Tuesday, July 29 2014 6:46 AM EDT2014-07-29 10:46:12 GMT
Israeli aircraft, tanks and navy gunboats pounded symbols of Hamas control in Gaza City in the heaviest night of bombardment in three weeks of Israel-Hamas fighting.Full Story >
Israel escalated its military campaign against Hamas on Tuesday, striking symbols of the group's control in Gaza and firing tank shells that shut down the strip's only power plant in the heaviest bombardment in the...Full Story >
Tuesday, July 29 2014 6:40 AM EDT2014-07-29 10:40:35 GMT
Two people are dead this morning after a man shot and killed his wife and another man, and then turned the gun on himself. According to Grant County Sheriff Chuck Dills, Shaun Hiles of Dry Ridge wasFull Story >
Two people are dead this morning after a man shot and killed his wife and another man, and then turned the gun on himself.Full Story >
Tuesday, July 29 2014 4:09 AM EDT2014-07-29 08:09:58 GMT
BY: Megan O'Rourke This summer's abnormal weather created near perfect growing conditions for farm crops which could mean lower prices for shoppers. Projected high corn yields, called bumper crops, couldFull Story >
This summer's abnormal weather created near perfect growing conditions for farm crops which could mean lower prices for shoppers.Full Story >
FLAGSTAFF, AZ (CBS5) -
You wouldn't think you'd need to be an expert driver to be a park ranger, or a negotiator, or a crime fighter. But the job of protecting our national treasures is becoming more threatening, and the proof is in the training.
"I've been in armed confrontations, burglaries," said Mark Maciha, the director of the Park Ranger Training Program at Northern Arizona University
From searching a person, to making arrests, to conducting a traffic stop, these students are learning it all.
"Hand-to-hand combat, pepper spray, batons, lethal force with firearms," Maciha said, listing off some of their lessons. "Since we don't practice it every day we really have to be on top of our game through training."
In January of last year, Margaret Anderson, a NAU Park Ranger Training graduate, was killed in the line of duty at Mount Rainier when a gunman opened fire. In June, ranger Nick Hall fell about 3,700 feet from a glacier at Mount Rainier while rescuing four stranded climbers. And Maciha lost his partner years ago, when his friend had a heart attack while investigating a death at Yosemite National Park.
"That really hits close to home, too," Maciha said. "Although it's not an armed encounter, it's one of the prices that are paid to protect our parks."
"Of course there's things that you're going to be a little nervous about, there's a lot of responsibility," said student Cara DeHart.
While the students told us they know what they're getting into, park advocates say expected budget cuts will only make their jobs harder.
"The duties included increasingly have been related to public safety and law enforcement," said David Nimkin, the southwest regional director of the National Parks Conservation Association. He said national parks are facing an 8 to 10 percent cut, on top of cuts already made. One item on chopping block - the number of park rangers.
"You begin to reduce their presence and their viability; it has an impact," Nimkin said.
So even with these devastating cuts on the forefront, Maciha said he can only teach his new recruits to be prepared and love their jobs.
"It's the best thing anyone can do," he said.
According to the Park Service's website, 11,700,000,000 people visit national parks each year, and just less than 4,500 police and rangers are patrolling them.
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Saturday, July 26 2014 2:09 PM EDT2014-07-26 18:09:07 GMT
A mysterious 'Woman in Black' has been spotted around the Tri-State in recent days, causing social media to erupt with questions about her identity. According to WATE in Tennessee, the Sullivan CountyFull Story >
A mysterious 'Woman in Black' has been spotted around the Tri-State in recent days, causing social media to erupt with questions about her identity.Full Story >
Monday, July 28 2014 6:12 PM EDT2014-07-28 22:12:32 GMT
Damage was reported in several areas of Highland County Sunday night after a strong storm went through the area. According to the National Weather Service, numerous trees and power lines were blown downFull Story >
Damage was reported in several areas of Highland County Sunday night after a strong storm went through the area.Full Story >