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4B Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Darlene M. Koontz, superintendent at Lassen Volcanic National Park since 2007, announced that she will retire Oct. 31 after 31 years with the National Park Service. "The past 31 years have been the best adventure I could ask for. I have met and had the privilege of working with wonderful and inspirational people throughout my career. The National Park Service is a special community, of which I feel lucky to have been a part of for so many years," said Koontz. As superintendent at Lassen Volcanic National Park, Koontz oversaw the preservation and protection of cultural and natural resources including designated wilderness, 150 miles of backcountry trails including a section of the Pacific Crest Trail and the Nobles Emigrant Trail, eight campgrounds, two visitor centers, 65 housing units, six water treatment systems and 30 miles of the Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway. Koontz led efforts including the construction of the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center, the La-ssen Peak Trail rehabilitation and development of Lassen's first Wilderness and Backcountry Stewardship Plan. She also worked to bring to fruition a permanent place for youths at the park, the Volcano Lassen Volcanic National Park Supervisor retires after 31 years with the National courtesy Lassen Volcanic National Park Darlene M. Koontz Park Service. Photo Adventure Camp, which is slated to open in 2016. Koontz has served around the country in places such as Everglades National Park in south Florida as a backcountry ranger and Cumberland Island National Seashore off the coast of Georgia in interpretation and visitor services. She taught at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center for four years in the NO HASSLES DELIVERED TO YOUR You get the rebates, special pricing & AREA Toyota, Nissan, Honda, Hyundai, Ford, Chevy, GMC, Cadillac, Lexus, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Kia, Subaru, Lincoln, Buick Acura, Audi, BMW, ..... MaZda, Volkswagen & Volvo BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY: Let me work for you and save time & money. Just a phone call away! Call Jack: 530-|83-CARS (2277) or $30-966-S463 1970 E. Main St., Quincy" behavioral sciences division, was a presidential appointed board trustee for the Valles Caldera National Preserve, and served as an NPS Bevinetto Fellow in Washington, D.C., assigned to the subcommittee on national parks, historical preservation and recreation and the NPS Legislative and Congressional Affairs Office where she was involved in reviewing, analyzing and drafting bureau legislation. Koontz, a graduate of the Department of the Interior Senior Executive Service, has been a superintendent for the past 15 years: first at Grant Kohrs Ranch in Montana, then Bandelier National Monument in New Mexico and finally closing out her career at Lassen Volcanic National Park. Throughout her career she has worked with and developed a variety of partnerships in support of conservation, the National Park Service and gateway communities. "I will miss many things, but most of all my National Park Service friends and partners," said Koontz. "It has been a pleasure working with the Lassen Park Foundation, Lassen Association, cooperating agencies, California Guest Services and park employees during my time here." Koontz and her husband Chip Davis, himself a retired NPS employee, are looking forward to the opportunity to continue exploring the country's special places, sailing in the islands, going on camping trips with their dogs and enjoying good food and good friends. After a successful stop into the Kohm vehicle-free day this past Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center ~ spring, Lassen Volcanic or the Loomis Ranger i,! National Park announces Station between 9 a.m. and 5 d another opportunity for p.m. for more detailed ~i" nonmotorized recreation information. A site bulletin 'j along the park highway. On confaining a map, distances -~ Saturday, Oct. 18, the park and altitudes at designated '~ invites everyone to enjoy its waysides is available online ' fall colors and crisp air by at '~' bicycling, walking or The highway is a "; running along the Lassen high-elevation road ranging '" Volcanic National Park from 5,850 to 8,500 feet and L( highway vehicle-free, weather can change quickly. ,i "Lassen's first vehicle-free Park personnel suggest '*: day allowed visitors to enjoy visitors heed the following the park highway in a suggestions: quieter, slower way," said --Come prepared for cool - Superintendent Darlene M. weather, especially in the Koontz. "We are thrilled to early morning and late offer another opportunity evening. for cyclists, runners and --Check the weather walkers to enjoy this scenic conditions beforehand and highway without the prepare accordingly. presence of motorists." --Wear layers and bring The highway will be sunscreen, sunglasses and a closed to motorized travel hat. Even on overcast days, (except administrative and sun exposure is greater at emergency vehicles) fFom 8 higher elevations. a.m. to 8 p.m. The road will '. The vehicle-free day may be open to cyclists, runners be postponed due to and walkers along the inclement weather. 30-mile stretch between the The entrance fee into the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor park is $10 per vehicle or $5 Center and the Loomis per person ($10 per family) Museum Plaza. It is highly on a bicycle. Parking is recommended that available on a first-come, participants complete their first-served basis at the trek by sunset, as the cool Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor nights may create icy Center and Loomis Plaza. conditions on the road. For further information, Before beginning their visit or contact adventure, participants may the park at 595-4480. ballot um ay The Political Science 101 Gallery (lecture hall) in the students at Feather River Feather River College College invite folks to join upper campus. them for a brown-bag voter~ .,~,~ ~t~e~ts are researching education forum todayl;'~ ~ ;i ~:~ ~ fl%d ~]:~}~nd ooris of the six Wednesday, Oct. 15, from ballot proposltlqns, beyond noon to 1 p.m. The forum the published voter ....... will be hosted in the information guide, and Distributorship Medical Alert Available in Your Area! We do 70% of the work, and the income potential is unlimited. Work at your own pace. We'll provide training and support. 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