(4/30/12 @ 6:20pm) KRUPA Knik Area, 20 minutes ago they ran an article on the local channel 2 News Station. Mark Simpson, a local resident gave them pictures of the abuses that users of the area have done to the area. I do not think that the local TV cast was very fair in the venue presented. It casts a very bad overall picture of all users of the area. Channel 2 did not once offer to show what, when, or how the other users of this area try to protect or take care of this area. I was personally at the area when he and another person were taking pictures and gathering their data. I did not see that they once mentioned the large group of campers picking up trash and that were also burning the trash pile left behind by the "butt heads" that had previously occupied the spot they were in.
I know these folks, and they camp there every year. They were trying to clean up the mess left behind by the "butt heads". They had bags of trash that they showed us that they had picked up. (sad that nobody shows this on the news) It does not seem to bother Channel 2 news, they only report what they think will make news.
After a full day of talking to and interviewing over one hundred people that were out there, something Mark Simpson and Channel 2 news did not do, it was pretty clear that most of the users were also concerned with the well being of the area. The most obvious scenario I see here is that Mark Simpson and his buddy did not talk to the users, which we spend hours doing.
Two users told us they got expensive tickets for burning pallets, which they did not know was illegel, so educating the users is important.
One user was driving around in Bodenbugr Creek with his truck, we stopped that RIGHT NOW! They also did not know that that was a NO NO! Education is a MUST!
The rest were, and I must admit, known to me and were pretty cool folks. I see them every year out there picking up trash and CLEANING UP the area, not the way Channel 2 news portrays them.
So, to finish, it was frustating to see the news cast this evening. There were over 70 vehicles at the Pavillion parking/trailhead also and several people camping there and we checked everyone out and no abuses that would violate allowable uses on state or bourough land. Sure wish Channel 2 news could have aired that part!