iPhone Climbing Guide App

April 24, 2010 by  
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The iPhone App guide to Red River Gorge is nearly here. Right now they have a Lite version available if you want to test it out. It’s extremely well featured, and could definitely represent the next level in GPS-enabled climbing guides. You can search for climbs based on difficulty and find routes based on your location. The design looks seamless, but sadly they sell it for more than $.99. The Red River Gorge guide app will be about $30, but at least it includes free updates for two years. Compared to a guidebook, it’s a great deal. Of course, cell phones are more temporal than books, but they’re also more portable and user friendly for this type of application, so it’s a choice you’ll have to make. Excited to see what other areas they’ll put in App form. Check out Climbing Narc for more screenshots and info on the App.

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Freedom Group names new ad agency

April 23, 2010 by  
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ImagesFreedom Group, Inc., whose holdings include Remington Arms, Bushmaster, Dakota Arms, Marlin and H&R, has named Campbell-Ewald of Warren, Mich. as its advertising agency of record, replacing  Brothers & Co. Among Campbell-Ewald’s accounts is General Motors, which it has represented since 1919. Detroit Business and Ad Week.

Idaho G&F enlists badgers, skunks to control pelicans

April 23, 2010 by  
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ImagesAfter the FWS nixed its 2009 plans to shoot pelicans and oil eggs to reduce the nesting pelican population that threaten the delicate populations of Yellowstone cutthroat trout at Blackfoot Reservoir, the Idaho Game and Fish Department has released three badgers and two skunks on Gull Island in hopes they will find freshly laid pelican eggs delicious. Via AP.

Michigan seeks fed’s OK to kill problem wolves

April 23, 2010 by  
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Wolf-delistingptjpg-f527fee96e081f3f_largeThe Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment has formally asked the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for the authority to use lethal methods to kill problem wolves in the state. “The gray wolf has been fully recovered in Michigan, and the state has demonstrated its ability to wisely manage this species,” DNRE Wildlife Division Chief Russ Mason said in a statement. Bay City Times.

Elk More Likely to Flee Humans than Wolves

April 22, 2010 by  
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HELENA, Mont. (AP) Elk respond more strongly to threats from humans than from wolves, and they are more likely to flee for protected refuges if there are hunters in the area, a recent study has found. The findings by a team of scientists from Montana State University illustrate one of the difficulties in using hunting to manage elk populations across the West when the ungulates respond very quickly and dramatically to hunters in the area. Read more

Cell phone light guides rescuers to missing Liberty Lake hiker

April 22, 2010 by  
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LIBERTY LAKE, Wash.- A 20 year-old woman is safe this morning after she became lost for hours during a day hike in Liberty Lake Regional Park. Aleisha Pugh went on the hike Sunday afternoon and couldn’t find her way out. She finally called her brother Sunday night after it started getting dark. Her family then called authorities at around 8:30 Sunday night. Read more

Arkansas family members sickened after eating gar eggs

April 22, 2010 by  
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Images-1 An Arkansas family learned the hard way that not all fish eggs create caviar after three family members became violently ill upon eating the toxic eggs found in a longnose gar. “My husband had heard that gar were good to eat, and we’ve always been a family that’s up for trying anything once,” said Tiffany Aaron of Heber Springs. They won’t try that again. Hat tip to Jeff Williams at AGFC.

SC man arrested for assault & battery, with snake

April 21, 2010 by  
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20100415081753623.embedded.prod_affiliate.138 A Rock Hill, SC man was arrested last week after he allegedly used his 4-foot pet python to assault a man who was admittedly terrified of snakes. “I felt like taking my snake for a walk,” said Tony Smith, 29. “I put my snake around my neck and as I was passing, I must have startled him and apparently he don’t like snakes and called the law on me.” The Charlotte Observer and the Rock Hill Herald.

Wisconsin wolf numbers continue upswing

April 20, 2010 by  
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Images-1 The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources reports an estimated 725 gray wolves in 185 packs that currently reside in the state reflect an increase of 75 to 100 over 2008-’09. “Ten years ago I would have never believed we’d be over 700 wolves in Wisconsin,” said Adrian Wydeven, DNR wolf ecologist. “But they continue to find adequate food and habitat, including in some areas that weren’t considered suitable in the past.” The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

‘Royal Slam’ claimed by 9-year-old Florida angler

April 20, 2010 by  
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041410jackfish-01_370427k A Royal Slam—the successful catch of each of the nine different species of billfish from their indigenous waters around the world—has been claimed by a Palm Beach angler at age 9. With his spearfish caught in Hawaii in March, Jack McCluskey has become the youngest person to complete the international angling feat. Palm Beach Daily News.

Distemper Suspected in King County Raccoon Population

April 19, 2010 by  
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King County residents are reminded to avoid feeding wildlife, keep domestic pets away from wild animals, and be sure their pets’ vaccinations are current, in response to a suspected outbreak of canine distemper in area raccoons. Read more

Dirt it’s what for Dinner

April 18, 2010 by  
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Fan Qianrong says she has stayed healthy for more than 40 years by eating soil. The 48-year-old resident of the Qingquan village of Shijiazhuang city in China’s Hebei province gathers clods of clay for her dirt diet — and she’s not alone. Read more

Mom describes Fla. 11-year-old’s swamp ordeal

April 18, 2010 by  
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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — An 11-year-old girl lost for four days deep in a swamp spent the time collecting shells, watching animals and praying until a former member of her church rescued her, her mother said Wednesday. Read more

Coroner confirms crocodile killed Australian girl

April 18, 2010 by  
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DARWIN, Australia (AP) — An 11-year-old girl who was pulled underwater while swimming in a Northern Territory creek last year was killed by a crocodile, the coroner confirmed Friday, urging residents to be more aware of the dangers. Read more

Rescued hiker limps away from Snoqualmie avalanche experience

April 17, 2010 by  
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Ian Rogers is due to leave Overlake Hospital today following his rescue from a Snoqualmie Pass avalanche Sunday. The 23-year-old Suffolk, England native called for help with his cell phone after a snow mass buried him during a hike along Granite Mountain Lookout Trail. Doctors told him he may have a sprained knee from the accident. He began minor rehabilitation at Overlake before leaving the hospital today. Read more

UK police confiscating starter pistol

April 17, 2010 by  
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300_Image_PA_Starter_pistol All 43 law enforcement agencies in England and Wales are asking the owners of blank-firing starter pistols that allegedly can be converted to fire live rounds to voluntarily hand over the guns to police before June 4, as part of an amnesty program. Those who use the Italian-made Olympic .380 BBM guns at Scotland’s sporting events may continue to do so without fear of reprisal. This is London and London Times.

Arizona to allow concealed weapons without permit

April 16, 2010 by  
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Favoring the constitutional right to bear arms Gov. Jan Brewer on Friday signed into law a bill making Arizona the third state allowing people to carry a concealed weapon without requiring a permit. The measure takes effect 90 days after the current legislative session ends, which likely puts the effective date in July or August. Read more

Implosion At Los Alamos

April 16, 2010 by  
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I know this has nothing to do with the outdoors. It is from my past. I recommend you pick up a copy of this book not just because I am in it but you will find it to be a very informative read.  Implosion At Los Alamos is a frightening exposé that reveals failed security, crime, mismanagement, cover-ups and corruption at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, Ground Zero for America’s strongest defense against rogue nations and terroristic entities – at least it should be. Former Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Glenn Walp was hired by “the lab” to investigate crime and lapsed security that plagued the lab post-9/11. Walp uncovered the theft/loss of over $3 million in taxpayer property, including nearly 400 computers that potentially housed nuclear secrets. Certain lab leaders, concerned that public exposure of these and other administrative and criminal debacles could jeopardize the lab’s lucrative government contract, opposed his efforts at every turn.

Notwithstanding, Walp and his two partners remained dauntless, exposing to the world the real and present danger to America’s nuclear secrets. Walp proposes – through well-documented facts – that because of the lab’s failed security throughout the first decade of the 21st century, America and her allies are vulnerable to those who may now be in possession of America’s darkest nuclear weapons secrets. You can click on the link below to order.

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Roanoke Gray Fox Was Rabid

April 16, 2010 by  
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ROANOKE, Va. (AP) Health officials say a gray fox found in Roanoke has tested positive for rabies. The Virginia Department of Health said Wednesday the fox may have recently had a litter of pups and was found in the 3600 block of Forest Road. The department says anyone who may have come in contact with the animal should get in touch with the Roanoke City Health Department. Rabies is a fatal, but preventable, disease. To avoid exposure, pets should be vaccinated. People should stay away from wildlife and animal bites and scratches should be reported to doctor’s offices and the local health department.

Fish Poisoning May Make Way for Utah Native Trout

April 16, 2010 by  
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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The U.S. Forest Service wants to use a poison in southern Utah to kill hundreds of nonnative trout so that native fish can be restored.  Crews began that work last fall but local officials in the Boulder area raised concerns about the poison’s effect on water quality and biodiversity.  In response, the Dixie National Forest is starting an environmental review of the proposal for about eight miles of the east fork of Boulder Creek. If approved, the poisoning could begin later this year. Once the brook trout and other nonnatives are killed, portions of the creek would be stocked with native Colorado River cutthroat trout. State wildlife biologists say the chemical poison proposed for the project has been used for decades without adverse long-term effects.

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