bars on a white field to express white supremacy. The flag under discussion today has no white field and was not designed by William Tappan Thompson.

Jun 28th - 18:32pm | Anonymous

This flag is part of the history of the United States

Jun 28th - 18:18pm | ecbuck

"Which states rights were they in favor of?" The rights guaranteed them by the Constitution

Vapur In Partnership To Slake Thirst Of Bryce Canyon National Park Visitors

Jun 29th - 21:47pm | rmackie

Agree RickB, an important first step.

Jun 29th - 15:41pm | Rick B.

This is all good. It doesn't even take a special fancy custom-designed dispenser. Just one of those drinking fountains like at my local gym with one of those inverted-J dispensers. It is all baby steps to reduce waste. Add in recent factors like the e-coli in bottle water alert and Nestle looking to drain reservoirs to market their bottled water, and it all adds up.

Summer Road Trip: Discover The Corps Of Discovery’s Trail

Jun 29th - 18:32pm | Chris Neilson

The Trail takes you through some of the most beautiful areas of our country, from St. Louis, MO, along the magnificent Columbia Rover, to the Trail terminus at Seaside Heights, Oregon. Bring the journals of Captains Lewis and Clark with you so that you can enjoy their words as you travel.

Jun 29th - 16:44pm | Gene Estensen

I have been over much of the route and it flows through beautiful country. Do the trip while you can.

Pancho Villa, the Army Air Corps and Big Bend National Park

Jun 29th - 17:26pm | David smith

Uncle Elmo's guest and flight log book, signed by several later WWII greats can be seen in the archives at the Sul Ross Library in Alpine.

Five Days On The Yampa Through Dinosaur National Monument

Jun 29th - 11:47am | Philip Kinzli

I just returned from a visit to Dinosaur with a drive down to Echo Park and Steamboat Rock…Very impressed by the magnificent scenery….Great story on rafting the Yampa !…I would love to do it …Maybe next year.

By the Numbers: Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument

Jun 29th - 10:05am | NormalReactionS...

I was there yesterday and it was too busy for an enjoyable visit. it's mostly a cemetery and I wanted to visit it as such. Couldn't with the crowds. I'll have to try to come back when school is in session mid-week.

Jun 29th - 01:16am | Linda Currie

I will never forget our visit to the battlefield over fifteen years ago. It comes to mind now and then and when it does it is with much clarity. The wind blowing across the long grass like waves and the wonderful smell of - I don't know if it was the grass, or wild flowers, or a kind of spiritual energy surrounding the place.

Camping In The National Parks: North Rim Campground At Grand Canyon National Park

Jun 28th - 22:15pm | Lee Dalton

The surrounding Kaibab National Forest is a superb place for dispersed camping. No campground. (But no water, either.) Just be careful with fire and don't follow the lead of Utah and Arizona natives. Leave a clean campsite instead of a pile of beer cans and bullet casings. Of course, it's a bit of a drive to the Canyon.

Jun 28th - 17:41pm | Rick B.

Well, anonymous, if you want to be secluded and away from the normal noise of families then choosing a family campground isn't your best bet. Try the back country. Odds are you won't find a family campground without the sounds of kids.

Jun 28th - 16:34pm | campingquarterm...

While this sounds cheap and convenient, it looks like everyone is right on top of each other while I would prefer to be secluded.

Jun 28th - 16:02pm | zorra

Great memories of our stay in a cabin near the Lodge in 2012, and the day we enjoyed hiking the Transept Canyon Trail to this campground with two backpacks full of dirty laundry, and strolling back with clean clothes. I love the North Rim and hope to see it again some day.

Jun 28th - 12:52pm | Acadia on my mind

Point Sublime, down a long dirt road, offers a primitive campsite on the North Rim that is, truly, sublime. Camped there twice and both times were there alone. Saw a thunderstorm in the distance. Sublime indeed.

Swimmer Attacked By Shark At Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Second In Two Days

Jun 28th - 14:04pm | beachdumb

I don't if it was same shark, but highly doubt it. Lots of food in the surf zone, lots of nesting turtles (all along SE coast), lots of Spanish Mackerel, and the water has been since mid April. Before the NPS closed the beaches for birds, we hooked a lot sharks while red drum fishing. I didn't land any, because they were just too big for drum fishing gear.

Former Katmai National Park Superintendent Fears Park Service Values Visitation More Than Bears

Jun 28th - 13:42pm | rmackie

Lee, tahoma, I know I am sounding like a broken record promoting a book, but on the subject of both your comments, "YOUR YOSEMITE" by Robert O. Binnewies is right on target. It is a great read, well researched history, coupled with the risks and rewards of the job (right on target with Ray Bane), and without rancor.

Jun 28th - 12:37pm | Lee Dalton

Good points, Tahoma, but I still have to question how much might be preconceived MANAGEMENT opinions and how many are actually preconceived POLITICAL opinions being forced onto NPS managers by politicians whose most generous supporters stand to profit.

Jun 28th - 12:22pm | tahoma

Many thanks to Ray Bane for publicizing this issue!  I hope it's not too late to put the brakes on this development that mostly benefits a well-off minority.

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