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  • July 29, 2010

    Breaking News: Science says Nature is Good for You

    By Chad Love

    Here's one from the "Did we really need another scientist to tell us this?" department. It seems a Finnish research institute is the latest organization to discover that nature is, wait for it...good for you!

    From this story on ScienceDaily.com:
    "Many people," says Dr. Eeva Karjalainen, of the Finnish Forest Research Institute, Metla, "feel relaxed and good when they are out in nature. But not many of us know that there is also scientific evidence about the healing effects of nature."

  • July 28, 2010

    Over 800,000 Gallons of Oil Leaked into Michigan Waterways

    By Chad Love

    From this story on Foxnews.com:
    Crews were working Tuesday to contain and clean up more than 800,000 gallons of oil that poured into a creek and flowed into the Kalamazoo River in southern Michigan, coating birds and fish. Authorities in Battle Creek and Emmett Township warned residents about the strong odor from the oil, which leaked Monday from a 30-inch pipeline built in 1969 that carries about 8 million gallons of oil per day from Griffith, Ind., to Sarnia, Ontario.

  • July 28, 2010

    Evolution of the Multi-Tool

    By Chad Love

    For most of us it's hard to imagine life without the multi-tool. These days virtually everyone offers some variation on the basic theme of Tim Leatherman's original design. The multi-tool is as common as the pocketknife, and perhaps even more so.

  • July 28, 2010

    Wolf Range Expands into Utah

    By Chad Love

    From this story in the Salt Lake Tribune:
    In signs the state may have a significant wolf population, the legendary predator killed sheep and cattle in Utah earlier this summer and a ranch hand shot a wolf menacing a herd. The wolf was shot by a ranch herder in southern Idaho, but that wolf had earlier attacked livestock in Cache County, Utah, said Mike Linnell, Utah director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture wildlife services. An earlier report the wolf was shot in Utah was incorrect. Linnell said wildlife agents also trapped and destroyed a wolf in Rich County, Utah, on Saturday morning. That wolf had preyed on calves in that area.

  • July 27, 2010

    "CSI-Style" Forensic Techniques May Convict Eagle Shooter

    By Chad Love

    From this story in the Boston Herald:
    A 41-year-old Porterville, Calif., man faces federal poaching charges after agents tied him to the alleged killing of a golden eagle and found several bird parts in a subsequent search of his home.

    Kudura Clark entered a plea of not guilty this month on misdemeanor charges of unlawful possession of migratory birds and unlawful taking or possession of bald or golden eagles.

  • July 27, 2010

    9-Mile Iowa Lake Disappears in One Day After Dam Breach

    By Chad Love

    From this story in the Des Moines Register:
    Gov. Chet Culver vowed Sunday to restore Lake Delhi, a treasured summer retreat that drained away in less than a day this weekend. The nine-mile-long lake all but disappeared after sudden floodwaters breached its 92-year-old dam Saturday morning.

  • July 26, 2010

    Routine Fishing License Check Nearly Turns Deadly in Washington State

    By Chad Love

    Are the woods getting more dangerous for our wildlife cops? A routine license check almost turns deadly for wildlife conservation officers in the state of Washington.

    From this story in the Seattle Times:
    An armed confrontation between a teenager reportedly fishing without a license, his father, and two Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife officers underscores how perilous the job has become for those who protect the state's natural resources, officials say.

  • July 26, 2010

    Is "Skishing" Fishing or Cheating?

    By Chad Love

    Have you ever been skishing? Do you even know what it is? Neither do I, but apparently it's got some surf fishermen up in arms. Check out this video from the Wall Street Journal and tell us your thoughts. Is this a legitimate fishing technique or cheating?

  • July 26, 2010

    Uproar Over Minnesota Crane Season

    By Chad Love

    Remember last week's news that Minnesota had approved a sandhill crane season? Well, it seems the idea of a crane season has upset some people...

    From this story on Minnesota Public Radio:
    Complaints are surfacing about the DNR's plan for a season on sandhill cranes.

    Audubon Minnesota and the Minnesota Conservation Federation say the DNR bypassed its usual public input process.

  • July 23, 2010

    Discussion Topic: Banning Guns in Louisiana Churches

    By Chad Love

    They say never to bring up politics or religion in polite company, but Louisiana is getting a double whammy of both after Louisiana bishops decided to ban concealed guns in church.

    From this story on USA Today:
    Concealed handguns won't be allowed in Roman Catholic churches, despite a new state law allowing them.

    "We don't think it is appropriate to have guns in churches," Danny Loar, executive director of the Louisiana Conference of Catholic Bishops - the church's public policy arm in Louisiana, said Monday.

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