Every so often, I’ve had questions from readers regarding food supplies. Somewhere, folks have gotten the idea that the government (or some relief agency) has massive amounts of food and supplies stockpiled in their neighborhood ready to roll out when the need arises. Truth is, there are no stockpiles, only what individual families and some charitable organizations have on hand. Back in the Civil Defense days of the early 1950’s, there were some isolated M.A.S.H. units tucked away in secret public buildings. (That’s Mobile And Surgical Hospitals, for those of you who don’t remember the TV series of the same name.) The last unit I knew of was located on the grounds of a regional airport in my home county. The only reason I was aware of it was because it fell to my shoulders to dismantle and dispose of the fifty-year old cots, equipment and supplies. The only thing it was lacking was the personnel and current medicines.
Today there a few isolated community “prepper” groups who have acquired a storage container or two and have begun accumulating supplies, but nothing significant. Certainly not sufficient to provide for an entire community in the event of disaster. Government officials assure us they will swoop in with supplies if there is ever a major earthquake event or notable disaster. We’ve all seen how well that worked with Katrina, Andrew and a few other hurricanes in the Southeast. Although I will admit F.E.M.A,’s responses have improved since Katrina.
Recently a news article came my way announcing an exercise conducted the weekend of July 12-15. Titled “The Cascadia Airlift Exercise”, the article says the 173rd Fighter Wing of Little Rock Air Force Base will be bringing some C-130 aircraft to Oregon to participate. They will practice loading and unloading cargo from the C-130s giving their crews the opportunity to evaluate their aerial logistics capabilities in the event of a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake. The article goes on to say the airmen will be testing aircraft arrival plans, parking plans, cargo loading as well as fuel and maintenance support. For further information, check out Klamath Alerts website at https://klamathalerts.com. (Used by permission.) I’m grateful for this effort and would encourage more of the same. Just in case!
Many Oregonians are aware of the threat posed by the Cascadia Subduction Zone and its violent history. While it’s good to see planners are taking steps to mitigate any disaster, it is still vitally important for individuals to have their own preparation plans.
No matter where you are, take a few minutes to send your congressman or senator a quick email and ask what the disaster preparations are for your locale. Now is the time to get your representatives thinking about covering your backside in the event of an emergency. I’m sure this just might turn into an opportunity for you to get involved and make a difference for your community.
Send your comments and questions to email@example.com. Former columns are 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 and Noble and other online booksellers.
The world celebrated the rescue of 12 Thai soccer boys from a flooded cave in Mae Sai, Thailand. We grieved over the loss of one brave man, Saman Kunam who sacrificed his life to deliver supplies to the trapped boys. Many of us watched the media reports fearfully, prayed and hoped for a miracle.
The deliverance of all twelve young boys at the hands of skilled divers was something we jointly cheered about. Reports have indicated that time was running out for them. More flooding was coming; oxygen and food were in dismal supply. Yet, reports are that ten Thousand people participated in the rescue effort, including 2,000 soldiers, 200 divers and representatives from 100 government agencies.
We don’t want scenarios like what happened in Thailand to ever occur. Such a scenario was a global nightmare but was something that no political group, religious entity or anyone would surely debate. Everything possible would be done to save those young Thai boys.
Yet every day on this planet there are desperate plights playing out around the globe. Young children in Syria still live lives of daily desperation. Families in Iraq and Afghanistan do not face a day without the fear of who may invade their homes to rape, pilfer and murder their families. There are a lot of problems around the world. Hunger, clean water shortages, medical care availability and violence exist to some degree almost everywhere it seems.
We have all the above and more in America. Employment is better, the stock market is up and the military is stronger than it has been in a long time, yet with all we have going for us how many people emotionally feel like they are in a watery cave and their time is running out?
Throughout our country people still struggle with healthcare. Insurance companies continue to call the shots on procedures and treatments. Doctors order what they feel like the insurance company will agree to or pay for. Is this always in the best interest of the patient or is it always in the best interest of the insurance company? How many American are on the verge of drowning from inadequate medical care and are also up to their necks in debt from medical costs? Surely this is a call for national concern, prayer but more than anything it’s a tremendous alarm for us to continue to work together to do something.
The recent shooting in Annapolis, Maryland reminded us again that we have a violence issue, mental issues and gun availability issues in this nation. Everybody should not have a gun in America. Do we not feel like we have all died again every time there is a school or random community shooting? We have to quit arguing about “your gun” and “my gun” and work together to fix all of this and it’s a lot to fix.
Of course, we still have rampant poverty in America. We have too many communities who are afraid to drink their water. Kids are still bullied at school. Nursing homes are still nightmares emotionally and financially and there is always another hurricane, tornado, flood or fire just around the corner.
There is so much about our everyday world that strains us and keeps us fighting for survival. Maybe we can all learn something from the divers and many people from all over the world who came together to rescue those young men from a watery grave. If we don’t fight each other and work together for solutions we might solve more of our problems that are about to end our existence.
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The BLM is proposing to stabilize and reconstruct the off-highway vehicle crossing on the trail, located near the Middle Fork of the Gulkana River and within the Tangle Lakes Archaeological District. The stream crossing eroded in 2013 due to a severe break up with unseasonably warm temperatures, followed by a significant rain event. Rocks and debris were deposited downstream of the original crossing. As a result, trail users created an alternate route through the area and much of the stream now flows down the old trail. The restoration work will take place in late summer and early fall of 2018.
Comments on the proposal will be accepted through July 27, 2018. Please submit comments through the project website at https://eplanning.blm.gov/epl-front-office. Using the “Advanced Search” function, enter Alaska and Glennallen in the location fields and enter NEPA number: DOI-BLM-AK-A020-2018-0010-EA
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Bureau of Land Management
Glennallen Field Office
Attn: Alphabet Hills Trail Repair
P.O. Box 147
Glennallen, AK 99588
The Copper River personal use fishery is managed under direction of 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. However, the 2018 Copper River sockeye salmon run has required the department to modify management strategies to compensate for low sockeye salmon wild stock abundance, a stronger than projected hatchery stock run, and greater than expected king salmon entry into the river in order to achieve the wild sockeye salmon sustainable escapement goal. Daily sonar counts have begun to lag behind projected passage, and stock and abundance data from a July 9 commercial fishery in the Copper River District indicate insufficient wild sockeye salmon stocks needed to achieve the lower bound escapement goal. It is therefore justified to close the Chitina Subdistrict personal use dip net salmon fishery until further notice.
The personal use fishery will continue to be managed weekly through the end of August with any potential fishing opportunity dependent upon sonar passage and further adjustments needed to ensure wild sockeye salmon escapement. In order to provide additional fishing opportunity fishery openings may be announced with less than 5 days’ notice. Regardless of sonar passage, the Chitina Subdistrict personal use fishery will reopen by regulation beginning September 1.
Information regarding the fishery can be found at the ADF&G web site: http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=PersonalUsebyAreaInteriorChitina.main. 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.
Any changes on the status of this fishery will be announced on the Chitina Fishery information line at 822-5224 (Glennallen), 459-7382 (Fairbanks), and 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.
Columnist, author and pastor Dave Robinson announces the release of his latest book: The Eagle Cage Mystery. Classified as Christian, juvenile/fiction.
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I pulled over in the northbound lane to photo this guy who was moving slowly down the southbound lane when a fuel truck pulling a pup tanker flew by him at about 65 mph. I watched as the wind gust rolled him over like an Oklahoma tumble weed down the steep embankment. It was funny to see. I could hear him walking in the thick underbrush. He didn’t even know what “almost” hit him.
Photo Courtesy Dwight Phillips
NORTH POLE, AK July 12, 2018 North Pole detailer, Alex Dublin and his wife Shaylene of Torque Performance Motorsports has been handpicked for the fourth consecutive year by Master detailer Renny Doyle to the 15th Annual Air Force One Detailing Team. Dublin, who will also be serving his second year as a Team Leader, will join 64 other professional detailers from around the nation hit Seattle’s Museum of Flight July 15–22. In addition to the first presidential jet Air Force One, there is a new airplane on the agenda this year!
Although they will continue their annual cleaning and preservation of the presidential plane on display at the museum, they will also take their first shot preserving the museum’s newest acquisition, a Boeing B-52G Stratofortress Bomber known as Midnight Express. Built in 1960 as a nuclear-armed Cold War platform, she was used extensively during the Vietnam War, and was active during Operation Linebacker II in December 1972, which led to the release of 591 prisoners of war in 1973.
Dublin is trained and certified by the International Detailing Association (IDA) and by Doyle’s Detailing Success. He is a successful detailing business owner in North Pole and makes the week long commitment on a voluntary, pro bono basis.
Doyle has spent 15 years restoring the historic presidential jet to its original glory. The plane was a flying Oval Office for Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon. It was in distressed condition when he was first approached by the Bush administration in 2003 to put his skills to work to save it. It took over a decade to fully restore the brilliance of the paint and clarity of the bright work (aluminum). Until 2016, the plane lived outdoors on the tarmac, exposed to the elements, requiring a robust annual cleaning, polishing, and protection for its paint and aluminum.
These past two years the plane has found a home under the museum’s new open-air Airpark Pavilion. Although it is mostly protected from the elements, it is still exposed to the area’s damp climate and extreme temperatures, requiring a rigorous cleaning, polishing, and application of a paint sealant to protect it from year to year.
Also, on the agenda this year is polishing the B-29 Super Fortress, a WWII bomber the team began restoring in 2011; cleaning and polishing the first-ever Boeing “Jumbo Jet” 747; polishing the supersonic Concorde Alpha Golf, which they have been working on since 2014; and numerous other priceless aircraft on exhibit at the Museum of Flight.
“Cleaning something as big as a jet airplane has its challenges, but when you are cleaning aircraft valued at hundreds of millions of dollars and that have such historical significance in aviation history, it requires unique skills and knowledge of paint and bright work, not found in most detailers,” says Doyle. “The first time I laid eyes on Air Force One 15 years ago, I doubted whether it could be saved – that is how challenging the project was; however, I see what Alex has done and I know what he can do. He is one of the best of the best.”
“To see Air Force One shining in the sunlight from year to year is a testament to our commitment, hard work, and skill,” says Dublin. “I am proud to be a part of this project the past three years and I am excited about tackling that B52 this year! I look forward many years ahead as a caretaker of aviation history.”
For more information about Alex Dublin’s selection to the 2018 Air Force One Detailing Team at the Seattle Museum of Flight, contact him at (907) 978-4667, or Kimberly Ballard at (256) 653-4003.
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Courtney Ellen Yates passed away unexpectedly on July 2, 2018, at her home in Delta Junction at the age of 41.
Courtney was born in Fairbanks on Aug. 29, 1976, and raised in Delta Junction at the family’s homestead. From kindergarten to 12th grade, Courtney attended the Delta/Greely School District and graduated in 1994 from Delta High School. During these years, she made many lifelong friendships and although she went away for more schooling and to travel the world, her heart and home always remained in Delta Junction.
She felt blessed she was able to raise her son, Jared Gilbert, on their family homestead next to Blue Creek.
Courtney, Jared and their dog Axel were rarely apart and shared daily adventures.
From tap dancing in a locker room in high school, to fighting fires for the state of Alaska, Courtney made everyone happy. Most recently, Courtney was a waitress at The Cave Wine Bar and Grille where she put smiles on people’s faces.
No one could light up a room like Courtney could. As you recall memories of her, we hope they bring a smile to your face as seeing her would have surely done.
Courtney is survived by her son, Jared Gilbert, of Delta Junction; her brother, Tucker Yates, of Delta Junction; her sister, Katy Borchers (Yates); brother-in-law, Brian Borchers; niece, Teagan Borchers, of Cooper Landing; mother, Lorry Brooks, of Delta Junction; father, Mike Yates, of Delta Junction; fiancé, Chris Vandenberg, of Delta Junction; grandmother, Jan Denning, of Fort Mill, South Carolina; and numerous other family members.
Courtney is preceded in death by her grandparents, Roy and Lucy Yates, Jerome and Loretto Lynch, and Clair Denning.
A private service was held for family members on Saturday, July 7, at The Chapel of Chimes Funeral Home in Fairbanks.
A celebration of life will be held for all family and friends beginning at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 15, at The Clearwater Lodge.
In lieu of flowers, an account for her son, Jared Gilbert and the family has been set up at Mt. McKinley Bank: Courtney Yates Memorial Account #48512303.