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Industry News

Zareba Systems Unveils New Line of Commercial-Rated Slide Gate Operators
Press release, MN  - Jul 6, 2007
MINNEAPOLIS -- Zareba Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:ZRBA) said it will launch two new slide gate operators engineered to meet the demands of professional gate operator installers. The commercial-rated slide gate operators, marketed under the name of Rutland Professional Gate Opening Systems, will be available in July along with a complete line of gate operator accessories...
Computer Fencing System Installed in 23 Jamieson Branches
Press release, ID  - Jul 6, 2007
Jamieson Manufacturing Compaany, bases in Dalleas Texas, recently installed the Computer Fencing System for use in its 23 branches in eight central states. Founded in 1943. Jamieson sells a full range of chainlink, wood, tubular, and ornamental steel and aluminum fencing material...
110000 injuries from fences every year: 'It's like a magnet'
Chicago Sun-Times,IL  - Jul 4, 2007
Hospital emergency rooms treat nearly 110,000 fence-related injuries a year, though few are as severe as the accident that killed 11-year-old Nathan Dombrowski. According to a national estimate from the Consumer Product Safety Commission, 109,610 injuries involved fences and fence posts in 2005 ...

Decking Industry News

Wood & Competitive Decking forecasts for 2011 & 2016
PRMinds (press release), France  - Jul 4, 2007
US demand for decking is projected to grow about two percent per year through 2011 to 3.5 billion lineal feet, valued at more than $4 billion...
Green Building Elements: Decking
Green Options blog, CA  - Jul 9, 2007
It's full-blown summer now, and people are spending more time outdoors on their patios and decks. So let me offer a summertime question for discussion. Which is better to use for an outdoor deck: wood, or a manufactured product (like Trex, Timber Tech, etc.)? ...
Make your backyard shine
CNN  - Jul 6, 2007
Today, designers and builders are conjuring up lavish decks of durable hardwoods or eco-friendly composites that curve sinuously around built-in spas or ...

Pool Safety

Municipalities applaud pool initiative
CNN  - Jul 8, 2007
The focus on safety for Quebec's backyard swimming pools is receiving much stronger emphasis as part of a new three-year campaign announced by the provincial government Friday...

Local Government Issues

Monterey County Herald, CA  - Jul 10, 2007
Concerns about deer leaping over fences that protect crops are prompting county officials to consider making it easier to build taller fences. Today, county supervisors could approve an interim ordinance that would allow fences up to 8 feet high to be built without permits. Currently, fences up to 6 feet are allowed without permits...
Fence around tank will cost about $30000
OregonLive.com, OR  - Jul 10, 2007
The Portland Water Bureau plans to install an 8-foot security fence around the 10-million gallon Kelly Butte storage in Southeast Portland to combat taggers who have used the green tank as their canvas...
Pryor, Salina fence line dispute continues
Pryor Daily Times, OK  - Jul 7, 2007
The feud over the fence line continues. City Attorney Randall Elliott asked Pryor's City Council for direction to handle the correction of the fence line between Salina and Pryor...
Black vinyl fence not sitting well with some
North County Times, CA  - Jul 6, 2007
OCEANSIDE ---- The chain-link fence is coming down, a black vinyl fence is going up, but the uproar isn't going away. It started several months ago, when the North County Transit District installed the chain-link fence near the Sprinter tracks along a stretch of Oceanside Boulevard, just east of Interstate 5...

DIY - Consumers

Several Complaints Issued Against Home Improvement Chains
10TV, OH  - Jul 10, 2007
Pat Butters' back yard fence dispute has lasted so long that the seasons have changed. In January, she called her expensive new fence a costly mistake. She claims that she had a bad experience from the moment the work began on her fence. ...
Install decorative picket fence
Jackson Clarion Ledger, MS  - Jul 5, 2007
I have always wanted a decorative picket fence around the front of my house. I want to build it myself so that I can afford it. Please give me some design and construction tips. - Barb N. A: A decorative picket fence can make a dramatic improvement to your home without breaking your budget ...
Donate fencing, building materials
The Olympian, WA  - Jul 10, 2007
With the weather hot, it's a prime time to tackle yard projects such as replacing an old cedar fence. But where to recycle the old materials? Olympia Salvage, a nonprofit organization that offers deconstruction services, will take useable fence boards and many other items. Boards don't have to be perfect...

Fences and Animals

Fence-builders unchain dogs
News & Observer, NC  - Jul 6, 2007
DURHAM - It is a counterintuitive enterprise, building a fence around something to set it free. But Amanda Arrington and a small band of volunteers have been at it for months. Their tally so far: seven fences, 17 free dogs. The fences allow the chains around the dogs' necks to come off...
Forest Hills police dogs push fences higher
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, PA  - Jul 4, 2007
A long-running Forest Hills dispute was settled last week because of a dog. The borough council voted 4-0, with three members absent, on June 20 to raise the maximum residential fence height from 5 feet to 6 feet...
An Underwater Fence to Stop Invasive Species
Washington Post, DC  - Jul 9, 2007
A century ago, engineers blasted the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal out of limestone to reverse the Chicago River, an unprecedented engineering feat that linked Lake Michigan with the Mississippi River....

Community Issues

Navy base's new entry expected to ease traffic flow, improve security
San Diego Union Tribune, CA  - Jul 8, 2007
CORONADO - The traffic pattern heading into North Island Naval Air Station, one of the county's largest employers, is set to change tomorrow when a new main gate opens off Third Street...
Fence keeping yobs off plots
Lancashire Evening Post, UK  - Jul 7, 2007
Crime rates at a Fulwood allotment have plummeted since police won £2,000 funding to erect fencing, it emerged today. In recent years allotment holders along Blackpool Road in Fulwood have often fallen victim to vandals,...
Councillor hopes to solve fence mystery
York Press, UK  - Jul 6, 2007
A COUNCILLOR has stepped in to help residents find out who has installed a mystery new fence on deserted land in Acomb, York. Residents in Runswick Avenue contacted Coun Tracey Simpson-Laing about the grassed area near to the junction with Beckfield Lane, where a fence has recently appeared...
Central Park fence stirs up controversy in Topeka community
49abcnews.com, KS - Jul 6, 2007
Topeka - Things are peaceful at the Central Park Community Center now, but there has been quite a controversy brewing in the neighborhood over the fence next to the Central Park Community Center and used by Robinson Middle School...

Fencing and Railroads

CBS 5, CA  - Jul 7, 2007
New fencing is being installed along select locations of the Caltrain corridor in San Mateo County this summer as part of an ongoing campaign to discourage trespassing, the agency has announced...


Three months on - railway fencing still unrepaired
The Northern Echo, UK  - Jul 9, 2007
REPAIRS to a section of damaged fence next to a railway line have not been carried out - three months after it was first reported. Now local people are concerned that with the impending school holidays, action is needed to prevent a tragedy...

USA Mexico Border Fence

'Virtual fence' intended to help protect border
The Northern Echo, UK  - Jul 9, 2007
With a price tag that could stretch into the billions, Homeland Security's planned "virtual fence" along the border with Mexico is attracting outsized attention. The idea is to install cameras, radar, ground sensors and satellite communications that will help agents halt any unlawful border crossings. ...
Construction of border fence may jeopardize unique Rio Grande wildlife habitat
Austin American-Statesman (subscription), TX  - Jul 7, 2007
BROWNSVILLE - In deepest South Texas, a geographic quirk causes desert, coastal and subtropical influences to converge in an ecologically spectacular riverfront landscape found nowhere else on the continent ...
Business could cash in on fence contracts
Fort Worth Star Telegram, TX  - Jul 8, 2007
While irate landowners and politicians are trying to fight construction of a wall in South Texas, the federal government has already begun lining up private contractors to do the work. Official estimates put the price tag of the 700-mile fence at $2.1 billion, but an independent study said the long-range cost could make that figure look more like a down payment. ...

Fences and Neighbors

Old fence makes for warring neighbours
Toronto Star, Canada  - Jul 7, 2007
A recent decision of the Ontario Superior Court emphasizes how risky it is to take the law into your own hands when it comes to boundary disputes, and how important it is to review a land survey of the property prior to closing to determine where the boundaries are...
This fence makes angry neighbors
Florida Today, FL  - Jul 9, 2007
MELBOURNE - A wooden barricade along Wickham Road is provoking a fence feud between a deeded subdivision and a neighboring landowner...
Neighbors say fence goes too far
St. Petersburg Times, FL  - Jul 5, 2007
LARGO - For years, the people who live in the cluster of homes at the end of Valentine Lane have enjoyed the benefits of having John R. Bonner Nature Park in their backyards....


Pitchess to Replace Deteriorating Fence
Signal, CA  - Jul 4, 2007
Aiming to improve safety at the facilities and for the surrounding community, officials at Pitchess Detention Center are replacing the 50-year-old security fence at the East Facility. The county approved the spending of $111,000 to construct a 14-foot-high chain-link fence to replace a deteriorating fence that offers little security...
Expansion to bring 'stunning' fence to prison facility
Cushing Daily Citizen, OK  - Jul 3, 2007
At a recent Community Relations Board meeting held at the Cimarron Correctional Facility, Warden Charles Ray unveiled plans for the new expansion. "We're excited about the expansion project," Ray said - adding that it will bring 60 - 70 new jobs to the area...

International Border Fencing

Security fence may not be completed until 2010
Jerusalem Post, Israel  - Jul 10, 2007
By TOVAH LAZAROFF Legal appeals to the High Court of Justice continue to delay the construction of the West Bank security fence, which now may not be ...
Israel To Build Fence On Egypt Border
AHN  - Jul 7, 2007
Amman, Jordan (AHN) - Israel says it will build an electronic fence along its border with Egypt, an army publication said. Recently, dozens of immigrants have been caught attempting to illegally enter the Jewish state, prompting the call for the fence...


Weird News

Women demand cow runs to balance bull festival
Canoe, Canada - Jul 10, 2007
MADRID, Spain (AP) - A group of Spanish women are calling for equality at Pamplona's famed San Fermin running of the bulls festival: they're demanding cow runs. ...

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