July 7, 2011
Grizzly and cubs

Grizzly bear and cubs in Yellowstone     Photo: xinem/flickr

Bear Kills Hiker in Yellowstone

Park's first mauling in 25 years

A 57-year-old hiker was mauled to death by a grizzly bear Wednesday while hiking with his wife in Yellowstone National Park. The couple, whose names and hometown have not yet been released, were hiking on the Wapiti Lake Trail, roughly a mile and a half from the trail head, when the man encountered a grizzly sow and her cubs. As the bear attacked the man, his wife began screaming for help. Another group of hikers heard the cries and dialed 911, but by the time park rangers arrived the man had died. His wife suffered only bumps and bruises. "The initial indication is the sow grizzly was protecting her cubs," Yellowstone Spokesman Al Nash said. The incident is the first bear-caused human death in the park in 25 years. "It is extremely unfortunate that this couple's trip into the Yellowstone backcountry has ended in tragedy," Park Superintendent Dan Wenk said. "Our heart goes out to the family and friends of the victim as they work to cope with their loss."

Read more at ABC News

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Levi Leipheimer

Levi Leipheimer     Photo: Katyann Kintz/Flickr

Sprinters Dominate Rainy Stage 6

Hushovd keeps Tour yellow, Levi loses time

Edvald Bossen Hagen, a Norweigan riding for Team Sky, won Thursday's sixth stage of the Tour de France in mass sprint. The overall race standings remained unchanged after Wednesday's tumultous stage five, a crash-filled ride that forced two cyclists from the race and saw a total of ten collisions. Thursday's stage, at 226 kilometers the longest of the 2011 Tour, was uneventful by comparison. The peloton rode carefully for the two hours, then let a five-man break, including Italy's Adriano Malori, escape and establish what would eventually become an 11-minute lead. Malori launched an attack but was chased down by the main field with under three kilometers remaining. Overall race leader Thor Hushovd was third behind Bossen Hagen in the sprint and kept the yellow jersey. Though rain soaked by the finish, the field'd only casualty was American Levi Leipheimer, who fell with four kilometers go and lost more than a minute in GC.

Read more at Velo News

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French fries

French fries     Photo: AlishaV/Flickr

Report: Mississippi is Fattest State

Colorado, again, the fittest

With an adult obesity rate of 33.8 percent, Mississippi is the fattest state in the nation, according to a study released this month. The eighth annual "F as in Fat" report from the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation found that twelve states now have obesity rates over 30 percent, compared to just one state four years ago. Minorities were disproportionately affected, with blacks and Latinos suffering the highest rates of obesity. The report's authors recommend that lawmakers take action by restoring cuts to nutrition assistance programs and toughening standards for food sold at schools. The fittest state? Colorado, where only 19.8 percent of adults are obese.

Read more at Reuters

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Sea of Cortez

Sea of Cortez     Photo: Teddy Sipaseuth/Flickr

Americans Missing in Sea of Cortez

1 dead after boat carrying 44 capsizes

One American is dead and eight people are missing after a fishing boat capsized on Monday in the Sea of Cortez, the body of water between Baja California peninsula and Mexico's mainland. The body of American Leslie Yee washed ashore, but the U.S. Coast Guard and the Mexican navy continue to search for eight missing fisherman who may still be alive thanks to warm water and air temperatures. After the accident, several people managed to swim to shore and call for help. All but eight of the boat's 44 passengers have been rescued or accounted for. Seven of the missing are Americans. The 115-foot Erik, opertated by Baja Sportfishing, was hit by a sudden storm and 20-foot waves that flipped the boat. "It was pandemonium," one survivor told the San Jose Mercury. "There was panic. People said the boat was going over. Everyone had three or four minutes to get out." Relatives of survivors have said that the captain of the vessel was warned of a storm, but the passengers were not notified. Divers plan to search for the wreckage today.

Read more at The New York Times

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Grand Tetons

    Photo: Dave Shaw/Flickr

Skier Survives 800-Foot Fall

Man airlifted in critical condition

A backcountry skier survived an 800-foot fall down Middle Teton Mountain, near Jackson Hole, Wyoming, on Saturday. Ryan Redmond, 33, had hiked Ellingwood Couloir with three friends and was descending on skis when he lost balance, eventually falling 800 feet. Witnesses and park rangers believe that poor snow conditions contributed to the accident. Rangers found Redmond, who was wearing a climbing helmet but was unconscious, and airlifted him to a hospital in critical condition. Redmond was well outfitted with crampons and an ice axe, but was unable to self-arrest. A Wisconsin native, Redmonds works at a Jackson Hole school. He was taken to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls, Idaho. As of Tuesday, he was in critical condition but expected to recover.

Read more at Idaho Press Tribune

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