Lost and Found... the newsletter of Volume 10, Issue 7
14 July 2005
Editors: Tom Rinck, 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
Who's Who and New Disclaimer/Copyright
Recent Missions
Callout Information
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Top of the Hill by Tony Gaier, President
The first thing I would like to do as your new president is to present you with a challenge. The challenge is for each of you to recruit one person to join our team. This person doesn't have to be guaranteed to become an active member (although it would be nice). I would consider the challenge met, if the person came to a team business meeting or visited with the membership officer. Yes the membership officer is the person tasked with recruiting new members, but every single team member is really a "membership officer".

The search techniques evaluation committee is looking for one or two volunteers to join the committee. If you're interested in joining please contact me.

This month's evaluation is Search Techniques. It is currently scheduled for the 24th at 9:00am. The location is Bear Canyon Trailhead (please see the webpage calendar entry for driving directions and other details). Remember if you have already completed your evaluation for the year and attend this evaluation you will receive one training credit for attendance.

If you are interested in helping out with one of the upcoming evaluations this year please contact me. Also on the same note, if you're interested in becoming an evaluator for the team please get with me.

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Boots and Blisters by Mike Dugger, Training Officer
We had twelve members attend Chris Murray's Man-Tracking training on June 12. Chris did an outstanding job of making attendees aware of what trackers are looking for so that we don't damage a track while on a mission. We also got some practical field experience creating tracks in various types of terrain (grass, moist soil, sand) and then examining them to get an "eye" for what looks unnatural. In some cases, evidence of a person passing is as subtle as a bit of dirt clinging to a hairy grass stem that is a little out of place. In contrast, a person walking through tall grass will tend to align the grass with their direction of travel, destroying the randomness that is natural. Chris helped us to see some examples of this, and I will never look at a bent over blade of grass in quite the same way. The most enjoyable part of the training for me was when we divided into teams and essentially played "hide-and-seek," but with the advantage of being track-aware. I was surprised at how easy it was to follow a team (and BE followed!) once we knew what to look for.

The training for July will be SAR Fundamentals, where we will go over the field components of search techniques, litter hauling, and land navigation for members who wish to brush up on these skills. The training will begin at 9:00 AM on July 16 at Three-Gun Springs trailhead.

Next month, Cy Stockhoff has agreed to give us a one-day Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course. He has condensed a Wilderness Medical Associates two-day WFA course into one day, with a focus on the injuries we are likely to run into and the skills we will need to take care of ourselves and one another. This training is not intended to provide the skills necessary to treat a subject on a mission, but rather skills we need to take care of ourselves on a mission. This will be a full day training on August 13, so please reserve this day on your calendars.

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Business as Usual:Meeting Minutes by Aidan Thompson, Secretary

Minutes of June 2005 Meeting

The meeting started at 19:26 p.m. Treasurer Mark Espelien presided. Mark commended the work that Steve Buckley and Tom Russo did in representing the team at David Dixon's funeral. He also thanked all the members who showed up in their orange shirts at David's memorial service and funeral.

Training Officer's Report

4 members passed the land navigation evaluation. Next litter evaluation is June 18, 9 a.m. at 10k trail head.

Escape: Bob reported that it was the best ESCAPE that he had been to. The turn out was very high, as was the quality of the classes.

High angle training: 2 members from AMRC did a Z-drag, hauling a litter up a 30 degree slope. Very interesting.

June 12: Chris Murray will give a man-tracking class at Tijeras USFS ranger station, 9 a.m.

Membership Officer's Report

Bob welcomed Roger and Norton as full team members.

Treasurer's Report

Mark provided the a financial report:

Old Business

New Business

The meeting ended at 20:31.

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Who's Who and New by Bob Baker, Membership Officer
I'm pleased to announce this month that we have a new Prospective Member--Julian Chavez. Julian works at UNM and has been with us for the last month working hard and will be a great asset on the trail! We look forward to working with Julian on upcoming missions. Please help him to progress in his journey to full-member status. Congratulations Julian - welcome to the team.

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Disclaimer and Copyright notice the Editors
The contents of this newsletter are copyright © 2005 by their respective authors or by Cibola Search and Rescue, Inc., and individual articles represent the opinions of the author. Cibola SAR makes no representation, express or implied, with regard to the accuracy of the information contained in these articles, and cannot accept any legal responsibility or liability for any errors or omissions that may be made. Articles contained in this newsletter may be reproduced, with attribution given to Cibola SAR and the author, by any member of the Search and Rescue community for use in other team's publications.