THE DIRT: Weekly Outdoor News From The Blue Ridge And Beyond

first_imgAsheville, NC Man Swims 80-plus Miles Across Lake MichiganYou may remember Dr. Chris Lechner, an Asheville hand surgeon, from our article on his recent SUP journey along the entire length of the French Broad River back in June. As if that feat wasn’t impressive enough, Lechner is at it again. This time he ventured north to get his kicks and swam more than 80 miles across Lake Michigan. What’s more, he accomplished the amazing feat without the aid of a support boat, towing his safety gear—phones and an emergency beacon—on a  paddle board being him. According to the Asheville Citizen Times, Lechner began his journey on Saturday at sunrise at Wind Point Lighthouse in Wisconsin and finished late Monday near Saugatuck Dunes State Park. Read the full article by Karen Chavez here.El Niño Could Spell Better Skiing Conditions for Southeast and MidatlanticThere’s been a lot of talk in the media recently about the strengthening El Niño event that could wreak havoc on upcoming weather patterns. Some are even predicting that this year’s El Niño could eclipse the worst on record, which happened back in 1997 and was personified by the late great Chris Farley on Saturday Night Live.So what does it all mean? Well, it’s a fairly complicated weather phenomenon that, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, is characterized by unusually warm sea surface temperatures in equatorial portions of the Pacific Ocean. Somehow or another those unusually warm sea surface temps could translate into a colder, snowier winter for much of the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic.Screen Shot 2015-08-16 at 2.41.43 PMSource: CNNAccording to,  “skiers care about El Niño because a significant change in water temperature across a large area of the ocean affects weather patterns across the globe. There can also be cooler-than-normal weather across the southeastern U.S., which can help ski areas in Georgia, Alabama, and North Carolina with their snowmaking. If things come together just right, some storms can track up the East Coast and bring good amounts of snow to eastern areas of the Mid-Atlantic and New England.” Read more here.Duke Energy Proposes ‘Western Carolinas Modernization Project’Duke Energy is planning the construction of a 40-plus mile transmission line that will run from Asheville, North Carolina to Campabello, South Carolina. According to Duke, the proposed transition line is part of a broader effort to modernize power production and address the growing demand for electricity in Western North Carolina and the Foothills region of South Carolina.“A new approximately 45-mile, 230-kilovolt (kV) transmission line will be constructed from the planned Foothills Substation located near Campobello, S.C. and connect to the Asheville Plant outside of Asheville, N.C,” the company said in a statement on its website. “These projects are critical to ensuring continued reliability of the electric system and maintaining the integrity of our transmission facilities that deliver power to homes, businesses and schools in this area.”Screen Shot 2015-08-16 at 3.25.55 PMPhoto Courtesy of Duke EnergyDuke has encountered opposition to the proposed transmission line project. One petition titled “STOP the Duke Energy ‘Western Carolinas ‘Modernization’ Project” has garnered more than 4,000 signatures.“This ‘modernization’ project will deface and defile the Foothills of WNC and Upstate SC,” the petition reads. “Many of the communities and areas to be affected are not even serviced by Duke Energy.”According to WYFF4 “the project will require the purchase or seizure of properties and potentially even some conservation areas.”The public comment period for this project has been extended to August 31. Comments can be submitted here.Beyond the Blue RidgeAnimas River Reopened After Massive Waste SpillOn August 6, Environmental Protection Agency and contract workers at a defunct gold mine inadvertently unleashed 3 millions gallons of wastewater laden with arsenic, lead, and other heavy metals into Colorado’s Animas River, turning the popular waterway bright yellow and forcing the state close the river to all forms of recreational activity.Now the toxic plume has moved down river into Lake Powell and the Animas is open to recreation once again, but not before disrupting the lives of local raft guides and others who make their living from Animas River recreation.Check out this NPR interview with Alex Mickel, a rafting guide in Durango, Colorado, whose business was distributed as a result of the toxic spill.Two of Oregon’s Worst Dams are Coming DownThe Wimer and Fielder Dams were both constructed in the early 1900’s as irrigation diversion projects on Evans Creek in southern Oregon, a tributary of the Rogue River. In the 1980s the water rights to both the dams was abandoned and the large concrete structures were left defunct and unmaintained, acting as serious impediments for migrating coho and steelhead salmon.Screen Shot 2015-08-16 at 2.08.33 PMThreatened coho salmon jump up against the Wimer Dam. Photo Courtesy of OPBAccording to a report by Oregon Public Broadcasting, “The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife lists the Fielder and Wimer as two of the 10 worst barriers to fish passage in the state . This is significant, the reports says “considering there are more than 40,000 manmade obstacles on Oregon waterways.”Demolition of these two dams is still in the early phases but is scheduled for completions sometime in September. Once the dams are removed, salmon migration is expected to return at full force. Read more here. read more

Disability Is Not A Difficulty In Suriname

first_imgBy Dialogo July 21, 2011 A motorcycle accident 20 years ago caused Captain Remy Burke of Suriname to lose the use of his right arm, but not his willingness to practice boxing and karate. He has videos posted on the Internet displaying his tenacity ( and challenges any boxer. “When I crashed, I thought, I’ll never do anything productive. I boxed and I loved it. But over time I saw that I could still be what I have always been and so I continued my training. Today, I challenge anyone to a fight,” he said. Captain Burke’s speech shows his vitality and strength to overcome obstacles. He also tries to apply that in the ring. At 47, Burke is the coach of the Suriname military boxing team. One of his pupils, Thakoer Guillermo, 22, fought on Wednesday (22) in the 56kg weight class, but lost. Although far from being the result he wanted, Burke celebrated the participation of Suriname in the competition. “After 30 years we returned to compete in a military boxing tournament. This of course is a great accomplishment,” said the coach. In addition to training, Burke is sort of also an adviser to his men. “He’s a great coach. He teaches me a lot. I am grateful for his work,” said Thakoer.last_img read more

Joe Biden has had enough, makes it clear that Trump should concede now, before more lives are lost

first_imgOn Monday, Biden spelled out how the failure of the Trump White House to engage with its transition team is having a serious impact on their ability to prepare for handling the greatest crisis facing the nation: the COVID-19 pandemic that is costing over 1,000 lives a day. As The Washington Post reports, Biden insisted that Trump’s ongoing egopalypse places the nation at extended and unnecessary risk. “More people may die if we don’t coordinate,” said Biden. He warned of a “very dark winter” with a cost to be paid both in lives and in economic impact from Trump’s refusal to share information, or take any action.Meanwhile Trump … went golfing again. As one does when really concerned about the fate of the nation.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – He’s doing so at a time when the nation has not just a pandemic, not just a recession, but also a time when Trump has savagely weakened alliances, destabilized whole regions, and given opponents every possible signal that America is in no position to take coherent action. If Russia were to make a concerted push into the remainder of Ukraine at this moment, America would … If China were to take this moment to claim an expanded region of the South China Sea, the response would be … If North Korea … If Iran … Trump is making it exceptionally clear that at this moment, the nation has no coherent leadership. He’s not interested in anything other than pushing lies and riding around in his little cart.Biden is pushing ahead with plans. That includes planning for the idea that Trump may never cooperate in sharing information on the pandemic, or national security, or any other area of vital concern. He’s naming staff members, assembling a team, and arranging briefings from experts who have not been cowed by Trump.But Biden is also done pretending that this is normal. Or that Trump’s actions don’t come with a cost.- Advertisement – Multiple members of Trump’s team have already demonstrated that they understand he has lost, and that Biden will be president in January. The problem is that they’re making those announcements quietly, off the record, rather than confronting Trump. Instead, Trump is continuing to make baseless claims about “millions” of illegal votes, and continuing to state—not just without evidence, but in contradiction to plain facts—that he “won” the election.It seems certain at this point that Trump isn’t actually expecting to hold on to power, but is campaigning for the role of king in exile; a role that he can use to punctuate his never-ending golf game by waddling slowly up a ramp to declare “I was wronged!” while his adoring audience screams about how strong he is, and begs for someone, anyone, to be locked up. Which is absolutely a fine occupation for Trump while he waits for an inevitable indictment by the New York attorney general.The problem is that Trump isn’t just using the sickly orange sunset of his time in office to create the confusion and extra layers of lies necessary to his once-and-future mythology. He’s also using this time to kick America in the … let’s say “gut.” Trump is going out not just with an effort to decrease faith in fundamental institutions, but with a refusal to carry out the most basic, most defining action that has shaped the nation: the peaceful transition of power. – Advertisement – For Trump’s part, he’ll just allow those additional lives to go on the tab with more than a quarter million others. Why not? Donald Trump never plans to pay his bills.last_img read more

A river-change might be the answer for downsizers or first home buyers

first_imgThis bargain of the week sold for $178,000.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor7 hours ago This home sitting on 506sq m of land sold yesterday for $178,000 with three-bedroom, two-bathrooms and plenty of vintage character.With rear sun rooms, formal lounge, separate dining, airconditioning and established gardens to grow your own vegetable’s, it’s easy to see that buying your own house is possible in this Queensland city. Maryborough is the city to pick up some bargain house buys.IF you’re looking to downsize and retire or are trying to break into the property market and fancy a river change then Maryborough might be the answer for you.Sitting on the Mary River and only a two and a half-hour drive north of Brisbane, this hidden property gem is spinning out the bargain house buys. This week’s bargain of the week home has its own vegetable crop.Known as a heritage gem, Maryborough has some of Queensland’s richest history and heritage architecture and has been voted one of Queensland’s “Must Do” experiences.It’s also next door neighbours to the tourist hub of Hervey Bay where thousands of people flock every year to do some whale watching.If a bargain family home for under $200,000 and a lifestyle change is on the cards then here are three more homes up for sale in the city that might just appeal: 117 Ariadne Street is having an open house tomorrow, Saturday March 11 at 10am and is on the market for $199,000 with three-bedrooms, beautiful polished floorboards, a modern kitchen and bathroom and light airy paintwork. 291 Pallas Street is on the market for $185,000 offering two bedrooms, a brand new modern kitchen and beautiful Queenslander fretwork. 14 Park Street is asking $175,000 and open for inspection tomorrow, Saturday March 11 at 10:30am, the original colonial style home has two-bedrooms and an updated bathroom.last_img read more

NZ Chlamydia rate climbs

first_imgReport reveals NZ children diagnosed with chlamydiaNZ Herald 21 January 2016An annual report reveals more than 28,000 Kiwis contracted the most common sexually transmitted disease, chlamydia, last year.Eighty-three children under the age of one were also reported to have contracted the disease, according to the Institute of Environmental Science and Research.The research revealed infants born to infected mothers could contract the disease during delivery.The report also revealed 83 per cent of chlamydia cases were most commonly diagnosed in females between the ages of 15 to 24 years.Maori females aged between 15 to 19 years old were reported to have the highest estimated rate of the disease — more than twice the national estimate.Gonorrhoea was found in 70 out of every 100,000 Kiwis.Maori females aged 15 to 19 years were reported to have the highest estimated rate — with 396 reported cases per 100,000 people.That was more than threes times the national rate. up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Franklin County candidate filing deadline approaches

first_imgBrookville, In. — Friday, February 9 at noon is the filing deadline for candidates seeking office in Franklin County. The Franklin County Clerk’s office is open in the courthouse Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. For more information please call 812-647-5111, extension 3.last_img

Raymond Schaefer

first_imgRaymond Schaefer, 92, of New Alsace, IN passed Saturday, August 18, 2018. He leaves his beloved children Russell (Karen) Schaefer of Sunman, Edna (Jim) Gilbert of Sunman, Linda (Dave) McDonald of Hilton Head, and Mary Lou (Ken) Eckstein of Sunman. His grandchildren: Trisha Freyer, Trent Freyer, Tina Jenkins, Amanda Eckstein, Abbey (Ben) Bruner and 3 great-grandchildren. He also leaves his brothers Harry, Robert, and Lester, and his sister Rosemary Conrad.Raymond was preceded in death by his parents Bertha and Alfred Schaefer, his wife Marie Schaefer, and his siblings Joseph, John, Alfred, Elmer, Ralph, Bertha Mae, and Eugene.Raymond loved playing cards and listening to music. Sugar cookies and ice cream were some of his favorite things to eat.He served in the US Navy during WWII and was a member of the North Dearborn Legion Post 452.Visitation is Wednesday, August 22, from 5-8 at Andres-Wuestefeld Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial is Thursday, August 23 at 10:00 at St. Paul Church, All Saints Parish.Memorials: Sunman Life Squad, Masses, N. Dearborn Legion Post 452.last_img read more

Leopardstown called off

first_img Parts of the course are reported to be unraceable after recent heavy rain. The track’s racing manager Nessa Joyce tweeted: “Unfortunately racing @LeopardstownRC tomorrow has to be cancelled. Areas of the track are unfit for racing. #disappointed.” Press Association Wednesday’s meeting at Leopardstown has been cancelled following an inspection on Tuesday morning.last_img

Hancock County baseball players to play in postseason games

first_imgELLSWORTH — Five local baseball players were among those selected Thursday to play in two postseason exhibition games later this month.Ellsworth’s Brad Smith and MDI’s Matt Perconti were chosen to play in the Maine Baseball Coaches Association Senior All-Star Game. They will represent the Class A/B North team in the game at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 21, at Colby College.Smith hit .313 for the Eagles at the plate in the regular season and also had a 2-1 record and 1.36 ERA pitching in relief. Perconti was MDI’s top pitcher with regular season marks of 55 strikeouts, a 1.30 ERA and an individual record of 5-2.Ellsworth pitchers Conner Wagstaff and Matt Burnett were selected to the MBCA Underclassman Showcase Game to be held . The two pitchers, who went a combined 15-1 in the regular season and playoffs this season, were joined by George Stevens Academy’s Caden Mattson.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe Underclassman Showcase Game will be held at St. Joseph’s College in Standish. First pitch is scheduled for noon Wednesday, June 20.last_img read more

Football News England aim to end ‘fantastic’ year with win over Croatia in Nations Cup, Germany relegated

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Gareth Southgate has challenged England to end their “brilliant year” in memorable fashion by beating their World Cup conquerers Croatia at Wembley to reach the Nations League Finals on Sunday. Southgate’s side defied expectations earlier this year by reaching the World Cup semi-finals for the first time since 1990, where they were beaten by Croatia after extra-time in a gruelling clash. The England manager created a vibrant young group that revitalised the country’s relationship with a national team that had been much maligned for their serial underachievement.  “It has been a brilliant year. Whatever happens on Sunday, we’ve had real shoots of progress and achieved some outstanding results and really good performances and blooded a lot of new players,” said Southgate on Friday. “It’s given us a real depth to the squad and competition for places.”  Read More | Neymar helps Brazil to win over Uruguay in football friendlyAlthough England’s World Cup run ended in heartache in Moscow against Sunday’s opponents, the momentum from the tournament has carried over to this season.  Read More | Messi scores brace, Barcelona suffer first home loss in two yearsNow England can gain a measure of revenge over Croatia in their winner-takes-all Group A4 showdown at Wembley.  “We were very keen that we moved on from the World Cup as quickly as possible,” Southgate said. “I think everybody wants to go another stage and get to a semi-final out of a group which is as tough as there has been in this competition. So, it is a really good game for everybody to look forward to.”   If England beat Croatia, they will win the group and progress to the finals of the new competition — which offers the chance of qualification for Euro 2020 — as well as relegate Croatia. Meanwhile a win for Croatia would take Zlatko Dalic’s men to the semi-finals and send England down to League B, and a draw would send current group leaders Spain to the knockout stage. England can also be relegated with a score draw, and Croatia will drop down a level if it finishes goalless.  England warmed up for Sunday’s clash by defeating the United States 3-0 in a friendly on Thursday that doubled as a fond farewell for Wayne Rooney, who made a final appearance as a substitute.  Confident Croatia  Southgate named an even less experienced side than usual, with the likes of Lewis Dunk, Callum Wilson and Jadon Sancho seizing the opportunity to impress.  But Southgate will recall Harry Kane, Jordan Henderson, Kyle Walker and Raheem Sterling to face Croatia.  “We’ve got two days to prepare, so it was one of the reasons we played the team we did,” he said. “We know pretty much all there is to know about Croatia, most importantly that their desire.  Coming to a full house at Wembley, they’ve got big players that will relish that challenge and we’ve got to relish that challenge as well.”   Croatia midfielder Ivan Rakitic will miss the match after the Barcelona star returned to his club due to an unspecified injury.  But Tin Jedvaj, whose stoppage-time goal helped Croatia to a shock 3-2 victory over Spain this week, insists his side are confident of inflicting more misery on England after coming from behind to deny the Three Lions their first World Cup final appearance since 1966.  The two countries also drew 0-0 behind closed doors in Croatia last month, and Jedvaj says England shouldn’t expect an easy ride at Wembley.  “In Russia, we proved that we could beat them without any problems and that they aren’t better than us,” he told “We might even be the favourites despite the fact that we are playing away. They are England but we believe that we can win and end the group stage on top.” Germany relegatedHead coach Joachim Loew said that Germany must move past their “painful” relegation from the top tier of the inaugural Nations League.   The Netherlands’ 2-0 win over world champions France in Rotterdam ensured that the 2014 World Cup winners will slip into League B no matter the result of their clash with the Dutch in Gelsenkirchen on Monday.  “For us, this result is obviously painful, but we must accept it,” Loew said Friday.  The Germans beat Russia 3-0 in a friendly on Thursday, with youngsters Leroy Sane, Niklas Suele and Serge Gnabry scoring the goals, and Loew insisted his side has a bright future.  “Our eyes remain fixed on Euro 2020, for which we will qualify and where we want to send a strong team again,” he added.  “We will continue to make room for our young players and to gradually integrate them into the national team.”   Ronald Koeman’s Netherlands will pip France to a Nations League semi-final spot with either a draw or a victory over Germany in three days’ time, after having won the first encounter 3-0 in Amsterdam last month. last_img read more