Keep RVs quiet in national parks!
ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK – Not only snowmobiles should be regulated in national parks, says William Sarokin of Mount Cisco, N.Y., after returning from vacations from two parks located in Colorado, Rocky Mountain and Mesa Verde.”Hundreds of people were quietly enjoying two of the most beautiful campgrounds in the world but the experience was marred by a few people with recreational vehicles constantly running their generators so that they could watch TV,” he writes in a letter published in The New York Times. “They made the parks seem like bus depots.”Wolves an option for controlling elkGRAND LAKE, Colo. – The number of elk in Rocky Mountain National Park is hardly natural. Population growth is unchecked by wolves, who long ago were exterminated, and by human hunters, who are banned from the park. The elk are now causing damage to vegetation, affecting other creatures.The National Park Service is considering several ways to reduce the elk herd. One of them is reintroducing 14 to 20 wolves. Also being considered is shooting some elk or conducting fertility control.In reporting the story, the Sky-Hi News explained that a “reversible fertility control agent using a time-released compound to effectively inhibit reproduction in cow elk for multiple years” would be used.Train blasts to cease in Winter Park WINTER PARK – Come December, some people should be sleeping better in Winter Park, a town and resort bisected by transcontinental railroad tracks. The town is really a product of the railroad, but many newcomers never quite got accustomed to the sound of trains blaring a few dozen yards away. Several years ago, the town council got national attention when it passed a law prohibiting the blowing of horns by trains within the town limits. Citing concerns about the safety of motorists at crossings, the railroad ignored the law.But new regulations from the Federal Transportation Department allow concrete medians that make it impossible for impatient drivers of cars and trucks to wheel around the cross-bars at railroad crossings.Their construction will allow the locomotive engineers to lay off their horns beginning in December, providing locals with what the Winter Park Manifest describes as “sweet relief.”Vail, Colorado