Monthly Archives: July 2008

Help Wanted – Clean Record Not Required

At least that seems to be the policy of the agency supposedly keeping our airways safe. Last year, when the I-35 bridge collapsed catastrophically in St. Paul, the Minnesota Department of Transportation Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management could … Continue reading

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Fill Your Tank, Kill A Primate

Proving once again that there are no simple answers, and that sloganeering does not make for good environmental policy. I’ll highlight the important parts so that even a busy park manager can get the gist: Orangutans and biofuel don’t mix … Continue reading

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Ya Think?

Hard-hitting journalism from Newsday today: Body found on Long Beach shore may be missing swimmer Or it might be something else.

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This Guy Is Not Me

There’s been lots of press coverage in the last couple of days about this upstart search engine, “Cuil,” supposedly poised to knock Google off its perch. Judging by my first experiment, the new kid has a lot of catching up … Continue reading

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And At The Other End Of The Spectrum…

Minutes after I posted the item about an 18-year-old rookie killed on his first day of fighting fire, we learn of a department chief with years of experience losing his life the next day: Fire chief feared dead in California … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Andrew Palmer

Eighteen years old. First day of work on his first fire. Olympic National Park (WA)NPS Mourns Death Of Firefighter Andy Palmer NPS Morning Report, July 28, 2008: Andrew Palmer, an 18-year-old National Park Service firefighter based in Olympic National Park, … Continue reading

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“A Certain Breed, A Certain Kind Of Man…”

I do love hokey old ranger memorabilia- the kind of stuff that formed my image of rangering back when I was a kid. Feast your eyes and ears on this gem from Stan Jones and the National Park Ranger Chorus: … Continue reading

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Life Imitates AbFab

Drunk British passengers force plane to make emergency landing The Telegraph, July 27, 2008 A holiday jet bound for Britain was forced to make an emergency landing in Germany after two drunken British women threatened to open a passenger door … Continue reading

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Excellence In Journalism

Today’s award goes to KTNV ABC-News, Las Vegas: 3 Men Accused Of Vandalizing A National Park Near Reno July 25, 2008 Three northern Nevada men could spend some time behind bars for allegedly vandalizing a national forest near Reno. The … Continue reading

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Death By Whiz-Adventure

Growing up near a busy commuter line powered by a 600-something volt DC third rail, it was an article of faith among my friends that, “Some kid died when he peed on the third rail and he was electrocuted!” In … Continue reading

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Hope They Do It Humanely

Talk about extreme measures to reduce visitor impacts: Kruger Park looks at ‘culling’ tourists Sunday Independent, July 20, 2008: The Kruger National Park will consider “culling” its daily visitor numbers if research shows that excessive numbers of visitors are hurting … Continue reading

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One Way To Reduce Your Park’s Carbon Footprint

“Hey! If there’s no visitors…“ Kind of quiet in the Little Sand Bay boat basin these days: The park’s only mainland marina, on a sunny midsummer day.(Click for closer look.) If there’s no piers for the public, you’re not going … Continue reading

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