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John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Now the world will get to hear the dirty details about how Cash and crew screwed up. The NPS has already filed a motion to…"
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John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"No. think I will pass, AJ."
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Andrew Sisson commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Are you going to it JQ?  Sounds like a nice time with some very influential people close to the NPS!"
Jul 25
Jim Casada commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"I'm not sure where their claim of "first" comes from. Possibly they were operating under the NPS radar (although in at least one instance I seriously doubt it), but I know for a fact that various fly-fishing guides were taking clients…"
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John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
Jul 24
John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Dustin, Zinke is roundly considered the most corrupt cabinet member remaining after Pruitt was "asked to leave". So a crooked land deal is par for the course for someone and several people who are using their offices for private gain.…"
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Dustin M commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
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Jim Casada commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"It's heartening to see local leaders with enough vision for the future and enough respect for the past to resist dollar driven might. Jim Casada"
Jul 11
John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"I would have lost this bet, Jim and AJ.  Way to go Blount County Commissioners!  This is the second time we have seen them do right in a big…"
Jul 11
John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
""money minded minions of greed".  beautiful alliteration, Jim.  You are correct and we can do little to stop it. I predict their variance in zoning will cruise through with little political resistance. On another note,…"
Jul 10
Jim Casada commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"What an unholy mess. I don't really have a dog in this fight, other than caring in general about what is happening within the Smokies, but these money-mad minions of greed care nothing about locals. They may talk about more jobs, hiring locals,…"
Jul 9
John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"I didn't know about it until I saw it on TV, AJ.  Or I would. They are slowly gobbling up every piece of land on the Blount side of the Smokies. They have recruited climbers locally to develop a crag and top mtn bikers to build a trail…"
Jul 9
Andrew Sisson commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"I read the article today.  This is horrible.  Blackberry Farms has so much control.  Did you go to the meting?  "
Jul 9
John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"A lot of locals showed up to express their concerns about Blackberry Farms pending expansion of 5000 acres of Chilhowee mtn and rezoning request.  Anyone want to take bets on who will win this contest? …"
Jul 7
John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"David Vela is apparently the next guy in line to lead the NPS. To refresh everyone's memory, he is the guy to whom Jim Casada and I wrote expressing our concerns about Ditmanson and his mishandling of the feeasco. Vela went out of his way…"
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BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition

Posted by John Quillen on December 20, 2011 at 8:30pm 4707 Comments

Our original Backcountry Tax blog on the gosmokies site was moderated by some folks who held an opinion in favor of backcountry fees.  As a result the blog operator, Jigsha Desai made several threats to shut us down but we remained in operation because it was the most popular blog post in the history of that site.  We decided to take our conversation to a place where our message wouldn't be suppressed.  This blog is the result.

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