Lost and Found... the newsletter of Volume 5, Issue 6
8 June 2000
Editors: Tom Russo, Mike Dugger,
and Susan Corban

Cibola Search and Rescue
"That Others May Live..."
Top of the Hill Boots and Blisters Business as Usual
Pinching Pennies Who's Who and New Gearing Up
Coming Attractions Mini Lesson On the Right Track
Member Spotlight Public Relations Bronze Boot
Statewide SAR Notes Feature Article Web News
Special Notes Disclaimer/Copyright Classified Ads
Recent Missions
Callout Information
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Top of the Hill by Larry Mervine
Summer is upon us and it's time to review what the heat of the summer can do to you. When the pager goes off, we rush off to the mission. At base camp we rush to do our mission assignments. One problem that we often forget about is dehydration. It is just as easy in the winter months to become dehydrated, but the summer seems to effect us more. Dehydration is a condition that results when an excessive amount of water or fluid is lost from the body. Some causes of dehydration are: sweating, insufficient intake of water & salt, illness, fever, hot weather, high altitude and vigorous activity. Some warning signs or symptoms are: extreme thrist, dark yellow to brownish orange urine, headache, dizziness, dry cotton-mouth sensation, difficulty in speaking coherently, tired or lazy feeling, loss of appetite, nausea, drowsiness and fever. I'm sure none of us have ever had any of these symptoms. Okay, I get headaches on missions, but that's not dehydration, right? For me that's one of the symptoms that tells me I'm already dehydrated. What should you do? Here are some tips to prevent dehydration from starting; drink plenty of water and do not be shy to tell your team mates to drink more; nibble food with salt and sugar; be in good physical condition; slow down (rest 5-10 minutes every hour); wear proper clothing for the hot climate; avoid excessive perspiration; and carry a lighter load. These are just tips, everyone needs to adapt to what their body tells them. What method is best for me during a mission or even doing yard work may not be best for you.

Also, time to give a heads up. Three of the current officers are not running for office next year. If anyone has any interest, do not be shy, start asking questions, volunteer to do a training, join a committee, there are many tasks to be done. Speaking of being more involved: Cibola is only as good as the involvement of it's membership. There many tasks that need to done besides going on missions. As volunteers I cannot make you be more involved in the team, but when you joined the team you have agreed to a certain level of commitment. Part of that commitment is particpating in trainings, meetings and PR events, helping with the gear, being a member of a committee, coordinating a hike of the month, becoming a leader on the team and giving financial help when needed. This is our team. How good this team is depends on you. Be involved.

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Boots and Blisters by Tom Russo
As this goes to press, the Sandia Mountain Wilderness is under complete closure, and most backcountry trails throughout our area are also closed because of the extreme fire danger we have right now. This makes it very difficult to go through with our normal training process. I was able to get us special permission to use the Oak Flat area for our search techinques eval on 3 June, but we're still working on the land navigation training scheduled for 11 June. Please check the voicemail regularly for final information about that training; the field component will almost certainly have to be moved. The information on the land navigation training below was written before the closure orders were announced.

I have commented several times in this column that it is really important to leave a voicemail message if you plan to attend an evaluation session. The evaluation sessions themselves are not particularly difficult to set up, but it is definitely a non-trivial task to make them run smoothly. One of the most important pieces of information I can have is a good estimate of how many people plan to show up. Armed with a reasonably accurate count, I can plan for multiple courses when there are large numbers, arrange evaluators to assist on those courses, and just as importantly, cancel evaluation sessions that aren't going to be attended by enough people to do the whole thing (litter requires a minimum of 6 attendees, search techniques requires at least 3 and is much smoother with 6-8 people).

Unfortunately for some involved, this last search techniques evaluation was saddled with more than just the burden of last-minute scrambling to deal with fire-related closures announced the day before. About five people left voicemail messages saying they'd be at the eval, but eleven showed up. Since we can run a maximum of nine people on a team for search techniques, this required us to split the group into a group of six and a group of five. But since I'd planned for only 5 showing, we laid out only one course and had to have two teams searching the same area for the same clues, with the associated problem of "who should pick up what clue?"

Please help me avoid such problems and get people run through these courses with a minimum of fuss by letting me know as early as possible --- a couple of weeks early would be best! --- that you plan to attend. I ask for the couple of weeks to allow me to give alternate evaluators a considerate amount of time to plan for it, rather than having to call them up the morning before to ask them to help.

Paul Donovan and Gene Mortimer have been certified as land navigation evaluators as of the 21 May evaluation session, and Mickey Jojola is a search techniques evaluator as of 3 June. Thanks, guys, for pitching in and helping this evaluation stuff run more smoothly. It's taken a couple of years to get here, but we are gradually building up our pool of folks who can run fellow members through our evaluation courses. Keep up the good work, Cibola.

As I've said before, June's training will be on Land Navigation and will be led by Paul Donovan on 11 June at 08:30 at the Sandia Ranger Station on South Highway 14. The training comprises a classroom session and a field exercise. The field exercise begins shortly after the classroom session ends, and will involve a short drive down to the Pine Flat Picnic ground.

Paul will lecture on topographic map usage, the mechanics of resection (finding where you are using only map and compass), the UTM system, and other theoretical aspects of navigation. This should help you work through the resection and map-reading exercises in the field afterward, and those exercises should help you find your way through the navigation course that Paul will have set out the day before. The course will give you plenty of opportunity to practice using your map to get around with nothing to lean on but the Earth's magnetic field, the United States Geographical Survey, and your own brainpower. While GPS is a great tool, neither your map nor your compass will ever suffer from weak batteries. One hopes that your brain isn't like mine and that it won't run out of batteries, either.

On another note: for the last three years the team's policy has been that trainings will not count if you arrive more than fifteen minutes late. Unfortunately, since the Land Navigation training has two distinct parts some members have occasionally treated the field exercise as "optional" and left after the classroom session. The field exercise is in fact the main point of this training and the classroom stuff is just there to help folks who might need a little refresher to get through the exercises. Therefore, applying the same rationale as the 15-minute rule, I will not count June's training toward minimum participation requirements for anyone who doesn't attend both components. It makes little sense to tell someone they can't count the training if they miss the first 15 minutes of the classroom session but attend the rest of it while simultaneously giving someone attendance credit for showing up to an hour of show-and-tell and missing 5 hours of field work.

As you may recall, Paul Donovan and James Newberry have been helping me with training duties under the name of a "training committee" this year. The three of us kicked around a schedule a few times and came up with the following for the August to December training schedule:

Saturday, 5 AugLand Nav evalTBA
Sat/Sun, 12-13 Aug*Summer Bivy/Survival trainingDonovan
Sat, 9 Sept*Litter handling trainingRusso
Sun, 17 SeptSearch Techniques evalTBA
Sat, 7 OctLitter evalTBA
Sun, 15 Oct*Search Techniques trainingNewberry/Rumschlag?
Sun, 5 NovLand Nav evalTBA
Sat, 18 Nov*Low Angle litter handlingRusso, others?
Sat, 9 DecSearch Techniques EvalTBA
Sat/Sun, 16-17 Dec*Winter Bivy/SurvivalDonovan
This year I learned from last year's mistakes and actually looked at a proper calendar before setting the dates, and there are no trainings or evaluations scheduled for any of the holiday weekends that people have asked me to avoid. You can take this schedule to the bank and plan accordingly. As always, only those trainings marked with an asterisk may be applied toward your "two trainings every six months" requirement for active membership.

And in the planning ahead department: It's never too early to start thinking about who you'd like to see doing the training officer's job next year. We've had a large number of people helping out with trainings this year, so think about who you've seen pitching in and whether you like them so little that you'd subject them to this job next year. Just in case you haven't been memorizing all of my sesquipedalian persiflage over these past few months, Susan Corban, Curtis Crutcher, David Dixon, Paul Donovan, Mike Dugger, Larry Mervine James Newberry and Joyce Rumschlag have all been very actively participating in the training program over the last two years by leading trainings. In addition, James Newberry and Paul Donovan have both been pitching in by taking responsibility for facillitating trainings in a rotation with me; in this way, each month's training and evalation sessions are set up by a different person who is responsible for locating an instructor, getting permission to use whatever location is chosen, and all other logistical tasks for that month. That list of things to do is quite long and takes a lot of time, so I hope you all appreciate their efforts and dedication as much as I do.

Because of the closures of all backcountry areas in the Sandias and Manzanos, the Hike of the Month program has been placed on hold. We'll start printing up new ones when the fire danger is down and the forest is open again.
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Business as Usual by David Dixon


In Larry's absence, Tom welcomed new people Casey Baldwin, Max Romanik, and John Tomlinson.


PR proposal addition to the member guide is voted on, unanimously for. See newsletter or full minutes for addition.

Training proposal addition to member guide is voted on, unanimously for. See newsletter or full minutes for addition.

Mickey discusses the Pager test results. Seemed to be no correlation to where or when pages were missed.

James and Susan discussed tracking. SW Assoc. of Trackers Training at McKinley Center in Gallup on May 20.

Officer reports


Jeff Phillips is our newest an active member. Tony Gaier, Ed Mighetto and Steve are now prospective members. There are now 42 members, 27 active and 15 prospectives.

Revised Mission sheets are available.

Melissa S volunteers to be Pager 1 for May.

All Pager callout procedures are now on our website.

The Phone tree is getting full. Another branch will be implemented if numbers go up. James and Mickey volunteer to be new tops.

There will be a going away party for Melissa S. immediately after the Land Nav Evaluation on Saturday. Melissa spent many years in Cibola and served as Treasurer.


David did a check on Mission callout sheets for the last 7 months. There were 15 missions in that time and all sheets were returned. There very few problems other than some missed pages. People aren't using comments section.


Susan filled in for Mike. She went over finances for the month.


At Escape, Chris Murray passed his Ham test, James N. and Art B. are new PACE evaluators and Steve B., Tony G., Aaron H., Steve K., Jeff P., and Holly P. passed their PACE exams.

Land Nav Evaluation will be on May 21.

June Training will be on Land Nav. on the 11th, 8:30 am. Pine Flat.

July Training will be a Mock Search on the 15th. ICS callout will be used.

Comments made on April Training on Search Techniques.

Escape reimbursement forms are available. Fill out after Escape and send/give with receipts to Mike.


We have some leftover donated boots and there is discussion as to what to do with them. Motion is made to donate to charity. Vote is unanimous for.

James put a list of supplies in the newsletter. There are also 4 smaller boxes of supplies given to highest mission goers. There are only 3 orange stickers left. Don has or can get more. Forest service will accept these on vehicles at trainings/evals.


PR meeting will be last Thursday of the month, 25th.

There was a nice Albq. Journal article on the outdoors, outdoor preparedness and search and rescue. James and Susan were quoted.


Jeff reminds that there will be round table discussion on ICS before June's Business meeting.

Officers are requesting that Jeff and ICS committee give them a draft of the proposal to look at.


We probably won't be able to have a fire for Melissa's party. Someone says they will bring a gas grill.

Susan discusses the need for a CE (Continuing Education) Coordinator for medical policy. Vote will be next month.

We also need a medical director(s). 2 EMS doctors at UNM have agreed to do this. $500 is proposed for yearly payment . Vote is unanimous for. Don discusses state team classification and comments on medical. Says he would not authorize medical treatment by anyone below Paramedic/EMT. Susan points out that WFRs must legally respond. Further clarification by state needed in this area.

Discussion on what to do with the $500 check from REI Grant. It is proposed to use it to buy snowshoes. Discussion on this and other supplies. Motion made to buy Melissa's snowshoes but further discussion proposed postponing it until next meeting. Vote is unanimous for.

David announces that his mentee Ed Mighetto had all of his Cibola pack stolen. Anyone who has extra things to donate should call him.

Jeff P. says that state is looking for FCs and SCs to work as volunteers at crime scenes.

At Escape Rick G. convened a committee for accreditation standards for technical rescue teams. State solicited comments months ago and didn't get many comments. Needs further updating. Copies are available on AMRC website: www.abq.com/amrc. Back to Top
Pinching Pennies by Mike Dugger
Now that some major training events are behind us, I am anxious to reimburse team members for the part of the training subsidized by the team, and clear the books. For those who attended ESCAPE, please submit your receipts no later than the July meeting so that I may clear that expense from the accounts payable. Also, for those of you who attended the Wilderness First Responder training, I plan to reimburse a portion of that expense as soon as I get an attendance list from the EMS Academy and a copy of your registration with the state. That might not happen until the July meeting. Speaking of the July meeting, it is important to note that the state's fiscal year ends at the end of June. If we get a mission late in June and you wish to be reimbursed for fuel expenses, please send your gas voucher to me BEFORE the next meeting. Mail to the team PO box is fine, or you may mail it directly to me, or hand it to me at a training event or meeting. I will collect these and submit to the state the first week of July, before our July meeting. Vouchers recieved at the July meeting for missions in June will not be accepted. If we have a mission after July 1, you may submit these at the meeting as usual.

A final note to our pager holders. Due to several instances of problems when anyone at Contact Paging opens our file, please inform one of the officers if you go to Contact for any team-related service. For example, getting one of the pagers on the team account (top of trees and pagers #1 and #2) worked on, or setting up your own account with the team cap code added to your pager. We have experienced several problems with our service over the years, and in most cases this has been related to a change made incorrectly by Contact when someone went in for service. Just let an officer know so we can make sure that everything is working properly afterwards. Thanks. Back to Top
Who's Who and New by Susan Corban
Eric Jaramillo is now an active member. Welcome aboard and congratulations, Eric.

Doug Davenport and Dennis Barnhart have each had an orientation and are ready to go on missions. Welcome, Doug and Dennis.

As most of you know, I'm always harassing team members for member profiles. Many of you have not given me one as yet. If you are willing, please email me your life story for the newsletter. These help us get to know one another and are often the more interesting part of the newsletter. Thanks to those of you who have contributed in the past. Back to Top
Gearing Up by James Newberry
List of equipment available for Active and prospective members to use on SAR activities. ( For SAR use only)

Paratus Et Vigilans Back to Top
Public Relations by David Dixon
Time to deviate from PR for some TR, Team Recognition.

We continue to have new people at every meeting. Enough like what they see to stay and become members. In terms of recruitment and team direction we must be doing something right. I certainly like what I see. Since I joined Cibola three years ago we have become a better, more focused team. One area I have seen a marked improvement in has been trainings. We have gone from basic mini-trainings before meetings to excellent, well thought out learning sessions put on by many of our members. Because of this we continue to get inquiries from other teams about our trainings and evaluations. And even though all of us would like to get out on missions more we all see the benefit of these monthly trainings and yearly evaluations to stay mission ready. Oh well, another challenge in maintaining our reputation as the best ground-team in the state --- what the heck, let's not downplay ourselves --- best team in the state.

During trainings and evaluations I've heard members ask about specifics of search techniques, communication, equipment and other topics. So here's a reminder to all to not forget information available on our website and especially past Lost and Found newsletters for many good sar articles. Tom has worked hard to update and improve our website, maintaining it as one of the best in the state. And he and the other editors continue to put out a great newsletter every month. Make use of these resources.

Missions are the best part, but Cibola is much more. A big pat on the back to all who have worked to make Cibola the standard in state search and rescue teams. Back to Top
Member Spotlights
I (Jeff Phillips) am the last of nine children born to Bea and Bob Phillips. I was born and raised in a small community in upstate New York between Rochester and Syracuse. I grew up playing in the lakes and rivers and on the hills and bluffs of the Finger lakes and Lake Ontario. I have always had a love for the outdoors and for adventure, and sometimes misadventure.

I was never a Boy Scout but I was an honorary Girl Scout, call it mascot, for three years when my mother was Scout Leader and I was at her hip. I actually see those years as developing early learning and appreciation for the outdoors. Who can forget learning CUM-BI-AH and making SIT-UPONS?

My whole life has been playing sports and I've tried most. I played competitive soccer through college and then in city leagues until 1997. Soccer led me to Adrian College in Southeast Michigan on the five year plan to get a Bachelors of Arts in Economics and Political Science.

My sense of adventure and strong desire to see if I could survive on my own led me to travel to Flagstaff, Arizona, sight-unseen, upon graduation in 1990. I had one months rent paid and no job when I arrived. My desire to eat led me to take a job working with people with developmental disabilities while I looked for something more permanent. I never expected it to turn into a career but I have been in that field for the past 10 years.

Flagstaff was a great place to live and I met the love of my life, Patty, there. We eeked out an existence for a couple of years but Flagstaff turned out to be a tough place to live without big money. In 1992 we moved to central Texas and I did a 6 year sentence there. I succeeded in my field, got a good, inexpensive graduate education and explored the state but I found I did not belong there. As Patty and I completed our Masters degrees we looked around and chose Albuquerque to live. We have not been disappointed. This is the first place I've ever put down roots. A year ago we bought a house in the city's north valley and we intend to stay for awhile, at least as long as the water supply holds out.

My life's ambition for the past seven years has been to work in emergency management, especially disaster planning and mitigation. I geared my graduate work in Public Administration in this direction and have pursued certification and experience anywhere I could find it. That's how I found Search and Rescue. I like being part of the best and that's what brought me to Cibola SAR. Last year I became a Logistics Section Chief and since have been trying to keep a balance between pounding the ground and working in base camp. Lately that hasnét been hard since balancing nothing is pretty easy.

My career in services to people with disabilities ends Friday, 09 June, 2000. I begin my new career in Emergency Management on Monday, 12 June. I will be a Regional Emergency Management Coordinator for the State of New Mexico. I will work for the Department of Public Safety and be responsible for the Northeast part of the state. My job will be to make sure local jurisdictions do their planning, training and exercising per state and federal law and to act as liaison in the event of an emergency.

Now you know me. See you out there. Back to Top
Web News by Tom Russo
Susan Corban has generated a web-friendly version of the Cibola SAR Member Guide, and this is now available on the membersonly website. I've also added a copy of the CE Coordinator proposal as well, so we can all take a look at what it is we're expecting the CE coordinator to do once we have decided how to pick one.
The team website can be accessed at http://www.cibolasar.org/
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Special Notes

Next Wilderness First Responder Class

The EMS Academy will be offering the Wilderness Medicine course again next fall semester. The UNM catalog has various EMS courses listed for summer and fall.

Wilderness Survival is offered in the first 8-week session (August 21-October 14) on Saturdays from 8:00-5:00.

Wilderness Medicine is offered in the second 8-week session (October 16-December 16) on Saturdays from 8:00-5:00.

Several EMT-Basic courses are offered also. If you'd like to contact the EMS Academy, call the office at 272-5757 between 8:00 and 5:00, Monday through Friday. -- submitted by Susan Corban

September PACE Exam

If you haven't taken the PACE exam for state field responder certification, get your calendar out. We're in the process of setting up a September 16th PACE exam. That's Saturday. The exam will be somewhere in the vicinity of Albuquerque. Expect to spend several hours getting through the process of the written exam, compass test and pack check. Once we have this exam officially scheduled, you will need to register by contacing Bob Lathrop (rlathrop@dfn.com). There is no fee for the exam. The only other exam scheduled this year will be in November and it will most likely be in the southern part of New Mexico. -- submitted by Susan Corban

For all you WFRs out there, try the following URL: http://www.emedicine.com/ Check Wilderness Emergencies to find quick reviews of wilderness medicine topics and other interesting stuff. -- submitted by Susan Corban Back to Top
Disclaimer and Copyright notice the Editors
The contents of this newsletter are copyright © 2000 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. TML>