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Skiing and Snowboarding : Feb 2012

Gasland Filmmaker Arrested

Authorities at the U.S. Capitol arrested filmmaker Josh Fox on Wednesday as he attempted to film a congressional hearing on fracking. Police have charged Fox, who was not carrying a media credential, with unlawful entry. Barring journalists from public hearings is unusual. Fox's 2010 film, Gasland, explored the growth and safety of hydraulic fracturing and was highly critical of the natural gas industry. It received a 2011 Oscar nomination for best documentary.

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Tons of Ice Stolen from Chilean Glacier

Chilean police on Monday arrested a man driving a cargo truck carrying more than 11,000 pounds of ice stolen from a national park. Rangers in Bernardo O'Higgins National Park in southern Chile reported seeing the man stealing ice from the Jorge Montt glacier on Friday. Police stopped the truck at a roadblock and discovered large plastic sacks of ice inside. The driver is expected to face theft charges and could even be prosecuted for crimes against cultural heritage. The man reportedly intended to sell the ice to restaurants and bars in Santiago. It will now be used by local farmers to irrigate their crops.

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Jesus Statue Will Stay Atop Ski Resort

On Tuesday, the U.S. Forest Service annouced that it will renew the permit for a 60-year-old Jesus statue atop Whitefish Mountain Resort. The Forest Service agreed with the Montana State Historic Preservation Office that the lifesize statue, nicknamed "Big Mountain Jesus," is eligible for a place in the National Register of Historic Places. The Kalispell Knights of Columbus erected the statue in 1955 as a monument to soldiers in the 10th Mountain Division who fought in World War II. Members of the 10th Mountain Division are credited with establishing at least 60 ski resorts. In a press release, Flathead National Forest supervisor Chip Weber called the statue an important monument for locals and skiing culture. "I recognize that the statue is important to the community for its historical heritage based on its association with the early development of the ski area on Big Mountain," he said. The Freedom From Religion Foundation says it will fight the decision.

Read more at the Billings Gazette

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Paddling Explorer Starkell Dies

Canadian explorer Don Starkell, who gained fame in the 1980s for paddling more than 12,000 miles from Manitoba to the mouth of the Amazon River, died Monday in Winnipeg. Starkell's adventures also included a 3,000-mile journey by canoe across the Arctic. He later recounted both trips in print, and his Amazon journey was the subject of the 2009 documentary Paddle to the Amazon. Starkell, 79, had battled cancer.

Read more at The Winnipeg Free Press

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$785M Pledged to Tropical Disease Studies

A coalition of governments, drug companies, and charities on Monday pledged to invest a record $785 million to developing treatments for 10 tropical diseases. The Uniting to Combat Neglected Tropical Diseases initiative aims to cure the illnesses, which include sleeping sickness, Chagas disease, and leprosy, within the next decade. The United Sates, United Kingdom, and the United Arab Emirates, as well as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, have contributed. James Kazura, president of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, called it "the largest collaborative effort ever to attack an unacceptable infectious disease burden affecting the world's poor."

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