Monday, March 30, 2009

One Wild Stallion hit and euthanized in 4WD area

Despite some miscommunication I wanted to update this post and confirm only one horse has been hit recently which is described below. Sorry for the confusion but it appears Wavy TV's report of the story wasn't exactly timely. Karen McCalpin of the CWHF confirmed the story was referring to the same incident, which still remains tragic enough.

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Over the weekend it appears one of the wild horses was hit and had to be put down. Executive Director, Karen McCalpin sent an email summarizing the events below:

I received a call from volunteer, Karen Gregory this morning at 8:30 regarding a stallion that appeared to be severely injured near the ramp to the Carova Fire Station. Many thanks to Karen who took the time to set up stakes and yellow tape to keep people back even though she was on her way to work. Shortly after that, I received a call from Deputy Robert McIntyre as well. Special thanks to Sanctuary Patrol officer and Board President, Kim Hoey, who was at the site around 9 a.m. and stayed until resolution. The stallion was completely unable to put any weight on his rear hind leg and by the amount of the manure present, had been there for quite some time. Kim was able to get some water to him and he drank. On the way up the beach, our vehicle broke down south of North Swan Beach. Special thanks to Denise Wells who made calls for me from her home After finally getting back to the office at 10:30, I spoke with the horse vet at Martin’s Point (it would have taken about 45 minutes for her to get to the site) and she declined to respond. Her suggestion was to call Animal Control. I then called Dominion and Dr. Bart Kite responded all the way from Chesapeake. He arrived at the Wild Horse Museum about 12 p.m. and we were onsite around 12:30. We are speculating that the tire tracks at the site, the location of the horse near the ramp, the extent of his injuries, and yesterday’s thick fog may have led to the horse being hit by a vehicle. No report, however, was made to the Sherriff’s Department or to the Corolla Wild Horse Fund.

Dr. Kite spent a great deal of time carefully assessing the extent and location of the stallion’s injuries. The horse was absolutely unable to move except to pivot around on his good hind leg. There was a tremendous amount of swelling in both the inside and outside of the stifle and hindquarters. There was a small bloody protrusion on the inside of the stifle that may have been splintered bone. It was determined that rescue was not an option, so the horse was humanely euthanized. Please know that this decision was very difficult and based solely on what was best for the horse. Even if we were able to somehow get him on the trailer, the prognosis was not good for recovery. Our highest praise goes to Dr. Kite, not only for coming all the way from Chesapeake to respond, but for his expertise, his patience, and most especially, his gentleness.

Additional thanks go to Greg Wilson for towing our trailer up the beach and staying until the end, as well as Brian O’Connor, Donnie Tadlock, Cameron Gray, Deputy McIntyre, my family, and another resident whose name I unfortunately don’t know. It is gratifying to see how many people care so deeply and are willing to do whatever is needed. I try to take comfort in the knowledge that without our intervention, the horse would have surely suffered a slow and agonizing death. Thank you all so much again for your help and support. A situation like this is heartbreaking.

Karen H. McCalpin

Executive Director

Corolla Wild Horse Fund

P.O. Box 361

1126 Schoolhouse Lane

Corolla, NC 27927


Tuesday, March 10, 2009

North Carolina Turnpike Authority selects recycling consultant for Mid-Currituck Bridge project

A reader passed this article on to me highlighting the NC Turnpike's efforts to not only select quality corporations for the construction of the Mid Currituck Bridge but also implement quality practices such as selecting GBB to handle a large scale recycling effort thus minimizing waste and cost. See the article below:

Source: PUBLIC WORKS News Service
Publication date: February 24, 2009

By Gershman, Brickner & Bratton, Inc.

Gershman, Brickner & Bratton, Inc. (GBB) announced today that it has been selected by the North Carolina Turnpike Authority (NCTA), as part of the Currituck Development Group (CDG), to provide construction waste and demolition debris (C&D) recycling consulting services for the Mid-Currituck Bridge project, a new 7-mile bridge in the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

One of the project's goals is to find a use, either on-site or elsewhere, for the C&D generated by the project. GBB, which has achieved 98.5% recycling/reuse during the demolition of the old Nashville Thermal Waste-to-Energy plant, will inventory the origin, type and quantities of all waste materials projected to be generated, including buildings, vehicles and road materials to be removed. A specific waste management plan, including reuse/recycling opportunities and/or in some limited cases, disposal requirements, will be developed for each primary constituent material.

"GBB will also evaluate all construction materials needed for the project and incorporate on-site C&D materials wherever feasible," noted Bob Brickner, GBB Executive Vice President. "Typical examples include the grinding and processing of old concrete and asphalt materials into spec materials for reuse as base aggregate materials and/or Recycled Asphalt Pavement that can be easily incorporated into roadways, bike paths, walkways and parking areas."

Less typical examples include supplying project materials to third-party firms that conduct metals recycling, asphalt shingle processing for reuse in new asphalt materials, gypsum scrap processing and gypsum recycling for soil amendments, wood grinding operation for mulch product generation, tire grinding operation for tire-derived fuel generation, used wire recycling and the use of mechanical systems for full scale processing and sorting of mixed C&D waste materials to increase recycling opportunities.

In addition, GBB will seek to reduce local stockpiles of recycled materials when and where it is feasible to do so. Being familiar with C&D processors in eastern North Carolina and Southeastern Virginia, the team will pursue opportunities to use third-party-generated recycled materials for various aspects of the project. With a very good working relationship with North Carolina regulatory officials, GBB will maintain communication throughout the project so that any additional entities that obtain operating permits that could enhance the use of recycled materials will be identified and considered as the project evolves. For more information about the project, visit