Lost and Found... the newsletter of Volume 11, Issue 2
9 February 2006
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
Feature Article Disclaimer/Copyright
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Top of the Hill by Tony Gaier , President
So far the year is off to a good start. Six people participated in the first evaluation of the year, and all passed with flying colors! Thanks to Mike D. for conducting this evaluation. This month's evaluation is on February 26th, at 9:00 AM. It will be a land navigation evaluation at Three Gun Springs Trailhead. The signup deadline for the evaluation this month is Sunday, February 12th at 9:00 PM. The March evaluation will be on the 18th at 9:00 AM. It will be a litter handling evaluation, with the location still to be determined. If you plan to attend this evaluation please leave a voice message on the hotline by Saturday, March 4th.

I'm still looking for volunteers to run evaluations this year. If you're interested please let me know. There will also be a signup sheet for both evaluations and trainings at the February business meeting.

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Boots and Blisters by Mike Dugger, Training Officer
On Saturday, January 14, eight members attended our orienteering exercise at Cedro Peak. The training consisted of a number of points drawn on the map near recognizable contour features. Members could navigate to these points by looking at the terrain and comparing to the map, or by determining a UTM coordinate from the map and entering it into the GPS for navigation. Once at the terrain feature, an additional description told teams where to find a unique marker that had to be collected as evidence of visiting the site. This description may have involved walking a bearing from one distinct terrain feature to the marker location.

Although this training lasted a bit longer than some expected, it was a valuable exercise in compass use, GPS use, and terrain identification. SAR responders should know these skills cold, and we will practice more with them throughout the year. Please be aware that there should be no assumptions about the exact duration of training. You should bring your search pack to every training, and have everything you need for at least 24 hours in the field.

It is already February, so it must be time for our annual winter bivy! This is an opportunity for members to try out new gear, or make sure their old gear is still up to snuff, in a setting that offers some backup if gear or shelters do not work out as planned. The purpose of this training is to give members sufficient confidence with their gear and training that spending the night in the field on a mission is no big deal.

We usually spend some time discussing and demonstrating snow shelters of various types. However, with the lack of snow in our "backyard," coming up with a comfortable shelter at high altitude will be a little more challenging. On the plus side, this opens up all sorts of alternative locations for our training. For a change of pace this year I have decided to hold our winter bivy on Capilla Peak in the Manzanos. The road is usually impassable in winter, but not (so far) this year and I have permission from the forest service to conduct our training at this location.

While the goal is to have fun while learning, this is not a camping trip. Members should bring their search packs with them, and anything else they would carry if given an assignment on a mission that had a reasonable chance of requiring them to spend the night. That means leave the 4-man tent and air mattress at home, but carry a warm sleeping bag and simple materials to construct a shelter. Further details on required gear will be discussed at our business meeting.

Next month we will construct and practice with some simple raise and lower systems for a litter.

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Business as Usual:Meeting Minutes by Alex Fischer, Secretary
Last meeting we voted on accepting the new Search Techniques Standards. This motion passed with a vote of nine for and zero against. We need volunteers for pager handling duties for February, a person to cover pager two for March, and are still open for pager duty the rest of the year. Anyone who has any mission reports or information please get it to me asap, so that I can get it into the 2005 files. Also please turn in any training, eval reports as well. Thank you and lets have a Great 2006!

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Winter Driving Car Survival Kit by Tony Gaier
I found this on the Edmonton Alberta Police website. It doesn't seem that we will need a winter survival kit in New Mexico this year, but a lot of the items are a good idea to have even during a mild New Mexico winter. Enjoy....

If you become stranded in your vehicle, STAY WITH THE VEHICLE. Numerous people die every year because they misjudged the effect of cold temperatures. The safest bet is to stay with your vehicle. It will keep you warm and dry and can be easily spotted by police or highway maintenance crews.

With a properly equipped emergency kit, you could survive in your vehicle for days if necessary. Only leave your vehicle once the weather clears and you have proper clothing. If your vehicle is operational and the storm is over, continue to your destination if it is safe to do so.

Standard Equipment - Driving in the City

Highway Driving - Driving Outside the City or in Remote Areas

If You get Stuck in a Snowstorm and Must Stop

CAUTION: Other cars frequently strike parked vehicles if they are not safely pulled off the road.

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Disclaimer and Copyright notice the Editors
The contents of this newsletter are copyright © 2006 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.