Vehicles in Wilderness

first_imgA key element of the Recreational Fishing and Hunting Heritage and Opportunities Act now making its way through Congress would allow motorized vehicles and equipment into wilderness areas, undermine 1964’s Wilderness Act which expressly bans motor vehicles on these last wild vestiges of untrammeled American land. Photo cred: ComstockDear EarthTalk: I understand there is an effort underway to allow all-terrain vehicles, snowmobiles, motorbikes, motorboats and other motorized vehicles into wilderness areas, which would overturn a long-standing ban. What’s behind this?— Harry Schilling, Tempe, AZA new bill making its way through Congress, the Recreational Fishing and Hunting Heritage and Opportunities Act (H.R. 2834), aims to make federally managed public lands across millions of acres of Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management property more accessible to hunters and anglers. And a key element of the bill calls for allowing motorized vehicles and equipment—as long as they are used for hunting or fishing—into these areas. Leading green groups are outraged because this would undermine 1964’s Wilderness Act which expressly bans motor vehicles on these last wild vestiges of untrammeled American land.According to the non-profit Wilderness Society, the motorized vehicles provision “would result in the destruction of the very wilderness values that millions of American hunters and anglers cherish.”“The practical effect could be to open all designated wilderness areas to all-terrain vehicles, snowmobiles, motorbikes, motorboats, chainsaws and other motorized vehicles and equipment…” warns Wilderness Society president William Meadows in a letter to Congress. He adds that buildings, towers and temporary roads could even be built in currently pristine stretches of wilderness if the proposed bill becomes law.But what’s most troubling to Meadows and others is language in the bill saying that “any requirements imposed by [the Wilderness Act] shall be implemented only insofar as they facilitate or enhance the original primary purpose or purposes for which the federal public lands or land unit was established and do not materially interfere with or hinder such purpose or purposes.” Meadows fears this could be construed to allow road building, timber cutting, mining, oil and gas drilling and other development in our remaining wilderness areas.Another beef environmentalists have with the bill is that it would exempt decisions made or actions taken with regard to hunting and fishing on federal lands from federal environmental review and public disclosure regulations established under 1969’s National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The Wilderness Society reports that this part of H.R. 2834 would keep the public and concerned parties out of decisions to compromise the integrity of wilderness but also other types of protected lands.First introduced in the house last September by Michigan Republican Dan Benishek (with 45 bi-partisan co-sponsors), H.R. 2834 made it through the House Natural Resources Committee within three months and is poised for a full House vote later this spring. If it passes there, the Senate will take up a companion version, S. 2066, sponsored by Alaska Republican Lisa Murkowski and West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin. Depending on how it plays out, the bill could be on the President’s desk by the summer.“Recreational fishing and hunting are important and vital recreational activities on our federal public lands,” concludes the Wilderness Society, “but the anti-Wilderness provisions of H.R. 2834 should not be allowed to become law.”CONTACTS: H.R. 2834, www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/112/hr2834; Wilderness Society, www.wilderness.org.EarthTalk® is written and edited by Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss and is a registered trademark of E – The Environmental Magazine (www.emagazine.com). Send questions to: [email protected] Subscribe: www.emagazine.com/subscribe. Free Trial Issue: www.emagazine.com/trial.last_img read more

Port Harcourt Named West Africa Golf Tour Host

first_imgPort Harcourt Club Golf Section has been declared the host of the third edition of the West Africa Golf Tour from May 12 to May 15. The Port Harcourt Classic is a 72-hole professional tournament with a cut of 40 players and ties made after 36 holes. The winner will take $8,000 and win 500 points. The total prize purse is $50,000.The President of the West Africa Tour, Emeka Okatta, said the city was selected because it met all the requirements to host an international tournament of such scope.Okatta was hopeful that the event will be bigger than the previous editions held in Abuja and Ilara-Mokin in February and March this year.The Captain of Port Harcourt Club Golf Section, Emmanuel Okene, applauded the decision to stage the tournament in the Garden City. He noted that the club in collaboration with other partners would work to deliver a world-class tournament that the state government and all stakeholders would be proud of.“Rivers State is excited by this news as this is an opportunity to showcase our golf course to the world. It will also impact on the efforts to develop the game on different platforms as a product that will attract corporate interest and more players,” Okene declared.Port Harcourt Club which was founded in 1928 plays as a par 70 golf course and is 5,457 meters in length.The professional field is expected to comprise mainly of golfers from West and Central Africa region. Nigerian players, Oche Odoh and Kingsley Oparaku won the first two editions.Amateur golfers will similarly be part of the excitement as they will be playing on May 14- 15. All players are expected to pay the registration fee of N20,000 to be eligible while registration will close two weeks before the event.The Port Harcourt Classic will be followed by the B & E Match Play from June 22 -26 June 2016 in Abuja. The event also on the West Africa Golf Tour will grant 600 points for the Order of Merit. The Professionals will play from June 23-26, while the amateur hold their event on June 25-26.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram By Olawale Ajimotokan in Abujalast_img read more

WMS science instructor Cindy Tracy wins 2016 Excellence in Teaching Award

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Report Reply 0 replies · active 221 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down ADD · 221 weeks ago Well Deserved! Congrats Cindy! Report Reply 0 replies · active 221 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Pat McAtee · 221 weeks ago Proud to have her in my family and proud of her family and what she has done______ Report Reply 0 replies · active 221 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down Vickie Vargas-Jacobs · 221 weeks ago Nice story, congratulations Cindy, these are the kinds of teachers you want to have in any school!!! Report Reply 0 replies · active 221 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down Local · 221 weeks ago Congratulations Cindy! Report Reply 0 replies · active 221 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down Ted “Theodore” Logan · 220 weeks ago Now this – this is a cool story! Thank you. Report Reply 0 replies · active 220 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Rich Granger · 220 weeks ago Congratulations Cindy. You really deserve it. Rich and Donna Granger Report Reply 0 replies · active 220 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down student · 220 weeks ago what an amazing women! Way to go Cindy Tracy! Report Reply 0 replies · active 220 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Glenda Wright · 220 weeks ago Congratulations, Mrs. Tracy – very well deserved for such a beautiful lady as you, inside and out! Report Reply 0 replies · active 220 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Julie Carey · 220 weeks ago Cindy was both of my older kids’ favorite teacher…we love you! Report Reply 0 replies · active 220 weeks ago 12Next » Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Cindy Tracy wins 2016 USD 353 Excellence in Teaching award.by Amber Schmitz, Sumner Newscow — Cynthia Tracy believes that every child has a gift, and that if you are patient and work with them, they will be successful.Tracy was named the Wellington USD 353 2016 Excellence in Teaching Award recipient at a teacher assembly held Tuesday. There were 30 nominees. A committee of peers along with a member of the School Foundation board made the selection.“I believe every child has a gift that they can offer the world,” Tracy said. “You have to be patient and work with the child, that’s where that gift comes out, they share it. It doesn’t matter if they’re gifted, a regular student or special education student. They have something to offer.”Tracy said that if you watch and listen and help them realize they have this, even if they believe they don’t, this can make them successful.“Everyone, no matter their abilities, has something to offer the world,” Tracy said. “Taking everyone’s abilities and using them, I design lessons so that everyone can be successful, no matter their IQ, because that doesn’t really matter.”Tracy became a teacher in 1999, after obtaining her associates degree from Cowley County Community College and bachelors and masters degrees from Wichita State University. She has been employed with the district for 25 years, having started as a para-educator. After earning her teaching degree, she was employed at Lincoln Elementary as a fourth grade teacher, then a science teacher position opened at Wellington Middle School and she decided to try it. Six years later, she realizes that she made the right decision.“One time a student who was graduating, came up to me and told me that she was the first to graduate in her family, including her grandparents and parents,” Tracy said. “The student was able to see that they could be successful, and she did it.”Tracy was given $1,000 for winning the award.“I’m still in shock,” Tracy said. “I’m very happy, it makes my heart happy.”The nomination form submitted states that “She deserves $1,000 because she has given her money to be able to do experiments in science. She bought every student in 7th grade a candy gram to make everyone feel loved.”The candy grams are a yearly Valentine’s Day fundraiser for the leadership team at the middle school. They attach lolly pops to cards and sell them during lunch period for $1 each, and students and teachers can send them to whomever they want.“I want every child to get at least one candy gram in their middle school career,” Tracy said. “I don’t want a child to go through middle school and never have gotten one and never have felt loved.”She said that the teachers in charge of the fundraiser know that she will supply them with a list of her students every year.She is married to Bud Tracy, and they have two sons, Brian, of Wellington, and Tim, of Superior, Colo. They have six grandchildren, four of whom are Wellington High School graduates, and one grandchild in Colorado.Tracy offers a lot of hands-on science experiments for her students, which she says is the best way to learn. She also offers inquiry based projects and experiments.“For instance, they have to make a car out of recyclable materials, seat belt an egg into it, and run it on a track to see if it crashes,” Tracy said. “They also make boats to see if they will float. I bring in baby pools, and they have a chance to put marbles in it to see if they float, and they can re-work them if they don’t.”Tracy said the fact that the students are willing to re-engineer their boats, makes it even better.She also keeps several different types of animals in her classroom, such as chameleons, bearded dragons, snakes, rabbits, albino frogs, and turtles.“It’s been proven that when you study outdoors, and in real surroundings, you retain information,” Tracy said. “So, I brought the outdoors inside.”Eggs recently hatched in her classroom, and as soon as a student noticed, she said that everyone wanted to look at the hatching babies.“I love the children, they bring joy to my heart everyday,” Tracy said. “If they’re having a bad day, we work together and make everyone’s day better. The thrill of seeing them learning is a joy in my heart.”Tracy has been in the district for over 20 years, seven as a paraprofessional and the remainder as a classroom teacher. She has also been involved with the Sumner County Spelling Bee as a coordinator, MTSS Committee member, Curriculum Committee member, PDC Committee member and After School Director and Summer Program Director. During the summer she is also a swim team coach for the Wellington Sailfish.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

Watch Ross Kemp’s incredible reaction to England’s victory over Colombia

first_img diamond geezer Fallon d’Floor Arsenal star Laurent Koscielny admits he didn’t want France to win World Cup ‘It could have been me’ – Allardyce admits World Cup was tough to watch A reminder to Liverpool fans about the very comical threat Neymar offers England players celebrate beating Colombia on penalties at World Cup 2018. Paul Pogba buys France World Cup winners specially designed rings Why does Luis Suarez kiss his wrist when he celebrates a goal? Shy guy Latest World Cup 2018 news misery Good times SUPERSTITION It was a real rollercoaster and victory sent the nation wild with brilliant celebrations up and down the land, in houses, pubs, and on the streets.And one man in particular captured the mood of the nation with a topless Ross Kemp clearly loving every moment of the triumph. Learn the words for England’s catchy Gareth Southgate song Pure class LU BEAUTY Let’s face it, we all got a bit emotional after finally witnessing England win a penalty shoot-out.The Three Lions stepped up gallantly and beat Colombia 4-3 on spot-kicks following a 1-1 draw after extra-time. Southgate makes young England fan’s day by replying to his letter Dele Alli reveals pre-match rituals and lucky charms he has before matches 1 Watch every goal England scored at the 2018 World Cup talkSPORT will be with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network. Olivier Giroud confirms N’Golo Kante is the nicest man in football You’re the one NO JOY What a game, what an ending. Well done @England #ENGvCOL #EnglandvsColombia #threelions pic.twitter.com/l5qTfmfN2O— Ross Kemp (@RossKemp) July 3, 2018last_img read more