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7-elevenThe Adventure Life—In an ultimate slurpee showdown, Yosemite Falls has unseated 7-Eleven as Slurpee King of the West. Recent springtime temps in Yosemite National Park triggered a natural phenomenon called frazil ice, a slurry of slush that flows like lava down Yosemite Creek. “It’s not snow, it’s not ice, it’s something in the middle,” says Ranger Victoria Mates.

sexy-teacher-2Rochester, MN—With the support of both city and county officials and organizations like Trout Unlimited and the Minnesota Trout Association, a steering committee hopes build a $3.5 million permanent center for trout education. The center is being modeled after the National Eagle Center in Wabasha, which expects to see 100,000 visitors this year.

erie_4Prescott, WA—Endangered wild steelhead now have a little more water in the Touchet River, thanks to the collaboration between a Prescott farmer and a conservation trust. Up to 3 cubic feet per second, or about 1.9 million gallons a day, of water is now protected permanently for steelhead and other fish, and landowner Melvin Talbott will keep growing wheat on his 385-acre farm under an agreement arranged by the Washington Water Trust. 

Filet_MignonVail—The Salmonfly hatch is something that all anglers in the West look forward to if they're lucky enough to have a river nearby with these hummingbird-size bugs. Each year, these bugs hatch at a time determined by water conditions and time of day. Typically, these fish will key in on the nymphs for a few weeks prior to the “hatch” before they gorge themselves on the huge adult flies.

Oil_GulfGulf Update Grim
New Orleans—In its 24 days BP's mistake has poured about 5.1 million gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico 50 miles south of the Mississippi River delta at the rate of 210,000 gallons per day. The company is drilling a relief well it hopes will make contact with the existing well in two to 2 1/2 months, meanwhile trying—and failing—to use different ideas to stop the flow at the surface break.
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kenai-riverGuide Chooses AK over Teeth Drilling
When Tom Belknap was growing up, two things ruled his life: a love of fishing and an expectation that he'd grow up to become a dentist in the Spokane Valley, just like his dad and his uncle. He went from Gonzaga Prep to Carroll University in Wisconsin, and all was going well for nine semesters—until he got a job in Alaska."My first year in Alaska was 2006, and I knew on the spot that was what I wanted to do," said Belknap, sitting in the kitchen of his parents' home in Greenacres. Belknap had gotten a gig as a fishing guide on the Kenai River, and there was just no turning back to drilling in people's teeth.
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Dolphins-studyDolphins Lack Capacity To Mock Celebrity Culture
The Onion—According to a paper published last week in the journal Science, when presented with photos of music, TV, and film personalities, dolphins failed on every occasion to mock the well-known public figures, missing countless opportunities to take mean-spirited potshots at their hair, past romantic partners, or breast implants.
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Oil_GulfNew Orleans—In its 24 days BP's mistake has poured about 5.1 million gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico 50 miles south of the Mississippi River delta at the rate of 210,000 gallons per day. The company is drilling a relief well it hopes will make contact with the existing well in two to 2 1/2 months,

kenai-riverWhen Tom Belknap was growing up, two things ruled his life: a love of fishing and an expectation that he'd grow up to become a dentist in the Spokane Valley, just like his dad and his uncle. He went from Gonzaga Prep to Carroll University in Wisconsin, and all was going well for nine semesters—until he got a job in Alaska."My first year in Alaska was 2006, and I knew on the spot that was what I wanted to do," said Belknap, sitting in the kitchen of his parents' home in Greenacres.

Dolphins-studyThe Onion—According to a paper published last week in the journal Science, when presented with photos of music, TV, and film personalities, dolphins failed on every occasion to mock the well-known public figures, missing countless opportunities to take mean-spirited potshots at their hair,