Thursday, July 28, 2016


Our selection today is  Gene Autry - I'll Be True While You're Gone.  The tune was recorded in Hollywood on July 28, 1941 for the Okeh label.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Study Shows Cloned Animals Can Live Long, Healthy Lives

It's been 20 years since research that gave birth to Dolly the sheep began. Just three weeks after the scientific world celebrated such a feat, researchers from The University of Nottingham released their own study of sheep from the same cell line as Dolly, saying that it's possible for cloned animals to live long and healthy lives. Called Daisy, Dianna, Denise and Debbie, the Nottingham Dollies are now 9 years old and are part of a flock of cloned sheep cared for by Kevin Sinclair, a developmental biology expert from the university's School of Biosciences. They were cloned from the same mammary gland cell line as Dolly while the other clones were from fetal fibroblasts. Published in the journal Nature Communications, Sinclair and colleagues' study is the first to detail a comprehensive assessment of non-communicable diseases related to age in cloned animals. At 7 to 9 years old, the Nottingham Dollies and the rest of their flock are 60 to 70 years old in human years. And at that age, the cloned sheep were shown to exhibit no long-term detrimental effects to their health...more

...feds turn up heat in fight against drones interfering in wildfires

Firefighters battling wildfires will soon have another tool in their arsenal to attack a growing problem: interference from drones. Illegal drone intrusions during wildfires such as the current Sand Fire in Los Angeles County are creating hazards for firefighting aircraft, but a new technology could literally ground the unmanned flying machines and make the skies safer again. "It's been a problem each of the last couple of fire seasons, and we continue to see incursions," said Stanton Florea, a fire information officer for the U.S. Forest Service. The U.S. Interior Department said it was partnering with several drone industry companies and "activated a prototype warning system that provides real-time alerts and geo-fencing alarms to prevent drone pilots from interfering with firefighting operations." This move comes as the incidents of drone intrusions over wildfires has more than doubled from 2014 to 2015, according to the Interior Department...more

Can a 747 be reborn into a wildfire-fighting supertanker?

In the summer of 2000, Cliff Hale, a Boeing 747 pilot, was on vacation visiting his family in Albuquerque, N.M., when a drama suddenly appeared on local television. There was a big forest fire raging out of control near Los Alamos, and a World War II-era aircraft that had been converted to a tanker was being loaded with fire retardant at the Albuquerque airport. A few minutes later, Hale heard the plane flying over his house. Forty minutes later, television crews picked up the propeller-driven Douglas DC-4, a plane first launched in 1942, lumbering over Los Alamos, preparing to drop about 2,000 gallons of the gooey, red liquid over the fire. The fire was eventually put out, but this was just the beginning of the drama that soon took over Hale's career. Hale recalled in a recent interview that he was thinking that if the 747 he had just parked in New York could be converted into what pilots call a "fire bomber" -- a passenger jet converted into a tanker -- the big, wide-bodied jet could have gotten to the fire in half the time and dropped almost 10 times the amount of retardant. Old jet airliners are like old generals: They almost never die, but gently fade away into the air freight business, where their capacity, strength and speed were making the airline Hale was working for -- Evergreen International Aviation -- rich. Hale, who specialized in training its new pilots, recalled that a temporary lull in the air freight business had left a lot of used 747s sitting on the ground...more

Lee, other Utah officials hosting Bear Ears hearing

Concerned about the likelihood that President Barack Obama will declare a new 1.9 million-acre Bear Ears national monument in eastern Utah, Republican U.S. Sen. Mike Lee and other state leaders are meeting in Blanding Wednesday for a congressional field hearing to ask for more time to pass a legislative alternative. Gov. Gary Herbert, U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop and others are slated to testify before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, which is holding its field hearing just two weeks after Interior Secretary Sally Jewell spent four days in Utah and came away saying she had concerns about the lack of protections for an area rich in archaeological importance and considered sacred to many.  Lee, like the majority of the state’s Republican leadership, has backed the Public Lands Initiative developed by Bishop and Rep. Jason Chaffetz as an alternative to monument designation. Arguing their bill would better balance development and recreation with new protections, the two congressmen say they held more than 1,200 meetings with stakeholders to craft legislation that would allow more local influence on what happens in the area around Bear Ears, along with some 18 million acres of federally-owned land spread across seven Utah counties...more

Forest Service announces national policy on saw use

Washington – One policy on the use of chain saws and crosscut saws on National Forest Service lands has replaced nine regional policies and certification requirements, the U.S. Forest Service recently announced. The new directive went into effect July 19, and applies to all uses of both types of saws by Forest Service and other government employees, volunteers, training consultants and cooperators...more 

Thank goodness they finally addressed this vital issue.  

"Blowdown" damage being cleared in forest

WASHBURN COUNTY, Wis (Wisconsin Radio Network) - Progress is being made in the clean-up of the severe damage done to the Washburn Ranger District of the Chequamegon National Forest during a wind storm last Thursday. The U.S. Forest Service has sent heavy equipment operators and saw teams into the region to clear roads, trails and campgrounds...more

I sure hope they are complying with the new saw rules.

Ranch Radio Song Of The Day #1668

Here's a bluegrass classic by Don Reno & Red SmileyWall Around Your Heart.  The tune was recorded in Cincinnati on November 14, 1958.