THE DIRT: Weekly Outdoor News From The Blue Ridge And Beyond

first_imgTHE DIRT is a weekly look at some of the most pressing outdoor news issues from around the Blue Ridge and Beyond.This week: Blue Ridge Parkway to be minted on U.S. quarter, popular Brevard, North Carolina bike shop looks to expand location near the entrance of Pisgah National Forest, Virginia streams gain federal protection, and more.Blue Ridge Parkway Is MoneyThe iconic Blue Ridge Ridge Parkway will appear on a newly minted U.S. quarter. The design will feature one of the many tunnels found along the parkway and “depicts the grace and curvature of the road hugging the side of a mountain, with the North Carolina state flower in the foreground,” according to the U.S. Mint website. In celebration of the BRP quarter, the Mint plans to host a commemoration ceremony at Pack Square in downtown Asheville, North Carolina at 10 a.m. on June 25.Pisgah Forest Entrance ExpandsThe Hub, a popular bike shop near the entrance of Pisgah National Forest in Brevard, North Carolina has announced plans for a substantial expansion and relocation. The new location will be situated on a 9-acre lot across the street from the original hub.“We’re super excited to have property of our own so we can grow,” owner Sam Salman told Park Baker of the Transylvania Times. “We have almost been losing business because people pull in and the parking lot is full, so they go elsewhere.” Learn more here.New Clean Water Rule Strengthens River ProtectionsA new EPA rule ensures that drinking water for 117 million Americans is safeguarded. One in three Americans gets drinking water from previously unprotected waterways. The new EPA rule clarifies and bolsters protection for these and other rivers, streams, and bodies of water across the country.The rule is especially important for the water-rich Appalachians. More than 28,000 miles of Virginia streams will be afforded federal protection, some of which feed the James and Potomac Rivers. According to Environment Virginia, the newly protected streams account for 57 percent of the states waterways.“From the Potomac and James Rivers to the Chesapeake Bay, the waters we swim and fish in can only be clean if the streams that flow into them are protected,” said Sarah Bucci, campaign director with Environment Virginia. “That’s why this action is the biggest victory for clean water in a decade.” Learn more here.Beyond the Blue Ridge: 22-year-old climber dies on nose of El CapitanAccording to Outside Online, a 22-year-old climber has died from injuries related to a 200-foot fall from the nose of Yosemite’s iconic El Capitan rock face. The climber, whose name has not been released, was only five pitches from the summit when the fall occurred. Search and rescue teams recovered his body on Wednesday.last_img read more

Two Guppies Go Fly Fishing

first_img I’ve always used this classic phrase to describe my participation in sports. I’ve dabbled in so many different activities, gleaning skills from one and transferring them to the next. Fly fishing has always been on my mind, but never something I thought I could try. The buy-in seemed too great — waders, fancy side packs, a knowledge of fly hatching schedules, patience. Fly fishing also had this mysterious allure, complete with slow-motion casting and pulling a fresh catch, water cascading from its speckled belly, above the water and examining the prize. But that was for someone far more skilled and with far more knowledge than me. Maybe. “Jane of all trades, master of none.” Ben and I had gone fly fishing ONE time before with a guide and used their equipment. After that single introduction, we fell in love and knew we needed to dive in. We started with the Hane and Iwana, two rods that are great for beginners and Colorado streams. We also used the Tenkara USA kit which provided everything we needed for our first trip out. We grabbed two friends with prior fly fishing knowledge (but not Tenkara knowledge) and made our way to the river. Our friends had a net (which isn’t necessary if you handle the fish carefully), we wore river sandals, shorts to wade into the cold water, and stuffed supplies into our pockets. We had big plans to watch a ton of the informational videos Tenkara USA has on their website to help us set up the rods (we watched them after the fact, they are super helpful, but not a necessity). After years of working outdoors, you would think we are used to losing service and needing offline plans. We are not. With just the instruction booklet tucked into the Tenkara USA kit, we dove into our newest hobby. We learned the knots on-site, figured out how to set up the rods next to the rapids, and …wait for it…  we BOTH CAUGHT FISH. Take that ‘slow-motion casting in pristine remote locations with a copious amount of line pulled out.’ These two guppies were able to learn the knots, attach the tapered line and tippet, tie on the fly, and trick a fish into thinking its food. With the help of our friends, we were able to learn the correct procedure for keeping the fish safe and letting it go. A great success for a morning on the water.center_img I’d run into Tenkara rods a few times in the past and was familiar with claims that they were simple, great for backpacking, and easy to use. After three years of living in a van and camping near streams more often than not, it was time to swallow my pride, push down my fears, and try out some fly fishing. Tenkara USA is the original tenkara brand in the US. Tenkara is a simple type of fishing that originated in Japan. It focuses on the art of catching the fish, instead of complicated equipment, using just a rod, tenkara line, and fly, to enjoy the sport. There is one way for this tour to be a reality– our sponsors! Sending a thank you shout out to all of our awesome sponsors that make this tour happen: Sea to Summit, Mountain House, Lowe Alpine, Leki, Big Agnes, Stio, Roofnest, and Franklin County, VA. For more info on our sponsors, check out the post, “Live Outside and Play is Back!” This sport is far more accessible than I previously thought. We have so much more to learn about the sport, but it IS possible to dive in and be successful on your first go. The simplicity of the Tenkara USA rods and equipment made the process of starting a new sport so much easier. Don’t forget to grab a fishing license, always use caution around water, respect the environment, plants, and animals, and leave no trace. ***We want to be totally transparent. We sought out Tenkara USA to write this article. We were interested in the sport and had no idea where to begin. When we learned about the simplicity of the rods and how helpful Tenkara USA was with beginners, we contacted them. They supplied us with two rods and a starter kit. last_img read more

UPDATE: Southern Tier to move onto phase 4 Friday

first_imgGarnar’s final news conference According to the state government, the Southern Tier region has the second lowest infection rate after the North Country. Because of this, Garnar says daily news conferences are no longer needed. Coronavirus numbers (WBNG) — Broome County Executive Jason Garnar announced he will give his last coronavirus update on Friday. Phase four is final phase of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s reopening plan. The county executive has held daily news conferences since the outbreak began in March. Garnar says he expects the county to move onto phase four Friday. (WBNG) — Broome County Executive Jason Garnar announced the county government has got official word from the state that phase four will begin on Friday for the Southern Tier. 51 people died from the virus and 548 have recovered. Live conferences will be conducted if needed, Garnar says. He says the county will continue to gives updates on the virus on and its Facebook page.center_img There are 35 active cases of the coronavirus in Broome County. 3:57 P.M. UPDATE: Garnar says guidance will be sent to businesses sometime Tuesday evening. —– Broome County June 23 coronavirus update Phase four However, the county executive says he has not received any guidance from the state about how the region will proceed from phase three to four. In the fourth phase, recreational and education facilities are permitted to open. For a map detailing where cases are located, click here.last_img read more

Henderson achieves milestone at Nation Station

first_imgIn an exclusive interview with Dominica Vibes News; Mr. Henderson said over the years the grace of God has kept him and that the most important thing to him is touching people lives.Click here to listen to part 1 of the interview:  Mr. Henderson says “Being on radio you have to cater for everybody” and although he has spoken mainly Creole for the older people he has also connected with the children when he created “ Nini Pout” for the Program “Espeweyans Kweyol” and the English programs which are human interest features that he has produced like “48 Hours in Prison”, “Under the Stars and Sky” and so on…., he believes he has shared a connection with everyone who can identify with these programs.Click here to listen to part 2 of the interview:  He further stated that his sense of humor which God has blessed him with is what catches people’s attention in his commercials without losing the focus of what he is advertising.Click here to listen to part 3 of the interview:  Mr. Henderson also pointed out that the problem with most of our journalists in Dominica is that we tend to focus on the people who did not make the news instead of the people who did make the news.Click here to listen to part 4 of the interview:  We congratulate Mr. Henderson on achieving this milestone as well as his service to Dominica, and wishes him every success in his future endeavors.News Reporter: Ms. Grace HendersonDominica Vibes News 247 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Share LocalNews Henderson achieves milestone at Nation Station by: – May 16, 2011 Tweet Share Mr. Felix Henderson. Photo credit: FacebookMr. Felix Henderson,  host of the Espeweyans Kweyol Program aired Dominica Broadcasting Corporation (DBS Radio) daily as well as popular commercial producer celebrated 34 years working at DBS Radio last Thursday 12th May 2011. Sharelast_img read more

Buy-bust nets 16 sachets of ‘shabu’

first_imgResident Elmer Areglo, 52, yielded the suspected illegal drugs, a police report showed. Charges for violation of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 will be filed against him./PN BACOLOD City – Sixteen sachets of suspected shabu weighing about seven grams valued at around P90,000 were seized in a buy-bust operation in Barangay Taculing.center_img Areglo was nabbed after he sold a sachet of suspected shabu to an undercover officer for P300 around 6:30 p.m. on July 12, it added.ssssssThe suspect was detained in the custodial facility of Police Station 5.last_img

Ronaldo could leave Juventus

first_img Loading… read also:Olmo: Bale better athlete than Ronaldo Ronaldo has scored 53 goals in 75 appearances for Juventus since joining the Serie A giants from Real Madrid in 2018. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Cristiano Ronaldo and Juventus could part ways at the end of the season, according to Italy’s Radio Rossonera. Instalgram big boy Cristiano Ronaldo Rumours began to emerge in May that the 35-year-old was contemplating leaving the club, and those rumours have continued heading into the summer.Advertisementlast_img

Mane wins PFA Fans’ POTY award after Henderson, De Bruyne prizes

first_img Read Also: JUST-IN: John Obi Mikel set for medical at English club That saw him come out ahead of De Bruyne, who took 27 per cent, and team-mate Trent Alexander-Arnold, who won 17 per cent of the vote. The award which was won by De Bruyne also saw Mane and Henderson nominated and yet no player has emerged as an unanimous selection for the individual accolades. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content18 Beautiful Cities That Are Tourist MagnetsWorld’s Most Delicious Foods6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her Grandson5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime18 Cities With Neverending Tourist-Flow7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Fantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread ArtThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The World But it appears fans, the media and the Premier League all look back on 2019-20 differently with Henderson taking the award from football writers’, Mane getting the fans vote and the Premier League awarding it to Manchester City playmaker Kevin De Bruyne. Loading… center_img Sadio Mane has been named winner of the PFA’s Fans Player of the Year for 2019-20 campaign as Liverpool’s dominance of the end of season awards continued. At the last count, Reds captain Jordan Henderson being awarded the Football Writers’ Association Men’s Footballer of the Year award and full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold winning Premier League Young Player of the Season, Mane emerged the latest individual from Jurgen Klopp’s title-winning side to be recognised. The Senegalese once again played a starring role on the left side of the Reds’ attack and was key to their title win, finishing with 18 goals and seven assists as they raced to 99 points. And in a poll of fans from across the UK, Mane took 41 per cent of the vote for this award.last_img read more

West Brom’s Jonas Olsson hopeful Zlatan Ibrahimovic will end career in England

first_imgWest Brom defender Jonas Olsson has urged Sweden team-mate Zlatan Ibrahimovic to change his mind and come to England. But Olsson is keen to see his international captain in the top flight for a career swansong. “He’s still at the top of his game. He is the strongest player I have been up against. I really hope he comes,” the Albion centre-back said ahead of Sunday’s game at West Ham. “Zlatan on his day is the most talented footballer in the game. “He has played under Jose Mourinho before and the only place where he’s not 100 per cent appreciated is in the UK. “I think he can play for any team in this league – he is still that good.” Olsson is targeting a Sweden recall after they qualified for Euro 2016, when Ibrahimovic inspired them to a play-off win over Denmark. Olsson played with Ibrahimovic at Euro 2012, when Sweden were knocked out in the group stage after losing 3-2 to England. The 32-year-old then had to return home for the birth of his daughter Annabelle and wants to play in France next year – but without the drama. Olsson wants the 34-year-old Paris St Germain striker to move to the Barclays Premier League when his contract in the French capital expires next summer. Ibrahimovic earlier this month said he believes it is “too late” to move to across the Channel after playing in Spain, Holland, Italy – where he featured under Jose Mourinho at Inter Milan – and France. Press Association “After the England game I had to fly back to Sweden because my daughter was born the next day,” he said. “It was a really surreal 24 hours, the disappointment of being knocked out and the joy of my daughter being born. “She was born early so it wasn’t planned at all. Then I flew back, played the last game and came straight home.” But Olsson knows he must force his way back into the Baggies team after a groin injury only saw him return for their 2-1 victory over Arsenal last week following seven weeks out. Gareth McAuley is available after a ban, but Olsson said: “I have been in and out of the Sweden squad but it’s important to get minutes here. I hope I can play against West Ham. It’s nice to be back. “I have always enjoyed playing against Andy Carroll because it’s always a big battle and I’m sure he enjoyed it too.” last_img read more

Penn State : Key witness, assistant PSU coach put on administrative leave

first_img Comments STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Penn State wide receivers coach Mike McQueary has been placed on administrative leave, university President Rod Erickson announced Friday.The move was announced a day after Penn State said McQueary would not be on the sidelines when the No. 12 Nittany Lions (8-1) play 19th-ranked Nebraska at noon Saturday because he has received multiple threats.McQueary testified in a grand jury investigation that led to sexual abuse charges against former PSU defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky. Football coach Joe Paterno was then fired by the Board of Trustees on Wednesday night along with President Graham Spanier.The grand jury report says that administrators didn’t contact authorities after a graduate assistant, revealed to be McQueary, said he saw Sandusky sexually assaulting a young boy in the team’s football facility shower in 2002. Authorities have said that Sandusky met many of his alleged victims through The Second Mile, a charity he founded more than 30 years ago for at-risk children.Sandusky was arrested and charged last Saturday. His lawyer has said that Sandusky maintains his innocence.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘Due to multiple threats made against Assistant Coach Mike McQueary, the University has decided it would be in the best interest of all for Assistant Coach McQueary not to be in attendance at Saturday’s Nebraska game,’ read a statement from Penn State Athletics released Thursday night. Athletic Director Tim Curley and former vice president Gary Schultz have both been charged with perjury after failing to report an incident of abuse in 2002. Curley is on administrative leave, while Schultz resigned earlier this week.‘It became clear that coach McQueary could not function in this role under these circumstances,’ Erickson said Friday, according to the Associated Press. McQueary was advised of the situation Friday afternoon, Erickson said.On whether McQueary would be fired, Erickson replied, ‘there are complexities to that issue that I am not prepared to go into at this point.’McQueary is a Penn State graduate and State College, Pa., native. He played for Paterno and was the starting quarterback of the 1997 team that finished 9-3. McQueary went on to join the staff as a graduate assistant in 2000 — the year following Sandusky’s retirement — and became the receivers coach and recruiting coordinator in 2004.Graduate assistant coach Terrell Golden is expected to assume McQueary’s duties Saturday against Published on November 11, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Jon: jdharr04@syr.educenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Schmidt to name summer tour squad today

first_imgIreland coach Joe Schmidt will name a 32 man squad for the summer tour to South Africa today.It’s expected that Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding will be included.The Irish times suggests that Simon Zebo maybe a doubt as he’s recovering form surgery.last_img