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  Question of the Week 4/10/07

Guaranteed Against Rottweiler Escape?
There is a story about a dog that escaped and attacked a child. The parent's of the child are not only suing the owners of the dog, but also the fence company who installed the fence to keep the dog in. Obviously the case is still pending, but it does raise some interesting questions.
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Industry News

HySecurity Introduces High Speed, Heavy Duty, Intelligent Gate Operators
Press Release, WA  - Apr 9, 2007
As a response to the need for higher levels of perimeter security at government, industrial and commercial sites, HySecurity is introducing two new high speed operators to move very heavy gates at high speeds...
New Toro® Dingo® TX 525 Narrow Track Diesel Loader
Press Release, WA  - Apr 2, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (April 2, 2007) - The Toro Company has introduced a new Toro® Dingo® TX 525 Narrow Track compact utility loader featuring a 25-horsepower Kubotar diesel engine for added torque and hydraulic flow in a compact design...
Universal Forest Product's ProWood Micro Wins Editors' Choice Award
Press Release  - Apr 3, 2007
Universal Forest Products (Nasdaq: UFPI), the world's leading producer of pressure-treated wood, today announced that its revolutionary ProWoodr Micro treated lumber has won the coveted "2006 Editor's Choice Award" from ProSales, the industry's leading building material dealer trade publication. ...
One Time, Lifetime Treatment for Decks Docks and Fences
Country News, Australia  - Apr 9, 2007
CedarCide Industries of The Woodlands, Texas announces the availability of their most recent invention known as CedarShield Deck Dock and Fence. Dave Glassel, acknowledged as the World's leading Cedar Oil Scientist developed the unique product using Texas Red Cedar Oil and Quartz compounds ...

Decking Industry News

Advanced Environmental Recycling Technologies Updates Status of ...
Business Wire (press release), CA  - Apr 4, 2007
Advanced Environmental Recycling Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AERT) today announced that the first production line at its third extrusion plant, known as "Springdale South", has been in service for the past week. The plant,...
Explosion at AERT Plant, Defective Equipment Delay Start-up
Arkansas Business Online, AR  - Apr 4, 2007
After an explosion Monday at its new Springdale South plant, Advanced Environmental Recycling Technologies Inc. will resume operations soon ...

Construction Industry News

Overall Construction Spending Rises 0.3 Percent in February
Building Online, CA  - Apr 5, 2007
The U.S. Census Bureau of the Department of Commerce announced that construction spending during February 2007 was estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1.17 trillion, 0.3 percent above the revised January estimate of $1.16 trillion. ...

Local Government Issues

QC considers fence rules; Residents debate styles of fences
Newszap Arizona, AZ  - Apr 3, 2007
View fencing can consist of a combination solid fence and open view fence, such as wrought iron. Other residential zones call for 50 percent open yard fencing for homes adjacent to open space and 33 percent open fences for yards adjacent to streets ...
Call Kurtis: Meadowview Fence Follow-Up
CBS 13, CA  - Apr 3, 2007
An Auburn neighborhood wanted to protect their homes from crime and illegal dumping. So they put up some fences. But those fences turned into a headache that's lasted three years. It was time to call Kurtis Ming. ...
Bells City Council lowers pool fence requirements
Sherman Denison Herald Democrat, TX  - Apr 8, 2007
The Bells City Council heard a second request in recent months, this week, for a variance to lower the city's 6-foot pool fence requirement to 4 feet. This request, like the last, was approved ...

DIY - Consumers

Transcend boundaries with fashionable fencing
C&G Newspapers, MI  - Apr 5, 2007
Whether for boundary or security purposes, pool privacy or just plain decoration, functional and fashionable fences will never go out of style. And with spring making its debut this month, many residents will make sure to fit "fencing" into their seasonal chores. ...

Fences in the Courts

Parents sue over dog attack on 5-year-old daughter
West Virginia Record, WV  - Apr 9, 2007
The suit also claims McNiel Fence Company did not properly install a chain link fence because a gap existed which allowed the dog to escape ...
Couple's battle against city comes down to US case
San Jose Mercury News, CA  - Apr 9, 2007
Joe and Darla Padgett have shown all that and more in their yearslong struggle against Monte Sereno - a fight that has always been, at its core, about their wooden fence, which the city said was too tall. But the case, which also featured ...
Judge: City can't prosecute couple over tall fence
San Jose Mercury News, CA  - Apr 10, 2007
On their umpteenth visit to court in their fight with Monte Sereno, the Padgetts on Monday successfully got a federal judge to order the city not to prosecute the Padgetts' former neighbors for their allegedly too-tall fence, Darla Padgett said ...

Homeland Security

Final rule sets anti-terror standards for chemical facilities
Reliable Plant Magazine, OK  - Apr 10, 2007
In particular, the standards target perimeter security, facility access control, chemical theft and sabotage prevention. The ruling follows a heated debate ...

Community Issues

Montana residents battling over access to prized trout streams
Monterey County Herald, CA  - Apr 9, 2007
It is unlikely that more than 70 years ago, when Robert Fletcher, a Montana poet and state highway department worker, wrote the words popularized by Cole Porter and sung famously by Roy Rogers, that he envisioned a day when ranchers, landowners and lovers of the outdoors would battle over the right to fence off public trout streams ...
Fences go up again at common
North Norfolk News, UK  - Apr 5, 2007
IAN orchid-speckled slice of tranquil countryside has, deceptively, also been a bitter battleground. Locals were split over whether the unspoilt common should have grazing animals penned in, or a fence-free area for walkers to explore ...
Beach banking on sand fences to build up dunes
Daytona Beach News-Journal  - Apr 9, 2007
Volusia-Flagler Turtle Patrol President Beth Libert said in an interview in late March that properly installed sand fencing shouldn't seriously impact nesting sea turtles. She said the fences are a better alternative for nesting turtles than past city ...
No fence needed between mobile homes, course
Daytona Beach News-Journal  - Apr 10, 2007
It has been just more than a week since a 2-year-old girl was found lying face down in standing water on the Lafayette Municipal Golf Course ...

Agricultural Fences

Prisoners fix fences
Country News, Australia  - Apr 9, 2007
Dhurringile prisoners are helping farmers repair fences and clear fencelines on bushfire ravaged properties in the north-east in a program considered to be a first for Victoria...
Electric fence proposal put on hold after farmer lobbying
FarmersWeekly, UK  - Apr 4, 2007
Proposals to reduce electric fencing energiser power to five joules have been put on hold as a result of lobbying by the British Standards Institute and NFU Scotland ...
Electric Fencing: How To Fight The New Restrictions
ThePigSite.com, UK  - Apr 5, 2007
As has been reported here before, the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardisation (Cenelec) has undemocratically decided electric fencing energizers must be restricted to five joules ...

USA Mexico Border Fence

SD Troops Help Build Border Fence
Sacramento Bee, CA  - Apr 10, 2007
President Bush addressed immigration reform on the US-Mexican border Monday. He traveled to Yuma, Arizona where a 700 mile-long fence is being built to keep illegal immigrants out of America. It's a fence some South Dakota National Guard troops are helping build... ...


Weird News - April Fools Fence Story

Cincinnati mayor's errant pitch leads to laughter
Detroit Free Press, MI - Apr 10, 2007
CINCINNATI (AP) - The mayor's errant ceremonial first pitch on baseball's opening day has inspired a sandwich with a fitting name: The Mark Mallory Screwball...

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Fencing of graveyards a tough task for govt
Times of India, India  - Apr 9, 2007
Sometimes back, chief minister Nitish Kumar took a bold step of fencing of all the graveyards in the state. Most of the cemeteries are without a boundary wall, making them vulnerable to illegal trespass and encroachment. ...