Ranger Headquarters

Ranger Headquarters
Big Pine National Forest, Knotty Pine

Saturday, January 28, 2012

RB164 - Freddy's Story

Freddy Burns tries to get a job as a cub reporter at the Knotty Pine Sun. His family needs the extra income to survive. The secretary sends Freddy out to find and write a story to show his talent. Bill and Stumpy send Freddy to meet Old Ben, an old prospector who never found any gold.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Knotty Pine Gazette

Knotty Pine Local News

Skiiing is good to excellent on all hills of the Big Six Ski Lodge. There are several hills ranging in difficulty from novice to expert levels. The Big Six Lodge is at near full capacity at this time, and reservations are required at least three weeks in advance.

Ice Fishing
Ranger Bill reports that ice fishing is not permitted on the Shady River anywhere in Canyon County at this time. The extreme cold then warmth in recent weeks (caused by Chinook winds) has made the ice on the river thin to broken over the majority of the river's surface. More seasonal cold is expected over the coming weeks, and Ranger Bill predicts ice thicknesses should reach safe levels in about two weeks.

Winter Ice FestivalRanger Gray Wolf tells the GAZETTE that the Winter Ice Festival is still scheduled for mid-February. Should the Chinook winds cause more problems with the Shady, all river events will be cancelled but all other events will remain.

Tech Center at Ranger Headquarters
Ranger Roxanne "Rocky" Mcguire would like to remind all Knotty Pine residents and schools in Canyon County and surrounding counties that the Tech Center addition to Ranger Headquarters is up and running and available for school and group tours by reservation during regular business hours. The center highlights how technology is now in use in the Forest Service to improve monitoring of the forest - fire fighting, animal counts, disease control, in all aspects of communication, and much more. The Center also includes educational material on identifying the trees, plants, and animals of the forest. Please contact Ranger Rocky for more information or to make a reservation.

Jr. Ranger Hike
Ranger Stumpy Jenkins and Henry Scott are getting their Junior Rangers ready for their annual Winter Hike. The hike is an all-day educational event including hot meals. The main hike is preceeded by several weekend of shorter hikes to prepare the Junior Rangers for the main hike. The hike is not limited only to Junior Rangers. The public of any age may join the hike, provided they can show they are fit for the hike. The hike will conclude at Ranger Headquarters where hikers will get to see the night sky through the telescopes of the members of the Knotty Pine Astronomy Club. Stumpy and Henry would like to thank the club for its participation in the hike.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

RB163 - The Lost Pig

Young Jody and Jill’s family has little money. They hope their pig Tangerine will win the cash prize at the fair. But Tangerine has other ideas. She escapes from the fair and hides in a herd of pigs stranded when their delivery truck crashes. The pigs are headed for the butcher. Will Tangerine end up on some family’s dinner table instead of the winners’ circle at the fair?

Thursday, January 12, 2012

RB162 - Rules

Little Norman Clark doesn’t want to listen to his mother. She is trying get Norman to obey a few simple rules such as “Clean your room”. Norman refuses to mind and runs away to teach mom a lesson. Meanwhile, Bill gets a visit from a fellow ranger from England, Hugh Fitzhughvits. What a way to spend a vacation – on the hunt of a missing child.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Ranger Shot and Killed at Mt. Rainier

MOUNT RAINIER NATIONAL PARK, Wash. — A Mount Rainier National Park ranger was fatally shot following a New Year's Day traffic stop, and the 368-square-mile park in Washington state was closed as dozens of officers searched for the armed gunman over snowy and rugged terrain.

Pierce County Sheriff's spokesman Ed Troyer said late Sunday afternoon Benjamin Colton Barnes, a 24-year-old believed to have survivalist skills, was a "strong person of interest" in the slaying of Margaret Anderson. A parks spokesman said Barnes was an Iraq war veteran. Authorities recovered his vehicle, which had weapons and body armor inside, Troyer said.

Barnes was also a suspect in the early Sunday morning shooting of four people at a house party south of Seattle, police said.

Authorities believed the gunman was still in the woods, with weapons. They asked people to stay away from the park, and for those already inside to leave.

"We do have a very hot and dangerous situation," Troyer said.

(This is an excerpt of an article by the Huffington Post.)

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Blessed New Year!!!

A joyous and blessed to everyone from all the folks in Knotty Pine!!!!

Bill and the gang will be helping with a New Year's lunch held at Forest Road Church. Later the boys plan to settle in at Bill's house to enjoy some time with Mom. Monday morning the fellas are participating in a hike for hunger.

Bill and Henry plan to read through the Bible this year. Henry intends to learn a little Biblical Greek.