Two Men To Be Charged With Starting The Wallow Fire

Arizona’s largest fire, at 538,000 acres, was allegedly started by two experienced campers.

The two had been camping near the Bear Wallow Trailhead that day, and David Malboeuf’s car was spotted about 2 miles from where the fire began, according to the complaint. The trailhead is near the confluence of the north and south forks of Bear Wallow Creek. The Malboeufs both told investigators that they built a campfire on the evening of May 28 and again on the morning of May 29 to cook breakfast before leaving on a hike down the canyon.

“They stated that they believed their campfire was out because David threw a candy wrapper in the fire just prior to their departure and it did not melt,” according to court documents.

But when they were returning to their camp site several hours later, the Malbouefs told investigators they could smell and see smoke from the area.

As someone who camps with camp fires, I will be following this closely.

Anticipating Intel's Earnings

Intel reports earnings April 14th for fiscal Q1 2009. As a stockholder and employee of Intel corporation, I watch the stock price (especially since the price has been depressed due to the poor economy) on a daily basis. I try not to hold to much stock but I also try to avoid high capital gains taxes so I have some shares.

I have no inside knowledge of what Intel will report and I have been watching the news like anyone else who is interested in INtel stock. I avoid listening to analysts as I think they have their own interests in mind but I tend give the Semiconductor Industry Association a little more credence. the SIA is saying semiconductor sales are not up.

Worldwide sales of semiconductors were $14.2 billion in February, a decline of 30.4 percent compared to February 2008 sales of $20.3 billion, the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) reported today. Sales declined by 7.6 percent from January when sales were $15.3 billion.