Well, it's getting interesting. In a poorly written press release on 9-18-2010, the BLM stated The Scenic Loop would close three hours earlier than normal starting on 9-20-2010, a whopping two day notice!!! Here's the exact wording:
This obviously created an uproar from hikers, runners, walkers and bicyclists. What the press release did not state was: Cars and visitors already on the Scenic Loop (everyone calls it the Scenic Loop, except the BLM) will not have to exit until the normal closing hours, which is currently 8 p.m. If these geniuses would have included that fact, there would not have been such an uproar. The new policy is still wrong, but not as restrictive as the press release made it sound.
When we all called Kirsten Cannon about this, guess what? She is gone and will not be back until 9-28-2010 according to her voice mail. It so obvious what's going on.
So why did the BLM decide to close Red Rock three hours early just as prime hiking season is upon us? I am not going to tip my hand, but I am pretty sure I know the real reason, not the pathetic reason the BLM stated.
Yesterday a friend called me and said the gate at the start of the Scenic Loop was opened after 5 p.m. The fee booth was unmanned. That's about as much as an about face as I have ever seen. In one day the BLM went from restricting access to granting free access. Wonder what is going on? Let's just say there's a heat wave at 4701 North Torry Pines and that puts a big summer grin on my face.
Keep the pressure on the BLM by writing to the following politicians:
Dina Titus' liaison is Susan Petersen (387-4941). Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Shelley Berkley's liaison is Tod Story. Email: email@example.com.
Senator Reid: http://reid.senate.gov/contact/index.cfm
Focus on these three issues: Access, Visitor Safety and Irresponsible Spending of Taxpayer's Money
Believe me writing to the above politicians is working!!!