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REI CEO tapped to head Interior Dept.

Postby Kent McLemore » Wed Feb 06, 2013 9:29 am

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Re: REI CEO tapped to head Interior Dept.

Postby peter303 » Wed Feb 06, 2013 10:20 am

Maybe they'll become more practical with an experienced manager in charge.
I think people on both sides- environmentalists and energy industry- were frustrated with the endless DOI moratoriums on new action while they tried to figure out new policies and regulations.

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Re: REI CEO tapped to head Interior Dept.

Postby RosieTheSummiter » Wed Feb 06, 2013 12:58 pm

Garage sales are going to be AWESOME now!
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Re: REI CEO tapped to head Interior Dept.

Postby TravelingMatt » Wed Feb 06, 2013 3:19 pm

Can we use our dividends on national park entrance fees?

Will oil companies receive 20% off coupons on permits?
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Re: REI CEO tapped to head Interior Dept.

Postby Fisching » Wed Feb 06, 2013 4:14 pm

RosieTheSummiter wrote:Garage sales are going to be AWESOME now!


Why, yes, I will take your slightly used national park. What's the worse that could happen?
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Re: REI CEO tapped to head Interior Dept.

Postby TallGrass » Wed Feb 06, 2013 4:50 pm

Coupled with an all new board of commissioners for Boulder County, maybe they'll open the gates for the Boulder Wagon Road or re-open the Rollins Pass Road as federal legislation has already dictated but the BoCo (Gilpin and Grand are for it) and Forest Service have acted against it.

"In 2002 the James Peak Wilderness and Protection Area Bill (aka Public Law 107-216) was signed into legislation by President George W. Bush and Congress. The Bill specifically created a narrow road corridor between the Indian Peaks and James Peaks Wilderness areas and states that if any of the affected counties (Grand, Gilpin or Boulder) request, the Secretary of the USDA will cooperate and assist with the repair of the Rollins Pass Road and until that time the attendant road (the BWR) will remain open to motorized use."
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Re: REI CEO tapped to head Interior Dept.

Postby atalarico » Thu Feb 07, 2013 9:35 pm

I hope she doesn't run the BLM, USGS, and NPS like she ran REI. This past year she has cut hours for everyone to the point of top performing full-timers barely getting 28 hours a week. Other gear shops and retailers can somehow manage to guarantee full-timers 32-40 hours a week, but REI somehow can't figure it out. The pay is pitiful, as in qualifying for food stamps pitiful. They've been staffing the stores on barebones skeleton crews, which has been leading to increasingly frustrated customers and completely exhausted and grumpy employees. They even canceled their yearly bonuses because REI grew by *only* 7.5%, and somehow that wasn't good enough. The raises are meager at best, and ageism is rampant as older and more knowledgable employees are being forced into retirement or just not scheduled. They haven't been giving their employees any meaningful product training, as product reps are given barely 15 minutes to go over products with sales staff.

All they ask is that you don't believe what you read about REI being one of the best retailers to work for by Forbes and Fortune. No one there sees close to the average that Fortune claims the floor employees make a year ($24k). Workers tried to organize and Sally and company waged a ruthless and divisive campaign of disinformation against them. If you're a member, I would recommend you write letters to *your* co-op and ask why floor staff in *your* co-op are treated so poorly while the executives enjoy six and seven figure salaries and the company grows at the same rate as China.

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Re: REI CEO tapped to head Interior Dept.

Postby Oman » Fri Feb 08, 2013 11:53 am

Pretty good profile / column on Jewell that includes this pic of her on Rainier:
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From the story: Jewell can be an exuberant evangelist on behalf of trying to get kids from the inner cities into the mountains. There is a profound disconnect, she often says, between modern life and the natural world. And those city dwellers without money are the ones missing out most.

Sally Jewell would be the first woman chosen to join a second-term cabinet dominated by white males. But she also represents a different kind of diversity inside the Beltway: someone who can tell you which way the wind is blowing without having to fake it.


http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/02/08/a-secretary-to-match-the-setting/?hp

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Re: REI CEO tapped to head Interior Dept.

Postby somethingrandom » Sat Feb 09, 2013 11:20 pm

Coming up on that time, anyone know when our dividend refunds will be hitting our accounts?
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