skip to main content
skip to newscasts

Wednesday, July 24, 2024

Public News Service Logo
facebook instagram linkedin reddit youtube twitter
view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

AL nonprofit urges Medicaid expansion to save rural hospitals; Harris skipping Netanyahu address shows daylight with Biden on Israeli leader; Biden to give first speech since dropping out of race; IN students face stricter attendance rules, new reading requirements; New Missouri law ensures medication access.

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

Kamala Harris builds momentum toward nomination and vets potential Veeps. She and Trump take aggressive stances, as plans for a September debate continue. Sen. Bob Menendez says he'll resign, but will also appeal his corruption conviction.

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

There's a gap between how rural and urban folks feel about the economy, Colorado's 'Rural is Rad' aims to connect outdoor businesses, more than a dozen of Maine's infrastructure sites face repeated flooding, and chocolate chip cookies rock August.

More Calif. Acres Granted Protections as National Monuments

play audio
Play

Friday, January 13, 2017   

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. - President Barack Obama on Thursday announced the expansion of two national monuments in California - California Coastal National Monument and Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument at the Oregon border.

Much more than recognition of the unique history or geography of a place, this kind of designation can be a strategic, and often political, move to protect public lands and right historical wrongs.

That's what's happening here, said Valentin Lopez, who chairs the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band and is a descendant of the Cotoni people who once lived in and around the Santa Cruz coast.

"We're just very grateful that we are finally giving recognition to our Cotoni ancestors," he said. "Whenever the missions came in, they did all they could to erase our culture and our identity. So, there are very few marks that identify the Mutsun people, and so this is very significant, to have the California Coastal National Monument."

Critics of these designations say they tie up land that could be used for development and minimize tax revenue for local governments. However, economic reports have said California's public lands generate more than $8 billion a year in outdoor-recreation spending and support 732,000 jobs in the state.

The newly protected areas include the Orange County Rocks, the Cotoni-Coast Dairies in Santa Cruz County, and Trinidad Head.

Julie Fulkerson, retired mayor of Trinidad in Humboldt County, said these designations are not only about preservation and public access to beautiful spots. In her view, they're places of restoration that help people connect to a deeper part of themselves.

"It's a place where I can go and imagine what it was like 300,000 years ago," she said. "I see it as a source of creativity, not just environmental protection, but it's something that is difficult to describe and it has to do with possibilities, imagination, what goes on inside of our heads, reflection - all of those things."

The new designations include some 6,200 acres on the California coast and another 47,000 at the border with Oregon, 5,000 of which are in California. The National Park Service has said California has had more than 38 million visitors to its parks.

More information about California's national parks and public spaces is online at nps.gov.

---

Support for this reporting is provided by The Pew Charitable Trusts.


get more stories like this via email

more stories
Brian Burton with the Arkansas Food Bank said children experiencing malnourishment have a tougher time learning in the classroom. (fotokitas/Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

play sound

By Mary Hennigan for The Arkansas Advocate.Broadcast version by Freda Ross for Arkansas News Service reporting for The Arkansas Advocate-Winthrop Rock…


Social Issues

play sound

Big changes are imminent in the way homes are bought and sold, as the new forms for transactions in California come out today. The forms are linked …

Social Issues

play sound

A university in eastern Oregon is figuring out ways to prevent rural 'brain drain.' Eastern Oregon University was officially designated "Oregon's Rur…


Gov. Mike Parson chose not to sign or veto Senate Bill 751, allowing it to become law automatically. (M. Suhail/Adobe Stock)

Health and Wellness

play sound

Gov. Mike Parson recently announced Senate Bill 751 would become law, allowing Missourians to access essential medications within their communities …

Social Issues

play sound

As students in Indiana head back to school, they will encounter some stricter classroom rules, including new reading requirements and a tighter …

Negotiating the costs of health care procedures using Medicare payments as a reference has proven effective in reducing health care spending, especially for large employers. (Adobe Stock)

Health and Wellness

play sound

The rates Medicare pays hospitals are carefully calculated to cover the actual cost of care in an efficient health care facility. But Anthem, Cigna…

Health and Wellness

play sound

An Alabama group is sounding the alarm about the need for Medicaid expansion, in part to keep rural hospitals in business. Many hospitals in Alabama …

Social Issues

play sound

Gov. Andy Beshear is among a small group being considered by Vice President Kamala Harris's team as a potential running mate. There are reports …

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021