The Morning Report

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

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Death Valley National Park (CA)
Body Of British Actor Found Near Zabriskie Point

The body of British actor Dave Legeno, best known for his role as werewolf Fenrir Greyback in three of the ‘Harry Potter’ films, was discovered by hikers in the badlands near Zabriskie Point on July 6th.

Temperatures at the time of his death were as much as 118° to 123°F. This is the second heat-related death in the park this summer. Hiking is not recommended in the low elevations of Death Valley in the summer. 

The Inyo County Sheriff’s Office is handling the investigation.

[Submitted by Death Valley Facebook page]

Grand Canyon National Park (AZ)
Hiker Dies On North Kaibab Trail

On the afternoon of July 11th, park dispatch received a 911 call from a visitor reporting CPR in progress on a male hiker on the North Kaibab Trail about a half mile down from the trailhead.

Responding park personnel continued CPR, but all efforts to resuscitate the 47-year-old Ohio man were unsuccessful. 

An investigation into the incident is being conducted by the National Park Service in coordination with the Coconino County medical examiner.

[Submitted by Kirby-Lynn Shedlowski, Public Affairs Specialist]

Lake Mead National Recreation Area - NV
One Killed, One Injured In Rollover Accident

A 28-year-old Las Vegas woman died and a Las Vegas man was injured in a rollover motor vehicle accident on Lakeshore Road late on the evening of Saturday, July 12th.

Emergency crews from the National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, Henderson Police Department, Henderson Fire Department and Nevada Highway Patrol responded to the scene.

The woman was flown to a nearby hospital by Mercy Air and later died. The Clark County medical examiner will determine the cause of death and confirm her identity after next of kin have been notified. The man was taken to a nearby hospital via Community Ambulance.

The road was closed in both directions for nearly five hours. The Nevada Highway Patrol and the National Park Service are investigating the accident.

[Submitted by Christie Vanover, Public Affairs Officer]


National Capital Region
Battle Of Fort Stevens Sesquicentennial Held

Thousands of visitors from across the country took part in three days of events and programs last week to mark the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Fort Stevens.

Events highlighting the role of Fort Stevens in repelling a Confederate attack of the nation’s capital drew larger than expected crowds from Thursday, July 10th, through Sunday, July 13th.

The battle at Fort Stevens on July 11-12, 1864, one of the four parks that comprise the Civil War defenses of Washington, was the only time in United States history that a sitting president came under direct enemy fire. President Abraham Lincoln came out to the fort both days to watch the battle and support Union troops.

“The turnout and response from the local community has been phenomenal,” said Civil War Defenses of Washington program manager Kym Elder. “We’ve been preparing for this event for more than 18 months. I was so thrilled to see so many of our neighbors here and to share our mutual interest in the area’s history.”

Highlights of the weekend included a Civil War historians’ roundtable, a 150th anniversary commemorative program, battlefield walks and talks and a memorial ceremony at Battleground National Cemetery. More than 100 living history demonstrators gave visitors a glimpse of what life was like on Civil War battlefields with a cannon firing, live music, camp tours, and musket demonstrations.

The United States Postal Service was even on hand with a full-service sales operation featuring commemorative envelopes specially designed with themes of Civil War and Civil Rights. Themes and designs for the commemorative cachet envelopes were developed by a team from the NPS and USPS.

Rock Creek Park, which administers the Civil War Defenses of Washington, used the event as an opportunity for park staff to train in using the incident command system – a process the park hopes to adopt and use more frequently in the future. 

[Submitted by Jenny Anzelmo-Sarles, Media Relations/Spokesperson]

Centennial Office
New Story Sharing Project Launched

The Centennial Office has launched a new project through which you can share your personal National Park Service stories.

The Share Your Story project is your opportunity to express your passion for the National Park Service and how you found your park. This project is for all employees and is a way for you to help bring your park or program to the forefront.

Continuing through the end of the year, share your story in any way you feel captures your personal connections, and the feelings that NPS inspires in all of us -- videos, poems, songs, photos, art, essays, dance, audio, storytelling.  

Here, for example, is a story submitted by Donna Shaver from Padre Island:

“The first time that I saw Padre Island National Seashore I was in awe, and it changed my life. I became introduced to the ocean, to sea turtles, and to the National Park System. I found a home and a life’s pursuit – to help conserve Kemp’s ridley and other sea turtles and their habitats for future generations. Thirty-four years later I continue to work to preserve and protect these American treasures through conservation, research, partnerships, education, and public involvement.”

Read more about how others found their park. Visit the Share Your Story site for more information.

We look forward to hearing your story.

Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park (DC,MD,WV)
Paleo Protectors Program Begun In Park

A new volunteer program called the Paleo-Protectors was launched in June at Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park. 

The Paleo-Protectors are a team of volunteers dedicated to monitoring the many important paleontological localities along the 184.5-mile-long park. Members of the team were recruited from an experienced and trusted group of existing volunteers at the park. Members of the Paleo Protectors are assigned known fossil localities within specific geographic areas of the park.

Beginning in 2009, in a partnership between National Capital Region and the Geologic Resources Division, paleontological resource inventories were begun in regional parks, including C&O Canal. Paleontologists Erica Clites, Katie Loughney and Ivan Carabajal focused on the park’s rich and extensive paleontological resources, producing several reports which highlight the park’s fossils and their management.

This year, Ivan Carabajal, a GeoCorps America participant, worked with the park and Geologic Resources Division staff to develop the concept and strategy for a new program called Paleo-Protectors to monitor known fossil localities in the park.

The concept of Paleo-Protectors is derived from similar programs, such as the Sites Steward Program, which employ volunteers to assist with the monitoring of sensitive archeological resources. 

Emily Hewitt, C&O Canal ranger and park volunteer coordinator, supervises a valuable team of volunteers to support the park’s mission in public outreach and resource preservation.  Emily helped to recruit the team of Paleo-Protectors to implement a regular paleontological resource monitoring program for the many fossil sites documented at C&O Canal NHP by research scientists and the three paleontology interns.

Although the park’s primary resources are cultural, the park and regional management recognized the importance of its paleontological resources. Over the past five years, the park has established comprehensive baseline paleontological resource data, along with a specific fossil resource management plan and monitoring strategy. 

“C&O Canal NHP can be recognized as one of the crown jewels for paleontology in the NPS,” said Vincent Santucci  of the Geologic Resources Division), “ and the Paleo-Protectors program can serve as a model for other parks across the National Park System.”

[Submitted by Vincent L. Santucci, Senior Geologist, Paleontologist, and WASO Liaison]

Mount Rushmore National Memorial (SD)
Naturalization Ceremony Held At Mount Rushmore

The start of Independence Day celebrations came early for 195 new citizens who took their Oath of Allegiance on July 2nd at Mount Rushmore National Memorial. 

As over 1,000 visitors watched, people from 51 nations, from Algeria to Vietnam, became United States citizens. The names of the 195 new citizens were announced as each marched across the amphitheater stage proclaiming their country of origin and in some cases their new national allegiance. 

A keynote address was provided by the Honorable Robert Gusinsky, circuit court judge for South Dakota's Seventh Judicial Circuit Court. Judge Gusinsky was born in Latvia and became a naturalized citizen in 1986.  Ellsworth Air Force Base provided an honor guard with the formal presentation of the United States flag. 

Following the ceremony, the new citizens were invited to a reception at the Carver's Cafe, where they could register to vote as well as enjoy celebratory treats. 

[Submitted by Maureen McGee-Ballinger,, 605-574-3115]

Bandelier National Monument (NM)
Park Hosts Fourth Of July Naturalization Ceremony

On the morning of the Fourth of July, Bandelier National Monument, in partnership with the US Citizenship and Immigration Services, hosted its third annual naturalization ceremony.

With the help of Eagle Scouts, the local Rotary Club, Chief United States District Judge M. Christina Armijo, Pueblo dancers from Santa Clara Pueblo, the park’s chief ranger and his daughter, who sang the National Anthem, and most of the rest of the park staff pitching in, 15 people from 12 different countries became new citizens.  

Speakers included the local chief of police, representatives from the offices of US Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and keynote speaker Superintendent Jason Lott.  

[Submitted by Chris Judson]


Northeast Region
GS-0807-14 Chief Of Line Item Construction/Transportation (Detail)

Northeast Region is seeking candidates for a 120-day detail or temporary promotion as the chief of line item construction and transportation. The duty station is in Boston, Massachusetts.

Click on the link below for a copy of the announcement with full details on duties, area information, and procedures for applying. Contact Associate Regional Director Brian Strack for more information (215-597-5364,

It closes on July 18th.
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Pacific West Region
GL-0025-9 Protection Ranger (Lateral)

Dates: 07/14/2014 - 07/21/2014

Whiskeytown National Recreation Area is seeking applicants interested in a non-competitive lateral reassignment to a permanent protection ranger position at the GL-9 level.

Duties of this position include serving as park’s firearms armorer, PEB/fitness coordinator and field tactics instructor.  The ranger selected will operate patrol boats for marine enforcement and search and rescue missions, provide emergency medical services and serve as an active member on the park’s search and rescue team. She/he may participate on wildland fire calls and assist with initial response on wildland fire reports and take appropriate action, and will participate in resource management projects throughout the park, including backcountry patrols and anti-poaching and marijuana eradication operations.

He/she may serve as one of the park’s Rule 180 prosecutors in U.S. magistrate’s court and therefore must be extremely familiar with federal court procedures and be able to prepare written reports, probable cause statements and affidavits in support of criminal complaints and warrants.

This is a full-time permanent position.  Permanent change of station costs will be paid for by Whiskeytown NRA if the selectee is from outside the local commuting area.

For area information, please visit or the City of Redding website at

Interested individuals should email the following documents to the Human Resources Office by July 21st:

  • A resume detailing work history, supervisory experience, educational background, and any special qualifications or training they might possess. 
  • A copy of the most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action showing current federal career status (Non-Award SF-50)
  • Verification of a valid Type I NPS Law Enforcement Commission (picture omitted)
  • A copy of most recent performance appraisal
  • A list of professional and personal references, including contact info

Application packages from qualified candidates must be electronically received in the Human Resources Office by COB on July 21st. Please send application packages via email to   Please list in the subject line of the email:  WHIS GL 9 LE Ranger Lateral

For additional information about the position, please contact Chief Ranger Chris Mengel at 530-242-3413 or .

[Submitted by Chris Mengel,, 530-242-3413]