Tag Archives: National Park Service

California’s best oyster farm’s NPS termination statement

As I look out the cottage window at Martha’s Vineyard Menemshaw Pond, I wonder why the  National Park Service regime at Point Reyes National Seashore bizarrely weaponized the rules that were abused to shut down Drakes Bay Oyster Company. Up the road and all around farming goes on here with no detrimental effects, in fact adding to the charm and loveliness of the island.

In a comprehensive statement, Kevin and Nancy Lunny explain (http://oysterzone.wordpress.com/2014/07/10/07-10-2014-prl-theres-still-a-chance-thru-congress-you-must-act-now/) their feelings and announce that the farm will be closing, for now at least, at the end of the month.

Nancy and Kevin Lunny June 2014 in Olema - photo Russ Imrie

Nancy and Kevin Lunny June 2014 in Olema – photo Russ Imrie

Thirty skilled workers will be let go. Customers who have made their way out to the small operation at the end of an obscure gravel road along Drake’s Estero will no longer acquire hours-fresh sustainable shellfish to enjoy right out of the shell or to take home or to be served at San Francisco area eateries.

Sacred Heart Church community picnic, the Lunnys brought some Drake's Bay Oysters fresh - it doesn't get any more

Sacred Heart Church community picnic, the Lunnys brought some Drake’s Bay Oysters fresh – it doesn’t get any more “local” than this – photo Russ Imrie

Does this make sense? Obviously not, in my opinion. [disclaimer] I have known the Lunnys for five years and the unbelievably partisan agenda they have struggled against is a case in point about abuse of power in our times. The Supreme Court denied hearing their case and on strictly legal grounds, SOTUS has a case, or at least has condoned the “case” some extremists in the NPS cooked up using falsified and scientifically inaccurate texts to rationalize their actions.

Congressional action could change this campaign’s results and the Lunnys will pursue Congressional discretionary support to keep the farm operating. Please follow the links to add your voice and your power to a sensible resolution to this issue.

Thank you and “keep on shucking!”

Russell Imrie

distant US Capitol dome

U.S. Capitol SOTU eve, 2011 – photo Russ Imrie

Russell Imrie is a  Networking and Content Specialist, webmaster and an American Indian blogger living in the Washington DC area. More opinion pieces are at China Daily Mail (under nom de blog supTweet)

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Tourists turned away from iconic museums and more today

Tourists and visitors to federally funded museums must change their plans today. Destinations and services are being hit or shuttered across the country.  From the Washington Mall to California’s Golden Gate National Recreational Area, plans have been disrupted. Reactions of visitors from the US and abroad are voiced in Tourists turned away from iconic Bay Area spots – SFGate.

Please check if your planned destination (real or virtual) is closed because of the Federal Government shutdown. Is one of the Smithsonian museums in your plans today? Think again.

Because of the federal government shutdown, all national parks are closed and National Park Service webpages are not operating. For more information, go to www.doi.gov.

Huffington Post has much more fresh content on this then I have here and it’s important for visitors and locals to plan accordingly. WJLA, the Washington DC ABC affiliate has an online list of affected (to one extent or another) federal services, from air travel to courts. Border security for those entering the US will continue to function for now.

How long will this last?

This is an unknown. The Washington Post, in an article published Monday, September 30 has a good backgrounder for those saying “Right On!” or “WTF?” Politico has an article on what could happen if a deadlocked Congress fails to deal with the budget crisis before the debt ceiling hits on October 17 which would greatly exacerbate the disruptions.

Why a nasty parliamentary act in a dispute over national health care could bring the government to its knees is an issue I urge you to think about. You may have time for it if your planned visit to a federal office, national park or a museum leaves an opening in your day. Oddly enough (or not) the New York State site for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (AKA Obamacare, ACA) experienced extremely high traffic as the historic US  national health care program rolled out October first. Which act is more important for the country is an interesting question.

distant US Capitol dome

U.S. Capitol SOTU eve, 2011 – photo Russ Imrie

Russell Imrie is a  Networking and Content Specialist, webmaster and an American Indian blogger living in the Washington DC area. More opinion pieces are at China Daily Mail and MediaSeenToo

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