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                     THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                           CGC #958
                  Monday, September 14, 2009
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               Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor
               <cgc (at) cgc333.connectnet.com>
   Copyright 2009, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)
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  THE WILSON FIRE WATCH IS WINDING DOWN
  A number of broadcast engineers returned to Mt. Wilson
today (Monday) and the two we checked with reported no damage
to their facilities -- other than very dirty air filters even
with recirculated air.  Both gave high marks to the firemen.
  Bill over at KCBS/KCAL(TV) had no trouble passing through
the road checkpoint and reported seeing some smoke plumes but no
fire as he drove up the mountain.  Jeremy Howard of KCET said he
passed through the La Canada checkpoint at about 2:15 PM, found
only one officer on duty (CHP) and was waived through after
showing his company I.D. badge.  Jeremy said watch out for
road maintainance activities, especially guard rail repair.
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  NBC REPORTS ACCESS IS A-OKAY
  I understand the NBC engineers did not have any issues
accessing Wilson for both AM and PM shifts.
  Dennis Doty
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  NEW PHOTO OFFERING
  Interesting photos entitled, "Lighting the Mount Wilson Back
  Fire."
  http://www.mtwilson.edu/BackFire.php
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  WORD FROM THE MT. WILSON OBSERVATORY
  Monday, 14 Sep 09, 4:45 pm PDT - The level of activity of
fire fighters has very significantly reduced today. Fire staffing
has consisted of one incident supervisor, Quinn MacLeod, and one
engine crew to provide a monitoring and quick response capability
should any flare ups occur from the back fires. Another crew was
winding up fire hose from along the hand and dozer fire lines.
  Larry Webster reported an old fallen cedar trunk smoldering
with some flame and considerable smoke in the vicinity of the wells
and alerted Supervisor MacLeod, but that event is not considered
to be significant. The mountain has experienced a good deal of fog
today - a good thing from the perspective of elevated humidity but
not a good thing in terms of ash adhering to telescope mirrors and
attacking aluminum coatings.
  Several CHARA staff members returned to the mountain today,
and we expect staff from other projects to return tomorrow. A
permitting process is now in place that permits workers and
residents only to drive into the Angeles National Forest for
the next few days, but there are indications that the public
may be allowed entry by the weekend....
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  KEEPING THE PUBLIC AWAY FROM WILSON -- A GOOD IDEA RIGHT NOW
  KRKO(AM) in Washington state has lost two towers apparently
due to "eco-terrorism," and five hours before that WAEB(AM) in
Allentown, PA lost one tower "after its support cables were
cut, township police said."
  http://www.kirotv.com/news/20723839/detail.html
  http://www.elfpressoffice.org/release090409.html
  http://tinyurl.com/KRKO-Terrorism
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  MT. LUKENS ACCESS AVAILABLE
  Re: Mt. Lukens Access
  From: Graham Breakwell, grahambreakwell (at) fs.fed.us
  Date: Mon, 14 Sep 2009 11:10 AM PDST
  Dear Permittees,
  I have just spoken with the Command Center.
  The access will be:
  o Angeles Crest Highway/LaCanada - one way in one way out
  o CHP will allow an orderly entry - so many vehicles per hour
  o Credentials checked and/or marked vehicles required
  o State destination Mt Lukens
  o Daylight hours only - not later than 6.00pm
  o No very early/very late communication site traffic - wish
  to avoid substantial Firecrew/CalTrans/DPW traffic.
  Thanks for your patience.
  Any questions email/call me.
  Graham
  Graham H. Breakwell
  Forestry Technician (Special Uses)
  Los Angeles River Ranger District
  Angeles National Forest
  12371 N. Little Tujunga Canyon Road
  San Fernando, CA 91342
  Office # 818 899 1900 x243
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  THANK YOU NOTES
  Great job, Bob. - Joe Roberts, KPXN(TV)
  You should get a gold medal for keeping all informed....
  - Bill Ruck, San Francisco
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