Oscar Mayer's Wienermobile is here for you when you pop the question
You don’t have to be an Oscar Mayer wiener to have everyone be in love with you (contrary to the popular 1960s jingle). But with proposal season almost upon us, you can request an appearance by the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile to make your engagement more memorable.As of Thursday, the Wienermobile is available for those wanting to pop the question. Just request the Wienermobile at least three weeks in advance of your special day. Those who are selected (based on availability) will be notified a week before their requested date.If you’re selected, two Hotdoggers will bring the Wienermobile to your ...
'Ground zero' for dead trees. How California mega-drought turned Creek Fire into inferno
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California’s mega-drought officially ended three years ago but may have turned the Creek Fire into a monster.By killing millions of trees in the Sierra National Forest, the historic drought that ended in 2017 left an incendiary supply of dry fuel that appears to have intensified the fire that’s ravaged more than 140,000 acres in the southern Sierra Nevada, wildfire scientists and forestry experts said Tuesday.“The energy produced off that is extraordinary,” said Scott Stephens, a wildfire scientist at UC Berkeley. “Large amounts of woody material burning simultaneously.”Wh...
The Sacramento Bee
Chris Niskanen, newspaper columnist turned DNR official, is off to the next challenge
Chris Niskanen, 56, has been Department of Natural Resources communications director since February 2011, a position he is leaving Sept. 8. Previously, for 17 years he was the St. Paul Pioneer Press outdoors columnist. In the interview below, he offers a unique perspective as someone who has reported on the DNR and also worked at the agency alongside its leaders.———Q Was your career goal to be an outdoors writer?A Yes. While in college, I worked for Fins and Feathers magazine for about 6 months. That’s how I got my first newspaper job at the Quad City (Iowa) Times. They needed an outdoor write...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Wolverines return to Mount Rainier National Park after 100 years
SEATTLE — Mount Rainier National Park is now home to wolverines again after a more than 100-year hiatus.A reproducing female, named Joni, and her two babies, called kits, were discovered by scientists of the Cascades Carnivore Project in collaboration with the National Park Service, according to a recent announcement. To make the rare and historic discovery last week, scientists used camera stations designed to photograph the animals and identify them using their uniquely patterned chest markings.“It’s really, really exciting,” Chip Jenkins, superintendent of Mount Rainier National Park, said ...
The Seattle Times
Poacher accused of killing up to 500 elephants gets 30 years behind bars
A poacher accused of killing up to 500 elephants since 2008 has been sentenced to 30 years behind bars, making him the first wildlife trafficker to be convicted in criminal court in the Republic of Congo.Mobanza Mobembo Gerard, also known as Guyvanho, was found guilty in the landmark case on charges including ivory trafficking and the attempted murder of park rangers, The Wildlife Conservation Center revealed on Monday. His sentencing on August 19 came after a three-year investigation and repeated escapes from law enforcement officers as well as prison.“This unprecedented conviction in the cri...
New York Daily News
As wildfires burn across Washington state, governor declares an emergency
OLYMPIA, Wash. — Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday declared a state of emergency as wildfires burned on the Olympic Peninsula and in Central and Eastern Washington.The proclamation authorizes the Washington National Guard to activate and help the state Department of Natural Resources (DNR) protect houses, businesses, public infrastructure, as well as agriculture and natural resources.With large-scale wildfires burning in recent years across the state, National Guard members have been trained and deployed to help fight fires.Firefighting resources across the state are currently spread thin, accordin...
The Seattle Times
Far-right militia, leftist groups clash in Stone Mountain, Ga.
ATLANTA — Protesters from the left and right ends of America’s political divide squared off for hours Saturday in the city of Stone Mountain arguing, and at times fighting, over race, politics and the massive granite carving of Confederate leaders in the adjacent state park.The protest drew dozens of heavily armed private militia from around the state, neighboring states, and as far away as Arkansas. They were motivated by the taunting of the leader of an all-black militia who marched on Stone Mountain Park July 4, but they also expressed their rage over the removal of Confederate monuments, s...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Unlikely food source may be behind moose success at Voyageurs Park
Deep in the woods of Voyageurs National Park, on the remote Kabetogama Peninsula just south of Rainy Lake, a small and isolated moose population is surviving, even as others in Minnesota have been cut in half or wiped out.The moose inside the park have been dealing with the same challenges as those outside it, from disease to predators to warming temperatures, yet their numbers today are almost identical to what they were in the early 1990s. The question is, why?A team of wolf researchers, which has been painstakingly documenting every summertime kill and meal for wolves in the park, believes ...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
4 bears hit by cars in Yosemite; rangers urge motorists to slow down
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Four black bears have been hit by cars in Yosemite National Park over the last three weeks, leading rangers to urge motorists visiting the famed Sierra Nevada destination to slow down in a summer in which the human traffic has been cut in half because of the coronavirus.Two of the bears died. The other two were injured and it is unclear whether they survived.“Yosemite National Park is a big park,” said Yosemite spokesman Scott Gediman. “People who come here sometimes are not familiar with the roads or the wildlife. You get bears, foxes, deer and other animals that cross the ...
The Mercury News
Where are graves of enslaved people in Great Smoky Mountains? Radar to solve mystery
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — One of the oldest mysteries in the Great Smoky Mountains is where some of its earliest settlers are buried. Now the National Park Service is trying to find the least known of them: the enslaved people brought there in the 1800s.Ground-penetrating radar is being used to find their graves, the park service said in late July, and the tally could have a big impact on how the park’s earliest history is retold.The National Park Service has pledged not to disturb the graves it finds but will put permanent markers on them “so we can properly acknowledge and pay respect.”“Cemeteries a...
The Charlotte Observer