The Morning Report

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

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New River Gorge National River (WV)
Rangers Respond To Shots Fired At Domestic Disturbance

On the evening of the Fourth of July, rangers patrolled through the community of Thayer, one of many unincorporated communities within the boundaries of the park. Thayer is located in a remote section of the park in Fayette County, West Virginia. Rangers Mark Faherty and Dave Sanders noted numerous small crowds of revelers moving about the community and decided to stay in the area. Fayette County 911 center’s call board lit up suddenly with multiple simultaneous reports of fighting, assaults, and shots being fired. One report indicated that an individual had shot at a van as it attempted to run him over in front of a private residence.

The rangers were so close that they were able to secure the scene, separate the involved parties, and begin victim and witness interviews within minutes of the initial call. The rangers’ investigation revealed that all those involved were related. The rangers were told that a fight broke out when family members intervened in a domestic dispute involving a 29-year-old man who had pulled a machete on his girlfriend and pushed his 13-year-old nephew. After a brief altercation between the machete man and the juvenile’s father, the man ran to his van and accelerated towards the father and son as well as numerous others in the road. The van struck one man, knocking him down a hillside, before the juvenile’s father, truly irritated at this point, fired multiple rounds from a .38 special revolver at the van. No one was injured by the gunfire.

The driver was then pulled from the van by his own father and beaten with a stick before the driver was able to escape the ire of his father. The driver of the van ran into the woods and called 911 for help. He got it. In addition to Rangers Faherty and Sanders, Rangers Greg Adkins and Harry Perkowski, West Virginia state troopers, Fayette County sheriff's deputies, and EMS were soon on scene. The driver of the van was taken into custody by the state police and faces multiple charges, likely including attempted vehicular homicide. The investigation is ongoing.

[Submitted by Jeff West, Chief Ranger]

Lake Mead National Recreation Area -- NV, AZ
Search In Progress For Missing Man

Rangers are searching for a man who was last seen in the water in the Boulder Basin of Lake Mead.

On the afternoon of July 5th, park dispatch received a call from a person who reported that a man had jumped off a boat into the water and failed to resurface. Witnesses said he was wearing a lifejacket, but it came off when he jumped into the water.

Rangers, Coast Guard personnel, and Nevada Department of Wildlife game wardens responded and began searching for the missing man, who is believed to be about a half mile from the shoreline in an area that is 80 to 160 feet deep.  

Crews are continuing to search the area. The incident is under investigation.

[Submitted by Public Affairs Office]

Lake Mead National Recreation Area - NV, AZ
Body Of Teenager Recovered From Lake Mohave

The body of a 17-year-old boy from North Las Vegas was recovered from Lake Mohave on July 1st.

The boy went underwater while swimming across Morning Star Cove on the previous afternoon and failed to resurface. He was with a group of friends who were cliff jumping in the Placer Cove area who’d decided to try to swim across Morning Star Cove to another cliff about 50 yards away. The teen started having difficulties. Two other friends took turns trying to help him to safety, but they could not hold on and he went underwater.    

Rangers conducted an immediate search. Using sonar, search crews located what they believed to be the body around 7:30 p.m. on June 30th. Since there is little to no visibility underwater at night, the search was postponed until daylight.

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Search and Rescue divers located the body underwater late on the morning of July 1st. He was not wearing a life jacket.

[Submitted by Public Affairs Office]


NIFC/NPS Fire and Aviation Management
National Fire/Incident Situation Highlights

National Fire Activity

NIFC is at PL 3. Initial attack was light on Monday. Twenty-seven uncontained large fires are burning nationwide, down six from yesterday. Current resource commitments are as follows, with changes from yesterday’s numbers in parentheses:

  • 14 incident management teams (minus two)
  • 259 crews (plus one)
  • 8,947 firefighters and overhead (plus 46)
  • 354 engines (minus 17)
  • 88 helicopters (plus five)

Fire Weather Forecast

Widely scattered thunderstorms will form over northern California and southern Oregon. Scattered showers and thunderstorms will continue over the central and southern Rockies, some producing brief heavy rain. Temperatures around the West will be slightly cooler as high pressure weakens over the region. East of the Rockies, a cold front from Texas to Great Lakes will trigger rain and thunderstorms. High pressure over the Upper Midwest will bring cooler weather to the northern and central Plains while warm and humid conditions remain over the South and East. In Alaska, scattered thunderstorms will develop over the south. Temperatures will cool slightly.

A NOAA map of today’s critical fire weather areas can be found at:

A NIFC webpage showing the current national significant wildland fire outlook is available at:

NPS Fire Summaries

Olympic NP – The Paradise Fire has burned 1,423 acres and is 21% contained. Weather continues to be the leading story on the Paradise Fire. A thick blanket of smoke drifted over the Olympic Peninsula from multiple fires in British Columbiaon Sunday, socking in many communities for much of the day. Firefighters worked to lay hoses and pumps around several spot fires that occurred lateSaturdayin the flat on the south side of the Queets River. Yesterday, firefighters continued to work these spot fires, the largest of which was three acres. The fire continues to burn actively on the north perimeter. Weather conditions are expected to moderate some today. Information on this fire can be obtained on InciWeb at, and by calling Paradise Fire Information at 360-565-2986. For real time information, visit the Paradise Fire Facebook page at

Additional Information

For additional information on all fires, check the following web sites:


Isle Royale National Park (MI)
Peregrine Falcons Banded At Isle Royale

Peregrine falcons (Falco peregrinus) are not commonly seen, but most Americans are familiar with this iconic species. Rescued from the brink of extinction by listing on the federal Endangered Species list in 1970, peregrines are a great example of an ESA success story. Efforts were made across North America to reintroduce these birds following the near global ban on the pesticide DDT, which had inadvertently caused their demise.

Efforts were made to reestablish falcons at Isle Royale National Park in the 1990s, though they ultimately proved unsuccessful. Then, three years ago, after a 63 year absence, peregrine falcons established a nest on Passage Island within the park’s boundaries. This first year the falcons successfully fledged two of three chicks. Last season, the falcons reared three more chicks, and in late May this year, the falcons returned to the nest and laid three eggs.

On June 27th, Michigan DNR Wildlife Biologist John DePue and Wildlife Technician Brad Johnson joined forces with Isle Royale National Park Natural Resources Chief Paul Brown and natural resources staff to band the three peregrine chicks.

The peregrine chicks were in an eyrie (natural nest) on a rock cliff 210 feet above Lake Superior, requiring DePue to rappel down to the nest to extract the chicks. They were loaded into a pet carrier and hoisted to the top of the cliff, where Johnson, Brown and staff assessed the chicks, determined gender, and placed bands on their legs.

The peregrine chicks were estimated to be four weeks old and in excellent health. There were two females and one male. After banding and health checks, the chicks were lowered back down the cliff and released into their nest. 

The process went smoothly and was a great collaborative effort between Isle Royale National Park and the Michigan DNR. Both agencies look forward to further collaboration in the future. The chicks will continue to be monitored throughout the season and efforts are underway at the park to design a remote webcam available to transmit images from this very remote location.

Peregrine falcons were removed from the federal endangered species list in 1999, but remain on the State of Michigan endangered species list.

For more information, see,1607,7-153-10370_12145_12202-32592--,00.html and .

[Submitted by Paul Brown, Chief of Natural Resources, Isle Royale NP, and John DePue, Michigan DNR]

Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks (CA)
General Grant Tree Rededicated As National Shrine

On the morning of June 20th, more than 170 people attended a ceremony held at the General Grant Tree, a national shrine in memory of the men and women of the armed forces who have served, fought, and died to keep America free. 

This event was part of an ongoing celebration of Kings Canyon National Park’s 75th anniversary (2015) and the National Park Service’s centennial anniversary (2016).

In his introduction to the ceremony, Superintendent Woody Smeck credited the military with being the earliest model for the National Park Service. Smeck further honored the military’s role in early park management and the National Park Service’s pride in managing historic military sites now.

During the event, the 40th Infantry Division Band Detachment 1 performed for the audience. (this band is one of the oldest units in the California National Guard and one of the oldest bands in the United States Army). The Central Valley Vietnam Veterans’ Color Guard presented colors and led attendees in the Pledge of Allegiance and National Anthem.

Keynote speaker, Air Force Captain (retired) Charles Shaheen, Jr., of Reedley, California, provided a history of the naming of the General Grant Tree and its subsequent dedication as a “National Shrine” by a joint resolution of Congress. Shaheen has earned the Silver Star, four Distinguished Flying Crosses, a Purple Heart, 16 Air Medals, a Vietnam Service Medal with two Bronze Stars, and more decorations).

At the ceremony, veterans in attendance were recognized with commemorative pins created for the event. All participants were invited to affix small, temporary American flags to the fence surrounding the General Grant Tree.

[Submitted by Theresa Fiorino, Events Coordinator, and Dana Dierkes, Public Affairs Specialist]

Intermountain Region
Capitol Reef's Lori Rome Headed For France

Lori Rome, chief of interpretation at Capitol Reef National Park in Utah, will transfer abroad on July 26th for an 18-month detail with the American Battle Monuments Commission in Normandy, France. Rome will be an interpretive specialist, assisting commission staff on-site with interpretive operations, training, coaching and programming.

“I am very sad that I will miss being here for the NPS Centennial,” Rome said. “However, the opportunity to live in France at a powerful historical site and work with international staff is rare and amazing!”

Rome has worked for the NPS since 1997, primarily in interpretation, at sites from Alaska to Florida. This year she received the Benchmark "10" interpretive award. Accompanying her on her detail will be her three dogs — Salt and Soap from Grand Canyon National Park and Morri from Capitol Reef — and her husband, Kevin Dowell, chief of Maintenance at Petrified Forest National Park in AZ. 

Rome’s detail runs through Jan. 21, 2017, after which she will return to Capitol Reef in her present role. Her NPS email ( and other contact information will be suspended after July 23 for the length of the detail. But Rome will be reachable at the ABMC at

The commission preserves and interprets World War I and World War II burial grounds and memorials where the sacrifice of more than 218,000 Americans is honored. It administers 24 American military cemeteries and 25 memorials, monuments and markers in 15 countries, from France, Belgium and Tunisia to the Philippines, New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. Former Intermountain Region Director John Wessels has been Paris-based deputy secretary of Overseas Operations for ABMC since 2013.


Outer Banks Group - NC
GS-0025-12/13 Chief Ranger

The Outer Banks Group – Cape Hatteras NS, Fort Raleigh NHS and Wright Brothers NM – has issued an announcement for a chief ranger.

Click on the link below for a copy of the announcement with full details on duties, area information, and procedures for applying.

It closes on July 17th.
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Valley Forge National Historical Park (PA)
GS-0193-11 Archeologist / GIS Specialist

Valley Forge National Historical Park has issued an announcement for a permanent GS-11 archeologist/GIS specialist. The position is shared with Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site. 

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

Feed free to email with any questions. The positions close on July 13th.

[Submitted by Deirdre Gibson,, 610-587-5969]

Carlsbad Caverns National Park (NM)
GS-0193/0808-9/11 Cultural Resource Program Manager

Carlsbad Cavern National Park is seeking candidates for a position as the park’s cultural resources program manager.

Click on the link below for a copy of the announcement with full details on duties, area information, and procedures for applying.

It closes on July 13th.
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National Capital Region
GS-0560-9/11/12 Budget Analyst

Dates: 07/01/2015 - 07/15/2015

Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park is currently recruiting for a budget analyst. There is one position and management may select at any grade level.  

Travel, transportation and relocation expenses will be paid if the person selected for the position is from outside the local commuting area and is otherwise eligible for reimbursement of relocation expenses under the Federal Travel Regulations.

Preserving America’s colorful Canal era and transportation history, the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park is 184.5 miles of adventure. Originally, the C&O Canal was a lifeline for communities and businesses along the Potomac River as coal, lumber, grain and other agricultural products floated down the canal to market. It endures as a national historical park today, a pathway into history, nature and recreation.

For the full vacancy announcement, please click on the link below.For more information contact Human Resources Specialist Katina Harkless at 703-754-1652 ext 1117.

[Submitted by Katina L. Harkless,, 703-754-1652 ext 1117]

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