Ranger Headquarters

Ranger Headquarters
Big Pine National Forest, Knotty Pine

Saturday, October 29, 2011

RB152 Birthday Rescue

It’s Henry’s birthday, and the guys give him some wonderful gifts. Meanwhile a lone hunter falls into a small canyon and is badly hurt. No one knows where he is. He will probably die there in the wilderness unless something happens to change his situation. Can Henry’s birthday possibly be a gift of life to a man without hope and alone?

Saturday, October 22, 2011

RB-151 "Bridge Out!"

Bill and Henry are checking fire lanes deep in the forest and pretty high up in the mountains. Henry takes a walk out on an old, unused railroad bridge for a bird’s eye view of the Shady Valley. Henry sees that a fallen tree has damaged the bridge. He decides to get off when the bridge collapses dropping him hundreds of feet into the valley. Things go from bad to worse when a train whistle announces that a train is headed for the collapsed bridge.

Friday, October 14, 2011

RB-150 Cliff Rescue

Spring cleaning at ranger headquarters is interrupted by trouble on Mt. Evergreen. Champion mountain climber Keith takes his family climbing on Mt. Evergreen. Little Tim goes wandering off from camp and gets trapped on a crumbly, narrow ledge. Bill and the fellas must find a way to rescue the young climber before he falls off the ledge.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

RB149 - The Law of the Golden Rule

Horace Butler holds the mortgage on Knute Hobson’s ranch. Knute doesn’t have the money to pay the note. Knute needs two extra months to pay the note. Horace gives him one weekend or he will foreclose Knute’s mortgage. Then Horace gets in trouble with Bill for not correcting safety violations on his ranch.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Endangered Species Survey

Ranger Headquarters - Knotty Pine
Chief Ranger Bill Jefferson along with a team of his rangers will be traveling across Big Pine National Forest to perform a survey of the endangered species in the Knotty Pine District. leading the list of animals on Ranger Bill's endangered list are the gray wolf, the wolverine, and the pika. Gray wolves can be found all across the national forest, while wolverines are found mostly in the more mountainous areas in the forest's northern sectors. The Pika is a small (guinea pig size) member of the rabbit family and lives in the upper elevations in rocky areas for shelter.
Ranger Bill is including one family of endangered pine tree in his survey, the bristlecone pine. These trees are not impressive in size or appearance. Most only grow 20 to 30 feet tall. They grow in gnarled tortured shapes and often lose much of their bark. But the bristlecone is one of the oldest forms of plant life on our planet. Some individuals have been found to be well over 4,000 years old! This pine grows in the mountains near the tree line at 10,000 to 11,000 feet above sea level where few other trees can survive. The weather is often cold and windy, and there is little rain along the treeline. The little moisture that falls is usually in the form of snow or sleet and hail that tear off bark and scour the bare wood.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Miron Canaday obituary -1995

Miron S. Canaday Jr.
October 27, 1995
Miron S. Canaday Jr., 79, of Rockford, formerly of South Holland, a dramatist and radio announcer for Moody Bible Institute, died Monday in Rockford Memorial Hospital. Mr. Canaday worked for Moody Bible's WMBI radio station for 34 years. He narrated such programs as "Number 9 Elm St.," "Continued Story Reading," "Open Bible," "Ranger Bill" and "Stories of Great Christians." He also narrated the program "Show Me Thy Glory," which aired on WGSL in the Rockford area. He retired in 1978. He graduated from Northwestern University in 1943. He was a native of Ithaca, N.Y. He is survived by his wife, Marion; three daughters, April Peterson, Sharon Zelenko and Bobbi McElroy; a son, Gordon; and 11 grandchildren. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in Smits-DeYoung-Vroegh Funeral Home, 649 E. 162nd St., South Holland.

Knotty Pine GAZETTE - Fall Trail Riding

News from Ranger Headquarters

With fall officially here in Big Pine national Forest, the trail riding season begins. Chief Ranger Bill Jefferson's rangers will guide trail riding in the national forest three times a day each Saturday and Sunday beginning Saturday, October 1, 2011, to Sunday November 20, 2011. Rangers Gray Wolf and Henry Scott will lead mid-week trips for grade school students on Wednesday afternoons immediately after school throughout October.
Schools and other organizations may contact Knotty Pine ranger headquarters to schedule special trail riding sessions.
Trail sessions will vary in terrain from easy forest and meadow trails to more difficult back country and mountain trail routes. So be sure to contact ranger headquarters for a list of trail rides and routes.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

RB148 - The Man of the House

Little Jerry Quinn is an orphan and he is only eight years old. Jerry lost both of his parents less than a year ago. He is having a hard time dealing with being alone and having to live in an orphanage. Paul, the director of the orphanage, knows how well Bill and Henry have bonded since Henry’s parents died. So Paul goes to see Bill for help with Jerry. Bill thinks he knows some folks who can help.