Mount Rushmore National Memorial under construction.
The workers had to endure conditions that varied from blazing hot to bitterly cold and windy. Each day they climbed 700 stairs to the top of the mountain to punch-in on the time clock. Then 3/8 inch thick steel cables lowered them over the front of the 500-foot face of the mountain in a "bosun chair." Despite the dangers, no one was killed during the project.
Otters in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, Alaska.
The sea otter population of Glacier Bay has increased dramatically in the past 20 years. Ecologists consider sea otters a keystone species here. Otters consume vast quantities of clams, urchins, crabs, and other invertebrates and their presence creates ripples through the ecosystem. NPS photo.
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Secretary Salazar Lauds Senate's Confirmation of Hilary Tompkins as Interior Solicitor
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Last edited 4/25/2016
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today lauded the U.S. Senate's confirmation of Hilary Tompkins as Solicitor of the Department of the Interior, the agency's top general counsel.
“I welcome Hilary to our policy team and look forward to her counsel and leadership in helping us fulfill Interior's broad mandate, from managing federal land, water and energy resources, to conserving endangered species, to building a better future for American Indian and Native Alaska communities,” Salazar said. “She is an outstanding professional with strong legal and managerial skills and will make an excellent Solicitor.”
Tompkins, an adjunct professor at the University of New Mexico School of Law, will head the Department's general counsel office and represent Interior in administrative and judicial litigation, negotiations and other contracts with Congress, federal agencies, states, tribes and the public.
From 2003 to 2008, Tompkins was chief counsel to New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, whom she advised on legal and policy issues including legislation, judicial appointments, executive orders, constitutional authority, civil litigation, statutory interpretation, and intergovernmental affairs. She also managed the legal staff in the Governor's office, supervised the general counsels in more than 20 state executive agencies, and advised the governor on American Indian affairs.
Before that, Tompkins was an attorney with Sonoksy, Chambers Sachse, Endreson & Perry, a national law firm devoted to representing American Indian interests. Prior to that, she served as a special assistant U.S. attorney in the Eastern District of New York in Brooklyn, where she was lead counsel for a number of civil lawsuits in federal court.
Previously, Tompkins served as an honors program trial lawyer in the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, where she handled civil prosecutions in environmental cases nationwide. She also was a law clerk for the Navajo Nation Supreme Court in Window Rock, Arizona. Before becoming a lawyer, Tompkins worked for the Navajo Nation Department of Justice as a tribal court advocate after passing the Navajo Nation bar exam.
An enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, Tompkins received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Dartmouth College and a Juris Doctor degree from Stanford University, where she was associate editor of the Stanford Law Review