September is a month of beginnings

By Bill Cooper
    September is a bittersweet month for many outdoorsmen. Generally speaking, outdoorsmen love every month of the year, especially in the Ozarks. One can literally enjoy some sort of outdoor activity every month of the year in our beloved Ozarks. However, September is a problem for many due to the fact that so many hunting and fishing seasons come in during the month of September. The big problem facing outdoorsmen is deciding which activity to enjoy first, or which activities to participate in, which ones to miss out on, or delay until later.

Hunting a flying biscuit

By Larry Dablemont
    A teal is a duck… a little duck about half the size of a half-grown chicken. Most of them have a wingspan just shy of 24 inches and a weight just shy of a pound. There are blue-winged teal and there are green-winged teal and to the west of us there are cinnamon teal.

Fire Prevention Week 2020 focuses on kitchen fires, the leading cause of residential fires in the U.S.

The historic forest fires burning in the western United States have focused attention on the dangers of wildland fires, but across the nation, but more than three-quarters of fire deaths and injuries occur in residential properties. Kitchen fires and cooking are the leading causes of residential fires. For 2020, Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 4-10, is themed “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen” and aims to reduce kitchen fires.

Research links sinking land to regions of high groundwater demand

Excessive pumping from underground aquifers can cause the surrounding land to sink and lead to damage to streets, bridges and other infrastructure, reduced groundwater storage, and contaminated drinking water, according to researchers at Missouri University of Science and Technology. They are using a form of artificial intelligence known as machine learning to map the sinking – called land subsidence – to help water policy officials make informed decisions.

Rolla man charged with 11 alleged sex crimes against juvenile victim

From the Phelps County Focus
A Rolla man has been indicted in connection to series of sex crimes he allegedly inflicted on a juvenile girl, according to documents filed in circuit court.
Roger D. Plummer Jr., 33, is charged with one count of sexual exploitation of a minor, two counts of second-degree statutory rape and eight counts of possession of child pornography. Plummer is incarcerated in the Phelps County Jail with no bond issued.