Crandall Canyon (update) – “the end of the line?”

brass-tag5.jpgI’m sure the families in Huntington were dismayed to hear this report on what was seen when the camera was lowered into the 7th borehole at Crandall Canyon.

Instead, workers discovered 7 feet of rubble from the floor up and only a 2 1/2-foot void, or space, between the top of the rubble pile and the ceiling. A camera lowered into the hole showed that it was filling up with mud and water.

The inevitable may be about to be faced  As their attorney, Colin King,  a lawyer and spokesman for the families, said:

“I think they’re moving closer and closer to accepting the likelihood that they won’t find anyone alive.”

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Throwing Away Good Money From Bad People

Gimme a break . . . . .

Norm Coleman, that bastion of morality his own self, is ‘throwing over’ a $2500 donation he received from Sen. Larry Craig’s political action committee, Alliance for the West, as Coleman’s campaign director stated, “We aren’t going to keep the contribution because he has pled guilty to a crime unbecoming of a senator.” Coleman won Paul Wellstone’s seat in Minnesota by an amazing 2% following Wellstone’s death. Coleman is now being challenged by none other than Al Franken. (I see Susan Collins from Maine is doing the same thing; she’s facing fierce competition from Tom Allen for her seat.)

As a commenter over at ‘Think Progress’ noted: Continue reading

Crandall Canyon – The Latest (August 30th)

Update: This came from EarthTimes.org

U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao announced today that an independent team of mine safety experts will review the actions of the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) relative to the Crandall Canyon Mine accident. The review will include actions taken before the August 6 accident and the ensuing rescue operations.

“After discussions with Administrator for Mine Safety and Health Richard Stickler, I am taking the unprecedented step of appointing independent outside experts to evaluate MSHA’s actions regarding the tragedy at the Crandall Canyon Mine on August 6 and the subsequent rescue efforts,” said Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao. Continue reading

New Orleans – 2 years later

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In honor of New Orleans today and the fuck up for a president who insists on visiting there after contributing to the financing of its destruction and lack of rebuilding. [Graphic courtesy of Suspect Device] Continue reading

Is Momma Happy?

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Now, tell me whether you think Mrs. Craig believes her husband’s bullsshit excuse? side of the story?  That is one sick-at-heart woman.

Protecting Animals from Us

aw-the-dog.jpg Lost in the shuffle of all the “big news”, Abu Gonzo resignation and publication of the Larry Craig primer on airport bathroom etiquette, was this bit of news out of Utah. Via ‘JMBell’ – Henry’s Law was to make animal torture/abuse a felony with the first conviction if I read it correctly, and Utah is one of seven states where it is not a felony to torture an animal. Here in Idaho, it’s a misdemeanor; however, there has been a push to change that as well.

The SLC Tribune delves a bit deeper and talks to Utahan legislators about their votes. By the way, the name ‘Henry’s Law’ came about from Henry of course.

The bill became known as Henry’s law for the small black terrier-Chihuahua mix who lost an eye when owner Rhonda Kamper’s now-ex-husband chased the dog with a leaf blower, stuffed him in an oven and cooked him for five minutes at 200 degrees

Obviously, that man had no clue as to a ‘real baking temperature.’

Here’s Mr. Bell’s response to the recent vote by the Utah legislature. The bill was tabled. Continue reading

Fire season still going strong here

Mandatory evacuation orders are issued for the Castle Rock Fire.

A mandatory evacuation order is still in effect for all residences north of Greenhorn Gulch and south of the St. Luke’s Hospital Bridge on the west side of Highway 75.

The National Interagency Fire Center is based in Boise, and the huge lumbering Orions have been flying over our office several times a day as three of the city’s hospitals sit near the foothills. One local TV station in Boise has been most consistent in listing the areas under the evacuation orders and providing other information. The Idaho Statesman has as well, but the Wood River Journal is closer to the action. Blaine County is keeping information up on their website as well. Continue reading