Talk that Crater Lake might be opened up to helicopter tours
has U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) promising a fight. And what better way for a lawmaker to land a blow than a full-blown congressional hearing in which the Obama administration's nominee to head the National Park Service comes up for confirmation.
That's what happening Tuesday, July 28 when Wyden promises to ask that nominee, Jonathan Jarvis, what he calls in a press release "very direct" questions at the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing.
Any decision on helicopters above the southern Oregon landmark appears a long ways off.
And it's hard to believe that an Obama nominee would risk environmentalists' wrath by tinkering with the rules governing Crater Lake. But if you want to make sure that's the case, the hearing can be watched here
starting at 7 am Pacific time.