Saturday, May 29, 2010
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Of Toads and Bucks
Friday, May 21, 2010
FIRE EVACUATION UPDATE: May 21, 9:30 am
EAST OF M-18: The previous evacuated area east of M-18 is now reopened to PROPERTY OWNERS ONLY for an opportunity to asses their property and secure their belongs. Blockades will continue at M-18 and Old 144. Landowners MUST show ID with proof of residence or a tax bill showing they own property. Citizens who stayed in the area are asked to stay on their own property and leave their outside lights on so firefighters and law enforcement officers are aware they are remaining in the area.
WEST OF M-18: The evacuated area west of M-18 remains closed until DNRE can ensure firelines hold throught an expected wind event this afternoon. Residents will be allowed access into the blockaded area with identification and an escort from 6 pm until 9 pm to secure property and will be asked to leave for the evening.
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Wildfire rages near Roscommon - State of Emergency Declared
Saturday, May 15, 2010
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Severe Weather Warning: What Does it Matter?
"What does it matter?" That's the response I received yesterday when I mentioned to a friend that nasty weather was looming on the horizon. "Be careful" is what I said to her after hearing the NOAA forecast. There is a church in Santa Fe I think about during severe weather season when I watch news interviews with folks who had near misses on our restless planet full of of tsunamis of floods, earthquakes, tornadoes, landslides and lightning strikes. And when I heard her comment I thought about that church again but my feelings were not of prayer. More than a few people tell interviewers they prayed they would be safe - and in the end they were. All well and good. But there is a powerful message on that church, and it's not in the form of a sermon or a placard. It's a lightning rod. A lightning rod that protects a recognizable religious icon perched high on that historic church. Kind of makes one pause and think as I did when I first saw it last May in during a New Mexico wilderness medical conference. And I read that 'better put a lightning rod on our church' message very very clearly. The message? Prayer is not enough. Nor is ignorance of nature and her unstable atmospheric moods the wisest thing to do. Lightning is one of nature's most deadly phenomenon. We average 58 lightning deaths a year with hundreds more injured. And 100% of those killed last year in the USA were killed out of doors. A powerful thunderstorm is on the horizon.That's what it matters.
Saturday, May 8, 2010
Me, A Neanderthal? Yes I Am!
Thursday, May 6, 2010
Antlers + Jugular Veins = Darwin Award
The Darwin Awards "commemorate individuals who have improved our gene pool by removing themselves from it." To qualify the candidate must have exhibited an astounding lack of sound judgement yet have been capable of sound judgement. Translation: Doing something really stupid. With the stage set for my photographed nominee I proceed. The scene is Bay City, Michigan. I was driving towards M-25 when I came up behind a slow moving car. At a traffic signal I ended up bumper to bumper and reached for the camera when I realized what I was seeing on his rear window deck: 4 sets of deer antlers. Deer antlers are sharp. They have pointy ends. Human necks are soft. They are vulnerable to pointy things. I can only dread the messy situation EMS and deputies would have should this gentleman be involved in a solid impact crash. But the questions remains: Why? Why would someone drive around town with four sets of antlers on the rear window deck. Was he looking for a doe? Obviously they are there to be seen. But why? Perhaps some mysteries in life and the ways of nature and man and perhaps boasts of manhood are best left to our imaginations. But I was tempted to pull up along side and ask him that question. I did not.
Monday, May 3, 2010