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  • Understanding the Intent of a Party

    Understanding the Intent of a Party

    June 8, 2017, Do you understand the intent of FBI Comey and the WA DC Establishment?

    Did you understand the intent of  Donald J. Trump when he ran for president and his intent  as President of the U.S.A.?

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     THE INTENT OF A PARTY

    CAN BE DETERMINED BY EXAMINING THE UNDERSTANDING OF A REASONABLE PERSON,

    AFTER CONSIDERATION IS GIVEN TO ALL RELEVANT CIRCUMSTANCES OF THE CASE

     INCLUDING  THE NEGOTIATIONS,

    ANY PRACTICES THE PARTIES HAVE ESTABLISHED BETWEEN THEMSELVES,

    USAGES  AND ANY SUBSEQUENT CONDUCT OF THE PARTIES.

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    I AM A REASONABLE PERSON AND I DO UNDERSTAND THE INTENT OF PRESIDENT TRUMP.

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    DO YOU UNDERSTAND THE INTENT  OF  OBAMA’S LEFTOVERS, THE LIBERAL’S FAKE NEWS MEDIA, THE LIARS, THE LEAKERS, THE WA DC ESTABLISHMENT,  THE INTENT OF FORMER ATTORNEY GENERAL LORETTA LYNCH ON THE TARMAC ET AL  AND  AMERICAN JUSTICE?

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     JUNE 8, 2017, DO YOU UNDERSTAND THE INTENT OF FBI JAMES COMEY’S TESTIMONY?

     DO YOU UNDERSTAND THE INTENT OF FORMER ATTORNEY GENERAL LORETTA LYNCH?

     OH DEAR WHAT CAN THE MATTER BE?

     FORMER FBI DIRECTOR JAMES COMEY SAID FORMER ATTORNEY GENERAL LORETTA LYNCH.

    DIRECTED HIM TO REFER TO THE HILLARY CLINTON EMAIL PROBE AS A “MATTER,” NOT AN INVESTIGATION.

     June 8, 2017 FORMER FBI DIRECTOR JAMES COMEY TESTIFIED UNDER OATH,  WE HAD A CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION OPEN….

    COMEY SAID, THE SERIOUSNESS OF THE FBI’S INVESTIGATION INTO HILLARY CLINTON’S EMAILS. … , AND SO THAT GAVE ME A QUEASY FEELING.

     SO, QUEASY FEELING FBI COMEY FOLDED UNDER LORETTA LYNCH’S  PRESSURE AND CALLED A CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION  A “MATTER”

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    FEB 17, 2017 Judge Jeanine Pirro

    OBAMA ‘LEFTOVERS’ ARE BEHIND LEAKS AND MUST BE “PROSECUTED”

    SHE, DESCRIBED MEMBERS OF THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY AS “LIVID” AT TRUMP

    AND SAID THE LEAKS ARE RETALIATION. 

    June 8, 2017 FORMER FBI DIRECTOR JAMES COMEY TESTIFYING ONE MONTH AFTER TRUMP FIRED HIM……

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    COMEY  THE FORMER FBI DIRECTOR’S ACKNOWLEDGED  THAT HE HAD ASKED A FRIEND TO LEAK HIS MEMOS ABOUT HIS CONVERSATIONS WITH THE PRESIDENT.

     ONE MONTH AFTER TRUMP FIRED HIM…

    COMEY TOLD MEMBERS OF THE SENATE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE THAT HE HAD HOPED TO PROD THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT TO APPOINT A SPECIAL COUNSEL TO OVERSEE THE RUSSIA INVESTIGATION, WHICH occurred last month

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    A RETALIATION LEAK BY  FORMER FBI DIRECTOR JAMES COMEY ?

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    Feb 17, 2017 Judge Jeanine Pirro weighed in this morning on President Donald Trump’s epic news conference and responded to the recent leaks of intelligence,

    Obama ‘Leftovers’ Are Behind Leaks and Must Be Prosecuted

    insider.foxnews.com/…/judge-jeanine-obama-admin-leftovers-are-behind-leaks-and-…

    Feb 17, 2017 – Fiery Judge Jeanine: Obama ‘Leftovers’ Are Behind Leaks and Must Be … Watch her analysis above and don’t miss Justice With Judge …

    PIRRO SAID SHE BELIEVES THE RUSSIA-RELATED LEAKS ARE COMING FROM OBAMA ADMINISTRATION “LEFTOVERS” AND THAT TRUMP MUST “PROSECUTE” THE LEAKERS.

    “This is classified information, serious stuff. … A lot of these people are very much embedded into the system and he has to find out who they are and that’s not gonna be easy,” said Pirro.

    SHE DESCRIBED MEMBERS OF THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY AS “LIVID” AT TRUMP

    AND SAID THE LEAKS ARE RETALIATION. 

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    President Trump’s personal attorney plans to file a complaint against fired FBI Director James B. Comey with the Justice Department over his leaking of memos on his conversations with the president, a source close to the president’s legal team said Friday.

    A complaint will be filed early next week with the Justice Department’s inspector general regarding the leak, and there will also be a “submission” to the Senate Judiciary Committee about Mr. Comey’s testimony before both Senate Judiciary and Senate Intelligence committees, the source said.

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    The Trump team is also interested in Mr. Comey’s testimony on May 3, 2017 to the Senate Judiciary Committee, A WEEK BEFORE HE WAS FIRED, in which Chairman Charles Grassley, Iowa Republican, asked if the FBI director was ever the source of anonymous news articles.

    “Director Comey, have you ever been an anonymous source in news reports about matters relating to the Trump investigation or the Clinton investigation?” Mr. Grassley asked.

    “Never,” Mr. Comey said.

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    1. COMEY’S TESTIMONY ON MAY 3, 2017
    2. GRASSLEY ASKED IF THE FBI WAS INVESTIGATING LEAKS OF CLASSIFIED INFORMATION ABOUT THE PRESIDENT OR HIS ASSOCIATES.

    “I DON’T WANT TO ANSWER THAT QUESTION, SENATOR, FOR REASONS I THINK YOU KNOW,” MR. COMEY SAID AT THE TIME. “LEAKS ARE ALWAYS A PROBLEM, ESPECIALLY IN THE LAST THREE TO SIX MONTHS.”

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    THE INTENT OF OBAMA LIBERAL LEFTOVER LEAKERS AKA COMEY

    THESE LEAKS, AKA LEAKERS,  SOMETIMES OF CLASSIFIED INFORMATION,

     ARE OFTEN TOLERATED, FACILITATED, OR ENCOURAGED

    BY MEMBERS OF THE POLITICAL ESTABLISHMENT.

    THOSE IN POWER CAUGHT MISHANDLING OR RELEASING CLASSIFIED INFORMATION

    FOR PERSONAL OR POLITICAL PURPOSES—

    AKA, HILLARY CLINTON AND WEINER TO A PRIVATE EMAIL SERVER—TYPICALLY EXPERIENCE MINIMAL CONSEQUENCES.

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    UNDERSTANDING THE INTENT OF  DONALD J. TRUMP WHEN HE RAN FOR PRESIDENT, UNDERSTANDING  THE INTENT OF THE VOTERS THAT ELECTED HIM PRESIDENT AND HIS INTENT AS  PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

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     THE INTENT OF A PARTY

    CAN BE DETERMINED BY EXAMINING

    THE UNDERSTANDING OF A REASONABLE PERSON,

    AFTER CONSIDERATION IS GIVEN TO ALL RELEVANT CIRCUMSTANCES OF THE CASE

    INCLUDING  THE NEGOTIATIONS,

    ANY PRACTICES THE PARTIES HAVE ESTABLISHED BETWEEN THEMSELVES,

    USAGES  AND

    ANY SUBSEQUENT CONDUCT OF THE PARTIES.

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    I AM A REASONABLE PERSON AND I UNDERSTAND THE INTENT OF PRESIDENT TRUMP ON LEAKERS.

    PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP  SHALL NOT TOLERATE, FACILITATE, OR ENCOURAGE THESE LEAKS, AKA LEAKERS,  OF CLASSIFIED INFORMATION, BY MEMBERS OF THE POLITICAL ESTABLISHMENT.

    IN FACT  FBI DIRECTOR JAMES COMEY WAS  A LEAKER.

    OBAMA ADMINISTRATION LEAKING “LEFTOVERS”  MUST BE “PROSECUTE”


  • The SES Government of 7000 Strangers?

    The SES Government of 7000 Strangers?

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

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

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

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

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

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

    A government of strangers: Executive politics in Washington

    H Heclo – 2011 – books.google.com

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

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

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


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

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

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

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    WHAT A MESS…

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

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

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

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    I do investigating reporting on my website.

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Senior Executive Service – OPM

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

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

    HOW POWERFUL ARE THE SES CAREER EXECUTIVE?

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

     AT THE HIGHEST LEVELS OF FEDERAL GOVERNMENT..

    SES LEVEL V – O-7 – BRIGADIER GENERAL

     

    Civilian to Military Rank – FederalPay

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

     

    Equivalent Civilian to Military Ranks

    Civilian Grade Military Rank

    Army Title

    GS-13

    O-4

    Major

    GS-14

    O-5

    Lieutenant Colonel

    GS-15

    O-6

    Colonel

    SES LEVEL V

    O-7

    BRIGADIER GENERAL

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

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

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

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

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

    Presidential Transitions Improvements Act of 2015.”\17\

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

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

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    Just asking? TO ENSURE IN APPROXIMATELY 75 FEDERAL AGENCIES?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    OR (4) RAISE NOVEL LEGAL OR POLICY ISSUES.

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

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

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

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


  • The Importance of Federal Water Control?

    Contact: Rosemarie Calabro Tully
    rct@energy.senate.gov
    (202) 224-7556

    Dear Rosemarie,

    I just called your office, left a message and now as instructed, I am emailing you.

    Re: Senator Cantwell Releases a Bold Vision for Water in the 21st Century

    THE IMPORTANCE OF FEDERAL WATER CONTROL

    Congress is one  way  Executive Order  is another a presidential memorandum to institutionalize the National Drought Resilience Partnership (NDRP)

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    Feb 5, 2013 WA STATE HAD THINGS UNDER CONTROL.

    6 (3) The provisions of this chapter apply only to waters of the
    7 Yakima river basin.

    It appears that the WA State Legislators can change WA State DOE Water Rules with a House Bill 1414 ?

    Behind My Back | Water Rules Not Etched In Stone

    www.behindmyback.org/2013/02/05/water-rules-not-etched-in-stone/

    Feb 5, 2013 – ARE WA STATE WATER RULES ETCHED IN STONE? PERHAPS NOT… 6 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF … WASHINGTON:
    7 Sec. 1. RCW 90.38.005 and 1989 c 429 s 1 are each amended to read
    8 as follows:
    9 (1) The legislature finds that:

    It appears that the WA State Legislators can change WA State DOE Water Rules with a House Bill 1414 ?
    36 to satisfy both existing rights, and other presently unmet as well as
    37 future needs of the basin;

    6 (3) The provisions of this chapter apply only to waters of the
    7 Yakima river basin.

    What do we need in Clallam County to change the Dungeness Water Rule?
    Elected officials that represent us, Van De Wege, Senator Hargrove and Tharinger, to do their job and propose legislation
    36 to satisfy both existing rights, and other presently unmet as well as
    37 future needs of the basin;

    What do they need in Skagit County to change the Skagit River Water Rule?
    Elected officials that represent them, do their job and propose legislation
    36 to satisfy both existing rights, and other presently unmet as well as
    37 future needs of the basin;

    Feb 5, 2013 WA STATE HAD THINGS UNDER CONTROL.

    GOD FORBID THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ALLOW ANYTHING BE UNDER STATE CONTROL

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    WOW in 2015? Last year, Sen. Cantwell introduced the Yakima Basin bill

    THE IMPORTANCE OF FEDERAL WATER CONTROL

    Senator Cantwell Releases a Bold Vision for Water in the 21st Century

    DOUBLE WOW 2016, Sen. Cantwell said. “The Yakima water bill is a national model for watershed management. The federal government has a responsibility to act now to support these efforts.”

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    Indeed, step by step, one way or another, from WOTUS to Wetland Delineation, to Cantwell.

    First the Feds TAKE all of our water using WOTUS

    WOTUS “Water Runs Down Hill”

    Posted on September 4, 2015 8:52 am by Pearl Rains Hewett Comment

    WOTUS Water Runs Down Hill
    So, the LAW OF GRAVITY becomes the EPA WOTUS WATER LAW OF THE LAND?

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    I DON’T NEED AN APPLE TO FALL ON MY HEAD TO UNDERSTAND THE GRAVITY OF WATERS OF THE UNITED STATES (WOTUS)

    Last year the administration wrote new definitions that would have subjected all waters (running down hill) within 4,000 feet of a navigable water to EPA review and control.

    Behind My Back | Congress Must Act on Water Issues

    www.behindmyback.org/2015/12/04/congressmustact-on-water-issues/

    Dec 4, 2015 – Congress Must Act on Water Issues May 24, 2014 It takes an act of the U.S. … www.behindmyback.org/2015/02/01/high–dry-and-destitute/.

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    WA State Reform on Wetland Delineation?

    Posted on February 11, 2016 11:29 am by Pearl Rains Hewett Comment

    Re: WA State Legislative reform ideas for SMPs and wetlands delineation update?

    Wetland delineation is also an element of a “jurisdictional determination. ... A WETLAND IS A WOTUS “water of the United States” and thus regulated under the federal Clean …

    Wetland delineation establishes the existence (location) and physical limits (size) of a wetland for the purposes of federal, state, and local regulations.

    Wetland delineation is also an element of a “jurisdictional determination.” This process identifies which water bodies within a project’s boundaries meet the definition of “waters of the United States.” For more information on this, see the Corps’ of Engineers (Corps) Regulatory Guidance Letter 08-02, Jurisdictional Determinations.

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    SO WHAT’S OLD?

    Behind My Back | “Ecology Sucks”

    www.behindmyback.org/2013/04/15/ecologysucks/

    Apr 15, 2013 – Ecology Sucks” And, the rest of the story. The local news papers did report that I said it. WHAT THE LOCAL NEWSPAPERS DID NOT REPORT …

    Behind My Back | High, Dry and Destitute

    www.behindmyback.org/2015/02/01/highdry-and-destitute/

    Feb 1, 2015 – High, Dry and Destitute WA State citizens, private property owners and … category and have previously been posted on “behindmyback.org”.

    AND WHAT’S OLD?

    FEB 5, 2013, It appears that the WA State Legislators can change WA State DOE Water Rules with a House Bill 1414 ?

    behindmyback.org/2013/02/05/ The provisions of this chapter apply only to waters of the 7 Yakima river basin.

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    MARCH 25, 2016  SO WHAT’S REALLY NEW?

    BY HOOK OR BY CROOK, ONE WAY OR ANOTHER

    TOTAL FEDERAL CONTROL OF ALL WATER

    Senator Cantwell Releases a Bold Vision for Water in the 21st Century

    New white paper outlines a national policy framework for drought and water security

    Congress is one  way  Executive Order  is another a presidential memorandum to institutionalize the National Drought Resilience Partnership (NDRP),

    National Drought Resilience Partnership – US Drought Portal

    www.drought.gov/drought/content/ndrp

    National Drought Resilience Partnership Fact Sheet: Learn more about the NDRP, the importance of drought preparedness, and THE IMPORTANCE OF FEDERAL and …

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    Senator Cantwell Releases a Bold Vision for Water in the 21st Century

    New white paper outlines a national policy framework for drought and water security

    Read Sen. Cantwell’s white paper here.

    Washington, DC – Today, on World Water Day, Ranking Member of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) released a white paper to advance the development of a 21st century national framework for addressing drought and water security in the United States.  
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    An unprecedented drought last year and 15 years of drought across the American West have demonstrated the need to rethink U.S. water management in the 21st century. Since 1980, droughts have cost the United States more than $200 billion. The drought last year caused widespread and serious impacts for communities, agriculture, industry and the environment. As drought is predicted to continue in the coming years and as communities throughout the United States face significant water-security challenges, it is a crucial time to evaluate and develop new strategies at the national level.  

    Sen. Cantwell’s paper lays out a national framework to address water challenges through the modernization of federal programs to support and finance sustainable, watershed-scale solutions; advance science and technology; and promote partnerships with communities. The purpose of the paper is to foster a public dialogue and to develop a comprehensive policy agenda to address national drought and water security needs, as called for by states, tribes, local governments, utilities, agricultural producers and conservation groups.

    Modernizing federal programs is critical to supporting a more water-secure future,” Sen. Cantwell said. “The Yakima water bill is a national model for watershed management. The federal government has a responsibility to act now to support these efforts.”

    The framework document reflects lessons learned from Washington’s Yakima River Basin, where an extraordinary collaboration has led to a watershed planning effort that has become a national model. Last year, Sen. Cantwell introduced the Yakima Basin bill (S. 1694) to authorize federal participation in this effort, which will help usher in a new era in water management. The bill will help to restore ecosystems and endangered species, conserve water and provide water security for families, fish and farmers for years to come. Last month, Deputy Secretary of the Department of the Interior Michael Connor called the Yakima process a model not only for working through water challenges, but any natural resource management challenge.

    The white paper released today builds on that approach and outlines five policy principles as a national framework for drought and water security:

    1. Supporting collaborative watershed-scale solutions that are locally-driven. Governance solutions should support and incentivize collaborative, locally driven, watershed solutions by modernizing, coordinating, and streamlining federal programs to make them more effective.

    2. Financing solutions through partnerships and streamlined federal funding. Innovative water financing solutions should utilize an integrated watershed funding approach that streamlines federal funding and increases opportunities for public-private partnerships.

    3. Using and advancing the best science, technology and tools. Science and technology solutions should focus on accelerating innovation and the advancement of tipping points in science, technology and tools to transform water management.

    4. Advancing sustainable water supply solutions for people and the environment. Water supply solutions should take an integrated, portfolio approach that balances the needs of both people and the environment, including: (1) increased use of water markets, efficiency, conservation, recycling, reuse and desalination; (2) improvements in existing infrastructure, operations and low-impact infrastructure (such as aquifer storage and recovery); and (3) nature-based solutions and restoration of ecosystems and fisheries.

    5. Partnering with Tribal Nations, Arctic and Island Communities. The federal government should partner with and support Tribal Nations, Arctic and Island communities as they face unique challenges in responding to and addressing long-term water security needs.

    Addressing long-term drought is also a priority for the Obama administration. Ahead of today’s White House Water Summit, the administration released a presidential memorandum to institutionalize the National Drought Resilience Partnership (NDRP), which seeks to reduce the vulnerability of communities to the impacts of drought.

    Download Sen. Cantwell’s white paper on drought here.
    Read the presidential memorandum on long-term drought resilience here.

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    Permalink: http://www.energy.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/2016/3/senator-cantwell-releases-a-bold-vision-for-water-in-the-21st-century

    How does drought response relate to climate preparedness?

    • The President’s Climate Action Plan: In June 2013, President Obama released his Climate Action Plan to cut the carbon pollution that causes climate change and affects public health, including increased risk of drought wildfires.
    • Executive Order – Preparing the United States for the Impacts of Climate Change: On November 1, 2013, President Obama established a Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience to advise the Administration on how the Federal Government can respond to the needs of communities nationwide that are dealing with the impacts of climate change, including drought and wildfires.
    • Fact Sheet: Executive Order on Climate Preparedness
    • National Drought Forum Report: In December 2012, Federal agencies and states held the  ational Drought Forum (NDF) to focus on improving government coordination to support the planning and preparedness needed for enhancing resilience to ongoing or reoccurring drought. The NDRP is one important outcome of this forum and continues the Obama Administration’s commitment to helping communities get the drought assistance they need.
    • Federal Actions to Assist the Drought Emergency: A list of recent Federal actions, programs, and funding opportunities to support communities currently facing drought and to prepare for future drought events
    • Drought Recovery Matrix (download): An “at a glance” overview of federal resources, programs, funding, and authorities available to policy experts, federal and state agencies, and other impacted sectors to navigate the numerous programs and opportunities available to assist in building greater drought resilience (Last Updated in 2012).

     


  • The Ethnic Cleansing of American Citizens

    The Ethnic Cleansing of American Citizens

    If you see something Say something

    The Ethnic Cleansing of American Citizens is remarkably similar to

    The Ethnic Cleansing of Native Indian Tribes when the U.S. government took their land.
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    In 1803 Thomas Jefferson said, we shall push our trading uses, and be glad to see the good and influential individuals among them run in debt,
    because we observe that when these debts get beyond what the individuals can pay, they become willing to lop them off by a cession of lands.”
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    This Dec. 7, 1841 State of the Union Address stands out
    John Tyler First State of the Union Address
    “The war with the Indian tribes on the peninsula of Florida has during the last summer and fall been prosecuted with untiring activity and zeal…

    Numbers have been captured, and still greater numbers have surrendered and have been transported to join their brethren on the lands elsewhere allotted to them by the Government.”
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    THE STATE OF THE UNION MARCH 10, 2016
    “The war with the protesters on the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in eastern Oregon has during the last summer and fall been prosecuted with untiring activity and zeal…

    Behind My Back | Shooting him three times in the back

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

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

    If you do only thing today, watch this video.

    Dramatic video from inside Finicum’s vehicle – The Westerner

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    1 day ago – Dramatic video from inside Finicum’s vehicle. Footage released by Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Tuesday shows the moment that Robert …
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    Indeed, Numbers have been captured, and still greater numbers have surrendered and have been transported to join their brethren elsewhere to prisons allotted to them by the U.S. Government.”

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    WHO COUNTS? AND WHO’S COUNTING?
    PIE N POLITICS

    Bundy situations: 37 indictments of updated info 3-3-16

    pienpolitics.com/?p=25177

    Bundy situations: 37 indictments of updated info 3-3-16. Mar 4, 2016. Agriculture, Bundy Battle … Ryan Bundy, Bunkerville, NV (NV court 3/17; OR jury trial 4/19)
    by Liz Bowen

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    The Ethnic Cleansing of Native Americans Crime Magazine

    www.crimemagazine.com/ethnic-cleansing-native-americans
    Apr 5, 2013 – America was a growing nation, and it needed living space for white settlers and their slaves. They had something similar in Nazi Germany – it was called Lebensraum – living space. … The immediate objects are the total destruction and devastation of their settlements, and the capture of as many prisoners …

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    Nearly every president of the 18th and 19th centuries – including Jackson – claimed that they wanted to help the Indians; to civilize the Indians; to Christianize the Indians. But what they really wanted was their land.

    BBC – History – World Wars: Hitler and ‘Lebensraum’ in the

    www.bbc.co.uk/history/worldwars/…/hitler_lebensraum_01.shtml
    BBC
    Mar 30, 2011 – Why did Hitler look to the east to expand in WW2? … Adolf Hitler developed the belief that Germany required Lebensraum (‘living space’) in order to survive. The conviction that this living space could be gained only in the east, … healthy, species must continually expand the amount of space they occupy, …
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    The Ethnic Cleansing of Native Americans Crime Magazine

    www.crimemagazine.com/ethnic-cleansing-native-americans
    Apr 5, 2013 – From George Washington through Ulysses S. Grant, U.S. presidents followed a relentless policy of removing Native Americans from their lands. President Andrew Jackson codified ethnic cleansing into law when he signed THE INDIAN REMOVAL ACT IN 1830. … In 1830, it was called “The
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    In 1803, the year of the Louisiana Purchase, President Jefferson wrote a letter to William Henry Harrison, a future U.S. President who was then governor of the Indiana Territory, explaining what should be done with the Native Americans inhabiting the wild frontier.
    Jefferson went on to explain:

    “When they (the Indians) withdraw themselves to the culture of a small piece of land,
    they will perceive how useless to them are their extensive forests,
    and will be willing to pare them off from time to time in exchange for necessaries for their farms and families.
    To promote this disposition to exchange lands, which they have to spare and we want, for necessaries, which we have to spare and they want,

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    IN 1803 JEFFERSON SAID, WE SHALL PUSH OUR TRADING USES, AND BE GLAD TO SEE THE GOOD AND INFLUENTIAL INDIVIDUALS AMONG THEM RUN IN DEBT,
    BECAUSE WE OBSERVE THAT WHEN THESE DEBTS GET BEYOND WHAT THE INDIVIDUALS CAN PAY, THEY BECOME WILLING TO LOP THEM OFF BY A CESSION OF LANDS.”

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    And if any Indians make trouble, Jefferson wrote, they would be driven out of their lands.
    “Should any tribe be foolhardy enough to take up the hatchet at any time,” he told Harrison,“the seizing the whole country of that tribe, and driving them across the Mississippi, as the only condition of peace,

    WOULD BE AN EXAMPLE TO OTHERS, AND A FURTHERANCE OF OUR FINAL CONSOLIDATION.”

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    This was the final solution for the Indians – a policy that would result in their being driven from their ancestral lands and shunted onto barren reservations.

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    IN 1807 JEFFERSON MADE THIS CLEAR FOUR YEARS LATER WHEN HE WROTE THAT IF THE INDIANS DID NOT COOPERATE, THE POLICY OF THE UNITED STATES WOULD BE “TO PURSUE INDIANS TO EXTERMINATION, or to drive them to new seats beyond our reach.”
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    The following are direct quotes from State of the Union Addresses by nine U.S. Presidents. They show a consistent policy, from one administration to the next, to remove Native Americans from their ancestral lands.

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    James Monroe
    First State of the Union Address
    December 12, 1817
    “The earth was given to mankind to support the greatest number of which it is capable, and no tribe or people have a right to withhold from the wants of others more than is necessary for their own support and comfort.”
    “In terminating Indian hostilities, as must soon be done…the emigration, which has heretofore been great, will probably increase, and the demand for land and the augmentation in its value be in like proportion.”

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    Sixth State of the Union Address
    Dec. 3, 1822
    “It is essential to the growth and prosperity of the (Florida) Territory, as well as to the interests of the Union, that those Indians should be removed, by special compact with them, to some other position or concentration within narrower limits.”

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    Eighth State of the Union Address
    Dec. 7, 1824
    One of the goals of the federal government, he said, was “the extinguishment of the Indian title to large tracts of fertile territory.”

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    John Quincy Adams
    Fourth State of the Union Address
    Dec. 2, 1828
    “They were, moreover, considered as savages, whom it was our policy and our duty to use our influence in converting to Christianity and in bringing within the pale of civilization.”

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    Andrew Jackson
    Second State of the Union Address
    Dec. 6, 1830
    “It gives me pleasure to announce to Congress that the benevolent policy of the Government, steadily pursued for nearly 30 years, in relation to the removal of the Indians beyond the white settlements is approaching to a happy consummation.”

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    Eighth State of the Union Address
    Dec. 5, 1836
    “The national policy, founded alike in interest and in humanity, so long and so steadily pursued by this Government for the removal of the Indian tribes originally settled on this side of the Mississippi to the west of that river, may be said to have been consummated by the conclusion of the late treaty with the Cherokees.”

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    Martin Van Buren
    First State of the Union Address
    Dec. 5, 1837
    “The system of removing the Indians west of the Mississippi, commenced by Mr. Jefferson in 1804, has been steadily persevered in by every succeeding President, and may be considered the settled policy of the country.”

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    Second State of the Union Address
    Dec. 3, 1838
    “It affords me sincere pleasure to be able to apprise you of the entire removal of the Cherokee Nation of Indians to their new homes west of the Mississippi.”
    Fourth State of the Union Address (Dec. 5, 1840
    “The removal of the Indians from within our settled borders is nearly completed.”
    “Since the spring of 1837 more than 40,000 Indians have been removed to their new homes west of the Mississippi…”

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    Millard Fillmore
    Third State of the Union Address
    Dec. 6, 1852
    “The removal of the remnant of the tribe of Seminole Indians from Florida has long been a cherished object of the Government, and it is one to which my attention has been steadily directed.”

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    James K. Polk
    First State of the Union Address
    Dec. 2, 1845
    “Our relations with the Indian tribes are of a favorable character. The policy of removing them to a country designed for their permanent residence west of the Mississippi, and without the limits of the organized States and Territories, is better appreciated by them than it was a few years ago.”

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    Fourth State of the Union Address
    Dec. 5, 1848
    “The title to all the Indian lands within the several States of our Union, with the exception of a few small reservations, is now extinguished, and a vast region opened for settlement and cultivation.”
    “Within the last four years eight important treaties have been negotiated with different Indian tribes, and at a cost of $1,842,000; Indian lands to the amount of more than 18,500,000 acres have been ceded to the United States, and provision has been made for settling in the country west of the Mississippi the tribes which occupied this large extent of the public domain.”
    (The payment amounted to 10¢ an acre.)

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    “The immediate and only cause of the existing hostility of the Indians of OREGON is represented to have been the long delay of the United States in making to them some trifling compensation, in such articles as they wanted, for the country now occupied by our emigrants, which the Indians claimed and over which they formerly roamed.”

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    John Tyler
    First State of the Union Address
    Dec. 7, 1841
    “The war with the Indian tribes on the peninsula of Florida has during the last summer and fall been prosecuted with untiring activity and zeal…Numbers have been captured, and still greater numbers have surrendered and have been transported to join their brethren on the lands elsewhere allotted to them by the Government.”

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    Fourth State of the Union Address
    Dec. 3, 1844
    “The Executive has abated no effort in carrying into effect the well-established policy of the Government which contemplates a removal of all the tribes residing within the limits of the several States beyond those limits, and it is now enabled to congratulate the country at the prospect of an early consummation of this object.”

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    Abraham Lincoln
    Third State of the Union Address
    Dec. 8, 1863
    “The measures provided at your last session for the removal of certain Indian tribes have been carried into effect. Sundry treaties have been negotiated, which will in due time be submitted for the constitutional action of the Senate. They contain stipulations for extinguishing the possessory rights of the Indians to large and valuable tracts of lands.”

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    Ulysses S. Grant
    Second State of the Union Address
    Dec. 5, 1870
    “I entertain the confident hope that the policy now pursued will in a few years bring all the Indians upon reservations…”

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    Third State of the Union Address
    Dec. 4, 1871
    “…by the law of April 10, 1869, many tribes of Indians have been induced to settle upon reservations.”
    “Such a course might in time be the means of collecting most of the Indians now between the Missouri and the Pacific and south of the British possessions into one Territory or one State.

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    Fifth State of the Union Address
    Dec.1, 1873
    “The Indian Territory south of Kansas and west of Arkansas is sufficient in area and agricultural resources to support all the Indians east of the Rocky Mountains. In time, no doubt, all of them, except a few who may elect to make their homes among white people, will be collected there.”
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    The State of the Union March 10, 2016
    The Oregonian

    Oregon standoff: Three refuge militants face fresh charges in

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    7 days ago – Oregon standoff: Three refuge militants face fresh charges in Nevada … “organize the gunmen” who confronted the BLM agents in Nevada.
    THE LEGAL NET TIGHTENED THURSDAY ON MILITANTS INVOLVED IN ARMED STANDOFFS IN NEVADA AND OREGON AS FEDERAL PROSECUTORS LEVIED FRESH CHARGES AGAINST TWO MORE BUNDY BROTHERS AND 12 OTHERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY.
    http://www.oregonlive.com/oregon-standoff/2016/03/post_7.html#incart_2box

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  • Find Your Park Shenandoah National Park

    Find Your Park Shenandoah National Park
    What’s your Heritage? Tell Your Story.
    Well, yes, but they were rednecks, so it doesn’t count.
    Thing happen that should always be remembered
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    snippet from a comment below…
    The National Park Service and its private lobby arm, National Parks and Conservation Association, planned to pick up where they had left off with heavy media promotion and lobbying for another massive expansion in the National Park System Plan of 1988. It was largely stopped because enough people had caught on by then, but most of the public has no idea what the National Park Service has been doing and what it intends to do in the future.

    This is the unedited complete text
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    Washington Times, February 5, 2015

    Few things vanish from public memory more quickly than government atrocities. When I was growing up on a mountainside across from the Shenandoah National Park in the 1960s, no one spoke of the injustices committed against the mountaineers brutally expelled from their homes in the 1930s to create that park. Instead, all that mattered in Front Royal, Virginia, my nearby hometown and the northern entrance of the park, was that the tourists the park attracted were good for local business.Now, almost 80 years after the park was opened, more attention is finally being paid to the redneck ethnic cleansing committed by both the state and federal government. “Shenandoah: A Story of Conservation and Betrayal,” by Sue Eisenfeld, a Johns Hopkins University writing instructor, beautifully captures the mountain people and the official vendetta that made them refugees from their own land.

    The Shenandoah National Park was erected on a pyramid of lies. The original advocates claimed that the parkland was practically uninhabited — ignoring the 15,000 people residing within the originally proposed park boundaries. They claimed the land was undeveloped, near-virgin turf — despite its long history of timber harvesting, mining and beef cattle production. They also claimed the land was worth only a trifle of its actual value and thus would be cheap to acquire.

    But the biggest deceits involved vilifying the mountaineers who inhabited what was then known as Virginia’s “Great Mountains.” Families had lived and worked on those ridges and hollows since the 1700s and flourishing communities dotted the landscape. But when they refused to vacate their land to satisfy a grand political vision, they were quickly tarred as know-nothing sociopaths.

    Miriam Sizer, a social worker who reported to the state of Virginia, bemoaned that children in one hollow were “uncouth” and “tobacco-chewing.” National Park Service director Arno Cammerer derided some of the mountain residents as “scum.” Shenandoah National Park superintendent J.R. Lassiter denounced people living in the targeted area for suffering from a lack of “independence and resourcefulness.” But most of the mountaineers were doing just fine until they were plundered.

    Families were paid as little as a dollar an acre for land worth ten times that much. Virginia’s ruling political machine was confident the new park would be a magnet for tourists, so it engineered a blanket condemnation. The land grab was spearheaded by William Carson, a wealthy businessman who orated that “there is no higher conception of duty than to feel we are of service to the State.” The government could have easily bought from willing sellers most of the land along the ridges and mountain crests where the Skyline Drive, the crown jewel of the park, was built. But politicians wanted vastly more land on both sides of the mountain range.

    Shortly after taking office in 1933, President Franklin Roosevelt visited a Civilian Conservation Corps camp in the future Shenandoah National Park. While a CCC bugler played “Happy Days Are Here Again,” CCC torchbearers ignited a large effigy labeled “fear” and “Old Man Depression.” FDR cheered: “That’s right, burn him up.”

    A few years later, CCC members were sent to burn down the homes of mountaineers who refused to vacate their land — a chilling example of how FDR’s “freedom from fear” required giving federal agents unlimited power. The Hoover administration had promised that the vast majority of residents would not be required to vacate, but the Roosevelt administration reneged. When I often hiked the park’s trails and back areas as a Boy Scout, I did not realize that some of the standalone chimneys I saw were lonely reminders of the CCC vendetta.

    In one case, an unsubmissive homeowner and filling station owner was ambushed by four plainclothes sheriffs and deputy sheriffs and dragged off. Ms. Eisenfeld relates how the victim, 62-year-old Melanchton Cliser, “stood proudly in handcuffs and delivered a ‘quavering rendition of the entire Star Spangled banner,’ then delivered a speech about defending his rights, guaranteed by the Magna Carta and the U.S. Constitution” before being wrestled into a sheriff’s car.

    The Archdeaconry of the Blue Ridge complained of the inhumane “wholesale depopulation of the park area.” Many of the displaced people were relocated into what Ms. Eisenfeld calls “an internment camp of sorts.” “Resettlement” communities were set up with boxy white houses, many of which did not include running water or electricity. And the one certainty was that the new homes lacked the million-dollar views that their tenants previously relished.

    The commandeering of 176,000 acres for the park provoked court battles that helped establish politicians’ right to seize private property for any purpose they proclaimed. In the subsequent decades, the same legal doctrines sanctified expelling more than a million urban residents from their homes. The dictatorial creation of the Shenandoah National Park is a warning that government cannot ravage property rights without ruining lives far and wide.

    • James Bovard is the author of “Attention Deficit Democracy” (Palgrave, 2006) and “Lost Rights” (St. Martin’s, 1994).  For more  of my experiences in the Shenandoah National Park and that neck of the woods, see Public Policy Hooligan.

    * Unfortunately, I could not find any drawings or photos of C.C.C. boys carrying torches. Below is another CCC poster and one from its sister program, the Work Progress Administration (commonly referred to as “We Poke Along”).  I’m not sure which font that poster is using but…

    ccc small cccWork Progress Administration poster 3b48918r

    Wash. Times: Redneck Ethnic Cleansing Recalled – James …

    jimbovard.com/blog/…/washtimesredneckethniccleansingrecalled/

    Feb 4, 2015 – Washington Times, February 5, 2015. Redneck ethnic cleansing recalled. by James Bovard. Few things vanish from public memory more …

    Redneck ethnic cleansing recalled

    by James Bovard

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    1.  John M February 4, 2015 at 7:24 pm #

      Great review! Not a whale of a lot of difference between the CCC and the Reich Labor Service, when you get right down to it…

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    2. Brian February 7, 2015 at 7:45 pm #

      For 1-1/2 years I worked as a contractor at SNP Hdqtrs in Luray VA organizing some of the historical papers of the Park and describing them in a WordPerfect file. Nothing terribly scandalous to report from materials I worked with but I will say that most all parties involved — US Govt, people displaced, opportunistic people, people coming to “help” after the relocation of the people living in what became the Park, and others — come off with some dirt on their hands. J.R. Lassiter, first Park superintendent, did not pull punches when moving people out. Many residents of the future Park were not landowners but essentially squatters (or renters) with not claim to property. George Pollack Freeman of early Skyland fame comes off as a man who wanted business for his enterprise as much as anything. Someone should write a study or book on the formation of the Park and tell the story from all sides. One wonders how it went in what became the Smoky Mountains NP — possibly similar experiences?

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      • Jim February 7, 2015 at 8:23 pm #

        Thanks for your comment and insight, Brian. Ms. Eisenfeld mentioned that some of the residents were also victimized because the land records were in court houses that had been burned down during the Civil War. She didn’t mention that it was the Union Army burning down the court houses, but….

        George Freeman Pollack comes across like a conniving rascal in Eisenfeld’s book.

        The book contains good details on the severe restrictions imposed on the smattering of people who were permitted to remain on their homesteads within the park.

        The space limit for the Washington Times review was 800 words. I may write more about the book – both its strengths and weaknesses – in some other venue in the coming months.

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      • ewv July 18, 2015 at 3:21 pm #

        Whatever the residents and owners did along the way that you found less than ideal, there is no question that they were defending themselves in an impossible situation caused entirely by the National Park Service, the politicians and the insider cronies who got the the power for NPS, all of whom bear the full moral responsibility for this travesty. Owners, whether of land or homes, and renters or other “squatters” who lived there were all victims of exercise of power destroying normal lives and which never should have been permitted, especially in this country.

        Pollock wrote his own account in “Skyland: The Heart of the Shenandoah National Park”, 1960, in which he reveals himself as a promoter and manipulator who shared the other elites’ condescending demeaning attitude towards the people. Like many other of the unprincipled businessmen he didn’t care one whit about sacrificing the people for his plans and using the power of government to do it. But the quintessential crony insider didn’t have influence he thought he did: he was stunned that he lacked the influence to prevent condemnation of his own Skyland resort, which he had arrogantly expected to keep. None of this was good, but at least that was a form of poetic justice.

        Most books on Shenandoah NP are repetitious touristy hiking “guides” whose authors could care less about how they got the land, but there are other books and articles on the background of the people at Shenandoah, including Darwin Lambert’s “The Undying Past of Shenandoah National Park”, 1989, and Dorothy Smith’s “Recollections; The People of the Blue Ridge Remember”. They show that the whole area was in fact populated by self reliant, mostly good people, with a history back to the original settlers and sporadic Indians before that, contrary to the myths denigrating them as inferior subhumans not worth worrying about, but Eisenfeld’s is the best on the government atrocity and how it impacted people’s lives.

        Yes the same thing happened at the Smoky Mountains, thousands of decent people enjoying their lives in the mountains thrown out by the cynical maneuvers of elitist wealthy insiders. See especially Durwood Dunn’s “Cades Cove: The Life and Death of A Southern Appalachian Community 1818-1937”.

        Likewise at Acadia in Maine — not the “gift of the Rockefellers” the myth tells us to believe. See The Story of Acadia National Park, an autobiographical account by the leader George Dorr, who in an intended favorable account of himself nevertheless revealed quite a bit. The publisher described it (1985 edition) as “a forest of political intrigues, favors called in, land speculation, the rebellion of the ‘locals’, an the unlimited use of reputations, power and money”. Dorr’s campaign took him “into the parlors and dining rooms of America’s elite, through the halls of Congress, and finally right into the Oval Office itself.”

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    3. StarvinLarry February 8, 2015 at 9:54 pm #

      Heck,the NPS did the same thing in less obvious ways when the Cuyahoga Valley National Park between Akron and Cleveland Ohio was formed in the 1970’s-homeowners had no choice about keeping their property-it was sell it to the park for what they deemed a “fair market price” when they made their offer-or have it taken by eminent domain type proceedings later-and get pennies on the dollar for the property.
      Families were allowed to remain in their homes until they passed away-but the park got everyone’s land.
      farmers lost prime bottomland to the park. Homeowners who had homes with nice views of the valley lost their homes,and no one had a choice in the matter-it was sell your land to the park-for what the park is offering-or we will take it and pay you next to nothing for it.
      Many of the homes the park forced people out of just sit as they are-rotting away.
      The NPS did the same thing when most of the national parks were created,the USFS took a lot of people’s land in W. Va when the George Washington and Monangahela national forests were formed-my great grandparents lost hundreds of acres to the forest service-land the family settled in the late 1700’s.
      It would make great reading if someone were to write a book detailing all the .gov inc. land theft in the 1900’s. People would think they were reading about the USSR, Stalin, and a communist country-taking land “for the good of the people”.

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      • SemperFi, 0321 February 9, 2015 at 12:14 am #

        Look up Grand Teton NP and Rockefeller Parkway, lots of early pioneers and ranchers were displaced to make room for fedgov.
        Rockefellers have some choice property inside the park on a lake, public not allowed.

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      • Seasoned_Citizen February 9, 2015 at 6:16 am #

        starvinLarry is correct!

        Thousands of acres between Cleveland and Akron were involved in this huge “land grab.” I was there from day-one.

        Now–get this–the Feds are “allowing” people back onto the land to “farm” or “raise animals” on it to show what the original inhabitants were doing. INSANITY!

        The Feds literally evicted and kicked out the true owners in short order to have some “jewel” in their crown of parks, only to see that Americans value their heritage. They want it back! Not stolen by the heavy hand of government and then leaked back to them through some propaganda-laced “colander.”

        The Feds are out of control. At every levels–alphabet soup agencies up the wazoo; courts; secret star-chamber outfits.

        What did Abe Lincoln say about despotism and tyranny?

        “When it comes to this I should prefer emigrating to some country where they make no pretense of loving liberty – to Russia, for instance, where despotism can be taken pure, and without the base alloy of hypocrisy.”

        Hummm…compare Putin to the outfit current occupying “The People’s House.”

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        • GenEarly February 9, 2015 at 1:16 pm #

          BLM doing the same in the western states right now. at Bundy Ranch, NV. citizens resisted.

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        • ewv July 18, 2015 at 6:32 pm #

          The National Park Service mass depopulation at the Cuyahoga Valley National Recreation Area between Cleveland and Akron was documented in the 1982 PBS Frontlines documentary by Jessica Savitch, “For the Good of All”. http://www.landrights.org/VideoGoodOfAll.htm

          An earlier 11 minute documentary, “In Condemnation, The Cuyahoga Valley” which won an amateur film award, can be seen at http://www.landrights.org/VideoInCondemnation.htm

          The National Park Service internally published in 1992 “A Green Shrouded Miracle: The Administrative History of Cuyahoga Valley National Recreation Area, Ohio”, further revealing the ongoing arrogance:

          “[Superintendent] Birdsell believed that ‘if you are going to manage it, you have to own it.’ It was a position which local landowners used to vilify him. One of Birdsell’s colleagues responded:

          “‘People were screaming about it, but had Bill not taken that aggressive posture on land acquisition, I am convinced that this park never would be what it is today. I for one have been really sick and tired of hearing ‘Birdsell bashing’ because it is the thing to do. I think some day people, if they understand, will thank Bill Birdsell for that very aggressive stand that he took to get what he could get while the getting was good.’

          “‘The reason the park was created was because it was going to be eaten alive. After all, the Congress just said, ‘Here is a boundary.’ That was easy. Bill had the tough part. He had to come in and save what was within that boundary. There was only one way to save it and that was to buy it.’”

          In chapter 11 on the Cuyahoga homeowners rebellion NPS tries to portray itself as the victim. The focus on the plight and rights of homeowners in the Frontlines documentary “For the Good of All” is said to be “highly biased and provocative” because it was about the acquisitions. NPS does not to this day acknowledge the condemnations, which is typical for parks across the country. Older parks like Shenandoah and the Smoky Mountains are too well known to be evaded, and are treated like they are too old to matter.

          Cuyahoga was only one of many such travesties across the US, especially throughout the 1970s,

          following the 1965 Great Society Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) authorizing spending up to $900 million a year for land acquisition,

          subject to Congressional appropriations. Cuyahoga differed only in that it was caught on film but is typical of the arrogance of the National Park Service. The acquisition binge was greatly reduced during the Reagan administration only by curtailing funding.

          The National Park Service and its private lobby arm, National Parks and Conservation Association, planned to pick up where they had left off with heavy media promotion and lobbying for another massive expansion in the National Park System Plan of 1988.

           It was largely stopped because enough people had caught on by then,

          but most of the public has no idea what the National Park Service has been doing and what it intends to do in the future.

          NPS typically has a positive image associated with the emotion of the scenery, hiding its abuse and corruption behind the scenery.

          Some of the 1988 targets are still being pursued, e.g., in rural Maine where they want millions of acres.

          LWCF is up for re-authorization this year and the park pressure group lobbyists are continuing to push for converting it into an off-budget guaranteed entitlement of at least $1 billion a year for acquisition, bypassing Congressional appropriations in perpetuity and making it even more difficult to stop National Park Service expansionism. A $3 billion annual entitlement almost became law in the late 1990s. The mentality of Shenandoah and the Smoky Mountains is not just “ancient history”.

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    4. NC Redneck February 8, 2015 at 10:09 pm #

      Interesting read, however…

      Yes, the Appalachians were settled in the 1700’s, of which I’m a direct descendant.

      Yes, the Revolutionary and Civil War were lawless times.

      All I have to say to the feds is, git off our land.

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    5. BillMiller February 9, 2015 at 2:36 pm #

      Look at the CCC poster and then look at the style of posters produced in national socialist Germany during the same period. The resemblance is striking.

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    6. Dave February 9, 2015 at 6:02 pm #

      They did the same thing a couple of decades ago when they built Lake Jordan, whole villages just vanished underwater, they took several hundred acres of my farm for pennies on the dollar. Right now the national Rails to Trails org is stopping railroad land from going back to the landowner that leased the easement to the railroad. This is just a facade to keep rail or highway corridors for the state.
      Stop paying your lease (government taxes) on your land and see what happens to it. The myth of land “ownership” is
      laughable. The government owns everything, including you. We are just servants of the realm and we serve at their pleasure.

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    7.  Richard Williams February 10, 2015 at 10:00 am #

      There’s a great documentary about this topic produced by a local PBS (yeah, I know) station. It is quite enlightening and moving. Watch this emotional clip here: http://youtu.be/pkWH3iqL_gQ

      My wife and I both had ancestors who were forcibly removed from land to make way for the Blue Ridge Parkway. There’s a family cemetery that borders the BRP with one of our common (I’ll pause here for the jokes) great-great grandfathers is buried. He fought for the Confederacy. We still have family that live on land bordering the BRP and the park.

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      • Jim February 10, 2015 at 10:03 am #

        Thanks for the comment, Richard Williams. PBS stations have done some great documentaries over the years.

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        • Richard Williams February 10, 2015 at 10:25 am #

          They absolutely have, which I find somewhat ironic. Thanks for the review. After reading it, I immediately went to Amazon and purchased a copy.

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  • Olympic National Park Inholders 1970-1973

    Find your park. Tell your Story.

    Things happen that should always be remembered

    (133)  Elwha River Inholder  private Campsites were destroyed inside the Olympic National Park, they are listed below by name and number

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

    You know the one… It starts off great.. 

    Once Upon A Time in Olympic National Park

    THERE WAS A PRIVATE  ELWHA RIVER RECREATIONAL PARK

    “My Dad, George C. Rains Sr  developed one of the finest recreational campground facilities the Elwha River area has ever known. We subdivided and developed it into campsites with underground electricity, water system, good roads and restroom facilities.”

    And you remember what happens next, the Big Bad Wolf gobbles up the grandmother, swallows her whole and then the wolf eats Little Red Riding Hood..

    Unfortunately (133) Olympic National Park Inholder Campsites were destroyed they are listed by name and number below

    The names 133 people purchasing recreational sites and making payments between 1970-1973 are documented below.

    However the actual number of inholder’s ownership in ONP  may have been 250 or more.

    Many of the Inholder’s  that purchased and lost their Private recreational property in the Elwha River Recreational Park were local families.

    Many of the original purchasers are no longer living. Somebody needs to tell their story.

    Read the names on the list. Was your family one of the many families that lost their recreational campsite due to flooding by ONP  and ended up as a NOT SO WILLING SELLER?

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    Frankie White ended up as a NOT SO WILLING SELLER

    This is Frankie’s story given to me in a telephone conversation.

    Frankie was a single parent, she bought, made a small down payment on the recreational lot for she and her son. They spent delightful times together on the Elwha River, as much time as a working mother could afford to spend.

    When the Olympic National Park devastating flooding event started, she was offered an opportunity to sell her property to the park. Frankie still owed a lot of money on her purchase.but when she was first offered an amount of money, she said she did not want to sell, she wanted to wait and see what would happen.

    Hmmm…  Parks willing seller approach, if you sell it to us RIGHT NOW we will give you X amount if you wait until next year the offer will be reduced by $500.00.

    Frankie was afraid,  Was she bullied? Threatened? Intimidated?  Whatever…  Frankie became a NOT SO WILLING SELLER TO THE ONP for the higher amount.

    —– Original Message —–
    From: pearl hewett
    To: Frankie White
    Sent: Tuesday, February 23, 2016 9:29 AM
    Subject: ELWHA RIVER LOTS
    Dear Frankie,

    I hope you are still on line, I doing a story for my website behindmyback.org and I would like you to tell your story about the taking of your lot by the Olympic National Park.
    email or call me

    Pearl (360) 417-9452.

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    If Frankie responds I will update her story

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    Many of the original purchasers are no longer living. Somebody needs to tell their story.

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    to read the statements of George Rains. – Citizen Review …

    Access into the private property into  Olympic National Park was the Road Olympic Hot Springs Road.

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    The total number of Inholder’s (133) names are listed below, however the actual number of inholder ownership may have been 250 or more.

    TOTAL NUMBER OF INHOLDERS CAMPSITES SITES WASHED OUT AND DESTROYED BY OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK?

    TOTAL NUMBER  OF INHOLDER CAMP SITES PURCHASED?

    TOTAL NUMBER OF OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK ACQUISITION OF INHOLDER PROPERTY FROM WILLING SELLERS?

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    INHOLDERS ELWHA PARK RECREATIONAL CAMPSITES

    Hand written sales by George C. Rains Sr. Dated Sept. 22, 1970
    Hand written income by George C. Rains Sr. ending Dec. 1973

    OWNER PURCHASE PRICE
    1. Donald Salonen $2,500.00
    2. Peters, Jones and Salonen $2,500.00
    3. Peters and Jones $2,500.00
    4. McGinnis $2,500.00
    5. Mahoney $2,500.00
    6. Woodley $2,500.00
    7. Wenko $2,500.00
    8. James Arnold $2,500.00
    9. Cedon and Koski $2,500.00
    10. Louise Colby $2,500.00
    11. Adeline Knopman $2,500.00
    12 Uklenbott $2,500.00
    13 Donald Bray $2,500.00
    14. Adams $2,500.00
    15. Ainsworth $2,500.00
    16. Correia $2,500.00
    17. McDonald $2,500.00
    18. Gilbert Spenser $2,500.00
    19. McEachern $2,500.00
    20. Hutchinson $2,500.00
    21. Abbot $2,500.00
    22. Purvis $2,000.00
    23. McDonald $2,000.00
    24. Rylandar $2,500.00
    25. Rylandar $2,500.00
    26. Haggerty $2,500.00
    27. Croven- Byers $2,500.00
    28. Byers $2,500.00
    29. Karl Gustfason $2,500.00
    30. Anton $2,500.00
    31. Mitchel $2,500.00
    32. Gregon $2,500.00
    33. Knotek $2,500.00
    34. Paulis $2,500.00
    35. Inglin and Miemyick $2,500.00
    36. Stiles $2,500.00
    37. George Rains Jr. $2,500.00
    38. rest room priceless
    39. restroom priceless
    40. Corbin Cook $2,500.00
    41. Wheeler $2,500.00
    42. Scanano $3,200.00
    43. Cargo $3,200.00
    44. Yeaw $3,200.00
    45. Loopt and Lyman $2,500.00
    46. Loopt and Lyman $2,500.00
    47. Taylor $2,500.00
    48. Scoles $2,500.00
    49. Thocker $2,500.00
    50. Hansen $2,500.00
    51. Hansen $2,500.00
    52. Buchnell $2,500.00
    53. Robert Wry $2,500.00
    54. Larsen $2,500.00
    55. Tony Masi $2,500.00
    56. Glidden $2,500.00
    57. Stefono $2,500.00
    58 .Johnny Key $2,500.00
    59 .Lars gustofson $2,500.00
    60. Locks Louchs $2,500.00
    61. Louchs $2,500.00
    62. Reidel $2,500.00
    63. George Rains Jr. $2,500.00
    64. Don Kono $2,500.00
    65. George Rains Sr. $2,500.00
    66. Christanson $2,500.00
    67. Lee York $2,000.00
    68. George Rains Sr $2,500.00
    69. Don Kono $2,500.00
    70. Donald Arnold $2,500.00
    71. Creten $2,500.00
    72. Harry Arnold $2,500.00
    73. Nona Rains Preston $2,500.00
    74. Grauberger $2,000.00
    75. Grauberger-George Stevens $2,000.00
    76. Nona Rains Preston $2,500.00
    77. Libby $2,000.00
    78. Christensen $2,000.00
    79. Burchnell $2,000.00
    80. Owens $2,500.00
    81. Owens $2,500.00
    82. Owens $2,500.00
    83. Waldron $2,500.00
    84. 30 foot road $2,500.00
    85. 23-7 and 8 $2,800.00

    ADDITIONAL SALES 1970-1973
    PAYMENTS MADE BY
    86. Chester Blevins
    87. Clarence Colby
    88. Micheal Sanders
    89. Howell
    90. Klahn
    91. Wagstaff
    92. Joe Chase
    93. Donald Brady
    94. Glen Larson
    95, Micheal Sconogo
    96, Warren Schrader
    97. Barrow Sahor
    98. Nesbit
    99. Herbert Sahor
    100. Leonard Schroeder
    101. Jack Clark
    102. Mary Knapman
    103. Austin Glidden
    104. Dorothy Wheeler
    105. Joseph Mahoney
    106. William Bucknell
    107. Leonard McDaniel
    108. Wallace Adams
    109. Dom Solomen
    110. Max Ainsworth
    111. Robert McGinnis
    112. Earl Blevines
    113. Glen Waldron
    114. Elmer Wenko
    115. Donald Reidel
    116. Norman Taylor
    117. Gilbert Spencer
    118. Bill Preston
    119. Fred Correai
    120. Bert Wall
    121. Bertha Knotek
    122. Kenneth Owens
    123. Wallace Louchs (1)
    124. Wallace Louchs (2)
    125. Russel Stark
    126. Peter Lucal
    127. Peter Busch
    128. L. Durfraine
    129. Donald Bray
    130. James Howell
    131. Landoher
    132. James Klohn
    133. Michael Gort
    134. Tom Tinklham
    135. Bert Reid

    Please call me, send an email.. Tell your story

    Things happen in National Parks that should always be remembered.

    to read the statements of George Rains. – Citizen Review …

    www.citizenreviewonline.org/2011/Jul/George_Rains_Statements.pdf

    The notarized document “Conspiracy Exposed” was written on Oct. 8,1992 by. George C. Rains Sr. when he was 77 years old. The referenced “Conspiracy” was …


  • PDN What’s Wrong With These Pictures?

    Feb 18, 2016 What’s Wrong With These PDN  Pictures?

    Peninsula News — Wednesday, February 17, 2016

    Olympic National Park effort underway to preserve stretch of Olympic Hot Springs Road near Elwha River washout

    NOTE: This report was initiated by the Peninsula Daily News.
    It was not an Olympic National Park Press release.

    National Endowment for the Arts chair, Rep. Kilmer hail Fort Worden Lifelong Learning Center in tour

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    WHAT’S WRONG WITH THE RIGHT SIDE PRINT PICTURE?
    On the right side U.S. Rep Kilmer’s photo op picture is , BIG ART NEWS..Rep Kilmer traveled around the region. Kilmer said, “I have the honor of representing an area….
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    WHAT’S WRONG WITH THE LEFT SIDE PRINT PICTURE?
    OUR LOCAL U.S. Rep Kilmer is NOT IN THE PICTURE.
    Exactly three months ago ….Nov. 17, 2015 The Olympic Hot Springs Road (and trails) had a disastrous flooding event.
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    Exactly three months later…February 17, 2016
    THERE IS STILL NO ESTABLISHED TIMELINE YET FOR REPAIRS OR REOPENING DAMAGED ELWHA ROADS AND CAMPGROUNDS.

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    A picture is worth a thousand words, however documentation is priceless.

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    Behind My Back | ONP All Access Denied

    OUR LOCAL ONP All Access Denied IS STILL DENIED
    Posted on December 12, 2015 8:30 am by Pearl Rains Hewett Comment
    Dear Rep. Derek Kilmer, Senators Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray
    ONP ACCESS DENIED TO ALL CITIZENS – PUBLIC LAND – U.S. POPULATION 320 million, PLUS FOREIGN TOURISTS INCLUDING INHOLDERS, ON THE ELWHA RIVER – November 19, 2015-Dec 12, 2015
    Road Closed – Olympic Hot Springs (Elwha) (storm damage)
    OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK PAYING PUBLIC -TOURIST AND MANY PRIVATE PROPERTY OWNERS, ALONG THE ELWHA RIVER IN WA STATE NEED YOUR COMMITMENT AND SUPPORT TO PROVIDE LEGAL CERTAINTY OF ROAD REPAIRS AND CONTINUED PUBLIC ACCESS ON THE OLYMPIC HOT SPRINGS ROAD, IN FOR AND TO ALL PUBLIC FACILITIES AND PRIVATE PROPERTY AREAS LOCATED WITHIN THE OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK.

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    OUR LOCAL U.S. Rep Kilmer is NOT IN THE PICTURE.

    Olympic National Park effort underway to preserve stretch of Olympic Hot Springs Road near Elwha River washout
    “Bridging water troubles” on the Olympic Hot Springs Road.
    Peninsula News — Wednesday, February 17, 2016

    OUR LOCAL U.S. Rep Kilmer is NOT IN THE PICTURE. in any sense, in the effort underway to preserve stretch of Olympic Hot Springs Road near Elwha River washout.

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    Dec 12, 2015 I sent a request to for help to Dear Rep. Derek Kilmer, Senators Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray
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    ONP All Access Denied
    Posted on December 12, 2015 8:30 am by Pearl Rains Hewett Comment
    ONP ACCESS DENIED TO ALL CITIZENS – PUBLIC LAND – U.S. POPULATION 320 million, PLUS FOREIGN TOURISTS INCLUDING INHOLDERS, ON THE ELWHA RIVER – November 19, 2015-Dec 12, 2015
    Road Closed – Olympic Hot Springs (Elwha) (storm damage)
    OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK PAYING PUBLIC -TOURIST AND MANY PRIVATE PROPERTY OWNERS, ALONG THE ELWHA RIVER IN WA STATE NEED YOUR COMMITMENT AND SUPPORT TO PROVIDE LEGAL CERTAINTY OF ROAD REPAIRS AND CONTINUED PUBLIC ACCESS ON THE OLYMPIC HOT SPRINGS ROAD, IN FOR AND TO ALL PUBLIC FACILITIES AND PRIVATE PROPERTY AREAS LOCATED WITHIN THE OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK.
    No response from U.S. Rep Kilmer
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    Behind My Back | Go Find Your Park? Come Fix My Road?

    Posted on January 28, 2016 8:17 am by Pearl Rains Hewett
    JAN 19, 2016 STILL, NO RESPONSE TO COME FIX MY ROAD FROM OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK OR FROM MY ELECTED WA DC REPRESENTATIVE Rep. Derek Kilmer (a local son) , Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell
    JAN 19, 2016 THERE IS STILL NO ESTABLISHED TIMELINE YET FOR REPAIRS OR REOPENING DAMAGED ELWHA ROADS AND CAMPGROUNDS.
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    OUR LOCAL U.S. Rep Kilmer is NOT IN THE PICTURE. in any sense, in the effort underway to preserve stretch of Olympic Hot Springs Road near Elwha River washout.
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    Find Your Park Open Doors Remove Barriers – Behind My …

    Posted on February 10, 2016 11:47 am by Pearl Rains Hewett Comment
    On Mon Feb 8, 2016 2:30PM there was a meeting at Olympic National Park Headquarters regarding the closure of the Olympic Hot Springs Road to all public and private access. I told my story, expressed my concerns on the economic impact to the local community and asked my questions.
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    Feb 8, 2016 OUR LOCAL U.S. Rep Kilmer is STILL NOT IN THE PICTURE. in any sense, in the effort underway to preserve stretch of Olympic Hot Springs Road near Elwha River washout.

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    Feb 16, 2016 THERE IS STILL NO ESTABLISHED TIMELINE YET FOR REPAIRS OR REOPENING DAMAGED ELWHA ROADS AND CAMPGROUNDS.
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    FLH > Programs > Emergency Relief for Federally Owned …

    flh.fhwa.dot.gov/programs/erfo/
    Federal Highway Administration
    Dec 4, 2015 – Funds for the ERFO Program are provided from the Highway Trust Fund and the General Fund through the Emergency Relief Program for …

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    snippet full text below
    Applicants are expected to prioritize the repair of ERFO projects that are in the public’s best interest, based on available funds. Federal agencies and local government entities have the responsibility to perform emergency repairs, shift project and program priorities, give emergency relief work prompt attention and priority over non-emergency work, and assist the Office of Federal Lands Highway in its stewardship and oversight responsibilities.
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    Feb 16, 2016 I called..
    Sergio Mayorga
    ERFO Program Manager
    Office of Federal Lands Highway
    Location: Washington, DC
    Phone: (202) 366-9491
    Email: sergio.mayorga@dot.gov
    He sent me an email response

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    —– Original Message —–
    From: Sergio.Mayorga@dot.gov
    To: phew@wavecable.com
    Cc: Scott.Johnson@dot.gov
    Sent: Tuesday, February 16, 2016 9:25 AM
    Subject: Olympic National Park Issue

    Dear Ms. Pearl Rains Hewett,
    Thank you for your call this morning regarding access to the Olympic National Park. It is my understanding that you are an “inholder” (owner of private property ) inside the aforementioned NP unit. You asked me about the repairs being done to the road you use for access (Olympic Hot Spring Road). In order to be of further assistance to you. Please send me more information regarding your issue. I would like to know if the road was damaged and if so, when. I would like to know contact on the NPS I can talk. The Emergency Relief for Federally Owned Roads (ERFO) program provides funds to Federal Agencies for the repair of damaged roads due to natural event. If an event has been approved for funding and the Olympic Hot Spring Road is part of event, more than likely we have provided some funds for the repairs. However, I would need more information.
    Thank you,
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    February 16, 2016 Mr Mayorga asked for an (ERFO) number.
    I called ONP for the (ERFO)

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    —– Original Message —–
    From: Winter, Brian
    To: pearl hewett
    Sent: Wednesday, February 17, 2016 8:34 AM
    Subject: ERFO Request

    Pearl:

    I understand you called Lisa Turecek and requested the case number of the ERFO request. We don’t have a disaster (case) number yet. We sent in the Notice of Intent (intent to apply for funds as a result of storm damage) and Damage Survey Reports, but we have not yet received an official response from Western Federal Lands Highway Division.
    Thank you,

    Brian D. Winter, Ph.D.
    Elwha Project Mgr/Lands Mgr
    Olympic National Park
    600 East Park Avenue
    Port Angeles, WA 98362
    (360) 565-3006

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    My response to Mr Maroyga

    —– Original Message —–
    From: pearl hewett
    To: Sergio.Mayorga@dot.gov
    Sent: Tuesday, February 16, 2016 3:01 PM
    Subject: Olympic National Park Issue

    Dear Mr. Mayorga,

    Thank you for your prompt response.

    On Mon Feb 8, 2016 2:30PM there was a meeting at Olympic National Park Headquarters regarding the closure of the Olympic Hot Springs Road to all public and private access. I told my story, expressed my concerns on the economic impact to the local community and asked questions.
    Clallam County Commissioner Bill Peach, and three,
    National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior,
    Olympic National Park local Representatives attended the meeting.
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    The road was damaged and if so, when.
    Nov. 17, 2015 The Olympic Hot Springs Road (and trails) had a disastrous flooding event
    The damaged roads and trails were due to natural event.
    Jan 2016 received recognition of Elwha River disastrous flooding event

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    As you requested ONP contact information
    M. Sarah Creachbaum (360)565-3004
    Superintendent, of the Olympic National Park
    Lisa Turecek, PE (360) 565-3150
    Chief of Facilities Management
    Brian Winter
    Elwha River Project Manager
    Clallam County Commissioner Bill Peach (360) 417-2238
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    Lisa Turecek, PE Chief of Facilities Management
    Nov 2015 file a notice notice of intent for Emergency Relief Program for funding
    Dec 2015 file a formal notice notice for Emergency Relief Program for funding
    Jan 2016 received recognition of Elwha River disastrous flooding event
    Yes, in Jan 2016, the Olympic Hot Spring Road event has been approved for ERFO funding.
    However, Jan-Feb 2016?
    A damage survey was required for ERFO amount of funding?
    Has the damage survey been completed?
    Has the ERFO amount of funding been submitted and approved?
    Additionally…
    My understanding from the the Feb 8, 2016 meeting is that there are two specific hold-ups. identified as, the Army Corp of Engineers and a required NOAA consultation under section 7.
    Commissioner Bill Peach, asked if the Olympic Hot Springs Road would be open by the 4th of July?
    In response, both Lisa Turecek, PE Chief of Facilities Management and Brian Winter Elwha River Project Manager answered.
    the Army Corp of Engineers must, be given time to respond, up to 60 days? Because a 100 foot bridge must be built.
    Brian, that tentative plans to proceed shall required NOAA consultation under section 7,
    Commissioner Peach, asked When will the road be reopened to public and private access?
    Lisa’s guesstimated was four months from the time that construction was permitted to start.

    At this point in time I am asking for help from anyone that can expedite the hold-ups, repair the Olympic Hot Springs Roads and trails, and, have public access completed for the 2016 tourist season that starts in late May.
    Tourism runs our local economy, it provides income to our business’s, jobs and income to our unemployed, and food on the plates of our hungry families.
    Thank you for your assistance
    I am concerned for the economy of our local community.
    Pearl Rains Hewett
    Inholder Olympic National Park
    Whatever it takes to get the job done.
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    Feb 18, 2016 OUR LOCAL U.S. Rep Kilmer is still NOT IN ANY PICTURE. in any sense, in the effort underway to preserve stretch of Olympic Hot Springs Road near Elwha River washout.

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    I have received ZERO response from our elected representatives, U.S. Rep Kilmer and Senator’s Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell.

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    THERE IS STILL NO ESTABLISHED TIMELINE YET FOR REPAIRS OR REOPENING DAMAGED ELWHA ROADS AND CAMPGROUNDS.

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    Olympic National Park does NOT EVEN HAVE AN Emergency Relief for Federally Owned Roads (ERFO) IDENTIFICATION NUMBER.

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    OUR LOCAL U.S. Rep Kilmer is still NOT IN ANY PICTURE. in any sense, in the effort underway to preserve stretch of Olympic Hot Springs Road near Elwha River washout.

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    ARE YOU BEGINNING TO GET THE PICTURE?

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    I AM GOING TO Rep. Kilmer’s TOWN HALL MEETING
    WITH THREE QUESTIONS FOR KILMER

    Thursday, February 18, 2016
    Clallam County Town Hall
    5:00PM – 6:30PM
    City Council Chambers
    Sequim City Hall
    226 N Sequim Avenue
    Sequim, WA 98382
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    Peninsula News — Wednesday, February 17, 2016

    Olympic National Park effort underway to preserve stretch of Olympic Hot Springs Road near Elwha River washout

    NOTE: This report was initiated by the Peninsula Daily News.
    It was not an Olympic National Park Press release.

    Full text..
    …Peninsula News — Wednesday, February 17, 2016

    Olympic National Park effort underway to preserve stretch of Olympic Hot Springs Road near Elwha River washout
    Olympic National Park effort underway to preserve stretch of Olympic Hot Springs Road near Elwha River washout
    OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK — Crews are trying to preserve what’s left of Olympic Hot Springs Road near a massive washout in the Elwha River Valley, and Olympic National Park officials plan to provide pedestrian access through the area by the end of the month.

    “Downstream from the washout, the bank is beginning to erode near the roadway,” said Barb Maynes, park spokeswoman.

    Crews are making emergency repairs to stabilize the Elwha River bank to save parts of the road that remain, she said.

    Park crews will have to wait until the rainy season is over before they can begin repairing the gaping 60-foot section of Olympic Hot Springs Road that was washed out earlier this winter, Maynes said.

    The road is closed at the park gate at Madison Falls, 1 mile north of the washout.

    A pedestrian trail is being built to bypass the damaged and FLOOD-PRONE AREAS, and it should be open by the end of this month, she said.

    There is no set date for repairs to the road, she said, but the park hopes to have it open with temporary repairs in time for Memorial Day weekend at the end of May.

    The park was approved for a Federal Highway Administration emergency repair grant to make the temporary fixes, Maynes said.

    She said she did not know how much money the park would receive.

    A flood Nov. 17 reactivated a long-dry river channel behind the Elwha Campground, obliterating a section of Olympic Hot Springs Road and inundating the campground with silt and debris.

    A second flood Dec. 8 and Dec. 9 caused additional damage to both the road and campground.

    Engineers are working on both temporary and permanent designs that will have to meet strict environmental standards because the Elwha River is a major salmon-producing stream, Maynes said.

    Currently, park maintenance employees are accessing areas south of the washout via a temporary bridge that spans part of the gap and has to be removed every time conditions indicate the water might rise, she said.

    Park officials are trying to complete temporary repairs by Memorial Day weekend to allow visitors to access the Glines Canyon overlook, several trailheads and the Olympic Hot Springs.

    Rehabilitation plans

    Long-term repairs to the road will be part of a planned large-scale rehabilitation of the aging visitor infrastructure of Elwha Valley roads, trails and campgrounds, Maynes said.

    Park planners expect to begin taking public comment and complete environmental studies on the project in a year or two, after which the park will complete the work, which should leave the area in good shape for visitors for decades, she said.

    Hot springs reopened

    The Olympic Hot Springs — natural hot spring pools located 2.5 miles above the Boulder Creek Trailhead — have reopened.

    The pools were closed in October after Silverdale resident Bruce Gunderson was found dead in one of them.

    An autopsy performed Oct. 30 revealed that the manner of death was an accident and the cause of death was freshwater drowning.

    Park officials kept the pools closed after the death due to the possibility of health risks.

    Once the pedestrian path is established, visitors can hike or bicycle the 10-mile route to the hot springs.

    Campground fates

    Two campgrounds in the Elwha Valley are closed, and only one is likely to reopen soon.

    The silt and debris covering the Elwha Campground will have to be removed and repairs made, Maynes said.

    Once that work is done, the campground is expected to reopen sometime this summer, she said.

    The Elwha River changed its course during a December 2014 flood and removed several Altair Campground campsites as the main channel moved across its historic floodplain.

    “Most of [Altair] is gone,” Maynes said.

    The future use of the remaining portions of the campground is under consideration, she said.

    In other parts of the park, Graves Creek Road in the Quinault area remained closed to cars due to a road washout caused by the same storms that damaged Olympic Hot Springs Road.

    Access to the Enchanted Valley trailhead remains open for hikers, but with a longer walk from cars to the trailhead, Maynes said.
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    This report was initiated by the Peninsula Daily News.
    It was not an Olympic National Park Press release.
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    Reporter Arwyn Rice can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 56250, or at arice@peninsuladailynews.com.
    Feb 18, 2016 11:45AM I called Reporter Arwyn Rice regarding a follow up story.
    And, I emailed this comment to Arwyn Rice at the Peninsula Daily News.