Lost and Found... the newsletter of Volume 9, Issue 6
10 June 2004
Editors: David Dixon, Mike Dugger, and Tom Russo

Cibola Search and Rescue
"That Others May Live..."
Top of the Hill Business as Usual:Meeting Minutes Pinching Pennies
Who's Who and New Public Relations Disclaimer/Copyright
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Top of the Hill by Larry Mervine , President
It's June and summer has finally arrived. I know because my cooler is not working and I can tell you the exact temperature by the sweat on my back. Since summer is here and the temperatures are rising, we should review heat exposure concerns. Clearly, the major concerns during missions in a warm or hot environment are maintaining fluid and electrolyte balance. Any time you have to work or exercise in the heat, you will lose water and electrolytes through sweating. The amount of sweat produced depends on these factors: environmental temperature and humidity, work rate, fitness level and acclimatization, volume and rate of fluid replacement.

Working at a high work rate in hot, humid surroundings results in the very high fluid and electrolyte losses. You can easily lose one to two quarts per hour. Failure to replace fluids lost through sweating will result in dehydration and eventually heat injury. Forced drinking is recommended throughout a mission in a warm environment since your normal thirst mechanism will not ensure adequate fluid replacement. Drink 1 to 3 cups of fluid every 30 minutes.

It is estimated that a water loss of 2% body weight can impair physical performance and mood, decrease appetite and increase the risk of heat injuries. A 5% loss of body weight decreases work performance by 30%. This amount of water loss is a serious threat to your health. We do not have weight scales on missions, so another way to monitor hydration is by inspecting the color of your urine. A dark yellow or smelly urine suggests some degree of dehydration; increase fluid consumption until the color becomes pale yellow.

Excessive water weight gain can also be a threat to your health. This condition results when individuals drink large amounts of plain water to replace fluid losses during long duration, lasting 8 hours or more hours, endurance activities. To prevent overhydration, make sure that you drink beverages that contain electrolytes (sodium and potassium) to replace fluids lost during extended missions.

It is a fact of life that electrolytes are lost in the sweat and excessive loss of electrolytes can lead to muscle cramping or severe medical problems. However, being in excellent physical condition will help minimize electrolyte losses. The best way to maintain electrolyte balance over prolonged exposure to heat is to drink fluid/electrolyte replacement beverages. My favorite is Powerade.

So be careful out there and drink smart and often, you are losing more fluids than you think.

Most of the information came from The Navy Seal Nutrition Guide.

See you out there.

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Business as Usual:Meeting Minutes by Aidan Thompson, Secretary

Minutes of 13 May 2004 Meeting

President's Report

The meeting kicked off at 19:20.

Training Officer's Report

The first training period of 2004 is almost over. Five people are still training deficient. There are still three trainings to go in the period, so it is up to those members to do what they need to do to get in good standing.

Secretary's Report

Nothing to report.

Gear Committee Report

Nothing to report.

Public Relations Committee Report

There will be a PR event at REI on June 13. This coincides with our June litter training. Possibly, the litter training will be performed at REI.

Membership Officer's Report

Bob belatedly awarded Tom Rinck a Cibola patch. He also announced two newly minted prospective members: Rhiannon Mercer and Sam Williamson.

Medical Committee Report

Four members took the WFR recertification training last Saturday. It cost $175 each, plus $10 for CPR. Mike proposed that since the medical budget will probably be underspent, that the team cover 100% instead of 50% of the cost. The proposal was accepted by 9 votes to 1. A second vote to reimburse Aidan Thompson for 50% of his initial WFR training passed 15 to 0.

Mike discussed several useful pieces of medical equipment.

Larry's Old SAR Lore

Old Issues

The meeting ended at 20:45.

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Pinching Pennies by Lili Ziesmann, Treasurer
Remember, the June business meeting is the deadline for submission of ESCAPE expenses for reimbursement. For members that turned in ESCAPE expenses that included gas receipts, we will reimburse the ESCAPE part of the expenses in June, while the gas receipts were submitted to the state for reimbursement and should be paid in subsequent months - hopefully July or August, since June is the end of their fiscal year, so I hope to see payment for the last few months as well.

Below is the cumulative percentage of annual budget spent so far so that each committee can see how they are doing: This month saw a large increase in expenses as we reimbursed members for ESCAPE, a new WFR certification and several WFR recertifications.

% Of Annual Budget Jan Feb Mar Apr May
Other Inc0%15%15%15%19%
Gas Vouchers0%31%31%31%31%
Training Exp0%0%0%0%70%
Medical Exp0%0%0%0%37%
Equip Exp0%1%1%1%9%
Membership Exp0%0%0%0%48%
PR Exp0%5%18%18%31%
Total Exp1%12%15%16%40%

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Who's Who and New by Bob Baker, Membership Officer
Well, it is with great sadness that I announce that we'll be losing Kevin Mohr this month. Kevin will be travelling to Senegal in West Africa to serve with the Peace Corps for the next two years. This is part of his curriculum at UNM. At the end of his tour with the Peace Corps, Kevin expects to return to Albuquerque. We hope that upon his return, he'll renew his acquaintances and rejoin Cibola. So in that vein, it's not that we're losing Kevin as much as his membership is just interrupted for an equally important cause. Kevin, thank-you for your faithful service to those in need, to the people of New Mexico, and to your teammates. We wish you well in your endeavors, safe travels, and speedy return.

In other news for our up and coming perspectives, there will be an opportunity to take the PACE Exam this month. The exam will be held in Espanola at the Espanola Hospital classroom on 30 June 2004 at 7PM (1900). If you plan to attend, please send an e-mail to Paul McClendon at p.mcclendon@comcast.net.

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Public Relations by Adam Hernandez
PR for the month. Elena Gallegos was a little light in attendance, about nine people, not including the host and open space person. The hike the next day had two people attending, but was a pleaseant 2 mile hike up the Pino trail. Thanks to Alex Fischer, Bob Baker and Bryan Wilcox for helping out. This weekend is the REI open house, so stop by and help out if possible, Alex will be in charge of that since I will be out of town. Alex and Larry will be modeling the new polo shirts that have been made up with the Cibola name on them. Meeting this month on the last Thursday, Taco Cabana, San Mateo, north of Academy, 6:00pm.

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Disclaimer and Copyright notice the Editors
The contents of this newsletter are copyright © 2004 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.