Mysterious brown foam prompts testing at Lake Mead

Authorities are investigating mysterious brown foam that showed up on the surface of Lake Mead over the weekend. Dozens of carp were also found dead in the area. Southern Nevada Water Authority spokesman Bronson Mack says technicians collected water samples Tuesday in hopes of solving the mystery. He says tests on samples collected a few days ago by a volunteer turned up normal, but scientists want to gather new samples using more formal methods. Lake Mead officials on Saturday urged people to avoid the Overton Arm after foam appeared on an eight-mile section of the lake stretching from about the mouth of the Virgin River to Echo Bay. Continue Reading

Authorities investigate mysterious brown foam at Lake Mead

Authorities took a boat onto Lake Mead on Tuesday to gather water samples they hope could shed light on mysterious brown foam found floating on the lake’s surface over the weekend. Park officials urged people to avoid the Overton Arm, a northern extension of Lake Mead, after several dozen carp were found dead and the foam was seen extending about eight miles from near the mouth of the Virgin River to Echo Bay. The Southern Nevada Water Authority is monitoring water quality at two intakes and so far hasn’t found anything problematic, according to spokesman Bronson Mack. Typically, pollutants are diluted in the reservoir. “It really is a massive body of water, and that’s one benefit from a drinking water perspective,” Mack said, noting that water from the Overton Arm typically takes about a month to meander to the intake area. Continue Reading

90-year-old lobsterman survives boat sinking by swimming to island off Maine

A 90-year-old lobsterman is eager to get back on the water after surviving the sinking of his boat by swimming to a nearby island through the cold waters of the Gulf of Maine. Philip Tuttle, of the Great Island community of Harpswell, is on the mend, but his boat needs more work to ensure the engine is OK and the electronics are restored, daughter-in-law Verian Tuttle said Wednesday. His boat, Queen Tut, hit rocks Saturday, lurched and took on water in choppy, 50-degree seas after the remnants of Tropical Storm Andrea passed through the area. After the boat filled, he ended up swimming 20 to 30 yards to Hen Island. He got scrapes on his legs while crawling on the slippery rocks, where Verian Tuttle’s husband and brother-in-law found him, close to hypothermia. Continue Reading

Obituaries Tuesday June 11th

Harold W. Reed, 77, of New London, died Sunday, June 09, 2013 at his home.¬† Arrangements are pending at Elliott Chapel, New London. Ismael Perez, 30, of San Diego, CA, formerly of Burlington, died Sunday, June 9, 2013, as the result of an automobile accident in San Diego. ¬†Arrangements are pending at the Thielen Funeral Home & Crematory. Gerrie Enfield, 74, of Burlington, died at 7:25 AM Saturday, June 8, 2013, at the West Point Care Center in West Point.  



Born January 9, 1939, in Wellman, IA, she was the daughter of Ivan Royce and Maude Leona Mattison Enfield. Continue Reading


Woman Arrested 396 Times

After being arrested 396 times in 35 years, 51-year-old Shermain Miles of Chicago, has been ordered to get mental health and substance treatment. The treatment is a deal with prosecutors. Miles has been in the Logan Correctional Center in Lincoln since December for violating parole. She appeared in court today to plead guilty to charges she attacked a city alderman, trespassing, and public drinking- each a separate case. Miles is homeless and has dozens of convictions for felonies and misdemeanors. Continue Reading

Ellsberg: No leaks more significant than Snowden's

Pentagon Papers leaker Daniel Ellsberg calls the revelations by a government contractor on U.S. secret surveillance programs the most “significant disclosure” in the nation’s history. In 1971, Ellsberg passed the secret Defense Department study of U.S. involvement in Vietnam to The New York Times and other newspapers. The 7,000 pages showed that the U.S. government repeatedly misled the public about the war. Their leak set off a clash between the Nixon administration and the press and led to a landmark Supreme Court ruling on the First Amendment. Ellsberg, 81, told The Associated Press Monday that the leaks by Edward Snowden, 29, to The Washington Post and The Guardian newspapers are more important than the Pentagon Papers as well as information given to the anti-secrecy website Wikileaks by Army Pfc. Continue Reading

13 potential Bulger jurors have criminal records

Criminal background checks on potential jurors in the trial of reputed Boston gangster James “Whitey” Bulger (BUHL’-jur) have turned up 13 people with some type of record. Lawyers in the case revealed the results of background checks Tuesday while meeting with Judge Denise Casper as jury selection resumes. A prosecutor told Casper that 13 out of the pool of 70 potential jurors had records, including one man who has four felony convictions but lied on his juror questionnaire and said he had none. Bulger is accused of participating in 19 murders in the 1970s and ’80s. The 83-year-old Bulger was one of the nation’s most wanted fugitives after he fled Boston in 1994. Continue Reading

NY man, 97, gets diploma 8 decades later

It took nearly eight decades, but Frederick Gray is finally a high school graduate. The Watertown Daily Times ( ) reports that the 97-year-old World War II veteran was presented Monday with a diploma from Watertown High School during a ceremony at his northern New York home. Gray was set to graduate in 1934 but dropped out a year early to get a job to help support his family during the Great Depression. Gray worked in a factory before being drafted into the Army in 1942. He served in the 24th Infantry Division in the Pacific campaign, earning a Bronze Star. Continue Reading

Group denies accusation that it found Amelia Earhart's missing plane

A Delaware aircraft preservation group denies a Wyoming man’s claim that it found Amelia Earhart’s missing plane and withheld the news so it could continue to raise money for the search. Mystery has surrounded Earhart’s fate since her plane went missing in 1937 in the South Pacific. Timothy Mellon, son of the late philanthropist Paul Mellon, filed a federal lawsuit in Wyoming last week against The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery. Mellon contends the group solicited $1 million from him last year without telling him it already had found Earhart’s plane in 2010. Idaho lawyer Bill Carter represents the group and was on its 2010 Earhart search mission. Continue Reading