2015 was an especially big year for the outdoors. BRO covered everything from record-setting runs to lumbersexuals. There were tragic deaths—and close calls. Here are the stories that generated the most chatter in 2015. 15. A Crowded Walk in the WoodsWith the Hollywood release of A Walk in the Woods in 2015, even more hikers are expected to hike the Appalachian Trail. Will crowds swamp the A.T. or help save it? BRO looks at the past, present, and future of America’s most iconic footpath.14. Won’t Pipe DownA 550-mile pipeline pumping natural gas is planned for West Virginia, Virginia, and North Carolina, cutting a broad swath through George Washington National Forest and across the Appalachian Trail. Can activists stop another Keystone in our Blue Ridge backyard?13. Digital DangerSocial media is changing the way we play. Does Strava enhance or erode the outdoor experience? Does paddling porn amplify adventure or push risk-taking too far? Critics and supporters discuss technology on the trail.12. Monumental Battle in the Mountain StateThe proposed Birthplace of Rivers National Monument in West Virginia would permanently protect some of its most beloved landscapes, but it sits squarely atop a natural gas oasis. A coalition of outdoor enthusiasts collide with a booming fracking industry over West Virginia’s most treasured wildlands.11. The Ragged EdgeWhy do kayakers risk their lives dancing with danger? What propels paddlers to plunge off waterfalls? Blue Ridge boaters share their candid stories from the horizon line.10. Bear attacksIn the summer of 2015, bears attacked hikers in Douthat State Park and Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Bear encounters are becoming more common as urban sprawl encroaches upon wildlife habitat.9. Bouldering’s Best-Kept Secrets High Country climbers have traditionally been tight-lipped about their favorite bouldering spots. That’s because access issues and development have threatened their most treasured rock faces. In 2015, new guidebooks and a rapidly growing climbing community have revealed most of the High Country’s best-kept bouldering secrets. Will climbing hotspots be better protected or overused and closed down?8. End of the Ocoee?One of the nation’s most popular whitewater rivers could be closed to paddlers. In 2015, TVA announced plans to charge $11 million to continue dam releases for recreation on the Ocoee River. The Ocoee was the site of the 1996 Olympics’ whitewater paddling events, and now its world-class whitewater is currently being held for ransom.6. The Future of ForestsThroughout 2015, all eyes have been on the Pisgah-Nantahala National Forest Plan, which will decide the future of the largest forest system in the East. Controversies over logging, recreation, and access have dogged the plan, but in late 2015, a coalition of over 30 outdoor groups joined together to support a comprehensive compromise that includes two new national recreation areas and 109,000 acres of wilderness.5. Rise of the LumbersexualAward-winning author Wiley Cash examines the phenomenon of the lumbersexual—the flannel-wearing, bearded outdoorsy hipster—and its roots in our longing for the past, especially in Appalachia.4. Lessons Before DyingALS is taking Royce Cowan’s body, but not his adventurous outdoor spirit. Five years ago, he was at the top of his game: a gonzo whitewater paddler who had just married the love of his life. Five years later, he cannot move his muscles. Nobody knows what causes ALS, and there is no cure for ALS. His story could easily be yours or mine. Yet he has lived long beyond expectations thanks to healthy living, a dedicated wife, and plentiful outdoor adventure—even as his body fails him.3. Wolf WarsOnly 75 red wolves remain in the wild—all of them in eastern North Carolina. A red wolf recovery program has brought them back from the brink of extinction, but now agencies are considering abandoning the program. Will the howl of the red wolf disappear forever?2. Jenny Bennett’s death62-year-old hiker and local author Jenny Bennett had been exploring off-trail in the Smokies for decades. Then, in early June, she was reported missing after embarking on one of her favorite off-trail hikes. Her body was eventually found near the Porters Creek Trailhead. What went wrong?1. Records (and Rules) Broken on the A.T.: Scott Jurek’s Speed Record (and Jennifer Pharr Davis’s response)Legendary ultrarunner Scott Jurek set a new Appalachian Trail speed record of 46 days, 8 hours, 7 minutes, overcoming a severe quad injury early in the trek and severe flu in the final few weeks. He topped Katahdin only a three hours ahead of the previous record held by Asheville’s Jennifer Pharr Davis, who wrote a powerful and candid response to Jurek’s record in the August issue of Blue Ridge Outdoors. Jurek was fined by Baxter State Park for his post-run celebration atop Katahdin, which also generated controversy among the outdoor community. Less than a month later, Heather “Anish” Anderson set the unsupported A.T. record, completing the trail in 54 days without any crew or assistance along the way.Jurek Sets Out to Break AT Speed RecordJurek Sets New AT Speed RecordScott Jurek Fined for Khatadin CelebrationFormer AT Record Holder Jennifer Pharr Davis Responds to Jurek’s Achievement Heather Anish Sets New Unsupported AT Record
“However, where it is close enough to be clearly offensive, then the referee can take action.”___Cricket Australia has postponed a Twenty20 series against the West Indies scheduled for October.Australia and the West Indies were set to play games in Queensland state from Oct. 4-9 as warm-ups for the Twenty20 World Cup in October and November. But the International Cricket Council has already pushed the men’s T20 World Cup back by a year — to be held either in Australia or India. Cricket Australia says, “In light of this development, and given the preference to host the warm-up three-match T20 series against the West Indies to coincide with the rescheduled T20 World Cup in Australia, it has been agreed to postpone the matches.” August 4, 2020 The International Football Association Board, the game’s lawmaker, updated its guidelines while the pandemic perseveres.A referee can only red card a player when they are certain the cough is intentional. A yellow card is also optional.The new rule falls under “using offensive, insulting or abusive language and/or gestures.”IFAB said in a statement: “As with all offenses, the referee has to make a judgment about the true nature of the offense.“If it were clearly accidental, then the referee would not take action nor if the ‘cough’ took place with a large distance between the players. Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___A soccer player who deliberately coughs close to another player or match official can be issued a red card. The Latest: A cough could lead to red card in soccer The series also would have overlapped with the Indian Premier League which has been rescheduled to be in the United Arab Emirates from Sept. 19-Nov. 10, pending government approval. The lucrative IPL usually attracts players from all over the world, including many stars from the Caribbean and Australia.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Vessel to be dispatchedThe eastern Caribbean state will dispatch a vessel from Port Kingstown, on Friday, September 15, to take food and emergency supplies to the British Virgin Islands.On the way it will stop in Saint Lucia. St Vincent and the Grenadines is lending support to their battered neighbors in the British Virgin Islands. Official St Lucia delegationAn official St Lucia government delegation comprised of Camillo Gonsalves, Saboto Caesar and three technicians, is also expected to visit several of the hurricane-affected islands to meet nationals of St. Vincent and the Grenadines to better structure further recovery assistance.The South Central Windward Producers Co-operative will be collecting names of skilled construction workers who wish to volunteer or be employed in the reconstruction efforts in Anguilla, Barbuda, BVI and USVI.Persons with family members in the BVI and other affected islands who are incapacitated in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma wishing to obtain information on possible assistance for returning to St. Vincent and the Grenadines, can do so by calling the following number: Information Hotline: 1.784.434.4955.
Class A1. West Hancock (4-0), LW #1 @ #9 Garrigan2. Saint Ansgar (4-0), LW #2 @ Nashua-Plainfield3. North Tama (4-0), LW #3 vs East Buchanan4. Westwood (Sloan) (4-0), LW #6 @ Logan-Magnolia5. Wapsie Valley (3-1), LW #5 @ South Winneshiek6. Grundy Center (4-0), LW #8 vs GMG (Garwin)7. BGM (Brooklyn ) (4-0), LW #7 vs Highland (Riverside)8. South O’Brien (4-0), LW #10 @ HMS (Hartley)9. Algona Garrigan (3-1), LW #9 vs #1 West Hancock10.MFL MarMac (4-0), LW (X) vs Clayton Ridge ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Wild are aiming to return to the playoffs after a rocky season followed by the firing of general manager Paul Fenton, who was replaced by Bill Guerin. Realizing the scant external expectations for their success in the rugged Western Conference, the Wild have brought an extra edge to the ice this fall because of it. The return from injury by Mikko Koivu and Matt Dumba ought to provide a boost as well. The Wild start the regular season Oct. 3 at Nashville. Class 2A1. Waukon (4-0), LW #1 @ #10 Monticello2. Clear Lake (4-0), LW #2 @ Hampton-Dumont3. Algona (4-0), LW #3 @ Garner-Hayfield-Ventura4. Waterloo Columbus (4-0), LW #6 vs Oelwein5. Des Moines Christian (4-0), LW #5 @ Centerville6. Greene County (4-0), LW #7 @ Shenandoah7. Benton (4-0), LW #8 vs Union (LaPorte City)8. OABCIG (4-0), LW #10 vs Red Oak9. Crestwood (2-2), LW #4 vs Iowa Falls-Alden10.Monticello (4-0), LW (X) vs #1 Waukon AMES — Iowa State quarterback Brock Purdy has been named the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week. Purdy set a school record with 510 yards of total offense in a 72-20 win over Louisiana-Monroe after turning the ball over on the Cyclones’ first two possessions.That’s Iowa State coach Matt Campbell who has been impressed with Purdy’s ability to handle adversity.Campbell says running back Johnnie Lange and safety Greg Eisworth should be able to play at Baylor after getting injured on Saturday. Kene Nwangwu is questionable with lingering soreness.Baylor coach Matt Ruhle will know a lot more about his team after Saturday’s Big 12 opener against Iowa State. The Bears are 3-0 but all three wins have come against inferior opponents.Ruhle says Iowa State’s Brock Purdy has become a complete quarterback.Ruhle says the Bears need to find a way to score enough against the Cyclone defense.Kickoff at Baylor on Saturday is scheduled for 2:30 DES MOINES — Radio Iowa High School Football Poll — SEPTEMBER 23, 2019Class 4A1. WDM Valley (4-0), LW #2 vs CB Thomas Jefferson2. Dowling Catholic (3-1), LW #4 @ #8 Ankeny3. Cedar Falls (4-0), LW #5 vs Dubuque Hempstead4. Bettendorf (3-1), LW #3 @ CR Washington5. Cedar Rapids Kennedy (3-1), LW #6 @ Davenport West6. Ankeny Centennial (3-1), LW #1 @ Marshalltown7. Southeast Polk (3-1), LW #7 @ #9 Fort Dodge8. Ankeny (2-2), LW #8 vs #2 Dowling Catholic9. Fort Dodge (4-0), LW #9 vs #7 S.E. Polk10.Waterloo West (3-1), LW #10 vs CR Jefferson Eight-man1. Don Bosco (4-0), LW #1 vs Tripoli2. Turkey Valley (4-0), LW #2 vs Central City3. Remsen St. Mary’s (4-0), LW #4 vs AR-WE-VA4. Coon Rapids-Bayard (4-0), LW #5 vs West Harrison5. Audubon (4-1), LW #6 vs Boyer Valley6. Lenox (5-0), LW #8 vs Mormon Trail7. Montezuma (4-0), LW (X) @ Lone Tree8. Harris-Lake Park (4-0), LW #9 @ West Bend-Mallard9. Newell-Fonda (3-0), LW #10 vs River Valley10.New London (4-0), LW #3 @ HLV Class 3A1. Western Dubuque (4-0), LW #1 @ Dubuque Wahlert2. Solon (4-0), LW #2 vs Fort Madison3. Cedar Rapids Xavier (4-0), LW #3 vs Muscatine4. Lewis Central (4-0), LW #5 vs Creston/O-M5. Dallas Center-Grimes (3-1), LW (X) vs Perry6. North Scott (3-1), LW #4 vs Central DeWitt7. Sergeant Bluff-Luton (3-1), LW #7 vs Sioux City Heelan8. Washington (4-0), LW #8 vs Keokuk9. Independence (4-0), LW (X) @ Independence10.Norwalk (3-1), LW (X) vs Carlisle Class 1A1. West Sioux (4-0), LW #1 @ Sibley-Ocheyedan2. Dike-New Hartford (4-0), LW #2 vs North Linn3. Van Meter (4-0), LW #3 vs ACGC4. West Branch (4-0), LW #4 vs Bellevue5. West Lyon (4-0), LW #5 @ Emmetsburg6. South Central Calhoun (4-0), LW #6 vs Ogden7. Western Christian (4-0), LW #7 vs Unity Christian8. Iowa City Regina (3-1), LW (X) @ East Marshall9. Mounty Ayr (4-0), LW #9 vs West Central Valley10.Treynor (4-0), LW #10 @ East Sac County
Former Miami Heat superstar LeBron James might be long gone from the Sunshine State, but he still certainly has his eye on us.James’ “More Than A Vote” initiative last Friday committed $100,000 to the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, in an effort to help ensure that ex-felons are able to regain the right to vote.“This is a fight about their constitutional right to vote being denied,” James tweeted.This is a fight about their constitutional right to vote being denied. Learn more about how you can help at https://t.co/ASKCSX9b9l. @morethanavote https://t.co/LtGBRwo8LQ— LeBron James (@KingJames) July 24, 2020 The money is expected to help felons pay court-ordered financial obligations that are keeping them from completing all the terms of their sentences after they are released from prison.More than 65 percent of Florida voters two years ago approved a constitutional amendment to restore the voting rights of felons who have completed their sentences.Yet, the issue has led to a major legal battle, after the Legislature passed a law in 2019 that requires felons to pay fees, fines, restitution and court costs associated with their convictions in order to be eligible to vote.The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is set to hear arguments next month in a challenge to the 2019 law, with voting-rights groups comparing the financial requirements to a “poll tax.”Orlando attorney John Morgan tweeted over the weekend that he plans to match James’ effort to help felons pay the court-ordered obligations.“LeBron, you put up $100K and I put up $100K,” Morgan tweeted. “Let’s challenge our friends to help. I challenge @BillClinton to help us. We pay the cheapest fines first. @KingJames, who are you going to challenge?!?”LeBron, you put up $100K and I put up $100K. Let’s challenge our friends to help. I challenge @BillClinton to help us.We pay the cheapest fines first. @KingJames, who are you going to challenge?!?#ForThePeople https://t.co/Nq407Cu6zg— John Morgan (@JohnMorganESQ) July 24, 2020 James spent four seasons with the Miami Heat, bringing two NBA championships to South Florida, before leaving in 2014. He now plays for the Los Angeles Lakers.