Joel Spandler

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Fear, beauty, break-ups and big cats – how 12 months in a remote log cabin changed my life

He doesn’t have email or a mobile phone so I decide to write him a letter. I still have the address because it was my address for a year, in the early ’90s. Box Spring Drive. A log cabin, on a mountain, in the Okanagan Valley, Washington state, just south of the Canadian border.<p>I am a little …

The Arctic Refuge Still Bears Scars From Oil Exploration In The 1980s

In the winters of 1984 and 1985, exploration crews representing more than 20 oil companies set out to evaluate the reserves contained in Alaska’s remote Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Heavy tracked vehicles and ski-mounted trailers crisscrossed the snow-covered terrain conducting seismic surveys, …

Oil & Gas Industry

Tearful squadron shows up to salute last moments of dying hero dog

As Rico the dog was carried toward his final vet appointment, he encountered a gauntlet of saluting service members lining the clinic’s front walkway …

Military

Hunter risks his life to rescue terrified deer trapped on frozen lake

A hunter and his son risked their lives to save a terrified deer trapped on a frozen lake.<p>Michael Konopka and his son, Christian, were stalking …

Which US Military Units are First to Attack?

When America needs to break its way into an enemy country, these are the people who slip, kick, or explode their way past the defenses and blaze the …

Drillers Flock to Rockies as Sleepiest Shale Corner Awakens

It’s not exactly the Pike’s Peak gold rush of 160 years but with crude prices on the rise, explorers are returning to the oil-rich rock of Colorado …

Oil

Take a peek inside HGTV's 2018 Dream Home, located in the Pacific Northwest

The extravagant home is part of the grand prize giveaway<p>Locals consider the Pacific Northwest a hotbed for gorgeous homes in equally gorgeous locations, and it looks HGTV wants to share their secret with the selection of a home near Seattle, Washington.<p>HGTV's annual Dream Home sweepstakes features …

Puget Sound

NFL, College Sports, NBA and Recruiting

36 minutes ago<p>The Raiders recently brought in the young linebacker from Missouri for a tryout.<p>56 minutes ago<p>The publication has the Redskins taking …

Basketball

Discovery of 'lost' painting reveals Admiral Lord Nelson's facial scarring and missing eyebrow

It is not uncommon for prominent figures to have their imperfections airbrushed out of history.<p>But Admiral Lord Nelson’s facial scarring and missing eyebrow will now be presented in all their glory, after the the discovery and painstaking restoration of a “lost” painting, which included the removal …

Art

The Very First American Settlers Arrived Much Earlier Than We Thought

"A dramatic intellectual turnabout."<p>The first American settlers may have arrived across a coastal "kelp highway" from northeast Asia, and arrived …

Anthropology

The True Story of the Death of Stalin

Near the end of his life, Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin had taken to spending almost all of his free time at his <i>dacha</i> in the Moscow suburb of …

Joseph Stalin

Lakes of mercury and human sacrifices – after 1,800 years, Teotihuacan reveals its treasures

When archaeologists found a tunnel under Mexico’s ‘birthplace of the gods’, they could only dream of the riches they would discover. Now its wonders – from jewel-eyed figures to necklaces of human teeth – are being revealed to the world<p>In 2003, a tunnel was discovered beneath the Feathered Serpent …

10 Simple Strategies to Control Your Anxiety

Any time you’re overcome with stress or anxiety, just follow these steps to stay calm, empower yourself, and regain control.<p>The ability to manage …

Emotional Intelligence

'Goodbye My Brother': Hundreds Say Goodbye To Hero Marine Dog In Emotional Ceremony

Cena, a black labrador, served three tours in Afghanistan with the Marines. He died on Wednesday at the age of 10.<p>Hundreds of people lined the streets of Muskegon, Michigan, this week to pay tribute to a true hero.<p>Cena the black labrador served in Afghanistan over six months in 2009 and 2010 …

Stronger demand in North America gives Halliburton a boost

Shares of the world's No.3 oilfield services provider, which supplies land drilling rigs, tubing and hydraulic fracturing services, rose 2.5 percent at $45.50 in premarket trading.<p>Revenue from North America surged 83 percent to $2.77 billion in the quarter, due to increased demand for pumping and …

Oil & Gas Industry

10 tattoos of Western Hemlock, Washington’s state tree

Washington’s state tree has inspired a ton of Washington tattoos<p>It’s almost Earth Day, and it’s a good time to sit back and appreciate Washington State’s incredible natural beauty—including the Pacific Northwest’s distinct mix of evergreen trees.<p>Some have decided to celebrate Washington State’s …

Pennsylvania: Must-See Day Hikes on the Appalachian Trail

If you are a frequent reader of my posts, then you know that I am a huge fan of Pennsylvania hiking. With that being said, after hiking all 250 miles …

Hiking

Gritty 1943 photos record Maine woodsmen on a dangerous spring lumber drive

Maine woodsmen<p>Shepherding timber through the rivers of New England<p>In May 1943, Office of War Information photographer John Collier traveled to the …

The Crop That Ate America

Digging corn ground for spring planting east of Arthur, North Dakota.<p>The Crop That Ate America<p>By Alan BjergaAlan Bjerga, Jeremy DiamondJeremy Diamond …

Agriculture

10 Steel Prefabs That Are Both Modern and Practical

The advantages that come with building a steel prefab go far beyond just the aesthetic choices.<p>Along with offering a sustainable, efficient, and affordable way to build, prefabs also allow you to place your home on a site with minimal disturbance to the land. Thanks to its durability, strength, and …

Mendocino County

How a California Anesthesiologist Became One of America’s Largest Antiquities Looters

150 Years After Sale of Alaska, Some Russians Have Second Thoughts

The reassertion of Russia’s greatness has been a motif of Vladimir V. Putin’s presidency, and his projection of military might and cyberpower is in part why Russian-American relations are at their lowest point since the end of the Cold War.<p>So the 150th anniversary on Thursday of Russia’s sale of …

Russia

Bakken's Average Production Per Well Is Collapsing Fast

Bakken average production per well declined from a record 142 b/d in 2012, to an average of 93 b/d in 2016.<p>In terms of shale profitability, it …

Darling '50s trailer home in Palm Springs can be yours for $55K

Mint-green, midcentury, and (once) mobile? Yes, please!<p>This is everything we love combined into one adorable parcel: a converted 1950s vintage trailer “tiny” home—in <i>Palm Springs</i>. But that’s not all. Its main mint-green frame sticks out from a slightly larger concrete body and breaks out into a …

Young carpenter builds cost-effective timber cabin for his first home

When a young carpenter with a modest budget wanted to build his first home, he turned to Atelier l’Abri for help with the design. The Montreal-based …

Architecture

Family renovates century-old barn into stunning modern home in Washington state

If barn living never appealed to you before, this renovated farmhouse in Washington may be what it takes to change your mind. Seattle-based MW Works …

Architecture

Tearing down Utah’s ‘Zion curtains,’ which keep bottles and bartenders out-of-sight

In October, the Eccles Theater, a sleek, $119 million arts center and concert hall, opened in downtown Salt Lake City. Staircases and a balcony curled around its open lobby, allowing visitors to peer at the heads of restaurant patrons below. But no attention could be paid to the bartenders while …

Alcohol

These big oil stocks are expected by analysts to rise up to 41% in 2017

Oil prices tumbled more than 2% Wednesday, as investors worry that OPEC’s recent deal to prop up prices by cutting production is threatened by …

ConocoPhillips: Big New Oil Discovery In Alaska Could Produce 100,000 Barrels Per Day

Conoco is Alaska's #1 oil producer with 2015 production averaging 178,000 boe/d (89% oil).<p>Recent and big new discoveries by COP will revitalize …

When James Mattis Gave Away His Dinner

Character is often revealed in seemingly small gestures. Amid all the speculation about how retired Marine general James Mattis will manage to lead …