May 9, 2008
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“I made it in the hospital through the bleakest, worst times of my entire life. I was in there for 90 days. I made through 80 of them before they broke me! I just couldn’t do it anymore,” says Tred.
According to Tred’s wife Anni, the last high dose of chemotherapy destroyed his kidneys and some liver function. He suffered major depression. Anni and Tred finally decided it was more important to get his head turned around than anything. So Tred—at long last—returned home. Since then, things have brightened dramatically. His kidneys look like they’re responding positively. His most recent blood tests show improvement in his Waldenströms. The local Shaw Cancer Center is trying something new – a milder treatment that can be done at home one day a week for several months, then once a month forever.
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I'm headed out the door on for a 5-hour road trip with my toddler son and the two pooches to see family out of state for the next week. It should be an interesting drive.
Whether it's a 5-hour extended trip to a hunt test or a week-long, cross-country journey, the dogs pretty much have a set bag we carry: [ Read Full Post ]
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Scott Basehore of Pennsylvania is a custom turkey call maker whose fine work graces my turkey call collection. It’s a box call you guys would notice, adorned with a hand painted strutter (see photo); one you want to pick up and run some clear-noted yelps on. A two-season turkey hunter, he’s also an avid dog man who runs his turkey-nosed canine on fall flocks where it’s legal (as in PA); a list of states that grows annually. [ Read Full Post ]
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You may have heard or read about the invasive species of Asian carp that has spread northward, up the Mississippi River and into its tributaries in recent years. Not only does the fish grow quickly and grow large, but it has the unusual propensity for leaping high into the air when rousted by the sound of a passing outboard motor. [ Read Full Post ]
Erin Solaro, a Seattle PI blogger who writes on politics and culture for a column called, "The Woman Citizen," may have surprised -- or maybe didn't -- some feminist (is that really a realtive term anymore?) readers with her Aug. 7 essay:
"For a law-abiding citizen to bear personal arms is an act of civilization.
"Not just an act of self-defense or an act in defense of civilization, but an act of civilization. [ Read Full Post ]
Keith L. Alexander of the Washington Post writes on Aug. 8 that Second Amendment activist-attorney Alan Gura is back and, let's hope, better than ever:
"The lawyer who won the battle to allow District residents to keep handguns in their homes is now fighting to allow residents and visitors to carry their weapons in public. Alan Gura filed a lawsuit Thursday in U.S. District Court on behalf of four people who want the right to carry and conceal weapons for self-defense. [ Read Full Post ]
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Most research out there suggests that online users and magazine subscribers are two separate audiences that have some overlap. If you're one of OL's cyber readers but not a mag-in-hand reader, you might consider picking up subscription. [ Read Full Post ]
Greg Vadala of CQ Politics offers this Aug. 8 profile on South Dakota Sen. John Thune:
"South Dakota’s John Thune is emerging as a fresh public face for the depleted ranks of Senate Republicans, who are trying to move past their trouncing in last year’s election and the embarrassment of Sen. John Ensign ’s public admission of an extramarital affair. [ Read Full Post ]
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We often take picking up a bag of feed for granted, assuming that all the proper ingredients are included. And for the most part, they probably are. However, I recently had the good fortune to visit the Nestle Purina Petcare Company Product Technology Center and let me tell you, it was nothing short of phenomenal!
After touring the Purina facility and sitting through nearly seven hours of presentations, I KNOW the proper ingredients are found in those bags with a "Purina" label on them.
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It was a beautiful day with temps in the 50s and 60s....a nice change from the earlier high 80s. Mark is out solo today checking out an area south of Tony Grove, Blind Hollow. He's following an Aspen covered ridge from Tony Grove to the road. I'm meeting him at a designated trail head at 8pm. It would be great to see an elk quarter in tow. I'm optimistic and will be bringing an ice-cold beer to greet him. I'll let you know tomorrow if it served a celebratory or simply carb replacing purpose. [ Read Full Post ]
IllinoisCarry.com says, "Chicago poses the biggest obstacle we face in getting a license to carry law passed in the state of Illinois." So, since Chicago won't come to IllinoisCarry.com -- Bartonville, Ill., to be more exact -- IllinoisCarry.com is going to Chicago on a mission: [ Read Full Post ]
The media was kept away from Barack Obama’s first foray into presidential trout fishing last week during his trip to Montana. But thanks to hollow cottonwoods and tall streamside grass, Outdoor Life managed to catch a few snippets of Obama’s conversation with fishing guide Dan Vermillion during the rainy session on the East Gallatin River.
“Wow, these hooks are sharp as a Sarah Palin glare.”
“Yeah, I know. You just hooked me in the ear with your last backcast.”
“Sorry, Dan. I guess I’m a little preoccupied with health care. Speaking of which, you need a Band-Aid? You’re bleeding pretty bad.”
“I’m okay. Whoa, you just missed a rise. You have to keep your eye on your fly.”
“Hey! That sort of talk back in D.C. will get you a restraining order. And a call from Larry Craig.”
“So, the word out here in the West is that you’re going to take away all our guns once the economy turns around.”
“Oh, Dan, that’s a bunch of crazy talk. Between you and me, the gun industry is so economically viable that I’m actually thinking of, you know, maybe consolidating some of it in my Homeland Security department.” [ Read Full Post ]
I picked up Katie from the airport and away we went... stopping to check in with some friends in Ogden and drop off some extra gear.... we made a quick detour at the grocery store in Logan and headed for the hills. We decided to make use of an opening in the Tony Grove Campground and basecamp out of there for a few days. We've settled into a great scouting pattern of glassing both mornings and evenings and hitting the hills during the day in search of sign.... we're consistently finding 5 new bulls a day.... but we haven't found anything exceptional....... YET! [ Read Full Post ]
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I was about 15 minutes behind schedule once I got to my chosen spot.
Within 5 minutes I had a bachelor herd of three bulls located.... ah! It feels good to finally be here, not to mention actually finding elk on the first morning of scouting. Two small raghorns ( A 5x5 and a 6x6) and nice mature 5x5 with long beams...I found a great mule deer buck in the canyon as well. On my way back to the trailhead I spotted a bachelor herd of 5 mule deer feeding amongst the wildflowers out in the open. One really nice buck with them. After a practice stalk... (I made it to 45 yards from the good buck) I headed to another glassing point to view where I'd come from... I found a big bull moose after 10 minutes.... man Utah has game everywhere!!! I got back to the truck around 11:45 and took to the road...
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