Group Seeks Black Mountain Trail as Huge ATV Park Opens

The New York Times devoted nearly a page its Automobile section in its Dec. 17, 2004, issue for photos, maps, and reports that a group of ATV riders is pushing for a trail from Evarts to the Black Mountain summit.

Preston McLain, president of the Harlan County Ridgerunners is quoted as saying, “You’ll be able to ride from Evarts to the highest point in the state. That’s the goal. And the ride is free. That’s the way the county wants it. Say it’s to promote tourism.”
The article notes that Harlan County has become a destination for ATV riders. Harlan County is in the process of establishing a huge ATV Park. The off-road park won’t officially open until June, timed to the annual Poke Salad Festival, but local groups are already working to prepare the land. The Ridge Runners share the property with the Kentucky Mountain Crawlers, a local rock-crawling club, and both groups spend weekends clearing brush, christening trails and excavating the ancient mining and logging roads that hug the narrow ridges. In the spring the county leased a 7,000-acre parcel of land from a mining company and it plans to turn it into an off-road park. By next year the county hopes to secure another 30,000 acres, giving it the potential for a 280-mile trail

Po’ouli Bird Feared Extinct on Haleakala

The New York Times reports a bird, a po’ouli, the last known member of its genus and species, died in its cage on Maui on Nov. 26. The bird is a shy, nearly silent brown bird with a black face that lived on the upper slopes of the Haleakala volcano, climbing tree trunks and eating insects and snails. The species was not discovered until 1973, when it was already in a death spiral. In 30 years its numbers fell from a few dozen to three. The other two are feared dead.

Controversy Over Fifty 413 Foot Tall Wind Farms Near Spruce Knob

Many thanks to spookymike who points there is a controversy over a wind farm near Spruce Knob.

The matter is being discussed by a Yahoo group Spruceknob (aimed at astronomers seeking dark skies)

There’s a great deal of VERY CURRENT information on the background at johnrsweet.com.

According to a Charlestown Gazette newsstory the opposition is headed by the newly formed Friends of Beautiful Pendleton County.

Liberty Gap Wind Force hopes to build up to 50 wind turbines, each up to 413 feet tall, along a ridgetop just east of the South Branch of the Potomac River. The total generating capacity is between 70 and 100 megawatts.

Louis Picone Does 6 Highpoints in 21 Hours 33 Minutes

This message is from Louis Picone (lpicone@optonline.net)

Hello, my name is Louis Picone and I am a member of the High Pointers club. I e-mailed you a while ago to let you know that I was attempting to break the 3 year old record of 6 state high points in 24 hours and I have just returned from my attempt. Several days after I e-mailed you, I received a response from someone that you forwarded my e-mail to, but I had some computer problems and I lost the e-mails, so please forward this along to whoever is interested in this information
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Confrontrations Between Hikers and Hunters Over $165 Dog Tracking Collars

The Asheville Citizen-Times reports that some hikers are removing $165 tracking collars from hunters dogs. The hikers think the collars are shock collars aimed at hurting the dogs. North Carolina law say on public lands it is illegal to interfere with hunters killing game legally. It is also illegal to “take or abuse property, equipment or hunting dogs that are being used for the lawful taking of wildlife resources,” according to state law. They note that by taking away the collars many of the dogs are lost or stolen.

French Dedicate World’s Tallest Road Bridge (886 Feet) — Taller Than Eiffle Tower

Bloomberg repots that the French have dedicated the world’s highest road bridge which is taller than the Eiffle Tower.

The Millau Viaduct carries the highway from Paris to the Mediterranean some 270 meters (886 feet) above the Tarn River. Stretching for 2.5 kilometers (1.5 miles), the bridge took three years to build at a cost of 320 million euros ($426 million). Motorists will be charged 4.9 euros to drive over it.

Built by French construction company Eiffage SA to Foster’s design, the bridge’s highest pylon measures 343 meters. That’s about 20 meters taller than the Eiffel Tower in Paris, which Eiffage helped build for the 1889 World’s Fair.

Mule vs. Mountain Lion

Horse vs. Mountain Lion These pics came from somebody in a hunting party in Arizona. Yes, the horse killed the Mountain Lion! The Cougar had been stalking them for the better part of the morning, on the way out to a hunt. They were pretty sure it was after a dog. The Cat apparently ambushed them, and the horse pictured tossed its rider and went into attack (defense) mode, the horses scattered and shots were fired but no one was sure if they hit the Cat or not. Unfortunately, the battle was decently long, and it wasn’t until it was almost over that one of the guys started snapping pics. It’s in the americasroof gallery.

Snopes is investigating whether these photos are an urban legend.

Follow Up November 1, 2005
Western Mule Magazine has tracked down the story of Jody Anglin’s mule Berry in southwest New Mexico. The lion was dead and Berry started hitting it. The photographs got on the Internet by giving the pictures to his grandpa and his grandpa gave them to Jody’s aunt and that aunt gave them to a friend and that friend sent them e-mail to a friend
and it went from there to what it is today.

Woman Seeks to Have Husband Declared Dead After He Didn’t Return from Hike in Volcano National Park

According to the Star Bulletin an Indiana woman is asking that her husband be declared legally dead after not apparently not returning from a hike in Volcano Lands National Park. Tamara Lynch filed a missing-person report with the Warrick County Police Department in Indiana in June.
By June 12, she was “extremely anxious and upset” about her estranged husband’s welfare, so she checked his answering machine using a code she knew from before the separation. On it were messages from the Royal Kona Resort asking when Lynch planned to check out and take care of his bill.
She supplied the information to police, who found out Lynch had flown to Hawaii, rented a car and checked into the hotel. Police found Lynch’s car at the Evansville, Ind., airport and learned that he had not used his June 6 return ticket.
Police on the Big Island entered Lynch’s hotel room and said he had left with some personal items.
Officials at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park found Lynch’s rental car in the park.
Lynch’s father, Robert Lynch of Norwalk, Ohio, told the Hawaii Tribune-Herald he refuses to participate in efforts to have his son declared dead.

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