By Yvonne Zonana.
Russ and Kiu moved to Lehigh Acres from Ohio several years ago. Shortly after they moved in, Russ put up a tall flagpole in his front yard and proudly flew the American flag. He was in the U.S. Army and completed two tours of duty in the Vietnam War. He was a quiet and unassuming man; never the kind of guy who sought the limelight.
Russ passed away a few months ago from a chronic lung condition following a protracted illness. Kiu moved back to Ohio and put their home on the market. When a neighbor, Richard, heard the house had been sold, he approached Kiu (who had returned to Lehigh to remove personal items) about buying the flagpole, which he put in his yard. He wanted the flagpole to remain in the neighborhood as a memorial to Russ. (more…)
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The asteroid is called 2004 BL86. It’ll come about 745,000 miles (1.2 million kilometers) from Earth, or about three times as far away as the moon.
The Lee County Sheriff’s Office is proud to announce a new feature to the www.sheriffleefl.org website.
Now, instead of calling to report select, non-emergency calls like lost or stolen tags, tows, or to request vacation house checks, citizens can now do it with the click of a mouse.
Using this online citizen reporting system allows you to submit information immediately and print a copy of the police report for free. This reporting system is for NON-EMERGENCY incidents that occurred in Lee County, by an unknown suspect. If it is an emergency, please dial 911. If the incident occurred outside of Lee County or if the suspect is known, please call the Lee County Sheriff’s Office non-emergency line at (239) 477-1000.
Through the Lee County Sheriff’s Office Online Citizen Reporting System, you can report a variety of incidents to include Lost or Stolen Tags, Private Property Tows (Wrecker Companies Only) and Repossessions (Wrecker Companies Only). Citizens may also request a vacation house check.
The third and final phase in the civil trial over the massive Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico begins Tuesday, and will determine the penalties which British Petroleum (BP) will ultimately receive for violations of the Clean Water Act.
The company was already found “grossly negligent” and largely responsible for the environmental disaster. Now, the trial turns to how much the British oil giant will be fined. David Muth, director of the Gulf Restoration Program for the National Wildlife Federation, says the range is from about $3 billion to a maximum of just under $14 billion.
“Because the judge has ruled gross negligence, one would expect something moving toward the higher end,” he says. “You spill it, you clean it up. You pay for the cleanup, you pay for the response.”
The amount will be based on evidence presented during this phase on BP’s response to the spill, along with the judge’s determination that more than three million barrels of oil ended up in the Gulf.
Tasmanian Greens Senator Peter Whish-Wilson yesterday said the ships appeared to be just outside Australian territorial waters, southeast of Macquarie Island.
He said it was time for the Australian Government to step in.
“It’s crunch time, we’re being scrutinised by the international community and by the organised crime gangs who profit from these illegal and destructive fishing activities,” Senator Whish-Wilson said.
“There’s no better time than now for this Government to uphold its election promise and send a patrol vessel to protect Australia’s interests and to show the world Australia is serious about upholding its responsibilities in the Southern Ocean,” he said.
Interpol yesterday issued a “Purple Notice” requesting the help of all 190 member nations in tracking the notorious trio after a boarding bid by the New Zealand Navy this week was thwarted by rough Southern Ocean conditions.
“The Illegal, Unregulated and Unreported (IUU) vessels, which were sighted travelling together in December 2014, have all changed their names, national registration and other identifying characteristics on multiple occasions to try and avoid detection,” the international police organisation said.
“Between 6 and 13 January, a Royal New Zealand Naval Patrol spotted the vessels — the Yongding, the Kunlun and the Songhua — hauling gill nets laden with toothfish in an area regulated by the Convention on the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources where such fishing methods are prohibited.”
The ownership of the rogue vessels is a mystery although they are reputed to be poaching endangered species in protected waters on behalf of a Spanish criminal syndicate.
Sea Shepherd announced plans to help chase the vessels on the high seas.
Senator Whish-Wilson said Sea Shepherd was now the only deterrent to the illegal fishers, given the Australian Government had not followed through with its Southern Ocean patrols
The U.S. Postal Service is proposing slight increases for mailing letters and postcards—but leaving first-class “Forever” stamps at their present 49 cents.
Under a filing with the Postal Regulatory Commission, letters to international destinations would rise from $1.15 to $1.20. Postcards would rise from 34 cents to 35 cents.
The increases being proposed would become effective on April 26.
On first-class mail, every ounce over 1 ounce would cost an additional 22 cents, up from 21 cents. And letters to all international destinations would go from $1.15 to $1.20.
The filing does not affect Postal Service shipping products and services.
The Postal Service says the price increases are the latest in a series of steps “to achieve financial stability.”
An unlikely alliance of environmentalists and political conservatives is banding together to bring more solar power choices to the Sunshine State.
The newly formed political action committee Floridians for Solar Choice is gathering signatures for a constitutional amendment to allow businesses and homeowners to generate their own solar energy and sell it directly to consumers.
Currently, Florida is one of only five states that mandates solar power be bought and sold only through electric utilities.
Tory Perfetti, chairman of Floridians for Solar Choice, says there are many different reasons why Floridians should support a change.
“This is about freedom of choice,” he maintains. “This is about the free market. And it’s about protecting the environment – with commonsense, free market principles involved.”
Florida receives more solar radiant energy than any other state east of the Mississippi. The group claims that utilities, allied with the State Legislature, have blocked others from harnessing that power.
Lee County Mosquito Control District may look to the skies in their battle to control mosquitoes.
The FAA rules are making it easier for certain governmental agencies to utilize drone technology and in this case for spraying in areas not easily accessible.
LCMCD employees are testing the use of the drones that would drop mosquito killing pellets in standing water. And a drone helicopter that could be tasked with spraying larger areas with liquid.
According to Lee County’s Mosquito Control has budgeted $16 million, which is not enough to cover it all. But drones may help the process with costs much lower than normal methods. The use of multiple drones would be much more economical to operate compared to the fuel and maintenance of normal delivery vehicles and aircraft.
According to LCMCD employee, this program is still years off and needs to have more testing to see if it is effective.