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  • The Obama Administration Will Seize Land from the Lakota Sioux if They aren’t Stopped

    07/19/2014 3:00:39 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 42 replies
    PJTatler ^ | July 19, 2014 | Bonnie Ramthun
    The only barrier standing in the way of another shameful broken treaty with our Native Americans is the U.S. Congress. The federal government is planning to take the South Unit of Badlands National Park and turn it over to the Department of the Interior, to have it administered by the National Park Service. The NPS was in the news last year when they barricaded our national monuments and prevented elderly WWII veterans from seeing their memorial during the sequester. The NPS put up barriers along scenic look-outs so drivers couldnÂ’t see Mt. Rushmore, and closed park entrances across the country....
  • National Park Service plans to ban drones over 84 million acres

    06/24/2014 7:31:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | June 20, 2014 | Staff
    The National Park Service on Friday announced it was moving to ban drones on all its lands.. The move comes amid growing concern about hobbyists using drones to create dramatic videos. The ban would cover more than 84 million acres of public land. The director of the parks service cited safety concerns as well as potential harm to wildlife. "Imagine you're a big wall climber in Yosemite working on a four-day climb up El Capitan, and you're hanging off a bulb, ready to make a [difficult] move, and an unmanned aircraft flies up beside you and is hovering a few...
  • National Park Service creates hazard by banning ‘hazardous’ cargo ( Colorado )

    06/18/2014 5:13:47 AM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    Watch Dog Wire ^ | June 17, 2014 | Marjorie Haun
    Decision would cut off ranchers' lifeline . A Western Slope federal parks official’s decision to limit access to Monument Road has touched off angry reactions from residents who depend on the route for their livelihoods. With little public input from Glade Park ranching community residents and without consulting with the Board of Commissioners in Mesa County, National Park Service (NPS) Director at the Colorado National Monument Lisa Eckert recently announced that vehicles containing “hazardous” cargo would be banned from using the route they have used for decades. Monument Road adjoins to Glade Park just a few miles inside the boundaries...
  • Operator of Blue Ridge Parkway inn fights to keep contract

    06/15/2014 11:14:03 AM PDT · by abb · 23 replies
    The Roanoke Times ^ | June 12, 2014 | Staff
    The operator of the Pisgah Inn on the Blue Ridge Parkway who defied the federal government shutdown last year now must fight to keep his contract. Bruce O'Connell has operated the inn for 40 years, the Asheville Citizen-Times (http://avlne.ws/1xNysyN) reported. O'Connell kept the inn open last year, even though the federal government shutdown brought an order to close during the funding dispute in Washington. The park concession contract is open for bid. O'Connell says he's not worried about fallout from his high-profile fight last year. He's more worried that a number of similar contracts recently have gone to big companies...
  • NPS makes place for gay Americans

    06/04/2014 4:15:42 AM PDT · by RBW in PA · 27 replies
    The Pike County Courrier ^ | June 3, 2014 | Karen Matthews
    NEW YORK — The announcement May 30 that the National Park Service will begin installing markers at places of importance to the history of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans is a step toward including them in the national narrative — and components of education, supporters said. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell made the announcement at the Stonewall Inn, the scene of riots in June 1969 that are widely credited with starting the modern gay rights movement. Stonewall was made a national historic landmark in 2000, and June is widely celebrated as LGBT Pride Month. Jewell said the nation is on...
  • Obama admin. launches $250K study to identify LGBT historical landmarks

    05/30/2014 4:59:00 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 52 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 30, 2014 | Douglas Ernst
    The National Park Service announced Friday that it will launch a study to identify places of historical significance to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community. Secretary Sally Jewell made the announcement at The Stonewall Inn, which was the site of the 1969 riots that helped launch the modern gay rights movement. It is currently the only site in the country designated a national landmark.
  • US aims to identify, promote historic LGBT sites

    05/28/2014 12:04:06 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 77 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 28, 2014 2:35 PM EDT | Lisa Leff
    The National Park Service is launching an initiative to make places and people of significance to the history of lesbian, gay, transgender and bisexual Americans part of the national narrative. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell is convening a panel of 18 scholars next month that will be charged with exploring the LGBT movement’s story in areas such as law, religion, media, civil rights and the arts. The committee will identify relevant sites and its work will be used to evaluate them for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places, designation as National Historic Landmarks, or consideration as national monuments, Park...
  • Inflicting Pain for Political Gain(Read if you wanna get mad this morning)

    05/28/2014 6:14:40 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 15 replies
    nat review ^ | 5/28/14 | Jillian Kay Melchior
    In the early days of last October’s government shutdown, South Dakota governor Dennis Daugaard, a Republican, wanted to use state and private funds to keep Mount Rushmore open — an offer the Department of the Interior quickly rebuffed, even as its high-ranking staff circulated accounts of the shutdown’s harmful effects on would-be visitors and private-sector park workers. . Advertisement Evidently the Department of the Interior didn’t want the media to know it had so bluntly turned down the governor’s detailed proposal, which was accompanied by a logistical addendum that outlined how Daugaard would keep Mount Rushmore equipped with security, parking,...
  • Time for the States to Take Back Their Land from the Feds

    05/19/2014 6:10:41 AM PDT · by rktman · 71 replies
    canada free press ^ | 5/19/2014 | Alan Caruba
    I suspect it may come as a surprise to many people that the federal government owns just over a quarter of the nation’s landmass and, other than land set aside for military bases and naval ports that may seem excessive. It is.
  • EDITORIAL: Downsize National Park Service, dumping costly, unpopular sites

    04/25/2014 8:06:19 PM PDT · by george76 · 32 replies
    Washington Times ^ | April 22, 2014
    When too much of a good thing can be too much. ... the swollen agency spends $2.6 billion a year. President Obama wants to spend still more money on parks, asking Congress to approve a scheme to spend an additional $1.2 billion over the next three years. The cash would be earmarked to celebrate the National Park Service’s centennial anniversary in 2016. It would fund, among other projects, an expensive youth work program and provide more muscle for the federales to wrestle land from individual property owners. ... Few national parks are financially self-sufficient. The rest are on the dole,...
  • Rep. Young blasts regulatory sprawl during Fairbanks visit ( Alaska )

    04/19/2014 9:53:28 AM PDT · by cutty · 3 replies
    Fairbanks Daily News-Miner ^ | April 19, 2014 | Jeff Richardson
    Rep. Don Young took aim at a frequent target on Friday, blasting federal regulatory sprawl that he said endangered economic growth and the Alaskan way of life. Young spoke during a luncheon with the Associated General Contractors of Alaska in Fairbanks, and directed most of his fiery comments toward the growing profile of federal agencies. He said they’ve passed 13,883 new regulations in the past four years, compared to 628 new bills that made it through Congress. “We’re no longer a free nation,” Young said. “We’re a nation of regulatory law.” ... Young said President Obama’s philosophies aim to make...
  • BLM Rangers Brought in From Out of State for Nevada Ranch ‘Emergency’

    04/11/2014 11:23:22 AM PDT · by george76 · 53 replies
    http://freebeacon.com ^ | April 10, 2014 | Elizabeth Harrington
    They’re almost like a hired gun’. Armed Rangers were brought in from out of state by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to assist in security surrounding the Bundy Ranch, according to the family. A heated confrontation on Wednesday resulted in Cliven Bundy’s son Ammon being tasered by BLM officials and a 57-year-old protester being shoved to the ground. Stetsy Bundy Cox, Cliven’s daughter, told the Washington Free Beacon that some of the rangers had Oregon and California license plates. “You know, some of these guys don’t even know why they’re here,” she said. “A few people have talked to...
  • Friction Over Wolf Reintroduction Spills Into Colorado ( and NM )

    11/21/2013 11:48:46 AM PST · by george76 · 107 replies
    Colorado Observer ^ | November 21, 2013 | Valerie Richardson
    Wildlife lovers clamoring to bring gray wolves to Colorado may want to pay attention to those wooden outhouse-style structures in rural Catron County, New Mexico. They’re called “kid cages,” and they’re built to protect children waiting at school bus stops–from wolves. “The wolf issue is an example, especially with the kid cages, about how you’re putting the interest of wildlife over the interests of human beings,” said filmmaker David Spady. “Every American should be concerned about seeing kids in cages and wolves out wandering around freely.” Spady’s remarks came during a Tuesday screening of his film, “Wolves in Government Clothing,”...
  • Federal judge rules no off-road vehicles on Richfield BLM lands ( Utah )

    11/08/2013 6:00:04 PM PST · by george76 · 26 replies
    KSL Broadcasting ^ | November 5th, 2013 | Amy Joi O'Donoghue
    SALT LAKE CITY — A coalition of conservation groups is hailing a federal judge's ruling Monday to strike down portions of the Richfield Bureau of Land Management plan they said gave deference to off-road vehicles at the expense of the environment. "This landmark decision is a resounding rejection of the BLM’s mismanagement of Utah’s stunning public lands,” said Stephen Bloch, legal director for the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance. ... The Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance was among seven groups that filed a legal challenge to the Bush-era plans following their adoption in 2008, contending they imperiled pristine landscapes. The Richfield plan...
  • Coburn: National Park Service for wasteful spending while parks themselves fall into disrepair

    11/01/2013 9:15:43 AM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 30, 2013 | Doug McKelway
    Taxpayers shell out $52,000 a year to maintain the home of Black History Month founder Carter Woodson. Yet the tiny, dilapidated row house in northwest Washington D.C., with a "No Trespassing" sign and iron bars blocking the front door and windows hasn’t seen a visitor in the seven years since the National Park Service bought it for $2.1 million and designated it a National Historic Site. Senator Tom Coburn, R-Okla.,points to the house as one tiny symbol in a sea of dysfunction in the National Park Service. The Service, with its comparatively small budget, is, he says, a microcosm for...
  • Grilling the Park Service Bullies

    10/18/2013 12:26:04 PM PDT · by george76 · 38 replies
    NRO ^ | October 18, 2013 | John Fund
    The House Oversight Committee wants to find out why the Park Service behaved so bizarrely. ... Representative Trey Gowdy of South Carolina, a former prosecutor, almost drove National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis into incoherence with his relentless questioning. Gowdy wanted to know why Jarvis had allowed “pot-smoking” Occupy Wall Street protesters to camp overnight illegally in Washington’s McPherson Square park for 100 days, yet put up barricades to keep veterans out of war memorials on the first day of the shutdown. By not issuing a single citation to the Occupy campers, Gowdy argued, the Park Service was treating them...
  • Oldest Full-Time Park Ranger, Betty Reid Soskin, Heads Back to Work After Govt. Shutdown

    10/17/2013 9:36:47 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Thursday, Oct 17, 2013 | Lisa Fernandez
    Betty Reid Soskin couldn't be more delighted to be dressing for work and getting ready to head into the office.Betty Reid Soskin couldn't be more delighted to be dressing for work and getting ready to head into the office. For Soskin, the "office" is the the visitor's center at the Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historic Park in Richmond, Calif., which has been shuttered since Oct. 1 because of the partial government shutdown. "I'm absolutely delighted," she told NBC Bay Area on Thursday morning, after Congress voted to end the shutdown late Wednesday night. "Right now, I'm...
  • Trey Gowdy Goes Off on National Park Service Director

    10/17/2013 7:47:49 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 32 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 10-16-13 | Jason Howerton
    During a U.S. House hearing concerning the closure of national parks and monuments during the partial government shutdown, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) scolded the director of the National Park Service for treating “pot-smoking” demonstrators in the Occupy movement with more respect than the nation’s war veterans. Gowdy relentlessly challenged National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis to cite the federal regulation that prompted his department to put up barricades to keep veterans out of war memorials on the first day of the shutdown. He also pointed out that the Park Service failed to issue a single citation when Occupiers camped out...
  • NPS Director Discussed Plan To Close Monuments With White House

    10/16/2013 9:26:30 AM PDT · by Nachum · 21 replies
    youtube ^ | 10/16/13 | goprapidresponse
    NPS Director Discussed Plan To Close Monuments With White House (October 16, 2013)
  • Feds Removed Handles From 40 Public Water Pumps Along C&O Canal

    10/15/2013 10:12:29 PM PDT · by Nachum · 61 replies
    CNS News ^ | October 14, 2013 | Barbara Hollingsworth
    (CNSNews.com) – National Park Service (NPS) rangers removed the handles from some 40 public water pumps and closed restrooms in the 184.5 mile- C&O Canal National Historical Park, but they haven’t been able to keep hikers and bikers off the popular trail known as a “cyclist’s dream.” “It’s full every day,” said Gail Hall, who runs Mountain Side Bikes at the trailhead in Cumberland, Md. “They’re bringing in their own water and utilizing the tree-lined areas [of the park] for restrooms. Some towns like Harper’s Ferry even brought in potties to accommodate them. As long as they can pedal, they...
  • Fox News Alert at 0842: Barricades Are Back Up

    10/14/2013 5:44:34 AM PDT · by OwenKellogg · 140 replies
    Fox News on Air ^ | 10/14/2013 | Fox News On Air
    FOX NEWS ALERT! The barricades are back up!
  • Barricades Torn down at the Lincoln Memorial People carrying them to Barricade the White House!

    10/13/2013 9:00:47 AM PDT · by Maelstorm · 133 replies
    http://www.rpvnetwork.org ^ | 10/13/2013 | F.R. Newbrough
    At the Million Vet March in DC people have torn down the barricades at the Lincoln Memorial and are carrying them to the White House to Barricade the White House. One man carrying a barricade said,"We are taking these things where they belong." Watch Live on Ustream. http://www.ustream.tv/channel/mlr13
  • Protesters Who Moved Lincoln Memorial 'Barrycades' Removed by Park Police

    10/13/2013 9:49:47 AM PDT · by Nachum · 82 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10/13/13 | William Bigelow
    On Saturday, at a little before 9:30 a.m., citizens determined to break through the “barrycades” around the Lincoln Memorial moved the government barricades aside and proceeded to enter the Memorial. According to Taylor Hemness from KLTV 7: [The protesters] went completely up those steps, past the National Parks Service members who didn’t do anything to stop them as they made their way up to the Lincoln monument asking people to come with them, begging them to make people in DC listen to what they were doing.
  • {Live Thread} Million Vet March on the Memorials taking place across the nation

    10/13/2013 7:12:41 AM PDT · by KC_Lion · 668 replies
    http://www.examiner.com ^ | Oct 13, 2013 | Million Vet March on the Memorials taking place across the nation (Video)
    Veterans from every branch of the military have a message for our government. The message will be delivered in person at 9 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 13, in Washington, D.C. and at war memorials all across the nation. The Million Vet March on the Memorials is a grassroots movement started by five military brats, a term used to describe children of military members, to honor the nation's veterans.
  • Lamborn Criticizes Armed EPA Raid ( Alaska )

    10/13/2013 9:03:57 AM PDT · by george76 · 13 replies
    Colorado Observer. ^ | October 11, 2013 | Audrey Hudson
    The Obama administration has turned bureaucrats at environmental agencies into armed SWAT teams to conduct unprecedented raids on small mining operations for what used to be simple reviews of clean water permits. That’s according to Colorado Republican Rep. Doug Lamborn, chairman of the House Natural Resources subcommittee on energy and mineral resources, who held a hearing Thursday that examined the August raid of armed federal officials including the Environmental Protection Agency in Chicken, Alaska. Lamborn said the “EPA SWAT team of heavily armed and armored agents conducted paperwork inspections on small mining operations, in what appears nothing more than an...
  • National Park Service Produces Videos Praising Islam's Contributions To Women's Rights

    09/19/2013 12:10:25 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 46 replies
    http://www.ijreview.com ^ | September 18, 2013
    Another example of your hard-earned tax dollars at work! Apparently, the National Park Service has a ton of money lying around and thought that maybe producing some pro-Islam videos might further their mission to provide national parks to Americans. Seems legit. So they hired a media person to visit the AnNur Islamic School in Schenectady, NY and got the real truth about Islam. Which may surprise you. From the National Park Service official website: People think that Islam oppresses women and there’s no equality, but they’re wrong – there’s equity… 7th century A.D. Islam gave women the right to be...
  • National Park Service produces videos praising Islam, Who is Going to Put an End to This?

    09/24/2013 9:07:04 PM PDT · by Stayfree · 18 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | Sept. 24, 2013 | Stayfree
    In an era of the federal government excoriating Christianity, how is it that it can at the same time promote Islam...my country is being destroyed by politicians who want cheap Mexican labor and want to pacify the Muslims here......get your head out of your @ss and think about how stupid this approach is for the future of our country.....
  • Statue of Liberty Reopens Amid Federal Shutdown (Obama could have done it all along)

    10/13/2013 7:53:54 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 9 replies
    nbc ^ | 10/13/2013 | By Verena Dobnik |
    The Statue of Liberty reopened to the public Sunday after the state agreed to shoulder the costs of running the site during the federal government shutdown. Ferry trips from Manhattan to the Statue of Liberty resumed at 9 a.m., and eager visitors were already lining up. Esther Athanase, a 26-year-old au pair from Le Havre, France, was using a ticket she'd booked months ago with a friend. "We have to do this,'' she said. "It's an American symbol. And it was a gift from France.'' Ahmed Albin-Hamad, 24, a Saudi Arabian student at Drexel University in Pennsylvania, said he came...
  • Why is the U.S. National Park Service extolling Islam in a video?

    10/13/2013 4:23:14 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 28 replies
    DC Clothesline ^ | 10/12/2013 | Staff
    We are constantly told that the Constitution’s First Amendment mandates “a separation of church and state,” on the basis of which prayers are forbidden in public schools, and the Ten Commandments removed from court houses across America. So why is it that an agency of the United States federal government — the Department of the Interior’s National Park Service — has produced a series of videos defending and extolling the Islamic religion? ______________________ Note: The words “separation of church and state” are not in the First Amendment, but are words from the phrase, “wall of separation between church and state,”...
  • Park Service Paramilitaries [King Obama's Deer]

    10/12/2013 1:08:49 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 42 replies
    National Review Online ^ | October 11, 2013 | Mark Steyn
    "...................But perhaps the most extraordinary story to emerge from the NPS is that of the tour group of foreign seniors whose bus was trapped in Yellowstone Park on the day the shutdown began. They were pulled over photographing a herd of bison when an armed ranger informed them, with the insouciant ad-hoc unilateral lawmaking to which the armed bureaucrat is distressingly prone, that taking photographs counts as illegal “recreation.” “Sir, you are recreating,” the ranger informed the tour guide. And we can’t have that, can we? They were ordered back to the Old Faithful Inn, next to the geyser of...
  • How Ted Cruz Ruined My Trip to a National Park (Website)

    10/11/2013 5:13:18 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 14 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 11 October 2013 | Reaganite Republican
    Soooo I'm searching for info on a Civil War historic site and click on a National Park Service page presented  (high) in the Google results- yet all I get is this: "Because of the Federal Government Shutdown,  all national parks are closed  and the National Park Service webpages are not operating.  For more information, go to www.doi.gov" It costs less somehow to generate/post disingenuous Obama propaganda and close down all their other pages, then? And these messages are putting themselves up? That ain't how it works with my server- Just in case you missed that, a big, black banner promptly...
  • Federal government to let states pay to open national parks

    10/10/2013 10:50:15 AM PDT · by george76 · 35 replies
    Trib Total Media ^ | Oct. 10, 2013
    700,000 people a day would have been visiting the parks and that the surrounding areas are losing $76 million in visitor spending per day. The park service said it is losing $450,000 per day in revenue from entrance fees and other in-park expenditures, such as campground fees and boat rentals.
  • “Vindictive” Park Service Inflicting Maximum Pain During Shutdown

    10/10/2013 9:35:42 AM PDT · by george76 · 56 replies
    Colorado Observer ^ | October 9, 2013 | Audrey Hudson
    Aggressive actions and double standards used by the National Park Service are vindictive and designed to inflict maximum inconvenience and fear among visitors, say Republican lawmakers whose efforts to reopen the parks are gridlocked by Senate Democrats. World War II veterans were blocked by barricades and armed guards from paying tribute at their memorial last week. However, the national mall where the memorial is located was opened Tuesday to allow hundreds of illegal immigrants to stage a protest demanding amnesty. ... the administration has closed the Mall and memorials to some groups and not others, giving preferential treatment under the...
  • In your face, Spite House! Blue Ridge inn blockaded by Park Police reopens today [legal docs #80]

    10/09/2013 9:28:20 AM PDT · by abb · 97 replies
    Twitchy ^ | October 9, 2013 | Staff
    The Pisgah Inn on the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina created a publicity crap storm for the Spite House when operators were forced to close during the government shutdown. The inn sits on federal land and despite the owner’s attempt to defy orders from the Park Police, he was forced to close his doors and throw away spoiled food during the height of fall foliage season. Today, the inn will reopen at 5 p.m. and all October reservations will be honored.
  • Park Officers Remove Handles From Public Water Fountains

    10/09/2013 5:36:20 PM PDT · by barmag25 · 51 replies
    Daily Caller via The Blaze ^ | October 2, 2013 | Michael Bastasch Daily Caller
    No water for you! Via the DC: The National Park Service has actually had someone remove the handles off all the well pumps along the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal that runs 184 miles from Washington, D.C. to Cumberland, Maryland, according to sources. The NPS has also stationed officers in the park to make sure bikers don’t ride down closed bike paths and that no one can come near the scenic waterway.
  • SERIOUSLY? National Park Service spitefully removes handles from water fountains

    10/09/2013 2:28:42 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 175 replies
    Catholic Online ^ | 10-8-2013 | Marshall Connolly
    SERIOUSLY? National Park Service spitefully removes handles from water fountains By Marshall Connolly, Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM) 10/8/2013 LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Until very recently, the National Park Service was one of the least-loathed government agencies in the country. Now, with orders from on high to keep the public from visiting beloved parks and monuments the agency is developing a poor reputation. ..... It what looks like a spiteful move, the NPS even removed handles from water spigots along the Chesapeake and Ohio canal where bikers and joggers exercise as well as along the Great Allegheny Passage, just...
  • Pisgah Inn Owner: National Park Service 'Out There with Lights Flashing Right Now' (Update @ 92)

    10/05/2013 2:58:27 AM PDT · by don-o · 127 replies
    Breitbart - Big Government ^ | October 4, 2013 | Ben Shapiro
    On Thursday, the Pisgah Inn, which holds a concession on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Asheville, North Carolina, announced that it would defy the National Park Service’s order to close up, and would open doors for business on Friday. On Friday morning, NPS rangers showed up, lights swirling, to close down the business and turn away its customers, supposedly thanks to the government shutdown. Pisgah Inn receives no federal money, and according to owner Bruce O’Connell, who spoke exclusively to Breitbart News, “All we do is pay the government money. We don’t take anything from them.” It is located on...
  • America, Your Vacation Wonderland! (Mark Steyn)

    10/09/2013 10:53:59 AM PDT · by neverdem · 19 replies
    National Review Online ^ | October 9, 2013 | Mark Steyn
    On his radio show yesterday, our pal Michael Graham spoke to one of the tourists held under house arrest (or hotel arrest) by the National Park Service geyser stasi at Yellowstone Park. Here’s part of the interview: There was a large group of Asians there. Not many spoke English… They said, ‘Are we under arrest?’ I mean, they were fearful. I mean, it looked like we were inside a prison. There were two large guards doing a walk up and down in front of the doors, so people felt like they were in prison. And the Australians said that would...
  • Grand Canyon Cites People For Entering Closed Park

    TUSAYAN, Ariz. (AP) — Nearly two dozen people have been issued citations for entering Grand Canyon National Park after a partial government shutdown forced its closure. Grand Canyon Chief Ranger Bill Wright says some people have been caught at the South Rim, on trails, attempting rim-to-rim hikes or trying to sneak in through dirt roads. All of the citations will be handled by the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Wright says each of the 21 citations issued as of Monday has a mandatory order to appear in federal court.
  • Screwed by the #SpiteHouse: Blue Ridge inn forced to throw out food after shutdown closure

    10/08/2013 4:22:45 PM PDT · by Nachum · 34 replies
    twitchy ^ | 10/8/13 | staff
    Jon Ostendorff @JonOstendorff Workers at Pisgah Inn forced to throw out food today as #shutdown lingers. #avlnews #ncpol The Pisgah Inn sits on federal land on the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina. When the government shut down, the inn was forced to close right in the middle of the fall foliage tourism season. Federal workers are likely to be paid retroactively, but the Pisgah Inn is losing money. And now, several days into the shutdown, the kitchen is tossing out food.
  • The 2013 Battle of Yorktown -- restaurant owner defies feds

    10/08/2013 3:58:58 PM PDT · by reaganaut · 103 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/8/13 | Todd Starnes
    “I am now occupying the building at this time.” And with that one decision – restaurant owner Glenn Helseth joined the ranks of Americans who’ve decided to defy the strong-arm tactics of the National Park Service. For the past 11 years Helseth and his wife have operated the Carrot Tree Kitchens Restaurant inside the historic Cole Digges House in Yorktown, Va. At least 20 of Helseth's longtime employees are facing unemployment. They can’t make rent and some are faced with choosing between buying food or buying medicine. The National Park Service owns and operates the building. So when the government...
  • The Little Eichmanns of the Government Shutdown

    10/08/2013 4:28:56 PM PDT · by Paine in the Neck · 27 replies
    Redstate.com ^ | 10/8/2013 | strieff
    I[f] anyone had any doubt about the vicious and petty character of Barack Obama and his administration the past week should have put those doubts to rest. Not even Nixon’s “enemies list” can compete with Obama. Nixon’s list was focused on not inviting certain pustulent bags of crap, like Daniel Schorr, to White House function. Obama and his minions have effectively declared all Americans the enemy in an attempt to make the impact of the government shutdown artificially painful. This could not succeed without the assistance of a corps of facilitators, Little Eichmanns, if you will, who are willing to...
  • Obama OKs illegals’ march on Mall, still blocks Americans

    10/08/2013 7:30:36 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 30 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 10-7-2013 | Neil Munro
    The National Park Service is allowing an Oct. 8 pro-immigration rally on the national mall, even as it posts pickets and barriers to bar Americans from visiting their open-air memorials. “They’re going to be allowed to go [ahead] because it is a First Amendment activity,” Shannon Maurer, a spokeswoman for the “March for Immigrant Dignity and Respect,” told The Daily Caller. “They allowed us to have it because it is part of the First Amendment of the constitution,” said Susana Flores, a spokeswoman for CASA in Action, which is organizing the rally. ”We’re going to have a stage and microphones,”...
  • 'All about power and leverage' -- feds shut down major roadway, block access to graveyard (TN)

    10/07/2013 1:29:20 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 95 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | October 7, 2013 | Todd Starnes
    Folks who live in the Great Smoky Mountains have just about reached their breaking point with the federal government. “It’s almost like they are pushing to see how far they can push before the American people say enough is enough,” said Ed Mitchell, the mayor of Blount County, Tenn. “We were founded on a declaration of independence. And they are about to push the people to the line again.” Nearly a third of Blount County is inside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. So when the federal government shut down the park, it also shut down one of the area’s...
  • Locally run Texas park closed by federal shutdown

    10/07/2013 10:25:19 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 43 replies
    SFgate ^ | 10/06/2013 | SFgate
    <p>The Monitor in McAllen (http://bit.ly/1huO8fh ) reported Sunday that County Commissioner David Garza said no federal money is spent on staffing, managing or maintaining the park. However, he was reluctant to question the federal authorities' decision.</p> <p>"We don't want to get into a fight with the federal government at this time," he said.</p>
  • When the Bleeding Heart Becomes the Iron Fist

    10/07/2013 5:37:01 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 26 replies
    Ricochet ^ | 5 October 2013 | Dave Carter
    Whatever the perceived shortcomings of Ted Cruz and his hardy band of stalwarts, they've performed a remarkable public service by highlighting the fate that awaits all who rub wrongly the translucently thin skin of King Barack the Petulant. The Spartans may have had their shields, Native Americans their tomahawks and arrows, the Samurai may have wielded his sword with all the deadly grace of a tiger in mid-attack, but pound for pound, nothing comes close to the audacious stupidity of "Barrycades" and people in pointy little Smokey the Bear hats, poised to protect America's monuments from law-abiding citizens Welcome to...
  • Violators visiting closed National Parks could be fined $50

    10/06/2013 6:06:28 PM PDT · by don-o · 81 replies
    myfoxdc5 ^ | October 6, 2013 | Karen Gray Houston
    WASHINGTON, DC - So far, the National Park Police don't seem to be targeting visitors jumping over barricades to see the monuments or use federal parks. But violators could technically be ticketed and fined $50. Fox 5 found many out-of-town tourists ignoring signs that say parks and attractions are closed. Dozens of locals who normally play beach volleyball in a section of West Potomac Park were there enjoying the weather and some games this afternoon. Some didn't realize the park was closed. Others aware of the government shutdown thought a $50 fine was too steep. We called the Park Police...
  • NPS - National Park Service COPS: Government Shutdown Edition [satire - video only]

    10/06/2013 5:35:13 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 6 replies
    YouTube.com ^ | 10-6-2013 | soopermexican
    During the Government Shutdown, the National Park Service Police are the first defense against society collapsing under the onslaught of tourists and World War II veterans overwhelming the Barry-cades at our most precious national monuments. These are their stories.
  • Families throw off the cones at Badlands National Park in South Dakota

    10/06/2013 6:01:46 AM PDT · by Winstons Julia · 138 replies
    Twitchy ^ | 10/06/13 | Twitchy Staff
    Tax-paying, hard-working families aren’t letting White House shutdown politics stop them from enjoying America’s beauty. They’re defying the orange cones at Mount Rushmore. They’re breaching the barrycades at Zion National Park. And now, the Badlands of South Dakota. Noelle Bruno tweets that she and her family made it through Mount Rushmore despite the White House obstacles:
  • Evil Thought of the Day: If the Park Service is evicting residents from homes. . .

    10/06/2013 8:49:59 AM PDT · by Salgak · 25 replies
    Daily Examiner ^ | 10/6/13 | Self
    Evil Thought of the Day: If the Park Service is evicting residents from homes built on Federal Park lands. . . . . . .isn't the White House on National Park Land. Under Equal Protection Under Law, shouldn't the Obama's be evicted, too ??? Not that it will happen, as Some Animals are More Equal than Others. but. . .