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Monday, January 26, 2015

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INCIDENTS



Crater Lake National Park (OR)
Man Who Assaulted Rangers Sentenced To Jail Term

Rangers responded to the Mazama concession dorm last September 23rd regarding an employee who had been terminated for repeated alcohol problems among other issues. The rangers and the concession’s general manager contacted the man, John Saubert, 47, at his dorm room and warned him that he could remain on the premises until the next day, provided he stayed in his room.

Approximately ten minutes later, the rangers saw the man in the parking lot, staggering around and being very loud, and attempted to arrest him. As they were trying to handcuff him, he struck one ranger in the face and shoved another into a patrol car.  When a third ranger arrived on scene, Saubert attempted to kick him as he was being placed into leg restraints. 

Saubert was finally controlled and transported to jail, but during the transport he attempted several times to break out the side window of the patrol vehicle, continued to scream profanities, and threatened to kill the rangers and their families. 

Later, after being released from custody after an initial court appearance, Saubert failed to appear for a second court appearance.  He was tracked by rangers to a resort outside Page, Arizona, where he had taken a job as a chef. He was subsequently arrested by Glen Canyon rangers and Coconino County Sheriff’s Office deputies on a federal warrant and turned over to the U.S. Marshal Service. 

On January 13th, Saubert appeared for sentencing in U.S. District Court in Medford, Oregon, where he had previously entered a guilty plea to a charge of resisting and impeding federal officers (18 USC 111).  Saubert was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison.  Following his release, he will remain on three years of supervised probation.  He was also ordered to pay one of the rangers restitution for the sunglasses that were destroyed when the ranger was struck in the face.

Click on the link below for a news story with additional information.

[Submitted by Curt R. Dimmick, Chief Ranger]

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NEWS AND NOTES



Rocky Mountain National Park (CO)
Rocky Mountain National Park Turns 100

On January 26, 1915, President Woodrow Wilson signed the legislation creating Rocky Mountain National Park.

The culmination of over six years of advocacy, Rocky Mountain National Park was created to preserve the high elevation landscapes and wilderness character of the southern Rocky Mountains for the benefit and enjoyment of this and future generations.

“The people of Colorado have many things to be thankful for at the beginning of this new year”, wrote the Rocky Mountain News, “but perhaps none of them…means more to the future of the state than the creation of Rocky Mountain National Park. The passage of this bill is the crowning result of one of the best organized and most efficiently managed campaigns ever conducted by Colorado people to obtain a benefit for the state.”

An official public dedication was held later that year on September 4, 1915. Thousands of people gathered in Horseshoe Park to hear Enos Mills, Stephen Mather, F.O. Stanley, and many others express their joy and support for the creation of the country’s newest national park.

One hundred years later, Rocky Mountain National Park attracts over three million visitors annually and is one of America’s premiere wildlife watching destinations.  Ninety five percent of the park enjoys elevated protection as designated wilderness, and Trail Ridge Road allows visitors to view the alpine tundra on the country’s highest continuous paved road. Human and natural history continue to provide inspiration and wonder to new and returning visitors.

On September 3, 2014, Rocky Mountain National Park began a year-long celebration of its 100th anniversary. Continuing through this coming September, special programs and events throughout the park and the surrounding communities will celebrate the wilderness, wildlife, and wonder that millions of people have come to appreciate and enjoy.  The celebration will culminate on September 3rd and 4th with rededication events on both sides of the park.

On September 18th and 19th, Rocky Mountain National Park will host an employee/alumni reunion at the YMCA of the Rockies.  Former employees and past interns of Rocky Mountain National Park are invited to return to the park and celebrate the centennial with new and old friends alike.

Please visit the park’s centennial website (below) for more information on events and how to get involved.

[Submitted by Barbara Scott, Rocky Mountain National Park Centennial Coordinator ]

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Harpers Ferry Center
Comptroller Jerry Bock Has Retired

Jerry Bock, Harpers Ferry Center’s comptroller, retired on January 24th. His 25 year federal career included six years with the Naitonal Park Service.

Jerry was born and raised in Charleston, West Virginia. After graduating from Southern Illinois University, he worked in the banking industry for ten years. While earning his MBA at the University of California, Berkeley, he attended a federal job fair and was soon hired by the EPA’s San Francisco regional office.

At EPA he worked on the financing of wastewater treatment plants for four western states, including several Indian reservations. He also coordinated total quality management training for 500 regional staffers. For his success in recruitment diversity, he received a regional award.

While attending a clean water symposium at NCTC, he discovered Shepherdstown and soon bought a historic house in the center of town. He also transferred to Washington, DC, first for a job at the EPA, then for DOI in the Bureau of Reclamation and later the Minerals Management Service.

In 2008, Jerry came to HFC as chief of the Programs and Budget Office. He has led the P&B staff through the processing of ARRA funds for major construction at HFC, the departmental transition to FBMS, and restructuring the HFC accounting system.

Jerry will miss working with the small, close-knit P&B staff and the challenges of solving complex mathematical problems inherent in the budget world. Besides tending to his 1799 house, four cats, and garden, he plans to continue learning and practicing yoga and do lots of traveling. He also serves on the Historic Shepherdstown Commission, the municipal water board, and (potentially, after retirement) the board of Fairness West Virginia. 

[Submitted by Katrina D. Gonzalez, katrina_gonzalez@nps.gov, 304-535-6211]


Office of Legislative and Congressional Affairs
Weekly Legislative Activities Report

The Office of Legislative and Congressional Affairs puts out weekly reports on hearings, new legislation and other activities on the Hill. This report covers activities in Congress through January 23rd.

In order to obtain the full text of any of the bills that appear below, click on the following link: http://thomas.loc.gov/ . That will take you to Thomas, the Library of Congress legislative tracking system. Enter the bill number in the “Search Bill Text” block, being sure to also click on the “Bill Number” option below the block.

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New Public Laws

Nothing to report.

Floor Action

On January 21, the House Committee on Homeland Security (McCaul) approved by a vote of 18-12 H.R. 399 (McCaul, R-TX-10), the Secure Our Borders First Act of 2015.  Section 13 of the bill prohibits the Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture from prohibiting, restricting or impeding activities of U.S. Customs and Border Protection on Federal land located within 100 miles of the United States borders with Mexico and Canada, and it allows waivers of several resource protection laws on Federal land within the 100-mile areas. 


Committee Activity

Nothing to report.

New Bills Introduced

The following new bills of interest to the NPS were introduced:

  • H.R. 437 (Gibbs, R-OH-7), to provide for the retention of the name of Mount McKinley.
  • S. 211 (Casey, D-PA), to establish the Susquehanna Gateway National Heritage Area in the State of Pennsylvania, and for other purposes.
  • S. 228 (Crapo, R-ID), to amend title 54, United States Code, to provide for congressional and State approval of national monuments and restrictions on the use of national monuments.
  • H.R. 477 (Wilson, R-SC-2), to extend the authority to establish a commemorative work on Federal land in the District of Columbia and its environs to honor Brigadier General Francis Marion and his service.
  • H.R. 482 (Bishop, D-GA-2), to redesignate Ocmulgee National Monument in the State of Georgia and revise its boundary, and for other purposes.
  • H.R. 488 (Amodei, R-NV-2), to prohibit further extension or establishment of national monuments in Nevada except by express authorization of Congress.
  • S. 232 (Heller, R-NV), to prohibit the further extension or establishment of national monuments in the State of Nevada except by express authorization of Congress, and for other purposes.

Upcoming Committee Activity

Nothing to report.


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For additional information, please visit the Legislative and Congressional Affairs Office website at http://www.nps.gov/legal/

[Submitted by Andrea Dekoter]


CAREER OPPORTUNITIES



Cultural Resources, Partnerships and Science
GS-340-14/15 NAGPRA Program Manager

The Cultural Resources, Partnerships and Science Directorate is seeking candidates for a position as the National Park Service’s NAGPRA program manager.

Click on the links below for copies of the announcement with full details on duties, area information, and procedures for applying.

Both close on February 12th.

Assateague Island National Seashore (VA)
GS-1640-12/13 Chief Of Maintenance

Assateague Island National Seashore has issued an announcement for a chief of maintenance.

The park is looking for someone who can run a complex two-state operation in an environment that changes daily.  The Eastern Shore is a wonderful place to live and work.  Click on the link below for a copy of the announcement with full details on duties, areas information and procedures for applying.

It closes on February 6th.
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Golden Gate National Recreation Area (CA)
GS-0560-7/GS-0560-9 Budget Analyst

Golden Gate National Recreation Area has issued announcements for a budget analyst at both the GS-7 and GS-9 level.

Click on the links below for copies of the announcement with full details on duties, area information, and procedures for applying.

Both close on January 30th.

Katmai National Park & Preserve (AK)
GS-1640-12 Chief Of Maintenance (Detail)

Katmai National Park and Preserve is seeking applications from permanent WS-8/9/10 or GS-11/12/13 employees interested in serving on a detail or temporary promotion assignment as the park’s acting chief of maintenance. 

This assignment is a noncompetitive action for up to 120 days and will include travel and per diem, as appropriate.  Katmai may fund temporary promotion if appropriate, while current park funds base salary. This assignment provides an excellent opportunity for career development and growth.

The person selected will manage a complex park maintenance operation. Work areas are primarily King Salmon and Brooks Camp, with other small remote locations.  The chief of maintenance directly supervises both permanent and term staff.  The base maintenance budget totals approximately $900,000, with $400,000 in project funds (not including line-item construction projects). 

Responsibilities for this position include providing leadership as a member of the park leadership team, supervision of the facility management division, project planning, and liaison between park and regional office staff on major construction projects.

The person selected will be duty-stationed in King Salmon with frequent travel to Brooks Camp and other park areas.  Park housing will be provided. 

The park is looking for an individual with a track record of working with teams; an individual who possesses strong communication and interpersonal skills; an understanding of or experience in, managing park facilities in a remote location and has managed a skilled workforce.

An employee serving on this assignment may later apply for consideration when the position is advertised on a permanent basis.  Applicants must have a fully successful or higher rating on his or her most recent performance appraisal to be considered.  Candidates will be assessed and referred for consideration. Candidates who apply and are found eligible may be considered for this opportunity. 

Katmai National Park is world famous for brown bear viewing, fishing, volcanism, and pristine wilderness.  The park has the highest density of protected brown bears in the world.  Like many Alaska destinations, King Salmon is accessible by aircraft only.  Daily commercial flights connect Anchorage with King Salmon.  Basic services typical of most small communities are available.  There is a small grocery store and other convenience stores. The town has seasonal hotels/inns and there is a small clinic for minor medical treatment located in Naknek (15 miles away); major medical and dental facilities are available in Anchorage, AK. The cost of living in King Salmon is considered high due to its remoteness and the cost of bringing goods in.

Permanent employees desiring consideration should submit a letter of interest, no more than two pages in length, and a resume, no more than ten pages in length.   Please indicate in your letter of interest your skill and ability in managing an organization through subordinate levels of supervision, including managing human and financial resources.  Interested employees must include the following information:

  • Name, title, series and grade
  • Current duty station
  • A letter of support from your immediate supervisor, no more than one page in length. 

This information must be emailed by COB on February 2nd to diane_chung@nps.gov.

Individuals interested in seeking additional information are encouraged to contact Diane Chung, the park’s superintendent, via email or at  907-246-2120 (office) or 907-469-1131 (cell) with any questions.