Rockey Stone Memorial Kilos Results

The 2009 Rockey Stone Memorial Kilos were run October 10-11th on Devils Lake.  Each year members of the Columbia Outboard Racing Association descend on Lincoln City for two days of speed with the intention of setting new national records. 

2009-Kilo-Colage This year spectators saw a spectacular sight when Duff Dailey crashed and walked away from his K boat.  Follow this link to view the complete set of 2009 Kilos  photos by Denise Johnson.

This year eight National speed records were set along with six regional records. The top record of the weekend went to Sean McKean in his 700cc; that run included a pass at 132.9 mph. Sean exceeded the existing record by nine mph.

These are OFFICIAL results:

National records:

  • JR – Carter Olson 40.015
  • JH – Colin Smith 43.702
  • AXSR – Aaron “Fish” Salmon 51.798
  • 175cc Hydro – Bob Wartinger 74.354
  • 700cc Hydro – Sean McKean 130.563
  • 1100cc Hydro – Sean McKean 126.382
  • Comp Jet – Mark Moyle 94.971
  • Super Stock – Dave Villwock 129.110

 Region Records:

  • AXSR – Sheri Hathaway 49.269
  • KPRO – Ashley Rucker 53.519
  • 20ss – Anne Thurman 61.427
  • OSY – John Peeters 70.439
  • DSH – Tom Smith 79.384
  • 45ss – John Peeters 80.475

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Report From October Board Meeting

Did you attend the October Board meeting?  Unfortianately I was unable to attend and have not received a report on the meeting to share.  If you attended this meeting please post a comment giving your assessment for all to read.  DLWID does not post minutes of their meetings until they have been approved by the board.  Your help would be greatly appreciated.

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Attend the October DLWID Board Meeting

The Devils Lake Water Improvement District Board meeting will be held in its offices above Radio Shack Thursday October 1st at 6:00pm. The best way stay informed is for all lake front homeowners and interested parties to attend these important meetings.

There are several interesting items on the agenda including a discussion of the recent resignation of board member Otis Winchester. A summary of the University of Oregon’s RARE program an acronym for Resource Assistance for Rural Environments will be given. The intern has already begun his 11 months with DLWID and will be project manager for the Septic Tank Revitalization Program and the Save our Shoreline Campaign. Time permitting an informative presentation will be made covering 25 years of lake management on Devils Lake.  This presentation was developed for the Oregon Lakes Association meeting held in Lincoln City.

Follow this link to download the Meeting Agenda and Manager’s Report.  Highlights include


  • Lake Level
  • The Devils Lake Plan
    • DEQ 319 Grant
    • Native Vegetation
    • Whole Lake Circulation
  • RARE program
  • Financial Oversight Committee Report
  • Communications Committee Report
  • Safety Report
  • Water Quality Update
  • Nutrient Budget RFP
  • Septic Tank Revitalization Program
  • Save our Shoreline Campaign

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ARPA-E Bets on Disruptive Technology Synthesizing Fuel from Bacteria

by Mara MacKinnon – Nov 9th, 2009 in , , ,

Bio-engineering has given science a new toolbox for slowing climate change: By synthetically altering the DNA in bacteria, bio-engineers may be able to convert microscopic organisms into fuel producers.

If the science reaches its full promise, drivers a few years from now could be filling up with carbon-neutral gasoline, fresh off the bacterial production line.

This technology has the potential to revolutionize the way that we power our lives and to dramatically decrease carbon emissions, but it is still in the early stages of development. That could change with a boost from the U.S. Department of Energy, which has sought to spur growth in low-emissions energy technologies through the recently established Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). The aim is to invest in high-risk, high-rewards innovations that stand to transform the global energy landscape. Continue reading

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Eco Tech: Sun-powered bacteria convert greenhouse gases into fuel

CO2-eating bacteria produce fuel.

With fossil fuels depleting at a rate much more than predicted, researchers in different parts of the globe are working on means to generate alternative fuel from sources as small as bacteria. A team from researchers from US has genetically modified bacteria to eat carbon dioxide and produce isobutyraldehyde, which can further be used to produce isobutanol.

The modified bacteria are highly efficient in the conversion process and are powered by sunlight. Cyanobacteria and microalgae have been identified to consume CO2 for a long time. However previous researches on using them to produce fuel as an output haven’t been fruitful.

The US research team was successful in genetically modifying bacteria to produce fuel using a process that is around 10 times faster than hydrogen production and about 100 times faster than genetically engineered ethanol production.

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Survey Finds Algal Toxins in Indiana Lakes at Higher Than National rate

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Researchers from the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs found detectable levels of microcystin, a toxin produced by several common species of cyanobacteria, in 68 percent of a sample of Indiana lakes and reservoirs.

That’s higher than twice the rate at which microcystin was found in a nationwide survey conducted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The national survey found microcystins in 32 percent of lakes and reservoirs.

Blue-green MatsMats of blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) cover Palestine Lake in Kosciusko County, Ind., in this photo from August 2007.

The SPEA team, led by Professor Bill Jones, was contracted by the EPA and the Indiana Department of Environmental Management to conduct the sampling of 50 Indiana lakes. Samples were sent to a variety of laboratories around the country for analysis.

The Indiana sampling was conducted in the summer of 2007 as part of the National Lakes Assessment (NLA), a survey of the nation’s lakes undertaken by the EPA. The study sampled more than 1,000 lakes and reservoirs more than 10 acres in size to get an unbiased, statistically relevant snapshot of water quality in lakes and reservoirs in the U.S. The EPA recently released the results. Continue reading

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A New Source of Hydrogen Power

Algae can be converted into a hydrogen source through the method of photosynthesis. Photosynthesis is a plants ability to convert solar energy and turn it into something else. A scientist by the name of Barry Bruce, who is a professor at UT Knoxville, has discovered when using photosynthesis with a certain type of algae and a catalyst method with platinum, that hydrogen was produced when that algae was exposed to light.

 Barry Bruce is head of a team of researchers that work on these findings from UT Knoxville and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. They are researching this to create a solution for a natural fuel for the possibility of even using it in vehicles. Continue reading

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