Multiple people were shot Saturday afternoon in two West Texas cities with at least one suspect reported to be roaming the streets of Odessa, Texas, and nearby Midland, police said.At least one person was killed and about 10 have been injured, said Devin Sanchez, director of communications for the city of Odessa.Police there believe there is one shooter who is dead, but they are still coordinating with other agencies, she said.President Donald Trump has been briefed about the attacks and is monitoring the situation, White House communications officials said.Odessa police said on Facebook earlier, “A subject (possibly 2) is currently driving around Odessa shooting at random people. At this time there are multiple gunshot victims. The suspect just hijacked a U.S. mail carrier truck and was last seen in the area of 38th and Walnut.”Again, it is confirmed that the active shooter was shot and killed at the synergy in Odessa there is no active shooter at this time.
A Utah Highway Patrol trooper pulled over a driver who was swerving so badly on the freeway Monday afternoon. Trooper Rick Morgan says he thought the driving had a medical issue because of the swerving, but instead the driver was a 5-year-old boy.Trooper Rick Morgan said the boy did not respond to his lights but pulled over when he hit his siren on Interstate 15. When the window came down Morgan said it was pretty clear that it was “a very underaged driver.”The boy told Morgan he was on his way to visit his sister’s house in California.The child had apparently gotten into a fight with his mom when she said she wouldn’t buy him a Lamborghini, with $3 in his wallet he wanted to go buy his Lamborghini.Officials contacted his parents and they came and took custody of their son and the vehicle.
New Shelters Coming, Old Shelters GoingUnder the community-generated Management Plan for the Rossland Range Recreation Site, some new day-use shelters will be built to replace the older, rodent-infested but beloved structures that so many of us have happily skied or snowshoed to, and used to warm up, toast sandwiches or heat up soup, and talk with whoever else came by. We will end up with fewer shelters, but they will be mouse and rat-proof, probably insulated to require less wood to heat them, and they will have outhouses that won’t be too frightening or too yucky to use.Recently, students from Selkirk College’s Recreation, Fish and Wildlife program got some hands-on experiential education in “Parks and Recreation Management” by helping to tear down 2 defunct, non-maintained and deteriorated old huts in the new Rec Site. “Lost” cabin was already pretty shaky on its rotting and unstable feet. Now it’s gone. “Buffalo Jump” had already been taken over by pack rats and then demolished by a fallen tree; all that remained was to remove the mess. So what’s wrong with a few cute mousies?Deer mice may carry hantavirus — a virus that causes Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome. Perhaps our mice don’t carry it yet, but perhaps they do, or they may carry it in the near future. Hantavirus was first recognized in BC in 1994, with 3 cases diagnosed. There is no specific treatment, medication or cure. The risk? About 1/3 to 1/2 of people in North America who develop Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome die. That’s a very high percentage, so although the chances of actually developing it may be low, the risk of dying from it is unacceptably high — worth taking precautions. A lack of mouse poop in our shelters won’t hurt us, but breathing tiny specks of dust containing mouse poop or dried mouse urine could possibly kill us. Sweeping a floor with mouse droppings on it, or chopping kindling in a hut with a dirt or dirty floor are both excellent ways to risk breathing infected dust. So do we really need to make the shelters rodent-proof? That’s what I call a no-brainer. Cases of Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome are fairly rare — let’s do our best to make them non-existent in our area.New Mt. Lepsoe Shelter in the works:A keen crew is designing and preparing to build a new shelter in Lepsoe Basin, and the Kootenay Mountaineering Club (KMC) has generously volunteered to fund it. The crew has already generated a plan and a complete set of CAD drawings showing all stages of the construction. It will have a separate woodshed, and an outhouse with a view. The shelter is intended to be completed by October of this year. I plan to pay it a visit this coming winter. Other people are planning other shelters, too, so here’s to a good snow year!