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'I want this story to help somebody': Two accomplices in fatal Utah store robbery sent to prison 3.5.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
As Martin Castillo stood before a judge Monday to be sentenced for his role in the March 2015 shooting death of Lee Mart clerk David Marsh, the 20-year-old man denounced his gang ties and said he hopes his story will help deter young men from following a path similar to his. “I want this story to help somebody,” Castillo said before 3rd District Judge Paul Parker handed down his five-years-to-life prison sentence. “… These men sell you a dream, and that dream never comes true.” Castillo and a co... <iframe src="" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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The Bonnet Carré Provides Plenty of Recreational Opportunities 2.5.2016 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Alisha Renfro, National Wildlife Federation Staff Scientist Originally posted on Vanishing Paradise. See original post here . Bald eagle sits on the Bonnet Carré Structure In January of this year, high water on the lower Mississippi River prompted the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to open of the Bonnet Carré Spillway for the 11th time in its 85-year history. The Bonnet Carré Spillway doesn’t just help lower water levels pressing against the flood protection levees, it’s also a thriving wilderness area that benefits from the periodic opening of the spillway structure and the sediment and fresh water it brings. Despite initial concerns from redfish and speckled trout anglers when the spill way was opened, the additional sediment and water did not push fish from Lake Pontchartrain. Anglers had successful runs throughout the spillway’s opening, as the fish enjoyed the brackish environment the lake offered. By understanding the history of this structure and the mechanics of its operation, we can better ...
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Racing swamp buggies at the 'Mile O' Mud' 2.5.2016 CNN: Top Stories
Greetings from Asbury Park, opening first hotel in 50 years 1.5.2016 Seattle Times: Business & Technology

ASBURY PARK, N.J. (AP) — In the Jersey shore city that gave Bruce Springsteen’s debut album its name, owners of the first new hotel to open there in more than 50 years hope they can convince locals and tourists alike that what was once considered a slum by the sea is now a destination with […]
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N.J. tries to keep terrapins from becoming road kill, pets or soup 1.5.2016 News
STONE HARBOR, N.J. - On a gray, unseasonably chilly day last week, two turtle hatchlings emerged from their winter hibernation inside a hole three inches beneath the sand at the Jersey Shore.
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Argentina floods swamp soy crop; some must commute by boat 30.4.2016 Washington Post: World
Water levels in the flood-hit Argentine town of Villa Paranacito have risen so much that the best way for residents to commute is by boat.
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Man sentenced for killing Utah store clerk during gang-related armed robbery 27.4.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
One of three men charged in the fatal shooting of a Murray convenience store clerk during an armed robbery last year was sentenced to prison for up to life on Monday. Juan Andreas Zalazar, 24, pleaded guilty in February to first-degree felony counts of manslaughter and aggravated robbery — including gun and gang enhancements — for shooting and killing 62-year-old David Marsh at the Lee Mart, 5905 S. 700 West. Third District Judge Randall Skanchy sentenced Zalazar to prison for five years to life...
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Kermit the Frog vs. Local David Jolly 26.4.2016 Steamboat Pilot
People in Steamboat have many hidden talents. None more guttural than that of David Jolly, a former Disney performer who, in 2004 after Disney’s acquisition of The Muppets, was a lily pad’s hop away from becoming the new voice for the lovable Kermit the Frog. Here’s how the two stack up head to slimy head. Kermit the Frog Born: 1955 in Leland, Mississippi Grew up in: Swamps of Louisiana No. of siblings: 3,265 No. of fingers/hand: 5 (other Muppets have 4) Originally a: Sesame Street character Graduated from: Southampton College in 1996 with a doctorate in Amphibious Letters First to: Leave his swamp (at age 12) and talk to humans Songs: “The Rainbow Connection” in 1978, which reached #25 on the Billboard Hot 100 Wrote: Autobiography “Before You Leap: A Frog’s Eye View of Life’s Greatest Lessons” Best friend: Fozzie Bear Awards: Grand marshal for Michigan State University’s 2006 homecoming parade David Jolly Born: 1971 in Warner Robbins, Georgia Grew up in: Lansthul, Germany, and Niceville, Florida No. of ...
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NY denies critical permit for natural gas pipeline 23.4.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Albany, N.Y. • New York environmental regulators have rejected a critical permit needed for a major natural gas pipeline project, saying the project fails to meet standards that protect hundreds of streams, wetlands and other water resources in its path. The Department of Environmental Conservation said Friday it won’t issue a water quality permit for the 124-mile Constitution Pipeline from Pennsylvania’s shale gas fields to eastern New York. The agency said the project’s construction would affe...
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Happy Earth Day! 6 places to celebrate in California this weekend 22.4.2016 LA Times: Commentary

Earth Day is officially marked every April 22 -- and there are lots of ways to celebrate.

You can volunteer at a community cleanup, take family and friends on a nature hike, check out a green festival or learn how to plant a native garden.

Here are six things to do this weekend (almost all are...

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BYU volleyball: Cougars hold off UCSB in five sets, advance to MPSF final 22.4.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Provo • BYU’s top-ranked men’s volleyball team was pushed to the limit on Thursday night, which coach Shawn Olmstead feared it would against a team fighting to keep its season alive. But in the end, the regular-season champion Cougars made enough plays to beat fifth-seeded UC Santa Barbara 3-2 in front of 3,151 fans at Smith Fieldhouse in an MPSF semifinal match. The Cougars (25-3) will take on UCLA at 7 p.m. on Saturday for the tournament title. The scores were 25-18, 25-22, 23-25, 24-26 and...
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Republican Senate effort again fails to block water rule 21.4.2016 AP Politics
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Democrats have again blocked a Republican proposal that would have forced the Obama administration to withdraw a federal rule to protect small streams and wetlands from development and pollution....
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Rebuilding after the BP Oil Spill 20.4.2016 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By our partner, National Wildlife Federation. View the original post here . Six years ago this week, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded, killing 11 men and spewing millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico for nearly three months. At the time, many representatives from the Restore the Mississippi River Delta Coalition were on the ground, cataloging the impacts to wildlife and the habitats of the Gulf of Mexico. Touring Shell Island West. Photo by Jacques Hebert Six years later, we are still hard at work. Yesterday, National Wildlife Federation released a new, interactive report that looks at what the most recent science says about the impacts of the disaster, and how we can restore the Gulf. Some of the impacts described in the report: In the first five years after the disaster, more than three-quarters of pregnant bottlenose dolphins in the oiled areas failed to give birth to a live calf. As many as 8.3 billion oysters were lost as a result of the oil spill and response effort. The dramatic ...
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Environmental hurdles identified for expansion of Durango-La Plata County Airport 20.4.2016 Durango Herald
Potential hurdles for an expansion of the Durango-La Plata County Airport came to light Tuesday during a joint meeting of the Durango City Council and the La Plata County Commissioners. Consultants have found wetlands, potential habitat for two endangered species and seven...
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Barrier Island Restoration: An Investment in Coastal Louisiana’s Future and for Nesting Seabirds 18.4.2016 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
Our partners at Audubon Louisiana published a series of blog posts that we are cross-posting here. View the original blog post here . As we mark the sixth anniversary of the BP oil spill next week – an event that significantly and negatively impacted Louisiana’s already disappearing barrier islands and the species that depend on them – we will examine the status of barrier island restoration. Over the coming days, we’ll publish a series of blog posts that detail what work has been done to restore Louisiana’s barrier islands, the importance of these islands to birds and humans alike, as well as Audubon Louisiana’s role before, during and after the restoration process to monitor and improve bird health on these islands and elsewhere. Louisiana Barrier Islands: A Coastal Restoration Success Story  By Erik Johnson, Director of Bird Conservation, Audubon Louisiana, @AudubonErik As you look out into the Gulf of Mexico, off Louisiana’s coastline, are a string of barrier islands. They are remnants of former ...
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Old Christmas Tree, New Marsh Habitat 16.4.2016 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Samantha Carter, Senior Outreach Coordinator, Restore the Mississippi River Delta Coalition Did you drop your old Christmas tree on the curb in New Orleans on January 7th to 9th? If so, you’re helping to save the coast! The New Orleans Christmas Tree Recycling Program collects those old Christmas trees and strategically drops bundles of them into the wetlands in Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge . These trees create wave breaks and trap sediment, producing new marsh habitat that supports growth of native grasses. Over the years, the program has replenished approximately 175 acres of wetlands in Bayou Sauvage. Blackhawk helicopter picks up a bundle of Christmas trees. Transporting the bundle to the drop site in Bayou Sauvage. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service helps position the trees. A completed row of Christmas tree bundles that will act as a wave break and create new marshlands. The program also acts as a training exercise for the Louisiana National Guard who uses UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters to ...
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Arrest made in Everett homicide 15.4.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

Investigators believe the suspect and victim were fighting over stolen money, police said.
Premiere: Tony Joe White back to the swamp in 'The Middle of Nowhere' 14.4.2016 LA Times: Commentary

Swamp-rock master Tony Joe White is back with a new album, “Rain Crow,” scheduled for release May 27, and The Times is premiering a characteristically sultry and atmospheric track, “The Middle of Nowhere.”

Over a loping drumbeat, throbbing bass and eerily distorted guitar, White, who wrote the...

Body found Thursday in Everett swamp identified 12.4.2016 Seattle Times: Local

The man found slain Thursday near the Snohomish River has been identified as David A. Webster, 54, of Everett.
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Body of man found in Everett swamp 9.4.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

Everett police say evidence suggests the man appeared to have been murdered.
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