“When people fight wildland fires, they usually attempt to make their stand on a ridge top,” she said. The existing transmission towers along the ridge are up to 60 feet tall, while the new towers to be installed in the Antelope-Pardee Transmission Project would stand up to 178 feet. In arguing against the proposed midslope line, Bouquet Canyon residents point to an environmental report done for the project that gauges risk from a wildfire. They prefer the new lines run the same path as the existing ones. “If the wildfire were burning east … there would be no ground suppression tactic between the mid-slope fire and the structures (cabins) located in Bouquet Canyon,” the report states. Because smoke from a wildfire can cause electricity to arc from a high-power transmission line, it would have to be shut off before firefighters could move in. But parts of the proposed transmission line are less than a half-mile from Bouquet Canyon Road, where there are more than 100 cabins. The report states that in high winds, a fast-moving fire could reach the road before the line could be shut off. Kadota said a fire is unlikely to start in the remote mid-slope area where the transmission line would go, unless lightning struck. But cabin owners are still worried by the proposed alignment. “It would devalue the cabins, devalue the private property,” said cabin owner Linda Love. “The safety risk is significant.” Because it is within the forest, Love is restricted to living in her 80-year-old recreational cabin part-time, like other cabin residents in the canyon. She shares a quiet dirt lane with other cabin owners, amid oak trees and fallen leaves, with a bubbling creek as her front yard. Cabin owners feel that they have been overlooked in the planning for the power corridor, and they point to a planning map that failed to show their presence, even though it showed other things such as an old campground. The power project is a Southern California Edison initiative. The wind-generated power that the 500-kilovolt line would carry will come from the Tehachapi Mountains, and the project will increase Southern California’s share of renewable energy. Residents of Agua Dulce and Leona Valley opposed an alignment that would have put the transmission lines through their communities, instead of through the forest. Earlier this year, the California Public Unities Commission voted to put the line through the sparsely populated forest, instead of the two neighboring communities. Authorities have studied whether putting the transmission lines on the east side of the reservoir would get in the way of firefighting aircraft, coming in low to land in the water and tank up. In a letter to Southern California Edison, the county Fire Department said the lines would not get in the way of aircraft. But the Fire Department asked that big spheres be placed on the lines so that pilots could clearly see them. Howell, who works in advertising, said he does not like that, as he looked down at the reservoir from a ridge on his ranch. “It’s going to span both roads over to this knoll on the right,” he said. “They’re going to go right across there and put up their towers and their lines and their big orange balls.” After the Forest Service makes its decision next month on the transmission line alignment, the project could start in the late fall. Barring an appeal of the Forest Service decision, construction could take 14 months. firstname.lastname@example.org (661) 257-5253160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST – At the edge of a water reservoir dotted with tiny islands, the canyon floor is green and natural – while in the distance transmission lines run along a high ridge. The view is pristine from Ron Howell’s 250-acre ranch in the Angeles National Forest. At least the view to the west is, because to the north he has a power transmission line with an audible buzz. Now, a new transmission line is proposed for the picturesque western edge of his property, on his side of the reservoir instead of on the other side, where a transmission line now runs. Howell is worried about being nearly penned in by transmission lines at his ranch home. Just southwest in Bouquet Canyon, cabin owners fear that the line would run too close to their own properties, and could expose them to fire risk. The transmission line is one segment of a $1.8 billion project to bring wind power into Southern California. For Howell, the project is too close to home. “It’s horrible,” he said. “We’ve put our life savings into restoring this ranch.” The U.S. Forest Service next month is expected to make a decision on the alignment of the transmission line – called the Antelope-Pardee Transmission Project – in the Angeles National Forest. One factor the agency is considering is that if it puts the new power corridor midslope, nearer the cabins and on Howell’s side of the reservoir, it could tear down the existing transmission lines along the ridge above the cabins, said Marian Kadota, project manager for the Forest Service. Eliminating the ridge-line power lines, which are a dangerous obstruction when flames are lapping nearby, could help firefighters suppress wildfires, Kadota said.
The Badgers took advantage of their final regular season game, polishing off Iowa 67-40.[/media-credit]Last time Twanna Hutchinson, a parent coordinator for P.S. 251 in Queens, N.Y., saw her son play in person was nearly four years ago on March 17, 2006.Trevon Hughes and St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy lost that game, the 2006 Division 2 State Championship game at the Kohl Center, 57-48 to the Seymour Thunder.Hughes did not perform well in that game, shooting just 3-of-17 from the floor, including 3-for-12 from beyond the arc. He finished with 13 points and three assists to two turnovers.With his mother in town again Wednesday night, Hughes wanted to make sure the result was different this time as Wisconsin battled Iowa on Senior Night.“(It was) nerve-wracking,” Hughes said. “We didn’t win that game, and I didn’t play well. So, it was a good thing we ended up on the left-hand side (tonight). I did OK. So, we’re taking baby steps. I’ve got to crawl before I walk.”Hughes finished with 15 points on the night, second only to leading-scorer Jon Leuer’s 18, while shooting 5-for-14 and hitting 3-of-5 three-point attempts. The 6-foot guard from Queens, N.Y., also added two blocks, three steals, four rebounds and four assists.When Hughes exited the game to an extended standing ovation late in the second half, it was clear the Badgers would finish with a better result than Hughes and the Lancers had nearly four years ago when Hutchinson last saw him play in person.For Hughes, though the emotion of the night was there, he used it to fuel his on-court play.“It’s very tough,” he said of handling the emotion. “You just have to suck it up sometimes. … The emotion did play a role in tonight’s game, and that’s the kind of energy you’ve got to come out and play with in every game.”Hughes was not the only one playing his last home game, of course.Fellow senior guard Jason Bohannon also suited up for the last time in front of a home crowd of 17,230 at the Kohl Center. For the 6-foot-2 native of Marion, Iowa, that moment — when he and Hughes exited the court together for the last time at home — meant a lot, especially since the team finished up the home slate with a victory.What meant the most to Bohannon was that he exited the game with Hughes, with whom he came to Wisconsin at the same time back in 2006.“It was a great feeling to know that we finished up our career here with a victory,” Bohannon said. “We played very well tonight. But looking back over our entire career, [we] went through a lot together. And for us to come off the floor together in that situation it meant a lot. We really appreciate how all the fans reacted toward us.”Bohannon and Hughes have won 76 percent of the games they’ve played together at Wisconsin, including 74 percent of Big Ten contests. In those games, they’ve combined for more than 2,000 points while helping lead UW to a regular season Big Ten title and Big Ten tournament title as sophomores.“Just think about two guys going over 1,000 points in the same year, playing on NCAA Tournament teams, conference championship teams (and) conference tournament champion teams,” head coach Bo Ryan said. “That’s pretty exciting. There are a lot of people who would like to be Jason Bohannon and Trevon Hughes. I would.”Bohannon finished his final home game as a Badger with an efficient 11 points, marking the eighth straight game he’s had 10 or more points. He did so while shooting 5-of-8 from the floor and 1-for-3 beyond the arc.More impressively, though, he pulled down a career-high nine rebounds.Bohannon, the oldest son of former Iowa quarterback Gordy Bohannon, finished his career having lost just once in seven tries against his father’s alma mater.When asked about it after the game, Bohannon acknowledged the intrigue of facing Iowa on Senior Night, but did not believe it factored into his enjoyment of the evening.“It didn’t add anything, but it was kind of a cool situation how it played out,” he said. “To play Iowa on Senior Night and to get a victory like we did tonight … it was very fun to be a part of. Hopefully we continue to play the way we did tonight and that momentum leads on for the rest of the year and into the tournament.”
The Wisconsin women’s basketball team will tip off the 2016-17 season with a new face at the helm: former George Washington University head coach and 2015 Atlantic-10 Coach of the Year, Jonathan Tsipis.As a coach who has done it before, Tsipis is looking to turn around a struggling Badger program and create a family atmosphere that lasts longer than his players stay.“I think what we need to be focusing on as a program is making sure we’re getting better every single day,” Tsipis said. “I don’t think that mentality is going to change after year one or year five. I learned a lot of great things at George Washington and I think a lot of those things apply here at Wisconsin, building off of the things that a lot of the coaches did here before me.”The former Colonials head coach comes to Wisconsin after four years in the nation’s capital, which included two A-10 championships and three 20-win seasons.Women’s basketball: Tsipis introduced as new era of Badger basketball beginsThe next era of University of Wisconsin women’s basketball started today as Jonathan Tsipis was introduced as the seventh head Read…Tsipis spent eight seasons before that as an assistant coach and then associate head coach at Notre Dame under legendary Hall of Fame coach Muffet McGraw. The Fighting Irish reached the NCAA tournament in each of those eight seasons and made two appearances in the championship game.Yet Tsipis is not resting on his laurels and insists that no aspect of a team is too small to commit time and energy to. Instead of rigid drills, the new coach is building his team’s chemistry off the court — an aspect team members felt had been lacking in previous seasons.“With Coach Tsipis we’ve been doing a bunch of family bonding activities and having almost an open circle type atmosphere,” fifth year senior forward Avyanna Young said. “We are finally making the effort to get to know each other and that’s going to help us on the court tremendously.”Any change is good change for a Badger program that finished last in the Big Ten in 2015 with an overall record of 7-22, their worst mark since 1987 and third-worst loss total in program history. During her tenure former Wisconsin head coach Bobbie Kelsey was unable to finish above ninth in the Big Ten, an already struggling conference, during all of her five lackluster seasons in Madison.Badgers athletic director Barry Alvarez recognized an opportunity for a change and turned to Tsipis with the hopes of developing young talent already on the team. In a news conference this March, Alvarez said he wanted to leave the program in the hands of someone who has built up a program before.“He knows what it takes to play at a championship level, and then you go out and do it on your own,” Alvarez told Andy Baggot in March. “I liked the fact he went out and took his own team and built it.”Tsipis is ready to answer Alvarez’s call and said he would like to eventually turn to a high pressure, high intensity system that focuses on fast paced transition. He realizes, however, that doing so will take time and doesn’t fit the current personnel.Tsipis’ desired system would be a significant change of pace for Wisconsin, which averaged 64.3 points per game with a losing margin of -8.1 last season. In order to one day implement it, building chemistry will be paramount.“It’s not as if we weren’t close under coach Kelsey, but we’ve really become closer with coach Tsipis,” redshirt junior center Malyna Johnson said. “I think we’re all ready for a big change and we’re buying into whatever coach Tsipis is putting in, even if it’s something that we’re not use to seeing.”The Badgers recently concluded a successful preseason campaign in Canada in early August, finishing 3-0 and exploring the British Colombia countryside during a week long vacation.Everything you need to know about women’s basketball’s first male head coach, Jonathan TsipisThe Wisconsin women’s basketball team will officially name Jonathan Tsipis as the new head coach Thursday. Tsipis, the former George Washington Read…While still months away from the season opener against Winona State in November, the brief stretch of games left many players and coaches feeling like success isn’t so far off.“Canada was great because it gave us a chance to not only simulate the basketball part but also gave us a look at the change in culture that we’ve been trying to instill,” Tsipis said. “We were able to get our players out of their comfort zones and I think that’s why it’s really important to go on a foreign trip.”Tsipis said he hasn’t made any final decisions as far as lineups go, but that the team made tremendous strides this offseason and continues to improve with only a few months of preparation left.That view is not unique to him either.“I see this program going nowhere but up,” Young said. “We have a young team but we don’t play young. Everyone’s bought in and I definitely see this program taking the steps towards greatness.”
StumbleUpon Watch: Joe Lee on the importance of collaboration December 13, 2019 Betting on Sports Europe to address industry’s looming crisis February 25, 2020 Related Articles Share Share Submit Downes departs Dons following FA charge October 21, 2019 World number 39, Jamie Jones has been handed suspension from the World Snooker Tour and will face a disciplinary hearing from The World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA).The case relates to a International Championship Qualification tie played between David John and Graeme Dott on 29 September 2016. 30 year old Jones is accused of being “party to, or facilitated, the manipulation of the outcome” of the match in question. A WPBSA statement outlined: “Following a WPBSA investigation into alleged breaches of the WPBSA rules by David John, a decision has been taken today that Jamie Jones has a case to answer.“The allegation is that Jamie Jones was party to, or facilitated, the manipulation of the outcome of David John’s match with Graeme Dott that was played at the International Championship Qualifiers in Preston on 29 September 2016.“Jason Ferguson, the chairman of the WPBSA has taken the decision to suspend Jones from attending or competing on the World Snooker tour with immediate effect. This suspension will remain in place until the conclusion of the hearing or hearings and the determination of this matter. Jones has the right to appeal his decision.”The WPBSA also emphasised that no matches played by Jones were under investigation at this stage.
Related Articles Share Share StumbleUpon Submit Andrea Vota – Jdigital’s challenge of Spanish restrictions is led by logic and rationale August 13, 2020 Winamax maintains Granada CF sponsorship despite bleak Spanish outlook August 19, 2020 Martin Lycka – Regulatory high temperatures cancel industry’s ‘silly season’ August 11, 2020 Spanish gambling incumbents have been put on alert, after Alberto Garzón – Spain’s new Consumer Affairs Minister -confirmed that he will announce new industry measures ‘within two to three weeks’.Garzón made his statement on Spanish broadcaster La Sexta’s weekend current affairs programme ‘El Objetivo’ underlining that new federal measures were needed to protect Spanish communities from ‘the extremes of gambling’.Since the start of 2020, Spanish incumbents have paid close attention to Garzon’s movements, as the Podemos party deputy has been appointed by newly installed PSOE-Podemos ‘socialist union’ coalition government, tasked with spearheading sweeping changes across land-based and online gambling verticals.In his interview, Garzón maintained that he believed gambling to be a ‘legal economic activity’ and even admitted to playing Spain’s ‘El Gordo’ Christmas Lottery.Nevertheless, Garzón stated that Spain’s current gambling laws had let down local communities dealing with problem gambling impacts as health and social issue.Leading Spain’s Consumer Affairs Ministry, which has been granted an expanded remit to oversee gambling regulations, Garzón underlined that government intervention was required to form ‘autonomous coordination’ on gambling standards and sector regulations.On gambling advertising, Garzón stated that Spain holds ‘virtually no regulation, leading to chaos’, creating an advertising marketplace ‘governed by the law of the jungle’.Taking government, the PSOE-Podemos coalition immediately confirmed the approval of Spain’s long-awaited Royal Decree on advertising, establishing a new code for gambling advertising.Furthermore, Garzón pointed Spain’s disjointed autonomous laws and penalties regulating land-based gambling establishments ‘which have allowed minors to enter premises without any consequences’.Speculation of further government enforcements is wide-ranging, with the PSOE-Podemos government citing that Spanish gambling is need of ‘comprehensive monitoring’.Having been allowed to review PSOE-Podemos ‘coalition programme’, newspaper El Pais reported that a government pact indicated that Spain would move to establish a ‘management fee’ on all licensed operators, funding gambling addiction treatment by Spanish health networks.Further market developments saw FACUA, Spain’s independent consumer affairs agency, advise PSEO-Podemos to ‘replicate UK government safer gambling measures’ by urging coalition leadership to implement a ban on credit card transactions across all industry verticals.