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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #994
                   Saturday, January 30, 2010
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                Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR,  Editor
                <cgc (at) cgc333.connectnet.com>
    Copyright 2010, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)
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  BIG NEWS -- FCC GRANTS FM IBOC (HD RADIO) POWER INCREASES
  FCC Synopsis:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-296079A1.doc
  FCC Order:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-10-208A1.doc
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  FOREST SERVICE LETTER RE MT. WILSON ACCESS
  (Reprinted as received)
  Okay, now we are past the rain and really see how access
can be cutoff for days.  I have done a mental after action
review and not too pleased with the picture.
  Big Tujunga Canyon had a couple of issues but they have
been addressed but overall, it went well and the suspension
was honored.
  Yesterday at the Transportation meeting with CALTRANS
and the County, the Forest Engineer was challenged on why we
had people in the closed area that resulted in commitment of
resources (medivac from org camp, caretaker at Indian Center).
My contact in the county roads mentioned that they were doing
shuttles for emergency reasons only but were getting reasons
like someone needed to run some food up to the Mountain.
  People......a condition of not suspending permits and
getting people off the mountain was the shown ability to provide
for hunkering in place for a span of time if the access was
compromised.  And be prepared that the calvary is not coming and
you would be on your own.  The access issue wasnt more than a
couple of days old before the calls started coming in saying we
have to get up to the mountain.  What happen to the ability to
hunker down for three weeks or longer?
  I said i needed to see this plan on your resources in order
to stay on the mountain.  I received those plans from the
Observatory, one-two electronic sites, and one org camp.  But
from the volume of calls, it appears more than these permittees
were staying up on the mountain.  One site needed to swap out
their staff as they are on 24 hour shifts.....well, with access
compromised, you need to plan on not getting off the mountain
at the end of your shift.
  I feel that the Mt. Wilson situation was not a positive
during this recent storm.  I am looking to the Mt. Wilson people
for a solution to address the issues that came or next storm I
will be suspending permits.
  Remember, the County Road people and CALTRANS are needing to
focus on their infrastructure and assessing repair needs, not
rushing to ensure people have access to their permits.
  We will entertain Eric to take out a road maintenance permit
for the Toll Road to try and keep that open.  But he can only
start any work on the road after we have cleared it for reentry.
  Some have use helicopters.....i hope that whoever is using
a helicopter is filing the proper paperwork with our Dispatch
for helicopter use on the Forest.
  Michael J. McIntyre
  District Ranger
  Los Angeles River Ranger District
  mmcintyre (at) fs.fed.us
  (818) 899-1900 ext. 223
  Thursday, January 28, 2010 1:57 PM PST
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