This Week at Interior February 22, 2013
February 22, 2013
"Hello I am Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, and you're watching This Week at Interior."
THIS WEEK, AT INTERIOR...
SECRETARY SALAZAR JOINED TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY RAY LAHOOD AND COLORADO GOVERNOR JOHN HICKENLOOPER TO ANNOUNCE MORE THAN 1-POINT-7 MILLION DOLLARS IN NEW FUNDING FOR THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN GREENWAY...THAT'S A COMPREHENSIVE TRAIL SYSTEM CONNECTING ROCKY MOUNTAIN ARSENAL, TWO PONDS, AND ROCKY FLATS, TO ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK AND HUNDREDS OF MILES OF TRAILS IN THE DENVER AREA. THE FUNDING IS PART OF THE FEDERAL TRANSIT ADMINISTRATION'S TRANSIT IN PARKS PROGRAM. THE GREENWAY WAS FIRST PROPOSED BY SECRETARY SALAZAR AND GOVERNOR HICKENLOOPER IN 2011.
ALL EYES STILL ON THE FIRE IN THE SKIES OVER RUSSIA THIS WEEK, AFTER VIDEOS OF *LAST* WEEK'S METEORITE SPREAD AROUND THE WORLD ON SOCIAL MEDIA. ALL THOSE AMATEUR VIDEOS HAD MANY ASKING WHAT MIGHT HAPPEN IF SUCH AN OBJECT DROPPED OUT OF THE SKY OVER A MAJOR U-S CITY.
"If the event that happened in Russia happened here in DC I think the first thing we would see would be very similar to what they saw in Russia. You would see the vapor trail going across, you would see a flash of light with the explosion, you would hear a sonic boom, and then feel the air blast, shaking, that's what broke most of the windows. I think most of the injuries in Russia were caused by the broken glass."
"The meteorites in Russia broke up into several pieces, it would be just random as to where the pieces broke, and fell. They could fall with catastrophic damages, or they could fall harmlessly."
USGS SCIENTISTS POINT OUT THAT EARTH HAD AN ENCOUNTER WITH A MUCH *LARGER* OBJECT THAN THE RUSSIAN METEORITE ABOUT 35-MILLION YEARS AGO, AND IT WASN'T VERY FAR FROM WHERE THE NATION'S CAPITAL SITS TODAY.
"The object that streaked over the Russian skies was about the size of a tractor trailer. The one that hit near the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay 35 million years ago was two miles in diameter. Much larger, much more massive, and consequently caused an enormous crater in the ground."
"An impact like that would happen about every six million years. But of course it's a random event. Two could happen in two million years and then not another one for twenty million years. But it's that kind of value...they donít happen often, but when they happen, they happen with a big bang."
SPEAKING OF THE SKIES... THIS WEEK DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK IS TAKING PRIDE IN ITS RECENT CERTIFICATION AS ONLY THE *THIRD* INTERNATIONAL DARK SKY PARK WITHIN THE U-S NATIONAL PARK SYSTEM. DEATH VALLEY IS MOST FAMOUS OF COURSE AS THE LOWEST, DRIEST, AND HOTTEST SPOT IN NORTH AMERICA. AND ITS REMOTE LOCATION MEANS LITTLE UNNATURAL LIGHT TO SPOIL ITS SPECTACULAR NIGHT TIME VIEW OF THE STARS.
WHITE HOUSE OFFICIALS JOINED DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR ASSISTANT SECRETARY RHEA SUH THIS WEEK, TAKING PART IN A TWITTER TOWN HALL TO TALK ABOUT THE ADMINISTRATION'S OUTREACH AND ACHIEVEMENTS WITHIN THE ASIAN AMERICAN PACIFIC ISLANDER COMMUNITY. THE ADMINISTRATION PUSH COMES IN TANDEM WITH A DIRECTIVE FROM SECRETARY SALAZAR, CALLING ON THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE TO DETERMINE THE IMPACT AND INFLUENCE OF ASIAN AMERICAN PACIFIC ISLANDERS ON OUR NATIONíS HISTORY AND CULTURE.
AND JUST IN TIME FOR PRESIDENTS DAY THIS WEEK, THE PRESIDENTIAL MASCOTS OF THE WASHINGTON NATIONALS WERE RACING TO THE FINISH LINE AT MOUNT RUSHMORE NATIONAL MEMORIAL. AFTER POSING WITH THEIR MUCH LARGER COUNTERPARTS, THE NATIONALS MASCOTS TEDDY, GEORGE, TOM, ABE, AND THE *FIFTH* MEMBER OF THE CLUB, WILLIAM HOWARD TAFT, VISITED NEARBY HISTORIC DEADWOOD, AND TOOK A BISON SAFARI IN CUSTER STATE PARK.
THAT'S THIS WEEK, AT INTERIOR.