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Almanac - Friday, August 5, 2005

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Today in NPS History On August 5, 1852, Father John J. Bax, senior Jesuit priest at the Osage Indian Mission, died in the U.S. Army Hospital at Fort Scott, Indian Territory.  Fort Scott National Historic Site, Kansas, interprets this history.
In Memoriam On August 5, 1973, Point Reyes NS ranger Ken Patrick was murdered by a poacher. On August 5, 1997, Yellowstone NP maintenance worker Rory Perkins will killed in an accident while working on a snowmobile. This Day in the Lewis and Clark Expedition August 5, 1805 - From Lewis' journal: "As Charbono complained of being unable to march for today I ordered him and Sergt. Gass to pass…at their leasure…I took Drewyer with me and continued…a high projecting spur of the mountain…we ascended…I had a pleasing view of the valley…the middle fork…bear…to the West of South…the most proper for us to ascend…" This Day in the Morning Report The following story from Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, another in a series of follow-ups on the major flood that inundated the park, appeared in the Morning Report on this date in 1993…. The three barges and the cruise boat which lodged in the half-submerged trees on park property and in front of the Arch were successfully removed on Tuesday afternoon.  Four tugs and two days of preparation were required before the removal effort was undertaken due to the extremely strong current and the proximity of these craft to other moored boats down river.  All areas that were closed to the public because of the stranded barges and boat have now been reopened.  Floodwaters have dropped approximately two feet since the crest passed late Saturday afternoon, but 17.5 vertical feet of water still covers the eastern side of the park.  Because of the strong current and possibility of contaminated water, barricades are being maintained to prevent visitors from reaching the river.  Three sections of the sidewalk above the Grand Staircase have dropped up to two inches, possibly due to floodwater undermining.  Emergency mud-jacking will take place today to prevent any additional damage.  The area has been cordoned off as a precaution.  Three members of the regional SET team remain on duty at the Arch to assist with crowd control and will remain until at least August 9th. Credits Park history - Park Dates (http://www.cr.nps.gov/history/hisnps/NPSHistory/parkdate.htm)In Memoriam - Jeff Ohlfs, Joshua Tree NP.Lewis and Clark history - Dick Prestholdt, Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation.Morning Report history - MR archives (http://data2.itc.nps.gov/morningreport/archives.cfm)



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