Monthly Archives: September 2013

Gregg Ritz’s seven basic safety rules

Gregg Ritz’s seven basic safety rules

 

1) First and foremost, don’t tote  a loaded rifle or shotgun; if you were to fall while carrying a loaded weapon, it could discharge, injuring you or another member of your party. Don’t load your weapon until you reach your position. While your weapon is loaded, keep it pointed in a safe direction and keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot.

2) “Tell your significant other, the other guys in your party, or your best friend where you are going and when you intend to be home,” Ritz says. “Everybody has Google maps nowadays. Bring up the map, drop a pin and let people know where you are.”

3) Carry a cellphone. “If you are in a remote area where you don’t have cell coverage, consider buying a satellite phone. They are very inexpensive nowadays. What is a couple of hundred dollars when it come to safety?” Ritz also suggests carrying a navigation device that has state of the art communication features such as texting and connecting with social media such as the DeLorme InReach SE.

4) Dress in layers. “It is critical when you move because you want to keep perspiration down to a minimum. You don’t want to put that dampness or moisture into your clothes. You need to shed or add those layers as needed.”

5) Don’t wear cotton. Ritz says all synthetic materials are better. Buy high-tech materials that wick moisture away from your body and clothes. And don’t forget to pack a lightweight jacket and poncho in your backpack. “Wind is actually the biggest threat when it comes to hypothermia.”

6) Treat your hunting dog like another member of your team. “Make sure your dog wears an orange vest as well,” Ritz says. “If you are waterfowl hunting, I recommend a neoprene vest because the dog can get cold.” Don’t forget to bring water and food. And “don’t push them too hard. They need rest too.”

7) Finally: Be prepared to spend one night in the woods. “Bring an extra power bar. Make sure you have a poncho if you need to build a temporary shelter. And don’t forget a flashlight and matches.”

For more information on Gregg Ritz Huntmasters, please visit huntmasters.com or his Facebook page.

Win a pair of tickets to BendFilm

Win a pair of tickets to BendFilm

On the second weekend of October, Bend is transformed from outdoor recreation haven to small-town host of a grand celebration of independent film. Downtown theaters, lecture sites, restaurants, bars and party venues spark with the cinematic energy generated by BendFilm. Named to MovieMaker Magazine’s 2013 list of 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee, BendFilm… Continue Reading

Esquire Network replaces Style Network

Esquire Network replaces Style Network

  NBCUniversal is replacing Style Network with Esquire Network with programming for the “modern man.” The new network premiered Sept. 23 on BendBroadband channel 181 and 781 in HD. The Esquire Network focuses on entertainment and lifestyle programming that champions the pursuit of a well-played life. Esquire shows cover everything — sports and recreation,  gadgets,… Continue Reading

Sun to Blame for TV Outages

Sun to Blame for TV Outages

 When: Oct. 5–14, 8 a.m.–3 p.m. We’re not making this up: An astronomical phenomenon called sun outage disrupts cable TV service twice a year. For those of you who are into astronomy, solar outages occur around the spring and summer equinoxes. At these times, the sun’s low path in the sky takes it directly behind… Continue Reading

Continued improvement in service quality

System fine tuning continued during August, following the conversion to the new network on July 30th.  Our technical teams, acting as detectives, tracked down the source of a fleeting and mysterious tiling issue on TVs in Sunriver. Engineers were able to identify and replace a faulty video transport unit, which eliminated the tiling issue.  Thanks… Continue Reading

October billing change: Internet Usage Allowances

Sunriver customers will be billed for exceeding Internet usage allowances for the first time in October. Starting with October statements, Sunriver customers will see a per Gb charge if they exceed their Internet usage allowance.  The October statement will contain usage for the month of September. Only a small percentage of customers exceed the monthly… Continue Reading

Sunriver Office to close Oct. 11

With the cable system upgrade complete, on October 11 we will be moving forward with the previously announced closure of the former Chambers Cable office in the Sunriver Business Park. This change will enable us to minimize ongoing operating cost and improve efficiency in service delivery – a key factor in the price of cable… Continue Reading