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The Dent County Commissioners, the Salem media and concerned citizens met with rangers from the National Park Service to discuss proposed closures to vehicular traffic to seven areas in Dent County along the upper Current River that include access roads, trails and traces. According to Joni Towery of NPS, they have received a $138,000 internal grant from the Department of Interior to close off vehicular access to areas that have been considered closed or not to exist from the 1991 Road and Trail Study and Environmental Assessment. This money is to be used by September 30th, 2010, for about 100 areas in Texas, Dent and Shannon counties with 84 of them in Shannon County. According to Superintendent Reed Detring, he wanted to create a partnership between the National Park Service and Dent County Commission when it came to reviewing the areas in question. The first property reviewed was in the Tan Vat area. The property owner requested that the creek area that was located on his personal property and had been used for years to access the parking area and river, not be accessible as there was already a National Park Service Road that served the area. This property had an environmental easement that means that the scenic complexion of the property, meaning that the land, the scenic view and the home cannot be changed. A new structure may be built on the property only on the existing footprint of the original building and it must fit the general look of homes in the area. The National Park Service also said that they wanted to define the parking area at Tan Vat better with boulders and also have signs that provide the rules and regulations. Although this request was straightforward and was being considered, other areas were not as defined.Another trail on the list to be closed is one that is used by locals for camping. The road is not listed in the 1991 plan, and travels about 200 yards to an area near the Current River. Although the area was kept up and the road was not overgrown or in bad shape, the NPS wanted to close the road because the trail was not listed for vehicular use even though it was obvious that it had been used for years. Their solution was to place large boulders at the entrance and force patrons to park at a different location and carry camping gear, tents and food the 200 yards to the area. Other areas that were served by some of the trails that they proposed closing served fields that previously had an agricultural permit at one time. According to Ranger Ross Runge, some of the fields may be kept open in the new Open Fields Management plan that will be subservient to the General Management Plan currently being discussed for the riverways. He said that some may get a hay permit again and others may be controlled by fire to keep them clear, while others will be let go to return to a nature area. Unfortunately, these areas would still not have vehicular access and the only vehicles with access to the property will be through a National Park Service entrance. Other areas that had trails that originally crossed through the Current River were also going to be closed to vehicular traffic. Overall with the areas in question, the park service said that human access to the property and river would be permitted, but not by a vehicle or ATV. Roads that would lead to these areas would be blocked off with large boulders and patrons would be warned with carsonite signs that vehicles were not permitted past a particular point. By the end of the tour, the partnership idea was challenged somewhat when Superintendent Reed Detring said that the NPS already had the authority to close off these areas to vehicles, but wanted to give the Dent County Commission an opportunity to comment on the areas to be blocked off, and if they absolutely had a problem with some of them to send the NPS a letter as to which area it is and why they deem it necessary to keep it open. A letter prepared by Kenneth Wells and signed by several concerned Dent County residents about the closing of the access roads was for the most part discounted by the rangers as they said that it did not apply to these areas as they were considered trails and traces. The Dent County Commissioners will discuss their findings and concerns at their next meeting this morning at 9:00 at the Dent County Courthouse.

Sports [TOP]

The Salem Baseball Tigers will host the Thayer Bobcats in SCA play today at 4:30. You can hear the game on KSMO Radio and ksmoradio.com. The Tigers are 3-6 on the year and 1-2 in the SCA.

Jose Guillen went 3-for-4 with a solo home run and two runs scored as the Kansas City Royals downed the Detroit Tigers, 7-3, in the finale of a three-game set. David DeJesus and Billy Butler each drove in two runs, while Jason Kendall went 4-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored for the Royals, who rapped out 17 hits Wednesday to take the series. Kansas City's Kyle Davies (1-0) got the win, charged with three runs on seven hits and three walks with five strikeouts over 6 2/3 innings. The Royals have the day off today.

Brad Penny tossed seven solid innings and St. Louis held on for a 2-1 victory to keep Houston winless on the young season. Penny (1-0) allowed just three hits and an unearned run to go with four strikeouts and no walks for the Cardinals, who have won the first two contests of this three-game set. Albert Pujols recorded an RBI single in the first inning for St. Louis, which scored its other run on a Tommy Manzella error in the same frame. Ryan Franklin pitched a perfect ninth inning to get his third save of the year. The Cards and Astros will play again this afternoon at 12:20 on KSMO Radio.

St. Louis Cardinals have placed catcher Jason LaRue on the 15-day disabled list and recalled catcher Bryan Anderson from Memphis (PCL).

St. Louis Blues have removed the interim tag from head coach Davis Payne and elevated him to full-time status.

Obituaries   [TOP]

A Memorial Service for Harold Bradford of Salem, age 84, will be today at 11:00 at the James & Gahr Mortuary of Salem. Interment will be in the Boss Cemetery. The Salem American Legion Post #99 will hold full Military honors. Memorials are suggested to the family for funeral expenses.

Funeral services for Alpha Jean Hutcherson of Salem, age 69, will be held today at 11:00 at the Lux Chapel in Rantoul, Illinois. All local arrangements are under the direction of the Dent County Memorial Chapel.

Funeral services for Stanley Glen Chilton of Salem, age 72, will be held Saturday at 10:00 at the Wilson Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be Friday from 5:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Faith Mission.

Funeral services for Cleo Ann Banks of St. James, age 77, will be held Saturday at 1:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in St. James. Visitation will be from 10:00 until service time, with an Eastern Star service at 10:00. Memorials are suggested to the American Kidney Foundation.

Funeral services for Tracy Calvin Pettit of Salem, age 43, will be held Saturday at 2:00 at the Wilson Mortuary Chapel in Salem. Visitation will be from 1:00 until time of service.

Funeral services for Russell Isaiah Oller Jr. of Salem, age 80, will be held on Tuesday, April 20th at 1:00 at the Wilson Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be Monday, April 19th from 6:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the Gladden Empire Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Gladden Empire Cemetery.

Weather [TOP]

Today.. Mostly sunny, high of 85.
Tonight..Partly cloudy, low of 56.
Friday..Mostly cloudy and cooler with a chance for scattered showers and thunderstorms, high of 73.
Friday night..Cloudy with a 30% chance for showers, low of 46.
Saturday..Partly cloudy, high of 66.

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