Power pole fire

You may have noticed we experienced a power failure around midnight last night, lasting about 3 hours. The culprit was a power pole fire at the Channel View RV park that started around 7:30 pm. Here’s how the incident unfolded: The Fire Department was dispatched by 911 at 7:50. The chief arrived a few minutes later, followed by the pump truck and firefighters at 8:00. Since the power was still on, the Fire Dept could not extinguish the fire immediately. Hosing water onto live power lines is a no-no. A Magic Valley Electric Co-op crew arrived around 8:45 and used fire extinguishers to put out the fire. The pole was severely damaged and the Co-op crew retired to a safe distance, waiting for backup to repair/replace the pole. With power still on, the fire re-ignited and continued burning the pole until it broke off. The broken portion was held aloft by a line feeding over to the RV park. There was no immediate danger of the fire spreading and the Co-op crew elected to leave power on to avoid a blackout in the area. By 11:45, the Co-op backup crew had still not arrived, the wind was picking up a little and the fire was starting to pose a threat from dropping embers. The Fire Department determined that the situation was too dangerous and instructed the Co-op crew to cut the power. The fire was well and truly extinguished by the pump truck crew. Fortunately, within minutes of putting out the fire, the Co-op construction crew arrived with a new pole, equipment and what looked to be at least 8 cherry pickers. They got to work and the power was restored after 3 or so hours. We don’t have any photos of the incident but here are a sampling of what pole fires look like and what ensuing damage can occur.

Pole fires usually start by an arc tracking across an insulator to ground over the wooden pole. The arcing is not sufficient to trip the circuit, but is hot enough to set fire to the pole. Salt from the sea air and dirt settle on the insulators. After a long dry spell, this accumulation becomes heavy. When there is a short rain which is not hard or long enough to wash off the accumulation, the rain water dissolves the salt, mixes it with the dust and creates a path for the electricity to arc and track across the pole, igniting it in the process. This is fairly common close to the ocean, in fact Port Mansfield Fire Department inform us that 80% of their fire calls are for pole fires.

Thank you to the Arroyo City Fire Department for their prompt response and vigilance in protecting our community.


Father’s Day

Happy Father’s Day to all you long suffering dads out there. Thank you for all you dedication and love. May God bless you all and make His face to shine upon you.

The nation’s first Father’s Day was celebrated on June 19, 1910, in the state of Washington. However, it was not until 1972 (58 years after President Woodrow Wilson made Mother’s Day official) that the day honoring fathers became a nationwide holiday in the United States. Father’s Day is celebrated on the third Sunday of June each year – this year June 17th.


There are other holidays celebrated in June, some a little more obscure than Father’s Day, here’s a list:

  • Statehood Day – Friday, June 1, 2018
  • Jefferson Davis Birthday – Sunday, June 3, 2018
  • Jefferson Davis Birthday – Monday, June 4, 2018
  • D-Day – Wednesday, June 6, 2018
  • Lailat al-Qadr – Sunday, June 10, 2018
  • Kamehameha Day – Monday, June 11, 2018
  • Army Birthday – Thursday, June 14, 2018
  • Eid al-Fitr – Friday, June 15, 2018
  • Bunker Hill Day – Sunday, June 17, 2018
  • Bunker Hill Day – Monday, June 18, 2018
  • Juneteenth – Tuesday, June 19, 2018
  • West Virginia Day – Wednesday, June 20, 2018
  • World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought – June 17, 2018
  • Eat Your Vegetables Day – June 17, 2018

We won’t presume to explain these, but don’t forget to eat your veggies today!

Quail Call

Randy Alcorn once wrote:  “I came to think that there is not a God who is actively involved with this world of pain and misery…if He is, why doesn’t He do something about it?”  He went on to try an answer: “What if God DID do something about it?  What if what He did was so great and unprecedented that it shoot the angelic realm’s foundation, and ripped the fabric of the universe itself?

A powerful moment came in the movie, PASSION OF CHRIST occurs when Jesus, overwhelmed with pain and exhaustion, lies on the ground as guards kick, mock, and spit on Him. A horrified woman, her hand outstretched, pleads, “Someone stop this!”

The great irony is that “Someone,” God’s Son, was doing something unspeakably great that required it NOT be stopped.  Had someone delivered Jesus from His suffering  that day, He could not have delivered us from ours.

Bob White

Stanley Cup

In the spirit of who gives a $%*p, congratulations to the Washington Capitals for their convincing triumph in the Stanley Cup finals over the upstart Las Vegas ??????. For the uninitiated, the Stanley Cup is the oldest professional sports trophy in the world. The culmination of the National Hockey League season is a best of seven series between the two winners of the conference playoff series – pretty much the same as the format for baseball. The Caps have never won the Stanley Cup, so this is a big moment for them.

If you want a “rare gem” to impress your friends and acquaintances, the only South African ever to play in the NHL was Olaf Kolzig (Olie the goalie) who played for the Caps in the 90’s. Where I’m from originally, ice is what you put in gin and tonic! So now tip your hat to Olie the goalie


Presidential quotes – 18

Ulysses Simpson Grant (born Hiram Ulysses Grant; April 27, 1822 – July 23, 1885) was an American soldier and statesman who served as Commanding General of the Army and the 18th President of the United States, the highest positions in the military and the government of the United States. Grant led the Union Army to victory over the Confederacy with the supervision of Abraham Lincoln. As President of the United States from March 4, 1869 to March 4, 1877, Grant led the Republicans in their efforts to remove the vestiges of Confederate nationalism and slavery during Reconstruction. Grant was born and raised in Ohio by Methodist parents whose lineage in the new world went back several generations. He was a West Point graduate and had a distinguished career in the army. Historians have hailed Grant’s military genius, and his strategies are featured in military history textbooks.


“I have never advocated war except as a means of peace.”

“Hold fast to the Bible. To the influence of this Book we are indebted for all the progress made in true civilization and to this we must look as our guide in the future.”

“The most confident critics are generally those who know the least about the matter criticized.”

“Hold fast to the Bible as the sheet-anchor of your liberties; write its precepts in your hearts, and practice them in your lives.”