April 5, 2014
Fabien Lefevre of Bethesda and Ashley Nee of Darnestown made the U.S. team that will compete at the ICF Slalom World Championship on Sept. 16-21 in McHenry, the first time the event will be held on American soil in 25 years. Lefevre, a two-time Olympic medalist for France, will compete in men's K-1 with Michal Smolen of Gastonia, N.C., and Rick Powell of Parkesburg, Pa., and in men's C-1 with Casey Eichfeld of Drums, Pa., and Zach Lokken of Durango, Colo. Nee will compete in women's K-1 with Dana Mann of Washington and Anna Maria Ifarraguerri of McLean, Va. Other members of the team announced last week by USA Canoe/Kayak are Colleen Hickey of Okawville, Ill., Micki Reeves of Grand Junction, Colo., and Tracy Hines of Mount Holly, N.C., in women's C-1 and Eichfeld/Devin McEwan of Salisbury, Conn., Jeff Larimer of Marietta, Ga./Eric Hurd of Woodstock, Ga., and Benn Fraker of Peachtree City, Ga./Scott McCleskey of Sylva, N.C., in men's C-2. The squad has a combined eight Olympic appearances: Lefevre (2008 and 2004 for France)
March 19, 2014
The General Assembly is poised to approve legislation that would allow Sunday hunting on public and private land in three western Maryland counties. Under bills that have passed both the House and Senate, hunters in Garrett, Allegany and Washington counties would not be subject to the widespread ban on Sunday hunting. While Sunday hunting for deer was approved in some jurisdictions in 2003, hunting for most other game is banned that day. The new bill would make it legal to hunt all game species except waterfowl in those western Maryland counties during the existing hunting seasons.
March 14, 2014
Snow is looking to be likely on St. Patrick's Day, but whether it does much accumulating remains a tricky call. Here is what forecasters are saying about the event, expected to start late Sunday and last into Monday: The National Weather Service's Baltimore/Washington office isn't yet suggesting any possible accumulation totals, but suggests cold air is likely to move in overnight turning a mix of rain and sleet into snow. The weather service's Weather Prediction Center in College Park suggests a 40 percent chance that most of Maryland will see at least 4 inches of snow, however, and a 10 percent chance of 8 inches or more.
March 12, 2014
McDonogh's girls basketball team put the finishing touch on its No. 1 season by winning the Bishop Walsh Girls Invitational Tournament in Cumberland last weekend. The Eagles, the IAAM A Conference champions who finished 29-2, defeated Good Counsel, 39-37, in Saturday's title game to become only the third IAAM team to win the title. Eagles junior guard Dajah Logan was named the Tournament Most Valuable Player and junior point guard Danielle Edwards made the All-Tournament. Founded 20 years ago as a girls answer to the boys Alhambra Catholic Invitational Tournament in Western Maryland, the Bishop Walsh Tournament has included the top Catholic and private school teams from Maryland, Washington D.C., Virginia, West Virginia and southern Pennsylvania.
March 10, 2014
Biologists from Maryland's Department of Natural Resources got to hold some cute bear cubs Monday. But it was more than just an opportunity to see the state's wildlife up close. DNR's Wildlife and Heritage Service used the winter check-up to "keep an eye on the size and health of Maryland's bruin population," said DNR spokeswoman Candus Thomson . Staff ventured into the woods Monday, while sows and bears were still located in their dens, Thomson said. The exercise allowed biologists "to change the batteries in radio collars worn by some sows and tag the new cubs with microchips, so they can be scanned in subsequent years without disturbing their hibernation.
March 3, 2014
Here's a number that ought to be memorized by every elected official in the state of Maryland: 485. That's how many people died in traffic collisions in 2011 in this state (the most recent year for which such statistics are available from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration). That's the equivalent of about 10 full motor coaches. Yet the number that's being discussed these days in the General Assembly is 70. That's how fast, in miles per hour, some believe motorists should be allowed to drive on certain state highways, and under the circumstances, it's more than a little surprising that raising the speed limit is even on the legislative agenda.