Lost and Found... the newsletter of Volume 10, Issue 2
10 February 2005
Editors: David Dixon, Mike Dugger, and Tom Russo

Cibola Search and Rescue
"That Others May Live..."
Top of the Hill Boots and Blisters Business as Usual:Meeting Minutes
Pinching Pennies Gearing Up Public Relations
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Top of the Hill by David Dixon , President

It's February, missions are down, so time for my annual "there's lots to do for Cibola" pitch. Since we're all volunteers anyway why not replace mission time with other productive endeavors. You heard from Mike and I for help with trainings and evaluations, and Adam could certainly use you in P.R. with recruitment and community outreach, but what about the forgotten little things, the fun things that benefit the whole team: get your HAM license or become a Section Chief; be pager 1 or 2, maybe for the first time; plan and lead a hike of the month (remember those); attend a committee meeting; write a Mini-lesson, Feature Article or Member Profile. (Ok, that last one is the editor showing through).

Missions are what we all love and what makes Cibola Search and Rescue shine. But, without our other needs fulfilled there would be no light.

Good searching.

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Boots and Blisters by Mike Dugger, Training Officer
Eleven members attended our January training. Thanks for the great turnout, and I hope to see similar responses on our upcoming training events. Just as in January, there will be an opportunity for members to attend two recognized training events this month. Both are in conjunction with our winter skills training and bivy on February 12-13. The goal of this training is to increase members' awareness of safety issues when searching in winter, and to increase comfort and confidence when in remote mountainous areas during cold nights.

There are a couple of differing philosophies concerning bedding down in winter during a search and rescue mission. One is to carry enough just to survive the night. One can plan to make a fire and sit by it all night, and carry less gear and clothing. This certainly makes for a lighter pack, but has two main disadvantages. It presumes the ability to find fuel and keep a fire fed all night, and it creates one tired searcher the next day. The other philosophy is to be comfortable. Given a day to create a winter camp, one can be VERY comfortable indeed, even in the coldest weather. Our goal will be somewhere between these extremes, creating shelters in less than an hour that allow us to stay warm and get some sleep so that we can be of use to the mission the next day.

Our training will begin at 14:00 Saturday, February 12 at the 10k trailhead. We will snowshoe to an area nearby and discuss winter safety such as recognizing and preventing hypothermia, proper gear, food and hydration. This will also include how to choose a location for a winter shelter. We will then construct several types of winter shelters, with a focus on field expedience. Finally, members are encouraged to spend the night in the shelter they have constructed. It is a lot more comfortable than you think! A properly constructed shelter is very quiet, and warm compared to the air outside.

Although we will be close to our vehicles, there are a few items you should bring to maximize your comfort and safety. First, snowshoes are required. In addition, creating snow shelters is usually hard, wet work. Your inner layer of clothing is likely to get wet. So, bring an extra polypro inner layer if possible. Extra socks are also a must, and an extra hat and gloves are nice too. This training is intended to emulate a mission where you would know ahead of time that you may be spending the night in the field. So, bring a sleeping bag that you would carry in such a situation. Bring dinner if you will be spending the night. You may make due with the food you normally carry in your search pack, or bring something special to prepare. Steamed salmon filet or steak is not unheard of on a Cibola winter bivy. Talk about winter camping with style!

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Business as Usual:Meeting Minutes by Aidan Thompson, Secretary
Minutes of January 2005 Meeting

The meeting started at 19:15. David briefly reviewed the schedule for evaluations that he is setting up. He is still looking for volunteers for some of the evals.

Training Officer's Report

Mike wants to focus the majority of monthly training events on the more experienced members on the team, while at the same time providing ample opportunities for newer members to get up to speed on core skills. To accomplish this, the field component of the core competencies that we evaluate on (land nav, search tech, and litter) will be offered in the same day, three times during the year. Pre-meeting discussions will be used to familiarize members with the theory underlying these core skills. The remaining trainings will consist of more advanced topics to maintain motivation and interest. Topics of these trainings include wilderness first aid, low angle technical, and 4WD to name a few.

Membership Officer's Report

Bob reported that Tommy R. had checked in from Thailand, safe and sound. He was fortunately travelling in the interior of the country when the tsunami hit.

Bob noted that we currently have 26 members on the team, but several of these were not field certified.

Gear Commitee Report

Mark raised an issue with group-only pagers. When switched to vibrate mode they still generate an audible alarm when a page is received. Mark is looking for ideas on equipment purchases that would be of value to the team. One idea put forward was one or more rodent-proof metal cabinets for storing vulnerable equipment in the gear hut. Heavy duty plastic containers were suggested as an alternative.

Medical Committee Report

Mike raised the issue of reimbursement for members who recently took the WFR recertication training. A motion was proposed and seconded that four members be reimbursed in the amount of $35 each. The motion passed by 10 votes to 0.

PR Committee Report

Nothing to report.

Old Business

New Business

No new business.

The meeting ended at 20:00.

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Pinching Pennies by Mark Espelien, Treasurer
With this being tax season, I would like ask our members who work in, or know people who work in the accounting/tax field for a list of possible deductions for volunteer work. I know some mileage is deductable, but it would be interesting to know if any equipment purchases or other expenditures are deductable. Please forward any info to me at mark_e@innovasic.com, and I will try to summarize this for the next newsletter.

I know we're a little late, but I would like to encourage all officers and commitee chairs to send me their budget requests so I can get this put together in the next month.

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Gearing Up by Mark Espelien, Equipment Committee chair
The new gear hut is now operational! All gear from the Tijeras fire station has been moved to the hut at the west end of the adjacent Sheriff's office parking lot. Entry to the gear hut is keyed, and there are no keys hidden in the area, so please contact me if you need to check out a key. A big thank you to those who helped purchase, setup, paint, and move gear - truly a team effort!

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Public Relations by Adam Hernandez
Saturday, February 26 at 13:00 there will be a presentation at TVI to an outdoor adventure class that is interested in search and rescue. This event will be run by Mike Dugger. Saturday, March 19, time to be determined, there will be a Middle Rio Grande Backcountry Horsemen Convention in Bosque Farms. They want to know what we do, and how they can not become a statistic. Adam Hernandez will run this event.

I will be asking senior members to start helping out and taking charge of various events throughout the year. I will also ask that all members help out just a couple of times a year, that way we can spread out our resources. I know that all of our time is valuable. If we can get at least one senior member and one relatively new member they should be able to handle most questions. This way we will not end up with four or more people at any one event and just one or two at others. I will try to schedule these events as they come up.

Also, I have noticed that the Polo shirts that I wear have Cibola Search and Rescue on them. Most people just read the Cibola part and just assume that you are part of Cibola High School, pretty common. If you decide to get a shirt, you might just put Search and Rescue on it. That way people will notice it more, and then you can tell them about us.

Also, I would like to thank all the members that helped out last year, and would encourage all of us to think of ways to get new members. E-mail me or call.

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