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  • National Park Proves a Hard Gift to Give

    01/10/2014 11:08:34 AM PST · by Theoria · 4 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.
  • Army Program Offers Recreation Outlet for Combat-tested Soldiers

    01/28/2009 9:09:55 PM PST · by SandRat · 239+ views
    HEIDELBERG, Germany, Jan. 28, 2009 – The first of about 8,000 soldiers began cycling through Installation Management Command Europe's high-adventure, adrenaline-pumping Warrior Adventure Quest recreation program earlier this month. Marc Jarvis, U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach, Germany, assists soldiers with ski selection during a test run of Installation Management Command Europe's Warrior Adventure Quest program, Jan. 12, 2009. The one-day event took about 30 soldiers and a handful of garrison staff members for a day of Alpine skiing and snowshoeing. U.S. Army photo by Jim Hughes  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The U.S. Army Europe troops recently returned from...
  • President-Elect Obama to keep White House [Bowling] Lane open (Pimp My Alley!)

    12/21/2008 11:53:59 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies · 1,050+ views
    The Killeen Daily Herald ^ | December 19, 2008 | Don Wright
    Acccording to the United States Bowling Congress (USBC), the bowling industry has offered to help President-Elect Obama "strike" change at the White House lane. As the soon-to-be 44th President of the United States of America, Barack Obama has promised to bring change to Capitol Hill and the nation – from taxation and healthcare reform to the potential replacement of the White House bowling lane with a basketball court! Fortunately, to the delight of the bowling industry and the more than 67.2 million bowlers throughout the nation, the president-elect flexed his diplomatic skills by deciding to add basketball hoops while still...
  • PHOTO: Swimming With Crocodiles Thrills Tourists - It`s for the adrenaline junkies

    11/17/2008 9:22:27 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 12 replies · 5,533+ views
    If you happen to be in Australia and love extreme sports, you will love the new tourist attraction: swimming with crocodiles. Swimming face to face with large salt water crocodiles may not be everyon`s idea of fun, but adventurers rush to North Australia to enjoy this latest attraction for tourists which Australia has offered. Tourists who want to get comfy with the crocodiles climb in a transparent acrylic cage, called the “death cage”, 145 mm thick and 2,8 metres tall, wearing just a swimsuit and protective
  • Geology Picture of the Week, Nov. 9-15, 2008: Bear Lake, Idaho

    11/12/2008 6:15:29 AM PST · by cogitator · 11 replies · 3,048+ views
    Summer of 2006 Yellowstone Page ^ | 2006 | H. Reg Creasey
    OK, so I'm looking at the picture below (warning, it's fairly large, ~2 MB): Snake River Plain, Idaho, full-size image and I finally ask myself, "What is that pretty blue lake northeast of Salt Lake City?" It doesn't take long to find out that this is Bear Lake. Bear Lake is a pretty interesting place; let's go to Wikipedia for more: Bear Lake It's a basin lake, for one thing, and according to what I read, an outlet was created from the lake into the Bear River which allows the water to be used for irrigation as it flows to...
  • Gene Mueller: Bush makes stand for anglers

    10/08/2008 12:18:05 PM PDT · by JZelle · 10 replies · 371+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 10-8-08 | Gene Mueller
    There are people who'd like to blame President Bush for every problem facing us. Heck, I'll wager some would say it's his fault that the Chinese don't know how to make safe baby formula and that there's a poor crab harvest in the Chesapeake Bay. It's time our president received a bit of good news. I propose we give him a hearty pat on the back for signing an amendment to a 1995 Executive Order concerning recreational fishing. Sound ho-hum? It isn't. This historic signing guarantees that federal agencies must maintain and make available recreational fishing on federal lands and...
  • Camp what? New campground offers unusual name and unique purpose [Camp Lickalotta]

    03/08/2008 11:38:47 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies · 2,258+ views
    The Shelby Star ^ | February 25, 2008 | Drew Brooks
    CASAR — Nancy Leedy and Joanie Beasley are unabashed environmentalists, Christians and lesbians. But some people give the couple and others like them a hard time about their lifestyle. The couple has been bounced from church to church in the county — told not to attend or to attend only at early, less-attended services — and is at times ostracized by their community, they said. The solution? A camp dedicated to creating a friendly environment for all types of people: straight, gay, bi-sexual, lesbian or transgender. Born from a stretch of nature a short distance across the Cleveland-Rutherford county line,...
  • National forest recreation areas in jeopardy of closure

    09/13/2006 8:22:06 AM PDT · by george76 · 2 replies · 288+ views
    The Daily Sentinel ^ | September 12, 2006 | BOBBY MAGILL
    A massive closure of local national forest recreation areas and campgrounds may be imminent because of equally massive budget cuts. In the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests, a shrinking recreation facility maintenance budget is creating a dire situation, potentially forcing the permanent closure of 49 of the GMUG’s 138 recreation areas, said forest public service staff officer Corey Wong. With a $2.7 million recreation facility maintenance backlog, the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests have many old, dilapidated facilities. Water systems in some campgrounds have been removed because they don’t meet standards. “Most of our facilities were...
  • Speaking of 'Nuts': Agenda 21, in a nutshell

    09/08/2006 11:55:01 AM PDT · by Issaquahking · 31 replies · 890+ views
    Klamath Bucket Brigade ^ | September 2, 2006 | Jim Kirwan
    While this new world of corporate governance/ lobbyists/ privatization of the commons etc; seems difficult to understand (disguised as it is with buzz words – and meaningless jibberish), it’s really not as complex as one might think. After you learn how to ignore the superficial banalities, and get to the meat (if there is any) of the message being given. Most times you’ll hear just fluff and nutter talk – sounds important but isn’t. While we naturally focus upon local issues and concerns such as community development, roads, tons of garbage, forest access, tourism, sportsmen’s rights, lack of snow, no...
  • Angler Numbers on the Upswing

    11/10/2005 9:19:36 AM PST · by girlangler · 3 replies · 247+ views
    American Sportfishing Association ^ | Nov. 3, 2005 | news release
    For Immediate Release Mary Jane Williamson, Communications Director mjwilliamson@asafishing.org, 703.519.9691, x227 Angler Numbers on the Upswing Anglers’ Contributions for Conservation Top $540 Million Annually November 3, 2005—Alexandria, VA…The number of paid fishing license holders in the United States has slightly increased over the previous year, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s recent National Fishing License Report. Numbers rose 2.1 percent from 27,908,272 in 2003 to 28,499,206 in 2004. The sportfishing industry sees this as a good sign that the trend of flat or slightly decreasing numbers may be on the upswing. "Angling is one of America’s most popular...
  • Save your life; wear a life jacket when on a boat.

    10/02/2005 5:15:48 PM PDT · by Sun · 22 replies · 495+ views
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    This afternoon, in Lake George, NY, 21 senior citizens drowned while on a short, probably just a couple of hours, cruise. There were arouund 49 passengers on the boat. They were not wearing life jackets.
  • Army teams with FEMA for Hurricane Emily

    07/22/2005 4:29:29 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 352+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | July 21, 2005 | unattributed
    FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas (Army News Service, July 20, 2005) -- Hurricane Emily came ashore July 20 but wasn’t packing the wallop residents and tourists of the South Texas shore area originally expected. While the South Padre Islands still took a beating with high winds and heavy rain, it was not enough of a blow for any of the 126 supply-laden trucks poised at a staging area at Fort Sam Houston to pull out and head south. The trucks, loaded with everything from water and food to cots and generators, packed the field on Wilson Street Sunday night as part...
  • Iraq: July 4th Pool-side Scenes At Camp Victory, Baghdad(photos)

    07/04/2005 11:03:16 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 14 replies · 11,370+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | 07/03/05
      To begin 4th of July weekend, U.S. soldiers spend the afternoon around a swimming pool outside a former Saddam Hussein palace, which is now part of the U.S. military base Camp Victory in Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday, July 3, 2005. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed) AP - Jul 03 10:56 AM To begin the 4th of July weekend, U.S. soldiers spend the afternoon around a swimming pool outside a former Saddam Hussein palace which is now part of the U.S. military base Camp Victory in Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday, July 3, 2005. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed) AP - Jul 03 10:49 AMTo begin 4th of July weekend, U.S....
  • Government to build a tax-subsidised center to compete with private sector (Freep this poll)

    07/21/2004 9:57:08 AM PDT · by batter · 1 replies · 344+ views
    Clipper ^ | 21 July 2004 | n/a
    Go to:Davis County Clipper The poll is on the right side (vote "none of the above" or "Wal-Mart and Costco only") The city mayors (RINOs) have organized and are likely indirectly funding the 'pro-rec' group to shove a tax increase down our throats. The cities involved have private health/fitness centers and there are even more located withing a 10 or 15 minute drive of each city. The mayors state that no one attended their meetings. However, the meetings were not announced (except for the meeting to establish the taxing district where the only dissenting voice was booed and later told...
  • Over 200 show up for San Jacinto battle Battle re-enactment cancelled due to weather

    04/24/2004 9:40:11 PM PDT · by weegee · 8 replies · 304+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | April 24, 2004, 9:51PM | By JEANNIE KEVER
    For all of her secret life as the wife of a soldier in Santa Anna's army, Patty Tristan has tried to adhere to one policy. No camping in the mud. There was no such luck this weekend, when Tristan and more than 200 other people gathered at San Jacinto Battleground State Historical Park to recreate the 1836 victory that gave Texas its independence from Mexico. The battle re-enactment was cancelled after a thunderstorm Saturday morning was capped by a lightning strike to the 570-foot tall monument in the middle of the park. Lightning, static electricity and 100 pounds of black...
  • 'Coasting streets' provided more thrills than regular sled-riding

    01/31/2004 9:41:47 AM PST · by the_devils_advocate_666 · 4 replies · 238+ views
    The Dominion Post ^ | 31-01-2003 | JOHN SAMSELL
    While we're slip-sliding around these frozen streets and the groundhog remains in his cozy den for at least another day or two, we harken back to the old days of sled-riding, or coasting, on the same, though not so crowded, roadways. Morgantown's hilly terrain has always been a blessing for winter recreational activity, in particular the free sledding on snow-covered slopes. The practice dates back as far as records are kept and since the city has had improved streets.For many decades the city designated "coasting streets." Lists of those basically closed to vehicular traffic during snowy times were published in...
  • Logging No Longer Main Issue Facing National Forests

    07/10/2003 6:57:10 AM PDT · by Theodore R. · 15 replies · 217+ views
    Cheyenne, Wyoming Tribune-Eagle ^ | -7-10-03 | Fashek, Allison
    Forest Service shifts focus By Allison Fashek Published in the Wyoming Tribune-Eagle CHEYENNE – Logging is no longer the major issue facing national forests, officials from the U.S. Forest Service said Wednesday. Instead, the Forest Service is focusing on reducing the risk of catastrophic wildfires, containing the spread of invasive species, reducing unmanaged recreational use and reducing the fragmentation of habitat and the loss of open spaces. In Wyoming, that means looking at invasive species such as spotted knapweed and cheatgrass and the use of off-road vehicles beyond trails and designated areas, said Jack Troyer, regional forester for the Forest...
  • Talk of altering Dimple Rock renewed after Youghiogheny rafter drowns

    07/08/2003 11:51:31 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 25 replies · 822+ views
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | Tuesday, July 08, 2003 | Lillian Thomas
    <p>The death of a Maryland man over the weekend just below the Youghiogheny River's best known hunk of sandstone has revived discussion of whether to try to alter a dangerous tangle of rock and water.</p> <p>Dimple Rock is a tank-size slab that sits at the top of Swimmers Rapid, a little more than halfway down the 7 1/2-mile section known as the Lower Yough in Ohiopyle State Park.</p>
  • Titleist Maker To Shut Golf Ball Factory

    04/25/2003 5:03:59 PM PDT · by Willie Green · 41 replies · 1,063+ views
    WJAR-TV (NBC 10), RI ^ | April 25, 2003
    For education and discussion only. Not for commercial use.Acushnet Co. Will Lay Off Dozens Of Workers ACUSHNET, Mass. -- The maker of Titleist golf balls and products announced this week it will carry out two rounds of layoffs. The Acushnet Co. also said it would close a factory in Acushnet. Both the layoffs and plant closing will happen over the next 15 months. The company said 85 people will be laid off by June and another 80 to 100 workers will lose their jobs in a second round of cuts. Company officials said they will transfer about 600 people and...
  • Petition for State Parks use

    11/09/2002 11:27:39 PM PST · by farmfriend · 13 replies · 364+ views
    ipetitions ^ | ???? | Various Clubs
    People: Again I ask for your help. A petition has been started directed towards the Arkansas State Parks Director to reconsider his decision to keep our parks closed to our hobby. This petition was started four days ago and as of now, we only have 179 signers. There were only 3 who signed the petition yesterday. It only takes a minute to go to the site and sign the petition.For each person who receives this message (and there are many on my mass email list), there should be at least ten new people signing the petition. Remember, the signers do...
  • All U.S. Coral Reefs Face Human Threats

    10/01/2002 9:31:23 AM PDT · by cogitator · 5 replies · 481+ views
    Environmental News Service ^ | 10/01/2002 | Cat Lazaroff
    All U.S. Coral Reefs Face Human Threats SILVER SPRING, Maryland, September 30, 2002 (ENS) - Every U.S. coral reef system is suffering from both human and natural disturbances, warns a new report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The first national assessment of the condition of U.S. coral reefs links development, pollution and destructive fishing practices with the decline of reefs in U.S. waters and around the globe. The 265 page report, "The State of Coral Reef Ecosystems of the United States and Pacific Freely Associated States," identifies the pressures that pose increasing risks to the nation's estimated...
  • Fed Reports: Degraded U.S. Coastal Water Environments

    04/03/2002 10:18:45 AM PST · by cogitator · 48 replies · 367+ views
    Lycos Environmental News Service ^ | 04/03/2002 | Cat Lazaroff
    Most U.S. Coastal Waters Polluted WASHINGTON, DC, April 2, 2002 (ENS) - Almost half the nation's coastal waters are so polluted that their usefulness to humans and their ability to support aquatic life are impaired, finds a new report by a quartet of federal agencies. The study, the first environmental report card on the condition of the nation's coastal waters, rates the quality of these resources as fair to poor. The report finds environmental problems facing most of the nation's estuaries: the highly productive regions where fresh water meets the salty seas. (All photos courtesy EPA National Estuary Program)...