Pymatuning State Park

Photo: John Davis, Carp Pymatuning State Park is one of the most visited state parks in Pennsylvania. The 17,088-acre Pymatuning Reservoir includes the Linesville Spillway where fish are so plentiful that the “ducks walk on the fishes’ backs” to compete for the fish food tossed in by visitors. Construction began in 1931 and was completed …

Natural Areas Association

Elsewhere on the Web The Natural Areas Association – https://www.naturalareas.org – is the only national, non-profit membership organization that is dedicated to the support and advancement of the community of natural areas professionals. The association envisions a world where science-based conservation is the bedrock of protecting the beauty and wonder of nature. Members work to …

Next 100 Coalition

Vision Document (2018) Our Public Lands An Inclusive Vision for the Next 100 Years Throughout history, our public lands — including national parks, forests, waters, wetlands monuments and other areas — have played an important role as part of America’s identity. Unfortunately, these lands have not always been reflective of our country’s demographic and ethnic …

Three Rivers Festival, July 13-21

Poster: Three Rivers Festival July 13-21 Three Rivers Festival – Fort Wayne’s biggest summer party since 1969. Highlights include a parade, a bed race, a running race,heaps of junk food and (to be confirmed) bike valet service. The festival is an annual tradition and begins the Saturday after Independence Day (July 4) and runs nine …

Mexico-USA Borderlands

Photo: Nogales We need a better understanding of where the United States and Mexico meet. The ten border states — Arizona, Baja California, California, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo Leon, New Mexico, Sonora, Tamaulipas, and Texas — together exercise an economy that ranks third in the world for size. (double checking) Updating Planeta’s guides to borderland jewels …

Juneteenth

Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Note that this …

USA: Immigration Policy Change

Spotlight on the zero tolerance program of the Trump Administration. In June 2018, networks broadcast live from the USA/Mexico border. Questions What are the immigration proposals? Who are the local reporters, activists and politicians working along the border? Headlines https://amp.cnn.com/cnn/2018/06/22/politics/donald-trump-pro-publica-sound/index.html http://www.msnbc.com/andrea-mitchell-reports/watch/obama-s-homeland-security-chief-jeh-johnson-speaks-on-border-crisis-1261060675949 https://www.politico.com/story/2018/06/20/im-ashamed-of-what-theyre-doing-backlash-grows-for-trump-and-his-aides-655498 http://www.msnbc.com/hardball/watch/trump-to-congress-on-zero-tolerance-the-images-are-bad-for-us-1259514947763 https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-44303556 https://www.vox.com/2018/6/11/17443198/children-immigrant-families-separated-parents https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/14/us/family-separation-migrant-children-detention.html http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2018/06/reporter-migrant-children-incarcerated-in-texas-facility.html https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/national-international/Trump-Admin-Will-House-Migrant-Kids-in-Tents-in-Tornillo-Texas-485601591.html https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2018/06/14/jeff-sessions-points-to-the-bible-in-defense-of-separating-immigrant-families Romans 13 Campaign: https://www.familiesbelongtogether.org https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2018/06/how-you-can-fight-family-separation-at-the-border.html YouTube …

College World Series

Photo: FanFest Omaha, Nebraska – The 2018 NCAA Men’s College World Series (CWS) takes place this week TD Ameritrade Park Omaha, June 16-26/27, 2018. The eight winners advancing from the Super Regional competitions will compete in two four-team double elimination brackets to determine the bracket champions. The two bracket champions will then play a best …

Project Enchilada (Las Vegas)

For fans of downtown Las Vegas July 2018 announcement of the City of Las Vegas’ Project Enchilada which seeks public-private collaboration to enhance the area from Las Vegas Boulevard to 14th Street. The project aims to bring more energy, redevelopment and new commerce. Included are many of the recommendations set forth in the 2016 Downtown …

Yosemite’s Mariposa Grove

Photo: NPS Among the highlights of 2018, Yosemite National Park’s Mariposa Grove reopens to the public. Plan your visit! News: The Mariposa Grove restoration project will restore the grove’s dynamic ecology and increase its resilience. Visitors to the Mariposa Grove will notice: A consolidated parking area and information station at South Entrance Many of the …