The life of an environmental reporter isn’t all tortoises and solar panels.
OK, it kind of is.
But it can also be dangerous.
While covering the release of some tortoises in the desert between Las Vegas and Pahrump on Wednesday, this reporter came within about 6 inches of stepping on a coiled up rattlesnake.
Roy Averill-Murray from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service took one look at the snake and quickly identified it as a Mojave, probably the deadliest viper in North America.
Or, as he later explained it to the other tortoise researchers conducting Wednesday’s release, “Henry almost had to go home early.”
Conan O’Brien was the headliner, but President Barack Obama delivered some of the biggest laughs during the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner on April 27.
The president’s stand-up routine included a long riff about Las Vegas casino mogul Sheldon Adelson and the roughly $100 million he spent on negative ads aimed at unseating Obama.
“You could buy an island and call it Nobama for that kind of money,” the president said.
“Sheldon would have been better off offering me a hundred million dollars to drop out of the race. I probably wouldn’t have taken it, but I’d have thought about it,” Obama said. “Michelle would have taken it.”
TWEET OF THE WEEK: @Glenn_CookNV (Review-Journal editorial writer) I asked @SenatorReid how years as majority leader have changed him. “I no longer worry about what you write about me.”