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  • Yellowstone Closes Road Because It's Melting (What a world, what a world)

    07/10/2014 9:53:46 PM PDT · by Enterprise · 73 replies
    Newser ^ | July 20, 2014 | John Johnson
    You'll never guess why "Firehole Lake Drive" is temporarily off-limits to tourists in Yellowstone National Park. Yes, the popular 3.3-mile loop is closed for a while because the asphalt is melting, reports National Parks Traveler. "Extreme heat from surrounding thermal areas has caused thick oil to bubble to the surface, damaging the blacktop and creating unsafe driving conditions," says a park release. While that kind of thing isn't uncommon given Yellowstone's geology, the damage to the road is "unusually severe," reports the AP.
  • Hallucinating hiker lost in Californian wilderness with girl is charged with METH possession

    05/03/2013 3:11:05 PM PDT · by bgill · 15 replies
    Daily Mail Online UK ^ | May 2, 2013 | James Nye and David Mccormack
    Both recalled little from their ordeal, beyond hallucinations. Jack said that she had wild thoughts her parents had been sentenced to prison time, a python was eating her and that Cendoya, 19, had told her he was having visions of a tiger. The search to find them required 1,900 man-hours and cost taxpayers an estimated $160,000. A deputy was injured while trying to rescue Cendoya. He faces up to three years in jail if convicted, reports The Orange County Register.
  • In California appearance, hikers freed from Iran support Occupy Wall Street movement

    10/18/2011 5:25:53 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 21 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 10-18-11 | ap
    Three Americans who were imprisoned in Iran and accused of spying voiced their support Monday for activists with the Occupy Wall Street movement and California prisoners protesting solitary confinement conditions. Minnesota native Shane Bauer, Josh Fattal and Sarah Shourd each spoke at the "Occupy Oakland" encampment in front of City Hall where dozens of activists have been sleeping in tents for the past week. The three University of California-Berkeley graduates thanked supporters who advocated for their release and said they are inspired by the Wall Street protests. "This is the perfect place to celebrate our freedom," said Bauer, a freelance...
  • Americans' lawyer barred from leaving Iran‎

    10/04/2011 7:46:44 AM PDT · by PRePublic · 11 replies
    Americans' lawyer barred from leaving Iran‎ Reuters - Jessica Rinaldi - Ramin Mostafavi US Hikers' Lawyer Arrested and Prevented from Leaving Iran The three US hikers (Sarah Shourd, Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal) might all be free and happily back in the States now, but the Iranian lawyer who represented them, Masoud Safii is experiencing his own problems leaving the country. Last week, he was due to fly to the United States and had got as far as boarding the plane when his passport was confiscated by Iranian authorities by order of the judiciary.
  • Fools, Dupes, Tools, and Iran

    09/26/2011 11:25:39 AM PDT · by Shout Bits · 8 replies
    Shout Bits Blog ^ | 09/26/2011 | Shout Bits
    The only explanation for our prolonged detention is the 32 years of mutual hostility between America and Iran. The irony is that Sarah, Josh and I oppose U.S. policies towards Iran which perpetuate this hostility. –Shane Bauer The media like to inject a narrative into the description of public figures. Rodney King was a "motorist," not a violent drug abuser. Louise Woodward was an "au-pair," not a selfish baby killer. Amanda Knox is an "exchange student," not a psychotic knife murderer. The modifier humanizes those whom the Old Time Media decide deserve sympathy. By contrast Lawrence Brewer's modifier was "white...
  • US Hikers Freed from Iran Speak: Thank Penn And Chomsky, Blame Mutual US-Iran Hostility

    09/26/2011 6:39:04 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 48 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Sep 26, 2011
    US Hikers Freed from Iran Speak: Thank Penn And Chomsky, Blame Mutual US-Iran Hostility for Detention --------“The only explanation for our prolonged detention is the 32 years of mutual hostility between America and Iran,” said Bauer. “The irony is Sarah Josh and I oppose U.S. policies towards Iran which perpetuate this hostility. We were convicted of espionage, because we are American.”
  • PICKET: Freed American hikers thank Hugo Chavez, Noam Chomsky, Cindy Sheehan

    09/25/2011 4:47:05 PM PDT · by paltz · 94 replies
    Washington Times Water Cooler ^ | 9/25/11 | Kerry Picket
    Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal, the now freed American hikers who were held in an Iranian prison after being convicted for espionage, appeared before cameras and reporters in New York on Sunday and gave prepared statements about their detentions in Iran. Bauer, a freelance journalist, along with Sarah Shourd, a teacher and women’s rights activist, and Fattal, an environmentalist, were arrested July 31, 2009 while hiking in Iraqi Kurdistan. Shourd was released last year. Bauer's and Fattal's remarks were critical of American foreign policy towards Iran as well as the Iranian government's treatment of it's own people. "The only explanation...
  • US 'hikers' leave Iranian jail, head to airport

    09/21/2011 11:37:39 AM PDT · by Mount Athos · 26 replies
    reuters ^ | 09/21/2011
    Two US men who have been held as spies in Iran for more than two years left their Tehran jail on Wednesday, accompanied by Omani officials who, according to a diplomatic source, drove them to an airport. Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal have been in Iranian custody since their arrest on July 31, 2009 on the border with Iraq where they say they were hiking. The deal to release them was delayed because the judge in charge of the trial - who had to sign off on the agreement - was on vacation until yesterday. The judiciary had said on...
  • Violence Continues Near Shilo after Arabs Attack Jewish Hikers

    09/16/2011 8:23:55 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 31 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 16/9/11 | Gavriel Queenann
    Arab riots continue in the Shilo area after local Arabs attacked Jewish hikers resulting in one hiker stabbed and one Arab shot. The hikers were attacked between the Arab village of Kursa and Jewish community of Esh Kodesh in the Shomron (Samaria). The knifed hiker was reported to have in serious condition, while the Arab who was shot died of his wounds after evacuation by a Red Crescent amublance. Esh Kodesh residents said that a group of Jewish hikers who arrived this morning to camp in area adjacent to Shilo and Esh Kodesh were attacked by a group of Arabs...
  • Lawyer: Iran sets bail for 2 jailed Americans

    09/13/2011 4:13:38 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 8 replies
    An Iranian court Tuesday set bail of $500,000 each for two American men arrested more than two years ago and convicted on spy-related charges, clearing the way for their release a year after a similar bail-for-freedom arrangement for the third member of the group, their defense attorney said.
  • Two U.S. citizens get 8-year sentence in Iran

    08/20/2011 8:39:53 AM PDT · by gandalftb · 12 replies
    Mehr News ^ | 8/20/2011 | EP/PA
    Iran on Saturday sentenced two U.S. citizens, who were arrested in Iran in 2009, to eight years in prison on charges of illegal entry and espionage.Sarah Shourd, Shane Bauer, and Joshua Fattal were arrested by border guards on July 31, 2009 after illegally entering Iran’s territory from Iraq’s Kurdistan region. The three were charged with illegal entry and espionage.Shourd was released from prison on bail of $500,000 on September 14, 2010.Bauer and Fattal have been each sentenced to three years in prison for illegal entry to Iran. They have also been sentenced to five years in prison on charges of...
  • Iran Seized U.S. Hikers in Iraq, U.S. Report Asserts

    10/22/2010 3:37:55 PM PDT · by library user · 12 replies · 2+ views
    NYTimes ^ | 10/23/2010 | by MICHAEL R. GORDON and ANDREW W. LEHREN
    ~ EXCERPT ~ Iran has accused three American hikers of illegally crossing into Iranian territory in July 2009 and is still holding two of them in prison. But a classified American military report made public by WikiLeaks, which describes the chaotic day when the hikers were detained, asserts that the hikers were on the Iraqi side of the border when they were seized. The initial reports of any incident are not always correct. But one American government official who served in Iraq said that the field report was generally consistent with what he had been told by Iraqi officials —...
  • Report: Oman talking to Iran on US prisoners

    09/26/2010 4:40:02 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 3 replies
    An Iranian newspaper reports that a delegation from Oman will visit Iran to pursue the release of two American men imprisoned for more than a year.
  • US woman who was held in Iran says she's not a spy

    09/19/2010 6:59:18 PM PDT · by Redcitizen · 41 replies
    By KAREN MATTHEWS, Associated Press ^ | Sun Sep 19, 2010 | By KAREN MATTHEWS
    NEW YORK – An American woman who was held in Iran for more than 13 months and accused of espionage said Sunday she and two men detained with her never spied or committed any crime, calling their arrest "a huge misunderstanding." Discussing her experience at the most length since her release Tuesday, Sarah Shourd underscored her gratitude at being released but said she felt only "one-third free" because her fiance, Shane Bauer, and their friend Josh Fattal remain in Tehran's notorious Evin Prison.
  • Who are the US hikers? (detained in Iran)

    09/14/2010 5:42:49 PM PDT · by decimon · 37 replies
    BBC ^ | September 12, 2010 | Unknown
    > Shane Bauer > Mr Bauer has said he is opposed to "the US hegemonic policies in the Middle East". > Sarah Shourd > In one article she recounted a meal as a guest of Iraqi refugees in Yemen, writing: "Everyday I feel ashamed at what my country has done to their country." > Josh Fattal > He travelled to Damascus in the summer of 2009 for a brief reunion with Shane Bauer and Sarah Shourd. >
  • Iran Says It Will Release Jailed Female Hiker (UPDATE)

    09/09/2010 1:02:43 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 17 replies ^ | 9/9/10 | AP
    Iran's envoy to the United Nations has confirmed that a female American held for more than a year will be released. Iran had earlier announced that one of the three Americans captured by Iran in July 2009 would be released to mark the holidays at the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. Bak Sahraei, second counselor of the UN mission confirmed Thursday in an e-mail that Sarah Shourd would be the one set free on Saturday.
  • Iran says it will release 1 of 3 jailed Americans on Saturday

    09/09/2010 8:44:07 AM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 5 replies ^ | 9/9/10 | AP
    Iran says it will release 1 of 3 jailed Americans on Saturday.
  • The Hikers, the Mullahs, and their Friends

    08/02/2010 7:32:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies · 3+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | August 1, 2010 | Michael Ledeen
    Last week the president spoke out on behalf of the three American hikers who have been held in Iran for nearly a year. During that time, they have been able to make only one telephone call — to their families back in the U.S. — and write no letter at all. Sarah, Shane, and Josh are in Tehran’s infamous Evin prison, and Sarah is locked in solitary confinement save for once a day when she goes to the prison yard and sees the others. “I want to be perfectly clear,” the president said.  And then he lapsed into incoherence.  “Sarah,...

    06/28/2010 2:24:58 AM PDT · by Cindy · 4 replies
    "Rooz: Kurdish Officials' Silence on American Hikers Affair – Motivated by Fear of Iran" SNIPPET: "A recent article in the American journal The Nation stated that the American hikers who have been detained in Iran for over a year for entering the country illegally were actually seized in Iraqi Kurdistan. In response to this article, Kurdish journalists told the Iranian online daily Rooz that the silence of Kurdish officials in this matter was due to their desire to avoid confronting Iran." The spokesman of the Kurdistan government has refused to answer Rooz's questions on this issue."
  • Back from Iran, Elkins Park's Laura Fattal works to get son released

    06/16/2010 7:53:30 PM PDT · by Born Conservative · 4 replies · 257+ views
    The Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 6/16/2010 | Michael Matza
    Three weeks after the failed mission to free her son Josh from an Iranian prison, Laura Fattal, of Elkins Park, is relentlessly on message, plotting new strategies and addressing criticisms that he put himself in harm's way. "Iran says the investigation is ongoing," she said in her first detailed interview since her 48 hours in Tehran. "If it is, please conclude it. Let our kids speak with their lawyer and go to trial. They will more than defend themselves." Josh Fattal, 28, and his friends Shane Bauer, 27, and Sarah Shourd, 31, were arrested 10 months ago for entering Iran...
  • Iranian Ambassador: No Deal On US Hikers

    05/31/2010 11:05:37 AM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 12 replies · 414+ views ^ | 5/31/10 | AP
    The Iranian ambassador in Baghdad said the recent release of two Iranians from Iraqi custody is not an indication of any impeding deal to free three Americans held by Tehran on spying charges. Ambassador Hassan Kazemi Qomi told The Associated Press the fate of the Americans, who have been held since July, is in the hands of the Iranian judiciary and has no connection to the release of two Iranians earlier this month. "There were no deals," Qomi said. "They (Americans) are in the custody of the judiciary system."
  • Let Iran Keep American Hikers

    05/23/2010 3:26:39 PM PDT · by Texas Peartree · 16 replies · 657+ views
    The Voice of Reason ^ | May 23, 2010 | Texas Peartree
    Dealing with terrorists or terrorist states such as Iran is simple. Never negotiate with them. They are by definition inhuman. They take every opportunity to turn a humanitarian dilemma in to a propaganda win. Who else could support the murder of innocents for a political agenda? When the state of Israel became the focus of world terrorism in the 1960s, they quickly realized that to negotiate was in itself to capitulate. Terror wins when the civilized world talks to it. To allow the bad guys a venue to speak is to allow them to win no matter how the negotiation...

    04/11/2010 9:33:03 AM PDT · by Velveeta · 4,070 replies · 6,773+ views
    Free Republic | 4/11/2010 | FReeper Collaboration
    Obama amputates our nuclear arms By: Charles Krauthammer ...snippet...Under President Obama’s new policy, however, if the state that has just attacked us with biological or chemical weapons is “in compliance with the Non-Proliferation Treaty,” explained Gates, then “the U.S. pledges not to use or threaten to use nuclear weapons against it.” Imagine the scenario: Hundreds of thousands are lying dead in the streets of Boston after a massive anthrax or nerve gas attack. The president immediately calls in the lawyers to determine whether the attacking state is in compliance with the NPT. If it turns out that the attacker...
  • Statement by the Press Secretary on the Three American Hikers Detained in Iran

    04/25/2010 7:00:16 AM PDT · by PghBaldy · 30 replies · 555+ views
    White House Website ^ | April 23 | Staff
    The United States remains deeply concerned by the case of three American hikers, Shane Bauer, Josh Fattal, and Sarah Shourd, who have been detained in Iran without charge or access to legal representation since July 2009. While we welcome the decision by the Iranian authorities to allow Shane, Sarah and Josh to receive another Swiss consular visit at long last, we were deeply alarmed to learn from the families today of their physical and emotional state of health. We fear their well-being will suffer even more unless their case is resolved without delay. We strongly believe these urgent developments are...
  • Iran says hikers have ties to U.S intelligence

    04/09/2010 1:22:28 AM PDT · by thecodont · 21 replies · 581+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle / ^ | Friday, April 9, 2010 | Henry K. Lee, Chronicle Staff Writer
    (04-08) 18:15 PDT BERKELEY -- Iran appears to have hardened its position on three UC Berkeley graduates who have been held in the country since last summer, accusing them of having links to U.S. intelligence. The charge, made by Iran's intelligence minister in an interview on state television, elicited strong denials Thursday from the U.S. State Department and the families of the prisoners, who were arrested after hiking across the border from Iraq. It also struck experts as an orchestrated move in a high-stakes chess game between Iran and the United States over nuclear ambitions and other issues. Read more:...
  • Reports: Two of three hikers detained in Iran have Bay Area ties (New American Media free-lancers)

    08/03/2009 10:04:12 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 31 replies · 1,273+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 8/3/09 | Sean Maher
    <p>Two of three hikers being detained in Iran are Bay Area residents and freelance journalists.</p> <p>Shane Bauer and Sarah Shourd, both UC Berkeley graduates, worked as freelance journalists affiliated with New American Media in downtown San Francisco, according to Sandy Close, executive director.</p>
  • Colorado Proposes Fee for 911 Calls From Pikes Peak Hikers

    02/22/2009 6:05:07 AM PST · by metmom · 36 replies · 964+ views ^ | Sunday, February 22, 2009 | Associated Press
    OLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Hikers who climb to Pikes Peak's summit but don't feel up to walking the 12 miles back down could soon have to pay for their ride. The Colorado Springs city council is expected to vote Tuesday on a proposal from Pikes Peak Highway officials that would charge up to $500 for each uninjured hiker who calls 911 for a ride down. The city runs the toll road up the 14,115-foot peak, but the U.S. Forest Service owns the land.
  • Hikers find Steve Fossett belongings: report

    10/01/2008 11:43:05 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 37 replies · 2,855+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 10/1/08 | Jill Serjeant
    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Hikers in northern California have found clothing and personal items possibly belonging to millionaire adventurer Steve Fossett, who went missing a year ago, CNN reported on Wednesday. Mammoth Lakes Police Chief Randy Schienle told CNN that a sweatshirt and other identification possibly with Fossett's name on it had been found by hikers in the area.
  • Nude hikers warned at park

    06/24/2008 8:08:24 AM PDT · by Virginia Ridgerunner · 60 replies · 858+ views
    The Frederick News-Post ^ | June 24, 2008 | Sarah Fortney
    Several hikers ran across eight bares last week in Gathland State Park. A group of men between the ages of 40 and 60 reportedly disrobed and started walking along the trail, said Sgt. Ken Turner, a spokesman for the Department of Natural Resources. About 10:30 a.m. Friday, a man was in the park when he saw the men gathering near the Appalachian Trail. He then saw them hiking in nothing but their shoes, Turner said. His wife reported the sighting to police about an hour later, Turner said. Officials did not release the name of the man or his wife....
  • Man who killed hikers in '81 suspected in shootings (Giles County, VA)

    05/08/2008 8:05:14 AM PDT · by Corin Stormhands · 61 replies · 152+ views
    A Giles County man paroled from prison after serving 14 years for killing two hikers on the Appalachian Trail in 1981 now is suspected of shooting two campers just off the trail in Giles on Tuesday. Randall Lee Smith, 54, was in a Roanoke hospital yesterday after crashing a pickup truck in Giles, Sgt. Michael Conroy of the Virginia State Police said.
  • Bodies of four trapped hikers recovered from Provo cave

    08/18/2005 3:18:44 PM PDT · by Sleeping Freeper · 11 replies · 949+ views
    Deseret News ^ | August 18, 2005 | Sara Israelsen
    PROVO — The bodies of four hikers trapped in a small cave, just south of the "Y" on Y Mountain, were found Thursday morning after rescue crews pumped out enough icy water to safely enter the cave and search. Three of the bodies were found around 10:45 a.m. in the second of two caves, according to Karen Mayne, public information officer for the Provo Police Department. The first body, that of a 19-year-old woman, was found almost an hour earlier. She had been trapped in a small underwater tunnel connecting the two caves. The four hikers ranged in age from...
  • Authorities Arrest Suspected Arsonist (California)

    10/28/2003 11:15:48 PM PST · by hotpotato · 177 replies · 528+ views
    News4 ^ | October 28, 2003
    ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST -- A man was arrested Tuesday after deputies caught him setting a fire in a steep, remote canyon filled with dry brush and large trees in the Angeles National Forest, according to sheriff detectives. Hikers in a remote trail about a half-mile north of the Eaton Canyon Bridge in Altadena saw a man making a fire there and alerted authorities, sheriff's Detective Ed Nordskog said. Los Angeles County Parks officials and deputies arrived about 10 a.m. as the man was standing next to a fire about four feet in diameter. He warned the deputies to stay away...
  • A Narrow Escape (Grizzly Bear Attack)

    10/11/2002 4:47:29 AM PDT · by NewHampshireDuo · 7 replies · 467+ views
    The Nashua (NH) Telegraph ^ | 08/11/02 | Karen Spiller
    NASHUA – It was a mild Labor Day morning. Longtime friends Nils Wygant and Tom Crosson had just begun a day hike in the backcountry of Yellowstone National Park. It was a trip they had planned for two years. What they hadn’t planned was a harrowing encounter with a 400-pound grizzly bear. It was a day they’ll never forget, and one that has made Wygant a hero. The two were off trail in the backcountry of Yellowstone. The attack happened shortly after Crosson, a 43-year-old veterinarian from Springfield, Mass., had stepped about 12 feet away from his friend to relieve...