Hail

My veggies loved that nice rain all night on Tuesday and then yesterday afternoon we got HAIL and many are pretty much dead.   I was out hauling water and driving through sheets of hail and it sounded like rocks were hitting the truck.  Here is some hail on the ground half an hour later:

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We got over half an inch in just a few minutes.  This time only the wash was running, in July the entire road was a river.Continue Reading

Swimming in the Colorado at Pierce Ferry

We had SO much fun yesterday!   It was the perfect late afternoon to head to the Colorado for some swimming and just clowning around.    Here’s a short video:

Even I swam, although only for a few seconds after I accidentally walked off the sandbank into deep water.   I saved my beer!

It wasn’t too hot, no crowd to battle (why am I even posting this????) — we felt like we owned the Colorado.

No toxic algae scum as at South Cove, the water was cooler, it was so perfect.  Except for that one giant horsefly that kept attacking us.   I wish the park service would get those cows out.

It also would be a good idea for the NPS to run a rope or two across the river downstream from the beaches so that swimmers don’t end up in the rapids.  How much can that cost?

And why are “personal watercraft” prohibited?   Is an air mattress a personal watercraft?

Now that Lake Mead is turning into toxic algae scum I really don’t want to swim in it anymore.

SWIMMING ADVISORY ISSUED AT LAKES MEAD, MOHAVE

Dogs often DRINK the toxic water and therefore are more likely to get seriously ill and even die.

Blue-green algae blooms: How toxic waters affect pets

Dogs as sentinels: Blue-green algae brings toxic mystery to Minn. waters

… She was the 18th dog in Minnesota to have died from suspected blue-green algae poisoning since the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency started tracking the issue a little more than a decade ago. …

The article goes into great length describing various possible causes for blue-green algae in MN lakes such as nitrogen and phosphorous runoff from farming.  I have found nothing about possible causes for the algae in Lake Mead and can only assume that it has to do with the lower lake level and warming of the water.

Since Mohave County couldn’t possibly CARE LESS about water quality in our lakes there is no tracking and in fact, residents and tourists have no idea that algae can be so toxic.   I have never seen a warning sign at the lake or read about it anywhere.  Just searched the Kingman Miner and I found nothing.

Draining Lake Powell is the only option I see to reduce the algae:

Lake Mead officials are fending off a water war — IGNORE Lake Powell

Obviously, I’d keep kids out of Lake Mead too.

Greentree “ended” at the wash between Peach and Apple

UPDATE 8/29/16:  It was “fixed” when I checked last Saturday, I suppose by one of our locals, not the County.  Dirt was moved to where it had washed out.  Of course that dirt will be gone next time the wash runs.   If we get a few more major floods the road will be too steepContinue Reading

8/18/16 Meadview meeting: how to get the dirt roads fixed

Here’s the video of the meeting with County officials at Canyon’s End last Thursday: While this meeting took place in Meadview, you can use the information provided by the County to get YOUR roads into the County Maintenance Program. They discuss the mobile at Pear & Charles, graded by DMC Construction in 2006.  Ever sinceContinue Reading

LMRFD meeting Monday at Meadview MCA

Last time I went to the fire board meeting in Meadview someone stole my hat! So be aware and watch your stuff. Also, my hat got stolen was because they LOCKED the entrance door and I couldn’t get back in after I got something from my truck. The fire board meetings MUST be open toContinue ReadingContinue Reading

8/8/16 Video of Sheriff Candidates Forum — Mohave County 2016 election

A big thank you to the SCHUSTER campaign for providing the video: Aug 8, 2016 – Mohave County Sheriff Candidates at the Conservative Republican Club of Kingman Forum. Candidates: Joe Archie, John Gillette, Rodney Head, Cori Merryman, John Plough and Doug Schuster. The 8/1/16 Video of the Mohave County District 4 Supervisor forum in GoldenContinue Reading

Video: 8/1/16 District 4 Supervisor Candidates introductions

Introductions Rick Armstrong: Incumbent Jean Bishop: Mervin Pitchfork Freedom: Krystal Gabrielson: Incumbent Jean Bishop on her voting record: She said absolutely NOTHING!  She had a long day attending the supervisor board meeting, but to not remember a single critical vote …  You got to hear it to believe it. If Ms. Bishop would like toContinue Reading

Video of the 8/1/16 Mohave County District 4 Supervisor forum in Golden Valley

RELATED VIDEO:   8/8/16 Video of Sheriff Candidates Forum The turnout was great and Butch Meriwether did a fantastic job organizing and moderating the forum — thank you Butch!   He also has a website with his commentaries, opinions and analysis of many local issues.  Butch is one of the few people in this county capableContinue Reading