Deputies locate, medevac plucks hiker from Garrett forest
From Staff ReportsCumberland Times-News
OAKLAND — Maryland State Police’s Trooper 5 medevac helicopter played a key role in rescuing a woman and her dogs who became lost hiking in Swallow Falls State Park on Friday, according to the Garrett County Sheriff’s Office.
The sheriff’s office responded to the woman’s distress call at 2 p.m., and located her after a foot search through the forest that lasted several hours, police said.
The woman was exhausted, disoriented and in need of medical attention, police said.
A deputy attempted to lead her out of the forest on foot, but because of the terrain and her condition that attempt was unsuccessful.
Elaine BlaisdellCumberland Times-News
MCHENRY — Barbara Beelar, executive director of local conservation group Friends of Deep Creek Lake, requested that the District 1 legislative delegation strengthen a law that gives the Maryland Department of Natural Resources control over transportation of non-native species.
“It’s basically to strengthen it. DNR is doing an excellent job with it; the problem is the current legislation doesn’t deal with the enforcement and compliance side of things,” said Beelar during the legislative meeting Thursday. “So we can’t effectively stop people from bringing invasive species into bodies of water in the state of Maryland.”
Hydrilla was discovered in two small coves Sept. 27 by DNR Resource Assessment Service staff as part of the subaquatic vegetation monitoring program. The weekend of Oct. 5 the DNR located more hydrilla.
“With hydrilla, now, in Deep Creek Lake it’s a really serious matter and we don’t want to have any more of that coming into the lake,” said Beelar.
It is likely that the hydrilla was attached to a boat or boat trailer.
Bruce Michael, director of the Resource Assessment Service, will provide an update on the hydrilla during a January meeting of the Deep Creek Lake Policy and Review Board, according to Beelar.
Also during the legislative meeting, Nicole Christian, president and CEO of the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce, requested legislation that would support transportation, security and communication during the Deep Creek 2014 International Canoe Federation Canoe Slalom World Championships.
“These are key areas to ensure that the event goes as planned, protects the athletes, the spectators and that it is a world-class event,”said Christian.
Next year’s world championship will take place Sept. 16-21 in McHenry at Adventure Sports Center International, the world’s only mountaintop whitewater course, which was built to host it.
OAKLAND, Md. (AP) — The National Association of Counties is citing Garrett County as a model of economic recovery.
The western Maryland county announced Thursday that it was cited in a recent report for rebounding from the loss of more than 800 manufacturing jobs when Bausch & Lomb Inc. closed a sunglasses plant near Oakland in 1996.
The county diversified its economy and attracted new jobs by focusing on tourism and agricultural products, including cheese and wine.
8:15 a.m. EST, December 11, 2013
I was particularly pleased to read Gregory Wilburn’s letter advocating for the state to rein in the use of road salt (“Road salt is killing Garrett County,” Dec. 7).
Sellers of road salt have long promoted it as a “cheap” solution to melt snow and ice. However, independent studies have shown that government use actually costs about $1,200 per ton in infrastructure damage — in addition to the upfront expense and shipping costs.
The studies flagged deteriorating infrastructure, polluted water sources and contaminated soil — all at taxpayers expense. If researchers had also calculated consumer damage costs — expensive vehicle corrosion, destroyed footwear, deaths to dogs — the amount would be even higher.
Read more: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/readersrespond/bs-ed-road-salt-20131210,0,6829653.story#ixzz2vJ8YwqaQ