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Ridge Runner Chronicles – June 22, 2022

Selfies and the Darwin Award By Bill Hoagland A few weeks ago, a tourist in Yellowstone Park got too close to a buffalo and ended up getting gored and then tossed by the buffalo more than 10 feet in the air. She is lucky she wasn’t killed. The complete details of this incident have not…

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Outdoor Truths – June 22, 2022

The catalpa trees What the hickory chicken is to spring, the catalpa worm is to summer. You just don’t eat em’. The catalpa worm is another special surprise that shows up in June or July. This worm is a delicacy for bluegill and catfish. To be more specific, the catalpa caterpillar is the larval stage…

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Congress is Finally Serious about UFOs By Bill Hoagland About two weeks ago, Congress conducted hearings on Unidentified Aerial Phenomena, the newly mandated alternative name for UFOs. (For purposes of this column, and with all due respect to the Department of Defense, I will refer to these objects as UFOs, since that is the term…

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A double edged sword: Covid’s effect on addiction

By MARCEL GEMME The US drug epidemic is at its worst point ever, largely thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic. The two public health crises collided in early 2020, worsening the growing problem of drug overdoses and addiction in virtually every state and culminating in more than 100,000 overdose deaths for the first time in American…

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Outdoor Truths: Priorities

By Gary Miller If you hunt or fish long enough there will come times you must give up your passion for other things. I can remember years ago opening a business during hunting season. The timing of the opening was not optional. You can imagine how often I got to hunt that year. Absence did…

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Outdoor Truths – June 8, 2022

Older and wiser As a youngster, there was one activity that characterized my summers – swimming. I loved to go to the public swimming pool and stay until my fingers and toes were wrinkled up like prunes. It was the place to be, as a teenager in the late 70’s. Since there were no tanning…

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Ridge Runner Chronicles – June 8, 2022

The James Webb telescope already making new discoveries By Bill Hoagland If you don’t know what the “James Webb Space Telescope” is and you have a curious mind, you just might be fascinated by what we are now learning about outer space thanks to this remarkable piece of equipment. The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST)…

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Outdoor Truths – June 1, 2022

Should I Stay or Should I Go? One of my past-times that increases between hunting seasons is cycling. I’ve been enjoying this activity for nearly a decade. Most of my rides are short enough that I don’t have to think too much about water, an energy snack, or any extra equipment. They are also predictable…

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Ridge Runner Chronicles – June 1, 2022

“Louie, Louie” and the FBI By Bill Hoagland If you are under 50 years of age, you probably think this headline refers to some hoodlum named “Louie” with a thick, Brooklyn accent who was the subject of an FBI investigation. Actually, it does refer to an FBI investigation but not of a hoodlum; it refers,…

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Ridge Runner Chronicles – May 25, 2022

Is the death sentence slowly dying? By Bill Hoagland In January, 2001, a jury in South Carolina convicted Richard Bernard Moore of murder and further ruled that he should receive the death penalty. He spent the next 20 years on “death row” in a South Carolina prison. His execution was finally scheduled for April 29,…

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