May 25, 2012
Mount Everest

Mount Everest     Photo: Rupert Taylor-Price/Flickr

Climbers Summit Everest Safely

Expected traffic jams avoided

At least 115 climbers summited Everest on Friday with no reports of mishaps or traffic jams that many expected after last weekend's tragedies. British mountaineer Kenton Cool, 38, claimed his 10th summit carrying a 1924 Olympic gold medal in aplinism that was awarded to the entire 1922 British Mount Everest expedition, including George Mallory. The Eddie Bauer team and leader Dave Hahn began their summit push via the South Col route at 11 p.m. local time and expect to summit early Saturday. Speed climber Chad Kellogg also left Base Camp today in a bid to break the speed record of 22 hours 29 minutes to the summit without oxygen.

Read more at Outside Online


Grizzly bear

Grizzly bear     Photo: ilashdesigns/Flickr

Idaho Authorities Search for Grizzly Killer

Mother and cub found shot in forest

Authorities in Idaho are offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person who shot two grizzlies. A hiker found the corpses of the bears, a sow and her cub, near the town of Bonners Ferry on Friday. The bodies were sent to a federal lab in Oregon for analysis, though wildlife officials are skeptical they'll be able to locate the shooter through forensics alone. "A lot of times there are significant rewards, said Idaho Fish and Game Spokesman Phil Cooper, "and in a case like this ... folks come forward often for the reward money, and also because of what happened."

Read more at Boise State Public Radio


Kristin Armstrong

Kristin Armstrong     Photo: derekmarkham/Flickr

Kristen Armstrong Breaks Collarbone

Injury puts Olympics in doubt

Kristen Armstrong, the defending Olympic time trial gold medalist, on Thursday broke her collarbone in a hard crash in the prologue of the Exenergy Uour in Idaho, putting in jeopardy her participation in the upcoming London Olympic Games. Armstrong, 38, went down in a turn halfway through the two-mile opening time trial but managed to recover and finish 13th, only eight seconds behind winner Tara Wittman. Joe Savola, Armstrong's husband, said Armstrong was on her way to victory when she crashed. "She was flying, she was taking a chance," he said. Armstrong underwent surgery on Friday to repair a break in her clavicle but could recover in time to race in London. USA Cycling will announce a final Olympic roster on June 15.

Read more at ESPN


RyanAir seats     Photo: Matt From London/Flickr

Airbus to Offer Americans Wider Seats

Airlines look to capitalize on rising obesity

Airbus announced on Thursday that it will offer U.S. airlines extra-wide seats for obese customers in its new A320 passenger jets. The company says it is taking advantage of the wider-bodied aircraft to offer seats that airlines can sell for larger profits. "Airlines asked us how they could create value with this wider cabin. We came up with this idea," said Airbus aircraft interiors director Zuzana Hrnkova. The company indicated that fees from the larger, more expensive seats could net airlines about $3 million in profits over a 15-year period. More than a third of the U.S. population is obese, and that number is expected to rise to 42 percent by 2030.

Read more at Bloomberg


Montague Island, Alaska

Montague Island, Alaska     Photo: NOAA Photo Library/Flickr

Tsunami Cleanup Begins in Alaska

Effort expected to take weeks

The first major cleanup of debris from Japan's tsunami begins today on Alaska's Montague Island. The project is headed by volunteers and employees from the Gulf of Alaska Keeper and the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies and is expected to last several weeks. An Alaskan senator has also asked NOAA to provide $45 million for the cleanup, as officials share concerns about invasive species and toxic substances that might be among the debris. One coordinator said he expects the cleanup to remove 30 to 40 tons of debris from the small island, which is located southeast of Anchorage.

Read more at Reuters