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Book review: Book explores history, future of national parks 24.7.2016 Steamboat Pilot
“The Hour of Land” by Terry Tempest Williams “The Hour of Land” was conceived as a celebration for the National Park Service centennial. Terry Tempest Williams gives readers a collection of poignant ideas, with photos as cutting and unpredictable as her poems, letters, emails and essays. Traveling through a dozen national parks, Williams pours her raw passion on the page. Her musings are social, cultural and environmental — and her concerns are acute. The book opens with the voice of an Iraq war veteran who has wandered the national parks since 1991, as a volunteer seeking solace: “As the human population increases, the wild places not only become more valuable but more threatened. It’s another way for me to protect our homeland.” He explains, “wild places can unwind a mind.” Williams knows this, too. She unwinds her mind on America’s physical wilderness and the ground’s political landscape, exploring rough edges and mucky trails surrounding the most prized public lands. “What is the relevance of our ...
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Steamboat briefs: More than 10K visitors expected in Steamboat Springs today 23.7.2016 Steamboat Pilot
Approximately 10,300 visitors are expected to be in town today, according to the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association’s lodging barometer released Wednesday. The figure represents 66 percent capacity at area lodging properties, with downtown occupancy at 96 percent. On the mountain, hotels are forecast at 67 percent capacity, and condos are expected to be 61 percent full. Lodging is expected to increase to 10,400 visitors by Wednesday. The chamber’s lodging barometer is based on survey data from local lodging properties. Its primary function is to help businesses determine staffing levels during the winter and summer tourism seasons. Actual lodging occupancy levels tend to increase from the forecast levels as a result of last-minute bookings. County Council on Aging menus for week of July 25 ■ Steamboat Springs Community Center Monday: Baked chicken, mashed potatoes, broccoli, wheat roll, apple Tuesday: Cheeseburger, french fries, vegetables, Caesar salad, strawberry shortcake Thursday: Baked ...
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Letter: Abe, Teddy and Ronnie wouldn't recognize it 22.7.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
I only wish that the Republican Party were still the party of Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan, as Aimee Winder Newton proclaims (“I May Not Love Trump ... ” July 17). Unfortunately, it is not! Lincoln’s legacy is one of recognizing that all men (and women) are created equally. He recognized that sometimes the good of the nation supersedes the rights of the states. Our present Republican Party is a party of divisiveness. Latin Americans are derided and people ostracized for ...
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Do you make the cash to be in Utah's 1 percent? 18.7.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Like much of southern Utah, Garfield County has a small population that lives near national parks and the flowing Colorado River. And as in other southern Utah counties, it takes relatively little money for a Garfield County resident to join the top 1 percent of income earners: $170,400. If a Garfield County earner who qualifies as a 1 percenter travels north to Salt Lake County, she would have to earn more than double her income to enter the 1 percent: $409,500. If she then takes a 30-minute ... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Letter: Choose national monument over more mines 17.7.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Efforts to block a national monument around the Bears Ears region are wrong-headed. Proponents of the Public Lands Initiative claim that local land management is better, and it is — for the resource extraction industry. The lax regulations of local management have historically provided much easier access for companies that care not for the fragile lands they desecrate. Ultimately, this does little economically for small Utah towns, whereas tourism spurred by conservation of Utah’s natural wonder...
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Terry Tempest Williams: With monument proposal, tribes open door to new way of seeing public lands 15.7.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
It is time for a monumental idea. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will be in Bluff tomorrow conducting a site hearing on the Bears Ears National Monument proposal. Her presence honors the strength and dignity of tribal leadership expressed through the coalition of Navajo, Hopi, Zuni and the Mountain and Ouray Ute nations who are calling for the protection of 1.9 million acres adjacent to Canyonlands National Park in the remote region of Cedar Mesa.    The coalition of five tribes — suppor... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Op-ed: With monument proposal, tribes open door to new way of seeing public lands 15.7.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
It is time for a monumental idea. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will be in Bluff tomorrow conducting a site hearing on the Bears Ears National Monument proposal. Her presence honors the strength and dignity of tribal leadership expressed through the coalition of Navajo, Hopi, Zuni and the Mountain and Ouray Ute nations who are calling for the protection of 1.9 million acres adjacent to Canyonlands National Park in the remote region of Cedar Mesa.    The coalition of five tribes — suppor...
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GOP Platform Proposes To Get Rid Of National Parks And National Forests 15.7.2016 Think Progres

This provision would leave national parks vulnerable to development and privatization.

The post GOP Platform Proposes To Get Rid Of National Parks And National Forests appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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Brothers capture beauty of Grand Teton National Park in latest video 14.7.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
&lt;freeform&gt; The Pattiz brothers finished another video that showcases the beauty of a national park. Jim and Will Pattiz headed to nearby Grand Teton National Park for 14 days last month to shoot their eighth national park in their More Than Just Parks series. The brothers from Georgia plan to produce videos at all 59 national parks, with Rocky Mountain National Park next on the list this fall. The Tribune’s Brennan Smith wrote about the brothers after they released with video about Zion Na...
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It’s not your imagination: Climate change is making Colorado summers hotter and stickier 14.7.2016 Denver Post: News: Local
According to a new report from Climate Central that looks at how climate change is fueling a surge in dangerous heat days across the country, both Fort Collins and Greeley are among the cities experiencing the biggest and fastest increases in summer heat.
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Republicans are now officially the anti-prairie chicken party 12.7.2016 Daily Kos
As Republicans sat down on Monday, they were concerned about the length of the draft GOP platform. At 33,000 words, the document had wandered well away from a statement of principles and into the realm of a novella. So, before the platform committee broke into smaller groups for the next pass, there were several pleas to simplify and shorten the platform. Eh ….  not so much.  Kris Kobach, the secretary of state of Kansas, proposed an amendment to oppose the federal government including the prairie chicken and sage grouse as a part of its endangered animals list. “We’re not the party of the anti-prairie chickens,” said one delegate, who opposed the amendment for getting too in the weeds on a local issue. Yes. Yes, you are. Kobach’s anti-chicken plank passed. As did another that said animals “such as the grey wolf” should not be included in the Endangered Species Act.  Other critical issues covered? Do regular Oreos count as junk food, or are only chocolate-covered Oreos junk food? Does ginger ale count as ...
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The one commandment: Donald Trump is Republican on the only rule that counts 12.7.2016 Daily Kos
Republicans are spending this week creating  the party platform,  which contains positions on transgender bathrooms (again’ em), porn (a “public health crisis”), prairie chickens (again’ em), national parks (again’ em), feeding poor kids (again’ it) and coal (super clean and good). But even as Republicans lay out their wishlist for a less-green, more-mean America, Donald Trump produces daily statements promising policies that even Republicans find … odd.  To the casual observer, Trump’s all over the map, then over it again within the same sentence, set of ever-shifting positions might seem to conflict with the obsessively detailed positions Republicans are so eager to claim. But the truth is, everything being laid out in Cleveland is just decoration. There’s only  one policy that matters to Republicans, and even if that plan varies in the details, Trump follows the One Commandment. Despite their conceptual differences, however, there is a crucial feature that Mr. Trump’s plan and the House Republicans’ ...
New Zealanders raise millions to buy beach and donate it to the public 11.7.2016 Boing Boing
Awaroa beach -- which was open to all -- in New Zealand's Abel Tasman National Park was privately held by Michael Spackman (a businessman embroiled in complex financial shenanigans ) who had decided to sell it; two New Zealanders, fearing that the new owners would use it as a private beach, started a crowdfunding campaign that raised about NZ$2.3m from some 40,000 people to buy it and donate it to the country's national parks system. During the campaign, a "philanthropist" called Gareth Morgan offered to make up a likely shortfall with a "donation" that would grant him and his family exclusive access to a stretch of the beach, suggesting that he is unclear on the concepts of philanthropy and donations. More significantly, the campaigners came to an arrangement with indigenous Maori people who claimed the lands were traditional territory (including a burial ground) that had been stolen by the New Zealand government. The trust that now oversees the land has recognised the Maori claim and given them a say ...
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How Republicans celebrate the National Park Service's 100th anniversary 11.7.2016 Daily Kos
In 2015, the two million annual visitors to California’s Joshua Tree National Park spent almost $97 million in the surrounding communities. Those same visitors created 1,341 job,s which had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $128 million, according to an April 21, 2016 statement from the National Park Service. And still, knowing how much his constituents rely on the existence of a National Park within his congressional district, Republican Rep. Paul Cook has done everything within his power to hinder any growth of the Park Service, which will be celebrating its 100th anniversary in August. Paul Cook is one of 20 Republican representatives and senators, known as the Anti-Parks Caucus, who actively work to sell off public lands to private parties for exploitation. The American Legislative Council (ALEC) has led the charge in western states , and broken ground for action on a federal level. Most of the members of the anti-parks caucus are members of the tea party, have been challenged by a tea ...
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Rolly: Sutherland Institute touted phony statistics in trying to hype the virtues of state parks 9.7.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Utah’s conservative think tank, the Sutherland Institute, recently pounded its chest while trumpeting the good news that a statistical report by the National Association of State Park Directors shows states are better at managing their parks than the federal government. And to back it up, the report touted the astonishing number of visitors to state parks and the deft way those facilities handled the onslaught. There was only one problem with the Sutherland Institute report: It wasn’t true. Suth... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Spotlight on green news & views: 450th edition 7.7.2016 Daily Kos
Spotlight on Green News & Views (previously known as the Green Diary Rescue) appears twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays.  Here is the most recent previous Green Spotlight .  This is the 450th edition of this feature at Daily Kos. More than 25,400 environmentally oriented stories have been rescued to appear in this series since 2006. Inclusion of a story in the Spotlight does not necessarily indicate my agreement with or endorsement of it. OUTSTANDING STORIES  www dcfightsback org writes— ACTION: Going after poachers on one year anniversary of "Cecil the Lion" murder : “A year ago last week the world rallied against poaching when ‘Cecil the Lion,’ a well-known African lion living in Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park, was slaughtered by an American dentist who reportedly paid $50,000 to a professional hunter for the privilege. The incident came nearly a year after another high profile poaching tragedy captured the world’s attention when Green Mile Safari, an outfit owned by one of the United Arab ...
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National Park daguerreotypes invite viewers to 'merge with the land' 6.7.2016 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Photographer Binh Danh melds early photographic materials and timeless landscapes to produce ethereal images of national parks. He says it's his hope that viewers "see themselves in the picture."
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And the West is History 3.7.2016 Durango Herald
50 YEARS AGO: “Mesa Verde National Park is 60 years old. Of the 32 national parks in the system today, Mesa Verde is the only park created to preserve the works of man rather than natural resources.”25 YEARS AGO: “Wall to Wall Treasures, a store...
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Two Utahns to attend amputee camp in Ohio 3.7.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Ryan Bahr has spent hours trekking through Utah’s national parks this year, breathing heavily as the elevation increased, struggling to find footing as his legs grew weary. He hopes those trips will prepare him for a hike to Havasupai Falls in the Grand Canyon next year, a 20-mile trip with little reprieve from the boiling desert sun. Four years ago, trips like these were an unattainable dream for Bahr, now 21. But back then, he still had his right foot. Bahr, a University of Utah student, was b... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Pyle: Weighing the pros and cons of 'Deserexit' 2.7.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Long before there was such a thing as social media, political ideas could go viral. The American and French revolutions. The revolts of 1848. The rise of communism. The fracturing of the Soviet bloc. The Arab Spring. Fads don’t just apply to fashion. This year’s political rave is separation. There was a run at it two years ago when Scotland voted on whether to break away from the United Kingdom. That fell short, but may be revived in the wake of the successful “Brexit” referendum. That’s the o...
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