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Sunday, October 16, 2005

Quick Hits

Emerald Ash Borer in Adams County - Embassy's Lori Lobsiger Praised - Nobel Economics Winner Suggests I.U's Elinor Ostrom Worthy of Nobel

First up -The Decatur Daily Democrat reports the State has confirmed the Emerald Ash Borer has been found in Adams County. Indiana may be losing the war against the tree destroyer. It was first found in Steuben County; the borer has also been confirmed in Hicksville Ohio. Although not found yet in Allen County the Adams County news is not good. The City of Fort Wayne has used Ash trees extensively for planting in park strips along streets.

Meanwhile, Michigan gets tough on the smuggling of firewood. A man was arrested trying to smuggle wood across the Mackinac bridge on Wednesday. Michigan DNR has plans for a UP infestation but they have lost over 15 million trees in lower Michigan already.

Second - Lori Lobsiger, Director of Fort Wayne's historic Embassy Theatre suddenly resigned this week. Bluffton News-Banner legend Jim Barbieri wrote a tribute to Ms. Lobisiger's work.

Finally - Indiana University Professor Elinor Ostrom was cited by 2002 Nobel Laureate in Economics Vernon Smith as one of the persons deserving of possible Nobel recogition in the future for her "contributions to the study of behavior" and her "pioneering contributions to political economy." Smith, professor of economics and law at George Mason University, was writing for the editorial page of Saturday's Wall Street Journal . Smith wrote approvingly of the choice of 2005 winners Robert Aumann and Thomas Schelling for their work on game theory.

Elinor is a friend of the Indiana Policy Review Foundation and is working with Dr. Staley on city-county consolidation reviews. She is a great Hoosier asset and would make an informative speaker for those in Fort Wayne or elsewhere struggling with ecodevo plans that don't ever pan out.
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