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Denver weather: Severe storms in the forecast for Sunday afternoon with possible 2-inch hail
Expect stormy weather, including hail and strong winds, in metro Denver and across the Eastern Plains on Sunday afternoon as an upper-level disturbance centered over Arizona pushes into the state.
Expect stormy weather, including hail and strong winds, in metro Denver and across the Eastern Plains on Sunday afternoon as an upper-level disturbance centered over Arizona pushes into the state.
“We could see a few severe storms, probably starting after 1 p.m., with the highest threat extending from Denver to the Wyoming border,” said Scott Entrekin, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Boulder.
The storms could become severe enough to produce large hail, up to 2 inches in diameter, with damaging winds and possibly a tornado, he said.
Low-level moisture increased sharply overnight and temperatures are expected to approach 80 degrees.
“We have enough ingredients so that whatever storms do develop will go severe,” Entrekin said.
Southeastern Colorado, extending up into Cheyenne and Kit Carson counties, is expected to see the most intense activity. But northeast Colorado, from the metro area to the Kansas and Nebraska borders, is forecast to see thunderstorms that will send those enjoying the holiday outdoors scrambling for cover.
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Storms are expected to last through midnight, after which things will calm down. Memorial Day also looks like an unsettled day for weather, with severe storms possible north of Denver to the Wyoming border, Entrekin said.
A proposal to start a state lottery in Alabama is heading to a key vote in the House of Representatives. Lawmakers are expected to debate the bill Tuesday afternoon. The proposed constitutional amendment would authorize a state lottery played with paper tickets but not with video lottery terminals. The lottery legislation faces an uncertain outlook. [...]
05/26: Ron Johnson, Jon Tester, Ed O'Keefe, Joel Payne, Molly Ball
Missed the second half of the show? Senator Ron Johnson discusses the complications surrounding impeachment. Senator Jon Tester discusses issues concerning his home state of Montana. A panel of experts discuss Beto O'Rourke's odds for the democratic nomination. Source: 05/26: Ron Johnson, Jon Tester, Ed O'Keefe, Joel Payne, Molly Ball
Longtime Rockies trainer Keith Dugger is the heart and soul of franchise
Rockies fans might recognize Keith Dugger as the man in the polo shirt and khakis who jogs onto the diamond to check out a player who fouls a ball off his shin.
Rockies fans might recognize the man in the polo shirt and khakis who jogs onto the diamond to check out a player who fouls a ball off his shin.
Or perhaps they have a hazy memory of Keith Dugger from Game 163 of the magical 2007 season. As the Rockies celebrated their wild, comeback victory over the Padres, there was Dugger, calm and concerned, tending to a dazed Matt Holliday moments after Holliday crash landed at home plate to score the winning run in the 13th inning.
Casual fans have likely never heard of the man everyone around the Rockies calls “Doogie.” Such anonymity sits just fine with Dugger, who has been with the organization 27 years, the last 15 as head trainer, and carries an import even he perhaps doesn’t realize.
All-star third baseman Nolan Arenado considers Dugger, 53, a combination doctor, trainer, psychologist, baseball dad, big brother, friend, and confidant. Manager Bud Black calls Dugger “vital to the organization.”
Veteran catcher Chris Iannetta, who’s played for four major-league teams, said, “When you are in the training room with Doogie, you feel like you’re talking to a doctor, just minus the degree. He’s seen everything and his evaluation skills are the best I’ve ever seen. He puts the players’ interests first, plus he knows the game.
“All of that makes him indispensable. We joke with him that he’s the actual GM. We’ll say, ‘Doogie, please don’t send us down, please don’t trade us.’ Because, really, he’s been here so long and his opinions really matter.”
One story, perhaps above all others, explains why Dugger holds such a revered place within the organization.
“Very recently, an official from another team asked me about Doogie; asked me how good he is,” said former major-league outfielder Ryan Spilborghs, now a Rockies TV analyst. “I told the man, ‘Just go back and watch what Doogie did when Juan Nicasio broke his neck on the mound on that terrible day. That tells you all you need to know.’ ”
Spilborghs, who was on the bench in the Rockies dugout at Coors Field on the hot evening of Aug. 5, 2011, vividly remembers the chilling moment. Ian Desmond, then playing for the Nationals, smashed a line drive off Nicasio’s temple. Nicasio tumbled awkwardly onto the slope of the mound. The impact of the fall fractured the C1 vertebra in his neck.
“Doogie was out there in seconds. It was almost like Doogie was out there before Nicasio even hit the ground,” Spilborghs recalled. “You hear about those guys who are the first to run into a burning house? That was Doogie. He saved Nicasio’s life.”
Dugger recalled that his heart was beating wildly when he sprinted to the mound, but then his training kicked in and a calm settled over him as he assessed the situation.
“When I initially went out there I was worried about the skull fracture because I could see it swelling right at the temple. Juan was telling me in Spanish that he had electricity going down through his legs,” Dugger recalled. “So I knew something was really wrong. He was starting to pass out when he told me in English and again in Spanish that the pain was in his neck.”
Thanks in large part to Dugger’s expertise and subsequent care, Nicasio was stabilized, rushed to the hospital, then made a remarkable comeback. About six weeks after the injury, Nicasio said he believed he would pitch again. The next spring, he made the Rockies’ opening-day roster. Today, Nicasio is a relief pitcher for Philadelphia.
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The nomadic Dugger is always on call. His place of employment is the training room at Coors Field or at major-league ballparks across the country. He goes down early to spring training in Arizona and spends weeks at the Rockies’ Dominican Republic complex in Boca Chica during the off-season.
“He’s an extremely valuable resource of knowledge, feel and instinct, for all of us,” Black said. “For the front office, coaching staff and players, he’s invaluable.”
Rockies assistant trainer Scott Gehret, who’s worked with Dugger for 23 years, raises the bar even higher.
“Doogie’s ability to, first and foremost, evaluate, treat and rehabilitate injuries is probably the best in baseball,” Gehret said. “He’s a great mentor, a great friend and he has a great passion for his work.”
Dugger humbly accepts such praise, but he adamantly stresses that it’s his teamwork with Gehret and rehabilitation coordinator Scott Murayama that keeps the Rockies rolling. And Dugger insists that a story profiling him must mention his wife, Shannon, whom he calls a “rock star.” Together they have raised two children, daughter Tianna (19) and son Cashel (13).
Dugger played baseball at Del Oro High School in Loomis, Calif. and was good enough to play junior college baseball at Yuba College in Marysville, Calif. He tried to make it as a player at San Diego State, but when that dream died he pursued his passion as an athletic trainer.
After graduating from SDSU, he worked three years within the San Diego Padres farm system before joining the Rockies organization in 1992. He earned the award as the Pacific Coast League’s “Athletic Trainer of the Year” in 1997 before moving to the big club in 1998 as the Rockies’ assistant trainer under Tom Probst. Dugger was promoted to head trainer in November 2004.
He’s called Doogie, not because he was a baby-faced trainer when the TV show “Doogie Howser, M.D.” was popular from 1989-93, but because a couple of Padres minor-leaguers couldn’t pronounce his name.
“It’s ‘Dug-er,’ but these guys kept saying, ‘Doo-ger,’ so it became ‘Doogie,” he explained. “But, as you know, everyone in baseball needs a nickname.”
When Dugger worked the minors with the Padres, he did double-time as a bullpen catcher and often threw batting practice. These days, he plays catch with Rockies players before most games and shags ball during BP.
“I love going to batting practice, I love playing catch with the guys, I love being part of their rehab,” he said. “I can still hit fungos, even though these creaky old bones don’t work quite like they used to. It’s a passion, it keeps you young. You don’t have to play the sport, but if you understand the sport you’re involved in, you get quite a bit of respect from the players.”
Said right fielder Charlie Blackmon: “Doogie knows the game, for sure. That’s important. But what sets him apart is who he is as a person. He’s a super-likable guy.”
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But he’s no pushover. Conflicts arise when players want to get back on the field too early after an injury, or not soon enough, and it’s Dugger who lays down the law. And it’s Dugger, more than anyone in the organization, who has his finger on the pulse of the team. Players talk to him about marriages, kids, girlfriends, hopes, dreams, and fears. He’s the keeper of the flame and the keeper of secrets.
Arenado butts heads with Dugger, from time to time, which is not a bad thing.
“Doogie has always been there for me, but he’s not afraid to give it to me straight when I have a bad moment,” Arenado said. “He calls me out for certain things.
“I mean, I’ll get bummed out if I’m not hitting well, because I’m so hard on myself, and he’ll say, ‘Come on, stop pouting, you have a game to play.’ He knows that he can cross the line with me a little bit more than other people, and I let him, because I know where he’s coming from.”
Last August, for instance, Arenado began experiencing chronic pain in his right shoulder, and it was freaking him out a little bit. He leaned on Dugger, who kept him on the field for Colorado’s stretch run into the playoffs.
“It got to the point where it was hurting so much I had trouble throwing,” Arenado recalled. “But he got me ready fast, quicker than I thought he could. And everything played out exactly like he said. He gave me a game plan to follow and it fell exactly into place like he said it would. He’s been around a long time, and he’s someone I can trust.”
“When I get hurt, I wouldn’t say I panic or overreact, but it’s a really big deal when all of a sudden you can’t do what you’re paid to do,” Blackmon said. “Doogie has this ability to put things into perspective. He lets you know it’s not something he hasn’t seen before, and he’ll explain how a lot of guys get over the same injury.”
In 2010, for instance, Iannetta had a disc injury in his back. He was only 27 but he worried his career might be over.
“I thought it was the end of the world,” Iannetta said. “But Doogie says, ‘So and so had this injury, and so and so had that injury. You’re going to be fine.’ He was right.”
Dugger is constantly reading, consulting and interacting with others in sports medicine to bone up on the latest treatments and techniques in a rapidly evolving field. But that’s only part of his job description.
“The biggest thing about my job is having relationships with these guys,” he said. “You have to be a good communicator and a good listener. You can agree to disagree. That’s how you build trust. You have to be honest. I think our entire medical staff is that way.
“If we don’t know an answer, we’ll look for it. I don’t have the ego to think I know everything. What I do have is experience. I have seen a lot of different things. I have seen players go through things on and off the field and I can use that to make comparisons and learn lessons.”
Dugger cherishes the lifelong relationships he’s formed with players such as Rockies icon Todd Helton, whom he calls “my brother.” Dugger often fields phone calls from former players seeking medical advice or simply wanting to talk.
“Probably close to 100 percent of our players, I still have a relationship with,” he said. “That’s good and bad, because then they’ll still call you before a doctors appointments and advice when they live in Tampa, Fla.”
The Dugger paused, chuckled, and thought about a recent phone call from former Rockies pitcher Josh Fogg.
“Sorry, ‘Fogger,’ I’m not getting you a discount,” he said.
From baby boomers to millennials, some people have found a road map to happiness by living their lives on the open road, in RVs or converted vans. Tony Dokoupil meets the Schannep family, a couple that lives with their four children in a converted school bus; Bob Wells, an oracle of online information about living on the road; and Jessica Bruder, author of "Nomadland." Source: Freewheeling: The van life
Hawaii woman missing for 2 weeks rescued from Maui forest
WAILUKU, Hawaii — A Hawaii woman has been found alive in a forest on Maui island after going missing more than two weeks ago. Amanda Eller was found injured in the Makawao Forest Reserve, the Maui News reported Friday. Family spokeswoman Sarah Haynes confirmed she spoke with Eller’s father, John. Eller was airlifted to safety. […]
WAILUKU, Hawaii — A Hawaii woman has been found alive in a forest on Maui island after going missing more than two weeks ago.
Amanda Eller was found injured in the Makawao Forest Reserve, the Maui News reported Friday.
Family spokeswoman Sarah Haynes confirmed she spoke with Eller’s father, John. Eller was airlifted to safety.
“I was crying tears of joy,” Eller’s mother, Julia, said. “I never gave up hope for a minute. I knew that we would find her.”
The physical therapist from the Maui town of Haiku went missing on May 8. Her white Toyota RAV4 was found in the forest parking lot with her phone and wallet inside.
Hundreds of volunteers have searched for her since. Eller’s parents had offered a $10,000 reward to encourage people to find her.
Javier Cantellops said he was searching for Eller from a helicopter along with Chris Berquist and Troy Helmers when they spotted her about 3:45 p.m. near the Kailua reservoir, according to Maui Police Department spokesman Lt. Gregg Okamoto and the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Cantellops told the newspaper that she was in the bed of a creek with waterfalls on either side.
He told CNN he saw Eller waving her hands at the helicopter.
“It was unbelievable, dude,” Cantellops said. “Seeing her for the first time in a long time was just unbelievable. It was nothing short of elation.”
Eller was in an area with thick vegetation, he said. “That vegetation is so thick, it’s a miracle that we saw her,” Cantellops told CNN.
The Maui Fire Department brought Eller to a hospital for evaluation, Okamoto said in a statement.
Her mother told the Maui News that Amanda Eller survived by staying near a water source and eating wild raspberries and strawberry guavas. She even ate a couple of moths, Julia Eller said.
Her daughter tried to catch some crawfish, but she was “not very successful,” Julia Eller said.
“She lost quite a bit of weight, as you can imagine, being lost for that amount of time,” Julia Eller said. “But she was able to survive it. She had the right skills and did the right things to buy time so that we had a chance to find her.”
Amanda Eller suffered a leg fracture, abrasions on her ankles and a severe sunburn, but Julia Eller told the Maui News that her daughter’s spirits were good.
“And all of those things are treatable,” Julia Eller said.
A photo was posted to a Facebook page tracking the search, showing a smiling Eller with what appeared to be injuries to her face and dirt on her clothing. The photo shows Eller surrounded by Cantellops, Berquist and Helmers.
Maui County Mayor Michael Victorino said he’s grateful for the efforts of family, friends, volunteers and first-responders.
“This search and rescue was truly a community collaboration of Maui County first responders, family, friends and community volunteers,” Victorino said in a statement. “I extend my deepest appreciation for everyone involved in searching for and locating Amanda. Your work, determination and sacrifice has helped return her to her loving family. God bless them all.”
Information from: The Maui News, http://www.mauinews.com
Alabama is one of the most conservative states in America when you look at our statewide votes on the marriage and human life constitutional amendments, and now the Human Life Protection Act. Embedded in the strong infrastructure of all of these effective statewide movements in the state, is a quiet yet strong unwavering pillar, Eunie [...]
Alabama is one of the most conservative states in America when you look at our statewide votes on the marriage and human life constitutional amendments, and now the Human Life Protection Act.
Embedded in the strong infrastructure of all of these effective statewide movements in the state, is a quiet yet strong unwavering pillar, Eunie Smith. When I write about economic, social, moral and constitutional conservatives, Eunie Smith for five decades has been our Alabama role model for across the board conservatism. She always volunteered her time and personally invested immeasurable financial contributions for the noblest of missions.
Eunie has served on the National Eagle Forum Board since the Board’s inception in 1975 and as First Vice President since 1996, on Phyllis Schlafly’s recommendation. She is a cum laude graduate of Vanderbilt University, where she was Vice-President of the Women’s Student Government Association. Her volunteer activities in Alabama began with the Junior League, other service organizations, her church, and her children’s schools. As President of Pro-America (1970), she invited Phyllis Schlafly to speak in Birmingham. In 1972, Eunie co-founded Alabama Stop ERA, which she chaired for its 10-year existence. She was a founder of Eagle Forum of Alabama (1976) and is its longest serving President. She was President of the Womens’ Committee of 100 for Birmingham. She was Chairman of the Ethics and Religious Committee (2011) of the Southern Baptist Convention. She currently serves as a member of the Alabama Supreme Court Standing Committee on Judicial Ethics (2008-2016). She is the recipient of numerous awards for her lifetime of volunteer service, including a 1992 Joint
Resolution by the Alabama Legislature “for outstanding service in support or pro-family and pro-life causes”. In 2016, she received the “Salt and Light” Award from ALCAP (Alabama Citizens Action Program). Eunie is the widow of former U.S. Congressman Albert Lee Smith, Jr., the mother of three and grandmother of six. She was singularly honored by Phyllis Schlafly in 2014 with the Eagle Forum Homemaker of the Year Award.
We met Eunie about forty years ago, when we first started in pro-life work. Eunie had already been active with Eagle Forum about a decade ahead of our introduction. I had the pleasure of working with her husband Albert Lee Smith (he too was a champion for conservative causes) on the Alabama Republican Executive Committee. I can remember as if it was yesterday, August 12, 1997, when the phone rang and it was Eunie asking for our prayer for Albert Lee who fell on a ladder cleaning out his gutters. You have to understand, these folks are family, so my wife Deborah and I drove at Mach I to UAB to be with Eunie. When we got off the elevator, Eunie and her children were heading into the room to say goodbye to Albert Lee who was on a ventilator. A few minutes later, our dear friend Eunie emerged; shaken, disturbed, but ever so strong in her faith and trust in God for taking her husband home to heaven at the prime of his life. Likewise, when we lost our son Micah, Eunie was immediately in Montgomery at our home giving us warm words of love and encouragement.
As you may recall, I worked for two of Alabama’s Republican Governors, Hunt & James. Eunie’s impeccable reputation with both of these Governors was at the highest level. If she called, they stopped what they were doing to talk to Eunie, because they knew she did not call, unless it was very urgent. Eunie was NEVER calling about anything personal; she was great counsel for these governors on a wide range of issues impacting the state. Eunie always did her exhaustive research, had her facts together and her positions were always sound and substantive. Working right in the office suite with the Governor, from experience I know firsthand there are certain folks that may call the Governor, where all of the staff know this call goes to priority one, Eunie was one of those people. I was in the Capitol early one morning and Governor James called me. He overnighted in Dothan for an economic development announcement and was furious after reading the Dothan Eagle about the Superintendent of Education sending out a memo to all School Principals. The memo instructed them to not allow any Christmas Programs or the singing of Christmas Carols. He instructed me to get the press team enroute to Dothan when they got to the capitol. He was holding a press conference at the hotel after the official ribbon cutting. I asked him did he want any local citizens to attend, he said yes. I made one call to Eunie in Birmingham and she was able to assemble over three hundred people in a matter of two hours for a standing room only crowd at this local hotel. As a side note, prior to even the news conference, the Superintendent had reversed his order.
In life, it is rare to meet someone who is authentically humble, sound, steadfast, extraordinary, principled, dedicated, devoted, laser focused, effective, heartwarming and just plain out saintly. Mrs. Eunie Smith, President of Eagle Forum of Alabama meets and exceeds these aforementioned attributes. As we pan across the landscape of life, there is no question; one of the finest Christian women we have ever met is Eunie Smith.
My wife Deborah and I often say and have said for years, Eunie can do no wrong. Eunie, as a Southern Baptist will probably one day be recognized by Rome as a saint.
Moms and dads, if you are raising your daughters and want to point them to a role model here on earth, your search is over.
John W. Giles is former President of the Christian Coalition of Alabama. He served as Small Business Advocate for the State of Alabama during Governor Guy Hunt’s Administration. He was also a member of Governor Fob James Cabinet.