Camping and Backpacking
Camping News from NewsTrove.com:
Annual campground pass being eliminated, fees increasing
"ANCHORAGE — Beginning next year, fees to use Alaska's state parks and recreation areas will be going up, again.
The higher fees — estimated to raise about $1 million — include charges for parking, camping and some commercial use permits. The state Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation needs the money, said Pete Panarese, its chief of field operations, in announcing a million-dollar overhaul.
"The moves we have to make in state parks will help out budgetwise," Panarese said. "We're trying to hold to the standard of keeping all state parks open."
"Between 1993 and 1996, he covered 8,000 miles of Texas. Details of the adventure are recounted in Mardis' 321-page book. "Mother Nature Ain't Nobody's Mom." (Available at bookstores for $21.95 or online at Amazon.com.)
Mardis lived in Austin, Texas, during the 1990s and took up cycling at the age of 62.
Now 75, Mardis lives in Enid, Okla. He doesn't own a car - preferring the quiet, clean, slow transportation from his own pedal power.
His book, like his travels, rambles extensively. He records pithy, concise accounts that describe his experiences, observations, philosophy and humor."
Muslim chaplain's hearing begins on alleged Guantanamo security breach
"Sept. 11 panel weighs security, civil liberties
WASHINGTON (AP) - An architect of the government's legal battle against terror defended the USA Patriot Act, telling a federal commission on Monday the law rightly empowers investigators to "wage a coordinated, integrated counterterrorism campaign."
Two law professors offered dissenting views, contending the Bush administration has gone too far toward tipping the balance between national security and civil liberties."
Students lost in snowstorm may have been found
"BACHELDER'S GRANT, Maine -- A group of high school students who had set out for a weekend camping trip and disappeared during a snowstorm may have been spotted Monday by a game warden pilot.
"By the air, we found this group walking single-file and we're sending someone in to confirm it's this group of missing students," said spokesman Mark Latti of the Maine Warden Service.
Three college students missing on a weekend hike in another part of western Maine were found safe Monday."
Search underway for hikers in Maine
"Volunteers hiked in about three miles to look for the students Sunday.
"It took them five hours to do that, but they didn't find a trace of them," Latti said. "Right now, the best chance of seeing them is from the air."
The students were outfitted for winter camping with food and tents, but they did not have snow shoes, he said.
Temperatures dipped to 10 degrees Saturday night and 19 late Sunday, the National Weather Service said.
Near Weld, about 30 miles northeast of Bethel, three Unity College students who set out Saturday for a weekend camping trek on Tumbledown Mountain were found Monday in their car, Latti said."
Hiking News from RocketNews:
News in brief from western Pennsylvania
But the federal agency said it doesn't have the money to reimburse all the airports that want it. The funding for this reimbursement program is limited and there is a lot of competition among airports to get these grants said Mark Hatfield a TSA spokesman. They are being assigned on a need basis based on the quality of the applications."
Mobile Phone Points To Mecca
By setting the compass to the North and inputting the information of their location the indicator will automatically point to the direction of Mecca the Qubla which Muslims pray to. The phone locator which is already available in some markets can be used from anywhere in the world and also functions in the absence of GSM services the network used in the Middle East."
News in MaineToday.com | News from the AP Wire
News in MaineToday.com News from the AP Wire search for Network Affiliate Monday December 8 2003 mdash Preceded by media reports and pictures of wind-whipped snow to the south and west a powerful wintry storm advanced into Maine on Saturday. Associated Press 12 8 03 01 15 01 AM FAYETTE Maine mdash By midmorning Saturday dozens of families had chosen and cut their own Christmas trees at Young Family Tree Farm."
National Parks News from RocketNews.com:
deseretnews.com | Cathedral Valley Capitol Reef's spectacular northern badlands
CAPITOL REEF NATIONAL PARK Just under 200 years ago trappers and other trailblazers pushing into the American West began traversing bleak torturous landscapes mostly barren of vegetation and browse. They called these places badlands. Nowadays often as not we call them national parks. The Temple of the Sun center dwarfs the Temple of the Moon left back."
Alabama: MLK home now open to tourists - Nov. 24, 2003
MONTGOMERY Alabama AP The home where Martin Luther King changed from Montgomery pastor to national civil rights leader has been restored to its 1950s appearance providing another tourist site in a city that describes itself as the Birthplace of the Civil Rights Movement. The white woodframe house near downtown was the parsonage for Dexter Avenue Baptist Church for nearly 80 years but King was its most famous resident rising to national prominence after black seamstress Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her seat to a white man."
National Parks News from AllTheWeb.com:
Thanksgiving Travel Up for Both Auto and Air AAA Urges Travelers To Allow Extra Time
"Traditionally, Thanksgiving marks the start of winter holiday travel and this year shows a strong beginning to the season. AAA projects that 36 million Americans will take a trip of 50 miles or more from home this Thanksgiving weekend holiday."
Sterling to host international show
"Sterling has outbid major cities like Fort Worth, Texas, and Indianapolis, and won the right to host a national"
National Parks News from News.Google.com:
Rhino project may be reviewed
"New Straits Times, Malaysia
"The ministry will get experts from the Wildlife (and National Parks) Department
to discuss the future of the rhino breeding programme should we decide to get ...
Saving Congo, One Woman at a Time
... The environment, including once-extraordinary national parks, and their wildlife
have been decimated by marauders, including sometimes the desperately hungry. ...
Japan and Russia Turn to Nature to Bridge Vast Chasm in the Sea
"New York Times
23 Cranes, eagles and puffins have no trouble crossing a 20-mile-wide finger of
the Sea of Okhotsk that separates two national parks, one Russian and one ...
National Forest News from NewsTrove.com:
Handling of forest under full attack
"November 24 2003Country News
The Victorian and NSW governments should immediately address the current mismanagement of the Barmah-Millewa Forest, according to the Victorian and NSW National Parks associations.
The associations said the forest had recently been described as an "icon site" by the Murray-Darling Basin Ministerial Council and as one of the six Murray River icon sites in most need of urgent attention by Federal Environment Minister David Kemp."
"IT is a general phenomenon that subsidies and taxes are two key policy instruments that governments all over the world use to modify market outcomes. However, there is basic difference between taxes and subsidies. Taxes draw while subsidies inject money into expenditure stream. Though subsidies promote growth by increasing level of critical inputs like health, education and infrastructure, subsidies can also hinder growth by drawing away resources from more productive use and by causing allocation distortions."
"Editor's note: The following is the Thanksgiving proclamation President Kennedy made Nov. 5, 1963, which was read in many churches Thanksgiving Day on the urging of Kennedy's successor, Lyndon Johnson, two days after the nation buried its fallen leader.
Over three centuries ago our forefathers in Virginia and in Massachusetts far from home in a lonely wilderness set aside a time for thanksgiving. On the appointed day, they gave reverent thanks for their safety, for the health of their children, for the fertility of their fields, for the laws which bound them together and for the faith which united them under God."
Backpacking Alaska News from News.Google.com:
Ultralight stove is simple, hot, inexpensive
"Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune, WI - Dec 7, 2003
... McGuire developed the Hike N' Light before backpacking 500 miles of the Appalachian
Trail ... some of his stoves used on the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Alaska ...
"Rifle Shooter Magazine - Nov 26, 2003
... I would also choose a .450 for prowling around the alder thickets of coastal Alaska. ... a
hunter might want a mountain rifle in a light caliber for backpacking ...
VW seeks all Bug lovers for photo shoot tomorrow
"Aspen Times, CO - Nov 18, 2003
... and Angela Gardner are the recipients of this particular adventure, after Essrog
wrote an essay about climbing glaciers in Switzerland, backpacking in Alaska, ...
Campground News from News.AlltheWeb.com:
CITY SEEKS OWNERSHIP OF HARRIS BEACH STATE PARK
"If the City of Brookings gets its Christmas wish, the Oregon Department of Parks and Recreation will deliver Harris Beach State Park wrapped up in a big red bow by the end of the month."
Fire kills mother
"LOCK HAVEN - An accidental fire Friday morning claimed the life of Mildred C. Chaplain, 80, of Lock Haven, while injuring her son, William Chaplain, 49."
State parks to raise user fees
"BUDGET: Officials hope the increase will offset anticipated cuts. Visitors to Alaska's state parks and recreation sites have been paying rising user fees for the past 15 years and more."
"R eese Gasque, 31/2, and her 11/2-year-old brother, Riley, had plenty of choices when they helped their parents pick out a Christmas tree at Bob Smith's lot on Dimond Boulevard on Sunday afternoon."
Camping News from RocketNews:
Bowie gets his name in early for T in the Park
DAVID Bowie is to headline next year s T in the Park in a major coup for the music festival s organisers. The rock legend announced to 10 000 fans at the SECC on Friday that he will be performing at the festival at Balado Kinross on 10 and 11 July. Bowie told the audience Not only is this the last show of the tour but it is the last show we ll ever do until T in the Park."
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