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Big Pine National Forest, Knotty Pine

Saturday, February 15, 2020

RB071 A Dog's Worst Enemy

Our webcast of Ranger Bill
for the week of February 15, 2020 is
A Dog's Worst Enemy

Several dogs get sick and die suddenly in Knotty Pine. The dogs were POISONED!!! Their owners and most people in Knotty Pine are furious about it. They want the man who did this caught - NOW. Mailman Abe is accused of killing dogs.

 

Hear this week's adventure on our Facebook page (click on the link in the right column) or catch it on Tunein.com this weekend (several stations play it on Saturday).

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Jedediah Smith - Christian Mountain Man

Jedediah Smith was born on January 6, Epiphany, 1799 in what is now Bainbridge, New York. Jedediah's family, especially his father had a great love for the new territories of the young United States. The family moved to western Pennsylvania in 1810 and then to Green Township in Ashland County, Ohio in 1817. With the family running low on money, Jedediah left home in 1821 to look for work, and he went west.
Smith was a Christian young man. Wherever he went, he carried three books with him, his Bible, his journal, and an 1814 first copy of Lewis and Clark's journals. (Only 1,417 copies of that first printing were sold to the public.) Jedediah practiced his faith. He prayed, read his Bible, and meditated daily.
By 1822 Jedediah had gone as far as St. Louis and was hired by General Ashley as a trapper with his American Fur Company. After only a few months of trapping in the wilderness, his party was attacked by Arikaras warriors and 13 men were killed. Jedediah fought bravely. Gen Ashley noted Jedediah's bravery and made him a trapping party captain.
In 1824, Smith was able to obtain a map made of buffalo skin and sand that helped him locate South Pass, a critically important break in the Rockies that made it possible to travel safely and easily through those mountains.
Also in 1824, Smith was attacked by a grizzly bear. The bear broke some of Jedediah's ribs and ripped open a place in his side. Then the bear bit his head, nearly scalping him and tearing loose most of his right ear. Smith directed a fellow trapper and friend, Jim Clyman, how to sew his scalp and ear back on. Smith survived the attack but was left with a nasty scar on the right side of his face that he covered with his long hair. Can you imagine being scarred like that at 25. That's tough for anyone to deal with!
In 1831, Smith was working on a wagon train delivering supplies to Sante Fe for the Rocky Mountain Fur Company. The wagons were several days ride away from Sante Fe when they ran low on water. Jedediah went to find water. A group of Comanche hunters trapped him in a box canyon and killed him. The Comanches took his rifle and pistols and sold them in Sante Fe. The folks on the wagon train thought Smith got lost and hoped he would catch up with them in Sante Fe. When they got there they found Smith's guns for sale and heard about his death. They recovered Jedediah's guns and returned them to his brother.
None of Smith's other belongings or his body were ever found. Jedediah's Bible, journal, and his copy of Lewis and Clark's journals (all extremely valuable today) were never recovered. Could those three books still be somewhere along the Sante Fe Trail waiting to be recovered?

RB070 Houseboat Charlie

Our broadcast of Ranger Bill
for the week of February 8, 2020 is
Houseboat Charlie


Houseboat Charlie has been ferrying folks back and forth across the Shady River longer than anyone can remember. He’s survived outlaws and Indian attacks, heat, fires and more. Bill wants him to dock the ferry until the heavy rains and flooding stops, but Charlie isn't about to let a little rain scare him.

 


Hear this week's adventure on our Facebook page (click on the link in the right column) or catch it on Tunein.com this weekend (several stations play it on Saturday).

Saturday, February 1, 2020

RB069 Earthquake

FBN's broadcast of Ranger Bill
for February 1, 2020 is
Earthquake

Bill and Ralph enjoy watching the construction of a new office building. Then an earthquake strikes Knotty Pine causing fairly minor damage. More quakes are forecast. Bill thinks the town’s disaster teams need more training. 

Key Phrase - "Don't lose your head or you may lose your life."

Bernie Holcman - Civil Defense Coordinator

Mr. Hansen - Construction Foreman

Saturday, January 25, 2020

RB068 Hot Fire

Our webcast of Ranger Bill
for Saturday, January 25, 2020 is
Hot Fire

Stan Woods’ procrastination causes big problems for Bill. Stan won’t take the time to clear brush from in front of his company’s caves. The caves are used to store explosives. Wild fires threaten the caves as well as Bill’s firefighters.

Hear this week's adventure on our Facebook page (click on the link in the right column) or catch it on Tunein.com this weekend (several stations play it on Saturday).