A version of the Arizona Rangers
We live just west of Show Low Arizona in a community called Linden. The subdivision know as Timberland is our home. When the Rodeo-Chediski Fire came to the area in 2002 this subdivision was evacuated and many homes were lost to the fire. In 2011 we had another scary month when the Wallow fire erupted and claimed over 500,000 acres.
For over twenty years we have known, we being the people of the United States, that our forests were over grown and contain way too much fuel. Too much fuel allows a fire to start and burn faster and hotter than normal. This means that fighting such a fire is more a waiting game than a fire fighting game!
The great Dude fire in 1990, Rodeo-Chediski in 2002, and the Wallow fire of 2011 show that the forest deserve better care than they are getting with the litigants running the show. People with common sense need to take back control of our forests!
1) Wikipedia, Rodeo–Chediski Fire, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rodeo%E2%80%93Chediski_Fire (as of Nov. 4, 2011, 17:47 GMT).
2) Wikipedia, Wallow Fire, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wallow_Fire (as of Nov. 4, 2011, 17:45 GMT).
Our large and beautiful Ponderosa Pine forest has taken some devastating hits in the last few decades. Fires are not the only interloper into the forest. I have mentioned overgrowth and now we are faced with another unnatural natural item in the woods! The feral horse. Many millions of years ago Eohippus, the predicessor of modern horse roamed the North American continent. They did die out... the horse reappeared on the North American continent when Cortez brought them in 1520. The argument that they are part of the natural Ponderosa Forest ecosystem is false on the face of it! We as humans are glad there are horses, but to allow feral animals to roam unfettered is dangerous and unwise at best.
...home of the Cowboy!
Cowboys, ranches, rodeos, shoot'em ups and don't forget the Indians and Cavalry caused a lot of concern in this area. Rim Country is south of the Navajo reservation and on the border and north of the White Mountain Apache reservation. Ancestors of the current Tribes left signs all over the Rim Country. Pueblos are found all the time, or maybe just made note of... since someone knew they were there!
Cowboys and Indians, high times and crashes all describe the Rim Country.
Winters can drop feet of snow in this area, but it is part of the Rim Country beauty! Summers are mild and that is when the people from the valley cause traffic jams in the high country.
Toward the end of the nineteenth century there was a phenomenon called the “Dime Novel” that had created a fictional interest in the goings on of the western settlement of this great country. The “Cowboys and Indians” didn’t make this market but their stories added millions to its readership. This phenomenon created a rather large business, involving large revenues and it was fed by writers whose lack of factual information was more than offset by tales of derring-do! The dime novel soon led to the “B” movie and the real facts of western migration were left to the winds of time. But the Cowboy was made into a heroic American icon that ranked with the Samurai, the Crusader, Robin Hood and all honorable fighting men. My problem with all this misinformation or erroneous history is that some people were writing the fable when they knew the truth. George H. W. Bush once said “character matters!” And I believe that is the basis of a free society. Once lost there is naught but chaos and anarchy.
Dean and friends on a Navajo County Search and Rescue training day.
Caption should say "how did he get down there?"
and of course "how we gonna get him out of there?"
or maybe this... "if we throw him a rope, you suppose he would climb out?"
These Guys and Gals risk life and limb to help, for no other reason, other than they are needed... volunteers!