Idaho Mountain Gem

Here's another video offering an amazing aerial look at the harvesting of the U.S. Capital Christmas Tree, an 80-foot Englemann Spruce from the Payette National Forest. Can't help but feel a certain sense of pride watching that gorgeous red Kenworth T680 pull the 80-foot trailer across the Payette River.

A Gift from Idaho

Here's a video from the U.S. Forest Service that offers a behind-the-scene look at the harvesting of the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree, an 80-foot Englemann Spruce from the Payette National Forest. Note the beautiful red Kenworth T680 with 76-inch sleeper that will be taking the tree to a staging area to be wrapped for its 4,000-mile tour to Washington, D.C.

A Photojournalist's Advice to First Responders

Jim Dean, a newspaper reporter and photojournalist in Cumming, Ga., writing for offers advice for first responders dealing with media at an accident scene. Here's Point 1:

Let’s get to the elephant in the room. Or in this case, the HIPAA. I am not a covered provider. I have no HIPAA restrictions. You, however, do. 

Your basic HIPAA obligation when it comes to the press is very simple. Don't divulge any patient medical information to a journalist. Don’t discuss patient specifics within hearing or recording distance, at least not in great detail. Don’t write notes where they can be read. If you have a clipboard with medical information, turn it over so it can’t be seen in a photograph. 

Your HIPAA obligation does not, however, require you to stop me or others from taking images at the scene.

Dean has four other tips—all good, practical stuff that should be tacked onto the board at every firehouse, police station, and medic-unit break room.

The Short Haul

Heard a story on NPR on April 9 titled "Rail Operators Aim To Do More Short-Distance Hauling," that might have some in the trucking industry sitting up and taking notice - Norfolk Southern wants more of their business. And it’s building more intermodal facilities to accomplish that goal. Used to be railroads couldn’t make money on hauling intermodal freight less than 1,000 miles. Norfolk Southern believes it can do it profitably at distances as little as 550 miles.