“The Old Home Place:” The Wood Brothers Return To Boulder With Sit-In From Dad

first_imgIn the midst of their fall tour, the Wood Brothers played a homecoming show to a sold-out crowd on Friday night in Boulder. The evening began with a rollicking set from Amy Helm, daughter of the late drummer of The Band, Levon Helm. Amy’s set featured a handful of heavy, blues-rock tinged tunes, as well as a number of tributes to her father including “The Stones I Throw” and the beautiful hymn “Just Over in the Glory Land.”Following Helm, The Wood Brothers took the stage shortly before 10 pm, leading with their moving, timeless classic, “Postcards from Hell” off of the 2008 album Loaded. The song worked perfectly in the opening slot, setting the tone for the evening before the band dropped into “Tried and Tempted” from 2006’s Ways Not to Lose. Guitarist and lead vocalist Oliver Wood led the intro with younger brother and bassist Chris Wood holding down the low end before the band broke into the first verse. The song built to a slow fury, eventually morphing into the funky, gritty “Sky High” off of the band’s recent release, One Drop of Truth.The group played “Keep Me Around,” another fan-favorite from 2013’s The Muse, before Oliver took a brief moment to announce that the band’s latest album had just been nominated for a Grammy for “Best Americana” album, alongside notables such as John Prine and Brandi Carlile. The group kept chugging along, showcasing a pair of songs from the new album, “River Takes the Town” and “Sparkling Wine.” The lyrics and particularly the refrain of the former (“it’ll never be the same, it’ll never be the same”) ring especially true in today’s social, ecological, and political climate, a fact that was clearly not lost on Chris and Oliver as they introduced the song.Next came a barn-burning take on “Who the Devil” off of The Muse, before eventually digging deeper into the catalog for “Pray Enough” and “One More Day” with the vocal intro to the latter echoing Oliver’s slide guitar work on “Sky High.” As multi-instrumentalist Jano Rix led the group out of the song and into a percussive jam, Chris Wood took to the drum risers with some of his now-signature dance moves. A slow, crawling reprise of the song in what felt like eighth-time gave way to a short speech from Chris about their beginnings in Boulder, and the incredible musician that is their father, Bill Wood.Bill was an early component in the Cambridge, Massachusetts folk scene, playing with the likes of Joan Baez among others. Welcoming out their dad for the first time ever, Oliver and Chris huddled around an old-fashioned single mic, somehow managed to reduce the crowd to near silence, and performed a nostalgic take on The Dillard’s bluegrass standard “The Old Home Place.”More guests took the stage for the next number as the brothers were joined by Amy Helm and a couple of her band members for a seasonally-appropriate take on The Band’s “Christmas Must Be Tonight” from their 1977 album Islands. The group then returned to the early part of their catalog once again, playing “Loaded” and a fast “Atlas” before a true-to-form take on “Wastin’ My Mind.” Practically taking the form of a power trio and seemingly summoning the spirit of Led Zeppelin, Chris, Oliver and Jano tore through “Shoo Fly Pie” in swampy blues fashion and carried the deep groove into an especially heavy version of “Luckiest Man.”More blues followed with a cover of “Big Boss Man” and then “Snake Eyes” from the 2015 album Paradise, featuring Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi. Once again and to the pleasure of all in attendance, the band played a well-known song with a newfound, thick, heavy, wall of sound: partially reminiscent of some of their recent work, but perhaps also indicating where they’re heading.After a well-deserved bow, the brothers returned to the stage for a two-song encore of beautifully paired songs. They began with a slow, blissful “What Would I Do Without You,” bringing things down a bit before ending the show with a fiery take on “Honey Jar” to end the evening.In their hometown show, the Wood Brothers brought out close friends and family, managing to floor a notoriously-picky local crowd with a thick, powerful new sound. The Wood Brothers winter tour kicks off on January 15th in Winston-Salem, NC. For a complete list of tour dates, visit the band’s website.Setlist: The Wood Brothers | Boulder Theatre | Boulder, CO | 12/7/18Set I: Postcards from Hell, Tried and Tempted, Sky High, Keep Me Around, River Takes the Town, Sparkling Wine, Who the Devil, Unknown Song, Pray Enough, One More Day, Old Home Place*, Christmas Must Be Tonight# , Loaded, Atlas, Wastin’ My Mind, Shoo Fly Pie, Luckiest Man, Big Boss Man, Snake EyesE: What Would I Do Without You, Honey Jar* with Chris and Oliver’s dad, Bill Wood# with Amy Helm and her band Photo: C.B. Klein Load remaining imageslast_img read more

September 1, 2004 On the Move

first_imgSeptember 1, 2004 On the Move September 1, 2004 On the Move On the Move Hector J. Rivera has become associated with Barr, Murman, Tonelli, Slother & Sleet. Rivera concentrates in matters of civil litigation. Offices are located at 201 E. Kennedy Blvd., Ste. 1700, Tampa 33602, phone: (813) 223-3951. Lawrence S. McDowell and Michael E. Goodbread, Jr., have joined Fowler, White, Boggs, Banker. McDowell has joined the Ft. Myers office as an associate and focuses in state and federal trial courts, business litigation, including contract disputes, restrictive covenants, wrongful discharge, franchise disputes, corporate and small business matters, labor and employment issues, and discrimination claims. Goodbread has joined the firm’s corporate practice group, as a shareholder, in the Jacksonville office. John F. Schutz has opened his new law office at 500 S. Australian Ave., Ste. 636, West Palm Beach 33401, phone: (561) 791-8535, fax: (561) 791-8532. Schutz concentrates in family law. Guy M. Shir, formerly of Becker & Poliakoff, P.A., has joined Kahan & Associates as partner to lead its litigation practice group, with offices at 1800 N.W. Corporate Blvd., Suite 102, Boca Raton 33431. Shir concentrates in matters of commercial and civil litigation, creditors’ rights, collections and foreclosures, community association, and landlord and tenant law. Alisa M. Smith has joined the 10th Circuit Public Defenders Office’s appellate division and Stacey H. McNelis and Kristie Williamson joined the PD’s Bartow office’s trial division. Dana L. Keen, formerly of Stephens, Lynn, Klein, LaCava, Hoffman & Puya, has joined Lytal, Reiter, Clark, Fountain & Williams in West Palm Beach as an associate, with offices at the Northbridge Center, 10th Floor, 515 N. Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach 33401, telephone (561) 655-1990. Keen will concentrate her practice in the areas of medical malpractice, nursing home negligence, personal injury, and wrongful death litigation. A. Stephen Kotler, formerly with Akerman Senterfitt in Miami, has joined Fowler White Boggs Banker as of counsel in its Naples office. Kotler will practice in the firm’s Trust and Estates Practice Group where he will advise clients on wealth preservation and family wealth transfer planning, asset protection, probate, estate and trust administration, federal transfer tax, and inbound international planning. He will also provide counsel on elder law issues. Seth King, formerly an assistant city attorney for Orlando, has joined Baker & Hostetler in its land use planning and development practice area. Sarah R. Hamilton, a recent Florida State University College of Law graduate, has joined Pleat & Perry, P.A., in Destin with offices at 4477 Legendary Drive, Suite 202, Regatta Commons, phone (850) 650-0599. She will be assisting the firm in general civil litigation matters. A. Scott Toney, formerly with the Goldberg Law Office, announces the opening of the Law Office of A. Scott Toney, P.A., located at the Metro Corp Center, Suite 500, 4210 NW 37 Place, Gainesville 32606, phone (352) 376-6500. Toney focuses his practice in the areas of personal injury, workers’ compensation, elder law, and estate planning. Robert D. Schwartz of the Law Offices of Robert D. Schwartz, P.A. in Boca Raton has become of counsel for the firm. Stephen M. Lawler, formerly with Groelle & Salmon in Tampa, has joined Fowler White Boggs Banker as an associate and will practice in the general trial practice group in the firm’s St. Petersburg office. He will concentrate his practice in the area of defense of first and third party tort and contract claims including auto, property, personal injury, PIP, fraud, and general liability claims, as well as prosecution of commercial claims. David W. Hall has joined Kirk Pinkerton as a real estate associate in the firm’s Bradenton office and Cindy H. Ford has joined the firm as an associate in the firm’s Sarasota Office. Ford’s practice will focus on commercial litigation. Edrick E. Barnes has joined Liggio Benrubi & Williams as an associate, with offices at the Barristers Bulding, Suite 3-B, 1615 Forum Pl., West Palm Beach 33401, phone (561) 616-3333. Barnes will concentrate his practice in the areas of bad faith, insurance claims, personal injury, and wrongful death litigation. Jessica L. Koch has joined Moyle, Flanigan, Katz, Raymond & Sheehan, P.A., as an associate with offices at 625 North Flagler, Dr., West Palm Beach, 33401, telephone (561) 659-7500. GrayRobinson has added Gary S. Salzman as a shareholder and Douglas Lambert as of counsel to its Orlando office. Both attorneys were formerly with Brown, Salzman, Weiss & Garganese, in Orlando. Salzman practices in the areas of litigation, mediation and arbitration for legal disputes involving corporate, business, commercial, contract, real estate, employment, commercial landlord-tenant, and lender-banking law. Lambert practices in commercial and business litigation, banking litigation, accounting disputes, contracts, mortgage foreclosures, real property disputes and landlord-tenant matters. Robert “Chip” Birthisel, formerly a partner at Williams Mullen in Norfolk, Virginia, has joined the Tampa office of GrayRobinson in its maritime, environmental, and transportation practice groups. He handles both transactional and litigation matters. Carl E. Westman, formerly of Steel Hector & Davis, has joined Cohen & Grigsby in its newly expanded Naples office as a director in its estates and trusts group. Westman concentrates his practice in the areas of estate planning, charitable planning, and estate administration. David P. Bloch, formerly assistant chief litigation counsel in the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Enforcement, has joined LECG, LLC as a principal of the national forensic accounting practice in Washington, D.C. He consults in the areas of complex financial fraud, securities fraud, and conducts forensic investigations on behalf of publicly traded and privately held companies. Mark Miller, formerly a law clerk for U.S. District Judge Henry Adams of the Middle District, has been appointed an assistant general counsel with the Office of General Counsel for the City of Jacksonville and works in the litigation department. Timothy W. Schulz has become an associate with Schwarzberg & Associates, with offices at the Esperante Building, 222 Lakeview Avenue, Suite 210, West Palm Beach 33401, telephone (561) 659-3300. He concentrates his practice in complex business disputes, commercial litigation, and employment matters. Steven A. Halim and Kenneth D. Pratt, both former assistant public defenders, have formed a new partnership — Halim & Pratt, LLC, with offices at 207 East Hillcrest Street, Orlando 32801, telephone (407) 650-9044. The firm will concentrate in the areas of criminal law and real estate. Rebecca L. Henderson and Dave Aronberg will help Greenspoon, Marder, Hirschfeld, Rafkin, Ross & Berger, P.A., open its second Palm Beach County office located at One Clearlake Centre, 250 South Australian Avenue. Henderson focuses her practice in the areas of land use, zoning, construction contracts, regulatory enforcement, government relations, lobbying and litigation. Aronberg, who also serves in the Florida Senate, focuses on local government law, consumer protection, and litigation. Greenspoon Marder Partner Bill Berger also will be doing some work at the new office. Greenspoon Marder also has expanded and relocated its Orlando office from the SouthTrust Building on Central Boulevard to the Capital Plaza One building located at 201 East Pine Street. The firm will occupy the entire fifth floor of the building. Heidi Nixon Boyles also has joined the Orlando office as an associate and will focus her practice on real estate and financial transactional work, as well as litigation. Raul Cabrera, formerly of Meeks, Lewis and Cabrera, has opened The Law Office of Raul Cabrera and Associates in Tampa. The firm concentrates in matters of criminal defense, personal injury, Social Security, and workers’ compensation. Office located at 5041 West Cypress Street, Suite 300, Tampa 33607, phone (813) 637-8100. Sheri Lessne Farbish has joined Cohen, Chase, Hoffman & Schimmel, P.A., in Miami, practicing in the area of estate planning. Shyam N.S. Dixit, Jr. joined the firm Trenam, Kemker, Scharf, Barkin, Frye, O’Neill & Mullis as an associate in the litigation department. He will continue concentrating in commercial litigation, patent, trademark and copyright law, insurance coverage and environmental law. Scott J. Topolski, formerly of Rutherford Mulhall, P.A., has joined Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs, LLP, where he is a partner resident in the firm’s litigation practice group in Boca Raton. Topolski will handle commercial premium collections and litigation matters.last_img read more

Dalvin Cook kicks into ‘extra gear’ in Florida State’s 45-14 blowout win over Syracuse

first_imgSet up in an I-formation, Florida State running back Dalvin Cook ran up to take the handoff from quarterback Deondre Francois midway through the second quarter. As soon as the ball was placed into his stomach, he planted his left foot in the ground and cut to the right, running diagonally toward the sideline.As soon as fullback Freddie Stevenson got the block down on safety Daivon Ellison on the outside, Cook planted his right foot and cut back up the field. He scampered into the end zone untouched.“We knew he was very dangerous when he gets to the perimeter and uses his speed, so instead of letting him get lateral as much as he likes to, we tried to keep him between the tackles,” linebacker Zaire Franklin said. “Obviously it didn’t go to well today.”Syracuse (4-7, 2-5 Atlantic Coast) got blown out at home, losing its third straight game. Although the defense played well in spurts, it couldn’t find a way to stop Cook, one of the best running backs in the country. He ended up with 225 yards and four touchdowns on the ground — the most rushing yards and touchdowns SU has allowed to a single player all year — and was the catalyst of No. 17 Florida State’s (8-3, 5-3) offense in its 45-14 victory over the Orange on Saturday.MORE COVERAGE:AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFlorida State put a beat down on SyracuseDino Babers said Eric Dungey hasn’t received second opinion on injurySyracuse’s offensive line struggled to protect Zack Mahoney Cook flashed his skills on his first carry of the game. Starting from SU’s 21-yard line, he took the second-down handoff left and seemed surrounded by Orange jerseys near the line of scrimmage. Syracuse fans started cheering, thinking SU would force the Seminoles into a third and long.Instead, Cook bounced off his tight end, Ryan Izzo, who was blocking for him, turned toward the middle and ran for a gain of 6. Orange fans went from excited to disappointed with one explosive cutback.“He has great feet,” linebacker Andrew Armstrong said. “Even when we do keep contain, he’s good with his footwork cutting back.”On the next drive, his second carry of the day went for 41 yards. That passed the 19 yards he needed coming into the game to become FSU’s all-time leading rusher.When Syracuse over-contained to try and keep Cook inside the tackles, he’d rush straight up the gut. When SU plugged up the middle, Cook would bounce to the outside and run past whoever was there.As the game progressed he wore out the SU defense. In the first quarter, he had six carries for 55 yards, with the majority of them coming on that 41-yard run. In the second quarter, he got seven more for 49 yards and the touchdown.“The tailback, he’s an ‘OMG’ guy,” Syracuse head coach Dino Babers said.Jacob Greenfeld | Asst. Photo EditorBut the first half was just an appetizer for Cook. Coming out of the break with a 21-7 lead — and right after SU had scored on a Hail Mary to end the first half — the Seminoles scored two touchdowns on their first two possessions. Both times it was Cook running untouched and both runs were for more than 10 yards.Cook became just the seventh FBS player this season to run four touchdowns and 200 yards in a game. He also became the first player in ACC history to clear the 4,000 career rushing yard marker in just three seasons.After SU scored a touchdown to cut the lead to 35-14, kicker Cole Murphy tried an onside kick that was recovered by Florida State. The drive ended with Cook’s fourth touchdown of the game.“He has an extra gear,” linebacker Troy Henderson said. “He has an extra gear that I don’t think anybody in the country can catch him when he gets to the sideline.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on November 19, 2016 at 10:30 pm Contact Tomer: [email protected] | @tomer_langerlast_img read more

Bump n run

first_imgNew England’s Doug Flutie converts the first successful drop kick in the NFL since 1941 during Sunday’s game. Seattle record breaker Shaun Alexander said his offensive line was more excited about a chance at the league rushing title than he was. The NFL touchdown record was another matter. “It’s more fulfilling to be 13-3, to know we’re in the playoffs and we don’t have to play next week,” Alexander said. “Those are more fulfilling than the rushing title. The scoring title, the touchdowns, I do like that. That’s pretty cool.” Alexander set both marks on Sunday in the Seattle Seahawks’ 23-17 loss to the Green Bay Packers. First, he established the NFL single-season mark for touchdowns by scoring his 28th early in the second quarter. On third-and-goal at the 1, Alexander took a handoff from Matt Hasselbeck, got a block from fullback Mack Strong and raised his hand in triumph, untouched, for his 100th career TD. “I know there was one play that there was no reason in the world for Green Bay to line up the way they lined up (defensively),” he said. “You kind of understood that the game was not a normal game for us or them, and it was just weird. I like the other way better.” Priest Holmes set his mark in 2003 with 27 touchdowns – all rushing. Alexander, who ran for 73 yards on 20 first-half carries Sunday, also had 27 touchdowns rushing and added one receiving this season. Just before halftime, Alexander’s 3-yard run vaulted him ahead of New York Giants’ running back Tiki Barber as the league rushing leader. Alexander finished with 1,880 yards, 20 ahead of Barber, who ran for 203 yards on Saturday night in a 30-21 victory over the Oakland Raiders. At this rate, we’ll see it again in the 2069 season center_img For 21 years, Doug Flutie’s career has been defined by one play. Now the “Hail Flutie” has its historic bookend. The 43-year-old Patriots backup converted the NFL’s first successful drop kick since 1941, making an extra point in the fourth quarter of the Miami Dolphins’ mostly meaningless 28-26 victory Sunday over New England. According to the Pro Football Hall of Fame Web site, the league’s last drop kick for points was Dec. 21, 1941, when Ray “Scooter” McLean converted for the Chicago Bears to beat the New York Giants 37-9 in the NFL championship game. The ball was more round until 1934, making the bounce more predictable. And the rules were changed to require the kicker to be behind the line of scrimmage, relegating the drop kick to a riskier version of a place kick or extra point. But when ESPN broadcaster Chris Berman mentioned to New England coach Belichick that he’d seen Flutie drop kick, the coach called his quarterback into his office and asked if he could do it. “I said, ‘I could do it,”‘ Flutie said. “‘There’s no real application for it, but I could do it.”‘ A tearful goodbye, as expected With trademark tears in his eyes, Dick Vermeil said this is really it – a third retirement means he’s out of football. Unlike his other two retirements, there’ll be no returning to the profession he loves so dearly, Vermeil tearfully told a news conference Sunday after his Kansas City Chiefs beat Cincinnati 37-3. He teared up and had to pause several times after the game Sunday while thanking Chiefs owner Lamar Hunt and team president Carl Peterson for giving him an opportunity. “I didn’t get you to a Super Bowl, Lamar,” he told the owner, who sat a few feet away and also appeared to be tight-lipped. “But you’ll get there some day, and I’ll go with you.” When he looks back at a lifetime of coaching, Vermeil said he will remember the people. He’ll think about the fresh-faced high school kids where it all began in San Jose and San Mateo. He’ll recall the youngsters at UCLA he took to the Rose Bowl and led to an upset of then-No. 1 Ohio State in 1976. There’ll be the memories of Philadelphia and a Super Bowl, of winning the Super Bowl with the St. Louis Rams, and the last five years in Kansas City. “I think of watching people go through transitions in their career, to go from one level to the next level,” he said. “All those things are very real.” Vermeil also made it clear he would like to see offensive coordinator Al Saunders move up to replace him. One other possibility who’s often been mentioned has been New York Jets coach Herman Edwards, an old friend of Peterson. Cardinals set records Arizona’s Neil Rackers broke the NFL’s single-season field goal record by hitting a 42-yarder with 10:59 left in the game Sunday at Indianapolis, his 40th field goal this season. Rackers broke the mark set by Miami’s Olindo Mare in 1999 and tied by St. Louis’ Jeff Wilkins in 2003. He tied the record with a 28-yarder in the second quarter. The Cardinals also hit another milestone late in the game, becoming the first team in five years with two receivers to catch 100 passes. Larry Fitzgerald caught his 100th pass in the first quarter Sunday, and Anquan Boldin caught his 100th pass in the fourth period. It marked the first time a receiving duo on the same team had 100 receptions in the same season since the 2000 Denver Broncos with Ed McCaffrey and Rod Smith. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Guardian Launches Search Engine for Government Data

first_imgTags:#news#NYT#web Related Posts marshall kirkpatrick The Guardian, ostensibly a UK newspaper, but also a major proponent for opening data held by governments to use by outside software developers, has launched some software of its own: a search engine that unearths datasets and pathways to data sets provided by governments around the world. World Government Data Search is now live.Yesterday the UK government released its new data site, data.gov.uk, to rave reviews (including ours). The new Guardian search engine searches across the UK, US, New Zealand and Australian governments’ data sites. The company also offered up a gallery of the 10 best visualizations and mash-ups built on top of government data like this.The Guardian quotes developer Ben Fry on the future of searching government data: “This is only going one way: there is no trend towards less data.”Following an era when the quantity of data available online increased in orders of magnitude, thanks largely to easy publishing tools for end-users like blogging and social networks, many people expect the next era of development online to focus on strategic moves to make the most valuable data available in standardized formats that facilitate innovation by 3rd parties independent of the original sources of the data. If large, standardized data sets are a new language, then it’s time for a new period of literature to be written. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Drums sweetgrass song amid flashing police lights on an October New Brunswick

first_imgBy Jorge Barrera APTN National News REXTON,NB–Beneath an overcast October night veiling the moon, with police lights spraying the darkness red and blue, a group of four women walked up the exit ramp blocked by the RCMP cruisers.As they lit thick strands of sweetgrass, two RCMP officers with flashlights approached them and asked what they were doing.“We’re out here walking,” said one of the women.The RCMP officer said he had no problem with them walking. He said the exit was shut down because the ramp led to a section of Route 134 that has been reduced to one-lane by the anti-fracking encampment that remains despite Thursday’s heavily armed RCMP raid on the site.“We got some complaints from the public,” said the officer. “Some of them were concerned for their safety.”“That’s funny, you guys on that side over there have a totally different story,” said one of the women.“Listen to what I’m telling you, do your own opinion,” said the officer. “We have to deal with the complaints ourselves.”The women had just returned from the exit ramp on the other side of Hwy 11, which was also blocked by RCMP cruisers. The officers there told them a different story. The women said they were initially told the exit was shut for public safety reasons stemming from an incident with CTV journalists, who were evicted from the site and were forced to leave behind a satellite truck.CTV journalists were separated from their satellite truck by a small group of demonstrators early Saturday. The satellite truck has since been returned and none of the journalists were harmed. Global journalists were also separated from their vehicle and equipment, which have also been returned.The women then asked the officer if they could smudge him with the smouldering sweetgrass, but he refused. The women then circled the RCMP cruisers, smoke trailing them.After the smudging, the women gathered in a circle and began to drum and sing.About an hour after the women finished their singing and drumming, the RCMP opened the exits.Back at the encampment people gathered around fires amid more drumming and singing as rumours swirled of police cars amassing here, or travelling there and fears of impending action.In nearby Richibucto, RCMP officers were seen by an APTN National News reporter packing riot gear into duffle bags which were put in police cruisers.A senior officer at the detachment said he was on standby for word from his command.Hours earlier, over 100 Mi’kmaq and supporters briefly blocked a main highway in New Brunswick Saturday afternoon in response to the RCMP raid.Shortly after 2 p.m. local time, waving red and white Mi’kmaq and red Mohawk Warrior flags the group marched a few hundred metres from the remains of the raided encampment and occupied the Hwy 11 overpass that crosses above Route 134.Hwy 11 runs north from Moncton to the Miramichi and onto Bathurst,The blockade lasted a little over an hour and ended amid rumours a heavy police reaction was headed toward the scene.The encampment sits about 15 kilometres northeast of Elsipogtog First Nation, which has been at the heart of anti-fracking actions, and 80 kilometres north of Moncton.“We are not going to turn around and we are not going to back down from what we are protecting. The government is not going to scare us in any way,” said one camouflaged-clad women going by the name of Spiked Black.“Think about your future generations and your grandchildren. Would you like them to grow up in a chemical desert,” said Jason Milliea, from Elsipogtog First Nation.The RCMP raid, which included camouflaged clad officers wielding assault weapons and firing rubber bullets, has done little to dissuade people here. In some ways, it has increased their resolve to keep up the opposition to shale gas exploration in the area. The raid freed exploration trucks owned by Houston-based SWN Resources which had been trapped by the encampment. SWN is conducting shale gas exploration in the area.The RCMP’s announcement it had seized three rifles, ammunition and improvised explosive devices also had little impact here.Several individuals who spoke to APTN National News on condition of anonymity said they didn’t know who the weapons belonged, quickly adding that it was an Aboriginal right to hunt.Thursday’s raid led to 40 arrests and a day of chaos on Route 134. Several RCMP vehicles were torched and their burned-out shells still sit along the road.One local resident, a mother whose children attend an English school in the area expressed exasperation at the RCMP for not removing the charred remains.The events that day have since sparked sympathy actions across the province and the country.All eyes are now on Elsipogtog.Assembly of Manitoba Grand Chief Derek Nepinak visited the encampment late Saturday night.The Assembly of First Nation of New Brunswick Chiefs issued a statement condemning the actions at the encampment and Saturday’s blockade, including hostility toward the media.“The Chiefs fully endorse (Elsipogtog) Chief Aaron Sock’s call for peace, and agree emphatically that a cooling off period is required. This means an end to violent protests, an end to the blockades, and an end to violence by all parties in all its forms,” said the [email protected]@JorgeBarreralast_img read more