parks http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Johnson's Shut-ins: Still A Park For All Seasons http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/johnsons-shut-ins-still-park-all-seasons <p>The Johnson’s Shut-ins State Park, Missouri’s original, natural water park, is ready for action. That’s what Steph Deidrick, a division information officer for the Missouri State Parks, wants people to know.</p><p>It’s been four years since Johnson’s Shut-ins reopened the park and campgrounds after the area was hit by a devastating flood, caused when AmerernUE’s Taum Sauk reservoir gave way.&nbsp; The reservoir breach occurred on Dec. 14, 2005, sending approximately 1.3 billion gallons of water down the Proffit Mountain, flooding the park below.</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 04:01:42 +0000 Linda Lockhart 34965 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Johnson's Shut-ins: Still A Park For All Seasons Morning headlines: Monday, Sept. 3, 2012 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-monday-sept-3-2012 <p><strong>Isaac dumps rain, but Mo. drought persists</strong></p><p>The National Weather Service says large parts of rural Missouri and Illinois had between three-to-five inches of rainfall this weekend.</p><p>In St. Louis, Oakville received three and a half inches of rain, the most in the metropolitan area.&nbsp; But National Weather Service Meteorologist Jayson Gosselin said it will take much more rain to snap this summer's historic drought.</p> Mon, 03 Sep 2012 14:26:12 +0000 Julie Bierach, Tim Lloyd & The Associated Press 4477 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning headlines: Monday, Sept. 3, 2012 Retirements leave gap at Ill. state parks http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/retirements-leave-gap-ill-state-parks <p>Since late last year, almost a quarter of Illinois state park superintendents have retired, taking with them in many cases 30 or more years of experience that will be hard to replace.<br>&nbsp;<br>The loss of that institutional knowledge is one more cost of the state's deep financial crisis. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is among state agencies hit hard by years of budget cuts.<br>&nbsp; Sat, 25 Aug 2012 19:19:27 +0000 The Associated Press 4412 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Retirements leave gap at Ill. state parks St. Louis County Parks Department business plan shows a $500,000 budget shortfall next year http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-county-parks-department-business-plan-shows-500000-budget-shortfall-next-year <p>The St. Louis County Parks Department presented its business plan to the County Council last night, and for now, no park closures are being discussed.&nbsp;</p><p>Officials with the parks department said they&rsquo;re doing their best to cut unnecessary expenses and uncover new revenue streams, but currently the department has a $500,000 budget shortfall for 2013.</p><p>The budget outlook could get much worse in 2014, and Parks Department Director Tom Ott said they would need to make drastic cuts without adequate funding.</p> Wed, 25 Jul 2012 02:30:02 +0000 Tim Lloyd 4177 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org St. Louis County Parks Department business plan shows a $500,000 budget shortfall next year WiFi service being added to Mo. state park campgrounds http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/wifi-service-being-added-mo-state-park-campgrounds <p>People who go camping at<a href="http://mostateparks.com/"> state parks in Missouri </a>can now add laptops and iPads to their lists of camping gear and supplies.</p><p>Prior to this year, only&nbsp;<a href="http://mostateparks.com/park/bennett-spring-state-park">Bennett Spring State Park </a>had WiFi service, which was used mainly for live trout cameras during trout season.&nbsp; Renee Bungart with the state&nbsp;<a href="http://dnr.mo.gov/">Department of Natural Resources (DNR)</a> says WiFi service has now been expanded to eleven state park campgrounds.</p> Thu, 07 Jun 2012 23:10:09 +0000 Marshall Griffin 3871 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org WiFi service being added to Mo. state park campgrounds Morning headlines - Monday, June 4, 2012 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-monday-june-4-2012 <p><strong>Ill. DNR director cannot rule out park closures</strong></p><p><em>Amanda Vinicky contributed reporting from Springfield.</em></p><p>The director of the Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources says his department will do all it can to keep the state&#39;s parks open after the failure of a $2 increase in license plate fees that would have provided a funding stream the the DNR.</p><p>But Marc Miller says he can&#39;t rule anything out, because the department has seen its budget slashed by 50 percent over the last decade.</p> Mon, 04 Jun 2012 11:31:59 +0000 Rachel Lippmann, Illinois Public Radio & Tim Lloyd 3839 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning headlines - Monday, June 4, 2012 Morning headlines - Wednesday, May 16, 2012 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-wednesday-may-16-2012 <p><strong>County parks audit finds spending on vehicles during budget crisis</strong></p><p>An internal audit of the St. Louis County Parks Department has found the department spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on new vehicles, even as county executive Charlie Dooley was threatening to<a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/dooley-proposes-st-louis-county-budget-cutting-jobs-parks"> close parks</a> and lay off employees.</p> Wed, 16 May 2012 12:43:54 +0000 Rachel Lippmann, The Associated Press & Illinois Public Radio 3706 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning headlines - Wednesday, May 16, 2012 Agency overseeing Missouri's state parks gets low marks http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/agency-overseeing-missouris-state-parks-gets-low-marks <p>State Auditor Tom Schweich has given the agency that oversees Missouri&#39;s state parks low marks for its documentation and oversight procedures.</p><p>The Division of State Parks, within the Department of Natural Resources, oversees the state&#39;s 85 parks and historical sites. The sites bring in about $9 million annually, with about $1.7 million coming from 16 companies that provide food, lodging and other concessions at some of the parks. The division also administers the state parks sales tax, which totals about $38 million a year.</p> Mon, 26 Mar 2012 16:46:06 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 3351 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Agency overseeing Missouri's state parks gets low marks Morning headlines: Wednesday, March 7, 2012 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-wednesday-march-7-2012 <p><strong>Child abusers could face tougher penalties under Mo. legislation</strong></p><p>People who injure or kill a baby by shaking the child could face tougher penalties under legislation moving through the Missouri House. The House has endorsed a measure expanding Missouri&#39;s child abuse law to specifically cover causing a baby&#39;s death or injury by shaking.</p> Wed, 07 Mar 2012 15:41:39 +0000 Julie Bierach, The Associated Press & Illinois Public Radio 3218 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning headlines: Wednesday, March 7, 2012 Morning headlines: February 22, 2012 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-february-22-2012 <p><strong>Ill. Gov to propose closing 14 major facilities in budget address</strong></p><p>Illinois Governor Pat Quinn&#39;s administration says the cuts and consolidations will result in more than 1,100 layoffs.</p><p>The cuts come in all sizes. At the large end is Tamms Correctional Center, a southern Illinois prison that houses about 400 inmates&nbsp; -- which is just over half of capacity.</p> Wed, 22 Feb 2012 15:25:32 +0000 Julie Bierach, Illinois Public Radio & The Associated Press 3122 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning headlines: February 22, 2012