Eagle Creek Fire- Burned Area Emergency Response Update 09/30/17 (Eagle Creek Fire Wildfire)

COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE NATIONAL SCENIC AREA Burned Area Emergency Response Update – Eagle Creek Fire Team Verifying Preliminary Soil Burn Severity Map September 30, 2017 Hood River, Oregon – The Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Team assigned to the Eagle Creek Fire is developing a Soil BurnSeverity (SBS) map. The preliminary SBS map is derived from satellite data from before and after the fire and is used to estimate how intensely the fire burned. The initial map identifies areas with a loss of vegetation cover and potential soil damage. BAER Team members have been looking at burned areas on the ground and by air. They are verifying the preliminary SBS map and determining the characteristics of the watersheds, such as soil and rock types, acreage, and how steep are the slopes. Using information from ground and aerial surveys, plus knowledge and experience from years of assessing other burned areas, the soil scientists on the BAER Team are producing maps showing the level of…
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'Let's Make a Deal' host Monty Hall dies at 96

Monty Hall, best known for hosting the game show 'Let's Make a Deal,' died Saturday morning in Los Angeles, his daughter Sharon Hall said.

He was 96 years old and had been ill after suffering a heart attack shortly after his wife of almost 70 years died this summer.

"He was the greatest father on the planet … he was the dad who called every single night to see how your day was and never tired of hearing the details. He lived for his family," Sharon Hall said.

Monty Hall hosted the first version of the popular game show, on which contestants dressed in costumes and often won prizes behind one of three doors. The show premiered in the mid-1960s and a version of the show starring Wayne Brady is still on the air.

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Detectives search for suspect in Jennifer Fulford's death

FBI agents were working with the FDLE and detectives with the Winter Park, Orlando and Orange County police departments Saturday in search of a person of interest in the death of Jennifer Fulford.

The 56-year-old grandmother was found dead in Orange County Saturday after she vanished Wednesday. Detectives released the photo of Scott Edward Nelson, 53, who they said used her debit card. 

Officers found her 2015 Hyundai SUV and talked to her husband, Robert Fulford, who said she was planning to travel to Dallas to meet her granddaughter. 

There is a $20,000 reward for information leading to the man's arrest. The law enforcement community in Central Florida was asking anyone with information to call 1-800-423-8477.

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Aston Martin's dream: Drive submarine from luxury downtown condo to SoBe

Can you imagine driving an Aston Martin submersible vehicle from downtown Miami to South Beach? The British automaker can make that happen for the elite willing to spend millions. 

Aston Martin will soon be selling a submersible vehicle that fits a driver and two passengers. They recently unveiled their Project Neptune design, a collaboration with Florida-based Triton Submarines.

The automaker's chief creative officer Marek Rechman told Bloomerg that they will manufacture about 12 submersible vehicles a year and sell them for about $4 million.

The company also partnered with Miami-based G&G Business Developments for the Aston Martin Residences, a waterfront condominium with 391 units and views of Biscayne Bay.

The units at 300 Biscayne Boulevard Way range from $500K to $35 million. Developers estimate the building will be completed in 2022.




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Incendio Chetco Bar (Chetco Bar Fire Wildfire)

• Reunion Comunitaria: El Servicio nacional del Bosque de Rogue River-Siskiyou esta auspiciando una reunion publica el dia de hoy, con el proposito de brindar informacion cronologica del Incendio Chetco Bar. A las 6:00 pm en la Escuela Secundaria Illinois Valley High School, en 625 E. River St., Cave Junction, OR. El dia de hoy En el area del Incendio de Chetco Bar, se continuara realizando el trabajo basado en la repracion de las obras de supresion consistiendo en el reparado de lineas de fuego que ya no se necesitan para hacerlas mas estables, con una estructura mas cercana a su estado natural a travez del astillamiento de madera, limpiado de la maleza y ademas, la instalacion de barreras de agua para evitar la erosion. Las cuadrillas continuaran patrullando para extinguir espacios que han quedado latentes y tambien con el monitoreo de areas que fueron previamente aseguradas desde el aire y en el terreno. El dia de ayer, no se observo la presencia de humo o areas particulares de…
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Buck Fire Update September 30 (Buck Fire (CA) Wildfire)

Buck Fire Update September 30 Media Contacts: Carol Underhill cunderhill@fs.fed.us P: (530) 226-2494 Josef Orosz jaorosz@fs.fed.us (530) 226-2322 Status Acres Burned: 7,700 Cause: Lightning Date/Time Reported: September 12, 2017 Time Reported: 6:45 p.m. Percent Confined: 96% Contained 37% Resources Crews: 9 Engines: 21 Helicopters: 3 Water tenders: 6 ·Heavy Equipment 9 Total Resources assigned 420 ·The heavy equipment category above includes 4 dozers, 3 chippers, 2 excavators Current Fire Situation: Tactical firing operations are expected to be completed today in order to strengthen containment lines around the southwestern flank of the fire. Within the fire perimeter, dead and down fuels continue to be consumed and some tree torching has been observed. Around the remainder of the fire, crews are mopping up any remaining hot spots that may threaten the containment lines. The contingency resources will also continue with the fire suppression repair…
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Hurricane Maria a reminder of 'second-class' status for some

Xavier Totti moved to the mainland United States from his native Puerto Rico 43 years ago. He is still asked routinely if he is "legal," and when he mails packages to relatives back home, he has to fill out an international form.

So, the 65-year-old anthropologist was not surprised by a Morning Consult-New York Times poll that showed more than half of Americans don’t realize that Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory — and that its residents are U.S. citizens.

"By now, it’s sort of comical, but it makes me feel second-class, like you don’t belong," said Totti, who lives in New York City.

Many Puerto Ricans share that view — a sentiment reinforced by what critics say has been a slow federal response to the humanitarian crisis that descended on Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria devastated the island.

"The response from Congress … has been almost as if Puerto Rico did not exist," said Jose Cruz, a political scientist at the University at Albany-State University of New York. His mother and sister live on the island.

President Donald Trump’s response "has been inadequate," Cruz said. "He should have been there last week. Puerto Rico is not a priority."

As if to bolster that assessment, Trump fired an early-morning Twitter barrage Saturday against San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz, who had accused the administration Friday of “killing us with the inefficiency” since the storm.

"Such poor leadership ability by the Mayor of San Juan, and others in Puerto Rico, who are not able to get their workers to help," Trump wrote in a series of tweets from his golf club in New Jersey. "They want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort."

Critics seized, in particular, on his use of the word "them." A photograph of the mayor, chest-deep in fetid water as she used a bullhorn to call out to victims, was all over social media — as were images of Trump hitting golf balls.

"She has been working 24/7," tweeted "Hamilton" star and creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, who is of Puerto Rican descent. "You have been GOLFING. You’re going straight to hell."

For her part, the mayor tweeted back photos of herself talking with rescue workers, wading through floodwaters and comforting an elderly woman.

"The goal is one: saving lives," Mayor Cruz wrote. "This is the time to show our ‘true colors.’ We cannot be distracted by anything else."

The president is slated to visit the island on Tuesday. On Friday, Trump pledged to help Puerto Ricans in the recovery, saying the island "is totally unable" to handle the catastrophe and adding that things are going "as you know, really well."

"We’ve made tremendous strides," Trump said. "We have to rebuild. If you look at it, the electric is gone, roads are gone, telecommunications is gone. The real question is what is going to happen later."

Trump announced the visit after being criticized for going days without tweeting about the Puerto Rican crisis. When he did mention it on Monday, he referred to the island’s "broken infrastructure & massive debt," its old electrical grid being "in terrible shape" and "billions of dollars owed to Wall Street and the banks which, sadly, must be dealt with."

Rep. Nydia Velazquez, a New York Democrat who was born in Puerto Rico, said earlier this week that she was “offended and insulted” by Trump’s tweet. She and other members drew parallels between the federal government’s responses to Maria and Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans in 2005.

"This is Katrina 2017. Let there be no misunderstanding about that," Illinois Democrat Luis Gutierrez said Wednesday.

Last week, Trump cleared the way for more supplies and funds to get into Puerto Rico by lifting for 10 days the federal restrictions on foreign ships delivering cargo — a period that some Latino members of Congress argued should last at least a year.

Puerto Ricans have been recognized as U.S. citizens for a century. A majority of them — roughly 5 million — live in the United States, while an estimated 3.4 million live on the island. Puerto Ricans living on the mainland can vote for president in the general election every four years, yet residents of the island cannot, nor do they have voting representation in Congress.

Latino members of Congress have been among the most vocal and outraged over what they have called a delayed response. Eight lawmakers, many of them Latino, sent a letter to the Department of Homeland Security, linking Puerto Rico’s current crisis to larger problems with federal oversight. They urged the agency to relax shipping restrictions for a longer period of time, and asked that Puerto Rico not be held responsible for sharing recovery costs under normal federal rules.

"The people of Puerto Rico have long been denied the same benefits provided to other American citizens," the letter read. "Today, the stakes are just too high."

Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico on Sept. 20 as a Category 4 storm, the strongest to hit the island in a century. At least 16 people have died. Nearly everyone on the island was left without power and most are without water.

Hurricane Katrina made landfall in August 2005, leaving more than 1,800 people dead, and causing damage estimated at more than $175 billion. Then-President George W. Bush was criticized for what some saw as a slow federal response to the humanitarian crisis in New Orleans that followed the natural disaster.

Florida Democrat Darren Soto referenced the prior storm in urging Trump to visit sooner. “Don’t let this be another Katrina,” the congressman said.

"The people of Puerto Rico are dying," Soto said. "They’re out of food. They’re out of gas. These are American citizens. They pledge allegiance to our flag. They pay taxes."

On Friday, Cruz, the San Juan mayor, lashed out over Acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke’s comment declaring the federal response "a good news story."

"Damn it, this is not a good news story," Cruz told CNN. "This is a people-are-dying story."

On Thursday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that Trump is actively monitoring recovery efforts and that the "full weight" of the federal government is engaged to get food, water, health care and other resources to people in need.

"Our message to the incredible people of Puerto Rico is this: The President is behind you," Sanders said. "We all are — the entire country. … We will not let you down."

Carmen Febo San Miguel, a doctor in Philadelphia and executive director of Taller Puertorriqueno, said she followed media coverage of hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria over the past month, including a telethon for victims of Harvey that raised millions of dollars, and wondered where such efforts were for her home.

"If Puerto Rico was a state in the United States, the response would be very different," said Febo San Miguel, whose organization uses art to promote development within the Philadelphia Latino community. "We are compatriots. This situation has brought to the surface in a very clear way how Puerto Ricans are treated as not American citizens."


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Police officer's death intensifies scrutiny of herbal supplement

Matt Dana was known around the Adirondack Mountain town where he grew up as a promising young police sergeant who worked hard to root out narcotics dealers. So it came as a shock to friends and co-workers when he died suddenly this summer and an autopsy attributed it to an overdose.

It wasn’t from drugs, but from kratom, an herbal supplement sold online and in convenience stores, gas stations and smoke shops.

"It was the talk of the town. People were upset it was reported as an overdose," said Paul Maroun, mayor of Tupper Lake in the central Adirondacks 110 miles northwest of Albany. "It’s not an illegal drug."

Made from the leaf of a Southeast Asian plant, kratom (pronounced KRAY-tuhm) is touted as an energizer, potent pain reliever, and tool to wean people with addictions off heroin and other opioids. It’s also increasingly used recreationally, with users describing it as stimulating like coffee at low doses, and producing a sense of relaxation and mild euphoria at higher doses.

Dana’s death has resonated far beyond Tupper Lake, striking fear among kratom advocates that it could be cited in an ongoing federal review to get it banned nationwide.

Six states, including Florida, already ban kratom, and the federal Drug Enforcement Agency proposed a ban last year, citing 15 previous deaths from 2014 to 2016. But that proposal was withdrawn after public opposition, including a letter signed by 62 members of Congress and a protest at the White House organized by the American Kratom Association.

The DEA will decide whether to proceed with a ban after the Food and Drug Administration completes an analysis of the supplement. The FDA said there is no specific timetable. Previously, the FDA has warned consumers that kratom can cause adverse health effects, including severe withdrawal symptoms.

"This is very personal to a lot of folks," said Pete Candland, executive director of the American Kratom Association, founded in 2014 to advocate for full consumer access to the herb. "There are so many people who feel kratom has literally saved their lives, whether it’s getting them off an opioid addiction, relieving pain or helping with overall health and well-being."

Why the 27-year-old Dana was using kratom is not clear. His obituary noted that in addition to enjoying hunting and fishing, Dana had been a bodybuilder. YouTube videos by bodybuilders advocate using kratom to increase energy and "push through the pain."

Advocates of kratom dispute the coroner’s finding that it caused Dana’s death from hemorrhagic pulmonary edema, when there is blood and other fluid in the lungs. The kratom association contends other factors were at work in the 15 previous deaths cited by the DEA, and it has requested the coroner’s report in Dana’s case to have it reviewed by toxicologists.

Franklin County Coroner Shawn Stuart said that the only substance in Dana’s system was a high level of kratom and that his only physical ailment was the edema. Stuart said Dana had been making the powdered Red Vein Maeng Da strain of kratom into a paste and eating it.

Because kratom is classified as a dietary supplement, not a drug, it has not been subjected to clinical trials documenting health effects. But the FDA urges health care professionals and consumers to report any adverse effects to its online MedWatch program. A 2014 alert from the FDA warned the supplement could lead to respiratory depression, vomiting, nervousness, weight loss and constipation. And it noted withdrawal symptoms may include hostility and aggression.

Pulmonary edema wasn’t listed as an adverse effect.

Whatever the cause, Dana’s death is still being mourned as a loss to Tupper Lake. High School Principal Russ Bartlett said he was the rare kid who comes back to the tiny community after college to make it a better place.

"He wanted to be one of those people he had looked up to," Bartlett said.

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Salmon August Update September 30, 2017 to October 2, 2017 (Salmon August Complex Wildfire)

News Release Klamath National Forest September 30, 2017 Fire Information: 530-468-1214salmonaugustcomplex@gmail.comhttps://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5501/Salmon-August Complex UpdateSeptember 30, 2017- October 2, 2017 Date Started: August 13, 2017 Total Size: 65,882 acresCumulative Containment: 81% Total Personnel: 94 Operational update: Resources are still being assigned to the Salmon August Complex to meet incident objectives, but you will continue to see a decrease in incident personnel due to seasonal weather conditions, rehab completion, and minimal fire behavior in the Salmon August Complex. Yesterday smokes were observed during the recon flight inside the perimeter of the Wallow Fire around Snowslide Gulch. Fire crews are patrolling and monitoring this area. No other smokes were showing in the Salmon August Complex. A 10 person fire crew has been flown into Shelly Meadows and will be repairing fire line and hiking trails as they work their way towards the Mule Bridge…
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