|Top of the Hill||Boots and Blisters||Business as Usual|
|Pinching Pennies||Who's Who and New||Gearing Up|
|Member Spotlight||Public Relations||Statewide SAR Notes|
| Recent Missions
|| Callout Information
|Top of the Hill||by Larry Mervine|
See you out there.
|Boots and Blisters||by Tom Russo|
|January||Low Angle Litter Handling, Saturday15 January||Litter handling, Sunday 9 January|
|February||GPS Practice, Saturday 12 February||Land Nav, Saturday 5 February|
|March||Tracking awareness, Sunday 12 March||Search techniques, Sunday 5 March|
|April||Subject TBD, Saturday 15 April||Litter, Saturday 8 April|
|May||ESCAPE, Friday-Sunday, 5-7 May||Land Nav, Sunday 21 May|
|June||Land Nav, Sunday 11 June||Search Techniques, Saturday 3 June|
|July||Mock Search, Saturday 15 July||Litter, Sunday 9 July|
Once again I ask that if you plan to attend any evaluation that you make sure you have indicated in a voicemail message that you are interested in showing. Most evaluations require a minimum number of attendees to be run at all, and if there are more than a certain number they require multiple evaluators if they are to take a reasonable amount of time. Please help us to schedule things well by letting us know what we have to work with.
It has been the policy of the team for the last two years that trainings attendence only counts for purposes of determining field eligibility if you arrive less than 15 minutes after the training starts. This has seldom been a problem, but in the few instances where it has there have been problems documenting it to the satisfaction of all involved. To avoid unpleasant surprises in the future, please note that the sign-in sheets for trainings will be taken up at the designated start time of a training. If you arrive late, you must request the sign in sheet from the instructor when you get there; yes, this means you have to interrupt the training to sign in after the training has started. No sign-ins will be allowed after 15 minutes, and members not signing in will not receive credit towards minimum training requirements. Please help us minimize disruptions of trainings by arriving well before the advertised start time.
As it was last year, the Mock Search in July will begin with a team callout through the phone tree. Once again, I expect to issue the page in the evening (somewhere between 5 and 7) of the 15th, so please use the six months between now and then to mark your calendars and clear your plates so that you are available for the callout if you wish to participate in the mock search.
I encourage everyone to attend as many trainings as possible, not just the
bare minimum of two every six months. The purpose of our holding team
trainings is not merely to familiarize people with the basics of search and
rescue --- most of us seem to get that under our belts in the first year or so
of being a member --- but to get everyone used to working together as a team,
to make sure all of us can have confidence in each others' abilities, and to
share our individual perspectives with our teammates.
|Hike of the Month||TWA Canyon||0900, Jan 22, 2000|
|Trailhead: Elena Gallegos/Pino Trail|
|R.T. Distance: 6 miles||Elevation Min/Max: 6450/9000|
|Hiking Time 5 hours||Hazards: Steep Terrain|
|Topo Maps: Sandia Crest 7.5' Quad|
|Hike Coordinator: Paul Donovan|
|Business as Usual||by David Dixaon|
Cy Stockhoff is introduced as the instructor for the WFR course this spring. He gives a talk on the course and answers questions. The course gives dual certification of Wilderness and First Responder, is 76 hours long, 9 Saturdays from March 25-May 13 not including May 2 (which is Escape), cost is $300, sign up by Jan. 11. We need enough signed up for the course to be offered.
Ballots for 2000 officers are collected and tabulated. Officers elected same as 1999: President Larry Mervine, Vice-President/Training Officer Tom Russo, Membership Officer Susan Corban, Secretary David Dixon, Treasurer Mike Dugger.
SAR Support Training on Dec. 10-11 also counts as CSAR Training.
PACE exam is Sat. Dec. 11 in Santa Fe.
Wilderness First Responder course at the Santa Fe Institute is from Jan. 4-12.
Discussion/comments on November Sound Support Training. All agree that it was useful and very good.
|Pinching Pennies||by Mike Dugger|
In review of our budget for last year, I find that we spent within our targets in each of the budget categories. Administrative expenses were about 92% of projections, while equipment expenses were just 52% of expenses. I'll be refining these numbers a bit as I complete the books for calendar year 1999, but it looks like our projections can be modified a little for 2000. The detailed spending history I've been able to maintain with our accounting software has made this possible.
While on the subject, I am looking for a few people to help me out with the Treasurer's job this year, and by doing so get familiar with the task. It is really not that difficult or time consuming (about 4 hours), and this is one of the officer's jobs that can be done on your own schedule. The only requirements are to be a member and have access to a computer. Please see me if you are interested.
Finally, we will have a budget committee meeting late in January to decide on spending limits in major budget categories. This is your chance to have input on how the team spends money. The budget meeting will take place on Monday evening, January 31. Time and place will be announced at the meeting, or feel free to call me for details.
|Who's Who and New||by Susan Corban|
|Gearing Up||by Mike Dugger|
|Public Relations||by David Dixon|
Hope all of you have a great search year.
From 1965-l990 she performed extensively (alto soloist) with the New Mexico Symphony, the Orchestra of Santa Fe, The Southwest Opera Company, and the Fourcorners Opera Company. If you are old enough, you could have heard her "canyon wall-breaking voice" (better than the sharpest whistle) in Santa Fe at the Bach Marathon, in performances of Beethoven's 9th, Mahler's #2 and #9 in Albuquerque and on tour, in Messiahs all over the state, in numerous comic roles from Gilbert and Sullivan productions (Buttercup, Iolanthe, Ruth, Katisha, to name a few), Carmen in Bizet's Carmen (twice), Suzuki in Puccini's Madame Butterfly (twice), Regina in Blitzstein's Regina, Anna in the King and I, and so on.
In 1990 she was a victim of an outdoor virus that keeps her out of the practice room and in the great outdoors. She has served as president of the New Mexico Mountain Club, and regularly leads hikes for that group. Her passion is learning and experiencing the outdoors which includes hiking the Grand Canyon, the Utah canyons, climbing Colorado l4rs (she has bagged 36 out of the 54, but they're getting harder), becoming competent with map and compass, improving her search techniques and climbing skills. She spent Y2K in the Grand Canyon on her eighth backpack there, fearing only that an electrical short would break the dam. In March she returns to Grand Canyon to explore the Clear Creek area. At present she is lining up a GC rim to rim, sleep, rim to rim hike for May 28-31. She has no idea if she can actually do this hike, but she is ever the optimist. In her second life she intends to become a NOLS instructor right out of college, climb Everest and Kilamanjaro and qualify for an Eco-Challenge before she is 30. Until then she continues to work-out at the gym in order to maintain the limited fitness she has.
|Web News||by Know Gnus|
|Statewide SAR Notes||by Mike Dugger|
As for other training opportunities, the PACE committee is trying to search out details on Incident Command training that is offered by other organizations around the state, and publicize these on the SAR web forum. Another Section Chief class is planned for this October 21-22, at the Emergency Operations Center in Santa Fe. I will provide details on other events as I hear about them.
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