The Morning Report

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

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Chickasaw National Recreation Area (OK)
Rangers Assist At Multiple Casualty Incident

On the evening of Friday, September 26th, rangers joined in a major mutual aid response to an accident involving a tractor trailer and a school bus on Interstate 35. 

The truck was travelling northbound when it crossed the median into the southbound lane of traffic and collided with a bus carrying 16 members of the North Central Texas College women’s softball team.

Rangers assisted in triage and providing patient care to the 17 people injured in the accident. Unfortunately, three people on the bus died at the scene and a fourth later died of her injuries at a local hospital in Sulphur.

At least nine other agencies in the area responded to this accident. It is being investigated by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol and the National Transportation Safety Board.

[Submitted by Aaron Shandor, Chief Ranger]

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Bandelier National Monument (NM)
Third Annual Opera On The Rocks Held

Who knew opera and rocks could be such an irresistible mix? The two together – the park’s distinct landscape and Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” - attracted a record-breaking audience to the special music event in Bandelier’s mesa-top campground amphitheater.

Close to 500 visitors enjoyed the third annual production of Opera on the Rocks, a late summer event awaited with eager anticipation by northern New Mexico opera fans.

Opera Alta, a Los Alamos production company, joined the Los Alamos Opera Guild and park staff to make the event family friendly.  It included two children’s activities, a warm-up duet, and wine and cheese tasting, as well as the opportunity to enjoy the park in a unique way. 

The event is sponsored annually by many local businesses and organizations, including the Friends of Bandelier. The Friends will receive a percentage of the ticket sales, to be used to enhance park outreach programs.

“The Bandelier staff is constantly producing innovative programs to engage our visitors and improve their understanding and enjoyment of this park’s resources“, said Superintendent Jason Lott.  “Music has been an integral part of the story of this park for centuries.” 

Plans are in progress for next year’s fourth annual Opera on the Rocks, and for the 2016 presentation, which will be part of the celebration of the centennial of both Bandelier National Monument and the National Park Service.

[Submitted by Chris Judson]

Park Facility Management Division
New Environmental Purchasing Newsletter Posted

The newest issue of EPN: Environmental Purchasing In The NPS, a newsletter dedicated to green purchasing news from around the system, is now available.  

News items and information in EPN illustrate a variety of ways that environmental purchasing is being implemented across the National Park Service.  Each issue will have a featured topic and regular sections. 

This third issue of EPN focuses on a variety of ways that parks are utilizing partnerships to help advance green purchasing efforts.  It also examines how third party environmental and standard setting organizations can be useful in making greener purchasing decisions.

The current issue is available as a PDF file at the link below. Click here to go to the main environmental purchasing web page.

[Submitted by Fred Sturniolo, Environmental Protection Specialist]

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National Capital Region
John Stanwich Selected As Liaison To The White House

John Stanwich, a 23-year veteran of federal service, has been named the National Park Service’s liaison to the White House. In this role, he will oversee care for the White House, its grounds and nearby parks.

“John’s proven experience working with federal and private partners to carry out the mission of the National Park Service at the White House and in President’s Park makes him ideal to lead the talented, interdisciplinary staff,” acting National Capital Regional Director Lisa Mendelson-Ielmini said. “His depth of knowledge, collaborative management style and dedication to this landmark of democracy is a tribute to the NPS and to those we work with and serve.”

Stanwich has served since 2007 as the deputy National Park Service liaison to the White House, where he successfully managed complex public and private partnerships and fostered relationships with multiple federal agencies. He served as the NPS lead for the 56th Presidential inauguration and as the NPS incident commander for the 57th Presidential inauguration.

During his tenure as deputy NPS liaison to the White House and in his previous position managing President’s Park, he participated in the planning and implementation of nationally significant events such as the National Christmas Tree Lighting, the White House Easter Egg Roll and numerous state arrival ceremonies.

“I am honored and thrilled to be given the opportunity to engage people from around the world in exploring the enduring and ever-evolving story of the White House,” Stanwich said. “I look forward to working in partnership with the park staff, our fellow government and private partners and the residents of the District of Columbia to continue to preserve and interpret the legacy of this American icon.”

Prior to arriving at President’s Park, Stanwich served as the chief of interpretation and visitor services for Adams National Historical Park. In this position he developed interpretive and junior ranger programs that increased visitation numbers and diversity.

A native of Virginia, John graduated from Boston University and received a master of science in international relations from the London School of Economics. He pursued doctoral studies in American diplomatic history at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

John’s wife, Maria, works for the National Archives and Records Administration, and their daughter, Louisa, just began her first year at Arizona State University.

[Submitted by Jenny Anzelmo-Sarles]

Fort Scott National Historic Site (KS)
Fort Scott Hosts Fourth Annual Naturalization Ceremony

The early autumn weather was perfect as Fort Scott National Historic Site partnered with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services on Friday, September 26th, to welcome 90 new United States citizens from 36 countries spanning all six populated continents. 

The Honorable Teresa J. James, United States Magistrate Judge for the United States District Court, District of Kansas, presided over the ceremony. The oath of allegiance was administered on the park’s historic parade ground, where the 1st and 2nd Kansas Colored Volunteer Infantry regiments were officially mustered into federal service in 1863.

This was the fourth annual rite of naturalization held at Fort Scott.  The ceremony included a welcome from Fort Scott Mayor Cindy Bartelsmeyer, musical selections performed by the Fort Scott High School band, orchestra, and choir, and an inspiring address by the Honorable Richard M. Smith, Chief Judge of Kansas’s 6th Judicial District.

In addition to those previously mentioned, several other organizations partnered to make the event a success. They included the City of Fort Scott, Fort Scott Pioneer Kiwanis Club, Molly Foster Berry and Oceanus Hopkins Chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution, League of Women Voters of Johnson County (Kansas), Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Center, Pittsburg State University Army ROTC, and the Friends of Fort Scott National Historic Site.

Many new citizens, their family members, and guests commented on how much they enjoyed having this memorable day held in such a historic setting. Superintendent Betty Boyko encouraged everyone to enjoy their national parks and to return to FOSC often. The site is already planning for its next naturalization ceremony in 2015.

[Submitted by Galen Ewing, Park Ranger]


Acadia National Park (ME)
GS-11 Interdisciplinary Cultural Resources Program Manager (Lateral)

Acadia National Park is seeking a qualified candidate for lateral reassignment to a position as the park’s cultural resource program manager.

The position will be filled from one of the following occupational series – historian (GS-0170), anthropologist (GS-0190), landscape architect (GS-0807), or architect (GS-0808). Applicants must be GS-11 career or career-conditional employees in one of these series.

This is a non-supervisory position in the resource management division.  The person selected will serve as the principal advisor in the management of cultural resources and will be responsible for program development and implementation.  Programs include cultural anthropology and ethnology, tribal consultation, history, historic preservation and compliance with the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), archeology, historic landscape architecture, historic architecture, and museum operations. 

This position is career-seasonal in nature and does not provide employment on a year-round basis.  Furlough length is typically two pay periods.

Acadia National Park protects more than 47,000 acres of lakes, ponds, mountains, and ocean shoreline along the coast of Maine.  The 27-mile Park Loop Road system offers outstanding views of the park’s ocean shoreline, coastal forests, and mountain silhouettes.  At Acadia you can explore the park’s scenic 45-mile carriage road system or hike through forests and up mountains on 125 miles of historic hiking trails.

Amenities can be found in the Bar Harbor area and surrounding towns.  A wider range of services can be found 34 miles away in the city of Ellsworth.

Interested applicants should contact Human Resources Specialist, Tammy Goodwin at  Application package should include:

  • Current resume
  • Current SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action (Do not submit an award SF-50)
  • Copy of most recent performance appraisal

Applications may be submitted electronically or by mail.  Applications must be postmarked/dated by October 18th.  Submit electronic applications to  Submit mailed applications to Tammy Goodwin, Human Resources Specialist, Northeast Servicing Human Resources Office, Acadia National Park, P.O. Box 177, Bar Harbor, Maine  04609