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Fort Gordon and GA National Guard start week-long exercise Monday

Exercises on and around Fort Gordon could see increased delays and activity between Monday and Friday this coming week. According to a release from the installation, personnel will be training under a scenario that includes flooding and civil unrest. The scenario is a simulated hurricane that causes a breach of Butler Dam, flooding Southeast Augusta. According to the release, heightened security and increased searches could result in delays for military and civilian personnel traveling onto or throughout the installation. The exercise is part of Fort Gordon s annual all-hazard response training.

Georgia National Guard statewide training conducted that week will be extended to April 2. Those exercises are part of Vigilant Guard 2017. That operation will include over 8,000 personnel from six states. According to a press release, Vigilant Guard 2017 provides an opportunity for the State of Georgia Emergency Management Agency, and the Georgia National Guard to improve collaborative efforts in emergency preparation, coordination, response and recovery management with federal, regional, local, civilian and military partners during domestic emergencies and catastrophic events. The overarching exercise scenario is a simulated hurricane making direct landfall in the state, lining up with the Fort Gordon exercises. The multi-agency Vigilant Guard will include coordinated efforts between the National Guard and organizations such as Richmond County Emergency Management.

Exercises in the Augusta area will include helicopters and personnel working along the Savannah River to simulate flood control and other disaster response operations.

Reach Thomas Gardiner at (706) 823-3339 or [email protected]

LOOK: Beyond “Migrant Mother,” FSA images of Colorado during the Dust Bowl – Denverite (blog)

LOOK: Beyond “Migrant Mother,” FSA Images Of Colorado During The Dust Bowl - Denverite (blog)Migrant agricultural worker s family. Seven hungry children. Mother aged thirty-two. Of the twenty-five hundred people in this camp most of them were destitute, March 1936. (Dorthea Lange/Library of Congress/LC-USF34-T01-009093)

The year was 1935 and a spring Sunday, April 14, was to become a moment of infamy for Colorado when a massive dust storm blotted out the sun. Black Sunday[1], as it became known, was one of the most impactful events in a string of environmental catastrophes making up the American Dust Bowl era, which intensified the Great Depression s effect across the west. Dorthea Lange s image series titled Migrant Mother[2] has become perhaps the most iconic depictions of life during that period. Lange and a slew of photographers were hired by the Farm Security Administration (FSA), a government body, to document this difficult chapter in America. The FSA s archives were recently (and handily) organized online[3] by Yale University. While Lange never snapped notable shots in Colorado, the collection s map view reveals that the state is absolutely represented during that era.

LOOK: Beyond “Migrant Mother,” FSA Images Of Colorado During The Dust Bowl - Denverite (blog)Prowers County, Colo. Dust storm, April 1935. (Library of Congress/LC-USF343-001617-ZE)

The Homestead Act of 1862, says one account by History Colorado[4], brought unprecedented numbers of European settlers into the American West, encouraging them to set down roots both as families and crops. In the 1910s Baca county, in the state s southeast corner, saw a population boon as a result of this legislation in combination with the invention of the tractor.

LOOK: Beyond “Migrant Mother,” FSA Images Of Colorado During The Dust Bowl - Denverite (blog)FSA (Farm Security Administration) supervisor, Baca County, Colorado, standing amidst some of the grass which was native to this section before the plow came along, Sept. 1939. (Russell Lee/Library of Congress/LC-USF34-034129)

But all of that new production created more than corn and potatoes. As they worked Colorado s new farmers scraped away native grasses that had held soil down for centuries. With little stability, dust rose in the wind like biblical locusts.

LOOK: Beyond “Migrant Mother,” FSA Images Of Colorado During The Dust Bowl - Denverite (blog)Sheep handler, stockyards, Denver, Colo., Oct. 1939. (Arthur Rothstein/Library of Congress/LC-USF33-003414)

In 1931, Baca Country had 237,000 acres under wheat production, says one account by History Colorado[5], by 1936, the number had fallen to only 150 acres. Denver, too, saw impacts of the struggle. At that time the National Western Stock Show was already 30 years old. Feeling the effects of the depression, says the show s history[6], the National Western marked time in a mode of austerity.

LOOK: Beyond “Migrant Mother,” FSA Images Of Colorado During The Dust Bowl - Denverite (blog)Purpose steers are locked in tent for shipment at a stockyard in Denver, Oct. 1939. (Arthur Rothstein/Library of Congress/LC-USF33-003411)

The FSA s images offer an undistorted glimpse back into the 30s and 40s in Colorado and across the country. Roy Stryker, who organized the team of photographers, said his team was instructed to show things how they were. They never spoke about art or film stocks or process.

The word composition was never talked about, never mentioned, he said in an interview[7]. It was a taboo word.

LOOK: Beyond “Migrant Mother,” FSA Images Of Colorado During The Dust Bowl - Denverite (blog)Buyers from the packing plant at stockyards in Denver, Oct. 1939. (Arthur Rothstein/Library of Congress/LC-USF33-003414)

Instead, he said, his team focused on their subjects. They were encouraged to ask questions, check facts and develop as best they could a sense of everyday life. Arthur Rothstein, one of Strykers pupils, was perhaps the most prolific Colorado documentarian of the FSA effort. His portfolio of portraits allows photo and local history nerds today look right into the eyes of people living a century ago.

LOOK: Beyond “Migrant Mother,” FSA Images Of Colorado During The Dust Bowl - Denverite (blog)Free lunch counter at farmers field day, U.S. Dry Land Experiment Station, Akron, Colo., Oct. 1939. (Arthur Rothstein/Library of Congress/LC-USF33-003372)

In his own oral history[8] Rothstein, a native New Yorker, said he discovered something profound about the American people in his travels across the west:

Each man is an individual, he said. The one thing I found in traveling through the United States was that every man and every woman was different. They all come from different backgrounds and different nationalities. There was no homogeneous quality about Americans, and it was a fascinating experience to learn this.

LOOK: Beyond “Migrant Mother,” FSA Images Of Colorado During The Dust Bowl - Denverite (blog)Potato pickers, Rio Grande County, Colo., Oct. 1939. (Arthur Rothstein/Library of Congress/LC-USF33-003369)LOOK: Beyond “Migrant Mother,” FSA Images Of Colorado During The Dust Bowl - Denverite (blog)Science and research. Mineral prospecting. Electrical prospecting for metallic minerals may be carried on by using the dual coil radiometer to measure the electro-magnetic field of the earth, as it may be influenced by the presence of an ore body. Students training for war jobs in the minerals industry, or for service with the armed forces, are shown hunting for ore. Colorado School of Mines, Golden, Colorado, Oct. 1942. (Andreas Feininger/Library of Congress/LC-USE6-D-008683)LOOK: Beyond “Migrant Mother,” FSA Images Of Colorado During The Dust Bowl - Denverite (blog)Science and research. Mineral prospecting. Speed in metallurgical analysis, to match the rapidity with which the nation arms itself, is possible through use of the spectrograph, a marvelous new machine used for study of materials through measurements of the arc of light they emit when heated. Three students in defense training courses at a famous mining-engineering school listen as an instructor shows them how the machine operates. Golden, Colorado, Oct. 1942. (Andreas Feininger/Library of Congress/LC-USE6-D-008688)LOOK: Beyond “Migrant Mother,” FSA Images Of Colorado During The Dust Bowl - Denverite (blog)Picking potatoes, Rio Grande County, Colorado, Oct. 1939. (Arthur Rothstein/Library of Congress/LC-USF33-003365)LOOK: Beyond “Migrant Mother,” FSA Images Of Colorado During The Dust Bowl - Denverite (blog)Ernest W. Kirk Jr., with team of mules which was bought with FSA (Farm Security Administration) loan. Near Ordway, Colorado, Sept. 1939. (Russell Lee/Library of Congress/LC-USF34-034126)LOOK: Beyond “Migrant Mother,” FSA Images Of Colorado During The Dust Bowl - Denverite (blog)Broom corn, Baca County, Colorado. One of the main cash crops of this region, August 1939. (Russell Lee/Library of Congress/LC-USF33-012404)

Texas women’s basketball takes on Stanford in Sweet 16 battle

No. 3-seeded Texas Longhorns women s basketball will face off with two-seeded Stanford in a Sweet 16 match-up on Friday at 8 p.m. CT in Lexington, Kentucky on ESPN. The Horns will need to rely on junior point guard Brooke McCarty to remain competitive against a stout Stanford defense. McCarty scored 23 points on 7-13 shooting in the Longhorns round of 32 84-80 victory against North Carolina State. The 5 4 guard has averaged a team-high 14.3 points per game on the year. Another Horns player who will need a big game is freshman Joyner Holmes, who provided 16 points for Texas and added nine rebounds against North Carolina State. Holmes will need to continue her season long offensive output (she averages 12 points per game). She also leads the team with 90 turnovers, and added five to that total in the round of 32, so displaying better ball security would help the odds against a Stanford team that has accumulated 7.4 steals a game.

Stanford (30-5) is coming off of a closer-than-expected 72-64 first round victory against New Mexico State, followed by a convincing 69-48 blowout of Kansas State in the round of 32. The Cardinal are led by Erica McCall, who averages 14.3 points per game. The senior center also leads the team in rebounds with 306. At 6 3, McCall s size will pose challenges for the Lady Horns, but Texas has many athletes who can match-up with her. 6 5 senior center Kelsey Lang and the 6 3 forward will look to hit the boards for the Horns and limit McCall s productivity inside. The Longhorns (25-8) have had a solid season under Karen Aston s tutelage which has been highlighted by a 85-79 February 6th victory over then No. 2 Baylor in Austin. However, the team had lost four of its last six games heading into the NCAA tournament.

This team can play with anyone, but can also lose to anyone too, as evidenced by the 70-66 home loss to Iowa State in February. It s clear that Aston has the program on the right track and the North Carolina State game was thrilling, if imperfect. This team may not be among the best eight in the country right now, but it is fun to watch and worth cheering for. So whether the season ends tonight, on Sunday, or in the Final Four, the head coach and her players should be proud of what they ve accomplished.

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