The Morning Report

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

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Glen Canyon National Recreation Area (AZ,UT)
Park Staff Respond To Multiple Emergencies

Park staff dealt with several significant incidents over a four-day period in mid-June:

  • June 19th – A 21-foot boat caught fire at the Bullfrog fuel dock. Three people were injured in the blaze. They transported themselves to the Bullfrog Clinic, where they were treated for second degree burns.
  • June 20th – A 17-year-old boy suffered a serious head injury in West Canyon. CPR was required. The park dispatched Classic Air Medical to the scene and the boy was flown out to medical care in Utah. Later that day, Grand Canyon rangers assisted the park with the short-haul helicopter rescue of a 40-year-old woman who’d fallen and broken her ankle in Cathedral Wash near Lees Ferry.
  • June 21st – NPS firefighters and emergency medical staff responded to a houseboat fire at the Wahweap fuel dock around 1 p.m. A boat management company authorized to do business within the park had fueled the boat and started the engines, which resulted in an explosion and engine compartment fire. The blaze was knocked down with fire extinguishers by the staff on board at the time. A 29-year-old woman who was thrown off the back of the boat by the explosion and suffered second degree burns was flown to a medical facility by Classic Air Medical.
  • June 21st – The park received a report of a possible missing woman early in the afternoon. Following a two-day-long search, the body of the 41-year-old new Mexico woman was recovered near Lone Rock Beach. She’d evidently drowned.

The park was assisted by a number of agencies in its response to these incidents, including the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Utah State Parks, the Utah Highway Patrol, Coconino County Sheriff’s Office, Kane County Sheriff’s Office, Wasatch County Sheriff’s Office, ARAMARK, Bullfrog Clinic, Coast Guard Auxiliary, Classic Air Medical and Encompass Health Services.

[Submitted by Denise M. Shultz, Public Information Officer]

Redwood National and State Parks (CA)
Redwood Burl Poachers Sentenced

On June 19th, two local residents who’d previously been convicted of burl poaching in the park were sentenced in court.

Danny Garcia, 43, who pled to one count of felony vandalism (California Penal Code 594a), was sentenced to four years of formal probation, 700 hours of community service, ordered to pay restitution of $11,178.57, and required to attend a six-month-long drug rehabilitation program.

Larry Clinton Morrow, 36, who pled to one count of misdemeanor vandalism, was sentenced to three years of formal probation and ordered to pay $1,600 in restitution.  

Both Morrow and Garcia were ordered to stay out of Redwoods National and State Park for the duration of their probationary periods.

[Submitted by Investigative Services Branch]

Grand Canyon National Park (AZ)
Visitor Dies On Bright Angel Trail

Park dispatch received a report late last Sunday morning of CPR in progress on a park visitor just above Three-Mile Rest House on the Bright Angel Trail.

Bystanders began CPR and were soon assisted by park personnel who responded from up trail. The park’s helicopter was diverted from another medical call at Indian Gardens and arrived soon thereafter. Personnel onboard provided advanced life support resuscitation, but efforts to save the 62-year-old man proved unavailing.

The man was hiking out the canyon after completing a commercial river trip. An investigation into the incident is being conducted by the park and county medical examiner.

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

Rocky Mountain National Park (CO)
Injured Man Rescued From Sky Pond Area

On the night of Saturday, June 28th, a 21-year-old man activated his personal locator beacon (PLB) near the Continental Divide after suffering a tumbling fall and getting stuck in a location where he could not move up or down.

The PLB showed his general location to be west of the divide below the Taylor Peak – Powell Peak ridge line. Rangers were eventually able to speak with him and had him call 911 from his cell phone to enable the GPS on his phone to narrow down his location, which was found to be above Sky Pond.

A hasty team of search and rescue members left the Glacier Gorge Trailhead early Sunday morning. One team member was flown to the summit of Thatchtop Mountain. The man was located about 1500 feet above Sky Pond and 500 feet below Thatchtop Mountain in a steep, scree area with loose rocks.

The man was assessed and treated and then evacuated to the trailhead. He was taken by a family member to a local medical facility for treatment.

Rocky Mountain National Park's Search and Rescue Team members were assisted by Rocky Mountain Rescue and Larimer County Search and Rescue.

[Submitted by Kyle Patterson, Public Affairs Officer]


Yosemite National Park (CA)
Park Commemorates 150th Of Yosemite Grant Signing

Yosemite National Park commemorated the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Yosemite Grant on Monday, June 30th.

The park conducted seven events throughout the day. Joining in the commemoration were Director Jon Jarvis, Pacific West Regional Director Chris Lehnertz, Deputy Regional Directors Patty Neubacher and Martha Lee, and NPS employees from several other parks and WASO.

The day started with an employee breakfast at the Wawona Hotel. That was followed by the "signature event" at the Mariposa Grove at 10 a.m. The formal ceremony marked both the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Yosemite Grant and the groundbreaking ceremony for the Mariposa Grove restoration project.

About 600 people attended the event, which featured mounted color guards from Yosemite National Park and California State Parks, a blessing from American Indian Council of Mariposa County tribal elder (and retired NPS employee) Les James, remarks from Director Jarvis , Superintendent Don Neubacher,  California's Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom and area Congressmen Tom McClintock and Jim Costa, and a ceremonial "golden sledgehammer" groundbreaking ceremony narrated by Yosemite Conservancy President (and retired Yosemite superintendent) Mike Tollefson.

The next event was a short reception and tour at the Henness Ridge Environmental Education Center. The facility, which is under construction, will be operated by NatureBridge and used as an environmental education center for programs year-round.

Throughout the day, the park hosted a Shared Heritage Fair on the Yosemite Village mall area. The event featured about 30 educational booths and was staffed by representatives of the National Park Service, Yosemite Conservancy, California State Parks, DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite, Inc., Ansel Adams Gallery, Sierra Club, and others. There were also interpretive walks throughout the event.

An employee lunch was held on the grounds of the Yosemite Valley School. Over 700 people enjoyed lunch, ceremonial cakes, and presentations on the myriad of youth programs conducted in the park.

At 3 p.m., a parks heritage program was conducted in front of the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center. This event celebrated the Yosemite Grant and the heritage Yosemite shares with the California State Park System. Featured speakers included Director Jarvis, Superintendent Neubacher, California State Park System Chief Deputy Director Aaron Robertson, and President Abraham Lincoln (portrayed by local actor Gary Talley).

The event was capped by the presentation of a commemorative sign marking the 150th anniversary of the grant and a group photo featuring over 50 Yosemite National Park and California State Park rangers.

Media coverage was extensive and the park received international coverage from hundreds of media outlets

[Submitted by Scott Gediman, Public Affairs Officer]

Tumacácori National Historical Park (AZ)
Music Fills The Historic Mission Church At Tumacácori

The Tumacácori mission church filled to capacity for a recent concert by Mexican accordionist Antonio Barbereno, assisted by flute and percussionist Victor Manuel Linares.

The concert was a cooperative venture between the Mexican Consulate in Nogales, Arizona, and Tumacácori National Historical Park.

Barbereno, an internationally known musician who has performed throughout Europe, South America, and North America, currently lives near the city of his birth, Mexico City. Linares hails from Tumacácori’s neighbor, Nogales, Sonora.

Far from the polka music one might imagine, Barbereno is a classical accordionist. At Tumacácori, he performed classical and vice-regal music – “vice-regal” referring to the time period in which the land that is now Mexico was ruled by monarchs – music to which people would have been dancing when Tumacácori was an active mission.

The concert marked the culmination of a dream for both Consulate General Jaime Paz y Puente and accordionist Barbereno. The consulate regularly sponsors cultural events in the border community of Nogales, and had long dreamed of hosting a concert inside the historic mission church. Barbereno had imagined performing in the excellent acoustics of the adobe structure since visiting historic sites in southern Arizona on a previous concert tour.

Barbarena, an avid amateur historian, selected music appropriate to the mission era and provided an interpretive introduction to each piece, tying each piece to local history and culture.

In a situation that is certainly not unique to Tumacácori, it is the “out of towners” who normally find their way to this small, little known park. Residents drive by, glancing down at the church dome from the interstate on their way to jobs in Tucson or Nogales. The popular, traditional instrument and the nationality of the performers attracted an audience that the park seeks to invite, an audience of local, long-time residents of the border region.

As is their tradition, the consulate sponsored a bus which brought elderly music lovers who had no other transportation from Nogales, Arizona, for the concert. They, and others, went on to visit the park following the concert, many for the first time.

After the concert lasting more than an hour, four extra pieces “just because,” two standing ovations and three encores later, it was clear that the collaboration was a dream come true for many.

[Submitted by Anita Badertscher, Chief of Interpretation and Education]

San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park (CA)
Park Staff Receive Clean Air Race Trophy

San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park employees recently received a trophy in the 2014 “Great Race for Clean Air,” an annual competition among San Francisco Bay Area companies to see whose employees can reduce the most CO2 by ridesharing, biking, walking or riding transit to work instead of driving solo.  

Park staff walked, biked, ferried, train-ed, bus-ed and streetcar-ed to finish first in the “highest average of clean commute days per participant” category.

The “race” took place online during March and April, and involved 1,007 employees from 70 different companies logging in their daily commutes. The Bay Area Air District estimates that 773,225 lbs. of CO2 were saved during the competition.

[Submitted by Lynn Cullivan,, 415-561-7006]

Yosemite National Park (CA)
Mass Casualty, Active Shooter Drill Held

On June 20th, a multi-agency active shooter response drill and resulting mass causality incident drill were conducted in Yosemite National Park. 

The park designed the drill to portray an individual who was involved in active shooting and had barricaded himself in the lodge at Badger Pass. Consistent with Yosemite’s active shooter protocol, initial response included identifying the location of the shooter in order to adequately confront him with the appropriate response. 

The Yosemite Special Response Team (SRT) immediately secured the area and then assisted emergency medical response personnel in conducting a mass casualty evacuation of all bystanders not involved in the “shooting” or requiring medical care.  Upon successful suppression and arrest of the suspect, Yosemite SRT and Yosemite emergency medical personnel evacuated and provided medical care to victims who were taken hostage during the ordeal.  

One major component of the training was to allow emergency medical crews, with the assistance of law enforcement, to practice entering a “hot zone” to provide medical assistance to large numbers of victims.

The training concluded with a complete after action review to discuss lessons learned, scenario management, teamwork, agency assists, and communication.  

The joint operation was held at the Badger Pass Ski Resort just south of Yosemite Valley.  Participants included the Yosemite Special Response Team, Mariposa County Public Health Department, Yosemite Emergency Services, Yosemite Fire, Yosemite Emergency Communications Center, and California Emergency Search and Rescue.

[Submitted by Kari Cobb, Public Affairs Specialist]

Yellowstone National Park (ID,MT,WY)
Park, Forest Service Conduct Joint Rescue Training

On Thursday, June 26th, Yellowstone National Park helitack crew members conducted a simulated short haul helicopter rescue just outside the park's northern boundary.  

The joint wildland fire aviation training exercise paired Yellowstone crews with U.S. Forest Service smokejumpers based in West Yellowstone, Montana.  

Smokejumpers parachuted into Cutler Meadows, simulating an injury to one of their crew members, who was "treated" by wildland fire paramedics at the landing zone.  The "victim" was then replaced by an NPS employee, packaged for transport and short-hauled to a nearby waiting ambulance.

[Submitted by Dan Hottle, Public Affairs Officer]


Natchez Trace Parkway (AL,MS,TN)
GS-0401-11/12 Natural Resource Management Specialist

Natchez Trace Parkway has issued an announcement for a natural resource specialist.  

The person in this position serves as a natural resource subject matter specialist and the park’s geographic information system coordinator in an integrated multidisciplinary resource management program. She/he is responsible for the implementation and oversight of natural resource management and associated National Environmental Policy Act compliance.

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 15th.
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Zion National Park (UT)
Information Technology Specialist (Detail)

Zion National Park is seeking candidates for a detail of 60 to 120 days as an information technology specialist.

The EOD date is August 11th.

The person selected will assist with maintaining computer systems in Zion NP, Cedar Breaks NM, and Pipe Springs NM. She/he will provide support in the installation, testing, troubleshooting, and configuration of software and computer hardware involving servers, LAN components, communication lines, computers, printers, and other peripherals, and will provide end user customer support in accessing and utilizing network services.

During this detail, salary will continue to be paid by the selectee’s home park/office.  Travel and per diem will be paid by Zion.  Government housing may be available for this assignment.  This is a detail opportunity, not a temporary promotion.  Selectee’s salary will remain the same. 

Please contact Mike Ball at or 435-772-0156 with additional questions about the detail opportunity.

Interested individuals should discuss the opportunity with their first-line supervisors and obtain concurrence from their superintendents or managers prior to applying. Once approval is gained, interested individuals should submit one-page resumes detailing work history, educational background, and any special qualifications they might possess.  Please include your current title, series, and grade on your resume. 

Resumes should be submitted by electronic mail to: Janel Bassett, no later than July 11th.