Wednesday, June 18, 2008


We don't get too many speeders here in Oregon thanks to our hands-on approach to deterrence.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Hugh & Henry

Hugh is the owner of the Little Pine Truck Stop and Public Pump in Mitchell, Ore. Henry is his 800-pound black bear. I met them both this weekend. Eight years ago, when the sheriff told Hugh he had to shoot someone's abandoned pet bear unless someone took him, Hugh thought about it and said, "I'll take him." Henry only weighed about 150 pounds back then. Today he eats 150 pounds of food a week. "I think this is about as big as he'll get," Hugh told me. (In the wild, black bears rarely exceed 600 pounds.) Hugh pulled out two apples, handed me one of them, opened up his Buck knife, unlocked about three locks to open the cage door, stepped inside and said, "OK, when I say when, come inside."