Thursday, May 29, 2008

CBC's Doug Greer at The Wreckhouse.

Had an interview today at The Wreckhouse with Doug Greer from CBC. I had a chance to express my concerns about the signs that warn motorists of winds in that area. With todays technology and a weather station already in The Wreckhouse our Government should be able to do much better warning the motoring public of the dangers in that area when the Southeast winds blow across the mountains. Even in the days of the late Lauchie McDougall the system seemed superior to the few wooden signs that dot the roadside today. Somehow i have a feeling that the consumers of this province are paying higher costs for goods with all those accidents on that stretch of highway. A Digital sign on each end of this section of highway with wind speeds flashing in real time will alert motorists to the dangers rather then a wooden sign that's mostly ignored.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Antique dealer relieved as stolen archives case dismissed.

Charges were dismissed in a St. John's courtroom Thursday against a man who had been accused of owning stolen historical documents.

Antiques dealer Gary Murrin had paid $500 for documents that had been stored in 284 boxes that he said would otherwise have been shredded by a security company.

The documents had formerly belonged to the Provincial Archives of Newfoundland and Labrador, now a division of the Rooms cultural complex in St. John's. More here on the News Story......

A guy like Gary Murrin recognized that he had something of value but yet the Provincial Archives Department couldn't see value in it? I was happy to hear the charges against Mr. Murrin were dismissed. Hopefully this is a wake up call for those who we put in place of preserving our history and maybe an investigation in to the whole matter should be looked at. We have small museums across NL that would probably of liked to have gotten their hands on some of that history to display locally. I know that we had to beg a few years back in Cape Ray to have a few Dorset Eskimo Artifacts displayed in the small museum we have here. Yet thousands of the artifacts taken from digs at the site here lay in boxes somewhere in St. Johns. (maybe they have been disposed of or even looted.)

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Fundraiser in the plans for Baie Verte-Springdale.

Rumor has it that a Lobster dinner Fundraiser will be held in the District of Baie Verte-Springdale sometime during early June. All proceeds will go towards road work in the district. It is hoped that a million dollars can be raised at the dinner. Rumor also has it that none other then the great Andy Wells will be guest speaker at the event and MHA Tom Rideout will be performing a Swan Song at the event.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

"This is like deja vu all over again."

-- Yogi Berra

Couple of trucks blew over in the Wreckhouse today. No matter the warnings issued, some will try to run the gauntlet. Here are a few shots i captured this evening after the winds went down.

In the first shot you can see one overturned in the distance.

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Highly-visible Paint.

It sure was "highly visible red paint" they used on the caribou during the recent census survey. I captured this shot on the Viking Trail just North of Rocky Harbor yesterday. If a person didn't know what happened, i would suspect they would of thought the animal was injured. I wonder is it more easily spotted by a predator now? Bear,coyote?

Few photos i captured in the area yesterday.

Saturday, May 03, 2008

Phase one of the census for caribou populations found on the northern Peninsula including the Gregory Plateau, Gros Morne, St. Anthony, Hodges Hills and Hampton Downs herds are out.

An estimate of 10,400 caribou has been announced after caribou from the herds had been marked using a so called highly visible red paint. A ratio of marked animals to unmarked animals was used in the estimation technique and another will be used in June when the caribou herds return to their calving grounds.

Hopefully in the next 48 hours depending on weather conditions i'll be traveling to Gros Morne. I do this every year to take a few shots of the wildlife in the area. I enjoy my little trips and it'll be far from a scientific outing but it's great to know that i'm sure to see some when i get there. Besides the Caribou that area has probably the highest Moose density in the world with about 8,000 moose roaming in the park area. The camera batteries are charged, cameras stored and the first stop will be Big Stop, Deer Lake Irving to sip a coffee before daylight Monday morning.