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Almanac - Tuesday, August 16, 2005

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Today in NPS History On August 16, 1896, gold was discovered near Dawson, Canada.  Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park comprises a building in Seattle and sites in and around Skagway, Alaska, associated with the rush to the gold fields.
In Memoriam No entries for today. This Day in the Lewis and Clark Expedition August 16, 1805 – From Lewis’ journal: “I…gave the Chief my gun and told him that if his enemies were in those bushes before him that he could defend himself with that gun, that for my own part I was not afraid to die and if I deceived him he might make what use of the gun he thought proper or in other words that he might shoot me…” This Day in the Morning Report This story from Statue of Liberty NM appeared in the Morning Report on this date in 1994…. On August 14th, FBI agents in New Orleans executed an arrest warrant for James Gordon Digby, 45, of that city for violation of 18 USC 875, threatening interstate communications.  The arrest stemmed from an investigation into threatening phone calls directed at specific park employees which was begun by rangers Steve Connor and Peter Tortorell in March, 1994.  The caller threatened injury to the employees and also stated that he would punish all females he came into contact with.  Consensual monitoring of telephone lines with recording equipment allowed rangers to establish sufficient evidence to arrest Digby.  Over the period of the investigation, Digby allegedly made between 350 and 500 threatening telephone calls to the park from the New Orleans area.  At this time, it is uncertain if Digby's case will be adjudicated in Louisiana or if he will be extradited to New York City to stand trial.  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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