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A sign and white ribbons are placed outside of a house in Elk Ridge to show support for the Cheney family, who lost their son Eric in an explosion at their home Friday, Sept. 22, 2023.

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In this family photo, Eric Cheney poses with his parents, Julie and John Cheney. Eric died Friday, Sept. 22, 2023, after an explosion in the garage of his home in Elk Ridge.

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The community organized and gathered for a candlelight vigil Saturday, Sept. 23, 2023, in front of the Cheney family’s home in Elk Ridge to remember Eric Cheney, who died in an explosion at the home Friday. Stories, pictures and hugs were shared between the family, friends and strangers.

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A message reading “We love you Eric” is displayed on a gas station marquee. Eric Cheney, 19, died in an explosion at his home in Elk Ridge on Friday Sept. 22, 2023.

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Over 50 people from the Elk Ridge community came to the Cheney family’s home Saturday, Sept. 23, 2023, to help clean up debris, clean out the garage and repair damages after an explosion inside the garage on Friday. The explosion caused significant damage to the garage and home and killed 19-year-old Eric Cheney.

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19-year-old Eric Cheney is remembered by family and friends as someone who was happy and was always active. He died after an explosion at his home in Elk Ridge on Friday, Sept. 22, 2023.

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19-year-old Eric Cheney, far right, poses for a picture with his five siblings. He is the fourth of six children. Eric died Friday, Sept. 22, 2023, after an explosion at his home in Elk Ridge.

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Two men work to repair damage to the garage at the Cheney family’s home in Elk Ridge on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2023.

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In this family photo, Julie Cheney hugs her son Eric Cheney. Eric died Friday, Sept. 22, 2023, after an explosion in the garage of his home in Elk Ridge.

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Two men rake mulch in the Cheney family’s yard on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2023.

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“This is a story full of hope, full of courage. … There is strength in humankind. There is love in humankind. There is courage and there’s triumph in the human race, and this is what you see in this story,” Julie Cheney told the Daily Herald as she recounted the events leading up to and following the death of her 19-year-old son, Eric Cheney, last Friday, the casualty of an explosion in the garage of the family’s home in Elk Ridge.

Support from the community

Before Julie Cheney arrived at her home around 9 or 10 Saturday morning, the day after the explosion at her home, over 50 people from her church ward and community had already showed up and completely cleaned out the garage, mowed her lawn, and were beginning to clean and repair the inside of her home.

When the community came that morning, they cleared out the garage and took down the rest of the Sheetrock damaged by the explosion. They removed the damaged roofing, bricks and garage door and took loads of debris and damaged items to the dump. After making sure the garage was as structurally sound as possible, they pressure washed and cleaned all of the items in the garage then repacked them inside of the garage.

Cheney explained how it felt when she came to her home that morning to see all of the work that had been done for her and her family without anyone asking. “I was able to come in and help and have it be safe and be home. I don’t even know how to explain. I don’t think there’s words for how that feels; it was so safe,” she said. “When there were so many unknowns, they gave me a solid, that I could stand in my own home and be there with the rest of my kids and look around and just see all the happy memories that I could think of with Eric. I could do that because I didn’t have to see or think about how to clean up.”

From 7 a.m. until about 1 p.m. that day, there were always at least 30 people at the home — and at one point as many as 50 — helping the Cheney family clean up, giving hugs and supporting them. Some stayed an hour, others a few hours, and some stayed all day. All of them helped in immeasurable ways, Cheney said.

While the garage will likely have to be torn down due to structural damage, Cheney said, the family is able to currently live in their house, which is where they want to be, even though they do not have electricity. The first night after Eric’s death, their neighbor gave them a place to sleep, and many others also offered a place in their home.

A GoFundMe account was created by a friend of the family to raise money for funeral and home repair expenses. “People are thinking about my needs before I can even think about my needs. It is so incredible,” Julie Cheney said. Over four days, more than 270 people have donated, amounting to almost $17,000 being raised for the family.

When the sun set on Saturday night, one of Cheney’s other sons went outside to see over 500 candles in their front yard and placed up and down the street. He called out his mom and family to see the candles placed there by people waiting outside of their home to celebrate Eric with a candlelight vigil. They offered hugs to his family and shared stories and pictures of Eric that they had found from over the years. Cheney said it was healing to be able to sit and hear stories and see pictures she never would have seen without people’s kindness to take the time to find them.

“So many hugs. People I don’t even know are stopping and hugging me, and it feels and is so nice, so good. And my children have just been greeted with so much love,” she said. On Monday, her daughter went to school for one class and as she dropped her off, Cheney said she saw many students in dresses and suits because the high school did a “dress for Eric day.” When she saw this, she thought, “We live in one of the most blessed places ever.”

“The thing I still remember most is his laughter,” Julie Cheney said of Eric. “He had kind of a dorky laugh, but we all love it. It’s so contagious.” She said people have been sharing videos of Eric laughing with her and she saves each one so she can remember his laugh.

“His laughter and his hugs, they are things I will miss the most,” Cheney said, her sobs and tears evident over the phone. “It just hurts. It’s hard to think about not hearing him laugh or having his hugs. But I don’t have to go through it by myself, (I have) all my kids and my husband. If I had to do this alone, I don’t think I could do it.”

Cheney recalls how Eric would come home after school and give her an eight-second hug. This happened every day, and if she was on the couch when he got home, he would come sit on her lap, even at 19. At 6 feet tall, Eric bested her by nearly a foot, “but he’d just come sit right in my lap, and he’d put his arm around me and put his chin on my head because I’m too short, so he’d put his chin on the top of my head. And he’d just sit on my lap for a while. He’s so funny. I’d be like, ‘OK, my legs are going numb, you have to get off,’” Cheney said, laughing.

Eric had his brotherly moments when he fought with his siblings and was human like everyone else, but “he is so loved, and he loved so hard,” his mom said, adding that he was always playfully wrestling someone or being on someone’s shoulders or just having fun, especially with her and his siblings.

Support from first responders

When the explosion happened, Cheney said there were immediately 10 people there trying to help, and within minutes there were over 50 people there to help however they could, physically and emotionally. She said they were all standing there with her and her family, offering water, asking if they were OK and asking if they needed to sit down.

“I didn’t even have a moment that I didn’t have someone there helping me. Lots of times, I didn’t even know the person, and then (there were) a lot of people I did know. But I was amazed by, to me, earthly angels that were there, so many good people,” she said.

Cheney had just finished cutting her daughter’s hair when they heard the explosion and ran out of the house. They thought they were the only ones home, but Eric was outside the front of the house near the garage.

Three young teenagers had been walking past their house on the other side of the road. They later recalled looking over and seeing Eric, then looking forward and continuing to walk — then the explosion happened. They looked back and the house was changed from the explosion, and Eric was gone.

Cheney explained the reports from those girls were one of the reasons she knew Eric was home and hurt in the explosion. The cause of the explosion is still under investigation, although no evidence suggests anything suspicious or criminal, according to Sgt. Spencer Cannon of the Utah County Sheriff’s Office.

When the first responders arrived three minutes after the call came in at 4:19 p.m., they had to ensure the structure of the garage was safe for them to enter to recover Eric. Cheney said she was told by first responders he likely died immediately from the explosion before his body hit the ground, meaning he did not suffer, but the investigation of the cause of his death is still ongoing.

Tears once again filled her eyes and her voice broke as she recalled the moment first responders arrived at her home. “I remember I was like, ‘My son is in the garage. Please, please check,’ and I know I was asking them to do something that they couldn’t do because of risk of life to more people, but you can’t not ask, you know. It’s like, ‘Please, get my son.’ And they were so good to me to just try so hard to explain that they wanted to try to help him but that they have to be careful. It was so hard.”

In the midst of her suffering and pleading, the first responders were kind and gentle toward her as they explained why she needed to move away from the area, what was happening and why they could not go into the garage immediately.

“I can’t even imagine how that would be from their (the first responder’s) side with a mother pleading for her son and them knowing that they can’t and shouldn’t go in,” Cheney said. “I think that was just something that will be impressed upon my heart for so long, how hard that must have been for them and how kind they still acted towards me. And how gentle they still were with me even though I wanted so badly to know about my son right now.”

Support from her faith

Julie Cheney said Eric was always doing something, no matter the season or the weather. He would dance in the rain with his youth group from church and go snowboarding during the winter. He played tennis, volleyball and almost every other sport except for soccer and football. He loved hiking and motocross. She said he was never bored because he was always doing something.

“He’s just happy. He’s just ready to live every minute,” Cheney said. “Maybe that’s one of the reasons I’m doing better with this, because I know he didn’t waste time. He lived every minute he was alive.”

Eric is the fourth out of six children in the Cheney family. When Eric was a baby, Julie Cheney was diagnosed with cancer. She explained, “When you go through something like that, it also changes the way you view life. This (Eric’s death) is another life-altering view. But that (having cancer) was a life-altering view for me, and I think at that time, I just learned to be with my kids more and treasure every minute. And I think his life would have been really different had I not had cancer when he was born. … Our relationship would have been different.”

She said because of this experience with cancer, she and Eric have an extra bond. “Maybe that’s just why he was my snuggle buddy. He just would hug me all the time. He was so good to me.”

Cheney is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, which she said has brought her spiritual comfort through her belief that Eric was received into heaven by his grandmother, who passed away 13 years ago, and that he was immediately surrounded with love.

“I’m not sad for him. I mean, I could think about all the things that he’s going to miss, yes, but I don’t believe that there isn’t something even better that he’s going to have. So I don’t believe he’s missing out on things. I’m only sad for me, to be honest. I’m only sad for me and my family that we have to keep trying to figure out how to do this without him here with us.”

Her belief in a loving Heavenly Father and a heaven that is full of love is the reason why she said, “I’m not worried about him. I feel so much comfort, beyond what any person could do to give me. It’s a spiritual comfort, and that’s been from the very minute I saw his car and I realized he was in the garage. I immediately knew he was OK.” She explained that in that moment of realizing he was in the garage, she knew he was gone, but she knew he was OK because of her complete belief in God.

As she shared her spiritual experience and her testimony of Eric being in heaven, her countenance shifted to one of strength and hope for him, even in the midst of her grieving. “When I think about what he’s experiencing now, I’m strong,” she said. “When I think about what I’m going to experience without him, I break.”

She explained her reason for sharing Eric’s story and the story of the love they have been shown is to give back after her family has received so much strength from others. She hopes Eric’s story “gives people hope and encouragement in a world that right now seems not so hopeful.”

The funeral service will be held next Tuesday, with details still being discussed. The family’s ward has been providing them dinner each night and will continue to do so after the funeral, Cheney said. She added that those in the ward who have lost children or other loved ones have been helping her navigate planning a funeral and have been a blessing to her and her family.


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Heather Locklear looks healthy as she cradles her dog in …


Heather Locklear looks healthy as she cradles her dog in her arms during a stroll in Malibu… two days after her 62nd birthday

Heather Locklear looked healthy as she stepped out with her small white dog in Malibu on Wednesday.

Locklear appeared fresh-faced during her midweek outing as she wore a low, v-neck, gray T-shirt with a red-lipped mouth printed across the front.

The Los Angeles native carried the pup in her arm as she walked with a smile on her face.

Heather covered her tousled blonde locks with a dark, faded baseball cap with a butterfly emblem on it. 

It comes about two months after revealed the 62-year-old actress had started drinking again. 

Looking good: Heather Locklear looked healthy as she stepped out with her dog in Malibu on Wednesday

Looking good: Heather Locklear looked healthy as she stepped out with her dog in Malibu on Wednesday

Weeks later: It comes about two months after revealed the 62-year-old actress had picked up her alcohol habit again

Weeks later: It comes about two months after revealed the 62-year-old actress had picked up her alcohol habit again

The Melrose Place star wore a pair of black, Spandex biker shorts and black flip flops on her lower half.

She has a troubled history with alcohol, which peaked in August 2019 when she drunkenly crashed her Porsche.

Following the accident she was convicted of nine misdemeanors sent to court-ordered rehab.

She overcame her alcoholism before it was revealed last month that she had begun drinking again.

A source told Daily Mail that the situation left her family ‘very worried.’

In June, exclusive photos obtained by showed Locklear looking disheveled and distressed.

In the images she walked along the ledge of an office building in Malibu before sitting and talking to herself for more than an hour.

She was eventually picked up by a man thought to be her fiancé Chris Heisser, who also has a history of alcohol trouble.

Casual: Locklear appeared fresh-faced during her midweek outing as she wore a low, v-neck, gray T-shirt with a red-lipsticked mouth printed across the front

The Los Angeles native carried a small white pup in her arm as she walked with a smile on her face

Casual: Locklear appeared fresh-faced during her midweek outing as she wore a low, v-neck, gray T-shirt with a red-lipsticked mouth printed across the front

Headgear: Heather covered her tousled blonde locks with a dark, faded baseball cap with a butterfly emblem on it

Headgear: Heather covered her tousled blonde locks with a dark, faded baseball cap with a butterfly emblem on it

Her look: The Melrose Place star wore a pair of black, Spandex biker shorts and black flip flops on her lower half

Her look: The Melrose Place star wore a pair of black, Spandex biker shorts and black flip flops on her lower half

A Malibu blonde Barbie: Locklear at the world premiere of the Lifetime original movie Don't Sweat the Small Stuff: The Kristine Carlson Story at the Orinda Theatre in 2021

A Malibu blonde Barbie: Locklear at the world premiere of the Lifetime original movie Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff: The Kristine Carlson Story at the Orinda Theatre in 2021

A family source revealed Locklear has been taking the Hollywood-obsessed weight loss drug Ozempic.

‘Tequila has always been her drink,’ the insider said. ‘She can’t stay away from it. She’s also on Ozempic and obsesses over her weight. She’s lost 40lbs.’ 

The person close to the star also said Locklear’s behavior had been hard on both daughter Ava, 25, and fiancé Heisser.

It was noted that the situation is particularly ‘unfair’ to the former motocross driver, because ‘he is battling alcohol too.’

‘Chris has to drive her for mandatory errands and try to sustain his career while lying to family and friends, consistently hiding her alcohol and drug problems,’ the source told

In 2020 broke the news that three years after rekindling her relationship with her high school sweetheart, she accepted Heisser’s marriage proposal.

The two have been an item since Heather completed a highly-publicized stint in rehab.

Recent troubles: Heather has a troubled history with alcohol, which peaked in August 2019 when she drunkenly crashed her Porsche

Recent troubles: Heather has a troubled history with alcohol, which peaked in August 2019 when she drunkenly crashed her Porsche

Insider info: A family source revealed Locklear has been taking the Hollywood-obsessed weight loss drug Ozempic

Locklear looked slim and trim in her casual look

Insider info: A family source revealed Locklear has been taking the Hollywood-obsessed weight loss drug Ozempic

Heather and her beau dated each other in the late 1970s at Newbury Park High School.

They would later both go through multiple marriages to other people and have had their share of ups and downs since getting back together in the fall of 2017.

The couple were an item before Heather went on to marry rockers Tommy Lee from 1986-1993 and Richie Sambora from 1994-2007, with whom she shares Ava.

Earlier this year spotted the actress with a new tattoo on her wrist in tribute to her only child.

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Riding in the UTV

Locals help retrieve stuck motorcycle near Virginia City


VIRGINIA CITY — Bubba was at the wheel of the UTV as it raced down Alder Gulch toward Virginia City two weeks ago. His friends, Joe and Keith, were squeezed into the single-bench cab with him. And I was bouncing around the pickup-truck-style bed in the back, along with three shotguns, Penny the bird dog and her feathered quarry.

All I could see was the narrow road as it zoomed away behind us. I had no idea what was ahead, and I didn’t know the men in the cab at all. But Bubba seemed to know the road well. The side-by-side veered off the main road to town and instead climbed up a steep side trail away from my destination. I wondered where they were taking me, if not town. They’re locals, I thought. It’s probably fine. 

Riding in the UTV

Penny the birddog keeps me company as Bubba, Joe and Keith save me the final 1.5 miles to Virginia City.

It turned out to be more than fine. My experiences that evening, and again last Sunday, were born of my own mistake. And they were frustrated by at least one passerby. But Bubba, Joe and Keith on Sept. 18, and Amy, Ellie and Kristina on Sept. 24, left me feeling lucky my misadventure happened someplace where people still take care of each other — even a mud-crusted stranger walking alone on a mountain road at dusk.

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After the short stop at Bubba’s compound outside town, I was drinking whiskey at The Pioneer by nightfall and buying Joe and Keith’s drinks — although Keith insisted on covering the first round. An enthusiastic crowd mostly filled the bar even though it was a Monday night. As a Missoula resident, I was probably the only non-local there. But friendly people, and a fair amount of liquor, helped me feel at home. 

It was not how I imagined I’d arrive in Montana’s notorious second territorial capital, and I was hours late. I should’ve been home in Missoula by then. But it was a good way to end a tricky day. I didn’t know it then, but it also set the tone for my return to the town a week later. 


Just before 5 p.m. that day I accepted defeat and started walking down the rocky, muddy trail to Virginia City.

I should have been riding my motorcycle. But I’d sunk it deep in seemingly bottomless mud where the trail crossed a stream and a parade of cattle had obliterated any semblance of a coherent stream crossing. I’d already spent an hour mucking about in the trail-turned-bog and had nothing to show for it but soggy feet and a sense of defeat. My 300-pound Honda dual-sport stood upright in the mud without a kickstand. Logs embedded deep in the mud blocked any forward movement, and the rear tire dug itself into a deeper hole every time I twisted the throttle. 

Stuck motorcycle

After hours of scenic and uneventful riding on Sept. 18, Joshua Murdock, the outdoor recreation and natural resources reporter at the Missoulian, got his Honda dual-sport motorcycle stuck deep in a muddy stream crossing in the Gravelly Mountains south of Virginia City. He hiked out in motocross boots, leaving the bike in place, and set out Sept. 24 to recover it by somewhat unconventional means. 

I’d set out that morning from Big Sky on a quest to ride home via West Yellowstone, Red Rock Pass and the Gravelly Range Road. The road traverses the crest of its eponymous mountains at nearly 10,000 feet elevation, offering sweeping views of adjacent ranges from above the treeline. The ride had been exquisite, not the least because of dramatic hail and lightning storms around Red Rock Lakes, and the 40 seconds when a large bald eagle flew alongside me only 50 feet to my right while cruising along a mountaintop.

Red Rocks Lakes storm

Earlier in the day, I rode through hail and lightning near Red Rocks Pass and Lakes.

But now I had little more than two hours to sundown and faced the unappealing choice between a night in the woods or the 8-mile hike to Virginia City in stiff motocross boots. I chose the walk, helmet in one hand, loaded saddlebags in the other, and caked in thick, gummy mud up to my knees and elbows. I had no idea when I could come back to retrieve my bike — my primary transportation for half the year — or how long the unknown-to-me hike to town would take. 

So down Bachelor Gulch I ambled, whistling and occasionally shouting “Hey bear!” as I walked the darkening trail through thick brush along a tumbling stream. Overly cautious? Maybe. But a hungry bear packing on pounds in autumn hyperphagia was the last thing I needed to come across. And after getting the bike stuck, I figured an overabundance of caution might serve me well the rest of the day.

Around the ghost town of Summit, the trail ended at Alder Gulch Road, on which I continued downhill toward town. Mining ruins and empty cabins abounded, but it seemed nobody was driving up or down Alder Gulch that evening. Then, with about 4 miles left to town, I heard the welcome sound of a vehicle driving up the gulch.

As the shiny red pickup rounded a corner and powered up the road toward me, I waved my weighty saddlebags and helmet to get the driver’s attention. The truck, conspicuously clean for the mountains and sporting a hard bed cover painted to match, slowed to a stop beside me. The tinted window rolled down to reveal a man driving and a woman riding beside him. 

Black Butte

The ride along the Gravelly Mountains was great until it wasn’t. Pictured here is a scenic view of Black Butte, the range’s high point.

“How’s it going?” the man asked. 

“I hate to ask, since you’re headed away from town,” I said, “but is there any way you could drive me to Virginia City real quick? I got my motorcycle stuck in the mud up in the mountains, and I’ve been hiking for miles. I just need to get to town.” 

Nope. The man said he had stuff in the backseat and couldn’t give me a ride. I thanked him anyway and he accelerated up the road. 

Minutes later, the big red truck nearly ran an oncoming UTV off the road. Inside the UTV were three semi-retired contractors. Bob was driving. Bob’s friends call him Bubba. 

Helping hands

I’d walked more than 2 miles farther down the road by the time I heard the UTV behind me. I was within 2 miles of town and figured I wouldn’t bother flagging down a ride. But the UTV stopped anyway. The passenger window rolled down and the men inside asked me what was going on. So I told them. 

Bubba, Joe and Keith debated among themselves — not over whether to help, but how to help. They knew exactly where my bike was stuck. The stream crossing is normally not bad but this late-summer was exceptionally rainy, they said, shocked at a photo I showed them of the mud-bound machine. They weighed the relative merits of going back up there to get it versus giving me a lift to town for me to deal with the bike later. Having hiked more than 6 miles away from my bike already — and not sporting for a redeye ride to Missoula if we got the bike out — I advocated for the ride to town. They generously obliged. 

Later at The Pioneer, I asked Joe and Keith about anyone in town who could help me get the bike unstuck the upcoming weekend. Trees hanging low across the trail ruled out taking my Jeep up there, I told them, and it’s not running well anyway (per usual). The low clearance overhead ruled out a lot of UTVs too, they replied. But they knew a guy.

A local friend of theirs, Eli, had a four-wheeler with a winch, they said. The retired Marine veteran might be interested in a motorcycle recovery mission, Keith said, pledging to ask Eli about it over coffee the next day. We all exchanged numbers and agreed to keep in touch about the moto recovery. Keith said he’d be out of town that weekend, but Joe offered to help with getting the bike if Eli went for it. 

Carleigh at The Pioneer

After hiking out 6.5 miles and hitching a ride the final 1.5 miles to Virginia City, I was very thankful my girlfriend, Carleigh, drove from Missoula to give me a ride home. 

After a couple more hours of conversation and Maker’s Mark, my girlfriend arrived in Virginia City to graciously ferry me back to Missoula through the night. At that point I was in no shape to drive. 


Keith texted me the next day. Eli probably wasn’t available to help that weekend. No worries, I replied, thanking him again for the ride to town and for asking Eli. Anyway, I got my bike stuck and it was nobody’s problem but mine.

So, I set out from Missoula alone on Sunday with a motorcycle trailer, shovel, Pulaski, muck-boots and rock climbing equipment. I had a carefully devised plan and a lot of anxiety over whether it would actually work. For all I knew, my motorcycle was long gone — although Keith and Joe had assured me nobody would mess with it up there. 

After three hours on the road, I piloted the Subaru Outback into Summit. The muddy white wagon spit rocks out behind it as I crawled it up a rutted double-track trail and past three women about to set out on horseback. After I parked in a pull-off, one of the women, a local bar owner named Amy, walked up to me with a quizzical smile. 

“What are you doing up here?” she asked with a tone that was friendly and curious, not suspicious. I recounted to her what at that point was a well-rehearsed tale. But this time it had a new chapter. I’m hiking 2 miles to the motorcycle with a rope and gear that I normally use for climbing photography, I told her, and I am going to dig the bike out and then pull it out of the bog with a 5:1 mechanical-advantage rope haul system. It’ll be no problem at all, I told her with more confidence than I actually felt. 

Haul system closeup

Anchored off a tree, I built a 5:1 mechanical haul system out of climbing gear to help pull the motorcycle out. 

Amy said she and her companions — Ellie, a local veterinarian, and Kristina, an ER nurse — were also heading up Bachelor Gulch and happy to help get the bike out. I set out as the women were still saddling up. They’d catch me on the way, Amy said, and meet at the bike.

I trudged up the increasingly steep gulch with the shovel and Pulaski, a combination ax-adze tool, strapped to each side of a pack full of a rope, climbing gear and motorcycle helmet; tall muck-boots swung off the back. I had bear spray this time, and banged a stick against the shovel blade instead of shouting. The day would be exciting enough without wildlife viewing. 

The horsewomen passed me about two-thirds of the way up, and I kept pace behind them for a few hundred yards before falling back. I rounded the final corner to the bog to the sight of the women tying their horses to trees. 

And there in the mud, exactly as I left it, was a very dirty red motorcycle. 

The women said they could try to pull it out with the horses, but they worried about damaging the bike if it got hung up on something before they could stop their horses from pulling. 

“He’s got a plan,” Amy told them as I laid out the rope, donned the tall boots and rigged the haul system. “I think he knows what he’s doing.”

Fifty meters of static line (a rope that doesn’t stretch, used for rope ascending, rappelling and hauling), anchors on a nearby tree and the motorcycle fork, a few carabiners and pulleys, and a progress-capture device with a toothed cam made for a light and efficient haul system. It’s a setup more often seen in climbing and mountaineering rescue situations, to haul an injured climber up a wall or out of a glacier crevasse. But I was going to test it horizontally in place of a block and tackle. 

I dug out the motorcycle wheels, struggling to stay upright and keep my boots on in the thick, suction-prone mud. Meanwhile, Amy, Ellie and Kristina inquired about how I got the bike stuck (and myself back out) and what I did for work. Amy told me about local public-lands happenings. She also informed me that Bachelor Gulch was a nonmotorized trail, in part because of stream crossings that tend to turn to mud. But people repeatedly tear down signs that mark the route as nonmotorized, she said. 

In fact, when I rode the trail a week prior and during my hike out that day and back in Sunday, I never saw any signage marking the trail at all, much less designating its usage. But I did see other tire tracks, and none of my maps indicated the trail was nonmotorized. Amy said a non-local wouldn’t know motorized use wasn’t allowed. 

Echoing the hunters, the women said the stream crossing was in far worse shape than normal. I wasn’t the first person to get a machine stuck in that spot when it’s extra messy, Amy said. 

Haul system wide

With the haul system rigged, it was time to start digging. 

Tired and dirty from digging, I brought the haul system to tension and almost tipped the bike over in the process. I originally intended to pull on the rope from astride the running motorcycle, simultaneously riding and hauling it out myself. But Ellie happily volunteered to pull the rope from dry ground, letting me focus just on riding the bike out. 

Unlike the ride that got the bike stuck six days prior, Sunday’s exercise went exactly to plan. Ellie’s hauling and my forward lunges were enough to pop the bike forward from its muddy socket, and she kept pulling as I slid and spun across the rest of the bog and up to dry trail next to the women and their horses. 

“Woo!” I said with a grin, according to a video Amy recorded. “That actually worked!” 

I packed my gear next to the idling motorcycle as the women remounted their horses. They were heading out to complete a loop back to Summit, then they’d load up their trailer and head back to town. Meanwhile, I was about to ride my motorcycle back down the steep, rocky trail while wearing a fully loaded pack with tools and boots strapped on. 

Rocky trail

The challenge wasn’t over after we got the bike unstuck: I still had to ride down this with a fully loaded pack and tools. 

Meet me at The Pioneer, I told them. Amy said they’d be there around sunset and stop in if they saw a white Outback towing a muddy motorcycle. 

After a somewhat harrowing but uneventful ride down the gulch, I was back at the car. I loaded the bike, changed my clothes and marveled at how well the outing went compared to my last time there. I sent a photo of the recovered bike to Joe and Keith, thanking them again for their kindness days before. 

Bike on trailer

After a harrowing 2-mile ride down Bachelor Gulch, I loaded my bike onto a trailer and headed out of the mountains to Virginia City.

At The Pioneer, a few locals recognized me and asked if I’d gotten my bike out. With that, I began practicing a new story from Bachelor Gulch.

A couple hours later, three women in riding gear walked into the bar. “Their drinks are on me,” I told the bartender. 

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George Dunn, President & CEO, CRE8 Independent Consultants, A DotCom Magazine Interview

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SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, September 28, 2023 / — Andy “Jake” Jacob, CEO of DotCom Magazine interviews George Dunn, President & CEO of CRE8 Independent Consultants for the Magazine’s Entrepreneur Spotlight Television Series, which is featured on The Binge Networks TV Channel as featured on Apple TV, Amazon TV, Sony, ROKU, Samsung, LG, and many others. George Dunn joins other leaders selected by the editorial team of DotCom Magazine to be interviewed on the top trending show.

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CRE8 serves national and international organizations in all industry sectors, including Fortune 100, government, and privately held. We conduct process improvement and technology planning projects at the enterprise, department, and workgroup levels for worldwide, national, and local organizations.

CRE8 projects are staffed by leading professionals who have extensive experience assisting organizations with planning for process improvement and new technologies. Our consultants provide full knowledge transfer of the tools and techniques that we employ. CRE8 delivers outstanding successes and customer results.

As the President & CEO, George Dunn’s visionary leadership has been instrumental in the company’s growth and success. Under his guidance, CRE8 Independent Consultants continues to expand its market reach and explore new opportunities in the ever-evolving landscape of direct sales.

George Dunn joins other leading CEO’s, founders, and thought leaders that have participated in this informative and popular interview show. In the interview with Andy Jacob, George Dunn discusses the newest offerings of CRE8 Independent Consultants, what makes the company different than other firms, and shares thoughts on leadership and entrepreneurship. George Dunn joins other leaders building strong and compelling companies that have been invited to participate in the exclusive series

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Andy Jacob says, “It’s the goal of DotCom Magazine to provide the absolute best in what entrepreneurship has to offer. We have interviewed many of the world’s leading entrepreneurs in their respective field. It takes amazing leadership to build a company like CRE8 Independent Consultants. There are so many powerful and talented entrepreneurs throughout the world, and I am extremely fortunate to interview the best of the best. I always come away humbled by how many talented people are building amazing companies. As we scout the world for interesting entrepreneurs and companies, it is always a wonderful experience to meet leaders like George Dunn who are forging an incredible path for others. At DotCom Magazine, we believe entrepreneurs are the heartbeat of the world. We believe it is a world where risk takers must be lauded, saluted, and respected. Successful entrepreneurs get up every morning and give an amazing effort. We salute the business leaders of this world like George Dunn”.


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Dale Earnhardt Jr Talks About His Iconic “Skeleton Gloves…


When it comes to sports icons, there’s something or the other that we remember them by; whether it be Ronaldo‘s iconic ‘Siuuu’ celebration or Muhammad Ali’s Ali shuffle, there’s always a signature move that a sportsperson likes to create. Mostly, it’s like a trademark, a “wow moment”, a particular feature that fans will associate them with. NASCAR also has its fair share of signature items – a particular helmet that a driver always wears to his races or a certain gesture a driver makes after winning a race. It is these things that give fans something to remember them by, even when they’re not professionally competing anymore. The same is the case with the iconic Dale Earnhardt Jr.

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While the helmet has always been a staple form of artistic expression at NASCAR, it is Dale Jr’s “Skeleton Gloves” that made an impact on fans around the country. But how did the gloves make their way into Earnhardt Jr’s races?

Dale Earnhardt Jr got the skeleton gloves idea from a racetrack, but it wasn’t NASCAR


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One might assume that Dale’s signature skeleton gloves are a lovechild of him and his time on the NASCAR racetrack. But the truth seems to be quite the contrary. Speaking on his podcast, The Dale Jr Download, the veteran revealed how he first got the idea from a track that didn’t even belong to NASCAR.

“I saw a guy. I think it was motocross, probably 15 years ago,” he quipped.

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Dale also revealed how he immediately thought the gloves looked really cool.

“One guy had all these skull gloves, and it just really stood out, and as a racecar driver, I’ll just say this, watching a NASCAR race, right? The drivers would always have white gloves, you could always see their hands moving from the, you know, watching the race from the cameras or the TV or from the grandstands or whatever. You could always see their hands when they wore a light-colored glove, and I thought, man, I bet those would be cool to wear; it’ll be different,” Earnhardt Jr revealed.

However, the gloves have now taken on multiple roles to slowly transition from being just an iconic staple in Dale’s driving gear.

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Skeleton gloves, now part of a movement, raised above eight figures for charity

The gloves are more than an inanimate object for the show now. Over the years, Dale has succeeded in capitalizing on the popularity of the iconic pair of gloves for causes that are, very well, beyond his personal gains.


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The Driven To Give Glove Auction, which started in 2014 and is backed by The Dale Jr. Foundation, has been responsible for raising over $11 million in charity to date. Every year, a select number of NASCAR drivers sport autographed gloves on the track that eventually get auctioned off for charity. According to the Dale Jr Foundation website, over $60,000 was raised for the Dale and Amy Earnhardt Fund at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in 2022 alone. The gloves certainly came into the track when not many were experimenting with that particular piece of gear.

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The signature gloves that Earnhardt Jr donned to races year after year became his staple trademark. And more so, because he did it at a time when not many NASCAR drivers were taking the artistic freedom to experiment with their gloves, which Dale seemed to be well aware of.

“I thought imma start doing that, that’ll be different; that’ll be.. nobody’s really doing anything with gloves. It’s kinda fun, I like skulls, always had skulls on the back of my helmet and so I was kinda into that and so I just started doing it, I just started wearing them and that was that,” he added.


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It is not without reason that Dale Earnhardt Jr is considered iconic. Be it on the track or off of it, Dale has certainly earned his place among the most popular NASCAR drivers of all time.

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