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Bundy Ranch Armed Showdown

Many have asked about how I ended up in a position with armed militia next to me pointing weapons at federal agents last week down at the Bundy Ranch in southern Nevada.

I try to do my best to explain the circumstances and how the events unfolded here. 

Eric Parker from central Idaho aims his weapon from a bridge as protesters gather by the Bureau of Land Management's base camp, where cattle that were seized from rancher Cliven Bundy are being held, near Bunkerville, Nevada April 12, 2014. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart
Eric Parker from central Idaho aims his weapon from a bridge as protesters gather by the Bureau of Land Management’s base camp, where cattle that were seized from rancher Cliven Bundy are being held, near Bunkerville, Nevada April 12, 2014. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

A dream came true

A childhood dream came true for me. I had always wanted to produce a package for National Geographic and was recently given the opportunity to work for them for two weeks on assignment back on the planet Mars in the Utah desert.

If you have the time, feel free to check out the video that was published yesterday. Love to hear your feedback if you are so inclined.

Cheers!

Video Mars NatGeo Screengrab

Last Week Covering Four Fires in Two States

Last week I spent six days covering fires in both Utah and Idaho for Reuters.

More pics in a gallery and a blog I wrote about covering the fires can be found here.

Any feedback is welcome.

 

Flames work down a ridge at the Beaver Creek wildfire outside Hailey August 16, 2013. The lightning started fire has consumed more than 64,000 acres and was very active prompting the evacuation of several communities along the highway 75 corridor. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart (UNITED STATES)
Flames work down a ridge at the Beaver Creek wildfire outside Hailey August 16, 2013. The lightning started fire has consumed more than 64,000 acres and was very active prompting the evacuation of several communities along the highway 75 corridor. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart (UNITED STATES)
A helicopter tanker drops fire retardant near a home at the Beaver Creek wildfire outside Ketchum, Idaho August 18, 2013. A fast-moving central Idaho wildfire forced the evacuation of  2,250 homes near the tourist towns of Hailey and Ketchum as firefighters lost ground on Saturday against the blaze that also threatens the Sun Valley ski resort. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart (UNITED STATES)
A helicopter tanker drops fire retardant near a home at the Beaver Creek wildfire outside Ketchum, Idaho August 18, 2013. A fast-moving central Idaho wildfire forced the evacuation of 2,250 homes near the tourist towns of Hailey and Ketchum as firefighters lost ground on Saturday against the blaze that also threatens the Sun Valley ski resort. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart (UNITED STATES)
Fire crews attending a planning meeting at the Beaver Creek wildfire outside Hailey, Idaho August 16, 2013. The lightning started fire has consumed more than 64,000 acres and was very active prompting the evacuation of several communities along the highway 75 corridor. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart (UNITED STATES)
Fire crews attending a planning meeting at the Beaver Creek wildfire outside Hailey, Idaho August 16, 2013. The lightning started fire has consumed more than 64,000 acres and was very active prompting the evacuation of several communities along the highway 75 corridor. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart (UNITED STATES)
Firefighter Henry Munoz sprays down a hotspot at the Elk Complex wildfire outside Boise, Idaho August 15, 2013. Together with the Elk, Pony, Beaver Creek and McCan wildfires over 300,000 acres have burned between Boise and Hailey ,Idaho. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart (UNITED STATES)
Firefighter Henry Munoz sprays down a hotspot at the Elk Complex wildfire outside Boise, Idaho August 15, 2013. Together with the Elk, Pony, Beaver Creek and McCan wildfires over 300,000 acres have burned between Boise and Hailey ,Idaho. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart (UNITED STATES)
People look at a map of the fire as flames leap at the Beaver Creek wildfire outside Hailey, Idaho August 18, 2013. A fast-moving central Idaho wildfire forced the evacuation of  2,250 homes near the tourist towns of Hailey and Ketchum as firefighters lost ground on Saturday against the blaze that also threatens the Sun Valley ski resort. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart (UNITED STATES)
People look at a map of the fire as flames leap at the Beaver Creek wildfire outside Hailey, Idaho August 18, 2013. A fast-moving central Idaho wildfire forced the evacuation of 2,250 homes near the tourist towns of Hailey and Ketchum as firefighters lost ground on Saturday against the blaze that also threatens the Sun Valley ski resort. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart (UNITED STATES)
A helicopter air tanker flies over the Golden Eagle subdivision at the Beaver Creek wildfire outside Hailey, Idaho August 17, 2013. The lightning started fire has consumed more than 92,000 acres prompting the evacuation of several communities along the highway 75 corridor. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart (UNITED STATES)
A helicopter air tanker flies over the Golden Eagle subdivision at the Beaver Creek wildfire outside Hailey, Idaho August 17, 2013. The lightning started fire has consumed more than 92,000 acres prompting the evacuation of several communities along the highway 75 corridor. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart (UNITED STATES)
A helicopter air tanker dumps water as the sun sets at the Beaver Creek wildfire outside Hailey, Idaho August 17, 2013. A fast-moving central Idaho wildfire forced the evacuation of 2,250 homes near the tourist towns of Hailey and Ketchum as firefighters lost ground on Saturday against the blaze that also threatens the Sun Valley ski resort.. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart (UNITED STATES)
A helicopter air tanker dumps water as the sun sets at the Beaver Creek wildfire outside Hailey, Idaho August 17, 2013. A fast-moving central Idaho wildfire forced the evacuation of 2,250 homes near the tourist towns of Hailey and Ketchum as firefighters lost ground on Saturday against the blaze that also threatens the Sun Valley ski resort.. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart (UNITED STATES)

 

Hang Gliding with a Dog.

From this morning’s assignment for Reuters. Shadow, the hang gliding dog.

More Pics Here.

Dan McManus and his service dog Shadow hang glide together outside Salt Lake City, Utah, July 22, 2013. McManus suffers from anxiety and Shadow's presence and companionship help him to manage the symptoms. The two have been flying together for about nine years with a speciality made harness for Shadow. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart  (UNITED STATES)
Dan McManus and his service dog Shadow hang glide together outside Salt Lake City, Utah, July 22, 2013. McManus suffers from anxiety and Shadow’s presence and companionship help him to manage the symptoms. The two have been flying together for about nine years with a speciality made harness for Shadow. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart (UNITED STATES)

Soccer Pics. CONCACAF and World Cup Qualifer … finally

Yesterday I covered both CONCACAF matches, USA vs Cuba and Costa Rica vs Belize.

Today I finally got around to going back through my edit from my coverage of last month’s USA vs Honduras World Cup qualifier.

You can find CONCACAF Here.

Cuba's Jose Ciprian (9) scores past Nick Rimando (1) of the U.S. during their CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer match in Salt Lake City, Utah, July 13, 2013. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart  (UNITED STATES)
Cuba’s Jose Ciprian (9) scores past Nick Rimando (1) of the U.S. during their CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer match in Salt Lake City, Utah, July 13, 2013. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart (UNITED STATES)

And pics from the World Cup Qualifier here.

Brad Davis (14) of the U.S. and Honduras' Roger Espinoza (15) go for a header during their 2014 World Cup qualifying soccer match in Salt Lake City, Utah, June 18, 2013. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart  (UNITED STATES)
Brad Davis (14) of the U.S. and Honduras’ Roger Espinoza (15) go for a header during their 2014 World Cup qualifying soccer match in Salt Lake City, Utah, June 18, 2013. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart (UNITED STATES)
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