Wednesday, December 4 2013 10:49 PM EST2013-12-05 03:49:20 GMT
Don Dixon will remain the city's top cop. The Lake Charles City Council unanimously approved to reappoint Dixon to another six-year term as Chief of Police -- a position he's held for 12 years. DixonMore >>
Don Dixon will remain the city's top cop. The Lake Charles City Council unanimously approved to reappoint Dixon to another six-year term as Chief of Police -- a position he's held for 12 years.More >>
Wednesday, December 4 2013 10:33 PM EST2013-12-05 03:33:57 GMT
What's been done is nice, but the bond money budgeted for the Enterprise Boulevard Extension Project has taken the road as far as it can go. "Knowing that we could not cover that amount to go all theMore >>
How to proceed with the Enterprise Boulevard Extension Project? That's the question city officials hope a joint study with the state will help identify. However, as KPLC's Lee Peck reports, it's going to cost some money to get those answers - money some on the council believe is a waste of taxpayer dollars.More >>
Wednesday, December 4 2013 7:19 PM EST2013-12-05 00:19:06 GMT
Nearly 60 dogs from the Calcasieu Animal Shelter are headed to Florida on a 'rescue ride' where dog advocates say their chances of adoption are astronomical. Nathan Areno, Director of Animal ServicesMore >>
Nearly 60 dogs from the Calcasieu Animal Shelter are headed to Florida on a 'rescue ride' where dog advocates say their chances of adoption are astronomical.
Wednesday, December 4 2013 7:09 PM EST2013-12-05 00:09:08 GMT
Both suspects have been arrested in the robbery of First Federal Bank in DeRidder. The DeRidder Police Department, with assistance from the Beauregard and Vernon Parish Sheriff's Offices, took PatrickMore >>
Both suspects have been arrested in the robbery of First Federal Bank in DeRidder.More >>
Wednesday, December 4 2013 7:05 PM EST2013-12-05 00:05:51 GMT
It's a big operation in a small town. The Rotary Club of Welsh welcomed an 18 Wheeler full of educational books. "We're talking thousands, 23 pallets, each box could have 24 to 40 books in them," saidMore >>
The Rotary Club of Welsh welcomed an 18 Wheeler full of educational books.More >>
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YARNELL, AZ (CBS5) -
From first appearances, Tex Gilligan and Joy Collura make an unlikely pair.
He is a weathered old cowboy and she is a blonde chef who grew up in the Valley.
But their mutual appreciation for the Arizona countryside landed them on the Weaver Mountain range and in the path of the Yarnell Hill Fire on Sunday, June 30.
"We love to hike, both of us," said Gilligan, as he made his way between the charred black boulders and scorched manzanita skeletons.
The hikers agreed to take CBS 5 Investigates to the top of the mountain range and tell the story of what and who they saw that day, two weeks before.
"When we passed them they were spent. We looked at them," said Gilligan.
They came face to face with the Granite Mountain Hotshots. They spoke on three separate occasions that morning, talking about the location of the fire line and the firefighters' strategy.
"We saw them and I think it's so surreal for me to this day that I'm the last one to see them, as a civilian hiker," said Collura, who snapped pictures of the firefighters and the fire as it transformed from a low-lying brush fire into a raging killer.
"It went up more than a quarter mile in less than 14 minutes and I said, 'Let's get the hell out of here,'" said Gilligan.
On the way off the mountain, they found themselves on a ridge overlooking a ranch one mile below. An area around the ranch house had been cleared of brush, and it appeared to be a safe spot to fall back to as the fire made its approach.
But Gilligan knew the terrain below and the thick vegetation would make the hike to the ranch perilous.
"The deception is what can kill you. It's a trap. It's actually a basin full of manzanita," said Gilligan.
The hikers dropped down the backside of the mountain, into terrain with less fuel, although the hike to safety appeared much farther.
An hour later, the Granite Mountain crew found themselves on the same ridge. But they made a break for the ranch.
"One decision made the difference in 19 lives," said Gilligan.
Gilligan and Collura said they hope their story and their pictures will help to fill in some blanks about where the firefighters were that morning, where their equipment was and how the vegetation blocked their escape.
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This is one of the last photographs ever taken of the Granite Mountain Hotshots as they made their way to the Yarnell Hire Fire on June 30.More >>
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Tuesday, December 3 2013 7:54 PM EST2013-12-04 00:54:31 GMT
An Arizona agency that investigated workplace violations related to the deaths of 19 firefighters is recommending action against the state Forestry Division. The Arizona Division of Occupational SafetyMore >>
The Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health will present its findings Wednesday to the state Industrial Commission.More >>
Tuesday, October 29 2013 11:42 AM EDT2013-10-29 15:42:40 GMT
Richard Taylor hosted a fundraiser at his Happy Barn in Hollandale, WI to help raise money for the Yarnell Fire Department to buy new fire fighting equipment lost in the wildfire that killed 19 firefightersMore >>
A Wisconsin man hosted a fundraiser and collected nearly $50,000 for new fire fighting equipment lost in the Yarnell Hill Fire that killed 19 firefighters on June 30, 2013.More >>
Friday, October 4 2013 1:32 PM EDT2013-10-04 17:32:24 GMT
One of the fallen Prescott Hotshots will be honored tonight at his old school. Travis Carter was a student at Orme School, a preparatory school near Mayer, starting in 1993. He was considered an outstandingMore >>
One of the fallen Prescott Hotshots will be honored tonight at his old school.More >>