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Rescuers pull last group of boys and their coach from Thailand cave – ALL 13 SAVED 4 More Rescued from Being Trapped in Caves the Rest of the Wild Boar’s Soccer Team Will Be Extricated in the Morning

July 9, 2018

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The weakest boys were the last to be taken out, sources have said. They are understood to include the youngest in the group – 11-year-old Chanin Wiboonrungrueng.

Thailand cave rescue: all 12 boys and coach successfully rescued – live

Three Thai navy divers and medic remain in cave at close of operation in northern Thailand

Rescuers pull last group of boys and their coach from Thailand cave

 

A more than two-week nightmare for 12 Thai boys and their soccer coach ended today when the last five members of the group were taken from a flooded cave in northern Thailand, triggering joy and celebration across the country.

The Thai navy SEALS confirmed that all four boys and the coach were safe.

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What we know so far

Thai cave rescue ends in triumph as final four boys, soccer coach are freed more than two weeks after team went missing
The dangerous three-day mission to free 12 young soccer players and their coach from a flooded cave in northern Thailand has ended, rescue officials said.

Each tethered to a diver, the boys — who cannot swim and were weakened by their long ordeal — navigated miles of submerged passages to exit the cave. Without elaborating about the boys’ health, officials said they will be kept in hospital isolation.


4 more young futball players from Wild  Boar’s Team Were Rescued today  leaving 4 more and their coach who will be rescued tomorrow.

Rescuers in Thailand on Monday freed four more members of the boys soccer team stranded in a flooded cave complex, as part of the second phase of a desperate rescue operation that aims to save four more kids and the team’s coach before heavy rains imperil the effort.Four ambulances with flashing lights were spotted leaving the area as Thai navy SEALs said on Facebook that four boys were brought out of the cave on Monday, bringing the total to eight rescued so far before rescue operations were suspended for the day.Chiang Rai acting Gov. Narongsak Osatanakorn said at a news conference the rescue mission on Monday took only 9 hours compared to the 11 hours the previous day, adding that rescue crews are more familiar with the mission and additional help was present. A Thai army deputy commander added that the operation went “smoothly” but warned the next phase “will depend on all conditions,” according to Sky News.

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Narongsak said that rescuers, which included 18 divers and 100 personnel, may need to adjust their operation if they choose to bring out the remaining five people on Tuesday, and that it may take multiple steps.

Thai officials stressed they are hoping the rescue operation will be wrapped up by Tuesday, and that the four who were first pulled out of the cave on Sunday are eating solid food now and in “good condition.”

The newest set of rescues came about six hours after Chiang Rai acting Gov. Narongsak Osatanakorn said the second phase was underway. One helicopter carried the sixth and seventh boys to be rescued to a hospital, while the eighth boy was being transported on another helicopter for medical treatment.

“All conditions are still as good as they were yesterday,” Narongsak told a news conference. “The boys’ strength, the plan — today we are ready like before. And we will do it faster because we are afraid of the rain.”

On Sunday, Thai navy SEALs successfully retrieved the first four members of the youth soccer team from the cave where they had been trapped for more than two weeks in the first rescue operation.

Interior Minister Anupong Paojinda said early Monday the same group of expert divers who took part in Sunday’s rescue returned to extricate the others because they know the cave conditions and what to do. He said fresh air tanks needed to be laid along the underwater route, as officials continue to pump water out of the cave.

Reuters, citing an unnamed source at a nearby hospital, reported the boys’ conditions were “not bad” but will continue to be monitored.

a truck on fire: Rescuers free eight members of the youth soccer team who were trapped in a cave complex; Jeff Paul reports from Chiang Rai, Thailand.© FoxNews.com Rescuers free eight members of the youth soccer team who were trapped in a cave complex; Jeff Paul reports from Chiang Rai, Thailand.“This morning they said they were hungry and wanted to eat khao pad grapao,” Narongsak said, according to the Associated Press, referring to a Thai dish of meat fried with chili and basil and served over rice.

It was not immediately clear Monday how the overnight rains had impacted water levels inside the flooded cave. Officials have said storms forecast for Chiang Rai province in Thailand’s far north had factored into their decision to go ahead with a complicated and dangerous plan to have the boys and their coach dive out of the cave. If everything goes to according to plan, the operation should be completed on Tuesday, officials previously told The Wall Street Journal.

Narongsak previously said experts told him flooding from new rain could shrink the unflooded space where the boys are sheltering to just 108 square feet.

“I confirm that we are at war with water and time from the first day up to today,” he said. “Finding the boys doesn’t mean we’ve finished our mission. It is only a small battle we’ve won, but the war has not ended. The war ends when we win all three battles — the battles to search, rescue and send them home.”

Rescue personnel work at the Tham Luang cave complex, as members of an under-16 soccer team and their coach have been found alive according to local media, in the northern province of Chiang Rai, Thailand July 4, 2018. Thai Navy Seal/Handout via REUTERS THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. MANDATORY CREDIT. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES. - RC1B4B99C7A0© Provided by Fox News Rescue personnel work at the Tham Luang cave complex, as members of an under-16 soccer team and their coach have been found alive according to local media, in the northern province of Chiang Rai, Thailand July 4, 2018. Thai Navy Seal/Handout via REUTERS THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. MANDATORY CREDIT. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES. – RC1B4B99C7A0The death Friday of a former Thai navy SEAL underscored the risks. The diver, the first fatality of the rescue effort, was working in a volunteer capacity and died on a mission to place air canisters along the passage to where the boys are, a necessary task in order for divers to safely travel the five- to six-hour route.

4 BOYS FROM THAI SOCCER TEAM RESCUED FROM FLOODED CAVE

Authorities spent hours replenishing air tanks along the cave’s treacherous exit route.

Trips from the entrance to where the team is trapped and back to the entrance take about 11 hours and include walking, wading, climbing and diving, the BBC reported. There is reportedly a guide rope in place. Two divers will accompany each boy as they are gradually extracted.

An international team of expert divers—90 in all, 40 from Thailand and 50 from overseas—have been working in the area.

About 40 U.S. Air Force special operations personnel — including an 18-person personnel recovery team — were on the ground in Thailand at two locations, a U.S. defense official told Fox News.

The stranded boys, members of the Wild Boars soccer team, have been invited to the World Cup Final in Moscow if they make it out in time and can physically handle the trip.

Fox News’ Jeff Paul and Melissa Chrise in Chiang Rai, Thailand, Fox News’ Lucas Tomlinson, and The Associated Press contributed to this report

9 STILL AWAITING RESCUE FROM THAM LUANG CAVE IN NORTHERN THAILAND (8 boys and their coach)

July 9, 2018

9 Still Awaiting rescue from the Tham Luang Cave in Northern Thailand – 8 boys and their coach who will likely be the last to be rescued  They are taking out the fittest of the boys first  second operations are underway as MONSOON rains surge

 

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Onlookers cheered on Sunday after four members of a boys’ soccer team were rescued from a cave in northern Thailand. Divers are making another run today.CreditLauren Decicca/Getty Images

New rescue is underway in Thailand

• Divers are trying to extract the remaining nine members of a boys’ soccer team from a flooded cave, a day after four others were successfully evacuated. Here are the latest updates.

Thai officials said the four rescued boys were in stable condition at a hospital. Ninety divers assisted in Sunday’s operation at the cave, where the team has been trapped for more than two weeks.

• The divers hugged the boys, who were wearing full face masks, to their bodies as they navigated the narrow underwater passageway for hours. Using maps and illustrations, we outlined the challenges involved in the rescue.

 

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Chiang Mai, the local capitol,  is an hour away from the caves 

Live updates: Second Thai cave rescue attempt underway

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Getting the eight remaining boys and their coach out of the cave is no easy task. Credits: Image – Twitter/Mikey Fisher; Video – Newshub.

As the world holds its breath, 12 boys and their football coach, accompanied by an elite team of rescue divers, are making a treacherous journey to safety through flooded underground caverns that have tested some of the world’s best cavers.

Four boys have been rescued so far, with the remaining eight and their coach still clinging to hope. 

Here’s a breakdown of how the rescue has happened so far:

A depiction of where the rescuers will be leading the boys through the cave system in Thailand.
A depiction of where the rescuers will be leading the boys through the cave system in Thailand. Photo credit: Newshub

8:35pm – The second lot of boys are estimated to surface between 7:30pm and 8:30pm (local time). 

Governor Narongsak Osatanakorn says the strongest members of the remaining group will be selected for the second rescue mission. 

8:10pm – Thai officials have confirmed divers have entered the cave for a second rescue operation. 

The rescue team, which is made up of the same people who successfully extracted four boys on Sunday (local time), entered the cave at 11am on Monday.

“The factors are as good as yesterday,” Narongsak Osatanakorn told media.

“The water level is not worrisome…yesterday’s rain did not affect water levels inside the cave.”

7:25pm – At least five ambulances have pulled up outside the entrance to the cave.

7:03pm – A second rescue attempt is now underway.

A Thai Navy official told CNN the operation “has begun and it is ongoing at the moment”.

The same set of divers who rescued the first four boys have been sent into the cave, CNN reports.

6:45pm – The father of one of the trapped boys says parents haven’t been told which four boys have been rescued so far.

Somboon Sompiangjai told Reuters that he and other parents were told by rescuers ahead of Sunday’s rescue that the “strongest children” would be taken out first.

“We have not been told which child has been brought out,” he says.

“We can’t visit our boys in hospital because they need to be monitored for 48 hours.”

This seems to contradict Dr Thongchai Lertwilairattanapong’s claim that family will be able to visit their sons in hospital tonight. 

6:20pm – A helicopter has been spotted landing close to the rescue site, closely followed by an ambulance. 

6:05pm – The four boys who have been rescued should be able to see their families tonight, but they will not be allowed to hug or touch.

Dr Thongchai Lertwilairattanapong from Thailand’s health department told local newspaper Kom Chad Lek that the boys seem to be in good health but precautions must be taken until the results of their tests are known.

“Visitors will only be allowed to meet and talk to the patients,” he said.

“No hugging or touching and they need to leave a one to two metre distance from the patients until the results of their blood tests come back.”

The boys are currently being treated at Chiang Rai’s Prachanukroh hospital.

As well as blood tests, they’ve had their lungs X-rayed and their urine tested to test for serious infections like leptospirosis and meliodosis.

5:10pm – Media at the scene say the daily press briefing is hours late.

Narongsak Osatanakorn, former provincial governor and head of the joint command centre co-ordinating the cave rescue operation has addressed reporters every day at about 10am.

The briefings let the media know what the plans for each day are, but it is now past midday in Chiang Rai with no word.

4:55pm – The boys have been excused from a scheduled exam next week, according to a teacher at Mae Sai Prasitsart School.

“They will not have to follow the normal schedules,” Thongyaud Kejorn told media at a press conference on Monday morning.

He said students and staff have been given mental health training ahead of the boys’ return, in particular on how to avoid engaging in “talk that hurts their feelings”.

A teammate of Nuttawut Takamai, who is still trapped in the cave, told media he will help his friend with his homework so that he can catch up. 

4:35pm – Students and teachers at the school half the boys attend are preparing for their return and have received training from mental health professionals.

Six of the 12 boys trapped in the cave are students at the multilingual Mae Sai Prasitsart School. On Monday students and staff held a press conference about the rescue operation.

They say they have been guided by those in the mental health profession on the boys’ ordeal and their imminent return.

A sign has been erected at the school commemorating the trapped boys, and contains the phrase ‘You never know when you will need your English’. It also quotes what some of the boys said to rescue divers when they were discovered after nine days in the cave.

4:05pm – The same divers who successfully rescued the first four boys will conduct the next operation because they know the cave conditions best.

Thailand’s interior minister Anupong Paojinda says officials are discussing the next phase of the rescue operation. He says divers will need to place more air canisters along the underwater parts of the cave system, which could take several hours.

Mr Paojinda also says the four boys who have been released from the cave are strong and safe, but require detailed medical check-ups. 

2:35pm – The Guardian reports that their journalists at the scene have received confirmation that the second rescue mission will begin “soon”.

Eight boys remain trapped in the cave, as well as their 25-year-old football coach.

1:55pm – Elon Musk has posted more videos to Twitter showing divers manoeuvring a miniature submarine around the bottom of a pool, demonstrating how the invention could fit around tight corners and contours while housing a child.

1:10pm – The four boys rescued from the Tham Luang cave in Thailand have been named. A three-and-a-half-hour mission led by British divers recovered the boys after they had spent 15 days stuck in a cave, along with eight of their peers and their football coach.

The first rescued boy was named by Thai media as Monkhol Boonpiam, 13. The second boy, according to Daily Mail, was Prajak Sutham. The third to be rescued was Nattawoot, 14, whose parents will be overjoyed to know he’s safe having lost their daughter to cancer. The final boy rescued in the group was Pipat Bodhu, 15.

There are now eight other boys needing rescue, along with their 25-year-old coach. Together, the boys formed the Wild Boars football team.

There are now eight other boys needing rescue, along with their 25-year-old coach. Together, the boys formed the Wild Boars football team.
There are now eight other boys needing rescue, along with their 25-year-old coach. Together, the boys formed the Wild Boars football team. Photo credit: Twitter / Mikey Fisher

Professor Marc Wilson, a psychology lecturer at Victoria University of Wellington, told Newshub the boys have had a psychological advantage being young, and that having each other will have helped keep them calm during the weeks they were trapped.

“Solitary people in such conditions quite quickly start to show signs of psychological distress,” Professor Wilson says. “These folk have had each other and that will have made it easier in some ways.”

12:20pm – Getting the eight remaining boys and their coach out of the cave is no easy task. Some of the deepest water is in the sections of the cave nearest to the boys, according to the Sydney Morning Herald. Exactly how deep the section is isn’t known, but with heavy rainfall in the area, it might get deeper.

There has been “solid rain for at least the last hour and a half here in Mai Sai [an area in the northernmost district of Chiang Rai],” said Jakarta-based Australian journalist James Massola. He said this is not good news for the rescue effort, or the nine boys and coach who are still in Tham Luang cave.

It’s understood that when traveling through the caves, the rescuers, alongside the boys, will approach ‘Chamber Three’ and will have to remove their diving tanks and push them through a small opening. An average tank can hold about 2200 litres of air and experienced divers use about 15-20 litres of air per minute near the surface. But at deeper levels, more air is needed. 

10:10am – Thai media have named one of the four boys who were freed from the cave. Mongkhol Boonpiam, 14, was freed from the northern Thailand cave in an eight-hour operation on Sunday (local time) after spending over two weeks stranded in the cave, the Guardian reports.

Authorities have not officially named any of the rescued boys yet, and haven’t even told their parents, reports say. Mongkhol’s mother, Namhom, told the Guardian she only learned that her son had been freed by tracking social media. 

9:50am – Of the 12 boys trapped in the Tham Luang cave in Thailand, it was the four weakest of the group who were rescued first, according to reports. Now, the remaining eight boys and their coach could have to wait up to four days to be rescued from their position of4km inside the mountain near the border with Myanmar. 

9:00am – The next attempt to rescue the eight remaining boys and their football coach from the Tham Luang cave in Thailand could happen about three-and-a-half hours from now, according to reports. 

8:40am – It could take up to four days to complete the rescue of the remaining eight boys and their football coach from the Tham Luang cave in Thailand, according to officials cited by Associated Press. The names of the rescued boys have not yet been officially released. 

8:30am – RT posted footage on Twitter of ambulances carrying the first rescued boys from the Tham Luang cave scene in Thailand. Thirteen medical teams have been stationed outside the cave, each of which has their own helicopter and ambulance, RT reports

7:30am – Images have been released of the rescue. ITV tweeted about the new pictures released by Thai authorities from the scene of the Tham Luang cave. Rescuers pumped millions of litres of water out of the cave network to try to extract the group through nearly a mile of tunnels, according to ITV.

7:10am – It’s been 15 days since the 12 Thai boys entered the cave system. It’s now been confirmed that four have been pulled out to safety. But it’s been reported that the parents of those children don’t know yet.

Newshub Correspondent Conor Whitten confirmed to The AM Show on Monday that it’s raining in the rescue area and that the rescue mission is now a “race against time”.

“Ever since the rescue operation began, [the rescue team] moved quickly because the monsoon rains were coming. They managed to get the water levels down to their lowest level yet yesterday, but all of this rain that is falling around me is going to be filling up the water in that cave.”

“More than two weeks after these boys were first trapped by rising flood waters in Tham Luang cave the first four boys have been rescued. That feat is even more remarkable because they had to dive 1km to safety. Some of these boys cannot even swim.”

But rain is falling in the area and the rescue effort has been stalled for now. The rescuers need to resupply their oxygen tanks and also need to rest and get ready to go again. The question is: will they be able to go back in today?

“There’s 30mm of rain expected and we’re all hoping that we’ll see more boys come out. There are now eight boys left in the cave with their coach,” said Conor.

One of the rescued boys has been identified but not officially. When the boys came out of the cave they were taken to a hospital in nearby Chiang Rai. It’s possible they were taken there directly before the parents had a chance to speak to them.

The location of the boys' rescue in Thailand, near the border of Myanmar.
The location of the boys’ rescue in Thailand, near the border of Myanmar. Photo credit: Newshub

6:10am – Newshub Correspondent Conor Whitten told The AM Show on Monday morning authorities running the rescue mission in Thailand didn’t expect that it could “go this well”.

“Overnight we got absolutely fantastic news,” he said, recalling the moment it was announced some of the boys had been rescued. “At the media centre there were cheers and applause as the first chopper went overhead carrying the first of the boys to hospital.

Newshub Correspondent Conor Whitten spoke to The AM Show on Monday live from Thailand.
Newshub Correspondent Conor Whitten spoke to The AM Show on Monday live from Thailand. Photo credit: The AM Show

“We can confirm that four of the boys are now safe and in a good condition. The Governor of Chiang Rai province says the boys’ health is perfect and made it out of the cave well ahead of schedule – three hours ahead of estimates.”

There have been reports that parents are unsure which of the boys have been rescued. The authorities wouldn’t confirm which of the boys had been rescued. However, the missing boys’ parents are waiting outside the cave waiting for news. 

Channel News Asia Indochina Correspondent Pichayada said it’s pouring with rain at the Tham Luang cave complex: “Authorities said weather, water levels inside caves could affect evacuation.”

6:00am – The California tunnel company run by Tesla and SpaceX chief executive Elon Musk continues to have a presence at the rescue site in Thailand.

The Boring Company has four engineers who are on standby to offer “support in any way the government deems useful,” said spokesman Sam Teller. The Boring Company is an infrastructure and tunnel construction company founded by Elon Musk in 2016.

On Saturday, Mr Musk tweeted that he was working with a team from SpaceX to build a “tiny kid-size submarine” to rescue the boys. He wrote, “Will continue testing in LA in case needed later or somewhere else in the future.”

 

5:45am (NZ time) – One of the boys rescued from the cave has been identified as Mongkhol Boonpiam, 14. According to local media, the boy’s mother had been sleeping at the rescue site alongside other worried parents.

5:30am (NZ time) – The four boys rescued from the cave were said to have been brought out on stretchers. Network Ten Australia journalist Daniel Sutton said on Twitter the boys were taken via helicopter to hospital. He said the rescue mission would “resume after masks/gear” were checked over and tanks were replenished.

 

“Leave No Trace,” Based on the Book “Abandonment

July 8, 2018

“Leave No Trace,”  Based on the Book “Abandonment.”

Went to see Leave No Trace Movie last night A profound movie, inspired by a true story, that may be helpful considering all sides of the debate on “service resistant” people in homelessness and/or “people resistant” services responding to it. If any other friends go see it I’d be interested to know what you think–PM me your take so we prevent spoilers for those who haven’t seen it.

RECIPES FOR SURVIVAL INSPIRED BY THE CHARACTERS IN LEAVE NO TRACE

Written by Peter Bowen

 

In Debra Granik’s Leave No Trace, a father Will (Ben Foster) and his daughter Tom (Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie) create a home for themselves in the wilds of Portland’s Forest Park. While they buy provisions on periodic runs into the city, they mostly live off the land, growing food and foraging. “Tom and Will are part of a subculture built around the preservation and practice of primitive skills,” explains Granik. “Honing outdoor survival skills comes with an ardor for keeping alive things that our ancestors knew how to do.” Foster explains how he and McKenzie trained with wilderness living and survival skills instructor Dr. Nicole Apelian on “how one lives off the land, making camp, and how to disappear in plain sight.” To honor Will and Tom’s spirit, we have assembled a primer on foraging in the wild, including a few quick recipes that might save your life.

As with haute cuisine, putting together a survival menu depends on your culinary prowess. In Primal Survivor, Jacob Hunter has created a “Pyramid of Wilderness Survival Food” to chart how your individual skills should determine your food choices. Putting simple foraging-“wild greens, berries, fruits, tubers, roots, shoots, and flowers”-at the base, Hunter’s pyramid rises up five more levels: (2) nuts, seeds, grains, and insects; (3) fish, seafood, and eggs; (4) reptiles, amphibians, and mushrooms; (5) birds and small game;” and finally (6) large game (like elk, deer, or wild boar) at the top.

 

Know your plants: poisonous horse nettles above and wild tomatoes below.

Know your plants: poisonous horse nettles above and wild tomatoes below.

FORAGING FOR YOUR LIFE

With a basic knowledge of wild flora in your area, a bounty of edible plants is available to you in the wild. Of course, your choices will change by region and elevation. The Southwest’s prickly pear cacti and piñon nuts might be a little difficult to find in the forests of the Pacific Northwest. When Dr. Apelian, an advisor for Leave No Trace and a contestant on the History Channel’s Alone, chronicled the 26 items she ate during her 57 days on Vancouver Island, at least 14 of them were foraged plants. The benefit of harvesting simple produce, like grasses, berries, and apples, is that that many can be eaten fresh or mixed in a salad. Other items can be made edible with simple cooking. Like with all wild items, it’s essential to know one plant from another so that you don’t mistake wild tomatoes (tangy and sweet) with horse nettle berries, which, according to Mental Floss, cause “fever, vomiting, diarrhea, and occasionally death.”

The versatile Dandelion, roots and all.

The versatile Dandelion, roots and all.

If you don’t know what a specific plant is, Sky Above Us provides a list of things to watch out for including: “Milky or discolored sap,” “‘Almond’ scent in the woody parts and leaves,” and “Three-leaved growth pattern.” But there are few common plants, like cattails, burdock, dandelions, clover, and thistles, which can be your go-to groceries in the wild. Dandelion leaves not only make a great salad, but you can also prepare the roots. To prepare, wash the roots, peel them, and cut them into button-sized pieces. Boil for about 10 minutes. Season and, if you have it, add butter.

 

 

The incredible edible grasshopper

The incredible edible grasshopper

INSECTS AREN’T JUST FOR SWATTING ANYMORE

As you move up your survival pyramid, insects provide an easy source of protein. But unlike many foraged plants, insects need to be roasted, if simply to eradicate possible parasites. With so many buzzing and burrowing about, the real question is which ones should you catch. Popular Mechanics‘ Jay Bennett offers some helpful basics: “Don’t eat anything venomous. If it has a stinger or bright colors, leave it alone.” He adds, “If the bug instead has a crunchy, chitinous exoskeleton, like ants, termites or crickets, you can dig in.” To cook insects in the wild is really quite simple. To roast grasshoppers, first remove the head and wings, then clean out the inside with a stick, then cook the body on a skewer over an open fire until it is brown, crunchy and delicious. Salt immediately after cooking (if you have it). Field & Stream offers a handy video tutorial on “How to Cook and Eat Grasshoppers.”

Acorns abound

Acorns abound

CRACKING NUTS, GRAINS, AND MUSHROOMS

While leafy and tuberous plants can be harvested fairly simply, grains, rice, and nuts require more knowledge and preparation. Mushrooms demand absolute mastery since most don’t live to learn from their mistakes when they pick a wrong species. While acorns can be harvested off the ground or from the branches of oak trees everywhere, they are not exactly a ground-to-gullet item. Be sure your acorns are not horse chestnuts or buckeyes, which are poisonous. To prepare acorns, first test them in a bowl of water. Any nuts that float should be tossed since they may well be infested with worms. Next, dry them out in the sun for a few days before shelling, which is best done with any large available rock. Finally remove their tannic acid (the stuff that can make them bitter) by boiling them for five to ten minutes, draining the resulting dark water, and repeating until the water remains clear. The amount of tannic acid is usually determined by the type of oak, with White and Emory having the least and Red and Black the most. Now you can roast them or ground them for flour.

The American Bull Frog

The American Bull Frog

SMALL CREATURES EVERYWHERE: FISH, FOWL, AMPHIBIANS, AND RODENTS

Unlike insects, these creatures take some skill to get a hold of. If you are by a river or pond, you might be able to catch a fish using a hook and line. But many survival experts recommend constructing a simple fish trap, which frees you up to do other things. Survival Skills demonstrate how to create six different rudimentary traps with sticks and mud. You are not likely to down a bird throwing a rock, so to catch them, as well as rodents, you’ll need to learn how to make simple snares. You can, however, climb a tree to harvest bird eggs. If you resort to nest robbing, always leave two or more behind, so the bird will continue to lay new eggs.

A nimble, hungry hunter can catch a frog by hand, either by sneaking up behind them or using a flashlight at night to blind them. While most frogs are edible, it is best to avoid those with bright colors, like orange or blue. To prepare, cut off the feet, and then snip a line through the skin around the abdomen. Pull the skin off over the legs (as if depantsing them), then sever the legs from the body and wash carefully. Some guides suggest opening up the frog’s inside to confirm it is healthy. You can boil the legs or skewer them on a spit to roast them over a flame. Just be sure they are thoroughly cooked.

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LEAVE NO TRACE – From the Academy Award Nominated writer/director of Winter’s Bone Will (Ben Foster) and his teenage daughter, Tom (Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie), have lived off the grid for years in the forests of Portland, Oregon. When their idyllic life is shattered, both are put into social servic…

Will (Ben Foster) and his teenage daughter, Tom (Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie), have lived off the grid for years in the forests of Portland, Oregon. When their idyllic life is shattered, both are put into social services. After clashing with their new surroundings, Will and Tom set off on a harrowing journey back to their wild homeland. 

The film is directed by Debra Granik from a script adapted by Granik and Anne Rosellini and based on the novel My Abandonment by Peter Rock.

I saw “Leave No Trace,” yesterday evening.  It wiped me out, the onerous behavior of those who control everything over these two a daughter of a former military combat trauma brain injured father and how they could not get support for him in any way. Everyone needs to be a part of a discussion group on the context to this in an ever endangered society for people who live marginally and have nowhere to go.

13 In the Depths of Cave – FOUR Rescued – an International Focus on Saving 13 Lives

July 8, 2018
Australian Federal Police and Defense Force personnel arrive near a cave where 12 boys and their soccer coach have been trapped since June 23, in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai province, in northern Thailand Sunday, July 8, 2018. Thai authorities are racing to pump out water from the flooded cave before more rains are forecast to hit the northern region. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)© The Associated Press Australian Federal Police and Defense Force personnel arrive near a cave where 12 boys and their soccer coach have been trapped since June 23, in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai province, in northern Thailand Sunday, July 8, 2018. Thai authorities are racing to pump out water from the flooded cave before more rains are forecast to hit the northern region. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)MAE SAI, Thailand — The Latest on the rescue of 12 boys and their soccer coach from a cave in northern Thailand (all times local):

2:10 a.m.

Officials say it could take up to four days to complete the rescue of eight boys and their soccer coach from inside a northern Thailand cave.

Authorities temporarily stopped their efforts Monday to replenish air tanks along the cave’s treacherous exit route.

Expert divers on Sunday managed to get four of the 12 boys to safety. They were quickly transported to a hospital in the town of Chiang Rai, the provincial capital.

The names of the rescued boys were not released.

Rescuers have been navigating a dangerous and complicated plan to get the children out under the threat of heavy rain and rising water underground.

The entire group had been trapped for more than two weeks.

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12:25 a.m.

The California tunnel company run by Elon Musk is continuing to maintain a presence at the Thai cave where several boys and their soccer coach are awaiting rescue.

Sam Teller, spokesman for Boring Co., said Sunday that the company has four engineers who are “offering support in any way the government deems useful.”

Musk tweeted early Saturday that he was working with a team from his Space X rocket company to build a “tiny kid-size submarine” to transport the children.

But Saturday night, he tweeted that the cave was now closed for the rescue by divers.

“Will continue testing in LA in case needed later or somewhere else in the future,” he wrote.

Musk says the sub would be light enough to be carried by two divers and small enough to get through narrow cave gaps.

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9:15 p.m.

The official heading the operation to rescue 12 boys and their soccer coach from a cave in northern Thailand says the operation is going “better than expected.”

Chiang Rai provincial acting Gov. Narongsak Osatanakorn made the comment at a news conference Sunday evening after rescuers extracted four of the boys from the cave where they had been trapped for more than two weeks. Narongsak said the four were then taken to a hospital. Their condition was not immediately clear.

Narongsak said the healthiest have been taken out first, and the next phase of the operation would start in 10-20 hours.

He said that 13 foreign and five Thai divers were taking part in the rescue and that two divers would accompany each boy as they’re gradually extracted.

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8:05 p.m.

Thai navy SEALs say rescuers have taken four members of a youth soccer team out of the cave where they had been trapped for more than two weeks, part of an operation to rescue the 12 boys and their coach.

The operation to rescue the boys, ages 11-16, and their 25-year-old coach by having them dive out of the flooded cave began Sunday morning, with expert divers entering the sprawling complex for the complicated and dangerous mission.

Chiang Rai province acting Gov. Narongsak Osatanakorn, who is heading the operation, said that 13 foreign and five Thai divers were taking part in the rescue and that two divers would accompany each boy as they’re gradually extracted.

The operation began at 10 a.m. Shortly before 8 p.m., the SEALs reported on their official Facebook page that four had been rescued.

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7:15 p.m.

Two ambulances have left from a cave in northern Thailand, hours after an operation began to rescue 12 youth soccer players and their coach.

The ambulances were seen Sunday evening, but it was unclear who was inside them.

Chiang Rai province acting Gov. Narongsak Osatanakorn, who is heading the operation, said earlier Sunday that 13 foreign and five Thai divers were taking part in the rescue and two divers will accompany each boy as they’re gradually extracted. He said the operation began at 10 a.m., and it will take at least 11 hours for the first person to be taken out of the cave.

The boys and their coach became stranded when they went exploring in the cave after a practice game June 23. Monsoon flooding cut off their escape and prevented rescuers from finding them for almost 10 days.

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6:50 p.m.

Thai authorities say it is unknown when the first group of boys trapped in a flooded cave will begin their dive out of the cave, the key part of a rescue operation underway.

In a statement released late Sunday afternoon, Chiang Rai acting Gov. Narongsak Osatanakorn says “divers will work with medics in the cave to assess the boys’ health before determining who will come out first.”

He added: “They cannot decide how many of them will be able to come out for the first operation. Based on the complexity and difficulty of the cave environment it is unknown how long it might take and how many children would exit the cave.”

The rescue operation began at 10 a.m. Sunday when expert divers entered the cave. Trips from the entrance to where the team is trapped and back to the entrance take about 11 hours.

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2:30 p.m.

The Thai navy SEALs, who have been spearheading the rescue effort for the 12 boys and their soccer coach, have posted a photo on their Facebook page with a vow to bring the trapped team home from a flooded cave.

The unit says in a message: “We, the Thai team and the international team, will bring the Wild Boars home.” That’s the name of the young boys’ team.

The risky diving operation to bring them out has started and the first boy is expected to be out of the cave around 9 p.m. Sunday (10 a.m. ET) at the earliest. Rescuers say it may take 2-4 days for the entire team to reach safety, depending on conditions inside the cave.

The local governor in charge of the rescue says the mission was launched Sunday morning because floodwaters inside the cave are at their lowest level in days and rains forecast to hit the region risk flooding the cave again.

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12 noon

A Thai army commander says the ongoing rescue of 12 boys and their coach could take 2-4 days depending on conditions inside the partially flooded cave.

According to Maj. Gen. Chalongchai Chaiyakam, the 13 “will continuously come out in approximately 2-4 days, which all may change depending on weather and water conditions.”

The governor in charge of the operation says two divers will accompany each boy as they are gradually extracted. The operation began at 10 a.m. and he said it would take at least 11 hours for the first person to be rescued.

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11:35 a.m.

The Thai official in charge of the rescue of 12 boys and their soccer coach says they’re physically ready and mentally determined for their extraction now underway from a partially flooded cave.

Chiang Rai acting Gov. Narongsak Osatanakorn says 13 ambulances and helicopters in two separate locations are ready to transport them to hospitals. The first is expected to reach safety at 9 p.m. Sunday (10 a.m. ET) at the earliest.

Narongsak says the rescue mission was launched because floodwaters inside the cave are at their most optimal level.

He says: “If we keep on waiting and the rains come in the next three or four days, our readiness will decrease.”

He also says the families of the boys have been informed about the risky mission.

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10:40 a.m.

A Thai governor says the operation to bring out 12 schoolboys and their soccer coach from deep inside a cave where they have been trapped for two weeks has begun.

The acting Chiang Rai governor has told reporters “today is D-Day” with 13 foreigner and five Thai divers taking part in the rescue.

He says the divers went in at 10 a.m. and the boys will gradually come out accompanied by two divers each. He says the earliest they will come out is 9 p.m. Sunday (10 a.m. ET).

The only way to bring them out is by navigating dark and tight passageways filled with muddy water and strong currents, as well as oxygen-depleted air.

Experienced cave rescue experts consider an underwater escape a last resort, especially with people untrained in diving, as the boys are. The path out is considered especially complicated because of twists and turns in narrow flooded passages.

But the governor supervising the mission said earlier that mild weather and falling water levels over the last few days had created optimal conditions for an underwater evacuation that won’t last if it rains again.

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Corrects day to Sunday.

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8:30 a.m.

Thai authorities have asked media to leave the area around the entrance of the cave where 12 boys and their soccer coach have been trapped for two weeks, fueling speculation that a rescue mission could be imminent.

Dozens of divers have arrived at the cave on Sunday morning.

Thai officials said Saturday they are worried that heavy monsoon rain could soon make the job even more difficult and they may need to quickly rescue the boys and the soccer coach from a partially flooded cave by helping them make risky dives to safety.

The boys, ages 11-16, and their 25-year-old became stranded when they went exploring in the cave after a practice game. Monsoon flooding cut off their escape and prevented rescuers from finding them for almost 10 days.

 

MAE SAI, Thailand — When the owner of the youth soccer team trapped in a cave complex in northern Thailand received a call from one of the boys’ parents just after 5:30 p.m. Sunday, he knew almost instantly: The first of the Wild Boars was free.

“You could tell by his voice,” said Kamol Chanthapun, one of the founders of the Moo Pa (Wild Boar) academy soccer squad that has been stranded by floodwaters since June 23. “It was the first time he sounded light.”

Four members of the team were rescued Sunday by divers who helped them navigate a treacherous path out of the cave. Ambulances raced through the streets of Mae Sai and helicopters circled overhead. The provincial governor said the four were checked out in a field hospital near the cave and then flown 37 miles south to a hospital in Chiang Rai, where an entire floor has been reserved for the rescue effort.

 

“Everybody is perfectly healthy,” said Narongsak Osatanakorn, the outgoing governor of Chiang Rai province. “The operation is going better than expected.”

But eight young players and their 25-year-old coach remain deep in the vast cave network, where they face depleting levels of oxygen and the prospect of rising water. Because all the equipment was used up in Sunday’s rescue attempts, the next push would have to wait until Monday morning, Narongsak said.

Heavy rains have started falling over the lush mountain range that houses the cave, adding urgency. Rescuers have been racing against the clock to get each of the boys, aged 11 to 16, none of whom knew how to swim, physically and mentally prepared for a 2.5-mile journey that will probably take at least five hours. A Sunday evening news conference after the dramatic rescue of the four boys began with claps and cheers from some journalists. Narongsak relayed that the first of the boys was rescued at 5:40 p.m. local time, and the second ten minutes later. The third and fourth left the cave at 7:40 and 7:50 p.m.

According to infographics released by the Thai government, the boys were each attached to a diver, with another positioned behind them, as they made their way through the dark, murky waters that have clogged the cave’s passageways. Each boy was fitted with a face mask connected to a compressed air tank. At especially narrow parts of the cave, the tanks had to be released from their backs and rolled through.

Officials said conditions Sunday were as perfect as they could be. Water levels in the cave were the lowest they had been throughout this mission, and the first few chambers the group had to pass through — all of which were flooded days ago — were dry. Oxygen levels, too, stabilized following fears that the chamber the group was in was filling with carbon dioxide from members of the large rescue operation.

But those conditions were unlikely to hold up, as rains fell almost relentlessly throughout the day. Officials had previously said they were especially worried about rising water levels complicating the dive and negating their efforts to pump water out so the boys could walk through sections of the cave.

Narongsak said he was calling a meeting with every person involved in the rescue efforts on Sunday night, from doctors to those monitoring oxygen levels in the cave, to figure out a plan forward for those who remain. The next phase of the mission will take at least 10 hours to restart, he said, but not more than 20.

Experts have warned that even in the best of conditions, extraction efforts will bear significant risk, underscored by the death of a diver early Friday. Former Thai navy SEAL Saman Kunam was placing compressed air tanks along the exit route when he ran out of oxygen, fell unconscious and died shortly after.

The same risks remain for the team, which could exhaust the air supply before reaching safety, said Tony Haigh, a spokesman for the British Cave Rescue Council, two of whose members were the British rescue divers that found the boys nine days after they disappeared.

The other risk is becoming trapped by an obstacle they cannot see because the divers’ field of view will be limited in the muddy, brown water.

“Clearly there is a huge risk of someone panicking if they are not used to the diving environment. It happens to adults in the open water, never mind children in a dark cave,” Haigh said. The boys have been given extensive diving lessons since being found. “I’ve no doubt some will be more apprehensive than others.”

The international team of divers assisting the effort are from the United States, Australia, China and Europe.

Shibani Mahtani

MAE SAI, Thailand —The head coach of the Thai soccer team spent the morning of June 23 preparing his young assistant for an important task: looking out for the boys by himself.

Nopparat Khanthavong, the 37-year-old head coach of the Moo Pa (Wild Boars) soccer team, had an appointment that morning. Ekapol Chanthawong, his assistant, was to take the younger boys to a soccer field nestled by the Doi Nang Non mountain range, a formation with numerous waterfalls and caves that straddles the Thai-Myanmar border.

“Make sure you ride your bicycle behind them when you are traveling around, so you can keep a lookout,” he wrote in a Facebook message he shared with The Washington Post. Ekapol coaches the younger boys, so Nopparat told him to bring some of the boys from the older team for additional eyes.

“Take care,” he wrote.

The hours that followed kicked off a chain of events that has riveted the world: a dramatic search and rescue that found the boys alive nine days later, huddled on a small, muddy patch surrounded by floodwaters. Attention has focused on the only adult, 25-year-old former monk Ekapol, and the role he has played in both their predicament and their survival.

Efforts underway to extract the boys have involved a swelling team of thousands of divers, engineers, military personnel and volunteers from all over the world — including Elon Musk’s SpaceX — with no clear plan in sight. Diving, the most probable method, is seen as too risky for now given the boys’ lack of swimming experience, pitch-black muddy waters through narrow passageways, and the death this week of a retired Thai Navy SEAL who was among those readying the cave for the boys’ dive. Engineers have been searching for a way through the mountain’s surface, hoping to drill down and reach them within the cave, but acknowledge it could take months and alter the cave’s geography in the process.

As the rush to figure out how to rescue the group continues some have chided Ekapol for leading the team into the cave. A large warning sign at the cave’s entrance raises the risk of entering so close to the monsoon season, they say, and he should have known better.

But for many in Thailand, Ekapol, who left his life in the monkhood three years ago and joined the Wild Boars as an assistant coach soon after, is an almost divine force, sent to protect the boys as they go through this ordeal. A widely shared cartoon drawing of Ekapol shows him sitting cross-legged, as a monk does in meditation, with 12 little wild boars in his arms.

According to rescue officials, he is among the weakest in the group, in part because he gave the boys his share of the limited food and water they had with them in the early days.He also taught the boys how to meditate and how to conserve as much energy as possible until they were found.

“If he didn’t go with them, what would have happened to my child?” said the mother of Pornchai Khamluang, one of the boys in the cave, in an interview with a Thai television network. “When he comes out, we have to heal his heart. My dear Ek, I would never blame you.”

Ekapol was an orphan who lost his parents at age 10, friends say. He then trained to be a monk but left the monastery to care for his ailing grandmother in Mae Sai in northern Thailand. There, he split his time between a working as a temple hand at a monastery and training the then newly-established Moo Pa team. He found kindred spirits in the boys, many of whom had grown up poor or were stateless ethnic minorities, common in this border area between Myanmar and Thailand.

“He loved them more than himself,” said Joy Khampai, a longtime friend of Ekapol’s who works at a coffee stand in the Mae Sai monastery. “He doesn’t drink, he doesn’t smoke. He was the kind of person who looked after himself and who taught the kids to do the same.”

He helped Nopparat, the head coach, devise a system where the boys’ passion for soccer would motivate them to excel academically. If they got certain grades in school, they would be rewarded with soccer gear, such as fresh studs for their cleats or a new pair of shorts. The two spent time looking for sponsors and used the Moo Pa team to prove to the boys that they could become something more than their small town would suggest — even professional ­athletes.

“He gave a lot of himself to them,” Nopparat said. He would ferry the boys to and from home when their parents could not and took responsibility for them as if they were his own family.

He also kept the boys on a strict training schedule, according to physical education teachers at the school field where they practiced. That included biking across the hills that surround Mae Sai.

On that Saturday two weeks ago, Nopparat did not know where Ekapol would be bringing the young soccer team but thought it would be a learning experience for him to manage them on his own.

The older Wild Boars were having a match in the evening, he said, so he put his phone away. When he checked it at 7 p.m., there were at least 20 calls from worried parents, none of whose sons had come home. He frantically dialed Ekapol and a number of the boys in quick succession but reached only Songpol Kanthawong, a 13-year old member of the team whose mother picked him up after training. He told Nopparat that the team had gone exploring in the Tham Luang caves. The coach raced up there, only to find abandoned bicycles and bags at its entrance and water seeping out the muddy pathway.

“I screamed — ‘Ek! Ek! Ek!,’ ” he said. “My body went completely cold.”

Information had slowly started to come out about the boys’ nine-day ordeal before they were eventually found on Monday night, through letters and limited communication between the coach, the team and the rescuers who have been with them in a small cave chamber.

The rush of euphoria that ran through the town of Mae Sai and across the world when the group was found has settled into a grim realitythat neither Ekapol nor the 12 in his care may see daylight for days or even weeks. Officials said Saturday that they have about a three- to four-day window in which conditions will be “most favorable” for the boys to attempt to dive out before monsoon rains hit and continue for months.

Urgent concerns include the amount of oxygen in the section of the cave that the group is taking refuge in, which had fallen below healthy levels. Officials are now limiting the number of rescue workers who can travel into the cave to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide that builds when they exhale. Rising water levels, too, could force a quick extraction, but authorities say the boys are not ready to make the dive.

Friends, meanwhile, grow worried for Ekapol. He had the boys’ complete trust, and it is unlikely that they would have set off ­exploring in the cave’s chambers without him.

“I know him, and I know he will blame himself,” said Joy, his friend at the monastery.

On Saturday morning, the Thai Navy posted photos of letters that the group had written to their family and the outside world. Ekapol’s, scribbled on a yellow-stained piece of paper, torn out from a notebook, was brief, but included a promise and an apology.

“I promise to take the very best care of the kids,” he wrote. “I want to say thanks for all the support, and I want to apologize.”

shibani.mahtani@washpost.com

Kilauea 2 months after exorcising all of the magma is still spewing tons of lava

July 7, 2018

Saturday  July 7  Kilauea after two months is still spewing lava every which way

7 am Eruption Update: Volcano Sinkhole Repaired, Puna Flood Advisory
Big Island Video News

HAWAII ISLAND – The Fissure 8 lava flow continues to produce a broad ocean entry along the shoreline, and continues to expand into Kapoho Beach Lots and the Four Corners intersection.

(BIVN) – A Hawaii County Civil Defense message was issued at 6 a.m. Saturday morning, as the eruption on the lower East Rift Zone continues. The message stated:

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that Fissure 8 continues to be very active and is feeding a lava channel to the ocean at Kapoho. The flow is producing a broad ocean entry along the shoreline, and continues to expand into Kapoho Beach Lots and the Four Corners intersection.

The following policies remain in effect:

  • Four Corners and Kapoho Beach Lots are closed to any access.
  • Be aware that spill overs of the channel and other breakouts are possible on the active flow field, do not access the active flow field due to extreme hazard.

UPDATE: According to this USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory post on Saturday morning:

Fountains from Fissure 8 spatter cone continue to supply lava to the open channel with small, short-lived overflows early last night. The spatter cone is now about 55 m (180 ft) tall at its highest point, and fountains rarely rise above that point. As shown by the July 06 thermal map of the flow field, the main lava channel no longer reaches the coast, the channel flow seems to stall about 2 km (1.2 mi) inland of the coast; however, lava is oozing into the ocean from multiple points primarily along the northern section of a broad flow front. In addition, multiple ooze-outs fed flows on the north and the southwest edge of the main `a`a flow but neither had lava actively entering the ocean.

Scientists say Fissure 22 is still weakly spattering this morning.

The National Weather Service forecast heavy rains and possible thunderstorms for the eastern half of the island from Hamakua to Ka’u. The safest place to be if lightning impacts the area is indoors. Be prepared for interruption of utilities.

UPDATE (8:30 a.m.) – The National Weather Service in Honolulu issued a Flood Advisory for the areas of Pahoa and Kalapana until 10:15 a.m.

“At 7:13 AM HST, radar indicated an area of nearly stationary heavy showers over and downwind of the active volcanic fissures near Leilani Estates in the southern Puna District,” forecasters said. “The heaviest showers were falling at rates of 3 inches per hour over Hwy 130 just west of Leilani Estates.”

State Highway crews have completed repairs to Highway 11 at the 30 mile. Hawaii Police Department reports both lanes are now open.

The Hawaii Department on Transportation posted these photos (below) on Facebook showing the repair process.

According to Hawaii County Civil Defense:

Starting today, The Disaster Recovery Center will be open daily from 8am to 4pm weekends, and 8AM to 6PM weekdays. The Center is located at the Keaau High School Gym. If you need a ride, buses run between the two shelters and the Disaster Recovery Center.

Additionally, the Salvation Army is operating a distribution center at the Pahoa Community Center on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 9AM to 12PM and 2PM to 5pm. If you have items you wish to donate, please coordinate with the Salvation Army at (808) 756-0306.

1920 through 1966 through 77 on and on Denver History of Exclusion and Racism

July 7, 2018

A rabid history of white supremacy in Denver and throughout Colorado started with a clandestine acquiescence to the values of a land of white oppression of all others much the same as in Hawaii and across the continent unto this moment.

“On April 7,1977, 1500 members of Brewery Workers International Union Local 366 began an unfair labor practice strike against the Adolph Coors Company of Golden Colorado. The strike lasted 18 month and ended with the Union being decertified. The company has not only remained nonunion since but has developed into one of the least known and perhaps most far right wing groups in the country. They are as bad politically as the Koch Brothers but much more politically savvy. They have developed their own brand of hypocrisy that allows them to attack groups while pretending to be their friends.

Interesting enough also in 1977 Joseph Coors, then President and CEO of Coors formed, with other business leaders, the Rocky Mountain Legal Foundation whose first President was James G. Watt President Reagan’s Interior Secretary. The Foundation has since its inception sued to overturn affirmative action, gay rights, women’s rights, voting rights, environmental protection on and on ad nauseum. Currently the foundation’s web page highlights two projects: the fight against the FAA’s program to hire more black air traffic controllers and the fight against “Union abuses” focusing on public sector Unions.

Until recently Coors has also perennially supported Right To Work legislation both in the legislature and on the ballot. In the last few cycles they have chosen to remain politically neutral and allow their surrogates from the Legal Foundation, The Employers Council and the National Right to Work Committee do the heavy lifting.

During the 1920s when the KKK was banned from marching in Downtown Denver the Coors family opened up private property for them to rally on. This was actually a boon for the Klan because their burning crosses could be seen for many miles across the plains.

Between 1967 and 1972 Joe was a Regent if The University of Colorado. His tenure was notable for two things. He unsuccessfully attempted to ban all political activities on campus. And vehemently opposed the development of a Chicano Studies program. Many people have questioned if he would have been so actively opposed to political activity if it had been young conservatives rather than young progressives organizing.

The companies tactical change came about with generational changes. Adolph Coor, the company founder, was not political, choosing to focus on running the business. It was the fourth generation including Joe and Bill who brought the politics out in the open. Bill was responsible for funding the creation of the Committee for the Survival of a Free Congress led by Paul Weyrich and founding The Heritage Foundation. Of course a “free congress” means one free of liberals and progressives. The committees prime strategy was to unite voters around hatred for gays and lesbians and electing far right candidates based on homophobia. And most people have heard of the Heritage Foundation’s fight against Unions, civil rights. Women’s rights, gay rights etc. In fact it is the Heritage Foundation’s Blueprint for America that many of Donald Trump’s policies are based on. Both organizations pursue their goals thru lobbying, “citizen” initiatives and supporting right wing candidates for office. Joe himself ran for Congress against Ed Perlmutter in 2012.

The new family members are smarter than the Koch brothers but no less evil and maybe more effective because of their stealth. In Denver they sponsor the annual Gay Rights parade while secretly donating money to organizations who want to push gay rights back to the 1950s. In the past they used to be a sponsor of the Cinco de Mayo celebration (they are not this year) while contributing to organizations that oppose the dream act and support English as the official (only) language. They do similar public support in the black community. As a result the beer is popular in gay bars and among blacks and Latinos. I am sure that when people drink the product don’t realize that for every beer they drink a little money goes to far right wing republican candidates and to groups that are working against their interests.

To be clear opposition to Coors goes back far before the strike. I personally stopped drinking the swill in 1966 when Rodolfo Corky Gónzales, head of Denver’s Crusade for Justice called for a boycott due to a refusal to hire Chicano and Black workers. At that time less than 2% of the workforce were People of Color and they were stuck in the lowest paying jobs. There have been many other groups who have held short lived boycotts.

In 1984 Bill Coors told a luncheon of Black Business Owners that one of the best things that slave traders did for your ancestors was to drag them over here in chains and civilize them. The next day Lonnie Haynes from OCAW and I were leading a street demonstration and organizing a Black boycott of Coors.

That is when the company ran their first experiment with appeasement and bought an abandoned church for the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Company one of America’s preeminent African American Dance companies. (BTW despite this one indiscretion the dance company remains one of Denver’s under appreciated cultural treats).
Unfortunately the appeasement was relatively successful and, as discussed above, is now a major weapon in the company’s PR arsenal.

During the early and mid 1970s Coors Transportation drove their product to Northern California then drove through United Farm Worker picket lines to pick up scab picked grapes and deliver to market in Colorado.

There has been some confusion about whether any Coors products are Union made. According to the company’s web site Coors Banquet, the flagship product, is made only in Golden Colorado making it 100% nonunion. Coors Light is made in Golden and a handful of Miller Breweries all of which are Union. In Golden the company contracts with some Union Building Trades signatories to do construction and maintenance meaning that there are more Trades people working there than at the Anheuser Busch brewery in Ft Collins where all other work is 100% Teamster. The question is if the fact that a few building trades members are employed in Golden and some products are brewed in Union shops make up for busting a 1500 member local, supporting the Klan, and pushing a far right anti everyone political agenda. I think not.

Just always remember to enjoy a frosty Union Brewed Beverage.”