Monday, July 27, 2009

Small Bits of News You Didn’t Know you Needed

Land mine left in Goodwill donation box
A land mine found in suburban Arvada Colorado Goodwill donation box forced the evacuation of a strip mall.
The rectangular, olive-green box with the words "Front Toward Enemy" raised the suspicions of Goodwill workers Tuesday.
Arvada police say the Claymore land mine didn’t go off in the donation box and no one was hurt. A bomb squad disposed of the device.
Police Sgt. Jeff Monzingo says it’s unclear whether the device was operational or where it came from. No suspects have been identified.
Claymore mines were widely used during the Vietnam war.
U.S. town finally gets phone service
One of the most remote communities Yakima Washington is finally set to get phone service.
The National Park Service is allowing a small telephone company to use public land to bring service to Stehekin, about 100 miles (160 kilometres) northeast of Seattle in the Lake Chelan National Recreation Area.
Stehekin has about 80 year-round residents and is reachable only by boat, float plane or a several-day hike through the wilderness.
The phone company, WeavTel, has been pursuing a chance to install telephone service there for years, despite opposition from some residents who don't want it. A few residents own satellite phones.
The Park Service announced Thursday it is issuing a permit to let WeavTel install and operate a wireless system. If the system is ineffective, the agency will issue a permit to allow the burial of fiber optic cable on public lands.
Chocolate Camel-Milk
New Treat Has Real Regional Flavor
There's a new line of chocolate out of the Middle East with a distinctly regional flavor to it. The milk used to make this chocolate comes from camels, creating a first-of-its-kind treat. The company calls their delicacy "the most sensational and tempting form of camel milk."

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