In Brief

In Brief

Hamming it up at the Ronald Reagan Library
Ventura County hams will be putting their abilities to the test during the American Radio Relay League’s Field Day 2010 at the Ronald Reagan Library on June 26 and 27. The 24-hour emergency communications exercise will involve six amateur radio clubs from around the county and from Hollywood Hills, and is free and open to the public.

Approximately 100 members of the Ventura County Amateur Radio Society, Simi Settlers Amateur Radio Club, Conejo Valley Amateur Radio Club, Ventura County Amateur Radio Club, AMGEN Amateur Radio Club and Hollywood Hills QRP Club will be operating 14 to 15 short-distance and long-distance radios with various frequencies and antennas. They will talk to more than a thousand people in North and South America through Morse code, speech, television and text.

Though it will test the hams’ emergency preparedness, the Field Day’s main purpose is social and educational. The event will “help tell the story of what the amateur radio service does,” according to Dan Henderson, the regulatory affairs manager and field day manager of the American Radio Relay League.

More than 35,000 people participate in the American Radio Relay League’s Field Day each year, including, occasionally, astronauts from the International Space Station. Visitors will be able to get hands-on experience operating some of the equipment at the Get on the Air station, under the supervision of licensed hams, and learn about the process of amateur radio.

The American Radio Relay League’s (ARRL) Field Day 2010 Emergency Communications Exercise runs from Saturday, June 26, at 11 a.m., through Sunday, June 27, at 11 a.m., at the Ronald Reagan Library, located at 40 Presidential Drive in Simi Valley. For more information, call (800) 410-8354.

Join Hands Across the Sand to fight offshore oil drilling
The Surfrider Foundation would like to take you to the beach this Saturday.

Surfrider is one of the sponsors of Hands Across the Sand, a grassroots event where people will come together on the beach to join hands in lines for 15 minutes to protest offshore oil drilling and advocate for clean energy. It aims to change America’s energy policy at both state and federal levels.

Hands Across the Sand has grown significantly since February, when it was a smaller protest against drilling off the coast of Florida. This Saturday it will include 600 locations around the globe, including 90 in California.

For Surfrider, protecting the ocean isn’t just a priority for those who live near it. Most of Surfrider’s 73 chapters in the United States participated in International Surfing Day, even locations in Utah and the Great Lakes region.

“[International Surfing Day] gives people an opportunity to deal with issues that are affecting their coastal land,” said Alexis Henry, Surfrider’s communications manager. “Even if you aren’t near the coast, everything does drain to the coast, and it starts with you to keep the oceans healthy.”

Hands Across the Sand, which will occur in every state and in more than a dozen countries, follows that same concept. Where there is no beach, participants will join hands near rivers and in parks.

“They’re not your typical fundraiser events, with the case of both International Surfing Day and Hands Across the Sand,” said Stefanie Sekich-Quinn, a Surfrider campaign specialist. “It’s local — concerned citizens going down to their local beaches and showing their support for clean water.”

Hands Across the Sand, scheduled to take place near the Ventura pier starting at 11 a.m., is also endorsed by organizations such as the Sierra Club, CleanEnergy.org and Greenpeace.    

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Anacapa Island closed to the public indefinitely
The narrowest volcanic isle in the Channel Islands National Park has been shut down indefinitely, possibly through the summer. More than 150 stairs are the only access to the island, but over time the moist, salty air has corroded the metal, much as this has the weather-beaten cliffs of the island.

Until further notice, the islet is closed to the public. An inspection conducted on Thursday, June 10, uncovered hazardous conditions of the staircase structure, and a quick determination to close public access to the island was made.

The National Park Service concessionaire Island Packers has been notified of the closure. It plans to reroute its scheduled trips to Anacapa Island as non-landing, north-shore wildlife cruises, or as landing trips to neighboring Santa Cruz Island.

The rusty steel staircase was scheduled to be replaced this past April. The new staircase has been constructed, but installation has been delayed because the crane at the top of the staircase is currently not operational.

The park service shut down the crane following an inspection last March that identified mechanical, structural and electrical problems. The NPS is assessing whether to repair or replace the island crane.

“This regrettable closure is necessary to ensure public safety,” said Channel Islands National Park superintendent Russell Galipeau. “The National Park Service will work diligently to conduct repairs in order to reopen the island as soon as possible.”

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All for job creation in Ventura
When it comes to civic engagement, the city of Ventura is putting its best foot forward.

On Saturday, June 12, the city will host the second annual Economic Summit, titled Partnering for Prosperity. Participants at this public event will refine and prioritize Ventura’s business development strategies, focusing on job creation in high-tech, green and creative sectors.

Keynote speaker Doug Henton, chairman and CEO of Collaborative Economics and one of the state’s most respected analysts, will talk about innovative communities and what could be done locally with the industries of tech, arts and culture, and clean energy.

“Ventura has opportunities to grow in all three of those areas,” he says. “All three are low-impact. They don’t have problems like other industries. The city has talked about growth and no growth, but it won’t have to worry about impacts on the quality of life. They will produce high-quality jobs and not have negative impacts on the area.”

City manager Rick Cole agreed with Henton, saying the way of the future for growth will come from hi-tech and clean energy as well as tourism.

The second annual Economic Summit will be held in the community meeting room at City Hall, from 8:30 a.m. to noon. The public is invited, as feedback is a critical reason for holding the event. Registration is required at economicsummit2.eventbrite.com.   

 

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