Daily Herald 7/8/2012
Excerpt: “CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The demise of the only company that manufactured a device specially designed to spray fire retardant from the back of U.S. military C-130 cargo planes has some experts worried about the future viability of a program that has helped fight wildfires for 40 years.
The Modular Airborne Firefighting System is a bus-sized device that can be shoved into the belly of a cargo plane and then used to spray retardant, or slurry, at 3,000 gallons in less than 5 seconds. The $4.9 million device’s only manufacturer, Sacramento, Calif.-based Aero Union, went out of business in August, and no other company has replaced it. Critical spare parts also are no longer being made. ….”
Read entire article at http://www.heraldextra.com/news/national/no-new-parts-and-no-support-for-c–wildfire/article_a4fd3f95-7747-53bb-9a9f-0874ce7a589b.html
Denver Post 7/7/2012
Excerpt: “DENVER—The U.S. Forest Service has agreed to drop fees for Mount Evans visitors who don’t use the parking lots and facilities along the highway billed as America’s highest paved road.
For the past 15 years, the Forest Service has charged every vehicle, hiker and cyclist to visit the 14,264-foot mountain, The Denver Post reported Saturday (http://bit.ly/Pv3Gr9). But the agency agreed late last week to charge only those who use three improved parking areas and interpretive sites. …..”
Read entire article at http://www.denverpost.com/dontmiss/ci_21027350/forest-service-tweaks-mount-evans-amenity-fees