Camping and Backpacking
Camping News from NewsTrove.com:
Freewheeler pens book about pedaling across Texas
"- As he approached retirement, Lloyd Mardis went looking for cheap thrills. With the help of a Texas highway map and a bicycle, he found them.
Between 1993 and 1996, he covered 8,000 miles of Texas. Details of the adventure are recounted in Mardis' 321-page book. "Mother Nature Ain't Nobody's Mom." (Available at bookstores for $21.95 or online at Amazon.com.)
Mardis lived in Austin, Texas, during the 1990s and took up cycling at the age of 62.
Now 75, Mardis lives in Enid, Okla. He doesn't own a car - preferring the quiet, clean, slow transportation from his own pedal power.
His book, like his travels, rambles extensively."
"The rainstorm that blew through the Atwood Lake region Nov. 12 brought damage to several homes, knocked out electric and telephone service and left behind a trail of toppled and twisted trees and branches.
It also had an impact on business at Atwood Lake Resort and Conference Center.
A group staying at the resort that week for a business meeting checked out early due to the blackout associated with the storm. Two vacation cabins across from the resort's main entrance were severely damaged by the high winds and falling trees."
The Calaveras Enterprise
"49 things to do in Calaveras County
49ER FEVER: Check out 49 things to do at your leisure in Calaveras County.
While visitors to Calaveras County may stop and visit our local attractions, residents of the county sometimes forget what a bounty lies in our own backyards. The Calaveras Enterprise has assembled some of our local treats to whet your appetite for local adventure."
Telluride Daily Planet: The newspaper choice for the people of Telluride
"In the spirit of cooperation, members of the Telluride Open Space Commission met this week with Norwood District Ranger Judy Schutza to discuss local open space issues both new and familiar.
The annual meeting with Schutza came on the heels of a U.S. Forest Service proposal for 15 additional miles of trails on the Telluride ski area, and introduced Schutza to some locals' answer to affordable housing - setting up permanent camps in the forest surrounding Telluride."
Armed forces get free camping areas
"PORTLAND - Officials with the Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District, said they are waiving day-use
and camping fees for active duty service personnel
enjoying rest and recreation leave from Operation Iraqi Freedom.
While on temporary leave from duty in Iraq, fees for military personnel will be dropped at all corps-operated facilities.
The policy will continue for the duration of United States operations, officials said.
Service personnel on temporary leave will be required to show identification and a copy of their orders to get the waiver.
It also applies to all family members who are with the service member."
Hiking News from RocketNews:
Mugabe may take the 'Verwoerd option'
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe set his sights on the east on Tuesday and pursued his attack on the Commonwealth in a state-of-the-nation address while acknowledging some of his government's economic policies have failed. Mugabe who last week indicated that Zimbabwe was ready to quit the international body after he was left out of this week's Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting CHOGM in Nigeria accused some Commonwealth members of perverting his country's sovereignty."
Sun.Star Davao - Ohio: America's heartland
Sun.Star Davao Ohio America's heartland Feature Wednesday December 03 2003 Ohio America's heartland By Henrylito D."
Rates: we're watching with interest
By FLEUR ANDERSON and KIM WHEATLEY 03dec03 CHANCES of an interest rate rise today firmed after Australians continued their shopping and home-building binge. Australia is heading for a bumper Christmas shopping season after retail sales hit a record 15.5 billion in October. That was a surprise 1.2 per cent jump on the previous month and sports fans were responsible for much of the bonanza."
National Parks News from RocketNews.com:
deseretnews.com | Cathedral Valley Capitol Reef's spectacular northern badlands
CAPITOL REEF NATIONAL PARK Just under 200 years ago trappers and other trailblazers pushing into the American West began traversing bleak torturous landscapes mostly barren of vegetation and browse. They called these places badlands. Nowadays often as not we call them national parks. The Temple of the Sun center dwarfs the Temple of the Moon left back."
Alabama: MLK home now open to tourists - Nov. 24, 2003
MONTGOMERY Alabama AP The home where Martin Luther King changed from Montgomery pastor to national civil rights leader has been restored to its 1950s appearance providing another tourist site in a city that describes itself as the Birthplace of the Civil Rights Movement. The white woodframe house near downtown was the parsonage for Dexter Avenue Baptist Church for nearly 80 years but King was its most famous resident rising to national prominence after black seamstress Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her seat to a white man."
National Parks News from AllTheWeb.com:
Thanksgiving Travel Up for Both Auto and Air AAA Urges Travelers To Allow Extra Time
"Traditionally, Thanksgiving marks the start of winter holiday travel and this year shows a strong beginning to the season. AAA projects that 36 million Americans will take a trip of 50 miles or more from home this Thanksgiving weekend holiday."
Sterling to host international show
"Sterling has outbid major cities like Fort Worth, Texas, and Indianapolis, and won the right to host a national"
National Parks News from News.Google.com:
Rhino project may be reviewed
"New Straits Times, Malaysia
"The ministry will get experts from the Wildlife (and National Parks) Department
to discuss the future of the rhino breeding programme should we decide to get ...
Saving Congo, One Woman at a Time
... The environment, including once-extraordinary national parks, and their wildlife
have been decimated by marauders, including sometimes the desperately hungry. ...
Japan and Russia Turn to Nature to Bridge Vast Chasm in the Sea
"New York Times
23 Cranes, eagles and puffins have no trouble crossing a 20-mile-wide finger of
the Sea of Okhotsk that separates two national parks, one Russian and one ...
National Forest News from NewsTrove.com:
Handling of forest under full attack
"November 24 2003Country News
The Victorian and NSW governments should immediately address the current mismanagement of the Barmah-Millewa Forest, according to the Victorian and NSW National Parks associations.
The associations said the forest had recently been described as an "icon site" by the Murray-Darling Basin Ministerial Council and as one of the six Murray River icon sites in most need of urgent attention by Federal Environment Minister David Kemp."
"IT is a general phenomenon that subsidies and taxes are two key policy instruments that governments all over the world use to modify market outcomes. However, there is basic difference between taxes and subsidies. Taxes draw while subsidies inject money into expenditure stream. Though subsidies promote growth by increasing level of critical inputs like health, education and infrastructure, subsidies can also hinder growth by drawing away resources from more productive use and by causing allocation distortions."
"Editor's note: The following is the Thanksgiving proclamation President Kennedy made Nov. 5, 1963, which was read in many churches Thanksgiving Day on the urging of Kennedy's successor, Lyndon Johnson, two days after the nation buried its fallen leader.
Over three centuries ago our forefathers in Virginia and in Massachusetts far from home in a lonely wilderness set aside a time for thanksgiving. On the appointed day, they gave reverent thanks for their safety, for the health of their children, for the fertility of their fields, for the laws which bound them together and for the faith which united them under God."
Backpacking Alaska News from News.Google.com:
"Rifle Shooter Magazine - Nov 26, 2003
... I would also choose a .450 for prowling around the alder thickets of coastal Alaska. ... a
hunter might want a mountain rifle in a light caliber for backpacking ...
VW seeks all Bug lovers for photo shoot tomorrow
"Aspen Times, CO - Nov 18, 2003
... and Angela Gardner are the recipients of this particular adventure, after Essrog
wrote an essay about climbing glaciers in Switzerland, backpacking in Alaska, ...
"Brookline TAB, MA - Nov 12, 2003
... Range Backpacking and River course with the National Outdoor Leadership School,
Lander, Wyo., last summer. This expedition style course explored Alaska's ...
Campground News from News.AlltheWeb.com:
MAJORITY OF CITY RESIDENTS POLLED SUPPORT PURSUIT OF HOSPITAL
"Overwhelmingly, citizens would like to see a hospital here, according to an informal survey conducted by the City of Brookings on its Web site. "It's obvious the community wants a hospital here," said City Manager Leroy Blodgett Tuesday."
Camp won't be converted to homes
"SOLON TWP. A northern Kent County campground"
Casino relocation debate continues before Board
"VISALIA - Advocates and opponents of a proposed casino relocation had another opportunity to express opinions and voice concerns Tuesday during the second of two informational meetings before the Tulare County Board of Supervisors."
Duke Energy gas pipeline now operational
"Duke Energy's controversial Southwest Virginia pipeline now has natural gas flowing through it, even as opponents continue to mount legal challenges. Company officials with the North Carolina-based energy giant announced that the pipeline began operations Nov. 21."
Camping News from RocketNews:
Earthquake Claims At Least 11 Lives in China
Friendly Version MyLinkFormat lt font face Tahoma size 1 MyLinkFormat lt font face Tahoma size 1 A strong earthquake has hit northwestern China killing at least 11 people and toppling hundreds of buildings."
EU Urges Vietnam to Improve Human Rights Record
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