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On Feb. Geological Survey (USGS) National Center in Reston welcomed 18 students from Reston’s Langston Hughes Middle School (LHMS) as part of the White House’s My Brother’s Keeper “Day at the Lab/African American Month” national events.

The visiting students enjoyed a tour of the Reston Microbiology Lab, conducted by USGS Director Suzette Kimball and laboratory staff scientist Dr. Denise Akob. The lab also studies diseases impacting amphibians across the United States. The middle school students also visited the USGS Groundwater Dating Lab, which is currently developing and improving methods that are used to understand and manage the nation’s water resources. Dr. Karl Haase spoke to the students on the critical tools used to examine the quantity and availability of groundwater. Contamination is always a looming issue, and the USGS uses scientific methods to monitor groundwater purity.

Thousands of young people from more than 200 communities nationwide visited federal labs this week to engage in science, technology, engineering, and math related educational opportunities and to instill a passion for STEM, entrepreneurship, and innovation in our nation’s young people. In an interview, Director Kimball stated the need to reach young scientists at an early age to encourage an appreciation for the ever evolving field of science. “The USGS hosts an average of 1500 interns each summer at its 400 locations around the country. To promote the internships, we work with organizations, including the National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT), among many others. Our internships are not all science in nature; many of our interns are studying public affairs, and even bringing to light the importance of social media on the world of science.”

One example of a successful internship program was the hiring of a four year intern Fawn Marie Golden, who interned from 2008 2011 while she pursued her undergraduate degree. Fawn Marie, who holds a degree in Environmental Science, is now a Technical Information Specialist at the Reston office of USGS, and helped facilitate the students’ day at USGS.

“Working here has been enriching and exciting. USGS has an interdisciplinary program that encourages interaction with all students”she said.

Langston Hughes Middle School, named for an African American poet and orator, is dedicated to student achievement and accountability as a first priority. The USGS has been engaged in community outreach opportunities with LHMS for almost 25 years as part of an official ‘business partnership’ providing a variety of educational activities for the students.

In addition to internships and the Day at the Lab Tour, the USGS offers summer science camps in conjunction with the Reston Association. All budding scientists are encouraged to apply.

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City of Nelson, BC Parks as well as Areas E and F of the Regional District of Central Kootenay unveiled its draft Community Wildfire Management Plan for West Arm Provincial Park during a pair of open house events in Nelson and at Redfish Elementary School on the North Shore near Longbeach.

The objectives of the CWPP are to identify forest stands with high risk fuel loads adjacent to communities and critical infrastructure such as hospitals, radio communication towers etc.

These areas will be further assessed for potential fuel modification projects.

“Nelson, RDCK Areas E and F, are updating their community wildfire protection plan and the West Arm Park is updating their fire management plan, and they’ve all been combined to look at a landscape level approach because fire knows no boundaries,” said Nora Hannon, RDCK Emergency Program Coordinator.

The plan also seeks to review policy and planning of local governments to ensure adequate resources and response strategies for wildfire emergencies.

“There’s really three main objectives, said John Cathro, a Registered Professional Forester who does work on behalf of the RDCK and BC Parks.

“One is to let people know what we’re doing. The other is to invite feedback and [the third] is to hopefully inspire people to get involved and start taking action, especially on their private land.”

Cathro said that there are easy things to do to greatly reduce the risk and that these steps will be infectious and hopefully carry on through the community.

“If you do it, then your neighbours wonder why you’re doing it so they ask and figure it out. The old guy who can’t do it himself asks the young guy from next door to give him a hand and on it goes,” Cathro said.

According to Cathro Queen’s Bay is a leader in these kinds of plans and is a recognized Fire Smart Community, which is a recognition more communities should get involved in.

He said fire plagued communities in places like Colorado and California take this approach and he says more communities up here should follow suit.

“You work as a community, have weekends a couple times a month to collectively address the problem. Here we either wait for someone else to do it or we think it doesn’t happen here,” Cathro said.

“The Sitkum fire last year changed people’s minds, and Fort Mac really got people sitting up and taking notice, but then we had a wet summer so people are thinking about other things, and that’s the challenge here.”

Cathro’s presentation centred around the idea that people on private land should be working towards preventative measures around their own property, and that this approach, if taken by many people, would greatly reduce the risk of fire damage to houses and communities.

“You need to understand where the high risk fuels are, you need to understand fire behaviour and the winds. There are activities you can do to reduce that risk, and that doesn’t mean clear cutting. It means removing the high flammable fuels, which in most cases is small diameter stuff, the stuff that dries out.”

The presentation showed that the last 70 years of fire prevention has created an “unnatural forest” and now people are realizing the need to remove the brush and small trees that natural forest fires would have done prior to human intervention.

During the question and answer period that followed the presentation, concerns were raised about the cost of removing this debris left over after the process and what can be done with it, specifically on private land.

Suggestions included converting the biomass into diesel fuel, a technique used in countries like Austria, or even something as simple as chipping the wood to be used as nutrient restoration and soil.

One of the more innovative suggestions floated at the end of the presentation was the idea of working with local mountain bike clubs and trail builders to work with the communities and design trails that can double as access points during a fire.

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Cathro said that while the turnout for the open house on Wednesday in Nelson featured a lot of “blue uniforms” in the audience, he was disappointed there weren’t more regular citizens, to whom he was addressing in his presentation.

Cathro stressed the importance of action and communication between members of the community and private land holders, which when combined with efforts already in place from local governments to protect important infrastructure will reduce the risk across the board rather than in specific areas.
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Christopher Spencer was awarded $850 in small claims court for the cost of removing the equipment from his apartment building in Burbank and $110 for court costs.

Spencer, who is president of a legal services company, said he researched cases involving apartment owners and could find none where a landlord sued a satellite dish provider.

Leon Khachooni, manager of the Foothill Apartment Assn., said that while he heard of cases where landlords take tenants to small claims court because they didn have a satellite dish removed, this is the first time he heard of a landlord going after the satellite company itself.

Spencer purchased the apartment building at 432 N. Lomita St.

He said there somewhat regular turnover at the building and the tenants who lived in the units linked to the dishes said they didn have Dish Network service. The lines from the dishes had been disconnected, he added.

Federal regulations allow tenants to install dishes in any area under their control, such as balconies, terraces and patios. But they prohibit installation without the owner permission in common areas owned by the landlord, such as outside walls and roofs.

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After more formal back and forth earlier this year, Spencer went to court this month demanding financial payback.

Dish Network released a statement Friday standing by its position that the burden of removing equipment is with the customer.

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“The second thing is an extreme resurgence in the ethnic lamb market in the United States. If you look at immigration trends, where people are coming from, they come from countries that eat a lot of lamb. Muslim countries, Philippines and Pacific Rim countries, Hispanic countries, all eat a lot of lamb.”

Lamb isn’t the cheapest meat in the refrigerator case. In fact, it’s not uncommon to see a boneless lamb leg priced the same as prime New York steak. Its tenderness is comparable with beef tenderloin.

There was a time when Americans ate a lot of lamb, but World War II changed that. Young American soldiers stationed in Europe were fed steady rations of mutton, the tougher, strong flavored flesh of mature sheep. The experience soured the World War II generation on lamb and kept it off the dinner plates of their baby boomer children, too.

Sheep ranchers like the Lehfeldts have fought hard to get lamb back on American dinner tables, by offering samples of tender lamb at trade shows or wherever the opportunity arises. But many bystanders need a little persuading before trying the sample skewered with a toothpick.

Older people need to be assured that the lamb they’re sampling isn’t the mutton they may remember, said Ben’s mother, Marie Lehfeldt. Young people wantto know that the lamb they’re eating isn’t the fleecy newborn from the petting zoo.

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There’s now a push to get more young ranchers in to the sheep business. The American Sheep Industry would like to expand the national flock by 315,000 lambs by 2014. The money is good, Kott said, a lucrative opportunity for the right rancher.
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“Two things are happening,” said Rodney Kott of the Montana State University Sheep Institute. “Production worldwide is down. We’ve had drought in Australia and other areas,” which makes lamb hard to come by and therefore more expensive.

“The second thing is an extreme resurgence in the ethnic lamb market in the United States. If you look at immigration trends, where people are coming from, they come from countries that eat a lot of lamb. Muslim countries, Philippines and Pacific Rim countries, Hispanic countries, all eat a lot of lamb.”

Lamb isn’t the cheapest meat in the refrigerator case. In fact, it’s not uncommon to see a boneless lamb leg priced the same as prime New York steak. Its tenderness is comparable with beef tenderloin.

There was a time when Americans ate a lot of lamb, but World War II changed that. Young American soldiers stationed in Europe were fed steady rations of mutton, the tougher, strong flavored flesh of mature sheep. The experience soured the World War II generation on lamb and kept it off the dinner plates of their baby boomer children, too.

Sheep ranchers like the Lehfeldts have fought hard to get lamb back on American dinner tables by offering samples of tender lamb at trade shows or wherever the opportunity arises. But many bystanders need a little persuading before trying the sample skewered with a toothpick.

Older people need to be assured that the lamb they’re sampling isn’t the mutton they may remember, said Ben’s mother, Marie Lehfeldt. Young people want to know that the lamb they’re eating isn’t the fleecy newborn from the petting zoo.

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“You’ll hear someone say they’re allergic to wool, but they’re not,” Ben Lehfeldt said. They’re just sensitive to the coarse fibers of some fleece.

Before wool fiber is spun into yarn, its diameter is measured in microns. The larger the measurement, the coarser the yarn and the more likely it is to scratch when exposed to bare skin. A 24.5 micron wool is used in suits. As a general rule, one fleece will produce one suit. A sweater might be 21 microns. A comfortable base layer wool garment resting on the skin all day without irritation is 18.5 microns or less. The Lehfeldts’ Rambouillets produce wool in the 18.5 micron range.

In April, a little less than a month after the sheep are sheared, the Lehfeldts’ ewes will drop their lambs. Twins are common, said Ben Lehfeldt, who expects 11 lambs for every seven ewes.

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The rule of thumb for sheep was that it took five to equal the market value of one calf, but with prices as high as they’ve been lately, the market price for the smaller livestock is much more advantageous pound for pound, Kott said.

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Gaga wouldn’t reveal what songs she would sing, how many costumes she’ll wear or any staging details, but promised a “tremendously athletic” show and no reappearance of her infamous meat dress.

She also said there wouldn’t be any wardrobe malfunctions like Janet Jackson’s infamous moment when she performed at the last Super Bowl held in Houston in 2004.

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The performance at the NRG Stadium will also feature Tony Bennett, who Gaga called a “tremendously wise man.” Gaga and Bennett, 90, recorded the 2014 album of duets, “Cheek to Cheek,” which won a Grammy the sixth for Gaga. They also launched a successful tour.

The showdown between the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons airs Sunday on Fox. Gaga, who said many of her relatives are Pittsburgh Steelers fans, wouldn’t reveal whom she’s rooting for. “I’m going to keep that one to myself,” she said.

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