January 15, 2013

Grand Canyon     Photo: YoTuT/Flickr

Woman Missing in Grand Canyon

Mother says she's "with the angels"

Rangers are searching Grand Canyon National Park for a 21-year-old woman who went missing during a private 30-day boat trip on Saturday.

Kaitlin Anne Kenney, of Englewood, Colorado, was last seen on Friday night near Tapeats Creek. While NPS officials have only said that they are searching for Kenney, her mother, Linnea Kenney, wrote on Facebook that she believes her daughter drowned in the river.

The family told 9NEWS they think she may have gotten up to go to the bathroom during the night, become disoriented, and fallen in. It was below zero the night she disappeared.


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Journalist Goes for 7-Year Walk

Retracing man's journey out of Africa

Paul Salopek, having already won two Pulitzer Prizes, the admiration of millions, and almost every other major journalism award on the planet, has decided there is nothing left to do but set out on foot on a 21,000-mile journey across the world to retrace the steps of mankind.

The seven-year journey begins in Ethiopia, believed by many to be the cradle of humanity, and progresses across Asia, across the Bering Straights, and down the Americas, ending, finally, in Tierra del Fuego. Salopek says he will be “retracing the pathways of the first human diaspora out of Africa, which occurred about 50 to 70,000 years ago, as authentically as possible, on foot."

The journey, sponsored by National Geographic, will be covered in a series of articles, videos, and, tweets. Salopek will have a support crew for large portions of the journey, for both guidance and safety, and will be joined occasionally by his wife, artist Linda Lynch.


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Nicole Cooke Retires, Blasts Dopers

Gold medalist says she's been robbed

Former world champion and gold-medal cyclist Nicole Cooke of Great Britain is retiring after 11 years of professional cycling. And since this is cycling we’re talking about, for better or [mostly] worse, we’re also talking about Lance Armstrong. While announcing her retirement, the 29-year-old, a self-proclaimed clean rider, hit out at all the sport’s dopers, and then took direct shots at Tyler Hamilton and Armstrong.

On her career:

I am so very fortunate to have been able to have won clean. I have been robbed by drug cheats, but I am fortunate, I am here before you with more in my basket than the 12-year-old dreamed of. But for many genuine people out there who do ride clean, people with morals, many of these people have had to leave the sport with nothing after a lifetime of hard work.

On Hamilton:

Tyler Hamilton will make more money from his book describing how he cheated than I will make in all my years of honest labor.

On Armstrong:

When Lance cries on Oprah later this week and she passes him a tissue, spare a thought for all of those genuine people who walked away with no reward—just shattered dreams. Each one of them is worth 1,000 Lances. I do despair that the sport will ever clean itself up when rewards of stealing are greater than riding clean. If that remains the case, the temptation for those with no morals will always be too great.

Rogers also blamed the UCI for the decline in women’s cycling, saying the organization was too focused on defending itself against doping allegations. Fun times!


A polar bear with nowhere to go.     Photo: Martin Lopatka/Flickr

Judge Halts Polar Bear Habitat Protection

Oil wins big against bears

A U.S. federal court in Alaska has overturned a rule put in place by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that would protect over 187,000 miles of the state's coastline as designated critical polar bear habitat. The measure was put in place after the polar bear was added to the government's "threatened species" list in 2011. The judge's ruling was in response to a suit brought by the state of Alaska and the Alaska Oil and Gas Association, who claimed the designation was unnecessarily large.

While the judge said the federal rule was "valid in many respects," "procedural deficiencies" were ignored in its creation. The judge stated that once that USFWS followed procedure, it could be reinstated.

The Governor of Alaska praised the judge's decision saying that the development prohibition would hinder Alaska's economy.

Environmental activists saw the ruling as a minor obstacle. “The decision in the polar bear critical habitat case is a temporary setback for conservation,” Kassie Siegel of the Climate Law Institute told The Daily Caller. “However, we anticipate that critical habitat for the polar bear will be reinstated shortly, because the government can easily remedy the problems Judge Beistline identified in his decision and re-issue the rule.”