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‘Subirdia’: Surprisingly, birds thrive in suburban areas

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 10/26/2014 - 22:16
Ornithologist and UW professor John Marzluff writes in his new book, “Welcome to Subirdia,” that the suburbs around Seattle provide habitat for a greater diversity of bird species than either the city or nearby forests. And after 12 years of study, he has some theories as to why.

‘Tennessee Williams’: haunted life of a genius playwright

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 10/26/2014 - 22:16
John Lahr’s dazzling biography “Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh” is a sympathetic and psychologically acute portrait of the great American playwright.

‘Some Luck’: Jane Smiley’s saga of an Iowa farm family

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 10/26/2014 - 22:16
Jane Smiley’s “Some Luck,” the first novel in a projected trilogy, follows the Langdon family of Iowa from the days after World War I through the Depression, World War II and the 1950s. Smiley appears Monday, Oct. 27, at Seattle’s University Book Store.

Creating your own Subirdia

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 10/26/2014 - 22:16
Humans can help birds thrive in the suburbs. Here are some things individuals can do to turn suburbia into Subirdia, according to ornithologist John Marzluff.

White Pass - 10/26/2014 6:12:39 AM

White Pass Report - Sun, 10/26/2014 - 22:08
White Pass US12
10/26/2014 6:12:39 AM

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Satus Pass - 10/26/2014 6:03:17 AM

Satus Pass Report - Sun, 10/26/2014 - 22:08
Satus Pass US97
10/26/2014 6:03:17 AM

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Stevens Pass - 10/26/2014 6:19:42 AM

Stevens Pass Report - Sun, 10/26/2014 - 22:08
Stevens Pass US2
10/26/2014 6:19:42 AM

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Blewett Pass - 10/26/2014 6:13:59 AM

Blewett Pass Report - Sun, 10/26/2014 - 22:08
Blewett Pass US97
10/26/2014 6:13:59 AM

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Snoqualmie Pass - 10/26/2014 6:13:38 AM

Snoqualmie Pass Report - Sun, 10/26/2014 - 22:08
Snoqualmie Pass I-90
10/26/2014 6:13:38 AM

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Potential delays due to single-lane closures both directions 24 hours a day. Occasional rolling slowdowns both directions during daytime hours. No loads over 12 ft wide. Rock blasting closures are completed for the season.

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Former university VP faces accusers in civil trial

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 10/26/2014 - 21:50
They came from broken homes to a state university in Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains and met the father figure they never had: a school vice president who offered them scholarships or campus jobs as they adjusted to college life. But then came the pressure for sexual favors or, in some cases, sexual assaults, according to a federal civil-rights lawsuit heading to trial this week.

After Sandy: Are we ready for the next big storm?

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 10/26/2014 - 21:48

In this Oct. 9, 2014, photo, Chris Niebling, deputy operation chief of the Office of Emergency Management in Mantoloking, N.J., steps over construction of the new seawall while giving a tour of the construction. After Superstorm Sandy, New York and New Jersey officials vowed to make sure the unprecedented destruction wouldn’t happen again. Still, officials and disaster-preparedness experts see meaningful movement on a long-term, complicated problem. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)NEW YORK (AP) — After Superstorm Sandy, officials in New York and New Jersey vowed to make sure the unprecedented destruction wouldn't happen again.


Eagles, Cardinals meet in matchup of 5-1 teams

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 10/26/2014 - 21:45

Eagles, Cardinals meet in matchup of 5-1 teamsThey are second-year coaches who have zoomed up the success ladder in the NFL.


State quarantines are due to 'absence of federal leadership': Republican lawmaker

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 10/26/2014 - 21:40
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Lack of trust in the federal government prompted governors in New York and New Jersey to impose strict quarantine procedures on healthcare workers potentially exposed to Ebola, a Republican lawmaker charged on Sunday. "Governors of both parties are reacting to an absence of leadership and belief that the federal government knows what they are doing," said Congressman Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. "They have to have a viable alternative" he said on NBC's "Meet the Press" television show. ...

IS hostages 'have been waterboarded'

BBC World News - Sun, 10/26/2014 - 21:33
A British hostage being held by Islamic State says prisoners of the militant group who have tried to escape have been punished with waterboarding.
Categories: BBC World News

DealBook: 25 European Banks Fail Stress Test

New York Times Headlines - Sun, 10/26/2014 - 19:53
Lenders in Europe are 25 billion euros, or $31.7 billion, short of the money they would need to survive a financial or economic crisis, and nine Italian banks failed the review.






A Bear In The Backyard

E-Town - Sat, 10/25/2014 - 03:06

IMG_1935Man oh man, check out this photo from our backyard:

That’s from a bear who’s been frequenting our neighborhood of late (if the rather large, nightly deposits of bear scat in various spots around the ‘hood are any indication, he’s been a regular visitor). Through the opening he made in our fence, you can see a heavy hanging plum tree (in our neighbor’s yard), the fruit of which I suspect he’d been enjoying. We actually heard him wreaking havoc on the fence (it was about 11pm at night, right outside our bedroom window more or less). It sounded like a drunken linebacker who’d lost his way and found our fence to be an obstacle to be removed from his path. Wild.

Actually literally wild. Here in Boulder, and in countless other parts of the country, many of our neighborhoods butt up against open space (ours does for example) which results in inevitable contact and encounters between animals and people. We are lucky enough to live in a town where wildlife cohabitate with us. As a matter of fact, in my opinion, we humans are living in THEIR neighborhood. Lord knows we cause them innumerable challenges, as they travel through our landscaped yards using ancient routes to water; roam through our developments at night, as they have for centuries, making their rounds as they search for food, etc. mtlion_NPSI have heard numerous stories from folks about ‘close encounter’ wildlife sightings (I myself have seen a mountain lion in a tree right down the street from our house, in broad daylight in that case!). It’s awe inspiring to think of.

There’s a real debate in this country right now, between those who would like to pave and/or develop every available square inch of land no matter what that does to the wildlife population and those who (like me) think it vital to our collective souls to ensure that we will always have open space and places where wildlife can exist. I think that’s why this year’s midterm election is so important. Can you guess which political party cares about protecting the environment and which cares little or nothing about that? I’m sure you can. If not, you should do some research, decide what’s important to you, and then VOTE. Make your voice heard.

It’s the patriotic thing to do.

By the way, don’t forget to check out this week’s broadcast/podcast in Zack’s previous blog entry.

Xo Helen

 

 

 

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