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March 31, 1989
James Ridenour, an Indiana political associate of Vice President Dan Quayle, was named as director of the National Park Service, which manages the country's 354 federal parks. Ridenour, 47, served for eight years as director of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources under former Republican Gov. Robert Orr. He lost the state job when Democrat Evan Bayh won the gubernatorial race last November. Ridenour becomes the 13th director of the Park Service since its creation in 1916.
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MAGAZINE
November 18, 1990
Unhappily, Dolan's question "Who owns Yosemite?" may be answered before the contract renewal date in 1993. With the foregone conclusion of acquisition of MCA by the giant Matsushita Electric Industries Co. of Osaka, Japan, the control, as it now stands, of "the most scenic valley in the world," a national shrine and symbol of the beauty and majesty of our land, will no longer be in the hands of its rightful owners--the people of America. RALPH FRYE San Bernardino Maura Dolan responds: Word of Matsushita Electric Industrial Co.'s interest in purchasing MCA Inc. did not surface until after the Los Angeles Times Magazine had gone to print with its Yosemite package.
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NEWS
October 25, 1989 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The National Park Service will not allow commercial timber hauling through Yellowstone Park, despite a request by the U.S. Forest Service. Parks Director James Ridenour denied the request as environmentalists labled the decision the first big test of Ridenour's willingness to protect the parks from commercial assault.
NEWS
October 24, 1990 | MAURA DOLAN, TIMES ENVIRONMENTAL WRITER
The National Park Service director has told the chairman of MCA Inc., the owner of Yosemite National Park's main concession and the object of a possible takeover by a Japanese firm, that the federal government would prefer to keep the park operation in American hands. National Park Service Director James Ridenour telephoned MCA Chairman Lew R.
MAGAZINE
November 18, 1990
Unhappily, Dolan's question "Who owns Yosemite?" may be answered before the contract renewal date in 1993. With the foregone conclusion of acquisition of MCA by the giant Matsushita Electric Industries Co. of Osaka, Japan, the control, as it now stands, of "the most scenic valley in the world," a national shrine and symbol of the beauty and majesty of our land, will no longer be in the hands of its rightful owners--the people of America. RALPH FRYE San Bernardino Maura Dolan responds: Word of Matsushita Electric Industrial Co.'s interest in purchasing MCA Inc. did not surface until after the Los Angeles Times Magazine had gone to print with its Yosemite package.
NEWS
October 24, 1990 | MAURA DOLAN, TIMES ENVIRONMENTAL WRITER
The National Park Service director has told the chairman of MCA Inc., the owner of Yosemite National Park's main concession and the object of a possible takeover by a Japanese firm, that the federal government would prefer to keep the park operation in American hands. National Park Service Director James Ridenour telephoned MCA Chairman Lew R.
NEWS
August 10, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
In a first step to reduce human impact on Yosemite Valley, the National Park Service is planning to tear down a score of maintenance buildings and construct new ones in El Portal at the park's western edge. National Park Service Director James Ridenour said $16 million to make the move is budgeted for 1992. Under a master plan developed for the park, most motor vehicle traffic would eventually be barred from the valley.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 2, 1989
The Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area will get a new superintendent next week, park officials said Thursday. The director of concessions for the National Park Service, David E. Gackenbach, 45, is to assume the post. He succeeds Daniel R. Kuehn, who left in October to become superintendent of the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania. Gackenbach is a 12-year veteran of the Park Service. For the last eight years, he headed the agency's concessions management division, overseeing services by 520 private companies in 125 parks throughout the country.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 25, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Final papers were signed closing a deal that will transfer concession operations in Yosemite National Park into the hands of a nonprofit foundation, National Park Service chief James Ridenour announced. Under the complex $61.5-million sale, the National Park Foundation will not formally take over the Yosemite Park & Curry Co. until 1993. The company is currently owned by MCA, owner of Universal Studios.
NEWS
April 27, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
The cowboy music trio Riders in the Sky have signed up to make public service announcements and personal appearances on behalf of the National Park Service. The Grand Ole Opry group plans to perform concerts in national parks and to discuss their support of the parks on their public radio series, "Riders Radio Theatre," which airs on 100 stations. The show, formerly taped in Nashville, has moved to Cincinnati.
NEWS
October 25, 1989 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The National Park Service will not allow commercial timber hauling through Yellowstone Park, despite a request by the U.S. Forest Service. Parks Director James Ridenour denied the request as environmentalists labled the decision the first big test of Ridenour's willingness to protect the parks from commercial assault.
NEWS
March 31, 1989
James Ridenour, an Indiana political associate of Vice President Dan Quayle, was named as director of the National Park Service, which manages the country's 354 federal parks. Ridenour, 47, served for eight years as director of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources under former Republican Gov. Robert Orr. He lost the state job when Democrat Evan Bayh won the gubernatorial race last November. Ridenour becomes the 13th director of the Park Service since its creation in 1916.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 20, 1990
The National Park Service's handling of a proposed exchange of public land for property owned by entertainer Bob Hope in Los Angeles and Ventura counties was severely criticized during a congressional hearing in Washington on Thursday, but the session was not expected to dampen the exchange's prospects. Park Service Director James M.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 12, 1991 | CARLOS V. LOZANO
Simi Valley Mayor Greg Stratton is scheduled to meet today with the director of the National Park Service to express support for swapping federal parkland to acquire property owned by entertainer Bob Hope in eastern Ventura County, officials said. Stratton and three other City Council members are in Washington this week attending the annual conference of the National League of Cities. The mayor, who is to meet with Park Service Director James Ridenour, expressed appreciation to Gov.
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