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Commission ends alcohol ban in state parks, WMAs

Friday, May 28, 2010

LINCOLN, Nebraska -- The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission on Friday ended the ban on alcohol consumption in state park and wildlife management areas (WMAs) at its meeting in Gering.

The new regulations that end the ban on alcohol consumption in state park and WMAs, effective Jan. 1, 2011, include the following restrictions:

* consumption of alcohol may be prohibited on any state park and wildlife areas, or portions thereof, with the use of appropriate signage;

* consumption is prohibited between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.;

* consumption is prohibited on all roadways, designated swimming areas and parking areas;

* and all containers of alcoholic beverages whose single liquid capacity is greater than one gallon, are prohibited.

The new regulations must be approved by the governor and posted on the secretary of state's Web site.

In other action, the board amended wildlife regulations to allow all-terrain vehicles and snowmobiles on the frozen lake surfaces of WMAs, except where prohibited by signs.

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Great, just when our state parks and WMA's are now a decent place to visit with our families, we go back to the pre-alcohol ban days. I may have bought my last hunt and fish stamps, and my last park permit.

-- Posted by Chunky Peanut Butter on Fri, May 28, 2010, at 11:42 PM

I have no problem with this ban being lifter as long as there is a presence that enforces statutes such as no alcohol after ten, BUI, DUI, Public intox etc etc.

-- Posted by Chaco1 on Sat, May 29, 2010, at 6:42 AM

YOUR right Chunky.

I guess they, The Game & Parks is trying to make some money. They have seen in the past what can and will happen at the lakes. Booze and lakes as well as gun powder dont mix. I guess they are promating more drinking and don't care about deaths and the mess at lakes.

Chaco1: Who is going to the lakes after 10:00 p. m. to check this.

I guess you did't see the mess that drinking at the lakes has made in the past.

-- Posted by Just a reader on Sat, May 29, 2010, at 10:26 AM

Well I'm glad to see I can enjoy a beer by my tent at the lake now. I don't plan on going on a bender, but do enjoy a cold frosty one at the end of the day with my steak on the grill. Unfortunately, it's the careless ones who don't use their heads that gets this priviledge taken away.

Don't lump all of us into one drunken group. Because I am not one!!!!!!

-- Posted by susanne_1989 on Sat, May 29, 2010, at 12:13 PM

susanne_1989, you could go and have a beer or several and most officers didn't care, It was the few drinkers that didn't know when too stop , that caused the problems. Always a % of people that can cause problems for everyone.

It seemed ,in most cases, most of the problems caused were from out of state people.

Always a few that ruin it for all!!!!

-- Posted by Just a reader on Sat, May 29, 2010, at 2:16 PM

Like I said Just I havew no problem as long as they enforce existing law, did you miss that part?

-- Posted by Chaco1 on Sun, May 30, 2010, at 7:35 AM

Yes, Chaco1 I read that part, but the G & P's has a very small number of officers to do or enforce this.

They have to rely on County & City Officers and The State Patrol for help.

It's too bad people can't go to the lake and drink and act like normal people. But, it seems some can't.

Just like the bars and places that serve alcohol beverages have the % that causes the problems.

-- Posted by Just a reader on Sun, May 30, 2010, at 9:36 PM

typical moronic backlash I expected. The fact is this...the people that go to the lake to get trashed still do and have been been all these years despite the ban.

The only thing the ban did was make common criminals out of moderate, responsible people that would like the freedom to carry out the right to drinking an alcoholic beverage.

These are not the people you should be afraid of. The people you should be afraid of have been there drinking the whole time...you may have just been to ignorant to realize it.

-- Posted by Justin76 on Mon, May 31, 2010, at 6:32 PM

Spot on Justin. It does seem some have a knee jerk reaction to any kind of alcohol consumption and like to lume everyone into a crowd of losers and out of controll drinkers.

-- Posted by Chaco1 on Tue, Jun 1, 2010, at 7:42 AM

If there is going to be more law enforcment around I dont have a problem with the lifting of the ban but there hasnt been any mention of increasing the number of wardens to the state. I have a good friend that is a Game Warden and he is very good at his job but he is only one person and cannot be every where at once. This is going to make his job more difficult and dangerous.

I have also noticed that broken glass and other trash in the lake and park areas has decreesed dramaticly since the ban was inacted. I am sure this will change.

Yes the drinking and partying has continued but law enforcment had better tools to deal with the trouble makers...now they have had them taken away.

I am going to miss the quiet getaways at our favorite campgrounds.

-- Posted by kaygee on Tue, Jun 1, 2010, at 1:49 PM

Oh no, there goes the peaceful serenity of our favorite recreation destinations, it's the end for sure. How tragic because hardly anybody drinks at the lakes now. Whatever will we do?

-- Posted by McCook1 on Tue, Jun 1, 2010, at 4:53 PM

I find it comical that people are worried about 'who's checking?' have you guys no idea who super trooper petty is?! He'll do anything to get a ticket for someone...he'll take care of it. he already checks the lake routinely for drinking period.

-- Posted by marlin on Tue, Jun 1, 2010, at 4:56 PM

Most of the people respect others when consuming an alcoholic beverage. It is the other ones who don't care and make it bad for ones who respect it. People are going to have to be more careful when going to the lake whether they drink or not. Give it time and see what happens. It they have many accidents or incidents that are related to alcohol consumption when the ban is lifted, the state might repeal the ban and go back to the way it was.

-- Posted by edbru on Tue, Jun 1, 2010, at 7:50 PM

OK . JUST FOR THE RECORD....Game and parks dont make the money...the vendors do. They are the movers and the shakers here!!!! They are the ones that pushed this thru. Blame THEM for the alcohol deaths that happen in the parks and lakes after Jan.1st. G&P are barely scraping by. That is why camping permits keep on increasing while services keep declining.

Hey MARLIN....Have I noticed that the camp grounds are more peaceful in the last ten years....HELL YES!!!!!! I dont miss the rowdy partys and vandalisim that went on before...If people want to trash parks then let them go elsewhere!!!!I go camping to hear the sounds of nature....not drunken fools!!!! And thats what you get with alcohol in the parks.

Yeah I care about and respect the Men and Women that are in law enforcment....I have been on the receving end of a certain Game Warden in SW NE and his dedication to his job. I am here today because of his dedication. And I will bet there are a lot of you can claim the same it you took the time to think about it.

I hope the gov makes the right decision and vetos this bill!!



-- Posted by kaygee on Wed, Jun 2, 2010, at 12:47 AM

HOW right you are kaygee!!!!!

I have 3 close friends that are Ne. Game Wardens and all of the crap they have too put up with is hard to believe------caused by people drinking that can't control them selves.

I have seen the problems on SW Ne. lakes and it's much worse at Lake McConaughy and Lake Ogallala. Many say this is caused by some people from Colorado and I have seen several of them in action.

It's hard to believe a Director and 9 commissioners could set for 90 minutes listening to people from all over the state, OBJECT and then vote the way they did!!!!! One person was in favor of lifting the ban, with over 20 speaking for the ban. Seemed it was cut and dried before the meeting. This makes 3 G & P's meetings that I have attended and all seem to end the same way.

It looks like its time for the Govenor of Nebraska to veto the bill, then reorganize the GAME & PARKS COMMISSION!!!!

It seems that the "owner" of Lake McConaughy, Central Nebraska Public Power & Irragation District wants things left as they are!!!

They have worked for 15 years trying to make it a safe family lake.

I'm sure the Govenor will laugh and throw out the G & P's wild idea.


-- Posted by Just a reader on Wed, Jun 2, 2010, at 8:07 AM

"Many say this is caused by some people from Colorado and I have seen several of them in action"

These must be the same Colorado people that litter Red Willow County by throwing their beer cans and beer cartons out on the roads. I am glad the locals don't drink and drive or drink and camp out.

-- Posted by Pigman1 on Thu, Jun 3, 2010, at 5:12 PM

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