We continue our photo, writing and other assignments as we explore more of Ecuador, this time the many micro climates leading gradually down from Cuenca to Loja and Vilcabamba.
We cannot speak too highly of the delectable, organic food and the sweetness of the indigenous people and courtesy of Spanish descendants--from children to shopkeepers to executives. The cultural offerings challenge any accomplishments in the performing and visual arts of which we are aware and the scenery, wildlife and consistently moderate climate make visiting here a true joy.
Yesterday I had the additional honor, as a former Anchorage Chamber of Commerce Chairman to provide photographic services for the Chamber's annual celebration of visitors (NGP Photo).
Guests could walk down the stairs from the Cathedral Todos Los Santos to El Puente Roto (Broken Bridge). There, a Saturday Market-like setting greeted visitors who enjoyed indigenous music and dancing in the 70 degree setting, complete with complimentary local foods and booths describing telecommunications, senior assisted living, finance, TravelMed surgeries, job hunting and local outdoor and indoor events galore. One Ex-Pat local couple was sitting on a big rock by the River enjoying the music and magic of the day (NGP Photo). I was happy to again encounter -- following an earlier trip in July to the factory -- Consuelo Jimbo (NGP Photo) of the Homero Ortega Company. Consuelo is an iconic model for the company, seen in magazines and posters around the world. Here, without having to watch her fingers work their magic, she weaves a 'Panama Hat', made famous by many films but actually originated and still made today in Ecuador.
Today comes a new adventure and departure from the business of Cuenca--a road trip from the higher ground here through some of the most beautiful mountains and valleys anywhere to the Valley of Longevity I have long wanted to photograph.
Few citizens here speak English forcing me to seek greater mastery of a language of my youth. Though I miss my family every minute, the adventure itself is fulfilling: poignant and full of new and colorful sights, nomadic challenges, and a very important quest for understanding at this special time of my life.
If readers have questions about this trip or wish to make comments, please feel free to do so though it might be sometime before you have a response.
Meanwhile, never fear, the energy reporting continues tomorrow, in these Notes From the Road.
Your interest means much. Be well.
Ewart: U.S. energy self-sufficiency not doomsday for Canada - Calgary Herald - By Stephen Ewart, Calgary Herald November 15, 2012 10:32 AM. Tweet. Comment. 0 ... The IEA also predicted the U.S. would overtake Russia as the leading natural gas producer in 2015 and be all but self-sufficient in energy by 2035. Apparently, the ...
Oilsands will be a definining showdown in battle between forms of ... - National Post - Jim Prentice (NGP Photo), the former Calgary MP who who served in the Harper cabinet as minister ...investment in Canada – in particular as it pertains to oil and gas.
Braid: Latest obstacle to oilsands product pure nonsense - Calgary Herald. B.C.'s politically unstable premier, Christy Clark, has already unilaterally categorized an Alberta product as different — and bad — to justify her opposition to the proposed Northern Gatewaypipeline. We're now having trouble sending the stuff to ...
Redford wants 'dialogue' with Quebec about roadblocks to Alberta oil - Calgary Herald
The spat comes as Calgary-based pipeline companies are looking for new ways to move additional crude into Eastern Canada. Enbridge is planning a significant expansion of its pipelines that carry crude from the oilsands and Bakken shale oilfield to ...
Houston Chronicle: Energy alliance official: Keystone approval likely soon. “I think there’s no doubt the Keystone pipeline will be approved in fairly short order and generate economic growth,” John Northington, counsel to the alliance, said. But Northington and former Bush campaign official Michael Whatley (NGP Photo), executive vice president of the alliance, agreed looming talks about tax reform threaten to hurt independent drilling companies if the tax credit for intangible drilling costs is cut or eliminated. “If you take away those intangible drilling costs (for) independent producers, 25 percent of their drilling budget is going to come off the table,” Whatley said. **Houston Business Journal and Yahoo! News also report.
Charlotte Observer by Bruce Henderson. Piedmont Natural Gas has invested $180 million in a pipeline project that will ship natural gas from the massive Marcellus Shale deposits in northern Pennsylvania to markets in New York and New England.
Politico by Byron Tau. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar (NGP Archive Photo) threatened to punch a reporter on a recent trip to Colorado, according to witnesses. Dave Philipps, a reporter for the Colorado Springs Gazette, tried to ask Salazar about his appointments to the Bureau of Land Management and the wild horse population in the state. Specifically, Philipps had questions about the government's relationship with a wild horse buyer who allegedly sold more than 1,700 horses to Mexican slaughterhouses. Ginger Kathrens, executive director of the Cloud Foundation, witnessed the exchange between Salazar and a reporter. Her organization put out a release cataloging the exchange and blasting Salazar for his treatment of the press. The group captured video of some of the exchange, but stopped recording before the threat itself. According to Kathrens, Salazar took two questions from Philipps before disagreeing with his line of questioning. "Don't you ever ... You know what, you do that again... I'll punch you out," Salazar reportedly told Philipps before ending the interview and walking off.
Calgary Herald by Deborah Yedlin (Photo). For years, energy scarcity is what has driven government energy policy. Nowhere more so than Alberta. But that changed, for real, on Monday when the International Energy Agency released its latest forecast for production and consumption.
Homer Tribune, by Naomi Klouda. Buccaneer Energy Limited intends to move forward with drilling plans three miles offshore from Anchor Point this winter, the company announced on Tuesday. In a press from the company’s Houston headquarters, the company did not commit to a date for when the Endeavour jack-up rig would move from the Homer Deep Water Dock, however.
|For a more complete understanding of Alaska's suffering under the heavy hand of the Federal Government, see the historical, Broken Promises, Part I, Part II, and Part III.|
Part two deals with the malfeasance, economic damage to the country and hypocrisy of federal government agencies.
Petroleum News Alaska by Eric Lidji (NGP Photo). The public corporation of the state is currently conducting due diligence to determine whether it should build, own and operate a 4.5-mile access road connecting the existing Tarn road to the Mustang field, as well as a production pad at the development site. After announcing a 40 million barrel discovery earlier this year, the small independent Brooks Range Petroleum Corp. is working to bring the Mustang field online by 2014.
Your Alaska Link hosts Doreen Lorenz and Mark Colveccio interview Dan Fauske (NGP Photo), CEO of the Alaska Gasline Development Authority (AGDC), also referred to as the As Soon As Possible (ASAP) project. See video:
Petroleum News Alaska by Eric Lidji. Almost a decade after regulators gave the utility permission to set its rates at will, an economist representing the state Attorney General’s office believes state regulators should once again subject Fairbanks Natural Gas LLC to traditional rate regulation. “The rationale for FNG’s economic exemption is negated by its pricing behavior,” economist Christina Klein wrote in testimony to the Regulatory Commission of Alaska.