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Monday, April 18, 2011

Raptor Research Project - Decorah Eagles

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"Every day, I learn something new about their behavior. I literally sit here for hours on end sometimes, completely in awe of them, watching every movement, every attitude. I've been watching them since before the eggs hatched, and today for the first time, I saw the male feed the female while she kept the babies safe and warm from the winds (all day, windy and still windy). She took the food from his beak just like the babies do. It was so touching, gosh, I melted. She got impatient because it was fresh food, lifted herself off the babies and started to reach for the food. The male snapped at her, fiercely. She tried a few more times, and he got fiercer with each attempt. She finally submitted and went for the fish on the other side of the nest. It was quite interesting to watch that. Both of them seemed more hungry than usual. After full bellies, they both fed the little ones from opposite ends of the nest. The dad did the youngest, and the mom the older two, so sweet." --------Paula - Studio Reflections

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Another Round of Layoffs at ATK

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Solid rocket manufacturer Alliant Techsystems Inc. (ATK) announced a layoff of 134 employees at it's Utah facility today, Tuesday, April 5, 2011.

This recent layoff was much smaller than in the past and is a result of the completion of the space shuttle program and the changes in the funding of the ARES program. The Promontory plant is located 20 miles south and west of Tremonton and while this loss is not as large as in the past, the loss of these jobs will be felt in the local economy.

More than 2,300 people still work at the facility and ATK plans to continue to work on NASA programs, as well as commercial and cargo programs.

This will most likely not be the last layoff at ATK, but the company is optimistic about ATK’s future in the solid rocket program.