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From The Sacramento Bee:
Henry R. Agonia, who was appointed to oversee California state parks by Gov. George Deukmejian, died Jan. 18 of leukemia, his family said. He was 70.
Agonia was parks chief for the city of Glendale when Deukmejian named him in 1987 to be director of the state Department of Parks and Recreation.
He led efforts to manage resources at California parks, campgrounds, beaches and historic sites as public attendance grew while state funding declined. He apologized after stirring up controversy with remarks suggesting state parks should play a role in promoting religion.
A Sacramento resident, Agonia worked as a consultant after leaving state government in 1992. He ran an environmental planning and communications firm and served as executive director of the California Association of Recreation and Park Districts.
From The Missourian, Columbia:
By a vote of 8-0, the Columbia Planning and Zoning Commission voted Thursday (Jan. 24) to deny a request to annex and rezone more than 35 acres of land just north of the Rock Bride Memorial State Park.
The proposal to build 76 houses adjacent to the park has stirred opposition from neighbors. The development would include single-family and townhouse residences.
The 35.8-acre tract, which lies east of Route K and is adjacent to Rock Bridge Memorial Park, lies within the watershed of Bonne Femme Creek. There's a possibility that the karst topographical features of the state park extend onto the property, which means caves and sinkholes might lie beneath the surface.
William Bryan, the director of Missouri State Parks, spoke out against the measure. He said that parks' most serious threat came from suburban construction.
Commissioner Karl Skala voted to deny the proposal because of the possibility of building above losing streams — those that lose water as they flow downstream.