Lost and Found... the newsletter of Volume 13, Issue 3
13 March 2008

Editors: Tom Russo,Mike Dugger,Tom Rinck Cibola Search and Rescue
That Others May Live...
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Top of the Hillby Adam Hernandez

3-2-1 GO

3-2-1 Go. Simple enough. What does it mean? 3 meetings, 2 trainings, 1 mission. Minimum requirements to be on the team. I realize that we would rather be out 4 wheeling, "modifying" trim pieces on our vehicles or carrying a 40 lb. pack, looking for people, but meetings do serve a purpose.

The meetings allow us to share our combined brain trust, and for me, that helps a lot. We discuss budget, upcoming trainings, evaluations, medical, missions and various other issues, that pertain to the Search and Rescue community. For me the most interesting part is talking about past missions and learning about what went right or wrong. Learning about the subjects, and what happened to them. 

And the meetings also makes it easier to identify other team members when your out in the field. You at least get a chance to see most members at the meetings. But, in theory you could go to 3 meetings and your counter parts could go to the other 3 meetings that you don't go to and the two shall never pass except in the middle of the night. So, 3 is the minimum, but you can go to all 6 if you wish. I recommend going to as many as you can.  

This months meeting is important. We need to pass the budget. Last month's meeting fell on Valentines day, ok I understand certain commitments, I myself chose to come to the meeting and catch a little ribbing from my wife. January, we didn't have a quorum, so we couldn't pass it then. So let's ALL try to make March's meeting. 

2 trainings. Very simple. Learning about what we do, usually in the day, so we can do it easier, at night. Again, the side benefit is being to identify team members at night.  You should make as many trainings as possible. 

1 mission. This goes without saying, but you should also make as many of these as possible. That's why we do what we do. Meetings, trainings, evaluations, more meetings, more trainings, etc. etc.

So others may live.


P.S. Make the meeting, we have to pass the budget.

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Boots and Blistersby Steven Buckley

Training While Traveling

Well, I am on the road one more time.  I want to start out by saying that I greatly appreciate Tony conducting the night navigation training when I could not be there.  Thanks much Tony.  I want to also say that I am disappointed that I could not be there.  He always makes those trainings a great time.  Hope you all took advantage of the opportunity.  So, I am sitting here at China Lake, California with a weekend with nothing to do.  It dawns on me that Mount Whitney is just up the road and a scounting trip would be a great way to get some SAR training and familiarize myself with the approach to the mountain before I attempt the summit.  I drove up there today and did some hiking/scouting.  I did not have the equipment for a winter ascent (snowshoes, crampons, ice axe, helmet, clothing, etc.) but I had enought to scout the approach.  The road was closed for the winter (closed but completely clear of snow) so I hiked from the base of the mountain near Lone Pine campground (6600 ft) to the Whitney Portal campground at about 8100 feet.  The hike was about 2.5 miles one way and had about 1500 feet of altitude gain.  The views were outstanding!  I was able to get a pretty good work-out, play around with my GPS, and scout a new mountain.  I also experimented a bit with minimal equipment for a trip like this. I hit wet, slippery snow at 8100 feet and post-holed for a ways (probably just under a mile) then turned back. This was much better than sitting in my hotel room and answering E-mails.  I also realized that the lowest spot in America was only a little ways away from here as well.  Tomorrow I stand on the bottom of America! 

In any case, my point is simple.  Busy work schedules don't always need to tank a training program.  Sometimes they enable opportunities to train in new places.  Stay safe on missions!

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Member Spotlights 
by Mike Lensi
I was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, two miles from New York City, but soon moved to the piney woods of central NJ, two miles from a nice beach on the Atlantic Ocean. Yes I said "nice". Although brought up on the east coast, I will greet you with a "howdy" because I lived in Dallas for two years and believe in "when in Rome, do as the Romans do". This is why I like fried okra (Virginia), measure distance in smoots (Boston), live free or die (New Hampshire), tolerate Indy racing and basketball (Indiana), and like to ignore traffic signals (Albuquerque). Just kidding about ignoring traffic signals because I live in Albuquerque. I get that from my mom.

I know a lot of you veterans find satisfaction in helping a stranger escape a deadly cold night or a family find closure after a loved-one's gone missing. I have not yet had this privilege. Until then, and maybe after, search and rescue to me is about sharing our unique outdoor skills with each other and our own loved-ones, building an "at home" comfort with the wilderness as opposed to an "away from home" feeling, thus closing the gap between us and nature. It seems to me that this is a very subtle but very real form of life-saving, since what we call normal lives nowadays are all too often rote and without soul, and we are often spiritually lost when we feel the most secure in our routines.

I love birding (actually watching/listening to birds, not just checking them off a list), using local plants for medicine or food (where appropriate), collecting animal skulls, practicing survival skills, etc.  On the other hand--growing up near NYC, Philly, Boston--I get nostalgic for fine art, plays, science museums, etc.  But most of all (aside from being a dad to my two daughers), I love tracking anything that moves, so give me a call if you want to head into the mountains sometime, or your back yard, or your neighbor's yard, a potted plant at the mall, ...

So I expected to like our search trainings the best, but as it turned out, I found a sense of camaraderie in the litter training that I didn't expect, so I'd say that's my favorite regular thing we do. On that note, I've been really impressed with the people on our team, especially the officers, in skill level and time dedicated. Here I have people older than myself whom I might not have otherwise had the honor to learn from, and people with different political views whom I might not have otherwise thought to befriend. But you are all people--great people--whom I would not and have not hesitated to share water with when we're thirty, and work alongside when others have needed us. Would I do it again? Fuhgeddaboutit, pardners. Back to Top
Statewide SAR Notesby Terry Hardin

Loss of a Hard Working Local Hero

This month it was sad for us to learn about the loss of a great search and rescue dog, Dusty (1996-2008).

Dusty was a member of the family of Bruce and Mary Berry. Dusty and Mary started and were active members of Sandia Search Dogs (www.swcp.com/SSD). Earlier, Bruce and Mary were the founders of Cibola Search and Rescue and have been active with Search and Rescue since the 1980’s.

Dusty received national recognition when he and Mary worked the aftermath of the Pentagon tragedy caused by the 9-11 terrorist attack against the United States. For many years Dusty did a lot of great work for the New Mexico Search and Rescue community.

Dusty will be remembered and missed as he joins the ranks of his predecessor JC (Julius Cesar), another great search dog of Bruce and Mary’s that passed on many years ago. Please remember to pray for Bruce and Mary during this difficult time of grief.

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The contents of this newsletter are copyright © 2008 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.