~~~~~~ RiverBill's Archives~~~~~~
August 2008

 

A WEBSITE FOR THE  BOATING COMMUNITY 

OF THE 

MISSISSIPPI, ILLINOIS AND MISSOURI RIVERS

Labor Day Weekend

Saturday, Sunday

Aug 30, 31 ... 2008

 

 

Over 1.7 Million Visitors Strong !

 

Updated Sun at 9:00AM...... News, river levels

 

 Picture of the Day

Sunday

   

 

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River Picture of the Day.......Sunday... is from Lorie and Steve Miller

 

 

Riverbill,

Wanted to share a picture taken Sunday, August 24, my husband is teaching our 5 year-old (3rd generation river rat), the rules of driving a boat. Unprompted, he gives an approaching boat the wave. Gotta Love It.

Lorie and Steve Miller

 Picture of the Day

Saturday

   

 

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River Picture of the Day.......Saturday... is from Valerie Aulabaugh, who hals out of Grafton Marina in the boat.... "Last Call."

 

Bill,
Just wanted to send a picture of the RiverBarge Excursion Lines hotel barge that was moored at The Loading Dock today, Friday, 8/28/08. It's a rather awesome site on the river. Hope everyone has a great Labor Day. Be careful and be safe on the river this week-end!


Valerie Aulabaugh
Last Call

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 Yesteryears Picture of the Day

Sunday

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yester Year's River Pictures of the Day in 2007 ...... was sent in by Capt'n Larry Byrnes.

 

 

 It was a picture is of  sailboats maneuvering the summer breeze in front of the bluffs along the Great River Road last Sunday afternoon.   The picture was taken by Larry Byrnes from Captain Gary Bowers' boat.

 


  
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 Yesteryears Picture of the Day

Saturday

 

Hogback 2007

 

 

 

Yester Year's River Pictures of the Day in 2007 ...... were from Dan and Laura Hamilton of Dan's Boats fame.  They sent us an update of the Hogback 2007 party.

    

River Bill-

Hogback 2007 was Great!   With the flooding up north the Coast Guard asked us not to bring the group up there- but the party must go on!   Two Rivers Marina said they would make a Hogback Party for us!   Both Jamie and John were great. They had activities planned for our group- about 100 boaters- and even took everyone out on the Party Barge which ended up being a great time on Saturday. We went 8 miles up the Salt River . Dan’s Boats had a Pig Roast on Friday, there were all sorts of contests and a dinner on Saturday Evening. There were great prizes from: Grafton Harbor , Port Charles Marina, Golf Graphics, Captain Jack’s & Bargain Books. On the return trip home we were locked thru with that traveling group of Gypsy’s on that crazy barge of theirs- so here they come! 

Next years commodores are Glen & Julie Morris who hail out of John’s Boat Harbor (I think) and if they hold to tradition it would be Aug 22-23-24, 2008. The motto is “All the way in 08!” So mark your calendars!

Photo courtesy of Steve Bachmann of GR8 XCAPE

Thanks, 

Dan & Laura

 


  
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Navigation Notices ......

 

Updated Sunday at 8:30AM

Navigation Hazard MM224

To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 8/31/08
Subject: HAZARD TO NAV ON UMR
NAVNOTICE # 1318

SUBJ: WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0408-08 UM
SAFETY AND SCHED BCSTS UNTIL CANCELLED
USCG NOTICE TO MARINERS EIGHTH DISTRICT NR 0408-08 UM
UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER
THE COAST GUARD HAS RECEIVED A REPORT OF A POTENTIAL HAZARD TO
NAVIGATION AT MM 224 UMR LDB. ON 31 AUG 08 A VESSEL REPORTED A NEWLY PLACED ROCK PILE IN THE VICINITY OF CALHOUN LANDING. ALL VESSELS ARE REQUESTED TO TRANSIT THE AREA WITH CAUTION.

 

 

 

 

 

 

To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 8/29/08
Subject: DREDGING AT UMR MM 227.0
NAVNOTICE # 1316

SUBJ: WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0406-08 UM
SAFETY AND SCHED BCSTS UNTIL CANCELLED
CANCEL WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0399-08 UM
USCG NOTICE TO MARINERS EIGHTH DISTRICT NR 0406-08 UM
COAST GUARD SECTOR UMR ISSUES THE FOLLOWING SAFETY ADVISORY:
THE DREDGE POTTER HAS BEGUN DREDGING AT MM 227.0 UMR. DREDGING WILL BE 24 HRS A DAY 7 DAYS A WEEK UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. A 30 MINUTE
ADVANCED NOTICE IS REQUIRED PRIOR TO PASSING BY CONTACTING THE DREDGE POTTER ON VHF FM CHANNELS 13 OR 16. ALL MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO TRANSIT THIS AREA WITH EXTREME CAUTION.

 

 

 

 

 

To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 8/29/08
Subject: DREDGING AT UMR MM 331.0
NAVNOTICE # 1315

SUBJ: WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0405-08 UM
SAFETY AND SCHED BCSTS UNTIL 062300Z SEP 08
USCG NOTICE TO MARINERS EIGHTH DISTRICT NR 0405-08 UM
UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER
HYDRAULIC DREDGING OPERATIONS WILL COMMENCE AT MM 331.0 UMR ON
SATURDAY 30AUG08 AT 0700 CDT AND WILL CONTINUE UNTIL 06SEP08.
DREDGING WILL BE PERFORMED 7 DAYS A WEEK, 24 HOURS PER DAY. MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO CONTACT THE DREDGE GOETZ ON CHANNELS 13, 16, OR 82, 30 MINUTES PRIOR TO TRANSITING THE AREA FOR PASSING INSTRUCTIONS. A CROSSING LINE WILL BE IN PLACE. MARINERS ARE URGED TO TRANSIT AT THEIR SLOWEST SAFE SPEED TO MINIMIZE WAKE AND PROCEED WITH CAUTION AFTER PASSING ARRANGEMENTS HAVE BEEN MADE.

 

 

 

 

 

To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 8/29/08
Subject: Shoaling at mm 178 UMR
NAVNOTICE # 1314

SUBJ: WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0404-08 UM
SAFETY AND SCHED BCSTS UNTIL CANCELLED
USCG NOTICE TO MARINERS EIGHTH DISTRICT NR 0404-08 UM
UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER
THE CG RECEIVED A RPT OF SHOALING AT MM 178.0 UMR EXTENDING
APPROXIMATELY 300 FT OFF THE LEFT DESCENDING BANK. A M/V
BUMPED BOTTOM AT THIS LOCATION WITH A 9 FT DRAFT WITH L/D 27 LOWER
POOL GAUGE READING 300.0 - 350.0 FT ON 29AUG08. MARINERS ARE
REQUESTED TO TRANSIT THIS AREA WITH EXTRA CAUTION.

 

 

 

 

To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 8/29/08
Subject: L/D CLOSURE UPDATE
NAVNOTICE # 1313

SUBJ: WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0403-08 UM
SAFETY AND SCHED BCSTS UNTIL CANCELLED
CANCEL WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0390-08 UM
USCG NOTICE TO MARINERS EIGHTH DISTRICT NR 0403-08 UM
UPPER MISSISSIPPI THE MAIN CHAMBER AT L/D 27 IS CURRENTLY CLOSED AND WILL REMAIN CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. THE PURPOSE FOR THIS CLOSURE IS TO MAKE REPAIRS TO THE DIAGONALS ON THE D/S MITAR GATE AND TO DEWATER THE MAIN CHAMBER. THE AUXILIARY CHAMBER WILL REMAIN OPEN DURING THIS PERIOD AND A HELPER BOAT WILL BE AVIALABLE TO ASSIST MARINERS. ALL MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO TRANSIT THIS AREA WITH CAUTION AND CONTACT THE LOCKMASTER FOR FURTHER INFORMATION
 

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Check the CG/COE Hot Topics website for most current memos

       

Missouri State Water Patrol News Release.....

 

  

NEWS RELEASE
PUBLIC INFORMATION SECTION, P.O. Box 1368, Jefferson City, MO  65102

For further information contact: Sergeant Gerard G. Callahan
Public Information Director
Phone: (573) 751-3333
E-mail: Jerry.Callahan@mswp.dps.mo.gov
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jefferson City

New Laws In Effect On the Water for the Labor Day Weekend



The traditional end of summer is upon us and while many people will be boating well into the fall, for some Labor Day weekend is the last hurrah of the summer boating season. The Missouri State Water Patrol asks that boaters stay vigilant in their safe boating practices. Remember the rivers and lakes will be more crowded than other weekends due to the three day weekend. Slow down and be courteous to other boaters around you. Allow for extra time while loading and launching boats.

In addition to the added traffic there will be a number of new laws that will take affect on Thursday, August 28 which boaters will need to be aware of.

· Missouri's legal blood alcohol content for operating a vessel will drop from .10% to .08%.

· Boats must come to an idle speed within 100 feet of an emergency vessel that is displaying flashing lights.

· The nighttime speed limit of 30 m.p.h. has been expanded to include all state waterways.

A law making it illegal to obstruct the flow of traffic on the water was expanded to apply to all state waterways.



News Release ID: N07080178
Release Date: 20080826

 

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Updated Sunday at 8:30AM

 

News Release N07080183

 Fire / Explosion Missouri River   08-30-08

Location:

     3MM, River View, Mo
Summary : 

OPERATOR WAS REPAIRING THE BOAT AND BACKED IT INTO THE WATER TO TEST IT, THE BOAT THEN CAUGHT ON FIRE. OPERATOR OF THE BOAT SUSTAINED 3RD DEGREE BURNS BUT REFUSED TREATMENT AT THE SCENE.
 

 

 

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News Release N07080181

 Fire / Explosion Current River  08-29-08

Location:

     Current River
Summary : 

The owner of the vessel was in his residence when he looked out his window, he noticed the outboard motor on his boat was on fire. He notified Doniphan Fire and Rescue and they responded along with State Water Patrol to extinguish the fire

 

 

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The above reprinted from the Missouri State Water Patrol website

Click here to check out the Missouri State Water Patrol website

 

From The US Army Corps of Engineers website........

 

Southeast Missouri Lake Project of the Year for Army Corps

August 20, St. Louis – Wappapello Lake in southeastern Missouri near Poplar Bluff was recently recognized as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Natural Resources Project of Year. Lake personnel accepted the award from Lt. Gen. Robert L. Van Antwerp, Chief of Engineers, at a ceremony in Pittsburgh August 4.

For over 40 years the Army Corps of Engineers has recognized excellence with its Project of the Year Award. The Corps operates and maintains over 400 multi-use lake projects around the country and all are eligible to submit a nomination package. Wappapello Lake was first selected as the representative project for the Mississippi Valley Division before being forwarded to the Headquarters panel for consideration.

The award recognizes a project for its accomplishments in management efficiency, public involvement, public safety, management effectiveness, and partnerships as related to all elements of the Natural Resources Management Program. The evaluation focuses on management efforts that contribute to greater efficiency and effectiveness in use of personnel and funds, while sustaining or improving good customer service and stewardship of project resources.

Gary Stilts, Wappapello Lake’s operations manager, was ecstatic at the news.
 

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The above was reprinted from the US Army Corps of Engineers website.

Information presented on CorpsWeb public web sites is considered public information and may be distributed or copied.

Click here to go to the US Army Corps of Engineers website.

 

 Updated Sun At 9:00AM

Alton Block Party..... 

 

According to a news story in the AltonDailyNews.com .... Alton, Il held it's August Block party last night.  The event was sponsored by Downtown Alton Inc. , a group of business and property owners.   The band Night Owls was playing the tunes on the main stage.

 

The final block party for 2008 is scheduled for September 27.

 

Click here to read the news story
 

Polestar Marina Update..... 

 

The following is from Riverbill's Message Board.....

 

 

Name: Pete Tully - Polestar Marina (Tullyservice@cs.com)
Date: Fri 29 Aug 2008 03:13:56 PM EDT
Subject: Polestar Marina entrance.

Friday, August 29, 2008 To all concerned traffic:
The entrance to Polestar Marina has been cleaned out and a channel has been marked. Be careful out there and have a Great Holiday Weekend.

Pete
 

Grafton Is Getting a New Water Supply System.......

Grafton’s water supply problems have been going on for months. Last year, they underwent several boil orders due to the large amounts of bacteria in their water. The Grafton City Council has agreed to sign on with Illinois-American Water Company. They had tried to drill for more water, but they ran into many problems. Out of the two wells that they have, one of them is totally nonfunctioning. After two test drills, one turned out too shallow and they hit bedrock with the other one. When this happened, Illinois-American Water Company made them an offer.  Illinois-American will supply all of the necessary piping and the sufficient meters. This change will give the people in Grafton a much better water system even though it may cost a little more.

To read this full story in TheTelegraph.com.......  click here

 Please check our website www.sundownersstl.com

Sundowners....

Come spend Labor Day weekend with Sundowners featuring Gary Sluhan (calling all parrotheads) on Friday, St Louis Dogs on Saturday (the best of funk, dance and rock-you won't want to miss this)), and everyone's favorite the Sharks on Sunday. Monday we will conclude the weekend with a BBQ buffet from 2-6pm featuring an assortment of salads, porksteaks, ribs, hamburgers, hot dogs plus all the fixings! $12.95 adults & $5.95 children Hope to see you there.

Happy Boating!

Jon & Kelley Klipp

Sundowners Restaurant At Yacht Club of St. Louis

It's Our Island Paradise ... Lets Keep It Clean !

The LST Is Stranded On Mississippi River Due To Low Water.....

The USS LST 325 World War II troop and tank landing craft was scheduled to be in Moline by Wednesday is stuck in Burlington because of the low water. The Mississippi River is closed at Oquawka.

The ship needs a minimum of eight feet of water and the low waters has made it hard for the pilot to maneuver it.  The sediment and sand has shifted due to the recent flooding and has caused the water to be shallow in many places. There were several places where they hit ground.

 To read this article in its entirety, click here
 

First West Nile Case Confirmed In Missouri......

A 52 year old man was just released from the hospital last week after being treated for the West Nile disease. This is the first confirmed case in Missouri this year. There are four other unconfirmed cases in Missouri. Last year, there were 77 cases of the West Nile Virus. Usually if you are bitten by a mosquito carrying the West Nile, you will have flu-like symptoms and they can last up to 15 days. The four counties that have had the virus are St. Louis, St. Charles, Morgan and Johnson Counties.

To learn more about the West Nile Virus, click here  or to read this full article in the STLtoday.com, click here

What To Do With All Of Those Carp.........

Fishermen in Utah are catching millions of carp. They are eating all of the plants at the bottom of the lakes and have caused problems for other fish that usually eat those plants.

Now they are trying to figure out what to do with all of the dead carp. Some ideas on the table so far include; fish meal, pet food, fish sticks, and canned carp. Other ideas include converting carp into fuel for our cars, garden fertilizer, fish sauce, a protein source in imitation crab meat, and for human consumption in countries in Asia and Europe.

A professor at Brigham Young University  reported he has developed a simple method of liquefying carp into a product that don't require refrigeration !

To read more about this interesting news story, click here on Mad Mariner

The Arctic Sea Is At Second Lowest Level On Record......

The Arctic Sea is at the second lowest level that it has been since they have been monitoring it. It was the lowest in 2005. The environmental groups believe this is another stage in global warming. It is going down at a very quick pace. They say that the affect this has had on the residents in the Arctic, will soon reach other people worldwide.

To read more about this story, click here on Mad Mariner

 

 

 

 

Labor Day Weekend

Friday

Aug 29 ... 2008

 

 

Over 1.7 Million Visitors Strong !

 

 

 Picture of the Day

 

 

   

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River Pictures of the Day.......... are from Tony Lubbert of Marine Max Fame......

 

 

Bill

I saw this Monday afternoon. I have no idea what it is. I past it up going down river, but 2 hours later on my way back up it was still in the same spot, between Sherwood and the Duck Club. The water around it was 10 ft deep, but it wasn't moving with the current


Tony Luebbert
MarineMax
2725 Veteran's Memorial Parkway
Saint Charles, MO 63303

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 Yesteryears Picture of the Day

 

Paddlefest 2006

 

 

 

Yester Year's River Picture of the Day in 2006 ...... was from Louisiana , Missouri's Paddlefest 2006. 

 

Above are Kevin Dempsey, Event Organizer, along with Susan Spalding, kayak enthusiast; both are from Louisiana.
 


  
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Navigation Notice ......

 

 

 

To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 8/28/08
Subject: DREDGING AT MM 233.0 UMR
NAVNOTICE # 1310

SUBJ: WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0399-08 UM
SAFETY AND SCHED BCSTS UNTIL CANCELLED
CANCEL WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0394-08 UM
USCG NOTICE TO MARINERS EIGHTH DISTRICT NR 0399-08 UM
COAST GUARD SECTOR UMR ISSUES THE FOLLOWING SAFETY ADVISORY:
THE DREDGE POTTER HAS BEGUN DREDGING AT MM 233.0 UMR. DREDGING WILL BE 24 HRS A DAY 7 DAYS A WEEK UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. A 30 MINUTE
ADVANCED NOTICE IS REQUIRED PRIOR TO PASSING BY CONTACTING THE DREDGE POTTER ON VHF FM CHANNELS 13 OR 16. ALL MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO TRANSIT THIS AREA WITH EXTREME CAUTION.


 

 

 

Check the CG/COE Hot Topics website for most current memos

       

Missouri State Water Patrol News Release.....

 

  

NEWS RELEASE
PUBLIC INFORMATION SECTION, P.O. Box 1368, Jefferson City, MO  65102

For further information contact: Sergeant Gerard G. Callahan
Public Information Director
Phone: (573) 751-3333
E-mail: Jerry.Callahan@mswp.dps.mo.gov
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jefferson City

New Laws In Effect On the Water for the Labor Day Weekend



The traditional end of summer is upon us and while many people will be boating well into the fall, for some Labor Day weekend is the last hurrah of the summer boating season. The Missouri State Water Patrol asks that boaters stay vigilant in their safe boating practices. Remember the rivers and lakes will be more crowded than other weekends due to the three day weekend. Slow down and be courteous to other boaters around you. Allow for extra time while loading and launching boats.

In addition to the added traffic there will be a number of new laws that will take affect on Thursday, August 28 which boaters will need to be aware of.

· Missouri's legal blood alcohol content for operating a vessel will drop from .10% to .08%.

· Boats must come to an idle speed within 100 feet of an emergency vessel that is displaying flashing lights.

· The nighttime speed limit of 30 m.p.h. has been expanded to include all state waterways.

A law making it illegal to obstruct the flow of traffic on the water was expanded to apply to all state waterways.



News Release ID: N07080178
Release Date: 20080826

 

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The above reprinted from the Missouri State Water Patrol website

Click here to check out the Missouri State Water Patrol website

 

From The US Army Corps of Engineers website........

 

Army Corps says, Let’s Finish Summer Safely

August 27, St. Louis, Mo. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers St. Louis District ramped up efforts this summer to halt drownings at its projects. Eight water-related fatalities occurred at St. Louis District projects in 2007. District employees were challenged in 2008 to incorporate water safety messages into all aspects of education and outreach to try and curb water-related fatalities. To date there has only been one fatality at a District project, and the Army Corps wants to finish the summer safely without any additional ones.

“Labor Day weekend is typically viewed as the end of the summer recreation season,” explained Peg O’Bryan, chief of the District’s Operations Division. “Corps statistics show that most drownings occur during peak visitation, on weekends during the months of April through September. Our goal is that everyone has a safe, enjoyable visit at our projects and return home safely.

“Throughout the year our staff does everything possible to emphasize the importance of water safety,” O’Bryan said, “and I’d like to especially thank the businesses, marinas and partners that help us deliver water safety messages. It is vital though that our visitors do their part and practice personal boating and water safety and remain vigilant both in and around the water.”

 

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The above was reprinted from the US Army Corps of Engineers website.

Information presented on CorpsWeb public web sites is considered public information and may be distributed or copied.

Click here to go to the US Army Corps of Engineers website.

 

Newly Dredged Sand.....  RiverBill's received the following e-mail

 

From:        Kathie Smith
To:            riverbill@prodigy.net
Subject:    Newly dredged sand . . .
Date:        Thu, 28 Aug 2008 09:06:53 -0500


We were out on the river last night and it was fantastic! Just want to warn people about the newly dredged “sandbars”. My daughter got out of the boat, walked 5 feet onto the sandbar and sunk up to her waist. It was a scary moment or two. Be very careful out there this weekend!


Kent

Missouri's BAC Limit Drops to. 08 For Labor Day Weekend Boaters.....

LakeExpo.com had a news article in yesterday's edition about the State of Missouri's new law setting the blood alcohol content limit for boaters at .08.

The Safe Boating Bill (HB 1715), that was sponsored by Rep. Rodney Schad (R-Versailles) and championed by Rep. Wayne Cooper (R-Camdenton) reduces the legal blood alcohol content limit from .10% to .08% for the operation of a vessel on the waters in the state of Missouri.

Recent sobriety checkpoints at Lake of the Ozarks have shown that boaters are increasingly choosing sobriety and responsibility while at the helm.
 

Click here to read this news article

 Please check our website www.sundownersstl.com

Sundowners....

Come spend Labor Day weekend with Sundowners featuring Gary Sluhan (calling all parrotheads) on Friday, St Louis Dogs on Saturday (the best of funk, dance and rock-you won't want to miss this)), and everyone's favorite the Sharks on Sunday. Monday we will conclude the weekend with a BBQ buffet from 2-6pm featuring an assortment of salads, porksteaks, ribs, hamburgers, hot dogs plus all the fixings! $12.95 adults & $5.95 children Hope to see you there.

Happy Boating!

Jon & Kelley Klipp

Sundowners Restaurant At Yacht Club of St. Louis

It's Our Island Paradise ... Lets Keep It Clean !

Fort Kaskaskia Historic Site on Mississippi River Closing ......  

The Fort Kaskaskia historic site, situated on a bluff overlooking the confluence of the Kaskaskia and Mississippi Rivers will be closed down on the 1st of October, 2008 as part of a cost-saving measure of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.
 The village of Kaskaskia was the second European settlement in the state of Illinois.  It was founded in 1703 by the French. The town residents built the fort on the bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River in fear of an attack from the British during the French and Indian War.
                           
The fort is located south of St Louis near Chester, Illinois.    
Click here for map.
 

Click here to read the news article in the pjstar.com

 

Missouri Fishing Report  ------ The Missouri Department of Conservation has issued this week's Fishing Report.  

 

Mississippi River (above St. Louis):

75 degrees, normal, dingy; channel catfish good on stinkbaits; flathead catfish fair on live bluegill; blue catfish fair on cut and whole shad; all other species slow.

(Report made on 8/28/2008)
 

Missouri River (below New Haven)

80 degrees, low, clear; channel catfish and carp good on worms; all species fair on natural baits.

(Report made on 8/28/2008)

 

Meramec (below Eureka)

77 degrees, normal, clear; black bass good on buzzbaits and crankbaits; channel catfish good on natural baits; carp fair on corn; all other species fair.

(Report made on 8/28/2008)

 

Salt (below Mark Twain):

77 degrees, normal, muddy; channel catfish good on prepared baits; drum fair on nightcrawlers; all other species  slow.

(Report made on 8/28/2008)
 

 

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The above reprinted from the weekly [Mo-fish] Weekly Fishing Report e-mail.

Check out the report for the entire state of Missouri

go to  http://www.mdc.mo.gov/fish/fishrt/

 SAVE THE DELTA QUEEN

For more info go to www.save-the-delta-queen.org 

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Delta Queen’s farewell tour schedule

 

September 3, 2008 Noon Dover, Tennessee
September 21, 2008 4 p.m. Paducah, Kentucky
October 2, 2008 4 p.m. Marietta, Ohio
October 7, 2008 Noon Point Pleasant, West Virginia
October 21, 2008 4 p.m. Cincinnati, Ohio
October 24, 2008 Noon Louisville, Kentucky
October 25, 2008 Noon Grandview, Indiana
October 30, 2008 TBD Memphis, Tennessee
November 1, 2008 4 p.m. Helena, Arkansas
November 2, 2008 4 p.m. Greenville, Mississippi
November 3, 2008 4 p.m. Vicksburg, Mississippi
November 4, 2008 4 p.m. Natchez, Mississippi
November 5, 2008 4 p.m. Baton Rouge, Louisiana
November 6, 2008 4 p.m. Oak Alley Plantation, Louisiana
November 7, 2008 TBD New Orleans, Louisiana

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday

Aug 28 ... 2008

 

 

Over 1.7 Million Visitors Strong !

 

 

 Picture of the Day

 

Gibson Skiing !

 

   

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River Pictures of the Day.......... is from Capt' n Mark Cutler, who hails out of Lake Center Marina in the cruiser, "Cutty's Ark"

 

 

Hi Bill,

Here are three pics we took during our return trip from Halfback this past weekend. It appears that the classic Gibson 44 houseboat is also a wakeboard boat. Maybe Gibson could build a special live aboard wakeboard addition! My son Zac is in the first two and Abby Karecki is in the last photo. Cedar Hill is in the background of the second pic.

Mark Cutler
Cutty's Ark
 

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 Yesteryears Picture of the Day

 

Low Water Conditions in 2007 too !

 

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Yester Year's River Picture of the Day in 2007 ...... was from Island David Diederich.  He has some good information for the Pool 26 boaters.  

 

Hello Bill:

Unfortunately, we were unable to warn this boater about the low water conditions on the north side of Piasa Island. So here is a warning to everyone else. 

When high water conditions are expected further north, the Corp opens up the Alton dam. This often creates low water conditions closer to the dam. It is entirely possible to have flood conditions in Grafton and low water conditions in Alton.

Several attempts were made to pull the boat off with a rope, but eventually enough boaters jumped in the water and pushed him off. The water depth in the middle of the slough was about 8 inches. Currently, the deeper water is along the Illinois shore, but this can change at any time.

Island Dave


  
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Navigation Notice ......

 

To:     ALL MARINERS
From:   Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 8/27/08
Subject: Shoaling Between MM 140-143 ILR (BNM 0398-08)
NAVNOTICE # 1309

ILLINOIS WATERWAY
THE CG RECEIVED A REPORT OF SHOALING BETWEEN MM 140-143 ILR FROM USACE. SURVEY CREWS FOUND 9'6" AT NUMEROUS LOCATIONS THROUGHT THE AREA WITH PEORIA L/D LOWER POOL GAUGE READING 430.70 FT ON 27AUG08. ALL MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO TRANSIT THE AREA WITH EXTREME CAUTION.



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To:     ALL MARINERS
From:   Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 8/27/08
Subject: Shoaling MM 116.3 ILR (BNM 0397-08)
NAVNOTICE # 1308

THE CG RCVD A RPT OF SHOALING IVO MM 116.3 ILR. A M/V RAN AGROUND
INSIDE THE NAV CHNL ALONG THE LEFT DESCENDING NUN BUOY LINE. THE M/V HAD A 9 FT DRAFT WITH THE LAGRANGE L/D READING 430.77 FT ON THE
27AUG08. MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO TRANSIT THE AREA WITH CAUTION.
BT

 

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To:     ALL MARINERS
From:   Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 8/27/08
Subject: Shoaling Between MM 76.3-76.5 ILR (BNM 0396-08)
NAVNOTICE # 1307

THE CG HAS RECEIVED A REPORT OF SHOALING BETWEEN MM 76.3-76.5 ILR.
SOUNDINGS SHOW 9FT OR LESS MID-CHANNEL WITH LA GRANGE L/D LOWER POOL GAUGE READING 420.41 FT ON 27AUG08. ALL MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO TRANSIT THE AREA WITH CAUTION AND FAVOR THE RIGHT DECENDING CAN BOUY LINE.

 

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To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 8/27/08
Subject: Shoaling MM 424.0 UMR (BNM 0395-08)
NAVNOTICE # 1306

THE CG HAS RECEIVED A REPORT OF SHOALING AT MM 424.0 UMR EXTENDING 150 FT INTO THE CHANNEL FROM THE RIGHT DECENDING CAN BOUY LINE. THE MOST SHALLOW PART OF THE SHOALING IS 7'8" WITH L/D 18 UPPER POOL GAUGE READING 9.59 FT ON 27AUG08. ALL MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO TRANSIT THE AREA WITH EXTREME CAUTION AND FAVOR THE LEFT DECENDING NUN BOUY LINE.

 

 

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Check the CG/COE Hot Topics website for most current memos

       

Missouri State Water Patrol News Release.....

 

  

NEWS RELEASE
PUBLIC INFORMATION SECTION, P.O. Box 1368, Jefferson City, MO  65102

For further information contact: Sergeant Gerard G. Callahan
Public Information Director
Phone: (573) 751-3333
E-mail: Jerry.Callahan@mswp.dps.mo.gov
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jefferson City

New Laws In Effect On the Water for the Labor Day Weekend



The traditional end of summer is upon us and while many people will be boating well into the fall, for some Labor Day weekend is the last hurrah of the summer boating season. The Missouri State Water Patrol asks that boaters stay vigilant in their safe boating practices. Remember the rivers and lakes will be more crowded than other weekends due to the three day weekend. Slow down and be courteous to other boaters around you. Allow for extra time while loading and launching boats.

In addition to the added traffic there will be a number of new laws that will take affect on Thursday, August 28 which boaters will need to be aware of.

· Missouri's legal blood alcohol content for operating a vessel will drop from .10% to .08%.

· Boats must come to an idle speed within 100 feet of an emergency vessel that is displaying flashing lights.

· The nighttime speed limit of 30 m.p.h. has been expanded to include all state waterways.

A law making it illegal to obstruct the flow of traffic on the water was expanded to apply to all state waterways.



News Release ID: N07080178
Release Date: 20080826

 

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The above reprinted from the Missouri State Water Patrol website

Click here to check out the Missouri State Water Patrol website

 

Public Notices Open For Comment

   Posted on the US Army Corps Of Engineers Website.....

 

  1. P-2682: Kaskaskia River Marine/Campgrounds Inc. seeks authorization for the excavation of the northeast section of the existing boat basin and the creation of additional campsites at the Kaskaskia River Marina. The proposed activities for this project are for the excavation of approximately 1600 cubic yards of accumulated sediment within the marina, placing the excavated material adjacent to the boat basin to be graded and used for a 315 foot by 80 ft area for the placement of campsites, installation of a approximate 100 foot culvert extension, placement of approximately 480 linear feet of rip-rap 3 feet high along the banks, installing water, sewer and electric utilities and creation of rock impact sites for individual campsites. The harbor is located adjacent to the left descending bank of the Kaskaskia River, at approximate river mile 28.5, in New Athens, Illinois. The public notice comment period opens on August 28, 2008 and closes on September 18, 2008.

 

Click here for more information on the above notices

 

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The above was reprinted from the US Army Corps of Engineers website.

Information presented on CorpsWeb public web sites is considered public information and may be distributed or copied.

For The  River Deer Hunters......

 

 

          Illinois Department of Natural Resources                             
For Immediate Release
August 27, 2008

Deer Population Task Force Schedules Public Meetings
Panel reviewing options for improvements in deer management, reduction in deer vehicle accidents


SPRINGFIELD, ILL. – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources and the state’s Joint Deer Population Control Task Force will conduct a series of public meetings to discuss and seek public comment on proposals for changes and improvements in deer management in the state. .......click here to go to the IDNR website and read more
 

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The above was reprinted from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources website

Click here to go to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources website

News Release


      Release No. 57-05

    Point of Contact: Public Affairs Office, 314-331-8068/8002


For Release:  IMMEDIATE - August 27, 2008      


1222 Spruce Street, St. Louis, MO, 63103-2833    www.mvs.usace.army.mil 

Army Corps says, Let’s Finish Summer Safely

St. Louis – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers St. Louis District ramped up efforts this
summer to halt drownings at its projects. Eight water-related fatalities occurred at St. Louis District projects in 2007. District employees were challenged in 2008 to incorporate water safety messages into all aspects of education and outreach to try and curb water-related fatalities. To date there has only been one fatality at a District project, and the Army Corps wants to finish the summer safely without any additional ones.


“Labor Day weekend is typically viewed as the end of the summer recreation season,”
explained Peg O’Bryan, chief of the District’s Operations Division. “Corps statistics show that most drownings occur during peak visitation, on weekends during the months of April through September. Our goal is that everyone has a safe, enjoyable visit at our projects and return home safely.


“Throughout the year our staff does everything possible to emphasize the importance of
water safety,” O’Bryan said, “and I’d like to especially thank the businesses, marinas and partners that help us deliver water safety messages. It is vital though that our visitors do their part and practice personal boating and water safety and remain vigilant both in and around the water.” 
 

Click here to read the News Release in it's entirety

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The above was reprinted from the US Army Corps of Engineers e-mailing.

Information presented on CorpsWeb public web sites is considered public information and may be distributed or copied.

Click here to go to the US Army Corps of Engineers website.

 

 

Man To Be Tried For Boat Theft & Endangering Son’s Life During Flood.....

A St. Louis County man is going to trial for the June 25th boat theft in Lake Center Marina.

Evidently some workers at the marina spotted the boat leaving the marina and going into the floodwaters. Not long after that, they saw him and his preschool aged son jump into the water and they swam to the flooded woods. Someone from a nearby marina found the little boy, wearing his life jacket. The little boy told them that his father had drowned; however, they found the father later on. The man has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child and also tampering with a motor vehicle. He was still in jail on Tuesday with a $35,000 bond.

To read this full report on STLtoday.com, click here

 Please check our website www.sundownersstl.com

Sundowners....

Come spend Labor Day weekend with Sundowners featuring Gary Sluhan (calling all parrotheads) on Friday, St Louis Dogs on Saturday (the best of funk, dance and rock-you won't want to miss this)), and everyone's favorite the Sharks on Sunday. Monday we will conclude the weekend with a BBQ buffet from 2-6pm featuring an assortment of salads, porksteaks, ribs, hamburgers, hot dogs plus all the fixings! $12.95 adults & $5.95 children Hope to see you there.

Happy Boating!

Jon & Kelley Klipp

Sundowners Restaurant At Yacht Club of St. Louis

It's Our Island Paradise ... Lets Keep It Clean !

More Missouri Laws You Might Not Know About ......  

RiverBill's received the following e-mail from Patrolman Lou Amighetti' of the Missouri State Water Patrol

 

Bill,
Here is some other new laws you might not know about.


The Department of Revenue is currently taking steps to ensure compliance with legislative changes, which become effective August 28, 2008.

ØHouse Bill 1715 (effective August 28, 2008) requires:
 

·    A properly assigned certificate of ownership or MSO be submitted to transfer ownership of a boat or outboard motor; and

·    A registration fee of $55 for homemade boats:
     o That are at least 16 feet in length, but less than 28 feet in length,
     o Constructed of wood, and
     o Have a beam of five-feet or less.


ØSenate Bills 930 & 947 (effective August 28, 2008):

·   Applicants age 70 and over renewing a CDL or Class E license with an “S” endorsement will have the license and skills test fees waived (the $2.50 office processing fee will still apply).


ØSenate Bill 1139 (effective August 28, 2008):

·  Implements the Uniform Anatomical Gift Act, which changes the driver license organ donation process. A green heart symbol will be placed on the face of the permit, driver license, or nondriver license signifying donor consent.

 

For more legislative changes relating to the regulation of motor vehicles, please review the attached copy of Titling Tips, which will be published in August and mailed to the motor vehicle dealers prior to their renewal period. For more information about current legislation visit the State of Missouri website at http://www.moga.mo.gov

 

Patrolman Lou Amighetti
Public Information Officer
Missouri State Water Patrol

 

Missouri’s Low Gas Prices May Not Last....

Right now Missouri has the lowest gas prices in the nation. The average price for a gallon of gas (at filling Stations) in Missouri is $3.42. St. Louis has an average of $3.31 and Kansas City’s price is $3.55. AAA says that the reason for this low fuel cost is because of wholesale gasoline prices. This may not last though. With Hurricane Gustav threatening the Gulf Coast, this could possibly damage some of the oil refineries. Also, the wholesale gas prices have just went up 25 cents per gallon.

To read this full story on KHQA online, click here

 

 SAVE THE DELTA QUEEN

For more info go to www.save-the-delta-queen.org 

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Delta Queen’s farewell tour schedule

 

September 3, 2008 Noon Dover, Tennessee
September 21, 2008 4 p.m. Paducah, Kentucky
October 2, 2008 4 p.m. Marietta, Ohio
October 7, 2008 Noon Point Pleasant, West Virginia
October 21, 2008 4 p.m. Cincinnati, Ohio
October 24, 2008 Noon Louisville, Kentucky
October 25, 2008 Noon Grandview, Indiana
October 30, 2008 TBD Memphis, Tennessee
November 1, 2008 4 p.m. Helena, Arkansas
November 2, 2008 4 p.m. Greenville, Mississippi
November 3, 2008 4 p.m. Vicksburg, Mississippi
November 4, 2008 4 p.m. Natchez, Mississippi
November 5, 2008 4 p.m. Baton Rouge, Louisiana
November 6, 2008 4 p.m. Oak Alley Plantation, Louisiana
November 7, 2008 TBD New Orleans, Louisiana

Update.....  Chain Of Rocks Lock & Dam Closed For Repairs

The Chain of Rocks Canal’s main chamber, Lock #27, will be closed for a couple of days for repairs. Four of the sixteen diagonal tensioning rods were found to be broken a couple of weeks ago; however, they had to wait to close it until the waters went down enough for them to repair it. The Chain of Rocks Canal transports about 60 percent of the nation’s agricultural exports. Last year the canal handled about 67 million tons. It can allow a 15-barge tow to bypass in one trip. The canal is an 8.4 mile stretch. The Corps of Engineers has closed the 1,200 foot long chamber to replace the tensioning rods on the miter gate at the lower end. Even though this section will only be closed for a couple of days, it will cost about $1 to $3 million for fuel, personnel and other costs. Normally it takes about 30 to 45 minutes for a barge to go through the canal. Right now it is taking about 90 minutes to 2 hours to pass through. This Lock was built in 1952. Before the lock and dams were installed, it was sometimes impossible to travel the Mississippi River when the water was low.

To read more about this story in the STLtoday.com, click here

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday

Aug 27 ... 2008

 

 

Over 1.7 Million Visitors Strong !

 

 

 Picture of the Day

 

Dredging the Channel

 

 

click on pic to enlarge

 

River Pictures of the Day.......... were sent in by Capt'n Tony Trice, who hails out of Woodland Marina.

 


Bill,


I am sending a picture of the Dredge Potter operating at mile marker 222....the island in the background is Island 521 downstream of the cut thru from the Old Sharky's.

 

Both were taken Sunday, 24 th Aug.

 

 

Tony
 

 

 Yesteryears Picture of the Day

 

A 360 Degree Picture of

 Jamaica Daze 2006

 

CLICK ON PICTURE ABOVE TO OPEN THE 360 DEGREE PICTURE

USE YOUR SCROLL BAR TO SEE THE WHOLE THING !

 

 

Yester Year's River Picture of the Day in 2006 ...... was a 360 degree picture of the Jamaica Daze Party last weekend taken by Cameron Imming of AltonPoolBlogSpot.com. It's great !

  

Here is part of the e-mail Cameron wrote:

 

 Bill,
        Here's my compiled 360 degree view from where I parked the other day.

Wonderful party and I can't even say thanks enough for the hard work I'm sure you and all the others put in.

Cameron T Imming

 


  
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Navigation Notice ......

 

To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 8/27/08
Subject: DREDGING UMR
NAVNOTICE # 1305

SUBJ: WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0394-08 UM
SAFETY AND SCHED BCSTS UNTIL CANCELLED
CANCEL WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0393-08 UM
USCG NOTICE TO MARINERS EIGHTH DISTRICT NR 0394-08 UM
COAST GUARD SECTOR UMR ISSUES THE FOLLOWING SAFETY ADVISORY:
THE DREDGE POTTER HAS BEGUN DREDGING AT MM 235.5 UMR. DREDGING WILL BE  24 HRS A DAY 7 DAYS A WEEK UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. A 30 MINUTE ADVANCED NOTICE IS REQUIRED PRIOR TO PASSING BY CONTACTING THE DREDGE POTTER ON VHF FM CHANNELS 13 OR 16. ALL MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO TRANIST THIS AREA WITH EXTREME CAUTION.
BT

 

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Check the CG/COE Hot Topics website for most current memos

       

Missouri State Water Patrol News Release.....

 

  

NEWS RELEASE
PUBLIC INFORMATION SECTION, P.O. Box 1368, Jefferson City, MO  65102

For further information contact: Sergeant Gerard G. Callahan
Public Information Director
Phone: (573) 751-3333
E-mail: Jerry.Callahan@mswp.dps.mo.gov
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jefferson City

New Laws In Effect On the Water for the Labor Day Weekend



The traditional end of summer is upon us and while many people will be boating well into the fall, for some Labor Day weekend is the last hurrah of the summer boating season. The Missouri State Water Patrol asks that boaters stay vigilant in their safe boating practices. Remember the rivers and lakes will be more crowded than other weekends due to the three day weekend. Slow down and be courteous to other boaters around you. Allow for extra time while loading and launching boats.

In addition to the added traffic there will be a number of new laws that will take affect on Thursday, August 28 which boaters will need to be aware of.

· Missouri's legal blood alcohol content for operating a vessel will drop from .10% to .08%.

· Boats must come to an idle speed within 100 feet of an emergency vessel that is displaying flashing lights.

· The nighttime speed limit of 30 m.p.h. has been expanded to include all state waterways.

A law making it illegal to obstruct the flow of traffic on the water was expanded to apply to all state waterways.



News Release ID: N07080178
Release Date: 20080826

 

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The above reprinted from the Missouri State Water Patrol website

Click here to check out the Missouri State Water Patrol website

 

What's Going on at the River Restaurants 

click here

or

click on your favorite restaurant link below:

 

Boshertown Bar & Grill

Cedar Hill Resort

Grafton's Landing

Kinder's Restaurant

KJ's Place

Longshot Saloon at My River Home

North Shore Oasis

Palisades Yacht Club

Rotten Apple Ciderhouse

Sundowners at Yacht Club of St Louis

News Release


      Release No. 56-08   For Release: IMMEDIATE - August 26, 2008


 


1222 Spruce Street, St. Louis, MO, 63103-2833 www.mvs.usace.army.mil

 

Southeast Missouri Lake Project of the Year for Army Corps

 

 

Wappapello Lake in southeastern Missouri near Poplar Bluff was recently recognized as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Natural Resources Project of Year. Lake personnel accepted the award from Lt. Gen. Robert L. Van Antwerp, Chief of Engineers, at a ceremony in Pittsburgh August 4.


For over 40 years the Army Corps of Engineers has recognized excellence with its Project of the Year Award. The Corps operates and maintains over 400 multi-use lake projects around the country and all are eligible to submit a nomination package. Wappapello Lake was first selected as the representative project for the Mississippi Valley Division before being forwarded to the Headquarters panel for consideration.

 

The award recognizes a project for its accomplishments in management efficiency, public involvement, public safety, management effectiveness, and partnerships as related to all elements of the Natural Resources Management Program. The evaluation focuses on management efforts that contribute to greater efficiency and effectiveness in use of personnel and funds, while sustaining or improving good customer service and stewardship of project resources.


Gary Stilts, Wappapello Lake’s operations manager, was ecstatic at the news.


“The staff at Wappapello Lake are some of the most creative and innovative individuals I’ve worked with in my 26 year career with the Corps,” Stilts said. “We had a really good year in 2007, and it was great to receive this recognition for our work.


“All of our management decisions revolve around what is good for our visitors, the American taxpayer and the natural resources we are committed to being good stewards of,” Stilts added. “The team has a lot to be proud of and I certainly couldn’t be prouder. This isn’t just our award but it also belongs to all our contractors, volunteers, partners and the public that visits the lake. ”

 

....Click here to read more.

 

 

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The above was reprinted from e-mail from the US Army Corps of Engineers.

Information presented on Corps Web public web sites is considered public information and may be distributed or copied.

Click here to go to the US Army Corps of Engineers website.

 

Missing Man’s Body Was Found In The Illinois River.....

A 41 year old man was reported missing on Saturday afternoon. Evidently he and his wife had been arguing and he left. He called her from his cell phone to tell her that he would be going to a better place – he was going to see God. His wife called the police immediately. Family and friends joined the police department to go look for him in Morgan County, where he was from.

About 1:25 pm on Saturday afternoon, the Sherriff in Greene County, called and said that they had found his truck near the Illinois River south of Montezuma Landing .  The Illinois State Police airplane spotted his body about one mile down river from his truck.

To read this full story in thetelegraph.com, click here

Illinois Counties Denied Flood Assistance.....

 The Illinois Emergency Management Agency requested for flood assistance from the federal government has been denied. The local governments have paid out about $12 million so far in aid for the 200 + homes that were damaged by the floods this year. The federal money would help residents and businesses in 21 counties in Illinois.

The Illinois Emergency Management Agency applied for it a second time and that request was denied again on Monday.

To read this full story, click here in STLtoday.com

Ralls and Monroe Counties in Missouri are Still Waiting For Flood Assistance.....

It has been exactly a month since residents in Ralls County had to move out of their homes because of the floods in the Salt River. Even though the waters have receded and they are able to return to their homes, many of their houses are saturated with water.

 Since their has been no declaration, that usually means there won’t be any help.

Missouri Governor, Mat Blunt, has sent a letter to FEMA requesting help.

To read this full article, click here

 Please check our website www.sundownersstl.com

Clarksville Photos And Comments......

To view a few photos of this year's flooding in Clarksville, Mo and read some on-line comments from the residents of this river town, click here on topix.net,

It's Our Island Paradise ... Lets Keep It Clean !

Heartland Boating .....

RiverBill's received some e-mails asking where to get a copy of the latest Heartland Boating magazine....... Below is a link from their website for a list of retailers that handle it:

http://www.heartlandboating.com/retailmarinas.htm

RiverBill's 2008 Flood Pictures

 

  Click here and check them out.....

Click on the Slide Show

Click on the "i" icon in the picture to turn on text info.

Ethanol and Your Boat Engine .....

The LakeExpo has a good article in yesterday's edition about how ethanol can damage your boat's engine(s).

The Missouri Renewable Fuel Act, that went into effect in early 2008,  requires all gasoline sold in the state of Missouri to contain 10% ethanol. This won't affect your land-yachts very much, but it cause problems in your boat.  
 

The law excludes fuel for aviation and marina purposes.  That's good news !

Beware of filling your boat up at the local gas station though....you are going to be pumping ethanol enhanced fuel from their pumps.

Click here to read the news article in LakeExpo.com

 

Pontoon Boat Insurance Claims .....

The LakeExpo has a good article in yesterday's edition about the top 10 reasons pontoon boat owners submit insurance claims.

Galvanic corrosion, wiring, pontoon log pitting, plowing into waves, passenger injuries, windage,  undersize dock lines, swimmers, theft and animal vandals.

Click here to read the news article in LakeExpo.com

 

 SAVE THE DELTA QUEEN

For more info go to www.save-the-delta-queen.org 

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Delta Queen’s farewell tour schedule

 

September 3, 2008 Noon Dover, Tennessee
September 21, 2008 4 p.m. Paducah, Kentucky
October 2, 2008 4 p.m. Marietta, Ohio
October 7, 2008 Noon Point Pleasant, West Virginia
October 21, 2008 4 p.m. Cincinnati, Ohio
October 24, 2008 Noon Louisville, Kentucky
October 25, 2008 Noon Grandview, Indiana
October 30, 2008 TBD Memphis, Tennessee
November 1, 2008 4 p.m. Helena, Arkansas
November 2, 2008 4 p.m. Greenville, Mississippi
November 3, 2008 4 p.m. Vicksburg, Mississippi
November 4, 2008 4 p.m. Natchez, Mississippi
November 5, 2008 4 p.m. Baton Rouge, Louisiana
November 6, 2008 4 p.m. Oak Alley Plantation, Louisiana
November 7, 2008 TBD New Orleans, Louisiana

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday

Aug 26 ... 2008

 

 

Over 1.7 Million Visitors Strong !

 

 

 Picture of the Day

 

"HMR C. Bernadette Able"

Meets

"Lady Tampa Bay"

 

click on pic to enlarge

 

River Picture of the Day.......... was sent to us by Captain Greg Sadowski and crew. 

 

 

Bill.

 

"HMR C. Bernadette Able" , Riverbill's picture of the day Aug. 17, meets
"Lady Tampa Bay", Riverbill's picture of the day Aug. 23, to share
Stories, Dinner, and River History...
photo by Teresa from the Camanche, IA, Library Pier
pictured left to right, Ian, Hanna, Ernie, Phil, & Greg
not pictured, Lindsey & Buddy
Web-Cam view from Lock 15, the same day.. by Tom Stolze

 

Captain Greg Sadowski

 

 

 

RiverBill's received another e-mail a bit later:

 

Correction ... Buddy is in the picture. Can you find him?
Greg

 

Click here to visit Classic Marine's website                               Click here to e-mail Michelle

 

 Yesteryears Picture of the Day

 

A Place You Never Want To See

Your Boat

 

 

Click on pic to enlarge

 

Yester Year's River Picture of the Day in 2007 ...... s from Pat Riley, of Pat Riley Marine Services fame and also a St. Charles County Sheriff.  Pat sent us a picture of a a boat that was in the ditch on Dwyer Rd in St. Charles County.

 


  
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Navigation Notice ......

 

To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 8/25/08
Subject: RIVER CLOSURE
NAVNOTICE # 1303

UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER
THE COAST GUARD HAS ESTABLISHED A TEMPORARY RIVER CLOSURE AT MM 420 UMR DUE TO DREDGING OPERATIONS. THE CHANNEL WILL REMAIN CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. ALL MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO CONTACT COAST GUARD SECTOR UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER AT 314-269-2332 OR ON VHF FM CHANNEL 16 UPON ARRIVAL TO THE CLOSURE AREA. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT THE M/V DAVENPORT OR THE M/V MUSCATINE ON CHANNELS 13, 16, OR 82.

 

 

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Check the CG/COE Hot Topics website for most current memos

       

Missouri State Water Patrol News Release.....

 


News Release N07080177

 Grounding / Meramec River - 08/23/08

Location:

     1 MI ABOVE ONONDAGA STATE PARK RAMP  
Summary : 

Subjects were boating on the Meramec when a canoe pulled out in front of them. They cut the boat hard to avoid hitting the canoe and ran aground. Both subjects had minor injuries but refused treatment.


 

Click here to check out the Missouri State Water Patrol website

August 27th Is The Last Day To Apply For FEMA.....

On Wednesday, August 27th, it will be the last day for Federal/State Disaster Recovery Center in Winfield, Missouri to be open. This day is also the last day for Missouri flood victims to apply for FEMA from the flooding that happened from June 1st through July 18th of this year. The Missouri Counties in Missouri that were affected by the flood is Andrew, Cass, Clark, Gentry, Greene, Holt, Johnson, Lewis, Lincoln, Linn, Livingston, Marion, Nodaway, Pike, Ralls, St. Charles, Stone, Taney, Vernon, Webster. To register, you can call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or visit their website at www.fema.gov.

To read this full article on the FEMA website, click here

River Destinations

   St Mary's Catholic Church Oktoberfest.........

On October 18th and 19th, St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Alton, Illinois will host the German Oktoberfest. This will be held to celebrate the German settlers who founded this church 150 years ago. They will have a German feast, four live bands, a silent auction, a wine tasting and several beers on tap. There will be great food, wonderful entertainment and they will auction off church pews, free meals at local restaurants, hot air balloon rides, golf outings, vacation packages, and children’s birthday parties. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, donating items to the auction or volunteering your time, you can call the parish at 618-465-4284 or visit their website at www.stmarysalton.com/150/oktoberfestival.htm.

To read this full article in the telegraph.com, click here

Palisades Yacht Club presents their 2nd Annual.......

   Redneck Fishing Tournament



Sept, 13th 11:30-2pm


Palisades Yacht Club wants you to partner with them and have a blast while helping to diminish the Asian Carp (Silver Carp) population in our local rivers.

Entry fee will be $20 per boat. The scoring will be calculated on a “FISH
COUNT” total. WINNER TAKES ALL!!.

Palisades Yacht Club is also offering a $50 gift certificate & $50.00 cash to the person that brings in the “BIGGEST ASIAN CARP”. Don’t miss out on this great time.


Rules are as follows:
1). PFD’s must be worn while the boat is moving under its own power.
2). No fishing poles.
3). Must attend boaters meeting 10 minutes before take off or be disqualified.
(Large fish landing nets are encouraged, but not required to catch the fish

 

 

Click here for flyer

 Please check our website www.sundownersstl.com

BoatUS is Offering $4000 Boating Safety Grants.....

According to an on-line news article in SailMagazine.com, BoatUS is offering $4000 grants for proposals to educate boaters on the dangers of alcohol and boating through their Boating Safety Grant Program .

According to US Coast Guard statics, alcohol was the primary contributing factor in fatal boating accidents in 2007. Alcohol was listed as the leading factor in 21% of the deaths.

Click here to read the news article

 

It's Our Island Paradise ... Lets Keep It Clean !

The September Issue of Heartland Boating is Out.....

The new issue of Heatland Boating is out and has a lot of articles you might be interested in reading:

  • Danger Around The Bend For The Delta Queen

  • St. Louis Sailing Center Sails On With Hobie

  • Kinder's Restaurant and Bar

  • Lake of the Ozarks Grows Up

  • Evansville Marina

  Make sure to read the article on Kinder's Restaurant.  It was written by our own Sherri Stanczak !  According to here article the restaurant was built in 1929 and originally named the "Green Onoin".  Oliver Kinder bought it in 1939 and re-named it "Kinders".  It's been in the family ever since. 

  Today, Kinder's Restautant and Cocktail Lounge is owned by Henry & Ida Kinder, Jenice Kiel and Carol Rose.

 Check out their website.....    http://www.kindersrestaurant.net

RiverBill says...Good article Sherri ... and thanks for including RiverBills.com  in your writings.

RiverBill's 2008 Flood Pictures

 

  Click here and check them out.....

Click on the Slide Show

Click on the "i" icon in the picture to turn on text info.

Ohio River Sternwheel Festival......

   Friday - Sunday, September 5 - 7, 2008

Marietta, Ohio is the location of the 32th celebration of the Sternwheel festival. The weekend after Labor Day, sternwheelers arrive in Marietta, home of the American Sternwheel Association and home to two sternwheelers on the National Register of Historic Places.

 

For more information contact:
Ohio River Sternwheel Festival
P.O.Box 2109
Marietta, OH 45750

 

 

Click here to go to the Marietta, Ohio website

7th Annual Wheeling Heritage Port Sternwheel Festival...
  
September 11, 12, 13, 2008

    Heritage Port Wheeling, WV

 

Boat rides, live music, entertainment, fireworks and more.

 

Click here for more information

 SAVE THE DELTA QUEEN

For more info go to www.save-the-delta-queen.org 

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Delta Queen’s farewell tour schedule

 

September 3, 2008 Noon Dover, Tennessee
September 21, 2008 4 p.m. Paducah, Kentucky
October 2, 2008 4 p.m. Marietta, Ohio
October 7, 2008 Noon Point Pleasant, West Virginia
October 21, 2008 4 p.m. Cincinnati, Ohio
October 24, 2008 Noon Louisville, Kentucky
October 25, 2008 Noon Grandview, Indiana
October 30, 2008 TBD Memphis, Tennessee
November 1, 2008 4 p.m. Helena, Arkansas
November 2, 2008 4 p.m. Greenville, Mississippi
November 3, 2008 4 p.m. Vicksburg, Mississippi
November 4, 2008 4 p.m. Natchez, Mississippi
November 5, 2008 4 p.m. Baton Rouge, Louisiana
November 6, 2008 4 p.m. Oak Alley Plantation, Louisiana
November 7, 2008 TBD New Orleans, Louisiana

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday

Aug 25 ... 2008

 

 

Over 1.7 Million Visitors Strong !

 

 

 Picture of the Day

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ROSIE !

 

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River Picture of the Day.......... was sent in by Capt'n Mike Halley, who hails out of the Yacht Club of St. Louis in the Cruiser ... "Over Exposed."

 

 

Hi Bill.

 

We had another great weekend in Mason's Chute celebrating Rosie's 50th birthday. Here's a picture of our raft from Saturday. A lot of boats, a lot of friends, and a lot of love shown for Rosie. Happy Birthday Rosie!

Mike & Karen
Over Exposed
Yacht Club St. Louis

 

Click here to visit Classic Marine's website                               Click here to e-mail Michelle

 

 Yesteryears Picture of the Day

 

 

Yester Year's River Picture of the Day in 2005 ...... was sent in by Stan and Sharon Ashberry.  It is a 2005  Jamaican Daze Sunset over the Isle of Two Branch.  The day time activities were over and the night time party was just getting under way. 

 

What a shot ....  Look at those colors !

Thanks Stan and Sharon for sharing  your great picture.


 


  
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Navigation Notice ......

 

To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 8/24/08
Subject: Dredging on the Upper Mississippi River AT MM 313 UMR
NAVNOTICE # 1301

SUBJ: WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0386-08 UM
SAFETY AND SCHED BCSTS UNTIL CANCELLED
USCG NOTICE TO MARINERS EIGHTH DISTRICT NR 0386-08 UM
UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER DREDGING OPERATIONS HAVE COMMENCED BETWEEN MM 313 UMR MID CHANNEL UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. DREDGING WILL BE DAYLIGHT HOURS ONLY. MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO CONTACT THE DREDGE GOETZ ON VHF-FM CHNLS 13, 16, OR WORKING CHANNEL 82 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION AND PASSING INSTRUCTIONS.
MARINERS ARE ALSO REQUESTED TO TRANSIT ALONG THE NUN BUOY LINE AND TO TRANSIT THE AREA WITH CAUTION.

 

 

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To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 8/24/08
Subject: DREDGING OPERATIONS
NAVNOTICE # 1299

SUBJ: WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0384-08 UM
SAFETY AND SCHED BCSTS UNTIL CANCELLED
USCG NOTICE TO MARINERS EIGHTH DISTRICT NR 0384-08 UM
UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER COAST GUARD SECTOR UPPER ISSUES THE FOLLOWING THE SAFETY ADVISORY:
THE DREDGE POTTER HAS BEGUN DREDGING BETWEEN MM 221.0 AND 222.0 UMR. DREDGING WILL BE 24 HOURS PER DAY 7 DAYS PER WEEK UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. 30 MINUTES ADVANCE NOTICE IS REQUIRED PRIOR TO PASSING BY CONTACTING THE DREDGE POTTER ON VHF-FM CH 13 OR 16. SOUTHBOUND TOWS BETWEEN MM 221.0 - 222.0 UMR ARE RESTRICTED TO DAYLIGHT HOURS ONLY. ALL MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO TRANSIT THIS AREA WITH EXTREME CAUTION.
 

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Check the CG/COE Hot Topics website for most current memos

       

Bud Light Takes The Honors at the  2008 Lake of the Ozarks Shootout ........

 

According to a news article in today's edition of LakeExpo.com, team Bud Light shot past all the competition by posting 178 mph and taking the Top Gun Trophy.

 

  The crowd was well behaved and the event was touted as a success......drawing thousands of spectators to watch the event.

 

The Shootout at Lake of the Ozarks is the largest unsanctioned boat race in the United States. Proceeds will go to the local fire districts, Habitat For Humanity, the American Red Cross and other non-profit organizations.

 

 

Click here to read the news article

The Race For The Rivers.....

This weekend was the “Race for the Rivers” kayak race. It is held on the Missouri River. It starts at Washington, Missouri and ends at Columbia Bottom, which is where the Missouri meets the Mississippi River.  It is a two-day race, which starts out on Saturday at Washington and goes to Frontier Park. Then it picks up on Sunday at Frontier Park and goes to Columbia Bottom. The Clean Water Challenge starts at Weldon Springs and ends at Frontier Park in St. Charles. It is not nearly as far. Another race that is held in Missouri is getting attention nationwide is the Missouri 340. It starts in the Kansas City area and goes to Frontier Park in St. Charles. It was held on July 16th this year. It is a little more intense. Paddlers go straight through without stopping during the night. Between the barges and sleep deprivation, it is a lot more dangerous. The Race for the Rivers and the Clean Water Challenge races are fundraisers for the Greenway Network.

To read more about these races and find out more about them, click here on STLtoday.com

River Destinations

   Quincy, IL .... Germanfest 2008

  

This weekend was the Germanfest 2008 in Quincy, Illinois. This event’s main sponsors are Hy-vee, Refreshment Services Pepsi and Mississippi Belle Distributing. Even though they serve German food and play German music, such as the “Funky Chicken” dance and “She’s too fat for me,” they say you don’t have to be German to enjoy the festival. There were more than 2,000 people who were out there dancing this weekend. This event raised thousands of dollars for the local Arthritis Foundation.

 

To read the full report about this event on KHQA online, click here

 Please check our website www.sundownersstl.com

Dredging The Mississippi River Still Continues.....

The U.S. Corps of Engineers finished the dredging up in Winfield. They had started dredging near Hamburg, Illinois after a barge ran aground a couple of weeks ago. Since the flooding, sediment has settled in the river, which has caused areas in the river to be higher than normal. This can be very dangerous to recreational boaters as well as commercial traffic. The Coast Guard has lifted all of the restrictions on the river. The dredging will continue down river where the Illinois River meets the Mississippi river.

 To read this full story, on KWQC TV 6, click here

It's Our Island Paradise ... Lets Keep It Clean !

Illinois Department of Natural Resources - Fishing Report.........

    dated 22 August is available on-line for the  Mississippi and Illinois Rivers.

 

Click here for the  "Mississippi River"  section of the report and scroll down to your favorite fishing area. 

 

Click here for the  "Illinois River"  section of the report and scroll down to your favorite fishing area.

  

Go to   http://www.ifishillinois.org for the complete report.

Cahokia Mounds Could Become A National State Park.........

Greater Cahokia used to straddle the Mississippi River and had settlements in what is now St. Louis and St. Charles Counties. At its peak, it covered six square miles. Officials have done a wonderful job preserving this park and keeping it up, however; some feel that they should turn it over to the National Park Service.

Right now this park brings in about 300,000 people from 50 states and 85 to 90 different countries. The staff has been cut in half in the past several years, with more cuts to come.

Many feel that the national park service has the revenue, expertise and equipment that far surpass the state of Illinois' resources.
 

To read about this controversial decision, click here on STLtoday.com

 

River Destinations.....

     Alton, IL Labor Day Parade

Alton held it's Labor Day Parade this past Saturday so they wouldn't interfere with the Granite City parade, which will be held on Labor Day weekend. This parade is put on to salute the local unions. The main sponsor of the event is the Alton-Wood River Chapter of the Greater Madison County Federation of Labor.

To read the full story about the parade, click here on the Alton Daily News

 

 Reservoirs In Iowa Are Falling Back To Normal.....

Three of the reservoirs in Iowa that have fallen back to normal. Saylorville, Red Rock and Coralville have not been at normal levels since the flooding started back in April. These floods have caused billions of dollars worth of damage and have 38,000 people from their homes. All three of these reservoirs were damaged during the flood; however, they expect all recreational areas to be open back up for Labor Day weekend.

To read this article on KHQA online, click here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Weekend Report

Saturday & Sunday

Aug 23, 24 ... 2008

 

 

Over 1.7 Million Visitors Strong !

Updated Sun at 8:20AM....Nav Notice dredging at MM221 - 222 ......Two Branch Harbor Warning

  Updated Sat at  9:15PM ....Injury at Lake Ozarks, More news...New Illinois Laws...Gas war at Lake Ozark

 

Updated Sun at 7:25AM

 

Two Branch Harbor Entrance Warning !

 

Name:      Jerry (jred159@hotmail.com)
Date:        Sat 23 Aug 2008 10:21:54 PM EDT
Subject: We just went hard aground entering Two Branch Harbor 8-23-08


Entering Two Branch Harbor the water is very very shallow. We wound up getting out of the boat and walking it in and nowhere between the fuel dock and the other side of the entrance into the harbor is the water more than 18 inches deep. NOWHERE!!! If you draw a line from the fuel dock past the dredge over to the flagpole next to the pavilion by the houses on the shoreline.....no where along that line is the water deeper than 18 INCHES. If you have a big boat with inboard drives in Two Branch DO NOT ATTEMPT TO PASS THROUGH THE ENTRANCE TO GO OUT TO THE RIVER CHANNEL. YOU WILL RUN HARD AGROUND!!! And tear up your props and shafts. THE WINFIELD TAILWATER READING IS 15.25 RIGHT NOW. TWO BRANCH!!!! DREDGE THIS LITTLE CHANNEL! THE FREAKIN DREDGE IS SITTING RIGHT THERE BILL...... PLEASE POST THIS SOMEWHERE REAL PROMINANT, REAL QUICKLY. THIS COULD BE REALLY EXPENSIVE FOR SOMEONE IN A BIG BOAT.

 

The above from RiverBill's Message Board
 

Welcome New Advertiser !

Inland Marine

7255 Metropolitan, Barnhart, Mo

Inland Marine, a full-service marine dealer, has been meeting the boating needs of the St. Louis, Missouri region since 1986. We offer a wide selection of new Monterey, Crestliner, and Bentley boats to satisfy both pleasure boaters and those serious about catching fish.  Need a new motor?  As a Mercury Marine dealer, we can assist you in selecting just the right amount of power to fuel your fun. As a full-service marine business, we help you maintain your boating investment through our outstanding service and parts departments.  We also stock a full line of boating accessories

 

Click here to go to Inland Marine website

 Picture of the Day

Sunday

 

 

   

 

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River Picture of the Day.......Sunday... was sent in by Capt'n Brian Schnelle.
 

 

Hello,

Had a few pics I wanted to submit, all were taken while flying my powered parachute, enjoy!

Brian Schnelle

 Picture of the Day

Saturday

Delta Queen

 

  

click on pic to enlarge

 

River Picture of the Day.......Saturday... was sent in by Capt'n Greg Sadowski, on another delivery trip.

 

 

Bill,


Shot these pics of the Delta Queen last night (Aug 14) at about sunset, Just came out of lock 53 as we were going in. They were going to stay the night at Paducah.
Our boat is the "Lady Tampa Bay", picture taken Wednesday on Kentucky Lake.

 

Greg Sadowski, Phil Shults, Ernie Stolze.

Come Join the folks at  Classic Marine on their first annual

Slow Ride to Fast Eddie's

Sunday, August 31st

Good food, good friends, good times, and we'll even throw in some attendance prizes

Call or e-mail Michelle for more details

Michelle@ClassicMarineLLC.com

636- 887- 4006

 

Click here to visit Classic Marine's website                               Click here to e-mail Michelle

 

 Yesteryears Picture of the Day

Sunday

 

 

Yester Year's River Picture of the Day in 2007 ...Sunday... was sent in by Capt'n Harry Ragland, who hails out of Palisades Yacht Club in the sailboat Tapacolo.

Bill,
This past weekend I spent Friday night at Grafton and then sailed to Alton on Saturday. Normally the prevailing winds would make this easy, but last Saturday the winds were strong out of the East. I had to work hard tacking the whole way. However, this O'Day 34 between Alton and Harbor Point makes it look easy because she's going the other way under a giant spinnaker.

Harry Ragland


 

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 Yesteryears Picture of the Day

Saturday

 

 

Yester Year's River Picture of the Day in 2006 ...Saturday... was sent in by Shannon Orf

 

Hi Bill,

 

Here is a picture of our river pups.   They are both Weimaraners.  Libby is the lighter colored one, and Cash is the darker one.  This picture was taken in July up on Turkey Island.

 

Shannon Orf


 


  
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Featured Classified of the Day

For Sale ..... Boat Ramp and Acreage  

Located close to super highway ! 
On Dardenne Slough at Huster Road, 3 miles North of Highway 370 and Elm Street
 
Click here for map from MapQuest


Down-river from Riverside 1/3 mile.
Up-river from South Shore Marina 1/4 mile.
On the corner of Huster Road and Mississippi.

 

This property has: 3 New Septic Tanks, 3 Water Tanks, 3 Electric Hook-Ups, Regular Bathroom at Ramps........About 300 ramping in season.   

 

Use for..... Ramping and Boat,  Camper, etc Storage ....Primitive R/V Campgrounds......Private Park For Local Up Scale Sub.Residents....Private Club.....Mini Farms.....Nice Big Home - or Two...You Name It

 

  May Finance / Will Trade For ?         

 6 ACRES & RAMPS $200,000

11 ACRES & RAMPS $250,000

22 ACRES & RAMPS $290,000

Call Earl ...636.949.6986   EDAVIS1936@AOL.com        Click here for flyer and more info

New Classifieds

2002  28' Daytona Eliminator

RiverBill's Featured Classifieds

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RiverBill's Classifieds Page

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River Levels / Flood Warnings.........  

    

 

Click here for more information for water levels Lock and Dam 25

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Click here for more information for water levels at Grafton

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Click here for more information for water levels at Lock and Dam 26

 Click here for a "Pool Level"  graph of the river level at Alton

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  • Click here for current Doppler Radar and up-to-date River Levels / forecasts for Winfield, Grafton and Alton Dam 

  • Click here for U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS, ST. LOUIS DISTRICT, RIVER & RESERVOIR DAILY REPORT .

  • Click here to activate map from NOAA's National Weather Service website then click on gauge location for current river level

 

   Lewis Boats

    Marine Sales & Service

            

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4030 N Service Rd, St. Peters, MO     (636) 949-9926  

 

 

CERTIFIED TECHS TO COMPLETE MARINE REPAIR  FROM THE BOW EYE TO THE PROP NUT

     LEWIS BOATS CAN DO IT ALL !

 

Click here for map from Map Qcuest                    Click Here for website

Front Page Index

Classifieds....... 

Click here  to check out RiverBIll's Featured Boats

 

Flood Pictures...... 

 Click here to check out RiverBills 2008 Flood Pictures

 

Restaurant Section...... 

 Click here to check Business Hours....Dinner Specials...Drink Specials & Who's Playing Where ! 

 

What's Going On At The River This Week Section...... 

 Click here to check out this week's upcoming events

 

CLOSED  ...........

 

 

Cedar Hill ......................Closed for the season

North Shore Oasis..........Closed

 

Click on Ad to go to Bloch Marine website

 

River News !  

 

Back To Index

 

Last Weekend's Edition of RiverBill's............. click here   

 Updated Sat at 9:15

Missouri State Water Patrol News Release.....

 

  

 

 

News Release N07080176

 Falls Within Boat  - 08/23/08

Location:

     Lake of the Ozarks, 21 MM, Osage Beach, Mo 
Summary : 

SUBJECTS WERE TRAVELLING IN THE VESSEL WHEN THEY HIT A WAVE, CAUSING THE FEMALE TO COME OUT OF HER SEAT AND LANDING BACK IN HER SEAT INJURING HER BACK

Injuries:

     Donna Salas, Minor

 

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The above partially reprinted from the Missouri State Water Patrol website

Click here to check out the Missouri State Water Patrol website

 


Navigation Notice ......

 

Updated Sun at 8:20 AM

To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 8/24/08
Subject: DREDGING OPERATIONS
NAVNOTICE # 1299

SUBJ: WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0384-08 UM
SAFETY AND SCHED BCSTS UNTIL CANCELLED
USCG NOTICE TO MARINERS EIGHTH DISTRICT NR 0384-08 UM
UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER COAST GUARD SECTOR UPPER ISSUES THE FOLLOWING THE SAFETY ADVISORY:
THE DREDGE POTTER HAS BEGUN DREDGING BETWEEN MM 221.0 AND 222.0 UMR. DREDGING WILL BE 24 HOURS PER DAY 7 DAYS PER WEEK UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. 30 MINUTES ADVANCE NOTICE IS REQUIRED PRIOR TO PASSING BY CONTACTING THE DREDGE POTTER ON VHF-FM CH 13 OR 16. SOUTHBOUND TOWS BETWEEN MM 221.0 - 222.0 UMR ARE RESTRICTED TO DAYLIGHT HOURS ONLY. ALL MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO TRANSIT THIS AREA WITH EXTREME CAUTION.
 

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To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 8/22/08
Subject: Shoaling (BNM NR 0382-08 UM)
NAVNOTICE # 1297

UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER
THE COAST GUARD RCVD A RPT OF SHOALING AT MM 234.7 UMR IN THE CENTER OF THE CHNL. A M/V BUMPED BOTTOM AT THIS LOCATION WITH A 9'2" DRAFT WITH L/D 25 LOWER POOL GAGE READING 422.76 FT ON 22AUG08. MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO TRANSIT THE AREA WITH EXTREME CAUTION

 

 

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To:     ALL MARINERS
From:   Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 8/22/08
Subject: LT EX
NAVNOTICE # 1296

SUBJ: WESTERN RIVER BNM NR 0381-08 UM
SAFETY AND SCHED BCSTS UNTIL CANCELLED
USCG NOTICE TO MARINERS EIGHTH DISTRICT NR 0381-08 UM
UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER

DES MOINES RIVER LIGHTED BOUY (LLNR 15530) MM 361.5 LBD UMR IS EXTINGUISHED. MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO TRANSIT THE AREA WITH CAUTION.
 

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To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 8/22/08
Subject: Shoaling (BNM NR 0379-08 UM)
NAVNOTICE # 1294

UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER
THE COAST GUARD RCVD A RPT OF SHOALING AT MM 195.7 UMR MID CHNL. A
M/V RAN AGROUND AT THIS LOCATION WITH A 9'2" DRAFT WITH MEL PRICE L/D LOWER POOL GAGE READING 401.1 FT ON 22AUG08. MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO TRANSIT THE AREA WITH EXTREME CAUTION.

 

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To:     ALL MARINERS
From:   Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 8/22/08
Subject: Shoaling (BNM NR 0378-08 UM)
NAVNOTICE # 1293

UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER
THE CG RCVD A RPT OF SHOALING AT MM 337.0 UMR APPROX 50-75 FT OFF OF THE NUN BUOY LINE. THE SHOALING EXTENDS APPROX 100 FT. A M/V BUMPED BOTTOM AT THIS LOCATION WITH A 8'9" DRAFT WITH L/D 20 LOWER POOL GAGE READING 4.47 ON THE 21AUG08. MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO TRANSIT THE AREA WITH CAUTION.

 

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Check the CG/COE Hot Topics website for most current memos

       

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From The US Army Corps of Engineers website........

 

Locks 27 main 1200-foot chamber to close for maintenance

August 21, Granite City, Ill. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced today that they will close the main 1200-foot chamber of Locks 27, near Granite City for maintenance, Friday, Aug. 22. The closure is slated to last approximately one week.

Repairs are to be performed on the diagonal, or cross braces on the miter gates at the lower end of the main lock chamber. The miter gates are the huge gates that open and shut like giant doors at the south end of the concrete lock chamber.

Repairs are made necessary by deterioration of the tensioning rods that adjust the diagonal supports. Divers from the Rock Island District recently determined that four of 16 such threaded rods have broken and Corps structural engineers have determined that repairs should be made as soon as possible.

Timing of the repairs was carefully coordinated with navigation industry interests and has been based on three factors and:

• Time to obtaining the proper replacement parts
• Elevation of the water, both in the river and the ground on the land side of the
chamber
• Sufficient time to eliminate the queue of waiting tows that built up after the river
channel silted in, necessitating emergency dredging north of Winfield, Mo.
 

[More]

 

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The above was reprinted from the US Army Corps of Engineers website.

Information presented on CorpsWeb public web sites is considered public information and may be distributed or copied.

Click here to go to the US Army Corps of Engineers website.

 

 

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 Hauling Available up to 40' / 18,000 lbs.

What's Going on at the River Restaurants 

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or

click on your favorite restaurant link below:

 

Boshertown Bar & Grill

Cedar Hill Resort

Grafton's Landing

Kinder's Restaurant

KJ's Place

Longshot Saloon at My River Home

North Shore Oasis

Palisades Yacht Club

Rotten Apple Ciderhouse

Sundowners at Yacht Club of St Louis

Click here for pdf flyer with registration form

Found........

 

Name:       Guilty Pleasure (H2adambomb@yahoo.com)
Date:        Tue 19 Aug 2008 10:34:47 PM EDT


Subject:    Found on the new island at Mason chute- Wireless Remote for stereo
We spent the night on the island the 16th and the 17th. While cleaning up Sunday I found a wireless remote for a stereo. Please email if this is yours.

 

 

 

The above from RiverBIll's Message Board

Saturday, 23 August 

Kinder's Restaurant Summer Dance Party

 

The 3rd Degree Band

 9:00 PM -1:00 AM

It's Algae Time........

 

Today's edition of the Mad Marnier Magazine has a good article on Algae.

 Yeah...Algae, That green stuff floating in the harbor around the boat docks, the stuff that wants to mark the waterline of your boat,  the slime on the concrete boat ramps.....

 

Some species actually produce toxins that can kill fish, poison humans and harm pets that swim in or drink the water during a bloom.

 

Click here to read the news article in the Mad Mariner.

 

Open Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun @ 11:30AM

Kitchen is open with a limited menu

636 - 899 - 1093

 

Gary Sluhan Saturday 30th at 8:00 PM

Click here to listen to some of Gary's songs
 

Best View of the Bluffs on the River !

Click here for map from MapQuest

 

Flood Recovery.......

According to a news story on the AltonDailyNews.com....... the state of Illinois has has set up a state task force, "The Long Term Recovery Council".

The Long Term Recovery Council will It will work to free up money to implement the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers’ comprehensive plan and to help small businesses in Illinois recoup from this year's flooding.

Click here to read the news report

Lake of the Ozarks

   Shootout Schedule

The shootout at Lake of the Ozarks starts today with a PWC Dam Run, followed by a Poker run on Friday.

Click here for more information on LakeExpo.com

Downstairs Bar & Grill:  Wed,Thur 12-12,  Fri, Sat 12-1:30am, Sun 12-12
Upstairs Restaurant:  Frid & Sat 5-10pm
Cabana Bar:   Frid & Sat 8pm-1:30am

Live Music every Friday & Saturday with some of the areas top bands and entertainers!

Karaoke every Thursday from 8pm-12pm

The pool is open Tuesday-Sunday 12-8pm.

636- 250 - 3042

Thursday... 8/21 Karaoke 8pm,
Friday........ 8/22 Pennsylvania Slim
Saturday... 8/23 Stacey Collins Band

 

 Please check our website www.sundownersstl.com

  Updated Sat at  8:00AM 

Gas War AT Lake of the Ozarks........

 

According to today's edition of the LakeExpo.comthere is a gas war going on at Lake of the Ozarks.  Yeah a gas war... between the Horny Toad and Franky & Louie's.

 

The Toad is 2 cents cheaper than Frankie & Louie’s at this writing.... $3.879 in Toad Cove and $3.899 at Franky and Louie's Marina.

 

Click here to read the news story.
 

Missouri Fishing Report  ------ The Missouri Department of Conservation has issued this week's Fishing Report.  

 

Mississippi River (above St. Louis):

76 degrees, normal, dingy; channel catfish good on stinkbaits; flathead catfish fair on live baits; blue catfish fair on cut baits; largemouth bass good behind the islands on jigs; drum good on nightcrawlers; all other species slow.

(Report made on 8/21/2008)
 

Missouri River (below New Haven)

Falling, muddy; all species fair on natural
baits. (Report made on 8/21/2008)
 

Meramec (below Eureka)

Falling, muddy; black bass good on buzzbaits and crankbaits; channel catfish good on natural baits; carp fair on corn; all other species fair.

(Report made on 8/21/2008)
 

Salt (below Mark Twain):

76 degrees, high, dingy; bowfishing for bighead carp good; all other species slow.

(Report made on 8/21/2008)
 

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The above reprinted from the weekly [Mo-fish] Weekly Fishing Report e-mail.

Check out the report for the entire state of Missouri

go to  http://www.mdc.mo.gov/fish/fishrt/

It's Our Island Paradise ... Lets Keep It Clean !

 

Click on Ad to go to Bloch Marine website

RiverBill's 2008 Flood Pictures

 

  Click here and check them out.....

Click on the Slide Show

Click on the "i" icon in the picture to turn on text info.

  Updated Sat at  8:10AM 

Emergency Animal Rescuers Protected by New Illinois Law........

 

According to a news story in the AltonDailyNews.com, the State of Illinois has passed a new law that provides immunity from civil liability for animal rescuers during times of emergency.

18 other states already have adopted the Good Samaritan provisions in their laws.

 

Click here to read the news story

 

 

Friday

Aug 22, 2008

 

 

Over 1.7 Million Visitors Strong !

 

 

Welcome New Advertiser !

Inland Marine

7255 Metropolitan, Barnhart, Mo

Inland Marine, a full-service marine dealer, has been meeting the boating needs of the St. Louis, Missouri region since 1986. We offer a wide selection of new Monterey, Crestliner, and Bentley boats to satisfy both pleasure boaters and those serious about catching fish.  Need a new motor?  As a Mercury Marine dealer, we can assist you in selecting just the right amount of power to fuel your fun. As a full-service marine business, we help you maintain your boating investment through our outstanding service and parts departments.  We also stock a full line of boating accessories

 

Click here to go to Inland Marine website

 Picture of the Day

 

Our Lady of the River

 

click on pic to enlarge

 

River Picture of the Day.......... was sent in by Capt'n Tony Luebbert of Marine Max

 

Bill,

 

Here is a pic of the Shrine I took last night.

It's more impressive in person at night then the pictures could capture.

Tony Luebbert
MarineMax
2725 Veteran's Memorial Parkway
Saint Charles, MO 63303

 

Click here to visit Classic Marine's website                               Click here to e-mail Michelle

 

 Yesteryears Picture of the Day

 

 

Yester Year's River Picture of the Day in 2006 ...... were sent in Robert Cope of the boat "Slow Ride". 

 

Robert wrote :

 

Had a great time at the party.  Once again, you all did a great job. 

 

I would have taken more, but I got the camera wet, and it wouldn't cooperate for the rest of the day. 


 


  
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Navigation Notice ......

 

 

To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 8/21/08
Subject: SHOALING UMR
NAVNOTICE # 1292

SUBJ: WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0377-08 UM
SAFETY AND SCHEDULED BCSTS UNTIL CANCELLED
USCG NOTICE TO MARINERS EIGHTH DISTRICT NR 0377-08 UM
UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER
THE CG HAS RCVD A RPT OF SHOALING IN THE CENTER OF THE CHANNEL AT MM 331.7 UMR AND AT MM 332.8 UMR ON 21AUG08 WITH L/D 21 UPPER POOL GUAGE READING 12.14 FT. ALL MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO TRANSIT THESE AREAS WITH CAUTION.
BT
 

 

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To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 8/21/08
Subject: dredging ILR
NAVNOTICE # 1291

SUBJ: WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0376-08 UM
SAFETY AND SCHED BCSTS UNTIL CANCELLED
USCG NOTICE TO MARINERS EIGHTH DISTRICT NR 0376-08 UM
ILLINOIS RIVER DREDGING OPERATIONS WILL COMMENCE AT MM 87.7 ILR ON 25AUG08 AT 1200 CDT AND CONTINUE 24 HRS A DAY 7 DAYS A WEEK UNTIL 15SEP08.A CROSSING LINE WILL BE IN USE. MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO CONTACT THE DREDGE BUXTON II 30 MINUTES PRIOR TO ARRIVAL ON CH 13,16 OR WORKING CH 82 FOR PASSING INSTUCTIONS. MARINERS ARE ALSO URGED TO TRANSIT AT THEIR SLOWEST SAFE SPEED TO MINIMIZE WAKE AND PROCEED WITH CAUTION.
 

 

 

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Check the CG/COE Hot Topics website for most current memos

       

News Release


      Release No. 55-08   Point of Contact:  Alan Dooley 314-331-8002


For Release:  IMMEDIATE - August 21,2008     


1222 Spruce Street, Saint Louis, Missouri 63103-2833 / www.mvs.usace.army.mil
 

Locks 27 main 1200-foot chamber to close for maintenance

 

          Granite City, Ill. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced today that they will close the main 1200-foot chamber of Locks 27, near Granite City for maintenance,Friday, Aug.22. The closure is slated to last approximately one week.


          Repairs are to be performed on the diagonal, or cross braces on the miter gates at the lower end of the main lock chamber. The miter gates are the huge gates that open and shut like giant doors at the south end of the concrete lock chamber.


          Repairs are made necessary by deterioration of the tensioning rods that adjust the diagonal supports. Divers from the Rock Island District recently determined that four of 16 such threaded rods have broken and Corps structural engineers have determined that repairs should be made as soon as possible.


          Timing of the repairs was carefully coordinated with navigation industry interests and has been based on three factors and:

• Time to obtaining the proper replacement parts
• Elevation of the water, both in the river and the ground on the land side of the chamber
• Sufficient time to eliminate the queue of waiting tows that built up after the river channel silted in, necessitating emergency dredging north of Winfield, Mo.

          The water level issue came into play in 2005 when similar work was accomplished on the tops of the miter gate leafs. If water levels are too high in the river and the adjacent ground, there is danger that the pressure will distort the concrete lock walls.


          Structural engineers indicate that the diagonal braces keep each of the 70 by 61- foot, 206- ton gate leaf’s square and in plumb. If the braces fail completely there is danger that the gates will stop functioning. This would require a lengthy closure to replace or repair the gates just as the fall harvest of grain commodities was being readied to go to markets overseas.


          While the main chamber, which can allow a 15-barge tow to be locked through in a single trip is closed, the auxiliary 600-foot chamber will remain in operation. Locking 15-barge tows through that short chamber requires that they but “cut” into two sections and locked one section at a time. A helper boat will be on scene throughout repairs to speed that process.

 

          All commercial navigation traffic for the Mississippi River and Missouri and Illinois Rivers must pass through Locks 27 at the foot of the Chain of Rocks canal coming from or proceeding into the St. Louis Harbor. More than 67 million tons of cargo carried in 8,681 barge tows passed through Locks 27 in 2007.

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The above was reprinted from the US Army Corps of Engineers website.

Information presented on CorpsWeb public web sites is considered public information and may be distributed or copied.

Click here to go to the US Army Corps of Engineers website.

 

 

News Release


   Release No. 54-08         Point of Contact:Public Affairs (314)3318002/8068/8095


For Release:  IMMEDIATE - August 20,2008     


Navigation Channel Re-established on Upper Miss’ River north of Winfield, MO
Restrictions Lifted

 

         St. Louis – Yesterday the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dustpan dredge, Motor
Vessel Potter, completed emergency dredging operations on the Upper Mississippi River at river mile 257, near Hamburg, Ill., about 15 miles north of Winfield, Mo.
 

          Dredge Potter mobilized 10 days ahead of schedule on August 15 after two groundings on the Upper Mississippi River halted navigation. The dredge arrived at river mile 257 Saturday morning and started dredging operations. The Army Corps of Engineers is charged with maintaining a 9 foot deep, 300 foot wide navigation channel on the Upper Mississippi River. In three days the dredge successfully re-established a safe, dependable navigation channel at proper, authorized dimensions at this location.
 

          Traffic was slowly moving through the area during dredging operations but will now be able to transit the area unhindered. All U.S. Coast Guard restrictions have been lifted.


          Potter is now heading south to river mile 223, just north of the Mississippi River’s
confluence with the Illinois River. A 15-barge tow carrying grain grounded at this location
on Thursday. After the tow was removed, surveys completed and a safe channel was
marked by buoys, the Coast Guard determined a closure was not necessary at this location. Mariners are being instructed to transit between river miles 222.5 - 224.5 during daylight hours and monitor Coast Guard information broadcasts for updates.
 

        Once on site, Dredge Potter will begin work at this location to widen and deepen the channel, which was silted in by heavy sediment loads in the river.


          River engineers explain that during recent flooding and high water events, large
amounts of sediment were scoured from the bottom or carried in the river. Then the river’s level fell quickly. For example, at St. Louis the river fell 22 feet in 10 days decreasing the energy of the river. As the river fell and its energy decreased, sediment dropped out of suspension and to the bottom of the river.


          River surveys are ongoing in the 300 mile stretch of the Mississippi River managed by the St. Louis District to identify areas in need of dredging. Locations requiring dredging will be prioritized, addressing the most critical areas first. The dredging season typically runs into December or early January.


The St. Louis District also uses a contract cutter head dredge, Dredge America, which is expected to get under way on the Middle Mississippi River this Saturday.


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The above was reprinted from the US Army Corps of Engineers website.

Information presented on CorpsWeb public web sites is considered public information and may be distributed or copied.

Click here to go to the US Army Corps of Engineers website.

 

 

Madison County Board Approved Sales Tax Increase For Levee Repairs....

On Wednesday, the Madison County Board voted 25-2 to raise sales tax a quarter of a cent to repair the Metro East and Wood River Sanitary District Levees. This sales tax increase applies to all items except for groceries and medications and is supposed to start in January. The increase is expected to generate about $5 million per year. The Chain of Rocks Levee is being fixed by the federal government. They say that there are five levees in the Metro East area that may be decertified due to the new levee requirements.

To read this full article, click here on the Granite City Press

Found........

 

Name:       Guilty Pleasure (H2adambomb@yahoo.com)
Date:        Tue 19 Aug 2008 10:34:47 PM EDT


Subject:    Found on the new island at Mason chute- Wireless Remote for stereo
We spent the night on the island the 16th and the 17th. While cleaning up Sunday I found a wireless remote for a stereo. Please email if this is yours.

 

 

 

The above from RiverBIll's Message Board

Crow Tested Positive For The West Nile Virus In Godfrey.......

In Godfrey, Illinois, there was a crow found that tested positive for the West Nile Virus this week. This is the first bird that was infected with the virus in Madison County. The first human case of the West Nile virus in Madison County was found last week. The count of the virus is down this year compared to last year. In fact the first human case last year was in June. They recommend that you stay inside from dusk to dawn to avoid this mosquito. You can also wear protective clothing and insect repellant, preferably DEET. They also claim that you are more likely to have complications with the virus if you are over the age of 50.

To read this full report in the Alton Daily News, click here

Lake of the Ozarks

   Shootout Schedule

The shootout at Lake of the Ozarks starts today with a PWC Dam Run, followed by a Poker run on Friday.

Click here for more information on LakeExpo.com

Missouri Fishing Report  ------ The Missouri Department of Conservation has issued this week's Fishing Report.  

 

Mississippi River (above St. Louis):

76 degrees, normal, dingy; channel catfish good on stinkbaits; flathead catfish fair on live baits; blue catfish fair on cut baits; largemouth bass good behind the islands on jigs; drum good on nightcrawlers; all other species slow.

(Report made on 8/21/2008)
 

Missouri River (below New Haven)

Falling, muddy; all species fair on natural
baits. (Report made on 8/21/2008)
 

Meramec (below Eureka)

Falling, muddy; black bass good on buzzbaits and crankbaits; channel catfish good on natural baits; carp fair on corn; all other species fair.

(Report made on 8/21/2008)
 

Salt (below Mark Twain):

76 degrees, high, dingy; bowfishing for bighead carp good; all other species slow.

(Report made on 8/21/2008)
 

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The above reprinted from the weekly [Mo-fish] Weekly Fishing Report e-mail.

Check out the report for the entire state of Missouri

go to  http://www.mdc.mo.gov/fish/fishrt/

Pacific Residents Are Hoping For Funds To Raise Their Homes.......

Even though their chances are slim, the town of Pacific is still looking to the state to help pay for them to raise their homes above flood level. The state argues that they shouldn’t use rainy day funds to pay for this. However, Pacific sees that money there and is still being optimistic about getting it. There are about 187 homes that will need to be raised so they are above flood level. FEMA is going to buy out 24 homes in Pacific that are more likely to get flooded. The town will have to pay for 25 percent of the cost to do this, but they just don’t have that kind of funds. The cost of raising these homes is estimated to be around $1.5 million.

To read this full story, click here

Gas Prices.........

If you are not excited to hear that gas is $3.47 per gallon, then try to make yourself feel better and look around at some other states. According to surveys done by AAA, Missouri is always in the top five states for the lowest priced gasoline. Right now, Missouri has the lowest priced gasoline in the whole country. The average price right now is 3.467. Our competitor right now is South Carolina, the second lowest gas price with 3.480. We are usually in the running with South Carolina, Oklahoma and sometimes with New Jersey. A spokesperson says that there are a couple of reasons we have the lowest gas price. For one, we don’t charge sales tax for our gas. We also have a good distribution for fuel since many of the pipelines run through Missouri. We are usually about seven cents lower than the national average price. The average price of gas in St. Louis was $3.417 on Wednesday, $3.397 on Thursday, $3.888 a month ago and $2.665 a year ago.

To read this article in its entirety, click here on STLtoday.com

Boat Accessory Manufacturers in this Soft Market..........

According to a news article in the Soundings Trade Only boating newsletter ....Boat accessory manufacturers are doing better than most in this weak economy.

 Boaters may not be purchasing new boats, but the are still using their boats and apparently still buying accessories.

Click here to read this news article.

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday

Aug 21, 2008

 

 

Over 1.7 Million Visitors Strong !

 

 

Welcome New Advertiser !

Inland Marine

7255 Metropolitan, Barnhart, Mo

Inland Marine, a full-service marine dealer, has been meeting the boating needs of the St. Louis, Missouri region since 1986. We offer a wide selection of new Monterey, Crestliner, and Bentley boats to satisfy both pleasure boaters and those serious about catching fish.  Need a new motor?  As a Mercury Marine dealer, we can assist you in selecting just the right amount of power to fuel your fun. As a full-service marine business, we help you maintain your boating investment through our outstanding service and parts departments.  We also stock a full line of boating accessories

 

Click here to go to Inland Marine website

 Picture of the Day

 

Farmer Wants A Wife At Anchor Yanker's

  click on pic to enlarge

 

River Picture of the Day.......... was sent to us by Terry Burton of Anchor Yankers

 

 

Portage de Sioux’s own Matt Neustadt of TV’s Farmer Wants a Wife fame on Anchor Yankers Island Aug 17th. with OUR AY beauties!!!


Terry Borton Club Photog

Anchor Yankers
 

 

 

 Yesteryears Picture of the Day

 

 

Yester Year's River Picture of the Day......  was of some of the 2006 Jamaica Daze Party goers ....All dressed up in Island gear.



  
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Navigation Notice ......

 

 

 

 

 

To:     ALL MARINERS
From:   Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 8/20/08
Subject: dredging
NAVNOTICE # 1289

SUBJ: WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0374-08 UM
SAFETY AND SCHED BCSTS UNTIL CANCELLED
USCG NOTICE TO MARINERS EIGHTH DISTRICT NR 0374-08 UM
UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER
MECHANICAL DREDGING OPERATIONS HAVE COMMENCED AT MM 300.9 UMR AND WILL CONTINUE UNTIL 26AUG08 DURING THE HRS OF 0700-1800 CDT. MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO CONTACT THE M/V MOLINE OR THE M/V CLINTON ON CHANNELS 13, 16, OR WORKING CHANNEL 82 30 MINUTES PRIOR TO TRANISITING THE AREA.
BT

 

 

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To:     ALL MARINERS
From:   Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 8/20/08
Subject: L/D 27 MAIN CHAMBER CLOSURE
NAVNOTICE # 1288

SUBJ: WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0373-08 UM
SAFETY AND SCHED BCSTS UNTIL 290000Z AUG 08
USCG NOTICE TO MARINERS EIGHTH DISTRICT NR 0373-08 UM
UPPER MISSISSIPPI
L/D 27 WILL CLOSE THE MAIN CHAMBER AT 0700 ON 22AUG08. THE PURPOSE FOR THIS CLOSURE IS TO MAKE REPAIRS TO THE DIAGNOALS ON THE D/S MITAR GATE TO DEWATER THE MAIN CHAMBER. THE AUXILIARY CHAMBER WILL REMAIN OPEN DURING THIS PERIOD AND A HELPER BOAT WILL BE AVAILABLE TO ASSIST MARINERS. ALL MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO TRANSIT THIS AREA WITH CAUTION AND CONTACT THE LOCKMASTER FOR FURTHER INFORMATION.

 

 

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Click here to read Navigation Notice #1064    

Check the CG/COE Hot Topics website for most current memos

       

United States Coast Guard Press Release ...........  

 

 

  DATE: August 20, 2008 09:56:56 CST  

 

Office of External Affairs
U.S. Coast Guard

 

News Release

Date: Aug 20, 2008

Contact: Lt. Charles Mellor

(314) 269-2568

Coast Guard enforces commercial license requirements on the Lake of the Ozarks

ST. LOUIS - The Coast Guard responded to reports of unlicensed commercial passenger vessels operating on Lake of the Ozarks in Osage Beach, Mo., Aug. 19, 2008.

After checking eight operators and vessels, Coast Guard investigators identified two operators that were not properly licensed to carry passengers. The unlicensed operators were ordered to terminate operations until obtaining proper licensing.

Commercial passenger vessel operations are subject to federal regulations, which include minimum safety equipment and licensing standards on Lake of the Ozarks under Title 46, Section 8903 of the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations. Failure to meet licensing regulations can result in fines up to 1,000 dollars.

"Licensing and inspections regulations are established for the public's safety. We have a responsibility to enforce these regulations on the Lake of the Ozarks and the Coast Guard intends to conduct future, similar operations on both an announced and unannounced basis," said Capt. Steve Hudson, commander Coast Guard Sector Upper Mississippi River.




 

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U.S. Coast Guard - Saving lives since 1790

The United States Coast Guard -- Proud History. Powerful Future

 

Jack Gorecki Sentenced........

   RiverBill's received quite a few e-mails about the following news item.

 

 

According to a news story on KSDK --  John "Jack" Gorecki, the former owner of Captain Jack's Marina, was sentenced to 27 months in prison for defrauding banks.  The judge ordered him to repay more than $603,000.

Jack Gorecki was accused of falsifying loan applications in 2006 when he was having financial difficulties.

 


Click here to read the news story on KSKD.com
 

Lewis Boat is the New Regal Dealer in St. Louis !

   

LEWIS BOAT HAS BECOME THE NEW REGAL DEALER IN THE SAINT LOUIS METRO AREA.

 

WE ARE A FULL LINE SPORT BOAT AND SPORT CRUISER DEALER, AND OFFER COMPLETE SERVICE AND WARRANTY REPAIR FOR ALL REGAL CUSTOMERS.

 

WE HAVE REGAL BOATS IN STOCK AND MORE ON THE WAY.

 

 

Greg Lewis

Lewis Boat

4030 North Service Drive

St. Peters, Mo
 

 

www.regalboats.com

Rock River, Moline, IL

   Two Year Old Drowns After Grandfather Faints On The Boat......

A 2 year old boy drowned while his grandfather was passed out during a diabetic episode.

The man had taken his two year old grandson fishing in his boat on Rock River  just east of Moline, Illinois. He a diabetic episode and passed out for awhile. When he regained consciousness, his grandson was gone.

Two fishermen later found the 2 year old boys's body down river just a little way. The little boy died Friday morning at a hospital in Slivis, Illinois.

To read the full report on KHQA online, click here

What's Going on at the River Restaurants 

click here

or

click on your favorite restaurant link below:

 

Boshertown Bar & Grill

Cedar Hill Resort

Grafton's Landing

Kinder's Restaurant

KJ's Place

Longshot Saloon at My River Home

North Shore Oasis

Palisades Yacht Club

Rotten Apple Ciderhouse

Sundowners at Yacht Club of St Louis

Palisades Yacht Club Is Open for your Business......

 

Now open Thursday thru Sunday @ 11:30am

The kitchen is reopening Thursday with a limited menu


Thursday 21st Free Trivia @ 7:00 pm- Drinks for the winning tables.
 

Gary Sluhan Saturday 30th at 8:00 p.m.

Click here to play some of Gary Sluhan's songs

USS LST 325.......

   World War II Era Landing Ship Tank Traveling The Mississippi River

According to the Hawkeye.com, the World War II 325 era Landing Ship Tank (LST) will be making its way down the Mississippi River and staying at several docks along the way. At one time, this cargo vessel would drop of soldiers, tanks, ammunitions and other vehicles right in the middle of the war. Now it has turned into a floating museum and a memorial. They will also be tours for $10 that will go from 9 am through 5 pm daily. Children 17 years old and under, costs $5 and adults are $10. Within the next month, they will be touring Hannibal, Moline, Clinton and Fort Madison.

To read this article in its entirety, click here

Saturday, 23 August 

Kinder's Restaurant Summer Dance Party

 

The 3rd Degree Band

 9:00 PM -1:00 AM

Lake of the Ozarks

   Shootout Schedule

The shootout at Lake of the Ozarks starts today with a PWC Dam Run, followed by a Poker run on Friday.

Click here for more information on LakeExpo.com

Found........

 

Name:       Guilty Pleasure (H2adambomb@yahoo.com)
Date:        Tue 19 Aug 2008 10:34:47 PM EDT


Subject:    Found on the new island at Mason chute- Wireless Remote for stereo
We spent the night on the island the 16th and the 17th. While cleaning up Sunday I found a wireless remote for a stereo. Please email if this is yours.

 

 

 

The above from RiverBIll's Message Board

It's Our Island Paradise ... Lets Keep It Clean !

LongShot Saloon Update......

RiverBill's heard that Longshot Saloon, in Portage Des Sioux, will be having a Bikini & Wet T-Shirt Contest on Labor Day weekend

And ......Blues Artist "GITLO"  is coming back for Labor Day Weekend too.!

Keep your anchor right here for more info as it becomes available .

Deadline To Apply For Disaster Assistance Is August 25.......

Since the flooding in June and July of this year, there has been about $13.6 million approved for federal disaster assistance in the state of Illinois. Most of this money will go to temporary housing, repairs and replacement housing for the Illinois residents.

 According to FEMA .....3,095 flood victims from 18 counties have applied for assistance.

To read more about this issue on KHQA online, click here

Boating News From Afar

   Buoy Bells Missing In Maine............

   The US Coast Guard have reported missing gongs and bells from the buoys off the coast of Maine. Thieves either sell these items for scrap metal or.....  they may be sold to nautical novelty shops.

The missing gongs and bells create a dangerous situation for boaters and.... cost between $400 to $1,000 to replace. The US Coast Guard compared this type of theft to that of stealing stoplights from our streets.

To read more about this on Mad Mariner, click here

 SAVE THE DELTA QUEEN

For more info go to www.save-the-delta-queen.org 

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Delta Queen’s farewell tour schedule

 

 

More Boating News From Afar

   German Visitors In Barrow Alaska............

 There usually aren’t too many ways to get to Barrow, Alaska. It is one of the northern places in the United States. Since there are no roads or ports to get to this town, there usually are not too many guests there. If so, they have to fly in.

The town had quite a surprise when 400 German visitors showed up last fall. They got there the short way !  The sailed from Europe across the suddenly ice-free Canadian Arctic.  Last Summer was the first time in recorded history that the fabled Northwest Passage opened completely.

Because of climate change, there is more navigational activity. With this in mind, and the surprise guest last year, the area has come up with a new program. They will be securing the coast, helping out with rescue assistance, inspecting for erosion due to this climate change and also tracking the ice packs.

To read this full story in STLtoday.com, click here

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednessday

Aug 20, 2008

 

 

Over 1.7 Million Visitors Strong !

 

 

Welcome New Advertiser !

Inland Marine

7255 Metropolitan, Barnhart, Mo

Inland Marine, a full-service marine dealer, has been meeting the boating needs of the St. Louis, Missouri region since 1986. We offer a wide selection of new Monterey, Crestliner, and Bentley boats to satisfy both pleasure boaters and those serious about catching fish.  Need a new motor?  As a Mercury Marine dealer, we can assist you in selecting just the right amount of power to fuel your fun. As a full-service marine business, we help you maintain your boating investment through our outstanding service and parts departments.  We also stock a full line of boating accessories

 

Click here to go to Inland Marine website

 Pictures of the Day

 

 

 

  

 

click on pic to enlarge

 

River Pictures of the Day.......... were sent in by Debbie House of Riverbend Marina.

 

 

Bill,

The USS LST 325 (Second World War) came by our place tonight. Here are some pics.

 

Debbie House
RiverBend Marina

 

 Yesteryears Picture of the Day

 

 

Yester Year's River Picture and e-mail of the Day......  was sent in by Capt'n Darryll Weil who hails out of the Yacht Club of St. Louis in the cruiser  "After You"

Yellow Submarine

 

Bill:
Don't know if you have seen or heard of it yet but Trivia King Trout has a Yellow Submarine in his yard! Guess it is some sort of Beatles tribute? 

   You can see it as you come into Woodland Marina from the first entrance.
Darryll



  
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Missouri State Water Patrol News Release.....

 

  

NEWS RELEASE
PUBLIC INFORMATION SECTION, P.O. Box 1368, Jefferson City, MO  65102

For further information contact: Sergeant Gerard G. Callahan
Public Information Director
Phone: (573) 751-3333
E-mail: Jerry.Callahan@mswp.dps.mo.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Lake of the Ozark

Water Patrol to Establish a No Wake Area for the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout Race

 

The annual Lake of the Ozarks Shootout boat race will be held on August 23-24 near the Hurricane Deck Bridge on Lake of the Ozarks. The Missouri State Water Patrol, with the assistance of lake area fire department volunteers, will enforce a no wake, idle speed area from approximately the 32.4 mile mark to the 36 mile mark of the main channel. The no wake area will be strictly enforced from 10am-5pm on the 23rd and 11am-5pm on the 24th. Boating traffic near the mouth of coves in the area of the race course will be restricted to idle speed as well to enhance the safety of the event. In addition to the no wake restriction, anchoring and mooring will be limited to the northeast side of the course along the outside of the safety buffer zone.


As always, the Water Patrol asks boaters visiting the area to be respectful of nearby property owners by being conscious of their wakes and distance from docks. The Water Patrol will have approximately 12 units on hand for this event. There will be event boats directing boaters to spectator areas to watch the race. If you wish to receive a printable version of the no wake zone and course map, send an email to BoatInfo@mswp.dps.mo.gov .


News Release ID: N07080174
Release Date: 20080818

 

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The above reprinted from the Missouri State Waterpatrol website

Click here to check out the Missouri State Water Patrol website

 

 

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 Hauling Available up to 40' / 18,000 lbs.

Operation Clean Stream Will Be Cleaning Up This Weekend.....

The Arnold Stream Team, number 211, will have its 41st anniversary this weekend starting in Arnold Park on Saturday morning. They haven’t been able to clean up the rivers throughout the year as they usually do because of the flooding. They will probably have quite a challenge this weekend. There is a refrigerator and tires that need to be removed along with a lot of trash and debris. Some of them have found some interesting things that are still in good shape such as old coca cola bottles or even antique medicine bottles. However, most of the time, they just find trash.  The Arnold Team says that some of the largest items they have found were a truck bed, part of a roof and a 10 foot tall tire. They usually have about 125 to 200 people show up. They provide gloves, bags and t-shirts. No flip flops. Registration will begin at 7:30 am if anyone wants to come out and volunteer.

To read the full story click here on the Jefferson County Journal

Girls of Mason Chute.........

The picture of the Girls of Mason Chute that Mike and Karen Halley, of the cruiser..."Over Exposed"  sent us has been added to the "Girls of Pool 26 " page.

 

Click here and check them all out !

 We have some of the most beautiful

  women in the world boating on Pool 26

What's Going on at the River Restaurants 

click here

or

click on your favorite restaurant link below:

 

Boshertown Bar & Grill

Cedar Hill Resort

Grafton's Landing

Kinder's Restaurant

KJ's Place

Longshot Saloon at My River Home

North Shore Oasis

Palisades Yacht Club

Rotten Apple Ciderhouse

Sundowners at Yacht Club of St Louis

Palisades Yacht Club Is Open for your Business......

 

Now open Thursday thru Sunday @ 11:30am

The kitchen is reopening Thursday with a limited menu


Thursday 21st Free Trivia @ 7:00 pm- Drinks for the winning tables.
 

Gary Sluhan Saturday 30th at 8:00 p.m.

Click here to play some of Gary Sluhan's songs

Flood Victims Have A Slow Recovery.....

Recent flooding caused millions of dollars worth of damages to homes, property and businesses...... and flood victims are having a hard time as they wait for a response from the government. They are paying for damages, repairs and mortgages on their property while they wait on a possible buyout.  It could take as long a year to determine if a person is eligible for this program. Some properties have even been abandoned for the banks to take it over.

To read this full article in the KHQA online, click here

Saturday, 23 August 

Kinder's Restaurant Summer Dance Party

 

The 3rd Degree Band

 9:00 PM -1:00 AM

Found........

 

Name:       Guilty Pleasure (H2adambomb@yahoo.com)
Date:        Tue 19 Aug 2008 10:34:47 PM EDT


Subject:    Found on the new island at Mason chute- Wireless Remote for stereo
We spent the night on the island the 16th and the 17th. While cleaning up Sunday I found a wireless remote for a stereo. Please email if this is yours.

 

 

 

The above from RiverBIll's Message Board

 

 

 

 

Another Great River Story by Capt'n Rick Sievers.....

 

 

 

 

Capt'n of the Pen     

Rick Seivers        

In praise of river eateries

 

 

Let's face it, food and drink are an integral part of boating. The sweet, smoky smell of a barbeque in progress wafting around on the beach followed by a plate of pork steak or a bratwurst and an ice cold beer just makes for a perfect day at the island. Or the heavenly aroma of fresh coffee and sizzling bacon under the docks in the morning can arouse even the most partied-out Captain and crew. In the years we were at South Shore, Sunday communal breakfasts were always a treasured treat, with everybody fixing a platter or pot or pitcher of something. Everyone on the dock would get together and serve what they had and it made for a great social bonding time.
But something else boaters know..."Even the best laid plans of mice and men oft go astray" And I've got a couple of those "astrays" in mind.


Our friend Joyce is normally an excellent cook, except when she has one of her ubiquitous headaches! One Sunday she decided to take on the arduous task of making waffles for the gang while in the aforementioned condition... She shouldn't have done that.


At this point I need to introduce two other players in this upcoming melee. There were two geese that had made the harbor their home, and we had made into pets. We managed to get them tame enough over the course of the summer that they would regularly eat right out of our hands. They looked forward to the cornucopia of leftovers we regularly fed them and would come in close when we were cooking, looking for their dole.


As I had said, One Sunday, Joyce decided to see just how much abuse her poor waffle iron could take and commenced into destroying a fine bowlful of "Aunt Jemima's" wonderful batter. While we were on the back of our boat fixing a skillet of bacon, we noticed a few wisps of smoke coming out of Jim's doorway on his houseboat. A few wisps became a small dark storm cloud that really didn't smell like anything "breakfasty" to us in pretty short order, followed by a noisy squabble that sounded more like a cat and a chicken slugging it out in a burlap bag! Concerned for our friends, we hollered over to them "Are you guys O.K.? You want us to call for those guys that ride around in that big red truck with the siren and hoses? Suddenly, the screen door flew open with a BANG! and Joyce appeared out of the smoke and planted one foot up on deck, looking like Mrs. Captain Morgan without the barrel and definitely without the cheesy grin and began winging several very blackened disks through the air. We arched our necks as we watched the erstwhile waffles whistle overhead and land out in the harbor. The only thing the scene was missing was some surly, lantern-jawed fellow with a shotgun bellowing out "PULL".


To rub salt into Joyce's already sore morning, our feathered friends the geese got into the act. Believing they were getting their morning kibble, they spotted the waffles out in the water and eagerly swam up to them and were about to start dining but stopped just short of them, cocked their heads back and forth and looked at each other, then at us, then turned around and made a hasty web-footed retreat at high speed while honking an alarm that easily translated to "HELP, HELP, SHE'S TRYING TO KILL US! all the way across the harbor! We just about fell over the gunwales with laughter. The geese spent the rest of the day away from us with disgusted looks on their bills. Joyce will never live that one down!


Joyce's better half, Jim, was not immune to culinary faux pas' either. A lover of anything grilled, Jim had a peculiar habit of putting a fine spread of meat on the hot grill and then letting some small thing distract him from watching them...like maybe a three day fishing trip. I often threatened to get him a high priest robe for Christmas to make his burned sacrifices on the "altar" official! One time I got into the act too when Jim was going to make some chicken breasts for all of us. He brought them out to the front of his houseboat, succulently marinated, delectably seasoned, to where the grill was already hot. Then carefully laid them on the hot grid, slowly closed the lid of the grill...then vanished into thin air. I have no idea where he went for the next hour or so. When he did reappear to check on things, he grabbed his tongs, opened the grill lid, and was greeted by a fireball that put me in a mind of what you see on TV. during a shuttle launch when the NASA guy says "Ignition... and liftoff of the space shuttle Endeavor." I could also tell things probably weren't going right by the choice of words that were coming from that direction. They would have made the Commandant of the Marine Corps wince. Wishing to be of assistance, I grabbed the end of the hose reel Jim had mounted between our boats and started pulling. Unfortunately, this was a cantankerous old device that was usually had the hose knotted up, or the handle caught on something, not to mention the spray nozzle was rusted and recalcitrant as well. This day was no different. Unable to haul it out more than a couple of feet, and in a panic, I took my best shot at the conflagration that was coming from his grill. Trouble was that Jim had moved in front of the grill and was wrestling with the knobs at that moment. Instead of quenching the blaze, I gave Jim a perfectly horizontal stream of sub-arctic well water from the back of his head, down his barebacked spine, and to his shorts. The results were predictable. Jim's arms shot back, as though his "priestly" duties were reaching their high point, with an audible "GUUHHHHH". Turning around with a rather sour look on his face he corrected me by saying " DAMMIT...I'M NOT ON FIRE, YOUR DINNER IS! With Jim now aside, I was able to beat back the blaze properly. I then walked over to the grill with Jim and we stared at the charcoal remains that had once been living animals and commented that it's unfortunate that chicken don't have teeth, because the only way there would be to identify the remains would be through dental records! I don't think he was amused. But he did have a good suggestion after that. Giving me a sideways glance, he said "Anybody feel like going to Kinder's?" We all agreed that would be just dandy!

And that is why we need restaurants on the river!!

 

 

 

 

Rick Sievers

 

It's Our Island Paradise ... Lets Keep It Clean !

LongShot Saloon Update......

RiverBill's heard that Longshot Saloon, in Portage Des Sioux, will be having a Bikini & Wet T-Shirt Contest on Labor Day weekend

And ......Blues Artist "GITLO"  is coming back for Labor Day Weekend too.!

Keep your anchor right here for more info as it becomes available .

New Jefferson County Port For The Mississippi River ?

Jefferson County, Mo is looking at making Herculaneum or Crystal City as new ports for the Mississippi River.  The area is a great location for a new port on the Mississippi River because of deep water and access to shipping by rail and highway.

The project is still a couple of years away and would cost a minimum of $10 million.  Even though there are quite a few obstacles to overcome, they are very optimistic that this will happen.  One of the big hurdles is a second bridge for Herculaneum, Mo.

To read this article in its entirety, click here on the Suburban Journals

The First Case Of West Nile Virus In Illinois....

A woman in her 80’s was diagnosed with the West Nile Virus in Montgomery County, Illinois. Montgomery County is one of the fourteen counties that had found the virus in birds, horses, mosquitoes and humans. There were 101 cases of the West Nile Virus in Illinois last year.

Officials say that the best way to avoid getting the virus is to use insect repellant and also don’t allow any standing water around your house. The symptoms, which usually last 3 to 15 days, include fever, headaches and body aches. However, it can cause meningitis or even death. 

To read this full article in the telegraph.com, click here

The Lincoln County Ambulance District Was A Big Help During The Flood...

The floodwaters were just a few feet shy of the 1993 record flood in Lincoln County. Volunteers in Winfield all pitched in to try to save their town. They put up a wall of sandbags while the waters were coming up. After the flood was over, they had to remove the sandbags, clean up mud, clear out the debris and refinish their houses. The Lincoln County Ambulance District (LCAD) was there throughout this whole process. They handed out ice water, cold towels and even spray on sunscreen. They treated people who were overheated, injured or ill.

If anyone needed them, they were there!

 To read more about them on JEMS.com, click here

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday

Aug 19, 2008

 

 

Over 1.7 Million Visitors Strong !

 

 

Welcome New Advertiser !

Inland Marine

7255 Metropolitan, Barnhart, Mo

Inland Marine, a full-service marine dealer, has been meeting the boating needs of the St. Louis, Missouri region since 1986. We offer a wide selection of new Monterey, Crestliner, and Bentley boats to satisfy both pleasure boaters and those serious about catching fish.  Need a new motor?  As a Mercury Marine dealer, we can assist you in selecting just the right amount of power to fuel your fun. As a full-service marine business, we help you maintain your boating investment through our outstanding service and parts departments.  We also stock a full line of boating accessories

 

Click here to go to Inland Marine website

 Pictures of the Day

 

 

 

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River Pictures of the Day.......... were sent in by Mike Halley, who hails out of the Yacht Club of St. Louis in the cruiser...."Over Exposed"


Hi Bill.

Ronnie & Linda Stevens celebrated their 30th anniversary at Yacht Club on Friday night. Here is a picture of the surprised look on their faces when they walked in and seen all their friends waiting to celebrate with them. Their daughters did a great job of keeping it a secret & organizing the event, telling them it was a birthday celebration among family. (Notice the card by the cake). Happy 30th anniversary Ronnie & Linda.


Additional pictures are of the girls & women in our raft at Mason's Chute from last Sunday the 10th of August, taken on the top deck of Gary & Judy's boat, "Beads".


Mike & Karen Halley
Yacht Club
Over Exposed
 

 

 Yesteryears Picture of the Day

Jamaica Daze Past

2006

 

 

Yester Year's River Picture From Jamaica Daze Past......  this one is of a few of the Jamaica Daze Crew cookin up some "Jerk Chicken" and corn on the cob  for the 2006 crowd.  What a tough job it was ...cooking for more than a 1,000 people. 

 

Notice the banner in the back ground...Grafton's Landing Opening Soon.

 

A Big Wet Muddy Thanks ....Goes Out To All of Those Who Made Jamaica Daze 2006 Possible.

Yah Mon

  
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Navigation Notices !


 

To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 8/18/08
Subject: Update to river closure at MM 256 -258 UMR
NAVNOTICE # 1285

SUBJ: WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0368-08 UM
FOR SAFETY AND SCHED BCSTS UNTIL CANCELLED
CANCEL WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0364-08 UM
USCG NOTICE TO MARINERS EIGHTH DISTRICT NR 0368-08 UM UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER DREDGING OPERATIONS HAVE COMMENCED AT MM 257 UMR. DREDGING WILL BE 24 HOURS PER DAY 7 DAYS PER WEEK UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. THE NAVIGATION CHANNEL BETWEEN MM 256 AND MM 258 UMR IS OPEN TO ONE WAY TRAFFIC ONLY. THE NAVIGATION CHANNEL HAS BEEN MARKED AND IS CURRENTLY 150 FT IN WIDTH BY 15 FT IN DEPTH. CONTACT THE DREDGE POTTER 30 MIN IN ADVANCE ON VHF-FM CH 13 OR 16 FOR PASSING INSTRUCTIONS. ALL MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO CONTACT SECTOR UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER UPON EXITING THE CLOSURE. ALL MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO TRANSIT THE AREA WITH CAUTION.

 

 

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The above info re-printed from the CG / COE Hot Topics Website

Check the CG/COE Hot Topics website for most current memos

 

 

Missouri State Water Patrol News Release.....

 

  

NEWS RELEASE
PUBLIC INFORMATION SECTION, P.O. Box 1368, Jefferson City, MO  65102

For further information contact: Sergeant Gerard G. Callahan
Public Information Director
Phone: (573) 751-3333
E-mail: Jerry.Callahan@mswp.dps.mo.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jefferson City

Salt River Opened to Boating Traffic



The Missouri State Water Patrol has re-opened the Salt river to boating traffic. The Salt River has been closed to boating traffic since July 30th following heavy rains that pushed Mark Twain Lake to record levels. Water continues to be released from Mark Twain Lake, but the rate of release has slowed enough for the Salt River to fall below flood stage. Boaters are reminded to operate with caution as water depth and channels may have changed due to the high water.



News Release ID: N07080175
Release Date: 20080818

 

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The above reprinted from the Missouri State Waterpatrol website

Click here to check out the Missouri State Water Patrol website

 

From The US Army Corps of Engineers website........

 

Update - Mississippi River Restricted

August 18, St. Louis – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in St. Louis deployed its dustpan dredge, Motor Vessel Potter, ten days ahead of schedule on August 15, after two groundings on the Upper Mississippi River halted navigation.

The U.S. Coast Guard closed the Mississippi River August 12 at river mile 257.1, near Hamburg, Ill., about 15 miles above Winfield, Mo. The closure followed the grounding of a 15-barge tow there. A second grounding occurred August 14 at river mile 223, just north of the Mississippi River’s confluence with the Illinois River. The U.S. Coast Guard did not close the river at this location but mariners are being instructed to be cautious. The Corps of Engineers’ Motor Vessel Pathfinder has buoyed a safe, dependable channel through this location.
 

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The above was reprinted from the US Army Corps of Engineers website.

Information presented on CorpsWeb public web sites is considered public information and may be distributed or copied.

Click here to go to the US Army Corps of Engineers website.

 

Updated at 1:50PM

News Release


 

 


NEWS RELEASE
Contact: Public Affairs Officer, Bob Anderson
Phone: 901-573-8278, 901-573-4872, 901-573-4874, or 601-629-7987
Email: cemvd-pa@usace.army.mil

Mississippi River Commission Calls for Stronger Flood Damage Reduction for the Upper Mississippi River Basin

Vicksburg, MS, August, 18, 2008 -- The Mississippi River Commission (MRC) voted last week to recommend a plan for comprehensive flood damage reduction, Plan H, on the Upper Mississippi watershed in a public meeting at Hannibal, Missouri.

Plan H provides for a '500-year level of flood protection' and the plan stems from a multi-year study called the Upper Mississippi River Comprehensive Plan. Additionally, the plan was modified by the MRC to ensure there are no increases in water surface levels on the Mississippi River below Thebes, Illinois, to protect the Nation's investment for the six states protected by the Mississippi River and Tributaries Project.

"Two major floods in the last fifteen years have caused billions in economic damage and heart-breaking devastation to the region's people.  These disasters compel the Commission to call for action in the Upper Mississippi River watershed," said MRC President-designee, Brig. Gen. Michael J. Walsh.

"A comprehensive plan for flood damage reduction will now join the on-going navigation improvements and environmental restoration efforts needed to maximize long-term and sustainable benefits for the upper river," Walsh added.


MRC members also stated that the people who live along the Mississippi River are sustained by it, and they in turn support the Nation by working the land and sustaining the environment.

"The people who depend on this magnificent waterway that meanders through the most productive land in the United States, are also the people who power the economic engine of mid-America," according to the MRC letter of recommendation. "It is of little use to engineer solutions or develop grand plans if we can not improve the quality of life and sustain the environment upon which that quality depends."

For a copy of the Upper Mississippi River Comprehensive Plan, visit the World Wide Web:
http://www.mvr.usace.army.mil/PublicAffairsOffice/UMRCPMainReportFeb2008.pdf

For more information about the Mississippi River Commission, visit the World Wide Web: http://www.mvd.usace.army.mil/mrc/

 

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Tow Talkin'......

Our friend, Kathy Flippo, from the Clinton, Iowa area of the Mississippi River has a good article in this week's edition of Tow Talkin' about the Corps of Engineers meeting with the citizens of the Quad Cities aboard the M/v Mississippi.

Click here and check it out.

Illinois Department of Natural Resources Press Release....

 

 

 

          Illinois Department of Natural Resources                             
For Immediate Release

August 15, 2008

IDNR Announces Acquisition of 151 Acres of Forest Habitat in East-Central Illinois
 


Parcel near AllertonPark in PiattCounty expands habitat protection and outdoor recreation opportunities



SPRINGFIELD, ILL. – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) today announced the acquisition of a 151-acre natural habitat area near Allerton Park in Piatt County in east-central Illinois, providing enhanced wildlife conservation, waterway protection, and outdoor recreation opportunities.

The property was acquired from the University of Illinois Foundation for $750,000 through the state’s Natural Areas Acquisition Fund.

"This acquisition means continued protection for an outstanding habitat area of flood plain hardwood timber and a significant stretch of the Sangamon River at Allerton Park that is unique in central Illinois,” said IDNR Acting Director Sam Flood. “It means hawks, songbirds, deer, turkey, and a number of important reptiles and aquatic species identified in the Illinois Wildlife Action Plan will continue to benefit from long term habitat protection.”

The acquisition in Piatt County is the latest in a series of land acquisitions by the IDNR throughout Illinois during the past two years that have added nearly 7,000 acres of natural areas and other open space for habitat protection, as well as hiking, hunting, fishing, wildlife watching, and other recreation and education opportunities.......

 

.......click here to go to the IDNR website and read more

 

 

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The above was reprinted from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources website

Click here to go to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources website

Palisades Yacht Club Is Open for your Business......

 

Now open Thursday thru Sunday @ 11:30am

Bar only right now but serving Raffel Luigi Pizzas.


Thursday 21st Free Trivia @ 7:00 pm- Drinks for the winning tables.
 

Gary Sluhan Saturday 30th at 8:00 p.m.

Click here to play some of Gary Sluhan's songs

One Fatality And One Injury In Osage County This Weekend......

This weekend there was 22 and 23 year old swimming in a lake in Bonnots Mill. The 23 year old started struggling. When the 22 year old tried to save him, he started pulling him under. He got released from his grip, swam to shore and called 9-1-1. The water patrol recovered his body about 45 minutes later. There was a 44 year old woman who was injured from an explosion. She was untying their boat from the dock where they had just filled up with gas. Her husband started up the boat and the boat exploded. She was thrown from the boat. They took her to the hospital in Camden County where she was treated for her injuries and then released.

To read this full story in STLtoday.com, click here

Saturday, 23 August 

Kinder's Restaurant Summer Dance Party

 

The 3rd Degree Band

 9:00 PM -1:00 AM

A Little History About Lake St. Louis........

Lake St. Louis was built in the 1960’s. It was built for residential and commercial purposes. In the early 1970’s, they did things to help draw people to this lake. They had two golf courses, two lakes and two clubhouses. They had fried chicken dinners and other recreational things to bring people in. Today there are many people living there in the community and also a lot of commercial buildings. To be able to have access to the lake you have to be a member of the community. Before buying a house there, you should make sure you are part of the community.

To read more about this wonderful place, click here on KSDK online

It's Our Island Paradise ... Lets Keep It Clean !

LongShot Saloon Update......

RiverBill's heard that Longshot Saloon, in Portage Des Sioux, will be having a Bikini & Wet T-Shirt Contest on Labor Day weekend

And ......Blues Artist "GITLO"  is coming back for Labor Day Weekend too.!

Keep your anchor right here for more info as it becomes available .

 

Boaters For MS Update.....

I have had M.S. for almost 20 years now. I have made it this far with the strength of my wonderful three sons, my loving husband, my free-spirited brothers, my warm-hearted parents and my very dear friends. The M.S. Society had done a lot for me throughout the years. Not to mention, they are always doing research to help find a cure for this frightening disease. The proceeds from this event will go to benefit the National M.S. Society-Gateway Area Chapter. With booth rentals, barbecue, 50/50 ticket drawings, silent auction and the other things we have planned to make money, will all go to them. This is my way of saying, “Thanks.” Hope to see you all there.

The Aug 17th edition of the telegraph.com had a news article about Sherri Stanczak's upcoming  “Boaters for M.S.” party.

To read the news article, click here

Boating news From Afar........

   Baby Whale Attached To A Yacht Thinking It Was The Mother

According to a news story in the STLtoday.com..... a 1 to 2 month old humpback whale, off the coast of Australia, adopted a yacht and was trying to feed off of it.

The yacht was towed further out to sea.  The calf followed and eventually detached itself from the boat. Artificial feeding is not possible, so the rescuers are hoping for a miracle....that it might find a another female that will accept it.  

The odds aren’t good.

To read this full article in STLtoday.com, click here

2nd Camera Installed at Winfield Lock and Dam.....

Go to the url link below and watch the digital photo switch from the up-river camera to the new down-river camera at Winfield Lock and Dam.  Click on either image for a table of previous images from that camera.

http://webcam.crrel.usace.army.mil/lock_dam_25/

Note:  Looks like there may be some problems with the new down-river camera or related software it at this time.  The images from the down river camera were a couple of days old at this writing.

RiverBill's Upcoming Events ..... 

    There's a boatload of "River-Things-To-Do" listed on RiverBill's Upcoming Events page.....  Click here and check-em out !

Iowa Hatcheries Get Some Help After The Flood......

The trout hatcheries in Manchester and Elkador lost about 250,000 trout after the flooding this year. It just washed them out. Other federal hatcheries in the area such as the Illinois, Wisconsin, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, North Dakota and South Dakota hatcheries have donated fingerling size trout and eggs. All together they have donated about 165,000 rainbow trout which will be stocked in 2009 and 2010.

To read this story in its entirety, click here on KHQA online

Photo by Larry Hellrung       

Grafton Harbor        

USS LST 325

     Ship Memorial Will Be Passing through St. Louis....

    

Watch for the ship to pass through the St. Louis area sometime

between Aug 17th and Aug 20th on it's way to Hannibal, Mo.

 

Click here for the USS LST's Summer Schedule

Click here for more info on the LST 325 Hannibal visit

Levee Repair Update In Iowa.....

There are at least 20 levees that need to be repaired in Iowa after the flooding this spring. The U.S. Corps of Engineers met with the communities this past week to discuss  the need for repairs to help prevent future flooding. They plan to get these levees back to where they were before the flooding by next spring.

To read this full story on KHQA online, click here

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

Monday

Aug 18, 2008

 

 

Over 1.7 Million Visitors Strong !

 

 

Welcome New Advertiser !

Inland Marine

7255 Metropolitan, Barnhart, Mo

Inland Marine, a full-service marine dealer, has been meeting the boating needs of the St. Louis, Missouri region since 1986. We offer a wide selection of new Monterey, Crestliner, and Bentley boats to satisfy both pleasure boaters and those serious about catching fish.  Need a new motor?  As a Mercury Marine dealer, we can assist you in selecting just the right amount of power to fuel your fun. As a full-service marine business, we help you maintain your boating investment through our outstanding service and parts departments.  We also stock a full line of boating accessories

 

Click here to go to Inland Marine website

 Picture of the Day

 

 

 

 

  

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River Picture of the Day.......... was sent  to us by Randy Johnston who hails out of Lake Center Marina

 

 

River Bill,

We went up this afternoon (Sunday 8-17) to Winfield. Our girls had a great time jumping of the back of the boat into the not so warm water. On the way back down, we saw the American Queen at about 5:00 PM, two miles above Two Branch. My wife got a few good pictures.


Thanks,

Randy Johnston
Lake Center Marina
 

 

 Yesteryears Picture of the Day

 

 

Yester Year's River Picture on this Day in 2006......  was of  the 2005 Jamaica Daze Party that took place on the upper sandbar behind the Isle.   Steve Schulte, took these great pictures from one of the helicopters that were flying around in the late afternoon.  



  
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Navigation Notices !


 

To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 8/16/08
Subject: UMR River Closure between MM 256-258 (BNM NR 0364-08 UM)
NAVNOTICE # 1283

UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER
THE CG HAS ESTABLISHED A TEMP RIVER CLOSURE FOR ALL WATERS OF THE UMR BETWEEN MM 256 - 258 UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO DREDGING OPERATIONS.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT COAST GUARD SECTOR UMR AT
314-269-2332 OR VHF-FM CHNL 16.

 

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The above info re-printed from the CG / COE Hot Topics Website

Check the CG/COE Hot Topics website for most current memos

 

 

Missouri State Water Patrol News Release.....

 

  

 

News Release N07080172

 Fire Explosion- 8/16/2008

Location:

     Lake of the Ozarks... 7mm, Horny Toad Dock
Summary : 

VICTIM HAD A SEIZURE AND FELL OFF THE PWC. THE VICTIM WAS FACE DOWN IN THE WATER FOR A SHORT TIME BEFOR HIS FAMILY GOT TO HIM AND GOT HIM OUT OF THE WATER.

 

Injuries:

MICHELE SCHROEDER, MODERATE

 

 

News Release N07080172

 Other- 8/16/2008

Location:

     Lake of the Ozarks... 17MM Osage Beach
Summary : 

Subjects had just fueled up at the Horny Toad Dock and Mrs. Schroeder was untying the boat from the dock. Mr. Schroeder turned the ignition on and an explosion occurred. Mrs. Schroeder was thrown from the boat and onto the dock. She was transported to Lake Regional for treatment.

 

Injuries:

Brian Mabry, Batavia, IL

 

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The above reprinted from the Missouri State Water Patrol website

Click here to check out the Missouri State Water Patrol website

 

2nd Camera Installed at Winfield Lock and Dam.....

Go to the url link below and watch the digital photo switch from the up-river camera to the new down-river camera at Winfield Lock and Dam.  Click on either image for a table of previous images from that camera.

http://webcam.crrel.usace.army.mil/lock_dam_25/

Note:  Looks like there may be some problems with the new down-river camera or related software it at this time.  The images from the down river camera were a couple of days old at this writting.

Alton Is Seeking Money For Flood Damages......

The city of Alton is seeking money for the damages that have been doing during this recent flooding. While some places may get reimbursed 90% of the value of their place, others are only getting 75% of their worth. One of the biggest expense in Alton is the dredging that needs to be done with all of the dirt and silt that has settled at the bottom of the river. This even caused some barge traffic problems last week. There are about 400 public or nonprofit items that are in need of FEMA reimbursements. There are also 1,575 projects that need to be done because of the flooding such the repairs to roads or buildings. Just the dredging alone, will cost about $350,000. They have a lot of work ahead of them and they need a lot of money to do it.

To read this article in its entirety, click here on the telegraph.com

What's Going on at the River Restaurants 

click here

or

click on your favorite restaurant link below:

 

Boshertown Bar & Grill

Cedar Hill Resort

Grafton's Landing

Kinder's Restaurant

KJ's Place

Longshot Saloon at My River Home

North Shore Oasis

Palisades Yacht Club

Rotten Apple Ciderhouse

Sundowners at Yacht Club of St Louis

 

Con Trios Yacht Club's Full Lunar Cruise ....

  

Posted the following on the Con Trios Yacht Club website, www.contriosyachtclub.org:

Full Lunar Cruise photos are up!
 

 

Posted the first batch of photos from the Full Lunar Cruise aboard the Grafton Ferry on Saturday, August 16th. Fleet Captain Denny and his lovely bride Pat put on another fun event! 130 plus people enjoyed the sounds of The Rail Band with Marvin in excellent voice as always. I don't know who Denny knows up above but we could not have ordered more ideal weather. Clear skies, cool temperatures and a full moon. Perfect conditions for everyone to dance the night away while cruising the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers! Food was prepared and served by Lori Cotton of Kilroy's at Smartt Field. Click on the "Photo Galleries" link to see the pictures. More are coming in and will be posted as quickly as I can. Many thanks to all the members that pitched in to help load and unload the tables, porta johns and such! Another example of why this club continues to be such an enjoyable organization to be a part of.
 

Darryll Weil,

Webmaster Con Trios Yacht Club
 

River News From Afar....

   Alligator Is Spotted In River In Illinois

The Dekalb Animal Control has been trying for over a week now to rescue a three foot alligator that has been seen in the Kishwaukee River in Illinois. The reptile was first reported anonymously three weeks ago. It is thought to have been someone’s pet before it was released into the river.

To read this full story, click here on STLtoday.com

Photo by Larry Hellrung       

Grafton Harbor        

USS LST 325

     Ship Memorial Will Be Passing through St. Louis....

    

Watch for the ship to pass through the St. Louis area sometime

between Aug 17th and Aug 20th on it's way to Hannibal, Mo.

 

Click here for the USS LST's Summer Schedule

Click here for more info on the LST 325 Hannibal visit

Saturday, 23 August 

Kinder's Restaurant Summer Dance Party

 

The 3rd Degree Band

 9:00 PM -1:00 AM

Yahoo News Story on Tows Running Aground in St. Louis area ......

  

  Yahoo News reported....

  "A boat with 15 barges in tow ran aground aground for the second time this week Thursday morning........" 

They reported groundings at mile marker 223.6 and 257.

On Wednesday the US Coast Guard closed the Mississippi River above Winfield for the  the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to dredge the navigation channel.

Click here to read the entire news article on Yahoo News

 

It's Our Island Paradise ... Lets Keep It Clean !

LongShot Saloon Update......

RiverBill's heard that Longshot Saloon, in Portage Des Sioux, will be having a Bikini & Wet T-Shirt Contest on Labor Day weekend

And ......Blues Artist "GITLO"  is coming back for Labor Day Weekend too.!

Keep your anchor right here for more info as it becomes available .

New Law in Congress About Sewer Overspill In Waterways

There is a bill in Congress that would require notification within 24 hours of any sewer overspill into the waterways.

    The Kansas City Star reported that the Lake of the Ozarks gets a sewer overspill quite often and since it is not required by law to give any warning, none is usually issued. The officials at the lake have disagreed about who is responsible to issue such a safety warning.

 The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) claims that between 1.8 million and 3.5 million people become sick every year from swimming in contaminated lakes, rivers, streams and other waterways.

To read more about this on KSDK online, click here

RiverBill's 2008 Flood Pictures

 

  Click here and check them out.....

Click on the Slide Show

Click on the "i" icon in the picture to turn on text info.

 

  A "Big Muddy Thanks" goes out to the following contributors

 Greg Moore, Mike Halley, Randy Johnston, Darryll Weil, Harry Ragland, Tauni Shuck, Valerie Aulabaugh, Erika Zimmerman, Anna, Mitchel, Jim & Ter, Aristotal Jones, Julie Mibbs, Steve Francis and Friends, Jeri Levesgue, Kelsie Brown, Mr Cocktail, Carl Seidler, Scott Nailor, Jerry Boyle, Connie Pickering, Tom Yates, Scott Johansson, Barry Munsel, Damian Sigman, Tom & Lou Lenkman, Gary Lucy, Cory Cissel, Mark Cutler, Dave & Carrie Ash, Ron Bachman, Lenny Bidwell, Gary and Judy Meinersahgen, Bob Slough, Wayne Reinwald, The Carroll Family, Frances Kennedy, Dave Diederich

 

 

RiverBill's August Calendar :    

 

10x 8 for your wall .......   Click here

 

Boating News From Afar........

    Four Year Old Boy Trapped in Runaway Boat In Lake Michigan

According to a news story on STLtoday.com...........a large wake caused the man and wife to be thrown out of their boat on Lake Michigan, leaving their four year old son in the boat alone. The wake jammed the steering wheel to be turned to the right and the boat was left in a spin at about 20 to 25 mph.

The couple was helpless and the boy was trapped in the boat until a larger boat came to rescue them. They are all OK.

The 4 year old was little disappointed because they didn’t get to go fishing that day.

To read the full story, click here

RiverBill's Upcoming Events ..... 

    There's a boatload of "River-Things-To-Do" listed on RiverBill's Upcoming Events page.....  Click here and check-em out !

 Coming Soon

River Bills Classified Search Engine ! 

Create your own online ad at RiverBill's Classified Search Engine with online payment processing, and ad editing, and up to 16 photos per ad.

 

Keep Your Anchor Right Where It Is For More Info......

Illinois Waterfowl Hunting Seasons Announced ......

 Click here  to read the August 12, 2008 Illinois Department of Natural Resources News Release on the Illinois Waterfowl Hunting season.

 SAVE THE DELTA QUEEN

For more info go to www.save-the-delta-queen.org 

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Delta Queen’s farewell tour schedule

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The following re-printed from the save-the-delta-queen website

 

 

The world is looking at the Delta Queen

 

Aug 16, 2008

 
The world is looking at America, the world is watching the US Congress allowing more than 80 years of American History being destroyed forever, the historic steamboat Delta Queen vanishing from our rivers. The whole world is watching? Yes, almost! I’ve just checked the www.save-the-delta-queen.org server statistics for the last 4 weeks and found visitors from the following countries:
  • Canada
  • Mexico
  • Peru
  • Panama
  • Brazil
  • Norway
  • Finland
  • Sweden
  • Denmark
  • Poland
  • Germany
  • Austria
  • United Kingdom
  • France
  • Italy
  • Spain
  • Portugal
  • Czech Republic
  • Croatia
  • Hungary
  • Romania
  • Bulgaria
  • Greece
  • Turkey
  • Iran
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Egypt
  • Algeria
  • Tunesia
  • Senegal
  • Nigeria
  • Namibia
  • South Africa
  • Pakistan
  • India
  • Bangladesh
  • Japan
  • China
  • Taiwan
  • South Korea
  • Thailand
  • Indonesia
  • Malaysia
  • Philppines
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Australia
  • New Zealand

Going back 3 months of server statistics, there are even more countries where people read about the Delta Queen on save-the-delta-queen.org:

  • Argentina
  • Chile
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Slovakia
  • Macedonia
  • Lithuania
  • Latvia
  • Estonia
  • Malawi
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda
  • Iraq
  • Kuwait
  • Vietnam

Isn’t that something to think about? People all around the world are caring about the Delta Queen. Why doesn’t the US Congress?

Your support is needed!

There is only one way to save the Delta Queen! We need an exemption from the US Congress. Contact your Senators and urge them to support the exemption to save the Delta Queen. Senator George Voinovich of Ohio is going to introduce an exemption bill in the Senate shortly after Labor Day. He need as much Senators to support him as possible to be successful.

Also don’t forget to let your Senators know that the Delta Queen is not a safety issue as claimed by her opponents.

 

Levee Repair Update In Iowa.....

There are at least 20 levees that need to be repaired in Iowa after the flooding this spring. The U.S. Corps of Engineers met with the communities this past week to discuss  the need for repairs to help prevent future flooding. They plan to get these levees back to where they were before the flooding by next spring.

To read this full story on KHQA online, click here

 

 

 


 

 

 

The Weekend Report

Sat, Sun ..Aug 16,17 2008

 

 

Over 1.7 Million Visitors Strong !

 

Updated Sun at 11:30 AM  Roeen Apple Crab Boil today ......Mo Water Patrol News Rel N07080173

 Updated Sat at 2:30PM..  Added Nav Notice 1283 (River Closure MM256-258).....Added Dan Owen e-mail about PathFinder..  Mo Water Patrol News Release

 

Welcome New Advertiser !

Inland Marine

7255 Metropolitan, Barnhart, Mo

Inland Marine, a full-service marine dealer, has been meeting the boating needs of the St. Louis, Missouri region since 1986. We offer a wide selection of new Monterey, Crestliner, and Bentley boats to satisfy both pleasure boaters and those serious about catching fish.  Need a new motor?  As a Mercury Marine dealer, we can assist you in selecting just the right amount of power to fuel your fun. As a full-service marine business, we help you maintain your boating investment through our outstanding service and parts departments.  We also stock a full line of boating accessories

 

Click here to go to Inland Marine website

Sunday's Picture of the Day

 

 

HMR C. Bernadette Able

click on pic to enlarge

 

River Picture of the Day.......... was sent  to us by Rebecca Cate, who hails out of Debuque, Iowa !  The HMR C. Bernadette Able is coming our way.

 

 

Bill,


HMR C. Bernadette Able is coming your way. This home made raft was built by two young ladies from the East Coast. It took them 3 months to build. Lindsey and Hannah are on their way now down the Mississippi River . They began in Clearwater , MN mid-June and are somewhere south of Dubuque , IA now. Their destination is New Orleans . I just happened to catch site of them August 11 on my evening walk with my camera. I have more pictures posted on my website if anyone wants to check it out closer, it is www.rebeccacatephoto.com



Thanks,

Rebecca Cate
Dubuque, IA

 

 

 

RiverBill says...Thanks Rebecca for the e-mail and for sharing your pictures.  Hope we get to see them pass through this area.

 

Make sure to check out more of Rebecca's pictures on her website

www.rebeccacatephoto.com

Saturday's Picture of the Day

 

 

US Army Corps of Engineers'

Pathfinder

 

 

 

 

 

River Picture of the Day.......... was sent in Valerie Aulabaugh who hails out of Grafton Harbor in the boat... "Last Call"

 

 

Bill,


We just happened to catch this Corps of Engineers boat at Grafton Harbor on Friday. I believe it is a buoy tender. Please correct me if I am wrong. Anyway, it prompted me to want to thank all the people that work hard to keep our waterways safe.


Valerie Aulabaugh
Last Call

 

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 Updated Sat at 11:00AM

Hey everyone!

Our friend Dan Owen, of Dan Owen's Boat Photo Museum,  sent us some information on the photo of the day.

 

 

From:        Dan Owen <boatphotos@mindspring.com>
To:            riverbill@prodigy.net
Subject:     Picture of the Day
Date:         Sat, 16 Aug 2008 09:46:17 -0500

The Corps of Engineers boat in today's Picture of the Day is the PATHFINDER. It was returning from the upper Mississippi River after several weeks of charting the bottom of the river following the floods. The barge it pushes contains sophisticated electronics to map the bottom of the river and check for build up of silt up in the channel. A build up of silt occurred at Hamburg, Ill., this past week which caused several tows to run aground and send a Corps dredge up from St. Louis. The PATHFINDER is based out of St. Louis and can do double duty at a buoy tender (usually handled by the Coast Guard) and can place buoys if it runs across a potential hazard.


Dan Owen
boatphotos@mindspring.com

 

 

 

RiverBill says...Thanks for sharing your vast knowledge of the river with us Dan !

 

 Yesteryears Picture of the Day

Sunday

 

 

Yester Year's River Picture on this Day in 2006......  was from Captain Greg Sadowski.  

 

    

Bill,

Here's a picture.

Tonight's sunset (8-16-06) over the Chesapeake bay through venetian blinds from the pilot house of this boat named "Lady Pintail".

Greg



  
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 Yesteryears Picture of the Day

Saturday

 

 

Yester Year's River Picture on this Day in 2005......  was sent in by Capt'n Greg Sadowski, who hails out of Woodland Marina.  It's  some of the shrimper's on Condo Beach about 1 mile up river from Kinder's Restaurant.  

 

It was at the 2005 Con Trios Yacht Club's 

Beach Party.  



  
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Navigation Notices !


 

To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 8/16/08
Subject: UMR River Closure between MM 256-258 (BNM NR 0364-08 UM)
NAVNOTICE # 1283

UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER
THE CG HAS ESTABLISHED A TEMP RIVER CLOSURE FOR ALL WATERS OF THE UMR BETWEEN MM 256 - 258 UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO DREDGING OPERATIONS.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT COAST GUARD SECTOR UMR AT
314-269-2332 OR VHF-FM CHNL 16.

 

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To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 8/15/08
Subject: Safety Advisory (BNM 0363-08)
NAVNOTICE # 1282

COAST GUARD SECTOR UPPER ISSUES THE FOLLOWING SAFETY ADVISORY:
SOUTHBOUND TOWS BETWEEN MM 222.5 - 224.5 UMR ARE RESTRICTED TO
DAYLIGHT TRANSIT ONLY. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT COAST GUARD SECTOR UMR AT 314-269-2332 OR BY VHF-FM CHNL 16.

 

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To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 8/15/08
Subject: River Closure MM 256-258 UMR (BNM 0362-08)
NAVNOTICE # 1281

THE CG HAS ESTABLISHED A TEMPORARY RIVER CLOSURE FOR ALL VESSEL
TRAFFIC ON THE UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER BETWEEN MM 256.0-258.0 UNTIL
FURTHER NOTICE PENDING THE OUTCOME OF DREDGING OPERATIONS. VESSELS MAY BE ALLOWED TO TRANSIT THE CLOSURE AREA ON A CASE BY CASE BASIS BY CONTACTING CG SECTOR UMR ON VHF-FM CH 16 OR AT 314-269-2332.
 

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The above info re-printed from the CG / COE Hot Topics Website

Check the CG/COE Hot Topics website for most current memos

 

 

Missouri State Water Patrol News Release.....

 

  

 

Updated Sun at 7:08AM  News Rel N07080173

News Release N07080172

 Fire Explosion- 8/16/2008

Location:

     Lake of the Ozarks... 7mm, Horny Toad Dock
Summary : 

VICTIM HAD A SEIZURE AND FELL OFF THE PWC. THE VICTIM WAS FACE DOWN IN THE WATER FOR A SHORT TIME BEFOR HIS FAMILY GOT TO HIM AND GOT HIM OUT OF THE WATER.

 

Injuries:

MICHELE SCHROEDER, MODERATE

 

 

News Release N07080172

 Other- 8/16/2008

Location:

     Lake of the Ozarks... 17MM Osage Beach
Summary : 

Subjects had just fueled up at the Horny Toad Dock and Mrs. Schroeder was untying the boat from the dock. Mr. Schroeder turned the ignition on and an explosion occurred. Mrs. Schroeder was thrown from the boat and onto the dock. She was transported to Lake Regional for treatment.

 

Injuries:

Brian Mabry, Batavia, IL

 

 

News Release N07080171

 Capsizing- 8/16/2008

Location:

     Private Lake, Bonnots Mill, Mo
Summary : 

Two subjects were canoeing on a private lake in Osage CO at approximately 01:30 in the morning. The canoe capsized and both subjects ended up in the water. The victim began to struggle and the other subject attempted to assist him to shore. The victim began to pull the other subject under, so he broke free and swam to shore to call 911.  Fatalities 

 

Fatalities:

Chance Harp,  Belton, Mo

 

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The above reprinted from the Missouri State Water Patrol website

Click here to check out the Missouri State Water Patrol website

 

 Updated Sun at 11:30 Am PM

Crawfish Boil

     The Rotten Apple.... Grafton, Il

Hi, Everybody

Come on down to the Rotten Apple and enjoy the wonderful weather and the crawfish boil from 1pm to 6pm.  Hope to see you there.


Rotten Apple Ciderhouse & Microbrewery
220 West Main Street
Grafton, Illinois 62037
618/786-2798

What's Going on at the River Restaurants 

click here

or

click on your favorite restaurant link below:

 

Boshertown Bar & Grill

Cedar Hill Resort

Grafton's Landing

Kinder's Restaurant

KJ's Place

Longshot Saloon at My River Home

North Shore Oasis

Palisades Yacht Club

Rotten Apple Ciderhouse

Sundowners at Yacht Club of St Louis

 Updated Sat at 9:00 PM

On this date in 2005....

     Steam Boat Emerges From Missouri River ----- 

The water in the Missouri River has dropped low enough once again to expose the sunken skeleton of the steamboat Montana that is  resting along the bank of the river across from St. Charles.    To read the complete article go to  www.wsmv.com .

Photo by Larry Hellrung       

Grafton Harbor        

USS LST 325

     Ship Memorial Passing through St. Louis....

    

Watch for the ship to pass through the St. Louis area sometime

between Aug 17th and Aug 20th on it's way to Hannibal, Mo.

 

Click here for the USS LST's Summer Schedule

Click here for more info on the LST 325 Hannibal visit

Saturday, 23 August 

Kinder's Restaurant Summer Dance Party

 

The 3rd Degree Band

 9:00 PM -1:00 AM

 Updated Sat at 2:30PM

Sat, Sun, Mon   30 - 31  Aug & 1 Sept 2008

Paddle Fest .......

  

 

Where: Louisiana, MO
When: 10 am - 4 pm


This annual event will celebrate the Mississippi River Water Trail by providing paddling events and excursions as well as promoting biking and hiking as well as other outdoor recreation activities. Free and open to the general public; Fees charged for kayak rental; Contact Kevin Dempsey 314-518-0950. For more information go to greatriverwatertrail.org

For more info, click here and  go to the US Army Corps of Engineers website

Eagles Landing Marina Is Open For Business......

All ramps there are open for you business !

Con Trios Website ......

   Capt'n Darryll Weil posted the following on the Con Trios Yacht Club website,

   www.contriosyachtclub.org:

 


Good News for Recreational Boaters!

President Bush has signed the Clean Boating Act of 2008 (S. 2766) into law after it passed both the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives on July 30, 2008. This relieves boaters of the need to apply for an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Clean Water Act permit for their overboard incidental discharges.

click here for more information on the BoatBlue.org website


Darryll Weil,

webmaster Con Trios Yacht Club

 

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Click here for more information from an article in the Mad Mariner magazine.

 

It's Our Island Paradise ... Lets Keep It Clean !

LongShot Saloon Update......

RiverBill's heard that Longshot Saloon, in Portage Des Sioux, will be having a Bikini & Wet T-Shirt Contest on Labor Day weekend

And ......Blues Artist "GITLO"  is coming back for Labor Day Weekend too.!

Keep your anchor right here for more info as it becomes available .

Saturday, 23 August 

Kinder's Restaurant Summer Dance Party

 

The 3rd Degree Band

 9:00 PM -1:00 AM

With Deepest Sympathy........     

 

Ted Hood's Father has passed away

 

  

Ernest Hood passed away on Tuesday, Aug 12, 2008

Visitation will be Friday, August 15th at Baumann Funeral Home; 2504 Woodson Road in Overland from 2:00-8:00pm. Funeral at 1:00pm on Saturday.

Click here for more info
 

Mr. Hood was the owner of Hoodco, Inc.

which operates discount stores located in five states.


Our condolences go out to Ted and his family.

 

Ted Hood boats with Ruthie Durmeier, who hails out of Eagles Landing Marina

Click on pic to enlarge

 

Little John's MotorSports Update......

 

 

Hey Bill,

When you talk about team work, NO MATTER WHAT, This should do it.
As most know, Little John had a slight accident a couple weeks ago.
This entailed 8 stiches below the right eye.
With the busy schedule of getting a house back together,a shop back together,building a motor, and then the travel time, there was no time in 8 or 9 days to get the stiches out.

Ashly and Keith decided it was time.
As the picture shows, Keith was holding the relucktant Little John down, and Ashly
GOT ER DONE

Back to buisness
After several downfalls, our team is still #1 in IHBA
Our next race is Aug 23rd. and 24th in Litchfield Ill.
Our engine, boat, and team determination, is stronger than ever.
The support we had, from our home town crowd, was fantastic in Creve Coeur.
I think it really helped us win.
Litchfield is not far at all from St. Louis, and a very pretty lake.
Please come out, bring your family or group, and share in the fun.



Little Johns motorsports
 

Illinois Waterfowl Hunting Seasons Announced ......

 Click here  to read the August 12, 2008 Illinois Department of Natural Resources News Release on the Illinois Waterfowl Hunting season.

 SAVE THE DELTA QUEEN

For more info go to www.save-the-delta-queen.org 

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Delta Queen’s farewell tour schedule

  

Mississippi River was at Flood...Now It's Mud......

  In a month's time, the Mississippi River has gone from flood stage to suddenly bing shallow, causing grief for towboat operators and pleasure boaters alike......

  Tows are getting stuck causing river closures and the US Army Corps of Engineers is starting to dredge to maintain the 9 foot channel.

Click here to read the news article in TheTelegraph.com

 

 



 

 

 

Friday ...Aug 15, 2008

 

 

Over 1.7 Million Visitors Strong !

 

 

 

 

Welcome New Advertiser !

Inland Marine

7255 Metropolitan, Barnhart, Mo

Inland Marine, a full-service marine dealer, has been meeting the boating needs of the St. Louis, Missouri region since 1986. We offer a wide selection of new Monterey, Crestliner, and Bentley boats to satisfy both pleasure boaters and those serious about catching fish.  Need a new motor?  As a Mercury Marine dealer, we can assist you in selecting just the right amount of power to fuel your fun. As a full-service marine business, we help you maintain your boating investment through our outstanding service and parts departments.  We also stock a full line of boating accessories

 

Click here to go to Inland Marine website

Eagles Landing Marina Is Open For Business......

Just got a message from John Patrico at Eagles landing Marina.

All ramps there are open for you business. 

John said that the water has come up some and looks good for boating. 

 

Picture of the Day

 

Jon Boat Wednesday

 

 

River Picture of the Day.......... is from Betty Bannister, who hails out of Grafton Harbor, in the houseboat... "Wayne's World."

 

Bill,

We had our first "Jon Boat Wednesday" of the year. Hopefully our group will grow as the word gets out. We are at the small sandbar on the Illinois side of the 3rd shoot. Attached is a picture of the group that attended and a picture of the end of the perfect day.

Always remember the rules for "Jon Boat Wednesday"

- Everyone is welcome
- There is always good food
- You don't have to have a Jon Boat to attend
- You are encouraged to bring your children

Betty Bannister

 

 

Yesteryears Picture of the Day

 

Click on pic to enlarge

 

Yester Year's River Picture on this Day in 2007......  were from Pat Reid of Crystal Photography. 

  Pat and I worked together a couple of Friday's ago to find the exact location of the American Queen as she churned her way down the Mississippi River towards St. Louis. Not a real easy job !   After some internet checks and lots of phone calls Pat was on his way,  camera in hand,  to snap a shot of the Queen.  

 

Here is his story.

 

Bill, 

   On Friday, 8/03/07, after getting info from you, we left Moscow Mills about 4:30 PM and raced to Clarksville with our friends Terri & John, hoping we could still catch it their.

   Just missed it, the American Queen was already down river, raced to Elsberry at the marina, thinking we would see it there, after surveying the situation we thought it would be limited visibility at this spot, so we headed to Winfield Dam to stake out a spot, called the Dam and was to it would probably be about 9:00 pm. We just past Hwy M turnoff at Foley public access, turned around and ran the river to find a good access spot. 

  Finally found one that we thought would be good, couple of people were camping and fishing there and asked if they had seen the Am Queen yet,  they indicated no, so I set up camera and tripod and waited, by this time it was about 7:00 pm.

  The sun was starting to drop fast and it was muggy and hazy. Finally you could see the stacks in the distance, so we waited. These are the best we could do for the conditions. Decided to go to Winfield Dam and try to get some pics while American Queen was locking thru but was ran off because they locked gates about 8:30. 

 

Hope you enjoy.

Pat

 

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Thursday's News Flash !

 

 

 

 

Tow Aground At Iowa Island..........

 

Hello Bill,

 

I Heard This Morning That A Barge Run Aground Across From Iowa Island, So I Went Out On The WaveRunner And Took A Few Pictures. This Was Directly Across from the Lower End Of Iowa And The Upper End Of The Trailer Park Of Royal landing, Arrox MM 223 1/2 . Maybe something Very Interesting Was going on In the Trailer Park, And They Backed Up To Get A Closer Look. The 2nd Tow Headed Up Stream Was Getting In Position To Separate And Pull Him Out Of There. The Channel Getting Shallow Out there, Watch Your Depth Finders !!!!!

 

Ron Bachman

Woodland Harbor

Navigation Notice !

  River Closure MM 222.5 -224.5 UMR

 

 

To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 8/14/08
Subject: River Closure on UMR, Low water
NAVNOTICE # 1280

SUBJ: WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0361-08 UM
SAFETY AND SCHED BCSTS UNTIL CANCELLED
USCG NOTICE TO MARINERS EIGHTH DISTRICT NR 0361-08 UM
UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER
THE COTP UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER HAS ESTABLISHED A TEMPORARY RIVER CLOSURE TO ALL VESSEL TRAFFIC BETWEEN MM 222.5 - 224.5 UMR UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO LOW WATER. ALL VESSELS ARE REQUESTED TO CONTACT SECTOR UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER UPON ARRIVAL TO THE CLOSURE ZONE ON VHF-FM CHNL 16 OR PHONE NUMBER (314)269-2332.

 

 

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The above info re-printed from the CG / COE Hot Topics Website

Check the CG/COE Hot Topics website for most current memos
 

Missouri State Water Patrol News Release.....

 

  

 

News Release N07080170

 Drowning- 8/12/2008

Location:

     Lake of the Ozarks, 26MM, Osage Beach
Summary : 

VICTIM JUMPED FROM THE BOAT TO SWIM HE THEN STARTED WAVING HIS ARMS AND WENT UNDER. RECOVERY WAS MADE BY MISSOURI STATE WATER PATROL OFFICERS ON 08-14-08 AT 8:26 AM.

Fatalities 

 ANATOLY DMITRUK, STRASBURG, CO

 

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The above reprinted from the Missouri State Water Patrol website

Click here to check out the Missouri State Water Patrol website

 

From The US Army Corps of Engineers website........

 

Mississippi River Commission schedules Public Meeting in Alton, IL, August 15

St. Louis, August 11 -- The Mississippi River Commission is conducting its annual low-water inspection trip on the Mississippi River August 10-22, 2008. The St. Louis-area public meeting will be held at the Melvin Price Locks and Dam in Alton, Ill., at 9 a.m., Friday, August 15.

Public meetings are held in conjunction with the inspection trip to provide the public, local interests and stakeholders an opportunity to present their views and suggestions on matters affecting the water resources infrastructure needs in the Mississippi Valley, including flood control, environmental issues, recreation and navigation.

 

[More]

 

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The above was reprinted from the US Army Corps of Engineers website.

Information presented on CorpsWeb public web sites is considered public information and may be distributed or copied.

Click here to go to the US Army Corps of Engineers website.

 

New Orleans Oil Spill Response.......

 

A Coast Guard small boat patrols the security zone in the vicinity of the salvage operations of the wrecked fuel barge on the Mississippi River at New Orleans Sunday, Aug. 10, 2008. The security zone was ordered by the Captain of the Port to ensure safety of operations and to lessen the further contamination of vessels that may transit the area.

Click here to go to the USCG Oil Spill Response Website for more pictures and info.

 

 

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The above was reprinted from the USCG  website.

Information presented on USCG  website is considered public information and may be distributed or copied.

 

Barge Closes The Mississippi River In Hamburg, Illinois......

A 15 barge tow ran aground near Hamburg, Illinois and the Mississippi River was closed to traffic in that area. They are expected to have the dredger there by this weekend.

To read this short story in the Alton Daily news, click here

 

The Corps Will Start Dredging The Mississippi River......

Since the flooding is now over and the river has ripped up dirt and grounds from farms, golf courses and other areas, it is starting to settle at the bottom of the river. This settling has caused some barge traffic problems. In fact, a couple of them have gotten stuck within the past week. One was by Hamburg, Illinois and the other one was near Alton, Illinois on Wednesday. The Corps plans to start dredging the Mississippi River on Friday.

To read this full story on STLtoday.com, click here

 

LongShot Saloon Update......

RiverBill's heard that Longshots Saloon, in Portage Des Sioux, will be having a Bikini & Wet T-Shirt Contest on Labor Day weekend

And ......Blues Artist "GITLO"  is coming back for Labor Day Weekend too.!

Keep your anchor right here for more info as it becomes available .

With Deepest Sympathy........     

 

Ted Hood's Father has passed away

 

  

Ernest Hood passed away on Tuesday, Aug 12, 2008

Visitation will be Friday, August 15th at Baumann Funeral Home; 2504 Woodson Road in Overland from 2:00-8:00pm. Funeral at 1:00pm on Saturday.

Click here for more info
 

Mr. Hood was the owner of Hoodco, Inc.

which operates discount stores located in five states.


Our condolences go out to Ted and his family.

 

Ted Hood boats with Ruthie Durmeier, who hails out of Eagles Landing Marina

One of the Top Female Canoeist In The World Is From Okawville, Illinois....

The second top female canoeist in the world is from the small town of Okawville, Illinois. She is going to college in Charlotte, North Carolina right now so she can train in U.S. Whitewater National Center. She probably would have been in Bejing in the Olympics this year, but canoeing is not recognized as an established sport yet. She is going to keep training in hopes that by 2012, the women’s whitewater canoe event may make its debut in London. Earlier this year, she took home a silver medal at the Slalom Pre-World Championships. 

To read more about this talented young lady, click here on KSDK online

Missouri Fishing Report  ------ The Missouri Department of Conservation has issued this week's Fishing Report.  

 

Mississippi River (above St. Louis):

75 degrees, normal, dingy; channel catfish good on stinkbaits and nightcrawlers on sand edges near the channel; flathead catfish good on live baits; blue catfish fair with cut baits near dams at dusk and dawn; drum good on nightcrawlers; all other species slow.

(Report made on 8/14/2008)


Missouri River (below New Haven)

80 degrees, falling, muddy; all species fair on natural baits.

(Report made on 8/14/2008)

 

Meramec (below Eureka)

80 degrees, high, muddy; black bass good on buzzbaits and crankbaits; channel catfish good on natural baits; carp fair on corn; all other species fair.

(Report made on 8/14/2008)
 

Salt (below Mark Twain):

75 degrees, muddy; river still high; dangerous currents.

(Report made on 8/14/2008)
 

 

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The above reprinted from the weekly [Mo-fish] Weekly Fishing Report e-mail.

Check out the report for the entire state of Missouri

go to  http://www.mdc.mo.gov/fish/fishrt/

Whatever happed To Gabie McGarrah ?......

RiverBill's got an e-mail from Gabie McGarrah yesterday.  He is the entertainer that used to play guitar and sing at the Rotten Apple in Grafton, IL.  He is playing at the Scape, 48 Maryland Plaza, St.Louis.

  Click here and check it out.

Louisiana Wetlands Are Dying.....

 

According to the “Wash Park Prophet,” blog..... the wetlands of Louisiana are dying. The swamp lands of Louisiana make up about 25% of the United States’ wetlands. It also makes up about 40% of the salt marsh. Flood control and the development along the Mississippi River could possibly be causing problems in the wetlands. There’s already a danger to it because the swamplands, also known as the everglades are at sea level. With global warming and the rising waters, this could be washing it into the ocean. To read this blog, click here, http://washparkprophet.blogspot.com/2008/08/louisiana-wetlands-dying.html.

To read a very interesting story about this issue, which is quite lengthy and also has information about a book about the dying wetlands, “The Biggest Environmental Disaster In American History” – go to..

http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2008/8/12/16946/1279/620/566884
 

Mark Twain Lake Has Really Struggled This Year......

Mark Twain Lake’s business has been down about 20 percent this year. This summer started out rough when gas prices sky rocketed. Then Memorial weekend was cold. Right after that, the rains started. That brought record breaking water levels for the lake. The lake is usually about 606 above sea level. It reached 640 feet above sea level when it forced the corps to start emptying water into the Salt River. The flooded waters washed out campgrounds, boat ramps and beaches. Since most of the lake is used by fishermen, hunters and campers, this really hurt their business this year. Most of the lake's visitors are from St. Louis, which is only about a two hour drive.

To read this full article, click here on STLtoday.com

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday ...Aug 14, 2008

 

 

Over 1.7 Million Visitors Strong !

 

 

 

 

News Flash !

Updated at 1:00 PM

 

 

 

 

Tow Aground At Iowa Island..........

 

Hello Bill,

 

I Heard This Morning That A Barge Run Aground Across From Iowa Island, So I Went Out On The WaveRunner And Took A Few Pictures. This Was Directly Across from the Lower End Of Iowa And The Upper End Of The Trailer Park Of Royal landing, Arrox MM 223 1/2 . Maybe something Very Interesting Was going on In the Trailer Park, And They Backed Up To Get A Closer Look. The 2nd Tow Headed Up Stream Was Getting In Position To Separate And Pull Him Out Of There. The Channel Getting Shallow Out there, Watch Your Depth Finders !!!!!

 

Ron Bachman

Woodland Harbor

Navigation Notice !

  River Closure MM 222.5 -224.5 UMR

 

 

To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 8/14/08
Subject: River Closure on UMR, Low water
NAVNOTICE # 1280

SUBJ: WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0361-08 UM
SAFETY AND SCHED BCSTS UNTIL CANCELLED
USCG NOTICE TO MARINERS EIGHTH DISTRICT NR 0361-08 UM
UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER
THE COTP UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER HAS ESTABLISHED A TEMPORARY RIVER CLOSURE TO ALL VESSEL TRAFFIC BETWEEN MM 222.5 - 224.5 UMR UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO LOW WATER. ALL VESSELS ARE REQUESTED TO CONTACT SECTOR UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER UPON ARRIVAL TO THE CLOSURE ZONE ON VHF-FM CHNL 16 OR PHONE NUMBER (314)269-2332.

 

Picture of the Day

 

   

Click on pic to enlarge

 

 

River Picture of the Day..........

 

Hi bill,

Here are some pictures from Monday the 11th. First one is of Captain Fred and Paul Hondelt at the lucky fishing hole. The second picture is of Monday nights sun set at two branch. The third picture is from wed. 08/13/08 sun setting in the middle of two branch.


Happy and safe boating to all
John Payne

 

 

Yesteryears Picture of the Day

 

 

    

 

Yester Year's River Picture on this Day in 2007......  

 

 

Hey River Bill,

Loved the picture of the day, I think we saw your group when we were returning Sunday from our annual boat trip down the river to Alton IL, we are from Elsberry MO.....I am emailing
you a few pictures. Have a great day and stay cool....

David & Tami Leckbee
Norsemen Transportation

 

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Navigation Notices ......

 

   

To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 8/13/08
Subject: MECHANICAL DREDGING
NAVNOTICE # 1279

SUBJ: WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0359-08 UM
SAFETY AND SCHED BCSTS UNTIL CANCELLED
USCG NOTICE TO MARINERS EIGHTH DISTRICT NR 0359-08 UM
UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER
MECHANICAL DREDGING WILL COMMENCE AT MM 313.5 UMR ON FRIDAY 15 AUG 2008 AT 0700 CDT. DREDGING WILL BE 7 DAYS A WEEK, 24 HOURS PER DAY UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO CONTACT THE DREDGE GOETZ ON CHANNELS 13, 16 OR WORKING CHANNEL 82, 30 MINUTES PRIOR TO TRANSITING THE AREA FOR PASSING INSTRUCTIONS.
 

 

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To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 8/13/08
Subject: Shoaling at mm 313 UMR
NAVNOTICE # 1278

SUBJ: WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0358-08 UM
SAFETY AND SCHED BCSTS UNTIL CANCELLED
USCG NOTICE TO MARINERS EIGHTH DISTRICT NR 0358-08 UM
UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER
THE USACE HAS COMPLETED SURVEYING IVO MM 313 UMR AND FOUND DEPTHS OF  9 TO 10 FEET MID-CHANNEL. RIVER LEVELS ARE FORECASTED TO DROP APPROXIMATELY 0.3 FEET PER DAY OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS. USACE DREDGE IS EN ROUTE WITH AN ETA OF VERY LATE EVENING THURSDAY, 14AUG08 OR FRIDAY MORNING 15AUG08. MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO TRANSIT THE AREA WITH EXTREME CAUTION.

 

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The above info re-printed from the CG / COE Hot Topics Website

Check the CG/COE Hot Topics website for most current memos

       

From The US Army Corps of Engineers website........

 

Mississippi River Closed -
Corps of Engineers Responding

August 13, St. Louis – The U.S. Coast Guard has closed the Mississippi River at river mile 257.1, near Hamburg, Ill., about 15 miles above Winfield, Mo. The closure follows the grounding of a 15-barge tow at that location. Possible problems with the navigation channel are being investigated at other locations at this time as well.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in St. Louis is preparing the District’s dustpan dredge, Motor Vessel Potter, to get underway to remove deposits of sediment that have obstructed navigation. She was originally scheduled to start work later in August but is now expected to depart its berth at the St. Louis District’s Service Base by Friday. She should arrive at the grounding location and be ready to go to work there by Saturday.

River engineers explain that during recent flooding and high water events, large amounts of sediment – sand and soil eroded from farm fields – were scoured and carried into the river. As the river fell rapidly in recent days, the energy that scoured and carried the sediment load quickly diminished, allowing the material to drop out of suspension and to the bottom of the river.
 

[More]

 

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The above was reprinted from the US Army Corps of Engineers website.

Information presented on CorpsWeb public web sites is considered public information and may be distributed or copied.

Click here to go to the US Army Corps of Engineers website.

 

 

 

 

What Going On At The River Restaurants ?

 

 Business Hours, Dinner Specials, Who's playing the music tonight ?

Click here

Divers Needed On The Alton Riverfront.......

 

Due to the recent floodwaters, there was some driftwood that got lodged in an area just west of the Argosy Bell Casino in Alton. This also caused an aluminum grate to come off. This piece of aluminum grate actually cost about $800. Divers from River Diving and Salvage Company from St. Louis went down in a 10 foot by 20 foot area to find a grate that had fallen off in the sewage outfall. This is an area where any conduit or pipe that is used to carry raw sewage, treated effluent or overfall to a final point of discharge. There are actually four sections that cover this outfall area.

 

To read this full article on the telegraph.com, click here


 

Colorado Teenager Drowns In The Lake Of The Ozarks.....

On Tuesday afternoon, about 3:12 pm, an 18 year old boy from Colorado jumped into the water off of a pontoon boat. Witnesses said that after he jumped in, he started waving his arms after he went under water. As of Wednesday morning, they were still looking for the teenager’s body.

 

 To read this full article in the STLtoday.com, click here

 

Sand Bar Rumor......

RiverBill's heard that Longshots Saloon, in Portage Des Sioux, might be having a Bikini & Wet T-Shirt Contest at the end of the month.

Keep your anchor right here for more info as it becomes available .

A Re-enactment Of Huck Finn......

There’s two college buddies who are having a 21st century re-enactment of Huck Finn and his adventures on the mighty Mississippi River. They started building their own boat made of plywood, steel and 30 plastic fertilizer barrels for flotation devices. They finished it while on spring break. The two guys and one of their dad has started a 930 mile journey down river. They started in Iowa and intend on going down to Louisiana in their boat. They have had quite an adventure so far. They have experienced the flooding up river and have actually seen houses floating down the river. They are keeping a blog going as things happen. They have their laptop with them and are keeping their webpage updated as things happen. There have been many people along the way that have bought them dinner or given them a place to stay. One man even drove them 16 miles to a hospital for his swollen foot. They are really enjoying their journey and they intend on writing a book about their trip when they get back home.

To read this full article on the Colorado Gazette.com, click here

 

What's Going On AT The River ?

 

 Check out this week's upcoming River Events......

Click here

More Fun Toys For The Water.......

To find some new fun toys to use on the water this year, you can go to boating.com. There is a review on some inflatable chairs, tubes and skis that are fun and convenient for the water. One of the things listed is a ski tube, shaped like a hotdog and a bun. It is inflatable and holds up to three people.

To read about this and see many other water toys and find out how to purchase them, click here
 

Humpback Whales Are Making A Comeback.......

The humpback whale and the southern right whales used to be legally hunted and killed about 50 years ago. However, since 1966, it became against the law to hunt these whales. Right before they made this law, the humpback whale population was in the low thousands. Now their count is at about 60,000. This has increased the whale population at about 5 percent each year. It appears that the whales up in the north, are struggling a bit more. That is probably because there are still hunters who are killing these whales illegally. The reason that these whales were some eas to hunt was because once they were shot, they would float to the top. This made it easier for the fisherman. There is also many whales and other types of fish that die each year from either colliding with large ships or from getting tangled in fishing lines.

To read more about this story, click here on the Mad Mariner

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

Wednesday ...Aug 13, 2008

 

 

Over 1.7 Million Visitors Strong !

 

 

 

 

Picture of the Day

Click on pic to enlarge

 

 

River Picture of the Day.......... was sent in by RiverBill's daughter......Annie

 

Hey Dad,

Rich and I went out on 8 -08 and spent the night on Iowa, it was a very peaceful and a cool night on the beach. Took a few pictures, the sunset was snapped at 8:08 with a hang glider flying over, the fog the next morning was amazing. When I climbed out of the boat at about 7am, you couldn't see very far at all and the water was like glass. Took lots of pictures, the fog pictures turned out the best.

Annie

 

Yesteryears Picture of the Day

 

 

Yester Year's River Picture on this Day in 2005......  was of one of the   Water Patrol boat heading up-river .

  

 

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Missouri State Water Patrol News Release.....

 

  

 

News Release N07080170

 Drowning- 8/12/2008

Location:

     Lake of the Ozarks, 26MM, Osage Beach
Summary : 

VICTIM JUMPED FROM THE BOAT TO SWIM HE THEN STARTED WAVING HIS ARMS AND WENT UNDER..

Fatalities 

 ANATOLY DMITRUK, STRASBURG, CO

 

News Release N07080169

 Falls Within Boat- 8/12/2008

Location:

     Lake of the Ozarks, 20MM, Osage Beach
Summary : 

THE BOAT HIT A LARGE WAKE THE VICTIMS WERE THROWN FROM THEIR SEATS LANDING IN THE BOAT.

Injuries

 ALLY TESSLER....... MINOR

DEBBIE TESSLER.....MODERATE

LOGAN WOLFE.........MINOR

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The above reprinted from the Missouri State Water Patrol website

Click here to check out the Missouri State Water Patrol website

 

Navigation Notices ......

 

   

To:     ALL MARINERS
From:   Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 8/12/08
Subject: RIVER CLOSURE AT MM 256- 258 UMR
NAVNOTICE # 1277

SUBJ: WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0356-08 UM
SAFETY AND SCHED BCSTS UNTIL CANCELLED
USCG NOTICE TO MARINERS EIGHTH DISTRICT NR 0356-08 UM UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER
THE COAST GUARD HAS ESTABLISHED A TEMPORARY RIVER CLOSURE FOR ALL VESSEL TRAFFIC ON THE UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER BETWEEN MM 256.0 - 258.0 UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE PENDING THE OUTCOME OF USACE SURVEY
OPERATIONS TONIGHT AND TOMORROW IN THIS AREA. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT COAST GUARD SECTOR UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER AT 314-269-2332

 

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To:     ALL MARINERS
From:   Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 8/12/08
Subject: LOCK AND DAM 21 CLOSURE AT MM 324.9 UMR
NAVNOTICE # 1276

SUBJ: WESTERN RIVER BNM NR 0357-08
SAFETY AND SCHEDULED BROADCAST UNTIL 190000Z AUG 08
USCG NOTICE TO MARINERS EIGHTH DISTRICT NR 0357-08 UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER
L/D 21, MM 324.9 UMR, WILL BE CLOSED TO ALL NAVIGATION ON 18AUG08 FROM THE HOURS OF 0700-1900 CDT FOR THE PURPOSE OF REMOVING THE #2 SPARE MITER GATE AND REPLACING IT WITH THE REPAIRED #2 MITER GATE. TOWBOAT OPERATORS ARE REQUESTED NOT TO TIE UP ON THE GUIDE WALLS DURING THIS CLOSURE PERIOD.

 

 

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To:     ALL MARINERS
From:   Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 8/12/08
Subject: SHOALING AT MM 257.0 UMR
NAVNOTICE # 1275

SUBJ: WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0355-05 UM
SAFETY AND SCHED BCSTS UNTIL CANCELLED
USCG NOTICE TO MARINERS EIGHTH DISTRICT NR 0355-08 UM
UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER
SHOALING HAS BEEN REPORTED AT MM 257.0 UMR MID CHANNEL. TWO M/V'S RAN
AGROUND AT THIS LOCATION WITH A 9'3 AND A 9'6 DRAFT ON 12AUG08 WITH
L/D 24 LOWER POOL GAUGE READING 441.32 FT. ALL MARINERS ARE REQUESTED
TO TRANSIT THE AREA WITH EXTREME CAUTION.

 

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The above info re-printed from the CG / COE Hot Topics Website

Check the CG/COE Hot Topics website for most current memos

       

From The US Army Corps of Engineers website........

 

Power back on at Mark Twain Lake’s Clarence Cannon Dam

The two hydropower generators at the Clarence Cannon Dam at Mark Twain Lake, northwest of St. Louis, were placed back on line Tuesday.

The generators are in the dam that forms the lake on the Salt River and were shut down during the recent high water event and flooding. They were taken off line during the recent high water events. That decision was made due to manning requirements and work load during the event as well as to best ensure the safety of the generators and the Corps ability to rapidly restore generation after water levels receded.

Timing of the shut down also supported the Northeast Power Company’s efforts that raised power lines at the switch yard outside the dam. This permitted an emergency safety structure to be built around the critical switches to preserve them in case dam releases had had to be increased to higher levels.

Bringing the generators back on line did not increase releases from the dam. As water was allowed to flow through the turbines, an equal flow was reduced from the main tainter gates through which the dam was discharging water into the Salt River.

Together, the two generators are capable of providing 58,000 kilowatts of electricity, or enough to provide power to 20,000 homes.

The Clarence Cannon electricity generating facility normally serves the power grid by providing added rapid response power to meet peak demands. But when lake levels are adequate, the generators are routinely engaged full time.

Power generated is marketed for commercial distribution and the Federal Government is paid for the electricity provided. Nationwide, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers provides about one-fourth of the country’s renewable hydropower.

 

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The above was reprinted from the US Army Corps of Engineers website.

Information presented on CorpsWeb public web sites is considered public information and may be distributed or copied.

Click here to go to the US Army Corps of Engineers website.

 

 

 

 

Con Trios Yacht Club........

 

 Con Trios Yacht Club recently donated to the Cystic Fibrosis 6th Annual Golf Tournament sponsored by Maze Collision Repair held on May 30th, 2008 at Bear Creek Golf Club. Pictured is the Thank You we received. Dalton, Kayla and Hannah, pictured in the Thank You, all suffer from Cycstic Fibrosis.

Full Lunar Cruise is this Saturday, August 16th, according to Fleet Captain Denny Galkowski there is still some space available aboard the Grafton Ferry for this fun event, get your reservations in!

Check the Con Trios Yacht Club website, www.contriosyachtclub.org, for more information.

Darryll Weil

webmaster Con Trios Yacht Club

 

Iowa City, Iowa Buyout......

 

On Monday, the city council for Iowa City will have a meeting about a buy out program for the 245 homes that were damaged due to the floods this year. The buy out program is a voluntary program. No one is required to participate. The city will submit a notice to the state by September 12th with the request. FEMA funds are fairly tight this year since there was such a large area that has been hit this year.

To read more about this, click here on KHQA online

 

Sand Bar Rumor......

RiverBill's heard that Longshots Saloon, in Portage Des Sioux, might be having a Bikini & Wet T-Shirt Contest at the end of the month.

Keep your anchor right here for more info as it becomes available .

Click on Pic to enlarge

 

Capt'n Darryll Weil Website Update.......

 

Bill,

Took off Saturday morning, August 2nd, and headed to Cincinnati Ohio for my grandson Bastian's 4th Birthday Party. Had a great time with Joe, Jen, Bastian, Mathias and their guests. Sunday found us back on the road headed to Florida. Monday we arrived at my daughter Deanna's house and got to spend some time with her, my Favorite Son-In-Law Paul and my granddaughter Anna Grace. The rest of the week found us bouncing back and forth from Shalimar Florida to Preston and Faye's in Santa Rosa Beach Florida. Got to enjoy visiting all and doing a little boating on Choctawatchee Bay and into "The Ditch" that connects the bay to West Bay at Panama City Beach. A lot of driving (well over 2000 miles) and a lot of fun! We even got to spend some time with Maureen's newly engaged daughter Nikki. Nikki and her "Fiance'" Justin were staying in San Destin Florida for the week with a bunch of friends from St. Louis. Go to www.captainweil.com and click on the "Newest Stuff" link to see the pictures.

Enjoy, Darryll

 

Mercury Has Been Found In The Great Salt Lake...... 

A large amount of mercury has been found in the Great Salt Lake in Utah. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologists have been collecting eggs from the nests of cinnamon teal ducks, to crack them open and analyze them in the lab. They realize that they have a problem, but they don’t know how big yet. They don’t know if the mercury is coming from a natural source or from industrial pollution. This lake is saltier than the ocean is. The only type of wildlife that usually survives in this lake is bugs, bacteria and shrimp. There are many businesses that make millions of dollars of the brine shrimp from this 1,700 square mile lake. The biologists are worried about the birds that stop and feed off of the shrimp though. If there is a high amount of mercury, it may be harmful to them. It can cause neurological damage to them and not allow them to fight off disease. Evidently, the mercury is not a danger to humans. There are many tourists, swimmers and boaters that come to visit this lake each year. This new study will be funded mainly by the Environmental Protection Agency and the state. Just for the initial phase the have a bill for $280,000. This study began three years ago, when the lake had a reading of mercury that was higher than any body of water in the country.

To read more about this interesting finding, click here on the Mad Mariner

RiverBill's 2008 Flood Pictures

 

  Click here and check them out.....

Click on the Slide Show

Click on the "i" icon in the picture to turn on text info.

 

  A "Big Muddy Thanks" goes out to the following contributors

 Greg Moore, Mike Halley, Randy Johnston, Darryll Weil, Harry Ragland, Tauni Shuck, Valerie Aulabaugh, Erika Zimmerman, Anna, Mitchel, Jim & Ter, Aristotal Jones, Julie Mibbs, Steve Francis and Friends, Jeri Levesgue, Kelsie Brown, Mr Cocktail, Carl Seidler, Scott Nailor, Jerry Boyle, Connie Pickering, Tom Yates, Scott Johansson, Barry Munsel, Damian Sigman, Tom & Lou Lenkman, Gary Lucy, Cory Cissel, Mark Cutler, Dave & Carrie Ash, Ron Bachman, Lenny Bidwell, Gary and Judy Meinersahgen, Bob Slough, Wayne Reinwald, The Carroll Family, Frances Kennedy, Dave Diederich

 

 

Meramec River Clean Up Is Scheduled For August 23rd

Volunteers for the Operation Clean Stream will meet at Arnold City Park at 8 am on August 23rd. This organization is on its 41st year of cleaning up the Meramec River and its tributaries such as Big, Bourbeuse, Huzzah and Courtois Rivers. This year the flooding has left the Meramec River deep enough to use boats for the clean up which will be supplied by the Missouri River Relief. Volunteers will be supplied with everything they need for the day. They will be cleaning up areas such as Flamm City Park off of Telegraph Road.

To read this full article in the STLtoday.com, click here
 

 SAVE THE DELTA QUEEN

For more info go to www.save-the-delta-queen.org 

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Delta Queen’s farewell tour schedule

   August 12, 2008 5 p.m. St. Louis, Missouri
  August 13, 2008 Noon Alton, Illinois

 

Delta Queen Did Not Make It To Alton On Wednesday.......

 This is supposedly the last voyage for the Delta Queen and it wasn't able to make it to Alton on today.  Due to high boat traffic on the Mississippi River and mechanical problems it is stranded at Cape Girardeau.

 The Queen is operating under a Congressional Exemption from 1966 called the Safety of life at Sea Law.  Congress has not granted the Delta Queen another exception and it is scheduled to be decommissioned by November 1st.

The Safety of life at Sea Law law does not allow any vessel, to carry 50 or more overnight passengers, if it is made primarily of wood and

 To read this full story on the Alton Daily News, click here
 

Illinois Reported Its First Case Of West Nile Virus This Year.......

A woman from Kane County, Illinois, was the first human case of the West Nile Virus this year. The lady is in her late 20’s and she was infected with the virus in late July. There were 101 human cases of the West Nile Virus last year, which included four deaths from it. The symptoms are usually aches, chills and fever. The lady wasn’t sure if she received it at home or not because they had just got back from traveling. However, Kane County is one of the 11 counties that has reported the West Nile Virus in horses, birds or mosquitoes this year.

To read this full article in KHQA online, click here

 

 


 

 

 

Tuesday ...Aug 12, 2008

 

 

Over 1.7 Million Visitors Strong !

 

 

 

 

Picture of the Day

Click on pic for larger animated gif

 

 

River Picture of the Day.......... was sent in by Sharon Gwillim

 

 

Bill,

 

I was sitting at the cabin on the Illinois side of the Mississippi enjoying the sunset, when I saw this small glider come into view. He/She really had the birds-eye view of the sunset – this is across from Elsberry, just down from Timberlake on the Missouri side. Maybe one of your viewers will recognize him/herself.



Sharon Gwillim

 


(The picture is a GIF and should give you 2 images as he/she glides by the sunset)

 

Yesteryears Picture of the Day

 

click on pic to enlarge

 

 

Yester Year's River Picture on this Day in 2005......

 

   We have some of the best women in the world boating on Pool 26 and  ... Kim.... is definitely one of them.    Here she is "cooling off"  in the mighty Mississippi on a hot summer day.....and looking beautiful.  

 

  Photography by Marty Henderson of www.fotou.net .

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Missouri State Water Patrol News Release.....

 

  

 

News Release N07080168

 Grounding- 8/10/2008

Location:

     Missouri River, 30 MM, St. Charles, Mo
Summary : 

THE BOAT WAS TRAVELING UPSTREAM AND STRUCK A WING DYKE.

Damage 

$200, PROPELLER

 

 

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The above reprinted from the Missouri State Water Patrol website

Click here to check out the Missouri State Water Patrol website

 

 

Press Release


      Release No. 50-08  


 


Mississippi River Commission schedules Public Meeting in Alton, IL, August 15St. Louis -- The Mississippi River

 

Commission is conducting its annual low-water inspection trip on the Mississippi River August 10-22, 2008.
The St. Louis-area public meeting will be held at the Melvin Price Locks and Dam in Alton, Ill., at 9 a.m., Friday, August 15.

Public meetings are held in conjunction with the inspection trip to provide the public,  local interests and stakeholders an opportunity to present their views and suggestions on matters affecting the water resources infrastructure needs in the Mississippi Valley, including flood control, environmental issues, recreation and navigation.

The agenda for the August 15 public meeting is as follows:

1. Commission President and Mississippi Valley Division Commander, Brig. Gen. Michael J. Walsh, will present a summary of national and regional issues affecting the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Commission programs and projects on the Mississippi River and its tributaries.

2. St. Louis District Commander, Col. Thomas E. O'Hara, will present an overview of current project issues in his district for the Commission.

3. Local organizations and members of the public will have an opportunity to make presentations or offer views or comments on any issue affecting programs or projects of the Commission and the Corps.

The purpose of the public meetings is to maintain a dialogue, an exchange of
viewpoints and ideas flowing between the public, the Corps and the Commission. Presentations by the public are made orally, but a copy of the remarks should be presented to the Commission for the official record.

The public hearing process is unique to the Mississippi River Commission and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The benefits of hearing first hand the issues and concerns through the public hearing process are invaluable to the Commission and the Corps. Also, the interaction with congressional, federal and state interests, local boards and non-government organizations and the public is crucial to the decision-making process of the Commission.

Eight public meetings have been scheduled aboard the Motor Vessel MISSISSIPPI in selected towns along the river during the two week inspection trip.


The meeting places, dates and times are as follows:

* August 11 9:00 a.m. Red Wing, MN (Levee Park)
* August 13 9:00 a.m. Davenport, IA (Oneida Landing)
* August 14 1:30 p.m. Hannibal, MO (City Front)
(This meeting is for observation only, no public comment. The Commission will consider the Upper Mississippi River Comprehensive Plan.)
* August 15 9:00 a.m. Alton, IL (Mel Price Lock & Dam)

* August 18 9:00 a.m. New Madrid, MO (City Front)
* August 19 9:00 a.m. Memphis, TN (Mud Island River Park)
* August 20 9:00 a.m. Greenville, MS (City Front)
* August 22 9:00 a.m. Houma, LA (Cenac Towing Dock)

The MRC, established in 1879, is composed of seven members, each nominated by the President of the United States and confirmed by the Senate. Three of the organization's members are officers of the Corps of Engineers; one member is from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; and three members are civilians, two of whom are civil engineers.

General duties of the Commission include recommendation of policy and work programs, the study of and reporting upon the necessity for modifications or additions to the flood control and navigation project, recommendation upon any matters authorized by law, and making semi-annual inspection trips.
The duties of the Commission include the entire length of the Mississippi River from its headwaters at Lake Itasca, Minn., to Head of Passes, La., where the ississippi River empties into the Gulf of Mexico.

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Public Affairs Office
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Mississippi Valley - St. Louis District
Comm: 314-331-8068/8002
Fax: 314-331-8005
www.mvs.usace.army.mil

Little John's MotorSports Update........

 

 Little Johns Motorsports, LLC  Drag Boat Racing update August 11th, 2008.
 

Ashley in "Kwitchabitchin" was #7 Qualifier in Top Eliminator at Livermore Kentucky in the Kentucky Drag Boat Association races on August 9th and 10th. After dropping a cylinder she still managed to take 3rd Place for the weekend.

 

We are off next weekend, next race is August 23rd and 24th at Litchfield Illinois.

 

Darryll Weil,

webmaster Little Johns Inc.
 

Concert For Flood Relief ........

 

Hi, Bill...

According to the St. Charles Chamber of Commerce today, net proceeds, in cash, raised at Concert for Flood Relief August 2 from sales of food and beverages and contributions onsite totaled $5,018.77.

This cash amount does not include various donations of goods, such as cleaning products and bottled water, etc.

C U on the River!
Jeff Dunlap

 

 

RiverBIll says...It's a great thing you guys did !
 

Lets Go Barefooting Behind a 65 GTO  ........

  

Check it out....Keith St. Onge doing some more barefooting. 

 

This time behind a 65 GTO .............  Click here and check it out

National Marina Day at RiverBend Marina ........

  

Bill,

Here is a link to our National Marina Day Celebration pics from Saturday.

We had a full day of activities at the marina. The USCG Aux. Flotilla

3-5 was here holding Vessel Safety checks.

Riverbend Marina was the 2nd stop of The Marina Day VIP Tour hosted by Show Me The Mississippi group & St. Charles Chamber of Commerce. Public officials were invited to take a tour of the river. Bud’s Place hosted the 1st stop of the tour. The 2nd stop was at Riverbend Marina. The guests came by bus and boarded boats provided by Bud’s Place, Wahoo Marine, and Marine Max. The 3rd stop was Polestar and 4th stop Grafton Harbor .
Our party started at 6pm. We had lots of great food, approx 200 in attendance, music by “Last Call” and lights by Mike Densmore . We want to again, thank our customers, without them we would not exist. And another thanks to our employees, whether in the office, on the phones, on the docks or in the shop, they represent the best we have to offer and we thank them for all that they do everyday.

http://gallery.mac.com/riverbendmarina#100195&bgcolor=black&view=grid
or
www.riverbendmarina.com (photo gallery)

Jeff & Debbie House

Boat Tours From the Port of Grafton.........

Sight-seeing boat tours out of Grafton Harbor cruise the Mississippi and Illinois rivers at 10 am, 1 pm and 3 pm on Wednesday through Saturday. On Friday evenings it's a sunset cruise and on Saturday the hors d’oeurves cruise. 

The tours run through November 15th.

To find read the full story, click here to go to KSDK online events.

Salt River Flood Area.........

   Salvation Army Is Handing Out Baskets & Kits To Flood Victims At Salt River

The Salvation Army has put together baskets and kits for the flood victims at the Salt River flood area.

If your primary residence is in this area you are eligible to pick up one of these clean up kits or non-perishable food baskets. To find out more call the Ralls County emergency line at 573-985-1911 or the Ralls County Emergency Director at 573-565-2766.

To read this full story, click here on the KHQA online.

Two Separate Lake Ozark Accidents This Weekend

    (Previously Reported on RiverBIll's)

A 29 year old woman jumped into Emerald Point at Jake’s Branch on Table Rock Lake this weekend. She was trying to jump onto a flotation device, but missed it. Luckily, she was rescued by some friends who were with her. She was taken to a hospital and is going to be fine.

In an incident at the Lake of the Ozarks this weekend, a 36 year old man was suffocated after being stuck for 25 minutes between the outboard motor and the tow bar of a boat he was working on Sunday afternoon.

To read this full article in the St. Charles Journal, click here

More Flood Plain Development..... Creve Coeur Park

One of the last of the undeveloped area in St. Louis County is an 197 acre piece of land that sits next to Creve Coeur Park. Many feel that the proposed Maryland Park, which would consist of residential, office, retail and entertainment area, would bring a lot of revenue to the area. Pacific Development says that this project would cost about $300 million. There are many who are opposed to the project as they feel that the scenic view is what makes Creve Coeur Park so beautiful.

To read more, click here to go to STLtoday.com

 SAVE THE DELTA QUEEN

For more info go to www.save-the-delta-queen.org 

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Delta Queen’s farewell tour schedule

   August 12, 2008 5 p.m. St. Louis, Missouri
  August 13, 2008 Noon Alton, Illinois

 

Delta Queen Stops In Cape Girardeau  ........... The Delta Queen stopped at the downtown waterfront of Cape Girardeau on Tuesday and will be there through Wednesday afternoon. 

 

The Queen arrived at Cape on Monday morning on its way to St. Louis.  Strong currents and heavy traffic on the Mississippi River would have stopped the historic riverboat from reaching St. Louis in time to make its scheduled disembarkation of passengers, so passengers from the riverboat will be bussed to St. Louis and busses will take the passengers booked for the riverboat's downstream voyage to Cape Girardeau to board. 

 

Looks like the historic riverboat will not make it's scheduled stops in St. Louis and Alton.

 

Click here to read the news article in the Southeast Missourian.

 

 

 



 

 

 

Monday ...Aug 11, 2008

 

 

Over 1.7 Million Visitors Strong !

 

 

 

 

Picture of the Day

Click on pic to enlarge

Mexican Sunset !

 

River Picture of the Day.......... is from Dave Vankirk.   It's a sunset he snapped while on a  Mexican booze cruise last winter.  

 

RiiverBill says....Good picture Dave !

 

 

Yesteryears Picture of the Day

 

click on pic to enlarge

 

 

Yester Year's River Picture on this Day in 2007...... was from Capt'n Pat Reid of Crystal Photography, better known in a lot of circles as..."Captain of the Camera."

 

    Pat sent us this picture of the American Queen heading down river towards Ol' St.Lou. He made it look Old Tyme !

    Pat raced around last weekend from location to location in his land yacht tying to find the Queen on the river. We knew it was close, but didn't know the exact location. We talked to the folks at Two Rivers Marina and a lot of the lock masters trying to find her.   Pat missed it once or twice and had to leave lock and dam 25 when they locked the grounds for the night.  He got some good shots for us though !

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Navigation Notices ......

 

 

 

Navigation Notice 1274    8/8/08     WAP Update

Navigation Notice 1273    8/8/08     Dredging operations (BNM NR 0351-08 UM)
 

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The above reprinted from the CG/COE Hot Topics website

Check the CG/COE Hot Topics website for most current memos

       

Missouri State Water Patrol News Release.....

 

  

 

News Release N07080167

 Other - See Summary- 8/10/2008

Location:

     Lake of the Ozarks
Summary : 

VICTIM WAS WORKING ON AN OUTBOARD MOTOR ON THE BACK OF A BOAT ON A HOIST. THE MOTOR WENT UP AND TRAPPED HIM BETWEEN THE MOTOR AND THE TOW BAR ON THE BACK OF THE BOAT FOR APPROXIMATELY 25 MINUTES. VICTIM SUFFOCATED.

Fatalities : 

CAMPBELL, JOHN, MACKS CREEK, MO

 

 

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The above reprinted from the Missouri State Water Patrol website

Click here to check out the Missouri State Water Patrol website

 

Allstate Insurance is Offering Green Program with River Support........

 

 Allstate Insurance Company is offering a “green” program that will contribute money to protect the Current River and the Mississippi River .

The insurance company will contribute $10 to the Nature Conservancy for each new or existing auto insurance customer who signs up for their Green Easy Pay program.  A program that eliminates paper statements.

 

The Nature Conservancy is identifying areas where floodplains can be preserved on the Mississippi River.

 

Click here to read the new article in the News Leader
 

New Islands for Pool 8 near Brownsville, Minnesota........

  

The US Army Corps of Engineers is constructing 5 new river islands in pool 8 of the Mississippi River near Brownsville, Minnesota to help improve the bird and fisheries habitat in that area.    The area of the river was dotted with many islands before the dams were constructed.  Most have now eroded away.

 

 One of the side products of the new islands is improved water quality.

 

Click here to read the news story.

RedNeck Barefooting - WI Style Video........

  

Check it out....Keith St. Onge doing some redneck barefooting behind a snow mobile on a small lake in Wisconsin.  Both the snowmobile and skier take off on dry land, down a small hill and into the lake !

Click here and check it out

Hannibal, MO

   The USS LST Ship Memorial .............

The USS LST Ship Memorial is scheduled to land on the Historic Riverfront in Hannibal, Mo on August 20 -26, 2008

Click here for more information......

Click here for the USS LST's Summer Schedule

Click here for a bit of history on the LST 325 form the Review Atlas.com

Watch for the ship to pass through the St. Louis area sometime

between Aug 17th and Aug 20th

 

St. Paul

District

 

 

 

 

Mississippi River Commission, Corps of Engineers to host public meeting aboard the MV Mississippi Aug. 11

 

SAINT PAUL, MINN. -- The Mississippi River Commission, or MRC, will host a public meeting aboard the largest -working towboat on the Mississippi River, the Motor Vessel Mississippi, in Red Wing, Minn., Aug. 11, from 9-11 a.m.

Under the direction of the president, the Mississippi River Commission recommends policy and work programs for the six U.S. Army Corps of Engineers districts along the Mississippi River, including St. Paul, Rock Island, St. Louis, Memphis, Vicksburg and New Orleans. Most summers, the MRC conducts a series of public meetings aboard the vessel, one in each district. The vessel's primary mission the rest of the year is to move barges in support of bank stabilization work on the lower Mississippi River.


At the meeting in Red Wing, the commander of the St. Paul District will provide a summary report on the district projects on the Mississippi River. Then, the public will be given the opportunity to comment on the Corps’ work on the Upper Mississippi. Agencies, local organizations and individuals are strongly encouraged to make presentations or offer views or comments on any issues affecting programs or projects of the Corps of Engineers.

The main deck of the M/V Mississippi and the hearing room have limited handicapped accessibility. For more information, or if you require special accommodations, contact Mark Davidson, Corps of Engineers, at (651) 290-5201.


Everyone attending the meeting should have photo identification available and be able to vouch for members of their party, such as children, who do not have a photo ID. Attendants are asked to leave backpacks and large purses in their vehicles. People who do bring small purses and handbags on board will be subject to search by police officers.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, serves the American public in the areas of environmental enhancement, navigation, flood damage reduction, water and wetlands regulation, recreation sites and disaster response. It contributes around $126 million to the five-state district economy. The more than 625 employees work at more than 40 sites in five upper-Midwest states. For more information, see www.mvp.usace.army.mil.



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Buy Out Program For Hannibal......

According to an article in STLtoday.com, the city of Hannibal is exploring a buy out program.

If the program goes forward, 75% of the buyout program will be paid for by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the other 25% will be matched locally. The city would pursue a Community Development Block Grant for $500,000 for the 25% local match.

To read this full story, click here

Tug-Of-War Across the Mississippi River......

Illinois walked away with the alabaster eagle trophy in Saturday's Tug Fest across the Mississippi River. All 11 Illinois Teams claimed victory in controlling the 2,700 ft rope that stretched across the Mississippi River from Iowa to Illinois. Each state has 10 men’s teams and one women’s team

 As if that wasn't enough there was a double wedding ceremony at the event too. 

 Click here to read this news story on

Cabela’s King Kat Tournament ........... was held Louisiana, Mo on July 26 at night on the Mississippi River..  First place went to Robert Cannady and Mike Wiesenberger  of Quincy, IL.   Their catch weighed in at an even 90 pounds including "big fish" of the event weighing in at 48.05 pounds. Robert and Mike fished about 10 to 15 miles up river behind an island using cut shad for bait in 30 feet of water. Robert and Mike took home $3,000 for first place along with a new Minn Kota Trolling motor for capturing big fish of the event.

 

Click here to read the news story on Hannibal.net

The Bassroom........... We were cruising the some uncharted areas of the internet last night and run up on a product call the  "Bassroom." 

   It's a tent like bathroom for bass boats !  Provides courtesy and privacy..... Sets up in seconds and stores away quickly......... Also serves as a rain shelter.

 

Click here and take a look.

Delta Queen's Farewell Tour ........... The Delta Queen is scheduled to be steamboating towards St. Louis today from it's stop in Paducah, Kentucky on Sunday.  On Wednesday, Aug 13th, the Delta Queen is scheduled to stop at the Alton riverfront and then downriver to Cape Giradeau on Thursday.

 

  The St. Louis and Alton stops are scheduled as Delta Queen Tribute Events: On special dates during selected sailings of the season, Majestic America Line will conduct tributes to cities that the Delta Queen visits. These tribute events will feature a presentation to each city, medley of river music by The Delta Queen Band and remarks by Delta Queen's Captain.

 

Click here to view the Delta Queen's Calendar of Events

RiverBill's 2008 Flood Pictures

 

  Click here and check them out.....

Click on the Slide Show

Click on the "i" icon in the picture to turn on text info.

 

  A "Big Muddy Thanks" goes out to the following contributors

 Greg Moore, Mike Halley, Randy Johnston, Darryll Weil, Harry Ragland, Tauni Shuck, Valerie Aulabaugh, Erika Zimmerman, Anna, Mitchel, Jim & Ter, Aristotal Jones, Julie Mibbs, Steve Francis and Friends, Jeri Levesgue, Kelsie Brown, Mr Cocktail, Carl Seidler, Scott Nailor, Jerry Boyle, Connie Pickering, Tom Yates, Scott Johansson, Barry Munsel, Damian Sigman, Tom & Lou Lenkman, Gary Lucy, Cory Cissel, Mark Cutler, Dave & Carrie Ash, Ron Bachman, Lenny Bidwell, Gary and Judy Meinersahgen, Bob Slough, Wayne Reinwald, The Carroll Family, Frances Kennedy, Dave Diederich

 

 

New Orleans, Oil Spill Update....... According to news report on Meridian, Mississippi's NewsCenter 11....crews are about half way done removing what is left of the oil barge that was split in half by a tanker in July causing the huge oil spill that shut down the river.

 

Click here to read this news story.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Weekend Report

Sat, Sun ...Aug 9, 10 2008

 

 

Over 1.7 Million Visitors Strong !

 

 

 Updated Sun at 9:00 AM....Bert Yates Birthday picture 

Updated Sat at 8:00PM...  New Pics from Yesteryears, Delta Queen News Letter

 

Picture of the Day

Sunday

Happy Birthday Capt'n Bert Yates

 

Happy Birthday Capt'n Bert Yates

 

River Picture of the Day.......Sunday..... is of Birthday Boy, Bert Yates, and a few of the folks that helped him celebrate his big event at the Yacht Club of St. Louis last night !

 

Happy Birthday Bert !

 

Picture of the Day

Saturday

Click on pic to enlarge

A River 4th of July in August

 

River Picture of the Day.......Saturday..... is a shot of some of fireworks at Camp Carl's last night...  The 1st one was shot off at 8:08 PM on 8-08-08 !   After the show got going it last the best part of and hour all set to patriotic background music. What a show !

 

Yesteryears Picture of the Day

Sunday

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A Swashbuckling Good Time

 

 

Yester Year's River Picture on this Day in 2007...Sunday...

 

Bill,

On July 28th weekend, boaters may have noticed a swarm of friendly pirates exploring the Mississippi. Captain Logan celebrated his 11th birthday with seven other pirate friends via a campout on Pirates Cove (Enterprise Island), and a birthday lunch at...none other than Captain Jack's. 

This picture was taken at Captain Jack's. 
Fellow pirates are: back row, Brennan, Henry, Neal, Nikhil, Arron; front row, Jeric, Captain Logan, and Connor. 

The event was hosted by Joan and John Gefferth, parents of Logan, who hail out of Lake Center Marina. A swashbuckling good time was had by all. 

 

 

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Yesteryears Picture of the Day

Saturday

click on pic to enlarge

 

 

Yester Year's River Picture on this Day in 2007...Saturday... was sent in by our own Sherri Stanczak.... It's a:

 

Lake Center Sunset!

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Navigation Notices ......

 

 

 

Navigation Notice 1274    8/8/08     WAP Update

Navigation Notice 1273    8/8/08     Dredging operations (BNM NR 0351-08 UM)
 

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The above reprinted from the CG/COE Hot Topics website

Check the CG/COE Hot Topics website for most current memos

       

Missouri State Water Patrol News Release.....

 

  

 

Updated Sat at 8:00PM

News Release N07080165

 Other - See Summary- 8/09/2008

Location:

     Table Rock Lake, Emerald Point, Jakes Branch
Summary : 

*** NEAR DROWNING ***KRISTA JUMPED IN THE WATER TO GO FOR A FLOATION RING. SHE MISSED THE RING AND WENT UNDER. SHE WAS ASSISTED FROM THE WATER BY OTHERS IN HER PARTY. SHE WAS TRANSPORTED TO SKAGGS HOSPITAL FOR TREATMENT

 

 

News Release N07080164

 Falling Overboard - 8/07/2008

Location:

     16 MM Big Niangua, Lake Ozarks  
Summary : 

SUBJECT WAS STANDING ON THE BACK OF THE BOAT AND FELL OVERBOARD. HE WAS NOT WEARING A LIFE JACKET AND DID NOT RESURFACE.

Fatalities 

The body of Tony Vaugh was found floating in 4 feet of water on 08-08-08

Swimmer......No

Wore PDF....No

 

 

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The above reprinted from the Missouri State Water Patrol website

Click here to check out the Missouri State Water Patrol website

 

Updated Sun at 9:25AM

Hannibal, MO

   The USS LST Ship Memorial .............

The USS LST Ship Memorial is scheduled to land on the Historic Riverfont in Hannibal, Mo on August 20 -26, 2008

Click here for more information......

Click here for the USS LST's Summer Schedule

Watch for the ship to pass through the St. Louis area sometime

between Aug 17th and Aug 20th

Updated Sat at 8:00PM

 Save The Delta Queen Newsletter..........

 

 

To:            riverbill@prodigy.net
Subject:    Save the Delta Queen Newsletter - August 2008
Date:        Wed, 6 Aug 2008 22:22:52 +0200
From:      "Save the Delta Queen Campaign Team"
 

 

Dear River Bill,

The campaign to save the Delta Queen is gaining more support every day, thanks to your help.

1) There is great news from the US Senate: Senator George Voinovich (R-OH) has announced that when Congress reconvenes after Labor Day, he will introduce legislation to continue the Delta Queen’s 40-year exemption from the Safety of Life at Sea Act. The exact language of the bill and the date of its introduction will be announced in late August or early September.

2) Media coverage is increasing, many local newspapers along the rivers are covering the issue frequently and we also had one national station covering the Delta Queen story: On July 16, Fox News Channel`s Special Report with Brit Hume covered the Delta Queen extensively.

One of the local newspaper articles is especially worth mentioning: Marietta Times, "The Ghost of Garmatz".

3) Our opponent in th! e US Hou se of Representatives, blocking all legislation in Favor of the Delta Queen, Rep. James Oberstar, is being challenged in his home district by Michael Cummins. This will increase the pressure on Oberstar listening to his constituents or will hopefully result in loosing his seat in the House to Michael Cummins, who is a vivid supporter of the Delta Queen.

 

Call to Action

Well, no good newsletter comes without a call to action. Of course we still need your support and hope you’ll continue to send some e-mails, faxes and make some phone calls to help saving the Delta Queen.

Ask your Senators to contact Sen. Voinovich

If you would like to ask your Senators to support this bill, please suggest that they have their Legislative Directors contact Lauri Hettinger, who is Sen. Voinovich's Legislative Director. She, like most Congressional staff members, will be at work in Washington throughout most of the August recess.

You can find contact information for each of the US Senators on the Internet: http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

Again, thanks very much for your support. We’re convinced together we can save the Delta Queen.

“If you! can dre am it, you can do it.” (Walt Disney)

Yours Sincerely,
Franz Neumeier
www.save-the-delta-queen.org

Alton Marina Hosting Open House Saturday.............

According to an article in the Alton Daily News, the Alton Marina is hosting an open house on Saturday.  They are open to the public, with free marina tours all day. 

Parrot Pointe Marine entered into a new contract with the city of Alton to run the marina in February of this year.  Ribbon cutting will take place at 11:30, BBQ will be available for purchase at 3pm. with the Ralph Butler Band from 6-10pm. 

    Click here to read the news story

Women in Boating............

The Mad Mariner Magazine has published the results of their "Women in Boating" poll and profiled six women who excel