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  • Trump Who’s Next Washington? Jefferson?

    The Historical Marker Database lists more than 13,000 monuments and memorials across the county

    God bless President Trump

    History Happened Here

    Confederate Memorial – Arlington National Cemetery

    www.arlingtoncemetery.mil/Explore/Monuments-and…/Confederate-Memorial

    Not for fame or reward
    Not for place or for rank
    Not lured by ambition
    Or goaded by necessity
    But in simple
    Obedience to duty
    As they understood it
    These men suffered all
    Sacrificed all
    Dared all-and died

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    Confederate Memorial

    By the end of 1901 all the Confederate soldiers buried in the national cemeteries at Alexandria, Virginia, and at the Soldiers’ Home in Washington were brought together with the soldiers buried at Arlington and reinterred in the Confederate section.

    The history of Arlington National Cemetery is steeped in the Civil War, for it was this great national struggle that necessitated the establishment of this cemetery to bury its many dead. For many years following the war, the bitter feelings between North and South remained, and although hundreds of Confederate soldiers were buried at Arlington, it was considered a Union cemetery. Family members of Confederate soldiers were denied permission to decorate their loved ones’ graves and in extreme cases were even denied entrance to the cemetery.

    These ill feelings were slow to die but over time they did begin to fade. Many historians believe it was the national call to arms during the Spanish-American War that brought northerners and southerners together at last. In that war numerous Confederate veterans volunteered their services and joined their Northern brothers on the battlefield in the common defense of our nation. In June 1900, in this spirit of national reconciliation, the U.S. Congress authorized that a section of Arlington National Cemetery be set aside for the burial of Confederate dead.

    By the end of 1901 all the Confederate soldiers buried in the national cemeteries at Alexandria, Virginia, and at the Soldiers’ Home in Washington were brought together with the soldiers buried at Arlington and reinterred in the Confederate section. Among the 482 persons buried there are 46 officers, 351 enlisted men, 58 wives, 15 southern civilians, and 12 unknowns. They are buried in concentric circles around the Confederate Monument, and their graves are marked with headstones that are distinct for their pointed tops. Legend attributes these pointed-top tombstones to a Confederate belief that the points would “keep Yankees from sitting on them.”

    To further honor these citizens of the South, the United Daughters of the Confederacy petitioned to erect a major monument to the Confederate dead. On March 4, 1906 Secretary of War William Howard Taft granted their request. The cornerstone was laid on Nov. 12, 1912 at a ceremony featuring speakers William Jennings Bryan and James A. Tanner, a former Union corporal who lost both legs at the second Battle of Bull Run. He was commander in chief of the Union veterans group, The Grand Army of the Republic. That same evening, President William Howard Taft addressed the United Daughters of the Confederacy at a reception in the Daughters of the American Revolution’s Centennial Hall.

    Chosen to design the memorial was the world-renowned sculptor, Moses Ezekiel. Ezekiel brought more than just his artistic talents to this project for he was also a Confederate veteran who knew firsthand the horrors of the Civil War. He is now buried at the base of the famous monument which he created.

    The Confederate Monument was unveiled before a large crowd of northerners and southerners on June 4, 1914, the 106th anniversary of the birthday of the president of the Confederacy, Jefferson Davis. President Woodrow Wilson delivered an address and veterans of both the Union and Confederacy placed wreaths on the graves of their former foes, symbolizing the reconciliation between the North and South, the memorial’s central theme.

    Ezekiel created a monument rich in symbols. Standing atop the 32-foot monument is a larger-than-life figure of a woman representing the South. Her head is crowned with olive leaves, her left hand extends a laurel wreath toward the South, acknowledging the sacrifice of her fallen sons. Her right hand holds a pruning hook resting on a plow stock. These symbols bring to life the biblical passage inscribed at her feet: “And they shall beat their swords into plow shares and their spears into pruning hooks.”

    The plinth on which she stands is embossed with four cinerary urns symbolizing the four years of the Civil War. Supporting the plinth is a frieze of 14 inclined shields, each depicts the coat of arms of one of the 13 Confederate states and Maryland, which did not join the Confederacy but supported the South in the war.

    Below the plinth is another frieze of life-sized figures depicting mythical gods and Southern soldiers. At the front of the monument, the panoplied figure of Minerva, Goddess of War and Wisdom, attempts to hold up the figure of a fallen woman (“The South”) who is resting upon her shield, “The Constitution.” Behind “The South,” the Spirits of War are trumpeting in every direction calling the sons and daughters of the South to aid their falling mother. On either side of the fallen woman are figures depicting those sons and daughters who came to her aid and who represent each branch of the Confederate service: Soldiers, Sailor, Sapper and Miner.

    Completing the frieze are six vignettes illustrating the effect of the war on Southerners of all races. The vignettes include a black slave following his young master; an officer kissing his infant child in the arms of her mammy; a blacksmith leaving his bellows and workshop as his sorrowful wife looks on; a young lady binding the sword and sash on her beau; and a young officer standing alone.

    The base of the memorial features several inscriptions. On its front face are the seal of the Confederacy and a tribute by the United Daughters of the Confederacy, followed by the Latin phrase: “Victrix Causa Diis Placuit Sed Victa Caton.” This phrase means: “The Victorious Cause was Pleasing to the Gods, But the Lost Cause to Cato.” On the rear of the monument is an inscription attributed to the Reverend Randolph Harrison McKim, who was a Confederate chaplain and who served as pastor of the Epiphany Church in Washington for 32 years. It reads:

    Not for fame or reward
    Not for place or for rank
    Not lured by ambition
    Or goaded by necessity
    But in simple
    Obedience to duty
    As they understood it
    These men suffered all
    Sacrificed all
    Dared all-and died

    In addition to Moses Ezekiel, three other Confederate soldiers are buried at the base of the monument. They are Lt. Harry C. Marmaduke who served in the Confederate Navy, Capt. John M. Hickey of the Second Missouri Infantry and Brig. Gen. Marcus J. Wright who commanded brigades at Shiloh and Chickamauga.

    Peters, James Edward. Arlington National Cemetery: Shrine to America’s Heroes. Woodbine House, 1986.

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    ‘Is It George Washington Next Week?’: Trump Blasts Monument Removals as ‘Changing History’

    Tucker on Fate of Slaveholders Washington, Jefferson: ‘If That’s the …

    insider.foxnews.com/…/tucker-carlson-washington-jefferson-slave-holders-memorials…

    2 hours ago – Tucker Carlson said President Trump mentioned an often-overlooked idea on the left during his press conference Tuesday.

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    More than 13,000 monuments and memorials across the county (cont.)

    National and global events all happened some­where, and historical markers mark the place where many occurred. But the richness of history is in its local details, details that can be insignificant on the global stage: the home of an in­di­vi­dual who made a dif­fe­rence; a natural feature, building, byway; or just some­thing in­te­res­ting that happened nearby. History is not just about the high and mighty.

    Markers tell stories and point out facts. There is one at the site the northernmost battle of the U.S. Civil War and another at the southernmost point in the United States (can you guess where?). There is one next to a 17th century Japanese stone lantern symbolizing 20th century peace, and another one less than 20 miles away reminding us of the Nike missile sites that were built the same year the lantern was dedicated. They tell of battles,  massacres and hangings; of hu­ma­ni­ta­rians, educators, and a beloved stagecoach horse; of mountains, lakes, rivers, bridges, roads, and other natural and man-made wonders.

    There are countless thousands of great stories marked by markers—and some boring ones too. Some markers simply recite facts while others are insightful, obscure, cryptic, patriotic, fas­ci­na­ting, sad, funny, or just downright bizarre. Many of those markers are on these pages, others are waiting for you to discover and add them to this database.

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  • More DOE Fees Increased By Rule

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    —– Original Message —–

    From:Ballard, Laura (ECY)

    To:ECOLOGY-WAC-TRACK@LISTSERV.WA.GOV

    Sent: Tuesday, July 25, 2017 6:43 AM

    Subject: The following rulemaking adoption was filed with the Office for Chapter 173-224 WAC, Water Quality Permit Fees

    The following rulemaking adoption was filed with the Office of the Code Reviser:

    July 20, 2017

    Chapter 173-224 WAC, Water Quality Permit Fees (previously called Wastewater Discharge Permit Fees) For more information:

    http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/wq/ruledev/wac173224/1611ov.html

    To join or leave ECOLOGY-WAC-TRACK click here:

    http://listserv.wa.gov/cgi-bin/wa?A0=ECOLOGY-WAC-TRACK

    Thank you for using WACTrack.

    Have a good day!

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    RCW 90.48.465 – Water Pollution Control requires that Ecology establish, by rule, annual fees that fund the wastewater and stormwater permit programs.

    Ecology amended Chapter 173-224 WAC – Wastewater Discharge Permit Fees. This amendment allows permit fees to be increased for Fiscal Year 2018 (July 2017 – June 30, 2018) and Fiscal Year 2019 (July 2018 – June 2019) so that we can recover the cost of administering the wastewater and stormwater programs this biennium.

    Scope of rule development

    State law (RCW 80.48.465 – Water Pollution Control) requires Ecology to fund its wastewater and stormwater permit programs through annual fees paid by permit holders.

    The proposed changes sought to continue moving the program toward payment equity between permit categories. Ecology adopted a larger percentage fee increase for underpaying categories and a smaller percentage fee increase for overpaying categories.

    Ecology’s goals in establishing the percentage splits are to honor the need for fund equity while not over-burdening the under-paying categories with an increase that is not sustainable.

    We updated rule language to account for changes in current business practices relating to electronic payment options, collection processes, and data collection. We also removed the winery general permit fee category for the 2017-19 biennium, as this new permit will not be effective until July 1, 2019.

    The adopted percentages increases by category are:

    Underpaying Fee Categories
    SFY 2018
    (July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018)
    6.37%
    • Aluminum Alloys
    • Aluminum and Magnesium Reduction Mills
    • Aluminum Forming
    • Aggregate Production – Individual and General Permits
    • Aquatic Pest Control
    • Boatyards (Individual and General Permits)
    • Coal Mining and Preparation
    • Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations
    • Dairies
    • Iron and Steel
    • Metal Finishing
    • Nonferrous Metals Forming
    • Ore Mining
    • Private and State Owned Facilities
    • Shipyards
    • Stormwater Construction (Individual and General Permits)
    • Stormwater Industrial (Individual and General Permits)
    • Stormwater Municipal Phase 1 and 2 Permits
    SFY 2019
    (July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019)
    5.58%
    Overpaying Fee Categories
    SFY 2018
    (July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018)
    5.50%
    • Aquaculture
    • Combined Industrial Waste Treatment
    • Combined Food Processing Waste Treatment
    • Combined Sewer Overflow System
    • Commercial Laundry
    • Crop Preparing (Individual and General Permits Facilities
    • Not Otherwise Classified (Individual and General Permits)
    • Flavor Extraction
    • Food Processing
    • Fuel and Chemical Storage
    • Hazardous Waste Cleanup Sites
    • Ink Formulation and Printing
    • Inorganic Chemicals Manufacturing Noncontact Cooling Water With Additives (Individual and General Permits)
    • Noncontact Cooling Water Without Additives (Individual and General Permits)
    • Municipal Wastewater – >250,000 Residential Equivalents
    • Organic Chemical Manufacturing
    • Petroleum Refining
    • Photofinishers
    • Power and/or Steam Plants
    • Radioactive Effluents and Discharges
    • RCRA Corrective Action Sites
    • Seafood Processing
    • Solid Waste Sites
    • Textile Mills
    • Timber Products
    • Vegetable/Bulb Washing Facilities
    • Vehicle Maintenance and Freight Transfer
    • Water Plants (Individual and General Permits)
    SFY19
    (July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019
    4.50%

    More information on the fees is available for Fiscal Years 2018 and 2019.

    INDEED, THE DOE DID…..  update their rules language to account for changes in current business practices relating to electronic payment options, collection processes, and data collection.

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    More information on DOE  fees is available……

    WHERE THE GOVERNMENT DOES MOST OF MY BUSINESS!

    Behind My Back | Drowning in Stormwater Runoff Tax?

    www.behindmyback.org/2014/03/16/drowning-in-stormwater-runoff-tax/

    Mar 16, 2014WHO IS Drowning in WA STATE Stormwater Runoff Tax? …. http://daily.sightline.org/2013/05/09/the-skinny-on-was-new-stormwater-permits-1/.

    THE Regional Stormwater Monitoring Program (RSMP)

    Participants in The Phase I and II permit will help fund the monitoring and data analysis  (KING COUNTY, FOR EXAMPLE, MUST PAY $15,000 FOR THE FIRST YEAR AND $74,540 FOR SUBSEQUENT YEARS TO PARTICIPATE.)

    The updated rules are contained in the state’s new Municipal Stormwater permits which are administered by the Washington Department of Ecology.

    ECOLOGY IS DESIGNATED BY THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY TO UPHOLD THE FEDERAL CLEAN WATER ACT

    Phase I Washington Municipal Stormwater Permit

    (COERCED) Participants in THE PHASE I permit will help fund the monitoring and data analysis. (KING COUNTY, FOR EXAMPLE, MUST PAY $15,000 FOR THE FIRST YEAR AND $74,540 FOR SUBSEQUENT YEARS TO PARTICIPATE. in The Regional Stormwater Monitoring Program (RSMP)

    Phase II Western Washington Municipal Stormwater Permit

    The Phase II permit for western Washington covers at least 80 cities and portions of five counties with an effective date of September 1, 2012. The updated 2013-2018 permit became effective on August 1, 2013.

    The new PHASE II MUNICIPAL STORMWATER PERMIT, which covers the next most populated areas and affects nearly 100 cities around the state.

    (COERCED) Participants in THE PHASE II permit will help fund the monitoring and data analysis.

    ECOLOGY IS DESIGNATED BY THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY TO UPHOLD THE FEDERAL CLEAN WATER ACT


  • This is Not an EPA Matter?

    This is Not an EPA Matter?

    SO? IS THIS JUST AN ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEM  LOOKING FOR A RESPONSIBLE PARTY?

    Documented for the record

    May 15, 2017 3:00 PM, I called and spoke with Bobbie at the Seattle office of the EPA 1-800-424-4372

    I warned EPA Bobbie of the eminent danger of a environmental disaster that will be caused when a house located the end of NE Buchanan Dr, in Clallam County WA, falls over the cliff onto our Rains Sr. Trust shoreline property and directly into the Straits of Juan De Fuca,  designated  waters of statewide significance.

    EPA Bobbie said, it was a unique problem, took my name and phone number and promised to return my call within an hour.

    EPA Bobbie returned my call, she called this number 1-360-4450, and said someone (no name) would call me.

    EPA Bobbie said, a direct quote  “THIS IS NOT AN EPA MATTER”  and that she had spent an hour of her time trying to help ME.

    I called the number, (no name) Jordan is  an employee of Jefferson County. Obviously, we agreed she CAN NOT help me with a Clallam County WA, ENVIRONMENTAL MATTER.

    IS THIS JUST AN EPA MATTER  LOOKING FOR AN EPA RESPONSIBLE PARTY SOLUTION?

    The solution is easy, tear down the house before it falls over the cliff.

    This is not a trick question….

     If nobody, takes action, when the house falls into Straits of Juan De Fuca  and an environmental disaster becomes a reality, who will be the responsible party?

    Will Clallam County Commissioners, the DCD,  be held responsible? Will Clallam County hard working citizens foot the bill to clean up the environmental mess?

     Will cleaning up the crushed pieces of the house after it falls over the 200 ft  cliff be an EPA  water cleanup recovery in the Straits of Juan De Fuca? (paid for by Clallam County WA taxpayers?)

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    Documented for the record

    The EPA has been put on notice and warned about this ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEM, as have, WA DC Rep Kilmer, WA State Reps in Olympia, Clallam County Commissioners and the director of DCD, and as usual to my email list.

     note:  this email warning has been sent to my WA State Rep Derek Kilmer via his “email me”


  • FBI Comey Was Mildly Nauseous?

    Read the Rest of the Story… by Pearl Harvey

    HILLARY CLINTON ALMOST GOT AWAY WITH IT BECAUSE OF NATIONAL SECURITY.

    No wonder Comey Was Mildly Nauseous….

    This documented comment is enough to gag a maggot

    Hilary Clinton did not swear an oath to tell the truth before meeting with the FBI for three and a half hours last weekend, and the interview was not recorded, FBI Director James Comey told House lawmakers on Thursday.

    FBI DIRECTOR JAMES COMEY,WAS PROHIBITED BY THE DOJ  TO  ELECTRONIC RECORD HIS INVESTIGATION INTERVIEW WITH HILLARY CLINTON BECAUSE IT INVOLVED NATIONAL SECURITY.

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    June 3, 2014
    For decades, criminal investigators have known that the best way to obtain and preserve reliable information is to electronically record interviews and interrogations.
    And yet agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation have continued to rely on handwritten notes taken during interrogations, which they later type onto so-called 302 forms.
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    That will finally change. In mid-May, the Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a memo instructing all federal investigative agencies—including the F.B.I., the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Marshals Service, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives—to use electronic recording while interviewing witnesses and suspects,
    EXCEPT IN CASES  INVOLVING NATIONAL SECURITY
    the new policy goes into effect on July 11th. 
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    July 5, 2016
    Statement by FBI Director James B. Comey on the Investigation of Secretary Hillary Clinton’s Use of a Personal E-Mail System
    FBI DIRECTOR JAMES COMEY,WAS PROHIBITED BY THE DOJ  TO  ELECTRONIC RECORD HIS INVESTIGATION INTERVIEW WITH HILLARY CLINTON BECAUSE IT INVOLVED NATIONAL SECURITY.
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    Why did the F.B.I. resist the change for so many years? Bureaucratic inertia, perhaps, or discomfort with making certain techniques transparent?
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    May 3, 2017 – Comey said Wednesday that it makes him “mildly nauseous” to think his decision to reopen the FBI’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails just days before the election could have impacted voters, but added he would make the same choice again.

    “I faced a choice,” Comey said. “And I’ve lived my entire career by the tradition that if you can possibly avoid it, you avoid any action in the run-up to an election that might have an impact, whether it’s a dog-catcher election or president of the United States. But I sat there that morning and could not see a door labeled ‘no action here.'”

    In his most detailed explanation and strongest defense of his actions to date, Comey said it was a choice between “really bad and catastrophic” to inform lawmakers about the discovery of additional Clinton emails found on the computer of former Rep. Anthony Weiner, the husband of Clinton aide Huma Abedin.

    Comey said he had the choice to either “speak” or “conceal.” He called the decision — which quickly became public — “one of the world’s most painful experiences,” but said making it was the right move.

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    FBI Memo

    www.nytimes.com/packages/pdf/national/20070402_FBI_Memo.pdf
    Apr 2, 2007 – Page 1. FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION. Frecedauon ROUTINE ‘ Date: 3/23/2006. To: All Field Offices ittm ADIC, sac, and cm:.

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    Bill,

    online.wsj.com/public/resources/documents/DOJDocsPt4-1070319.pdf

    Mar 30, 2006 – Details: FBI policy on electronic recording of confessions and witness interviews is contained in a SAC Memorandum 22—99, dated 10 August …

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    Why did the F.B.I. resist the change for so many years? Bureaucratic inertia, perhaps, or discomfort with making certain techniques transparent?
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    Dated 3/17/06 Office of the General Council Investigative Law Unit
    ELECTRON RECORDING OF CONFESSIONS AND WITNESSES
    http://online.wsj.com/public/resources/documents/DOJDocsPt4-1070319.pdf
    This is a 54 page DOJ document
    with a hand written notation “SO WE WANT TO HIDE THE TRUTH? DON’T WANT JURY TO REACH IT’S OWN JUDGMENT?
    It is recognized there are many situations in which recording the subjects interview would be prudent…
    On a case-by-case opportunity to use this technique where and when it will be used to further the investigation and subsequent prosecution….
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    Except in cases  LIKE HILLARY CLINTON’S involving national security
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    From the group of 30,000 e-mails returned to the State Department, 110 e-mails in 52 e-mail chains have been determined by the owning agency to contain classified information at the time they were sent or received. Eight of those chains contained information that was Top Secret at the time they were sent;36 chains contained Secret information at the time
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    July 5, 2016
    Statement by FBI Director James B. Comey on the Investigation of Secretary Hillary Clinton’s Use of a Personal E-Mail System

    Remarks prepared for delivery at press briefing.

    Good morning. I’m here to give you an update on the FBI’s investigation of Secretary Clinton’s use of a personal e-mail system during her time as Secretary of State.

    After a tremendous amount of work over the last year, the FBI is completing its investigation and referring the case to the Department of Justice for a prosecutive decision. What I would like to do today is tell you three things: what we did; what we found; and what we are recommending to the Department of Justice.

    This will be an unusual statement in at least a couple ways. First, I am going to include more detail about our process than I ordinarily would, because I think the American people deserve those details in a case of intense public interest. Second, I have not coordinated or reviewed this statement in any way with the Department of Justice or any other part of the government. They do not know what I am about to say.

    I want to start by thanking the FBI employees who did remarkable work in this case. Once you have a better sense of how much we have done, you will understand why I am so grateful and proud of their efforts.

    So, first, what we have done:

    The investigation began as a referral from the Intelligence Community Inspector General in connection with Secretary Clinton’s use of a personal e-mail server during her time as Secretary of State. The referral focused on whether classified information was transmitted on that personal system.

    Our investigation looked at whether there is evidence classified information was improperly stored or transmitted on that personal system, in violation of a federal statute making it a felony to mishandle classified information either intentionally or in a grossly negligent way, or a second statute making it a misdemeanor to knowingly remove classified information from appropriate systems or storage facilities.

    Piecing all of that back together—to gain as full an understanding as possible of the ways in which personal e-mail was used for government work—has been a painstaking undertaking, requiring thousands of hours of effort.

    click on the link below to read the full text

    Statement by FBI Director James B. Comey on the Investigation of …

    https://www.fbi.gov/…/statement-by-fbi-director-james-b-comey-on-the-investigation-…

    Jul 5, 2016Statement by FBI Director James B. Comey on the Investigation of Secretary Hillary Clinton’s Use of a Personal E-Mail System. Remarks …

    In this case, given the importance of the matter, I think unusual transparency is in order.

    Opinions are irrelevant,  they were all uninformed by insight into our investigation.

  • Marv Chastain Noted and Remembered

    Marv Chastain Noted and Remembered

    Marv Chastain passed away 3/20/17

    Indeed, Through many years, We read Marv’s comments, we made note, we saved it, and we shared it and we will long remember and cherish Marv Chastain’s life long fight to protect the rights of American citizens.

    —– Original Message —–

    From: Marv Chastain

    To: pearl hewett

    Sent: Wednesday, July 29, 2015 11:30 AM

    Subject: Re: Let me introduce you to MARV

    Behind My Back | Back to 1492

    Marv said….

    THANKS PEARL.  I HAVE SOMETIMES WONDERED IF ANYBODY READ IT – LET ALONE SAVED IT.  BUT WE CAN SURE AS HELL SEE IT COMING TO PASS NOW.

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    Indeed, we did read it, saved it, sent it out and we remember Marv Chastain

    March 25, 2017 Memorial to Marv’s Spirit from B in Grays Harbor County
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    Marv Chastain passed away 3/20/17
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    So sorry to hear this Karl. I never had the privilege of meeting Marv in person. Only through our digital communications with the group. His input and views have always been very enlightening to me as with yours and Pearls. Learned a lot, laughed a lot and shook my head even more so, in agreement. Surely I will keep his memory with me. His cyber friendship to all of us, though so brief, is worth a page in our book of life.  We lost another good patriot, our neighbor Debra Perry, also on the 20th,  who served as our republican district caucus leader for years. God gained two true souls that day, who while on earth touched ours.It’s never to late to thank Marv for his friendship and goodwill.  Spirits are a powerful energy. Isn’t that what Marv left us all with? The powerful energy of his spirit to carry on? and believe in those dreams and in ourselves? We can thank him everyday for that spirit of friendship, to carry on. Next time I feel like giving up, I will think of Marv, his love for our country, of life and how he never gave up. He kept his faith. 

    I’ll put a blessing in a card from us, for Jolene and get it off this week.

    Best to you all and thanks again

    Brooke

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    Editorial by Marv Chastain. Posted 6/3/2010

    Removal of the Elwha Dams – The great Olympic Peninsula …

    www.citizenreviewonline.org/2010/Jun/dams.html

    Editorial by Marv Chastain. Posted 6/3/2010. Clallam County, WA – In 1992, Congress decreed that the Elwha River must be restored. While everything else in …

    Removal of the Elwha Dams – The great Olympic Peninsula Environmental Scam

    Editorial by Marv Chastain

    Posted 6/3/2010

    Clallam County, WA – In 1992, Congress decreed that the Elwha River must be restored. While everything else in the bill was defined, they never got around to saying what it should be “restored” to. Since nobody knows what it was in pre-settlement days, the “what” has been left up to the bureaucrats. In the intervening 18 years, they have decided that the great salmon runs of the past must be restored. However, their planning does not seem to reach to anything in the ocean and blithely ignores the fact that most of the salmon do not return because they are being caught in the ocean anywhere from Siberia to Alaska to Canada to the US straits of Juan de Fuca, not only by commercial fishermen of the world, but by a huge army of US-protected sea lions, seals and other fish-eating birds and mammals.

    They have focused on the two power dams built in the early 20th century without fish ladders. Now there is no question that leaving out the fish ladders was a big mistake (they substituted a hatchery for the legal requirement for a fish ladder, with the approval of the state legislature). However, it was a mistake that could have been corrected at any time – even now. Environmental groups – Sierra Club, Earth First, and others have consistently blocked any effort to build those fish ladders, insisting on removing the dams, so now the government has bought the dams, including about 900 acres of good timber with plans to destroy those dams and the lakes they have created – in 2012. (Evidently it has taken 20 years to figure out “how”.)

    It appears the real problem is that one of those two dams in located inside the Olympic National Park (ONP). It is a big man-made structure that has created a beautiful lake (Mills) that is home to a great variety of waterfowl, water mammals and FISH. But, park people do not like anything man-made (except money).

    That dam was built in 1927, long before the ONP became a national park, by a group of local entrepreneurs headed up by Thomas Aldwell . The same group built the first dam about five miles up from the river mouth in 1910-13. Those two dams produced the first electricity for the city of Port Angeles and the local mills. During World War I, the first dam produced electricity to run the Bremerton Navy yard. As time has gone by, the local demand for electricity has exceeded the output of the two dams, so a power line from Bonneville (built in the 1930s) supplies Port Angeles and the dams’ power goes exclusively to the Daishowa paper mill.

    Just removing the dams won’t do. When the first dam was built, qualified engineering was hard to come by on this peninsula (1910). They built a huge concrete block but failed to get is properly secured to the river bed. When they closed the gates and filled up the lake, the full pressure of 100 feet of water, pushed the river right under the dam. This project was one which the dam owners had everything invested in and they were desperate. They set off a huge blast of dynamite in the rock cliffs on each of the side of the river, blowing rock down into the river bed and filling in about 75 feet behind the dam.

    When the dam is removed, there will still be a 75 foot rock and fill dam that goes back at least 100 yards from the concrete dam. That will have to be removed if salmon are to ascend the river. That will involve diverting the flow (you can’t operate heavy construction equipment in a flowing river and a salmon can’t jump 75 feet).
    Original cost estimate was $329 million 1992 dollars

    Ever hear of a big government project with vague parameters that cost less than the original estimate? That’s at least half a billion in today’s dollars.

    Loss of waterfowl and mammals

    Elwha lakes are heavily used by waterfowl (about 20 different species) and water mammals such as beaver, according to a survey of waterfowl  done (at your expense) by Martha Jordan, secretary of the Trumpeter Swan Society and an honest scientist. Somehow, that survey got carefully left out of the government’s Environmental Impact Statement.

    20+ million cubic yards of gunk

    The deluge of detritus released by removal of the lower dam will inundate the river below the dam with an average of six feet of gunk (per the government’s own scientific report). That is the only spawning ground for the fabulous Elwha Chinook – a distinct sub- species. A salmon hatchery has been built in another stream to hatch Elwha Chinook to replace the sub-species that will be destroyed. But, a government report, bearing the name of “Winter” (Brian Winter – chief of the government Dam destruction team?) written before the project was hatched, warns that this tactic may not work and an entire population should not be destroyed in anticipation that it will.

    It is also highly questionable if the salmon hatched in another stream will somehow know they are Elwha salmon. Nobody knows the mechanism or timing for a salmon being imprinted with his/her native stream.

    Why not just build a fish ladder and allow them to go on up?

    Trumpeter Swans on lake Aldwell – The world’s largest waterfowl – magnificent

    To be evicted by the Elwha project

    $27 Million Dollar “ Deal

    The government bought the dams and 900 acres of good timber for the bargain price of $27,000,000. They did so with the threat that if the owner didn’t sell, they would be forced to remove the dams at their own expense. I have it on what I consider good authority that the power produced by the dams earned the owners a nine million dollar profit in the last year they owned them. That extortion generated profit now goes to the National Park Service (NPS).  That profit may be the number one reason that removal has been delayed year-by-year now for about 12 years.

    Waterfowl List

    Following is a list of waterfowl who use the lakes as habitat

     

    Common name                            Scientific name                            nesting?

    Loon                                             Gavia Immer                                  Y

    Eared Grebe                                Podicepts nigricollis                    Y

    Pied-billed grebe                        Podilymbus podiceps                  Y

    Double-crested Cormorant     Phalacrocorax auritus

    Great Blue Heron                       Ardea herodias

    Tundra Swan                              Cygnus columbianus

    Trumpeter Swan                        Cygnus buccinator

    Canada Goose                           Branta canadensis                        Y (and rearing)

    Mallard                                         Anas platyrhynchos                     Y (and rearing)

    Gadwall                                        Anas strepera

    Green-winged teal                     Anas crecca

    American wigeon                      Anas americana

    Eurasian wigeon                       Anas penlope

    Northern pintail                          Anas acuta

    Northern shoveler                     Anas clypeata         

    Wood duck                                  Aix sponsa                                    Y

    Ring-neck duck                          Aythya collaris                              Y

    Greater scaup                             Aythya marila                                Y

    Common goldeneye                 Bucephala clangula                      Y

    Bufflehead                                   Bucephala albeola                        Y

    Common merganser                Bucephala albeola                        Y (and rearing)

    Hooded merganser                   Lophodytes cucullatus                Y

    American Coot                           Fulica americanna

    Spotted sandpiper                     Acitits macularia

    Osprey                                          Pandion haliaetus

    Belted Kingfisher                       Ceyrle alcyon

     

    Note: The above list is of waterfowl observed by Martha Jordan in 1994 and 1995. That does not necessarily mean it is the only waterfowl that use or nest around the lakes. This survey was paid for by the park service, but left out of their EIS (for obvious reasons).

    Strange supporters

    Why does the Audubon Society and other groups calling themselves “environmental”  support this fiasco?

    Reliable reports indicate spotted owls nest in the area.

    The cost to salmon

    The Elwha dams, unlike most hydro-electric dams, are operated on a “run of the river” basis. That is, they are normally run in such a fashion that the outflow is as nearly as possible identical to the inflow – giving the lakes a normal water level. However, in dry summers, extra water is spilled to help the salmon runs. When the dams are out, where will this extra water come from?

    The dams produce an average of 19 megawatts of electrical power. They do this with nearly century old equipment. With modern equipment, they could produce much more.

    Cost may include someone’s well

    Bottom pressure on Lake Mills is in excess of 8700 lbs per square foot. Geologic maps show a fault line running diagonally across the lake. Logic says this amount of pressure is forcing water into the fault and then into an acquifer. Who’s well will go dry when the lake is drained?

    The magnificent claims by the dam buster group that 400,000 salmon will return to the Elwha after the dams are removed, consists primarily of pink and chum salmon.   These fish do not rear in a river. They just hatch out and drift down to salt water. Hence they can be hatched in any stream and do not need the Elwha’s resources.  .  .  .  .  .JMC  

    6/3/2010

    Marv asked, Why not just build a fish ladder and allow them to go on up?

    And, Marv Chastain. posted this
    Removal of the Elwha Dams – The great Olympic Peninsula Environmental Scam

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    July 29, 2015 Marv said

    Thanks Pearl.  I have sometimes wondered if anybody read it – let alone saved it.  But we can sure as hell see it coming to pass now.

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    Mar 25, 2017  But we can sure as hell see it coming to pass now.

    Battered by Dam Removal – Elwha Bridge

    Posted on January 11, 2017 4:26 pm by Pearl Rains Hewett

    Battered by Dam Removal Elwha Bridge Destroyed

    A DAM TRAGEDY THE ELWHA RIVER BRIDGE.


  • The Elephant’s Graveyard

    The Elephant’s Graveyard

    THE REPUBLICANS  ELEPHANT SYMBOL originated during the 1860 campaign

     I AM DISGUSTED WITH THE REPUBLICANS OLD GOP RIGGED ESTABLISHMENT’S ELECTION PROCESS
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    I watched the 2016 Presidential primary election unfold, 17 candidates down to the election of Trump as the GOP Presidential candidate, on July 19, 2016, BY THE POPULIST VOTE….  IN SPITE OF THE GOP ESTABLISHMENT’S RIGGED ELECTION PROCESS

    AS A TRUMP SUPPORTER, I AM DISGUSTED,

    I asked Google a sarcastic question.

    WHERE DO OLD ELEPHANTS GO TO DIE?

    THE ELEPHANTS GRAVEYARD

    IT IS THOUGHT TO BE THE RETREAT OF OLD AND DYING ELEPHANTS, OLDER ELEPHANTS INSTINCTIVELY DIRECT THEMSELVES WHEN THEY REACH A CERTAIN AGE SO THAT THEY DIE AWAY FROM THE HERD,

    NOT HINDERING THE PROGRESS OF THOSE THAT REMAIN “IN FRONT”.

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    I watched as promises were broken by the GOP Republican establishment POLITICIANS as they failed to endorse the elected people’s choice candidate. Including a friend that persisted with negative email comments.

    I sent him the above, and suggested that he go to the  Elephants Graveyard and stop hindering the progress of those that remain behind, with his negative email comments.

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    AND, I WATCHED  AND I LISTENED TO THE LATEST GOP ESTABLISHMENT’S FIFTY PROMINENT REPUBLICAN FOREIGN POLICY AND NATIONAL SECURITY EXPERTS PUBLIC MEDIA OPPOSITION TO TRUMP…INCLUDING KASICH .

    ENOUGH IS ENOUGH I HAVE POSTED THIS MESSAGE TO “ALL OF THOSE TRUMP NAY SAYERS” ON MY WEBSITE

    YOU HAVE  REACHED A CERTAIN AGE, PLEASE INSTINCTIVELY DIRECT YOURSELVES TO GO TO THE ELEPHANTS GRAVEYARD, DIE AWAY FROM THE GOP HERD AND STOP HINDERING THE PROGRESS OF THE GOP REPUBLICAN THAT REMAINS IN FRONT.(by populace vote)

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    Elephant Graveyard – Elephants Forever

    TRUMP SUPPORTERS HAVE “HAD IT”  WITH THE ESTABLISHMENT’S  DIE HARD GOP’S PUBLIC MEDIA FRENZY, SELF INFLICTED  SUICIDAL MISSION, TO THEMSELVES AS GOP POLITICIANS AND TO THE  LOSS OF THE  GOP REPUBLICAN PARTY IN THE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION.

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    POLITICALLY CORRECT OR NOT

    WINNERS ARE NOT LOSERS

    PATTON SAID, LEAD ME, FOLLOW OR GET THE HELL OUT OF MY WAY!

    His vigor was always infectious, his wit barbed, his conversation a mixture of obscenity and good humor. He was at once stimulating and overbearing. George was a magnificent soldier.

    He was tough. War is tough. Leaders have to be tough.

    If you’re a leader, you don’t push wet spaghetti, you pull it.

    General George S. Patton – Speech to 3rd Army June 5, 1944

    www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1162650/posts

    Free Republic

    Jun 29, 2004 – After one of my lectures on the subject of General Patton, I spoke with a retired … An army without profanity couldn’t fight it’s way out of a piss-soaked paper bag. … She said that she had no use for it and that I could have it. ….. GMT-0700 (PDT) by JohnD9207 (Leadfollow…or get the HELL out of the way!).

    TRUMP IS A WINNER THAT  WILL MAKE AMERICA SAFE AGAIN.

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    You know me…

    research, document, document, document… HISTORY is good.

    AN IMAGE OF AN ELEPHANT WAS FEATURED AS A REPUBLICAN SYMBOL IN AT LEAST ONE POLITICAL CARTOON AND A NEWSPAPER ILLUSTRATION DURING THE CIVIL WAR

    WHEN “SEEING THE ELEPHANT” WAS AN EXPRESSION USED BY SOLDIERS TO MEAN EXPERIENCING COMBAT.

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    Many VETERANS of George W. Bush’s administration, Fifty (50) GOP prominent Republican foreign policy and national security experts, oppose Donald Trump.

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    POLITICAL CARTOONS? MANY A REAL TRUTH IS SPOKEN IN JEST.

    Old silly me, I thought the republican symbol of the elephant was  created by the genius of the GOP.

    THE REPUBLICAN PARTY WAS FORMED IN 1854

    TWENTY YEARS LATER 1874  THE ELEPHANT WAS STILL A GOP POLITICAL CARTOON

    IN AN 1874 HARPER’S WEEKLY CARTOON. an elephant labeled “THE REPUBLICAN VOTE,” which was shown standing at the edge of a pit, Thomas Nast who’s considered the father of the modern political cartoon employed the elephant to represent Republicans in additional cartoons during the 1870s, and by 1880 other cartoonists were using the creature to symbolize the party. 

    An 1879 cartoon (pictured) showed a politician grabbing a donkey LABELED “DEMOCRATIC PARTY” by the tail to keep it from falling into a pit of “financial chaos.”

    And in fact THE UNCLE SAM AMERICAN’S KNOW, STARTED AS A POLITICAL CARTOON BY Thomas Nast

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    Jul 27, 2016 – The Republican Party is one of the two major contemporary political parties … Donald Trump became the Republican presidential nominee on July 19, 2016. … the GOP’s ELEPHANT SYMBOL originated during the 1860 campaign

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    Election 101:How did the Republican and Democratic parties get their …

    www.history.com/…/how-did-the-republican-and-democratic-parties-get-their-…

    History

    Jul 7, 2015 –   THE REPUBLICAN PARTY’S ELEPHANT and THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY’S DONKEY have been on the political scene since the 19th century. The origins of the DEMOCRATIC DONKEY can be traced to the 1828 presidential campaign of Andrew Jackson. DURING THAT RACE, OPPONENTS OF JACKSON CALLED HIM A JACKASS.

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    WHICH LED ME TO

    Of Donkeys and Elephants – Classroom Law Project

    WHAT ARE OUR AMERICAN KIDS BEING TAUGHT IN PUBLIC SCHOOL?

    THIS IS A MAJOR CONCERN TO ALL PARENTS AND GRANDPARENTS.

    with a header SELECTING THE NEXT PRESIDENT?

    NOT ELECTING THE NEXT PRESIDENT

    Why Nast chose the donkey and the elephant is a pretty complicated story.

    Although Nast’s original interpretation used the donkey to stand in for a Democrat-leaning newspaper scaring away Republican voters,

    his cartoon showing a duplicitous donkey attacking a weak-minded elephant,

    became a handy symbol for other cartoonists wanting to represent Democrats attacking Republicans.

    Popular recognition of the image overrode the party’s own wishes

    Over time, Republicans came to view the elephant emblem as a sign of strength and intelligence, while their opponents portrayed it as a timid and clumsy behemoth. Democrats seized the “jackass” label, and transformed it into a clever and courageous donkey.

    AS IS STILL TRUE TODAY, IT’S ALL IN THE SPIN!

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    50 GOP national security experts oppose Trump – CNNPolitics.com

    www.cnn.com/…/republicannationalsecurity-letter-donald-trump-election-2016…

    CNN 3 days ago – 50 GOP national security experts oppose Donald Trump 02:40. … Washington (CNN)FIFTY PROMINENT REPUBLICAN FOREIGN POLICY AND NATIONAL SECURITY EXPERTSMANY VETERANS OF GEORGE W. BUSH’S ADMINISTRATION — have signed a letter denouncing Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy and …

    Elephant Graveyard – Elephants Forever

    www.elephantsforever.co.za/elephant-graveyard.html

    Elephant Graveyard. The existence of a mass graveyard to which elephants go to die remains a myth. IT IS THOUGHT TO BE THE RETREAT OF OLD AND DYING ELEPHANTS, SO THAT THEY DIE AWAY FROM THE HERD, NOT HINDERING THE PROGRESS OF THOSE THAT REMAIN BEHIND.

    An elephants’ graveyard is a place where, according to legend, OLDER ELEPHANTS INSTINCTIVELY DIRECT THEMSELVES WHEN THEY REACH A CERTAIN AGE. THEY THEN DIE THERE ALONE, FAR FROM THE GROUP.

    AWAY FROM THE HERD, NOT HINDERING THE PROGRESS OF THOSE THAT REMAIN BEHIND.

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    Is  Google answer, a coincidence of political symbolic importance, a myth  a legend or an oxymoron? All of the above?

    Whatever  Elephant Graveyard – Elephants Forever is, for the purpose of this comment, I’m going with a type of  analogy, A simile – A comparison between two things that are not alike and replaces the word with another word AND uses the word “like” or “as.”

    LIKE AN ELEPHANT,  AS AN REPUBLICAN

    AS A REPUBLICAN, LIKE AN ELEPHANT

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    Hmmm…. perhaps I should add?

    Metaphor, figure of speech in which a word or phrase is applied to an object or action to which it is not literally applicable.

    And,  mixed metaphor,a combination of two or more incompatible metaphors, which produces a ridiculous effect

    With documented  facts about the Republican (GOP) thrown in

    What ever this comment is….

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     The bottom line is….

    A MESSAGE  TO “ALL GOP TRUMP NAY SAYERS”

    YOU HAVE  REACHED A CERTAIN AGE, PLEASE INSTINCTIVELY DIRECT YOURSELVES TO GO TO THE ELEPHANTS GRAVEYARD, DIE AWAY FROM THE GOP HERD AND STOP HINDERING THE PROGRESS OF THOSE REPUBLICANS THAT REMAIN IN FRONT. (by populace vote)


  • The NPS Wild Wilderness SCAM Continues..

    The THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE (NPS) WILD Wilderness SCAM Continues..

    INDEED, IN AUG, 2016 THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE (NPS)  IS CELEBRATING 100 YEARS OF THE GROSS MISMANAGEMENT OF MORE THAN 84 MILLION ACRES OF PUBLIC LAND IN 412 AREAS

    THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE (NPS) IS $12,000,000,000.00  $12 BILLION DOLLARS BEHIND ON MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR OF AMERICAS NATIONAL PARKS

    Centennial Initiative 2016 – National Park Service

    https://www.nps.gov/nava/learn/…/centennial-initiative-2016.ht…

    NATIONAL PARK SERVICE IN CELEBRATION OF THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE IN 2016, … THINGS TO COME AS THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE PREPARES TO CELEBRATE 100 YEARS!

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    THE WILD OLYMPIC CAMPAIGN SUPPORTS THE PROPOSED WILD OLYMPICS WILDERNESS AND WILD & SCENIC RIVERS ACT,

    WHICH WAS REINTRODUCED LAST YEAR BY U.S. SEN. PATTY MURRAY, D-SEATTLE, AND U.S. REP. DEREK KILMER, D-GIG HARBOR.

     SO… THE WILD OLYMPICS SCAM CONTINUES IN 2016

    NINTY FIVE PERCENT 95% OF THE MILLION ACRES OF THE OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK IS ALREADY WILD. period

    AND, NINTY FIVE PERCENT 95% OF THE MILLION ACRES OF THE OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK IS NOT MAINTAINED OR REPAIRED. period

    SO…  the National Park Service (NPS) has mismanaged 84 million acres of public parks for 100 years, to the tune of $12,000,000,000.00  $12 BILLION DOLLARS AND,“BECAUSE THAT MONEY DOESN’T EXIST IN THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE.”.

    THINGS TO COME AS THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE PREPARES TO CELEBRATE 100 YEARS?

     U.S. SEN. PATTY MURRAY, D-SEATTLE, AND U.S. REP. DEREK KILMER, D-GIG HARBOR ARE CELEBRATING 100 YEARS OF A FAILED NPS BY REINTRODUCING A  BILL THAT WOULD PERMANENTLY TAKE  AND MAKE  MORE THAN 126,000 ACRES OF NEW MISMANAGED WILDERNESS AREAS ON JUST THE OLYMPIC PENINSULA.

    U.S. SEN. PATTY MURRAY, D-SEATTLE IS UP FOR RE-ELECTION

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    NPR: National parks have a long to-do list but can’t cover the repair costs

    www.npr.org/…/nationalparks-have-a-long-to-do-list-but-cant-cover-the-repair-cos…

    NPR MAR 8, 2016 – THERE IS A NEARLY $12 BILLION MAINTENANCE BACKLOG OF WORK THAT NEEDS … SAYS, “BECAUSE THAT MONEY DOESN’T EXIST IN THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE.”.

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    HOW WILD IS THE WILD WILDERNESS ACT?

    THERE ARE OVER 700 FEDERALLY DESIGNATED WILDERNESS AREAS IN FORTY-FOUR STATES, COVERING MORE THAN 107 MILLION ACRES OF LAND, OR AROUND 5% OF THE UNITED STATES LAND BASE.

     AND THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE (NPS) IS  RESPONSIBLE FOR THE GROSS MISMANAGEMENT AND NEGLECT OF  MORE THAN 84 MILLION ACRES OF THAT 107 MILLION ACRES OF PUBLIC LAND IN 412  OF OVER 700 AREAS IN FORTY-FOUR STATES.

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    Centennial Initiative 2016 – National Park Service

    https://www.nps.gov/nava/learn/…/centennial-initiative-2016.ht…

    NATIONAL PARK SERVICE IN CELEBRATION OF THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE IN 2016, … THINGS TO COME AS THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE PREPARES TO CELEBRATE 100 YEARS!

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    Using statistics from, MAR 15, 2012

    The Wilderness Act is widely known as one of the nation’s preeminent

    preservation statutes.

    FEDERALLY DESIGNATED WILDERNESS AREAS ARE FOUND WITHIN EACH MAJOR CATEGORY OF THE FEDERAL PUBLIC LANDs…….

    1. NATIONAL FORESTS
    2. NATIONAL PARKS
    3. WILDLIFE REFUGES
    4. PUBLIC LANDS MANAGED BY THE BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT (BLM)

    THERE ARE OVER 700 FEDERALLY DESIGNATED WILDERNESS AREAS IN FORTY-FOUR STATES, COVERING MORE THAN 107 MILLION ACRES OF LAND, OR AROUND 5% OF THE UNITED STATES LAND BASE.11

    THE VAST MAJORITY OF WILDERNESS IN THE LOWER FORTY-EIGHT STATES—ABOUT 75%—IS LOCATED  WITHIN ONLY FIVE ECOREGIONS: one desert ecoregion—the Mojave Desert of

    California—and four high elevation ecoregions—the southern and middle

    Rocky Mountains, the Sierra Nevada Mountains, and the Cascade Mountains of the Pacific Northwest.

    Read more at https://law.lclark.edu/live/files/11181-421zellmerpdf Lewis & Clark Law School

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    July 24, 2016 JUST ASKING?

    WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE REST OF THE GROSSLY MISMANAGED FEDERAL PUBLIC LAND?

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    Wild Olympics | Citizen Review Online

    citizenreviewonline.org/category/wildolympics/

    Olympic Peninsula, WA – The Wild Olympics debate has continued locally. ….. CONSPIRACY EXPOSED Oct. 8, 1992 The notarized document was written on …

    Wild Olympics – Oct. 8, 1992 to Oct. 29, 2012

    Commentary by Pearl Rains-Hewett

    Posted 10/29/2012

    CONSPIRACY EXPOSED Oct. 8, 1992 The notarized document  was written on Oct. 8, 1992 by George C. Rains Sr. when he was 77 years old.

    OVER 20 YEARS AGO George C. Rains Sr. WROTE

    How can a Federal Government of ours pay money for things like this when our government is many trillions of dollars in debt?

    This conspiracy will never end unless you people, property owners and tax payers start fighting back to stop the conspiracy and the taking of all our property on the Olympic Peninsula.

     The Olympic National Park has doubled in size to over one million acres or more.

     Most people have no knowledge of these vast encroachments to take our property and property rights on the Olympic Peninsula, and it is time that the truth be known. Land and Power Grab

     The National Park Service has no respect for private property ownership and rights.

     Attempts are being made to grab land corridors on each side of the major rivers on the Olympic Peninsula. If they succeed here attempts will be made to grab land corridors on smaller streams on the Olympic Peninsula.

     Pearl Rains Hewett

    Read on if you are concerned Continue reading

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    THE WILD OLYMPICS PLAN, WILDERNESS, WILD AND SCENIC RIVERS IS MORE THAN A SCAM

    UNDER THE WILDERNESS ACT OF 1964,

    THE WILD OLYMPICS PLAN, WILDERNESS, WILD AND SCENIC RIVERS, is not a giving of access of public land to THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.

    indeed,  IT IS A TAKING OF PUBLIC LAND ACCESS, it is a taking of the full use and enjoyment to over 300 million people

    THE WILD OLYMPICS PLAN  is a dishonest scheme; “Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage”

     And basically, call it the ignorance, of American citizens or whatever,

    But basically, the ignorance, of American citizens, is really, really critical for  THE WILD OLYMPICS PLAN, WILDERNESS, WILD AND SCENIC RIVERS to pass.”

    THE WILD OLYMPICS PLAN  is more than a fraud, a thing intended to deceive others, typically by unjustifiably claiming or being credited with accomplishments or qualities.

    THE WILD OLYMPICS PLAN  is more than a swindle, using deception to deprive (someone) of money or possessions..

    The Wild Olympics Scam

    www.wildolympicsscam.com/

    stop the wild olympics, agenda 21, land grabs; will devastate rural communities.

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    July 18, 2016

    HOW WILD IS THIS LIBERAL NEWS REPORTING?

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     07.18.16

    Map released in support of Wild Olympics campaign; two outdoor retailers touting Peninsula’s nature, recreation

    Two popular outdoor clothing retailers are encouraging their customers to visit the Olympic Peninsula and support the Wild Olympics campaign.

    REI and Patagonia are promoting the Wild Olympics campaign at REI Seattle and online, encouraging customers to experience the diverse nature and outdoor recreation available on the North Olympic Peninsula.

    THE CAMPAIGN SUPPORTS THE PROPOSED WILD OLYMPICS WILDERNESS AND WILD & SCENIC RIVERS ACT, WHICH WAS REINTRODUCED LAST YEAR BY U.S. SEN. PATTY MURRAY, D-SEATTLE, AND U.S. REP. DEREK KILMER, D-GIG HARBOR.

    The bill would permanently protect more than 126,000 acres of new wilderness areas in Olympic National Forest and 19 Olympic Peninsula rivers and their tributaries as Wild and Scenic Rivers — the first ever on the Peninsula.

    Initiative’s shaping

    The effort comes out of a process involving local communities, businesses and economic leaders of the Olympic Peninsula who helped shape the initiative, organizers said.

    “For those of us that live on the Peninsula, we know about the natural beauty,” said state Rep. Steve THARINGER, A SEQUIM DEMOCRAT who represents the 24th Legislative District. “That’s the advantage of living here.

    “You can choose to walk on the spit or go up in the hills and walk in the Olympics. There’s a lot of folks that don’t know the variety we have here.”

    The North Olympic Timber Action Committee has been looking for a compromise to the legislation for the past several years that would help support the timber industry, said Carol Johnson, executive director.

    NOTAC substantially agrees with the concept of the proposal but wants to remove areas that are routinely logged, she said.

    “What we said is, make some adjustments to the proposal and bring into the plan a timber base that is routinely roaded,” she said.

    “Make that part of the plan so we can have a sustainable harvest level in perpetuity and have our support.”

    Connie Gallant, chair of the Wild Olympics, called the partnership with REI and Patagonia exciting.

    “It is our hope that legislation happens in the near future because it will benefit our economy and environment a great deal,” she said.

    Outdoor recreation groups REI and Patagonia unveiled a new “Destination Wild Olympics” map, highlighting some recreation places in the Wild Olympics proposal.

    To view the map, see http://tinyurl.com/PDN-wildolympicsmap.

    The map highlights some spots on the North Peninsula that locals will know well, including the Dungeness River, Dungeness Spit, Sol Duc River, Sol Duc Falls Trail and local rivers.

    THARINGER SAID one of the goals is to get more people outside the area enjoying the nature that is offered on the Peninsula.

    “It’s a way to highlight the beauty and the wilderness in the park,” he said.

    “When folks are searching on the internet for things to do outside, you’ll never know what will trigger their interest.”

    Port Angeles City Councilwoman SISSI BRUCH SAID she supports the new initiative.

    “The idea of encouraging people who love the outdoors to come to our pristine wilderness areas while supporting their preservation has great synergy,” she said.

    “This, in concert with Port Angeles’ designation as the second-best outdoor town, validates Port Angeles’ status as a world-class outdoor recreation destination and speaks highly of our need to protect this unique and pristine environment.”

    The campaign comes from lawmakers and the outdoor clothing companies’ desires to protect and promote the outdoors, Tharinger said.

    ‘Promoting the outdoors’

    “I served on a GOVERNOR’S TASK FORCE with people from REI, and they are interested in promoting the outdoors,” he said.

    “I think it’s a synergy between PATAGONIA, REI AND THE FOLKS INTERESTED IN GETTING THE LEGISLATION PASSED THROUGH CONGRESS.”

    THARINGER SAID there is concern about the designations regarding logging but that he doesn’t see an impact to the commercial logging industry.

    “Making these designations is not going to impact the timber supply, but it does bolster the tourist industry,” he said.

    Free hard copies of the map will also be available at REI retail outlets in the Puget Sound area.
    By:  Jesse Major
    Source: Peninsula Daily News

    The bottom line….

    Basically, the ignorance, of American citizens, is really, really critical for  THE WILD OLYMPICS PLAN, WILDERNESS, WILD AND SCENIC RIVERS to pass.


  • Obama’s Liberal “resettlement surge center”

    UPDATE: Obama Is Bringing 100 Syrian Refugees Into US EVERY DAY

    www.thegatewaypundit.com/…/update-obama-bringing-100-syrian-refugees-us-every…

    6 days ago – The “vettingprocess, already questioned by leaders in the country, has been … The “refugee mill” can now go through thousands of applications every month. The Center for Immigration Studies published concerns raised by the …. is happening before our very eyes….it’s time to step up or step aside.

    UPDATE: Obama Is Bringing 100 Syrian Refugees Into US EVERY DAY

    germany migrantsBarack Obama is bringing 100 Syrian refugees into the US every day. These refugees, mostly Muslim, are only put through a 3 month vetting process before they are allowed into the United States.
    Breitbart.com reported:The Obama administration has created a “resettlement surge center” which has produced a pouring of 100 Syrian refugees in the U.S. per day. The very real risk to Americans – the lack of proper vetting of these individuals by the quick processing that is being done, almost all of them reported to be Muslims.Over 100 Syrian refugees have been admitted every day in June according to the federal government’s own database from the Refugee Processing Center. More than 1,000 were admitted in May. The rate of those admitted has sky-rocketed when compared to the 3,755 accepted in fiscal year 2016.

    The Conservative Review reported these numbers, and that approximately 100-250 were admitted during the first six months of fiscal year 2016. It noted that the Associated Press reported in April that the federal government set up a “resettlement surge center” in Amman, Jordan in February. The center is now interviewing approximately 600 people a day.

    The “vetting” process, already questioned by leaders in the country, has been fast-tracked from 18-24 months to just three months. The “refugee mill” can now go through thousands of applications every month.

    The Center for Immigration Studies published concerns raised by the comments of Simon Henshaw, principal deputy assistant secretary of the State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, when he certified that 12,000 applicants were interviewed in February, March, and April.

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    Pres. Obama Reduces Syrian Refugee Screening Process To 3 Months

    https://www.numbersusa.com/…/pres-obama-reduces-syrian-refugee-scr…
    NumbersUSA

    Apr 21, 2016 – Immigration News … Obama Reduces Syrian Refugee Screening Process To 3 Months … the Obama administration has opened up a new resettlement center and has … on how a vetting process that took on average 18-24 months could be ….. Isn’t there a Military action that can step in and remove BO or at …

    Pres. Obama Reduces Syrian Refugee Screening Process To 3 Months

     

    Obama Syrian Refugee Screening Process

    Updated:

    To reach President Obama’s goal in bringing in at least 10,000 additional Syrian refugees to the U.S. this year the Obama administration has opened up a new resettlement center and has shortened the processing time from around 18-24 months down to just three months.

    The new refugee resettlement center located in Amman, Jordan was opened in February and will run until April 28th, 2016. The center interviews around 600 people every day. 1,000 Syrian refugees have already been resettled in the U.S. since October 2015.

    According to the regional refugee coordinator at the U.S. Embassy in Amman, Gina Kassem, Pres. Obama’s “10,000 (figure) is a floor and not a ceiling, and it is possible to increase the number.”

    Kassem also told reporters that once they receive the refugee case from the UN Refugee Agency that, “we do not have exclusions or look for families with certain education background, language skills or other socio-economic factors, and we do not cut family sizes.”

    After the Paris and Brussels terrorist attacks many are concerned that ISIS agents may pose as refugees as a way to enter the U.S. Last year FBI Director, James Comey, expressed concern that the U.S. does not have the ability to thoroughly screen the Syrian refugees for terrorist ties even through the lengthy 18-24-month process.

    The Administration has yet to comment on how a vetting process that took on average 18-24 months could be condensed into a three-month period.

    Read more on this story at the Associated Press.

    This is an unedited posting.


  • Mandated EPA Stormwater Fee

    The Unfunded Unaffordable Mandated EPA Stormwater Program

    Thereby, In other words, the EPA’S going rate for falling rain, causing stormwater run off.

    Do any of our federal state and local elected representative care if cities, communities and families are being  nickel-and-dimed to into poverty by these unfunded Unaffordable federal mandates?

    Do any of our federal state and local elected representative care we the people are to expose to financial hardship or bankruptcy by the accumulation of unfunded Unaffordable mandates imposed by the EPA? 

    Are our federal, state and local  elected representative totally clueless ? EPA mandates could weaken municipal finances … with an unaffordable unfunded mandate, to be imposed via new stormwater management requirements.

    If a  citizen senior, or other, want water and heat for thir home, they must pay their utility bill.

    If a citizen senior or other, wants to keep their home, they must  pay their county property tax.

    Authority for Storm Water Fees/Unfunded Federal Mandates

    attorneygeneral.tn.gov/op/2012/op12-96.pdf

    Oct 9, 2012 – Authority for Storm Water Fees/Unfunded Federal Mandates. QUESTIONS. 1. Is the “storm water fee” charged to customers by some water utility …

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    Stormwater program an unfunded state/federal mandate …

    www.albanyherald.com/…/stormwaterunfundedfe
    The Albany Herald

    Aug 30, 2013 – That’s an additional $4.8 million.” The stormwater program comes to the city as an unfunded mandate from the state’s Environmental Protection …

    EPA mandates could weaken municipal finances … with an unaffordable unfunded mandate, to be imposed via new stormwater management requirements.

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    City of Port Angeles WA Utility Bill

    I’ve been watching the City of Port Angeles, nickle and dime its residence into poverty, for the last year or so, with inflated utility bills.

    City Manager | Port Angeles, WA – Official Website

    https://waportangeles.civicplus.com/130/CityManager

    Find out about the Port Angeles city manager, including their roles and responsibilities and contact information. … The city manager operates as the chief executive officer of the city, and is responsible to the City Council for … 321 E 5th Street

    THE CITY MANAGER IS RESPONSIBLE FOR AND TO THE CITY COUNSEL.

    AND IN TURN THE CITY COUNSEL IS ACCOUNTABLE TO THE CITIZENS OF PA

    The city manager and city counsel have some valid excuses

    “Federal mandates are driving most of our decision making, and we are having to …. EPA’s proposed Integrated Municipal Stormwater and Wastewater Planning …

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    OK So, what was the city’s excuse for going to a 28 day billing cycle?

    Please refresh my memory?

    Where we end up paying a comparatively higher monthly amount for every 28 days.

    And, we end up with two utility bills from the city in our hands before we have had time to pay the last one… Their 28 day cycle totally screwed up my bill paying due dates around the 10th of every month.

    As these two cycles overlap, many customers are confused by when a bill is actually overdue, coupled with the arrival of a new bill.

    Then they, the city,  did some 35 day cycle mumbo jumbo so we wouldn’t get 13 utility bills in one year?

    In discussions  about the affordability of ever increasing utility bills, the average middle class working citizens in Port Angeles really don’t get it……

    This is a common comment  “I don’t understand, I keep conserving like the say, cutting back water and cutting back on electricity and still end up paying more and more”

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    I GET IT… IT’S JUST ANOTHER FEE..

    I’m a senior citizen on low income Social Security. I have owned my home in Port Angeles for 40 years.  I live alone in my home with an 8 pound dog.

    I’ve been watching the City of Port Angeles, nickle and dime its senior citizens into poverty, for the last year or so, with inflated utility bills.

    I GET IT… IT’S JUST ANOTHER FEE.

    If I want water and heat in my home, I must pay the utility bill, no matter how unaffordable the EPA Wastewater Mandate Fee  becomes.

    IF I WANT TO KEEP MY HOME.. I CAN KEEP MY  HOME

    I must  pay the county property tax, no matter how unaffordable the attached EPA Wastewater Mandate Fee becomes.

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    In addition… research indicates that…

    Property Taxes/General Fund
    Many communities fund stormwater management through property taxes paid into their general funds?
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    I see a charge of $168.00 has been added, for CITY STORMWATER RUNOFF  on my Clallam County property tax, for my home in Port Angeles WA

    My total assessment/fees Clallam County Property Tax are only $169.93.

    I see my Clallam County Tax/fee statement has doubled in cost.

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    My City of Port Angeles Utility bill for Jan 2016?

    Here’s how water related charges are reflected on my statement

    SPECIFICALLY,  I’M ASKING THE CITY OF PA FOR AN ACCOUNTING, BREAK IT DOWN,  EXACTLY WHAT DOLLAR AMOUNT AM I BEING CHARGED ON MY  UTILITY BILL FOR  THE EPA UNFUNDED MANDATED  STORM WATER FEE?

    Double- lined charges reflect increases effective January 1, 2016

    WATER BASE  $3.14

    WATER BASE $26.85

    WATER CONS 0-000 $.11

    WATER CONS 0-000 $.92

    SEWER USAGE 0-429 CF $46.10

    SEWER USAGE 0-429 CF $5.18

    CSO USAGE 0-429 CF $17.17

    CSO USAGE 0-429 CF $1.93

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    Every water related amount on my bill is a doubled lined increase.

    So, my dog and I have the following total amounts

    WATER CONS 0-000 of $1.03 worth of water.

    And, we have a WATER BASE of $29.99

    And, we have a SEWER USAGE 0-429 CF of $51.28

    And, we have a CSO USAGE 0-429 CF of $19.10

    So, my dog and I have been billed $100.37 dollars in one month for water related costs, and paying for unfunded mandates? for WATER CONS 0-000 of $1.03 worth of water.

    And, every other line on my Utility bill has been double-lined as well  to reflect increases on my electricity, garbage, and yard waste….

    Plus a SW UTILITY TAX..

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    And don’t forget…  the EPA UNFUNDED MANDATED  charge of $168.00 for CITY STORMWATER RUNOFF  on my Clallam County property tax for my home in Port Angeles WA.

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    Who knew, the attorney general had defined it as a STORM WATER FEE

    Fee Fie Foe Fum

    The (ARCHAIC) PHRASE has no allusory meaning and, apart from when quoting Shakespeare or Jack the Giant Killer.

    THERE’S LITTLE REASON EVER TO USE IT?

    INDEED! FEE, FEE? FIE, FIE? FOE, FOE? FUM?
    (By archaic definition and word origin)

    EVEN IN ARCHAIC ENGLISH FEE MEANS, “GETETH THE TAX”

    OCT. 26, 2013 IF THE GOVERNMENT CAN’T FORCE US TO PAY MORE TAXES?

    WHAT CAN THE GOVERNMENT DO TO TAKE MORE MONEY FROM US?

    The bottom line
    REMEMBER A “FEE” IS NOT A TAX
    AND, A TOLL IS JUST A FEE
    AND, A SERVICE IS JUST ANOTHER FEE
    AND, A CHARGE IS JUST ANOTHER FEE
    AND, A FARE IS JUST ANOTHER FEE

    bottom line…

    WHAT ELSE CAN THE GOVERNMENT DO TO TAKE MORE MONEY FROM US?

    THEY REDUCED MY SOCIAL SECURITY BY $5.00 FOR 2016


  • Obama Plus the LWFC Land Grabs

    OBAMA’S PUBLIC AND PRIVATE LAND GRABS PLUS THE LWFC?

    Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) is a Federal program

    AS OF OCTOBER 2015, DESCRIBING IT (LWCF) AS A “SLUSH FUND”, ROB BISHOP (R) OF UTAH, CHAIRMAN OF THE HOUSE NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE, HAD BLOCKED A VOTE ON REAUTHORIZATION.

    The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) has been America’s most important conservation “SLUSH FUNDING” tool for nearly 50 years. Since 1964, the fund has …

    For nearly 50 years taxpayers income has been diverted to fund the (LWCF)?

    Who knew?

    THE PRIMARY SOURCE OF INCOME TO THE FUND IS FEES PAID TO THE BUREAU OF OCEAN ENERGY MANAGEMENT, REGULATION AND ENFORCEMENT BY COMPANIES DRILLING OFFSHORE FOR OIL AND GAS.

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    THE GOOD NEWS WAS…

    Oct 1, 2015

    Congress lets sun set on Land and Water Conservation Fund

    www.hcn.org/…/congresslets-sun-set-on-land-and-w
    High Country News

    Oct 1, 2015Congress lets sun set on Land and Water Conservation Fund … The sunsetting of the LWCF was greeted with dismay by conservationists and …

    CONSERVATIVE Sen. Daines (R)  told the breakfast meeting that reauthorization has “a higher probability if we attach it to another piece of legislation,”

    so they’ll be looking for some piece of must-pass legislation before the end of the year, like the omnibus spending bill or a HIGHWAY and transportation bill.

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     CONSERVATIVE Sen. Daines (R) has also lent his vote to bailout the HIGHWAY Trust Fund, despite ample evidence the Fund is only “bankrupt”

    Hmmm…  Sen. Daines (R) said….
    because of Congress’ appetite for spending on projects completely unrelated to HIGHWAY
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    Oct 1, 2015 ELECTED REPRESENTATIVE,
    CONSERVATIVE?   CONSERVATIONIST?  Sen. Daines (R) SAID…
    ATTACH THE LWCF RE AUTHORIZATION TO A  MUST-PASS LEGISLATION BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR….  The like the omnibus spending bill or a HIGHWAY and transportation bill.
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    THE BAD NEWS IS..
    UPDATED Dec 16, 2015….Thanks to Sen. Daines (R)
    The NEW spending bill also gives the LWCF fund $450 million for the coming fiscal year, a near 50 percent increase over the previous level.
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    CONSERVATIONIST? Rep. Grijalva (D) and CONSERVATIVE Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R) co-sponsored a LWCF permanent reauthorization bill

    Rep. Grijalva (D)  said…We should make it permanent, avoid prolonged budget battles and get back to the business of protecting our natural spaces.

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    Find Your Park – Centennial (U.S. National Park Service)

    www.nps.gov/subjects/centennial/findyourpark.htm
    National Park Service

    Go to FindYourPark.com to share your heritage. Find Your Park logo … Find Your Park is about more than just national parks! It’s about the National Park Service …

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    THIS IS ABOUT THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE…

    Land and Water Conservation Fund – National Park Service

    www.nps.gov/ncrc/programs/lwcf/funding.html
    National Park Service

    Oct 26, 2015 – find LWCF in your neighborhood … Current Funding for GrantsSally Jewell signed the 2015 Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) …

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    Some CONSERVATIVES, complain that THE LWCF  FUNDING allows the federal government to expand its reach by buying up private land and that it helps fund environmental groups that sell land to federal officials.
    INDEED… TO NAME JUST FIVE…
    National Parks Conservation Association, Environment America, The Wilderness Society, the Land Trust Alliance, and the Nature Conservancy.
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    Sen. Daines (R) has been a member of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee as well as the Energy and Natural Resources Committee. He has also been a member of both the Commerce and Indian Affairs committees.   – See more at: https://www.conservativereview.com/members/steve-daines/#sthash.WxWSWNP3.dpuf

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    HOW THING WORK ON THE HILL

    With Bipartisan Support

    Americans’ current 11% job approval rating of Congress is its worst rating so far this year

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    UPDATED Dec 16, 2015

    Conservation fund gets 3-year lifeline in spending bill | TheHill

    thehill.com/…/263424-conservation-fund-gets-3-year-lifeline-in-…
    The Hill

    Dec 16, 2015The reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund … is a sign of the ineffectiveness of this Congress and deep dysfunction in …

    The NEW spending bill also gives the LWCF fund $450 million for the coming fiscal year, a near 50 percent increase over the previous level.

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    WE ALL KNOW HOW OBAMA’S PUBLIC AND PRIVATE LAND GRABS WORK

    REFLECTED IN THE ANTI-PUBLIC-LAND AND ANTI-FEDERAL SENTIMENTS AFOOT IN SOME QUARTERS OF THE WEST.

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    (THE CENTER FOR WESTERN PRIORITIES CREATED AN INTERACTIVE MAP SHOWING

    HOW LWCF HAS MADE NATIONAL PARKS WHOLE

    BY PAYING TO BUY INHOLDINGS FROM PRIVATE LANDOWNERS.)

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    NATIONAL PARK SERVICE INHOLDER WILLING SELLERS (LWFC) PROGRAM.

    Using diverted taxpayers income to pay for INHOLDERS private property.

    Congress regularly diverts…..

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    WHICH HAS CONSERVED MORE THAN SEVEN MILLION ACRES SO FAR. LWCF PURCHASES WILDLIFE HABITAT, BUYS PRIVATE INHOLDINGS WITHIN WILDERNESSES AND NATIONAL PARKS, PRESERVES

    But action on LWCF was derailed by far-right opposition, led by Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, House Natural Resources chairman.

    The United States’ Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) is a Federal program that was established by Act of Congress in 1965 to provide funds and matching grants to federal, state and local governments FOR THE ACQUISITION OF LAND AND WATER, AND EASEMENTS ON LAND AND WATER,

    for the benefit of all Americans
    THE PRIMARY SOURCE OF INCOME TO THE FUND IS FEES PAID TO THE BUREAU OF OCEAN ENERGY MANAGEMENT, REGULATION AND ENFORCEMENT BY COMPANIES DRILLING OFFSHORE FOR OIL AND GAS.

    Congress regularly diverts most of the funds from this source to other purposes, however. ADDITIONAL MINOR SOURCES OF INCOME INCLUDE THE SALE OF SURPLUS FEDERAL REAL ESTATE AND TAXES ON MOTORBOAT FUEL.

    The program is divided into two distinct funding pools: state grants AND FEDERAL ACQUISITION FUNDS.
    (THE CENTER FOR WESTERN PRIORITIES CREATED AN INTERACTIVE MAP SHOWING HOW LWCF HAS MADE NATIONAL PARKS WHOLE BY PAYING TO BUY INHOLDINGS FROM PRIVATE LANDOWNERS.)

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    Mapping the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF …

    wilderness.org/mapping-land-and-waterconserva
    The Wilderness Society

    The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) has been America’s most important conservation funding tool for nearly 50 years. Since 1964, the fund has …
    WHICH HAS CONSERVED MORE THAN SEVEN MILLION ACRES SO FAR. LWCF PURCHASES WILDLIFE HABITAT, BUYS PRIVATE INHOLDINGS WITHIN WILDERNESSES AND NATIONAL PARKS, PRESERVES
    FUNDS FROM THE LAND AND WATER CONSERVATION FUND HAVE BEEN UTILIZED OVER THE YEARS ON PROJECTS BOTH LARGE AND SMALL. LWCF HAS HELPED STATE AGENCIES AND LOCAL COMMUNITIES

    ACQUIRE NEARLY SEVEN MILLION ACRES (28,000 KM²) OF LAND AND EASEMENTS

    CONTROLLING FURTHER LAND

    Though LWCF is authorized with A BUDGET CAP OF $900 MILLION ANNUALLY
    THE PRESIDENT MAKES RECOMMENDATIONS TO CONGRESS REGARDING FUNDING FOR SPECIFIC LWCF PROJECTS.
    But action on LWCF was derailed by far-right opposition, led by Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, House Natural Resources chairman,

    REFLECTING THE ANTI-PUBLIC-LAND AND ANTI-FEDERAL SENTIMENTS AFOOT IN SOME QUARTERS OF THE WEST.

    AS OF OCTOBER 2015, DESCRIBING IT AS A “SLUSH FUND”, ROB BISHOP OF UTAH, CHAIRMAN OF THE HOUSE NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE, HAD BLOCKED A VOTE ON REAUTHORIZATION.
    CONGRESS FAILED TO TAKE ACTION TO REAUTHORIZE IT.

    THAT MEANS THAT OFFSHORE OIL AND GAS PRODUCERS WILL NO LONGER BE PAYING INTO THE CHEST THAT FUNDS THE PROGRAM —
    CONGRESS. INSTEAD, LAWMAKERS WILL BE DICKERING OVER HOW TO DIVVY UP FORMER LWCF APPROPRIATIONS, WHICH WILL NOW BE GOING INTO THE GENERAL TREASURY.

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    Land & Water Conservation Fund Grant – National Park …

    www.nps.gov/lwcf/
    National Park Service

    Nov 3, 2015 – The LWCF Program provides matching grants to States and local … protection and maintenance of recreation resources across the United States. … of $42.8 million from the Land and Water Conservation Fund to all 50 States, …

    The United States’ Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) is a Federal program that was established by Act of Congress in 1965 to provide funds and matching grants to federal, state and local governments for the acquisition of land and water, and easements on land and water, for the benefit of all Americans.[1]

    The main emphases of the fund are recreation and the protection of national natural treasures in the forms of parks and protected forest and wildlife areas.

    The LWCF has a broad-based coalition of support and oversight, including the National Parks Conservation Association, Environment America, The Wilderness Society, the Land Trust Alliance, and the Nature Conservancy.
    The primary source of income to the fund is fees paid to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement by companies drilling offshore for oil and gas. Congress regularly diverts most of the funds from this source to other purposes, however. Additional minor sources of income include the sale of surplus federal real estate and taxes on motorboat fuel.

    Funds from the Land and Water Conservation Fund have been utilized over the years on projects both large and small. LWCF has helped state agencies and local communities acquire nearly seven million acres (28,000 km²) of land and easements controlling further land, developed project sites including such popular recreational areas as Harper’s Ferry in West Virginia, California’s Big Sur Coast, and the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem in Montana, helped maintain Yellowstone National Park, and helped to build and maintain “thousands of local playgrounds, soccer fields, and baseball diamonds.”
    Though LWCF is authorized with a budget cap of $900 million annually, this cap has been met only twice during the program’s nearly four decades of existence.[citation needed] As of 2015 the program generated about $2.5 million a day from leases on offshore oil and gas drilling.
    The program is divided into two distinct funding pools: state grants and federal acquisition funds. The distribution formula takes into account population density and other factors.
    On the federal side, each year, based on project demands from communities as well as input from the federal land management agencies,

    THE PRESIDENT MAKES RECOMMENDATIONS TO CONGRESS REGARDING FUNDING FOR SPECIFIC LWCF PROJECTS.

    In Congress, these projects go through an Appropriations Committee review process. Given the intense competition among projects, funding is generally only provided for those projects with universal support.

    Initially authorized for a twenty-five-year period, the LWCF has been extended for another twenty-five years, its current mandate running until January 2015.

    As of October 2015, describing it as a “slush fund”, Rob Bishop (R)  of Utah, chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, had blocked a vote on reauthorization.

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    Congress lets sun set on Land and Water Conservation Fund

    www.hcn.org/…/congresslets-sun-set-on-land-and-w
    High Country News

    Oct 1, 2015 – Congress lets sun set on Land and Water Conservation Fund … The sunsetting of the LWCF was greeted with dismay by conservationists and …
    Oct 1, 2015 – But action on LWCF was derailed by far-right opposition, led by Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, House Natural Resources chairman, reflecting the …In July, Montanans celebrated the addition of 8,200 acres, known as Tenderfoot Creek, to the Lewis and Clark National Forest.

    MOST OF THE $10.7 MILLION COST WAS PAID FOR BY THE FEDERAL LAND AND WATER CONSERVATION FUND, WHICH USES OIL AND GAS ROYALTIES FOR CONSERVATION AND RECREATION PROJECTS.
    But action on LWCF was derailed by far-right opposition, led by Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, House Natural Resources chairman,

    REFLECTING THE ANTI-PUBLIC-LAND AND ANTI-FEDERAL SENTIMENTS AFOOT IN SOME QUARTERS OF THE WEST.
    Bishop is floating his own reforms to the program, which include redirecting most of the money to state and local projects

    (IN THE 1970S, CONGRESS REMOVED A REQUIREMENT THAT STATES GET 60 PERCENT OF LWCF FUNDING).
    (THE CENTER FOR WESTERN PRIORITIES CREATED AN INTERACTIVE MAP SHOWING HOW LWCF HAS MADE NATIONAL PARKS WHOLE BY PAYING TO BUY INHOLDINGS FROM PRIVATE LANDOWNERS.)

    Congress lets sun set on Land and Water Conservation Fund
    The nation’s most successful conservation program is in jeopardy.

    Jodi Peterson Oct. 1, 2015 Web Exclusive

    In July, Montanans celebrated the addition of 8,200 acres, known as Tenderfoot Creek, to the Lewis and Clark National Forest. Most of the $10.7 million cost was paid for by the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund, which uses oil and gas royalties for conservation and recreation projects.
    But yesterday, the 50-year-old fund, widely viewed as one of the nation’s most popular and most successful land conservation programs, was allowed to expire completely. Despite broad bipartisan support, and despite a deadline that was no surprise to anyone, Congress failed to take action to reauthorize it.

    That means that offshore oil and gas producers will no longer be paying into the chest that funds the program —

    and now that the funding connection has been broken, reinstating it will be very difficult, especially given the tone of this CONGRESS. INSTEAD, LAWMAKERS WILL BE DICKERING OVER HOW TO DIVVY UP FORMER LWCF APPROPRIATIONS, WHICH WILL NOW BE GOING INTO THE GENERAL TREASURY.

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    Earlier this summer, dozens of representatives on both sides of the aisle had signed a letter in support of the perpetually underfunded program, WHICH HAS CONSERVED MORE THAN SEVEN MILLION ACRES SO FAR.

    LWCF PURCHASES WILDLIFE HABITAT, BUYS PRIVATE INHOLDINGS WITHIN WILDERNESSES AND NATIONAL PARKS,

    PRESERVES cultural heritage sites, provides public access for fishing and hunting, and pays for urban parks, playgrounds and ballfields.

    (The Center for Western Priorities created an interactive map showing how LWCF has made national parks whole by paying to buy inholdings from private landowners.) And if put to a straight-up vote, reauthorization would pass both the House and Senate with bipartisan majorities.
    The sunsetting of the LWCF was greeted with dismay by conservationists and by many of the legislators from both parties who have long supported it, including Republican Sen. Steve Daines and Rep. Ryan Zinke of Montana. At a Tuesday breakfast organized by the Backcountry Hunters and Anglers in support of LWCF, Daines said, “I personally don’t think Rob (Bishop’)s view, and others have said this, necessarily reflects probably where most of the conference is now.”
    Rep. Raúl Grijalva, D-Arizona had some scathing words for the House in a statement: “You can see just how extreme some House Republicans really are when a popular conservation program with a spotless, fifty-year history of bipartisan reauthorization expires thanks to their partisan games. They can’t pass a highway bill, they can’t fund the government, they’re still struggling with a defense bill, and now they insist that LWCF funding has to stop.”
    Congress is authorized to allocate up to $900 million annually to LWCF, not from taxpayers’ dollars but from royalties paid by energy companies drilling on the Outer Continental Shelf.

    It rarely gives the fund anywhere close to that, though, and in recent years has sent about two-thirds of the allocation to the general treasury. As a result, the program has accumulated a $20 billion IOU, which Rep. Bishop cites as a reason not to continue funding it. But that money isn’t just lying around waiting to be spent, explains Mary Hollow, executive director of Montana-based Prickly Pear Land Trust, in the Helena Independent Record: “This is a paper account with nothing in it — there are only cobwebs,” she said. “The $20 billion has already been spent — diverted to fund other things … it’s inaccurate and unrealistic to think that if LWCF expires and we lose our authorization and revenue source that it would be business as usual.”
    So what’s likely to happen next? “This is a sad day for everyone who cares about our national parks and outdoor conservation, recreation and wildlife.

    Congress has broken an enduring promise to the American people,” said Alan Rowsome, senior director at the Wilderness Society and co-chair of the Land and Water Conservation Fund Coalition, in a statement.

    But the coalition, the outdoor recreation industry, other conservation groups, and Backcountry Hunters and Anglers aren’t just mourning the program’s loss — they’ll be kicking efforts into high gear to get the LWCF reauthorized as quickly as possible.
    And Congressional supporters are looking for those opportunities. Sen. Daines told the breakfast meeting that reauthorization has “a higher probability if we attach it to another piece of legislation,”

    so they’ll be looking for some piece of must-pass legislation before the end of the year, like the omnibus spending bill or a highway and transportation bill. He and Sen. Jon Tester, D-Montana, have also cosponsored legislation introduced by Sen. Richard Burr, R-North Carolina, that permanently reauthorizes the program, and Tester cosponsored a bill that goes farther, locking in the full appropriation of $900 million so it can’t be siphoned off for other uses.

    Rep. Grijalva and Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick co-sponsored a permanent reauthorization bill as well. When introducing it, Grijalva said, “Drawing out the uncertainty over the program’s funding every few years serves no one, especially when our constituents so strongly believe in the LWCF’s mission and value to the country. We should make it permanent, avoid prolonged budget battles and

    get back to the business of protecting our natural spaces.

    Anything less is a disservice to the legacy of Teddy Roosevelt and the generations of Americans who gave us the many beautiful American landscapes we enjoy today.”
    Jodi Peterson is a senior editor at High Country News. Follow @peterson_jodi