Recreation Fee Proposal for the Nantahala National Forest

first_imgThe U.S. Forest Service is proposing to change recreation fees at several sites on the Nantahala National Forest and the public is invited to provide input to proposed fees changes for 46 days beginning on August 11th, 2017.The goal of these proposed changes are  to establish a consistent pricing for developed recreation sites  for the National Forests in North Carolina. In addition many day use sites will now accept the suite of “America the Beautiful, the National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands” (Interagency) passes. This provides extra value to holders of these passes.Current pricing at many Forest sites have remained static for over a decade and have not kept pace with other recreation sites with similar services and amenities. In addition, many sites have received various improvements and upgrades.These fee changes are only proposed. After public comment is received, the Forest will assess the comments and concerns and then present the fee proposals to the Southern Region Recreation Resource Advisory Committee (RRAC) in Fall 2017.  This committee will provide recommendations on the fee proposals and the Regional Forester will make a decision on the proposals.  The Recreation RAC is a citizen’s advisory committee that represents a broad array of recreation interests.Proposed fee changes include increasing camping fees to $10, $15, or $20 a night depending on amenities. Day use sites such as picnic sites, trailheads, and swim sites would increase to $3 or $5 depending on the site. Shooting ranges would increase to $5. “Public lands benefit every American, and recreation fee revenue helps protect natural resources and enhance recreation opportunities on our Forests,” said Mike Wilkins, District Ranger on the Nantahala Ranger District. “Increased fee collections would help to improve visitor experiences and enables the Forest Service to be more strategic in planning and developing a sustainable recreation program. The fees collected stay on the Forest and help us continue a legacy of providing high-quality recreation opportunities for the public to explore and enjoy on the Nantahala National Forest,” added Angela Gee, District Ranger on the Cheoah and Tusquitee Ranger Districts.The Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act of 2004 allows the Forest Service to keep 80-95 percent of fees collected to operate, maintain, and improve the recreation sites.The proposed fee changes are:Campgrounds Bristol Fields Horse Camp – increase from $5 to $8/site per nightWine Springs Horse Camp – new $10/site per night feeCable Cove, Horse Cove – increase from $10 to $15/site per nightHanging Dog – increase from $8 to $15/site per nightJackrabbit, Tsali – increase from $15 to $20/site per nightCheoah Point – increase from $15 to $20/site per night, RV sites increase from $20 to $25, and increase from $35 to $40/night for cabinsRattler Ford Group Camp – increase from $50 to $75/site per night for 25 person sitesAppletree Group Camp – increase from $50 to $75/site per night for 25 person sites, and increase from $100 to $150/site per night for 50 person sitesMcCall Cabin – new $200 per week feeDay Use AreasDry Falls – new $3/vehicle per day or new $15 annual pass (useable at Dry Falls, Whiteside Mountain, and Whitewater Falls)Whiteside Mountain, Whitewater Falls – increase from $2 to $3/vehicle per day or new $15 annual pass (useable at Dry Falls, Whiteside Mountain, and Whitewater Falls)Jackrabbit Beach – increase from $3 to $5/vehicle per day fee, new $30 annual passCheoah Point Beach – new $5/vehicle per day fee, new $30 annual passShooting RangesPanther Top, Dirty John, Moss Knob – increase $3 to $5/person per day, increase from $25 to $30 for annual pass, useable at each Nantahala NF rangeAtoah – new $5/person per day fee, new $30 annual pass useable at each Nantahala NF rangeWhitewater LaunchesNantahala River Corridor – increase from $1 to $2/paddler per day or $10 annual paddler pass; and $0.45 to $0.60/paddler for outfitter and guideslast_img read more

TouringPlansTV: Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort – Part One + Video

first_imgShare This!Today’s episode of TouringPlansTV features Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort! This is located in the Animal Kingdom park area of Walt Disney World.In Part One, I’ll be discussing the resort’s theme, rooms, room views and transportation.Stay tuned for Part Two next week!Enjoy!Like these videos? Leave your video suggestions in the comments below!last_img

Jake Brueggen pitches Marshfield baseball past Tomah

first_imgBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — Jake Brueggen tossed six scoreless innings to lead the Marshfield baseball team to an 8-1 nonconference victory over Tomah on Friday at Jack Hackman Field.Brueggen struck out three and walked one to earn the win for the Tigers (3-3).Marshfield opened up a three-run lead in the second as Jeremy Brost doubled and scored on an error, and Matt Meyer delivered an RBI single.The Tigers scored a run in the fourth and blew the game open with a four-run sixth.Meyer finished with two hits and scored twice for Marshfield.Brueggen, a sophomore left-hander, is now 2-0 and has allowed just one earned run in 12 innings.“He has definitely moved himself up in the pitching rotation,” Marshfield coach Mark Zee said.The Tigers play at Medford on Monday and host Stevens Point on Tuesday. Both games will be broadcast on WDLB-AM 1450 and wdlbwosq.com at 4:30 p.m.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Tigers 8, Timberwolves 1Tomah 000 000 1 – 1 4 1Marshfield 030 104 x – 8 6 3WP: Jake Brueggen. LP: Jordan Albrecht.SO: Albrecht 6, Curron 1; Brueggen (6 inn.) 3, Jack Donahue (1 inn.) 2. BB: Albrecht 4, Curron 0; Brueggen 1, Donahue 0.Top hitters: M, Jeremy Brost 2B, run; Matt Meyer 2×3, 2 runs; Donahue 2B.Records: Tomah 1-6; Marshfield 3-3.last_img read more

10 Reasons Why I Love Being an HR Professional

first_imgWhat do you think of my Top 10? Why do you love working in HR?To read the original post on Blogging4Jobs, please click here. Someone asked me recently how I ended up in HR and why do I like it. I’ll save that story for another time — but its no secret that HR choose me, not the other way around. It really gave me pause this week to think about what is it about HR that keeps me excited and engaged. And with Valentine’s day is coming up (and I love it!) I thought it was a perfect (albeit, cheesy) opportunity to come up with my top 10 of why I LOVE about being an HR Professional.10 reasons I love being an hr professional 10. Variety – There’s lots of different facets to HRThere are a lot of different things to do and see with HR as a profession and career. My career has allowed me to see different parts of the world and meet a ton of new people/cultures — and I’ve got to touch different areas of HR along the way.9. Never a Dull DayIt may not always be the day that I had planned when I went into the office, but I love the “x” factor of not knowing exactly what my day will bring and all the surprises (both good and bad, and most times its the former) that come my way. I thrive in that ambiguity — and I know that many of you do!8. Continuous ImprovementThe spirit of HR pros is always about improvement and how to make things better — whether we’re talking about development, recruiting talent, developing benefit plans, looking at new HR tech.tools or making HR processes more efficient, its an area where we are always looking at raising the bar and taking people or processes to the next level.7. Ever-changingOur profession is not static– where dealing largely with people or systems/programs that will impact people. And people are dynamic. Whether we’re talking about new legislation, change in corporate direction, a company re-org, taking on new HR vendors, or expanding into new regions or locations there is a element of taking what we know and applying it to another situation or scenario.6. HR Tech!Need I say more? I love this stuff! I could evaluate and implement new tools and systems all day (and sometimes I get to)! Its a bit of the science geek in me.5. I learn something new (most) every day related to HRIt sounds cliche I know — but its so true. I actually thought back over the last 2-3 weeks and I do think that holds true, even for a seasoned HR pro like myself. Whether it about myself, a new facet of HR, something that is unique to my company, a project that I’m working on, or working through something with an employee or co-worker– even some of the work that I do for my local SHRM chapter, I find that  the “learner” and “input” in me is always satisfied.4. Making an impact back to the companyI’m the kind of person that needs to understand that what I’m doing is something that fits into the bigger picture. Its one of the things that I find rewarding in my work. I not be making or closing the sales calls, but I can see how work that we do as HR professionals enables employees and the overall company to reach company objectives.3. Helping othersKind of goes without saying — we all get this one right? In HR, there are tons of ways of doing it too!2. InnovationSome of you wonder why this is on the list and why its number two. Innovation isn’t something that many people connect with HR — but I do. Innovation to me is like “out of the box thinking” kicked up a bit. So much of the people, process, and tool strategy that we put in place an implement as HR professionals is not only innovative, but also creative. When working on a project or initiative, think about all the requirements, stakeholders, budget/time constraints etc that you have to consider to have a successful implementation that process, program, or project. Can’t speak for you, but in my worlds (yes I know its plural ;))  I’ve had to come up with some solutions that will meet all those needs and requirements — its generally not something that I can get “off the shelf” — and that’s where the innovation comes in. I love coming up with new solutions to problems.1. Other HR professionalsI heard something once years ago — basically, HR people like to hang out with other HR people. There is probably some ring of truth to that because many of my friends (at least ones that I met after college) work in HR.Aside from the friendships that I have formed — I find that I am constantly inspired by other people in the space — whether they are thought leaders or colleagues I enjoy the people that I working and collaborating with other HR folks.last_img read more

Bing It On: Microsoft Rolls Out Its New Search Engine

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting It was no secret that Microsoft was getting ready to roll out a new search engine, and today, the company began the official roll-out of Bing – the successor of the company’s less than successful Live Search efforts. Formerly known as Kumo, Bing, which should become available worldwide by June 3, is Microsoft’s latest attempt to steal market share away from Google. According to Microsoft, Bing, while providing a good general search experience, wants to focus on providing an especially good user experience in four verticals: making a purchase decision, planning a trip, researching a health condition, and finding a local business.For the most part, Bing’s interface resembles that of today’s Live Search, with a large ‘cover image’ on the front page that surrounds the search box. The major difference in the user interface is the addition of guided searches in the left sidebar, though Microsoft says that the real changes are under the hood. The company argues that it can bring a new approach to Internet search by providing a richer, easier, and more organized search experience. This, for example, means that Bing will integrate data from consumer reviews when a search brings up a restaurant, for example. Good Enough is Not Good Enough in the Search BusinessAccording to Microsoft, “30 percent of searches are abandoned without a satisfactory result.” We haven’t been able to put Bing through its paces yet, so it remains to be seen if it actually works as well as Microsoft promises it will. We have seen too many promises in the area that have remained unfulfilled (we’re looking at you, Cuil), so we will hold back any judgment until we get to test Bing ourselves.One thing is clear, though; a search engine that is only ‘good enough’ will not be enough to gain back any market share from Google, which now virtually controls the search engine market. Microsoft argues that this large amount of market share can make Google slow to innovate, but then, it remains to be seen if Bing can offer enough innovation to entice users to switch. Yahoo Search, after all, is also innovating furiously, but hasn’t been able to capture any new market share lately.Rebranding Virtual Earth, Farecast, CashbackAlways happy to change brand names, Microsoft also announced that Virtual Earth, its mapping platform, will now be branded as Bing Maps for Enterprise. Travel search engine Farecast, formerly known as Live Search Farecast will now become Bing Travel, and the Live Cashback program will now be Bing Cashback.Discover BingMicrosoft also launched a new site, Discover Bing, that goes into all the details of how Bing works and the decision process behind the creation of it. And if you still can’t get enough news about Bing, our friends over at CNet also feature an in-depth look at how Bing came to be. Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… frederic lardinois Tags:#Features#Microsoft#NYT#Product Reviews#search#web last_img read more

Health Care: EMR Adoption Climbing and Expected to be Strong over the next Five Years

first_imgThe deadline for the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act has many scrambling to adopt EMR systems before that deadline in order to qualify for the funding.  Incentive funding via HITECH to hospitals and physicians to adopt Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) will stop in 2014.  A pot of $19 billion of incentives is currently acting as a strong driver to encourage EMR adoption.  But many believe that once the number of EMR systems rolled out spikes in adoption rates in 2013, without further incentives, the market is likely to stagnate after that.A report by Frost and Sullivan on the EMR market notes that “Providers of hospital IT infrastructure are showing great urgency in rolling out solutions, especially due to the rudimentary levels of the current IT infrastructure, and given the short implementation deadlines (roughly 2011 to 2015) set by the government.”But just because HITECH incentives will be phased out may not necessarily mean that the market will stagnate.  A report by Toronto-based Millennium Research Group (MRG) expects there to be strong growth in the area of EMR implementations past 2012 through 2016.  The group estimates that EMR software will grow annually at a rate faster than 12 percent.  By 2016, EMR market revenues are expected to top $8.3 billion.  MRG thinks that despite the loss of incentive funding, new rules by Medicare which mandates electronic records will continue to prop up demand for the systems.SK&A, A Cegedim Company and a leading provider of healthcare information solutions and research, in a recent survey found that the EMR adoption rate already has exceeded 40 percent.  Adoptions rates were higher for physicians in large practices compared to those in smaller ones.  Sole-practitioner offices had reached a 30 percent adoption rate while 75 percent of offices with 26 or more physicians are now using EMRs.  Offices with only a single examination room had achieved 28 percent adoption, while offices with more than eleven examination rooms had a 64 percent adoption.  Similarly offices seeing just 50 patients on a daily basis had 36 percent adoption, while those offices seeing more than 100 patients per day have 66 percent adoption.Some of the largest vendors of EMR systems include Allscripts, Meditech, Epic Systems, Cerner, McKesson, Siemens Healthcare, GE Healthcare, eClinicalWorks, NextGen Healthcare and Sage.last_img read more

Meeting with IRS Collections Officer Was Not Prior Administrative Proceeding

first_imgAn IRS Appeals officer abused his discretion when he failed to consider the taxpayers’:offer in compromise,proposed installment agreement, andclaim of economic hardship.Meeting With Collection OfficerIn response to a notice of intent to levy, the taxpayers contacted the revenue officer. They submitted an offer in compromise with a collection information statement. They also argued that their health problems and the loss of their home limited their ability to pay.When the revenue officer rejected the offer, the couple appealed. The IRS would not consider an installment agreement if an appeal was pending. So, the couple withdrew their appeal to continue their negotiations with the RO.The couple offered to pay $800 per month and made at least two payments. Also, they tried to get a loan so they would qualify for a streamlined installment agreement. But the IRS filed a tax lien on the same day they applied for the loan.Collection Due Process HearingAfter receiving the lien notice, the taxpayers requested a Collection Due Process hearing. They asked the Appeals officer to review their offer in compromise and proposed installment agreement. They also asked that the AO consider their economic hardship argument.But, the Appeals officer declined to review their offer-in-compromise, or proposed partial-pay installment agreement. He concluded that the taxpayers:did not properly appeal their offer-in-compromise denial, andhad not submitted the necessary financial information for the installment agreement.However, the AO did not consider the financial information the taxpayers provided. And, he did not consider the taxpayer’s medical condition or his disability’s impact on his ability to pay.No Prior Administrative ProceedingA taxpayer can raise a collection issue at a CDP hearing when the issue was not actually considered in a previous proceeding. The taxpayers:only negotiated with the revenue officer, anddid not appeal the RO’s rejection of their offer in compromise.Thus, they never had a prior administrative hearing. Therefore, the taxpayers could request consideration of the same offer in a later CDP hearing on the same tax for the same period.Further, the administrative record did not show that the AO ever consideredthe taxpayers’ financial information,the age of that information, orwhether significant changes had occurred.Finally, there was no evidence that the AO considered the taxpayers’ claim of economic hardship or whether a compromise to promote effective tax administration was appropriate. Thus, it was an abuse of discretion for the AO to neglect to consider the taxpayers’ issues and the case was remanded.J. Loveland, Jr., 151 TC —, No. 7, Dec. 61,279Login to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img read more