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Beyond Boundaries · Essays and tidbits from Nancy Bo Flood

Shasta Dam threatens the Middle Water People

March 15, 2016

Raising the height of Shasta Dam means a 13 percent growth in California’s Shasta Lake. This supposed solution to create more freshwater resource for farms and cities will wipe out…

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Dark future looming in Florida’s waters

March 10, 2016

Can you see water pollution on the move? Activist John Heim does. Heim has documented what he calls “the black line of death” moving from Florida’s Lake Okeechobee to the…

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South Korea honors Lakota veterans

March 3, 2016

Recently, the South Korean government honored 15 Lakota veterans for their service during the Korean War. Each man earned that country’s Ambassador of Peace medal. May their stories of courage…

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Rio Sonora: A water song of hope and change

March 1, 2016

In 2014, a chemical spill at the Grupo Mexico copper mine created an environmental nightmare. The Rio Sonora became a river of acid. Farming, the dairy industry, wildlife and municipal…

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cowboy chaps

Rodeo entrants look and feel good in chaps

February 25, 2016

Fringed pants with no seats. Seatless pants?!? What are chaps? This cowboy apparel has real uses beyond stylish looks. Here’s a tribute to chaps, with a definition for “chinks,” the…

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What’s that icy rodeo treat called?

February 23, 2016

Shaved ice. Shave ice. Snow cones. No matter what you call it, the treat tastes great on a summer day. At rodeos and elsewhere, the icy wonders are gobbled. Eating…

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Cowboy hats provide fashion and function

February 18, 2016

Young rodeo entrants might think of a cowboy hat only as a fashion statement. But back in the 1800s, it was used for comfort and protection. Take a look at…

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Erosion’s collaborator for nature’s sandstone wonders

February 16, 2016

In 2014, scientists learned that sandstone landmarks like Utah’s Rainbow Bridge may have a simpler explanation than ever imagined. Gravity’s pressure may be the architecture for each sand structure. 

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