NPS & Others Acting Similarly Elsewhere

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06-28-2013

In a statement this morning, Jarvis said he has “no tolerance for this management failure.”

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4. NATIONAL PARKS:

‘Lackadaisical’ Park Police misplace hundreds of weapons — IG

Emily Yehle, E&E reporter

Published: Friday, June 28, 2013

“Top officials at the U.S. Park Police have a “lackadaisical attitude” on firearms that has led the agency to lose track of hundreds of handguns, rifles and shotguns, according to a new report from the Interior Department’s inspector general.

The report harshly criticizes the agency — which is responsible for patrolling iconic national park sites in Washington, D.C., New York City and San Francisco — for an incomplete weapons inventory and minimal supervision of employees handling firearms. In some cases, police officers were keeping guns at their homes.

In other words, hundreds of firearms were off the grid and vulnerable to misuse and theft.

The Park Police’s failure to keep track of weapons extended to its acquisition of new firearms. In one case, the agency accepted 198 handguns from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives — and then did not record their existence in any inventory.”

In total, IG officials found 1,400 weapons that were unassigned….

Among those unassigned: four Thompson sub-machine guns, also known as Tommy guns.”

For the complete article, click on or copy and paste the below link into your web browser:

http://oysterzone.wordpress.com/2013/06/28/06-28-13-greenwire-hundres-of-weapons-misplaced-by-park-police/

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02-09-13 DBOC and NPS/DOI or Idaho ranchers and the BLM, sound familiar?

…grazing cutbacks announced on Jan. 28 by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) left ranchers in southwestern Idaho’s Owyhee County reeling, and county officials worrying about the region’s economic future…. Over four allotments reviewed for renewal, cuts … ranged from 35 to 47 percent, four times the levels anticipated by the ranchers. …. residents worry that this may be the beginning of an alarming trend…. “Either [the ranchers] go out of business, or they come down out of the hills and start competing for farm land to run their cattle [which]….leads to bidding wars and unnecessary disputes over the 22 percent of Owyhee County acreage not under federal ownership. The effects… will be felt not only by the ranchers, but by the whole region, including surrounding counties.

“Ranching is important, not only for our economy, but for many other aspects of what is going on,” …. “If we remove the ranchers, for example, it will make it very hard for the county to spend money on things like roads.”

“In May of 2008, [BLM] [was] given until December of 2013 to get these 68 allotments done,” he says. “They didn’t start on it until last summer.”

In addition, says Aberasturi, while the county was supposed to coordinate with BLM during this process, they were not informed of the cuts until notices were mailed to the permit holders. “We should have been part of the process from the very beginning,” he says.

…Aberasturi contends that BLM failed to account for improvements made by permit holding ranchers when making their analysis, something that should have been factored in.

“If they didn’t do that, what else didn;t they do?” he asks. “If all they are going to do is the part of the process that makes the environmental groups happy, they are catering to special interests. They are not looking at multiple uses for the land, as they are supposed to be.”

Each rancher has 15 days following a notice to appeal the decision….

“They’re forcing these ranchers to fight for their livelihoods against their own government.”

To read the full article click on the link below or copy and paste it into your web browser:

http://oysterzone.wordpress.com/2013/02/11/02-09-13-western-livestock-journal-idaho-ranchers-blm-or-dboc-and-doi-nps/

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11-12-2012 Interior Secretary threatens to “punch out” Colorado Springs reporter

 “America needs leaders in Washington, and the President needs cabinet members who respect citizens, respect the laws, value discussion and working toward mutual solutions. Ken Salazar displayed none of this on Tuesday.”

“These threats would have been inappropriate coming from anyone, but the fact that it came out of the mouth of the Secretary of the Interior is alarming,” stated Kathrens. “I can’t believe that a top official in Obama’s cabinet could be so defensive.” 

Interior Secretary threatens to “punch out” Colorado Springs reporter

Cloud Foundation Director snubbed by Salazar

Colorado Springs, Colo. (November 12, 2012) – On Election Day, at an enthusiastic gathering of Obama supporters in Fountain, Colorado; Dave Phillips, a reporter for the Colorado Springs Gazette Telegraph, had just finished an interview with Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar about his controversial policies for managing America’s wild horse populations. Just after Secretary Salazar answered final questions about the future safety of wild horses and he turned to leave the interview, he unexpectedly approached Phillips and told him, “If you set me up like this again, I’ll punch you out.”  Standing nearby was Ginger Kathrens, Executive Director of the Cloud Foundation, a Colorado-based wild horse advocacy organization. “I was stunned by the Secretary’s rude and clearly hostile comment toward Dave,” said Kathrens.

For the full article, click the link below:

http://oysterzone.wordpress.com/2012/11/13/11-12-2012-secretary-salazar-threatens-to-punch-out-reporter/

08-29-12 Rep. Jackie Speier rips Park Service in Taser Case

The park service “owes the public an explanation, and a greater degree of transparency, than they have provided so far,” Speier said. She said using a Taser on a dog-walker “reeks of inappropriate use of power. And the way they’ve handled it since they completed the investigation reflects a sense of arrogance.”

For the full article: http://oysterzone.wordpress.com/2012/08/29/08-29-12-rep-jackie-speier-rips-park-service-in-taser-case/

08-29-12 Speier Presses NPS to Release Details on Taser Usage

NEWS RELEASE

CONGRESSWOMAN JACKIE SPEIER

Congresswoman Speier Presses NPS to Release Details on Taser Usage

SAN MATEO, CA – Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-San Francisco/San Mateo) today released a letter she received from Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) Superintendent Frank Dean regarding the January 29, 2012 taser incident at Rancho Corral de Tierra that involved NPS Ranger Sarah Cavallaro and Montara resident Gary Hesterberg.

Speier stated, “I am releasing this letter because the National Park Service has been dragging its feet since the investigation was completed on April 25th and has not been transparent and forthright with the public. First, I was told that the Privacy Act of 1974 prevents disclosure of the facts, then I was informed that a potential prosecution of the tasing victim kept even the most basic details from being released. But I have recently been informed that there will be no prosecution which eliminates any legal barriers that are standing in the way of NPS releasing a summarized version of the facts that would be in compliance with the Privacy Act.”

For the full article: http://oysterzone.wordpress.com/2012/08/29/08-29-12-speier-presses-nps-to-release-details-on-taser-usage/

11-15-11 PEER (Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility)

“Last week, working with the New York Times, PEER exposed that the National Park Service (NPS) killed a planned ban on plastic water bottles at Grand Canyon National Park just days before it was to take effect. NPS Director Jon Jarvis personally intervened under pressure from Coca Cola, a mega-donor to NPS through the National Park Foundation and a major bottled water maker.

Rather than admit he caved to corporate arm twisting, Jarvis issued this statement:

“My decision to hold off the ban was not influenced by Coke, but rather the service-wide implications to our concessions contracts, and frankly the concern for public safety in a desert park.”

Public safety?  Who does he think he’s kidding?  Let’s think for a minute how unbelievable his statement is –

  •  Is he saying Grand Canyon was unsafe before the recent introduction of plastic bottles?  Is a bottle of Dasani ® a vital lifeline even after the park spent more than $300,000 installing “watering stations” and made reusable containers available?
  •  Zion National Park banned plastic bottles more than two years ago.  Last time I checked Zion is a desert parkNo one has died of thirst and the NPS even gave the project an “Environmental Achievement Award.”
  • Not even Coke contends its products are needed for public safety. Instead, the company argues the ban infringes on “consumer choice” as if a national park must serve as a shopping mall.

The NPS brain-trust apparently believes that the public just fell off a turnip truck and will buy any official explanation, no matter how incredible or idiotic.”

For the full article, click here:

11-15-11 PEER Who Does Jarvis Think He’s Kidding

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11-10-11 PEER (Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility) report:

“Washington, DC — Just days before Grand Canyon National Park instituted a ban on sale of individual plastic water bottles, the ban was indefinitely suspended on orders from the Director of the National Park Service (NPS).  After receiving reports that this abrupt about-face was tied to large donations from the Coca Cola Company, which sells bottled water, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) today filed a lawsuit to obtain records on this policy u-turn after NPS declined to surrender them. “

http://www.peer.org/news/news_id.php?row_id=1533

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11-09-11 NY Times article: PARK CHIEF [Jon Jarvis] BLOCKS PLAN FOR GRAND CANYON BOTTLE BAN

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

Jon Jarvis, … made the ‘decision to put it on hold until we can get more information.’ 

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/10/science/earth/parks-chief-blocked-plan-for-grand-canyon-bottle-ban.html?_r=2&hp

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11-03-11: Indian Country Today, National Park Service Gone Rogue: A Whistleblower Speaks

The laundry list of unethical acts and abuses of Malone by corrupt and incompetent agents, administrators and employees make one’s blood boil. The one person in this mess, aside from Berkowitz, who maintains a modicum of respect and trust in others is Malone, even as the very people charged with protecting his basic rights plot to destroy them. This inside look at how a great American institution actually undermines its own public image is as disturbing as it is necessary reading.

http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2011/11/national-park-service-gone-rogue-a-whistleblower-speaks/#ixzz1dK6dHiAT

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10-31-11 Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) reports conflicts of interest by Jon Jarvis

states “The Director of the NPS is Awash in Both the Appearance and the Actuality of Conflicts of Interest and he knows it.”

http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/823/t/0/blastContent.jsp?email_blast_KEY=1229321

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