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If it’s not beneath your child’s dignity….How about a summer job at Yosemite?

I’m cynical because as I travel the country, I see many foreigner kids working at our parks. Many stutter thru English. In fact, support companies (restaurants, gift shops, motels) need to hire Eastern Euros to do the work..because USA millennials won’t. The entitlement bug has been them good.

There are firms with contracts to recruit Romanians, Croatians and Ukranians to come over en mass for these jobs – they love the work and will do it.  I commend them and tell them so.

Ditto Yosemite. And I am told that our youth will not clean rooms, slop floors, clean sheets. Limp. Yet they wait texting  hoping IBM will call. This pisses me off. AARRGGHH

READ:  Here’s a Yosemite job for your kid.

Men on mountail

Work at Yosemite – hike on your off days

These Government jobs are paying WAY above minimum wage. Expect $16-$22/hr depending on position. 300 spots are being filled for the summer of 2018.

Ask John or Jane if they want to do this. Backcountry rangers, entrance station rangers, custodial services, forestry technicians, utility systems operators, administrative assistants, traffic control rangers, etc.

See through the end of January. Do it now….some have application limits.

Carpe Diem!…

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NPS considers entry fee hike to pay maintenance

NPS considers entry fee hike to pay maintenance
The Department of the Interior, through the National Park Service, is proposing that admission prices be raised to $70.00 per car.  Motorcycles would go up to $50.
OK – here’s my Op-Ed take on this.
The National Parks are a resource for ALL citizens (and foreigners) to enjoy adventure, solitude and to enjoy nature away from the buzz of urban sprawl. I began my love of Yosemite in 1990, when I first hiked to the top of Half Dome. 41 more times and I am hooked.  But I’ve also added the other classic trails: Clouds Rest, Yosemite Falls, Four Mile, the original Big Oak Flat Road, etc.  The place is stellar.
About 3 years ago, the admission was jacked to $30 and camping got bumped up also. I can afford it, but I don’t go in every day.  Some do. But I must admit, my Half Dome hikes are getting darn expensive.  I stay at the Curry (er, Half Dome) Village tent cabins, since I want to get a good night’s sleep before this  massive hike (you will agree if you’ve ever done it.)  The rates for a 4-man
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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 …

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