High Plains Dri...(1973)
Universal released the R-rated High Plains Drifter in the United States in April 1973, and the film eventually grossed $15.7 million domestically, ultimately making it the sixth-highest grossing Western in North America in the decade of the 1970s and the 20th highest-grossing film released in 1973. The film was well received by many critics, and rates 93% positive on Rotten Tomatoes based on 27 reviews. On Metacritic the film has a score 69% based on reviews from 10 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".
High Plains Dri...(1973)
For more than forty years, Steve Fitch has been photographing the American West revealing its changing vernacular landscape and vanishing roadside attractions. After graduating from the University of California at Berkeley in 1971 with a bachelor's degree in anthropology, and while teaching photography at the ASUC Studio on the Berkeley campus, Fitch began work on a project photographing the vernacular roadside of the American highway. He received two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships to aid in completing this project, one in 1973 and the second in 1975, and published the acclaimed monograph, Diesels and Dinosaurs (1976). His serial photographs of the Drive-Ins, seen together, shape an intriguing typology of a disappearing architectural form. These cinematic landmarks are now mostly artifacts of a shifting cultural landscape; they are, however, perfectly preserved in Fitch's extraordinary photographs, which mostly picture their subject under the fluorescent glow of the Drive-In's signage.
In 1971 the screen was blown over in a storm. After repairs the theater opened with two screens as Town and Country Drive In. The sight is across the street from the UNT engineering building on old highway 77.
The Great Plains Jazz Festival features nationally renowned adjudicators, clinicians and guest artists. The festival is designed to be an educational experience for band directors and students from middle school through college. Ensembles perform for written and recorded comments and then proceed to a different room for a clinic from one of the adjudicators. In addition to the individualized clinic that each band receives, participants also have the opportunity to attend general clinic sessions presented by guest artists and adjudicators. The highlight of the festival is the opportunity to hear professional jazz concerts for free or greatly reduced prices.
"About 30,000 tourists traveling to or from Florida and more northern states, were stranded on the State's highways. Many were rescued by helicopter and some by other vehicles. When the hotels and motels were filled, they were housed in armories, schools, and churches. Farmers gave aid to travelers stranded near their homes. Many farm homes had 50 to 60 unexpected guests for a day or two." The snow was accompanied by strong winds and followed by severe cold. Drifts up to 7 or 8 feet could be found in same locations and all highways in the central part of the State were closed for from 2 to 4 days. Many tons of food and supplies were airlifted by helicopter to snowed-in families. At least 200 buildings collapsed, as did thousands of store awnings and carports..."
The snowfall totals in this event were so large they completely overwhelmed the meager snow removal equipment available. School children in Montgomery County, Alabama had to spend a night in their classrooms as snow fell so heavily buses could not safely take them home. In Forsyth, Georgia around 1,000 travelers sought shelter, most of whom were traveling south toward Florida along Interstate 75. I-75 was closed along an almost-200 mile stretch from central Georgia to near the Florida border, with state troopers estimating there were "thousands of stranded cars" along the highway. In Macon, Georgia every road was closed at the height of the storm and the city's mayor declared a curfew and a state of emergency. The cities of Columbus, Georgia and Phenix City, Alabama suffered similar impacts. Snow drifts up to 8 feet height were reported in central South Carolina and virtually all roads were closed for two to four days. Helicopters were used to airlift food to stranded residents. In Columbia two roofs collapsed due to the weight of the snow. Nighttime temperatures dipped as low as 5 degrees in Columbia, SC after the storm.
Offshore the rapidly strengthening storm created strong winds and very large waves. The Frying Pan Shoals Tower, then a Coast Guard Light Station, recorded wind gusts of 75-80 mph and waves over 20 feet high. A Coast Guard vessel Gresham stationed off the coast of southern New Jersey recorded a wind gust to 90 mph.
A small town named Lago is under threat from outlaws who are expected to be released from Yuma prison in few days. And a stranger with no name (Clint Eastwood) rides down the high street slowly and meanly.
The ecoregion that experienced the highest amount of change was the Northwestern Glaciated Plains Ecoregion (located in northern Montana, northwestern and central North Dakota and central South Dakota, and northern Nebraska), at 14.1 percent. The ecoregion that experienced the lowest amount of change was the Lake Agassiz Plain Ecoregion (located mostly in eastern North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota) at 1.5 percent.
Monsieur Hulot curiously wanders around a high-tech Paris, paralleling a trip with a group of American tourists. Meanwhile, a nightclub/restaurant prepares its opening night, but it's still under construction.
Due to their rarity, synthetic emeralds are also produced in the United States through a hydrothermal method, in which aquamarine crystals are placed in a water solution under high temperatures and pressure.
Steve Fitch is well-known explorations of the American highway and roadside attractions include his acclaimed 1970s series Diesels and Dinosaurs and color photographs from Western Landmarks, photographed in the 1980s and 1990s.
The United States is among the world's largest sugar producers. Unlike most other producing countries, the United States has both large and well-developed sugarcane and sugarbeet industries. Since the mid-2000s, sugarcane has accounted for between 40 and 45 percent of the total sugar produced domestically, and sugarbeets accounted for between 55 and 60 percent of production. U.S. sugar production has expanded from an early-1980s average of 6.0 million short tons, raw value (STRV) to an average 9.0 million STRV since 2016/17. The production increases are due to a substantial investment in new processing equipment, the adoption of new technologies, the use of improved crop varieties, and acreage expansion (because of higher prices for sugar crops relative to alternative crops).
Sugarcane and sugarbeet yields can vary widely from year to year because of weather, but yields for both have tended to increase over time. The growth of sugarcane yields has been particularly impressive in Florida and Louisiana because of varietal improvements, investments in improved harvesting technologies, and other technological changes. Sugarbeet yields have ranged from a low of 18.6 short tons per acre in fiscal year (FY) 1993 to a high of 32.8 tons per acre in FY 2018.
In Louisiana, the northernmost cane-growing State, sugarcane production has been largely confined to the Delta, where soils are fertile and the climate is warm. However, the sugar industry in Louisiana has expanded northward and westward into nontraditional sugarcane growing areas. Most of the expansion in sugarcane acreage has occurred when returns for competing crops, such as rice and soybeans, have decreased. Louisiana production has also expanded because of the adoption of high-yielding sugarcane varieties, along with investments in new harvesting combines. Louisiana produced an average 1.782 million STRV of sugar between FY 2017 and FY 2021.
Sugarbeets are grown in 4 regions encompassing 11 States and tend to be grown in rotation with other crops. The Great Lakes region (Michigan) is the only growing region east of the Mississippi River. The other three growing areas are the Upper Midwest (Minnesota and North Dakota), the Great Plains (Colorado, Montana, Nebraska, and Wyoming), and the Far West (California, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington). The western regions represent dryland farming that depends on irrigation as a primary water source. The eastern regions depend on rainfall. Historically, sugarbeet yields in the western areas have tended to be higher than in the east. However, with the adoption of new disease-resistant and GM seed varieties, yields in the eastern areas are much closer to those in western areas. In all areas, sugar production is enhanced by technologies that allow the desugaring of molasses, which otherwise would be a relatively low-value byproduct.
Sugarbeet production occurs in the Upper Great Plains (north-central Wyoming, Montana, and western North Dakota) and Central Grain Plains (southeastern Wyoming, Colorado, and Nebraska). This region typically accounts for about one-eighth of national planted area. As in the Far West, most sugarbeet production in the plains areas occurs on irrigated land. Investment in covered and ventilated storage facilities has also lengthened the slicing season and improved processed sugarbeet quality and processing efficiency in these areas.
The two key sugar prices in the United States that have implications for U.S. sugar policy are those for raw cane sugar and refined beet sugar. The domestic raw sugar price is based on the price of the nearby futures contract settlement price listed by the Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) (often referred to as the Number 16 contract). There is no futures market for U.S. refined sugar, but a price range for wholesale Midwest refined beet sugar, free on board (FOB) factory, is quoted each week in Milling and Baking News. Since 2009/10 (October-September fiscal year), the U.S. wholesale beet sugar price has ranged between a low average of 28.84 cents a pound in 2012/13 and a high average of 55.81 cents a pound in 2010/11. The U.S. raw sugar price has similarly ranged to an average of 21.00 cents a pound in 2012/13 from an average of 38.46 cents a pound in 2010/11. 041b061a72