first_imgSANTA ANITA’S 23-DAY AUTUMN MEET SET TO OPEN ON FRIDAY, WITH FIRST POST TIME AT 1 P.M.; TRACK TO HOST RECORD 10TH BREEDERS’ CUP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS NOV. 1 & 2 ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 23, 2019)–With entries set to be taken on Tuesday, Santa Anita Park’s 23-day Autumn Meet will open on Friday, Sept. 27, with first post time at 1 p.m.  The highlight of the meeting, which concludes Sunday, Nov. 3, will be a record 10th Breeders’ Cup World Championships on Nov. 1 & 2.  Tickets for the 2019 Breeders’ Cup can now be purchased through the Breeders’ Cup Ticket Office at (877) 849-4287, or by visiting just east of Pasadena in Arcadia, Santa Anita first opened on Dec. 25, 1934 and as such, is an iconic figure on the Southern California sports landscape, preceding all other major sports franchises in Los Angeles.     Aside from the two-day Breeders’ Cup, first post time on weekdays will be at 1 p.m. and on weekends, at 12:30 p.m.  Admission gates open at 11 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. respectively.SANTA ANITA AUTUMN MEET FACT SHEET–FREE ADMISSION AND PARKING ON ALL WEEKDAYS, EXCLUDING NOV. 1 & 2.–WEEKEND GENERAL ADMISSION:  $5–WEEKEND CLUBHOUSE ADMISSION:  $10–MEZZANINE BOX SEATS:  $10 PER SEAT.–RACING PROGRAM:  $3–WEEKEND GENERAL PARKING:  $4–VALET PARKING:  $10–TWO DOLLAR BEERS AND SIX DOLLAR SPECIALTY COCKTAILS ARE OFFERED EACH FRIDAY TO THOSE 21 AND OVER.–ASIDE FROM WEEK ONE, SANTA ANITA’S AUTUMN MEET WILL OPERATE ON A FOUR-DAY WEEK, THURSDAY THROUGH SUNDAY.–FANS ARE ENCOURAGED to sign up for XB Rewards to get Admissions discounts and special offers.  Visit the XB Rewards Center located on the Grandstand main floor.–SANTA ANITA IS OFFERING A WIDE RANGE OF EVENTS AND PROMOTIONS THIS SEASON.  For additional information or to purchase tickets online, please visit–FRONTRUNNER RESTAURANT–Glass enclosed with spectacular views on the Grandstand’s fifth floor, personal TV monitors are at each table with ready access to wagering windows.  For reservations call (626) 574-1035.  FrontRunner Brunch reservations can be made each weekend at–TURF TERRACE RESTAURANT–Located on the Grandstand third and fifth floors, just past the finish line, this spectacular area is outdoors but fully covered, with easy access to wagering and each table includes a personal TV.  Turf Terrace Packages can be purchased at and to make a reservation, please visit  To make a reservation by phone, please call (626) 574-1030.–SANTA ANITA’S NEW LOGE BOX SEAT INITIATIVE–As a special offer for the 2019 Autumn Meet, enjoy a day at the races in these brand new boxes for only $12 per seat.  Visit to purchase online and save.–INQUIRIES REGARDING THE AVAILABILITY OF SEASON AND DAILY LUXURY SUITES (including all-new Stretch Run Suites), should be directed to Santa Anita Group Sales at (626) 574-6400.–SANTA ANITA OFFERS FREE INFIELD PARKING AND ADMISSION EACH WEEKEND VIA GATE SIX OFF OF COLORADO PLACE ON THE TRACK’S NORTHERN PERIMETER.–WITH SPECTACULAR VISUALS of morning training and the San Gabriel Mountains, admission to Clockers’ Corner, located at the top of the stretch, is free each morning and a full breakfast menu is available to attendees from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m., seven days a week.—FREE SEABISCUIT TRAM TOURS OF THE STABLE AREA are available each weekend morning at 9:45 a.m., weather permitting.  Tours depart from Clockers’ Corner.–THE CALIFORNIA RETIREMENT MANAGEMENT ACCOUNT (CARMA), which retrains and re-homes retired racehorses, maintains an office at Santa Anita and can be reached directly at additional information, please visit or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more

3000 Pounds of Auctioned Antlers Highlight States Role Managing Trafficked Wildlife

first_imgHandsome antlers sold for around $175 a pair. Auction buyers often sell raw antlers to artists to use as raw material. Smaller pieces that were cut up for easier transport were kept in plastic totes and auctioned by the pound. (Photo: Zachariah Hughes, KSKA)The Alaska Department of Fish and Game held its annual “Hide and Horn” auction Sunday, selling off all the leftover animal products the state comes to possess while managing Alaska’s wildlife. The auction is not only a Fur Rondy tradition, but part of how the state manages its wildlife resources.Download AudioThis year, an unprecedented number of caribou antlers went to bid, the result of a trafficking case stretching from Juneau to the Northwest Arctic community of Selawik.Just past the fairgrounds in downtown Anchorage, crowds of people strolled between dozens of bear hides, sheep capes, and bundles of caribou antlers duck-taped together, resembling thigh-high tumbleweeds.  On stage, helpers hoisted spindly, branch-like antlers high overhead while the auctioneer coaxed patrons towards $150 or $175 a set.“I’m owner of Knight’s Taxidermy here in Anchorage, Alaska,” said Russell Knight, “and I’m down here to buy bear hides, horns and antlers, and anything else I can get.”Lots of 10 antlers fetched as much as $750. Size, quality, and age all played a role in bidding. Not all the antlers came from the same harvest season. (Photo: Zachariah Hughes, KSKA)Knight and many of the more aggressively bidders are professional buyers, loading up on supplies for taxidermy, handicrafts, and fine arts at relatively low prices. This is the state’s largest auction of wildlife products, and is part of Anchorage’s annual Fur Rondy celebration.Richard Person is the head of the Southcentral Chapter of the Alaska Trappers Association, and explained the origins of Fur Rondy—short for ‘fur rendezvous.’ “Traditionally a rendezvous would be where the hunters and trappers would come together, drink a lot of whiskey, and sell their pelts.”The Trappers Association has won the contract to put on the auction for the state the last few years, and Person believes it is one of the few ways the state is able to share some of its rarest resources with residents.“It gives a chance for regular folks who don’t have an opportunity maybe to take one of these animals in a hunting situation to come and still participate and own a piece of Alaska…that is unique,” Person said.This year’s auction is especially unique. The state had 3,000 pounds of caribou antlers for sale, about five times the usual.Most are from just one criminal case.Nome-based Wildlife Trooper Brian Miller was stationed flew to Kotzebue in 2011 to investigate reports of an outside buyer shipping huge quantities of antlers to the road system on a commercial freight plane.“It had been sent from the village of Selawik,” Miller recalled. “Prior to the shipping from the village it had been wrapped up on pallets. Stacks of antlers wrapped in plastic, probably about four to five feet high.”It is illegal to buy or sell raw antlers that were not naturally shed in the Northwest Arctic Borough, where caribou are a key subsistence stock. That regulation came after pressure from antler merchants in the ‘80s and ‘90s led to a troubling wave of wanton waste cases along the banks of the Kobuk and Noatak rivers.In the 2011 case, the state brought 22 misdemeanor charges against Harbor Stanton of  Copper Center, whose trip, according to charging documents, was financed for $10,5000 by Ivory Jack’s Trading company in Juneau.“I’ve not come across that before or since,” said Miller of the several pallets recovered both in Kotzebue and Selawik. Many of the antlers had been split into pieces by a band-saw to make them easier to transport.Stanton settled the case in July of 2014. He was fined $500 dollars and forfeited the antlers.Which begs the question: what is the state to do when it suddenly acquires 2,000 pounds of illegal caribou antlers?Since they do not need to be fleshed or sealed like hides, they head straight to a warehouse until they find a new home.Approximately 50 bear hides were sold, along with pelts from beavers, wolves, dall sheep, and even a musk ox hide. At least two musk oxen were destroyed in Defense of Life and Property this year, with more taken as part of an expanded hunt to deal with a nuisance population near Nome. ADF&G permitted out those musk oxen mounts to facilities in Ketchican and Homer. (Photo: Zachariah Hughes, KSKA)Wildlife Technician Jim Holmes is with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. It is his job to wrangle the full force of the state’s bureaucracy when it comes to sharing wildlife resources–even the ones obtained in unfortunate circumstances.“Typically, throughout the year I get requests from schools, museums, educational facilities, visitor centers–places like that–who are requesting these items for educational purposes,” Holmes said, sitting in his office near to the many mounts and skulls decorating the ADF&G building in Anchorage.Holmes estimates the annual auction is just one percent of his total workload. Most of the time he arranges for road-kill, animals taken out of season, or in Defense of Life and Property, to be taxidermied or tanned, then redistributed to public areas where residents can view them.The auction usually brings between $40,000 and $60,000 in revenue, which covers the costs of handling all the horns and hides the department manages in the course of a year.last_img read more

Rising Rents Leading to Increase in Homelessness

first_img Recently, online real estate and rental marketplace Zillow, performed a comparative analysis on its report published in 2017 examining the relationship between rising rents and homeless populations. The analysis found that the report had accurately predicted the recently released 2017 point-in-time (PIT) counts by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The company said that their analysis showed a median absolute percent error of 8.3 percent against the PIT counts. The analysis’ predictions of the PIT counts in 17 out of 25 metro areas were within the 99 percent predicted interval.The report had predicted that the relationship between rising rents and increased homelessness was particularly strong in Los Angeles; New York; Washington, D.C.; and Seattle. In two areas–Los Angeles and Sacramento–the rapidly rising rents meant that the figures compiled by the HUD came in higher than Zillow’s prediction. According to Zillow’s report, nearly 2,000 more people would fall into homelessness if the rent in Los Angeles climbed an average of 5 percent. The local count in January 2017 indicated that 57,794 people in the Los Angeles metro area experienced homelessness, an almost 11,000-person increase from 2016. The increase was greater than expected, given that rents rose about 4 percent from 2016 to 2017.In Atlanta, Charlotte, Detroit, Houston, Miami, and Tampa the local counts were lower than the report’s predictions. The lower counts, Zillow has said, were because some areas have disrupted the link between rising rents and homelessness. Houston, for example, had one of the higher homeless counts in the country five years ago. Now it’s dropping fast, so that a 6 percent decrease in rent over the past year translated into 426 fewer people experiencing homelessness in Houston.The latest results will be incorporated into the dynamic Bayesian hierarchical model that Zillow uses for time-varying homeless count data and will be reflected in their predictions for 2018. in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News analysis Homelessness HOUSING HUD Los Angeles metros New York PIT counts prediction Rents Washington D.C. Zillow 2018-01-04 Staff Writer Rising Rents Leading to Increase in Homelessnesscenter_img January 4, 2018 672 Views Sharelast_img read more