Friday, June 21, 2013


UPDATE:   Here are some photos from this afternoon from our place.  This is the smoke from the West Fork fire near Pagosa Springs, about 60 miles west of us.  The smoke started building in around 4:30 to 5:00.  That red dot in the first picture is the sun, which was completely blocked out within a few minutes.


This has been a month of large fires in Colorado.  Closest to us here in Costilla County is the East Spanish Peak fire, which broke out within the last couple of days and has rapidly expanded to more than 9,000 acres, according to latest from the Colorado Office of Emergency Management.

Report as of 2:24 pm June 21:

The East Peak Fire continues to grow in size with zero % containment. The fire broke out Wednesday, June 19, at 5:10p.m. The fire located near LaVeta, Colorado, in Huerfano County is now at 9,100 acres. Winds are expected out of the SW at 15 mph with gusts up to 30 mph. Hot, dry and windy conditions will likely create critical fire weather. The smoke plume is expected to rise considerably by midday.

The Spanish Peaks, also known as the Twin Sisters, are a pair of peaks nearly 14,000 feet above sea level with a uniquely symmetric appearance.  The two jutting prominences (which are set apart somewhat from the nearby Sangre de Cristo range and thrown into more stark relief as a result) are said to by some to resemble a pair of woman's breasts.

On Wednesday, during the early stages of the East Peak fire it approached a Boy Scout camp.  The scouts were given short notice to pack up and get out, and all were evacuated safely.  The fire later engulfed and destroyed the camp.

From the Denver Post, June 20:

A wildfire burning in southern Colorado has forced widespread evacuations, including 178 Boy Scouts who were camping in the mountains of the Spanish Peaks.

The Colorado Office of Emergency Management reports:

The fire has destroyed nine structures and four outbuildings on Boy Scout Ranch near Walsenburg, CO and it is threatening the Spanish Peak Hospital and dozens of commercial structures to include infrastructure, utilities, equipment and watersheds in the area

We drove across La Veta Pass and got these photos of the fire engulfing the entire northeastern slopes of East Spanish Peak late yesterday evening (Thursday June 20). 

The Spanish Peaks or Twin Sisters, as viewed from Old La Veta Pass looking southeast. 
East Spanish Peak viewed from scenic overlook just outside of the town of LaVeta, looking southeast.

More wildfire resources can be found at this site with interactive maps, satellite images and brief summarys arranged by incident:

Prayers for safety of all in the path of these dangerous fires.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013


As an update to a post from a couple of days ago.  FBI agents initially widened their search of a suburban Detroit field based on a tip from an elderly gangster according to Reuters.

Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard told reporters on Tuesday the search of the 40- to 50-square-yard (33- to 40-square meter) area would continue at least another 48 hours. He said police and FBI officials remain optimistic but that nothing had been sent for lab analysis so far. The FBI brought in forensic anthropologists from Michigan State University and a cadaver-sniffing dog from Michigan state police to help search a half-acre (0.20 hectare) of the site.

But today brings this news from NBC News Los Angeles (warning- video autoplay):

Federal authorities have ended their search of a suburban Detroit field for Jimmy Hoffa's body after several days of digging turned up no remains, officials said.  Special Agent in Charge Bob Foley said Wednesday that a "diligent" search yielded no additional evidence in the decades-old mystery, and that the operation would be shut down. 

Well, I guess Mr. Hoffa's case goes back on the backlog of curious disappearances, status- unsolved.


It seems this mountain lion had a hankering for that good old American classic, the weiner dog.

Mountain lion euthanized.

Remnants of the Dachshund

"the animal was euthanized and sent to Fort Collins for a necropsy, where remnants of the Daschund were discovered in the stomach contents."

I suppose next we will hear that it had traces of apple pie in the small intestine.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013


     Jimmy Hoffa, one-time Teamsters Union boss is one of the most famous missing body cases of all time.  Every so often over the last four decades, an announcement of a break in the case hits the news.  We mentioned one of these here on this site back in September 2012.  Now there is another breathless announcement that authorities know where Hoffa's body is.  Here is the latest from Reuters:

FBI to resume hunt for Jimmy Hoffa's body on Tuesday
An Oakland County sheriff's deputy said digging would resume at 10 a.m. on Tuesday in Oakland Township about 20 miles north of the Machus Red Fox restaurant in Bloomfield Township, where Hoffa was last seen.

Apparently the tip came from an elderly mobster:

       Law enforcement officials decided to comb the lot after reputed mobster Anthony Zerilli, 85, told the FBI Hoffa was buried there. When Hoffa disappeared, the property was owned by a man Zerilli said was Zerilli's first cousin. Zerilli is the son of former Detroit mob boss Joseph Zerilli.

       Zerilli's attorney, David Chasnick, told reporters the FBI spoke with his client over the past seven or eight months and the agency believes "100 percent" Hoffa is buried there. Anthony Zerilli was in prison when the union leader went missing.
       "This was a guy who was intimately involved with some of the players who would be well informed as to where the body would be placed," Chasnick said.

 Of course, this could all be just another publicity-seeking stunt or red herring, as dozens of other Hoffa "revelations" have been.  The jury is still out.  I will keep you informed.

If Jack Gordon's skeletal remains are to be uncovered in Costilla County, it seems we need one of two things.  Either somebody intimately familiar with or involved in the case will need to come forward with a tip.  Or we will need to start a rumor that Jimmy Hoffa is buried in the vicinity of Luke Road.