High winds close roads, douse power

first_img“It’s been busy,” said Bill Thorpe, who owns a Mojave roofing company. “We’ve been getting a bunch of calls.” Thorpe said he had to cancel a job in Bakersfield because of the highway closures. “I decided to stay here and answer the phones and hit it (Friday),” Thorpe said. Winds are expected to be calmer today, with high temperatures reaching the mid-70s, officials said. But on Thursday, Southern California Edison reported that 1,700 customers had lost power in Littlerock and Quartz Hill. “We haven’t identified the cause, but we know it’s wind related,” Edison spokeswoman Alis Clausen said. Southern Kern Unified School District officials said high winds damaged school roofs in Rosamond, while bus drivers found themselves dodging flying debris. “There are times when you can’t even see the roads,” Superintendent Rod Van Norman said. “One of our bus drivers said they almost got hit by a 4-by-8-foot sheet of plywood that flew across one of the streets.” Meanwhile, winds blew over a billboard at Sierra Highway and AvenueN in Palmdale and uprooted trees in Palmdale residents’ yards and public rights of way, said Leon Swain, the city’s director of public works. Lancaster officials said more than a dozen trees were torn up in their city. A wind-fanned fire burned 25acres near Pearblossom and Sierra highways and threatened several homes on Carson Mesa Rosa. Firefighters summoned 20 engines, six camp crews and two water-dumping helicopters to help fight the blaze, which took 90minutes to extinguish. Strong winds also prompted traffic advisories, with drivers of big rigs and RVs being advised against traveling the 14Freeway between the Antelope and Santa Clarita valleys. Low-visibility advisories were issued for parts of Highway138 in the Pearblossom area. The high winds were the result of a cold front pushing through the area with the jet stream directly overhead. The cold air behind the front pulled down some of the energy from the jet stream, said Ryan Kittell, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. Staff Writers Karen Maeshiro and Gideon Rubin contributed to this report. james.skeen@dailynews (661) 267-5743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MOJAVE – Strong winds gusting as high as 100mph blew through the Antelope Valley on Thursday, uprooting trees, damaging roofs, knocking out power and forcing highway closures. An 85-mile-long stretch of Highway58 from Bakersfield to Boron was closed because of gale-force winds, forcing southbound and eastbound traffic to head into Lancaster from Mojave. “It’s really bad here,” said James Welling, whose office abuts Highway58. “We’ve got vehicles parked in every spot – trucks, RVs. They’re parked anywhere they can park.” At the Mojave Airport, one gust was reported at 93knots, roughly 107mph. By midafternoon, the winds had eased, but they were still reported about 50mph. Other parts of the Antelope Valley had gusts up to 65mph. last_img read more

Free Location Fact Sheet for Film and Video Productions

first_imgEverything you need to check when location scouting is on this easy-to-use free location fact sheet.Finding the perfect location is hard, especially on an indie film budget. Unlike the big boys in Hollywood, indie filmmakers aren’t afforded the luxury of shooting on a backlot or soundstage. In fact, we’re often forced to shoot in locations that were never meant to be used for a film. With this comes a whole slew of problems that must be addressed: noise, awkward lighting, pedestrian traffic, etc.So instead of settling for a bad location, it’s best advised to visit as many potential locations as you can and analyze them based on their cinematic potential. To assist you with this process, use the following free location fact sheet. It will help organize all of your location information in one convenient place.What is a location fact sheet?A location fact sheet is a simple form that can be used to describe the shooting environment to all the relevant crew members. A location fact sheet coupled with on-location photography is also a great way to build up your own personal database of potential shooting locations for current or future films. The form has fields for sound, lighting, electricity and other various location-related details filmmakers need to know.When is a location fact sheet used?A location fact sheet is used anytime you want to save important location information for later. Typically, a location scout will use a location fact sheet when scouting out potential locations. The location fact sheet helps to serve as a checklist when looking at a potential location. It’s often easy to forget details like available wall plugs and the parking situation, but such details can end up being huge issues if overlooked during the scouting process.How is a location fact sheet used?A location fact sheet is very simple and straightforward. Just fill out the appropriate fields with the corresponding information. It’s usually helpful to know as much about what the script demands as possible.The form also has room for extra notes that are important to share with other crew members. After the location scout visits a location, they will share the location fact sheet with the producers and director to help figure out the best location for the film.You can download the free location fact sheet by clicking the text below. There are two templates included in the download: One to fill out by hand and another to fill out on a computer. You can use Preview on a Mac or Adobe Acrobat on a PC to edit the computer template.DOWNLOAD FREE LOCATION FACT SHEET HEREWant to learn more about securing an awesome location? Check out a few of the following posts: 5 Tips For Getting Great Film/Video Locations For Free8 Tips for Getting Good Shots in a Bad Location5 Tips for Finding a Great Film LocationHave any tips for finding a perfect location? Share your experiences with us in the comments below.last_img read more

Martin Brodeurs Legacy By The Numbers

St. Louis Blues goaltender Martin Brodeur, who retired Tuesday, is a sure first-ballot Hall of Famer, having backstopped the New Jersey Devils to three Stanley Cups while setting the all-time record for most goaltending victories. He was also arguably the best puck-handling goaltender ever, inspiring subsequent goalies to leave the crease so often the NHL instituted new rules to curtail the activity. In the mainstream view, Brodeur’s legacy will be that of the consummate winner and innovator.Brodeur’s statistical legacy, however, has always been more complicated. Although he excelled in traditional goaltending categories like wins and goals-against average, his career also coincided with the advent of more sophisticated hockey analysis. For instance, Brodeur led the NHL in wins nine times, and finished in the top five on five other occasions — but suddenly it made less sense to credit the goaltender for the entire quality of his team. Brodeur had the second-lowest goals-against average of his era, but that number needed to be adjusted for the quality of his defenders (he faced the league’s second-lowest rate of shots per minute). And all that fancy puck-handling? Turns out it barely matters, if at all.One of the first analytical hockey blogs I can remember was called “Brodeur Is A Fraud.” Clickbait-y title? Sure. But behind it was a crusade for statistical thinking that mirrored the early efforts of sabermetricians in baseball. Brodeur took on outsize importance to the author (eventually revealed to be a Canadian accountant named Philip Myrland) because he was symbolic, a stand-in for all of the players overrated by traditional numbers. Brodeur was the flashpoint where conventional wisdom abutted hockey’s burgeoning analytics movement.So, with the benefit of further statistical advances, where does Brodeur stand? According to Tom Tango’s wins above replacement (WAR) method, Brodeur rates as the fourth-most valuable goalie since 1983-84, when the league officially began tracking save percentage.A lot of that is attributable to Brodeur’s durability. As Cam Charron wrote, Brodeur wasn’t a whole lot better than average at stopping pucks on a per-shot basis, but he did it for an extremely long time. Brodeur has 59.5 career WAR; a completely average goalie would have posted almost exactly half that — 30.0 WAR (which itself would rank 17th since 1984) — if he’d played as much as Brodeur did. By comparison, a league-average net-minder would have just 28 percent of Patrick Roy’s WAR total, and 23 percent of Dominik Hasek’s, if he matched their playing time.This is not necessarily a knock on Brodeur. Perhaps more advanced metrics don’t view him as favorably as his high win total seems to warrant, but they also recognize the long-term value of consistent quality (he was above-average every season but two between 1993-94 and 2009-10) at a position where excellence is so difficult to maintain. read more

Reminder The Burn Closure Is Still In Effect

first_imgFire Crews are responding to unauthorized burns in our service area, and have issued a reminder that the burn closure still remains in effect. Original Post: All burning, including campfires and the use of charcoal grills, is prohibited, including campfires in established fire pits or rings in designated campgrounds. Devices that can be turned on and off — such as gas and pellet grills and backpacking or camp stoves that use fuel or compressed fuel canisters — are still allowed, though users are urged to be cautious with them as well. Additionally, available Alaska Division of Forestry resources are limited due to the Swan Lake Fire. So, the DOF reminds Kenai residents to remain vigilant and report any open burning. Although there was a slight amount of rain overnight (0.20 in) and the temperatures are cooler, we still have the significant potential for extreme fire behavior.center_img Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Updated 9/4/19: Burn Closure Lifted For Kenai Peninsula. An emergency burn closure issued two weeks ago on state, private and municipal lands in the Kenai Peninsula is being rescinded effective at 8 a.m. Wednesday September 4th. Click here to read the story. Howie Kent with the Kenai/Kodiak Division of Forestry: “This is a plea from the Alaska Division of Forestry to the public to please adhere to the burn closure. Our firefighters have their hands full working to suppress and contain devastating wildfires in both the Mat-Su Valley and Kenai Peninsula. Any new fires will make that job even tougher and could put the public and firefighters at risk.” The burn closure will remain in effect until conditions moderate in the form significant rainfall.last_img read more

Buzz Aldrin calls for a migration to Mars

first_img Another Mars rover bites the dust, but NASA’s not finished… 2 Now playing: Watch this: Buzz Aldrin wants us to go to Mars. Emma McIntyre/Getty For Buzz Aldrin, the moon is no longer enough. Aldrin, who, along with Neil Armstrong, walked on the moon during the landmark Apollo 11 mission 50 years ago, penned an op-ed in the Washington Post Wednesday, calling on Congress and President Donald Trump to get behind a serious effort to create a permanent human presence on Mars. “Human nature — and potentially the ultimate survival of our species — demands humanity’s continued outward reach into the universe,” Aldrin wrote.He’s not talking about “clever robots” or rovers, either. Aldrin said that as much as he appreciates NASA’s work on unmanned missions, it’s time Mars is explored by “by living, breathing, walking, talking, caring and daring men and women.”Plans for sending humans to Mars are on the drawing board at NASA and in the mind of entrepreneur Elon Musk. Although details are sketchy for now, NASA and the Trump administration have penciled in 2033 for when astronauts might make the first footprints on the red planet. Meanwhile, Musk sees a Mars base happening perhaps by 2028, and he has a vision for how a Mars colony could take shape.Aldrin thinks we need to establish permanent settlements on Mars, and fairly soon.”All of this is within reach for humans alive now, but it starts with a unified next step in space,” he wrote. Share your voice Tags Comments 6:31 Sci-Techlast_img read more