Wednesday, March 12, 2014
New River Gorge National River (WV) Rangers Intervene In Out-Of-Park Assault
After attending a recent search and rescue training session, two New River Gorge rangers stopped for lunch at a local restaurant in Beckley, West Virginia. While eating, they heard a woman screaming for help and went to investigate.
The rangers saw a man running from the rear of the restaurant, coming from where they had heard the screams for help. As he ran through the restaurant, the rangers saw other people chasing him and yelling that he had just attacked a woman in the bathroom.
The rangers stepped into the path of the man, took control of the situation, and detained him. They also checked on the victim’s welfare.
Beckley PD and EMS were both contacted. Beckley PD officers quickly arrived and took control of the scene while EMS personnel treated the woman. The man was found to be a ward of the state and mentally ill. His counselor was with him in the restaurant at the time, but had lost track of the man.
The rangers completed lunch without further interruptions.
[Submitted by Jeff West, Chief Ranger]
NEWS AND NOTES
Selma To Montgomery National Historic Trail (AL) Edmund Pettus Bridge NHL Plaque Unveiled
On Monday, March 10th, Director Jarvis joined other dignitaries at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, to unveil a plaque designating it as a National Historic Landmark.
On March 7, 1965, as non-violent marchers crossed the bridge on a peaceful voting rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, they were tear-gassed and beaten and their procession was stopped by law enforcement officers.
This display of violence, heaped upon non-violent protesters, was captured by the news media and broadcasted worldwide. The event came to be known as "Bloody Sunday.”
Outraged protesters from across the country joined the marchers for a subsequent five-day march that began in Selma on March 21, 1965, this time with state and federal law enforcement protection. On August 6, 1965, President Lyndon Johnson signed, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which extended equal voting rights to African-Americans.
The trail was established by Congress in 1996 to commemorate the events, people, and route of the 1965 Voting Rights March in Alabama. The shortest National Historic Trail in the National Trails System, its 54 miles follow the historic voting rights march route by beginning at Brown Chapel A.M.E. Church in Selma and then crossing the Edmund Pettus Bridge.
This past weekend marked the 49th anniversary of that march. The unveiling of the Edmund Pettus Bridge National Historic Landmark plaque provided a befitting conclusion to the commemorative activities. The designation signifies the bridge as a nationally significant historic place and extends the legacy for Americans to reflect and pay respect to those who sacrificed for change.
Director Jarvis was the keynote speaker, with remarks from Selma Mayor Evans, Birmingham Mayor Bell, Montgomery Mayor Strange, Alabama Transportation Director John Cooper and Congressman Terri Sewell.
Other attendees included Regional Director Austin, Superintendent Taylor, and Selma to Montgomery NHT Site Manger Tagger.
Come trace the march toward freedom and connect with their stories at the Lowndes and Selma Interpretive Centers. The Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail has begun preparation for its 50th anniversary in 2015.
[Submitted by Patricia A. Butts, Public Information Officer ] More Information...
Great Smoky Mountains National Park Construction Of New Collections Preservation Center Announced
Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Senator Lamar Alexander joined park officials last week to celebrate the contributions that public-private partnerships have made to the national park to help honor and preserve America’s cultural heritage.
Secretary Jewell also announced a timeline for the construction of a 13,000-square-foot Collections Preservation Center, which should be completed in the fall of 2015.
Through the completion of this new regional center, the National Park Service will be able to properly care for over 144,000 artifacts, 220,000 archival records, and 275 linear feet of library materials documenting the history of Great Smoky Mountains National Park and four other NPS areas in eastern Tennessee, including Andrew Johnson National Historic Site, Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, and Obed Wild and Scenic River.
Consolidating the collections materials will both ensure the protection for the heirlooms entrusted to the National Park Service and also allow for a single museum curator to oversee all the collections.
Secretary Jewell also joined park staff and Friends of the Smokies President Jim Hart on a hike along Chimney Tops Trail, where the park’s Trails Forever crew has been conducting a three-year major restoration project. The combination of heavy use, abundant rainfall, and steep terrain have turned the Chimney Tops Trail into a badly eroded obstacle course of slick, broken rock, exposed tree roots, and mud.
Since April 2012, the Trails Forever crew has been rebuilding the trail using durable stone and rot-resistant black locust timbers that will stabilize the trail for decades to come, reducing annual maintenance and greatly improving the visitor experience.
The crew has constructed rock steps to carry hikers up the steepest areas and prevent erosion, redefined sections of trail that have become unsafe or difficult to navigate, improved drainage by modifying water bars or constructing other types of drainage structures, and built raised turnpike structures out of sustainable materials to prevent further erosion. The Trails Forever crew is primarily supported by the park’s partnership with Friends of the Smokies through a $4 million endowment fund.
“The Smokes are a gem,” said Sally Jewell. “The families that gave up their land many years ago to make this park really gave a gift to all Americans. You will hike this trail until you’re 90, and be incredibly proud of this work, as will all the people that work with you.”
Jewell was accompanied on the hike by Acting Superintendent Pedro Ramos, Friends of the Smokies President Jim Hart, Trails Foreman Tobias Miller, Resource Management and Science Chief Jeff Troutman, Management Assistant Dana Soehn, Park Ranger Will Jaynes, Volunteer Warren Bielenberg, Department of Interior Press Secretary Jessica Kershaw, Deputy Director of Congressional and Legislative Affairs Stephenne Harding, and Sgt. David Graham.
[Submitted by Dana Soehn, Public Affairs Officer]
National Information Services Center SharePoint Server Down For Servicing This Weekend
Staff at the National Information Services Center will be working with a Microsoft technician over this coming weekend to adjust and configure the SharePoint server (share.inside.nps.gov).
Maintenance work will begin at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 14th, and may continue through 6 p.m. on Sunday, March 16th.
This maintenance will affect all SharePoint sites that begin with:
SharePoint sites will be inaccessible on and off all weekend as the servers are configured, restarted, and tested. The team therefore recommends you do not work on SharePoint sites on these servers over the coming weekend.
SharePoint coordinators in the regions and directorates will be notified when work is complete.
If you have questions, please contact Martha Isbister, firstname.lastname@example.org, 360-472-0892.
[Submitted by Martha Isbister]
Andrew Johnson National Historic Site (TN) Andrew Johnson Virtual Video Field Trip Goes Live
Students from across the nation visited Andrew Johnson National Historic Site and National Cemetery through a virtual field trip on March 6th.
The event was a part of the national Presidential Primary Sources Project and was conducted in collaboration with the education office in WASO, Northeast Region’s technology office, and the Internet2 innovative technology community, with internet bridging from the Blue Jeans video conferencing group.
The project is a national education effort to connect students to presidential libraries and other historic sites that highlight the contributions of U.S. presidents while incorporating Common Core learning standards.
Participating schools interacted from afar with rangers in Greeneville, Tennessee. The buildings, speeches and many artifacts from Andrew Johnson’s life were shown to students as the program explored Johnson’s leadership qualities in a time of crisis.
The event was an innovative method to share many primary sources with a new audience. Students as far away as Alaska and Texas and Maryland logged into this special event to actively participate with the National Park Service presenters.
[Submitted by Jennifer Pierce, Chief of Education ]
Lake Mead National Recreation Area (AZ,NV) GS-0028-13 Supervisory Environmental Protection Specialist
Lake Mead National Recreation Area is recruiting for a supervisory environmental protection specialist for its utility systems branch.
The following credentials are not required upon application; if not currently in possession, though, they must be obtained within six months (or two testing periods) from the date of hire:
- Certified environmental manager (Nevada) or registered sanitarian. This requirement may be waived if you hold a current registration as a professional engineer. Note: For purposes of this factor, the terms “registered sanitarian” and “registered environmental health specialist” may be used interchangeably, but must be issued by a state public health or environmental management agency. “Association” or “registry” certifications will not be accepted.
- Certified operator in water and wastewater treatment categories at Grade II level or higher (this requirement will not be waived). NOTE: For purposes of this factory, certification by any U.S. state having reciprocity with Arizona or Nevada will fulfill this requirement.
Links follow to the all citizens and merit promotion announcements:
For information about the positions or the utility systems branch in general, please contact Chief of Maintenance and Engineering Bruce Nyhuis at 702-293-8669 or email at: email@example.com
Aztec Ruins National Monument (NM)
GS-0025-7/9 Interpretive Ranger
Aztec Ruins National Monument has issued an announcement for an interpretive 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 March 17th.
Lake Mead National Recreation Area (AZ,NV)
GS-2151-6/7 Dispatchers (Detail or Lateral)
Lake Mead National Recreation Area is looking for several highly motivated dispatchers who are interested in a lateral transfer or a 60 to 120 detail to the Lake Mead Interagency Communications Center.
Due to its interagency role, the center maintains a steady public safety dispatch workload year round. This transfer or detail would offer experience in interagency law enforcement, EMS, SAR, and structural fire dispatching.
To be considered for this position you must submit a resume, your most recent SF-50 indicating current grade and step and a copy of your most recent performance appraisal.
The center is also seeking qualified candidates for a 60 to 120 detail assignment for a dispatcher. Salary, travel and per diem will be paid by the center. Government housing may be available.
To be considered for this detail you must submit a resume, including training and experience, and your most recent SF-50 indicating current grade and step.
If you are interested in this detail opportunity, please respond to Gloria Dunbar, by email (Gloria_Dunbar@nps.gov), by mail (601 Nevada Way, Boulder City, NV 89005), or by fax at 702-293-8954. Please respond no later than March 14th.
For questions on the job responsibilities, contact Lori Tuttle at (702) 293-8992 or email at Lori_Tuttle@nps.gov