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Feb 21st - 21:21pm | wild places
Rick B. The conservatives have the kochs and the liberals have soros. They both have undue influence. As I said, it would be nice to keep the money out of politics but neither party has the will to do that.
Feb 21st - 19:05pm | ecbuck
I did a little research and can put to rest the gerrymandering story. Chaffetz won his district by 125,000 votes. Only two counties in Utah went Hillary. In Summit, the CD candidate was Bishop who lost by 10,000. The other county was Salt Lake which actually has portions of 3 CD districts. In district 2 the Republican lost by 26,000.
Feb 21st - 12:55pm | Donald Scott
Why not move this to Bozeman or Missoula, Montana, or Carson City/Reno, Nevada. Carson is now putting major emphasis on outdoor recreation, Reno is close with lots of hotel space. Montana is the place where even the conservative Republicans fight for their wilderness.
Feb 21st - 12:53pm | Donald Scott
If there was ever an opportunist, it's that hypocrit Chaffetz. Starts as a Jewish Democrat, decides to become a Mormon Ding-Dong Republican. Shades of Ronnie Raygun. Wonder who's paying Chaffetz off?
Feb 19th - 19:34pm | Rick B.
Places... If OIA bought and controlled the day to day reins of the politicians of the area, they would be doing the same. On the other hand, if Koch Bros et al were to simply move their business to an area they like they would be the same. Both are financial manipulation, but one is more severely morally impaired than the other.
Feb 19th - 17:39pm | wild places
While I respect the right of companies like Patagonia and others to express their political views I personally think it is bad business. I tend not to do business with companies who get involved in politics although I admit its nearly impossible these days. One last point since hypocrisy is one of my pet peeves.
Feb 18th - 19:38pm | justinh
Good for OIA.
Feb 18th - 19:28pm | ecbuck
Here is another interesting cut Kurt. http://metrocosm.com/2016-election-spending/ Last three Presidential elections Dems spent approximately twice the level of Republicans (eye balling off the chart).
Feb 18th - 19:22pm | ecbuck
How many votes does Citizens United have? BTW - Here is a list of the top 50 organizational donors in the last election. Dems get the money nearly 2 to 1. https://www.opensecrets.org/orgs/list.php
Feb 21st - 18:01pm | tomp2
DJ Norris-- There _are_ free annual passes for members of the US Military, good for them or their family (the service member must be present to obtain the pass, but one dependent can be the second signature on the pass and then the family can use it without them the rest of the year).
Feb 21st - 17:58pm | Glad2bretired
Barbara: Your Senior Pass gives you half-price camping in the National Parks. I don't have any problem with an increase in the cost of this pass, but $10 to $80 at once is ridiculous.
Feb 21st - 16:56pm | Rick B.
DJ Norris-- a lot of us have a DD214 and mine does include the time I spent in a hostile fire zone. One of the things I fought for is for people I disagree with to have the same rights as people I do agree with including freedom of speech.
Feb 21st - 14:21pm | Dj Norris
Not sure where you get your information but the military does NOT get any break on fees. The bill was quashed along with others. Only families of 4th graders have free entry. As far as perks, have you sacrificed anything for your country? If not, stand down...
Feb 20th - 23:07pm | JS
The senior discount is available only to US citizens age 62 and older. I presume this is because nearly all of us have been paying federal income taxes for our entire working lives, amounting to many tens of thousands of dollars from each of us. The park service is supported primarily by our taxes and entrance fees pay for only a portion of operating expenses.
Feb 21st - 16:52pm | Rick B.
zb39 --- your allegation is what the party line says. Unfortunately for you guys, the majority of the citizens of the nation disagree with you. Is this a great nation or what?
Feb 21st - 13:02pm | zb39
The first paragraph of this is nothing but fake news. None of it is true.
Feb 20th - 19:23pm | Glad2bretired
Chaffetz is a world-class waffler, whose congressional oversight committee only investigates cases which fit his ideological agenda. He was an embarassment when supposedly offended by the Billy Bush tape, quoted as unable to vote for Donald Trump for President because of moral turpitude. He reversed himself and voted for Trump anyway.
Feb 20th - 14:41pm | Lee Dalton
Rick, that is just one small part of it all. But yes, the lines were redrawn to include him in the district. But there is no law -- at least in Utah -- requiring a member of Congress to live in the district they represent. Repeated attempts to require that drawing of district maps every ten years be done by a non-partisan committee have been shot down time and again.
Feb 20th - 10:49am | Amanda Mckean
I have worked for the Trinity National Forest as a cartographer. I can tell you that our department was one of the first to be notified when anything "new" was being added before any announcements.
Feb 19th - 23:58pm | Rick B.
Lee -- is the story true that I read, that the initial gerrymandering to Chaffitz' benefit was redrawing the lines so that he actually residedin his district?
Feb 19th - 22:24pm | ecbuck
lee, draw us a district that would have had Chaffetz lose. I suspect it would make a checkerboard proud.
Feb 19th - 22:10pm | Lee Dalton
Amelia and Mega, Utah's gerrymandering has been cited as some of the worst in the U.S. Using computerized voter registration data, the GOP was able to carve out district boundaries that snake up and down streets, between back yards and in any way that can jam as many registered Republicans into a district as possible. In one case in Salt Lake, a boundary includes two buildings in a
Feb 19th - 19:00pm | ecbuck
"I know his district hates his guts and have for years." And that is why he won by a 47 point margin in the last election? There may be people that hate him, but as a whole, it would appear the district loves him.
Feb 19th - 17:56pm | Megaera
Just out of curiosity, how gerrymandered is his district?
Feb 19th - 15:03pm | Amelia
Can he be re-called? I know his district hates his guts and have for years. People have wondered how he's been re-elected, because of how much people in the Cottonwood Heights area hate him.
Feb 19th - 14:25pm | Scott Barger
Rep. Chaffetz is a total POS that has no interest in the enviroment. The people of Utah need to vote him out.
Feb 19th - 11:39am | Lee Dalton
Chafe is merely helping the White House distract gullible Americans from what's really going on.
Feb 19th - 10:09am | Matt M
Chaffetz really is embarrassing himself these days.
Feb 19th - 09:54am | tahoma
"This isn't normal, and it's not OK":http://www.commoncause.org/take-action/act/jason-chaffetz-trump-ethics-t...
Feb 21st - 12:48pm | Donald M. Scott
I'd guess that the brutal reduction in national park service funding has something to do with this decision. The parks are running in large part on volunteers because they don't have enough funding for a full-time staff.
Feb 20th - 16:11pm | Carrie Gibbs
I posted this "story" on the Face-book page for Stevens county. A member of the group pointed out a fact you need to give some thought to. The Search and Recue dive team uses one of those slips for their boat. Do you not understand that by making that team go to the Casino for fuel it could cost a life? The same for the time to get their boat in the water when needed.
Feb 20th - 14:57pm | Debra Morgan
The Kettle Falls Marina is VITAL to the safety of the residents and visitors of Lake Roosevelt. Not having to pull their boats out of the water or go clear down to Two Rivers for fuel in the middle of a search or rescue! Then you have the economic impact to one of the more economically depressed areas in the state!
Feb 20th - 12:59pm | George Thomas
The PS around here has run Rampant for many years, kicking people off beaches, boat ramps, and the Lake for there own petty reasons!! Why do they think they control this? This belongs to the People of the United States!! Not this Ranger!!!!!!
Feb 20th - 01:50am | Raye Nichols
This is a decision that affects our community. To not offer these services affects revenue for Stevens County and wii hurt our tourism. In our economy we need to sustain viability for our region. Please reconsider this decision
Feb 21st - 11:44am | Mel
I agree, we have two small dogs that are like our children. scaring away wildlife etc. well,, children and people in general do that...those that comment to just leave the family pet at home are not dog lovers. They may as well say just leave the kids at home. Perhaps the national parks should prohibit children also.
Feb 21st - 08:53am | ecbuck
Tammy, it is the protesters that are trespassing on and destroying private property, not the other way around. If they were protesting on the reservation, nobody would have an issue (at least not with the protests) For mags - could you elaborate on trumps "war against parks". What exactly has he done that reflects was against parks?
Feb 21st - 02:05am | Mags monroe
i know this is just ttally random thought, but... is it possible, in light of trumps war against parks, and environment etc that perhaps the nation called them there To work together to protect the environment in some way? Im just saying cuz, aren't park wardens number one priority keeping the land and animals safe...
Feb 20th - 23:10pm | Tammy ricker
it a shame what has been happening to the pipeline protesters and the police should be jailed .to hold peaceful protest is a constitutional right making up fake charges and arresting people shouting them with rubber bullets causing injuries. Trespassing on their land. Read the treaty and honor it and run your pipeline away from there these billionaire oil guys can do that no problem .
Feb 19th - 09:03am | ecbuck
My question is whether their pay is coming out of the NPS budget or some other agency.
Feb 19th - 07:26am | Rthawk1
they are already being paid...it is a transfer or reassignment. It is not a new hire.
Feb 20th - 22:12pm | Chris Jones
I have visited only one National park that too only once, Jasper National park in the Canadian Rockies. It's so beautiful that you feel like shouldn't leave it ever. More than the wildlife, I love the weather and the scenery there. We saw bighorn sheep, moose, mountain goats and some porcupines and as far as I know, these are pretty common there.
Feb 20th - 15:46pm | ras
The irony is that it hurts the SLC area most. That's the most progressive part of Utah, the place where you'll find more people in favor of public lands, national monuments, etc. (It's the only part where a Dem can get elected, for example.) The farther you get from there, the more anti-environmental (anti-everything, really) the state gets.
Feb 20th - 09:23am | Kurt Repanshek
No recent pictures, Steven, other than the one above of the illegal campsite. That said, the campsites are level in scattered lodgepole and grassy meadows. Not particularly great grizzly habitat, compared to other areas in the park, and while I've never encountered bears there, the backcountry office will alert you to any bear issues when they issue your permit.
Feb 20th - 09:16am | Steven OA1
I am interested in camping at Lone Star OA1, do you have any pictures of this campsite you could share, and how is the reported grizzly population in that area? Thank you.
Feb 20th - 08:01am | Margaret Fritz
Spot on! Can I share this?
Feb 19th - 16:12pm | Please SHARE Ev...
Waters Life http://waters-life.weebly.com/ Exposing Hydraulic Fracturing http://waters-life.weebly.com/exposing-hydraulic-fracturing.html Exposing Oil
Feb 19th - 12:13pm | ecbuck
Read the article Lee. The ruling had nothing to do with disclosure rules. It had to do with jurisdiction. But then I guess you are merely helping the anti-oil folks distract gullible Americans from what's really going on.
Feb 19th - 11:49am | Lee Dalton
On the other hand, it didn't take much effort to learn that oil company appeals of disclosure rules didn't fare well in courts: http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/06/22/483061014/federal-judg...
Feb 19th - 09:06am | Markie
Feb 19th - 19:06pm | LYDIA & JUNIOR ...
Absolutely breathtakingly beautiful and reverant. Worth a look see for certain.