Archives for June 2018
One of the more popular summer activities in our area is always camping. We live in the middle of one of the most beautiful outdoor recreation areas in the world. I live on the Oregon Coast, and it is always a only a short drive to an amazing camping location. Whether you need full hookups for your home on wheels or simply a flat spot to pitch your tent, Coastal Oregon has the camping venue to meet your need. I’m sure you can find the same, no matter where you live.
While I have always loved to go camping, not everyone is in love with a back-to-nature weekend. “Why would you want to pretend you’re homeless?” “We have a nice house, why go live in a tent with no shower, no toilet and rough it?” It is a lot of extra work, and when you get home, you have to clean up your stuff and put it away while you’re feeling grimy, tired and a little weird from eating too much junk food! On the “plus” side, you have just made a host of amazing memories with your kids!
But with all this being true, a family camping trip is a great way to test your disaster preparedness skills. How organized are you? I don’t think I have ever gone camping when I didn’t forget something I needed. A few years back I took my grandson up in the Siskiyou National Forest for a three-day trip. When we arrived at the Forest Service campground we set up the tent, arranged our ice chest full of food and it was then I discovered I had forgotten the Coleman stove. I took stock of my situation and decided to go it without the stove. It was too far to go back home and retrieve the thing, it was also too far to go to town and buy another one. Besides I looked at my menu and decided I could cook everything on my list over an open campfire. So we did. It wasn’t as handy as the stove would have been, but other than blackening some of my cooking utensils, we made do with no serious consequences.
Maybe a camping trip would be a good shake-down cruise for your disaster preps. Make a list, check off the items and spend a weekend in the wild. You will invariably learn what you should have brought along. You will even learn what you could have left behind. If the power grid fails, or a major earthquake strikes, your camping gear will be your key to maintaining some kind of normalcy. If you have it arranged in a general location, you’ll be able to lay your hands on what you need quickly. Maybe even in the dark. Your lantern, your cook stove, and other gear will get you through while your neighbors are still trying to hunt up their flashlight. While we’re on the topic of your neighbors; once your home is stabilized following a disaster, make sure your neighbors are ok. It’s possible they are completely unprepared and are sitting in the dark hoping the lights come back on soon. You have just become an asset, not a liability.
If you’ve ever gone camping and forgotten something important, I’d like to hear about it. As always, your comments and questions may be sent to email@example.com. Previous columns may be found on my blog at www.disasterprepdave.blogspot.com. Dave Robinson is a retired Postmaster, and the author of “Disaster Prep For The Rest Of Us” available on Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and other online booksellers.
(Glennallen) – The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) is closing the Glennallen Subdistrict subsistence fishery due to extremely low numbers of returning sockeye salmon. Therefore, effective 12:01 a.m. Monday, June 25, 2018, the fishery will close.
The fishery will then reopen for a 48-hour period beginning 12:00 p.m. Friday, June 29, 2018, and ending 12:00 p.m. Sunday, July 1. Thereafter, the fishery will open for 48-hour periods 12:00 p.m. Friday to 12:00 p.m. Sunday every week through August 31. By Emergency Order, the Subdistrict will reopen to a 7-days a week fishing period on September 1 to allow for harvest of coho salmon.
As of June 18, 2018, a total of 240,282 salmon have passed the Miles Lake sonar. The preseason projection for this date was 333,896 salmon, which results in a deficit of 93,614 salmon or 28% from expected. Copper River sockeye salmon have a sustainable escapement goal (SEG) of 360,000 – 750,000 fish. Final sockeye salmon spawning escapement is expected to range between 310,000 and 390,000 fish without restrictions to the subsistence fishery. Due to the uncertainty of achieving the lower bound escapement goal of 360,000 for the Copper River sockeye salmon, the Glennallen Subdistrict fishing time and harvest potential are being restricted to a single 48-hour fishing period each week through the remainder of sockeye salmon run.
ADF&G staff will be monitoring this fishery and if run strength improves based on sonar counts, additional time to weekly openings may be added. However, if sonar counts decline further restrictions may be added.
For information on the Glennallen Subsistence Fishery, please visit the ADF&G Copper River Subsistence Fishing webpage. This site provides information regarding the Upper Copper River fisheries including 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.
For additional information on updates to this fishery, please call one of the Chitina Fishery Hotlines at (907) 822-5224 (Glennallen), or (907) 459-7382 (Fairbanks). If you have any questions regarding the Glennallen Subdistrict subsistence fishery, please contact the ADF&G Glennallen office at (907) 822-3309.
Mark Somerville, UCUS Area Manager
Greenhouse Heat Workshop
Friday June 29, 2018, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
FREE hands-on workshop in ESTER, Alaska
Learn to construct a wood-fired thermal mass heater and incubator that can be used to extend the growing season this fall and start seedlings early next spring.
Art Nash, UAF Cooperative Extension Service Energy Specialist, will teach about combustion, thermal storage, wood gasification, heat distribution and other techniques to extend the growing season.
Spend the day in Ester building a thermal mass heater.
For details & workshop location contact Art at (907)474-6366 or firstname.lastname@example.org
How to control bird vetch, the purple-flowered monster
Tuesday, June 26, 2018, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
UAF Cooperative Extension Service
University Park Building, 1000 University Avenue, Room 158
Learn what it takes to out-smart this plant so commonly seen along roadsides, on public property and in yards and gardens. Control techniques and timing for pesticide application and mowing will be covered. Learn if there are situations where pulling can make a difference. Class will include identification of similar species, including native plants, that are not invasive.
Registration: There is no fee.
Please contact the Cooperative Extension Service to get on the list, (907)474-1530 or email@example.com.
By Glenn Mollette
Lots of outrage has been seen and heard around America over the treatment of families illegally entering the United States. President Trump has signed an executive order to keep the families together.
I’m not sure where Americans want to keep these families who took a great risk to enter our country hoping to gain entrance quickly and illegally. It did not work out for them. I know quite a few people who live in our country who have moved here from Mexico, Myanmar and other parts of the world. They are working very hard and are very supportive of the laws of America.
Breaking the law always has some penalty or repercussions. I’m all for keeping border families together. I would never want to see children ripped away from a mother or father. Those crossing the border for the most part are very desperate people in search of a better place.
Every day people fill out the necessary paper work, go through the proper channels and enter our country. Millions of them are now working a job that many Americans no longer want to work which is very sad for our country. However, it’s good for those who want to work it seems.
What do we do with these border families now? Do we keep them in full service hotels or house them at a resort property in Disney World? They have left third world countries where conditions apparently were not very good. How much can we be expected to do for people showing up demanding entrance to America? What would you do for people showing up at your front door demanding lodging and meals and even health care? It’s hard for most people when family shows up unannounced.
I found in interesting watching the outcry of demonstrators and different media personalities. I have wondered where are the daily cries over how America treats our children and unborn children? Right now while I am writing this there will be about 3000 legalized abortions in America. Add that number times 365 days in our country. There were 652, 639 legalized abortions in 2014 according for the Center for Disease Control.
Seven thousand children are abandoned each year in the United States. China is said to have over twenty million orphans.
How many babies and children spend their first five years in daycare and then are raised essentially by the school? It’s a tough day for America’s families who are trying to financially survive. However, money, things and attainments never take the place of time with children and families. It’s easy to see this looking back.
I’m glad there are Americans who have verbalized their pain concerning the importance of children and parents being together. It’s important. Maybe there will be some outrage down the road on the state of America’s families who enjoy the privileges daily afforded to our families but for different reasons don’t treat their children very well.
Dr. Glenn Mollette is the author of 12 books. His syndicated column is read in all 50 states.
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