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57th Knoxville Nationals


Donny Schatz in victory lane. Photo credit: Paul Arch/Oskaloosa News

Donny Schatz won his 10th Knoxville Nationals title on Saturday. That makes ten victories in the past twelve years, and the eighth driving Tony Stewart Racing #15.

Kyle Larson, who made a strong move at the end, came up short in the third turn on the final lap, to take second.


Kyle Larson


Bogoslof


Bogoslof volcano, as seen from a satellite image, 18 minutes after the start of the eruption 5.28.17

Bogoslof once again went red on Monday morning at 10am. The ash plume extended to 32,000′. The ash cloud from the above photo, from a May eruption, rose to over 40,000′. Since December, Bogoslof has erupted 60 times.

Photo credit: AVO/Dave Schneider



RIP Sam

The actor, and Pulitzer winning playwright, Sam Shepard died on Thursday. Shepard wrote over 55 plays, winning the Pulitzer for “Buried Child”; and acted in over 50 films, getting an Oscar nomination for his role as Chuck Yeager in “The Right Stuff”.

Shepard died of complications from ALS. He was 73.


Alaska’s Only Hummingbird


Photo credit: Audubon.org

Alaska has a lot of summer visitors, one is the Rufous hummingbird, the only hummingbird that visits the Last Frontier.

At only 3″ tall, with a wingspan of about 4″, the Rufous is quite the robust traveler. They winter in Mexico, start their crossing of the Rocky Mountain states in late spring, and spend the summer in the Northwest, Canada and Alaska. For many of the speedy flightsters, it can be a 7800 mile round trip.

They are quite territorial over both nesting and food sites, and have been known to attack chipmunks that get too close to their nests. The main, natural predator is snakes, which makes Alaska a wonderful breeding ground.


Beware of the Winter Jokes

A friend of mine posted an obscene, apocalyptic headline Sunday night:

Winter has come…”

I’m thinking, “What the hell is wrong with you?”, but I refused to be baited, tried my best to ignore the comment altogether, and had a beer out on the deck in the sunshine.

Turns out that Sunday night was the start of a new “Game of Thrones” season.

It was probably for the best that I refrained from commenting.


Breaking News:

This just in from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Campus:

Minnesota Athletic Director, Mark Coyle has announced that the University has sold the rights to the Minnesota Rouser to Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing for the next 12 years to the tune of $750,000.
“I’m really excited about this, and obviously I have enhanced the marching band by bringing in 3M, an iconic corporation in Minnesota. Nothing says Minnesota like the Rouser and Post-It-Notes”, Coyle stated in the press release.

Mr Coyle goes on to say, “You’ll hardly notice the difference, since the old rouser will still be a part of the new & improved version. It seems really ‘catchy’ and I think people will enjoy the addition: M-M-M-I-N-N-E-S-O-T-A!”