By Staff, Associated Press
Under pressure from governors, the Obama administration said Thursday it will allow some shuttered national parks to reopen -- as long as states use their own money to pay for park operations.
Governors in at least four states have asked for authority to reopen national parks within their borders because of the economic impacts caused by the park closures. All 401 national park units -- including such icons as the Grand Canyon and Yosemite and Zion national parks -- have been closed since Oct. 1 because of the partial government shutdown. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees have been furloughed, and lawmakers from both parties have complained that park closures have wreaked havoc on nearby communities that depend on tourism.
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said the government will consider offers to use state money to resume park operations, but will not surrender control of national parks or monuments to the states. Jewell called on Congress to act swiftly to end the government shutdown so all parks can reopen.
Utah's Republican governor, Gary Herbert, said late Thursday he had wired money from state taxpayers that will open Utah's national five national parks. He said he was inking a deal with Jewell that provides $166,000 a day in funding for the five red rock parks and other units of the national park system, starting Saturday. He said that will keep them open for 10 days, and the state can buy extra days as needed.show more
By Kieran Nicholson, The Denver Post
Joe Bell, walking across the country from LeGrande, Ore., in memory of his son, Jadin, who killed himself earlier this year because he was severely bullied in school and on social media because of his sexuality, was killed Wednesday evening as he walked along U.S. 40 about 20 miles from Kit Carson. (Courtesy of JoesWalkForChange)
An Oregon man walking across the country to raise awareness of bullying - his son took his own life because of bullying - died when he was hit by a truck in eastern Colorado.
Joe Bell, 48, of La Grande, Ore., was walking on the eastbound shoulder of U.S. 40 in Cheyenne County, about 20 miles northwest of Kit Carson, when he was hit by a semi truck, said Trooper Josh Bell, a Colorado State Patrol spokesman.
Bell died at the scene about 5:10 p.m. Wednesday.show more
By Karen Workman - Digital First Media
An enormous storm is quickly approaching India's coast and it could be really bad.
Phailin at about midnight ET on Wednesday, Oct. 10. (NASA)
The storm has been named
The cyclone's name is Phailin. It means sapphire in Thai and it's pronounced "pie-leen."
It's pretty huge and pretty close to the coast
The storm got big fast. It went from having 65 mph winds to 155 mph winds in a 24-hour period Thursday. It's nearly half the size of the country itself, reports Quartz, and could make landfall Saturday.
Nearly at category 5 strength
A cyclone is the same thing as a typhoon, which is the same thing as a hurricane. The different terms used are regionally specific names. If Phailin's winds go above 155 mph, it would be a category 5 hurricane. That's the strongest a hurricane can be rated.
Effects already being felt
Heavy rain is already hitting the coast, reports meteorologist Jeff Masters. Rates of more than an inch an hour are being estimated.
Worst in 14 years?
Phailin is expected to be the strongest cyclone to hit India since Oct. 29, 1999. In that storm, 9,658 people died. Phailin is expected to make landfall near where the 1999 storm hit, but in an area with higher elevation.
India's meteorological department is predicting a storm surge of up to 10 feet.
Find more details about the storm in a report from Weather Underground Meteorologist Jeff Masters.
By BOB AUDETTE / Reformer Staff
Helen M. Holmes of Townshend. (Submitted photo)
WINHALL -- Vermont State Police believe the remains of a body found by a hiker exploring trails off of Route 11 in Winhall are those of Helen Holmes, a Townshend woman who has been missing since Sept. 6.
According to a press release from the Vermont State Police, the body was found at about 5 p.m. on Oct. 9.
The Winhall Police Department initially responded to the scene, located the human remains along with a vehicle that matched the description and registration of Holmes' red 2010 Subaru Forester. The body, along with a hand gun, was located approximately 75 feet from the vehicle in the woods.
Detectives with the Vermont State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation were dispatched immediately to the scene. The remains were transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for official identification and autopsy.
Based on the evidence collected at the scene it is suspected that the remains are that of Holmes, however official identification is pending. Her family has been notified of the development in the case.
Capt. Ray Keefe, Commander of Troop D, which has barracks in Brattleboro, Rockingham and Royalton, said the Vermont State Police has great sympathy for the family of Holmes.show more