Archives for July 2017
Whether you call it a Go-Bag, a Bug Out Bag or a Get Home Bag, the intent is the same; to survive when things get all shaken up. Each of us packs a bag of things we think we will need when either forced to evacuate our home, or if there is a disaster while we are somewhere other than home.
I happen to live in rural, coastal Oregon. Small towns, no traffic problems, no congestion and best of all, peace and quiet. The bag I carry is specifically for getting home. There is really very little need for folks in our area to have a bug-out plan. Some of the only reasons we might need to evacuate our homes would be wildland fires, flooding, or impending tsunami.
Now if I lived in a metropolitan area, my plan would be different. The entire climate is different. Where there are more people, the dangers are increased. Traffic gridlock contributing to frustration, road rage and downright panic is only one of the factors country folk don’t have to deal with. We have only to watch the looting and rioting when there’s a disaster to know people will misbehave when they know they can do so with impunity. Remember, scared people behave badly! If I were a city dweller, my entire plan would be centered around getting out of the city to a prearranged location. AND my plan would include a tipping point when certain factors dictated the prudent and swift egress of me and my family, before it was too late!
If society collapses for whatever reason, riot, natural disaster, or governmental breakdown, it is usually to one’s benefit to get out of town! This would not be the time to try to decide what to take, where to go and how to get there.
So let’s make a list. If I have to leave home in a hurry what do I take? Start writing down all the things you would need if you only had minutes to get out. Rather similar to planning a camping trip. If you have a destination in mind, good. If not, then arrange for a place you can stay for the duration. There is a term for a person escaping from a bad situation with no plan or predetermined destination. The term is refugee!
Good ideas for your list can be found at www.ready.gov and www.redcross.org. Both websites are excellent resources. Then go online and Google “bug out bag”. This will bring up dozens of websites who want to sell you a ready made kit. Whatever you do, resist the temptation to buy a ready-made bag. The value of these websites is to give you ideas when you’re making your list. The guy who put it together knows nothing of your individual needs and besides, it is important you know what’s in it. Remember many life-saving decisions are oftentimes made way before you ever leave home!
If you’re like me and your concern is more about getting home, then your list will vary a bit. It’s still a little like a camping trip, you just don’t know where you’re going to be. I spend 10 hours a day working a half-hour from home. In the event an earthquake closes the roads, I may have to get creative about perpetuating my well-being while making my way home.
Whether you’re an urban dweller or country boy (or girl) it’s important to plan for your survival. Today is a great day to get started!
As always send your questions and comments to firstname.lastname@example.org. Dave Robinson is a retired Postmaster and the author of “Disaster Prep For The Rest Of Us,” available on Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble and other online booksellers.
The daily bag and possession limit for kings, in the Chena River, is one over 20 inches. For king salmon less than 20 inches, the limit is 10 per day, 10 in possession.
Remember that it is not legal to use treble hooks in the Chena River for the taking of king salmon.
King salmon are also in the Salcha River. The visual counters have recorded nearly 3,128 king salmon so far.
Remember that is not legal to use treble hooks with a gap between point and shank greater than ½ inch when fishing for king salmon in the Salcha River.
As more king and chum salmon move up the Chena and Salcha rivers, egg patterns may be a good choice for Arctic grayling fishing.
Area lakes have been stocked and fishing has been good. Try some of the less visited lakes for a terrific fishing experience. You can find the Tanana Drainage Stocked Lakes Fishing Guide on-line and explore the over 95 fishing opportunities available in the Tanana drainage.
Be sure to check the sport fishing regulations and emergency orders for the waters in which you plan to fish.
This report will be updated as new information is received.
Thursday, August 3, 2017
TIME: Immediately following Special Meeting
PLACE: School Board Conference Room, District Office
The Delta/Greely School District provides each student with opportunities to become a
responsible and productive member of society.
Richard Mauer, President
Dana Mock, Vice President
Eileen Herman, Treasurer
Barbara Parker, Clerk
Kirstin Porter, Student Representative
LTC Michael Foote, Military Representative
A. Call to Order
B. Roll Call
C. Pledge of Allegiance
D. Correspondence to/from Board
E. Discussion Items
1. 2017-2018 Goals & Plans – Discussion/Public Comment
2. Committee/Working Groups – Discussion/Public Comment
3. Fort Greely School – Discussion/Public Comment
4. AASB Awards and BOD Nominations – Discussion/Public Comment
F. Future Meetings
1. Business Meeting August 17, 2017
2. Work Session September 7, 2017
G. General Comments from the Public
H. Comments from the Board
2017 – 2018 Board Goals
1. Facilitate the planning, programming, budgeting, execution and reporting of a short and long term maintenance
2. The board will adopt key indicators of success and implement an annual review of those indicators.
3. The board will facilitate the on-going implementation and review of the strategic plan.
4. The board will continue to analyze budget data to identify efficiencies and priorities.
The Chitina Subdistrict will open for a 103-hour period from 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 2 through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, August 6. Personal use dipnetting in the Chitina Subdistrict will BE CLOSED from 12:01 a.m. July 31 through 4:59 p.m. August 2. The retention of king salmon is allowed for the remainder of the season, unless restricted by a future emergency order.
As a reminder, the Copper River Personal Use Dip Net Salmon Fishery Management Plan and the Statewide Personal Use Fishing Regulations state that:
- The annual limit is 25 salmon for the head of household and 10 salmon for each dependent of the permit holder.
- Of the total limit only one king salmon may be retained per household.
- Personal use fishers must possess both their Chitina Personal Use fishery permit and a valid resident sport fishing license when fishing. Steelhead cannot be kept, and must be returned to the water unharmed.
- Harvest must be recorded on the permit immediately.
- The tips of the tail of personal use caught fish must be clipped immediately upon landing a fish.
- Immediately is defined as before concealing the salmon from plain view or transporting the salmon from the fishing site. Fishing site means the location where the fish was removed from the water and became part of the permit holder’s bag limit.
The Copper River personal use fishery is managed under direction outlined in the Copper River Personal Use Dip Net Salmon Fishery Management Plan (5 AAC 77.591). The plan establishes the season from June 7 through September 30, and directs the department to establish weekly periods based on Miles Lake sonar counts. During July 10 – July 16, there were 47,547 salmon counted past the Miles Lake sonar. The pre-season projection for this period was 52,938 salmon, which results in a deficit of 5,391 salmon. Copper River sockeye salmon migratory timing and the previous five-year average harvest and participation rates indicate sufficient numbers of salmon available to allow 103 hours of fishing time during the week of July 31 – August 6, a decrease of 11 hours from the pre-season schedule.
Dipnetters should be aware that grizzly bears have been spotted in the O’Brien Creek area. The bears have not been getting into trash or camps, but have likely been drawn to the area by fish waste left in the shallows and along the banks of O’Brien Creek.
The department has the following suggestions to prevent food-conditioning bears and avoid human-bear conflicts:
- Dipnetters who clean fish on site are encouraged to chop fish carcasses into numerous pieces and throw them into the fast-moving Copper River, not O’Brien Creek.
- Avoid camping close to the creek; streambanks are natural travel corridors for bears.
- Keep a clean camp. Do not leave trash out or food in tents where bears can access.
- Be bear aware.
- O’Brien Creek campers and dipnetters are asked to report aggressive bear behavior immediately to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Glennallen at (907) 822-3461, or to Alaska Wildlife Troopers (907) 822-3263.
All residents of Alaska qualify to participate in this personal use fishery. A Chitina Subdistrict Personal Use Fishing permit and a resident sport fishing license are required. There is $15.00 fee for the Chitina Subdistrict personal use fishing permit.
The Copper River Personal Use web pages provide information regarding: fishery descriptions and summaries, maps of the subdistricts, a listing of vendors that carry the permits, and links to the sonar numbers and fishing schedule emergency orders.
The department urges dipnetters to respect the rights of private landowners in the area and know the regulations before fishing. For information on access across private lands contact Chitina Native Corporation at (907) 823-2223.
The current fishing schedule will be announced on the Chitina Fishery information line at (907) 822-5224 (Glennallen), (907) 459-7382 (Fairbanks), and (907) 267-2511 (Anchorage). Please contact an information phone line prior to planning your trip to Chitina to ensure that the fishery will be open when you arrive. If you have any questions regarding the Chitina Subdistrict personal use fishery, please contact the ADF&G office in Glennallen at (907) 822-3309.
Senator Dunleavy will be presenting a citation honoring The Fable Fighters for their Battle of the Books state championship victory on Saturday, July 29 from the large stage on the Deltana fairgrounds at 12:30.
Hope to see you all there!