Death Valley National Park
Seeks Public Comments on Environmental Assessment for
Navel Spring Water System Repair and Maintenance Project
The National Park Service (NPS) is currently accepting comments on an Environmental Assessment (EA), which analyzes a proposal from Rio Tinto to perform maintenance, repairs, and improvements to their water system at Navel Spring in Death Valley National Park. Rio Tinto is a pre-1914 water rights claim holder at Navel Spring.
An analysis of two alternatives and their potential impacts to the environment and park resources are presented in the EA—no action and Rio Tinto’s proposed action. Rio Tinto’s proposed action does not expand the historic footprint of the water system, allows legal access to the water rights claim, and serves to protect park resources.
Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act and Council on Environmental Quality regulations, the NPS is conducting a public comment period for review of the completed Environmental Assessment (EA) for this project. The EA is available to download from the NPS Planning, Environment and Public Comment website: http://parkplanning.nps.gov/NavelSpringEA. Hard copies may be obtained by contacting the park at 760-786-3227. Note that the request for hard copies will not extend the comment period.
Comments must be received no later than December 16, 2013. Public comment may be submitted online at the NPS Planning, Environment and Public Comment website: http://parkplanning.nps.gov/NavelSpringEA. If you do not have internet access, you may direct comments regarding this project to the park in writing by mail or hand delivery to:
Death Valley National Park
ATTN: Navel Spring EA
P.O. Box 579
Death Valley, CA 92328
Notice Regarding FOIA
It is the practice of the NPS to make all comments, including names and addresses of respondents who provide that information, available for public review following the conclusion of the environmental assessment process. Individuals may request that the NPS withhold their name and/or address from public disclosure. If you wish to do this, you must state this prominently at the beginning of your comment. Commentators using the website can make such a request by checking the box “keep my contact information private.” NPS will honor such requests to the extent allowable by law, but you should be aware that NPS may still be required to disclose your name and address pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act. We will make all submissions from organizations, businesses, and from individuals identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or businesses available for public inspection in their entirety.
Death Valley, CA–The National Park Service invites you to take advantage of the many recreational opportunities available at Death Valley National Park in commemoration of Veteran’s Day, November 9-11, 2013. Now that the weather has cooled down, you can enjoy being outdoors again in most areas of the park. Only entrance fees will be waived. Camping fees and expanded amenity fees, such as Scotty’s Castle tour tickets, will still apply. Please check the park’s website www.nps.gov/deva for the latest information on road closures.
All National Park units will waive entrance fees in honor of the Veteran’s Day holiday. For more information about Death Valley NP, call 760-786-3200 or see http://nps.gov/deva. For more information about other fee free days in National Parks, go to http://www.nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks.htm.
Death Valley, CA—Death Valley National Park re-opens to visitors today. Visitors can access public areas and roads immediately while facilities and other public services are brought back online. Death Valley National Park has been closed since October 1 due to the lapse in Congressional appropriations.
“We are excited and happy to be back at work and welcome visitors to Death Valley National Park,” said Superintendent Kathy Billings. “Autumn is just the beginning of a particularly special season to enjoy all that Death Valley has to offer.” The park is proud to be a member of the local communities, and contributes more than $50 million to the local economy. “The economic impact of closing this park for 16 days has been extremely tough on our gateway communities, local businesses, neighbors, and park partners,” states Superintendent Billings. “We look forward to working with our neighbors and partners on ways to lesson that impact.”
Visitor facilities that have reopened include: Furnace Creek Visitor Center, Texas Springs Campground, Mesquite Springs Campground, Stovepipe Wells Village, Scotty’s Castle, and the park’s major scenic overlooks, and backcountry and wilderness.
Due to the shutdown the opening of Furnace Creek Campground and Sunset Campground is being delayed. It is hoped Furnace Creek Campground will be open by Friday, October 25, 2013. It is hoped that Sunset Campground will be open by Monday, October 21, 2013. These are tentative dates; please check the park’s web page for updates at www.nps.gov/deva.
The following roads remain closed due to flood damage that occurred prior to the shutdown:
Badwater Road…………CLOSED from Badwater to south entrance.
…………………………………….. OPEN to Badwater from Hwy 190.
Big Pine/Death Valley Rd………………………………………………….. CLOSED by Inyo County due to flood damage.
Cottonwood Canyon Rd.. IMPASSABLE due to mud.
Emigrant Canyon Road… CLOSED due to flood damage – work is in progress to clear debris.
Greenwater Valley Road. CLOSED by Inyo County due to flood damage.
Harry Wade Road………… CLOSED due to flood damage.
Keane Wonder Road……. CLOSED; road and mining area closed to entry due to mine safety hazards.
Mosaic Canyon Road…… Open; expect flood damage; High-clearance recommended.
Panamint Valley Road….. CLOSED by Inyo County due to flood damage.
Saline Valley (North)…… Signed CLOSED by Inyo County; IMPASSABLE due to washouts.
Saline Valley (South)…… Signed CLOSED by Inyo County.
Saline Warm Springs Rd. Washed out from County Road to Warm Springs.
Steel Pass Road……………. IMPASSABLE from Warm Springs to Steel Pass.
Titus Canyon Road………. Open; expect flood damage; High-clearance recommended.
West Side Road……………. CLOSED due to flood damage.
Wildrose Road……………… CLOSED due to flood damage.
WARNING on all backcountry roads: possible flood damage and inaccessibility. Please use caution.
For more information, please visit: www.nps.gov/deva or call the park at 760-786-3200.
Location: Tecopa Hot Springs Resort
Tecopa Artist Group presents an exhibit of Lumoglyphs by Charles Morgan ”Coyote and Puck”. Lumoglyphs described by Charles:
“For the past twenty-five years or so I have been going out into the desert and making photographs at night, during a full moon. I selectively illuminate the rocks, sand, and plant life I find out there with different colors, using a strobe and filters. The light of the full moon slowly illuminates the surrounding areas that are left alone. I also use a flashlight to “draw” graffiti on the rocks/plants and in the air during the exposures. The “marks” I make show up only on the film in my camera, which has been recording all of this during a timed exposure. I like to call this graffiti “environmentally safe.”
Release Date: October 1, 2013
Contact: Kathy Billings, 760-786-3240
Death Valley, CA – Because of the shutdown of the federal government caused by the lapse in appropriations, the National Park Service (NPS) has closed all 401 national parks, including Death Valley National Park. All visitor facilities including Furnace Creek Visitor Center; Stovepipe Wells Hotel, Store, Restaurant, and Gas Station (Death Valley Lodging Company); Scotty’s Castle; campgrounds; backcountry and roads (except for thru-way roads including Highway 190, Beatty Cutoff, and Scottys Junction roads) are closed. The park will remain closed until the government reopens. Private property within the park including Furnace Creek Ranch and Panamint Springs remain open.
Kathy Billings, Park Superintendent, said that park visitors in all overnight campgrounds and national park concessions lodging will be given until 6 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on Thursday, October 3 to make travel arrangements and leave the park. In addition, all park programs and special events have been canceled, including: Star Party on October 4 and 5 and other special use permit events.
Death Valley National Park hosts 4000 visitors on average each day in October; nationally, more than 715,000 visitors a day frequent the National Park System. The park will lose an estimated $4500 of entrance fees each day of the shutdown and an estimated $3000 in other fees. Nationwide the NPS stands to lose approximately $450,000 per day in lost revenue from fees collected at entry stations and fees paid for in-park activities such as cave tours, boat rides and camping. Gateway communities across the country see about $76 million per day in total sales from visitor spending that is lost during a government shutdown.
In Death Valley National Park, 88 employees are on furlough because of the shutdown and another 72 concessions employees are similarly affected. 17 employees remain on duty, providing security and emergency services.
Nationwide the shutdown has also furloughed more than 20,000 National Park Service employees; approximately 3,000 employees remain on duty to ensure essential health, safety, and security functions at parks and facilities. About 12,000 park concessions employees are also affected.
Because it will not be maintained, the National Park Service website will be down for the duration of the shutdown. NPS.gov has more than 750,000 pages and 91 million unique visitors each year.
For updates on the shutdown, please visit www.doi.gov/shutdown.
About the National Park Service. National Park Service employees care for America’s 401 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities.
Death Valley, CA—Death Valley National Park and the Las Vegas Astronomical Society (LVAS) will co-host astronomy nights on Friday, October 4 and Saturday, October 5, 2013. The event will begin at 7:30 pm each evening at the Furnace Creek Airport, reached by exiting California Highway 190 at the Furnace Creek Visitor Center and driving west one-half mile. Carpooling is strongly encouraged due to limited parking.
The program will consist of an informative “Tonight’s Sky” tour to orient participants to what is visible with the naked eye each night at 8pm. The LVAS will point out constellations and explain celestial phenomena in easy to understand language. Participants may also view features of the night sky up close through high-powered telescopes guided by National Park Service (NPS) park rangers and LVAS members. A daytime component of this event will be opportunities to view the sun through a solar telescope from 10:00am to 2:00pm at Furnace Creek Ranch on Saturday. Families are welcome.
To keep the site as dark as possible & improve the viewing conditions, the airport road will be closed from 7:30pm to 9:00pm. Visitors who arrive after 7:30pm, or after the airport parking lot is full, will be directed to the Furnace Creek Visitor Center, ½ mile from the airport. At the Visitor Center they can view the night sky with park rangers equipped with laser pointers and a telescope, or they can choose to walk to the airport. Please bring a flashlight and wear closed-toed shoes.
Most famous as the hottest place on Earth and the lowest, driest place in North America, Death Valley National Park also harbors some of the darkest night skies in the United States. Death Valley’s natural darkness, along with NPS actions to reduce excessive outdoor lighting and increase astronomy programming, led the International Dark-Sky Association to designate the park as the third and largest International Dark Sky Park in the U.S.
“Death Valley is a place to gaze in awe at the expanse of the Milky Way, follow a lunar eclipse, track a meteor shower, or simply reflect on your place in the universe,” said NPS Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. “As the world becomes more urbanized,” Jarvis added, “the value of a starry sky only increases and our ability to offer visitors these incredible experiences is an integral part of the National Park Service mission to preserve our nation’s most cherished places for this and future generations.”
“At Death Valley the sky literally begins at your feet,” said Tyler Nordgren, Associate Professor of Physics at the University of Redlands (Calif.) and International Dark-Sky Association board member. “When my students and I look up at night from our southern California campus, we can usually count 12 stars in the sky. However, less than a five hour drive from Los Angeles there’s a place where anyone can look up and see the universe the way everyone could 100 years ago.”
Death Valley National Park rangers offer night sky programs regularly from November through March, and on a limited basis from April through October. Programs vary from telescope viewing, naked eye astronomy, sky legends and stories to full moon programs and night hikes. Come join us and enjoy the crystal clear dark desert skies in Death Valley National Park . . . a rare treasure.
For more information about Death Valley National Park, our ranger-led astronomy programs and to see a selection of night sky images, visit www.nps.gov/deva.
For more information about the Las Vegas Astronomical Society, visit www.lvastronomy.com.
For more information about the International Dark-Sky Association, visit www.darksky.org.
For additional information about this event, please contact Death Valley National Park at 760-786-3200 or email@example.com.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Geneil White, Death Valley Natural History Association
Phone: 775-537-0787 ext. 208
Date: August 30, 2013
It’s All about the Science – Save the Date, Be Social, Spread the Word!
The Death Valley Natural History Association in partnership with the
National Park Service is pleased to announce:
The 1st Death Valley Natural History Conference - November 15-17, 2013
Location: Furnace Creek Visitor Center Auditorium, Death Valley, CA
The presentation of research and findings within a conference setting
provides a valuable means of exchanging information and ideas. The
purpose of this conference is to encourage original research within
the spectrum of natural sciences and to disseminate this research to a
general audience through the presentations themselves and the
publication of the papers within the 1st Death Valley Natural History
Conference Proceedings. About 30 Death Valley researchers will be
presenting in their areas of expertise. Opportunities for audience
questions will also be given at the end of each oral presentation and
during a special poster session. Sunday will be set aside to attend
one of two Death Valley natural history field trip tour options.
Ticket price includes: General attendance to all presentations, lunch
on Friday and Saturday, Closing Reception Dinner, a printed copy of
the conference proceedings when they become available, and one Sunday
field-trip. Please join us! General attendee registration cost: $125.
Register online at: http://dvnha.org/programs-events/science-conference
DVNHA is a non-profit 501(c)(3) dedicated to the preservation and
interpretation of the natural and cultural history of the Death Valley
region in cooperation with our government partners: Death Valley
National Park and Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge.
Please visit us at http://dvnha.org/ for a copy of the event schedule
and for more event information. Email the event coordinator at:
firstname.lastname@example.org if interested in sponsoring this event.
Saturday October 26t 2013. 10AM – 10PM
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“Inyo County is where senior travelers will find Death Valley National Park. Let’s face it, there are not a lot of cities to visit in the area except for Badwater, Furnace Creek, Stovepipe Wells and Scott’s Castle. With names like those many just want to stay away from Inyo County. But that could be a big mistake…” - Jim Becker of SeniorCitizen.travel
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WEIRD TALES FESTIVAL SEPT 27-28 FEATURES TED FAYE, PARANORMAL INVESTIGATORS AND W.C.JAMESON IN RIDGECREST
(by) Donna McCrohan Rosenthal
Celebrated documentarian Ted Faye has found gold in the desert in the form of strange, mysterious and often spooky stories, and will unveil his latest – The Desert’s Lost River of Gold – as the kickoff event of the Historical Society of the Upper Mojave Desert’s first annual Weird Tales Festival, Friday and Saturday, September 27-28, 2013, in Ridgecrest, California. The Gold Creek Films producer/writer/cinematographer has developed a devoted fan following with The Ghosts of Death Valley Junction, Death in the Desert: True Tales of Death Valley’s Victims and other intriguing accounts that appeal to diehards and skeptics alike.
The world premiere of The Desert’s Lost River of Gold provides the centerpiece of the Friday dinner at Carriage Inn, for which the ticket price includes a “goody bag” valued at 30 dollars.
Activities continue on Saturday at the Historic USO Building on West Ridgecrest Blvd with the starting point for a treasure hunt, a presentation and workshop by California Paranormal Private Investigations, a public screening of The Desert’s Lost River of Gold, and a program by renowned treasure hunter W.C. Jameson. Jameson, the award-winning author of more than 80 books, over 1,500 articles, and the creator of the Buried Treasures in America series as well as an accomplished songwriter and performer, served as an advisor to the film National Treasure starring Nicolas Cage and can be seen in an interview on the DVD. He has also appeared on TV’s Unsolved Mysteries, the Travel Channel, the Discovery Channel and National Public Radio. He has been called “the best-selling treasure author in the country and perhaps the world.”
Ridgecrest is located in the High Desert west of Death Valley approximately at the intersection of highways 395 and 14, about two and a half hours northeast of Los Angeles.
For more information, visit the websites www.hsumd.org (Historical Society of the Upper Mojave Desert),www.weirdtalesfestival.com, and www.goldcreekfilms.com, or phone the Historical Society of the Upper Mojave Desert at 760-375-8456.
A travel writer specializing in destinations of the Southwest, Donna McCrohan Rosenthal pens articles for The Sun Runner, Desert Companion, Bakersfield Magazine, The News Review (Ridgecrest, CA) and the New York AAA publication Car & Travel Monthly.