Originally created 04/02/04

Odds and Ends



PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Governator won't be baaack - Governator Ale, that is.

A Portland artisan brewing company will bow to the wishes of California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and stop selling Governator Ale, a popular beer that has been a big seller in California.

"We've agreed to settle," Portland Brewing chief executive Jerome Chicvara said Tuesday. "We're saying we're not going to argue - we're going to acquiesce to their point of view, and we're not supposed to say anything more."

In December, Chicvara sent 4,500 cases of 22-oz. bottles of Governator to California, where it was a hit at $2.99 a bottle. The brew became the darling of bloggers worldwide, thanks to articles on CNN and MSN online pages.

Chicvara says a couple of hundred cases are still in Oregon, mostly at Columbia Distributing, but that collectors elsewhere have been paying about $20 for a bottle of Governator on eBay.

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SALEM, Ore. -- Steve Bartelds has a good reason to be a cow-tipper. It's hard to give Bessy a pedicure if she's standing up.

Bartelds is a national leader in the obscure profession of hoof trimming, the president-elect of the Hoof Trimmers Association, Inc., a Missoula, Mont.-based trade group.

First, Bartelds suspends cows sideways, using a machine called a tilt-table that attaches to his one-ton Ford.

Then, using an electric trimming tool that sends shavings flying and a special knife made in Switzerland for finer work, Bartelds can trim the hooves of four to six cows an hour.

Like trimming fingernails, trimming hooves doesn't cause the animal pain when it is done correctly. But cows hate being strapped down and flipped on the tilt-table. Knowing a little cow psychology helps Bartelds do his job without stressing the animals.

One trade secret: Never tilt a cow more than 80 degrees. "If you have a cow completely level, that freaks her," he said.

He also believes in speaking softly.

"C'mon, don't argue," Bartelds told a bellowing cow he was shooing toward the tilt-table.

Hoof trimming is an exacting process. If the trimmer removes too much of the hoof, the cow can be so seriously injured that it is fit only for hamburger.

"You can kill a $1,500 cow instantly," said Bartelds, 53, showing a photograph of a cow's foot split in half to reveal the heavy bone just beneath the hoof.

His charges vary from $10 to $25 per cow depending on the size of the dairy and how often the animals' hooves are trimmed.

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MONTEREY, Tenn. -- Who says men never stop to ask for directions?

Jason Daniel Waddell was in jail Wednesday after authorities said he did - and allegedly told the person who helped him that he was driving a stolen car.

Authorities said the 26-year-old Maryland man stopped a woman in an apartment complex Tuesday to ask for directions to Interstate 40.

The woman called Monterey police a few minutes after the driver confided he was in a stolen vehicle, Sgt. Tim Murphy said.

Waddell was caught about an hour later, 15 miles away and still on a state highway. He also is charged with holding up a sandwich shop and taking $200.

Murphy said leaving Monterey, population 2,717, shouldn't have been hard.

"He was less than 200 yards from the I-40 ramp when he robbed the store," Murphy said. "I think that he panicked when he left ... and turned right into a residential neighborhood."

Waddell was taken to the county jail on charges of aggravated robbery and property theft.

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ORANGE, Calif. -- Between studying for geometry and playing softball, high school student Shauna Fleming has somehow found time to organize a campaign to collect 1 million letters of appreciation for military troops at home and abroad.

With the help of her classmates at Orange Lutheran High School, Fleming began her push Wednesday to gather the letters from around the nation by the end of May - which is National Military Appreciation Month. The campaign is called "A Million Thanks."

"I believe we need to support our troops 110 percent, even if we don't agree having them over there," the 15-year-old freshman said. "We need to show them that we care for them and will support them no matter what."

Over the next two months, letters are expected to pour in from all over the nation to the private Christian school. The mail will get sorted by students, who will receive credit toward the school's mandatory service requirement, and then get shipped to various military bases. Soldiers will then transport the letters to various points.

"For a 15-year-old to do this is just wonderful," said Alice Wax, founder of the National Military Appreciation Month. "It's resonating across the nation, and she has already gathered so much support."

Fleming helped when her father, Michael, started his own mission three years ago, sending Valentines to enlisted men and women across the world. Since that time, he has distributed more than 1.5 million Valentines to U.S. troops.