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Hash oil causes blast, hurts 3 near SeaWorld in SD…..


An explosion tore through a hotel near SeaWorld San Diego where a couple was allegedly extracting hash oil, sending guests fleeing for safety and putting three people in the hospital, authorities said.
A 22-year-old man in the room suffered life-threatening injuries in the Wednesday explosion at the three-story Heritage Inn Sea World Hotel, authorities said. Also hurt were a woman in the room and a young man staying next door.
Julie Jordan of San Diego was sleeping with a friend’s baby in a nearby room when she felt the building shake violently, then heard a loud explosion. She ran outside and saw a shattered window and a badly injured man sitting at the bottom of some stairs, she said.
“There was chaos. I was very confused. When I came out of the room, I didn’t know which way to turn,” she said.
Another guest, Joseph Tydingco, said “It was like a disaster zone in there.”
Investigators found several boxes containing canisters of butane inside the room where the blast occurred, police Lt. Joseph Ramos said.
The butane apparently was ignited by a cigarette, Fire-Rescue Department spokesman Maurice Luque said. The second-floor room looked like a “war zone,” he said.
“It was a very intense and devastating explosion,” Luque said.
Hash oil is made by packing finely ground stems and leaves of marijuana plants in a pipe and pouring butane through it, said Amy Roderick, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, which is leading the investigation. The liquid typically is then cooked on a stove to separate the butane.
Hash oil averages about 15 percent THC, the chief intoxicant in marijuana, according to the DEA. A drop or two is about as potent as a marijuana cigarette.

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Railroad Tunnels….New Mexico…Jemez Mountains…


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A side road off the Jemez Mountain Trail offers rugged mountain scenery, world class fly fishing, rock climbing and the Gilman Tunnels. Cross the Jemez River at Cañones and go through the small town of Gilman following the picturesque Rio Guadalupe. You are at first surrounded by striking red mesas. Then along the Rio Guadalupe’s cascades you pass through some of the oldest rocks in the Jemez Mountains on the way to the Guadalupe Box and the Gilman Tunnels. The Jemez mountains are the remnant of a series of major volcanic eruptions that occurred about one million years ago.

The Gilman tunnels were originally blasted out of rock in the 1920s for a narrow-gauge logging railroad that used to haul timber out of the Jemez. There was a sawmill near Gillman but it came much later (around 1948). At some point they enlarged the tunnels so that logging trucks would fit. Perhaps this coincided with the building of the sawmill in Gillman. We found no record of when the railroad tracks were dismantled, but many tracks in the west were torn up during WWII). Railroading and logging artifacts can be found, even up towards Cuba.
Just past the tunnels the pavement ends. There are great views of the Guadalupita and Virgin mesas.

The canyon is a popular recreation area for camping, fishing, hunting, hiking, and rock climbing. It provides habitat for threatened and endangered species. The road parallels the Rio Guadalupe. The fast tumbling, boulder strewn canyon river is home to wild browns in the 10-14 inch range. There is a section designated as quality trout waters.

At Bernalillo, take exit 242 off I-25, go west on Highway 550. From San Ysidro, drive north on Highway 4. After the Jemez Valley School look for SR 485 to the left. After taking this left turn, follow the road through Gilman, continuing up the canyon through the tunnels. There are numerous turnouts for sightseeing and photography. Past the tunnels you are on dirt road, Forest Service Road 376. At Porter crossing (where you cross the Rio Guadalupe), you can continue on FR 376 to Fenton Lake and Jemez Springs, or turn left to Cuba (we hear this road is pretty rough in places).

http://backroadsnewmexico.blogspot.com/2007/10/gilman-tunnels-in-jemez-mountains.html

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