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  • The SES Government of 7000 Strangers?

    The SES Government of 7000 Strangers?

    I am directing all questions,  to elected SENATORS JOHNSON, MCCAIN, PORTMAN, LANKFORD, ERNST, SASSE, CARPER, MCCASKILL, BALDWIN, HEITKAMP, AND PETERS PRESENT.

     As members of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs (HSGAC) Committee 

    THE 7000 SENIOR EXECUTIVE CAREER  OPERATIVES IN THE SENIOR EXECUTIVE SERVICE (SES) ARE NOT STRANGERS TO YOU.

    As Required by Public Law No: 114-136 (03/18/2016)

    THE OFFICE OF PERSONNEL AND MANAGEMENT (OPM) TO REPORT THE NUMBER, NAMES, TITLES, AND PAY OF ALL POLITICAL APPOINTEES WHO HAVE BEEN CONVERTED TO CAREER POSITIONS (SES) TO THE COMMITTEE ON OVERSIGHT & GOVERNMENT REFORM (OGR) AND THE HOMELAND SECURITY AND GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE (HSGAC) ON A QUARTERLY BASIS.

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    YOU THE ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES IN THE U.S.GOVERNMENT, KNOW EXACTLY WHO THEY ARE, AND YOU KNOW EXACTLY WHAT THEY DO.

    A government of strangers: Executive politics in Washington

    H Heclo – 2011 – books.google.com

    HOW DO POLITICAL APPOINTEES TRY TO GAIN CONTROL OF THE WASHINGTON BUREAUCRACY?

     HOW DO HIGH-RANKING CAREER BUREAUCRATS TRY TO ENSURE ADMINISTRATIVE CONTINUITY?

    THE ANSWERS ARE SOUGHT IN THIS ANALYSIS OF THE RELATIONS BETWEEN APPOINTEES AND BUREAUCRATS that uses the participants’ own words to describe the imperatives they face and the strategies they adopt.


    SHIFTING ATTENTION AWAY FROM THE WELL-PUBLICIZED ACTIONS OF THE PRESIDENT
    , High Heclo

    Cited by 981 Related articles All 2 versions Cite Save More

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    FEB 14, 2017 WHO’S LEAKING CLASSIFIED INFORMATION, THAT THREATENS NATIONAL SECURITY? SHIFTING ATTENTION AWAY FROM THE WELL-PUBLICIZED ACTIONS OF THE PRESIDENT?

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    Feb. 15, 2017 WIKILEAKED “AMAZING BATTLE FOR DOMINANCE IS PLAYING OUT BETWEEN THE ELECTED US GOVT & THE IC WHO CONSIDER THEMSELVES TO BE THE ‘PERMANENT GOVERNMENT’,” ASSANGE WROTE.

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    WHAT A MESS…

    THE ELECTED US GOVERNMENT, PRESIDENT TRUMP, MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE AND SENATE,

    THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY (IC),THE COMMITTEE ON HOMELAND SECURITY AND GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS (HSGAC)  &

    THE IC WHO CONSIDER THEMSELVES TO BE THE ‘PERMANENT GOVERNMENT’

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    I do investigating reporting on my website.

    Concerned American Citizens send me tips, I received one the first week in Nov 2016, about a FOURTH SECRET POWER EMBEDDED in the US Government.

    WHAT THE HELL IS THE FOURTH SECRET POWER IN THE U.S. GOVERNMENT?

    In the U.S. Constitution there are only THREE  separate powers of Government

    ONE IMPORTANT PRINCIPLE EMBODIED IN THE U.S. CONSTITUTION IS SEPARATION OF POWERS. … EACH OF THE THREE GOVERNMENTAL BRANCHES, LEGISLATIVE, EXECUTIVE AND JUDICIAL, “CHECKS” THE POWERS OF THE OTHER BRANCHES TO MAKE SURE THAT THE PRINCIPAL POWERS OF THE GOVERNMENT ARE NOT CONCENTRATED IN THE HANDS OF ANY SINGLE BRANCH.

    I’ve spent hundreds of hours researching, reading, documenting and critically thinking (connecting the dots) and there is only one fourth secret power embedded in the US Government, that fits the criteria.

    ARE THE 7000 (SES) SENIOR CAREER UNTOUCHABLE  EXECUTIVES IN CIVIL SERVICE, TRAINED AND PROVIDED BY (SES) THAT OPERATES AND OVERSEE NEARLY EVERY GOVERNMENT ACTIVITY IN APPROXIMATELY 75 FEDERAL AGENCIES.

    Senior Executive Service – OPM

    https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/seniorexecutiveservice/

    The Senior Executive Service (SES) lead America’s workforce. … SES MEMBERS ARE THE MAJOR LINK BETWEEN THESE APPOINTEES and the rest of the Federal workforce. THEY OPERATE AND OVERSEE NEARLY EVERY GOVERNMENT ACTIVITY IN APPROXIMATELY 75 FEDERAL AGENCIES.

    HOW POWERFUL ARE THE SES CAREER EXECUTIVE?

    THE SENIOR EXECUTIVE SERVICE (SES) IS A CORPS OF MEN AND WOMEN WHO ADMINISTER PUBLIC PROGRAMS

     AT THE HIGHEST LEVELS OF FEDERAL GOVERNMENT..

    SES LEVEL V – O-7 – BRIGADIER GENERAL

     

    Civilian to Military Rank – FederalPay

    https://www.federalpay.org/article/civilian-to-military-rank

     

    Equivalent Civilian to Military Ranks

    Civilian Grade Military Rank

    Army Title

    GS-13

    O-4

    Major

    GS-14

    O-5

    Lieutenant Colonel

    GS-15

    O-6

    Colonel

    SES LEVEL V

    O-7

    BRIGADIER GENERAL

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    HOW DO HIGH-RANKING CAREER BUREAUCRATS TRY TO ENSURE ADMINISTRATIVE CONTINUITY?

    Obama signs “Ted Kaufman’s” Transition Act – The News Journal

    www.delawareonline.com/story/opinion/…/obamasigns-ted…transition…/82255556/

    MAR 25, 2016 – A BILL SIGNED MARCH 18, BY PRESIDENT OBAMA bears the name of a Delawarean, Ted Kaufman. The “Edward ‘Ted’ Kaufman and Michael Leavitt

     PRESIDENTIAL TRANSITIONS ... President Obama’s handoff to his successor will be much smoother. … In a rare bipartisan moment it passed the Senate unanimously

    Presidential Transitions Improvements Act of 2015.”\17\

    (Sec. 2) This bill amends the Presidential Transition Act of 1963 to direct the President to plan and coordinate activities to facilitate an efficient transfer of power to a successor President, including by: (1) not later than six months before a presidential election, establishing and operating a White House transition coordinating council; and (2) establishing and operating an agency transition directors council.

    To ENSURE that agencies plan adequately for transitions, this section also requires that not later than six months before Election Day, the head of each agency

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    Just asking? TO ENSURE IN APPROXIMATELY 75 FEDERAL AGENCIES?

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    SHALL DESIGNATE A SENIOR CAREER EMPLOYEE of each major component and subcomponent of the agency to overseetransition activities.  Also, not later than September 15 of a presidential election year, for each critical non-career position in an agency,

    the head of the agency SHALL DESIGNATE A QUALIFIED CAREER EMPLOYEE to serve in an acting capacity during the transition. THIS SECTION ALSO REQUIRES, to the greatest extent practicable, the negotiation of memorandums of understanding between the incumbent administration (acting through the Federal Transition Coordinator) and the transition teams of major candidates, not later than November 1 of a presidential election year. To the greatest extent practicable, the memorandums of understanding SHALL BE BASED on those from past transitions.

    (Sec. 4) This section directs the Office of Personnel Management to submit

     TO SPECIFIED CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEES ANNUAL REPORTS ON REQUESTS BY AGENCIES TO APPOINT POLITICAL APPOINTEES OR FORMER POLITICAL APPOINTEES TO NONPOLITICAL CIVIL SERVICE POSITIONS.

    These reports shall be submitted quarterly in the last year of a presidential term or in the last year of the second consecutive term of a President.

    (Sec. 5) This section directs the Government Accountability Office to report to specified congressional committees on final significant regulatory actions promulgated during the last 120-day period of presidential administrations ending in 2001, 2009, and 2017.

    A significant regulatory action means any regulatory action that is likely to result in a rule that may: (1) have an annual effect on the economy of $100 million or more or adversely affect in a material way the economy, the environment, productivity, competition, jobs, public health or safety, or state, local, or tribal governments or communities; (2) create a serious inconsistency or otherwise interfere with an agency action; (3) materially alter the budgetary impact of entitlements, grants, user fees, or loan programs,

    OR (4) RAISE NOVEL LEGAL OR POLICY ISSUES.

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    HOW CONSTITUTIONAL IS THE “UNCHECKED” (SES) SENIOR EXECUTIVE BRANCH OF FOURTH POWER?

    IN THE U.S. CONSTITUTION THERE ARE ONLY THREE  SEPARATE POWERS OF GOVERNMENT

    ONE IMPORTANT PRINCIPLE EMBODIED IN THE U.S. CONSTITUTION IS SEPARATION OF POWERS. … EACH OF THE THREE GOVERNMENTAL BRANCHES, LEGISLATIVE, EXECUTIVE AND JUDICIAL, “CHECKS” THE POWERS OF THE OTHER BRANCHES TO MAKE SURE THAT THE PRINCIPAL POWERS OF THE GOVERNMENT ARE NOT CONCENTRATED IN THE HANDS OF ANY SINGLE BRANCH.

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    Just saying….THE KGB… was originally designed in March 1954  to be a state security committee and was attached to the Council of Ministers.


  • Ties That Bind Farmers and Ranchers

    Ties That Bind Farmers and Ranchers

    Quite regularly, someone seems to say to me “Oh but doesn’t that farm and all those animals really tie you down?”

    Why yes, yes they do.

    They tie me to starting my day when the sun rises and ending it well after the sun sets…but it means I always get to see them both.

    They tie me to the rhythm of the seasons…the might of the winter blizzard, the first spring breeze carrying the scent of rain, the towering glory of a summer thunderhead and the fall of leaves from the poplar trees.

    They tie me to concentrating on the chores that need to be done right now…not the regrets of yesterday nor the worries for tomorrow.

    THIS FARM AND ALL THESE ANIMALS KEEP ME TIED DOWN TO EARTH WHEN THE REST OF THE UNIVERSE TRIES TO FLIP ME UPSIDE DOWN.

    And so I would much rather be tied down here than set adrift in the tumultuous sea I see so many others in. I find this mooring rather to my liking.

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    We are American citizens, we are private property owners, we are the stewards of our pristine forest land, the managers and laborers of our family farms (that included public grazing land)  it is our heritage, it is who we are and what we do, it is our way of life, it is our source of employment and income, it provides our shelter, the roof over our heads, food on our tables and heat from our hearth,

    INDEED IT HAS BEEN  THE  LOT OF OUR LIVES FOR MANY GENERATIONS OF AMERICAN FAMILIES.

    So I saw that there is nothing better for a person than to enjoy their work, because that is their lot That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil

    I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live

    June 6, 2016 There is still time to speak and keep

    GIVE US BACK OUR STATE LAND

    LET OUR PEOPLE GROW AND FARM, AND SOW, AND REAP, AND RANCH, AND MOW, AND HARVEST, AND LOG, AND MILL, AND MINE, AND BUILD, AND MANUFACTURE, AND CREATE JOBS.

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    THE REST OF THE UNIVERSE TRIES TO FLIP ME UPSIDE DOWN?

    FEDERAL LAWS ” ACTS” THAT  IMPACT AND IMPERIL THE LIVES OF WE THE PEOPLE AND THREATEN THE ECONOMY OF THE ENTIRE UNITED STATE OF AMERICA.

    THE BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT (BLM)

    THE DEVASTATING IMPACT OF FEDERAL LAWS……

    Oregon – “TEARS FOR MY PEOPLE” – A perspective from a Minute Man and Patriot

    by David Glenn | TLB contributing writer

    You can read David’s complete article by Clicking Here.

    January 27, 2016 TLB Staff GOVERNMENT, Spotlight, Tyranny 2

    Tears for my people

    To my fellow Americans, it is with a heavy heart and great sadness that I pick up my pen once more, not because I want too, but because it is needful.  A great man and redound patriot once rode through the night, at great personal peril, to warn others of the approaching  British forces, his name was PAUL REVERE, I find it necessary to do in my small way, the same now, and warn my fellows of the coming storm.

    Over the last few weeks, men who I consider true patriots, took control of a wildlife refuge in eastern Oregon, THIS WAS TO PROTEST THE ILLEGAL, UNCONSTITUTIONAL LAND GRABS BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT THROUGH THE BLM (BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT), they did so in a peaceful manner, without threats or violence, an unmanned facility with doors left unlocked, vehicles with key’s in the ignitions.

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    The 2014 Bundy standoff was an armed confrontation between protesters and law enforcement that developed from a 20-year legal dispute between the United States BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT (BLM) AND CATTLE RANCHER CLIVEN BUNDY, …

    Grand jury charges 14 more people for 2014 standoff at Bundy Ranch …

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/…/grand-jury-charges-14-more-p…

    The Washington Post

    Mar 3, 2016 – FOURTEEN MORE PEOPLE are facing federal charges in connection with a 2014 armed standoff between backers of Nevada RANCHER CLIVEN BUNDY …

     

    Federal authorities indict 19 in 2014 range standoff in Nevada | Fox …

    www.foxnews.com/…/federal-authorities-indict-19-in-2014-range-…

    Fox News Channel

    Mar 4, 2016 – … charges in a 2014 armed standoff OVER GRAZING CATTLE ON U.S. LAND NEAR RENEGADE?  CATTLEMAN CLIVEN BUNDY’S RANCH IN SOUTHERN NEVADA.

    Behind My Back | Shooting him three times in the back

    www.behindmyback.org/2016/03/09/4775/

    Mar 9, 2016 – Shooting him three times in the back County Sheriff Nelson said Finicum was struck in the back by three of the bullets, which were fired by state …

    INDEED, THE GOVERNMENT TIES THAT BIND FARMERS AND RANCHERS

    BLM Forms New Division of Security, Protection and Intelligence (SPI)

    www.thelibertybeacon.com › FREEDOM

    3 days ago – TLB Editors note: While we appreciate Red Smith’s due diligence in bringing the story below into the light of day, we cannot let the “inaccurate” …

    THE BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT has announced the formation of new division of Security, Protection and Intelligence.  The new division is being created months after Ammon Bundy led dozens of armed anti-federal-lands activists in seizing the unoccupied Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon. It’s unclear to what extent the new BLM law enforcement post is connected to the Malheur incident or to the general rise in anti-federal-lands activity in the rural West.

    This new department will operate independently of the already existing BLM Department of Law Enforcement and Protection under Director Salvatore Lauro,

     IT WILL ALSO OPERATE INDEPENDENT OF THE DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORS (BLM’S MOTHER AGENCY)

     according to James Gallagher Director of Intelligence for the Department of Interior. In fact it is quite unclear as to who will have oversight over this new department or who authorized it’s creation. In calls to BLM public affairs officers they were unaware of the creation of the new division.

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    TEARS FOR MY PEOPLE

    You can read David’s complete article by Clicking Here.

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    • Category Archives By Hook or By Crook

    ·  The Federal Fault of Land Grabbing

    Posted on April 27, 2016 9:16 am by Pearl Rains Hewett Comment

    GIVE US BACK OUR STATE LAND

    LET OUR PEOPLE GROW and farm, and sow, and reap, and ranch, and mow, and harvest, and log, and mill, and mine, and build, and manufacture, and create jobs.

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    FOR THE FEDERAL ESTABLISHMENT ENOUGH IS  NEVER ENOUGH

    The Federal Government owns and CONTROLS  nearly 650 million acres of public land – almost 30 percent of the land area of the United States.

    650 MILLION ACRES OF FEDERALLY CONTROLLED PUBLIC  LAND IS ENOUGH

    30% OF AMERICA’S LAND  UNDER THE CONTROL OF  THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT  IS ENOUGH

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    TRUMP SUPPORTERS AND VOTERS  HAVE HAD “ENOUGH” OF THE ESTABLISHMENT

    Veterans for Trump leader arrested for Bundy-ranch standoff – WND.com

    www.wnd.com/…/veterans-for-trump-official-arrested-for-bundyranc

    WorldNetDaily

    Mar 3, 2016 – Veterans for Trump leader arrested for Bundyranch standoff. Gets hero’s welcome outside courtroom. Published: 03/03/2016 at 9:10 PM.

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    Just saying….

    Behind My Back | My code name “Pearl Revere”

    www.behindmyback.org/2013/02/01/mycodenamepearlrevere/

    Feb 1, 2013 – My code name is “Pearl Revere” This blog is all about US, “We the People”. I had hoped that setting up a blog would give “We the people” a …

    Behind My Back | Paul and Pearl Revere

    www.behindmyback.org/2014/03/28/paul-and-pearlrevere/

    MAR 28, 2014 – WHY IS MY CODE NAME PEARL REVERE ? WHY AM I RUNNING THROUGH CYBER SPACE WITH RED FLAG WARNINGS?

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    Go figure…

    Behind My Back | Dept. of Interior Deterioration

    www.behindmyback.org/2014/05/04/dept-of-interiordeterioration/

    May 4, 2014 – “We the people” don’t have to look very far down the US. Government chain of command to pin point the cause of THE DETERIORATION of the …

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    Behind My Back | Part 1 (WOW) a War on Wild?

    www.behindmyback.org/2014/01/27/part-1-wow-a-war-on-wild/

    Jan 27, 2014 – Now is the time for many of us to speak of a War On Wild and keep our … The Economic sanctions imposed by the endangered wild spotted owl.

     


  • Find Your Park Find Olympic Hot Springs?

    Olympic Hot Springs?

    Unaware that years ago Olympic Hot Springs was home to a legendary resort?

    The bottom line…

    “In addition, most of the Olympic Peninsula is part of the Olympic National Park and therefore closed to exploration”.

    You’ll never guess where I found that quote.

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    NOW, LET’S GET DOWN TO THE HISTORY OF…..

    Olympic Hot Springs – Arcadia Publishing

    About the author Born and raised in Port Angeles, author Teresa Schoeffel-Lingvall’s family owned and operated the Olympic Hot Springs resort for 60 years. She is proud to share the resort’s history on behalf of her family.

    Olympic Hot Springs

     

    The Olympic Hot Springs served as a destination resort in the Olympic Mountains near Port Angeles

    Opened to the public in 1909. In the years to follow, cabins, pools, and lodges were constructed along the hillside above Boulder Creek, and the beloved resort thrived with visitors.

    Olympic Hot Springs is located in Olympic National Park, Washington, United States. The springs contain 21 seeps near Boulder Creek, a tributary of the Elwha River.

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    Olympic Hot Springs – Arcadia Publishing

    https://www.arcadiapublishing.com/…/OlympicHotS
    Arcadia Publishing

    The Olympic Hot Springs served as a destination resort in the Olympic Mountains near Port Angeles … Andrew Jacobsen is considered the first to discover the springs, nestled 2,100 feet up in the Elwha River valley, in 1892. … In the years to follow, cabins, pools, and lodges were constructed along the hillside above Boulder …

    About the author Born and raised in Port Angeles, author Teresa Schoeffel-Lingvall’s family owned and operated the Olympic Hot Springs resort for 60 years. She is proud to share the resort’s history on behalf of her family.

    The Olympic Hot Springs served as a destination resort in the Olympic Mountains near Port Angeles, Washington, for 60 years. Andrew Jacobsen is considered the first to discover the springs, nestled 2,100 feet up in the Elwha River valley, in 1892. Today, individuals still hike up the Elwha trail to soak in the earthen pools of mineral water, unaware that years ago it was home to a legendary resort. While on a hunting trip in 1907, Billy Everett, “Slim” Farrell, and Charlie Anderson rediscovered the springs and began work developing the site of Olympic Hot Springs, hewing logs into wood baths and building a cabin and bathhouse along the hillside. Everett went on to become proprietor of the enterprise, which opened to the public in 1909. In the years to follow, cabins, pools, and lodges were constructed along the hillside above Boulder Creek, and the beloved resort thrived with visitors.

    In 1940, the resort was annexed into the Olympic National Park, and it was later closed in 1966.

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    Not only am I aware that it was a legendary resort…

    I, have living memory, of when I was a girl, visiting the beloved  thrived with visitors ,OLYMPIC HOT SPRINGS RESORT  with  my family.

    Like I said before, living at Sol Duc Hot Springs was pretty wild, a really great place for  working class families, cabins were affordable at $4.00 a night, a community kitchen for free picnicking, cars draped with drying towels, logger dads in suspenders and cut off pants, for frazzled stay at home moms, kids and the old folks too.

    By comparison, the Olympic Hot Springs Resort was a “swell” luxury resort with all of the  amenities for more well to do people.

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    Statement on Olympic Hot Springs Resort

    by George C. Rains Sr  owner Sol Duc Hot Springs 1944-1953

    It was one of the finest public recreational facilities on the Olympic Peninsula..

    It was originally built and maintained by Everett and Harry Schoefell and family.

    His resort business was very successful for many years. Long leases and plans could be made to maintain and improve his business. When the Olympic Nation Park put the squeeze on Harry Schoefell by giving a lease for only one year at a time. This put a squeeze on improvement programs and you had nothing certain to make improved facilities and maintenance work for the future.

    I was told by Harry Schoefell that all he received in the end from ONP was $10,000.00 for all of his years of work.

    Documented Click here to read the statements of George Rains.

    NOW AND THEN OLYMPIC HOT SPRING RESORT

    Under the stewardship of the National Park System?

    The Olympic Hot Springs resort was abandoned by Olympic National Park and left to deteriorate, after letting nature take its course, of course it was crushed flat with snow.  They say it was eventually torn down? In fact it was obliterated, it was destroyed  completely so that nothing was left, but two small hot mineral pools.  The Olympic Hot Springs Road to the resort was also abandoned by the Olympic National Park and left to deteriorate

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    The Olympic Hot Springs Road, was historically called

    The Gate Way to the Olympic National Park?

    (all historical reference has been wiped)

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    Documentation 1933-1934 widening, repairs and maintenance

    The Olympic Hot Springs Road

    The work program Project 60, outlined for both the main Elwha Camp and the side camp at Slab Camp in the hills southeast of Port Angeles included the construction of roads …. Work plans also called for the widening and straightening of the Olympic (Boulder Creek) Hot Springs Road plus the improvement of several campgrounds (PAEN 1933, 10 June).By early 1934, twenty-two miles of road were completed by the Elwha CCC crews 935. A small crew was about to begin widening the road to Olympic (Boulder Creek) Hot Springs

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    Under the ownership/stewardship of the National Park System?

    The beloved Olympic Hot Springs resort, that thrived  with visitors and recreational opportunities, on public land was obliterated and returned to wilderness for the benefit of “We the People” by Olympic National Park.

    35 years ago in 1997 , There was a narrow overgrown trail to what was left of the Olympic Hot Springs, I took my two preteen nieces on a hike to see what was left

    Under the ownership/stewardship of the National Park System?

     1997  All that was left of the beloved resort were two small pools of steaming mineral water with several naked hikers lounging on logs. Unaware that years ago it was home to a legendary resort?

    The area around the pools was contaminated with human excrement.

     I never went back, is the trail to the Olympic Hot Springs still there?

    Pearl Rains Hewett

    Trustee George C. Rains Sr. Estate

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    Last report on the OLYMPIC HOT SPRINGS

    Olympic Hot Springs Closed After Dead Body Found | The …

    outdoor-society.com/olympichotspringsclosed-after-dead-body-found/

    On Monday, October 26 2015 Olympic Hot Springs Closed After Dead Body Found

    On Monday, a body was discovered in the Olympic Hot Springs in the Elwha Region of Olympic National Park. The discovery forced the closure of the hot spring areas of one of America’s most popular National Parks. The news is sad, as it appears the 61 year old deceased man from Silverdale, WA died from natural causes. Because the body was discovered in the hot springs, Park officials have decided to close the pools for health and safety concerns.

    The Elwha Region is already mostly closed to access due to the repairs of the Whiskey Bend Road leading to some of the best hikes in the area. With the closure of the Hot Springs, the Elwha might be a place to skip for a few weeks??? until things return to normal.

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     Update Feb. 6, 2016… last ONP updates?

    Current Road Conditions – Olympic National Park (U.S. …

    Olympic Hot Springs (Elwha) Road Closed (storm damage) 1/17/16
    The road is closed due to a washout just north of Elwha Campground, about 1 mile from the park boundary. Closed to public entry beyond the washout.

    Trail Conditions – Olympic National Park (U.S. National Park .

    Boulder Creek Trail Trailhead to Olympic Hot Springs 2.5 miles 1800′ to 2061′ Olympic Hot Springs Road closed to all public entry beyond the road washout by the Elwha Campground.

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     Feb. 6, 2016 online Planning your summer vacation?

    Visiting the Elwha Valley – Olympic National Park (U.S. …Pl

    www.nps.gov/olym/…/visiting-the-elwha.htm
    National Park Service

    The Elwha Valley is located in the central northern area of Olympic National Park. … The Olympic Hot Springs Road and Whiskey Bend Road offer sightseeing …

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     Feb. 6, 2016 online Hiking Resources?

    Olympic Hot Springs — Washington Trails Association

    www.wta.org › Find a Hike › Hiking Guide
    Washington Trails Association

    Hiking Resources … Olympic Hot Springs. OlympicOlympic Peninsula — Northern Coast … Day Hiking: Olympic Peninsula (Romano – Mountaineers Books).

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    Feb. 6, 2016 online trip adviser and camp sites?

    Olympic Hot Springs (Olympic National Park, WA): Address …

    www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g143047-d146058…
    TripAdvisor

    Olympic Hot Springs, Olympic National Park: See 16 reviews, articles, and 9 … the camp sites of the Olympic National Park and the Washington State camp sites.

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    The bottom line…. I found the quote on the following 270 page report
    file.dnr.wa.gov/publications/ger_gm25_geothermal_res_wa_500k.pdf

    SPRINGS iftc.iuded. in; a; s.gna’M by the. S:.vw,\. OLYMPIC. HOT SPRINGS. SOL DUC ….. studies ted to …. ment of Natural Resources, or the Washington State.

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    The bottom line….
    In addition, most of the Olympic Peninsula is part of the Olympic National Park  and therefore closed to exploration.
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  • Go Find Your Park Sol Duc Hot Springs

    Go Find Your Park Sol Duc Hot Springs

    Olympic National Park is my park. It has been my park since 1944.

    THIS IS MY “INSIDE STORY” ON MY OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK
    INSIDE STORY is defined as knowing something from the inside out.

    INHOLDERS LIVED INSIDE OF NATIONAL PARKS

    Find Your Park

    findyourpark.com/

    MANY PARKS, MANY STORIES. Everyone finds their park in a different place and in a different way. These stories just might inspire you to find yours.

    SHARE YOUR STORY Post a picture or video of your experience on social media using the hashtag #FindYourPark. WE CAN’T WAIT TO SEE WHAT YOU DO!

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    THIS IS MY INSIDE STORY how I found my park in 1944,

    better described as how my park found me, LIVING INSIDE  MY OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK WHEN I WAS THREE YEARS OLD.

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    Remember this “MY STORY”

    I have a brother and two sisters,

    THAT SHOULD SHARE THEIR STORIES AS WELL

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    Once Upon A Time in Olympic National Park

    My “inside store” is kind of like the original Grimm’s Brother  fairy tale

    You know the one… It starts off great..  but ends up with the Big Bad Wolf swallowing the grandmother whole and  the wolf eating Little Red Riding Hood..

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    Once Upon A Time in Olympic National Park
    My family, the George C. Rains Sr. family was living inside of the OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK as INHOLDERS at Sol Duc Hot Springs on 320 acres of private property in the fall of 1944.
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    MY INSIDE STORY SHALL INCLUDE THE 71 YEAR HISTORY OF
    HOW I FIND MY PARK, OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK IN 2016.

    the bottom line
    IT IS A LONG STORY TO SHARE AND WILL REQUIRE A SERIES OF POSTINGS ON MY WEBSITE.
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    JUNE 29, 1938 UNDER THE LAWS OF THE UNITED STATES AND DEDICATED AND SET APART AS A PUBLIC PARK FOR THE BENEFIT AND ENJOYMENT OF THE PEOPLE AND SHALL BE KNOWN AS THE OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK…
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    THIS IS MY DAD’S INSIDE STORY

    By GEORGE C. RAINS SR.

    THE WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE AND WHY OUR FAMILY WAS LIVING INSIDE OF THE OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK AT SOL DUC HOT SPRINGS ON 320 ACRES OF PRIVATE PROPERTY IN THE FALL OF 1944.

    LIVING THE AMERICAN DREAM

    In the year of 1944 I was employed at the Quillayute Naval Air Station doing plumbing maintenance work.
    While working there I became interested in the Sol Due Hot Springs area which involved 320 acres of private land.

    The Hot Springs resort property had remained idle for some period of time, and the more I thought about it, I asked myself -¬why not find out if the property was for sale and what the asking price was.

    I contacted Mrs. Mirza Martin in Seattle, Washington, then owner of the Sol Due Hot Springs to see if the property was for sale, and she informed me that it was. I had $500.00 in savings banks, and I thought I would use this money to obtain an option to purchase the Sol Due property. By putting up the $500.00 for option money, an arrangement was worked out with Mrs. Mirza Martin and her attorney to purchase the property for $70,000.00. Payments annually would be $7,500.00 including principle and interest until the contract was paid in full. Down. payment was $21,000.00.

    Money was very scarce during these times, and I had to hitchhike to Seattle to work out the deal with Mrs. Mirza Martin and her attorney.

    On one occasion I had to take the late last ferry from Seattle to Port Ludlow. It so happened no automobiles on the ferry were going to Port Angeles, so I started walking from Port Ludlow to Port Angeles. By daylight the next morning after walking all night I finally made it to Blyn, W A. A car finally came along and I got a ride to Port Angeles.

    I decided to form a corporation to handle the purchase matter of the Sol Due Hot Springs property. I hired Mr. W. F. Phillips, attorney, who was upstairs in the old Eagles Bldg. at the time, to draw up the incorporation papers. I hitchhiked to Olympia, Washington to see that the incorporation papers were properly filed. Hitchhiking from Olympia back to Port Angeles, I became stranded in Hoodsport and had to spend the night there.

    I finally located three other gentlemen and their wives who were interested in the purchase
    and operation of the Sol Due Hot Springs Resort property. I contacted my uncle and aunt
    in Seattle, Mr. and Mrs. George W. Hancock; Mr. and Mrs. O.B. Tully, and Mr. and Mrs.
    Roy Stafford. The four of us agreed to each subscribe to the purchase of 25 percent of the
    incorporation stock.

    The purchase was made and we started the resort operation in 1944.
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    THIS IS MY FAIRY TALE  INSIDE STORY how I found my park in 1944, as described above, how my park found me, living inside of my Olympic National Park when I was three years old.

    Arriving at Sol Duc Hot Springs in 1944, is one of my first memories, it was freezing cold and the ground was white…. I thought it was snow. Mom said it was just thick frost.

    So there I was with my family, at Sol Duc Hot Springs, in the Sol Duc Valley surrounded by my park.

    It was the beginning of my enchanted fairy tale childhood and it lasted for almost nine years.

    What an ideal way to spend my childhood, nine years, 1944-1953 living in a Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort rustic, charming, four room cabin built by the Martin brothers in 1921.

    How rustic and charming was our cabin? We had only cold running water, , a big wood range in the kitchen, with a screened wooden cooler for food, a bathroom with no bath tub (we took our baths and did our laundry in hot mineral in the basement of the store) We had another wood stove in the front room. The back porch was a woodshed with a kids swing. Electricity was provided by a waterwheel . We had no telephone and one radio with one radio station.

    How rustic was our cabin? Well, by today’s standards…pretty rustic…

    We had the wild bears that ripped off the screened wooden food cooler on our kitchen and dumped over garbage cans on a regular basis.

    we had raccoon’s, Bantam Chickens and SKUNKS living and fighting under our cabin.

    We had wild deer that took apples from our hands at our kitchen window.

    Our rustic Sol Duc cabin was surrounded by towering cottonwood, evergreens trees and an additional 87 rustic cabins built by the Martin brothers in 1921.
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    As Dad said, Money was very scarce during these times…

    I don’t remember being poor, but I’m guessing we were poor and lived very frugally. Mom made all of our clothes, we got two pair of shoes a year, winter shoes in the fall and summer sandals and a new dress (one of my dresses was made out of silk from a World war II parachute) for EASTER. Making it do in World War two, we had skirts of raw silk too.

    In the summer, my winter shoes, with the toes cut out, because they were too small, became my CREEK SHOES.

    I didn’t own a store bought doll until I was eight years old. My two sisters and I shared one homemade doll called “Fatty”

    I don’t remember any toys? I don’t think they had been invented yet…

    We looked on the ground for and collected tax tokens, three of them equaled one penny.
    one penny would buy candy. (they were green plastic or aluminum)

    There was so much more, than being poor…  Like living a wonderful fairy tale.
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    A bit of history WA State has always been TAXING
    Washington state caused a stir when their tax laws were passed and implemented on May 21, 1935. The US government and treasury department filed suit against the state of Washington claiming THE USE OF SALES TAX TOKENS AS AN ASSAULT ON US COINAGE. The governor of Washington refused to back down and the issue was tabled by the government.
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    Back to sharing my inside story, living inside my park.

    MY FAVORITE MEMORIES, OF PEOPLE, PLACES AND THINGS

    It was unbelievably, wonder- full, delightful, wet, exciting and wild living on 320 acres of private property. (kind of like a fairy tale)

    A PRIVATE POOL
    In 1944, after my mother removed years and tons of accumulated leaves with a wheel barrow from the little pool, we had our own private small hot mineral swimming pool that winter and every winter after…

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    THE WONDERFUL DAYS OF SUMMER
    When Sol Duc Hot Springs was opened to and for PUBLIC USE
    Every rustic cabin was full
    The two swimming pools were full of splash happy people
    It was affordable for every working family
    Some family’s had a standing reservation for the same cabin every year
    Parking areas were full and over flowing
    The community kitchen and the surrounding area accommodated hundreds
    Campers Camped at the affordable Olympic National Park, Sol Duc Camp ground
    Fishing for trout in the Olympic National Park was a huge tourist attraction.

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    BACK THEN THERE WERE STILL FISH TO FISH FOR IN OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK
    Hikers hiked to the lakes to fish, Fisherman and fisher-boys fished in the Seven Lakes Basin (actually eight) Sol duc, Long, Lunch, Morgenroth, No Name, Clear, Round, and Lake No. 8.  Other lakes are encountered along the way are not considered part of “seven lakes” include Heart Lake, Deer Lake and Mink Lake.

    And, the old folks, woman and little kids stayed at Sol Duc Resort and went swimming…
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    HOW DID THOSE TROUT EVERYBODY USED TO FISH FOR GET UP INTO THEM THAR HILLS?
    Great question, I just found the answer three days ago on Jan 18,2016 …
    During the summer of 1933 Snider CCC Camp enrollees worked with THE U.S. BUREAU OF FISHERIES AND THE STATE GAME COMMISSION TO PLANT 77,000 TROUT in the higher lakes and headwaters of streams in Clallam County THE CCC ASSISTED IN TRANSPORTING THESE FISH BY PACK HORSE TO REMOTE LOCATIONS IN THE OLYMPIC
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    AS INHOLDERS OUR FAMILY LIVED INSIDE OF THE OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK EVEN IN 1944 INHOLDERS WERE SUBJECT TO NATIONAL PARK RULES AND LAWS

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    I don’t know exactly how old I was when I realized that living inside my park had drawbacks. When I noticed the look on my parents faces when they heard the rumble of the Park Ranger, two gun Merrill’s car crossing the bridge?

    It only happened, you could only hear the rumble of a vehicle crossing the bridge and echoing through the valley, when Sol Doc Hot Springs was closed for the winter.

    What did I know and when? I was just a little kid…

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    When I was older, I knew why the Park Ranger, two gun Merrill showed up.. and I DID NOT LIKE HIM.

    It was illegal to shoot off fireworks in every National Park, even on your own 320 acres of private land.

    If we saw him, we knew he was on our private land to inspect, to see what was going on, Two Gun Merrill was there to force and/or enforce National Park laws and rules, including writing tickets for violations.

    Fun and games on the Fourth of July, you bet. There was only one park ranger. In the summer time there were lots of kids, even kids with cars. Kids like to shoot off fire crackers, this is the game of tag that we played with Two Gun Merrill. It was about a mile from behind the big pool to the community kitchen . So, we kids, would shoot off a bunch of fireworks behind the big pool… Two Gun Merrill would come running.. Then we kids would jump in the car and go down to the community kitchen and shoot off more fireworks. Back and forth, laughing our heads off.

    How old was I? just a kid… OLD ENOUGH TO REMEMBER.
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    When I was older, I kind of sort of figured out why the Park Ranger, two gun Merrill showed up in the winter time . It was illegal to shoot off guns/firearms in every National Park, even on your own 320 acres of private land.

    As Dad said, Money was very scarce during these times…
    Feeding a family of six was expensive.
    I knew what the sound of an echoing firecracker/gunshot would do.
    I never saw the illegal shooting or dressing of a deer, But I’m sure our family, by definition ate camp meat: illegal venison.
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    BACK WHEN THERE WERE STILL FISH TO FISH FOR IN OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK

    BEFORE THE TROUT WERE ELIMINATE BY THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE, TO PROTECT THE NOT SO ENDANGERED SPECIES LIKE LONG TOED SALAMANDERS AND FROGS

    Dad went fishing for trout up in the Seven Lake Basin.

    We had a walk in freezer up at the Sol Duc Store.
    As a kid, I ate a lot of free trout when I lived in my, Olympic National Park
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    HOW DID OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK RANGER, “TWO GUN MERRILL”

    GET HIS NAME? URBAN LEGEND HAS IT..
    THAT IN AN ATTEMPTED QUICK DRAW PRACTICE, HE ACCIDENTLY SHOT OFF ONE OF HIS TOES
    An urban legend is a secondhand story, alleged to be true
    and just plausible enough to be believed
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    The bottom line
    MY INSIDE STORY, ON MY OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK IS A LONG HISTORY TO SHARE AND WILL REQUIRE A SERIES OF POSTINGS ON MY WEBSITE.
    To be continued….