Smokey Bear has been an iconic U.S. Forest Service mascot for 69 years.
The mascot for the U.S. Forest Service turns 69 years old today. Smokey Bear hasn’t retired. He’s still hard at work, educating people about the dangers of forest fires. The Kisatchie National Forest will celebrate by throwing Smokey a birthday party in Alexandria. Kisatchie’s public affairs specialist Amy Robertson says Smokey was created in 1944, during World War II, when there was a lack of manpower on the home front.
Did you like to build shortwave radios as a kid? Commentator Gary Borders did. He reflects back to the days when he pored over his Heathkit catalog. Naturally, today, if you search for Heathkit on YouTube you’ll find a wealth of how-to guides on assembling these radios. Too bad those weren’t around when Gary and his gang needed them in the 1960s.
When it comes to drilling deep into Texas to bring up oil and natural gas, things can go wrong. Sometimes old oil wells leak. While the Railroad Commission of Texas says it uses fees from oil & gas industry pay for cleaning up so-called orphan wells, government watchdog groups have criticized Texas law as too lax, requiring bonds that aren’t nearly big enough to cover the cost of the remediation of old and polluted well sites. State Impact reporter Dave Fehling traveled to the East Texas oil patch to look into B & B Oil’s deserted wells.