Archive for August 27th, 2008


Infections Increasing, Columbia ‘River Nose’, Studies Commencing

Mr. Bean~River Nose

Mr. Bean~River Nose

Search Continues For Cause Of Columbia’s ‘Rivernose‘                           Hood River, OR   August 27, 2008 1:03 a.m.  Federal and state scientists are researching the windsurfers’ ailment known as Rivernose. As Christy George reports, what started as a rural legend on an internet site has become a high-tech mystery.

‘For years anyone, who has spent much time around windsurfers or kite boarders on the Columbia River, has heard people complain of “river nose” (a runny nose that doesn’t seem to stop), cuts that get infected or take a long time to heal, sore throats, and diarrhea. While most people who use the Columbia do not experience these or other ailments on a regular basis, we are concerned that over the last several months Columbia Riverkeeper has received an increased number of reports about these and other symptoms.’


‘HOOD RIVER, Ore. — They call it “river nose,” an occasional affliction that has been a mystery for at least 20 years. Some avid wind surfers and kite boarders have complained of symptoms that can include stuffy noses, sinus infections, sneezing attacks, cuts that don’t heal, nausea and fatigue. This year, the number of reports of symptoms are higher than ever.’ 



Measure 4 (Loses) one of Most Expensive Ballot Measure in Alaskan History (and not just mining $$$)

Interviewed at the polling stations, Anchorage voters said they felt caught between two Alaskan icons — fishing and mining.

“I thought it was excessive on both sides. It seemed like a big screaming match,” said Seth Miraglia, a Bristol Bay gillnet fisherman from Anchorage.

He said he voted “Yes,” hoping to block Pebble, which he sees as a threat to his future income.

Anne Young said she grew up commercial fishing. Even though she isn’t thrilled about Pebble, she voted against Measure 4.

“It’s kind of overdoing it because we already have laws in place to regulate mining,” she said. “I’m hoping I’m not making a mistake.”

“Clean water? Jobs? Tell me what it really says,” said Charles Pilch, who voted at Mears Middle School.

Once he got in the booth and read the actual text, he decided to vote no.

The fight over Measure 4 turned into one of the most expensive political battles in state history.

Pebble foes, including Anchorage millionaire Bob Gillam and the Americans for Job Security — a secretive, Republican-oriented group in Virginia that doesn’t identify its members — contributed nearly $3 million to back Measure 4. (what pro-environment Republicans?)

Gillam disclosed giving $570,000. The Americans for Job Security disclosed giving $1.2 million to the “Yes” campaign, but it also funded “issue” ads in the form of mailers and radio spots. The cost of those ads was not disclosed.

The state’s mining industry and its supporters raised nearly $8 million to fight Measure 4. A large portion of that money came from the companies seeking to develop Pebble.


A Truism of Life, Pace yourself (Hey George. George?)

6.  You should not confuse your career with your life.

Subject: 12 Things it took 50 yrs to learn

 1.  Never, under any circumstances, take a sleeping pill and a laxative
 on the same night.

 2.  If you had to identify, in one word, the reason why the human race
 has not achieved, and never will achieve its full potential, that word
 would be “meetings.”

 3.  There is a very fine line between “hobby” and “mental illness.”

 4. No matter what happens, somebody will find a way to take it too

 5. Nobody cares if you can’t dance well.  Just get up and dance.

6.  You should not confuse your career with your life.

 7.  When trouble arises and things look bad, there is always one
 individual who perceives a solution and is willing to take command.
 Very often, that individual is crazy.

 8.  Never lick a steak knife.

 9. The most powerful force in the universe is gossip.

 10. You should never say anything to a woman that even remotely
 suggests that you think she’s pregnant unless you can see an actual baby
 emerging from her at that moment.

  11. A person who is nice to you, but rude to the waiter, is not a nice
 person.  (This is very important.  Ladies, especially pay attention!  It never fails)

 12. Your friends love you anyway.


Mining over Fish!!! What Now? Pebble Mine Update, 8/27/2008, 1010 PDT, Fly Fishing Industry Failed to Convince

MEASURE NO. 4 – 07WTR3    
Number of Precincts   438  
Precincts Reporting   429 97.9 %
Times Counted   168736/476472 35.4 %
Total Votes   166794  

YES   71456 42.84%
NO   95338 57.16%

Alaska voters decide mining over fish     Flyfishing Forces and Enviro’s Fail to Convince. I foresee relentless oversight of this industry, the Pebble Mine and any and all missteps in the development and implementation of this project. So be it!   (research for you)

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