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The case could be made that Obama has violated the oath of the office of the Presidency of the United States in not closing the borders at the threat of a global pandemic of the Mexican flu, the violations of the U.S. Constitution in the CIFTA, and his refusal to clarify the circumstances of his birth. Think about it.

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Friday, November 30, 2007


I thought I’d share the NEW NORMAL philosophy embraced by the Department of Homeland Security. The NEW NORMAL, as defined by Vice President Dick Cheney, explained shortly after September 11: “Many of the steps we have now been forced to take will become permanent in American life,” part of a “new normalcy” that reflects “an understanding of the world as it is.”

In an address Richard B. Cooper (Business Liaison Director, Private Sector Office, US Department of Homeland Security) gave before the Little Hoover Commission; Cooper refers to the NEW NORMAL. The link to Cooper’s speech is provided on the left side of the blog.

I was linked to this document from FEMA, to Home Land Security, to the document. I researched the NEW NORMAL, and came across a study by the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights. This study is concentrates on human rights as defined by the NEW NORMAL, Home Land Security and the United States involvement in world affairs.
There are some interesting quotes from this study pertaining to liberty.

But the new normal is also defined by dramatic changes in the relationship between the U.S. government and the people it serves. Changes that have meant the loss of particular freedoms for some, and worse, a detachment from the rule of law as a whole. As this report details, the United States has become unbound from the principles that have long held it to the mast.

As the breadth of these examples should suggest, the changes that have become part of the new normal are not limited to the role of the courts. The two years since September 11 have seen a shift away from the core U.S. presumption of access that is essential to democratic government.

…the presumption that government is largely open to public scrutiny, while the personal information of its people is largely protected from government intrusion. Today, the default in America has become just the opposite.

… the work of the executive branch increasingly is conducted in secret, but unfettered government access to personal information is becoming the norm.

As the report that follows demonstrates in greater detail, the U.S. government can no
longer promise that individuals under its authority will be subject to a system bound by the rule of law. In a growing number of cases, legal safeguards are now observed only so far as they are consistent with the chosen ends of power. Yet too many of the policies that have led to this new normal not only fail to enhance U.S. security.

But also exact an unnecessarily high price in liberty. For a government unbound by the rule of law presides over a society that is something less than free.

The other thing I found interesting in my research of FEMA were contributing government departments that shape the agency’s policy. One of the departments that contribute to FEMA’s policy is the PRIVATE SECTOR LIAISON OFFICE (PSLO). In researching the PSLO, I was lead to international links, which led to the World Bank’s division of the European Private Sector Liaison Office. FEMA makes reference to several international organizations and contributions which shape policy for responding to disasters and disaster mitigation for state and local governments and disaster prone regions; as does Agenda 21, conceived at the UNESCO 1992 Rio Convention.

The reason I bring this up is the influence and trend of our government to either adopt or model policy after global agendas. The International Property Maintenance Code, conceived by the United Nations, is almost verbatim taken from Agenda 21. I’m sharing this ongoing research with blog readers as it progresses, rather than present it all at a later time. At some point, considering the obligations I have to the World Heritage Site invasive agenda, the wolf release programme, and the development of the New Mexico Property Rights Forum, I will have a more comprehensive posting on FEMA, hazard mitigation and how it affects private property rights. Until that time, here is more in the chain of evidence of how customary laws in the United States are being replaced with modern globalist law.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Ravens are Habitual Offenders?

"...government reports stated the decline of the desert tortoise was due to raven predation? They stated, "Raven predation will be to the extirpation [total extermination] of the tortoise population." The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) decided to kill 1500 ravens. An environmental group immediately sued the BLM. The BLM settled out of court and agreed to kill only 56 ravens providing it could be shown that the ravens killed were "habitually preying on tortoises."

Mexican Wolf Canis lupus baileyi is listed as an endangered species

Some things to consider by: T. R. Mader, Reseach Director
Abundant Wildlife Society of North America

The Endangered Species Act (ESA) has been used to:

1) Lock up vast areas of land from commodity use, i.e. the northern spotted owl used to shut down timber harvest in the Pacific Northwest.

2) Deprive an individual of their constitutional right of protection of private property, i.e. threat of $100,000 fine and mandatory prison sentence for killing an endangered wolf killing ones' livestock.

3) Deprive one of their property without just compensation, i.e. restriction on use and/or acquisition of land as critical habitat for endangered species.

The following changes, in order to bring balance and to put the human factor back into the ESA, are necessary:

1. Use only a biological and numerical definition of endangered species.

Biological Definition: Only pure species can be listed. No listing based solely upon sub-species, distinct populations or hybridization.

Problem Example: In 1944, Stanley Young and Edward Goldman listed 24 sub-species of the gray wolf. Today biologists feel there are no more than 5 sub-species of the gray wolf. Even these 5 sub-species should be viewed with caution as the biologists cannot tell them apart. The same can be said of the northern spotted owl and California spotted owl.

Numerical Definition: Only those species actually threatened with extinction (very few animals) can be listed.

Problem Example: The gray wolf population of North America numbers between 40,000 and 60,000 wolves. Due to national boundaries and "distinct populations" listings, wolves in Alaska and Canada are not considered in wolf population counts. Thus, the wolf, while in no danger of extinction, is "endangered" throughout the continental U.S., with the exception of Minnesota where it is listed as threatened. The same problem exists with bald eagles and grizzly bears (note: there are over 40,000 grizzlies in North America).

2. The socio-economic impacts of a listing must be considered. The current law makes no such consideration.

Problem Example: Land values in an area of Texas fell an estimated $300 million dollars due to an ESA listing of a songbird - the golden-cheeked warbler.

Also, the impacts of spotted owl listing on the timber industry in the Pacific Northwest. The Wall Street Journal reported a 25% cost increase in wood products which was directly related to the listing of the spotted owl. Thus, the nation, not just loggers, are impacted by the ESA listing of the spotted owl.

3. There must be just compensation on any taking of private property. The constitutional rights of citizens must be protected.

4. Individuals must have the right to protect their livelihoods and control endangered species threatening their livelihoods.

Problem Example: Endangered wolves, grizzly bears or eagles killing livestock cannot be killed by the owner of the livestock. A federal judge has ruled that a person does not have the constitutional right to protect their property from an endangered species. In 1990, over 7,500 sheep and lambs were killed by eagles in the states of Wyoming, Montana and Colorado alone.

5. The ESA must recognize that extinction is a normal part of the natural evolutionary process. The fossil record makes this abundantly clear. Failure to recognize this phenomena will result in wasting expertise and money on recovery programs doomed to failure by this natural process while people lose their jobs and go hungry.

6. Time and Expenditure limits must be placed on studies and recovery plans. The American taxpayer is entitled to fiscal responsibility of government agencies directed to saving endangered species.

Problem Example: In 1990, figures released on the Bosque Del Apache Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico revealed that the whooping crane recovery had more than one million ($1,000,000) in each bird.

7. Accountability must be required of government agencies charged with saving endangered species. This is in two areas: 1) Standards must be set for best scientific and commercial data. 2) Agency personnel must work with the average citizen and not against them.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Another Box NPS Will Check Off Because The Decision Was Made Before We Even Knew About It

November 28, 2007

Jonathan Putnam
Office of International Affairs
National Park Service
1201 Eye Street, NW (0050)
Washington DC 20005

Re: White Sands National Monument/World Heritage Site

Mr. Putnam:

Attached you will find five letters with signatures of Otero County residents who oppose the listing of White Sands National Monument (WSNM) as a World Heritage Site. These signatures were received at an Eagle Forum meeting yesterday in Alamogordo. Opponents have already tendered over 1,200 signatures to the Otero County Commission.

I am sure you are aware that the Commission passed a resolution and an ordinance prohibiting World Heritage Sites in Otero County. You should be aware that National Park Service employees violated other county ordinances in their planning and generation of the Application. This is all public information available on Otero County’s website.

Otero County residents elected our county commissioners to represent the will of their constituencies and that is exactly what the commission has done. This is what our form of government, a representational republic, is all about.

Mr. Putnam, I believe you have the discretion to make the decision that will remove WSNM from any consideration as a World Heritage Site unless and until the residents of Otero County amend or repeal their prohibition of such designations. In the interest of Otero County and indeed, our form of government, I ask you to do just so. This action would go a long way to restore trust of the National Park Service which is sorely lacking.

If you care to know other valid reasons to not consider WSNM for World Heritage Site designation, I invite you to view This site has generated much interest locally and internationally as shown on the map. We will continue to voice our strong opposition to an unnecessary and ill-conceived and illegal action by National Park Service employees.

If you have any questions, please contact me.

Janet T. White
P.O. Box 49
Alamogordo, NM 88311-0049

Tuesday, November 27, 2007


We've all been told, or rather had it rammed down our throats, that an unmanaged forest left untouched by man, is the desirable goal and future of forests in the West. When I look at the forests, I see too many stems per acre, root weak and top heavy trees starving for water, an unprecedented build up of under growth, fire ladders everywhere, and the potential for a record FIRE STORM season in 2008. Add to this dry, over grown tinderbox of a forest a WOLF RECOVERY program in Otero County. Here's the scenario as I see it: The wolves are released into the 'wild' in Otero County...a forest already dried out from too many trees. The wolves will find the water sources most readily available, which will be watering sources for ranching and human mountain dwellers. In essence, the wolf recovery program is occurring in an area where water is scarce, thus forcing them to seek water off the forest lands (as we have seen with elk over population), and forcing the inevitable confrontation between wolf and rancher. The rancher will be the loser in this confrontation, whether he gets a shot at the wolf or not. The wolf recovery and potential release in Otero County is one of the most insane policy decisions we've seen in...the last month. It seems Otero County has become the petre dish for environmental experimentation by junk scientists who have little or no standing in our community.

*Read the Wolf Parody in the comments section of this post. Click on the title of this post to bring up the post and comments on a separate page.


Dear Editor:

The article, “Wolf Forum Dec.3” in the November 23rd issue of the AND is one of the most biased articles I have ever read.

Essentially the article provides all of the glowing information about the benefits of wolves from the wolf supporters prejudice point of view but there is no mention about the many problems that the residents are having where wolves already exist or where the wolves have been forced upon the residents by the federal government with the continual support of the animal rights activists and liberal judges.

But the wolves are “Endangered”. Another fabrication. There are literally thousands of wolves in Alaska and Canada, they just aren’t in this area.

But these are the Mexican Grey Wolves. At the El Lobo Forum that was held at NMSU Las Cruces several years ago, some “wolf experts” stated that genetically all wolves are the same. They are called differently according to where they are located.

I receive information on a continual basis from a number of different states about the problems that residents are having where wolves already exist or where they have been released under the guise of the Endangered Species Act.

Just today I received a lengthy document from the Gila Livestock Grower’s Association (GLGA) stating that 10 cows and calves and a horse that have been confirmed killed by wolves since June and 5 other calves that have been confirmed killed by wolves since October.

That doesn’t include the domestic animals where there is evidence of kills, but no trace can be found. It is readily apparent that the wolves eat everything including the hide and bones.

According to the GLGA report, Gila ranchers and homeowners have reported 27 uncollared wolves within this past year with no investigation by the Wildlife Managers.

How many wolves are in the Gila?

If anyone knows the truth it is not being disclosed.

The AND article states in part, “livestock losses by wolves are reimbursed by Defenders of Wildlife”.

Another myth.

Actually very few reimbursements have been made. It has been extremely difficult to prove beyond a reasonable doubt of a wolf kill. The ranchers in the Gila have stated that essentially it takes video camera evidence of the kill taking place with date/time information recorded on the film to confirm a kill.

Wolves are valuable for the health of the ecosystem.

The last known wolf in Otero County was killed by government trapper, Ellis Wright, at least 60 years ago. The exact date is unknown, but Mr. Wright died in 1977 and was 83 years old when he died.

New Mexico and Otero County, and especially the livestock industry, have prospered very well for many years without any wolves.

The commercial livestock industry has been a major economic factor in New Mexico for many decades and in Otero County for over 125 years.

Where wolves have been re-introduced, the livestock and wildlife industries have taken major economic hits.

The same will be true if wolves are forced on Otero County.

It is time to draw a line in the sand and do whatever is necessary to keep that from happening.


R L Posey

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Otero County Addresses NM Water and Natural Resources Committee, November 26-28, Santa Fe



for the


November 26-28, 2007

Room 307

State Capitol

Monday, November 26

9:00 a.m. Call to Order

–Senator Phil Griego, Chair

Deep Water Development

–Mark Fesmire, Director, Oil Conservation Division, EMNRD

–Ned Godshall (invited)

–Peter White, Attorney

10:30 a.m. Acequia Legislation for Adjudication Reform

–David Benavidez, Attorney

–Paula Garcia, New Mexico Acequia Association

12:00 noon Lunch

1:30 p.m. Responses to Committee Questions and Adjudication Reform Issues

–John D'Antonio, State Engineer

–D.L. Sanders, General Counsel, OSE

–Greg Ridgely, Counsel, OSE

4:30 p.m. Recess

Tuesday, November 27

9:00 a.m. Proposed Legislation

–Pecos alternative water rights retirement method

–Utton Transboundary Center appropriation

–Precision Irrigation appropriation

–Water Adjudication Reform Memorial

10:30 a.m. Indian Water Rights Negotiations and Settlements

–Estevan Lopez, Director, Interstate Stream Commission

–John D'Antonio, State Engineer

–Victor Marshall

12:00 noon Lunch

1:30 p.m. Water Markets

–Lee Brown, Economist

3:00 p.m. Mutual Domestic Water Consumers' Associations Critical Needs

–George Maestas, Rodarte Mutual Domestic Water Consumer's Association (invited)

–Charlie Sanchez, Rodarte resident

–Rick Martinez, Department of Finance and Administration (invited)

4:30 p.m. Recess

Wednesday, November 28

9:00 a.m. Game and Forest Management Impacts;

Grazing Units and Damage on National Forest Allotments

–Mrs. Jimmy Goss, Rancher

–Charles Walker, Rancher

County Resource Management Programs

–Doug Moore, Chair, Otero County Commission (invited)

–Marty Moore, Otero County Manger (invited)

Game and Fish Department Programs

–Alfredo Montoya, Game Commission Member

–Bruce Thompson, Director, Game and Fish Department

Range Improvement Task Force

–John Fowler, Chair, RITF (invited)

Forest Management Policies

–TBA, U.S. Forest Service (invited)

–Butch Blazer, State Forester

12:00 noon Adjourn

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Letter to the Alamogordo Daily News Editor

Email and hand-delivered a copy of this Letter to the Editor to offices of the Alamogordo Daily News on November 14, 2007.

Another way to stop the listing of White Sands National Monument (WSNM) on UNESCO's Tentative List of U.N. World Heritage Sites would be for Cliff Spencer, Superintendent of WSNM, to withdraw the APPLICATION. Why should Mr. Spencer withdraw the APPLICATION? Because Mr. Spencer's APPLICATION avoids all references to buffer zones. If you read the case study of what occurred at Yellowstone National Park, you may have the reason for the omission of buffer zone's in the APPLICATION.

The Operational Guidelines for the Implementation of the World Heritage Convention FORMAT FOR THE NOMINATION OF PROPERTIES FOR INSCRIPTION ON THE WORLD HERITAGE LIST state 'Where no buffer zone is proposed, the nomination must include a statement as to why a buffer zone is not required for the proper conservation of the nominated property.' Emphasis added.

I have read the APPLICATION from cover to cover. There are no questions about buffer zones that are answered. Further, no maps were provided to the Otero County Commission showing the boundaries of the nominated property and buffer zone. Here are two examples where buffer zones were ignored/omitted:

1.f. of the APPLICATION was to include the area of the nominated property, area of the buffer zone and total of the two. WSNM's APPLICATION simply gives the area of the National Monument. No area of the buffer zone. No total of the two.

4.b.(v) of White Sands' APPLICATION was to include the number of inhabitants within the property and the buffer zone with a total of the two and what year the count was taken. WSNM took another route and made up their own question: Are there any other risks or threats that could jeopardize the property's Outstanding Universal Values? (Answer: No) and completely avoided the topic of inhabitants of the property, inhabitants of the buffer zone and the total inhabitants of the two areas.

I believe that employees of WSNM are in violation of several Otero County Ordinances dating back 14 or more years: Kudos to Otero County, their website is vastly improved.

WSNM's APPLICATION is the work product of Cliff Spencer and Dianne White, former Resource Specialist at WSNM. Mr. Spencer's phone number is 479-6124, ext. 210. Dianne White is now back in the employment of the U.S. Forest Service. Her number is 434.7272. Perhaps Mr. Spencer and Dianne White have an explanation for the absence of buffer zone information in the APPLICATION. It could be a 'clerical' error. Remember when Congressman Stevan Pearce and Otero County were listed as supporters of the APPLICATION?

By the way, when you call Dianne White at the U.S. Forest Service you can also ask to speak to Cliff Spencer's wife (Mrs. Spencer) and Mr. Spencer's Chief Ranger's wife (Mrs. Jensen). It's a small world.

Janet White
A contributor to


Former Assistant Deputy Secretary of Fish and Wildlife and Parks, Julie MacDonald resigned her position at FWS (Fish and Wildlife Service), after allegations and complaints against her resulted in a biased and ‘scathing’ investigation, published in an official Dept. of Interior, FWS document. The investigation was initiated after the FWS received an anonymous tip alleging departmental abuses by MacDonald. One of the major complaints against MacDonald was her challenging of findings by FWS field technicians. MacDonald would actually go into the field, find the FWS who had submitted finds based on field studies and hold the technician accountable for their findings. This unprecedented action on behalf of a high-ranking FWS person of authority offended the egos of field technicians who were unaccustomed to having their reports challenged on any level. Along with allegations of abuse of her authority were accusations she went outside the department to seek third party opinions on FWS findings that would impact public policy. In the official document denouncing MacDonald there is an admission by the department that there was no evidence of MacDonald releasing any ‘non-public’ information to the pubic or non-departmental entities.
MacDonald was probably one of the few, if not the only high ranking official of a federal bureaucracy that demanded accuracy and truthfulness in policy that could affect the use of public lands. For this realistic and courageous policy of accountability, MacDonald was forced out her position at the Fish and Wildlife and Parks.

In the official report published by the FWS, there are ‘Agents Notes’, that contradict the reports attacks on MacDonald, all initiated by an ‘anonymous tip’. The words ‘no evidence’, regarding accusations against MacDonald are in the ‘Agents Notes’.

What follows the resignation of Julie MacDonald? The Center for Biological Diversity has released a press statement which includes its intent to sue the federal government on the grounds of an ‘Environmentalists Challenge Political Interference with 55 Endangered Species in 28 States, Seek to Restore 8.7 Million Acres of Protected Habitat across the Country.

In the links listed on the left side of the blog, under Julie MacDonald: Chain of evidence, the reader can follow the inner-workings of how a government agency seeks to destroy the credibility of one individual who demanded credibility and accountability of the people reporting to her.

The following are taken from the offical FWS report 'investigatve findings' on Julie MacDonald.

Julie MacDonald,
Deputy Assistant Secretary,
Fish, Wildlife and Parks

P. 2
The Office of Inspector General (OIG) initiated this investigation based on an anonymous complaint alleging that Julie MacDonald, Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS), Fish, Wildlife and Parks, had been involved in unethical and illegal activities. Specifically, the complainant alleged that MacDonald had bullied, insulted, and harassed the professional staff of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to change documents and alter biological reporting regarding the Endangered Species program, As our investigation progressed, we also developed information that MacDonald had disclosed nonpublic information to private sector sources.

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Agent's Note: According to Deputy Director Jones, the Interim Guidance for Critical Habitat Designation has never been publicly.released or published for comment. Jones said it remains an FWS internal document and probably will remain so indefinitely. During his interview, Jones speculated that MacDonald may have been sharing internal FWS ED documents with outside sources; however, he had no evidence to substantiate his contention.

The other former Assistant Secretary also said he never gave MacDonald permission to release nonpublic information. He admitted that the issue of MacDonald disclosing nonpublic information was a rumor within Fish, Wildlife and Parks; however, he said the subject was not officially brought to his attention in his official capacity as Assistant Secretary.

P. 17
When we interviewed Julie MacDonald, she said she is responsible for reviewing, commenting, and at some times editing critical habitat designation reports and five-year endangered species reviews.
MacDonald said she views her involvement in the Endangered Species Program as part of her duties, and she challenges the science produced by FWS field personnel and makes them accountable for the citations and rules they refer to in field reports. She admitted that she is not always right, as in the case
of the vernal pools, but added, "The figures were a mistake and very embarrassing, but they didn't make a difference in the outcome of the review."


SEPTEMBER 10, 2004

However, we believe that resource management does not need to come at the expense of the needs of local communities, and the Administration is committed to achieving a balance between conservation and growth using all the available tools. At the Department, this commitment means implementing a cooperative approach toward the recovery of endangered and threatened species through the development of partnerships with states, tribes, landowners, and other stakeholders. To that end, I would like to discuss how the Administration is working to make implementation of the ESA more efficient and effective.

Designation of Critical Habitat
While the Department has made great strides in improving the administration of the ESA, one area of implementation that continues to be both a challenge and a source of controversy is the designation of critical habitat. As we have previously detailed in testimony before this Committee, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (the Service) has been embroiled in a relentless cycle of litigation over its implementation of the listing and critical habitat provisions of the Act. The Service now faces a Section 4 program facing serious difficulties due not to agency inertia or neglect, but to a lack of scientific or management discretion to focus available resources on the listing actions that provide the greatest benefit to those species in greatest need of conservation.

The Service has characterized the designation of critical habitat as required by the Act as the most costly and least effective class of regulatory actions undertaken by the Service. It is often of little additional value or counterproductive and can result in negative public sentiment to the species and the Act itself. This negative public sentiment is fueled by inaccuracies in the initial area designated when we must act with inadequate information to meet strict statutory deadlines. For example, under the Act, the Service is required to designate critical habitat concurrent with a final listing determination, using the best scientific data available. Unfortunately, in some circumstances, the information supporting such designations have later been found to be incomplete, sometimes resulting in a cycle of litigation, described in further detail below.

In closing, I would like to reiterate our commitment to working with Congress to find a solution to the problems associated with critical habitat designation and other related issues. At the same time, the Department will continue to strengthen our partnerships and expand the use of cooperative conservation tools. It is our goal to use cooperative conservation and the tools at our disposal to implement programs that will eliminate the need for listing by conserving species before they become threatened.

Links to the Chain of Evidence in the Julie MacDonald resignation can be found on the left side of the blog page. I urge all readers to read these links. Julie MacDonald's story is why we have uncontrolled and unchallenged junk science policy and a policy of federal land grabs and designation of wilderness areas, endangered species and a continuing threat to private property owners in the United States.

Monday, November 19, 2007


From the Panama News: Jan. 2005

San Felipe residents protest attempts to displace them

cc: UNESCO, Paris, France
ICC-ROM-Rome, Italy
IUCN-Gland, Switzerland
L`OCPM-Quebec, Canada

We are the residents of Historic Center of San Felipe of Panama City, the capital of Panama, also known as the "Casco Viejo." Our people are very peaceful families and quiet people who are facing forced evictions by every type of subterfuge, chicanery and trickery.

Since our community has been declared a World Cultural Heritage Site in 1997, over half of the official census populations from the 1990 to the 2000 census has been forced to move or been forcibly evicted.

Since 2000, we figure that another 2700 individuals have been forcible removed or forced out by all sorts of trickery, threats and chicanery.

We need your help in ascertaining our social and economic rights as poor and working people with a right to live in a historic center world heritage site and seek socio-economic technical advice in finding ways to create training in artisan and micro business skills in learning how to address the Metropolitan Development Plans and new tourism orientations towards international cruise ship seasonal visitors. We understand that UNESCO has about $180 million allocated for the Panama City Historic Center area here. We want to elect our representatives to sit in the planning sessions for the use of these funds and their implementation.

We as a neighborhood NGO would like your technical expertise in writing grants and projects to use said funds for the benefit the poor and working class residents of our Historic Center of San Felipe. The idea would be to be able to eke out incomes and enough to cover the reconstructions and restorations of the wooden heritage and other era buildings within the designated world heritage site.

We have denounced and condemned for years --- in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005 --- the forcible evictions of the poorest working people of all ages from their homes to UNESCO, Paris, France; ICOMOS-Paris, France; ICCROM-Rome, Italy; and L`OCPM-Quebec, Canada!

We propose and petition to have a UNESCO monitoring office, here in San Felipe, Casco Viejo, the Historic Center of Panama City, Republic of Panama.

We petition you to have San Felipe removed from the list of World Heritage Sites for the flagrant violations of HR and forcible evictions of our residents, particularly the old pensioners and the low income working poor and for the destruction of the historic sites, referring as our legal basis to Section E, Articles 36-47 to remove a world heritage site.We petition for your help! Your guidance! Your training in grant writing and setting up a MONITORING OFFICE in San Felipe. We need your help in getting resident representation on local bodies having jurisdiction over the historic site.

Furthermore, we plead for help: SOS... SOS...

Anibal Chacón González
President, The Association of Residents of San Felipe

Wednesday, November 14, 2007



The comment period for the public to express their views as to the potential nomination by the OTERO COUNTY SOVEREIGN HERITAGE SITE COMMITTEE has begun. The comment period extends from Nov. 14th, 2007 to Dec. 13th, 2007. Comments may be posted in the comment section of this post.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Letters to Putnam and Pearce Address Buffer Zones

The letters at the bottom of the page have been modified to point out to Congressman Pearce and Mr. Putnam that White Sands National Monument's Application did not include any references to buffer zones although answers to questions about buffer zones are required by the Guidelines even if no buffer zone is anticipated.

If you have already printed up the prior letters, that is fine. These are basically the same with added detail.

NPS Press Release Gave Instructions

To obtain a printed copy of the staff report on World Heritage Sites, the reader was directed to email April Brooks, International Cooperation Specialist. I don't make this stuff up, I just report it. Here is her response to my request:
Re: U.S.World Heritage Tentative List‏
Sent: Wed 11/07/07 4:55 PM
Cc: Clarissa McGinn (DELETED); Marty Moore (; Pamela Heltner (

Below, you will find a link that contains the staff report, which is 145 pages.
Thank you
April E. Brooks
International Cooperation Specialist
National Park ServiceOffice of International Affairs
1201 Eye St NW (0050)5th Floor
Washington, DC 20005
Main Number: 202.354.1800Fax: 202.371.1446
"I am two fools, I know, for loving and saying so..."-John Donne

Sunday, November 11, 2007

More Jonathan Putnam NPS Sister Park Program, Office on International Affairs referenced in Putnam article below. Putnam Article: International Activities Span the Globe, Ranger Magazine Park Flight Migratory Bird Program, NPS-OIA, linked to:
Partners in Flight
North American Bird Conservation Initiative
Bird Identification Center
Neotropical Migratory Birds (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Site)
Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center
Globally Important Bird Areas in the United States
Audubon Important Bird Areas Program
International Migratory Bird Day
Redwood Sciences Laboratory, USDA Forest Service
Institute for Bird Populations
Point Reyes Bird Observatory
Bird Studies Canada
The Nature Conservancy Migratory Bird Program
BirdLife International
American Bird Conservatory
Migratory Bird Conservancy (Nature Conservancy list of places in peril) (Chihuahuan Desert Biosphere Reserve)

Jonathan Putnam: National Park Service, Dept. of Interior

Click on the Title to read cut and paste article from:
Due to length of article on Mr. Putnam, the text is posted in the comment section of this post. The text is from:

U. S. Environmental Protection Agency
Cooperative Environmental Managemen
The Good Neighbor Environmental Board Meeting
Radisson Hotel, Phillips Conference Room
Washington, DC 20037

May 10, 2005

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Veterans' Day Parade

Kudos to the organizers of the Veterans' Day Parade in Alamogordo, New Mexico. It was the largest I can recall seeing in many, many years. We can feel a resurgence of patriotism here; it is palpable. Thank you, veterans. Thank you organizers, participants and those who stood along the route in honor of the sacrifices made by our military past and present.

Friday, November 9, 2007


Otero Residents Forum is requesting concerned citizens contact the forum for the purpose of organizing letter writing and calling campaigns. If you're as concerned as we are, email the forum at Let us know what your talents are and what you're willing to do to stop the erosion of American Sovereignty and private property rights.

Honor Our Veterans Today By Taking 7 Minutes To Call The List of Senators Below

Using the 800-828-0498 number I was able to give my opinion, and that of my parents, and voice our opposition of the Law of the Sea Treaty. Senator Coleman's lines were swamped, a good thing, so I left a voice mail and then had to redial the 800 number to go on to Senator Isakson (who opposed the LOST on the last vote) so my message was thank you and continue to oppose the LOST.


Urgent Request to Call Today - Law of the Sea
Senators to call to STOP THE LAW OF THE SEA TREATY. USE THE TOLL FREE NUMBER 800-828-0498 (you can transfer from office to office) or individual numbers. This must be done today.

** Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell. PUSH HARD!
Tel: (202) 224-2541
Fax (202) 224-2499

** Senator Corker
Tel: (202)224-3344
Fax (202)228-0566

** Senator Sununu
Tel: (202)224-2841
Fax (202)228-4131

** Senator Coleman
Tel: (202)224-5641
Fax (202)224-1152

** Senator Isakson
Tel. (202)224-3643
Fax (202)228-0724

Additionally, according to a staffer, the following may be persuaded to oppose the Convention, IF they hear from enough of us.

** Senator Lott
Tel: (202) 224-6253
Fax (202) 224-2262

** Senator Ensign
Tel: (202) 224-6244
Fax (202) 228-2193

** Senator Martinez
Tel: (202) 224-3041
Fax (202) 228-5171

** Senator Roberts
Tel: (202) 224-4774
Fax (202) 224-3514

** Senator Shelby
Tel: (202) 224-5744
Fax (202) 224-3416

** Senator Thune
Tel: (202) 224-2321
Fax (202) 228-5429

** Senator Cornyn
Tel: (202) 224-2934
Fax (202) 228-2856

** Senator Voinovich
Tel: (202) 224-3353
Fax (202) 228-1382

** Senator Kyl
Tel: (202) 224-4521
Fax (202) 224-2207

** Senator Coburn
Tel: (202) 224-5754
Fax (202) 224-6008

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Labels: LAW OF THE SEA TREATY, sovereignty, sustainable development, UNCLOS, United Nations

Brown Shirts? Oh, Now I Get It, Duh!

When State Department Legal Adviser John B. Bellinger III gave a controversial June 6 speech on the subject of “The United States and International Law,” he mentioned that the Bush Administration had “put forward a priority list of over 35 treaty packages that we have urged the Senate to approve soon, including the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.” The latter is now up for Senate ratification, with a vote scheduled on Wednesday, and one of its many controversial provisions is the regulation of land-based sources of pollution. This treaty covers the water and the land. But now we have discovered that the Bush Administration has asked the Senate to ratify a treaty that defines one of those land-based sources of pollution as toilet flushing. No kidding.

For Cliff Kincaid's complete story see:

Posted by Otero Residents Forum at 7:39 AM 1 comments

Labels: LAW OF THE SEA TREATY, sovereignty, sustainable development, UNCLOS, United Nations

Friday, October 26, 2007
Law of the Sea Treaty- Hunter's Position
From: Duncan Hunter
Date: 26 Oct 2007 09:14:04 -0000
Subject: Update: Hunter Calls on Congress: Kill the Law of the Sea Treaty
To: Friend

Hunter Calls on Congress: Kill the Law of the Sea Treaty

Washington, D.C. – Amid debate on the decades-old Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST) in the Senate, Republican presidential candidate Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) urged his colleagues to follow the lead set by President Reagan by defeating the treaty.

Explaining the dangers of the treaty, Hunter detailed, "It is imperative that our nation does not surrender decision making power for military navigation or resource extraction, especially in this age of terrorism with technology and weapons proliferation. And adding a new set of UN bureaucrats with license to tax and adjudicate disputes is the last thing this country needs."

What is Representative Stevan Pearce's position on the Law of the Sea Treaty?

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Labels: LAW OF THE SEA TREATY, military, sovereignty, UNCLOS, United Nations

Sunday, October 21, 2007
Committee of Foreign Relations/UNCLOS
Twenty-one nominations, and what a fun group to research, and one itty-bitty treaty. Unless we step up to the plate, here comes the green weenie with the hot wire cluster. Call Sen. Biden at the Capitol Switchboard (202) 224-3121
And while you are at it, have them transfer you to as many of these members as you can:

Ranking Member
Richard G. Lugar

Christopher J. Dodd

John F. Kerry

Russell D. Feingold

Barbara Boxer

Bill Nelson

Barack Obama

Robert Menendez
New Jersey

Benjamin L. Cardin

Robert P. Casey Jr.

Jim Webb

Chuck Hagel

Norm Coleman

Bob Corker

John E. Sununu
New Hampshire

George V. Voinovich

Lisa Murkowski

Jim DeMint
South Carolina

Johnny Isakson

David Vitter

before the


Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Time: 1:45 PM
Place: 419 The Dirksen Senate Office Building
Presiding: Senator Biden

The Committee Will Consider and vote on the
Following Agenda Items:
1. The Honorable Henrietta Holsman Fore
to be Administrator of the United States Agency
for International Development
2. The Honorable Robin R. Sanders
to be Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
3. Mr. Barry L. Wells
to be Ambassador to the Republic of The Gambia
4. Mr. Mark M. Boulware
to be Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of
5. The Honorable James D. McGee
to be Ambassador to the Republic of Zimbabwe
6. Dr. Ronald K. McMullen
to be Ambassador to the State of Eritrea
7. Mr. P. Robert Fannin
to be Ambassador to the Dominican Republic
8. Mr. Christopher F. Egan
to be Representative of the United States of America
to the Organization for Economic Cooperation
and Development, with the rank of Ambassador
9. Dr. Louis J. Nigro
to be Ambassador to the Republic of Chad
10. The Honorable David T. Johnson
to be Assistant Secretary of State
for International Narcotics
and Law Enforcement Affairs
11. Mr. Paul E. Simons
to be Ambassador to the Republic of Chile
12. The Honorable Gail D. Mathieu
to be Ambassador to the Republic of Namibia
13. Mr. Dan Mozena
to be Ambassador to the Republic of Angola
14. Ms. Eunice S. Reddick
to be Ambassador to the Gabonese Republic,
and to serve concurrently and without additional
compensation as Ambassador to the
Democratic Republic of Sao Tome and Principe
15. The Honorable Daniel V. Speckhard
to be Ambassador to Greece
16. Mr. Thomas F. Stephenson
to be Ambassador to the Portuguese Republic
17. Mr. Vincent Obsitnik
to be Ambassador to the Slovak Republic
18. The Honorable William H. Frist
to be Member of the Board of the
Millennium Challenge Corporation
19. The Honorable George E. Pataki
to be U.S. Representative to the
United Nations General Assembly
20. Ms. Kelly G. Knight
to be Alternate U.S. Representative to the
United Nations General Assembly
21. Mr. Rodger D. Young
to be Alternate U.S. Representative to the
United Nations General Assembly
22. Convention on the Law of the Sea (T. Doc.103-39)

Witness names in blue are links to the statement given.
Statements are only posted if provided electronically by witness.

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Labels: LAW OF THE SEA TREATY, sovereignty, UNCLOS, United Nations

Saturday, October 20, 2007
Law of the Sea Treaty Update

By Cliff Kincaid

October 20, 2007

In new developments concerning the U.N.’s Law of the Sea Treaty, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee had scheduled a quick vote on the pact for next Wednesday, October 24. But a member of the committee, Senator David Vitter, has reportedly requested?and received?a postponement of the vote. Vitter has been in the forefront of exposing the dangerous provisions of the measure.

October 24 just happens to be “United Nations Day,” which is probably why committee chairman and presidential candidate Senator Joseph Biden had scheduled a vote at this time. Biden, who once wrote an article titled, “How I Learned to Love the New World Order,” thinks his pro-U.N. credentials will help garner liberal votes in the Democratic primaries.

The announcement of the vote had been made on the website of the committee.

Vitter’s postponement is a temporary measure and it is not clear how quickly Biden could reschedule the vote.

Meanwhile, there is no indication at this point that the committee intends to hold a hearing to hear from a U.N. whistleblower, Nithi Sam-Thambiah, who is offering to provide the Senate with documentary evidence proving financial corruption in the treaty’s International Seabed Authority (ISA). The ISA stands to receive millions of dollars if the Senate ratifies the pact.

Complete commentary/links and sources:

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Library Town Hall Meeting Thursday at 6:00 pm

Willie Estrada Memorial Civic Center, Thursday, November 8. The assumption is that there will be a new library according to advocates. Is this what you want?

Yesterday's posting should raise hackles.

Monday, November 5, 2007



Alamogordo Friends of the Library openly advocate for a new library building to be built at the location of 10th and Cuba. Their website describes funds allocated for the project and the benefits of a ‘green building’. Has anyone asked them what a green building entails and what comes with the ‘green agenda’?

If you’re curious, do the following links search.

Start with:

Go down to: U.S. GREEN BUILDING COUNCIL. Click on the link.
This is the actual link:

Click on ‘Policies and Guidelines’ at the bottom of the page.
This is the actual link:

This is the actual link:

On page 13 of this document, the green implementation into local zoning and building codes is explained.

“There are two ways in which LEED can accommodate local conditions: through LEED
Supplements or Adaptations of LEED.
LEED Supplements involve changes in point weightings, additional credits or modifications
outside of the flexibility mechanisms described above. Jurisdictions would undertake the
development of a LEED Supplement with the understanding that:
1. The provisions unique to the Supplement are scored by the entity itself and USGBC
would be under no obligation to assess or certify provisions within the addendum.
2. These provisions are not compared publicly to LEED, either favorably or unfavorably.
3. Projects submitted to LEED will follow only the requirements and documentation
required by the approved LEED credits/prerequisites and will not entertain requests to
evaluate modifications to LEED outside of the parameters established in this document.
USGBC considers it preferable and recommended that any adaptation to local conditions is done
by means of a supplement to the basic LEED standard which of itself remains intact. In this
way, either LEED or the supplement can be updated independently without having implications
for the other.”

On page 18 you will see the term ‘World Green Building Council’.
Google World Green Building Council.
This is the actual link:

Click on the websites ‘Links’, and you will find among ‘associated websites’:

Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI)
UN Commission on Sustainable Development
United Nations World Environment Day 2005
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP/SBCI)
United States Green Building Council
World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

Click on any of the above links, but do research the link to the:
This is the actual link:
Click on ‘PARTNERSHIPS’ , on this page.
You will be taken to a page with the following partnership organizations:
International organizations
• IPCC Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
Geneva, Switzerland
• OECD Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development
Paris, France
• CSD United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development
New York, USA
• UNDP United Nations Development Programme
New York, USA
• UNEP United Nations Environmental Programme, Division of Technology, Industry and Economics
Paris, France
• United Nations Global Compact
New York, USA
• World Bank
Washington, D.C., USA

SUMMARY: The Alamogordo Friends of the Library are a globalist driven group, attempting to implement green technology, one building code change at a time.
It’s no accident the Friends of the Library are the spearhead of another globalist agenda attempting to replace New Mexico and Alamogordo customary law, in the form of building codes and eventually zoning, with globalist modern law.
They will scream conspiracy at the revelation of this linkage from their ‘friendly’ website to the globalist agenda of green technology, the United Nations and the World Bank.
Is Alamogordo ready to be deceived into signing on to the green globalist agenda?

Sunday, November 4, 2007

PSA: People for Otero County Meeting

People for Otero County will meet Wednesday, November 21, 6;00PM at the Otero County Courthouse, room 253.
Election of officers and issues of interest will be disscussed. Mike Shinabery will be guest speaker.
For more information call 585-2412

Illegal Alien Sodomizer/Murderer Aided By International Court, You Decide


By Jim Kouri
Posted 1:00 AM Eastern
November 3, 2007

In several speeches he gave across the country, former US Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton revealed that the President George W. Bush and his administration are buckling under pressure from this nation's Internationalists in the current controversy over Mexico and the International Court of Justice.

The Mexican government is attempting to save an illegal alien convicted of participating in the savage rape and murder of two teenage girls from being executed in Texas for his crimes.

Death penalty opponents in both the US and Mexico are trying to place this nation under the control of a world court, according to critics of the Bush White House.

"[President George Bush's position is] a bad mistake, but one of many mistakes, I'm sad to say, the administration has made recently," Bolton told syndicated radio talk show host Laura Ingraham.

Bolton believes that President Bush is helping Mexico and the International Court block the death sentence for a Mexican rapist-murderer. He called Bush's actions "ridiculous."

"Bolton is a true patriot. That's why the liberals in the Democrat Party and the phony conservatives in the GOP were so eager to remove him from his seat at the UN. Bolton believes the UN is corrupt and he's opposed to placing the United States under the jurisdiction of any international entity," claims conservative political consultant Michael Baker.

"When it comes to US sovereignty, Americans would be better served listening to Ambassador Bolton rather than our 'closet Internationalist' President," he added.

Baker points to phony conservatives such as Ohio's Senator George Voinovich who shed tears during Senate confirmation hearings for Bolton to serve at the United Nations. "Voinovich feared Bolton's anti-UN positions would hamper US involvement in the New World Order," claims Baker.

In early October, the US Supreme Court heard arguments regarding the impending execution of Jose Medellin, who confessed to police in 1993 to raping and murdering two Houston, Texas, teenagers -- Jennifer Ertman and Elizabeth Pena. The girls were sodomized and strangled with their own shoe laces, according to court records and police reports.

According to Houston Police detectives' reports, Medellin boasted that he kept one victim's Mickey Mouse watch as a souvenir of his heinous crime. Medellin and four other attackers were convicted of capital murder and are awaiting execution on death row.

The intervention in the case by the Bush administration comes after the International Court of Justice in the Hague found Medellin -- who entered the United States illegally -- was not informed of his right to contact the Mexican Consulate for legal assistance.

"Bush's support of the World Court decision jeopardizes the cases of about 50 Mexican Nationals sitting on death row," said former NYPD Det. Sidney Francis.

"Once again, President Bush is stabbing law enforcement officers -- and the people they serve -- in their backs," said Francis.

Det. Francis points to the erosion of the enormous support of law enforcement officials and organizations enjoyed by President Bush in the 2004 election.

"President Bush was endorsed by the nation's largest police organizations including the 350,000-member Fraternal Order of Police, the Police Benevolent Association and other law enforcement and security organizations and unions," said Michael Baker.

"Now his popularity among cops has hit bottom because of his refusal to protect the US from illegal aliens who cross our borders at will," he said.

Ambassador Bolton told talk host Laura Ingraham that the U.S. has no obligation to the world court in this case.

"It is ridiculous," he said. "The Vienna Convention on consular relations does not create rights personal to the individual. It's a state-to-state agreement."

Lawmakers in Washington, DC, who signed the treaty, did not believe they were creating a way for criminals on death row to "get around our judicial system," Bolton explained to Ingraham. "They haven't had enough due process? They've had the full panoply of constitutional protection, and now they're trying to create something else."

The Bush Administration became involved in the Medellin case in 2003 when President Vicente Fox's government sued the US over the consular issue in the UN's world court.

The court ruled in Mexico's favor in late 2004 and ordered the US to reconsider the Mexican inmates' murder convictions and death sentences. In February 2005, Bush announced that while he disagreed with the decision, the US would comply. He ordered courts in Texas and elsewhere to review the cases.

The Supreme Court, which had agreed to hear Medellin's case, dismissed it in order to allow the case to play out in Texas. Then in November 2006, the all-Republican Texas Court of Criminal Appeals balked at the president's order, saying Bush had overstepped his authority.

The Texas court ruled that the judicial branch -- not the White House -- should decide how to resolve the Mexican cases. It also said Medellin wasn't entitled to a new hearing because he failed to complain at his original trial about any violation of his consular rights and had therefore waived them.

Then Medellin's defense attorney appealed again to the US Supreme Court, which announced last May it would hear the case. His lawyer, Donald Donovan of New York, argued that Bush was correct when he took action to comply with the world court's decision.

Recently, for his achievements in both international arbitration and international human rights, Donovan was awarded the Premio Nacional de Jurisprudencia by the Mexican Bar Association, the first non-Mexican so honored.

What the U.S. government wants in the Medellin murder case is "bizarrely grotesque," according to a statement by the chief counsel for the Alliance Defense Fund.

The warning from ADF Chief Counsel Benjamin Bull notes that the case, being pursued by President Bush through the Department of Justice, could result in US laws being subjugated to UN resolutions and rules to the point that local police officers will have to spend more time studying international law than catching criminals.

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Friday, November 2, 2007

Thursday, November 1, 2007

NPS Press Release Says We Are Still on WHS List

The notice was posted yesterday, October 31, 1007, in the Federal Register. See comments section.

The attached press release will be distributed to the media this afternoon and placed on our website tomorrow. I've included a PDF copy of theFederal Register notice for your review. (11/1/07)
Cliff Spencer
White Sands National Monument
(575) 479-6124, ext. 210
(575) 479-4333 fax

National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior Office of Communications
And Public Affairs
1849 C Street, N.W
Washington, DC 20240
202-208-6843 phone
202-219-0910 fax
National Park Service News Release

Gerry Gaumer: (202) 208-6843
Stephen Morris: (202) 354-1800

National Park Service Invites Comments on Draft
U. S. World Heritage Tentative List

WASHINGTON, DC – National Park Service (NPS) staff recommendations and those of the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO regarding sites to be included in a new U.S. World Heritage Tentative List are being published today in the Federal Register for public comment. All comments received will be considered by the National Park Service and the Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Fish and Wildlife and Parks and the Secretary of the Interior for their use in developing a final U.S. Tentative List to be submitted to the UNESCO World Heritage Centre by February 1, 2008. The NPS staff recommendations, along with recommendations by the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO, appear at the end of this release. Public comments will be accepted for 30 days.

In hopes of eventually being placed on the prestigious UNESCO World Heritage List of the world's most significant cultural and natural treasures, the owners or authorized representatives of 35 sites applied for inclusion on the new candidate, or tentative, list of U.S. World Heritage nominations. If chosen for the Tentative List, they will be considered over the coming 10 years for formal nomination by the United States as World Heritage Sites.

Currently, only 851 places around the world, including 20 in the U.S., have this recognition. The preparation of a new Tentative List, led by the U.S. Department of the Interior, is the first such endeavor in 25 years and signals a new era in U.S. engagement with the World Heritage Convention, following on the re-entry of the U.S. to full membership in UNESCO in 2003.

Applications were received from a diverse collection of natural and cultural sites, located in 25 states and one U.S. territory. They included several that were proposed for both natural and cultural values. Their owners include several federal agencies, state governments, private foundations, and numerous private owners. In order to be included in the new Tentative List the proposed sites have had to meet several U.S. prerequisites in


addition to appearing to meet the stringent UNESCO nomination criteria. The key U.S. prerequisites are the written agreement of all property owners to the nomination of their property, strong support from stakeholders, including elected officials, and a prior official determination of national significance. (The UNESCO nomination criteria can be found on the National Park Service Office of International Affairs website.)

The applications were solicited under the direction of the Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Fish and Wildlife and Parks, by the National Park Service’s Office of International Affairs (OIA). Applications were due by April 1, 2007. All applications were screened by OIA and Park Service specialists and underwent professional, technical review by independent experts. OIA then compiled the draft Tentative List at the end of August 2007. On September 27 a subcommittee of the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO, including representatives of relevant federal agencies, reviewed the draft Tentative List. The full Commission approved the subcommittee’s report on October 4, in a phone conference in which the public participated.

Since UNESCO requests countries to wait a year before submitting nominations from their tentative lists, the first U.S. World Heritage nominations drawn from the new List could go forward by February 1, 2009 and be considered by the World Heritage Committee in the summer of 2010. The Committee, composed of representatives of 21 nations elected as the governing body of the World Heritage Convention, makes the final decisions on which nominations to accept on the World Heritage List at its annual meeting.

The United States was the prime architect of the World Heritage concept and the first country to ratify the World Heritage Convention, in 1973. The National Park Service manages all or parts of 17 of the 20 U.S. World Heritage Sites, including Yellowstone National Park, the Grand Canyon, and the Statue of Liberty, and serves as the principal technical agency for the U.S. Government to the Convention. In 2005, the U.S. was elected to a fourth term on the World Heritage Committee and will serve until 2009.

General information about the Tentative List process is posted on the Office of International Affairs website at The National Park Service staff report, including summaries of information on each site referenced in the draft Tentative List being published in this notice, is posted in its entirety on the Internet at: If you would like to review the original Applications submitted to the National Park Service for these candidate sites, please go to

To request a paper copy of the staff report on the draft U.S. World Heritage Tentative List, please contact April Brooks, Office of International Affairs, National Park Service, 1201 Eye Street, NW (0050). Washington DC 20005.
E-mail: .

For further general information, please contact¬ Stephen Morris, Chief, Office of International Affairs at (202) 354-1800 or Gerry Gaumer¬¬¬¬ in the National Park Service’s Office of Public Affairs at (202) 208-6843.


Please provide all comments directly to Jonathan Putnam, Office of International Affairs, National Park Service, 1201 Eye Street, NW (0050). Washington DC 20005 or by E-mail to: . Phone: 202-354-1809. Fax 202-371-1446. All comments will be a matter of public record.


*Where the U.S. Commission for UNESCO’s Recommendations Differ from those of the NPS Staff Report, they are indicated with the following numbers:

1 Recommended for Future Consideration by the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO

2 Recommended to be placed in “Other Properties Considered” by the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO

Natural Properties Recommended for Inclusion (3):
Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona
White Sands National Monument, New Mexico
Okefenokee Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, Georgia

Mixed Property Recommended for Inclusion (1):
Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, Hawaii

Cultural Properties Recommended for Inclusion (13):

Poverty Point State Historic Site, Louisiana
Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks, Ohio
Frank Lloyd Wright Buildings, Arizona, California, Illinois, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin
Civil Rights Movement Sites, Alabama

Serpent Mound, Ohio
San Antonio Franciscan Missions, Texas
1 French Creole Properties of the Mid-Mississippi Valley, Illinois and Missouri
1 Eastern State Penitentiary, Pennsylvania
1 Olana (Home of Frederic Church), New York
1 Dayton Aviation Sites, Ohio
1Gamble House, California
1 Pipestone National Monument, Minnesota
2 Mount Vernon, Virginia

Recommended Extensions of World Heritage Cultural Sites (2):

Thomas Jefferson Buildings: Poplar Forest and the Virginia State Capitol, Virginia

1 Moundville Site, Alabama

Cultural Properties Recommended for Future Consideration (4):

Moravian Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Colonial Newport, Rhode Island
Shaker Villages, Maine, New Hampshire, New York and Kentucky
Underground Railroad Sites (John Parker and John Rankin Houses, Ripley, Ohio)

Other Natural Properties Considered (2):
1 Fagatele Bay National Marine Sanctuary, American Samoa
1 Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, Massachusetts

Other Cultural Properties Considered (9):
Blackwater Draw Locality No. 1, New Mexico
Meadowcroft Rockshelter, Pennsylvania
SunWatch Village, Ohio
Historic Center of Savannah, Georgia
New Harmony, Indiana
Central of Georgia, Savannah Shed and Terminal Facility, Georgia
Gilded Age Newport, Rhode Island
Shenandoah-Dives Mill, Colorado
Columbia River Highway, Oregon


The National Park Service cares for special places saved by the American people so that all may experience our heritage.

Copy/paste link to read article.
From the San Jose Mercury News
Winess leads police to man who was seen intentionally setting fire to brush on California hillside.
"Pineda is currently on probation for making excessive false emergency reports to law enforcement, police said."


From WorldNet.Daily: Copy/paste link to read article.

From the San Diego Union-Tribune. 11 of 18 burn victims in the California fires are illegal immigrants. Copy/paste the link to read the article.

From the Rocky Mountain News. I'm waitng for La Raza to march through the streets of Greeley carrying little coffins on their shoulders. Copy/paste the link to read.

This photo of 'Marina' appeared with the story in the Rocky Mountain News.

Here is Marina in a similar story in the Denver Post.

Steven A. King, Grand Junction, CO. legislator wants to take away tasers in any jail illegals are incarcerated in. Copy/paste link to read article.