Nov 072015
SHOOTOUT VIDEO RELEASED: Heroic Deputy Shot in Chest / Suspect Shot First

by Naja and Arnaud Girard……. The Monroe County Sheriff released video of a gun battle that took place weeks ago on Stock Island. [See video below] Dashcam from two deputies’ cruisers show the October 24th high speed chase of Timothy Thomas, who was wanted in connection with an armed robbery in Key West. In the video Thomas drives a stolen Ford Mustang over 70 miles/hour down a Stock Island narrow street. The car then speeds out of control and slides into a fence at the [continue reading…]

Nov 062015
Timothy Thomas Claims 'Deputies Shot First' [Police Shootout Rained Bullets on Stock Island Family]

by Naja and Arnaud Girard……. [Note:  This article was written and published prior to the Sheriff’s release of the dashcam video.  You will find an update at the end of the article including both Deputy Gordon and Deputy Lariz’ dashcam video excerpts as posted by the MCSO on youtube this morning.] It was about 9:45 pm on Stock Island. Tony Alfonso’s kids were playing in the front yard. “We were having a sweet sixteen party for my daughter,” says Tony. In a few minutes their home [continue reading…]

Nov 062015
City Commissioner Sam Kaufman: Do Good - But Do It Within Budget

  by Dennis Reeves Cooper……. We here at The Blue Paper wanted to know what kind of city commissioner newly-elected Sam Kaufman is going to be. So, armed with questions ranging from affordable housing and homelessness to marijuana and the opening of Cuba, I made an appointment with Commissioner Kaufman and drove out to his law office in the Northside Office Center for an early morning meeting. As it turned out, I learned just about everything about what kind of city commissioner Attorney Kaufman is [continue reading…]

 November 6, 2015  Posted by at 12:58 am * Featured Story *, Editorial, Issue #139 3 Responses »
Nov 062015
Drug Sweep Nabs 27 So Far

Twenty seven local drug dealers have been arrested over the past few weeks as part of a months-long effort by the Key West Police Department. With the assistance of Homeland Security Investigations, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office and Customs and Border Protection, the KWPD Special Investigations Unit conducted numerous undercover operations that resulted in 41 people facing various narcotics charges. They include the sale of powder cocaine, crack cocaine, marijuana, oxycodone, spice and even heroin. Those arrested so far are: Anthony Tamburello, 40 Hector Moreira, [continue reading…]

 November 6, 2015  Posted by at 12:56 am Issue #139, Public Notice 1 Response »
Nov 062015
Chief Commends Officer Richardson

Key West Police Chief Donie Lee on Thursday presented Officer Curtis Richardson with a Chief’s Commendation in recognition of his continuing dedication and professionalism. In the predawn hours of July 22, Officer Richardson was on routine patrol in the 200 block of Truman Avenue when they saw heavy smoke billowing from the rear of a building. He quickly woke the residents and discovered that a pile of rags soaked in highly combustible deck stain was smoldering at the rear of the house and beginning to burn [continue reading…]

 November 6, 2015  Posted by at 12:55 am Issue #139, Public Notice No Responses »
Nov 062015
Chief Commends Officer Kouri

Key West Police Chief Donie Lee Thursday presented Officer David Kouri with a Chief’s Commendation in recognition of his role in the arrest of a dangerous suspect. On Oct 25, local law enforcement located and converged upon a house in Key West where Timothy Thomas, an armed and dangerous suspect, was hiding. He was wanted for a violent home invasion robbery and for shooting a Monroe County Sheriff’s Deputy. The suspect was armed and had been shot the night before when he exchanged gunfire with MCSO [continue reading…]

 November 6, 2015  Posted by at 12:55 am Issue #139, Public Notice No Responses »
Nov 062015
Guest Column: Is it Fantasy or the Naked City?

by Barbara Blackmore……. Well, it happened. I may be one of the least repressed people that you have ever met. I grew up being comfortable seeing my parents nude, my kids grew up seeing me nude. When they closed their bedroom door, I started wearing a house coat. Nudity is the way we came into this world. It is something that feels too good. Today, it was too much! It was 9:30 in the morning. I pedaled over to my local drug store to get some vital purchase, and what did [continue reading…]

 November 6, 2015  Posted by at 12:54 am ~ Opinion ~, Issue #139 1 Response »
Nov 062015
Local Governments & Entities Praise Filing of Florida Keys Stewardship Act

Florida Keys Stewardship Act Invests in Florida Keys’ Most Significant Environmental Needs Local governments and entities in Monroe County, Fla., this week praised the filing of the Florida Keys Stewardship Act – House Bill 447, sponsored by Representative Holly Raschein (R-Key Largo). The Senate Bill is slated to be introduced by Senator Wilton Simpson (R-Trilby). Local governments in support of the Florida Keys Stewardship Act include Monroe County; City of Key West; City of Marathon; Islamorada, Village of Islands; and City of Key Colony Beach. Local [continue reading…]

 November 6, 2015  Posted by at 12:52 am Issue #139, Public Notice 1 Response »
Nov 062015

Cindy Williams is best known for her role as Shirley Feeney in the television series Laverne and Shirley, which recently won the TV Land award for “Fan Favorite”. In addition she was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (2004). Her film credits include Travels with My Aunt directed by George Cukor, The Conversation directed by Francis Ford Coppola and George Lucas’s American Graffiti for which she received a British Academy Award nomination in 1974 for Best Supporting Actress. Williams has also [continue reading…]

 November 6, 2015  Posted by at 12:48 am Island Voices, Issue #139 1 Response »
Nov 062015
New Keys Organization Promotes Solar Education

A new organization has been formed in the Keys to promote training of solar installers. Calling itself the Solar Education Association of the Florida Keys, the group will work to create career training for the solar industry in the island chain. The effort also aims to help educate locals about how to tap which solar power to reduce energy expenditures. The Florida Keys attract people from all over the world for one primary reason: the plentiful sunshine. The Keys get 259 days of sun, on [continue reading…]

 November 6, 2015  Posted by at 12:47 am Issue #139, Public Notice No Responses »
Nov 062015
Double Talk Needs to Stop

Letter to the Editor: There is an article that appeared in the Free Press titled “Majeska files to run for Murphy’s seat”. Murphy made some statements in that article that really ought to be clarified for the voters and the taxpayers. Referring to Key Largo, Murphy is reported to have said: “We are not up here paying one bit more than the people down the road, even though their assessment is lower,” she told the Free Press. That is self-contradictory. How does Key Largo pay [continue reading…]

 November 6, 2015  Posted by at 12:46 am Issue #139, Letter to the Editor 2 Responses »
Nov 062015
True Identity and Paul Ryan

by Alex Symington……. We human beings have an obsessive need to identify and label every manner of thing in existence. Every animal, vegetable and mineral have scientific names in Latin, as well as more numerous “common” names. Take the Oak Tree for example; “An oak is a tree or shrub in the genus Quercus (/ˈkwɜrkəs/;[1] Latin “oak tree”) of the beech family, Fagaceae. There are approximately 600 extant species of oaks. The common name “oak” may also appear in the names of species in related [continue reading…]

 November 6, 2015  Posted by at 12:44 am Alex Symington, Issue #139 21 Responses »
Nov 062015

by Kirby Congdon……. This writer leans toward using experience as the best tool in learning how to do anything. It hurts to get criticism, rejections and, most devastating, seeing one’s own flaws by oneself. One can find excuses to dismiss tactless remarks from friends but the writer himself is his own best guide and he can be his own most severe teacher. This may be because he or she does not have to admit the embarrassment to one’s pride one may feel in receiving involuntary advice! Stanley Kunitz, a [continue reading…]

 November 6, 2015  Posted by at 12:44 am Issue #139, Kirby Congdon 1 Response »
Nov 062015
And Now for a Few Last Words

by Kim Pederson……. As you may know, November 2 is the Day of the Dead. As you may not know, it is also Plan Your Epitaph Day, at least according to Lance Hardie, author of the yet-to-be-published (I think) How to Write Your Own Epitaph — and Live Long Enough to Enjoy It. Lance believes that having a forgettable gravestone is a fate worse than death, and he exhorts his readers to avoid this at all costs: “Don’t give up your power over the most [continue reading…]

 November 6, 2015  Posted by at 12:43 am Issue #139, Kim Pederson 1 Response »
Nov 062015
Monroe County School Partnerships Upcoming Events

November 9th through the 13th will be a very busy week in the Monroe County Schools with three major new initiatives and partnerships being recognized. These three programs are all new to the MCSD in 2015-2016 and are part of our efforts to provide higher academic rigor and opportunities for all students. Experiment in International Living – Global Essay Contest for MCSD high school students – several in-school presentations and opportunities Future Florida Physicists – Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, November 10th 3:00 PM at Marathon [continue reading…]

 November 6, 2015  Posted by at 12:42 am Issue #139, Public Notice, Special Event No Responses »
Nov 062015
Plantation Key School Project Public Meeting Notice

The Monroe County School District will hold a community meeting on Thursday, November 12 from 6:00 to 7:30 pm in the Plantation Key School Cafeteria. The meeting will be held to discuss programming the school according to 21st century educational principles. Zyscovich Architects will give a presentation discussing the programming, project updates and the project schedule. The meeting will be held in an open house format and a question and answer session will follow the presentation. Facilities Planner Michael Skrodinsky said, the new school will be planned for 650 student stations. [continue reading…]

 November 6, 2015  Posted by at 12:40 am Issue #139, Public Notice No Responses »
Nov 062015
Music Program for Babies, Toddlers Finds New Home

Music Together in the Keys now operates out of Key West Church of Christ, 1700 Von Phister St. Minister Bill Rankin’s congregation graciously offered its Fellowship Room for the innovative music education classes, for newborns through 4-year-olds and the adults who love them. “We are so grateful to have this nice, big, bright space for our classes,” Director Libby Curtis said. This semester, 65 families are enrolled in the local branch of the internationally renowned, research-backed program. Trained, registered Music Together educators teach sophisticated musical [continue reading…]

 November 6, 2015  Posted by at 12:39 am Issue #139, Music No Responses »
Nov 062015
Screwed, Blu’d and Tattooed by Reef Perkins…continues…

Key West author Reef Perkins shares more of his hilarious book, Screwed, Blu’d and Tattooed by Reef Perkins ***On the Porch*** Back on the porch, Ferling Bagwidth checked his cup, focused his eyes and mounted the Looner-Too. With a sense of history and a deep breath, Bagwidth made the first small hop for mankind. BAM! The blank fired perfectly, launching him twenty feet up, and down, Dung Beetle Lane. Bagwidth leaned into the wind; he felt good, real good and prepared for a one point [continue reading…]

Nov 062015
"Papers, Please" is Un-American

by Thomas Knapp……. When police in Corinth, Texas stopped Dorothy Bland to caution her against walking on the right side of the street (she was out to get some exercise with a “power walk”), Bland — a former newspaper editor and current dean of the University of Texas’s Mayborn School of Journalism — felt that she had been racially profiled and said so from the bully pulpit of a column for the Dallas Morning News. Dashcam video of the encounter seems to contradict the claim [continue reading…]

 November 6, 2015  Posted by at 12:36 am Editorial, Issue #139, Thomas L. Knapp 3 Responses »
Nov 062015
Students Create Green Storm Drain Filter

The Sustain-A-Drain team recently won a $15,000 grant from the EPA for their reusable storm drain filter. by Sean Nealon…… A team of students from the University of California, Riverside Bourns College of Engineering was recently awarded a $15,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency for a reusable storm drain filter that is less costly and more environmentally friendly than currently available models. The key innovation is the calibrated indicator and filter system. The filter is made of 100 percent recycled textiles. The indicator is [continue reading…]

 November 6, 2015  Posted by at 12:35 am Issue #139, Special Event No Responses »
Nov 062015
Chemistry Classroom Flash Fire Should Be Investigated

Chemical Safety Board Dispatches Tweets Not Investigators to Latest School Blowout Washington, DC — The federal chemical safety agency is taking a pass on examining the flash fire last Friday in a suburban D.C. high school chemistry classroom, choosing to send out messages on Twitter rather than investigators, according to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). This same type of accident had been previously investigated by the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB), but it never issued formal recommendations to public agencies or [continue reading…]

 November 6, 2015  Posted by at 12:34 am Issue #139, Public Notice No Responses »
Nov 062015
Florida Panthers to Get Life Saving Fence

In Response to FWF Study, FDOT to Fence Stretch of Alligator Alley Deadly to Panthers In response to a study commissioned by Florida Wildlife Federation, Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) recently announced it will be installing wildlife exclusionary fencing along the nine mile stretch of Alligator Alley from the FakaUnion Canal Bridge to the Naples toll booth. Since 2004, there have been an alarming 14 Florida panthers killed by collisions with vehicles. This nine mile segment is the deadliest highway for Florida panthers and the only [continue reading…]

 November 6, 2015  Posted by at 12:32 am Issue #139, Public Notice No Responses »
Nov 062015
Suit to Enforce Federal Contractor Whistleblower Law

Little-Used Law for Federal Contract and Subcontract Employees to Lapse in 2017 Washington, DC — A law enacted by Congress in 2013 to protect employees of federal contractors and subcontractors from retaliation for reporting fraud or related misconduct is due to sunset before it has been widely used. Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) has now filed suit under this law on behalf of a U.S. Forest Service contract employee who was fired after reporting rampant contract violations in a wildlife habitat enhancement project on [continue reading…]

 November 6, 2015  Posted by at 12:30 am Issue #139, Public Notice No Responses »
Nov 062015
Guest Column: PBM Greed Sickens Patients and Drives Up Health Costs

By Peter J. Pitts……. Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders all think that healthcare is too expensive. But they’re looking in the wrong places for savings. In 2012, the CEO of the nation’s largest pharmacy PBMs can afford such rich compensation because they increasingly refuse to pay for patients’ medicines. In 2016, Express Scripts will deny coverage to 124 medicines — up from 95 drugs this year. America’s second largest PBM, CVS Caremark, announced that it will banish an additional 14 drugs from its 2016 [continue reading…]

 November 6, 2015  Posted by at 12:29 am Editorial, Issue #139 No Responses »
Nov 062015
Unsecured Propane Tanks a Community Hazard

Unsecured Propane Tanks a Community Hazard Enforcement Aims to Reduce Flood Insurance Costs What’s worse than having your home or business flooded? Watching large hissing propane tanks floating down your street or slamming up against your home. Eighty percent of our city sits within a flood zone, where some 90 percent of propane tanks sit unsecured ready to break free and float away. Even without a flood, the visible plethora of unsecured tanks could quash the City’s efforts to reduce flood insurance rates. “A year [continue reading…]

 November 6, 2015  Posted by at 12:28 am Issue #139, Public Notice No Responses »
Nov 062015
Florida Keys Council of the Arts Cultural Calendar

Thursday, November 5 thru Wednesday, November 11 Visit, Cultural Calendar for more listings and events throughout the Keys. Key West Happenings ARTISTS RECEPTIONS/EXHIBITIONS Thursday The Studios of Key West – Members’ Show: Classic Key West Opening Reception, 6 PM 533 Eaton St. 305-296-0458. Thursday Through the Eyes of Three Opening Reception, 6:30 PM Showcasing three local photographers: Larry Blackburn, C.J. Groth and Victor Amador. KEPart Studio – Gallery, 534 Fleming St. Friday Innocent Souls: Vietnam 1968 Photography Exhibit Preview, 5:30 PM Pictures [continue reading…]

 November 6, 2015  Posted by at 12:26 am Art, Issue #139, Literature, Music, Special Events, Theater No Responses »
Nov 062015
It's Manatee Awareness Month!

For Manatee Awareness Month, Save the Manatee Club Introduces New Education Efforts November is Manatee Awareness Month and Save the Manatee Club (Club) is rolling out new education programs to raise awareness and to foster a new generation of manatee conservationists. The Club’s new Livestream Education Program, currently under development, uses Internet technologies to bring information about manatees at Blue Spring State Park in Orange City, Florida to school classes worldwide. Hundreds of manatees congregate during the winter months at this beautiful natural fresh-water spring [continue reading…]

 November 6, 2015  Posted by at 12:24 am Issue #139, Special Events, Water World No Responses »