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MAY 18, 2014


Range Magazine with CJ Hadley

Our guest: CJ Hadley publisher/editor, RANGE magazine
Caroline Joy "CJ" Hadley  
RANGE is an award-winning quarterly publication that has worked as an advocate for resource providers for 25 years. Our focus is on cowboys and sheepherders, mostly in the "public lands" western states. We also publish stories about farmers and loggers. We have subscribers in all 50 states plus 22 foreign countries and RANGE is distributed on select newsstands nationwide. Our readers number about 170,000 each quarter. RANGE is a small magazine with a big fist.
Sadly, I have numerous examples of bad behavior by federal employees. USFS, BLM, NPS, USFWS. Our own government is destroying our country. After gaining citizenship in 1972, I became a liberal democrat from New York City. Now I'm a conservative democrat from Washoe Valley, Nevada. My former boss at Sports Illustrated calls me a "right wing Nazi." A retired rancher found RANGE in a coffee shop in Kona Hawaii and the issue had a raptor on the cover so he thought it was published by Audubon Society. After he read it, he wrote an angry letter to the editor (which I printed), saying, "CJ and RANGE readers are nothing but cousin-marrying, Shepler-shoping troglodytes." But RANGE has also been called "a breath of fresh air." One reader says, "I laugh, I cry and I can't put it down," and a California rancher says that "RANGE is the voice of reason amidst a cacophony of madmen."
Your listeners can call 1-800-RANGE-4-U for a very cheap subscription or a sample copy ($15 for 5 issues instead of the usual $19.95 for 4 issues). They can also get a copy of our Wrangler-award-winning book called "Brushstrokes & Balladeers: Painters and poets of the American West" for $20, usually $42 (I picked up the bronze statue of cowboy on horseback on April 12 in Oklahoma City). And they can pre-order a 2015 Real Buckaroo Calendar for $10 (reg. $12.95 and available in September). Or they can have all three items for $40 (U.S. delivery only). Or to check us out further, go to .
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24 Years ago today Mount Saint Helens erupted.
15 Miles from Ground Zero   RANGE MAGAZINE/ Jim Peterson
At 8:32 A,M. on Sunday, May 18, 1980, a primeval force up from the basement of time decapitated the crown jewel of southwest Washington's Cascade Mountain Range. In a single killing moment, more than a cubic mile of Mount St. Helens' splendor rocketed into the heavens. It would fall back to earth in the form of a powderlike ash that blanketed communities as far away as Kellogg, Idaho. I know this because my mother filled a quart Mason jar with the stuff, declaring on a handwritten label that she had collected it on the back patio. I still have the jar, which I keep as a reminder that my mother never threw anything out, including volcanic ash.
The rock-filled blast that accompanied the mountain's beheading moved 23 square miles of debris across its heavily timbered north-northwestern slopes for 18 miles at more than 650 miles an hour - roughly the speed of sound - smashing everything in its murderous path.
Within 15 miles of ground zero, 670-mile-an-hour winds blew at 680 degrees Fahrenheit, ensuring that what was not flattened or pulverized was incinerated, if not by searing winds, then by the 1,300 - degree pyroclastic flow that rushed down the mountain at some 200 miles an hour. The rushing Toutle River mudflow swept away 221 homes and GOD only knows how many vehicles before reaching the Columbia River, where it plugged shipping channels.
The thermal energy released by the blast was later pegged at 24 megatons (24 million metric tons of TNT), more than 1,900 times the energy released by "Little Boy", the 9,700 pound, 12.5 kiloton atomic bomb that flattened six square miles of Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945, instantly killing 60,000.
In the eternal moments that followed the Mount St. Helens' eruption, 57 lives were lost, together with an estimated 5,000 black-tailed deer, 1,500 Roosevelt elk, 200 black bears, 15 mountain goats, and countless millions of songbirds, small mammals, salmon, and steelhead. Gemlike Spiret Lake was transformed into an 600-foot-high wave that rushed up the slopes on its north end, momentarily draining itself before rushing back downslope, sucking a debris avalanche of some 350,000 acre-feet of pyrolized trees into its bed. Several resorts around the lake simply vanished.
The force of the blast flattened almost 150,000 acres of timberland, including 68,000 acres of the Weyerhaeuser Company's St. Helens Tree Farm, and 64,000 acres of the adjacent Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Huge trees, some over 250 feet tall, were snapped at their base like wooden matchsticks and lay in jackstraw piles 10 to 20 feet deep. The thought of anything surviving was unthinkable.
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