The Eyes of July 4th / Only You Can Prevent Forest Fires

Happy 4th of July in Utah! Where one spark, one tiny piece of a lit firework, smoldering, can and will, ignite our drought devastated state to the ground. Happy 4th of July, Where the skies are filled with a haze
off the fumes from the fires leaving our mountains stained black and treeless. Welcome
4th of July, our eyes are watching you. Only you can prevent forest fires.

The last couple of years, the water distribution into Utah’s rivers and lakes have decrease substantially. Poor results from low snow fall and runoff levels, matter. The water levels in Lake Powell are low. Under 30 feet. The BOR (Bureau of Reclamation) due to revised water level projections, has recalculated and refiled. And determined it necessary to close the motor ramps. According to the Lake Powell Water Database, the levels are dangerous to boaters and can turn deadly to swimmers. The Great Salt Lake is also taking a very nasty beating with the drought. If you haven’t taken a walk out to almost the middle of the lake, you’re missing out on a wild trip. It is an exceptional learning experience. Years ago, Morton Salt had a salt factory out by the lake. Today, the Great Salt Lake has dropped nearly 50 percent. That’s horrible. But, I digress.

It’s not just the big lakes. Let’s look at the other bodies of water affected, the reservoirs that feed to the lakes. The entertaining hotspots if you would. At the damn sites, all’s okay, but further out, is coming in slowly. what used to span miles is inching in closer to the just the middle of the excavated deep damn. We’ll begin our fun spots at Deer Creek. The reservoir is low, at the damn site, itself the depth is 235 feet, located up Provo Canyon in Wasatch County, this reservoir feeds into Utah Lake. The Bureau of Reclamation constructed Echo Reservoir during the depression. It is off I-80 and under construction. Closed. The Strawberry Reservoir is deepest at 200 feet and is great for fishing and camping but leave the boat at home. Without a boat ramp, it’s bottoms into mud, beware. Flaming Gorge is a large lake and reservoir in Utah and Wyoming. The reservoir is in Wyoming at 6040 feet deep. Used mainly as a camping and fishing family spot. Well, maybe it extends but it’s puddles more than lake in the end. Jordanelle Reservoir is a beautiful swimming, water skiing, and fishing lake, up above Heber and Park City and is 220 feet is depth for fast deep fishing and a lot of super overnight stays in a great year, not this year. But, for a water get away, it does have water, but goes easy, it’s just about the only one. And then there are the smaller Reservoirs that are used to hold water for agriculture: Gunnison Reservoir and Delta which are used for irrigating. Unfortunately this year, just like Nine Mile, these are almost gone. Dried up, nothing left for the most part, to feed the cattle in the field or push water down the field water turns. Our once beautiful Yuba Lake flowed full and deep is nothing but a little pond. You can’t replace what is gone, evaporated and not replaced. Without the hand of God blessing my little state, there isn’t enough water to vacation, swim or irrigate. So please don’t celebrate-with fireworks.

Spare the air of ash and haze, keep us free of fire’s blaze. Don’t use fireworks. We have signs posted in our mountains, in our towns, and along our highways, no water, please don’t burn. Please people, for the sake of those living in a drought state, Don’t. Shoot. Off. Fireworks. Keep a bucket with water beside you all the while you are shooting off fireworks. Sparklers are lit matches. Please Refrain, Fires aren’t a game.

Happy 4th of July

Doree

Did you know?

I know! Me neither!

She’s just turned 20 and he’s turning 18 in a few days

I look at my sweet grand-babies and realize the years have flown.

When these two graciously joined our family, we waved the ‘1900’s’ a favorable farewell, and the ‘2000’ a curious welcome. The computer age was tip toeing into the Y2K. How would the Millennium go? The economy needed a medical injection of jobs. And we had elected George W. Bush over Al Gore.

The Concorde crashed in France. The tires of Air France Flight 4590 hit a metal object on the runway during the flights take off at the Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris.

The summer Olympics were held in Sydney, Australia. Tiger Woods was the youngest player to win the Grand Slam in golf and the Mad Cow Disease caused alarm in Europe because of the increase in occurrences in America. But, the most tragic incident to happen was on September 11th, 2001, just 5 months short of America hosting the winter Olympics in Utah, three buildings were brought down by terrorists, determined to kill as many Americans as possible. Two planes flew into two of the World Trade buildings in New York City and another flew into part of the Pentagon, in Washington D.C. Along with United Airlines 93. It crashed into a field in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, during an attempt by the passengers and crew to regain control over four terrorists.

Approximately 2,296 deaths took place that day. What a horrible act to take against innocent people. The terrorists tell us its in the name of their Al Qeada. They’re lacking intelligence, unfortunately.

Another in my FYI blogging. Have a great day.

Doree

July 24th…Its A Celebration

He found the land to be good and so it became ‘Deseret.’ The main man, President Brigham Young look down over the valley and said, “This is the place! Drive on.”  The President was stricken with Rocky Mountain fever, an illness spread by ticks and characterized by chills, a hacking cough, severe headaches, acute pains throughout the body, fevers, and delirium, proved debilitating but he survived. 

He, along with his pioneer company trekked across hundreds of miles over rough terrain escaping prosecution from Nauvoo, they proceeded west. Through loss, frost, and constant turmoil, they came upon a beautiful desert valley. It is said that Mr. Young declared it the perfect area for them to settle within this safe area with mountains surrounding it, and so they did. And soon Mormonism spread. They erected a temple, churches popped on almost every street corner. Corruption and murder reared its ugly head. When they went to declare themselves as a state, the government realigned their borders to the size it is today. Before the state could join the union, they had to forbid the practice of polygamy in their religion, which they did, publicly.  In January 4th, 1896. Although January is their union date, they celebrate the date that Brigham Young looked down upon the valley and chose this state as their end to their religious trek to celebrate. 

An educating moment.

Happy July 24th, Utah!

Doree