July 5, 2011
Yellowstone River

Yellowstone River     Photo: By gharness on Flickr, http://www.flickr.com/photos/gharness/

Oil Spill Spreads in Yellowstone River

Clean-up efforts hampered by fast-moving water, debris

An estimated 42,000 gallons of oil have leaked into the Yellowstone River since Friday, as large debris and raging waters continue to hamper clean up efforts. Authorities believed that fast moving water may have scoured dirt away from a buried Exxon Mobile pipe, allowing debris to hit the structure and cause a leak. On Monday, Exxon Mobil acknowledged that the area affected by the spill might extend beyond the 10 miles immediately downstream. The company has dispatched roughly 125 workers over 241 miles to monitor and clean up oil. Municipalities and irrigation districts have closed off pumps that take water from parts of the river. The incident occurred as authorities consider the larger Keysone pipeline proposal, which would transport oil along the river as it heads from Canada to the Gulf states.

Read More at The New York Times



Paraglider     Photo: Matthew Bietz/Flickr

Paraglider Missing in Peru

Search underway for Xavier Murillo

Xavier Murillo, the head of the Paragliding World Cup Association, has gone missing near Huarez, Peru after a paragliding flight on Friday. Murillo, 49, was last seen at an altitude of around 6,000 meters. He was carrying both a radio and cellphone. A search and rescue opperation has been underway since Saturday, but poor visibility and questions about Murillo's insurance policy have limited the use of aircraft. Murillo, who is French, was in Peru with a group of paragliders scouting the area for an X-Andes event next year. The Paragliding World Cup Association is currently raising funds for Murillo's search and rescue effort.

Read more at xcmag.com


Cadel Evans

Cadel Evans, 2011 Stage 4 winner     Photo: Laurent Brun/Flickr

Evans Over Contador in Stage Four

Uphill finish lets climbers into early tour action

Australia's Cadel Evans took a narrow win over Alberto Contador on stage four of the Tour de France Tuesday morning, defeating the three-time Tour champion in what was, literally, a photo finish. Stage four was mostly flat but featured an uphill finish, giving climbers like Evans and Contador an opportunity for an early stage win. Tour leader Thor Hushovd finshed in a chase back just back and successfully defended his yellow jersey. Hushovd’s team, Garmin-Cervelo, has controlled the early stages with a team time trial victory on Sunday and a Tour win yesterday for Tyler Farrar, his ever and the first for an American on July 4. Until today, Contador had struggled in the early stages, losing over a minute in big crash on Saturday's first stage. That crash ultimately forced Belgian Jurgen Van de Walle, of team Omega Pharma-Lotto, to drop out this morning. Van de Walle is the first rider to withdraw from the 2011 tour, leaving the field with 197 riders.

Read more at cyclingnews.com


Snowboard giant slalom

Snowboard giant slalom     Photo: Chris Ramoin/Wikimedia

New Alpine Sports for Winter Games

IOC approves slopestyle, slalom snowboarding

The International Olympic Committe has approved three new alpine events for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. The Games will now include ski and snowboard slopestyle, and parallel snowboard slalom, a nine-round, head-to-head compition between two snowboarders. Parallel giant slalom debuted at the 1998 Olympics in Nagano, Japan, but slalom is new. In April, The IOC also announced that ski halfpipe, team figure skating, luge relay, mixed biathlon relay, and—after a long wait—women's ski jumping had made the cut. The announcements signal IOC officials' continued willingness  to include non-mainstream sports into the games. "Such events provide great entertainment for the spectators and add further youthful appeal to our already action-packed line-up of Olympic winter sports," said IOC head Jaques Rogge. Eight sports, including climbing and karate, also made a short list for the 2020 summer games, though final voting will not take place until 2013. The IOC is meeting in South Africa this week to select a location for the 2018 winter Olympics. Munich, Germany; Annecy, France; and Pyeongchang, South Korea, the favorite, are in the running.

Read more at USA Today


Surfer in Huntington Beach

    Photo: Karin Dalziel/Flickr

Teen Wins Men's Surf Title

East coast surfer wins men's bracket at NSSA

A 15-year-old from South Carolina won the Open Men's title at Sunday's National Scholastic Surfing Association championships, becoming only the second east coast surfer ever to win the event. Cam Richards hadn't even planned to enter the open category, but was forced to after failing to qualify in juniors. "I was really bummed I didn't make Open Juniors, 'cause that was the main division I was focusing on. So I just took out my anger on the Open Mens," he said. The competition was held in Huntington Beach, Callifornia, and is traditionally dominated by west-coast surfers. Richards is only the second east-coast surfer to win since 1978—NSSA's inaugural year. It's been a good early summer for Ruchards: In late June, he won 9 consecutive heats at Quiksilver's King of the Groms, also in Huntington Beach.

Read more at Surfline