More evidence that Pebble Mine will be a disaster for Alaska’s sockeye salmon

A host of conservation organizations–including Trout Unlimited, Sportsman’s Alliance for Alaska, and Orvis–has been working for years to stop construction of the Pebble Mine project, which would see the construction of the world’s largest copper and gold mine at the headwaters of the last great wild salmon run in the Bristol Bay region of Alaska. Throughout the debate, the Pebble Limited Partnership has claimed that our fears are unfounded because technological advances will allow them to build this monstrous extraction operation without affecting nearby streams and lakes, which are the spawning grounds for millions of sockeye salmon. This recently released video shows what happens when you fact-check some of these claims. The results are disturbing at best and cast doubt on the viability of the whole operation. To help stop Pebble Mine, visit the Orvis Take Action page.

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Video of the Day: Goldzilla!

Goldzilla 2011 from DevonTT on Vimeo.

What’s big, hairy, and very, very friendly? A golden retriever! That is, according to the hosts of the annual Goldzilla: the Golden Retriever Fun Fair and Walk for Rescue, an annual event held in Shoreview, Minnesota. All proceeds benefit Retrieve a Golden of Minnesota (RAGOM), a Golden Retriever rescue organization serving Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, North Dakota, and South Dakota. This year, more than 300 goldens–along with their owners–showed up. There were plenty of other breeds represented as well. Check out this great footage from a worthwhile and fun event!

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Friday Film Festival 09.23.11

Welcome to another edition of the Friday Film Festival, in which we scour the Web for the best fly-fishing footage available. This week’s collection starts off slow and thoughtful, builds to some serious excitement, and then ends with a video that just may haunt your dreams—especially if you’re an ophidiophobe. At this shoulder season, we’re still pretty US-centric, with films from the. . .

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Pictures of the Day: Monster Montauk Striper

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John Kaufmann’s 44-inch striped bass would be a fish of a lifetime for many striper anglers.

photo courtesy John Kaufmann

Orvis customer John Kaufmann sent us these pictures, with a note: 

“I was using my Helios when I landed this fish, one of two truly large striped bass I have caught in my many days on the water.  Further proof of Woody Allen’s axiom that ninety percent of success is showing up.”

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Live from the TRCP Media Summit, Day 3

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A fine brown taken on the last cast of the day at K-T Ranch in Meeker, Colorado.

photo by Buzz Cox

The final day of the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership Western Media Summit continued the run of ridiculously gorgeous weather we’d been on, and I chose to spend it with a small group at the K-T Ranch (pronounced kay-bar-tee) about two hours away in the town of Meeker. A satellite property of The High Lonesome Ranch, the K-T sits on the White River and contains two spring creeks, as well. I fished with Todd Tanner, senior editor at Sporting Classics magazine, and. . .

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Woman’s Dying Wish to Hold the Rescued Dog She Supported from Afar is Granted

When Lynn heard of sharpei-mix Bucare’s plight on the streets of Puerto Rico and saw his pictures, she didn’t hesitate to help. Even though she had never met Bucare, and was herself battling brain cancer, she sent  money for his vet bills and received regular updates on his recovery. When there was an opportunity for Bucare to be adopted, she even paid for him to be flown from Puerto Rico to New England. All for a dog she had never met.

Sadly, Lynn’s condition worsened. When it was clear she may not have much time left, her dying wish was to get to hold the dog she loved from afar. Her wish was granted. Lynn passed on soon after.

We set up a time and all met for a lovely lunch on Lynn’s deck and a chance to hang out with Bucare. Jim told us all about Bucare’s new life and Lynn got plenty of time to spend with Bucare….who is so lovely and gentle and has a beautiful thick coat now.

It was such a nice day and it meant so much to Lynn. She kept telling me how great it was to have had something to look forward to. She also said that her own dogs were a great comfort to her during her illness and that having animals in her life had given her purpose.

Read the rest Lynn and Bucare’s story here.

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Dog of the Day: Deagan the Super Surfer

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Deagan, a French bulldog from Orange, opts out of a wave while surfing in the second annual Surf City Surf Dog Event held last year in Huntington Beach.

photo by Michael Goulding, THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

A fun story in the Orange County Register previews this weekend’s Surf City Surf Dog competition in Hunting Beach, California. It’s an exciting event, and all proceeds go to charities such as Southern California Bulldog Rescue, the Orange County Humane Society, Westied Rescue of Orange County & Beyond, Surf Dog Riccochet, and Huntington Dog Beach.

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