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Interior Secretary Jewell Lays Out Vision For Next 100 Years Of Conservation In America

Apr 29th - 11:41am | tahoma

"... about Secretary Jewell. I asked, and she never replied..."I've heard physical letters to government officials are commonly delayed for weeks, even months, because of security screening.

Apr 29th - 11:06am | Alfred Runte

Yes, Rick, I expect my elected officials to reply--and something beyond thank you for sending in your letter. Your obligation, since you obviously don't know it, is to insist on that reply. You are the democracy, Rick, not Madam Secretary. She is serving at the peoples' pleasure. Now, where were we?

Apr 28th - 17:02pm | Lee Dalton

Is it possible that Secretary Jewell is simply acting because of pressure from Congress as they try to appease special interests or reward their campaign contributors?  That's a story as old as American politics.  Trouble is, it's steadily becoming worse.  Neither party is immune, nor even trying to reform it.  Secret backroom deals are, unfortunately, the norm at all levels

Apr 28th - 16:56pm | Rick B.

"... about Secretary Jewell. I asked, and she never replied...."   Isn't that a little presumptuous, Alfred? Not to burst your bubble, but a cabinet secretary not replying to a query of a former college instructor is somewhat similar to the flea complaining how the dog didn't slow down when he tugged on a hair folicle.

Apr 28th - 15:57pm | Alfred Runte

The thread here should be about Secretary Jewell. I asked, and she never replied, how she could talk about protecting the land in one paragraph and reverse herself totally in another. EC is not always right, but he does make a salient point. We so-called Democrats never seem to hold our team accountable, either.

Apr 28th - 12:33pm | ecbuck

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Apr 28th - 12:30pm | Kurt Repanshek

If we could have a constructive dialogue of these issues, without the need to include personal slurs or cast aspersions, it would go far to improving the conversation and reducing the moderator's angst.

Apr 28th - 12:28pm | ecbuck

Lee, showing your ignorance again.  A convention of states is a fully Constitutional process.  Do you consider the first 27 amendments a "rewriting of the Constitution'"  More baseless accusations.  And no, I hadn't heard of ALEC but looking at their agenda, much of it looks good to me - and all of it looks Constitutional.  

Apr 28th - 08:25am | Lee Dalton

Apr 28th - 07:35am | ecbuck

Lee, could you explain how the are trying to rewrite the Constitution?  Or should we chalk that one up as another baseless accusation?

Apr 27th - 20:31pm | Lee Dalton

Meanwhile, some members of the Utah legislature are having snitfits because a coalition of Native tribes is urging President Obama to use the Antiquities Act to help protect some of their heritage lands from pillaging by their southern Utah neighbors.

Vandals Strike Arches National Park, Carving Names Into Sandstone

Apr 29th - 11:16am | Archeswasbeautiful

As usual with today's entitled idiots, it's all about "ME", where "I've" been, what "I" am doing or have done.   Do they ever think of anyone other than themselves?

Apr 29th - 10:24am | Alfred Runte

Stop and think. Every highway in America is vandalized with billboards (pardon me, information). Why would these "boneheads" not get the idea that grafitti is okay? Budweiser gets to do it. And Ford. Why not me? Because this is a national park? What difference should that make? All of America should be beautiful, rather than fragmented into "islands" of beauty.

Apr 29th - 09:58am | Sandie

Anyone who does such things is a sick puppy and should be protected from themselves.  What a Bonehead!

Apr 29th - 09:24am | Bill Stock

You have been there.  Read 3 comments, so far.  Remember the painted graffiti we observed on way to Emerald lake .  I took pictures , the perpetrator , 28 years old, even signed her  work. I delivered pictures to National Park Traveler .  They reported on it & info evolved that she had left her graffiti in 7 western Natl. Parks.

Apr 29th - 08:48am | John H.

Make that, "... a lot of time in jail."  

Apr 29th - 05:23am | Andy Cooley

Today theme song:   "it's all about me!"  I would love to see these lowlifes caught and be sentenced to cleaning up the graffiti that others have left -- or spend some serious time in jail.  Actually, I kind of prefer that latter option.l

Apr 28th - 19:16pm | Jon


Apr 28th - 18:52pm | Brenda Brazzel

I don't understand why anyone  would mark on nature's beauty .

National Park Basics For RVing Newbies

Apr 29th - 09:38am | Elena Antonelli

We are renting a large CruiseAmerica camper that accommodates 7.  Do we need to get a car, also, to see the UT national parks adequately?

More Than 700 "Resilient" Acres Added To Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area

Apr 29th - 07:56am | drew hanson

Well done!

Discovery Channel Version Of NPS Mystery Also Offers A Challenge For Sharp-Eyed Viewers

Apr 28th - 18:32pm | Matt brown

Please stop with the Bigfoot crap, that is one reason no one pays much attention to this stuff, the weirdos come out.. Bigfoot. Aliens. Etc.. grow up already

The Complete Guide to the National Park Lodges

Apr 28th - 14:44pm | Susan Pankratz

this sounds exactly what I am looking for

It's Amazing What You Can Do With Duct Tape: National Park Art!

Apr 28th - 08:37am | David Crowl

Too good for "the Red Green Show" (for those of you that have seen his uses for duct tape).

Crude Oil Refinery Proposed Next To Theodore Roosevelt National Park Raises Concerns

Apr 28th - 07:53am | Kurt Repanshek

OK folks, this thread has run its life. We're closing comments.

Apr 28th - 00:31am | ecbuck

Unfair advantage?  Paying $57 bil in taxes when you take home $16 bil Is an "unfair advantage". You have some strange concept of fairness. Can you explain that?  Of couse not, all you have done is run from the question because you have nothing to support your accusations. 

Apr 27th - 17:40pm | Lee Dalton

Holy Mackeral, Comrade --- of course I understand it.  That's what I've been yowling about for years.  Corruption and money and greed in all corners of American corporate and Congressional alleys.

Apr 27th - 16:46pm | ecbuck

Alfred - exactly. Now see if you can get Lee to understand that.  [addendum]. I looked at their financials back to 2010 and they in fact paid taxes every one of those years. Also, Al, why do you think they (their customers) should pay U S taxes on income they generate outside the US?

Apr 27th - 11:22am | Alfred Runte

Actually, the corporation both of you should be investigating is General Electric. They have paid absolutely no federal income taxes in umpteen years--all the while benefiting from green energy tax breaks. Nor does the story end there. Read on (below). I may have missed it, but has Senator Sanders mentioned GE? Or the president? Or Ms. Clinton? Of course not.

Apr 27th - 00:09am | ecbuck

Ach, ya.  Just as I predicted.  Another game of Dodge'em.

Apr 26th - 22:26pm | Lee Dalton

Ach, ya.  Just as I predicted.  Another game of Dodge'em.  But you nailed it.  There is no valid answer because so much is hidden from the public.

Apr 26th - 13:21pm | ecbuck

PS to my anon post above.  Exxon's deferred taxes fell by $3billion in 2015 which means they actually paid $3 billion more than the $57 billion that hit their income statement.

Apr 26th - 13:11pm | Anonymous

Lee, your ignorance knows no bounds.  You should stick to topics you know something about, whatever that might be.  

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.

Lifetime "Senior" and "Access" Park Passes Now Available By Mail

Apr 28th - 07:25am | Fred Fox

I wish they would change the picture on the Senior Pass.  A picture of a desert flower doesn,t relate to the National Parks for me.  It's not a pass to the local garden club, or a Botanical Garden.  How about using the National Parks Logo, or a picture of a Park Ranger, or both together.  I'd be willing to pay the fee again to get one with something like that on it.

Apr 27th - 09:57am | Dave

Senior Pass applications can also be submitted online (see link below).  You will need to upload a scanned copy "proof" of eligibility (e.g., drivers license, passport, etc.).  The upload takes place on the "order confirmation page" after you submit the order.   The cost is $20, which includes processing fee.

The National Park to Park Highway

Apr 27th - 15:00pm | Inyo

The Anton Westgard profiled in the film actually has a pass named for him in California's White-Inyo Mountains--Westgard Pass, appropriately enough.

Scarface, A Yellowstone Grizzly Bear Of Renown, Was Killed By A Gunshot

Apr 26th - 21:59pm | Leann

It's against the law.  It's nit up to some jerk to shoot and leave. ..

Apr 26th - 18:27pm | tree9616

No matter whether it was Nov. last year or just yesterday, he deserved better than this ... and not only that he died like this, but the coward who shot him, left the body to rot. Maybe the person who shot him "thought" he was committing a "mercy killing." I'm not "condoning" this act at all, but ... maybe now he's returning to the earth from which he came.

Apr 26th - 17:18pm | quantumrift

Maybe the carcass was just found? Or his tracking thing recorded him as not moving for a while so somebody went to look and discovered the carcass.

Apr 26th - 13:12pm | Victoria Mathew

He was killed in November. Why are they telling us now?? Something shady about this whole thing :(

Apr 26th - 11:36am | Ariel

This is what happens while bears are protected under the Endangered Species Act. What will happen when they are delisted? Join us and fight delisting: #DontDelistGrizzlies

Musings From Kalaloch In Olympic National Park

Apr 26th - 21:50pm | Lee Dalton

Gee, K, thank you so much for this note.  Kalaloch is a very special place, and like all our parks, deserves the most careful care we can give it.  Like so many of our parks, Olympic and Kalaloch are suffering. I hope you're able to get back there from time to time. 

Apr 26th - 14:21pm | RN_KTZ

Hi Lee,

Op-Ed | The True Meaning Of Soda Mountain: The White House Is Giving Away Our Public Lands

Apr 26th - 14:33pm | reader

Alfred Runte's last two Op-Ed columns have had interesting topics. I only wish those topics could have been better addressed in the columns themselves...

Traveler's Gear Box: Two Pairs Of Shoes For The Parks

Apr 26th - 12:55pm | Sherry

Nice for men, now where are the women's recommendations?

Is The Chateau at Oregon Caves National Monument Haunted?

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?

Mules In Grand Canyon National Park: Should They Stay?

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.

Study: National Parks Contributed $32 Billion To National Economy In '15

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

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