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Woman Begs For Help to Heat Icy Baltimore Classrooms and Gets Warmest Response

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreSamierra Jones couldn’t bear to see the young students at her city schools struggle through their classes in freezing temperatures – so she took to social media with a plea for help.Jones, who is a senior at Coppin State University and a graduate of the Baltimore City Public School system, is no stranger to the chilling conditions of city classrooms. Because the district’s school buildings are already lacking adequate heating systems, this month’s harsh east coast weather conditions forced students to stay bundled up throughout the school day.“Students are still required to attend classes that are freezing and expected to wear their coats to assist in keeping them warm,” says Jones. “How can you teach a child in these conditions?” Jones created a GoFundMe page with the goal of raising enough money to buy at least 600 space heaters and supplemental winter clothing for the children. When the campaign went viral, however, strangers from around the world donated over $80,000 – four times the original goal.RELATED: Clooney’s Foundation to Open 7 Schools for 3,000 Syrian Refugee ChildrenDozens of locals who saw the page went one step further and donated bags full of coats, gloves, hats, socks, and scarves. Others shipped boxes of additional supplies, such as water bottles, hand wipes, cups, and tissues to the schools.Much of the campaign’s success is thanks to former NFL linebacker and Baltimore native Aaron Maybin. The 29-year-old athlete spurred thousands of social media followers to donate to the cause after he posted a heart-wrenching video of a dozen students sitting together in a chilly Maryland classroom.Since the video started being shared on the internet, Maybin worked tirelessly alongside Jones to collect and receive donations at drop-off locations across the city.MORE: 60 Schools Are Installing Washers and Dryers For Homeless and Troubled StudentsThe volunteers are currently collaborating with city teachers to distribute space heaters and outerwear to the classrooms that need it most. Additionally, the campaign has raised awareness of the school’s shoddy infrastructure so that city officials are being pushed to improve classroom conditions.“It is the responsibility of the school board to make sure that funds [are] allocated for resources such as boilers, infrastructure, and such,” says Jones. “And this campaign has brought the right amount of attention to this issue to the point where there is pressure on those who are held accountable for funding and project management.”Maybin tweeted: “While our policy makers have been talking and pointing fingers, the people are mobilizing & taking action. And the world is finally taking notice…”Warm The Hearts Of Your Friends: Click To Share (Photo by Samierra Jones)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Bein’ Good to Mama! Chicago Star Wendy Williams Enjoys a Classy Birthday Celebration

first_img Related Shows Star Files from $49.50 And we didn’t even think to get her anything! As Matron “Mama” Morton, Wendy Williams takes center stage in the Tony-winning revival of Chicago during her saucy rendition of “When You’re Good to Mama,” and on July 18 the talk show queen had the whole company being extra good to her when Amra-Faye Wright (Velma Kelly), Amy Spanger (Roxie Hart) and the rest of the cast threw her a birthday party backstage at the Ambassador Theatre. After a razzle-dazzling performance, Williams was presented with a keeper of the keys-inspired cake in honor of her birthday. Enjoy our Hot Shot of the celebration, and be sure to catch Williams live at the Ambassador Theatre before she wraps up her special engagement on August 11. View Comments Chicago Wendy Williamslast_img read more

On the Right Track! Craig Zadan and Neil Meron to Produce James Ponsoldt’s Pippin Film Adaptation

first_img Star Files View Comments Patina Miller Related Shows Pippin Craig Zadan & Neil Meron(Photo: Valerie Macon/Getty Images) Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 4, 2015 Matthew James Thomas Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, the powerhouse producing team behind The Sound of Music Live!, Smash, the Chicago film adaptation and the revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, have even more magic to do. According to Deadline.com, Zadan and Meron have partnered up with The Weinstein Company to produce the previously announced screen adaptation of Pippin.Writer-director James Ponsoldt (The Spectacular Now) has been tapped to adapt the hit Steven Schwartz and Roger O. Hirson musical for the big screen, which tells the story of a young prince as he is guided on a journey by a mysterious group of performers, led by the Leading Player. Originally directed by Bob Fosse, Pippin features a score of memorable songs including “Magic to Do,” “Glory” and “Corner of the Sky.” The Tony-winning revival of the musical, starring Tony winner Patina Miller and Matthew James Thomas, continues its hit run at the Music Box Theatre.Zadan and Meron have also produced the 2010 Broadway revival of Promises, Promises, as well as the Lifetime remake of Steel Magnolias and the recent film remakes of Footloose and Hairspray. Together, their work has earned 73 Emmy nominations, 12 Tony nominations and seven Grammy nominations.last_img read more

Cane Creek spreads their All-Road eeWings to accept 1x or 2x with new 110…

first_imgIn spite of their top shelf price tag, Cane Creek’s eeWings titanium cranks have been quite the hot item. Which isn’t really that surprising considering that they’re extremely light, stiff, and hopefully as durable as they are beautiful. But apparently, one thing they’re not is 2x compatible – at least until now (gravel/all road version only).Due to the shape of the crankset, spiders meant for SRAM’s GXP direct mount standard wouldn’t fit (unless you took a grinder to them). It’s possible that there might be a spider or two out there that would work, but to make sure that the cranks are fully 2x compatible, Cane Creek has just introduced their own spider for 1x or 2x 110 BCD chainrings.Machined from 7075 aluminum and finished with a black anodizing, the spiders come in two versions – 1x and 2x specific. While the 2x will allow you to obviously run 2x chainring combinations with 110 BCD, the 1x version will allow you to run 110 chainrings in a 1x configuration with the proper chainline without having to use a direct mount chainring. The 1x version may also allow you to run larger chainrings than you may be able to find in direct mount.The spiders will be available in December for $49 each, and are only compatible with the gravel/all road cranksets. If you were to mount the spiders on the MTB cranksets, the chainline would be off by a good margin, so for now, 2x eeWings are limited to the road and gravel world.canecreek.comlast_img read more

Unprecedented storm damage continues as crews fight to get lights back on

first_imgAs the storm restoration progresses, GMP will keep customers updated through Facebook, Twitter and media announcements. The multi-day nature of this storm is making restoration predictions particularly challenging especially while we are still experiencing more outages from downed trees. We appreciate the public’s understanding at this time. Customers may sign up for text service to report outages and get updates. Simply text REG to 46788 or GMPVT, or sign up online at greenmountainpower.com/textalerts(link is external). As always, customers may report outages by calling 1-888-835-4672, or visiting GMP’s Outage Center page atwww.greenmountainpower.com(link is external).www.washingtonelectric.coop(link is external)Washington Electric Co-op said Friday that it is continuing to experience widespread outages on its system due to the heavy wet snow and rain. Power restoration work is in progress but due to the number of downed wires, fallen trees, and impassable roads, restoration is slow and new outages continue to occur. We expect people to be without power for several days and people should plan to be out of power through the weekend and perhaps longer. Counties affected and served by WEC include Washington, Orange, Caledonia, and Orleans.WEC urges people to plan for a long duration multi-day outage and take precautions to protect themselves during this storm. If people have need for shelter they should contact their local town officials or call the Red Cross (dial 211).Barton(link is external)012/26/13 07:05BED(link is external)012/15/14 06:45Enosburg(link is external)012/14/14 12:07GMP(link is external)       Outage Site(link is external)137012/15/14 10:15Hardwick(link is external)012/14/14 14:00Hyde Park(link is external)012/12/14 13:49Jacksonville(link is external)912/15/14 10:15Johnson(link is external)012/02/14 13:40Ludlow(link is external)012/12/14 05:04Lyndonville(link is external)012/10/14 15:17Morrisville(link is external)012/12/14 19:58Northfield(link is external)112/15/14 10:15Orleans(link is external)002/10/14 14:51Stowe(link is external)012/12/14 21:23Swanton(link is external)012/15/14 08:35VEC(link is external)       Outage Site(link is external)82312/15/14 10:15WEC(link is external)46212/15/14 08:32WEC has all of its staff working and we are bringing in additional assistance from other utilities including crews from New Hampshire.WEC staff are working tirelessly to get your power back on line as soon as possible. We know this has been a difficult storm for many WEC members given the length of time some have been out. Unfortunately new power outages occurred throughout the night with trees taking down power lines and making roads impassable.It is possible for many outages to persist through the weekend or into early next week.www.(link is external)vermontelectric.coop(link sends e-mail)Governor Peter Shumlin joined Vermont Electric Cooperative (VEC) Chief Executive Officer Dave Hallquist Saturday on an aerial patrol to survey damage to utility poles and power lines caused by this week’s earlier snow storm. They were accompanied by VEC Chief Operating Officer Jeff Wright, Manager of Corporate Services Liz Gamache and Meteorologist Roger Hill.Since Tuesday line crews have restored more than 26,000 power outages, yet about 1,800 VEC members are without power at the end of the day on Saturday. Skies cleared earlier today and line workers made significant progress repairing damage caused by a storm that delivered heavy, wet snow that continues to bring down trees and power lines.Most current outages are expected to be restored by Sunday evening, but it is likely that some more difficult restorations will not take place until Monday. Since the first outage occurred on Tuesday evening, VEC line crews and support staff, along with contract line and tree crews, have been delivering round-the-clock restoration coverage, often working in conditions made difficult and hazardous.There is also a risk for new outages depending upon weather conditions. If temperatures warm above the freezing mark, snow and ice will melt. While in the long-run this will help, as snow unloads from trees and power lines, this may cause additional outages. If additional snow falls before melting takes place, the added weight to already snow laden power lines and trees could also cause outages.Repeat power outages have been a frustrating characteristic of this outage event. Line workers report that just as a line is repaired, it often goes back out as another tree falls on the line just fixed.The hardest hit area in VEC’s service territory is the Champlain Valley from Starksboro north to Fairfax. At the time of this press release, power outages have been reported in the following towns: Albany, Bakersfield, Bolton, Brighton, Cambridge, Charleston, Craftsbury, Enosburg, Essex, Fairfax, Fairfield, Fletcher, Georgia, Hinesburg, Huntington, Isle La Motte, Jericho, Montgomery, Morgan, Newport Town, Norton, Richford, Richmond, Shelburne, South Hero, St George, Swanton, Starksboro, Underhill, and Williston.Estimated restoration times are being made available by VEC’s control center on the company website at www.vermontelectric.coop/outage(link is external) or at 1- 800-832-2667. VEC members may also receive outage notifications by downloading the new Smarthub app.VEC encourages members of the public to place safety first.  Always avoid downed power lines and report them to VEC at 1.800.832.2667.People needing shelter are asked to dial 2-1-1 or the American Red Cross at 802-660-9130 to access information about shelters.Sources: GMP, VEC, WEC. Photos courtesy of GMP’s Facebook page. www.facebook.com/GreenMountainPower(link is external) Green Mountain Power Corp,Washington Electric Cooperative Inc,Vermont Electric Cooperative, Inc,Vermont Business Magazine This storm has caused more outages from Green Mountain Power than either the ice storm of 1998 or Tropical Storm Irene in 2011. As of Monday morning, total customers without power across the state were down to about 2,500. “I’ve never seen anything like this.” That’s what GMP lineworkers are reporting from the frontlines of the winter storm, which began Tuesday night and ravaged nearly every corner of Vermont through Friday. Wet, heavy snow clings to branches and power lines, and with each passing hour and day the likelihood of a tree breaking and a resulting outage increases. As quickly as crews can make repairs, new outages continue to occur. Until temperatures increase and the sun shines to help melt the snow, this pattern will continue.  SEE LIST OF OUTAGES AND LINKS TO UTILITIES BELOW.Crews from One Source Power in Boston fuel up to assist Vermont.Chet Farrell, a long time chief lineworker at GMP said, “In my 23 years as a lineworker, I can’t remember such a tough snowstorm! We’ve got wires down everywhere and after several days of snow, trees are still coming down. But it is really great getting to be restoring power to our customers – I find that very satisfying.”According to GMP the end of the storm is in sight, as 1000 lineworkers and tree trimmers concentrate in the areas impacted hardest by this unprecedented storm.  Forecasters and lineworkers are calling this the worst storm they’ve seen in decades. It hit Tuesday night and again Thursday causing damage statewide impacting almost 134,000 customers. GMP crews have restored power to more than 132,200, making significant progress throughout the weekend and there are now fewer than 1500 without power.   “This has been an incredibly difficult week for our customers who have been without power for such an extended period of time. There is light at the end of the tunnel and our teams will not stop working until service has been restored to all of our valued customers,” said Kristin Carlson, Green Mountain Power spokesperson. “We are so grateful for the patience and support we have received all across Vermont. It means a lot to our crews.”Crews will continue working through tonight and possibly into Monday if needed to restore power to all.Roger Hill, meteorologist of Weathering Heights Consulting and Radio Vermont said, “This is the wettest snowfall I have ever experienced since coming to Vermont in 1986.  Normal nor’easters are typically powdery snow with a 20 to 1 snow to water ratio. Below 10 to 1 it starts to collect on lines and this storm is 5 to 1. I have never seen that combination in Vermont. There are 2 cubic inches landing on branches and power lines. This is more like an ice storm than a snow storm.”Green Mountain Power offered the following additional important safety tips:·       Never operate portable generators inside the home, garage or other enclosed buildings as they require adequate ventilation to prevent the buildup of carbon monoxide(CO). ·       If you encounter a downed line, always stay clear of the line and report it to GMP right away. Emergency personnel should also be contacted.·       Shelters have been opened up in some of the hardest hit areas. To locate the shelter nearest you, call 211. ·       Check in on neighbors as the storm enters its third day to ensure their safety and warmth.last_img read more

Indoor vs. Outdoor – A Guide To Doing LEDs Right

first_imgTHIS IS A PROMOTED POST FROM PRISMVIEWPrismview, a provider of indoor and outdoor digital signage solutions, deep dives into the indoor vs. outdoor conversation in its white paper, “Indoor vs. Outdoor LED Displays: Overcome the Challenges and Expand Your Expertise.”In the white paper, you’ll learn why the expertise of your manufacturer partners is critical, how content is king, keys to working with local governments and getting permits and how to figure out solutions for service and mainteance. You’ll also learn about the differences between LED and LCD, how to choose the correct display, what pixel pitch is and why it matters and how to optimize content depending on your display and application. Prismview says that while the future of the digital signage industry is bright — it’s expected to grow by 7.3% between 2019 and 2024 — you need to understand the whole story and work with the right partners to succeed.See the “Indoor vs. Outdoor LED Displays: Overcome the Challenges and Expand Your Expertise” white paper here, and check out the “Indoor vs. Outdoor LED Displays: Bridging the Gap Between Indoor and Outdoor Sectors” one-sheet here.last_img read more

‘Smash and grab’ adjudications appear to be in the spotlight again

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The Friday Flyer – January 9th 2015

first_imgAs the price of oil crashes to its lowest price since 2009, difficult oilfields that looked like potential goldmines when crude fetched more than USD100 a barrel have turned into money pits, shrinking profits for producers, threatening investor returns and starving companies of the cash required to find, drill, assess and equip discoveries.Desperate measures to cut costs, delay contracts and lay-off staff are now being taken by energy companies, which committed to billions of dollars in oil projects across the globe during the past five years.With no sign of an oil-market rebound, ambitious and expensive ventures are increasingly unlikely and many agreed projects have been put on hold.Not the sort of news that anyone involved in delivering project logistics services to the global oil and gas industry will enjoy reading. In businessBroekman takes over MaricoBroekman Group took over the Marico Group, a holding and finance company with a number of shareholdings active in cargo handling, agency activities and shipbroking.Coscol divests sharesInternational media reports suggest that Qianhai Kaiyuan Fund has agreed to subscribe to half of Cosco Shipping’s USD402 million private placement. Capacity developmentsHöegh Osaka refloatedHöegh Autoliners has confirmed that the Höegh Osaka, which was beached on Bramble Bank in the Solent, has refloated itself. Jacking tower completes 6,250-tonne testThe MYQ5000 jacking tower system, designed by Dorman Long Technology, completed a 6,250-tonne load test in China.Kenworth hits a millionAt the end of last year, Kenworth Truck marked the delivery of the one millionth truck that it has produced since it started manufacturing some 91 years ago.First ro-ro call for KhalifaThe first ro-ro ship to call at Khalifa Port ro-ro terminal heralded the transition of Abu Dhabi Ports’ ro-ro cargo from Zayed port to Khalifa.Pieter Schelte arrives in RotterdamThe 382 m long and 124 m wide Pieter Schelte, designed and developed by Dutch-Swiss offshore company Allseas, has arrived in the port of Rotterdam.At least four more for CoscolCosco Shipping signed a contract with the Hudong-Zhonghua Shipyard for the construction of four 28,000 dwt multipurpose heavy lift vessels, with an option for an additional two ships. Shipment of the weekGilley Crane Rigging and Lifting uses its new Terex Explorer 5800 crane to install two 45.3-tonne boilers at the Jack Daniels distillery in Lynchburg, Tennessee. On the moveManitowoc shuffles managerial packEric Etchart, who has served as president of Manitowoc Cranes for almost eight years, has been promoted to senior vice president of business development for The Manitowoc Company.Tillotson in at DiversifiedDiversified Port Holdings (DPH) has named Charles Tillotson as chief commercial officer.Thome names ceoEffective April 1, Olav Magnus Nortun will become the ceo of the Thome Group.FREJA ups projects expertiseFREJA Transport & Logistics has strengthened its focus on project and heavy lift cargo with the appointment of Hongyi Niu as its global project manager. Network and association developmentsThe WCA Projects network added three new members to its group: Final Mile Logistics of Atlanta in the USA; Sology in Tyumen, Russia; and India’s PDP Shipping & Projects.Pakistan’s Star Shipping and China’s Dalian Golden-Trans International Shipping joined the XLProjects (XLP) network, as well as Unimasters Logistics SCS in Bulgaria, Hungary and Romania.The Project Cargo Network (PCN) welcomed a new member representing Bangladesh: Euromaxx Logistics.The Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association (SC&RA) welcomed the following new members to its group: Bank of Texas; Crane Sales and Service; Huff Contractors; InfoChip LP; K&R Transport II; Operator Training & Inspection Services and Servicios Romano SRL. The association also welcomed back returning members Cambridge Systematics, Modulift UK, and Wells Fargo Equipment Finance. All about EvieEvie was busy this week, as she paid a visit to the world’s largest containership – CSCL Globe – which made its maiden call at the UK’s port of Felixstowe.Despite her fear of heights, Evie braved the steep gangway and stairs to reach the captain’s bridge and witness the sheer size of the huge vessel.Evie was also amused by news of an unconventional tug in the port of Rotterdam – the HotTug – and hopes that she may be able to spend some time relaxing in the warm bath this year.last_img read more

Ship Engineering and Design: AVEVA Announces Sustainable Software Capabilities

first_imgSea News Feature, February 12 A multi-discipline outfitting design based on the real hull data Designed with the most up-to-date user interface principlesand best practices, intuitive and easy to use AVEVA E3D™ Design softwarecombines the latest three-dimensional graphics and user interface technologieswith stateof-the-art data management. AVEVA, global leader in engineering and industrial software,today announced an important update to its AVEVA E3D™ design software thataddresses the specific needs of the marine sector. AVEVA DeliversGreater Efficiency for Ship Engineering and Design Technology for new shipping vessels is rapidly changing ascompanies consolidate, regulations become ever more rigorous and shipyardsglobally face challenges from increasing competition. New Release of AVEVA E3D™ Design Software to Comply with InternationalMaritime Organization’s 2020 New Regulations Organizations,globally, are already deploying AVEVA Unified Shipbuilding including: Ravi Gopinath, COO, AVEVA, said: “With this latest software release, AVEVA is responding to the ever-growing and changing needs of ship owners and shipyards the world over. Meeting sustainability goals, maximizing business agility and improving operational performance calls for integrated design and engineering tools that can streamline the process, improve speed and remove cost and complexity to rapidly address these market imperatives. Using our new software, marine operators will now be able to realize up to 40% gains in engineering efficiency while moving to operating paradigms that will ultimately help protect the environment.” • Apply Sørco • IHB ShipDesigncenter_img Ravi Gopinath, COO, AVEVA Shipbuilding excellence is heavily reliant ondesign-to-production, agility and efficiency across all project streams,effective resource management and design quality leading to right-first-time,error-free production. AVEVA’s new capabilities tailored to the marine sector willaddress these requirements and also include the first release of the AVEVA HullBasic Design Module. This module is used for the preliminary design of a ship’shull structure, and supports key decisions regarding naval architecturalcharacteristics, space management, outfitting design and drawings. AVEVA’s newmodule represents the most integrated 3D environment for working with asbuiltand as-designed data in the marine market. Author: Baibhav Mishra • Hanla • BLOM Maritime Other shipyards using AVEVA E3D Design for retrofit projectsare SAAB KOCKUMS, CHINA MERCHANT HEAVY INDUSTRIES, KONGSBERG MARITIME. This software increases shipping vessel design andaccelerates retrofits of ships to reduce emissions. The new capabilitiesdemonstrate AVEVA’s continued proactive innovation for the InternationalMaritime Organization’s new emissions regulations, IMO 2020, providing newtools to anticipate market needs and offering new capabilities and greaterefficiency. AVEVA is the market leader in three-dimensional design andengineering software and works with the world’s top 10 shipyards and vesselowners. This latest software innovation builds on the recent AVEVA UnifiedEngineering launch which introduced capabilities bringing together design andengineering data with 3D design tools for industrial users. last_img read more

KSRM Top Stories of 2015: #3 – Card Street Fire

first_imgThe final tally of the Card Street Fire from the Division of Forestry was 8,876 acres with a total of 11 structures lost, some primary residences. A disaster assistance center was set up in sterling by Alaska’s Division of Homeland Security. The fire continued growing but suddenly the Kenai Peninsula situation was not just being increased with gusty winds and hot, dry weather. Sam Albanese with the National Weather Service detailed the discouraging weather forecast that would include dry thunder storms. Drucilla Williams: “We were talking to a lady last night who lives down Zenith and she was just in tears because they wouldn’t tell her if her house was still there, she’s just evacuated not knowing if it hit her house or not. She’s a three time cancer survivor and she said she’s just been building her house little by little and she couldn’t afford insurance because of how little she makes every month. So if she loses everything she has no way to start over. I was trying to make her laugh so when she said she had a hill behind her house that she needed to clear, I said well you know, if your house makes it and that hill went on fire, because she said she did see the fire on her hill, then maybe that’ll clean that up for you. Ya know, if your house is still standing that’s one less thing you have to do, maybe it’ll just clear your lot for you.’ And that made her laugh a little.” By 5:30 that day, the fire had grown to 150 acres and was deemed the Card Street Fire. As if 2014’s Funny River Fire had prepared the community for the 2015 Card Street Fire, groups and neighbors rallied together to assist those pushed out by the flames as well as raise their spirits. The fire comes to the banks of the Kenai River around 6:00 pm June 15, 2015, as seen from boat at approximately Dow Island.Photo courtesy of David BuerkelBy noon Tuesday, the Card Street Fire was estimated at about 1,500 acres burned  and the borough was reminding residents that evacuations were still in effect. Within two weeks, the Division of Forestry labeled the Card Street Fire as 40% contained and the firefighting resources were dispatched from the Kenai Peninsula fires to the other 318 blazes around Alaska. View from Launer’s driveway, showing how far down the hill the fire reached.The Launers’ home was located below a steep hill on the banks of the Kenai River and he recounted some intense moments. Although  the borough and firefighting agencies recommended that all residents leave, Launer said he was not just going to leave the home he’d built. The Card Street Fire continued growing and threatening neighborhoods, with evacuations in effect fully through Thursday of that week. Brenda Ahlberg: “Kenai Keys Road runs parallel or adjacent to the Kenai River and there’s subdivisions along that area, folks I think are going back in thinking they can check on things and that’s not at all advisable. People need to stay out of that area and need to evacuate so that fire crews can get in there and effectively suppress fire.” Anderson: “It’s just impossible, I mean it’s a very steep sloped mountain, forested. So I imagine it is burning quite actively up into the tundra.” Although the Kenai Peninsula Borough had not yet issued an evacuation notice, Central Emergency Services was assisting the Division of Forestry in helping residents leave If they wanted to do so.Just hours after the Card Street Fire began on June 15, 2015 Photo credit Sterling resident Jeff JichaThe first evacuation notice via reverse 911 calls from the Borough’s Office of Emergency Management came in by 5:00 pm. Although Derick and Drucilla Williams had to evacuate and were still worried about the fire circling back toward their home, but the couple worked to cheer up a neighbor who was also sheltered at Hooligan’s Lodge. Spokesman Jeremy Zidek says in the month that disaster assistance applications were available, ten applications were received for the Individual Family Grant, six were denied and a total of $38,180.79 has been paid out to the other four to date. By July 10, less than a month since the fire began, Card Street was listed as 95% contained. The Division of Forestry reported the last five percent would not be contained since it was burning in wetlands. Launer: “I could egress from my boat on the river as a last ditch effort, so I was going to stay here until I saw my house burning and then I was going to leave. Fortunately, between two of my good neighbors, brothers, and then three others of the brotherhood, came down and all pitched in and with their help and a little luck from above, we saved it all. It’s a good thing.”center_img The Sterling Community Center had been transformed into an emergency shelter providing meals and showers and it was nearly overwhelmed by community donations. Launer: “During fighting this thing and watching it coming down the hill, it was probably one of the most intense things that I’ve ever experienced. Because between the smoke and the heat of the fire, it felt like it was pushing you backwards from it, you just couldn’t get close to it. It was just a real experience, that I don’t want to go through again.” Albanese: “The thing with these types of thunderstorms is we’re not expecting much if any precipitation to make it to the surface. With that said, we’re not expecting that until after 6 pm but there are two things to be concerned about with this type of event. One: the lightning, the thunder storms that they are originating out aren’t putting down any substantial moister, so they could spark new fire starts. And two: with thunder storms you typically have very erratic and gusty winds with them.” Just two hours later on that first Monday afternoon, that fire had reached 75 acres, and was now threatening neighborhoods in the Feuding Lane Area.  KSRM’s Derrick Arlyn was nearby, watching as the fire quickly spread in roughly the same area that the Funny River Fire had threatened the year before. Sindorf and Armbrust gave KSRM’s Ashley Smith a tour through the areas at the end of Feuding Lane that they had protected with a two inch hose and a pump taking water from the Kenai River. Firefighting resources began spreading thin as over 100 dry lightning strikes in the Cooper Landing area Tuesday started two more wildfires near each other, and the highway.One of the two fires started by lightning storms. Courtesy of Maryanne Ligenza Rogers in Cooper Landing, Alaska.Terry Anderson with the Division of Forestry said those fires were very hard to get to because of the mountainous terrain. The division received three applications for Temporary Housing, paying out $25,344 to two of the applicants to date. Zidek says that other than the applicants, few others had significant damages from the Card Street Fire but those that did were aware of the disaster assistance centers and chose not to apply. Arlyn: “Everybody is trying to keep their emotions in check but you can see it in their face that people are very worried about this one and very worried about their homes. Because it’s in a very populated area, it’s moving quick and everybody that’s been by, they don’t even have time to talk, they just want to drop their stuff off and go get their next load of everything from home.” Division of Forestry spokesman Andy Alexandrou… Four days into the fire, KSRM’s Ashley Smith met Tom Sindorf and Brandon Armbrust at the center just after they had eaten breakfast. Gov. Walker: “Came down and met with Mayor Porter and Mayor Navarre and then flew over the fire and I guess what was surprising to me was how close into a subdivision it was. It was very, very close to houses.  FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享On the afternoon of Monday, June 15, 2015, Division of Forestry and other emergency personnel responded to a grass fire at 1:38 pm near Mile 77 of the Sterling Highway. Although the Card Street Fire only burned 8,876 acres total this summer, it threatened more local residences and disrupted more lives than the Funny River Fire. Sindorf: “It’s just crazy, the area was evacuated but we took a pump, one of our neighbors, Fred Launer had a hose and a pump, and we stayed and fought the fire down at his house and then took the pump up to Dock’s Landing.”Armbrust: “We saved probably eight houses down at the end of Feuding Lane with the pump pulling water out of the Kenai, a two inch water pump.”Sindorf: “Yeah, we had a couple hours of advance knowing it was coming that way so we stayed and wet the whole thing down.” Alexandrou: “This fire has crossed the Kenai Keys Road and that’s what is precipitating the need for south of the river evacuations and of course north of the river evacuations. We have confirmation that we’ve lost six structures.” By Friday of that week the fire had reached 7,578 acres, Borough Mayor Mike Navarre had declared it an emergency and later that afternoon Governor Bill Walker declared a state emergency in response to the three fires on the Kenai Peninsula.last_img read more