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  • Goshen Coach intends to close facility in Elkhart (About 160 layoffs, Indiana)

    09/06/2016 11:02:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The South Bend Tribune ^ | September 1, 2016 | Ted Booker
    ELKHART — Goshen Coach, a commercial bus manufacturer, announced it will close its Elkhart facility on Oct. 31 and expects to lay off 159 employees. The company filed a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification on Wednesday with the Indiana Department of Workforce Development to announce the plan to close the facility at 25161 Leer Drive. It plans to offer "severance benefits and transition programs to affected employees," according to the notice, which does not explain why the plant will be shut down. Company officials could not be reached Wednesday for comment. Goshen Coach, which has manufactured specialty vehicles since 1985,...
  • 'Death by GPS' in desert

    02/11/2016 8:31:39 PM PST · by Utilizer · 181 replies
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | January 30, 2011 12:00 AM | Tom Knudson
    Five harrowing days after becoming stuck on a remote backcountry road in Death Valley National Park in August 2009, Alicia Sanchez lay down next to her Jeep Cherokee and prepared to die. Then she heard a voice. "I called as I approached, asking if she was okay," wrote Ranger Amber Nattrass in a park report. "She was waving frantically and screaming, 'My baby is dead, my baby is dead.' " In the SUV, Nattrass found Sanchez's lifeless 6-year-old son Carlos on the front seat. "She told me they walked 10 miles but couldn't find any help (and) had run out...
  • African American Festival Taking Place in Baltimore (Up to 350,000 to attend)

    06/20/2015 6:48:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    Officials are expecting up to 350,000 people at the African American Festival this weekend in Baltimore. The festival is taking place Saturday and Sunday at the Camden Yards Sports Complex. The free event will include music, cultural exhibits, contests, health screenings and children's activities....
  • New Natural Resources chief looks to overhaul federal land policy [energy, grazing, state run]

    03/23/2015 6:07:48 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 8 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | March 23, 2015 | Zack Colman interviews Rep. Rob Bishop (UT)
    Rep. Rob Bishop has a radical plan for changing public land policy, and it starts with an experiment in his home state of Utah. The Republican is known for shaking things up with his dry sense of humor and occasional belligerence toward Obama administration officials. Easily identified by his three-piece suits and coiffed white hair, the new House Natural Resources Committee chairman is trying to turn his panel from a legislative backwater into a driver of reform. Washington Examiner: With the Land and Water Conservation Fund, I hear a lot about how the states need more control. But how can...
  • Environmental Groups Seeking More Protection For Sage Grouse ( CO & Utah )

    01/20/2015 5:15:34 PM PST · by george76 · 9 replies
    CBS Denver ^ | January 20, 2015 | Donna Bryson
    Two environmentalist groups filed suit Tuesday seeking stronger protection for a bird found only in Colorado and Utah ... The Center for Biological Diversity and the Western Watersheds Project said in court papers that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service should go back and produce an “adequate finding” on the status of the Gunnison sage grouse ... The threatened designation could result in restrictions on oil and gas drilling, agriculture, recreational and other land uses. ... both camps will be watching litigation closely, in part to see how it might influence policy on the more common greater sage grouse. The...
  • National Park Proves a Hard Gift to Give

    01/10/2014 11:08:34 AM PST · by Theoria · 6 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 09 Jan 2014 | KATHARINE Q. SEELYE
    Lucas St. Clair pulled up to an overlook in Maine’s North Woods to a stunning vista of Mount Katahdin, the state’s highest peak and the endpoint of the Appalachian Trail. Stretched out below was a vast green carpet of pine and spruce flecked with golden aspens and blazing red maples; Millinocket Lake glistened in the distance.“I think it’s national-park worthy,” he said.This was not an idle observation. Mr. St. Clair and his mother, Roxanne Quimby, who owns the land, have been trying for years to turn these woods into a national park. But ferocious opposition has stalled their plan, partly...
  • Dutchmen closing Clackamas plant, cutting 163 jobs (Travel trailer manufacturer)

    09/17/2013 4:28:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | September 16, 2013 | Michael Bamesberger
    A travel trailer and camper manufacturer announced Friday that it will lay off 163 workers and close its Clackamas plant. Dutchmen Manufacturing Inc., a Goshen, Ind.-based company, said in a notice to workers that layoffs will begin Nov. 15. The plant is at 12618 S.E. Jennifer St. "This action will affect the entire facility and is expected to be permanent," the company wrote in a Tuesday letter to Clackamas County and state labor officials. A separate notice to employees dated Friday suggested that those laid off in Clackamas will not have the right to bump employees elsewhere. "As you may...
  • Editorial: Sen. Wyden disappoints, fails to deliver meaningful timber plan

    05/30/2013 5:58:25 PM PDT · by george76 · 16 replies
    The News-Review ^ | May 29, 2013
    U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden’s long-anticipated plan for the Oregon & California Railroad trust lands amounts to a bold call for — input. Anyone who thought that Wyden would propose something specific has to be disappointed. Nevertheless, people as prominent and impatient as Gov. John Kitzhaber dutifully issued stilted remarks thanking Wyden for his “leadership.” Tongues had to be firmly in cheek. No one dared point out that the chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee had again failed to do anything to help the people who inhabit a large part of his state. Instead of legislation, Wyden offered...
  • Hawaii marijuana bill goes up in smoke

    02/13/2013 2:43:58 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 48 replies
    Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL ^ | February 12, 2013 | Anita Hofschneider, Associated Press
    Honolulu (AP) - A bill that would have legalized marijuana in Hawaii has died in the state House. House judiciary committee Chairman Karl Rhoads said Tuesday that he decided to kill the bill after learning from House leadership that the initiative does not have enough votes to pass the House. Key lawmakers in the Democratic-controlled House supported the measure, including the speaker and the majority leader.
  • Bowling (VANITY)

    06/08/2012 12:46:13 AM PDT · by Sporke · 28 replies
    06/08/2012 | Sporke
    Bowling changes...VANITY
  • 5 things you didn’t know about Silly Putty

    04/25/2012 8:53:37 PM PDT · by Silentgypsy · 66 replies
    Yahoo.com ^ | 04/25/2012 | Mike Smith
    Cracking open its egg-shaped packaging, exploring its bizarre, mushy properties, and inevitably leaving it on top of the heater and letting it melt all over the carpet, playing with Silly Putty is a rite of passage for every child. But there's an impressive amount of history, chemistry, and trivia behind these odd, polymer nuggets -- and a few surprising facts. It was a war-time accident. World War II, in fact.
  • Hotels, rec centers try to slow pool access regs

    04/18/2012 8:55:42 AM PDT · by B Knotts · 27 replies
    AP ^ | 4/18/2012 | Russ Bynum
    SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Owners and managers of swimming pools at hotels, city recreation centers and public parks are scrambling to install mechanical chair lifts to comply with new federal requirements that all public pools be accessible to disabled swimmers. Some hotels fear the cost of the equipment or fines for noncompliance could put them out of business, and an industry lobbyist says others may close their pools this summer if they can't upgrade in time, though the government can offer more time to those having trouble paying for it. Swimmers with disabilities say the changes are overdue. "I couldn't...
  • Photojournalists describe staging of Obama photo taken after TV announcement of bin Laden’s death

    05/04/2011 4:56:55 PM PDT · by NWFLConservative · 23 replies
    Poynter ^ | May 4, 2011 | Al Tompkins
    Reuters White House photographer Jason Reed describes how the president made his speech to a single TV camera, then immediately after finishing, he pretended to speak for the still cameras. Reed writes: “As President Obama continued his nine-minute address in front of just one main network camera, the photographers were held outside the room by staff and asked to remain completely silent. Once Obama was off the air, we were escorted in front of that teleprompter and the President then re-enacted the walk-out and first 30 seconds of the statement for us.” That means the photograph that appeared in many...
  • Having a Good Weekend? Puritans Say That's Okay

    09/05/2010 9:18:07 PM PDT · by headofhouseful · 6 replies
    Raising Real Men ^ | 9/3/10 | Hal Young
    Looking forward to the weekend is such an institution even officially-atheist nations like China shut down for Sunday. Here in America, it seems like the weekend is our goal line for all the days before! No wonder they write songs about it. Now, is anything wrong with that? The answer may surprise you, and even more when you realize that even the Puritans thought games and recreation could be Biblical and righteous ...
  • 45 Manly Hobbies ("Ham radio"...one day, Lord, one day..!)

    01/07/2010 9:16:01 AM PST · by GonzoII · 191 replies · 5,227+ views
    The Art of Manliness ^ | January 6, 2010 | Brett & Kate McKay
    - The Art of Manliness - http://artofmanliness.com - 45 Manly HobbiesPosted By Brett & Kate McKay On January 6, 2010 @ 4:32 am In A Man's Life | 80 Comments Welcome to The Art of Manliness. Make sure to sign up for email updates [1] or subscribe to our RSS feed [2] before you leave.Back in the day, leisure time was not thought of as a chance to “veg out,” but as opportunity to pursue one’s passions and interests, an outlet for the sides of a man that were not stimulated in one’s career. Unfortunately, we now often spend our...
  • Ranching, recreation collide in the great outdoors

    11/28/2009 4:13:30 PM PST · by missycocopuffs · 123 replies · 3,290+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | November 27, 2009 | Nicholas Riccardi
    Reporting from Camp Hale, Colo. - As soon as Renee Legro saw the sheep, she screamed. The herd, 1,300 strong, has been coming for 30 years to graze in this valley on the backside of the Continental Divide. But as Colorado has become an adventure sports destination, the once-empty valley has filled with hikers, campers and mountain bikers like Legro, and she was about to tragically embody the collision of the old West with the new. Legro, 33, screamed because she knew what came with the herd -- guard dogs. Shortly after she rolled down a hill and came upon...
  • Boycott Norwegian Cruise Lines

    06/18/2009 12:24:50 AM PDT · by Wpin · 24 replies · 1,146+ views
    Vanity | June 18, 2009 | Wpin
    Norwegian Cruise Lines have jumped ship on America and are now offering the following: Top Pick! 3-Day Cruise Sale You have just three days -- through Friday -- to take advantage of the Norwegian Cruise Line NOW Sale! Get up to $250 in on-board credit and a 50% reduced deposit. And for added savings, military and union personnel qualify for up 10% off in discounts. Note the last line where they are offering discounts to military and union personnel! So, now the union workers who helped create the economic mess we are in, who's organizations are some of the most...
  • "Brownlining": Urban Fetid Water Fly Fishing Finding Fans (video)

    03/22/2009 8:35:08 AM PDT · by nysuperdoodle · 3 replies · 397+ views
    Evil Conservative Radio ^ | 22 March 2009 | EC
    Fly fishing in fetid, polluted, urban water is catching on with cash-strapped fishermen and sporting urban outdoorsmen. But don't go hoping to catch dinner. "Their diet isn't something you want to put in your body."
  • [Connecticut] Civilian Conservation Corps Helped Build The State We Know (May be reintroduced)

    03/11/2009 7:38:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies · 824+ views
    The Hartford Courant ^ | March 8, 2009 | Rinker Buck
    Angelo Alderuccio, a 94-year-old retired public works employee from New Britain, might not strike everyone as an American hero. But in a country desperately seeking economic salvation, his tales of surviving the Great Depression are anecdotes for our times. During the 1930s, Alderuccio spent what he now considers "the best years of my life" in the Cobalt section of East Hampton, at the Civilian Conservation Corps' Camp Jenkins. He worked with 250 other men building trails in the Meshomasic State Forest, weatherproofing posts and rails for state roads and building a fire tower overlooking the central Connecticut woods. Like 3.5...
  • Utah, Hawaii, Wyoming top 'happiness' poll

    03/11/2009 4:02:45 PM PDT · by AndrewWalden · 8 replies · 501+ views
    Hawai`i Free Press ^ | 3-11-09 | Gallup Poll
    Looking for happiness—it's family-friendly communities for some, tropical paradise or the rugged West for others. A survey of Americans' well-being, conducted by Gallup in partnership with Healthways and America's Health Insurance Plans, gives high marks to Utah, which boasts lots of outdoor recreation for its youthful population. Speaking of outdoor recreation, the islands of Hawaii took second place and Wyoming was third in the poll that rated such variables as mental, physical and economic health.