Outdoor News from the June Issue of Blue Ridge Outdoors magazine

first_imgGrant to Assist Bear Safety in the SmokiesGreat Smoky Mountains National ParkThe nonprofit Appalachian Trail Conservancy recently awarded a $4,000 grant to assist with bear safety in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The grant, administered by the Friends of Smokies, will be used to upgrade cable and pulley systems used to keep food out of the reach of bears at the park’s backcountry campsites. In related news, the A.T. Conservancy also announced that revenue received from the sale of Appalachian Trail specialty license plates, first released in 2005, in Tennessee, North Carolina and Georgia, exceeded $1 million.All Air Travel Goes Through AtlantaAtlanta, Ga.If you’ve ever waded through the sea of people at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport this will not be a surprise, but the Airports Council International recently confirmed that it is indeed the busiest airport in the world. According to a recent report, Hartsfield-Jackson was visited by more than 94 million travelers last year. The Georgia airport saw nearly 10 million more people than the second busiest airport, in Beijing, China. Another Southern airport, Charlotte’s Douglas International was the 23rd busiest with more than 43 million travelers in 2013.Southern City Tops Obesity PollHuntington, W.Va.A recent Gallup Poll found that residents of the Huntington-Ashland, W.Va.-Ky.-Ohio metro area had an obesity rate of 39.5 percent. That’s tops in the nation among 189 U.S metropolitan areas surveyed. According to Gallup, Huntington-Ashland has been among the 10 most obese communities every year since the poll started in 2008. Other Southern cities in the top 10 include Hagerstown-Martinsburg, Md.-W.Va., Charleston, W.Va., and Clarksville, Tenn.-Ky. On the flip side, Charlottesville, Va., at a percentage of 18.7, landed at number four on the list of the least obese U.S. communities, a ranking that was topped by Boulder, Co., at 12.4 percent. Gallup also noted that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Healthy People 2010 program had a goal of reducing obesity to 15 percent in each state, but no state and only one U.S. metro area has achieved this goal.Troubled Waters in the SouthTroubled waters are running in the South. Two regional waterways recently made a list of the country’s top 10 endangered rivers, as named annually by watchdog nonprofit American Rivers. Coming in at number 6, South Carolina’s Edisto River is being threatened by excessive agriculture withdrawals, which, according to American Rivers, can take up to 35 percent of the river’s flow during the summer months. As the longest free-flowing blackwater river in the country, the Edisto runs for more than 250 miles from its headwaters between Columbia and Aiken to the Atlantic Coast, along the way serving as a popular waterway for both paddling and fishing.To the north, the Haw River was named the ninth most endangered on the list, at risk from millions of gallons of wastewater and polluted runoff. The 110-mile central North Carolina river and its watershed provide drinking water to nearly one million people between Greensboro and parts of the Triangle area, and the Haw is also a beloved city escape for paddling, fishing, and swimming. But population growth, antiquated wastewater systems, and recent protection rollbacks are all now threatening the long-term health of the river.Biking: Just What the Doctor OrderedBoston, Ma. In an effort to get its residents moving, the city of Boston recently started a program that allows some doctors to prescribe biking to low-income patients. According to a story in the Boston Globe, the new “Prescribe-a-Bike” enables doctors at Boston Medical Center to prescribe low-income patients with a $5 yearlong membership to Hubway, the city’s bike-share program. With an obesity rate of 1 in 4 among Bean Town’s low-income residents, city officials hope the incentive to ride will help some people become wicked slim. Paying Top Dollar for Mountain AirBeijing, ChinaCitizens in rapidly industrializing China are finally becoming vocal about their dangerous smog-filled skies. In one well-publicized awareness stunt, artist Liang Kegang took a business trip to the craggy Provence region of France and came back home with a jar of fresh mountain air. He then sold it at auction for 5,250 yuan ($860). In the story he said: “Air should be the most valueless commodity, free to breathe for any vagrant or beggar. This is my way to question China’s foul air and express my dissatisfaction.”Driver After Hitting Cyclist: “I Just Don’t Care” Koroit, AustraliaFortunately Kimberly Davis of Koroit, Australia won’t be on the road for a while. She lost her license for nine months and was fined $4500 after showing little remorse for hitting a cyclist from behind with her car. Following the incident, Davis, who used her phone 44 times leading up to incident, told police: “I just don’t care because I’ve already been through a lot of bullsh*t and my car is like pretty expensive and now I have to fix it. I’m kind of pissed off that the cyclist has hit the side of my car. I don’t agree that people texting and driving could hit a cyclist.” The cyclist spent three months recovering from a spinal fracture, an injury that required surgery and could have resulted in paralysis. Davis eventually pled guilty to dangerous driving.last_img read more

Tajon Buchanan, Kamal Miller, Ryan Raposo earn ACC season honors

first_img Published on November 7, 2018 at 12:06 pm Contact Michael: [email protected] | @MikeJMcCleary Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Three Syracuse (7-6-4, 1-4-3 Atlantic Coast) players were named to All-ACC teams, SU Athletics announced in a release Wednesday morning. Forward Tajon Buchanan earned first-team All-ACC and defender Kamal Miller was named to the third-team. Ryan Raposo rounded out SU’s honorees with his addition to the All-Freshman team.Buchanan leads SU with 20 points, scoring eight goals which include a stretch of two games (a road tie against Louisville and a blowout win over St. Bonaventure) where he scored five goals. Raposo is second on the team in points with 15, and Miller has provided stability in the center of SU’s defense all season long.Syracuse still awaits its NCAA tournament fate Monday, Nov. 12 at the NCAA Division-I men’s soccer championship bracket selection show.last_img read more

Wellington police notes: Friday, Feb. 15 – Monday, Feb. 18, 2013

first_imgSaturday, February 16, 2013•2:10 a.m. Mitchell Norris, 18, Milan was issued a notice to appear charged with fail to yield right of way.•2:06 p.m. Tammy J. Sones, 42, Argonia was issued a notice to appear charged with seatbelt violation. Wellington Police notes for Friday, Feb. 15 to Monday, Feb. 18, 2013Friday, February 15, 2013•9:38 a.m. Don J. Sharpsteen, 55, Wellington was arrested, charged and confined with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia in the 300 block. N. B, Wellington.•1:10 a.m. Officers took a report of found keys in the 600 block. N. A, Wellington.•12:34 p.m. Non-Injury accident in the 500 block. E. 16th, Wellington involving vehicles operated by Daryl D. Donaldson, 43, Rose Hill, and Tonya M. Bernd, 35, Belle Plaine.•4:29 p.m. Officers investigated criminal use of a financial card in the 2000 block. E. 16th, Wellington.•5:02 p.m. Jeffery L. Redford, 34, Wellington was arrested and charged with burglary and theft in the 200 block. N. C, Wellington.•6:26 p.m. Officers took a report of a mental subject in the 600 block. E. 9th, Wellington.•8:42 p.m. Cynthia G. Hayes, WF, 53, Wellington was arrested and charged with theft in the 2000 block E. 16th, Wellington.•8:42 p.m. Officers took a report of a known mental subject in the 1500 block. N. Olive, Wellington. Sunday, February 17, 2013•9:18 a.m. Officers investigated a burglary in the 300 block. S. Blaine, Wellington.•1:45 p.m. Non-Injury accident in the 2000 block. E. 16th, Wellington involving a vehicle operated by Jorden C. Manche, 19, Wellington and a fixed object/post owned by Walmart, Wellington.•2:17 p.m. Officers took a report of dog at large and no Wellington tags in the 900 block. N. Cherry, Wellington.•3:57 p.m. Officers took a report of found property in the 1300 block. Western, Wellington.•8:10 p.m. Jeffrey T. Sroufe, 21, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with disobeyed stop sign.•9:08 p.m. Jason M. Stallings, 35, Wellington was arrested and confined on a Sumner County Warrant for making false information.•9:46 p.m. Officers investigated harassment by telephone in the 2000 block. E. 16th, Wellington.center_img Monday, February 18, 2013•On February 15, 2013 at 5:02 p.m. Jeffery L. Redford, 34, Wellington was arrested and charged with burglary and theft.•10:29 a.m. Officers investigated a theft in the 800 block. N. H, Wellington.•11 a.m. Officers investigated a burglary and theft in the 1000 block. W. 8th, Wellington.•12:31 p.m. Officers investigated a theft of wheels in the 1400 block. E. Michigan, Wellington.•1:10 p.m. Steven H. Sturgis, 56, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with expired tag and expired drivers license.•4:30 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the Wellington.•6:45 p.m. Richard J. Cabrera, 45, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with no ignition interlock device on vehicle.•7:36 p.m. Tina R. Forrester, Wellington was arrested on a city of Wellington Bench Warrant for Theft of Services.•9:44 p.m. Officers investigated unlawful discharge of fireworks in the 400 block N. Douglas, Wellington.last_img read more