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Roaring Lion fire

I ran up to Missoula today, passing the area in question where there was no visible smoke or fire. On the way back, the entire Roaring Lion canyon was filled with smoke with a major plume heading up and east. An hour later, heading in to Darby, the smoke plume had exploded. OhMyGosh!!! I turned on my amateur radio and began monitoring fire service traffic… and watching this develop. This is a bad one. Close friends may be losing resources of inestimable value. One forest service official said, “This is the one we didn’t want to have happen”. This 2-minute time-lapse video shows the power and speed of the Roaring Lion fire, and the threat it presents. I have […]

home education help

You might note that the headline below says “10 Great Books…” and I only included 7 in this clip. I didn’t want to give it all away. You really should go to her website to read the whole post. Click the headline link to get there. 10 Great Books for Homeschooling Parents January 30, 2016 by Emily We live in a time when there’s no shortage of great reading options for home educators. I’m incredibly grateful for that because that’s exactly where we turned when we began homeschooling. We turned to our local library and researched diligently to prepare for our journey. Since then, I’ve continued to turn to books for homeschooling parents for encouragement, further learning, and new ideas. […]

dogsled race support

I helped provide comms for the Darby Dog Derby sled dog races and skijourning this weekend. A club engineer set up 7 old-school GMRS radios with a suitcase repeater to handle a set of races with 8-dog teams doing 24-mile route and the 6, 4, 2 and 1-dog teams doing less. Only 1 other HAM was willing to join me. Fortunately my GMRS license covered the entire team for legality sake. We all learned a lot. The snowmobile club providing primary logistical support now appreciates some of the value 2-way radios bring. The sled dog club LOVES us and are now thinking about how useful radio is for what they do every weekend, not to mention the huge value we […]

big-picture goals

New Year’s Resolutions are famously futile for most people… exercise, lose weight, drink more tea and so on regularly fall by the wayside before January departs. Fitness centers all suffer from JAMuary – waiting your turn on the treadmills, progressing to a handful of regulars the rest of the year. That does not make it a bad idea to reflect on the year gone by and think about what you will wish you did by the end of the new one. Just make sure the goals are attractive, achievable and can be handled in bite-sized pieces. The list above isn’t mine, but I think it is a good one to look over and pick a few for yourself. Over […]

Community Preparations For Catastrophic Events

This article was written by Tom Chatham and originally published at Project Chesapeake Many people now feel that pending trouble is in the air. They may not know what or why but they can feel it deep in their bones. For these people the urge to prepare for potential problems is now incorporated into their everyday lives. When something far reaching and catastrophic happens the ability of groups and communities to pull together is one way to deal with the aftermath and work through the problems to remain safe and healthy. When something happens that may prevent outside help from reaching you, it is necessary to have the infrastructure and supplies to help yourself until the situation stabilizes. For […]

silly whack jobs

One response to my Community Preparedness meeting announcements goes something like this: Are you people working with Ravalli County emergency planning, or are you another wacky militia group? … I think I’ll take my chances with the county’s action plan. Have they even looked at “the county’s action plan”? I think not. But they are happy to trust their, and their family’s well-being to it. Don’t worry. Somebody will feed you. Somebody will shelter you. No need to plan ahead. Trust the experts. There are adults in charge. I looked at it. I met with the planners and the sheriff who is the director in case of most emergencies. I published a link to their plan here: Comprehensive Emergency Operations […]

hiding from danger

I have heard it many times throughout my years of standing up. Said many ways, but in essence they don’t speak up, stand up or take action because they don’t want to be noticed [by the enemy]. Who knows, they might get lucky. There may be enough brave people standing up to fend off the attacks. Watching from a hide-y-hole certainly bears less risk IF the good guys win. But what if there were not quite enough good guys taking a stand? What if the defending force falls a few arms short of adequate? What if standing up, speaking up, pushing for change while it was only slightly dangerous was all it would have taken to prevent the violence? … […]

Stone Soup Kitchen Project

Here is a flier I am taking to various churches, restaurants and other places with community-grade kitchen facilities. Click on the image for a better view of it. In case of disaster, The Bitterroot may be on its own for an extended time. Red Cross, FEMA and others will have their hands full in populated areas. It is up to us to prepare ourselves and our community. Therefore, we need a way to feed ourselves as well as those who are unable to. There is no other way to get along with them … and cooperation is necessary for civilization to continue. THE STONE SOUP KITCHENS will accept anonymous donations of food and turn it into nutritious meals for those […]