Southern Rockies Nature Blog
on Wednesday May 27th, 2009 at 09:34 AMAs predicted, the guns-in-national-parks issues has created both "aiieee, it's the end of the world!" vaporing and some bureaucratic re-thinking on the Park Service's part. Parks officials are also scratching their heads about how the new rules will affect enforcement of laws on things like gun permits, which vary widely and will still hold sway even on federal park lands, and wildlife poaching. Some people believe that the change will be immense, others that it will not be noticeable at all....
on Tuesday May 26th, 2009 at 10:33 AMRain, rain, unceasing rain! The green walls of the forest seem to creep closer and closer. We are low on firewood, and nothing is dry. Members of the garrison grow mopey and quarrelsome. Only Lieutenant Fisher remains obstinately cheerful, if somewhat thick-headed. It is, however, perfect weather for reading David Grann's The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon, about the search for Colonel Fawcett's lost expedition of the 1920s.
on Saturday May 23rd, 2009 at 07:33 AMThis New York Times article about bringing more terrorists to the federal prison complex in Florence is pretty bland, but it has a good weather photo. More than two inches of rain in the last two days at our house, which is 1,600 feet higher than Florence. I think that is the Locke Mountain ridge in the photograph--the Wet Mountains do not have many distinct peaks.
on Friday May 22nd, 2009 at 02:33 PMEarlier this year, I commented on the rule change that would allow concealed-carry permit holders to have concealed weapons in national parkssubject to the rules of the state in which the park is located. A lawsuit by gun-control advocates led to an injunction blocking the new rules. But now President Obama has signed a bill he wanted that carried Sen. Coburn's amendment restoring the weapons provision. And as Colorado blogger Michael Bane notes, the new law is even stronger than the old rule...
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