Editor’s Note: The Red Wolves’ Last Stand

first_imgLess than 25. That’s how many red wolves are left in the wild. They are possibly the most endangered species on the planet, and they live only in an area of eastern North Carolina.The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, which manages all federally endangered species, will make a decision soon about the future of red wolves. A small but vocal number of hunters and landowners want the red wolf recovery program ended. The pro-hunting leadership of the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission is also lobbying to remove the last red wolves from the wild.But the overwhelming majority of North Carolinians want red wolves protected. In the past year, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has received over 55,000 comments in support of the red wolf recovery program—and only 10 against it.We’ve saved red wolves once before. After nearly being hunted to extinction in the twentieth century, a few pairs of red wolves bred in captivity were released in eastern North Carolina in 1987. Red wolves flourished for nearly three decades in the wild, and their population swelled to over 200. The red wolf recovery program was heralded as one of the most successful reintroductions of an endangered species into the wild.Then, in the last few years, a small group of hunters and landowners took aim at the red wolves. The recovery program has been suspended, and their numbers have quickly plummeted.Can we save the red wolves again? Only if we make more noise than the politically influential folks targeting the wolves. We stand to lose more than an endangered species. An irreplaceable wildness will also vanish. The woods and wilds will be eerily and tragically silent without the red wolf’s howl.last_img read more

State Road 156 work in Switzerland County continues

first_imgSwitzerland County, In. — Crews will continue pipe and culvert work on State Road 156 in eastern Switzerland County beginning on or after Wednesday, May 15, weather permitting. This will cause S.R. 156 to close six miles east of S.R. 250, east of Patriot. The road will be closed for approximately 30 days while work is completed.In addition, S.R. 156 is expected to reopen on or after Tuesday, May 14, 8.5 miles east of S.R. 101, between Florence and Patriot. Work is now complete at that location.The official state detour for the closure is S.R. 56 and 250.last_img read more

Beat writers pick unanimously again for Syracuse’s matchup with St. Bonaventure

first_img Published on December 22, 2017 at 10:14 am Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse (10-1) took down Buffalo on Tuesday night, 81-74, and will play its second-straight game in the Carrier Dome against St. Bonaventure (9-2) tonight. The game tips off at 7 p.m. and will be the second-to-last nonconference game for the Orange.See who our beat writers predict in the matchup here:Matthew Gutierrez (11-0)Bonafide ThreatSyracuse 72, St. Bonaventure 66The Bonnies, coming off back-to-back 20-win seasons, are the real deal. A favorite in the Atlantic 10, they pose as a legitimate threat to upset the Orange come Friday night. St. Bonaventure returns four starters from last season, including guards Jaylen Adams and Matt Mobley, a pair that scored more points last year than any returning duo in the nation and combine to average 35.7 points per game this season for a 9-2 team. But while the Bonnies beat Maryland and Buffalo, Syracuse will come away with a win to improve to 11-1 because the Bonnies don’t have the size to compete on the boards with SU. That doesn’t bode well for the visitors.Tomer Langer (11-0)Bonnies and ClydeSyracuse 75, St. Bonaventure 71AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse has had a habit of playing to the level of its competition this year — it struggled to put away teams like Iona and Buffalo, but had an impressive win against Maryland as well — and I think that continues on Friday. The Bonnies beat Maryland this year and pose threats that could exploit the Orange’s weaknesses. St. Bonaventure ranks 17th per Kenpom.com at forcing turnovers, doing it on 24.1 of possessions, while Syracuse is a middle of the pack team at protecting the ball. But I don’t think Tyus Battle gets shut out the way he was on Tuesday when he scored just 13 points, and SU does just enough to escape with a win.Sam Fortier (11-0)BonniesvoyageSyracuse 70, St. Bonaventure 68The Bonnies are small but make up for it by playing quick and toughening up on defense (ninth in steal percentage). They’re also the eighth-best team in the country at getting to the free-throw line and hit 38.4 percent of their 3s, which is a recipe to beat the Orange’s zone. St. Bonaventure’s two star guards, Adams and Mobley, are senior leaders for one of the more experienced teams in the nation. The Orange shouldn’t and won’t sleep on the Bonnies, and the resiliency displayed against Georgetown and Buffalo still pushes SU over the edge for me in this one. Commentslast_img read more

NBA wrap: Nuggets crush Spurs, edge closer to first-place Warriors

first_img LeBron James on helping Lakers recruit free agents: ‘It’s very critical to me and my future’ 63 secondsit took 63 seconds for Gregg Popovich to get ejected 😳#GoSpursGo #NBATwitter pic.twitter.com/A6gLbwysxN— TBN (@TBNMedia) April 4, 2019If that seems awfully early to get the boot, it is — according to SportsNet, that’s the fastest ejection for an NBA coach in history, beating the old mark held by the Wizards’ Flip Saunders (106 seconds) in a game against the Celtics in 2012. And it’s the second straight game Popovich was ejected, an odd occurrence for a coach with 20 ejections in 23 seasons.Denver went on to win, 113-85, with the outcome never in doubt. Related News John Collins SENDS it away at the RIM! 🚫🚫#TrueToAtlanta 124#HereTheyCome 1182:22 left on NBALP: https://t.co/pZ0DhQTM5F pic.twitter.com/6TqoLzaC5Z— NBA (@NBA) April 4, 2019Chris Paul beats the third-quarter buzzer with this 61-foot (!) 3-pointer.CHRIS PAUL TOSSES IT UP TO BEAT THE Q3 BUZZER!#Rockets 102#ClipperNation 73Headed to the 4th on @NBATV pic.twitter.com/tl85OvitJt— NBA (@NBA) April 4, 2019What’s Next?Bucks (58-20) at 76ers (49-29) 8 p.m. ET — You don’t need to be Nostradamus to figure out that the way the standings look now, this could be a preview of the Eastern Conference finals. The 76ers expect star Joel Embiid back in the lineup after a three-game break. But even with Embiid on the floor, the 76ers recently lost games to the Hawks and Magic — they lost again to the Hawks on Wednesday — so they need to rediscover their form before the playoffs begin. Gregg Popovich hilariously addresses 63-second ejection with Nuggets coach, reporterscenter_img The only way Popovich could have made a difference for the Spurs would be if he had suited up and started knocking down 3-pointers. San Antonio was dreadful from behind the arc, hitting only 5-of-27 attempts.Nikola Jokic scored 20 (with 11 boards and nine assists) to lead six players in double-figures for the Nuggets, who improved to 52-26. That leaves them only 1 1/2 games behind the idle Warriors for the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference. Denver has four games remaining, while Golden State has five.At the other end of the playoff field, the Spurs (45-34), dropped from seventh to eighth in the standings, a half game behind the idle Thunder. As the final week of the season plays out, those potential one-eight and two-seven first-round playoff matchups bear a close watch.Studs of the NightPistons center Andre Drummond narrowly missed another 20-20 game, scoring 28 and collecting 19 rebounds in a loss to the Pacers.Center Nikola Vucevic had 29 points and 13 rebounds in Orlando’s 114-100 win over the Knicks.Knicks forward Mario Hezonja scored 29 points and added nine rebounds in the loss to the Magic.Bulls guard Walt Lemon Jr. scored 24, had eight assists and won the game with two late free throws in a 115-114 victory over the Wizards.Portland wing Evan Turner came off the bench for a triple-double (13/12/11) in a 116-89 victory over the Grizzlies. Dud of the NightPacers guard Tyreke Evans hit only one of 13 shots and scored six points in a win against the Pistons.HighlightsJames Harden makes even difficult shots look easy, as he shows in this quick five-play clip.#TripleDoubleWatchJames Harden (19 PTS, 7 REB, 5 AST) paces the @HoustonRockets 1st half on @NBATV! #Rockets pic.twitter.com/P2R1rqcXxj— NBA (@NBA) April 4, 2019Karl-Anthony Towns drives the lane not once, but twice, for thunderous dunks in the first quarter against the Mavericks.KAT stuffs home a pair of emphatic slams to start the game! #AllEyesNorth📱💻: https://t.co/pZ0DhQTM5F pic.twitter.com/dGRMhyrdgh— NBA (@NBA) April 4, 201976ers forward Tobias Harris goes up strong to dunk, but Atlanta’s John Collins has other ideas. Both the Spurs and Nuggets entered Wednesday with a chance to improve their playoff seeding.Yet things went south for the Spurs just 63 seconds into the game when coach Gregg Popovich was ejected after picking up his second technical for arguing a call.last_img read more