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  • Regulation Charges $125 for Photo Permit in Nashville Public Parks (Video)

    09/30/2014 5:27:19 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 18 replies
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Roger Susanin) -- A little-known Metro Parks & Recreation regulation requires people pay $125 for a permit to take photos or shoot video at Nashville public parks.
  • And Your 2013 Villain of the Year Is…

    12/30/2013 4:34:10 PM PST · by Starman417 · 9 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 12-30-13 | Brother Bob
    This is the time every year where we see various "Best of..." and "Year in Review" write ups on every subject imaginable. This is done for two main reasons: 1) Most of the media folks want to take some time off around the holidays and these can be written in advance and 2) they're usually fun to read. As I always try to do, I'm going against the grain and neither of these apply here - my posts are never fun to read! My other reason for writing this post is that I wanted to follow up on another piece...
  • Bristol, Tenn., council repeals guns-in-parks ban

    12/05/2013 8:59:24 AM PST · by deoetdoctrinae · 4 replies
    Bristol Herald Courier ^ | December 3, 2013 | Kevin Castle
    Gun owners who have a concealed-carry permit can now take their weapon into select city parks following a 4-1 vote by City Council on Tuesday night that repealed a 2009 policy that banned them. The resolution vote was preceded by 14 citizens voicing their opinions on the issue, most disagreeing with the lifting of the ban and those in the minority thanking the governing body for allowing Second Amendment rights to be preserved in Bristol.
  • Photography In The Parks: What's In Your Camera Bag?

    10/31/2013 3:14:12 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 60 replies
    National Parks Traveler ^ | October 29, 2013 | Rebecca Latson
    For the past couple of weeks, I have been dragging myself along, super-tired from jet lag from the Eastern Seaboard time zone change (that Maine trip), losing hours of precious sleep due to plane delays and plane diversions, and then forcing myself to rise early (3 a.m. early) each day of the work week to sync my hours with the rest of my departmentÂ’s team currently located in London (you do the math). A fuzzy brain makes writing an article on a single subject quite a challenging prospect. So, Traveler Editor-in-Chief Kurt Repanshek suggested a Q&A article. I liked that...
  • NPS Director Defends Aggressive Action to Shut Parks

    10/18/2013 8:54:01 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 27 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 18 Oct 2013 | John Semmens
    Called to testify before the House Natural Resources, and Oversight and Government Reform committees, National Parks Service Director Jonathan Jarvis stood by his actions during the shutdown. The most serious challenge to Jarvis' actions came from Representative Rob Bishop (R-Utah) who accused him of violating the Anti-deficiency Act. This Act prohibits agencies from undertaking additional work during a lapse in funding such as occurred during the recent shutdown. Jarvis didn't deny that sending Park Rangers to barricade open air monuments and harass tourists violated this statute. “I will grant that the text of the statute would appear to prohibit the...
  • 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...
  • Republicans attack national parks chief over government shutdown closures (+video)

    10/17/2013 7:53:18 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 19 replies
    CS monitor ^ | 10-16-13 | Patrik Jonsson
    House Republicans on Wednesday pilloried National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis for his handling of national park and land closures during the government shutdown, raising questions about whether the agency’s reputation has been sullied by images of landmarks being barricaded to keep the American people off their own land. A tense joint hearing of the House oversight and natural-resource committees took place Wednesday following allegations that the NPS and its rangers had allowed themselves to become a political arm of the Obama administration, erecting the barriers to score political points and remind Americans of the primacy of government stewardship.
  • Park Service Director: I Discussed Closing Monuments With White House

    10/16/2013 9:53:24 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 12 replies
    The Weekly Standard Blog ^ | October 16, 2013 | DANIEL HALPER
    National Park Service director Jarvis said he discussed closing the open-air monuments and memorials with the White House, as well as the secretary of the Interior Department.
  • Feds: Tenn cost for reopening Smokies $60K per day

    10/15/2013 5:58:05 AM PDT · by don-o · 41 replies
    AP via WJHL ^ | October 14, 2013 | ERIK SCHELZIG
    CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam says a deal to open the Great Smoky Mountains National Park parks in Tennessee for the weekend came too late for the state to send money to the federal government. The price tag? $60,000 per day.
  • National Parks Service Rejects Donated Porta Potties

    10/11/2013 9:20:10 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 21 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 11 Oct 2013 | John Semmens
    With the Parks' restrooms at the World War II Memorial in Washington, DC closed, a truckload of portable restrooms of the sort used at construction sites was donated by private citizens. NPS Rangers blocked these from being unloaded. “The President has instructed us to shutdown this site,” explained NPS Director Jonathan Jarvis. “As everyone knows, our efforts have been thwarted by aged veterans breaching our barricades. We certainly can't reward this disobedience by allowing bladder and bowel evacuation facilities near the Memorial.” Jarvis scoffed at the notion that this could be construed as vindictive. “Hah, these guys faced worse when...
  • Utah's National Parks Starting to Open

    10/11/2013 2:00:04 PM PDT · by zippythepinhead · 17 replies
    Deseret News ^ | 10/11/2013 | Dennis Romboy
    SALT LAKE CITY — National Park Service workers were busy Friday preparing to open eight national recreations sites in Utah that were closed the past 11 days due to the federal government shutdown. Zion National Park opened Friday with limited services, according to a recorded message at the park's main telephone number. Trails that don't require permits and the Zion Mount Carmel Highway are open. Both visitor centers, the Kolob Caynon scenic drive, the south campground will open this afternoon, according to the recording. The park's shuttles will begin running Saturday morning.
  • 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...
  • Park Rangers Refuse Truckload of Porta Potties for WW II Veterans

    10/09/2013 6:02:55 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 206 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | October 9,2013 | Jim Hoft
    A semi carrying porta potties pulled up yesterday beside the WW II Memorial in Washington D.C.. The porta potties were donated by private citezens to help out the visiting veterans since the facilities are closed. However, the park rangers turned the truck away and they were not allowed to unload. Michele Tennery witnessed this event and was astonished that the rangers could be so heartless in their treatment of the veterans. Michele added, “The photos show the attempted delivery of Port-A-Johns by Don’s Johns. The NPS Ranger would not allow the Port-A-Johns to be left at the WWII Memorial site...
  • Educate! Federal Park Issues Belong to Obama (Vanity)

    10/09/2013 10:02:20 AM PDT · by DouglasKC · 19 replies
    Today | Self
    There are a lot of good comments on various news stories around the web blaming Obama for the issues of National Parks and monuments denying access to citizens. That's all well and good but the public must be educated as to WHY Obama is at fault. If they're not educated many will dismiss the Obama blame as just more politics. A simple statement on the comments of news stores can do wonders. For example: "The National Park system is under control of the Secretary of Interior. The Secretary of the Interior is part of Obama's cabinet. These types of orders...
  • Find a Local National Park, then Visit It This Weekend

    10/08/2013 7:53:19 PM PDT · by frankenMonkey · 38 replies
    me, mostly ^ | 10 Oct 2013 | frankenMonkey
    Find a National Park nearby, using this map, and go enjoy it this weekend. It's yours.
  • 'Gestapo' tactics meet senior citizens at Yellowstone

    10/08/2013 6:30:54 PM PDT · by grumpygresh · 47 replies
    Eagle Tribune ^ | 10/08/2013 | John Macone
    The bus stopped along a road when a large herd of bison passed nearby, and seniors filed out to take photos. Almost immediately, an armed ranger came by and ordered them to get back in, saying they couldn’t “recreate.” The tour guide, who had paid a $300 fee the day before to bring the group into the park, argued that the seniors weren’t “recreating,” just taking photos.“She responded and said, ‘Sir, you are recreating,’ and her tone became very aggressive,” Vaillancourt said. The seniors quickly filed back onboard and the bus went to the Old Faithful Inn, the park’s premier...
  • The “You might be an frakking moron” test

    10/07/2013 10:23:18 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 8 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 10-06-13 | DrJohn
    We're going to have a little test that will determine if you are an a-hole. But first, let's have a look at the real Barack Obama. Let us review what kind of person he is. Obama is supposed to be the President of all of the United States and not just the President of his party. He is supposed to watch out for the general welfare of all of us. The Presidential Oath reads: "I, name, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and I will to the best...
  • MORE SHUTDOWN INSANITY - Talladega Trail of Tears

    10/07/2013 9:28:04 AM PDT · by AnAmericanMother · 56 replies
    personal friend on FB ^ | An American Mother
    This has to be read to be believed. A group of competitive trail riders, having just completed 75 and 50 mile endurance rides, were evicted from Talladega NF in the middle of the night. Exhausted horses and humans were forced to move trailers out of a pine grove in the dark under threat of fines and prosecutions. The local park rangers were sympathetic, but U.S. Marshals were brought in (no doubt at great expense) to ensure that the rangers caused as much pain as possible despite their personal sympathy. Coming soon to a government function near you . . ....
  • The List: Unnecessarily Shut Down by Obama to Inflict Public Pain

    What is this horrid government shutdown I keep reading about? It isn’t for Federal employees, since the House passed legislation paying all non-essential Federal employees that were furloughed for their missed time. (I President Obama signs it, that is). Stated differently. Non-essential Federal employees received a taxpayer-funded vacation. The government shutdown is a way for the Administration and Senate to punish Americans for Republicans not rubber-stamping the funding of Obamacare. John Nolte has created a list of unnecessary shutdowns. 1. Treatments for Children Suffering From Cancer – The GOP have agreed to a compromise by funding part of the government,...
  • NYT reporter: Obama admin “most closed, control-freak administration I’ve ever covered”

    10/06/2013 5:27:41 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 57 replies
    hotair.com ^ | October 5, 2013 | ED MORRISSEY
    Remember when the media rushed to talk about transparency in the Barack Obama “Hope and Change” era? Good times, good times. Leonard Downie, who once worked as the executive editor of the Washington Post and wrote a novel about Washington corruption and the Iraq War, finds a bigger and non-fictional problem in the successor to George W. Bush. Downie gives the Post a preview of his report from the Committee to Protect Journalists which outlines the Obama war on reporters and their sources: “A memo went out from the chief of staff a year ago to White House employees and...
  • Gov. Walker Ignores Washington Order to Close Parks

    10/04/2013 2:24:15 PM PDT · by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America · 40 replies
    NewsMax ^ | Oct. 04, 2013 | Dan Weil
    Wisconsin GOP Gov. Scott Walker has decided not follow Washington's order to close several state parks that receive federal funding during the shutdown. State officials say Wisconsin provides more than half of the parks' funding, so they can be kept open with state money, The Hill reports. The federal government allotted Wisconsin $701,000 for its state parks in fiscal 2013, which ended Sept. 30. The state also has opted to disobey a Fish and Wildlife Service order to forbid hunting and fishing on federal lands. State officials said hunting can continue in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, according to The Hill....
  • 2 Million Bikers:Permit Application Not Received but…What About That Email- Permit Number?

    09/10/2013 11:13:56 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 42 replies
    http://www.maggiesnotebook.com/ ^ | September 10, 2013 | Maggie
    One more lying Obama agency – The Parks Department. As you know, the permit for a no-stop ride through DC tomorrow September 11, 2103 was denied. A Park Department employee Sheila Gotha allegedly told media the Biker’s application for a permit was never received and that’s why it was denied. Odd since the organizer, Belinda Bee says: “From my understanding, [Gotha] has told two other media outlets that she had never heard of our permit, that we have never had a conference call. I shot them the email showing where she scheduled the conference call and on that conference call...
  • Grand Carousel Celebrated at Knoebels [PA]

    07/06/2013 1:49:22 PM PDT · by FlJoePa · 12 replies
    Republican Herald ^ | 7-6-13 | Eric Scicchitano
    ELYSBURG - The Grand Carousel at Knoebels Amusement Resort was given a birthday bash Thursday for its 100th year. The anniversary arrived about the same time the Travel Channel named the park No. 2 in its Top 10 amusement parks across the country, topping such heavies as Walt Disney World, Six Flags and Hershey Park. The affordable prices, family friendly atmosphere and old-fashioned ambiance won it the distinction. Hundreds of park-goers stopped to watch a small parade make its way to the carousel, led by Buddy and Dick Knoebel and their sister, Leanna Knoebel Muscato, with mainstay mascot Kozmo and...
  • Are World Heritage Sites being used to train Russian troops in the US?

    03/31/2013 9:30:43 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 22 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 3/31/13 | Suzanne Eovaldi
    Are America’s treasured National Parks being co-opted by the New World Order under the guise of designating them World Heritage Sites, thus allowing foreign troops and United Nations agencies to take over our country in a soft coup d’etat? A blogger has photographed heavily equipped armored vehicles carrying the “Special Response Team” logo in and around the Great Smoky Mountains National Heritage site in Gatlinburg, TN. (1) ”It is a deadly serious piece of equipment never before used inside the US until now,” says the blogger “Sherrie” who then adds, “The vehicles don’t come more heavily armored.” Sherrie has put...
  • ‘Rosa Parks would be ashamed!’: Ohio (greedy teacher) strikers heckle substitute teachers

    03/06/2013 3:26:22 PM PST · by Libloather · 20 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 3/06/13 | Jessica Chasmar
    Dozens of striking teachers gathered Sunday at the police headquarters in Strongsville, Ohio, to protest people showing up to apply as substitute teachers. In a video shot by Sun News’ Cory Shaffer, people shouted “scab” and “go home” at a dangerously close distance from the applicants being escorted into the building by police. One man can even be heard screaming, “Rosa Parks would be ashamed” at a black female applicant.
  • DeSoto Gun Ordinance Hearing Draws Big Crowd(MS)

    10/16/2012 5:48:59 AM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    wreg.com ^ | 15 October, 2012 | Dennis Turner
    (DeSoto County, MS) DeSoto County’s proposed ‘guns in parks’ ordinance has been a hot button ever since word of the idea came out. For that reason, it’s no surprise people packed the county board room for a public hearing on the matter. Those on both sides of the issue had their say, before supervisors who want to make sure only people with an enhanced concealed weapons permit could have weapons at county parks and new Greenway trails. Those who live near those trails had concerns about the ordinance infringing on their rights. “It’s gonna stop me from shooting skeet in...
  • No room at the Inn, or anywhere in park, for Interior Secretary (Ooops !)

    08/15/2012 9:56:07 PM PDT · by llevrok · 3 replies
    The News Tribune (Tacoma WA) ^ | 8/15/2012 | Jeff Mayor
    The decision apparently was made Friday that Interior Secretary Ken Salazar would arrive at Mount Rainier National Park Monday night and visit with park staff and community partners on Tuesday. Salazar was returning from Alaska and was next scheduled to be in Milwaukee today. So the decision was made to make a visit to Mount Rainier That left his advance planner scrambling to find a place for the secretary to spend the night. She found out, like so many other tourists, that find rooms at the last minute can be difficult at best. As Salazar explained to the crowd of...
  • Officials want to turn World War II nuclear-weapon development sites into national parks

    07/29/2012 5:53:01 AM PDT · by moonshot925 · 7 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 28 July 2012 | Darryl Fears
    Tennessee’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory was such a well-kept secret during World War II that most Americans still don’t know that it sits off one of busiest highways in the South. Every year, streams of vacationers whiz by the complex that enriched uranium for America’s first atomic bomb project. It’s on the way to Great Smoky Mountains National Park — the most-visited U.S. national park. And every year, right about this time, the city of Oak Ridge, just west of Knoxville on Interstate 40, holds a Secret City Festival, crying out to potential tourists. “They don’t even know we’re here,”...
  • Virginia takes final action to legalize open carry in state parks

    04/30/2012 6:46:52 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    DC Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 28 April, 2012 | Mike Stollenwerk
    In an announcement posted today in Virginia's Regulatory Town Hall, the Virginia Department of Conservation served notice to the public that the "[r]epeal of § 4VAC5-30-200 [which] prohibits the open carry of firearms in Virginia State Parks" will be published as a final rule on May 7th in Volume 28 Issue 18 of the Virginia Register of regulations. The usual practice of the Virginia Registrar is to make such final rules effective 60 days after publication in the Register. This action by Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell's administration is the final chapter in a decade long regulatory fight to legalize gun...
  • Raleigh City Council seeks an exemption from HB650

    12/08/2011 8:15:52 AM PST · by ncdepot · 1 replies
    Adopts Conforming Ordinance The Raleigh City Council today adopted an ordinance that members hope will be short lived. The vote brings the City Code into compliance with North Carolina State Enabling Laws. The newly adopted State law that went into effect Dec. 1, allows the carrying of concealed weapons essentially everywhere, with the exceptions of some City-owned parks and recreational facilities. The City Council has asked the City Attorney’s Office to pursue an exemption for Raleigh during the General Assembly’s short session. "While the City Council will comply with the new law, the Council members unanimously believe it is bad...
  • Regulation Allowing Firearms In State Parks Wins Lawmaker Approval(NV)

    11/01/2011 5:23:12 AM PDT · by marktwain
    nevadanewsbureau.com ^ | 31 October, 2011 | Sean Whaley
    CARSON CITY – A regulation eliminating a prohibition on carrying firearms in state parks has been approved by the Legislative Commission. The regulation still prohibits the discharge of a firearm in a state park with some limited exceptions, such as designated target shooting areas. But a provision included in the original draft regulation to specifically recognize the right to self defense in a state park was not part of the final changes approved Wednesday by the panel of state lawmakers. A state lawmaker who supported the regulation said the ability to use a weapon for self defense is covered elsewhere...
  • Yosemite seeks a more diverse visitor base

    10/31/2011 7:21:57 AM PDT · by CW_Conservative · 75 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | October 30, 2011 | Louis Sahagun
    -----SNIP------ For more than 60 years, the National Park Service has been trying to reach out to African Americans and Latinos. But its 395 parks, monuments, waterways, historic places and recreational areas remain largely the province of white Americans and tourists from around the world. In an interview, Park Service Director Jon Jarvis reiterated an old lament: Parks must attract a more diverse slice of the American public or eventually risk losing taxpayer support. Yet only about 1% of the nearly 4 million people who visit Yosemite each year are African Americans. So officials were elated earlier this month when...
  • Andy Parks (Washington DC Talk Radio) getting some leeway in his new program

    10/13/2011 6:11:20 PM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 10 replies
    13 October 2011 | COBOL2Java
    I've been tuning in to Andy Parks' radio show, Andy Parks Live from the Washington Times since it began seven weeks ago. By now, it seems Andy's settling in to the show quite nicely. I enjoy the drive home, and he mentioned today that he'll be taking calls soon; up to this point the show was mostly news and commentary, with guests from the Washington Times reporters and columnists. Unfortunately, I was behind the wheel when he gave out his new call-in phone number. You can download the latest program podcasts at his show website. What was also nice...
  • Occupy Seattle leaves behind big mess for Seattle parks workers (shovel-ready jobs)

    10/13/2011 5:19:25 AM PDT · by Libloather · 17 replies · 1+ views
    KIRO TV ^ | 10/11/11 | Chris Egert
    Occupy Seattle leaves behind big mess for Seattle parks workersChris Egert KIRO 7 Eyewitness News Updated: 12:35 pm PDT October 11, 2011 SEATTLE -- Should Occupy Seattle protesters have to clean up after themselves? A KIRO 7 overnight news crew shot video of some of the mess left behind in Westlake Park. City Parks and Recreation crews have spent mornings cleaning up from 11 days of Occupy Seattle demonstrations. Along with rain-soaked signs, KIRO 7 crews counted at least four parks workers taking every sign and piece of tape off the columns at Westlake Park. The garbage has filled about...
  • With restrooms closed by shutdown, problems pile up at Minnesota state parks

    07/13/2011 6:05:02 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 56 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 7-13-11 | dave orrick
    While such parks normally are bustling with people - and have facilities to serve them - the relative seclusion appears to have emboldened some to do their business along trails and other areas where no Minnesotan would normally dare to squat. "People are taking it upon themselves to go out in the woods and relieve themselves, and without the presence of employees and others, they're not picking up after themselves," Konrad said. "People are also having a tendency not to pick up after their pets."
  • Parks Canada to permit guns in polar bear territories

    07/08/2011 4:38:57 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    vancouversun.com ^ | 7 July, 2011 | Robert Hiltz
    OTTAWA — Canada may not have the second amendment, but the government will soon allow some people to bear arms in national parks with polar bears. Parks Canada announced it will be loosening restrictions in nine of its parks to allow specially licensed individuals to carry firearms for protection from polar bears. At the moment, there are significant restrictions on who may carry firearms in national parks. "There's lots of places where people should never be in Canada as a whole without a firearm. If they need to be, or want to be, in these areas . . . it...
  • Open Carry Coming to Virginia State Forests July 7th

    06/27/2011 11:00:33 AM PDT · by JohnPierce · 3 replies
    Monachus Lex ^ | 06/27/2011 | John Pierce
    In addition to the new gun laws which take effect in Virginia on July 1st, there is an important administrative code change that will take effect on July 7th. The change, published in Volume 27 Issue 20 of the Virginia Register of Regulations, modifies 4VAC10-30-170 to remove the prohibition against both open and concealed carry on land under the ownership and management of the Department of Forestry.
  • Carrying guns now OK in county parks(WA)

    03/10/2011 4:40:58 AM PST · by marktwain · 2 replies
    columbian.com ^ | 9 March, 2011 | Stephanie Rice
    Clark County commissioners amended a code Tuesday to make it legal to carry guns in parks. It remains illegal to discharge a weapon, except under specific circumstances, such as in self-defense. The county code regarding guns in parks now aligns with state law, which says people may openly carry firearms in a nonthreatening manner. Last summer, Vancouver resident Joe Winton, a member of a national gun advocacy group, went before the commissioners to ask that the code be updated. The county code pre-dated the state’s open-carry law. Nobody testified Tuesday before the commissioners voted to update the code. Clark County...
  • Another Obama stealth land grab: Salazar and the NLCS

    03/07/2011 5:52:13 PM PST · by Oopsie Daisy · 7 replies
    Michelle Malkin Blog ^ | November 22, 2010 | Michelle Malkin
    The TSA isn’t the only one with grabby hands. I’ve been reporting on the stealth Obama land and ocean grabs for the past several months now — and there is another new, under-the-radar-screen development that deserves your attention. Quick review: In August, I told you about the “Great Outdoors Initiative” to lock up more open spaces through executive order. This came on top on top of a separate, property-usurping initiative exposed by GOP Rep. Robert Bishop and Sen. Jim DeMint earlier this spring. According to an internal, 21-page Obama administration memo, 17 energy-rich areas in 11 states have been targeted...
  • Guns in parks rule reaches one-year anniversary

    02/23/2011 7:28:33 PM PST · by marktwain · 6 replies
    National Parks Examiner ^ | 22 February, 2011 | Randi Minetor
    One year ago today, on February 22, 2010, the National Park Service lifted the ban on carrying concealed weapons in the parks for those who have permits to do so. The change came about when the Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility and Disclosure Act was signed into law on May 22, 2009. The bill contained a line item added at the last moment by a Republican senator, specifically allowing people with concealed carry permits to carry their guns into national parks in the states covered by their permits. At the time, critics predicted that the new rule would frighten families away...
  • NYC Council Bans Smoking In Parks, Beaches

    02/02/2011 4:12:59 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies
    CBSNewYork.com ^ | 2/2/11 | CBS
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Smokers have just one message to Mayor Michael Bloomberg and City Council members: butt out of our business. “We’re outside. We should have freedom to smoke,” City Hall Park smoker Harvey Forbes told CBS 2’s Magee Hickey. By a vote of 36 to 11 on Wednesday the City Council approved a bill to ban smoking in all city parks, beaches and pedestrian plazas. “People who have made the decision not to smoke have civil liberties too and their health and their lives should not be negatively impacted because other people have decided to smoke,” Council Speaker...
  • City Council Readies New Smoking Ban

    02/02/2011 1:29:37 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 68 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | February 2, 2011 | Michael Howard Saul
    Attention Times Square denizens and those out for a stroll in Central Park: It will soon be time to put out your smokes — forever. The New York City Council is slated Wednesday afternoon to approve a ban on smoking in parks, beaches, marinas, boardwalks and pedestrian plazas like Times Square. The legislation marks the most ambitious expansion of the city’s antismoking laws since Mayor Michael Bloomberg convinced the city lawmakers to approve a ban on smoking in indoor workplaces and park playgrounds in 2003. “When this legislation is passed, all New Yorkers will be able to enjoy a walk...
  • EXTRA! Seattle park attacks underscore why gun groups opposed ban(WA)

    12/11/2010 4:37:46 AM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 9 December, 2010 | Dave Workman
    Two high-profile attacks on joggers in Seattle parks over the past couple of months, the most recent being Wednesday afternoon, underscore why gun rights organizations and five individual citizens challenged the City of Seattle’s attempt to ban firearms in park facilities, an illegal act under this state’s preemption statute. Yesterday's attack occurred in Colman Park. The earlier incident happened in October in Seward Park, and in that attack, the unidentified perpetrator was armed with a knife, according to the on-line Seattle Post-Intelligencer. The man, armed with a knife, then grabbed the woman from behind and threw her to the ground....
  • Ban on guns in parks before 9th Circuit Court of Appeals(CA)

    10/21/2010 5:10:02 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    LA Anti-Establishment Examiner ^ | 20 October, 2010 | Charles Nichols
    The cities of Redondo Beach and Hermosa Beach ban the possession of guns in parks. The Redondo Beach ordinance was passed this May. The Hermosa Beach ordinance seems to date back to the 1990s. These are the only two cities in the South Bay of Los Angeles which restrict the possession of firearms in parks. The City of Hermosa Beach claims its beach is a park and as such, is the only public beach in the County of Los Angeles where the possession of firearms is prohibited. The old railroad tracks which were converted into green space a couple of...
  • Wilderness: Expansion and (Unlawful) Beneficiary Use

    10/03/2010 2:42:33 PM PDT · by AuntB · 19 replies
    The Westerner ^ | Oct. 3, 2010 | Stephen L. Wilmeth
    The Battle of Juarez is showing signs that the good guys are not prevailing. The Juarez newspaper, El Diario de Juarez, has cried uncle in its mixed stance of reporting the progress of the war. In the front page editorial that appeared recently, the editor waved the white flag and asked the cartels publicly what they want from him. The murder of a photographer and another reporter in the recent past are hitting far too close to home for him to continue to be a brave purveyor of the truth. In a city ravaged by nearly 7,000 deaths since 2006...
  • Privies pinched without budget deal - CA Parks May Run Out of Toilet Paper!

    09/23/2010 4:44:35 PM PDT · by Beaten Valve · 30 replies
    LA Times ^ | September 23, 2010 | George Skelton
    This is how much budget trouble the state of California is in: It's about to run out of toilet paper in its rural parks. California's red ink budget is immensely complicated because of voter-approved ballot initiatives, federal rules and court decisions. But this internal e-mail within Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's Finance Department is plenty simple: "Bottom line: Remote rural state parks will likely run out of toilet paper by early October." Pressing a deadline, I was unable to dig deep enough to learn precisely which parks, let alone privies… I did learn that the problem involves banks canceling a state credit...
  • NYC to try banning smoking in parks and beaches

    09/15/2010 9:58:11 AM PDT · by Nachum · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 9/15/10 | Staff
    New York City officials want to take their smoking ban outdoors. City officials announced new legislation on Wednesday that would outlaw smoking in parks, beaches, marinas, boardwalks That means no smoking in Central Park or on the Coney Island boardwalk. Violators could be issued quality-of-life summonses by the parks department and pedestrian plazas throughout the city.
  • Man Caught with Pants Down and an Armless Mannequin in Public Park

    08/09/2010 11:40:13 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 99 replies
    WSAZ ^ | Aug 8, 2010 | Hanna Francis; Josh McComas
    According to the Kanawha County Sheriff's Department, 61-year-old Eddie M. Campbell from Belle was caught at Booker T. Washington Memorial Park in Malden with his shirt off and his pants around his ankles.
  • Officials kill grizzly bears to head-off lawsuits before they arise

    08/01/2010 8:58:12 AM PDT · by george76 · 106 replies · 21+ views
    Bear Attack Examiner ^ | July 31, 2010 | Dave Smith
    Wildlife officials have killed a grizzly bear in Wyoming and a grizzly bear in Montana to head-off potential lawsuits. The Montana grizzly killed and partially consumed Kevin Kammer at a Gallatin National Forest campground near Cooke City, Mont. on July 29. The Wyoming grizzly killed 70 year-old botanist Erwin Evert on June 17 on the Shoshone National Forest near the East Entrance of Yellowstone National Park. The circumstances were quite different, but the decision to kill the bears was undoubtedly influenced by a 1996 court case over the terrible bear mauling of 16 year-old Anna Knochel at a U.S. Forest...
  • U.S. Calls Illegal Mexican Pot Farmer “Displaced Traveler”

    07/26/2010 4:11:37 AM PDT · by Bad~Rodeo · 26 replies · 2+ views
    judicial watch ^ | 07/21/2010
    In an insane case of political correctness, a federal government agency has classified an illegal immigrant arrested for cultivating marijuana in a national forest as a “displaced traveler from Michoacán Mexico.” The illegal alien (Gauldry Almonte-Hernandez) was recently busted during a U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement Operation raid of illegally grown marijuana plants in northern California’s Shasta-Trinity National Forest. So far this month, the feds have eradicated more than 92,000 marijuana plants throughout the 2.1 million acre national forest that encompasses five wilderness areas and hundreds of mountain lakes. In the first few days of July alone, about 50,000 plants...