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Offline Ay Chihuahua!

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Re: ?Fiesta!
« Reply #15 on: May 06, 2009, 02:29:20 PM »
Was noting the Fed and press had blown H1N1 through the roof with no solid supporting data.

It seems to me that the federal government (not the Fed...different animal) and the responsible segments of the press are doing the right thing by letting people know there are potential dangers regarding this virus. 

When the CDC sees that a virus has spread very rapidly from continent to continent, they become very interested.  When it is reported to CDC that the same virus is responsible for the death of someone in their 20s or 30s, they become even more interested.  The flu often times kills folks who are infants, very old, or already sick and weakened.   We already know this and deal with it.  But, it is my understanding that there has been at least one report of a lady in Harlingen in her 20s (I believe) who has died from this flu.  I've also heard, but cannot confirm there was someone of similar age in Mexico who has died.  It is very likely that both of these people may have already had health issues, but without confirmation it would be foolish for our federal government to not alert us to the potential dangers.

On the other hand...the irresponsible press and irresponsible government entities only help to make a mockery of the situation.

Case #1:  Backlash against Mexicans amid swine flu outbreak is criticized
              By DIANNE SOL?S / The Dallas Morning News


Case #2:  Big Bend Ranch Fiesta cancelled due to swine flu concerns

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« Reply #16 on: May 06, 2009, 02:47:13 PM »
I was reading an article on MSN a few days ago about all of the racism associated with the flu and there was even a reference to some people believing that the terrorists gave this flu to Mexicans so they could walk it across the border to kill Americans....

If that's the case they would have done better to hook up with the fast food giants or Anheuser Busch!  :icon_rolleyes:

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« Reply #17 on: May 07, 2009, 11:24:50 AM »
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If that's the case they would have done better to hook up with the fast food giants or Anheuser Busch!  icon_rolleyes

Death by Bud Light...bummer.

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« Reply #18 on: May 07, 2009, 12:06:18 PM »
A big part of the problem was the initial reporting out of Mexico.  The number of deaths relative to the number of known cases was extremely high - something like 5-10%, which is very alarming.  They didn't realize until later that there were far more unreported cases than they knew about, which, when figured in, reduced the death rate to the same as normal flu.  They just didn't catch it until it had already spread, and by then the deaths were starting to pile up.
Also, this flu strain had evolved into something that had never been seen before.  And it could keep doing so.  Not trying to be alarmist (I agree there was an overreatction), but this thing could still come back and bite us pretty badly.

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« Reply #19 on: May 07, 2009, 12:48:15 PM »
Yes Doc,over here we feel like we are still not of the woods.After all the talk,the official say is the the second wave could hit us by fall. The virus according to experts was stopped mainly because of the health restrain measures and the weather ,this H1N1 virus does thrive well in the heat.

 I think this will be the only time I would say,I am glad i am living in HELL weather here. :eusa_eh:
Stay thirsty, my friends.

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Re: ?Fiesta!
« Reply #20 on: May 07, 2009, 05:37:34 PM »
I have no problem with accurate reporting by press or Gov, and yes since there was no immunity to H1N1 we should be informed. I just think we were in a sense having it blown through the roof " just the facts ma'm" . Having observed response to a nothing Hurricane named Rita maybe the folks should have the pants scared off of them. :nailbitting: :nailbitting: Been there, done that, have the T-shirt. :eusa_whistle: :eusa_whistle:
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« Reply #21 on: September 21, 2009, 09:32:54 PM »
It's on....
Big Bend Ranch State Park to Host Fiesta Nov. 14

PRESIDIO, Texas — The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department hopes the third time will be the charm for a daylong Fiesta set for Saturday, Nov. 14, to celebrate expanded recreational opportunities at Texas’ largest and wildest state park — Big Bend Ranch State Park

The public is invited to learn first-hand about the many wonders of the more than 310,000-acre state park tucked into the far southwestern corner of the state during a free, daylong Fiesta at the park’s Sauceda Ranger Station. Two previous attempts to hold the outdoor celebration had to be cancelled when the Rio Grande uncharacteristicall y flooded the Presidio area in fall of 2008 and again in May of this year when nearby Mexico suffered an outbreak of the swine flu.

Saturday’s "open house" will feature a free barbecue lunch at noon, followed by a performance by cowboy singer-songwriter Dennis Jay. Activities being offered include park tours, hikes, guided mountain bike and horseback rides, desert survival and camping demonstrations, a student art show, Buffalo Soldiers encampment and informational displays on everything from bats to river recreation. One guided tour will go into part of the recently acquired Fresno Ranch, a significant and strategic 7,000-acre addition to the park featuring wild canyons, stunning vistas, historical roads, rich riparian habitat and Rio Grande frontage.

Park rangers, as well as natural and cultural resource specialists, will be on hand to share information about this true wilderness park in the Big Bend Country’s scenic Chihuahuan Desert highlands.

The purpose of the Fiesta is to increase awareness of the state park’s greatly expanded public use opportunities and to provide Texans, especially local citizens, a chance to visit and experience one of the great parks of the West.

Thanks to the labors of park staff and friends during the past two years, today’s adventurers now have more opportunities to hike, bike and ride horses along many miles of newly accessible trails and jeep roads, and much greater access to more than 50 new campsites, many of them in the more rugged, remote and scenic areas of Big Bend Ranch’s backcountry.

Information booths will be open and special Fiesta programs running from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Special pre- and post-Fiesta tours, as well as "early bird" tours beginning at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, will be offered by advanced reservation. The regular $3 park entry fee for persons 13 and older will be waived Thursday, Nov. 12 through Sunday, Nov. 15.

Visitors attending Fiesta weekend can make arrangements to stay overnight, but should be aware that there are limited tent camping options. Camping is free during the Nov. 12-15 time frame, but reservations are required. No lodging will be available at Sauceda.

To reserve a campsite during Fiesta weekend, call Big Bend Ranch State Park at (432) 358-4444. To reserve a spot on one of the Fiesta event tours, call TPWD’s Customer Service Center in Austin at (512) 389-8908 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. To learn more about the state park and Fiesta activities online, visit the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Web site.

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Re: ?Fiesta!
« Reply #22 on: November 17, 2009, 09:27:03 PM »
We, and about 500 other enthusiasts attended the Big Bend Ranch State Park Fiesta this weekend.




Motorcycles now clearly allowed. And what a place to camp and hike and horse back ride and jeep tour! We did them all!  Except for the mountain biking!

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« Reply #23 on: November 17, 2009, 09:29:39 PM »
My husband, Paul, even took a few pictures:

http://s320.photobucket.com/albums/nn335/Glaves/2009%20BBRSP%20Fiesta%20PAUL/

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« Reply #24 on: November 17, 2009, 09:57:54 PM »

Motorcycles now clearly allowed. And what a place to camp and hike and horse back ride and jeep tour! We did them all! Except for the mountain biking!
what are the restrictions on the motorcycles?
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« Reply #25 on: November 18, 2009, 09:31:01 AM »
Up until last fall motorcycles were prohibited except on the main road.  Now they, like all licensed vehicles can take any park road.

No vehicles are allowed to just ride cross country.

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