The Green Mountain Club today expressed strong support for the Green Mountain National Forest temporary closure. This closure applies to the Appalachian Trail through Vermont and the Long Trail system from the Massachusetts border to Mt. Ellen in Warren. The Green Mountain Club manages the Long Trail as well as most of the Appalachian Trail in Vermont in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and private land owners. ‘There is so much work to do in Vermont communities up and down the Green Mountains and now is not the time for hiking in those areas,’ said Will Wiquist, executive director of the Green Mountain Club. ‘Hiking on the National Forest in these areas could be dangerous and could also get in the way of important recovery efforts.’ With the Labor Day weekend taking place, the club also noted that the towns of Duxbury and Huntington have closed the roads leading to the primary trails on Camels Hump. Camels Hump Road in Duxbury is entirely closed and is extremely dangerous and impassible. Access to the mountain from the Huntington side is closed due to a land slide. Hikers are advised to avoid hiking Camels Hump until further notice. ‘Closed means closed,’ he said. ‘Both overnight and day hikers should not enter the national forest at all. There are hikes available on northern Vermont summits like Mt. Hunger, Mt. Mansfield, and Laraway Mtn.’ In general, the Long Trail itself appears to have survived tropical storm Irene with relatively minimal damage. The club has been maintaining a detailed list of trail conditions and road reports related to hiking trails. While far from comprehensive, this is an excellent resource for hikers. Even so, Wiquist advises, ‘hike and drive with caution even in places seemingly unaffected by Irene, as the entire trail network has not yet been fully assessed. And of course heed all federal, state and local road closures.’ The Appalachian Trail, which stretches from Georgia to Maine, overlaps the Long Trail from Massachusetts to Killington, Vt. then diverges from the Long Trail and heads east toward New Hampshire. The ‘AT’ lost at least two bridges in Vermont. The AT is closed in Vermont ‘ from Massachusetts to Norwich, Vt. Green Mountain Club’s seasonal caretakers and Long Trail Patrol have spent most of this week working to help Waterbury village residents recover from the flood. The club plans to send its Appalachian Trail Conservancy- and Green Mountain National Forest-sponsored Volunteer Long Trail Patrol to a local community in southern Vermont with help from the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation. For the holiday weekend, caretakers have returned to the northern Long Trail.
Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter “For seven years in Montreal, we were thinking about bringing our suitcases to head back to the Dominican (Republic) in August,” Guerrero said. “Here in Anaheim, you play baseball in August because you’re winning. … Winning is the key thing I remember about being here.”As for the current number 27, Trout said he came to understand the significance of sharing a number with Guerrero over time.“To wear that number, and obviously the Hall of Fame, just his career statistics, and the time he was with the Angels – it’s pretty remarkable,” Trout said. “He comes in here, and he’s just another guy. Just comes in here and talks to us, good friends with all of us.” Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone PreviousFormer Angel outfielder Vladimir Guerrero waves to fans during a ceremony to celebrate his recent induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame, prior to Friday’s game between the Angels and the A’s at Angel Stadium. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Former Angels outfielder Vladimir Guerrero looks on during a ceremony celebrating his recent induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame prior to Friday’s game between the Angels and the A’s at Angel Stadium. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Former Angels outfielder Vladimir Guerrero prepares to throw out a ceremonial first pitch for Friday’s game after a pregame ceremony celebrating his recent induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsFormer Angels outfielder Vladimir Guerrero throws out the ceremonial first pitch as former Angels Mike Witt, left, Chuck Finley, second from left, and Garret Anderson watch during a ceremony to celebrate Guerrero’s recent induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame, prior to Friday’s game between the Angels and the A’s at Angel Stadium. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Former Angels outfielder Vladimir Guerrero, right, puts a jersey on team owner Arte Moreno during a ceremony to celebrate Guerrero’s recent induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame, prior to Friday’s game against the A’s at Angel Stadium. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Angels owner Arte Moreno hugs former Angels outfielder Vladimir Guerrero during a ceremony celebrating Guerrero’s recent induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame prior to Friday’s game between the Angels and A’s at Angel Stadium. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Former Angels outfielder Vladimir Guerrero looks on during a ceremony celebrating his recent induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame prior to Friday’s game between the Angels and the A’s at Angel Stadium. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Angels manager Mike Scioscia shakes hands with team owner Arte Moreno during a ceremony celebrating the recent induction of former Angels outfielder Vladimir Guerrero into the Baseball Hall of Fame prior to Friday’s game between the Angels and A’s at Angel Stadium. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Former Angel outfielder Vladimir Guerrero waves to fans during a ceremony to celebrate his recent induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame, prior to Friday’s game between the Angels and the A’s at Angel Stadium. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Former Angels outfielder Vladimir Guerrero looks on during a ceremony celebrating his recent induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame prior to Friday’s game between the Angels and the A’s at Angel Stadium. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)NextShow Caption1 of 8Former Angels outfielder Vladimir Guerrero looks on during a ceremony celebrating his recent induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame prior to Friday’s game between the Angels and the A’s at Angel Stadium. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)ExpandANAHEIM — The equipment manager in each team’s home clubhouse is traditionally charged with assigning jersey numbers. Since 2009, the Angels’ equipment manager has been a man named Keith Tarter.When Tarter handed Mike Trout a number 27 jersey on the day of his major league debut – July 8, 2011 – Trout decided to quietly accept his fate.“When you get called up to the big leagues, you don’t really want to ask the clubbie the first day to get a different number if you want a different number,” Trout said. “He just gave me 27.”So it was on Friday that Vladimir Guerrero found himself answering a question about whether or not his uniform number – also 27 – would be retired by the Angels now that he’s in the Baseball Hall of Fame. “We’ve got to wait and see,” Guerrero said through an interpreter, “but the guy in it right now does a very good job with number 27.”Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.The Angels feted Guerrero, 43, in a pregame ceremony for the second straight summer on Friday. In 2017, he became the 16th inductee into the Angels’ team Hall of Fame. Guerrero was voted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in January and was formally inducted less than two weeks ago along with Trevor Hoffman, Chipper Jones, Jack Morris, Jim Thome and Alan Trammell.“To come back now as a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame, I’m very happy to be able to share that with the fans,” Guerrero said.Related Articles Of the 323 enshrinees in Cooperstown, 11 were Angels once. Guerrero is the first to don the team’s cap on his plaque. The 2004 American League MVP played six seasons in Anaheim (2004-09), batting .319 with 173 home runs and 616 RBIs in 846 games.Guerrero debuted in 1996 with the Montreal Expos and did not leave until signing with the Angels in January 2004. He played two more seasons after leaving Anaheim, one with the Rangers and another with the Orioles, and finished with 449 career home runs. 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Australian Menâ€™s Open player, Stuart Brierty and Australian Womenâ€™s Open representative, Marikki Watego have been named the Ron Hanson Medallists for the 2016 Trans Tasman Series. Brierty and Watego were named as Flag Bearers for the event in front of their Australian teammates at the contingentâ€™s Jersey Presentation on Tuesday night. Brierty is a stalwart of the Australian Menâ€™s Open team, first representing at the 2009 Trans Tasman Series and hasnâ€™t missed a series since, competing in two World Cups (2011 and 2015) and five Trans Tasman Series events (2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014). Brierty said despite feeling â€˜slightly oldâ€™ he was blown away to be named as one of the Flag Bearers for the event. â€œItâ€™s a great privilege and honour to receive that medal. To carry the flag representing our country, I canâ€™t wait and really look forward to it. â€œWhen they started rattling off the years and the games, I knew it was probably either myself, Dylan (Hennessey) or Prowsey (Matt Prowse), as we are the only three that still remain from 2009. It did make me feel slightly old.â€Watego is the most capped Australian Womenâ€™s Open player, having debuted at the 2012 Trans Tasman Series and hasnâ€™t missed a series since, including playing in the 2012, 2013 and 2014 Trans Tasman Series events and 2015 Touch World Cup. Watego said she was thrilled to be given the honour. â€œItâ€™s incredible, I definitely wasnâ€™t expecting it and to look back on past Ron Hanson Medallists and to be named alongside them now, itâ€™s just a real big honour and Iâ€™m really thrilled to be given the opportunity,â€ Watego said. Weâ€™ll be keeping you up-to-date with all of the latest news, information and results from the 2016 Trans Tasman series on our website and social media channels, so you wonâ€™t miss any of the action: Be sure to use the hashtags #transtasman2016, #oneteam and #teamaustralia across all of our social media platforms and send in your messages of support for the teams on our social media channels.Related LinksRon Hanson Medallists Facebook: www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter: www.twitter.com/touchfootyausInstagram: www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustraliaYouTube: www.youtube.com/touchfootballausSnapchat â€“ search for â€˜TFAofficialâ€™
BOULDER, CO – SEPTEMBER 29: The Bruins flag flies as the UCLA Bruins score a touchdown against the Colorado Buffaloes at Folsom Field on September 29, 2012 in Boulder, Colorado. UCLA defeated Colorado 42-14. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)Update: An interesting development from the Roquan Smith commitment:BREAKING: Despite announcing his commitment to #UCLA, 4* LB Roquan Smith tells me he has not reached final decision, has not signed LOI.— Jake Reuse (@ReuseRecruiting) February 4, 2015Earlier: UCLA may wind up being the winners of this year’s National Signing Day. Jim Mora’s program has already had a big day, landing top-rated recruits like Soso Jamabo over Texas and Chris Clark over Michigan, and now they’ve plucked a top five outside linebacker out of Georgia’s back yard. Roquan Smith was down to Georgia, Michigan, Texas A&M, and UCLA during his ceremony today. After having signs for the Wolverines and Aggies flipped over to indicate that the schools were out, Smith put on UCLA gloves under the table to reveal his commitment.Some UCLA fans may be concerned about the program’s ability to compete at the top of the Pac-12 without Brett Hundley, but Mora is proving that the Bruins should not be a flash in the pan. [@BoltonSports]
TUSCALOOSA, AL – SEPTEMBER 22: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide watches his team take on the Georgia Bulldogs at Bryant-Denny Stadium September 22, 2007 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Georgia defeated Alabama 26-23 in overtime. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)It’s been documented in the past that Alabama head coach Nick Saban occasionally uses chewing tobacco. Today, on SportsCenter, college football fans got a look at his favorite brand. In an interview with ESPN’s Marty Smith, Saban had a pouch of “Red Man” next to his seat belt. It didn’t go unnoticed.Never thought of Saban as a Red Man guy pic.twitter.com/m2KwlSBhIX— Feitelberg (@FeitsBarstool) November 4, 2015ESPN camera in Nick Saban’s car catches a pouch of Red Man. He’s just like the rest of us; he has a vice! pic.twitter.com/B5QC2xbJQV— Aaron Suttles (@AaronSuttles) November 4, 2015For what it’s worth, it doesn’t really line up with Saban’s no-nonsense personality. But as Aaron Suttles of The Tuscaloosa News notes, we all have our vices.
shaq lawson clemson dalvin cook florida stateAfter losing superstars like Stephone Anthony, Vic Beasley, and Grady Jarrett from last year’s top Clemson defense, many expected a big slide for the Tigers on that side of the field. After finishing first nationally in total defense in 2014, Clemson repeated in the top 10, currently ranking seventh in that category. A big reason: defensive end Shaq Lawson, who has 55 total tackles, an eye-popping 22.5 tackles for loss, and 9.5 sacks on the year. After the upcoming College Football Playoff, though, he will be off to the pros. [email protected] DE Shaq Lawson: “I’m going to declare for the draft, “It’s time. I’m ready for the next level. I will always miss Clemson”— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) December 9, 2015At 6-foot-3, 270-pounds, Lawson should be a pretty exciting prospect for NFL teams after his breakout season. He’ll have a chance to improve his stock on the sport’s biggest stage on New Year’s Eve.
Copyright ©2014Look to the Stars Founding member of Jane’s Addiction and ‘Ink Master’ host, Dave Navarro, asked fans to help create more smiles with Operation Smile and is just about to reach his goal of $24,000 raised – which translates into 100 new smiles across the World!Operation Smile is one of the largest surgical organizations in the world and is the largest volunteer-based medical charity that provides free surgeries to children with cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities. It is also one of the few organizations that celebrity supporters actually reach out to in efforts to get involved.Look to the Stars was happy to catch up with Navarro to find what sparked his smile-making campaign.How did you become involved with Operation Smile? What attracted you to the organization?I’ve always had soft spot in my heart for children and I actually became involved with Operation Smile just by their campaigns and word of mouth. I actually reached out to them to see what I could do to help and they set me up with my own donation page, then I reached out to the Jane’s Addiction fan base to contribute and generate funds for surgeries for children.Anything with children in particular is something close to my heart. I don’t know why that is, but probably because I can identify with lost innocence as a result of having some pretty traumatic things happen to me when I was a child. So anytime I can give back on any level to the younger kids, I’m always for it.You’ve just about reached your campaign goal of $24K, which equals 100 smiling children.Yeah, what happened was we had the website up for a while, then had the opportunity with Jane’s Addiction when we played three nights at the Brooklyn Bowl in Las Vegas. I came up with a plan to auction off the guitars I started off the set with. So I had three guitars, I would open the show, play the opening song on that guitar and then someone would run that guitar that I just played on over to the merchandise booth where it went to the highest bidder, with all earnings going to Operation Smile. Being a collector myself of different oddities and artwork, I know that if I were a huge fan of somebody and I had the opportunity to buy something they played at the show I was attending, it would be of interest to me.So I figured anyone that was a die hard fan of the band – and wanted a piece of history that they were part of – would be interested. And the guitars went fast – in the end we raised about $20k for Operation Smile just by auctioning off those three guitars.I think this simple idea would be great for other musicians to incorporate to benefit whatever charitable cause is close to their heart. It’s such a simple way to give back, and my guitar company, Paul Reed Smith, was onboard and they helped us make this happen and we are close to making a hundred kids smile again, which is the ultimate goal.Certainly I’ve done lots of work with pediatric AIDS and against domestic violence and PETA, but when it comes to the kids, that breaks my heart more than anything – pure innocent young lives that don’t have a shot out the gate and this gives them a better life. So I’m just super excited that Operation Smile is willing to let me help, it’s a great organization and it’s a great feeling to give back and help others.Have you gone on a mission with Op-Smile, or do you plan to?I haven’t and I would love to – our relationship is just kind of starting, but of course I would love to. I look forward to doing more work with them for sure.If you could have one super power, what would you choose?My super power would be to eat as much carbs and cheese and sugar and not gain an ounce LOL! When you break it down that’s the only super power anyone really wants.And finally, if you had a theme song, what would it be?Well I cant answer that one because I think the human condition is too multi-dimensional to attach one song to it. I’m in a different mood everyday I wake up, so each day it would be a different song every day.Many thanks and a big hug to the multi-dimensional rocker for making us – and the kids – smile.Please follow both @operationsmile on Twitter and on Facebook.
Now that the federal government has rolled back the internet protections it put in place two years ago, the big question is: What does the repeal of “net neutrality’ rules mean to you?In the short term, the answer is simple: Not much. But over time, your ability to watch what you want to watch online and to use the apps that you prefer could start to change.Your mobile carrier, for instance, might start offering you terrific deals for signing up to its own video service, just as your YouTube app starts suffering unexpected connection errors. Or you could wake one day to learn that your broadband provider is having a tiff with Amazon, and has slowed down its shopping site in order to extract business concessions.All of which would be perfectly legal under the new deregulatory regime approved Thursday by the Federal Communications Commission, so long as the companies post their policies online. Broadband providers insist they won’t do anything that harms the “internet experience” for consumers.WHAT HAPPENEDOn Thursday, the FCC repealed Obama-era “net neutrality” rules, junking the longtime principle that all web traffic must be treated equally. The move represents a radical departure from more than a decade of federal oversight.The big telecommunications companies had lobbied hard to overturn the rules, contending they are heavy-handed and discourage investment in broadband networks.“What is the FCC doing today?” asked FCC chairman Ajit Pai, a Republican. “Quite simply, we are restoring the light-touch framework that has governed the internet for most of its existence.”Under the new rules approved Thursday, companies like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T would be free to slow down or block access to services they don’t like. They could also charge higher fees to rivals and make them pay up for higher transmission speeds, or set up “fast lanes” for their preferred services — in turn, relegating everyone else to “slow lanes.”Those possibilities have stirred fears among consumer advocates, Democrats, many web companies and ordinary Americans afraid that the cable and phone giants will be able to control what people see and do online.WHAT HAPPENS NEXTIn the near term, experts believe that providers will stay on their best behaviour. In part, that’s because inevitable legal challenges to the FCC’s action will keep the spotlight on them.Public-interest groups such as Free Press and Public Knowledge have said they’ll be involved in litigation against Pai’s rules. New York’s attorney general vowed to lead a multistate lawsuit; the attorneys general of Massachusetts and Washington state also announced plans to sue.“The fact that Chairman Pai went through with this, a policy that is so unpopular, is somewhat shocking,” said Mark Stanley, a spokesman for the civil liberties organization Demand Progress. “Unfortunately, not surprising.”Rep. Mike Doyle, a Pennsylvania Democrat, said he would introduce legislation to overturn the FCC’s action , restoring the previous net-neutrality rules. That move, however, could face tough opposition, given that Republicans control both houses of Congress.ONCE THE KLIEG LIGHTS FADEThings could be different assuming the rules survive legal and congressional challenges.AT&T senior executive vice-president Bob Quinn said in a blog post that the internet “will continue to work tomorrow just as it always has.” Like other broadband providers, AT&T said it won’t block websites and won’t throttle or degrade online traffic based on content.But such things have happened before. The Associated Press in 2007 found Comcast was blocking some file-sharing services. AT&T blocked Skype and other internet calling services — which competed with its voice-call business — from the iPhone until 2009.Thursday’s rule change also eliminates certain federal consumer protections, bars state laws that contradict the FCC’s approach, and largely transfers oversight of internet service to another agency with relatively little experience in telecommunications policy, the Federal Trade Commission.Angelo Zino, an analyst at CFRA Research, said he expects AT&T and Verizon to be the biggest beneficiaries because the two internet giants can now give priority to the movies, TV shows and other videos or music they provide to viewers. That could hurt rivals such as Sling TV, Amazon, YouTube or startups yet to be born.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Residents are being reminded to make sure all campfires are out this long weekend.The B.C. Conservation Officers shared a tweet on Friday showing a campfire they found left unattended and still smouldering. Although so far this long weekend, there haven’t been any major new forest fires, Fire Information Officer Amanda Reynolds said that most of Northeast B.C. is currently sitting at a ‘high’ fire danger rating, with pockets of ‘extreme’ fire danger near Hudson’s Hope, Mackenzie, and Fort Nelson. Reynolds said that there isn’t any precipitation in the forecast east of the Rockies this weekend, which could see the fire danger upgraded to ‘extreme’ in more areas. A theme encountered this weekend by Peace BCCOS patrolling the backcountry. An abandoned & smouldering campfire. Please ensure your fires are out before leaving them. “Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former”- A. Einstein pic.twitter.com/u5JVHf1yEO— BC CO Service (@_BCCOS) May 19, 2018 Reynolds said that this has so far been a fairly active fire season, though not nearly as bad as last year or the year before. Despite this, she said that residents looking to go camping for the unofficial start of summer need to take precautions, especially when having a campfire.Category 2 fires are currently prohibited across the Prince George Fire Centre – which includes all of Northeast B.C. – meaning that campfires need to be smaller than a half-metre in dimension. Sky lanterns, burning barrels, and binary exploding targets are also prohibited, as are grass fires smaller than 2,000 square metres. Reynolds said that in anticipation of a spike in wildfires this weekend, the BC Wildfire Service does have firefighters on standby in Fort St. John, Dawson Creek, Chetwynd, and Fort Nelson at the ready to respond to any flare-ups. Smokejumpers and an air tanker are also in Fort St. John on standby. The Fire Danger rating in Northeast B.C. remains at High – B.C. Wildfire Service
Funds raised from the event will go to help boost community programs in the Fort St. John area. The United Way in Fort St. John supports 18 different community programs that fall within United Way’s three pillars of all that kids can be, poverty to possibility, and healthy people strong communities. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Over $62,000 has been raised for the United Way in Fort St. John with this weekends Fire Truck Pull.The amount was made possible by a $50,000 donation from Progress Energy and the money raised by 10 different teams who participated in the event. The team from Enbridge raised the most money with a team donation of $8,647.90.Last year’s Fire Truck Pull raised over $35,000.