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Watch le Tour, cheer for an American

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Recently I told you about the Americans’ chances for success in the Tour de France. Now, with the race about half over – I wasn’t too far off. More>>

Photographing deer in Shenandoah National Park Video included

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I’ve been so taken with the opportunities to photograph the deer in the Shenandoah National Park, that I’ve now gone twice this summer.
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  • California Chrome Has Ties to Roanoke

    California Chrome Has Ties to Roanoke

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:28 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:28:28 GMT
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    As California Chrome galloped down the homestretch winning the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, you may not have realized that he was also spreading the message: “Call before you dig!” Rick Pevarski , is President and CEO of Virginia 811, “It's been incredible. It's been incredible. The media impressions, the amount of excitement over California Chrome -- the “Chromies” that are out there. It's been unbelievable,” h...
    As California Chrome galloped down the homestretch winning the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, you may not have realized that he was also spreading the message: “Call before you dig!” Rick Pevarski , is President and CEO of Virginia 811, “It's been incredible. It's been incredible. The media impressions, the amount of excitement over California Chrome -- the “Chromies” that are out there. It's been unbelievable,” h...
  • How about some love for the tour

    How about some love for the tour

    Friday, July 4 2014 11:07 PM EDT2014-07-05 03:07:57 GMT
    While we are all loving on the world cup how about a little attention for the Tour de France?The World Cup soccer has captured my interest along with the rest of the nation, and soccer is finally getting the due for which fans have been pining.Which brings me to the Tour de France in the post Lance Armstrong era. When Lance was “winning” his seven Tours, Americans found cycling as they never had before.
    While we are all loving on the world cup how about a little attention for the Tour de France?The World Cup soccer has captured my interest along with the rest of the nation, and soccer is finally getting the due for which fans have been pining.Which brings me to the Tour de France in the post Lance Armstrong era. When Lance was “winning” his seven Tours, Americans found cycling as they never had before.
  • They Don’t Take Credit Cards on the George Washington Bridge

    They Don’t Take Credit Cards on the George Washington Bridge

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:27 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:27:53 GMT
    Be thankful you live in the highway toll free society that is Southwest Virginia. But if you venture beyond, beware...They don’t take credit cards for the toll on the George Washington Bridge in New York City. This I learned the hard way. We are living in an increasingly cash less society. Stand in line for coffee and you will grumble at the person in front of you who pays with cash and slows down the process. A simp...
    Be thankful you live in the highway toll free society that is Southwest Virginia. But if you venture beyond, beware...They don’t take credit cards for the toll on the George Washington Bridge in New York City. This I learned the hard way. We are living in an increasingly cash less society. Stand in line for coffee and you will grumble at the person in front of you who pays with cash and slows down the process. A simp...
  • RG III, a year later

    RG III, a year later

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 1:22 PM EDT2014-07-29 17:22:37 GMT
    RG III at training camp, 2014.RG III at training camp, 2014.
    In 2013, Redskins camp was all about Robert Griffin III.
    In 2013, Redskins camp was all about Robert Griffin III.
  • What a difference a year makes -- Redskins Training Camp 2014

    What a difference a year makes -- Redskins Training Camp 2014

    Monday, July 28 2014 1:46 PM EDT2014-07-28 17:46:20 GMT
    It’s year two of Redskins Camp in Richmond at the still seemingly new and certainly beautiful Bon Secours training camp. Last year the vibe was all about Robert Griffin III and the previous season’s successes.
    It’s year two of Redskins Camp in Richmond at the still seemingly new and certainly beautiful Bon Secours training camp. Last year the vibe was all about Robert Griffin III and the previous season’s successes.
  • First day at Redskins Training Camp 2013

    First day at Redskins Training Camp 2013

    Thursday, July 24 2014 9:14 PM EDT2014-07-25 01:14:01 GMT
    If there is any doubt that we live in a culture dominated by sports, put it to rest. Here in Richmond at the brand new Redskins Training Camp facility. Wow.
    If there is any doubt that we live in a culture dominated by sports, put it to rest. Here in Richmond at the brand new Redskins Training Camp facility. Wow.
  • Virginia Crossroads: Trains, rivers and oysters in the Chesapeake Bay

    Virginia Crossroads: Trains, rivers and oysters in the Chesapeake Bay

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 4:16 PM EDT2014-07-23 20:16:52 GMT
    Much of the water that starts out here in the mountains, eventually makes its way to the Chesapeake Bay, which environmentalists have been trying to “save” for decades. This especially applies to the declining Oyster population.
    Much of the water that starts out here in the mountains, eventually makes its way to the Chesapeake Bay, which environmentalists have been trying to “save” for decades. This especially applies to the declining Oyster population.
  • Fishing pictures on TV June 18

    Fishing pictures on TV June 18

    Wednesday, June 18 2014 11:42 PM EDT2014-06-19 03:42:56 GMT
    Here are two more photos shared by participants in the Carlin Chronicles Fishing Picture Competition.To enter Click here.
    Here are two more photos shared by participants in the Carlin Chronicles Fishing Picture Competition.To enter Click here.
  • Fishing Pictures on TV June 17

    Fishing Pictures on TV June 17

    Tuesday, June 17 2014 11:51 PM EDT2014-06-18 03:51:38 GMT
    Here are two more photos from the Carlin Chronicles Fishing Picture Competition that we shared with our viewers.To enter your fishing photo, click here.
    Here are two more photos from the Carlin Chronicles Fishing Picture Competition that we shared with our viewers.To enter your fishing photo, click here.
  • Fishing Pictures on the Air June 16

    Fishing Pictures on the Air June 16

    Tuesday, June 17 2014 10:40 AM EDT2014-06-17 14:40:55 GMT
    Here's a look at two pictures from our Gallery. We shared these with viewers today during our evening newscasts.Send us your fish picture by clicking here.
    Here's a look at two pictures from our Gallery. We shared these with viewers today during our evening newscasts.Send us your fish picture by clicking here.
  • Fishing Pictures on TV June 13

    Fishing Pictures on TV June 13

    Saturday, June 14 2014 1:25 AM EDT2014-06-14 05:25:53 GMT
    It's been a great first week in the Carlin Chronicles Fishing Picture Competition. Here's a look at the pictures we showed on the air on Friday.Click here if you want to enter or see the current gallery.
    It's been a great first week in the Carlin Chronicles Fishing Picture Competition. Here's a look at the pictures we showed on the air on Friday.Click here if you want to enter or see the current gallery.
  • Fishing Pictures on the Air.

    Fishing Pictures on the Air.

    Saturday, June 14 2014 1:25 AM EDT2014-06-14 05:25:49 GMT
    Here's a look at some of the fishing pictures we have shared on TV from the Carlin Chronicles Fishing Picture Competition.We're taking fishing pix for the rest of the summer. Click here to send us yours! Be sure to tell us the story behind the picture.
    Here's a look at some of the fishing pictures we have shared on TV from the Carlin Chronicles Fishing Picture Competition.We're taking fishing pix for the rest of the summer. Click here to send us yours! Be sure to tell us the story behind the picture.
  • The Carlin Chronicles Fishing Picture Competition is Back.

    The Carlin Chronicles Fishing Picture Competition is Back.

    Tuesday, June 10 2014 4:21 PM EDT2014-06-10 20:21:39 GMT
    It’s baack! If there’s one thing great about summer, it’s fishing. If there is one thing great about fishing, it’s pictures of the catch. Sometimes it’s little Jimmy or Mary holding a sunfish in one hand with a Mickey Mouse pole in the other. Or maybe it’s an adventurous sportsman standing next to a blue marlin on the dock. The smile and the pride in the accomplishment is the same no matter the age, , and that’s w...
    It’s baack! If there’s one thing great about summer, it’s fishing. If there is one thing great about fishing, it’s pictures of the catch. Sometimes it’s little Jimmy or Mary holding a sunfish in one hand with a Mickey Mouse pole in the other. Or maybe it’s an adventurous sportsman standing next to a blue marlin on the dock. The smile and the pride in the accomplishment is the same no matter the age, , and that’s w...
  • Why California Chrome's Symbol is a Donkey

    Why California Chrome's Symbol is a Donkey

    Thursday, May 22 2014 5:51 PM EDT2014-05-22 21:51:42 GMT
    Click here to read about California Chrome’s ties to Roanoke and the Virginia Call 811 Center aka Miss Utility. Sitting on my desk is a baseball cap sporting the Call 811 logo on the front and on one side, the words, “California Chrome.” On the other side is an embroidered image of a buck-toothed donkey. It is, for all intents and purposes, California Chrome’s logo. Somehow it doesn’t seem right that this magnificen...
    Click here to read about California Chrome’s ties to Roanoke and the Virginia Call 811 Center aka Miss Utility. Sitting on my desk is a baseball cap sporting the Call 811 logo on the front and on one side, the words, “California Chrome.” On the other side is an embroidered image of a buck-toothed donkey. It is, for all intents and purposes, California Chrome’s logo. Somehow it doesn’t seem right that this magnificen...
  • Lynchburg Derailment Environmental Impact

    Lynchburg Derailment Environmental Impact

    Thursday, May 1 2014 11:52 PM EDT2014-05-02 03:52:25 GMT
    It is too early to tell whether there will be lasting effects from the crude oil that spilled in the James River as a result of Wednesday's train derailment in downtown Lynchburg. Environmentalists and investigators alike say it is too soon to assess whether the fact that the river is high and muddy from recent rains is a plus because it may have dispersed the crude oil.To quote one observer on scene today, "We don't know ifdilution is the solution to pollution."WSLS reporter John Carlin was ...
    It is too early to tell whether there will be lasting effects from the crude oil that spilled in the James River as a result of Wednesday's train derailment in downtown Lynchburg. Environmentalists and investigators alike say it is too soon to assess whether the fact that the river is high and muddy from recent rains is a plus because it may have dispersed the crude oil.To quote one observer on scene today, "We don't know ifdilution is the solution to pollution."WSLS reporter John Carlin was ...
  • Barefoot Runner Makes you Wonder

    Barefoot Runner Makes you Wonder

    Thursday, April 3 2014 5:55 PM EDT2014-04-03 21:55:13 GMT
    The scenic, twisting single track trails at Carvin's Cove. It is here that Chris Neikirk often trains for local 5k's. It's not enough that the trails here are often steep, slippery or strewn with rocks. Chris pushes it a little bit further. He runs barefoot. Chris Neikirk: “I've been running barefoot; it will be four years in May.” A personal trainer, Chris says he researched running and found that some of the best...
    The scenic, twisting single track trails at Carvin's Cove. It is here that Chris Neikirk often trains for local 5k's. It's not enough that the trails here are often steep, slippery or strewn with rocks. Chris pushes it a little bit further. He runs barefoot. Chris Neikirk: “I've been running barefoot; it will be four years in May.” A personal trainer, Chris says he researched running and found that some of the best...
  • Thanks to Allstate and the United Way

    Thanks to Allstate and the United Way

    Tuesday, April 1 2014 10:14 PM EDT2014-04-02 02:14:39 GMT
    Just a quick note about a touching moment that happened today.Allstate invited me to come speak about Saint Francis Service Dogs as part of their United Way kick off. The idea, of course, is to show the good that non-profits do in the community so people will understand the value of giving.I asked my friend, Leigh Brill to bering her service dog, Pato and share some of her personal triumphs. She said she was nervous speaking after me because I am a professional speaker. Please.I gave a little...
    Just a quick note about a touching moment that happened today.Allstate invited me to come speak about Saint Francis Service Dogs as part of their United Way kick off. The idea, of course, is to show the good that non-profits do in the community so people will understand the value of giving.I asked my friend, Leigh Brill to bering her service dog, Pato and share some of her personal triumphs. She said she was nervous speaking after me because I am a professional speaker. Please.I gave a little...
  • John Carlin suffers fishy April Fools prank

    John Carlin suffers fishy April Fools prank

    Tuesday, April 1 2014 5:33 PM EDT2014-04-01 21:33:06 GMT
    Karen McNew and John's son Ben got together to pull an April Fool's prank on John Carlin. Here's the video. The fish were eventually returned to the tank.
    Karen McNew and John's son Ben got together to pull an April Fool's prank on John Carlin. Here's the video. The fish were eventually returned to the tank.
  • Using Facebook to Choose New Glasses

    Using Facebook to Choose New Glasses

    Monday, March 17 2014 10:35 PM EDT2014-03-18 02:35:35 GMT
    John and his new glassesJohn and his new glasses
    I felt like I had beaten the system. A little more than ten years ago, people started telling me I would need eye glasses, “any time now.” The years came and went, but my vision was just fine. Well, that time arrived. I hated to admit it, but I was relying more and more on my drug store readers. And those billboards along the highway just weren’t as sharp as they once were. So long to the 20-10 vision I once bragged...
    I felt like I had beaten the system. A little more than ten years ago, people started telling me I would need eye glasses, “any time now.” The years came and went, but my vision was just fine. Well, that time arrived. I hated to admit it, but I was relying more and more on my drug store readers. And those billboards along the highway just weren’t as sharp as they once were. So long to the 20-10 vision I once bragged...
  • Saint Francis Service Dogs Graduation Not a Dry Eye Anywhere.

    Saint Francis Service Dogs Graduation Not a Dry Eye Anywhere.

    Wednesday, March 12 2014 10:24 AM EDT2014-03-12 14:24:15 GMT
    Every year I say, “I’m not going to cry.” And every year I do. That’s the nature of the graduation ceremony for Saint Francis Service Dogs. Graduation is when all the people who have been matched with a Saint Francis Service dog in the given calendar year, come together to celebrate the dog’s graduation from trainee to full-fledged service dog. It is an incredibly happy time – where nearly everybody cries. We cry bec...
    Every year I say, “I’m not going to cry.” And every year I do. That’s the nature of the graduation ceremony for Saint Francis Service Dogs. Graduation is when all the people who have been matched with a Saint Francis Service dog in the given calendar year, come together to celebrate the dog’s graduation from trainee to full-fledged service dog. It is an incredibly happy time – where nearly everybody cries. We cry bec...
  • Photography for the Birds

    Photography for the Birds

    Wednesday, March 5 2014 3:07 PM EST2014-03-05 20:07:54 GMT
    Some photographers have the ability to frame a shot with a piece of sandbar, a bit of sky and some water and it looks like something you would hang on your wall. I’m not one of those photographers. So I take pictures of birds. Actually, I would take pictures of any wildlife, but there are more birds than other animals. I’d love to be a photographer of, say, bears, but that would lead to a lot of frustrating Saturday ...
    Some photographers have the ability to frame a shot with a piece of sandbar, a bit of sky and some water and it looks like something you would hang on your wall. I’m not one of those photographers. So I take pictures of birds. Actually, I would take pictures of any wildlife, but there are more birds than other animals. I’d love to be a photographer of, say, bears, but that would lead to a lot of frustrating Saturday ...
  • Time for a new snow plan?

    Time for a new snow plan?

    Tuesday, February 18 2014 10:44 AM EST2014-02-18 15:44:37 GMT
    Is it time to change the Snow plan?
    Is it time to change the Snow plan?
  • Are you snow macho?

    Are you snow macho?

    Friday, February 14 2014 6:18 PM EST2014-02-14 23:18:59 GMT
    Management here at WSLS-10 graciously reserved hotel rooms for staff members who might not be able to get home during the recent snowstorm. That turned out to be a lot of people. But not me. I'm snow macho.
    Management here at WSLS-10 graciously reserved hotel rooms for staff members who might not be able to get home during the recent snowstorm. Since this turned out to be the third highest snow accumulation since the National Weather Service started keeping records, that turned out to be a lot of people.

    But not me. I'm snow macho.
  • Carlin Chronicles Anchor Games Curling

    Carlin Chronicles Anchor Games Curling

    Monday, February 10 2014 11:40 AM EST2014-02-10 16:40:17 GMT
    For the record, I do in fact; have a minor in Canadian Studies. I usually get odd looks from people when I reveal this little-known fact.
    For the record, I do in fact; have a minor in Canadian Studies. I usually get odd looks from people when I reveal this little-known fact.
  • Anchor Games Bloopers -- Figure Skating

    Anchor Games Bloopers -- Figure Skating

    Sunday, February 9 2014 5:48 PM EST2014-02-09 22:48:35 GMT
    If you have been watching this week you saw Lindsey Ward that if you have been watching this week you saw Lindsey Ward and I trying our best at ice hockey, skiing, snowboarding, figure skating and yes, curling. We sincerely hope you’ve enjoyed watching us attempt these sports. It gives you a feel for just how GOOD the real Olympians really are. From the TV perspective, you might be surprised to know that we shoot fo...
    If you have been watching this week you saw Lindsey Ward that if you have been watching this week you saw Lindsey Ward and I trying our best at ice hockey, skiing, snowboarding, figure skating and yes, curling. We sincerely hope you’ve enjoyed watching us attempt these sports. It gives you a feel for just how GOOD the real Olympians really are. From the TV perspective, you might be surprised to know that we shoot fo...
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    Anchor Games and Sequins

    Anchor Games and Sequins

    Thursday, February 6 2014 5:44 PM EST2014-02-06 22:44:36 GMT
    Sequins are not my thing. I wanted to get that off my chest right away. Yet tonight at six and/or eleven p.m. depending upon your viewing habits, you will see me wearing a sequin tie on top of a sequin shirt with a red coat reminiscent of the circus ring master. All of this you will see, as I attempt to figure skate with my 11 p.m. co-anchor Lindsey Ward as part of what we are calling the Anchor Games. The figure ska...
    Sequins are not my thing. I wanted to get that off my chest right away. Yet tonight at six and/or eleven p.m. depending upon your viewing habits, you will see me wearing a sequin tie on top of a sequin shirt with a red coat reminiscent of the circus ring master. All of this you will see, as I attempt to figure skate with my 11 p.m. co-anchor Lindsey Ward as part of what we are calling the Anchor Games. The figure ska...
  • A Lab Puppy Named Chowder

    A Lab Puppy Named Chowder

    Tuesday, December 10 2013 10:53 PM EST2013-12-11 03:53:51 GMT
    We’ve had a great couple of weeks at the Carlin residence – known for years in this blog as Cul de sac Corner. (Of course there are no corners in a cul de sac. It is my own metaphorical little corner of suburbia, and is in fact on a cul de sac.) Digression aside, it has been great, thanks to the lab-mix puppy we have been fostering via the Roanoke Valley SPCA. The first mistake I made was naming him, Chowder. I’m not...
    We’ve had a great couple of weeks at the Carlin residence – known for years in this blog as Cul de sac Corner. (Of course there are no corners in a cul de sac. It is my own metaphorical little corner of suburbia, and is in fact on a cul de sac.) Digression aside, it has been great, thanks to the lab-mix puppy we have been fostering via the Roanoke Valley SPCA. The first mistake I made was naming him, Chowder. I’m not...
  • Carlin Chronicles: Lawnmower Racing

    Carlin Chronicles: Lawnmower Racing

    Tuesday, August 27 2013 4:45 PM EDT2013-08-27 20:45:56 GMT
    I just have to start out by saying how much fun it was to ride on a lawnmower that travels at highway speeds. My story today focuses on Benny Gilbert, whom I have dubbed the Richard Petty of lawnmower
    I just have to start out by saying how much fun it was to ride on a lawnmower that travels at highway speeds. My story today focuses on Benny Gilbert, whom I have dubbed the Richard Petty of lawnmower
  • The best local hike you've (probably) never done.

    The best local hike you've (probably) never done.

    Tuesday, July 30 2013 12:05 PM EDT2013-07-30 16:05:05 GMT
    I can't believe I've never done this before.  In fact, I can't believe everyone with a hiking bone in their body in the Roanoke Valley hasn't done it.
    I can't believe I've never done this before.  In fact, I can't believe everyone with a hiking bone in their body in the Roanoke Valley hasn't done it.
  • Only in Roanoke

    Only in Roanoke

    Friday, July 12 2013 10:40 PM EDT2013-07-13 02:40:40 GMT
    A hole in my pocket led to a missing car key, and faith in my fellow Roanokers.
    In Roanoke to you actually expect the best in people.
  • Welcome to the Carlin Chronicles

    Welcome to the Carlin Chronicles

    Friday, July 12 2013 10:09 PM EDT2013-07-13 02:09:12 GMT
    Welcome (back) to the Carlin Chronicles. More to come!
    This blog announces the return of the Carlin Chronicles.
  • The Shot I Missed -- Fighting Deer

    The Shot I Missed -- Fighting Deer

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:27 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:27:23 GMT
    A buck and doe fighting in the Shenandoah National Park.  Photo by Jose HernandezA buck and doe fighting in the Shenandoah National Park. Photo by Jose Hernandez
    From 100 yards away I knew I had missed the shot of a lifetime. We were in the Great Meadow at the Shenandoah National Park. It was just after sunrise in early June, and the goal was to photograph newly born fawns in the early morning light. The ultimate goal is to capture that one memorable moment that can’t be defined or anticipated until the second it happens. You hope that you are looking through the lens when i...
    From 100 yards away I knew I had missed the shot of a lifetime. We were in the Great Meadow at the Shenandoah National Park. It was just after sunrise in early June, and the goal was to photograph newly born fawns in the early morning light. The ultimate goal is to capture that one memorable moment that can’t be defined or anticipated until the second it happens. You hope that you are looking through the lens when i...
  • Franklin County accident causes lane closures on Brooks Mill Road

    Franklin County accident causes lane closures on Brooks Mill Road

    Franklin County accident causes lane closures on Brooks Mill Road

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 1:22 AM EDT2014-07-30 05:22:41 GMT
    FRANKLIN COUNTY (WSLS) - State Police are on the scene of an accident on Brooks Mill Road (Rt. 834) near the Ponderosa campground.
    FRANKLIN COUNTY (WSLS) - State Police are on the scene of an accident on Brooks Mill Road (Rt. 834) near the Ponderosa campground.
  • Fugitive sex offender captured in Roanoke

    Fugitive sex offender captured in Roanoke

    Fugitive sex offender captured in Roanoke

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 12:41 AM EDT2014-07-30 04:41:44 GMT
    ROANOKE (WSLS) - A man wanted for sex crimes against a minor was captured in Roanoke during a traffic stop.
    ROANOKE (WSLS) - A man wanted for sex crimes against a minor was captured in Roanoke during a traffic stop.
  • Roanoke Police investigate shots fired incident

    Roanoke Police investigate shots fired incident

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 10:37 PM EDT2014-07-30 02:37:03 GMT
    On July 29, 2014 at 6:08 p.m. Roanoke Police were dispatched to the 1200 block of Orange Avenue NE to investigate a shots fired call. Immediately upon arrival officers detained several subjects believed to have been involved in the incident. The preliminary investigation suggests the individuals involved were traveling in two different vehicles on Hollins Road when at least one of the occupants in one of the vehicles starting shooting at the other vehicle. The vehicles separated briefly and t...
    On July 29, 2014 at 6:08 p.m. Roanoke Police were dispatched to the 1200 block of Orange Avenue NE to investigate a shots fired call. Immediately upon arrival officers detained several subjects believed to have been involved in the incident. The preliminary investigation suggests the individuals involved were traveling in two different vehicles on Hollins Road when at least one of the occupants in one of the vehicles starting shooting at the other vehicle. The vehicles separated briefly and t...
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