If only life could always be this exciting..... Kids can make the simplest things a lifes journey.
Reported by: Matt Gephardt
Tuesday, July 05 2011
The red cliffs of Ivins, Utah is the place Dayna and Kent Birrell want to spend the rest of their days, they just need a house.
6:53 p.m. MDT, July 14, 2011
Family and friends were on hand to give George Rice a hero's welcome and a new home through the donations from Have a Heart program.
Rice is paralyzed on the left side of his body after surviving a stroke in 2006. Now, thanks to the special design features, his new home will make it a lot easier for him
NASCAR's most popular driver, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., began a great tradition last year with his Make A Wish Ride Along Day. Fans were able to purchase the opportunity to ride laps with Jr, with all proceeds going to The Dale Jr. Foundation.
Dale Earnhardt, Jr
Dale's foundation supports Speedway's Children's Charities, the Make-A-Wish foundation of Central and West North Carolina, Victory Junction Gang Camp and more.
Last year, Jr.'s foundation said he was able to raise $50,000 an hour for his charities. During his final ride on the inaugural event, Dale gave nine year-old fan, Dillon, his custom-made racing helmet.
Dillon was thrilled beyond belief . "He's just got a big heart for kids," Dillon said after his ride. He added that his friends at school would never believe him, so he was going to take the helmet to school as proof.
This year, the bidding has started on eBay for Jr.'s Ride Along with Dale Earnhardt, Jr. & VIP Race Weekend that will take place on October 17, 2011.
Bidding ends on the morning of July 18, 2011, and it is currently at $7,600.00. The winning bid will allow you to ride for three laps around the Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina, and you'll be able to tour both the garage and pit areas. You'll also receive two Grandstand tickets to both the Nationwide Series and the Sprint Cup Series events, three nights lodging, Dale's autographed racing gloves and much more.
Apparently, Lori Fleming, a real estate agent in Utah, is requesting donations so that she can win this thrill of a lifetime. She is hoping that enough people will help make her dream come true, and has even set up a can in her office for coin donations. Well, you never know, but I think it might take a lot of coins to win this experience, and her story may need to be a little bit more compelling.
Maybe I can try that. It sounds like a lot of people might come up with some great sob stories in order to spend some time in Jr.'s presence. On Dale's Facebook page, some of the comments posted include Debbie Giles-Heaton, " OMG——I WOULD JUST DIE!!!!! I LOVE DALE JR. I wish i had a million dollars for that, it would be soooooo awsome!!!!! OMGGGGG……YOU R THE BEST DALE!!!!"
Anyone got an extra can?
I grew up watching auto racing at the old Baylands Raceway in Fremont, California, and have been a fan ever since.
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Here is the link to the Donation Site (the site that started this)
This is crazy Maybe I can make this happen Keep those nickels and Dimes coming
Dale Earnhardt, Jr. is always a winner: A fan's perspective
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Utah #1 (Again) for Economic Outlook and Other Good News
Utah's economy continues to strengthen and is picking up accolades in the process.
On Wednesday, the American Legislative Exchange Council released its fourth annual Rich States, Poor States: ALEC-Laffer State Economic Competitiveness Index, which ranks Utah #1 for the fourth year in a row with the "best economic outlook in the nation". Written by supply-side economists Arthur Laffer, Stephen Moore and Jonathan Williams, the report attributes Utah's #1 economic outlook to its economic policies and notes the strong correlation between a state's economic performance and its policies toward taxes, debt, and regulation.
Utah leads all other states in the index for:
Utah Tech Sector
On Tuesday, EDCUtah released a project memorandum to its investors announcing that IM Flash and EMC Corp. will expand their respective Utah operations, adding 700 new, high paying jobs to the Utah economy. The new jobs not only bode well for Utah's electronics and IT sectors, but also for the state's rising exports. "Last year, electronics accounted for nearly $2 billion -- mostly from IM Flash -- of Utah's $13.6 billion in exports," according to EE Times. Here are some more interesting figures about Utah's tech sector from the Utah Technology Council:
In another important event this week, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Monday released its Enterprising States study, which places Utah among the top ten states in four of six categories. "Some states, like Texas and Utah, are strong across the board in both economic policies -- and economic results," the study said. The Beehive State ranked second in exports, third overall for entrepreneurship and innovation, seventh in workforce and training, and 10th in favorable taxes and regulation. Here is the U.S. Chamber's take on Utah in each category, as reported by the Salt Lake Chamber:
Utah ranks 2nd in Exports
Utah continues to be a leader in export measures, with exports up 45 percent since 2009. (Editor's note: The Bureau of Economic and Business Research (BEBR) at the University of Utah released a new study this week that says Utah exports sustain 75,721 full and part-time jobs -- an increase of more than 20,000 jobs since 2007. Further, Utah exported $13.6 billion in merchandise in 2010 -- a 31 percent increase over 2009's record -- and the state is on pace to do even better this year. The BEBR study was written by research analyst John C. Downen.)
Utah ranks 3rd in Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Utah's top ranking in net business birth rate helps it move up five places to third in innovation and entrepreneurship this year. The state ranks no worse than 18th in any metric and is sixth in small business lending activity, ninth in STEM job concentration and ninth in high-tech business concentration. Utah is making investments in research commercialization infrastructure with its Utah Science, Technology and Research Initiative and offers an outreach and business assistance program for technology companies.
Utah is tied for 7th for Workforce and Training
Utah ranks in the top 10 in higher education productivity and affordability, and 25th in educational attainment of its young workforce. In order to help drive innovation and attract high-tech firms to the state, Governor Gary Herbert's administration has set a goal to expand the number of citizens with degrees and professional certifications to 66 percent of adults by 2020. The governor has also called for an increased focus on science, engineering, and math careers in the state's educational system.
Utah ranks 10th in Taxes and Regulation
Utah ranks in the top 17 in four of our five tax and regulation measures, landing it in 10th place. The Beehive State recently launched an advisory committee to optimize its state government. Comprised of public and private sector experts, the committee made over 50 recommendations, including calling for review of regulatory processes that impact businesses in the state. Greater coordination between regulatory agencies was identified as a way to maintain a business-friendly environment and avoid harmful duplication of services and unneeded red-tape.
"Clearly, Utah is being recognized for its solid financial footing, business-friendly environment, fantastic workforce and excellent quality of life. That's not to say our economy is firing on all cylinders," says EDCUtah President & CEO Jeff Edwards, "but we are making great progress and seeing positive results."
The cost of living is improving in America compared to its global counterparts, according to a new report by Economist Intelligence Unit. Los Angeles ranks as the most expensive U.S. city but comes in at No. 41 on the list (LA was No. 24 just six months ago).Meanwhile, Chicago dropped to No. 44 from 33, and New York is now No. 48. None of the world's 40 most expensive cities are in the United States, according to the report, which provides a snapshot of the cost of living among 140 cities around the world, calculated in dollar terms (the current weakness of the dollar makes other cities more pricey in comparison). The survey took into account the price of more than 160 items — such as food, transportation, utilities, etc. — for its findings.The priciest spots were dominated by cities in Japan, Australia, and Western Europe. In the survey, places like Tokyo, for example, were found to be 61 percent more expensive than New York.
Priciest Cities in the World
The following are the world's 8 priciest cities, according to the report:
OMAHA, Neb. — Billionaire investor Warren Buffett said Friday the nation's employment picture will improve significantly once residential housing construction rebounds.
Buffett spoke to Bloomberg Television on Friday morning as the Labor Department released a weaker-than-expected monthly jobs report. He said the report shows the economy is still a long way off from where it should be, but Buffett remains optimistic about the recovery and sees no danger of a second recession.
"I would bet very heavily against that," Buffett said. "How fast the recovery will come I don't know, but I see nothing that indicates any kind of a double dip."
Most of Buffett's comments were focused on the long-term outlook. Buffett said he expects unemployment to fall to about 6% within a few years, and the 2.5 million jobs lost in the recession will be replaced. The June unemployment rate rose to 9.2%.
The chairman and CEO of the conglomerate Berkshire Hathaway said he thinks people will be surprised how quickly employment improves once the excess houses are bought and normal levels of construction resume.
"We will come back big-time on employment when residential construction comes back," Buffett said.
For a time, Buffett said the housing industry was building about 2 million homes a year while roughly 1 million households were being formed, and the nation is still working off that excess created during the housing bubble.
Buffett said an increase in housing construction will prompt a variety of businesses to hire more workers, including such Berkshire units as Shaw Carpet, Acme Brick and the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad.
Buffett's Omaha-based Berkshire owns roughly 80 subsidiaries, including railroad, clothing, furniture and jewelry firms, but its insurance and utility businesses typically account for more than half of the company's net income. It also has major investments in such companies as Coca-Cola and Wells Fargo.
I only need to raise $7500..... every little dime helps.
Gear up for the ride... I will never forget! This once-in-a-lifetime experience allows ME to explore all aspects of the racetrack- from a pit and garage tour at Charlotte Motor Speedway to riding 3 laps in a real NASCAR race car! Get in the passenger seat with Dale Earnhardt, Jr. in this exclusive Ride-Along and VIP experience package. This package includes: HOLY COW that would be a trip of a life time and would make a dream come true .... PS I can always wish.... But if you would like to help you can send your donation to 2609 N Main Sunset Utah 84015 or stop by my office and drop the coins in the DALE JR Can.
Gear up for the ride... I will never forget! This once-in-a-lifetime experience allows ME to explore all aspects of the racetrack- from a pit and garage tour at Charlotte Motor Speedway to riding 3 laps in a real NASCAR race car! Get in the passenger seat with Dale Earnhardt, Jr. in this exclusive Ride-Along and VIP experience package. This package includes:
HOLY COW that would be a trip of a life time and would make a dream come true .... PS I can always wish.... But if you would like to help you can send your donation to 2609 N Main Sunset Utah 84015 or stop by my office and drop the coins in the DALE JR Can.
Illegal fireworks spark brush fire east of Weber State
July 3rd, 2011 @ 12:19pm
By Jared Page
OGDEN — Illegal fireworks sparked a brush fire that burned nearly 2 acres on Ogden's east bench Saturday night, officials said.
About 10:55 p.m., Ogden fire crews responded to a brush fire near Wildcat Lane and Bona Villa Drive on the mountain bench east of Weber State University.
The mountain terrain and lack of vehicle access made it difficult for crews to reach the fire, said Chad Tucker, Ogden deputy fire chief. Once they did, it took fire crews from five agencies about an hour to contain the blaze.
The people that had been lighting fireworks in the area saw the fire start and immediately called the fire department, Tucker said. That call alerted firefighters to the situation quickly, and crews were able to keep the fire from reaching any homes, he said.
Fire officials said the incident serves as reminder about the dangers of illegal fireworks and importance of handling all fireworks appropriately.
The Ogden Fire Department issued the following firework safety reminders Sunday:
Use only legal fireworks
Only ignite fireworks outdoors in a clear area
Have water handy
Always read and follow label directions
Have an adult present
Buy from reliable fireworks sellers
Never experiment or attempt to make your own fireworks
Light one firework at a time
Never re-ignite malfunctioning fireworks
Never give fireworks to small children
Store fireworks in a cool, dry place
Dispose of used fireworks properly
Never use fireworks while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
Never throw fireworks at another person
Never carry fireworks in your pocket
Never shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers
FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) - A preliminary investigation shows "murky and cloudy" water in a public swimming pool helped conceal the body of a drowned woman for two days while people swam there, authorities said Friday.
The Bristol County district attorney's office said the body of Marie Joseph was submerged at the bottom of the 12-foot-deep end of the pool from Sunday afternoon until Tuesday evening.
Joseph, 36, was a hotel housekeeper in Newport, R.I. She was from Haiti and had five children. Her body was discovered after it floated to the surface shortly before some youngsters sneaked into the pool for a clandestine swim Tuesday night.
The medical examiner's office has determined the manner of her death to be accidental and the cause to be asphyxiation by drowning.
The probe shows the water in the Fall River pool was murky from the time the pool opened for the season last Saturday. Visibility tests conducted Wednesday revealed a diver couldn't be seen at a depth of 3 1/2 to 4 feet below the surface of the water.
"Although this office is releasing this preliminary information regarding the case today, the investigation into the death, the circumstances surrounding it and the delay in discovering the body is ongoing," the district attorney's office said in a statement.
State Department of Conservation and Recreation Commissioner Edward Lambert said the preliminary findings "are deeply disturbing."
The agency will immediately begin investigating issues related to Joseph's death, including clarity of the pool water and whether water quality protocols were followed, Lambert said.
The death at Veterans Memorial Pool surprised and troubled swimmers, residents and public officials.
Lambert's agency, which runs the pool, immediately closed all 30 deep-water swimming pools and began reviewing safety and operational procedures.
Lambert said that 11 pools reopened Friday after safety inspectors found they met all safety guidelines and their staffs are well-trained. Additional pools will reopen once their reviews are complete.
But the Fall River pool will not reopen anytime soon because its entire staff has been suspended. City officials also have said that they will not issue a permit to reopen until state officials assure them that swimmers will be safe there.
Lambert, however, said state-run pools do not require local permits to operate.
"There are some instances where local communities come in and perform inspections. We don't discourage that," he said.
State officials on Friday sought to reassure the public about safety at public swimming pools ahead of the July Fourth holiday weekend.
Lambert said the pool closures and subsequent safety review reflected his agency's desire to "err on the side of caution so the public could have confidence in our facilities."