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I’m looking at the smoke and fire trucks around the corner to my south (right out my office window). Now a CDF helicopter is buzzing around. Can’t tell from here whether it’s a vehicle or a grass fire, but they aren’t stopping traffic.

Probably an idiot’s cigarette butt.

Update 2:00 p.m. – fire seems to be out.

The Times Standard has an article this morning. There is a debate about what to do. Actually, the debate is over whether to do anything at all.

Thousands of young salmon are struggling to survive in the mouth of the Mattole River, but biologists can’t agree whether to attempt a rescue or leave them alone.

Temperatures in the estuary, which is sealed off from the ocean by a sand bar, have been perilous to the little chinook salmon for weeks. The fish may have been prompted to move from rearing areas in the upper river to the river mouth by a mid-July rain. Now they are languishing, easy prey for birds and competing with steelhead trout for food.

The Mattole Salmon Group has lobbied federal agencies and the California Department of Fish and Game to be allowed to net about 5,000 chinook and keep them in a rearing facility upstream until fall rains set in. Biologists with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service have offered to help if the plan is approved. But Fish and Game biologists believe the operation will kill more fish than it will save.

Totally out of my area of expertise to comment. Please feel free to comment if you have any knowledge of the topic. Or even if you don’t.

Photo comes from this government site. Click on the photo to enlarge.

This week I’ll have Andy Stunich on to discuss Saudi Arabia. We’ll talk about the history, social system, and political structure. We’ll probably touch on current issues, such as the role of Saudi Arabia in the Iraq war, Bin Laden’s family, and the involvement of Saudis in the 911 attacks, but mostly we want to shore up a foundation for future discussions.

Although Andy is more conservative than most listeners on these issues, you may be surprised to find some interesting agreement when it comes to Saudi Arabia.

As always, it will be on 7:00 p.m. Call in at 923-3911 or 1 800-KMUDRAD. We’ll probably start taking calls at the bottom of the hour.

If anybody has any short readings to suggest, I’ll be happy to take a look at them prior to the show. Wikipedia has a nice summary. The map comes from the embassy site. Click on the image to enlarge.

Addendum: Pursuant to request herein, Robert Scheer on the Saudi arms deal.

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