Meet the new Secretary of the Interior: Ryan Zinke

Effective with the new Trump Administration, SAlay Jewell was replaced by Ryan Zinke as Secretary of the Interior.  Jewell served  under President Obama.  One major accomplishment was the renaming of Mt McKinley in Alaska to Denali.  That is the classic native American name for the largest US peak.

Of note – she was previously the CEO of REI. No word on what she’ll be doing now.

Ryan Zinke

Ryan Zinke, new Head of Dept of Interior

Mr Zinke is a gun advocate, as you can see form the photo. He  played football at U of Oregon and was a Navy Seal for over 20 years, reaching the rank of Commander. Recently he was a US Representative from Montana.

He’s publicly said said that humans “influence” climate change, but did not acknowledge that human activity is the dominant cause of climate change.

In his first week of work, he’s removed regulations that had barred the use of lead bullets and lead fishing tackle on national wildlife refuges. Hmmm Lead is very bad for birds who injest it while eating prey.

Did you know that we are now up to 417 national parks?  Well NPS week is coming up, so you can hug a tree via free admission on April 15, 16, 22, and 23. This includes Yosemite.

Crews continue to work on the damaged 120 and 41 highways.

Be sure to register for the lottery.  Plenty of time – thru the end of March.

Carpe Diem!
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “When a good time turns around . You will never live it down. No one gets away (Until they whip it). I say whip it – Whip it good!” – DEVO
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BULLETIN – Royal Robbins died today – the first man up the face of Half Dome

Royal Robbins in his climbing days

Royal Robbins died today at 82. He was the first man up the face of Half Dome. A super guy – the Babe Ruth of Climbing… and approachable. I filmed an interview at his home in Modesto for a Half Dome app I made. He wrote the forward to my Half Dome book. RIP.

I’ll be at his funeral…as will hundreds of other Yosemite lovers. The world needs more Royals.   Condolences to his wife, Liz.

Carpe Diem!
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” – Psalm 23:4
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Name change battle at Yosemite continues; no resolution in sight.

 Delaware North Company’s move to take the iconic names used at Yosemite for over a century is coming upon the one-year anniversary. The park had to stop using the names on March 16, 2016. This is when the DNC concessionaire contract ended and Aramark took over.

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Judge gives positive ruling to DNC on trademark case.

The names in dispute are: Curry Village, Ahwahnee, Yosemite Lodge at the Falls and Badger Pass Ski Resort. Additionally, DNC trademarked any retail item that says “Yosemite National Park.” Really.  TShirts etc. might now say “Yosemite – California” or “Yosemite – home of big trees.” Sheesh.

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Both sides sued each other. Now the U.S. Court of Federal Claims in DC is involved. DNC tossed a legal maneuver onto the floor. They are saying that the way they came up with the $51M  valuation of the trademarks is their  intellectual property. The park is offering $3M.  Did you know it only costs $300.00 to file for a trademark?

They said if their methodology were made public, then they would suffer in future bids to manage other parks. A trade secret.

Bad news …. the judge, Patricia Campbell-Smith, agreed. She said that Uniform Trade Secrets Act governed here and DNC was within their rights to withhold certain information.

Sigh.

Carpe Diem!
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Go real slow. You like it more and more . Take it as it comes. Specialize in havin’ fun.” – The Doors
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