October 15, 2013
Re "Snow ravages cattle industry," Oct. 12 My heart goes out to the ranchers in South Dakota whose cattle were killed in a blizzard. According to the article, many people in that part of the state supported the government shutdown. Ranchers, call your representatives in Washington and tell them to reopen the government so you and all the other people who are not getting services can get the help and support you deserve. Also, our government employees, contractors and subcontractors need to get back to work too. Judith Fenton Costa Mesa The South Dakota cattle ranchers portrayed in this article are represented by a Republican in the House of Representatives.
October 6, 2013 |
Adios, Karen. The first named storm system of the season, which had Louisianans packing off for safety and federal emergency workers scurrying back from shutdown furlough, dissipated in the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday. Karen, once a tropical storm whipping 65-mph winds around its center, was expected to wander eastward with much weaker winds as the Gulf Coast dodged a meteorological headache. The rest of the U.S. wasn't so lucky over the weekend, with the Great Plains racked by tornadoes and blizzards, parts of the Appalachians deluged by rain, and California battling dry winds and wildfires.
October 3, 2013 |
A veteran cowboy would seem to be a difficult subject to resist for a documentarian, as the cowboy life tends to be a potent combination of scenic beauty, storytelling richness and mythic personality. So even when it meanders, and "Running Wild: The Life of Dayton O. Hyde" occasionally does, director Suzanne Mitchell has a ready supply of landscape and lore to corral viewers back in again. The Michigan-born, Berkeley-educated Hyde, a gently grizzled, soft-spoken conservationist now in his late 80s, certainly earns his bio-doc credentials as the man behind a 12,000-acre wild-horse sanctuary in the Black Hills of South Dakota.
September 26, 2013 |
Oil extracted from massive new fields in North Dakota and other states is rolling into California in growing quantities aboard long-haul freight trains, paralleling a surge in crude moving on rail across North America. More than 200,000 barrels of crude per month were imported into California this summer, a fourfold increase from early 2012, according to data compiled by the California Energy Commission. Though the total amount is still small, it marks a little-noticed departure from the state's reliance on its own declining oil patches, the Alaskan North Slope and foreign nations, led by Saudi Arabia.
September 25, 2013 |
Local bureaucracy seems to have gotten the upper hand on a white-supremacist's plot to take over a small town in North Dakota. Paul Craig Cobb, 61, made headlines after news broke of his secret plot to amass white supremacists in Leith, N.D., and win control of the hamlet by buying up property and winning local elections. But now Cobb's home in Leith could be condemned after he failed to submit plans for sewage and running water to the county government, according to the Bismarck Tribune.
September 6, 2013 |
Joan Crawford once described Errol Flynn as "the most beautiful man who ever lived. " But that was when Flynn was the charming, dashing and devilishly handsome star of such Warner Bros. swashbucklers as 1935's "Captain Blood," 1938's "The Adventures of Robin Hood" and 1940's "The Sea Hawk. " By 1957, though, Flynn's hedonistic lifestyle of booze, drugs and young women - he was tried and acquitted in 1942 in the alleged statutory rape of two teenage girls - had caught up with him. He was a dissipated 48. And his personal life was in shambles, having recently separated from his third wife, actress Patrice Wymore.