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Baxter State Park Officials Scold Jurek for A.T. Celebration

first_imgThere has been no shortage of fanfare and support from the running and outdoor communities in the wake of Scott Jurek’s historic, record-setting performance on the Appalachian Trail. Nearly every major media outlet has covered the incredible feat, and social media has been ablaze for several days with congratulatory comments from well wishers.But there is another perspective on Jurek’s capture of the A.T.’s new “fastest known time.” Purists say he missed the point, that he rushed through a trail that’s meant to slow hikers down and put them more in touch with the natural world, all in the name of gamesmanship and competition.Others have gone a step further, essentially accusing Jurek of bastardizing the Appalachian Trail in pursuit of commercial gain. The most authoritative member of this camp is Maine’s Baxter State Park, which houses Baxter Peak and the Mount Katahdin, the northern terminus of the A.T.In a Facebook post published this morning, park officials accused Jurek of littering, drinking alcoholic beverages in public places, hiking with an oversized group, facilitating non-permitted media coverage within the state park boundaries, and drew attention to the help he has received from his corporate sponsors.Screen Shot 2015-07-16 at 5.20.21 PMThe following a verbatim statement pulled directly from the official Baxter State Park Facebook page. To view this statement on their Facebook page click here. Ultramarathoning in Baxter Park – another perspective.Our Facebook page is a great place to celebrate the nature of Baxter State Park. On occasion, we need to use this platform for serious discussion.Scott Jurek’s recent completion of the Appalachian Trail in the shortest time on record is a remarkable physical accomplishment. With all due respect to Mr. Jurek’s ability, Baxter State Park was not the appropriate place for such an event.Let’s be clear and concise, Scott Jurek’s physical abilities were recognized by corporations engaged in running and outdoor related products. The race vehicle used to support Scott in his run, as well as Scott’s headband, clearly displays these corporate sponsors. The sponsors are providing money and equipment to support Scott’s run in exchange for advertisement and engagement that they expect will protect or increase their market share and improve their profits. Included in this exchange are media companies such as “The Game Changers, LLC” of Laguna Beach CA, who were hired to capture video and photographic coverage of Scott’s run to enhance the opportunities for commercial benefit from his run.When Scott arrived at Baxter Park to complete his run at the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail, he brought all of this to Baxter Peak, in Maine’s largest wilderness.Mr. Jurek and the corporate sponsors were careful not to mention in the media coverage that one of the unfortunate outcomes of the celebration party at Baxter Peak at the completion of the event were the three summons issued to Mr. Jurek by a Baxter Park Ranger for the drinking of alcoholic beverages in public places (BSP Rule 7 and Maine State General Law), for littering (BSP Rule 4.5) and for hiking with an oversize group (BSP Rule 2.2). In addition, media personnel were issued a summons for violation of a commercial media permit which prohibited filming within 500′ of Baxter Peak. Not much to be proud of there.An additional discouraging observation. The Appalachian Trail provided the challenge and backdrop for this event and consequently, provided the conduit for this event to land in Baxter Park. The profile of the AT is large enough to attract the corporate sponsorship necessary to support and carry such an event. The AT is apparently comfortable with the fit of this type of event in its mission. The formal federal designation and authority of the Appalachian Trial does not extend into Baxter State Park. The AT within the Park is hosted at the consideration of the Baxter State Park Authority. The Authority is currently considering the increasing pressures, impacts and conflicts that the Appalachian Trail brings to the Park and if a continued relationship is in the best interests of Baxter State Park.Thousands of people, including Mainers and others from all over the world, visit Baxter Park and hike in the Park’s wilderness, including a climb to Baxter Peak. People celebrate their accomplishment, often with their families and often many times over, quietly and with appreciation for this precious gift left to us in perpetuity by Percival Baxter. These “corporate events” have no place in the Park and are incongruous with the Park’s mission of resource protection, the appreciation of nature and the respect of the experience of others in the Park. We hope for the support of the AT and BSP communities to help us steer these events to more appropriate venues in the future.How do you feel about Baxter State Park’s response to Jurek’s post record-setting celebration? Let us know in the comments below. Photo Courtesy of Luis Escobarlast_img read more

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Metta World Peace puts more blame on “system” in recent shootings

first_imgHe was there technically to speak on behalf of the Mental Health in Schools Act, which would have raised $200 million in grant funding to 200 schools. He also outlined the importance that mental health services would have on impoverished schools. But World Peace said he also argued that police officers, firefighters, teachers and security guards should both receive pay raises and be required to take psychology classes to better understand the people they are serving. “I’ve been trying to do it for a long time. It’s hard when you’re not somebody who has connections,” World Peace said. “I’ve been telling people to put those things in place. Sometimes they don’t listen. I met with (U.S. House Democratic leader) Nancy Pelosi. I met with the Republicans. I met with everybody.” The pitch did not work. That partly explains why World Peace said he filed papers to join the New York City council during his lone season with the Knicks (2013-14). Whenever his NBA career ends, World Peace expressed interest in running for city council, either in Compton or Inglewood. World Peace offered a nuanced platform on the issue involving law enforcement and black men. Though he argued every recent officer involved in the fatal shootings should resign, World Peace admitted in general terms that “you can’t lock up every officer for making a mistake.”He believed officers should only serve in an area they had lived at previously. And he explained why required psychology courses would diminish any incidents from happening. “You need police officers training to protect and serve, of course. But you can’t always be looking out for bad things,” World Peace said. “At the end of the day, if you train a pitbull to bite, the pitbull will bite.”Then, World Peace narrowed in on the school system. “The urban communities’ parents have been separated. So now you have a situation where these kids are being raised by the street environments,” World Peace said. “They need to put more emphasis on what it takes to be a good father, a good mother and a good partner. Instead of just focusing on math, science and reading, they also need to teach about the need to change the way we live.”Based on his own following of news accounts and friends’ experiences, World Peace pinned 80 percent of the fatal shootings toward officers becoming “too aggressive,” while placing 20 percent blame on “people disrespecting officers.” World Peace also expressed sympathy for black men becoming punished for what he called “petty crimes,” such as selling cigarettes on the street. Nonetheless, World Peace found plenty of reasons for the police stopping him during his childhood only a handful of times for speeding and playing music loudly in his car. “My experience was, ‘Don’t sell drugs and don’t do violence.’ You will be arrested,” World Peace said. “I never got pulled over for anything I felt like was uncalled for. Every time I see an officer, I always say ‘I’m sorry for whatever I did.’ My parents always taught me to respect officers and do what the officers say.”So, World Peace has outlined strict rules to his children, Sade (19), Ron (17), Jeron (15) and Diamond (12). “My kids must respect all people,” World Peace said. “That’s a staple in my house. That’s the only rule I have in my house.”Will World Peace’s other rules become effective enough to stop the law enforcement shootings? Can they bridge a relationship between police officers and black civilians? On a day filled with frustration, World Peace offered some hope. “I feel confident in people,” World Peace said. “I feel my kids will be OK.” “It’s super chaotic,” World Peace said. “People died that should not have died.”World Peace, the former Laker and current free agent, represented one of many athletes expressing frustration on Friday over the recent shootings. Yet, World Peace’s childhood and his heavy involvement with mental health charities offered him a unique perspective on what he saw as a growing distrust between law enforcement and the black community. As he lived in an unstable home environment stemming from separated parents and incarcerated friends, World Peace often sought counseling to treat anger issues. After becoming infamous for his role in the Palace Brawl in 2004, World Peace’s role in helping the Lakers win the 2010 NBA title provided him a bigger platform to promote his mental health advocacy with his foundation at Xcel University. “I trust cops. If I die trusting cops, so be it,” World Peace said. “What I don’t trust is the system.”So in 2011, World Peace testified before Congress in hopes to change the system. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img The incident seemed just as unexpected as achieving Metta World Peace’s last name. After growing up in Queens, N.Y. in an area stricken with poverty, drug abuse and violence, the former Ron Artest reflected on a childhood that entailed experiences with law enforcement that had little to do with racial profiling or wrongful arrests. Instead, World Peace remembered one surprising episode that illustrated the police and minorities coexisting. “Officers played basketball with me in the middle of the hood,” World Peace recalled in an interview with Southern California News Group. “Two officers put their guns on the ground. Anybody could have picked up their guns. But they were on the ground and they played basketball with us.” World Peace then remembered thinking, “I love police officers.” Yet, those feelings have become more clouded this week amid two shootings of black men by police, as well as the killing of at least five Dallas police officers. last_img read more

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Wellington has received 1.4 inches of rain in June

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Sumner Newscow report — Wellington has had its share of rain as of late. Thursday afternoon, Wellington received. .5 inches. Friday, the area received an additional .6 inches. For the month of June we have received 1.4 inches.  Stay tuned, more heavy rain could be in the forecast this late afternoon and evening.Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

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Another decent start for Tiger at Firestone

first_imgTiger Woods watches his chip to the fourth hole, during the first round of the Bridgestone Invitational golf tournament, Thursday, July 31, 2014, in Akron, Ohio. (AP Photo/Phil Long)AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Tiger Woods showed signs of a positive recovery Thursday at the Bridgestone Invitational.Not just from back surgery, but from making bogeys.Woods bounced back with birdies all three times that he made mistakes, opening with a 2-under 68 on a soft, gentle day for scoring at Firestone. It left him four shots behind Marc Leishman of Australia, and hopeful that this time he can build on a solid start.Woods opened with a 69 at the British Open two weeks ago, only to plunge down the leaderboard the rest of the week at Royal Liverpool.“I hit a lot of good shots,” Woods said. “I dropped shots at three holes out there today (and) got it right back on the very next hole.”For so many players, the opening round of this World Golf Championship felt like either a warmup or an audition for bigger events to follow. Ryan Moore was among three players at 65, a good start for someone looking for one big week to get him on the Ryder Cup team.Two more Ryder Cup hopefuls — Patrick Reed and Francesco Molinari of Italy — were among those another shot back.British Open champion Rory McIlroy, who next week will chase his second straight major, was among the leaders until not paying attention to packed sand in a bunker that sent him to a double bogey late in his round. He still wound up with a 69.Leishman has quietly gone about his work in reasonable form, with top 10s recently at Congressional and Royal Liverpool. He had the perfect formula for Firestone, a big golf course where good scores are available by keeping the ball in play.“I drove the ball well. It makes this course a lot easier when you’re on the fairway,” Leishman said. “It’s pretty tough when you’re playing from the rough. Then, I hit my irons really well and was rolling the ball awesome. So it’s a pretty good combination for a tough golf course like this, something I can hopefully keep going.”Charl Schwartzel and Justin Rose joined Moore one shot out of the lead.Woods said only a mild breeze and soft conditions from overnight rain allowed for scoring, though he noted that no one went terribly low. The 64 by Leishman seemed like a good score, so maybe Woods was basing that on his own experience at a course where he has won eight times.Woods twice has shot his career-best 61 at Firestone, including last year on his way to a seven-shot victory. That he managed six birdies was a sign that he was making putts, even though two of his birdies were tap-ins.He still had a few wild moments, starting with a three-putt bogey from 10 feet on the opening hole. He hooked his drive so badly on the par-5 second hole that he worried it might not clear the lake on the adjacent third hole. It was far enough left to leave him a good angle with a 5-wood that he put on the green for a two-putt birdie.His only big mistake was a shot into the trees on the ninth hole. It took him two shots to get out, and from behind the green he couldn’t get up-and-down and made double bogey. Just like two other bogeys in his round, he answered with a birdie with a shot into 6 feet on No. 10.“I feel like I made some progress,” Woods said. “As I said, this is only my seventh round back. So it’s just going to take a little time. I’m starting to get in the flow of things. If you look at my iron shots into the holes today, a majority of them were pin-high. So I’m starting to get the feel back in my hands and get my trajectory under control.”Woods missed three months following back surgery, and the six rounds he has played since returning have not been inspiring, except for that opening round at Hoylake. He needs more rounds like that to remind Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson he would be worth selecting, and to try to extend his season beyond the PGA Championship next week by moving up 90 spots in the FedEx Cup standings to qualify for the playoffs.Phil Mickelson’s biggest struggle was with his health. He didn’t arrive in Ohio until Wednesday night because of strep throat, and he opened with a 71.McIlroy appeared to pick up where he left off in England. He wasn’t expecting a hangover from winning his third major and didn’t experience one except for his mistake from the bunker on the eighth hole.“There’s still so much to play for,” he said. “No. 1 spot is up for grabs. Trying to get myself as far up the FedEx Cup points as possible. I haven’t won a World Golf Championship before. Got another major coming up next week. It hasn’t been that hard for me to refocus and get back to work.”last_img read more