I had the chance to spend a day ripping fresh singletrack at Massanutten, just outside of Harrisonburg recently. And by “ripping,” I mean squeezing the shit out of my brakes until I left a trail of smoke. I can’t remember the names of the trails I rode, because I was being led by a local who was like, “oh, yeah, let’s turn here…this should be cool, let’s go here…you’re gonna love this…” but the singletrack on the mountain was a beautiful mix of fast, bermy descents intermixed with methodical, rocky juggernaut-like stretches. Fun, challenging and gorgeous—occasionally, we’d pop out of the woods to pedal through an expansive meadow with thigh-high grass and sweeping views.Naturally, after the ride we needed food and beer. Not necessarily in that order. My local “guide” started rattling off the breweries we could hit—Harrisonburg now has three legit beer-makers. Instead of choosing favorites, we decided to go to Bella Luna Pizza, where we could sample the wares of all three. This wood-fired pizza joint prides itself on stocking a large selection of beer from Harrisonburg and Virginia. About the only beer they bring in from outside of the region is Bell’s Two Hearted, and you can’t really blame them for that, now can you?It was hot, and I just pedaled a dozen miles, so naturally, I wanted a pale ale—the underappreciated work horse of the craft beer world. Pale Fire is the newest brewery in Harrisonburg (they just opened their taproom in April), and they’re coming out of the gate strong with their doozey of a pale called Deadly Rhythm. It comes in at a super sessionable 4.8% ABV, but packs a vibrant, hoppy punch. The beer is crisp, but fruity with plenty of citrus hop character and just enough malt to give it a little backbone.The world is going gaga for “session IPAs” right now, but I’ll take a proper pale ale any day of the week—something like Pisgah Pale or this new standout from Pale Fire. Pales have a balance that the new breed of session IPAs don’t typically have. They’re not just hoppy, they have body and a legit malt bill. Seems like Pale Fire understands this as well as any long-standing brewery in our region. If Deadly Rhythm is any indication, I’m pretty stoked to have these guys on the scene.
Also, in action was 31-year-old Alessandro Riguccini, who blew away Ivan Alvarez (28-10-1, 18 KOs) with a first-round TKO in a spectacular performance. Riguccini improved his record to 23-0 with 19 wins via knockout to claim the interim WBC silver welterweight title when he unleashed a barrage of punches, pinning Alvarez in the corner and forcing him to take a knee. But that didn’t save the Mexican fighter, as Riguccini subsequently came back at him to finish the job by dropping him two more times before the referee stopped the fight. Primo round KO🥊Riguccini incendia tutta la Tuscany Hall 🔥First round stoppage 🥊Riguccini lights up the Tuscany Hall after his spectacular KO 🔥❗️LIVE SU DAZN❗️Per più contenuti seguiteci su Instagram: [email protected] @DAZN_IT @MatchroomBoxing pic.twitter.com/trk766nXa3— Matchroom Boxing Italy (@Matchroom_IT) April 26, 2019 Also on the card …Orlando Fiordigiglio def. Stephen Danyo to win the vacant IBF International super welterweight titleEmanuele Blandamura def. Nikola Matic; MiddleweightsDevis Boschiero def. Yesner Talavera; Super featherweightsMohammed Obbadi def. Jerson Larios; FlyweightsMatteo Signani def. Frane Radnic; MiddleweightsMirko Natalizi def. Grigoris Nikolopoulos; Super welterweights Fabio Turchi picked up the vacant WBC International cruiserweight title with a first-round knockout victory over Sami Enbom at the Tuscany Hall in Florence, Italy on Friday night.The “Stone Crusher” lived up to his nickname by flattening Enbom 74 seconds into the first round with a devastating left hook to the body. KO! 💥titolo WBC International dei pesi massimo leggeri ✅Enbom al tappeto il primo round! 🥊KO! 💥WBC International cruiserweight title ✅Enbom down in the first round after devastating body shot! 🥊@MatchroomBoxing @DAZN_IT @OpiSince82 #TurchiEnbom pic.twitter.com/e8HbrQTzxI— Matchroom Boxing Italy (@Matchroom_IT) April 26, 2019 The unbeaten southpaw now has a record of 17-0 with 13 knockouts and is steadily making his way towards a world title opportunity in a division that is wide open since the undisputed champion, Oleksandr Usyk, announced he will step up to the heavyweight division to face Carlos Takam on May 25.MORE: Join DAZN to watch Canelo vs. Jacobs on May 4
DES MOINES — National forecasts see the potential for continued flooding across the country as we move further into spring.Iowa Department of Natural Resources hydrologist Tim Hall says it is hard to believe we had some extreme areas of drought in the state back in September. The wet fall washed any dry conditions in a trend that’s been seen across the country. This is the first time in almost a decade that there is no drought in California. In fact — there’s almost no drought in the entire eastern half of the United States. As in zero,” Hall says.The abundance of groundwater is usually welcomed in Iowa. “We went into the winter with a pretty healthy level of soil moisture — which normally is a good thing — because that means when you get out to do the next year’s planting, you’ve got moisture to build of off,” according to Hall. “But once that moisture gets locked in for the winter, that combined with a lot of snowfall, and some untimely rain, has led to some significant flooding conditions.”The water balance is now on the wrong side. “We’re in a tenuous spot. If we get a heavy dose of rain, we could see some at least localize, if not some large scale flood issues,” Hall says.He says the entire state could use some dry days to drain. “Even just a few weeks of dry weather would really, really help. The water can drain out of the stream system fairly quickly — and that’ll give the chance for the tile drains to drain the soil profile where the land has tile under it,” Hall says. “Unfortunately we are coming into the beginning of the time period where we historically have a lot of moisture that comes. April May and June.”Hall says we can only hope there are enough dry days to make some room in the waterways to handle any of the spring rains.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it has almost completed work to close three of the most serious levee breaches on the Missouri River in southwest Iowa.Matthew Krajewski is readiness branch chief for the Corps’ Omaha district. Krajewski says four of about 40 breaches needed urgent attention after the flooding in March and May , and three of those should be closed Monday.The Omaha World-Herald reports that the levees needing urgent repair were designed to protect Council Bluffs, Bartlett, Percival and Hamburg. The closure of those four breaches is expected to cost more than $34 million.The other breaches aren’t as large and don’t put as much infrastructure or people at risk. Some of the breaches are allowing water to flow back into the river from flooded fields.
Facebook10Tweet0Pin1 Submitted by The Plant Place NurseryNow is the time to add color to your landscape. Here are some of the lovely things we recommend at The Plant Place Nursery. All of these plants are currently available at the nursery retail lot on 3333 South Bay Rd. NE Olympia, WA 98506. Open Tuesday through Saturday 10:00 am-5:30 pm. Closed Sunday and Monday.We also carry bare root fruit trees: apple, pear, and cherry.Plants pictured include Japanese Maple, Daphne, Lonicera, Barberry, Katsura Pieris, Heuchera, Ceanothus, Rhododendrons, Wallflower, Euphorbia, Salvia, Grasses, Viburnum, Lithodora, Lilac, Mexican Orange, Vine Maple, Vaccinium, Creeping Phlox, Ash Leaf Spirea, Euonymus, Dappled Willow, Hosta, Heather, Brunnera, Hellebore, Oxalis, Columbine, and Pulmonaria