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Page 6 The Press July 13, 2010 Annual event has new name, in The first ahnual Harvey McMullen Open Golf Tournament is scheduled for Friday, July 16 at the Mayville Golf Course. The 4-person scramble is open to all men and women. Registration is at 11:00 a.m. Tee time is at noon. Dinner will be served, find awards and prizes will be presented, beginning at 5:30 p.m. The Harvey McMullen Open golf Tournament is sponsored by the Mayville State University Comet Athletic Club. Formerly known as the North Valley (Hoople)-Comet Connection, the annual golfing event has been re-named in honor of one of its founders, Harvey McMullen of Mayville, N.D. Harvey McMullen, a native of Hoople, N.D., and Jerome Berg, both Mayville State University icons and steadfast supporters of the school established the North Valley (Hoople)-Comet Connection Golf Tournament in the early 1990s. The purpose in starting the event remains the same today as it was then: to raise scholarship funds for Mayville State student athletes while having fun with friends from near and far. Over the years, the event has been held at Mayville and at northern Red River Valley golf courses. Dr. Harvey McMullen began his 27-year career at Mayville State in 1961 as the dean of Harvey McMullen of Hoople (seated) is pictured with his grandson Jeremy Strand, a member of the Comet Athletic Club board of directors. (Photo: Submitted) men, as well as a teacher and coach. Over the years, he served as dean of men, dean of students, and Student Senate advisor. He taught psychology courses, supervised student teachers, and held the rank of professor of education. McMullen served as an assistant coach in football, basketball, and baseball. He has been an outstanding ambassador for Mayville State, recruiting and helping to retain countless numbers of students. Mayville State bestowed Dr. McMullen with the title Emeritus Dean of Men, and he was honored with the Mayville State University Distinguished Alumni Award in 2007. "We look forward to a great time with the Harvey McMullen Open Golf Tournament on July 16," said Comet Athletic Club President Matt Cordell. "The tournament is open to all men and women who wish to enjoy an afternoon on the golf course while supporting Mayville State athletes. It is our goal to invol,be folks from Mayville-Portland and northern Red River Valley as well as those from other places, both near and far." Registration fee for the Harvey McMullen Open is $60.00 per player. Cart is purchased separately. A $5,00 trail fee is charged for those who bring'their own carts. Registration deadline is Wednesday, July 14. Proceeds go to Mayville State's general athletic scholarship fund. For more information or to register, contact Mike Moore at 701-788-4706 or go to www.mayvillestate.edu. The North Dakota Game and Contest, C/O Patrick T. Isakson, Fish Department's Watchable North Dakota Game and Fish Wildlife Photo Contest is Department, 100 N. Bismarck accepting entries, and the Expressway, Bismarck, ND deadline for submitting photos is 58501-5095. Sept. 30. Send e-mailed digital'photos to The contest has categories for photocontest@nd.gov. Digital nongame and game species, assubmissions can be either original well as plants/insects. An overall digital photographs, or scans winning photograph will be made from prints or chosen, with the number of place slides/transparencies. winners in each category Photographers will need to supply determined by the number of the original image if needed for qualified entries, publication. Contest entries are limited to Prints will be returned if 5x7-inch or larger color prints, or requested following judging. digital files submitted on disk or Photo disks will not be returned. via e-mail. Contestants are limited All entries must be accompanied to no more than five entries, by the photographer's name, Plaotos must have been taken in address, phone number and e- North Dakota. mail address if available. Other By submitting an ent , information such as photo site photographers grant permission location and month taken are also to Game and Fish to publish useful. winning photographs in NorthAlthough care will be taken Dakota OUTDOORS magazine, with submitted material, the and as part of the magazine on the Game and Fish Department Department's website, gf.nd.gov, assumes no financial Prints or photo disks should be responsibility for lost or damaged sent to Watchable Wildlife Photo materials. Plains Justice released a report showing that defective steel might have been used in TransCanada's already constructed Keystone pipeline. http://plainsjustice.org/files/Substandard SteelReport.pdf "During a recent pipeline building boom, the steel pipe industry rushed to make pipe for a large number of new pipelines. Som'e manufacturers got sloppy with safety standards," said Paul Blackburn. a Plains Justice attorney who has researched the issue. Today Plains Justice also asked the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) to fully investigate and to reduce the pipeline's largest pipelines in existence and will operate at very high pressure and high temperature, so it must not break," said Blackburn. Government documents show that Welspun, a pipe manufacturer in India, produced hundreds of substandard pipe joints in 2007 and 2008. Photos taken during construction of the Keystone pipeline show that TransCanada acquired pipe from Welspun dhring this same time. "To protect the public, PHMSA should reduce the Keystone pipeline's maximum allowable operating pressure until it can be properly inspected using a high-resolution caliper test. This is a added. The Plains Justice report, Use of Substandard Steel by the U.S. Pipeline Industry, 2007 to 2009, documents a pattern of production and use of substandard pipe steel in large new pipelines during a major boom in pipeline construction. The report is based on 3,710 pages of Essar, an Indian steel mill. Construction on the Keystone The Keystone pipeline was pipeline has been completed. Recent constructed using 47% Welspun pipe at news accounts say that the pipeline has approximately the same time that been fully filled with oil. Welspun produced pipe for five other The Keystone pipeline begins in pipelines that were later found to contain Hardisty, Alberta and ends in Patoka, defective pipe. The extent of the problem was Illinois. It passes through Alberta, discovered only after a number ofSaskatchewan, Manitoba, North Dakota, ] federal safety documents that were pipelines burst during safety tests and South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, released to Plains Justice in response to PHMSA ordered special testing toMissouri, and Illinois. ' t a Freedom of Information Act request, determine if pipeline companies used According to TransCanada's website, As the report describes, during a weak steel during construction, all of the U.S. Keystone pipeline pipeline building boom in 2007-2009, a Information provided by PHMSA inconstruction was new. In Canada, number of pipe manufacturers produced response to Plains Justice's Freedom of pipe that was too weak and failed to Information Act request shows that approximately 232 miles (373 km) of meet federal safety standards. Many of seven other pipelines were investigated, the pipeline were constructed new and operating pressure until it can be fully special test that is different than ones the pipes containing defective steel were The written response from PHMSA approximately 537 miles (864 km) of tested, http://is.gd/d93Su that companies typically ,,do before manufactured by Welspun, an Indian does not show any investigation of the pipeline we, re originally an.existing "The Keystoneoipeline is one of the starting too erate pipelines. Blarl rdrfi .... steal'pipe maia/lfacturer, using steelfrom WransCanada's 'Keystone I pipeline.,' natural gas pipeline. North Dakota North Dakota Game and Fish Department By Doug Leier While it won't become official until the annual small game hunting proclamation is finalized later this month, it's a certainty that North Dakota will not have a sage grouse season again this fall. This will mark the third year in a row that the state has not had an open season t)n sage grouse, after more than 40 years of limited hunting that started in the mid-1960s. Sage grouse are the largest of North Dakota's three native grouse species, and are found only in the extreme southwestern part of the state, where big sage once covered the landscape. These birds were never all that numerous because North Dakota marked the northeastern edge of their range, but over the past 50 years since the State Game and Fish Department first conducted spring surveys, the population has declined by more than 80 percent. Much of that decline is attributed to big sage habitat conversign and fragmentation, while in recent years Game and Fish biologists suspect that the West Nile virus has taken an additional toll on Even so, the Game and Fish Department plan recommends closing the hunting season if the spring census indicates fewer than 100 males. Wildlife division Chief Randy Kreil explains, "There is hope that hunters will again be able to adult birds. This year the springcount Of male sage grouse hunt the arid, gorgeous country for a bird that is so on leks was at its lowest level since the survey startling on the wing because of its size. "The goal [ began in the 1950S. Aaron Robinson, Game and would be to conserve and recover the habitat base so the sage grouse population would expand to the point that our limited hunting seasons could be revived," It's important to note the role of hunting in conservation. Money generated through license fees and excise taxes provides biologists with the resources to monitor sage grouse and sagebrush habitat. Game and Fish and other agencies are working with cooperating landowners on a few new programs designed to conserve or reestablish sagebrush. Changes likely won't occur overnight, and there is no expectation that the state's sage grouse population will eventually rebound to inatch historic highs. The primary objective is gradual improvement that will keep sage grouse from landing on the endangered species list, and ultimately return them to the list of birds that form the basis for the state's fall upland game hunting seasons. Leier is a biologist with the Game and Fish Department. He can be reached by email: dleier@nd.gov Fish Department upland game bird biologist, said a record low 66 males were counted on 15 active Strutting grounds. Last year, 69 males were counted on 17 active leks in the southwest. "A big increase in the population was not expected due to .last year's wet spring, including the snowfall We received in June 2009," Robinson said. The number of males counted on leks each spring has gradually declined since 2000 when the tally was 283 birds. In 2008, spring counts dropped dramatically throughout North Dakota's sage grouse range, falling from 159 to 77. If there is a bit of good news in the lower number for 2010, it's that the total was only three less than 2009. "One thing is clear," Robinson said, "we have not taken another big hit by West Nile which hopefully indicates some resistance." Management of sage grouse in North Dakota has followed a specific plan which outlines hunting harvest objectives. There is no indication that hunting, has had a role in the sage grouse population decline. Without managed hunting the past two years, the numbers still went down, and for several years prior to that the annual harvest was less than two dozen birds. 1