Colorado fire victims begin new year surveying destruction
Hundreds of Colorado residents who had expected to ring in 2022 in their homes are instead starting off the new year trying to salvage what remains of them after a wind-whipped wildfire tore through the Denver suburbs. “For 35 years I walked out my front door, I saw beautiful homes,” Eric House said. At least seven people were injured, but remarkably there have been no reports of any deaths or anyone missing in the wildfire that erupted Thursday in and around Louisville and Superior, neighboring towns about 20 miles (32 kilometers) northwest of Denver with a combined population of 34,000.news.yahoo.com
'So many memories': Over 500 homes feared destroyed by fire
One couple returned home Friday to find the mailbox about the only thing left standing. Colorado residents driven from their neighborhoods by a terrifying, wind-whipped wildfire got their first, heartbreaking look at the damage the morning after, while others could only wait and wonder whether their homes were among the more than 500 feared destroyed. Cathy Glaab found that her home in the town of Superior where she lives with her husband had been turned into a pile of charred and twisted debris.news.yahoo.com
Wind-whipped wildfires in Colorado force 2 towns to evacuate
Thousands of residents in two communities near Denver were ordered to evacuate Thursday because of a wind-fueled wildfire that engulfed parts of the area in smoky, orangish skies. The city of Louisville, which has a population of about 21,000, was ordered to evacuate after residents in Superior, which has 13,000 residents, were told to leave. The blaze was one of several that started in the area Thursday, at least some sparked by downed power lines, as winds gusted up to 105 mph (169 kph), according to the National Weather Service.news.yahoo.com
Employee who killed gunman likely saved lives, police say
An employee who returned fire after a gunman killed two people at a Nebraska grain elevator likely prevented more deaths, a Nebraska State Patrol official said Friday. The employee, who was not named, retrieved a weapon and shot Max Hoskinson, 61, after Hoskinson began shooting at the Agrex Elevator in Superior, Nebraska, on Thursday. Hoskinson, of Superior, was pronounced dead at a hospital.news.yahoo.com
Police: Fired grain elevator worker shot 3 people, killing 1
A man who had been fired from a grain elevator in Nebraska on Thursday returned with a gun and shot three people, killing one, before he was shot and killed by another employee, the Nebraska State Patrol said. The patrol said the shooting occurred at the Agrex Elevator in Superior, a town in southeast Nebraska near the Kansas border. A preliminary investigation showed that Max Hoskinson, 61, of Superior, was fired from the grain elevator on Thursday.news.yahoo.com
Apaches object to Forest Service review of huge copper mine
The Forest Service now has 60 days to turn over a tract of land in Tonto National Forest east of Phoenix to Resolution Copper Mining, a joint venture of the international mining companies Rio Tinto and BHP. Environmentalists contend the Forest Service was pressured to push the review over the finish line before President Donald Trump leaves office, complicating their efforts to reverse the land swap. The Forest Service said that's not true, while the mining company contends the publication already was delayed by months. It also contends the Forest Service legally can't transfer the land because it belongs to Apaches under an 1852 treaty. Resolution Copper is set to receive 3.75 square miles (9.71 square kilometers) of Forest Service land in exchange for eight parcels the company owns elsewhere in Arizona.
U.P. photographer about to mark second straight year of photographing every sunrise
But for more than 700 consecutive mornings, Bugsy Sailor hasn’t missed a single one. Unlike 2019′s Year of the Sunrise, Sailor hasn’t created an official project title or public landing space for his 2020 photographs. And yet: “I have people sending me sunrise photos, saying that I inspire them to watch more sunrises now. Supply Co.Click here to see his Year of the Sunrise photos, which encompass every sunrise in 2019. Scroll to see a few of Sailor’s favorite images from shooting sunrises in 2020:Photo by Bugsy SailorPhoto by Bugsy SailorPhoto by Bugsy SailorPhoto by Bugsy SailorPhoto by Bugsy SailorPhoto by Bugsy SailorPhoto by Bugsy SailorPhoto by Bugsy SailorPhoto by Bugsy SailorPhoto by Bugsy SailorPhoto by Bugsy SailorPhoto by Bugsy SailorPhoto by Bugsy SailorRELATED:8 places to witness the magic of frozen waterfalls in the U.P.mlive.com
Minnesota gives final green light to disputed oil pipeline
FILE - In this June 29, 2018, file photo, pipeline used to carry crude oil is shown at the Superior, Wis., terminal of Enbridge Energy. A significant permit has been granted to Enbridge's plan to replace its aging Line 3 oil pipeline across northern Minnesota. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)MINNEAPOLIS – Minnesota regulators approved the final permit Monday for Enbridge Energy’s Line 3 crude oil pipeline replacement across northern Minnesota, giving the company the green light to begin construction on the $2.6 billion project. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the independent Minnesota Public Utilities Commission gave their final approvals last week. The replacement segments in Canada, North Dakota and Wisconsin are already complete, leaving only the 337-mile (542-kilometer) stretch in Minnesota.
Professors explain why 2 ZIP codes account for nearly 40% of Washtenaw County COVID-19 cases
Grigoris Argeros, associate professor of sociology, and Natalie Dove, associate professor of psychology, said the two ZIP codes vary by race, ethnicity and socioeconomic status relative to the rest of Washtenaw County. Nearly 70% of Blacks in the county reside in these two ZIP codes, compared to 23% of whites, 13% of Asians and 37% of Hispanics, according to the professors' written report. Lower education achievement, the professors wrote, may be related to several variables which explain the higher amounts of COVID-19 cases. “But when we take into consideration population size, then the numbers reverse.”Knowing there are disparities in just two Washtenaw County ZIP codes, Argeros and Dove said they now seek how it can be fixed. Their report suggests community leaders consider both structural and psychological variables when considering intervention approaches in those ZIP codes.mlive.com
Metro Detroit family shocked by massive ambulance bill after child transported with dog bite
DETROIT – A Metro Detroit family was stunned by a massive ambulance bill after their child was taken less than 25 miles at normal traffic speeds with a non-life-threatening dog bite. Little Kenna’s family was stunned when they received a bill for more than $5,000 from the ambulance company. They’ve been battling the ambulance company for months, and the issue wasn’t resolved until Help Me Hank stepped in. They claim they tried to negotiate with Superior Ambulance, but didn’t have any luck. “We’re thankful to Help Me Hank,” Saltzman said.
Phillips 66 says boiler plant fire extinguished at Los Angeles, California refinery
FILE PHOTO: The Phillips 66 gas station in Superior, Colorado, U.S., July 27, 2017. REUTERS/Rick Wilking(Reuters) - U.S. oil refiner Phillips 66 said a small fire at a boiler plant at its 139,000-barrel-per-day Los Angeles refinery in Wilmington, California was extinguished on Tuesday. The refinery is operating, the company said in a statement on Wednesday. Offsite responders from Los Angeles City Fire Department, County HAZMAT, and Port Police had responded to the incident and the cause of the fire is under investigation, the company said. The Los Angeles refinery comprises two linked facilities about five miles apart in Carson and Wilmington.feeds.reuters.com
Phillips 66 reports fire in Boiler plant area at Wilmington, California refinery
FILE PHOTO: The Phillips 66 gas station in Superior, Colorado, U.S., July 27, 2017. REUTERS/Rick Wilking(Reuters) - Phillips 66 reported a fire was extinguished in the area of the boiler plant at its 139,000-barrel-per-day Los Angeles refinery in Wilmington, California, according to a regulatory filing released on Tuesday. There was no impact to operations or release of hazardous materials and the cause of the fire was under investigation, the California Emergency Management Agency filing said. The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment.feeds.reuters.com