By on March 11, 2015

Jedi pilot

The crash landing of Harrison Ford and his vintage World War II era plane was heard ‘round the world. The Star Wars and Raiders of the Lost Ark hero made breaking news just about everywhere after he was forced to land his aircraft at a golf course near the airport he had taken off from.

Ford, 72, keeps the 1942 Ryan Aeronautical ST3KR at Santa Monica Airport. He radioed he had experienced engine failure 20 minutes into the flight. Ford attempted to get back to the airport but fell short, hit a tree and crash-landed on the eighth hole fairway of Penmar golf course – a course known to area pilots as being well-located for emergency landings.

Ford’s injuries were considered non-life-threatening but serious. Golfers immediately attended to the downed pilot before paramedics arrived.

Christian Fry of the Santa Monica Airport Association commended Ford’s skill in setting the troubled aircraft down as well as he did. “I would say that this is an absolutely beautifully executed, what we would call a forced or emergency, landing, by an unbelievably well-trained pilot,” he said.

Harrison Ford’s vintage World War II era plane. (Photo credit: NBC News)

Harrison Ford’s vintage World War II era plane. (Photo credit: NBC News)

Mustang roundup OK

The wild horse roundup conducted southeast of Rock Springs was conducted in accordance with federal law, ruled Judge Nancy Freudenthal last week.

“None of the arguments advanced by petitioners and nothing about BLM’s horse management program inspire this court to change the approach sanctioned by the court in 1981,” Freudenthal wrote in reference to a 34-year-old federal court order challenged by wild horse advocates.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management gathered 1,263 horses during roundups in September and October last year. Freudenthal scolded the BLM for sidestepping a National Environmental Policy Act review in order to plan the gather.

Freudenthal otherwise upheld the roundup under the Wild Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Act. The edict requires the government to maintain wild horse population on public land and to remove wild horses from adjacent private land when asked to do so by the landowner.

Several news outlets carried the story.

Shed heads unite

Spring-like weather in the air reminds us it wont be long before shed hunters head for the hills to find that trophy antler. Another reminder popped up on our computer screens from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

The story from outdoor editor Paul A. Smith titled, “Shed deer antlers a buried treasure in snow,” highlighted the growing practice of collecting antler sheds from wintering ungulates that drop their headwear in January-February. It’s all the rage in Wisconsin and, judging by the madness witnessed in the annual Elk Refuge charge of the light brigade in April, we’re pretty horny, too.

“One of the most well-known examples of sheds is the giant arch in Jackson, Wyo., large enough to drive a vehicle through,” Smith wrote.

Moosehead burns

We’ve yet to spotlight Jackson Hole Media – the valley’s newest news source. The media site is a spinoff of Jackson Hole Radio, which sold out to Rich Broadcasting.

Former station manager Scott Anderson reclaimed ownership of the URL site that housed the valley’s popular free classified listings. Anderson has added an online radio station and a news gathering page that features three to four short local stories daily.

One in particular caught our eye on March 4. “Fire Hits Moosehead,” the headline read. Many in the valley may have noticed the smoke plume the day before as fire crews from GTNP and Teton County battled a blaze that JH Media reported consumed the main ranch residence.

We found no other mention of the fire in any news outlet or on Moosehead Ranch’s Facebook page. Good scoop, JH Media.

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