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Thumbs up to citizens, down to cat park

Cheers — to 14 new American citizens, who were sworn in at Crater Lake National Park on the Fourth of July. The ceremony was one of 100 to be held in national parks around the country this year as part of the 100th anniversary of the nation's National Park System. Hundreds of thousands of people become American citizens every year in ceremonies large and small, but they all must meet stringent requirements of eligibility, including a lengthy application form and a test on U.S. history and government. We welcome the new citizens.

Cheers — to the volunteers who will help prepare the slopes of Mount Ashland for the next ski season by pruning small trees so runs can open even in low-snow conditions. Workers also will do light construction, paint and perform seeding and erosion control. The first of three volunteer work parties happens Saturday. Relying on volunteers is one way the community-owned, nonprofit ski area can keep operating and keep lift ticket prices affordable for everyone.

Jeers — to the less than stellar record of a wild animal park in Josephine County facing possible charges of violating the Animal Welfare Act after inspectors from the U.S. Department of Agriculture visited the Great Cats World Park last week. The visit came after a tiger bit a keeper at the park, breaking her arm. The park has a history of alleged safety and animal care violations, and its president, Craig Wagner, was convicted of animal neglect in Wisconsin in 1993. USDA officials should make sure animals housed at the Cave Junction park are being adequately cared for, and take action if they are not.

Cheers — to the news that commercial airline flights from Klamath Falls will resume in October. PenAir has announced its flight schedule for Crater Lake-Klamath Regional Airport now that details have been worked out to resume security screening by the Transportation Security Administration. The TSA had refused to resume screening after the airport's previous carrier pulled out in 2014, but Oregon's congressional delegation worked to pass legislation requiring TSA to provide services to small airports around the country. The resumption of flights will be a boon to Klamath County's economy.