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11:48 AM, May 28, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
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[G]ood news for our employees, good news for our visitors as we start the summer season this Memorial Day Weekend, and good news for the security of our nation’s icons -- the places that the dedicated men and women of the U.S. Park Police protect every day.” 

This was National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis in an announcement last week.  As Kedar Pavgi reports in Government Executive, the Interior Department will not be furloughing park police as had been planned/threatened last February. The sequester would, in this scenario, have forced national parks to make serious cuts, thus doing serious damage to the tourist industry ... and so forth.

Now, it seems, there is money to keep the park police on duty.  And in more good news:

The Interior Department has launched a program to provide jobs for 17,000 young people at locations on the country’s public lands, in national parks and at wildlife reserves ... 

This money (more than $4 million) comes "mostly from grant funding" and will:

... provide opportunities for our young people to obtain jobs skills and broaden their horizons by connecting with the great outdoors,” Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said in a statement.

So ... Old Faithful remains open to the public. What about the White House?

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