NPS Backs Off Advertising Plan for National Parks

The National Park Service has backed off on a proposal to permit advertising in the parks. However, the Parks are facing budget cuts and so are increasing fees.

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Flap Over Yellowstone Snowmobile Joke

Snowmobilers are calling for the resignation of John Sacklin is Yellowstone’s lead planner on the winter-use environmental study that examines the effects of snowmobiles in the park after he forwarded a snowmobile joke to them.

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Proposed NPS Guidelines Would Permit Donor Renaming of Trails

The NPS is proposing guidelines that would trails to be renamed by sponsors according to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility.

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Fourteener Access Issue Makes Front Page of NY Times

Private property access restrictions to Colorado Fourteeners made the front page of the New York Times on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2005.

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Telescope Size of Football Stadium Proposed for Mauna Kea

A Canadian company is seeking to build the world’s largest telescope — the size of a football field — on Mauna Kea.

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Report: Everest Eurocopter Landing Was Hoax

Everestnews is reporting that the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal has said the pilot of the Eurocopter has told them that he did not actually land on the Everest summit on May 14 and 15 as widely publicized but rather 1,000 meters lower on the South Col (and then it only hovered).

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Students Occupy University of Hawaii President’s Office to Protest Secret Navy Installation on Mauna Kea

KHON reports the University of Hawaii’s President’s Office in Bachman Hall has been occupied by first time since 1969 by protesting students — who object to the university’s connections to the Navy which they say include classified facilities on Mauna Kea and Haleakala

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Devil’s Tower Will Not Be Renamed Bear Lodge

The Casper Tribune reports Devils Tower National Park Superintendent Lisa Eckert has off the idea of giving the Devil’s Tower National Monument the added designation of Bear Lodge Historic Landmark after Wyoming’s Congressional delegation objected. Devil’s Tower was the first national monument. She said the Park though will try to discourage climbers from making attempts in June in recognition of American Indian religious ceremonies by requiring registrations. The June voluntary no-climbing “compliance” rate has dropped from about 86 percent in 1995 to 69 percent in 2004.

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Exhibit Shows 82 X’s Where Indians Signed Away Rainier and Hood in 1855 Point Elliott Treaty

The HeraldNet reports an exhibit at the Mukilteo Light Station shows the actual 1855 Point Elliott Treaty signed with 82 “X” mark signatures from Indian Chiefs in which they gave Mount Hood and Mount Rainier to the white men. The exhibit is at Mukilteo’s Point Elliott which is where it is believed to have been signed (although some reports indicate it could have been closer to the mouth of the Snohomish River, where a major native village stood in 1855, in what is now Everett).

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