October 3, 2013

Amy Dombroski was considered a rising star in the cyclocross world.     Photo: emilydickinsonridesabmx/Shutterstock

Cyclocross Racer Amy Dombroski Killed

Rising American star collided with a truck

American cylcocross racer Amy Dombroski died Thursday when she collided with a truck while training, VeloNews reports.

Dombroski, 26, was motorpacing in Sainte-Catherine-Waver, Belgium, when the accident occurred. The scooter driver she was following avoided injury. The 52-year-old truck driver was reported sober by Het Nieuwsblad.

U.S. national champion Katie Compton told VeloNews that she will miss Dombroski's enthusiasm on the European circuit.

“She will be greatly missed; it saddens me that we lost one of our own so young and tragically,” Compton wrote.

Dombroski was a three-time under-23 national cyclocross champion. She is survived by her fiancé, motorcross racer Ryan Rozinski, Bloomberg reports.

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Montana Relaxes Rules on Wolf Hunting

Season has the loosest restrictions in recent years

One month into Montana's wolf-hunting season, 6,000 people have purchased licenses to hunt the state's 635 wolves.

Montana hunters entered the wolf season early in September with looser regulations than in previous years. Due to public pressures concerning livestock attacks and declines in elk herds, the state's wildlife officials lowered license fees, increased the per-person bag limit from three to five, and extended the 2013-2014 wolf season through March to lower the state's wolf population.

"The population is larger than we want it to be," George Pauley, wildlife management section supervisor for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, told the Great Falls Tribune. "[The Fish and Wildlife Commission] may take action to reduce opporunitites if harvest is greater than the population can withstand."

But conservation groups such as the Center for Biological Diversity, Earth First!, and Wolves of the Rockies are critical of these changes. In August, Earth First! began circulating a 12-page manual called "Wolf Hunt Sabotage," an illustrative guide to destroying wolf traps, releasing wolves caught in traps, and various methods for stopping wolf hunts.

"Somehow, the National Rife Association, yuppie trophy hunters, cattle barons, and the Obama Administration are in cahoots in an effort that promises to wipe wolves clean off the planet," the first page reads. "And in that case, we choose to be saboteurs for the wild."

 


Montana's Wolves by the Number

  • 15—Number of wolves harvested in Montana, as of today.
  • 225—Montana wolves harvested last year.
  • 182—Days of 2013-2014 wolf hunting season in Montana.
  • 5—Years since the Gray Wolf was removed from the endangered species list in the Northern Rockies.
  • $50—Price for out-of-state wolf hunting licenses in Montana.
  • $19—Price for in-state wolf hunting licenses in Montana.

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High mountain peaks in Tajikistan     Photo: Anton Ruiter/Flickr

Missing Kayakers Found in Tajikistan

Five men in good condition

Five Kayakers reported missing in Tajikistan have been found and evacuated. Ben Luck, Cooper Lambla, Matt Klema, Nate Klema, and Charles King were airlifted by helicopter and taken to Tajikistan’s capital of Dushanbe on Thursday.

Russian news agency RIA Novosti reports that one of the kayakers in the group suffered a broken leg but that the four other men were in good health. 

From Matt and Nate Klema's brother, Tom:

After four days of anxious but persistent work to make contact with the five kayakers in Tajikistan, a helicopter landed at 2pm Thursday in a river valley in the Pamir Mountains and evacuated Ben Luck. He was suffering from hypothermia and altitude sickness, and was carried out over a 16,000 pass by the other four boaters. Those four left their boating gear at the Mukshu River, and are returning to continue with running that five day component of their six month kayak expedition throughout Central Asia.

Dushanbe-based rescue teams were initially delayed in responding to the group’s October 1 SPOT emergency signal due to an equipment malfunction.

According to the Durango Herald, the group on a lengthy expedition through Eurasia and had already spent two months paddling in Siberia and Kyrgyzstan. The men were also planning to explore India and China before returning to the United States in December. 

Update: Ben Luck does not have a broken leg but is suffering from hypothermia and altitude sickness according to Matt Wilson, a close friend of the kayakers. 

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'Occupy Yosemite' Scheduled for Friday

Local radio news director is leading caravan into the park

If the partial federal governemnt shutdown enters day four, eastern California radio news director Stacey Powells will enter Yosemite National Park, whether it is open open or not.

Public television station KCET reports that Powells plans to organize an "Occupy Yosemite Moment" on Friday afternoon. The road through Tioga Pass leading into the park is open for travel-only purposes during the shutdown, but no stops are permitted. If they can get through the entry station, Powells will stage a sit-in at Tuolumne Meadows, in the eastern section of Yosemite.

"I am outraged at what the Federal Government is doing. Closing our National Parks is absurd and is huritng all of us here in the Eastern Sierra," Powells wrote in a letter the editor on sierrawave.net. "They cannot take away our access to our national parks which are on public lands. They can't use this as a bargaining chip. Isn't that against the law?"

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Study shows that diesel exhaust degrades floral scent chemicals that help honeybees find their way.     Photo: John McQueen/Shutterstock

Study: Diesel Exhaust Impairs Bees

Honeybees unable to find flowers

Scientists say that diesel exhaust is destroying the relationship between flowers and honeybees. Recent tests show that a chemical in diesel exhaust, known as NOx, inhibits bees' ability to detect floral scents. The exhaust also decomposes flowers' scent chemicals.

Honeybees, responsible for an estimated $30 billion in crops, have seen a dramatic population decline in recent years. 

Scientists say the confounding effects of exhaust are a warning to reduce pollutants.

"Bees need to decipher the chemical messages they're getting [from flowers] to be able to home in on the flowers they know will give the best yield [of nectar]," University of Southampton neuroscientist Tracey Newman told BBC News.

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