“Stephen P. Martin, …said his superiors told him two weeks before its Jan. 1 start date that Coca-Cola, … has donated more than $13 million to the parks, had registered its concerns about the bottle ban through the foundation, and that the project was being tabled…. A spokesman for the National Park Service, David Barna, said it was Jon Jarvis, the top federal parks official, who made the ‘decision to put it on hold until we can get more information.’ “
What the Seattle Times did not report was that –
• Jarvis intervened in the selection process, after another candidate was told by the Regional Director the job was his. Jarvis made sure Uberuaga got the job;
• Jarvis’ older brother Destry is a consultant to a major Grand Canyon concessionaire, the motorized rafters – an area in which Director Jarvis has not recused himself; and
• Director Jarvis is working to set up a billion dollar endowment, largely from corporate donors, to be distributed at his discretion.