1.) Beginning today, game animals which are killed on the road by vehicles can be legally salvaged and used for meat. Game animals are those officially defined as antelope, deer, elk or moose. And the new law takes effect in Montana, which joins Alaska, Illinois, Wisconsin, New York, Florida and West Virginia who have already enacted similar laws. The Montana Department of Transportation reports more than 1,900 wild animals were killed in vehicle crashes in 2011, and nearly 7,000 carcasses were collected from the side of roads.
2.) Individual game tickets for the 2013 – 2014 South Carolina Stingrays season go on sale this morning at 10. The Stingrays kick off the home schedule of their 21st season of hockey in the Lowcountry on Saturday, October 26th. The opening night game against the Greenville Road Warriors will feature the Stingrays Alumni Game, the Zooperstars! and a magnet schedule for the first 5000 fans at the North Charleston Coliseum. Tickets are available at the Coliseum box office or through Ticketmaster on-line.
3.) Comet ISON will fly past Mars today toward an encounter that has had scientists and sky watchers buzzing for almost a year. After the comet passes the Red Planet, ISON will head toward the sun, closing to within 725,000 miles of the sun’s surface on November 28th. If the comet manages to say in one piece, it could put on a memorable show, like 1997’s Hale-Bopp as one of the brightest comets in history. By the end of October, ISON should be visible with binoculars and might even be viewable with the naked eye. Over the course of November, the comet will truly come into its own, and should brighten up dramatically as it races toward the sun.