Photos taken on Thursday, March 23, 2017 in Highland County. (HCP photos by Rory Ryan.)
Photos taken on Thursday, March 23, 2017 in Highland County. (HCP photos by Rory Ryan.)
Did you hear the one about the Idaho woman who blamed her traffic accident on Sasquatch?

The Moscow-Pullman Daily News reports that a 50-year-old Tensed, Idaho woman was driving south on U.S. Highway 95 when she struck a deer near Potlatch.

She reportedly told a county sheriff's deputy that she saw a “Sasquatch chasing a deer on the side of the road while driving. She says she checked one of her mirrors to get a second look at the ‘beast’ and when she looked up, the deer ran in front of her.”

I have no doubt about the 50-year-old woman’s story. Convincing her insurance agent, however, may be a different story.

And as a card-carrying field agent for Sasquatch Control, Ink (SCI), based at 128 South High Street in Hillsboro, I do have a few reservations about the young lady’s story. (FYI: FIY – Fifty Is Young. In fact, it’s the new 35.)

For one thing, the Noble Sasquatch – heretofore – has rarely been accused of chasing deer, at least the white-tail deer which are common in North America. The Sasquatch is not known as a venison connoisseur. With one exception. Due to its understandable foot odor, the male “Squatch” has been known to seek out the Asian musk deer for its in perfumery bouquet for use in the lower extremities.

Naturally, and once again, the local officials mentioned the car, the driver, the deer, the road conditions, the weather conditions, but NOT the Sasquatch sighting. Deniers, all.

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CIA acknowledges chemtrails, will Congress?

Speaking of weather conditions, on the recent morning of Thursday, March 23, I emailed a friend about the obvious jet airplane spray formations over Hillsboro just before sunrise and attached a few photos. The March 23 forecast from the National Weather Service called for clear skies.

And, yes, the skies were clear – for a while. But when I stepped outside The Highland County Press office and looked toward the east, I noticed the chemtrail formations. Or contrail formations, if you prefer.

I snapped several photos from the office Nikon and didn’t think anymore about it. But around 7:45 a.m. on March 23, WLW radio host Mike McConnell gave the local weather forecast and added that “the skies are contraily.” At least, I’m pretty sure he said “contraily.”

McConnell was right. The skies certainly were contraily.

For brief definitions, chemtrails are “visible trails left in the sky by an aircraft and believed by some to consist of chemical or biological agents released as part of a covert operation.”

Contrails, meanwhile, consist of “condensed water from an aircraft or rocket at high altitude, seen as a white streak against the sky.”

For those of us who dare to mention chemtrails in our newspaper columns or weekly blogs (whatever those are), the tin-foil hats often show up on the doorstep.

Chemtrails are a favorite topic for conspiracy theorists as well as for those non-believers in what their eyes see, but which they refuse to acknowledge.

Even though there has been limited press coverage, that changed, somewhat, last summer when former Central Intelligence Agency Director John Brennan spoke at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, D.C. in June 2016.

According to the CIA itself, Brennan said the following about “stratospheric aerosol injection” (see

“As former Defense Secretary and CIA Director Bob Gates is fond of saying, ‘When intelligence officers smell flowers, they look around for a coffin.’ That remains a pretty good depiction of our intelligence mindset,” Brennan said. “One example – again taking a page from the biotech and life-sciences sectors – is how a wide range of break-throughs that potentially could extend life expectancy, such as new methods of fighting cancer and a greater understanding of the aging process, could reinforce the trend toward older populations in advanced nations. Some of the world’s leading economies could face stronger headwinds from having significantly larger proportions of retired people relative to working-age citizens.

“Another example is the array of technologies – often referred to collectively as geoengineering – that potentially could help reverse the warming effects of global climate change. One that has gained my personal attention is stratospheric aerosol injection, or SAI, a method of seeding the stratosphere with particles that can help reflect the sun’s heat, in much the same way that volcanic eruptions do. An SAI program could limit global temperature increases, reducing some risks associated with higher temperatures and providing the world economy additional time to transition from fossil fuels. The process is also relatively inexpensive – the National Research Council estimates that a fully deployed SAI program would cost about $10 billion yearly.”

By the way, Brennan admits that the SAI aerial spraying can alter weather patterns in certain regions of the world, at the expense of other regions. (His speech is online as of this writing, but I suspect it will be taken offline soon.) Frankly, I think it’s well past time for the military flyboys to stop spraying above Ohio and work their way up the East Coast or over the Atlantic. They’ve ruined far too many clear and sunny days in the Buckeye State – where such are rare enough as it is.

From what my eyes tell me, these “stratospheric aerosol injection” tests are being conducted at length above some Midwest states, including Ohio. The sad reality is that the Feds – from our congressmen and senators on up (or down, depending) – rarely discuss the frequent chemtrails or the SAI program. Why is that?

How about it, Congressman Wenstrup or Senator Portman? Please enlighten us on this topic. Please explain the benefits – or potential risks – associated with “stratospheric aerosol injection.” Lastly, please do me one small favor and PUT A STOP TO THIS CRAP. I’d like to see the sunshine again without traveling to south Florida for a Vitamin D fix.

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Feckless Republicans

How about those Republican majorities in the U.S. People’s House and Senate? Last week, they wasted a great chance to do the American people a big favor and repeal Obamacare. They couldn’t even muster a damned up-or-down vote and be held accountable for their collective incompetence.

Isn’t this the same band of RINOs who loved to send repeal-and-replace legislation to Obama – when they had absolutely no fear of the presidential signature? Now that we have a president who will actually sign the bill, these feckless wonders sneak away into the night.

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul is right. The few House conservatives kept their word. For the rest, it was all about passing meaningless bills that would never be enacted as long as Obama was in office. The Mark Meadows, Jim Jordans and Judge Gohmerts are telling the truth. The spineless wonders who go along to get along are not.

Maybe those Rs in Ohio have been inhaling too much of the stratospheric aerosol injections.

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The Webfoots back in the Final Four

For the first time since 1939, the Oregon Ducks are headed to the Final Four. The last time the Ducks were in the Final Four of the NCAA men’s DI basketball tournament they were the Webfoots. No kidding.

For a bit of local history, the last time Oregon was in the Final Four, they played Ohio State. The Webfoots won, 46-33, behind a game-high 15 points by John H. Dick. Again, no kidding.

For even more local history, the 1939 NCAA tournament MVP and top scorer was Greenfield’s Jimmy Hull, who scored 58 points for Ohio State.

The 1939 NCAA men's Division I tournament involved eight schools playing in single-elimination to determine the champion.

McClain’s James R. “Jimmy” Hull lettered on the 1938 and 1939 Ohio State basketball teams. He was elected captain of the 1939 Big Ten championship team, which was the first Ohio State team to play in the NCAA post-season tournament. He was the second Ohio State basketball player to be chosen first-team All American. He was inducted into the Ohio State Athletic Hall of Fame in 1977.

My thanks to Greenfield historian George Foltz for sharing this, and a very happy birthday greeting to George’s brother, Digger, who turns 80 on April 1. No foolin’.

Rory Ryan is publisher and owner of The Highland County Press.