Alabama weekly nature roundup – October 29 to November 4, 2016

Moss Rock Festival
Moss Rock Festival this weekend – November 5-6 in Hoover

Once again, this week’s news was dominated by the drought and another pipeline disaster in Shelby County.

In the good news category, there was some progress made on the proposals to create two National Parks in Anniston and Birmingham and on the coast the Alabama Coastal Foundation the launched the state’s first oyster shell recycling program.

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Remembering Shane Hulsey – River hero

Shane Hulsey
Shane Hulsey

It is hard to believe that Shane Hulsey passed away 10 years ago. I was reminded of his passing yesterday when his sisters Sierra and Ashley posted a beautiful video in his memory for a contest to raise funds for the Hulsey Little River Trust – a land trust founded in honor of him. 

Here is the video and the link to the contest.  As they say, vote early and often till November 18th.

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Bham Now interview with Bloomberg’s Justin Fox

Bloomberg View's Justin Fox
Bloomberg View’s Justin Fox

Yesterday, Bloomberg View columnist and former Birmingham News reporter and writer Justin Fox delivered a presentation to the Rotary Club of Birmingham about the U.S. Economy and the upcoming Presidential election.

This afternoon, Bham Now’s Pat Byington caught up with Fox at Rushton Park on Birmingham’s Southside to talk about Birmingham, the state of Alabama and a little politics, including how the financial markets will react to Clinton and Trump.

Here is the link to the Bham Now’s Facebook page with the  “Facebook Live interview.”

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Brother can you spare a quarter? Why is gas cheaper in the burbs?

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While driving down Highway 280 last night, I was taken aback at the price of gasoline.  Traveling south just past the Best Buy/Target shopping area, I spotted this BP/Circle K (below) selling gas at $1.93 a gallon.  It wasn’t a fluke. Further down Highway 280 there were additional stations selling regular gas between $1.93 to $1.99.

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Birmingham Civil Rights National Park petition surpasses 10,000

Three pastors monument at Kelly Ingram Park in the Birmingham Civil Rights District
Three pastors monument at Kelly Ingram Park in the Birmingham Civil Rights District

A petition supporting the establishment of a Birmingham Civil Rights National Park topped 10,000 signatures nationwide this week.

Last week, the petition and the National Park proposal gained momentum as a result of a visit and public hearing held by Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell to consider designating places around the Birmingham’s Civil Rights District a National Park.

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Support for Freedom Riders National Park growing (slideshow)

Freedom Rider Charles Person and Secretary Sally Jewell
Freedom Rider Charles Person and Secretary Sally Jewell
  • Read about Freedom Rider Charles Person and his remarkable story – here.

Support for the proposed Freedom Riders National Park in Anniston received a big boost today in the opinion section of al.com with an essay by prominent National Park advocate and conservationist Frank Peterman.  

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Update: Local, regional and national coverage on the Shelby county Colonial Pipeline explosion

Photo from Alabama EMA twitter feed
Photo from Alabama EMA twitter feed

Below is a compilation of local, regional, and national news stories on the Colonial pipeline explosion that occurred yesterday in Shelby county.

According to a Colonial Pipeline statement and multiple media reports, a contract crew working miles from the site of a Sept. 9 spill ran into the pipeline with a trackhoe, igniting gasoline and causing a fire. One person died at the scene and five others were transported to Birmingham-area hospitals for treatment.

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Can’t vote on November 8th? Vote now.

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The countdown is on.  8 days before the big election.

But you just found out your boss is sending you out of town next Tuesday on a business trip. Or on November 8th you are pulling a 10 hour shift at your place of work. And let’s say you are a student who is registered to vote in your hometown county that is not in the county you are attending school.

You can still vote – but with a absentee ballot (pdf). Here are the complete details.

Don’t miss out. Do this today.  The Absentee Election Manager must receive your ballot in the mail or in person (detail at the website) by Thursday, November 3rd (here are the Absentee Election Manager addresses in each county)

Chicago Cubs “nemeses” Indian’s Kluber and Francona have Birmingham connections

Birmingham-born Cory Kluber
Birmingham-born Cory Kluber

Tonight, at the local sports bar, when you are watching the Chicago Cubs fight for their World Series survival against the Cleveland Indians – here is a bit of Birmingham trivia.

Where was Indians pitcher Corey Kluber (2 wins and only 1 run allowed in 12 innings) and odds on favorite to win the Series MVP born?

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