Subscribe News Feed Subscribe Comments

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Closest full moon of 2011 on March 19 – high tides – Saturn

How super was your full Moon on March 19, 2011?

Completely clouded out here! But friends are sharing their great images and I am finding shares across Twitter and Facebook.

This one is from Rita, a fellow MTA Tagger who says, "This shot looks so Damn cool in real life and this pic just don't capture it."

Perigee moonrise from Rothenfels, Germany. Credit: Daniel Fischer.

This one is from Daniel Fischer , who took a series of images of the Perigee moonrise sequence from Rothenfels, Germany.

Finally got a couple of my own shots early the next morning. Has quite the ring around it.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Dog Trainer Saves Dog With CPR

March 10, 2011

During a training session at the Canyon Crest K9 Training Center in Tacoma, WA, Sugar the boxer suddenly collapsed.

Fortunately, Canyon Crest K9 owner Ron Pace jumped in without hesitation and began performing CPR on the unconscious dog, and Sugar quickly came to.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

When Will Spring Get Here????

Commuter hell: Heavy snowstorm brings icy roads, dozens of crashes

March 8, 2011

A heavy overnight winter storm left Utahns slogging through snow-clogged roads Tuesday, while dozens of weather-related accidents slowed the morning commute to a crawl.

The Utah Highway Patrol reported more than 60 slideoffs and crashes on the state’s slick, snow-packed highways and interstates between midnight and mid-morning. Meanwhile, more than three-dozen weather-related traffic calls kept police dispatchers throughout the Salt Lake Valley hopping.

Rocky Mountain Power crews were out all night restoring service to thousands scattered electrical outages. As morning broke, most of those power failures — including 1,200 in the north Ogden-Pleasant Grove area alone — had been handled.

However, hundreds more Utahns awakened to powerless homes Tuesday, boosting the total to more than 2,000 active outages by 7:30 a.m. Rocky Mountain Power spokesman Dave Eskelsen said most of the outages were due to heavy snow on drooping or breaking tree limbs affecting nearby power lines.

“The outages are pretty scattered throughout mostly the Salt Lake Valley this morning,” Eskelsen said. “Our single largest remaining outage was about 375 customers in the Holladay area.”

Snowfall totals easily exceeded forecasters’ predictions for the storm. The National Weather Service, which had expected a few inches to blanket the valleys, was recording depths of 8-12 inches. Mountain totals were being measured not in mere inches but feet.

Ski Utah reported that 21 inches of new snow was on the slopes at the Eagle Point resort, while Alta and Brighton resorts measured 20 inches each. Snowbird, Solitude and Brian Head recorded new snow totals as of Tuesday morning of 18, 17 and 17 inches, respectively, and Park City Mountain and Powder Mountain records came in with a foot of new powder each.

The Utah Avalanche Center put the risk of potentially deadly backcountry snowslides at “considerable” for the Logan, Ogden, Salt Lake, Manti-Skyline and Western Uinta districts, while the Moab district was rated “moderate” for avalanche danger.

Indeed, the heavy snowfall overnight made the task of Wasatch County search and rescue crews even more difficult as they resumed looking for two missing snowmobilers Tuesday morning. The search for the men, ages 27 and 24, focused on the Lake Creek trailhead area about 10 miles southeast of Heber, had initially begun Monday morning but had to be suspended late Monday night as the storm system moved in.

Little Cottonwood Canyon was ordered closed Tuesday morning until 8:30 a.m. for avalanche control work, while Big Cottonwood Canyon was restricted to four-wheel drive or chained vehicles.

Chains and four-wheel drive restrictions also were in place for Interstate 70 from Millard to Beaver counties and northern Utah’s Sardine Canyon. State Road 143 from Brian Head to Mammoth Creek Road in Iron County was closed with not estimate for when it would reopen.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Two Men Critically Injured in Box Elder County Accident

March 1, 2011

Two men were critically injured in a collision with an ATK pick-up truck in Box Elder County Wednesday (February 23, 2011).

The victims were heading westbound on SR-83 when an eastbound pick-up truck turned north into a plant area near ATK – crashing into the smaller car.

The driver and passenger of the car had to be extricated from the vehicle and one was transported to Ogden Regional Medical Center and the other flown to the University Hospital – both in critical condition.

SR-83 was closed for nearly three hours during the investigation.

One of these men is an older brother to a dear friend that I used to work with at ATK Launch Systems. Kristin contacted several of us today to give us the status of her brother since the wreck:

My older brother Wayne was in the car accident out at ATK. Wayne finally became alert today and was following verbal commands very slowly, but he was at least doing them. He has many broken bones and a few other injuries. Below is a list of things he is going through:

Broken left femur (surgery has been done)
Fractured T-8 in back (surgery has been done)
Laceration on his kidney
Collapsed lung (slowly weaning off ventilator)
Broken eye sockets, cheekbones, jaw, nose and cracked palate (surgery is scheduled for this Thursday)

A little bleeding by his brain (they say it is good now, but he has some damage to a little of his brain that has to do with his motor skills. The doctor said other parts of his brain can help out with this area.)

They have basically said that Wayne has a severe concussion, but he wasn't waking up and that worried the doctors. He had several CT scans, an EEG scan and an MRI. He is now alert and trying to do what is asked of him by his therapists and doctors. We are so thankful!

We've had alot of prayers going out from everyone that knows Wayne and even some that don't.

There is a blog that my nephews set up on Wayne's recovery. The website name is You can start from the first and work your way up to today or just follow along as my nephews and niece update it with any little news we get.