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Tourism industry predictions bright for Southwest Colorado 5.5.2016 Durango Herald
All the indicators for the summer tourism season look positive.Low gas prices, the 100th anniversary of the National Parks Service and the renovations at the Grand Imperial Hotel in Silverton are just a few factors that could boost the tourism industry, which supports 6,000 jobs, said Bob Kunkel, executive director of the Durango Area...
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Spotlight on green news & views: Sucking a free-flowing river dry; Florida Keys are dissolving 5.5.2016 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 . More than 25,115 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 GREEN STORIES MotherMags writes— The Southwest's only free-flowing river could be sucked dry by home builders and Republicans : “For the most part Arizona hasn’t experienced severe drought conditions like we’ve seen in California and Nevada. One reason is U.S. Senator Carl Hayden, the longest serving member of Congress (1927-1969) and a principal architect of western water policy. The unassuming but powerful Arizona Democrat engineered more water for his home state than it probably deserved, given Arizona’s tiny population at the time. Hayden’s great legacy is the Central Arizona Project, a 336-mile complex ...
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White House poised to create first monument to gay rights 4.5.2016 Washington Post: Politics
The proposed Stonewall monument would mark New York City site of clashes in 1969, which gave rise to the modern LGBT-rights movement.
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Letter: Must history repeat in the West? 3.5.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Whither the Bears Ears? State or federal control? Consider the following: “The National Parks are composed of lands that were once part of the public domain. Exceedingly small in total area, they are permanently reserved and dedicated to their present uses: the preservation of wilderness areas, the protection of supreme scenic beauties, and the pleasure and recreation of the American people. They contain timber, grazing land, water, and minerals. And that, in the West’s eyes, is exactly what is ...
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Smithsonian selects Mancos as a ‘best small town’ 1.5.2016 Durango Herald
Mancos has been named one of Smithsonian Magazine’s top 20 best small towns to visit in 2016.In honor of the National Parks Centennial this year, the list exclusively includes towns near parks. The magazine crowns Mancos one of the best because of its proximity to Mesa Verde as well as its many outdoor recreation opportunities...
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Spotlight on green news & views: Chernobyl at 30; burning ivory; clean energy transformation 1.5.2016 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.  More than 25,075 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 GREEN STORIES  cwillis writes— Chernobyl after 30 years: a photo gallery : “Early in the morning on April 26, 1986, the Unit 4 reactor at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant (ChNPP) exploded. The lessons and legacy of this catastrophe—the world’s worst nuclear accident—continue to be widely studied and debated thirty years later, with a multitude of competing views variously apportioning blame on the actions of staff and management, on the flawed design of the reactor, on defective Soviet ‘safety culture] (a phrase born of this accident), and on what might be termed the residual risk inherent to the nuclear ...
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Civil Rights, Conservation Groups Announce New Effort To Make National Parks More Diverse 29.4.2016 Think Progres

The Obama administration must do more to make parks more inclusive, a new coalition says.

The post Civil Rights, Conservation Groups Announce New Effort To Make National Parks More Diverse appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Photo contest winners capture national parks in the West - with stunning success 29.4.2016 LA Times: Commentary

If you need any inspiration to visit national parks this summer, take a look at these winning photographs in the 2015 Share the Experience contest sponsored in part by the National Park Foundation. Many feature public lands in the West, making them a close-to-home destination.

First prize and $10,000...

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Letter: Federal lands management has proven its worth 29.4.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
For a person to see the folly of the state of Utah taking control of public lands, he or she only has to see Ken Burns’ national parks series on PBS. Compare the early commercialization of Niagara Falls by private developers and the state of California’s management and commercialization of Yosemite to the United States government’s management of Yellowstone. I frankly do not trust our elected politicians to do anywhere near the job done by professional federal land managers. I experienced the f...
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Large graffiti carved at Arches National Park in Utah 29.4.2016 AP National
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Rangers at Utah's Arches National Park were investigating large graffiti Thursday that was carved so deeply into a famous red rock arch that it might be impossible to erase, officials said....
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11 jaw-dropping photos of what you can see in national parks and public lands 29.4.2016 Washington Post: Politics
Park visiting season is here.
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Ammon Bundy Wants His Case Dropped Because National Parks Are Unconstitutional 27.4.2016 Think Progres

“The motion … will challenge the Federal Government’s authority to assert ownership over the land that is now known as the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge."

The post Ammon Bundy Wants His Case Dropped Because National Parks Are Unconstitutional appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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For the record 26.4.2016 LA Times: Commentary

Wildlife corridor: In the April 23 California section, an article about a proposed wildlife corridor in the Santa Monica Mountains was accompanied by a photo caption that misidentified Seth Riley of the National Parks Service as Sean Riley. The caption also described the location near Malibu Creek...

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Letter: An infant nation on an ancient continent 25.4.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
We have a special benefit of living in the United States that many other countries do not. I’m speaking, of course, of our vast swathes of public lands, laid aside for the enjoyment and utility of the people and those that come after us. But these lands, in Utah and around the nation, are more than the soil, vegetation, rocks, waters and critters that populate them. More so even than the sum of these parts. They are representative of a deeper sentiment of the people, native and non-native. Our ...
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With a strong dollar making travel affordable, the time for that once-in-a-lifetime trip is now 25.4.2016 LA Times: Commentary

A strong dollar isn't a cause for celebration in all cases — the Wall Street Journal reported, for instance, that Tiffany & Co. profits fell in the fourth quarter last year partly because of the muscle of U.S. currency — but for travelers, it's an opportunity to take advantage of improved foreign...

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Planning the grizzly bear's return 24.4.2016 LA Times: Commentary

One of the sad consequences of the westward settlement of the United States was the near eradication of the grizzly bear. Once an iconic symbol of the American wild, the hulking brown bears were hunted, trapped and deemed fearsome, dangerous predators. In California, they were exterminated completely,...

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25,015 diaries have now been highlighted by the Spotlight on Green News and Views: Here's the latest 24.4.2016 Daily Kos
Spotlight on Green News & Views (previously known as the Green Diary Rescue) appears twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Today’s edition is the 435th entry in this series. More than 25,015 environmentally oriented stories have now been highlighted in this series since 2006. Inclusion of a story in the Spotlight does not necessarily indicate my agreement with or endorsement of it.  Here is the most recent previous Green Spotlight. OUTSTANDING GREEN STORIES  Crimson Quillfeather writes— Magnificent Methane : “I’ve always wanted to see  Abraham Lake  in the winter.  I’ve always wanted to see the methane bubbles in its waters.   This week in history saw the birth of Earth Day in  1970 . The trend to think in such terms as a global environment was all begun by a fore-mother, the one and only Rachel Carson, whose book became a clarion call for the movement.  The oceans are heating up. The Pacific’s warming waters flows up to Arctic Ocean through the Bering Strait.  On the other side, the Gulf Stream is ...
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Marco Rubio’s New Bill Would Remove Wildlife Protections At Coastal National Parks 22.4.2016 Think Progres

Critics argue that the legislation would degrade the conservation protections afforded through America’s National Park System.

The post Marco Rubio’s New Bill Would Remove Wildlife Protections At Coastal National Parks appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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Happy Earth Day! 6 places to celebrate in California this weekend 22.4.2016 LA Times: Commentary

Earth Day is officially marked every April 22 -- and there are lots of ways to celebrate.

You can volunteer at a community cleanup, take family and friends on a nature hike, check out a green festival or learn how to plant a native garden.

Here are six things to do this weekend (almost all are...

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Letter: Jewell sees why Bears Ears monument is needed 22.4.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Tuesday, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell eloquently laid out the moral reasons for a Bears Ears National Monument. In rethinking conservation in the year of the national park centennial, she reminded us that “we haven’t done enough to celebrate the contributions of Native Americans.” Jewell wants to make national parks and public lands “relevant” to every culture and “decisively more inclusive places” in order to “tell a more complete story of America.” She wants us to “think big,” on a “...
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