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October 2008

 

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OF THE 

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Friday

 

October 31.. 2008

Over 1.9 Million Visitors Strong !

 

HAPPY HALLOWEEN !

 

 Picture of the Day

Good-Bye Delta Queen

Photo By RiverBill

 

Photo By RiveBill

 

Photo by Kathy & Dave Skarstad
Villas of Winneberg, Golden Eagle, IL

 

Photo By Capt'n Carl Seidler

Grafton Harbor

 

Photo ByTimothy Miller

Harbor Point Yacht Club

 

Photo By Mary Beth Tiemann

Eagles Landing Marina

 

Photo By Capt'n Greg Sadowski

Woodland Marina

 

Photo By Capt'n Greg Sadowski

Woodland Marina

 

   click on pic to enlarge

Good-bye Delta Queen

The Delta Queen is making its final voyage. It has nothing to do with her age or her condition. It is about a law passed by Congress. Right now there is a battle going on with a Congressman who wants to sink her and many who wants to keep her a float.

To see a live video about this controversial issue, click here on myfoxstl.com

 

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

 

 Yesteryears Picture of the Day

 

   

 

Click on pic to enlarge

 

 

Yester Year's River Pictures of the Day 2007-----  was sent in y Capt'n from John Payne.  He snapped a shot of the Mississippi Queen heading into a full moon Saturday night as it was passing Kinder's Restaurant.  

 

Hi Bill, 

Here is a picture of the Mississippi Queen. It is just West of Kinder's. (Saturday night)

 

John Payne

   

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Navigation Notices ......

 

 

To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 10/29/08
Subject: Safety Advisory for Missouri River (BNM NR 0559-08)
NAVNOTICE # 1461

SECTOR UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER ISSUES THE FOLLOWING SAFETY ADVISORY:
NAVIGATION FLOW SUPPORT FOR THE MISSOURI RIVER FROM THE MAIN STEM
RESERVOIR SYSTEM TO THE MOUTH WILL END ON 31 OCT 08, AND WILL RESUME
ON 01 APR 09.

 

 

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

       

Daylight Savings Time Ends......... Daylight saving time is observed from the second Sunday in March until the first Sunday in November.....

Don't forget to set your boat clock back one hour !

 

  Click here for more info.

A posting  from 27 Aug 2006

 

August 1979 in River History ------  
   

President Jimmy Carter and his family cruised the Mississippi River aboard the sternwheeler Delta Queen from St. Paul, Minnesota to St. Louis, Missouri.  The Delta Queen and the President were escorted by U.S. Coast Guard and Auxiliary vessels. 

 

From the US Army Corps of Engineers website

Godspeed, Delta Queen ------  
   

Click here to watch a Delta Queen Video and listen to Dan Landau's song "Godspeed, Delta Queen" ........the theme song for the efforts to save the Delta Queen.

 

An e-mail posting  from 14 Sept 2006

 

Delta Queen ...A Real American Treasure------  We received an e-mail with some links to photographs and interesting facts about the delta Queen from Mike Vessell, who hails out of Port Charles Harbor in the house boat...... “Pointe of View”.

 

Mike wrote:

 

Bill,

 

Isn’t the Delta Queen a real American treasure!

 

My wife Cathi and I cruised past the Delta Queen in our house boat, “Pointe of View” near Enterprise Island on Sunday.

 

I hadn’t seen the Delta Queen close up like that since growing up in Hannibal, MO in the late 70’s.  One thing that caught my eye was that the smoke stack looked different that what I remembered.  I think it’s been re-done since then.

 

Attached are links to a couple of pictures your readers may enjoy.  One is of the Delta Queen when she was delivering troops in WWII (from cincinnati.com);  the other is a recent photo of her smoke stack fully retracted (cincinnati.com) 

 

Also enclosed is a web site link to the National Park Service http://www.cr.nps.gov/MARITIME/nhl/delta.htm for their historical landmark info on the Delta Queen.  Excellent reading.

 

Enjoy !

 

Mike Vessell

Port Charles Harbor

 

River Halloween Parties.........

 

The Big Muddy Restaurant

     Friday, Oct 31.....Music by Generation Gap.....click here

Longshot Saloon @ My River Home

     Friday, Oct 31.....Pig Roast, Live Music,

                                  Kids Hay Ride 5-7PM, Adult Nite Time Hay Rides

Oasis Bar and Grill

     Saturday, Nov 1......Music by Park Road

Sundowners

     Saturday, Nov 1..... Music by Rail.....click here

A Little Bit Of River History...........

On November 1, 1855, at 8:30 am, there were hundreds of passengers on a 14 car passenger train. It was the first new Pacific Line Railroad in Jefferson City. There were 30 people who died that day after the bridge over the Gasconade River collapsed. One of the passengers had written his diary that his wife begged him not to go that day. She felt like they were disobeying the Sabbath Day. However, he went anyway, along with a few well known people in St. Louis, including the Mayor at that time.

To read some more interesting facts about that train wreck, click here in the Suburban Journals

The Big Muddy  ...

Click here for The Big Muddy October Event & Dinner Special Calendar

 

Halloween Party....Friday, Oct 31st..       Click here

 

RiverBills Upcoming Events........

 

 We have added a boatload of upcoming boat shows to RiverBills Upcoming Event Page.

 

Click here and check them out !       

River News From Afar......Quincy, IL

     Homemade Raft Stuck on Quinsissippi Island.....

Two women, who started a Mississippi River float trip in Minnesota last June in a homemade raft, got stuck on Quinsissippi Island last Monday. The situation nearly turned into a disaster, but the  stranded travelers called a nearby restaurant, who in turn called the fire department.  A rescue boat went out and towed the raft off the island.

The women said that their raft had been stuck in the past and they were always able to get it free. They have a small engine and they would get out and push, but the cold choppy water made that impossible on Monday.

Now they are free to continue their journey down the Mississippi to New Orleans.

Click here to read this news story on Quincy's WGEM
 

Centennial Celebration at Fort Massac State park on Ohio River.......

 

 

 

         Illinois Department of Natural Resources                             
For Immediate Release

October 30, 2008

Historic Fort Massac to Host Centennial Celebration
 


Event to Commemorate 100th Anniversary of Dedication as Illinois’ First State Park



METROPOLIS, IL – The 100th anniversary of the dedication of Fort Massac State Park as Illinois’ first state park will be commemorated with a centennial celebration at the park on Saturday, November 1. The park was formally dedicated as Illinois’ first state park on November 5, 1908.

“The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is pleased to host this celebration, and we thank the Friends of Fort Massac, the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, local and regional members of the DAR, the City of Metropolis, and our site staff for planning a wonderful event,” said IDNR Acting Director Sam Flood. “Millions of visitors during the past 100 years have made Fort Massac a destination to learn about and experience a sample of what life was like on the banks of the Ohio River in days gone by.”

The November 1 celebration will include a parade beginning at the park entrance at 10 a.m., followed by a ceremony at 11 a.m. The ceremony will include a rededication of the George Rogers Clark statue overlooking the Ohio River at the park. Colonel Clark led his “Long Knives” regiment from Kentucky in 1778 to help capture the Illinois Territory for the American cause during the Revolutionary War.

A monument honoring George Rogers Clark was dedicated at Fort Massac in 1908, while the statue of Clark was erected there in 1932. Both were made possible through the support of the Daughters of the American Revolution. The Clark statue has been restored – again thanks to the support of the DAR.

Fort Massac State Park serves as the venue for “living history” programs throughout the year. Its most popular event is the annual Fort Massac Encampment – a weekend festival each October that highlights the area’s Colonial and early American past.


The reconstruction of historic Fort Massac, completed in 2003, resulted in a fort that is historically accurate to construction of the American fort in 1802. A new visitor center was also constructed at the park, and the exhibit gallery at the visitor center was dedicated last March.

The park also features a hiking trail, fishing and boat access on the Ohio River, a campground, picnic areas, and hunting programs.


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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click here for a bit of history on Fort Massac from the Wikipedia Encyclopedia

 

Fall Colors Predictions......

 

According to the Missouri Department of Conservation this Fall is shaping up to be one of many splendid colors !   We received an unusually large amount of rain this year and that is good for the trees.

 

The foresters from around the state think it will be one to remember.

 

Click here for this week's "Fall Colors" forecast. 

Two Rivers Marina is For Sale.............

Two Rivers Marina is a 200+ slip facility located on the Mississippi River across the U.S. Highway 54 bridge from Louisiana, Missouri. A convenient overnight trip from all St. Louis marinas to the south, and Keokuk or Quincy to the north.

 

For more information go to the Two River Marina website...tworiversmarina.com

Click here for map
 

Please call the marina at 217-437-2321 or Jaime's cell at 573-754-2772 for additional information and to set up appointments for viewing.

Serious Inquiries only please.

Thank you
Jamie Aslin

Insurance Discounts Hybrid Boats........

    

According to a news story on TradeOnlytoday.com ..... Travelers Insurance is offering  discounts of up to 10 percent on insurance for hybrid boat and yacht insurance.

The company defines a hybrid as a boat that uses a propulsion system that incorporates an internal combustion engine along with an electric motor in its design.  Forward propulsion can be obtained with the use of the electric motor.....with or without ...the use of the internal combustion engine.

 

Click here to read the news article on hybrid boat insurance discounts.

 

 

Click here to read a news story (dated May 17, 2008) about a hybrid boat manufactured by Frauscher Bootswerft.   It's equipped with 256-horsepower Steyr engines and has a price tag of $185,000.

 

 Linking Illinois Fishing and Hunting Licenses To Child Support.....

According to a news story on The Prairie States Outdoors...... the linking of Illinois fishing and hunting licenses to child support payments has produced more than $263,500 in child support payments in the past year !

It's been an effective incentive to get some parents, who live in the state of Illinois, to pay their child support. September marks one year anniversary of the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services teaming up with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources on this effort.

Hunting and fishing are consider privileges by the state of Illinois and they are not allowing  people to spend money on self enjoyment before taking  care of financial obligations to their children. The names of those applying for a licenses are crosschecked to the names of child support violators in the state.  If the applicant owes unpaid child support they may not issued a licenses.

Click here to read this news story.

 SAVE THE DELTA QUEEN

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

 

 

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The following reprinted from the Save-The-Delta-Queen website

 

 

Delta Queen: Memphis to New Orleans
Oct 30, 2008

 

Here is the official schedule for the Delta Queen for the next couple of days which might be her last active days as overnight passenger steamboat on the rivers

 

Don’t forget: We are not bidding the Delta Queen goodbye. We are sending her off to rest for the winter, while we continue the fight to have her exempted once and for all from a law that never should have involved her

 

 

The Delta Queen will arrive in Memphis on Thursday, October 30, for her final visit of the 2008 season. She is scheduled to come in at 8 a.m., but most likely she will be there in the early morning hours. Majestic America Line will hold a "Farewell Tribute" ceremony from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. On Friday, October 31, at 6:00 p.m. the boat will depart Memphis for New Orleans with no passengers and only a skeleton crew onboard.

At each of five more ports along the way, the Tribute ceremony will be repeated. The grassroots Save the Delta Queen Campaign and the Mississippi Delta Grassroots Caucus urge everyone to come down to the waterfront to enjoy the boat’s legendary calliope and performances by the Delta Queen band and singers, but most importantly to rally in favor of keeping this quintessential American treasure in full operation.

The schedule is as follows:

Thursday, October 30 - Memphis, 5:00-6:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 1 - Helena, Arkansas, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 2 - Greenville, Mississippi, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Monday, November 3 - Vicksburg, Mississippi, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, November 4 - Natchez, Mississippi, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, November 5 - Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 4:00-5:00 p.m.

On Thursday, November 6, the Delta Queen will dock at Oak Alley Plantation for a private onboard ceremony. Plans are still in progress for events in New Orleans when the boat arrives there on Friday, November 7
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Thursday

 

October 30.. 2008

Over 1.9 Million Visitors Strong !

 Picture of the Day

 

 

 

 

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Our River Pictures of the Day...... are more sent in by Capt'n Mike Kolisch, who hails out of Port Charles Marina in the boat ... Cool Breeze

 

 

Bill,

 

We also took a few fall pics on river road Tuesday Little color but not peak yet.

 

Mike Kolisch

Cool Breeze

Port Charles Marina
 

 

 

 Yesteryears Picture of the Day

 

   

 

Click on pic to enlarge

 

 

Yester Year's River Pictures of the Day 2006----- 

 

Hi Bill, 
   Here are a few pics of the recovery team loading the boat that burned in Grafton on Oct 2nd...I was just returning from the trip to Mels Dockside a few of us made and got back in time to get a few shots of their effort...

Jeff Easley

   

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Navigation Notices ......

 

 

To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 10/29/08
Subject: Safety Advisory for Missouri River (BNM NR 0559-08)
NAVNOTICE # 1461

SECTOR UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER ISSUES THE FOLLOWING SAFETY ADVISORY:
NAVIGATION FLOW SUPPORT FOR THE MISSOURI RIVER FROM THE MAIN STEM
RESERVOIR SYSTEM TO THE MOUTH WILL END ON 31 OCT 08, AND WILL RESUME
ON 01 APR 09.

 

 

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

       

Illinois Department of Natural Resources Press Release.....

 

 

 

          Illinois Department of Natural Resources                             
For Immediate Release

October 29, 2008

IDNR Warns Outdoors Enthusiasts of Carbon Monoxide Dangers
 


IDNR Warns Outdoors Enthusiasts of Carbon Monoxide Dangers



SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) and its law enforcement arm, the Illinois Conservation Police, are reminding hunters, boaters, and campers to be aware of the dangers of carbon monoxide while enjoying these outdoor activities.  

Conservation Police Officers have responded to two incidents on houseboats this month that have led to the deaths of five people.  In both cases, older model generators on board the vessels were leaking carbon monoxide into the living quarters of the boats.  The incidents on the Mississippi River near Grafton, Illinois on October 5 and on Lake Shelbyville on October 26 were the first reported carbon monoxide fatalities on board watercraft in Illinois in the last five years according to U.S. Coast Guard statistics.

“Carbon monoxide is truly a silent killer since it’s colorless and odorless, and often isn’t detected until it’s too late,” said Illinois Conservation Police Chief Rafael Gutierrez.
“Many of these deaths occur during colder months when windows and doors are locked up at night leaving little or no ventilation inside.”

The accidents happen in boat cabins because usually they are small enclosures, but there are other areas where precautions also need to be taken. Small hunting cabins, campers, and hunting blinds where a kerosene heater or internal combustion engine may be used for warmth are also places where people need to take precautions.

“These types of generators, motors, and heaters are viable methods to stay warm, but if you are going to use them, they must be maintained properly with the right parts,” said Illinois Conservation Police Sgt. Joe Morelock. “I’ve seen too often people using parts like hoses and seals not made for the heating equipment they are using and that can cause these units to leak and not work properly.”

 

Conservation police offer the following tips when using heating devices:

 

  • Make sure your equipment such as generators, internal combustion engines, or any heater that burns petroleum products are vented and maintained properly.
    Always have a working carbon monoxide detector in any enclosure where people will be.

  • Always use replacement parts or components intended solely for the equipment being used.

  • Make sure the area you are in is ventilated at all times.

According to the National Safety Council, an estimated 300 people die each year in the United States from carbon monoxide poisoning, while thousands more are sickened by the gas. Many victims are overcome in their sleep, unaware of the elevated carbon monoxide levels in their homes

 

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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

Great Lakes Fish Virus....

According to a news story in the Prairie State Outdoors website.... Federal officials are reviewing the proposed rules intended to contain a fish-killing virus in the Great Lakes.

Critics are saying that they are unreasonable and could force some of the fish farmers to go out of business.
 

Click here to read the entire news story.....

RiverBills Upcoming Events........

 

 We have added a boatload of upcoming boat shows to RiverBills Upcoming Event Page.

 

Click here and check them out !       

Delta Queen Celebrates on Final Cruise......

On Thursday at 4 pm the Delta Queen will port in Memphis where it will drop off its last overnight passengers who are from Cincinnati. They will have a celebration at that time. Then it will head down to New Orleans where it will stay. On Friday, the Delta Queen loses its license to carry overnight passengers. It has been traveling the Mississippi River for over 80 years now and has made many stops in the St. Louis area.

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


 

Ducks Are Migrating Ahead Of Schedule.....

 According to a news story on Prairie States Outdoors ....Sunday's strong northwest winds brought new ducks to the state of Illinois. Aerial surveys showed a good number  of ducks throughout much of the state with an increased mallard count in most areas.
 

The numbers are declining along the Illinois and Mississippi rivers. The cold front, below average temperatures and strong northwest winds appeared to make many ducks head  south.
 

Click here to read entire news story

The Link is Fixed !

 

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

Boats Are a Good Investment .......
 

According to a column in the New York Times .... boats are good investments

The newspaper published a  a column titled, “Some purchases may still be worth the price.”   The writer advocates that a boat is more valuable than the money spent.
“A boat is also an investment in relationships, something that isn’t readily apparent until you’re on one a lot,” Lieber wrote........


Click here to read the column.

River Rats In Key West..... 

 

Capt'n Darryll Weil sent us the following e-mail.

 

 

Bill,

 I posted an email and some pictures from Judy Meinershagen about their fishing trip while they are in Key West Florida.

 

Go to the Con Trios Yacht Club website www.contriosyachtclub.org to read the report and see the pictures.

 

Darryll Weil,

Con Trios Yacht Club webmaster
 

Winter Trout Fishing and Deer Season Start on the Same Weekend.........

Riverbills.com received the following e-mail from Jim Low of the Missouri Department of Conservation.
 


JEFFERSON CITY—
Trout-fishing fanatics are likely to have an even more serene experience than usual when the winter fishing season opens at Missouri ’s four trout parks.

Solitude is one of the big draws of the winter fishing season. Cold weather and the requirement to release all trout unharmed dramatically reduce the number of people visiting Bennett Spring , Montauk and Roaring River state parks and Maramec Spring Park during the off season. This year the effect is likely to be even more pronounced because the winter-season opener falls on the same weekend as Missouri ’s firearms deer season opener.

“ Missouri has more than 470,000 firearms deer hunters,” said James Civiello, cold-water hatchery supervisor for the Missouri Department of Conservation. “A significant number of those folks also like trout fishing, so I think attendance will be down that first weekend.”

The expectation of lower attendance will not affect how many fish the Conservation Department releases at trout parks. Winter stocking rates are lower than during the peak fishing months, because harvesting fish is not permitted. Fish that are stocked during the winter season include large fish not needed for brood stock at Conservation Department trout hatcheries. These “lunkers” lend an element of excitement to the winter season.

This year’s winter no-creel season begins Nov. 14 and runs through Feb. 9. Winter fishing opportunities at state-owned trout parks have expanded in recent years and now include no-creel fishing from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Fridays through Mondays. The season starts the second Friday in November and continues through the second Monday in February. This schedule applies at the three state parks administered by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

The James Foundation’s Maramec Spring Park opens its gates to anglers from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily throughout the winter season.

Anglers can get detailed regulation pamphlets at each trout park. The pamphlets explain where fishing is allowed. Some facilities that are open during the regular fishing season may be closed during the catch-and-release season.

The only permits required for catch-and-release fishing at trout parks are a fishing permit (resident $12, nonresident $40, daily $7) and a statewide trout permit (resident or nonresident $7). The trout permit is valid throughout the winter season. These two permits also allow anglers to catch and keep trout all year in many public trout streams outside the parks.

Information about Missouri’s diverse trout fishing opportunities is found in “Missouri Trout Fishing,” which is available from MDC, Missouri Trout Fishing, P.O. Box 180, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0180, or by e-mailing pubstaff@mdc.mo.gov.

Further information is available by calling:

· Bennett Spring Fish Hatchery, near Lebanon , 417-532-4418.

· Maramec Spring Fish Hatchery, near St. James, 573-265-7801.

· Montauk Fish Hatchery, near Salem , 573-548-2585.

· Roaring River Fish Hatchery, near Cassville, 417-847-2430.

-Jim Low-

Two Rivers Marina is For Sale.............

Two Rivers Marina is a 200+ slip facility located on the Mississippi River across the U.S. Highway 54 bridge from Louisiana, Missouri. A convenient overnight trip from all St. Louis marinas to the south, and Keokuk or Quincy to the north.

 

For more information go to the Two River Marina website...tworiversmarina.com

Click here for map
 

Please call the marina at 217-437-2321 or Jaime's cell at 573-754-2772 for additional information and to set up appointments for viewing.

Serious Inquiries only please.

Thank you
Jamie Aslin

  Oasis Bar and Grill

                  636- 250 - 3100

    Mon - Thur .... 11AM - 9PM

      Fri & Sat ....... 11AM - 1:30AM

      Sun ................   9AM - 11PM

     

 

Limited Menu

$5.00 Lunch Specials...Mon - Thur

Sunday Breakfast Brunch  9AM - 12 Noon

Karaoke every Friday Night

Beaver Soup Nov 15

Click here for webpage

 

Halloween Party Sat Nov 1st       Live Music By .....Park Road

River Rat Financial Corner

    

Marine Products........

 

According to a news story on TradeOnlytoday.com ..... Marine Products Corporation reported a decline in sales for the third quarter, which ended in Sept..

 

Marine Products manufactures of Chaparral and Robalo boats


Click here to read more .

 

 

 

Motorsailors........

 

According to a news story on TradeOnlytoday.com .....the Burger Boat Company and Sparkman & Stephens are teaming up to design and build custom aluminum motorsailers.

 

Sparkman & Stephens designed the first aluminum yawl that was built by Burger in 1957.
 

 

Click here to read more .


 

 Navy Sub Is Sponsored By September 11th Widow.....

Since it is tradition for the sponsor of a Navy ship to go with its crew, Cheryl McGuinness will be going on the Virginia-class submarine. It is actually the third Navy warship to be called the New Hampshire. Ms. McGuinness is the widow of the co-pilot of American Airlines Flight 11 that crashed into the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Her husband was also a Navy fighter pilot.

There were about 3,000 guests invited at the commissioning for this submarine, “Live Free or Die.” It was held at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, which is the oldest Navy shipyard in the nation.

To read this full article in the Mad Mariner, click here

 SAVE THE DELTA QUEEN

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

 

Mark Twain’s Campgrounds Are Open Longer This Year

Some of the campgrounds at Mark Twain Lake have been asked to extend their opening time this year to accommodate the deer hunters. The time is extended through November 24th. There are about 45,000 acres up at Mark Twain Lake that can be used for hunting. Even though they have extended the opening this time, hunters are still encouraged to obey all of the laws. They are also supposed to stay away from any areas marked “No Hunting.”

To read this full report on Hannibal News, click here

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday

 

October 29.. 2008

Over 1.9 Million Visitors Strong !

 Picture of the Day

 

 

  

 

 

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Our River Pictures of the Day...... were sent in by Capt'n Mike Kolisch of the boat ... Cool Breeze

 

 

Bill,

 

We were out Tuesday ,cold but not too bad.  The corp is busy building a new dike on enterprise island and another on the Illinois .side across from Iowa .

I am sending some pics.

 

Mike Kolisch

Cool Breeze

Port Charles Marina
 

 

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

 

 Yesteryears Picture of the Day

 

Click on pic to enlarge

 

 

Yester Year's River Pictures of the Day 2005-----  was a small section of a much larger  river landscape  (that stretches for 42 inches ) sent in by Mike Kolisch.  

 

Mike took this river landscape in seven different shots and pieced it together for us.   What a picture.    This is one of the best pictures I have seen of the bluff area.   It just keep gong and going.   

   

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Navigation Notices ......

 

 

To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 10/28/08
Subject: Temporary River Closure on the ILR (BNM NR 0556-08 UM)
NAVNOTICE # 1456

ILLINOIS RIVER
THE CG WILL BE ESTABLISHING A TEMPORARY RIVER CLOSURE FOR ALL WATERS OF THE ILR BETWEEN MM 117-119 FOR APPROX 3 TO 4 HOURS ON THE 5TH OR 6TH OF NOVEMBER 2008. THE CLOSURE IS FOR THE INSTALLATION OF WIRE CABLE. THE EXACT DATE AND TIME WILL BE DETERMINED AND BROADCAST PRIOR TO THE CLOSURE. ALL MARINERS ARE TO CONTACT THE M/V'S NORMAN L. OR DANNY H. ON VHF CH 13,14, OR 16 THE DAY OF THE CLOSURE FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION. MARINERS MAY ALSO CONTACT SEC UMR ON VHF CH 16 AND LAND LINE 314-269-2332 FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION.
 

 

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To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 10/28/08
Subject: Light Extinguished MM 184.1 UMR (BNM NR 0557-08)
NAVNOTICE # 1457

THE COAST GUARD HAS RCVD A REPORT THAT THE CHAIN OF LOCKS CANAL LOWER ENTRANCE LIGHT (LLNR 16385) MM 184.1 UMR IS EXTINGUISHED. ALL
MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO TRANSIT THE AREA WITH CAUTION.
 

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

       

River Halloween Parties.........

 

The Big Muddy Restaurant

     Friday, Oct 31.....Music by Generation Gap.....click here

Longshot Saloon @ My River Home

     Friday, Oct 31.....Pig Roast, Live Music,

                                  Kids Hay Ride 5-7PM, Adult Nite Time Hay Rides

Oasis Bar and Grill

     Saturday, Nov 1......Music by Park Road

Sundowners

     Saturday, Nov 1..... Music by Rail.....click here

Gas Prices Fall Below $2 Per Gallon In Missouri

    Just in Time To Fill Up That Boat Before You Put It Away.....

There are places in Missouri that have gone below $2 per gallon in Missouri. On Tuesday, some Kansas City area gas stations fell bellow $2. Some parts in southern Missouri have been paying below $2 for a couple of days now. Now Nixa is selling gas at $1.96, according to the Springfield News. The national average gas price for unleaded is $2.63 per gallon. Last month it was $3.66. Missouri, Minnesota and Iowa have the third lowest average gas price in the nation at $2.31 per gallon. Oklahoma has the lowest average at $2.22 and Kansas is at $2.30.

To read this full article in KSDK online, click here

Delta Queen Celebrates Its Final Cruise......

On Thursday at 4 pm the Delta Queen will port in Memphis where it will drop off its last overnight passengers who are from Cincinnati. They will have a celebration at that time. Then it will head down to New Orleans where it will stay. On Friday, the Delta Queen loses its license to carry overnight passengers. It has been traveling the Mississippi River for over 80 years now and has made many stops in the St. Louis area.

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


 

Illinois Duck Hunting Opener Surpasses Expectations.....

 According to a news story on Prairie States Outdoors mallards were hard to find along the Illinois River on Illinois waterfowl opening weekend, but most public sites surpassed expectations for the Illinois Central Zone thanks to gadwall, pintails, teal and wood ducks.

Click here to read entire news story

US Coast Guard Photo

 

Marine board of investigation hears testimony on Katmai
 

ANCHORAGE, Alaska Ð The Marine Board of Investigation began hearing testimony in the sinking of the fishing vessel Katmai October 27, 2008. The vessel sank in the early morning hours of October 22 when seven crewmembers died and four were rescued.

 

Coast Guard photo by PA1 Allyson E.T. Conroy.
 

boatingmag.com .... Partners With .....   iboats.com.......

According to a news story in TradeOnlytoday.com....... boatingmag.com has partnered with iboats.com.

As partners they will be providing boating editorial in iboats.com sections as such as marine store, new boat showroom, on-line forums, boat classifieds and a biweekly newsletter.

Click here to read more.....

Two Rivers Marina is For Sale.............

Two Rivers Marina is a 200+ slip facility located on the Mississippi River across the U.S. Highway 54 bridge from Louisiana, Missouri. A convenient overnight trip from all St. Louis marinas to the south, and Keokuk or Quincy to the north.

 

For more information go to the Two River Marina website...tworiversmarina.com

Click here for map
 

Please call the marina at 217-437-2321 or Jaime's cell at 573-754-2772 for additional information and to set up appointments for viewing.

Serious Inquiries only please.

Thank you
Jamie Aslin

River Rat Financial Corner

     Raymarine........

According to a news story on TradeOnlytoday.com ..... Raymarine reported that sales that sales were down 8.5 percent for the nine-month period ending September 30 compared to the same period last year.

Raymarine is a UK based company that manufactures marine electronic products including navigation instruments and Autopilots, GPS chartplotters, radars, and fishfinders.

Click here to read more .
 

 SAVE THE DELTA QUEEN

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

 

Stopping Erosion Along Costal Beaches ......

Since there have been so many severe hurricanes within the past several years, erosion has been a major problem with erosion. One thing they are finding out is making walls of oysters and sand works out really well. Not to mention, it is a little more attractive. They also don’t have to be replaced as often and they are cheaper to build. They also draw sea critters including oysters, algae, barnacles, crabs, worms, small minnows and other fish. Some call it the living sea wall.

To read this full article, click here on the Mad Mariner

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday

 

October 28.. 2008

Over 1.9 Million Visitors Strong !

 Picture of the Day

 

  

 

  

 

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Our River Pictures of the Day...... were sent in by Capt'n Dave Bullington, of the boat ... "Whoz Yer Daddy"

 

 

Hey Bill,

 

Saturday the ACBS Mississippi Valley Chapter had our 3rd annual Fall Classic Cruise. We left Grafton around noon and headed down to Alton and back. The weather was perfect and we had some awesome boats attend the event.

 

Can't wait until the 4th Annual Fall Classic next year!

 

Dave Bullington

St. Charles, MO"

Whoz Yer Daddy"

 

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

 

 Yesteryears Picture of the Day

Click on pic to enlarge

 

 

Yester Year's River Pictures of the Day 2007-----  was from Island Dave

 

Hi Bill

Here is a photo of us sailing last weekend in 20 mph winds. The photo was taken from a kite. 

Island Dave


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Navigation Notices ......

 

 

To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 10/27/08
Subject: SUNKEN WORK BARGE AT MM 167.5 UMR LDB
NAVNOTICE # 1455

SUBJ: WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0555-08 UM
SAFETY AND SCHED BCSTS UNTIL CANCELLED
USCG NOTICE TO MARINERS EIGHTH DISTRICT NR 0555-08 UM
UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER
THERE IS A SUNKEN WORK BARGE LOCATED AT MM 167.5 UMR LDB OUTSIDE THE NAVIGATION CHANNEL. THE WRECK IS MARKED WITH A LIGHTED WHITE BUOY. ALL MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO KEEP A SHARP LOOKOUT AND TRANSIT THE AREA WITH CAUTION.


 

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

       

Missouri State Water Patrol Safety Education Classes.....

 

 

City/Town
Date(s)
Location Address
Buffalo, MO 01/10/2009 Buffalo VFW Hall 419 South Locust, Buffalo, MO 65622 - (573)751-3333
Clinton, MO 12/06/2008 Clinton Community Center 1004 E Sedalia Ave, Clinton, MO 64735 - (660)885-2181
Cole Camp, MO 11/01/2008 Boonslick Regional Library 701 W. Main, Cole Camp, MO 65325 - (660)668-3887
Hermitage, MO 01/17/2009 Christian Health Care Hwy 54 & 1st ST., Hermitage, MO 65668 - (573)751-3333
Lake Ozark, MO 11/01/2008 Lake Ozark Fire Department Business 54, Lake Ozark, MO 65049 - (573)751-3333
Osceola, MO 11/08/2008 St. Clair County Library 115 Chestnut St, Osceola, MO 64776 - (417)646-2214
Reeds Spring, MO 03/02/2009 -03/04/2009 Gibson Vo-Tech Hwy 13, Reeds Spring, MO 65737 - (417)272-3271
Sedalia, MO 01/24/2009 Mo. Dept of Conservation, Discovery Room State Fair Grounds, Sedalia, MO 65301 - (573)751-3333
Stockton, MO 01/31/2009 Stockton Lake Project Office 16435 E. Stockton Lk, Stockton, MO 65785 - (417)276-3113
Warsaw, MO 03/07/2009 Truman Lake Visitors Center 15968 Truman Road, Warsaw, MO 65355 - (573)751-3333

The above info reprinted from Mo State Water Patrol website

 

 

Click here to check out the Missouri State Water Patrol website for more info.

River Halloween Parties.........

 

The Big Muddy Restaurant

     Friday, Oct 31.....Music by Generation Gap.....click here

Longshot Saloon @ My River Home

     Friday, Oct 31.....Pig Roast, Live Music,

                                  Kids Hay Ride 5-7PM, Adult Nite Time Hay Rides

Oasis Bar and Grill

     Saturday, Nov 1......Music by Park Road

Sundowners

     Saturday, Nov 1..... Music by Rail.....click here

Coast Guard Hearing on July 23 New Orleans Oil Spill.......

     Captain Was Not Onboard Push Boat

   
According to a news story in the Waterways Journal collision that caused the huge oil spill on the Mississippi River at New Orleans happened while the Mel Oliver’s apprentice mate was covering for his captain who had left the boat days earlier to take care of some  personal problems with his girlfriend.  The apprentice mate steered the push boat and its barge into the path of the tanker Tintomara.
 

The apprentice mate testified that he was working double watches to cover for the missing captain, catching naps during down time.


Click here to read more.

Delta Mariner Moves Spacecraft Parts From Ohio to Florida........

 

According to a news story in the Waterways Journal, a shipment of next generation of space vehicles was shipped from Wellsville, Ohio, to Port Canaveral, Fla. aboard the Delta Mariner. 
 

 It was the first time that the Delta Mariner had been so far up the Ohio River. The unique-looking vessel usually inspires photos and postings on river blogs when it passes….

 

The Delta Mariner is an unusual looking ship built by the Being Company to move space shuttle parts....

 

Click here to read the news story

 

Click here for picture of the Delta Mariner
 

Casino Queen is Moving Up River......

 The riverboat that housed the Casino Queen has now been sold a Branson Entertainment company. The Riverboat is being moved from it's moorings on the Mississippi River in East St. Louis 17 miles upriver to Hartford, Illinois.

It will remain there in storage until the new owners decide what they will do with it.

The Casino Queen docked in East St. Louis in 1993.  It has been vacant since 2007 when the owners of the Casino Queen opened a land based operation nearby.

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

Missouri Receives $11 Million For Flood Recovery.....

According to an article in KSDK online, Missouri received $11 million for flood recovery back in May and June. There were actually 15 states this year that was awarded block grants due to natural disasters. The state of Iowa was awarded the most money $72 million. Illinois received $17 million. In fact, five of the eight states that border Missouri were awarded block grants.

To read this full article, click here

 

Iowa Receives Relief Money.......

The State of Iowa is going to receive an extra $71.69 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for disaster relief through the Community Development Block Grant program. It is just part of the $300 million that was released to Iowa and other states for disaster relief. There was another $6.1 billion that was just approved by Congress last month and will be distributed soon. $2 billion will be distributed by the end of November.

To read this full story in KHQA online, click here

 

Two Rivers Marina is For Sale.............

Two Rivers Marina is a 200+ slip facility located on the Mississippi River across the U.S. Highway 54 bridge from Louisiana, Missouri. A convenient overnight trip from all St. Louis marinas to the south, and Keokuk or Quincy to the north.

 

For more information go to the Two River Marina website...tworiversmarina.com

Click here for map
 

Please call the marina at 217-437-2321 or Jaime's cell at 573-754-2772 for additional information and to set up appointments for viewing.

Serious Inquiries only please.

Thank you
Jamie Aslin

Grove Park, Along Meramec River ........

The Arnold’s Grove Park Trail and Trailhead in Valley Park along the Meramec River is finished with Phase I and had the ribbon cutting on October 18th.

This part of the project is on top of the 70 foot wide levee andthat was widened and built up on top the rubble from the old glass factory. Phase I cost about $500,00 and includes the trail, trailhead, parking lot, walkways, picnic tables, a shelter and lighting. This part is 1.5 miles of the 12 mile Meramec Greenway Trail. It will be done in four phases.

The second phase is scheduled to begint next spring. This project is funded by the Great Rivers Greenway District, the St. Louis County Municipal Parks Grant Commission/St. Louis County Municipal League and Valley Park.

To read more about this project, click here on Suburban Journals.

 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......

 SAVE THE DELTA QUEEN

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

 

 

The riverboat Delta Queen is on her last trip down the Ohio and Mississippi rivers as a passenger carrying vessel.  The steamboat will unload its very last overnight passengers in a grand tribute in Memphis, Tennessee on Thursday.

On Friday, the steamboat loses its exemption to carry overnight passengers !  It will travel down the Mississippi River to New Orleans with just the crew on-board.

 

The American Queen, full of passengers, will accompany her down the Mississippi River on her final trip.


Click here to read this news story on commercialappeal.com

St. Louis County Residents Are At Battle With MSD....

During that last flash flood we had as a result from Hurricane Ike, there were many St. Louis County residents who had three or four feet of sewage back up in their homes. This flooding came from River Des Peres. Unfortunately, many residents have been denied any help from MSD. University City, Overland and Florissant were a few of the cities that were affected by this flood. MSD claims that they should not be responsible even though several residents say that there is a lot of debris that should have been cleaned out of River Des Peres. MSD says that these residents should have flood insurance. So many of the residents did not know they were in a flood plain since they were so far away from a river. Homeowners and renters should also carry a rider on their insurance policy with basement back ups.

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

 

 

 

 

Monday

 

October 27.. 2008

Over 1.9 Million Visitors Strong !

 Picture of the Day

   click on pic to enlarge

 

 

Our River Picture of the Day...... Is a windsurfer at Creve Coeur Lake yesterday afternoon determined to get in the last bit of surfing for the day as the sun was staring to set..

 

 

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

 

 Yesteryears Picture of the Day

Click on pic to enlarge

 

 

Yester Year's River Pictures of the Day 2006-----   was sent in by Steve Schulte

 

 

Hello Bill,

I was doing a helicopter photo job last Friday afternoon down town and we had a few minutes to make a quick detour to the river front for a few pics!

Enjoy Steve


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Navigation Notices ......

 

 

To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 10/26/08
Subject: LA GRANGE L/D LOWERED WICKETS MM 80.2 ILR
NAVNOTICE # 1454

SUBJ: WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0554-08
SAFETY AND SCHED BCSTS UNTIL CANCELLED
CANCEL WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0542-08 UM
USCG NOTICE TO MARINERS EIGHTH DISTRICT NR 0554-08 UM
ILLINOIS RIVER
LA GRANGE L/D MM 80.2 ILR HAS LOWERED THE WICKETS IN THE DOWN POSITION UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO ANTICIPATED RAINFALL IN THE AREA. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT LA GRANGE L/D ON CHANNELS 14 OR 16. ALL DOWNBOUND TOWS ARE RECOMMENDED TO USE AN ASSIST VESSEL. ALL MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO TRANSIT THE AREA WITH CAUTION.


 

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

       

Missouri State Water Patrol News Releases.....

 

 

News Release N07080213

 Grounding  - Table Rock Lake - 10/26/2008

Location:

     Point 21, Shell Knob 
Summary : 

SUBJECT DIED OF NATURAL CAUSES WHILE OPERATING THE BOAT. THE BOAT THEN RAN AGROUND

Fatalities : 

Fessman, Otto


 

 

Click here to check out the Missouri State Water Patrol website

River Halloween Parties.........

 

The Big Muddy Restaurant

     Friday, Oct 31.....Music by Generation Gap.....click here

Longshot Saloon @ My River Home

     Friday, Oct 31.....Pig Roast, Live Music,

                                  Kids Hay Ride 5-7PM, Adult Nite Time Hay Rides

Oasis Bar and Grill

     Saturday, Nov 1......Music by Park Road

Sundowners

     Saturday, Nov 1..... Music by Rail.....click here

This Day In River History.........

 

27 October, 2007
 

The city of Grafton, Illinois dedicated their new lighthouse in ceremonies on the city's riverfront.
 

Alton Will Raise Levy Tax In 2009......

Alton Board had voted to raise the levy tax for 2009. This tax will increase 10.5 percent. This doesn’t necessarily mean that the residents will have a 10.5 percent raise on their tax. That will all be according to their assessment value. The Alton School District has seen an increase in health care, transportation, maintenance and operations. The increase will be around $2.6 million more than it was in the year 2007. Next year it is estimated that the levy tax will be around $27.4 million.

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

RiverBills Upcoming Events........

 

 We have added a boatload of upcoming boat shows to RiverBills Upcoming Event Page.

 

Click here and check them out !       

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 !

We Sell First Class Products

REGAL, BOSTON WHALER & SKEETER BASS BOATS

Pontoon & Boat Hauling...Up to 44' ans 20,000 Lbs

Click here for map from Map Quest                    Click Here for website

From the Weekend Edition

Illinois Department of Natural Resources - Fishing Report......... dated 24 Oct 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.

       

The Delta Queen Made Final Stop In Cincinnati, Ohio.......

 

The Delta Queen's home port was Cincinnati from 1946 to 1985. The vessel was designated as a  National Historic Landmark in 1989.  On this last visit to the Cincinati many, many people turned out to wish her farewell.  Some to see the sternwheeler for the first time and others to remember her in her glory.

Ohio Rep. Steve Chabot said that there is still has hope for the Delta Queen's career. "The fight to save the Delta Queen is far from over."

House Minority Leader John Boehner said the 1966 Safety at Sea Act was intended for ocean-going vessels.  It should have never been applied to the Delta Queen.

 


Click here to read this news story on 5WLWT.COM

The Delta Queen Paddling Down The River For The Last Time.......

 

The riverboat Delta Queen is on her last trip down the Ohio and Mississippi rivers as a passenger carrying vessel.  The steamboat will unload its very last overnight passengers in a grand tribute in Memphis, Tennessee on Thursday.

On Friday, the steamboat loses its exemption to carry overnight passengers !  It will travel down the Mississippi River to New Orleans with just the crew on-board.

 

The American Queen, full of passengers, will accompany her down the Mississippi River on her final trip.


Click here to read this news story on commercialappeal.com

Take A Ride On The Great River Tour Boat......

The owners of the Great River Tour Boat have been operating in Grafton for the past year. Before that, they were at Piasa for four years. They enjoy taking new people out on their boat. It holds 49 passengers and they come from all over. The tour lasts 90 minutes and it is full of great history, legends and interesting facts about the Mississippi River and the towns surrounding it. They talk about the 360 species of fish that are in the river including the Asian Carp. They even take the tour boat through a school of them where dozens of them jump up in the air. Many of them jump above the roof of the boat. This time of the year is a beautiful time to go because of the colorful leaves along the river.

To find out more about these tours and learn how to make reservations, go to www.greatriverstourboat.com or call 618-786-1855.

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

 

River City Halloween Parades.......

The East Alton Halloween Parade will be on Thursday evening.

The Alton parade will be on Halloween night at 7:30 pm. The Alton Parade will start at Washington Avenue and Broadway.

To read this full story, click here on the Alton Daily News.

 

The Amazing Art of Jim Warren.......

Carol Sievers, of the boat "Misty Carol",  sent us a link to some of the art work of an unusual artist named Jim Warren. 

  According to his website......Jim is a self-taught painter who defies artistic category.

 A Los Angeles newspaper described him as "somewhere between Dali and Rockwell.
 

  Click here and check out some of his works

 

Two Rivers Marina is For Sale.............

Two Rivers Marina is a 200+ slip facility located on the Mississippi River across the U.S. Highway 54 bridge from Louisiana, Missouri. A convenient overnight trip from all St. Louis marinas to the south, and Keokuk or Quincy to the north.

 

For more information go to the Two River Marina website...tworiversmarina.com

Click here for map
 

Please call the marina at 217-437-2321 or Jaime's cell at 573-754-2772 for additional information and to set up appointments for viewing.

Serious Inquiries only please.

Thank you
Jamie Aslin

River Rat Financial Corner

     West Marine See Sales Decrease in 3rd Quarter......

 

According to a news article on Soundings Trade Only today dated 23 October .. West Marine reported a moderate decrease in sales and profits for their third quarter that ended in September, 2007.

Sales dropped 4.3 percent compared to same period 2007.

The company's adjusted net income was $4.8 million and 23 cents per share compared to $6.2 million and 28 cents per share for the same quarter last year. Gross profit decreased $8.2 million compared to the same quarter in 2007.

Click here to read this news story

From the Weekend Edition

River Rat Financial Corner

     Brunswick ......

 

According to a news article on Soundings Trade Only today.........Brunswick released of weaker-than-expected third quarter results and analysts have lowering their earnings estimates for the corporation. 

 

The article stated that analysts believe Brunswick’s liquidity is manageable, despite the recent downgrade of its debt rating and bankruptcy is a low probability outcome.

 

Brunswick products include boats, marine engines, fitness equipment, bowling and billiards.

 

Some Brunswick's well known boat brands include Bayliner, Boston Whaler, Harris Float Boat, Lowe Boats, Lund, Maxum, Mercury, Sea Ray...click here for more info.

 

Some of Brunswick marine engine brands include Mariner, Mercury, Quicksilver.. click here for more info.

 


Click here to read the entire news story
 

 

 SAVE THE DELTA QUEEN

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

 

From the Weekend Edition

Take A Survey and Be Entered To Win VHF Marine Transmitter........

 

 If you like to enter contests, here is a chance for you to complete a survey for Power & Motoryacht...... and be entered to win a Standard Horizon Submersible VHF Marine Transceiver.

 

Click here for more info.......

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday

 

October 24.. 2008

 

Over 1.9 Million Visitors Strong !

 Picture of the Day

River Dawg Shanny

   click on pic to enlarge

 

 

Our River Pictures of the Day......

 

This is River Dawg Shanny
Owner, Mary Delano

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

 

 Yesteryears Picture of the Day

Click on pic to enlarge

 

 

Yester Year's River Pictures of the Day 2007-----   was from Capt'n Harry Ragland, who hails out of Sioux Harbor in the sailboat....Tapacolo.

   

Bill,

    This past weekend was really breezy and there were a number of sailboats out.    Here a catamaran and a sloop prepare to pass one another along the bluffs near Elsah.

 

Harry Ragland

 

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Navigation Notices ......

 

 

To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 10/23/08
Subject: DREDGING OPERATIONS
NAVNOTICE # 1449

SUBJ: WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0547-08 UM
SAFETY AND SCHED BCSTS UNTIL CANCELLED
CANCEL WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0539-08 UM
USCG NOTICE TO MARINERS EIGHTH DISTRICT NR 0547-08 UM
ILLINOIS RIVER
DREDGING OPERATIONS HAVE COMMENCED AT MM 77.2 ILR AND WILL
CONTINUE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. DREDGING WILL BE PERFORMED 24 HOURS A DAY, 7 DAYS A WEEK. MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO CONTACT THE DREDGE AMERICA ON VHF-FM CHANNEL'S 13, 16, OR WORKING CHANNEL 8, 45 MINUTES PRIOR TO ARRIVAL FOR PASSING INSTRUCTIONS. ALL MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO TRANSIT AT THEIR SLOWEST SAFE SPEED TO MINIMIZE WAKE AND PROCEED WITH CAUTION AFTER PASSING ARRANGEMENTS HAVE BEEN MADE.
 

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To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 10/23/08
Subject: ATON REMOVED
NAVNOTICE # 1451

SUBJ: WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0549-08 UM
SAFETY AND SCHED BCSTS UNTIL CANCELLED
CANCEL WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0512-08 UM
USCG NOTICE TO MARINERS EIGHTH DISTRICT NR 0549-08 UM
MISSOURI RIVER
ALL FLOATING AIDS TO NAVIGATION FROM MILES 226.5 TO 732.4
MOR HAVE
BEEN REMOVED FOR THE 2008 NAVIGATION SEASON. ALL VESSELS ARE
REQUESTED TO TRANSIT THIS PORTION OF THE RIVER WITH CAUTI
ON.

 

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

       

Oasis Bar & Grill Update.......

 

New Business Hours to Mon-Thurs 11am-9pm

 

The Tony Campanella Band Saturday night Oct 25

 

Park Road for our Spooky Halloween Party

Prizes for 1st, 2nd. & 3rd places you won't believe how good they are!!

 

BeaverSoup Nov 15

 

Hope too see you there!

Thanks for everyone's support

Raye Anne & Rob

How To Load A Boat onto a Pickup......

 

Bill,

 

Thought everyone might like this one.

http://www.ebaumsworld.com/pictures/view/972246/

 

 

Corporal Lou Amighetti

Public Information Officer

Missouri State Water Patrol

 

 

 

 

RiverBill says... We also received an e-mail from Steve Nonn, who hails out of Alton Marina in the boat "Nothin But A Good Time" .......about "How To Load a Boat onto a Pickup Truck."

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

Please check our website www.sundownersstl.com

Search For The Missing Fisherman .........

According to an article in the telegraph.com, the search for the fisherman who has been missing since Saturday, has just about come to an end. They have had search parties and volunteers all around the areas – in water and on land. – since the weekend. They claim that they have run out of ideas and don’t know anywhere else that they can search. There are still people out there looking for him, but many of the crews will probably be called off of the search party real soon.

To read his full story, click here

Missouri Department of Conservation News

     Tim Smith is New Conservation Ombudsman .......

RiverBill's received the following e-mail from Jim Low of the Missouri Dept of Conservation
 

JEFFERSON CITY–Think of Tim Smith as Wikipedia for conservation. Whether you are buffaloed by beavers, baffled by bureaucracy or just need to vent, he is your man.

Smith, a 22-year employee of the Missouri Department of Conservation, assumed duties as the agency’s ombudsman Oct. 16. He replaced Ken Drenon, who held the job from its inception in 1998 until his retirement Oct. 15.

The Conservation Department created the ombudsman’s position so Missourians would have one person they could approach with any question or problem.

“Missourians care deeply about their wild resources,” said Outreach and Education Division Chief Lorna Domke, “and consequently they have a lot of questions and suggestions about how those resources should be managed. Sometimes they have honest disagreements over conservation matters. We pride ourselves on public service, but with more than 1,000 employees scattered around the state, it can be hard to find the right person to address your specific concern. That is Tim’s job. He is the only person you need to know to get help.”

Domke said Smith was chosen for the job in part because of his broad knowledge of conservation programs. He responded to thousands of questions in his previous work as a botanist, and his scientific knowledge is balanced by personal interests that include upland bird hunting and fishing.

Just as important, Domke said, “Tim is a very thoughtful, reasonable person. He listens carefully to others’ concerns and does his best to answer questions and resolve problems to their satisfaction.”

Smith said he hopes to continue Drenon’s excellent service in responding to the wide range of subjects that people bring to the ombudsman’s office.

“I have always enjoyed working with the public,” Smith said. “Many of our questions come from Missourians who have little other contact with our department, and I want to provide informative, prompt and profesional responses. I know that I work for the people of Missouri, and I will respond to contacts in that spirit.”

Missourians can contact Smith by phone, 573-751-4115, ext. 3848; by e-mail, Tim.Smith@mdc.mo.gov; or by mail at P.O. Box 180, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0180.

-Jim Low-

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Click here to go the Missouri Department of Conservation website
 

    

 

   

 

Two Rivers Marina is For Sale.............

Two Rivers Marina is a 200+ slip facility located on the Mississippi River across the U.S. Highway 54 bridge from Louisiana, Missouri. A convenient overnight trip from all St. Louis marinas to the south, and Keokuk or Quincy to the north.

 

For more information go to the Two River Marina website...tworiversmarina.com

Click here for map
 

Please call the marina at 217-437-2321 or Jaime's cell at 573-754-2772 for additional information and to set up appointments for viewing.

Serious Inquiries only please.

Thank you
Jamie Aslin

You Might Be A River Boater If......

 

Hey Bill,

I thought it was time to update the "You might be a River Boater If".... so here are a few new ones!

 

 

If you are willing to wade through ice cold, waist deep water at 6:00 am so your River Dawg can "do it's business"...

 

If the first two web sites you log on to everyday are "Riverbills" and "What's Up on the River".......

 

If you know that a "Wing Dike" has nothing to do with Gay bars but that you should avoid them anyway........

 

If you would never operate your boat without a working depth finder.......

 

If you have several more PFD's on your boat than people your boat is rated to carry......

 

If you understand why there can be a successful business that only repairs props..........

 

If you know the difference between "haul out" and "pump out".........

 

If you have paid $8.00 to pee...........(could ONLY happen in Illinois!)

 

 

Keep them coming, I hope we get some more contributions!

 

Dave Bullington

Woodland Marina

"Whoz Yer Daddy"

dcbullington@att.net


 

 

Click here for more ...."You Might Be A River Boater If" sayings.

River News From Afar

   St. Paul, MN............

 

  17 Year Old Boy’s Body Found In The Mississippi River

A 17 year old boy left his home in St. Paul, MN on a bicycle in May. They had found his bike in some bushes a few days after he was missing. His body was finally found in late August near the Ford Plant in St. Paul. By this time, his body was so badly decomposed that they had to use DNA to identify his body. Evidently he left home in a “maniac stage.” The police are still convinced that there was no foul play involved.

 To read this full article in the Star Tribune, click here

The Big Muddy  ...

Click here for The Big Muddy October Event & Dinner Special Calendar

Halloween Party....Friday, Oct 31st..       Click here

Missouri Department of Conservation Upcoming Fishing Events

     Free Fishing Days....

 

 

Event and Date Location Reserve by:
GO FISH!-Aquatic Ecology, Conservation & Ethics (Program #7, Final Program)
Sat, Oct 25, 2008
Suson Park Fri, Oct 24
GO FISH!-Aquatic Ecology, Conservation & Ethics (Program #7, Final Program)
Sat, Oct 25, 2008
August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area Fri, Oct 24
GO FISH!-Aquatic Ecology, Conservation & Ethics (Program #7, Final Program)
Sat, Oct 25, 2008
Forest Park Fri, Oct 24
GO FISH!-Aquatic Ecology, Conservation & Ethics (Program #7, Final Program)
Sat, Oct 25, 2008
Bellefontaine Conservation Area Fri, Oct 24
GO FISH!-Aquatic Ecology, Conservation & Ethics (Program #7, Final Program)
Sun, Oct 26, 2008
Suson Park Fri, Oct 24
GO FISH!-Aquatic Ecology, Conservation & Ethics (Program #7, Final Program)
Sun, Oct 26, 2008
Bellefontaine Conservation Area Fri, Octr 24
GO FISH!-Aquatic Ecology, Conservation & Ethics (Program #7, Final Program)
Sun, Oct 26, 2008
August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area Fri, Oct 24
GO FISH!-Aquatic Ecology, Conservation & Ethics (Program #7, Final Program)
Sun, Oct 26, 2008
Forest Park Fri, Oct 24

 

 

 

Click here to go to the Missouri Department of Conservation website for more information

River News From Afar ...

     Minnesota   

     Historic Swinging Bridge May Be Coming Down

 

A century old Mississippi River swinging bridge that crosses at Hastings, Minnesota is scheduled for demolition.

 

The U.S. Coast Guard ordered the bridge to be removed in 2001 because of its potential to disrupt navigation on the river. Since then Local officials have been contemplating it's future. 

 

One option being considered is to take bridge completely out. Another option is to make the western approach into a park.

 

To read more about this bridge in the Twin City News, click here

 

Click here  for picture of the bridge and to read more in the Wikipedia Encyclopedia.

River Halloween Parties.........

 

Kinders Restaurant

     Saturday, Oct 25...... Music by Rail......  click here

The Rotten Apple

     Saturday Oct.25 .........Riverbender projection truck..... click here

The Big Muddy Restaurant

     Friday, Oct 31.....Music by Generation Gap.....click here

Longshot Saloon @ My River Home

     Friday, Oct 31.....Pig Roast, Live Music,

                                  Kids Hay Ride 5-7PM, Adult Nite Time Hay Rides

Oasis Bar and Grill

     Saturday, Nov 1......Music by Park Road

Sundowners

     Saturday, Nov 1..... Music by Rail.....click here

 Dead Zones Could Partly Be Blamed On Plastic......

The areas of dead zones seem to be growing all over the world. These are areas where there is not enough oxygen getting to the area, that fish and wildlife cannot survive for any length of time. Officials have found that plastic bags and plastic bottles are partly to blame for this. Since they are not biodegradable, they do not go away.   In fact, some areas are not allowing any kind of plastic bags or plastic bottles on the beach or around the water.

To read more about this fast growing problem in the Scientific American click here

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday

 

October 23.. 2008

 

Over 1.9 Million Visitors Strong !

 Picture of the Day

 

  

 

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Our River Pictures of the Day...... are from Sherri Stanczak

Hi, Bill,
Here are some photos I took last night (10-05-08). While we were at the beach, Denny Schwandt and his wife, Mary flew over the beach in their sea plane. Mike waved at them from the sandbar and they turned around and pulled right up to the beach. He even took a few of our friends for a ride. We met Denny last week at Boaters for M.S. His mother died from M.S. a few years ago, so he wanted to do something for the benefit. He donated a 1/2 ride for our auction. They are both very sweet people and they were a hit last night when they drew in a crowd at the beach.

Sherri A. Stanczak

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

 

 Yesteryears Picture of the Day

Melvin Price Lock and Dam

 

 

 

 

 

Click on pic to enlarge

 

 

Yester Year's River Pictures of the Day 2007-----   were from Capt'n Rick Flier, who hails out of North Shore Marina in the cruiser Miss Sippy. 

 

   

Bill,

            My cousin works for the Corps of Engineers, based out of San Francisco , and was in town with 350 other Corps associates, last week. I was fortunate enough to be invited to tour the Melvin Price Lock and Dam with the group on Friday, 7/20/07. I took some pictures of the Dam and some of the group, from Washington DC to San Francisco , as well as “Jim” and officer Cargill, in the Control Tower. What a spectacular view!!! For those of us that have not made the tour of the Lock and Dam, I would highly suggest stopping by and seeing the operation. The folks there are great to talk with and the statistics are staggering. I told Jim and my cousin that I was going to send this in to you and to make sure they keep an eye on Riverbills.com. I think both will be frequent visitors to your site. If you get a chance to throw this on the site, I’d really appreciate it.

 thanks,

 Rick Flier

Motor vessel MISS SIPPY” 

 

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Navigation Notices ......

 

 

To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 10/22/08
Subject: Hydraulic Dredging MM 241.7 ILR
NAVNOTICE # 1447

SUBJ: WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0545-08 UM
SAFETY AND SCHED BCSTS UNTIL CANCELLED
USCG NOTICE TO MARINERS EIGHTH DISTRICT NR 0545-08 UM
ILLINOIS RIVER
HYDRAULIC DREDGING OPERATIONS WILL COMMENCE AT BULL'S ISLAND MM 241.7
ILR ON MONDAY 27OCT08 AND WILL CONTINUE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
DREDGING WILL BE 24 HOURS PER DAY, 7 DAYS A WEEK. MARINERS ARE
REQUESTED TO CONTACT THE DREDGE BUXTON II ON CHANNELS 13, 16, OR
WORKING CHANNEL 78, 30 MINUTES PRIOR TO TRANSITING THE AREA FOR
PASSING INSTRUCTIONS. NO CROSSING LINES 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.
 

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To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 10/22/08
Subject: Hydraulic Dredging MM 344.0 UMR
NAVNOTICE # 1448

UBJ: WESTERN RIVER BNM NR 0546-08 UM
SAFETY AND SCHED BCSTS UNTIL 131700Z NOV 08
USCG NOTICE TO MARINERS EIGHTH DISTRICT NR 0546-08 UM
UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER
HYDRAULIC DREDGING OPERATIONS WILL COMMENCE AT WILLOW BAR ISLAND, MM
344.0 UMR ON THURSDAY 23OCT08 UNTIL APPROXIMATELY WEDNESDAY 12NOV08.
DREDGING WILL BE 24 HOURS PER DAY 7 DAYS A WEEK. 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.



 

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

       

Search For Missing Fisherman Is Still Going......

The fisherman that went missing on Saturday, still has not been found. They have recovered seven of the ten nets of fish that he had caught for a fish fry they were going to have at the church. The search crew has a Tow Fish sonar, which allows them to search the bottom of the river. 

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

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

Please check our website www.sundownersstl.com

23 October 2006 In River History.......
 

Dozens passengers aboard the Mississippi Queen Riverboat got sick from some sort of stomach virus on a trip from Cincinnati to St. Louis. The boat to make stops in Paducah, Kentucky and then Cape Girardeau, Missouri where the sick were provided medical treatment.

Source : KSDK NewsChannel 5
 

Delta Queen on ABC News and CNN.......

RiverBill's received the following e-mail from the Save the Delta Queen Campaign Team
 

 

Dear Bill,

the Delta Queen eventually is making it to the national news! ABC News Good Morning America Show will air a piece about the Delta Queen this Saturday, October 25 (might be postponed to Sunday, Oct. 26, so watch for it on both days!).

CNN is featuring the Delta Queen very soon, too. Check CNN's ireport.com website - they're asking for your comments, videos, photos, memories. I think the more feedback they get, the more we can encourage them to cover our story as breaking news and with probably more than just one news piece. So if you can, please go to ireport.com (http://www.ireport.com/ir-topic-stories.jspa?topicId=121249) and participate in some way (rating, commenting, uploading your own photos, videos, memories, comments).

If we can generate enough public interest in our story and if we can show our Senators and Representatives that it helps them getting re-elected if they support the Delta Queen, there is a good chance to get the exemption for the Delta Queen in the Congress' lame duck session in November.

Again, thanks so much for your continuous support. Without your support we won't have come this far! Together we'll save the Delta Queen!

Yours Sincerely
Franz Neumeer
www.save-the-delta-queen.org
 

    

 

   

 

Two Rivers Marina is For Sale.............

Two Rivers Marina is a 200+ slip facility located on the Mississippi River across the U.S. Highway 54 bridge from Louisiana, Missouri. A convenient overnight trip from all St. Louis marinas to the south, and Keokuk or Quincy to the north.

 

For more information go to the Two River Marina website...tworiversmarina.com

Click here for map
 

Please call the marina at 217-437-2321 or Jaime's cell at 573-754-2772 for additional information and to set up appointments for viewing.

Serious Inquiries only please.

Thank you
Jamie Aslin

Missouri's Winter Trout Season Begins Nov. 14............

 

According to a news story on the Missouri Department of Conservation website .... Missouri's winter trout season begins on the same day as the state's deer season.....Nov.14.  A light turnout is expected.

 

The Missouri Department of Conservation will still stock the normal amount of fish even thought a lighter than normal turnout is expected.   The stocking rates in the Winter are lower than those during the peak fishing months, because harvesting is not permitted. Winter season stocking includes large fish that are not needed for brood stock at the trout hatcheries. That means there are more “lunkers” to catch !


This year’s winter no-creel season runs from Nov. 14 through Feb. 9.

 

Click here to read the entire news article.

US Coast Guard Photo

Tanker Truck Spill Survey

ALAMEDA, Calif., A U. S. Coast Guard helicopter crew surveys marinas along the Oakland Embarcadaro for signs of spilled fuel and firefighting water runoff following a fuel tanker truck crash and fire on Interstate 880 Wednesday, October 21.

(U.S. Coast Guard photo by Dan Dewell)
 

Richard Branson Goes For Trans-Atlantic Record .......

According to a news story on Mad Mariner Daily Boating magazine...... England's Richard Branson set out from New York Bay on a 99 foot racing yacht with his two children and crew on a 3,000 mile race across the North Atlantic Ocean to the coast of England.  They hope break the existing world record of 6 days, 17 hours, 52 minutes and 39 seconds.

They are facing ferocious weather, but that is also what they need to get the higher speeds.

Click here to read this news story.
 

This Year's Federal Duck Stamp .......

According to a news story on the Prairie States Outdoors website the US Fish and Wildlife has chosen this years picture for the federal duck stamp.

This year’s federal duck stamp contest winner is Joshua Spies of Watertown S.D. His painting of a long-tailed duck along side a decoy will appear on the 2009-2010 federal duck stamp, which sells for $15. .

Waterfowl hunters of the age of 16 and older are required to buy the Migratory Bird Conservation and Hunting Stamp. Ninety-eight percent of the proceeds from the stamps are used to purchase of wetlands for inclusion in the National Wildlife Refuge System.

Click here to read this news article.
 

River Halloween Parties.........

 

Kinders Restaurant

     Saturday, Oct 25...... Music by Rail......  click here

The Rotten Apple

     Saturday Oct.25 .........Riverbender projection truck..... click here

The Big Muddy Restaurant

     Friday, Oct 31.....Music by Generation Gap.....click here

Oasis Bar and Grill

     Saturday, Nov 1......Music by Park Road

Sundowners

     Saturday, Nov 1..... Music by Rail.....click here

River Destinations

    The St. Louis Arch..........

 

The National Park Service is favoring a project to change the arch grounds. There would be an alternative look to the park grounds, increase education opportunities and add some visitor amenities such as a restaurant. They may also add more pedestrian walkways and more welcoming entrances to the arch grounds. They would also like to have a three block connector to help visitors be able to come from downtown St. Louis. One other thing they are looking into is a new destination museum or even a cultural institution down by the Arch.

 

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

River History...... Past Archives from the On-line Alton Telegraph

 Featured on October 4th, 2007edition was a picture from 1938 showing firefighters on the Alton riverfront testing out a new fire engine.  They used the Mighty Mississippi as as a water source to check out the pumper.

  Click here and take-a-look .."back in river time."

 SAVE THE DELTA QUEEN

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

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Click here to view the Delta Queen's Last Cruises

 

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The following reprinted from the Save-The-Delta-Queen website

 


 

Keokuk’s Proposed Riverfront Changes......

Officials in Keokuk is proposing a plan to making this riverfront town more enticing to tourists. They have some plans in mind to make the grounds more attractive and make it more appealing to visitors that may come through.

To read more about this proposed project, click here on KHQA online

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday

 

October 22.. 2008

 

Over 1.9 Million Visitors Strong !

 Picture of the Day

 

 

click on pic to enlarge

 

 

Our River Picture of the Day...... was sent in by Capt'n Gary Meinershagen, who hails out of the Yacht Club of St. Louis

 

Hello Riverbill.

 

Attached is a picture of one of your "Girls of Pool 26 (Rivermaid)" - Judybeads.

We are in Key West at Mile Marker "0" at the end of Route 1.

I guess we're at the end of our line.

 

Having fun at Fantasy Fest - such a site to see.

Gary

 

 

 Yesteryears Picture of the Day

 

Click on pic to enlarge

 

 

Yester Year's River Pictures of the Day 2007-----   was of the some of the beautiful women we have here on Alton Lake. 

 

   We were anchored out in Sun Tan Slough one hot lazy afternoon during the 1st weekend in August when I persuaded these beauties to pose for a picture for RiverBills.com.

 

The Girls of Sun Tan Slough !

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Navigation Notices ......

 

 

To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 10/21/08
Subject: LA GRANGE L/D
NAVNOTICE # 1444

P 211846Z OCT 08
FM COMCOGARD SECTOR UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER ST LOUIS MO
TO CCGDEIGHT NEW ORLEANS LA//DRMC/DR/DP/DPW/DW//
INFO USCGC SANGAMON
NGA NAVSAFETY BETHESDA MD
COGARD NAVCEN ALEXANDRIA VA//IRVMC//
BT
UNCLAS //N16502//
SUBJ: WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0542-08
SAFETY AND SCHED BCSTS UNTIL CANCELLED
USCG NOTICE TO MARINERS EIGHTH DISTRICT NR 0542-08 UM
ILLINOIS RIVER
LA GRANGE L/D MM 80.2 ILR WILL BE LEAVING 20 OF THE WICKETS IN THE
DOWN POSITION UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO ANTICIPATED RAINFALL IN THE AREA. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT LA GRANGE L/D ON CHANNELS 14 OR 16. ALL DOWNBOUND TOWS ARE RECOMMENDED TO USE AN ASSIST VESSEL. ALL MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO TRANSIT THE AREA WITH CAUTION.
BT





 

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

       

Oasis Bar & Grill Update.......

 

New Business Hours to Mon-Thurs 11am-9pm

 

The Tony Campanella Band Saturday night Oct 25

 

Park Road for our Spooky Halloween Party

Prizes for 1st, 2nd. & 3rd places you won't believe how good they are!!

 

BeaverSoup Nov 15

 

Hope too see you there!

Thanks for everyone's support

Raye Anne & Rob

Delta Queen’s Last Visit To Ohio.....

The Ohio River was the Delta Queen’s home port for 82 years. On Tuesday it parked to bid it farewell. One couple who lives there has many memories on this riverboat. They celebrated their 25th and 35th anniversary on this boat and will be celebrating their 45th anniversary on early, since their anniversary is not until next spring. There are many people who are still fighting to keep the Delta Queen going. Congress has refused to grant another exemption from a federal safety law that bans overnight passengers in a boat with a wooden superstructure. There are some who still say that this 1966 law applied to ocean going vessels and never should have applied to the Delta Queen.

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

Solar Powered Houseboat.......

According to a news story on WGEM from Quincy, IL...... Doug Bato and Laura Smith, are on a journey down the Mississippi River in a 25 foot solar powered houseboat.  They started in Wisconsin and plan to continue down the river spreading a "green message."

The solar panels on their boat produce about 350 watts of solar energy each day to power the lights, fridge, computer and cell phones for several hours.

According to Smith solar energy technology has come a long way and solar panels are better while becoming cheaper.  A person can recover the cost almost immediately.

Corporate sponsors are welcome.

Click here to read this news story and watch the video.

 

Click here to go to the Rotten Apple Ciderhouse Website

River Facts......

 

Did you know that the narrowest part of the Mississippi River is only 20-30 feet wide at it's origin at Lake Itasca. 

 

The widest part of the Mississippi River is over 11 miles at Lake Winnibigoshish near Bena, Minnesota.

 

The widest navigable part of the Mississippi River is located at Lake Pepin, where it is approximately two miles wide.
 

 

Source...... http://www.nps.gov/miss/riverfacts.htm

Piasa Film Festival.........

The Piasa Film Festival will debut this Saturday.

There will be 13 films out of the St. Louis area. It will be held at the Midtown Theatre in Woodriver. Tickets will be sold at the door for $5 per person. A few of the films that will be playing are the “101 Dalmatians”, “Ultra” and “Shadowland” which is a full length film made in the St. Louis area. The festival will last from 5:30 through 11:00.

For more information, click here on the Alton Daily news

    

 

   

 

Two Rivers Marina is For Sale.............

Two Rivers Marina is a 200+ slip facility located on the Mississippi River across the U.S. Highway 54 bridge from Louisiana, Missouri. A convenient overnight trip from all St. Louis marinas to the south, and Keokuk or Quincy to the north.

 

For more information go to the Two River Marina website...tworiversmarina.com

Click here for map
 

Please call the marina at 217-437-2321 or Jaime's cell at 573-754-2772 for additional information and to set up appointments for viewing.

Serious Inquiries only please.

Thank you
Jamie Aslin

Campaign 2008 Issue

    Restoring the Great Lakes............

 

According to a news story in the Prairie States Outdoors website, scientist warn that the the Great Lakes are in poor health and on the verge of ecological ruin.  The main  problems are big-city sewage and invasive species.

 

Both presidential candidates promise to support restoration and cleanup of the Great Lakes.  A rescue is expected to cost $20 billion and with the nation's financial current crisis one surely has to question how such an effort will be funded.

 

Both the Obama and McCain agree that the Great Lakes need help but disagree over the approach.
 
Click here to read more
 

The Search Continues For the Missing Fisherman.........

The search continued to look for the fisherman who has been missing since Saturday. His boat was discovered going in circles at the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers. It eventually hit land on the Missouri side. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is leading this search, but is working with several other agencies. There are many who are searching by foot. There are also search dogs involved and also sonar equipment.

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

 

Duck Counts for the Mississippi And Illinois Rivers......

 

Click here for the latest Illinois River and Mississippi River duck counts from the Prairie Sates Outdoors website.
 

Fish Virus From Great Lakes Could Spread to The Mississippi River.......

There is a serious virus that has attacked many different types of fish in Great Lakes. Scientist believe the virus came from the Atlantic Ocean and they are trying many things to stop this from spreading......cleaning fish, cleaning boats and keeping an eye on the bait that is used.

A real fear is that it will spread to the Mississippi River.

To read more about this article in the Washington Post, click here

Palisades Update.....

   Next Events are

    October 25th ..... Chili Cook Off

    November 8th .... Haul Party/Pig Roast

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.

River Halloween Parties.........

 

Kinders Restaurant

     Saturday, Oct 25...... Music by Rail......  click here

The Rotten Apple

     Saturday Oct.25 .........Riverbender projection truck..... click here

The Big Muddy Restaurant

     Friday, Oct 31.....Music by Generation Gap.....click here

Oasis Bar and Grill

     Saturday, Nov 1......Music by Park Road

Sundowners

     Saturday, Nov 1..... Music by Rail.....click here

Man Threw People Off Of Yacht..........

A man in California has been convicted of first degree murder on three counts.

Throwing people off of boats.  Once in 2003 when he went out on a boat as a prospective buyer.

Again in 2004..... he went out with a couple on their yacht. With the help of others they forced the couple to sign the boat over and then they tied anchors around their ankles and threw them overboard. Their bodies were never recovered.

His lawyer is trying to keep him from being executed in the the electric chair, claiming that he had a horrible childhood.

To read this full article in the Mad Mariner, click here

 River Destinations

    St. Charles...........

There were many towns who wanted to be the temporary Capital of Missouri. The citizens of St. Charles offered a free meeting room if they were chosen. The second floor of a brick Federal style building that was owned by Charles and Ruluff Peck and a craftsman named Chauncey Shepard. The floor was divided for the House, the Senate, an office for the governor and a small committee room. The building started decaying and in 1961 the state of Missouri bought the block of 200-216. They totally renovated the area as if it would have been in the mid 1800’s. Today the streets of St. Charles still has brick streets, gas lights, restored buildings, along with Missouri’s first State Capital. The building is open from 10 – 5 from Monday through Saturday and from noon to 6 on Sundays. The Frenchtown has many antiques, crafts and collectibles. There are many big events on waterfront town each year: Lewis and Clark Rendezvous, 4th of July Festival, Festival of the Little Hills, Bluegrass Festival, Civil War Reenactment, Oktoberfest, and the St. Charles Christmas Tradition. There is the popular Katy Trail that runs alongside the Missouri River also. The town of 60,000 has a lot of historic sites to see.

To read this full story on the St. Louis Front Page, click here

 SAVE THE DELTA QUEEN

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

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Click here to view the Delta Queen's Last Cruises

 

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The following reprinted from the Save-The-Delta-Queen website

 

Heart breaking moments at Cincinnati
Oct 22, 2008

 

It had been heart breaking moments when the crowd on the Cincinnati levee watched the Delta Queen lift her stage on Tuesday evening, probably for the last time in history.

Tom Schiffer and John Fryant did a great job in documenting this sad historic moment when almost 200 years of steamboat history at Cincinnati ended; at least so far. (for more pictures, see steamboats.org message board: Final Whistle Salute to Cincinnati)

But there is still a lot of hope that the Delta Queen will return, under her own steam. So let’s not stop fighting for saving our beloved Delta Queen but let’s do even more to stop evil politicians to play their dirty games on the Delta Queen.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Tuesday

 

Oct 21.. 2008

 

Over 1.9 Million Visitors Strong !

 Picture of the Day

 

 

click on pic to enlarge

 

 

Our River Picture of the Day...... Is a shot of Gary and Judy Meinershagen's "Cajun Cabin" being raised.  The cabin is located near Dardenne Slough on Lehmann Island.

 

The recent water level stains can be seen on the white house in the background....
 

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

 

 Yesteryears Picture of the Day

Click on pic to enlarge

 

 

Yester Year's River Pictures of the Day 2006-----   was of the start of the  changing of the colors on the bluffs that grace our river along the Great River Road between the cities of Grafton and Alton, IL.  

   Captain Robert Cope, of the boat Slow Ride.  What a good shot of the bluffs, the river road, the blue sky and the blue water. 

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Search Continues For Missing Fisherman Near Grafton ......

 

 

According to a news report in the Prairie States Outdoors website...... The search continues for the missing commercial fisherman whose boat was spotted running in circles over the weekend in the Mississippi River near Grafton.

 The missing fisherman has been identified as 53-year-old Herbert Dierking of Medora,
Illinois by the Department of Natural Resources conservation police. He reportedly was fishing alone to catch fish for a church fish fry.

The search started on Saturday morning when the Grafton police were informed of an empty john boat running in circles at the confluence of the Mississippi and Illinois rivers. The john boat ran aground out on the Missouri side of the river.
 

       

Click here to read this news story.

Oasis Bar & Grill Update.......

 

New Business Hours to Mon-Thurs 11am-9pm

 

The Tony Campanella Band Saturday night Oct 25

 

Park Road for our Spooky Halloween Party

Prizes for 1st, 2nd. & 3rd places you won't believe how good they are!!

 

BeaverSoup Nov 15

 

Hope too see you there!

Thanks for everyone's support

Raye Anne & Rob

Bow Fishing On The Mississippi River.......

Bow fishing is becoming a popular sport with archers in the Missouri area. The first bow fishing agency opened up in Arkansas in 1990. Now there are 28 organizations within 15 states. A couple of well known bow fishermen in the area, like to go fishing at night time. One of them shines the light on the fish, while the other one aims the bow and then shoots the fish. Many times they fish for the Asian Carp which has really grown in population in the past several years.

To read more about this growing sport, click here on the riverfronttimes.com

 

Click here to go to the Rotten Apple Ciderhouse Website

Marine Fuel Refund --- It's that time of the year again....Don't forget to send in your State of Missouri "Motor Fuel Refund Claim."

 

 For more information go to the Missouri Department of Revenue - Motor Fuel Tax website at http://www.dor.mo.gov/tax/business/fuel/

 

    

 

   

 

Two Rivers Marina is For Sale.............

Two Rivers Marina is a 200+ slip facility located on the Mississippi River across the U.S. Highway 54 bridge from Louisiana, Missouri. A convenient overnight trip from all St. Louis marinas to the south, and Keokuk or Quincy to the north.

 

For more information go to the Two River Marina website...tworiversmarina.com

Click here for map
 

Please call the marina at 217-437-2321 or Jaime's cell at 573-754-2772 for additional information and to set up appointments for viewing.

Serious Inquiries only please.

Thank you
Jamie Aslin

Public Notices Open For Comment

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

 

  1. P-2684:The applicant seeks authorization to fill approximately 0.60-acres of scrub-shrub wetland and 0.52-acres of emergent wetland to expand their existing facility that receives and stores clean fill from offsite sources. The project area is located at 14120 Missouri Bottom Road, Bridgeton, Missouri near the intersection of Highway 370 and Earth City Expressway. More specifically, in Section 19, 47 North, Range 5 East, St. Louis County.

 

Click here for more information on the above notice

 

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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.

Louisiana, Mo

    Great Mississippi River Duck Race.........

According to a news story in the Hannibal.net .....more than 1,200 entries competed in the Louisiana Club's Great Mississippi River Duck Race. The duck race was part of Louisiana's annual Country Colorfest. The event drew a large crowd to the city's riverfront for the race this past Sunday.

The winner of the first place prize of $1,000 was Joseph Ardeneaux of Louisiana.  His plastic duck was named "Lola K."

The proceeds from the event are used by the Lions Clubs for community service projects.
 

Click here to read this news story

Little John's Motorsports

    The following is re-printed from Little John's website.......

 

Message from Little John's friend and webmaster, Darryll

Let's help send Little Johns Motorsports to the World Finals in Phoenix!

Little John's has had a rough summer with the floods and a couple of motor issues that threaten to "Break the Bank"! In spite of all that they are still racing and still very competitive.

Ashly and Kwitchabitchin are holding on to 2nd Place in their division and by simply showing up to race at the World Finals in Phoenix they will be runner up in at least two divisions!

That's where the rub comes in. Racing funds are about depleted and unless they can raise some sponsorship or donation money they may not make Phoenix.

With the help of Dan and his crew at Big Muddy (Dan, Jamie, John, Cindra, and all the staff) there will be a benefit night for Little Johns Motorsports on Wednesday night November 12th. Appetizers will be provided prior to the live band playing and everyone will have an opportunity to visit with Ashly, Little John and the team.

For those of you that haven't been to Big Muddy yet this would be a great time to see the place. It is located at 3761 New Town Boulevard, St. Charles, MO just off of I-370. Their telephone number is (636) 724-7920

Little John has always been there whenever any of us have needed help, now is our chance to repay some of those favors and be a part of a winning team. I hope to see you all there.

Darryll Weil

 

Click here to go to Little John's Inc

Palisades Update.....

   Next Events are

    October 25th ..... Chili Cook Off

    November 8th .... Haul Party/Pig Roast

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.

River Halloween Parties.........

 

Kinders Restaurant

     Saturday, Oct 25...... Music by Rail......  click here

The Rotten Apple

     Saturday Oct.25 .........Riverbender projection truck..... click here

The Big Muddy Restaurant

     Friday, Oct 31.....Music by Generation Gap.....click here

Oasis Bar and Grill

     Saturday, Nov 1......Music by Park Road

Sundowners

     Saturday, Nov 1..... Music by Rail.....click here

Upcoming Events

    Grafton Harbor....

 

 

Oct 25th -Saturday  - Sunset Saturday & Vintage Riverboat Parade 11:00am

Nov 20th -Thursday - Women of Grafton Harbor Event - "Menopause The Musical"

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Click here to go to Grafton Harbor's website

 SAVE THE DELTA QUEEN

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

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Click here to view the Delta Queen's Last Cruises

 

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The following reprinted from the Save-The-Delta-Queen wesite

 

Tributes to the Delta Queen: Cincinnati, Madison, Louisville
Oct 16, 2008

 

The Delta Queen will arrive in Cincinnati on Tuesday, October 21 for her final visit of the 2008 season. Majestic America Line will hold a "Farewell Tribute" beginning at 4:00 p.m., with their invited guests arriving between 3:00 and 3:30 p.m.

The boat is scheduled to arrive in Cincinnati at 9:00 a.m. and leave at 5:00 p.m., although most likely she will not depart until 6:00 or later. She will go upriver to Maysville, Kentucky, arriving early in the morning on Wednesday and departing at 1:00 p.m. She will then head back downriver to Madison, Indiana, where she is scheduled to arrive at 8:00 a.m. and remain until 1:00 p.m.

If you live in the Cincinnati area, or if you are a passenger arriving or departing on October 21, please come to the Public Landing with the biggest Save the Delta Queen sign you can come up with. Most likely the media will be there in the greatest concentration between 3:00 and 6:30 p.m.

If you can also get to Madison the following day (October 22), please go on over, and take as many people as possible with you.

At Louisville the staff of the Belle of Louisville and Louisville Metro Mayor Jerry Abramson will hold a party Friday, Oct. 24, to celebrate the legacy of the Delta Queen. A public ceremony will begin at 4 p.m. at the Louisville riverfront. The boat will depart Louisville at 8 p.m. Admission is free and family events will run until 11 p.m.

Not a "Good Bye"!

Remember: We are not bidding the Delta Queen goodbye. We are sending her off to rest in New Orleans for the winter while we continue the fight to have her exempted once and for all from a law that should never have involved her.

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Monday

 

Oct 20.. 2008

 

Over 1.9 Million Visitors Strong !

 Picture of the Day

River Party Animals

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Our River Picture of the Day...... Is from Capt'n Steve Nonn, who hails out of Alton Marina in the boat, "Nothin But A Good TIme"

 

Good day Bill,

 

Here is a photo of "party animals" Sue Brown, Charlene Hernandez and riverdawg Stella last Sunday (10-12-08)  as they take a boat ride on an absolutely gorgeous October day on the river. They are on the back of Capt. Brian Hernandez's boat Docktor's Excuse. They all hail out of Alton Marina.

 

Sincerely

Steve Nonn

Alton Marina
 

 

 Yesteryears Picture of the Day

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Yester Year's River Pictures of the Day 2005-----    was sent in by Captain Randy Bicknese of the boat "Lady Di".  

 

 

Bill,

 

The pic was taken last Thursday ( 10-13-2005) while we were skiing in Dardenne SloughThe water was great and there was not many other boats around. If all goes well, we'll be back out there this week.  The girls ( Diane of Lady Di and Susan of Cutty's Ark ) won't give up on ski season which helps keep me out there too.

Randy

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Navigation Notices ......

 

 

To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 10/19/08
Subject: Dredging Operation MM 224.0 UMR (BNM NR 0539-08)
NAVNOTICE # 1443

DREDGING OPERATIONS HAVE COMMENCED AT MM 224.0 UMR AND WILL CONTINUE
UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. DREDGING WILL BE PERFORMED 24 HOURS A DAY, 7
DAYS A WEEK. MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO CONTACT THE DREDGE AMERICA ON
VHF-FM CHANNEL'S 13, 16, OR WORKING CHANNEL 8, 45 MINUTES PRIOR TO
ARRIVAL FOR PASSING INSTRUCTIONS. ALL MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO
TRANSIT AT THEIR SLOWEST SAFE SPEED TO MINIMIZE WAKE AND PROCEED WITH
CAUTION AFTER PASSING ARRANGEMENTS HAVE BEEN MADE.

 

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

       

Meramec River Is Longer Than They Had Calculated.......

A group of kayakers and canoes this spring set out to take a trip across the whole Meramec River. They started at the Lake of the Ozarks and took it to the end where the confluence of the Mississippi River meets in Arnold. They took their GPS systems with them and they also took notes along the way. They had a diary of the wildlife they encountered and the people that they met. The most interesting thing that they found was that the Meramec River is eight miles longer than it is supposed to be. The river is said to be 193 miles long. Another thing that they found was that the first part of the river was crystal clear. However, the farther they went the dirtier the water became. Some of these people already belong to the Clean Stream Team and are determined to make this one of their next clean up spots.

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

 

 

Con Trios Membership Party......  RiverBills received the following e-mal from Capt'n Darryll, Web Master for Con Trios Yacht Club

 

Bill,

Posted some pictures and a recap of Saturday's Membership Party at Duck Club Yacht Club.Go to the Con Trios website, www.contriosyachtclub.org, to read the story and see the pictures.

Thanks to Fleet Captain Denny and his lovely bride Pat for another wonderful party.

Darryll Weil, webmaster, Con Trios Yacht Club.

 

Halloween Party...Rotten Apple.......

 

Saturday October 25th is the Rotten Apples' 3rd annual Halloween party. The party starts at 7:00 with movies on the Riverbender projection truck. There will be a costume contest and prizes given out. Not to mention the drink specials made with Vampyre red vodka. So come on down and enjoy a ghoulish good time with your friends at the Rotten Apple.

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

Hannibal’s 32nd Annual Folklife Festival

This weekend was the 32nd Annual Folklife Festival. Their streets were lined with booths. They had music, food, several types of artists and even children’s activities. There were at least 100 vendors to show off their items.

 

To read this full story in KHQA online, click here

 

    

 

   

 

Two Rivers Marina is For Sale.............

Two Rivers Marina is a 200+ slip facility located on the Mississippi River across the U.S. Highway 54 bridge from Louisiana, Missouri. A convenient overnight trip from all St. Louis marinas to the south, and Keokuk or Quincy to the north.

 

For more information go to the Two River Marina website...tworiversmarina.com

Click here for map
 

Please call the marina at 217-437-2321 or Jaime's cell at 573-754-2772 for additional information and to set up appointments for viewing.

Serious Inquiries only please.

Thank you
Jamie Aslin

AT&T Pioneers Have Helped Out To Improve Wappapello Lake.........

For about five years now, the AT&T Pioneers have helped out the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to make Wappapello Lake a better place, such as adding picnic tables and grills. This year on September 12th and 13th, 17 volunteers from the AT&T Pioneers donated 213 hours to help improve accessibility to the lake. This included the picnic site in the Old Greenville Recreation Area and also a concrete walkway to improve the fishing in an area called the “Blue Hole”.

To read this full article in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers website click here

Tom Sauk Reservoir Collapse Makes It Look Different.........

The Tom Sauk has made history for about 900 million years according to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. After the raging floods of December 2005, it ripped out trees and tore up the soil from the side of Profit Mountain. There was about 1.3 billion gallons that went through the area. The Tom Sauk rhyolite rock was created about 1.4 billion years ago when volcanoes erupted and formed the St. Francois Mountain. Evidently there will probably be more changes to this area, but they say we will probably not see it in our lifetime.

To read more, click here on telegraph.com

Reggie Fountain's Powerboat Show

     The Wetsuit Mafia website............

Hey, Bill!

Long time no hear!

Saw these videos from Reggie Fountain's Powerboat Television shows, including the first Baja by Fountain to roll off of the assembly line, and former President Bush taking delivery of his new fishing boat, Fidelity IV. If you get a moment, take a peek........

Click here http://fountainpowerboats.com/boats/videos.htm for Fountain Powerboat videos.

Get a chance to check out our website...

Click here http://wetsuitmafia.com/ for the Wetsuit mafia

Johnny

Queen Elizabeth 2 Is Making Its Final Cruise.....

The Queen Elizabeth 2 ocean liner is making its last cruise to New York before heading to the Persian Gulf. It will be turned into a five star hotel in Dubai, which is a flashy resort in United Arab Emirates. It met with the Queen Mary 2 at the Statue of Liberty where they had fireworks for a celebration. This ship was built in 1967 and took its first voyage two years later. Since then it has made 26 round the world voyages.

To read this full story in the Mad Mariner, click here

 


U.S. Coast Guard photograph


A 25-foot response boat sits moored in Gallows Bay in Christansted, St. Croix, Sunday, October 19, 2008. Crewmembers from Aids to Navigation Team San Juan, Puerto Rico, repaired all the damaged navigational aids in St. Croix and searched for damaged vesels following Hurricane Omar.

 

U.S. Coast Guard photo/ PA1 Christopher Evanson.
 

 Power Plants May Be Killing Fish........

There are environmentalists who are convinced that power plants and their cooling systems are killing fish in great numbers. Evidently these cooling systems suck in the fish along with large amounts of water. Then the fish are battered against the pipes and heated by the steam. There are over 1,000 power plants that use these cooling systems in the country’s rivers, lakes and oceans. There are 19 power plants in California that use 16.3 billion gallons of sea water a day. State agencies in California are starting to work on new regulations which should cut down on the amount of fish that are killed.

To read this full article in the Mad Mariner, click here

 

 

 

The Weekender

Sat, Sun

 

Oct 18, 19.. 2008

Over 1.9 Million Visitors Strong !

Last updated on Sun at 9:00 AM

 

Updated Sun At 6:00 AM

River News Flash........

   Missing Fisherman on Mississippi River Near Grafton

  

 The search for the missing fisherman on the Mississippi River near Grafton, IL has ended for the day. The search will resume tomorrow morning. The investigation will be handled by Illinois Conservation Police and Jersey County Sheriff's Department. Any questions should be directed through them. The MSWP will be assisting in the search efforts.

 

Corporal Lou Amighetti

Public Information Officer

Missouri State Water Patrol

2401 E. McCarty Street
P.O. Box 1368
Jefferson City, MO 65102-1368
(573) 751-3333 Phone
Lou.Amighetti@mswp.dps.mo.gov
 

 Pictures of the Day

Sunday

 

 

  

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Our River Pictures of the Day......  were sent in by Carol C

 

Boats going through Lock 27 to the Obama Rally

 

 

Bill,

These guys came through Lock 27 today and I said I would e-mail you all the images-
-Carol

 

 Pictures of the Day

Saturday

 

 

 

   

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Our River Pictures of the Day......  were sent in by Capt'n Lawrence Schulte for Larry and Dixie Schulte.

 

 

River Bill,

 

This is from Larry and Dixie Schulte, of the"Mint To Be", out of Woodland Harbor Our River Rats' Gang had a Pumpkin Carving and Chili Cookoff Contest at Two Branch Island. Everyone had a great time. The little guy, is Jack from the boat "Noon Somewhere", out of Woodland Harbor. That same evening, we had a huge bonfire, and Steve Schulte set up a Wii game on the sand. Who says you can't have fun at the River? The cute little critter, is "Annie," from the "Murphy II", dressed out in her Halloween best.

 

Pictures were taken by Dixie


Larry and Dixie Schulte

"Mint To Be"

Wooland Marina

 

 Yesteryears Picture of the Day

Sunday

 

 

 

   

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Yester Year's River Pictures of the Day 2006 -----   were sent in by Bob Slough of Luttrell Marine.  They are from the 1st Annual Pig Roast at the Yacht Club of St. Louis last weekend.

 

Bob wrote:

 

 

River Bill:

Just a couple of pictures from the First Annual "Pig Roast on the Point" at the Yacht Club of Saint Louis this past Saturday.

Pictured are the Chefs Mr. Mike McDermott (right) hailing out of the Yacht Club of Saint Louis and his brother Matt(foreground). 

They stayed up all night Friday cooking the pork through some blustery weather so that we could enjoy the feast on Saturday afternoon.

A good time was had by all with a nice bonfire in the evening listening to the Cardinal game. A great way to spend an October afternoon on the 
river.

Look for this event next year around the second week of October as part of October Fest at the Yacht Club.

Sincerely,

Bob
Luttrell Marine Brokerage

 

 Yesteryears Picture of the Day

Saturday

 

 

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Yester Year's River Pictures of the Day 2006 -----   

Happy Birthday Chuck Berry

82 years old today ! (2008)

 

 

Thanks for all the great music!

And
Keep On Rockin !

 

 

Click here to go to the ChuckBerry.com website for a picture of Ol' Chuck in his River Captain's Hat playing the guitar and singing his rock and roll. 

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Updated on Sun at 8:00 AM

More info on Boat Crash at Lake Ozarks ......

 

 

According to a news story in the Lake Expo.com, the boat collision on the Lake of the Ozarks near the Niangua Bridge sent two boat operators to the hospital.

Gary Huff was traveling upstream near the 3-mile marker in a 25 foot Regal cruiser when the bass boat operated by Steve Hooper crashed into the starboard side of Huff's cruise.......

The Missouri Water Patrol report listed both vessels as total loss.

Click here to read the news story       


Navigation Notices ......

 

 

To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 10/18/08
Subject: River Closure MM 179-180 UMR (BNM 0536-08)
NAVNOTICE # 1440

THE COAST GUARD CAPTAIN OF THE PORT UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER IS
ESTABLISHING A TEMPORARY RIVER CLOSURE FOR ALL WATERS OF THE UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER BETWEEN MILE 179.0 AND 180.0. THIS SECURITY ZONE WILL BE IN EFFECT FROM 1200 TO 1500 LOCAL TIME ON 18 OCTOBER 2008. NO COMMERCIAL OR RECREATIONAL VESSELS ARE PERMITTED IN THIS ZONE WITHOUT THE PERMISSION OF THE CAPTAIN OF THE PORT UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER.

 

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

       

Missouri State Water Patrol Safety Education Classes.....

 

City/Town
Date(s)
Location Address
Times
Buffalo, MO 01/10/2009 Buffalo VFW Hall 419 South Locust, Buffalo, MO 65622 - (573)751-3333 9AM - 3PM
Clinton, MO 12/06/2008 Clinton Community Center 1004 E Sedalia Ave, Clinton, MO 64735 - (660)885-2181 9 A.M. - 3 P.M.
Cole Camp, MO 11/01/2008 Boonslick Regional Library 701 W. Main, Cole Camp, MO 65325 - (660)668-3887 9am - 3pm
Hermitage, MO 01/17/2009 Christian Health Care Hwy 54 & 1st ST., Hermitage, MO 65668 - (573)751-3333 9AM - 3PM
Jefferson City, MO 10/25/2008 Missouri State Water Patrol GHQ 2401 East McCarty, Jefferson City, MO 65101 - (573)751-3333 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Lake Ozark, MO 11/01/2008 Lake Ozark Fire Department Business 54, Lake Ozark, MO 65049 - (573)751-3333 9am - 3pm
Osceola, MO 11/08/2008 St. Clair County Library 115 Chestnut St, Osceola, MO 64776 - (417)646-2214 9am - 3pm
Reeds Spring, MO 03/02/2009 -03/04/2009 Gibson Vo-Tech Hwy 13, Reeds Spring, MO 65737 - (417)272-3271 6pm-6pm - 9pm-9pm
Sedalia, MO 01/24/2009 Mo. Dept of Conservation, Discovery Room State Fair Grounds, Sedalia, MO 65301 - (573)751-3333 9AM - 3PM
Stockton, MO 01/31/2009 Stockton Lake Project Office 16435 E. Stockton Lk, Stockton, MO 65785 - (417)276-3113 9AM - 3PM


The above information reprinted from Missouri Water patrol Website

 

Click here to check out the Missouri State Water Patrol website

Updated Sun at 9:00 AM

Halloween Party...Rotten Apple.......

 

 Hello Friends of the Rotten Apple,

Saturday October 25th is the Rotten Apples' 3rd annual Halloween party. The party starts at 7:00 with movies on the Riverbender projection truck. There will be a costume contest and prizes given out. Not to mention the drink specials made with Vampyre red vodka. So come on down and enjoy a ghoulish good time with your friends at the Rotten Apple.

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

Old President Caniso Riverboat Heading Inland to St. Elmo, IL.......

 

According to a news story in the LakeExpo.com ...the old President Casino riverboat is headed to St. Elmo, IL as an 80-room hotel, museum and event center.

 

 

St. Elmo is a rural town in located central Illinois.

The President riverboat is currently being dismantled in a shipyard in Alton and is expected to be reassembled and permanently docked at a pier on Tower Lake in St. Elmo late next year.  It should be easily seen from nearby Interstate I-70.

The President was distinguished as one of the first modern riverboat casinos in U.S. history and designated as a National Historic Landmark by the National Park Service.   The last of her luxury kind and once "the largest excursion boats in America."

The boat was built and christened in 1924 as the Cincinnati.  She was later renamed the President and traveled the
the Mississippi River from the ports of St. Louis and New Orleans as a passenger excursion vessel until the 1980s. 

 

Greats such as Louie Armstrong and  U2 have performed aboard the boat !

 

Click here to read the news story on the LakeExpo.com

 

 

 

Click here for more information about the President Riverboat from Wikipedia Encyclopedia
 

    

 

   

 

Two Rivers Marina is For Sale.............

Two Rivers Marina is a 200+ slip facility located on the Mississippi River across the U.S. Highway 54 bridge from Louisiana, Missouri. A convenient overnight trip from all St. Louis marinas to the south, and Keokuk or Quincy to the north.

 

For more information go to the Two River Marina website...tworiversmarina.com

Click here for map
 

Please call the marina at 217-437-2321 or Jaime's cell at 573-754-2772 for additional information and to set up appointments for viewing.

Serious Inquiries only please.

Thank you
Jamie Aslin

Fall Colors Predictions......

 

According to the Missouri Department of Conservation this Fall is shaping up to be one of many splendid colors !   We received an unusually large amount of rain this year and that is good for the trees.

 

The foresters from around the stat think it will be one to remember.

 

 

St. Louis Region:

Because of the cooler nights.....the fall colors are more consistent this week.

 

The white ash, persimmon, flowering dogwood and sassafras showing reds and purples.

 

Virginia creeper and poison ivy vines, and sumacs and gray dogwood, are showing good color.

 

Green ash, honey locust and some hickories are showing more yellows..

 

 

Click here for this week's "Fall Colors" forecast. 

 

Little John’s Benefit – Nov. 12th .........

The Big Muddy was invited to oversee the benefit for Little John’s Motorsports opportunity to help the funds necessary to support Ashly Ruf, top eliminator in the World Finals, located in Phoenix, Arizona. Little John didn’t have a chance this year as a result of the river flooding his location, and the weak economy, which could no longer support Ashly and maintain funds needed to continue the operational costs related to the drag boat. It is important to help, and support LJ, a well respected man associated with his winning team.

Little John, and Ashly, continue to maintain their #2 position across the country. They have gone too far, and worked to hard, to lose up to this point as a result of situations they couldn’t control.

On November 12th, Wed. night, the Big Muddy plans on supporting the benefit. In conjunction with live music, we will supply the appetizers until the band starts. A percentage of sales will contribute to the benefit. The winning team will be heading out on Nov. 16th. Eliminations start on Nov. 20th, thru Nov. 23rd. The Big Muddy is confident that everyone from the metro area will support LJ , and continued success with Ashly at the helm. Lets bring the winner back from Phoenix.

Everybody thanks at the Big Muddy-
Dan, Jamie, John, Cindra, and all the staff.

 


 

River Destinations

   Alton.... Lincoln Douglas Debates

  

   Two reenactments of the famous 1858 Lincoln-Douglas debates to take place at the Lincoln Douglas Square in downtown Alton on Saturday.

 

Activities are scheduled for 10am-5pm on Saturday, and 12 Noon - 4pm on Sunday. 

 

For more information, log on to http://www.visitalton.com/story.cfm?id=155

 

Click here to read news story on The AltonDailyNews.com

Contact:  Betty Zoellner

 Flotilla Commander 3-13 8WR USCGAUX

    District Staff Officer - Public Affairs

 bcz@charter.net 

314-852-2909

October 17, 2008

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Silent but Deadly

According to a St. Louis Post Dispatch report on a tragic incident that occurred on the Mississippi River at Hamburg, Illinois on October 5, 2008; the death of four people on a houseboat was determined to be caused by Carbon Monoxide Poisoning.

"An old generator with a leak and a carbon-monoxide detector that lacked batteries combined for the deadly poisoning that killed two couples from Elsberry Mo., aboard a houseboat Sunday, officials said Tuesday."


Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate that since the year 2000, there have been more than 600 boating-related carbon monoxide poisonings of which around 100 were fatal. More than 250 of these poisonings were on houseboats. Of those, 200 resulted from generator exhaust.

Carbon monoxide (CO) is produced by propane heaters and stoves, gasoline and diesel-powered generators and a variety of other devices, and is odorless and colorless.

Every boat with an enclosed cabin area should be equipped with a CO detector with fresh batteries. Larger vessels like houseboats may need several to provide adequate protection.

CO detector/alarms should be located near sleeping areas, fossil fuel burning appliances and inboard engines. They should be mounted as high as possible. Despite the fact that CO is around the same weight as air, it is usually warm when produced and rises as smoke (which is heavier than air) also rises. Also if CO and CO2 are present together, the CO2 (which is heavier than air) will cause the deadlier CO to rise higher as the CO2 sinks and displaces it.

IMPORTANT to note: Carbon Monoxide can be dangerous even on boats which are not enclosed. Occupants of an open-cabin boat are still subject to the "station wagon" effect, also known as "backdrafting" where exhaust from a moving boat can be circulated into the cabin area. When docked, a nearby running boat engine may direct its exhaust toward you. CO will accumulate near a swim platform if the engine is running.

Actions which the US Coast Guard recommends to help protect you from Carbon Monoxide are listed below. Additional information can be found at http://www.uscgboating.org/command/co.htm.

  • Know where and how CO may accumulate in and around your boat.

  • Maintain fresh air circulation throughout the boat at all times. Run exhaust blowers whenever the generator is operating.

  • Know where your engine and generator exhaust outlets are located and keep everyone away from these areas.

  • Never sit, teak surf, or hang on the back deck or swim platform while the engines are running. Teak surfing is NEVER a safe activity.

  • Never enter areas under swim platforms where exhaust outlets are located unless the area has been properly ventilated.

  • Although CO can be present without the smell of exhaust fumes, if you smell exhaust fumes, CO is also present. Take immediate action to dissipate these fumes.

  • Treat symptoms of seasickness as possible CO poisoning. Get the person into fresh air immediately. Seek medical attention-unless you're sure it's not CO.

  • Install and maintain CO alarms inside your boat. Do not ignore any alarm. Replace alarms as recommended by the alarm manufacturer.

  • Get a Vessel Safety Check. A VSC is a free bow-to-stern safety examination available from the Coast Guard Auxiliary or US Power Squadron.
     

It is important to recognize the Symptoms of CO poisoning. CO enters the body through breathing. CO poisoning can be confused with flu symptoms, food poisoning and other illnesses. Some symptoms include shortness of breath, nausea, dizziness, light headedness or headaches. High levels of CO can be fatal, causing death within minutes


The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary is composed of uniformed, non-military volunteer civilians who assist the Coast Guard in all of its varied missions, except for military and direct law enforcement. These men and women can be found on the nation’s waterways, in classrooms and on the dock, performing safety patrols, vessel safety examinations and public education. The 28,000 members of the Coast Guard Auxiliary donate millions of hours annually in support of Coast Guard missions.


 


U.S. Coast Guard photograph

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Staten Island Ferry Escort


Petty Officer 3rd Class Valerie Thrall, a machinery technician from Coast Guard Station new York, mans the M240Bravo machine gun while enforcing the security zones around the Staten Island Ferry in New York Harbor Sept. 10, 2008.
Station New York is a multi-mission unit, conducting both search and rescue missions as well as providing security along New York waterways.


US Coast Guard Photo by PA3 Barbara L. Patton.
 

 SAVE THE DELTA QUEEN

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

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Click here to view the Delta Queen's Last Cruises

 

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The following re-printed from the Save-The-Delta_Queen website

 

Tributes to the Delta Queen: Cincinnati, Madison, Louisville
Oct 16, 2008

 

The Delta Queen will arrive in Cincinnati on Tuesday, October 21 for her final visit of the 2008 season. Majestic America Line will hold a "Farewell Tribute" beginning at 4:00 p.m., with their invited guests arriving between 3:00 and 3:30 p.m.

The boat is scheduled to arrive in Cincinnati at 9:00 a.m. and leave at 5:00 p.m., although most likely she will not depart until 6:00 or later. She will go upriver to Maysville, Kentucky, arriving early in the morning on Wednesday and departing at 1:00 p.m. She will then head back downriver to Madison, Indiana, where she is scheduled to arrive at 8:00 a.m. and remain until 1:00 p.m.

If you live in the Cincinnati area, or if you are a passenger arriving or departing on October 21, please come to the Public Landing with the biggest Save the Delta Queen sign you can come up with. Most likely the media will be there in the greatest concentration between 3:00 and 6:30 p.m.

If you can also get to Madison the following day (October 22), please go on over, and take as many people as possible with you.

At Louisville the staff of the Belle of Louisville and Louisville Metro Mayor Jerry Abramson will hold a party Friday, Oct. 24, to celebrate the legacy of the Delta Queen. A public ceremony will begin at 4 p.m. at the Louisville riverfront. The boat will depart Louisville at 8 p.m. Admission is free and family events will run until 11 p.m.

Not a "Good Bye"!

Remember: We are not bidding the Delta Queen goodbye. We are sending her off to rest in New Orleans for the winter while we continue the fight to have her exempted once and for all from a law that should never have involved her.

 

 

Click here to go to the Save-The-Delta-Queen website

 

 

 

 

Friday

 

Oct 17th.. 2008

Over 1.9 Million Visitors Strong !

 Pictures of the Day

 

  

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Our River Pictures of the Day......  were sent in by Kelsie Brown, who hails out of Alton Marina in the boat...."Nothin But A Good Time"

 

 

Hey Bill!
Here is a few Pictures of a gorgeous weekend out by the ski shoot with my family and friends Brain and Charlene Hernandez on their boat Docktors Excuse.

First one would be Sue Brown holding River dawg Stella while letting her fur fly.
 

Second Is Stella with her shades on.

And last but sure not least is a Beautiful picture of the clouds and sunset taken off of Brian's boat Docktor's Excuse in the ski shoot. Just Beautiful!! <<sunset.jpg>>


Bill, it was a decent Season wish we didn’t have all the floods and everything else but Minus those it was good!

See you soon!
Kelsie
Nothin But a Good Time
Alton Marina
 

 

 Yesteryears Picture of the Day

 

 

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Yester Year's River Pictures of the Day 2004 ......... was of the sun about ready to come up over the River this day back in 2004.  We named it Sunday Morning River Sun Rise.

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Missouri State Water Patrol News Release.....

 


 

The information contained in this news release is preliminary information only taken at the time of the incident. It does not include information from any followup investigation.
 
NEWS RELEASE ID : N07080212
 
Incident Type : Incident Date :
2 BOAT COLLISION
10/16/2008
Waterway : District : Incident Time :
LAKE OF THE OZARKS
2
12:14:00 PM
Location : Town : County :
03MM BIG NIANGUA CAMDENTON, MO CAMDEN
Summary :
Vessel #1 was travelling upstream at the 03mm on the Big Niangua Arm of Lake of the Ozarks when vessel #2 collided into the starboard side of vessel #1.
Boat(s) Involved Listing:
Boat Number : 1
Boat Type : Damage Estimate :
25' Regal Cruiser Total Loss
Boat Owner : Owner City/State :

MIdwest Marine INC Eldon, MO
Operator Date of Birth : City/State :
Huff, Gary 8/2/1969 Rocky Mount, MO
Boat Number : 2
Boat Type : Damage Estimate :
20' Generation Bass Boat Total Loss
Boat Owner : Owner City/State :

Steven E. Hooper Union, MO
Operator Date of Birth : City/State :
Hooper, Steven 4/14/1946 UNION, MO

Injuries:
Injured Name : Date of Birth : City/State :
Huff, Gary 8/2/1969 Rocky Mount, MO
Injury Type : Taken to :
Minor Lake Regional Hospital
Injured Name : Date of Birth : City/State :
Hooper, Steven 4/14/1946 UNION, MO
Injury Type : Taken to :
Serious Lake Regional

 

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:

 

 

    

 

   

 

Two Rivers Marina is For Sale.............

Two Rivers Marina is a 200+ slip facility located on the Mississippi River across the U.S. Highway 54 bridge from Louisiana, Missouri. A convenient overnight trip from all St. Louis marinas to the south, and Keokuk or Quincy to the north.

 

For more information go to the Two River Marina website...tworiversmarina.com

Click here for map
 

Please call the marina at 217-437-2321 or Jaime's cell at 573-754-2772 for additional information and to set up appointments for viewing.

Serious Inquiries only please.

Thank you
Jamie Aslin

Sundowners....

Hey Bill,

 

 We have gat a great line up of entertainment this weekend at Sundowners. Friday nite Harmony will be here. She does a great mixture of dance and classic rock. F.Y.I. she won 1st place american Idol a few years back. Saturday we have everyones favorite band THE SHARKS, starting @ 9:00 p.m. Dont forget about sundays fried chicken, mashed potatoes with gravy and corn obrien from 3-9 only $10.95 Hope to see every one this weekend.

 

Thank you,

Jon and Kelley

 

The Big Muddy  ...

Click here for The Big Muddy October Event & Dinner Special Calendar

Illinois Waterfowl Season Opens This Saturday......

 

According to a news article on The Illinois Prairie State Outdoors website the waterfowl season in Illinois opens this Saturday, Oct. 18  and runs through Dec. 16.

 

The duck hunters along the Illinois River may not fare so good this year because the flooding played havoc on most food crops, but the number of ducks along the Mississippi River is reported to up.

 

Below are waterfowl counts from the Illinois and Mississippi rivers.

Miss_River_count.pdf

Illinois_River_count.pdf

 

 

Click here to read this news report

2nd Annual Wine Tasting, Temple Banquet Center, Alton, IL.........

 

Bill,

I'm one of the owners of Temple Banquet Center/Spirits Lounge, located in the former Masonic Lodge. I'm out on the river all the time on my wave runner and now a new pontoon boat. I've talked with you on a few different occasions...your group always seems to be having a good time. Thought the wine tasting would be of interest.

 

Love your site, pull it up everyday to see what is going on, on the river...

 

Thanks,

Tim Brueggeman

 

Click here for Wine Tasting flyer

 Sundowners  

Fri ......10-17-08 ......Harmony

Sat ....10-18-08........Sharks

  Halloween Party   Nov 1st           Click here for more info

July Mississippi River Collision Under Investigation Now.............

 

A tow and a tanker collided on the Mississippi River this summer near New Orleans that caused a huge oil spill and closed the river for 6 days.

 

During a Coast Guard hearing this week, the tanker pilot reported that the tow cut across the river right in front of the tanker for no apparent reason. The tow didn't heed whistles, warning lights nor radio demands.

 

There was no captain in the towboat and the the pilot was an apprentice. There reportedly were no alcohol, drugs or health issues involved.

 

This accident has raised many questions about the pilots who operate the vessels on the river.  When the hearing is over, recommendations will be issued by the Coast Guard on prevention of future accidents like this.
 

Civil and criminal penalties could be recommended against the people and companies involved. Any criminal charges filed as a result of this hearing would be handled by federal prosecutors.
 

To read more about this story, click here on the azstarnet.com


U.S. Coast Guard photograph

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Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach


SAN PEDRO, Calif. -- The sun rises over the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach during a rare, quiet moment early on the morning of October 16, 2008. The Coast Guard conducts close to 1,000 inspections of foreign and domestic cargo vessels entering the port each year. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Cory J. Mendenhall)
 


 

Some Jersey County Residents Still Not Back In Homes........

According to a news story in TheTelegraph.com.....there are about 150 residents in Jersey County who live along the Mississippi River near the Alton Motor Boat Club that are not being allowed back into their cabins because of new septic systems codes.  The older septic systems in question are not flood proof and the residents are not able to obtain residency permits from the county.

The Subdivision and Land Use Committee will try to setup a meeting with the Health Department, FEMA and the U.S. Corps of Engineers to resolve the issue.

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

 

 SAVE THE DELTA QUEEN

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

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Click here to view the Delta Queen's Last Cruises

Storm Water Runoff Is Causing A Lot of Our Country’s Pollution.....

In 1987, Congress issued the EPA to start issuing permits to industrial and construction sites for the Clean Water Act. They found, however, that the storm runoff seems to cause more pollution. In fact, it causes 18 percent of pollution in the lakes, 13 percent in the rivers and 32 percent in estuaries.

To read more about this problem and what needs to be done about it, click here on the Mad Mariner Magazine.

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday

 

Oct 16th.. 2008

Over 1.9 Million Visitors Strong !

 Picture of the Day

It's Capt'n Harry Ragland Day

on RiverBill's

 

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Our River Pictures of the Day......  were sent in by Capt'n Harry Ragland who hails out of Sioux Harbor in the Sailboat....Tapacolo

Bill,

Pictures from Saturday's raftup behind Slim Island. The boats from left to right in the first picture are Ragtime, Ex Libris, Breeze Pleeze, As Time Goes By and Kanaloa.

 

And a picture of the the American Queen against the bluffs at Elsah.

 

Harry Ragland
 

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

 

 Yesteryears Picture of the Day

 

 

It's Capt'n Harry Ragland Day

on RiverBill's

 

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Yester Year's River Pictures of the Day 2007 ......... was sent in by Capt'n Harry Ragland who hails out of Sioux Harbor in the sailboat.... Tapacolo.

 

Bill, 

 

  This is a picture of Alton, the Clark bridge and the Melvin Price lock and dam. 

  I snapped this last Tuesday(2007) as I flew to Richmond Virginia.

 

 

Harry Ragland

 

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Navigation Notices ......

 

 

To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 10/15/08
Subject: L/D 19 CLOSURE
NAVNOTICE # 1437

SUBJ: WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0533-08 UM
SAFETY AND SCHED BCSTS UNTIL CANCELLED
USCG NOTICE TO MARINERS EIGHTH DISTRICT NR 0533-08 UM
MISSISSIPPI RIVER
LOCK AND DAM 19 MM 362.3 UMR WILL BE CLOSED TO NAVIGATION FROM 0800 TO 1600 ON TUESDAY 28OCT08 TO REPLACE THE CABLE ON THE LANDSIDE GUARD GATE. TOWBOAT OPERATORS ARE REQUESTED NOT TO TIE UP ON THE GUIDEWALLS DURING THE CLOSURE PERIOD. ALL MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO TRANSIT THIS AREA WITH CAUTION.
 

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To:     ALL MARINERS
From:   Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 10/15/08
Subject: L/D 11 CLOSURE
NAVNOTICE # 1438

MISSISSIPPI RIVER
LOCK AND DAM 11 MM 583 UMR WILL BE CLOSED TO NAVIGATION FROM
0700-1900 ON TUESDAY 28OCT08 AND FROM 0700-1900 WEDNESDAY 29OCT08 FOR REMOVAL OF MITAR GATES INSTALLATION OF THE REPAIRED LOWER MITAR GATE. TOWBOAT OPERATORS ARE REQUESTED NOT TO TIE UP ON THE GUIDEWALLS DURING THESE CLOSURE PERIODS. ALL MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO TRANSIT THESE AREAS WITH CAUTION.

 

 

 

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

       

Illinois Department of Natural Resources Press Release.....

 

 

 

          Illinois Department of Natural Resources                             
For Immediate Release

October 15, 2008

IDNR Releases Biological Stream Ratings for Diversity, Integrity, and Significance
 


Stream ratings are an important tool in identifying which streams are the most biologically diverse and have a high degree of integrity



SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) announces the release of biological stream ratings that combine, update, and enhance the two previous approaches for rating Illinois streams. Stream ratings are an important tool in identifying which streams are the most biologically diverse and have a high degree of integrity. These ratings are regularly used by the IDNR and watershed and environmental groups that focus on stream protection and enhancement.

The new ratings for diversity, integrity, and significance replace the Biological Stream Characterization (BSC) and Biologically Significant Streams (BSS) that were developed in 1984 and 1992 respectively.

“Both BSC and BSS processes generated products that are used extensively by diverse stakeholders,” said IDNR Acting Director Sam Flood. “The new stream ratings will provide the Illinois Department of Natural Resources with a mechanism for identifying high-quality examples of all stream communities and will guide management and restoration activities throughout the state.”

The new ratings use fish, macroinvertebrates, crayfish, mussels, and threatened and endangered species information to generate an overall score of biological diversity and integrity in streams. The purpose behind the new ratings was not only to update outdated information, but to establish baseline conditions against which change promoted by the Wildlife Action Plan could be measured and understood. Since the Wildlife Action Plan broadly addresses all types of wildlife including fish, mussels, amphibians, and reptiles, these new ratings will help resource managers to determine if aquatic organisms are responding to management activities promoted by the plan.

The information contributing to integrity and diversity ratings is then used to identify a sub-set of stream reaches as “biologically significant”. The revised ratings are limited mostly to wadeable streams and incorporate biological information from 1997 - 2007.

“We believe that including additional groups of organisms into both integrity and diversity measures in ratings provides a more robust assessment of stream biological condition, thereby improving our confidence in stream ratings,” said Mike Conlin Director of IDNR – Office of Resource Conservation.

More information about how the ratings were developed and what biological information was used can be found at: http://www.dnr.state.il.us/orc/BioStrmRatings/



 

Click here for The Stream Rating Report

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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

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

Please check our website www.sundownersstl.com

 

Carlyle Lake To Host Illinois Bass Fishing Tournament.......

Carlyle Lake will be the site of the first Illinois high school bass fishing championship tournament scheduled for May 8-9, 2009.

Almost 100 schools have signed so far.  Nov. 1 is the deadline to register.
 

Lake Springfield was thought to be a ideal location for the tournament because of it's central location and plentiful bass population, but there were problems in getting fishing rights from several lakeside dock owners.

 

The river city of Peoria, IL proposed a bid to hold the tournament on the Illinois River,  but the abundance of jumping Asian carp hurt them.

 

Click here to read this news story on The Prairie States Outdoors website.

Bubba's Restaurant in Hannibal Looking For Buyout.....

According to a news story on WGEM , The Tri-states' News Leader website... the owner of Bubba's Restaurant, located on the riverfront in Hannibal, Mo (map) is hoping for a government buyout.

 

The restaurant had to close twice this year because of the flooding and the building still has about an inch and a half of mud in it.  The owner is hesitant to put more money into the building because of the possibility of a buyout or even more flooding.

 

Thirty one property owners from Hannibal, twenty four residential seven commercial, have inquired about the flood buyout.

 

Click here to read this news story.

Illinois Trout Season Opens This Saturday......

According to a news article on The Illinois Prairie State Outdoors website the trout season in Illinois open this Saturday, Oct. 18 at 5 am.

 

The Illinois Department of natural Resources stocks 70,000 in various locations listed below just prior to the opening of the season. Anglers are reminded that no trout may be taken from any of the stocked sites from Oct. 1 until the fall trout season opens on Oct. 18 at 5 a.m.
 

Anglers are required to have an Illinois fishing license and an inland trout stamp, unless they are under 16 years of age, blind or disabled, or are an Illinois resident on leave from active duty in the Armed Forces. The daily limit  is five trout for each angler.

 

Click here to read more

Fall Foam Cleanup, Lake of the Ozarks......

According to a news article on the LakeExpo.com...... Lake Ozarks residents disposed of more than 400 cubic yards of foam floatation and other debris weighing in at more than 20 tons during the Fall Cleanup on Oct. 11th.

 

Foam floatation that has been discarded or has broke away from docks is the biggest source of man made debris on the lake.

 

All non-encapsulated docks on Lake of the Ozarks after Dec. 31, 2008, will have the permits revoked and will be removed from the lake at the dock owner's expense.
 

Click here to read this news story

Pere Marquette State Park Owl Prowel......

Pere Marquette State Park has started an Owl Prowl. It's a tour that take place every Friday evening at 8 pm. The guide takes everyone on a 2 mile hike through the woods and you listen for sounds of the area's owls.

The only thing you need to bring with you is a flashlight. Hiking boots are good too because some of the trails lead to steep, uphill climbs. Hikers will be able enjoy a marshmallow roast on an open fire and refreshments. The barred owl, great horned owl and the screech owl are very common in Pere Marquette; however, there are 8 of the owl species in the state of Illinois. You will be able to talk about the owl sounds and the tour guides will answer any questions you may have. Between the hike and a tour through the Visitor’s Bureau, it takes about an hour. The hikers on the first tour this month hear five different owl sounds. Last Friday the tour consisted of about 160 people.

Hike are invited to enjoy a marshmallow roast on an open fire and refreshments after the hike.

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


U.S. Coast Guard photograph

 

Ant Kennewick LED
In this image released by the Coast Guard, Petty Officer David Martin and Chief Gary Hurdle climb into an Aids to Navigation platform on the Columbia River in Kennewick, Wash., in order to replace a 155mm ATON lamp with an experimental CR-LED lamp. The new lamps are self-contained and require no additional wiring or external power sources.

(U.S. Coast Guard/Petty Officer Second Class Shawn Eggert)
 

River Destinations

    Louisiana, MO Presented Dream Community Designation Proclamation.....

On Wednesday, Governor Matt Blunt went to Louisiana, Missouri to present their town with the “Dream Community Designation Proclamation.” This is a state program that is designed to revitalize downtown areas with the help of state and also grant money. The town of Hannibal was one of the first ones to be presented with this award.

To read this full story, click here on KHQA online

 

 SAVE THE DELTA QUEEN

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

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Click here to view the Delta Queen's Last Cruises

News Follow up

    Woman’s Body Found In The Lake Of The Ozarks

On Tuesday morning, about 10:30 am, a fisherman found a 63 year old woman’s body  floating in the water in the Lake of the Ozarks. About an hour and a half before this happened, someone had spotted a pontoon boat floating toward Sunrise Beach, with only a dog in it. Officials are still not sure what caused her death, but they do plan on doing an autopsy.

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

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday

 

Oct 15th.. 2008

Over 1.9 Million Visitors Strong !

 Picture of the Day

 

Wakeboarding

Mikes Last Run of the Year !

 

 

Our River Picture of the Day......  was sent in by Capt'n Gary Fitzmire, who hails out of Lake Center Marina in a 2008 Mastercraft X-2
 

 

Bill,


We made our final run of the season last weekend. Our son Michael, undeterred by the cold water, tried some new tricks before hanging up his wakeboard for the winter. It was a very short season, but it ended with some spectacular weather and wonderful family time on the river.


Thanks for a great website,


Gary Fitzmire
2008 Mastercraft X-2
Lake Center Marina

 

 

 Yesteryears Picture of the Day

 

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Yester Year's River Pictures of the Day 2004 ......... was from Capt'n Greg Moore, who hails out of Grafton Harbor.

 

 Greg sent us a picture of the changing colors along the bluffs ----- just down stream from where the Illinois River meets the Mississippi River.  Look at the blue sky and the blue river contrasting the oranges and yellows of the changing leaves around the bluffs that seem to go forever. Greg also sent another very good pic of the bluffs and a picture of the Teepees at Kampsville.
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Missouri State Water Patrol News Releases.....

 

 

News Release N07080211

 Drowning  - Lake Ozarks - 10/14/2008

Location:

     8 MM Twin Island, Sunrise Beach  
Summary : 

AT 8:54 AM THIS MORNING A PONTOON BOAT WITH A DOG ABOARD WAS REPORTED DRIFTING NEAR THE 8 MILE MARK. AT APPROXIMATELY 10:39 AM A FISHERMAN FOUND A BODY FLOATING NEAR THE TWIN ISLAND AT THE 8 MILE MARK. BODY WAS TRANSPORTED TO UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI MEDICAL EXAMINERS OFFICE IN COLUMBIA, MO. AUTOPSY IS SCHEDULED FOR 10/15/2008. INCIDENT WAS UNWITNESSED AND CIRCUMSTANCES ARE UNKOWN AT THIS TIME.


 

 

Click here to check out the Missouri State Water Patrol website


Navigation Notices ......

 

 

To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 10/14/08
Subject: ATON
NAVNOTICE # 1436

SUBJ: WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0530-08 UM
SAFETY AND SCHED BCSTS UNTIL CANCELLED
CANCEL WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0530-08 UM
USCG NOTICE TO MARINERS EIGHTH DISTRICT NR 0530-08 UM
MISSOURI RIVER
ALL FLOATING AIDS TO NAVIGATION FROM MILE 226.4 TO MILE 301.0 MOR
HAVE BEEN REMOVED FOR THE 2008 NAVIGATION SEASON. ALL VESSELS ARE REQUESTED TO TRANSIT THIS AREA WITH CAUTION.
BT

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

       

The River Is Going To Be Sweet Next Week ......

According to a news story on WGEM, The Tri-States News Leader......an implosion of a  storage tank at a Keokuk corn sweetener plant spilled up to 200,000 gallons of a liquid byproduct into the Mississippi River.

The tank  imploded on Monday.  The liquid had enough force to break through a concrete retaining wall and knock railroad cars off the tracks.

The liquid flowed into a ditch that empties into the Mississippi River. Crews are working to remove the spilled byproduct.

The spill should not have a long term effect on the Mississippi River. 

Click here to read the news story.

 

A Big Muddy Thanks goes out to Capt'n Darryll Weil for this news tip.

Last Day For Flash Flood Victims To File A Claim

There were thousands of people in the St. Louis area who were affected by flash flooding on September 14th.

Tuesday, October 14th, was the last day for these victims to file a claim. Many of the claims were filed against the Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD). There were 6,800 calls to them with water pouring in their windows, doors and backing up in their basement. About 5,800 residents had basement backups. Of these 5,800, MSD has covered 3,000 of the claims. They will be sending out about 1,200 denial notices.

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

Saturday,  18  October, 2008

 

 

 

 

Click here to go to the Con Trios website for more info.

 

River Destinations

   Frontier Park, St. Charles......Life Is Good Festival

Frontier Park in St. Charles, right next to the Missouri River, will be holding a “Life is Good” Festival. It is October 18th from 10-6. There will be the world’s greatest backyard athlete contest, games, a family walk, live music from the Smash Band and lots of great food. All of the proceeds from the day will go to the Life is Good Foundation for Kids.

To read this full story, click here on Historic St. Charles website

FEMA Is Helping With The Buyout Program In Pacific, MO........

FEMA is helping out with the funding in the buyout program in Pacific. There were 27 homes that were included in the buyout. The total that is needed is $2,444,527. The city of Pacific is using $500,000 in the community development block grant. The State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) will actually award the money to them on October 21st in Jefferson City, Mo. There will also be about $2 million needed to raise some of the homes that are remaining. The area that is being bought out will be owned by the U.S. Corps of Engineers. It will turn into a parkland and nothing will be able to be built on the property again.

To read this full article in the Suburban Journals, click here
 

Sunday 19 October, 2008

The Duck Club Fall Poker Run

 

THE DUCK CLUB FALL POKER RUN IS OPEN TO ALL BOATERS

CHECK IN IS AT THE DUCK CLUB AT NOON. THERE WILL BE FOUR STOPS ON THE RIVER, WITH THE FINAL CARD BACK AT THE DUCK CLUB AT 5:30 THREE FLIGHTS AVAILABLE $5 , $10 , $25

BEST POKER HAND IN EACH FLIGHT WINS MEXICAN BUFFET WITH MARGARITA SPECIALS FROM 5:00 - 7:00P.M.

FULL MENU SERVICE IS ALSO AVAILABLE

AWARDS AT THE CLUB AT 7:30

BOAT DOCKING WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR ALL THOSE PARTICIPATING.

PLEASE CONTACT JOHN STURM FOR MORE INFO OR WITH ANY QUESTIONS @ 314 610 7567

 River Destinations

    Main Street St. Charles.....Haunted Horse Drawn Hayrides

The Centennial Carriage Company will have a haunted horse drawn hayride on Main Street in St. Charles. It will be on October 19th and it costs $15.00 per person. To make reservations call 636-398-4123.

To read this full ad, click here

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday

 

Oct 14th.. 2008

Over 1.9 Million Visitors Strong !

 Picture of the Day

 

 

c

 

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Our River Picture of the Day......  was sent in by Mike McCarty, of McCarty Photography.

 

 

Bill,

I stopped off at Palisades Yacht Club today, Saturday and noticed this 1952 restored Chris Craft belonging to Capt. Mark Epperson, owner of Consider It Done Boat and Motor repair. He saved this (yet to be named boat) from the smashing machine and operates it out of North Shore Marina.

 

As you can see, she get many looks going up and down the Mississippi.

Photo by Mike McCarty
Mike McCarty
 

 

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

 

 Yesteryears Picture of the Day

 

 

 

  

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Yester Year's River Pictures of the Day 2004 .........  was sent in by Debbie House, of River Bend Marina fame. 

 

It's a shot of the leaves changing colors  from their trip to Kampsville that year.   


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Barge Worker Dies In Accident....

According to an article in STLtoday.com, a barge worker died on Saturday on a Mississippi River barge. Emergency workers were called to Cape Girardeau when they got a report that a 67 year old man had fallen into an empty hopper barge. He was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. An Autopsy is being performed.

To read the full story, click here

 

First Car Bridge Over Missouri River Demolished....

According to an article in STLtoday.com, the 85-year-old bridge Liberty Memorial Bridge in Bismarck, North Dakota was demolished on Monday.  The bridge was blown up to make way for a new bridge over the Missouri River.....

The old Liberty Memorial Bridge was the first one on the Missouri River specifically built for cars.  It's expected life span was 50 years.

Click here to read more.

 

U.S. Coast Guard photograph

Click to enlarge

 

WATERSPOUT
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (1964) During 1964 all vessels were scrambled when a waterspout was sighted approaching Coast Guard Base Miami Beach. BM1 Joe Cardona (ret.) said, "I was the last boat out and was faced with the waterspout at the entrance of the mooring area. I thanked God that day because right after this photo was taken, it broke and didn't turn into a tornado."

 

U.S. COAST GUARD PHOTO

 

Top Ten Illinois Fishing Websites...........


 

According to the Prairie States Outdoors, the top ten fishing websites in the state of Illinois are as follows:

  • I Fish Illinois.org

  • Illinois 2007 Fishing Digest

  • Larry's Fishing Hole.com

  • ChicagolandFishing.com

  • Chicago Sun-Times writer Dale Bowman

  • IlFishing.com

  • Illinois Muskies.com

  • Kevin Wakeman.com

  • RockfordFishing.com

  • Chicago Area Paddling/Fishing Guide

 

Click here to go to Prairie State Outdoors and check them out.

Click on poster to enlarge

If you don’t play and want to contribute to a great cause anyway,
give us a call.
Thank you,

Mike Hofmeister
314-323-8003
marketbuilders@earthlink.net

and Dianne Hofmeister
314-291-2616
hollywoodblonde@earthlink.net

Grafton Rendezvous...........

    Saturday and Sunday .....18 &19 October, 2008

 

Grafton Riverfront

Grafton, Il. 62037 

10:00am - 4:30pm

 

Come out and see how the pre-1840's fur trader lived!  Re-enactors will be camping in period tents and teepees, and giving demonstrations.  Other activities include knife and tomahawk throwing contests, and even black powder and archery competitions!   Admission is free.....

 

(314) 251-4916

 

Click here for more info....

 

 

MoDOT Tests for New Mississippi River Bridge....

According to an article in STLtoday.com, the Missouri Department of Transportation is testing the bedrock  for the new bridge across the Mississippi River in downtown St. Louis. 

Engineers need to know what they are building on. MoDot is utilizing a barge in the river to drill holes nearly 200 feet deep to solid bedrock. They are trying to determine the quality of the rock where the new bridge pylons will be constructed on.  These tests will determine the design of the bridge. 

Click here to read more.
 

Saturday, Sunday   October 18 & 19

Autumn Historic Folklife Festival ....

Downtown Hannibal, Mo


Saturday and Sunday.......October 18 & 19, 2008 

   
Folklife Festival will feature over 100 exhibitors. Artists, artisans, and craftsmen demonstrating and selling their wares Street musicians, food cooked on wood stoves, fresh apple cider and a children's area.

  
This 1800s-themed festival has been voted " Favorite Festival".

 

    Consistently draws thousands of visitors and . 

 

 

Source...www.hannibal.net

 SAVE THE DELTA QUEEN

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

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Click here to view the Delta Queen's Last Cruises

 The End Is Near..........

The historical paddle-wheeler that was built in the 1920s, will stop cruising the inland waterways of the US after Oct. 31 if Congress does not pass another exemption for the riverboat from a 1966 federal law banning wooden boats from carrying overnight passengers.

 

The Delta Queen has a steel hull but wooden superstructure.

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

Monday

 

Oct 13th.. 2008

Over 1.9 Million Visitors Strong !

Columbus Day 2008

On October 12, 1492 Christopher Columbus landed on an island in the Caribbean.

This is celebrated on Columbus day on the second Monday of October.

 Picture of the Day

 

 

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Our River Picture of the Day......  is from Capt'n Dave Bullington, who hails out of Woodland Marina in the boat...."Whoz Yer Daddy"

 

Bill,

Spent the afternoon Saturday participating in the 2nd Annual Benefit Car Show at Palisades YC. It was a beautiful afternoon and there were some great looking cars on hand. Money was raised for a worthy cause, Our Lady of the River Shrine Children's Cancer Fund.

Next year we hope to have an even bigger turn out!

 

Dave Bullington

St. Charles, MO

"Whoz Yer Daddy"

 

 

 Yesteryears Picture of the Day

 

 

 

  

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Yester Year's River Pictures of the Day 2004 .........  was of the Old Settlers Days at Kampsville, IL -----sent in by Debbie House . Debbie and her husband Jeff made the trip by boat from John's Harbor to Kampsville last Saturday with a group of about 5 boats. Debbie said they have been making this trip for years. On the way they saw about 100 white pelicans somewhere around Mason Chute and a whole lot of seagulls gathered around them on the Illinois River somewhere around Hardin, IL for a feeding session. Some of the other pics she sent in show Jeff standing in front of some of the teepees in the Old Settlers camp and Jessie Behnke with her funnel cake piled with sugar. Sounds like all had a good trip -- I will post some more River scenery pics and a terrific River sunset pic from their trip later in the week.


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Navigation Notice ......

 

To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 10/12/08
Subject: NUN AND CAN BUOYS OFFSTATION AT MM 130 ILR
NAVNOTICE # 1433

SUBJ: WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0524-08 UM
SAFETY AND SCHED BCSTS UNTIL CANCELLED
USCG NOTICE TO MARINERS EIGHTH DISTRICT NR 0524-08 UM
ILLINOIS RIVER
THE COAST GUARD RCVD A REPORT OF SEVERAL NUN AND CAN BUOYS OFFSTATION AND NOT PROPERLY MARKED IN THE CHANNEL IVO MM 130 ILR. ALL MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO KEEP A SHARP LOOKOUT AND TRANSIT THE AREA WITH CAUTION.

 

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

       

Whooping Cranes Should Fly Through Illinois........

 

This fall's migration of the whooping cranes will fly the length of the state of Illinois on in route to Florida.   Leading the flock will be an ultralight aircraft

Operation Migration will follow a new trail this year after seven years of battling a the turbulence of the Appalachian Mountains.   Pilots will lead a group of 14 young whooping cranes from the Necedah National Wildlife Refuge in Wisconsin to destinations in Florida.

Instead of heading east through northern Illinois, the pilots will lead the Whooping Cranes down the length of the Prairie State. The new route has flatter country, less turbulence and hopefully more tailwinds for a faster and safer migration.

This yearly
ultralight led migration is part of a program to establish a self-sustaining flock of at least 25 adult breeding pairs of Whooping Cranes in Wisconsin by 2020.

Click here to read this news article in the Prairie State Outdoors.... Make sure to check out the picture

Sundowners Halloween Party  .......

 

October 13, 1957 River in History
 

  Our Lady of the Rivers Shrine at Portage Des Sioux was dedicated.

 

  Click here for more info.

The Nauti Tailor  .......

 

Marine Canvas and Upholstery is..... Now .........

 

The Nauti Tailor !

Marty Wexler

(636) 288 - 3621

 

Boat Covers, Custom Canvas, Bimini Tops, Cockpit Sun Shades, Camper Enclosures, Hatch Covers, Windshield Sun Shades, Upholstery

Quality Workmanship

 Click here to go to Nauti Tailor  webpage

 

U.S. Coast Guard photograph

Click to enlarge

 

San Francisco Fleet Week.......


SAN FRANCISCO - The U.S. Navy's Blue Angels perform over San Francisco Bay during Fleet Week, Oct. 11-12. Coast Guard units from the San Francisco Bay Area, and central and southern California, enforced safety and security zones during the parade of ships and air show, provided law enforcement support and stood by to assist boaters in case of emergency.

 

 (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Sherri Eng)
 

Meredosia, IL

  Illinois River Museum Closing.......

 

The Meredosia Historical Society River Museum's last visitors from Arizona and Tennessee signed the guest book in July. The museum is closed due to illness and rising cost
 

Dora Dawson, now 77,  kept the river museum open , but has recently suffered a stroke and is undergoing medical tests.  

 

The museum is filled with pictures, news articles and artifacts showing how the people f Illinois harvested what they needed from the river.  The museum contained everything from boats to fishing nets to mussel shells with buttons punched out of them......

Click here to read this news story in The Prairie Sate Outdoors website
 

THE DUCK CLUB FALL POKER RUN........

 

 SUNDAY OCTOBER 19TH

THE DUCK CLUB FALL POKER RUN IS OPEN TO ALL BOATERS

CHECK IN IS AT THE DUCK CLUB AT NOON. THERE WILL BE FOUR STOPS ON THE RIVER, WITH THE FINAL CARD BACK AT THE DUCK CLUB AT 5:30 THREE FLIGHTS AVAILABLE $5 , $10 , $25

BEST POKER HAND IN EACH FLIGHT WINS MEXICAN BUFFET WITH MARGARITA SPECIALS FROM 5:00 - 7:00P.M.

FULL MENU SERVICE IS ALSO AVAILABLE

AWARDS AT THE CLUB AT 7:30

BOAT DOCKING WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR ALL THOSE PARTICIPATING.

PLEASE CONTACT JOHN STURM FOR MORE INFO OR WITH ANY QUESTIONS @ 314 610 7567

Sundowner's' Trivia Night..... 

   

Sundowners is having Trivia on Thursday nights now from 7PM-10PM

Check it out !

 

News From Afar.......

    Money Awarded To Repair Two Levees in Burlington, Iowa.........

 

The U.S. Corps of Engineers has awarded an $11 million contract awarded to repair two levee systems damaged by the 2008 flood. The two levee systems are the Hunt and Lima Drainage Districts and Indian Grave Drainage District.

 

L.W. Matteson, Inc. of Burlington, Iowa will repairing one mile of levee breaches. Their crews will fill in scour holes and build permanent sand levees. They will also remove and cast aside out unwanted material and stockpile dredged material near Lock and Dam 20. The plan is to restore the levee to its original condition rather than adding any height or extra protection.

 

To read this full story, click here on KHQA online


 

News From Afar

     Repairs At Quincy, IL State Park

The Quincy Park District held a meeting last Wednesday evening to discuss repairs for their state park. Clat Adams Bicentennial Park was heavily damaged by this year's floods.

The surprise of the evening took place when the President of Avenue of Lights showed up with a check for $10,000 to help out with the repairs. The board accepted Freese Ornamental Nursery’s low bid of $71,898 for repairs.

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

 

Fall Colors Predictions......

 

According to the Missouri Department of Conservation this Fall is shaping up to be one of many splendid colors !   We received an unusually large amount of rain this year and that is good for the trees.

 

The foresters from around the stat think it will be one to remember.

 

The colors have become more consistent lately due to the cool nights we have been having. The white ash, persimmon, flowering dogwood, and sassafras are showing red and purple. The virginia creeper and poison ivy vines are showing good colors along  with the schrubs such as sumac and gray dogwood.

Green ash, honey locust and some hickories trees are showing more yellows.

 

Click here for this week's "Fall Colors" forecast. 

 Longshot Saloon Update ..........

 

Thursday & Friday Happy Hour 4PM - 7PM

$1.50 Bush......$1.75 Budlight....  35 ¢ wings

 

Thursday Nights starting at 7PM

69 ¢ tacos and 35 cent wings

 River Facts

    The Hardin Bridge ..........

 

The Hardin Bridge is a 2 lane vertical-lift bridge that crosses over the Illinois River on IL 100 at Hardin. .... Also called the Page Bridge

 

Built 1930; rehabilitated 1983.

Length of largest span: 310.9 ft.
Total length: 2,149.3 ft.
Deck width: 22.0 ft.
 

Source... Historic Bridges Of The United States website

Click here for more information and pictures

 Life of a Salmon......

The lifetime of a salmon is about four years. During their lifetime, they make their way from a stream to a river, to a lake and then to the ocean. They go from a freshwater fish to a salt water fish. Later they work their way back up to where they were born- from the ocean to the lake to the river to the stream. That’s where they breed and then they die. What an amazing feat to accomplish in just four years.

To read the full story of the salmon, click here in the Suburban Journals.

 SAVE THE DELTA QUEEN

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

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Click here to view the Delta Queen's Last Cruises

 Obama Calls On Congress To Save Delta Queen......

 

According to a news story dated Oct. 4, 2008, presidential candidate Barack Obama has a called on the United States Congress to support efforts to save the Delta Queen riverboat. 

 

Click here to read this news story in the Huntington, West Virginia's herald-dispatch.com

 

 

 

 

 

Weekend Report

Sat, Sun

Oct 11, 12.. 2008

Over 1.9 Million Visitors Strong !

Updated Sun at 8:00AM...News....Nav Notice...Sundowners Halloween poster

Updated Sat at 11:00AM.... Nav Notice 1432....Updated River Levels.....Mo Dept Conservation News

 Picture of the Day

Sunday

 

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Our River Picture of the Day......  Was taken last night at the Eagles Landing Marina

 

 Daygo Daze Party

 

 

 Picture of the Day

Saturday

 

 

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Our River Pictures of the Day......  were sent in by Valerie Aulabaugh, who hails out of Grafton Harbor, in the 60' Monticello....."Last Call."

 

 

Bill,

 

Saturday 9/27 was a beautiful day on the river. We are fairly new to the area and spent the day exploring since we are not sure of the river and locations that we can safely anchor. We came from Barkley Lake Kentucky and are not familiar with the pull up on the sand thing and the river currents. We have a 60ft Monticello and would appreciate any advice from other boaters. I sent 2 pictures of the boats at Iowa Island and the Hellrung's (of the Liberty out of Grafton Harbor) and friends having a great afternoon.

 

Valerie Aulabaugh

Last Call

 

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

 

 Yesteryears Picture of the Day

Sunday

 

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Yester Year's River Pictures of the Day 2007........ were from Mike Vitale, who hails out of the Duck Club in the cruiser "INXS".  It's some pictures of their boat trip to Aries Winery.

 

Hi Bill,

    A group of us got together last weekend, piled on "Oh Tina" & "Swing Set" and headed to Grafton Marina, and up to Aerie's Winery. If you have not seen the view from the winery it is amazing. I feel sorry for the people who put their boats away early. The River is at its scenic best in the fall.

   Here are a few Pix of the "scenic best". There may be a candidate for "Girls of Alton Lake".

Good Boating, Mike

Michael Vitale

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 Yesteryears Picture of the Day

Saturday

 

  

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Yester Year's River Pictures of the Day 2007........ were from Kim Baalman

 

   

Hi!

Attached are some summer 2007 boating pictures that you may be interested in posting. What a great year!

Kim Baalman

Director of Store Service
HDA Inc.

There’s very little difference in people. But that little difference makes a big difference. The little difference is attitude. The BIG DIFFERENCE is whether it is positive or negative


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Updated Sun at 7:45AM

Navigation Notice ......

 

To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 10/12/08
Subject: NUN AND CAN BUOYS OFFSTATION AT MM 130 ILR
NAVNOTICE # 1433

SUBJ: WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0524-08 UM
SAFETY AND SCHED BCSTS UNTIL CANCELLED
USCG NOTICE TO MARINERS EIGHTH DISTRICT NR 0524-08 UM
ILLINOIS RIVER
THE COAST GUARD RCVD A REPORT OF SEVERAL NUN AND CAN BUOYS OFFSTATION AND NOT PROPERLY MARKED IN THE CHANNEL IVO MM 130 ILR. ALL MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO KEEP A SHARP LOOKOUT AND TRANSIT THE AREA WITH CAUTION.

 

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To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 10/11/08
Subject: DREDING UMR
NAVNOTICE # 1432

SUBJ: WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0523-08 UM
SAFETY AND SCHED BCSTS UNTIL CANCELED
USCG NOTICE TO MARINERS EIGHTH DISTRICT NR 0523-08 UM
UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER
DREDGING OPERATIONS HAVE COMMENCED AT MM 267.0 UMR AND WILL CONTINUE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. DREDGING WILL BE PERFORMED 24 HOURS A DAY, 7 DAYS A WEEK. MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO CONTACT THE DREDGE AMERICA ON VHF-FM CHANNEL'S 13, 16, OR WORKING CHANNEL 8, 45 MINUTES PRIOR TO ARRIVAL FOR PASSING INSTRUCTIONS. ALL MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO TRANSIT AT THEIR SLOWEST SAFE SPEED TO MINIMIZE WAKE AND PROCEED WITH CAUTION AFTER PASSING ARRANGEMENTS HAVE BEEN MADE.
BT

 

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

       

Missouri State Water Patrol News Release.....

 

A couple of boating incidents reported this past weekend.  


News Release N07080209

 Falling Overboard / Lake Ozarks- 10/08/2008

Location:

     60 MM, Rainy Creek Cove, Edwards, Mo  
Summary : 

Subjects had just fuelled the boat and were leaving the cove, travelling at full throttle, when the steering cable broke. The boat made an immediate hard right turn which ejected both subjects from the boat. The boat travelled approximately 150 feet before striking a dock. It then ricocheted off the dock and struck a seawall and then travelled across the cove where it struck two more docks. It then came to rest between the last two docks. Mr. Floyd was transported to Lake Regional Hospital for moderate injuries
 


 

Click here to check out the Missouri State Water Patrol website

Updated Sunday at 8:00AM

Run Away Jet Boat ... Lake Ozarks

 

According to a news article on Lake Expo.com, the steering cable broke on a jet boat at the 60 mile marker of Lake of the Ozarks last Wednesday afternoon.

A couple guys out for some fun in a jet boat got a sudden surprise Wednesday afternoon.

"The jet boat took a hard right ejecting the Edwards duo. It then traveled about 150 feet with no one at the helm, ricocheted off a dock, struck a seawall, zoomed across the cove and smashed into two more docks before finally coming to rest."

 

Click here to read the entire news story on Lake Expo.com

 

Updated Sunday at 1:00AM

Sundowners Halloween Party  .......

 

The Nauti Tailor  .......

 

Marine Canvas and Upholstery is..... Now .........

 

The Nauti Tailor !

Marty Wexler

(636) 288 - 3621

 

Boat Covers, Custom Canvas, Bimini Tops, Cockpit Sun Shades, Camper Enclosures, Hatch Covers, Windshield Sun Shades, Upholstery

Quality Workmanship

 Click here to go to Nauti Tailor  webpage

Palisades Yacht Club  .......

 

Saturday is the Car Show for the Our Lady of the Rivers Shrine... Pass the word on to anyone who may be interested in bringing a car.
We also will be having a 50/50 drawing. We will be reopening the bar this weekend also with a limited menu. It is suppose to be sunny and 80!!

Amy@PYC
New docks coming soon!
Winter Hours Friday thru Sunday opening daily at 11:30.

 

U.S. Coast Guard photograph

 

Updated Sun at 1:00AM

SAN FRANCISCO -- A 25-foot response boat stands ready to assist members of the Coast Guard's Regional Dive Locker West, located in San Diego, as they prepare to conduct a security dive October 10 at the port of San Francisco in preparation for Fleet Week 2008. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer Cory J. Mendenhall)
 

The Pacific Buy Out Program Approved......

On March 21, 2008, the Meramec River flooded 187 homes and 33 businesses in Pacific, Missouri. There are actually 27 homes that were approved for the buyout program. This buyout will be a win-win situation for everyone. Since these 27 homes were flooded in 1979, 1982, 1983, 1994, and 2008, it cost the state $4.5 million to repair the damage of these homes. This buyout program will cost the state $2,444,527. On October 21st, the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), will hold a Mitigation Grant Award Day in Jefferson City. After this money is awarded, the officials in Pacific will designate the money to the 27 residents.

To read this full story on KSDK online, click here

Oasis Bar & Grill .......

 

This weekend's Dinner Specials

      Pasta Con Broccoli W/ Garlic Bread 8.99 .....Add Chicken for 2.00

      Pasta Carbonara 8.99 ....Add Chicken for 2.00

 

Meat Shoot Starts this Saturday, Oct 11 @ Noon .....Every Saturday through March
 

Sunday Game Day Come watch the game on our 96" projection Screen!!!!

 

Click here for webpage and more info !

Updated Fri @ 2:45 PM

THE DUCK CLUB FALL POKER RUN........

 

 SUNDAY OCTOBER 19TH

THE DUCK CLUB FALL POKER RUN IS OPEN TO ALL BOATERS

CHECK IN IS AT THE DUCK CLUB AT NOON. THERE WILL BE FOUR STOPS ON THE RIVER, WITH THE FINAL CARD BACK AT THE DUCK CLUB AT 5:30 THREE FLIGHTS AVAILABLE $5 , $10 , $25

BEST POKER HAND IN EACH FLIGHT WINS MEXICAN BUFFET WITH MARGARITA SPECIALS FROM 5:00 - 7:00P.M.

FULL MENU SERVICE IS ALSO AVAILABLE

AWARDS AT THE CLUB AT 7:30

BOAT DOCKING WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR ALL THOSE PARTICIPATING.

PLEASE CONTACT JOHN STURM FOR MORE INFO OR WITH ANY QUESTIONS @ 314 610 7567

Updated Fri @ 2:45 PM

Saturday,  11 October, 2008

 2nd Annual Palisades Yacht Club.... Car Show.....

 

 

 

Missouri Department of Conservation News........

   RiverBill's received the following e-mail newsletter from the Missouri Department of Conservation

 

 

Updated Sat @ 5:00 AM

Water’ is the important word in waterfowl forecast (w/pic)

After years of drought, Missouri wetlands got swamped with rain this year.

As a result, ducks will find food in short supply at many wetland areas.

JEFFERSON CITY —Waterfowl hunters’ wishes came true this year when Missouri got more rain, but they backfired, damaging wetlands and reducing the availability of food that might induce ducks and geese to linger in the Show-Me State.

Drought has plagued Missouri in recent years, hampering efforts to keep wetlands wet. This year, however, those who manage wetland areas for the Missouri Department of Conservation tore their hair as floods destroyed levees, drowned out native, seed-producing plants, killed crops planted for ducks and geese and made any kind of active management impossible on many areas.

“You need water for good duck habitat,” said Resource Scientist Andy Raedeke, “but this year much of this rain has come at the wrong time. Many wetland-dependent species depend on spring floods to recharge basins and provide habitat. However, late summer and early fall floods are unusual in Missouri and can destroy much-needed food resources and habitat for migrating waterfowl. One bright spot is that floods at this time of year do provide more habitat for wading birds and migrating shorebirds.”

Click here to read more

 

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Updated Sat @ 5:00 AM

Conservation Leadership Corps seeking nominees

Participants start influencing conservation policy on their first day.

JEFFERSON CITY – The Conservation Federation of Missouri is accepting nominees for its youth wing, the Conservation Leadership Corps ( CLC ).

The program prepares high-school sophomores through college seniors to be effective citizen conservationists. CLC members attend the Federation’s annual meeting at Lake of the Ozarks Feb. 27 through March 1, where they take an active role in setting Conservation Federation legislative priorities. They participate in lobbying at the Missouri State Capitol.

The CLC is designed to create life-long conservationists who influence conservation policy and programs, regardless of the careers they choose. You can learn more and download the application form at www.confedmo.org.

-Jim Low-

Water Patrol Warns Boaters Of Caron Monoxide Poisoning......

Since the incident this weekend with the four people from Elsberry, who died on their houseboat of carbon monoxide poisoning, the water patrol are putting out warnings. These poor victims had a carbon monoxide detector, but it had no batteries in it. Since the year 2000, there have been more than 600 boating-related carbon-monoxide poisonings and more than 100 deaths, have been reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They also warn swimmers to stay away from the exhaust ports on the boat. This could cause drownings. A boat’s motor, a nearby motor or an onboard gas-powered generator can cause carbon monoxide poisoning. This can be similar to seasickness – with headaches, nausea and drowsiness. Cabins should be ventilated or windows should be open. Not to mention, there should be working carbon monoxide detectors onboard.

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

Sundowner's' Trivia Night..... 

   

Sundowners is having Trivia on Thursday nights now from 7PM-10PM

Check it out !

 

News From Afar.......

    Money Awarded To Repair Two Levees in Burlington, Iowa.........

 

The U.S. Corps of Engineers has awarded an $11 million contract awarded to repair two levee systems damaged by the 2008 flood. The two levee systems are the Hunt and Lima Drainage Districts and Indian Grave Drainage District.

 

L.W. Matteson, Inc. of Burlington, Iowa will repairing one mile of levee breaches. Their crews will fill in scour holes and build permanent sand levees. They will also remove and cast aside out unwanted material and stockpile dredged material near Lock and Dam 20. The plan is to restore the levee to its original condition rather than adding any height or extra protection.

 

To read this full story, click here on KHQA online


 

The RiverBills.com Oct 2008 Calendar ------ 

   

   Hang it on your wall or make it a screen saver for your PC. 

   To make a wall calendar.....click on the picture above for an enlarged view and print it on a piece of 8 1/2 X 11 photo paper. Set the paper to "landscape" and "center" the photo on the paper.
Enjoy

   Picture by RiverBill

   Art work by John Hornung

 

  Ahoy All.......The link to the full size calendar is fixed !

Assault on Horseshoe Lake.....

On May 1st, a woman was assaulted by a Granite City man on Horseshoe Lake. On Tuesday, prosecutors charged the man with two counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault and one count of aggravated battery, according to the Illinois State Police. He was arrested on Tuesday and is still in custody at Madison County Jail, with the bail set at $300,000.

To read this full article on Suburban Journals, click here

More Areas Re-Open At Mark Twain Lake...

Since the waters are receding, more areas are re-opening in the area. Some of the areas that have re-opened are Duane Wheelan Recreation Area (Route J), hunter/fisherman Lot No. 41, hunter/fisherman Lot No. 11 (Route N) and hunter/fisherman Lot No. 30 (Route U). They are allowing bank fishing at the South Spillway and the hunter/fisherman Lot No. 70; however, there is no boating allowed on the re-regulation pool between the Clarence Cannon Dam and re-regulation dam. The section at the old Salt River including the Bluffview Recreation Area is closed for the safety of visitors. This is due to the high water damage. There is water still covering Lick Trail and Joanna Trail, so they are still closed.

For further information about these re-openings, you can call 573-735-4097. To read this full article, click here in the Hannibal.net

 Longshot Saloon Update ..........

 

Thursday & Friday Happy Hour 4PM - 7PM

$1.50 Bush......$1.75 Budlight....  35 ¢ wings

 

Thursday Nights starting at 7PM

69 ¢ tacos and 35 cent wings

Connection Of Katy Trail Is On Hold

The connection of the Katy Trail from St. Charles and the Machens ....to the area northeast between the Missouri and the Mississippi Rivers is on hold due to this year’s flooding.

The levees are still too saturated to be able to have large trucks on them right now. The funding for this project, which is $350,000, came through in July. They had hoped to start the project last year, but they did not have the funding yet. Once they can start on this project, it should take about three months to complete.

Click ere to read this news story on STLtoday.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Thirsty Thursday

 

October 9th ... 2008

Over 1.9 Million Visitors Strong !

Welcome New Advertiser !

  Oasis Bar and Grill

         We Are Open !

      Mon - Thur .... 11AM - 3PM

      Fri & Sat ....... 11AM - 1:30AM

      Sun ................   9AM - 11PM

 

 

Limited Menu

$5.00 Lunch Specials...Mon - Thur

Sunday Breakfast Brunch  9AM - 12 Noon

Karaoke every Friday Night

Live Music this Saturday Night 10/04 /08

636- 250 - 3100

Click here for webpage

Halloween Party Sat Nov 1st       Live Music By .....Park Road

 Picture of the Day

 

Lady of the River

 

 

 

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Our River Pictures of the Day......  are from Capt'n Gary Lucy, River Artist Extraordinaire !   Gary hails out of Palisade Yacht Club in the houseboat ....River Rover.
 

Bill,

 

It is fall....my favorite time to be on the river. This September and October I am going to try to work aboard my studio houseboat River Rover as much as possible. During the last flood I spent a few days aboard the River Rover moored at Palisades Yacht Club. It was like being on my own private island. When I come to the river to paint, I let the river tell me what to paint. From the front door of my boat, I can see "Our Lady of the Rivers". While experiencing our last flood of the year, I noted the appearance of the Lady standing alone in the flood waters. There is always a flag flying from the remains of the old landing at Portage des Sioux. Hurricane Ike had just been through the day before, and, the wind had taken a great toll on the flag. The symbolism of the Lady and Flag standing in the flood waters represented the Flood of 2008 and the lives that had been touch by the flooding plus the turbulent times our country is facing. In these times, it is good to know the Lady is watching over us. I am enclosing an image of the 9"x12" painting completed aboard the River Rover.

 

Gary

 

P.S.

 If you are interested in more information about the painting go to garylucy.com
 

 

 Yesteryears Picture of the Day

 

 

Yester Year's River Pictures of the Day 2004........ was of Larry at Riverside Harbor ----- standing on the gas dock after pumping us some petro.

Riverside is located on the Dardenne Slough where the Dardeene Creek flows into the River.
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Navigation Notice ......

 

 

To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 10/8/08
Subject: Dredging Operation MM 269.0 UMR (BNM NR 0517-08)
NAVNOTICE # 1425

DREDGING OPERATIONS HAVE COMMENCED AT MM 269.0 UMR AND WILL CONTINUE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. DREDGING WILL BE PERFORMED 24 HOURS A DAY, 7 DAYS A WEEK. MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO CONTACT THE DREDGE AMERICA ON VHF-FM CHANNEL'S 13, 16, OR WORKING CHANNEL 8, 45 MINUTES PRIOR TO ARRIVAL FOR PASSING INSTRUCTIONS. ALL MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO TRANSIT AT THEIR SLOWEST SAFE SPEED TO MINIMIZE WAKE AND PROCEED WITH CAUTION AFTER PASSING ARRANGEMENTS HAVE BEEN MADE

 

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

       

Oasis Bar & Grill .......

 

This weekend's Dinner Specials

      Pasta Con Broccoli W/ Garlic Bread 8.99 .....Add Chicken for 2.00

      Pasta Carbonara 8.99 ....Add Chicken for 2.00

 

Meat Shoot Starts this Saturday, Oct 11 @ Noon .....Every Saturday through March
 

Sunday Game Day Come watch the game on our 96" projection Screen!!!!

 

Click here for webpage and more info !

Capt'n Darryll Weil Hospitalized........

 

Update ...Thursday Morning

Hi Bill,

Darryll Weil is in ICU at St. Josephs in Kirkwood . He is expected to be moved hopefully to a regular room today. He should be in the hospital for at least 5 days. He was already looking better when I left last night. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers. I will update when I find more out today.

Take care
Maureen
 

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Wednesday Evening

Bill,

 

Just heard Darryll Weil is in St. Joesph  with pneumonia.

Should know more in the morning. (10-09-09)

 

Ron Hering

Say Steel

Woodland

RiverBill's Visitor Stats ------  The visitor stats are in for September 2008

 

81,617 unique visitors in Sept 2008

 

More than 27,000 more visitors than Sept 2007

Click here for .pdf file & more info

 

Thanks for Logging On !
 

Sandbags Are Being Removed From Hannibal's Levees........

This year was the second highest flood since the Great Flood of 1993. Now that the water is back down, the town of Hannibal has decided to remove their sandbags. There are about 1,200 cubic square yards of sand, sandbags, and plastic that are stacked on top of their levees. They will be hiring a private company to come in and do this. They are estimating that it will cost them about $40,000. The federal and the state will be paying all but $6,000 of that cost.

To read more about this, click here on KHQA online

The Big Muddy  ... Celebration Week !

What:          The Big Muddy Celebration

When:         October 6 - 11

Where:        3761 New Town Blvd., near the New Town

                   Boulevard exit off Highway 370

More Info:   636-724-7920

The Big Muddy will donate 5 percent of all sales during the celebration week to the Forgotten Heroes charity.

 

Live music Wed nite (the anchor nite) at 8 pm

Click here for The Big Muddy October Event & Dinner Special Calendar

Plano Molding Company To Sponsor Illinois High School Association Bass Tourney ....... 
 

Plano Molding Company, located in Plano, IL,  is among the first companies to sign up as a sponsor for the IHSA’s  inaugural state bass fishing tournament in May 2009.
Plano is the first sponsor who produces fishing products.

 

The IHSA is the first high school state association in the United States to sponsor a high school bass fishing tournament.

 

Click here to read the entire news article in the Prairie States Outdoors website.

Update ...Carbon Monoxide Deaths

 

  The STLtoday has an updated story on the houseboat deaths that occurred in pool 25 this past weekend. 

  

Click here

 

Carbon Monoxide Alarms........  We received the following e-mail from John Amantrout.

 

Bill ,

   I am a little confused. I have looked at the molecular weights of the following gases and don’t understand why I’m reading things that contradict. A typical standard periodic chart shows carbon monoxide(28.01) is very close to that of air. Air is a combination of roughly 21% oxygen and 79% nitrogen =(28.975). I have copied in Jerry Callahan of the Missouri Water Patrol to assist in addressing this concern. The news release from the MWP states that CO is heavier than air which could direct people to misplace the detector.

It seems ambient temperature, exhaust source temperature and humidity from the lake or river may play a role in how the gas responds in a given environment but I don’t see how. All the CO detectors that I have observed in homes are on ceilings. Portable generators outside of boats and internal generators in the engine compartment may be different somehow but it seems the gas should react the same in both cases. Could we clarify things for the boating community?

 

 

The following appears to be the facts which seem to be validated by the EPA as well as other agencies:

Where should I place my alarm?

Carbon Monoxide is lighter than air. CO2 and O2 are products of complete combustion, CO is produced when there is incomplete combustion. If all 3 gases are spilled into an area the CO2 Carbon Dioxide will drop to the floor and the lighter CO Carbon Monoxide will always rise to the ceiling.

Another way to explain this is to compare it to smoke from a fire. Visible smoke from a fire is a particulate which is heavier than air, but it rapidly rises to the ceiling because of the heat. The same applies for CO spilled from an appliance, it will rise to the ceiling and will always be at a higher concentration near the ceiling.

Molecular weight of:

Carbon Monoxide----->28.01 Lighter
Nitrogen----------------->28.0134
Air------------------------->28.975
Oxygen------------------>32.00
Carbon Dioxide------->44.01 Heavier

Alarms should be located near each sleeping area. The alarm must be located where Carbon Monoxide can reach it, and where it will awaken persons sleeping in the dwelling. Homes with several sleeping areas will require multiple alarms. Locate additional alarms near fossil fuel appliances. Do not locate an alarm in a garage, kitchen or furnace room. CO alarms should be at least 15 feet from the furnace, water heating or cooking appliances. Do not mount them in dusty, dirty or greasy areas, or in extremely humid areas. Read and follow installation instructions furnished with the alarm.
 

 


The following was copied from http://www.homesafe.com/coalert/detect.htm

PLACEMENT OF CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS IMPORTANT

Proper placement of a carbon monoxide detector is important. If you are installing only one carbon monoxide detector, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recommends it be located near the sleeping area, where it can wake you if you are asleep. Additional detectors on every level and in every bedroom of a home provides extra protection.

Homeowners should remember not to install carbon monoxide detectors directly above or beside fuel-burning appliances, as appliances may emit a small amount of carbon monoxide upon start-up. A detector should not be placed within fifteen feet of heating or cooking appliances or in or near very humid areas such as bathrooms.

When considering where to place a carbon monoxide detector, keep in mind that although carbon monoxide is roughly the same weight as air (carbon monoxide's specific gravity is 0.9657, as stated by the EPA; the National Resource Council lists the specific gravity of air as one), it may be contained in warm air coming from combustion appliances such as home heating equipment. If this is the case, carbon monoxide will rise with the warmer air.

For this reason, the makers of First Alert (R), the leading brand in carbon monoxide detector technology, suggests mounting the detector on the ceiling. This also puts the detector out of the way of potential interference, such as pets or curious children.

"According to UL Standard 2034, home carbon monoxide detectors must sound a warning before carbon monoxide levels reach 100 parts per million over 90 minutes, 200 parts per million over 35 minutes or 400 parts per million over 15 minutes. The standard requires the alarm must sound before an average, heathy adult begins to experience symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning. The warning provides time to evacuate the premises."
 

 


The following are exposure limits listed on the NFPA website (National Fire Protection Association)


Symptoms of CO poisoning
CO enters the body through breathing. CO poisoning can be confused with flu symptoms, food poisoning and other illnesses. Some symptoms include shortness of breath, nausea, dizziness, light headedness or headaches. High levels of CO can be fatal, causing death within minutes.

The concentration of CO, measured in parts per million (ppm) is a determining factor in the symptoms for an average, healthy adult.

· 50 ppm: No adverse effects with 8 hours of exposure.
· 200 ppm: Mild headache after 2-3 hours of exposure.
· 400 ppm: Headache and nausea after 1-2 hours of exposure.
· 800 ppm: Headache, nausea, and dizziness after 45 minutes; collapse and unconsciousness after 1 hour of exposure.
· 1,000 ppm: Loss of consciousness after 1 hour of exposure.
· 1,600 ppm: Headache, nausea, and dizziness after 20 minutes of exposure.
· 3,200 ppm: Headache, nausea, and dizziness after 5-10 minutes; collapse and unconsciousness after 30 minutes of exposure.
· 6,400 ppm: Headache and dizziness after 1-2 minutes; unconsciousness and danger of death after 10-15 minutes of exposure.
· 12,800 ppm: Immediate physiological effects, unconsciousness and danger of death after 1-3 minutes of exposure.


John Armantrout

The RiverBills.com Oct 2008 Calendar ------ 

   

   Hang it on your wall or make it a screen saver for your PC. 

   To make a wall calendar.....click on the picture above for an enlarged view and print it on a piece of 8 1/2 X 11 photo paper. Set the paper to "landscape" and "center" the photo on the paper.
Enjoy

   Picture by RiverBill

   Art work by John Hornung

 

  Ahoy All.......The link to the full size calendar is fixed !

 Boating News From Afar

    Boat Belonging to Congresswoman Sanchez Brother Found........

 

A search party out looking for the brother of Congresswoman Sanchez and his girlfriend found their missing boat.

The two were on an overnight boat trip from the mainland of California to Santa Catalina Island.   Searchers found the boat about five miles south of the entrance of the Port of Los Angeles upside down in the 150 feet of water.

It's believed that the boat was involved in a nighttime collision. They are bringing the wrecked boat out of the water to use it for their investigation.

Click here to read this news article in the Mad Mariner Magazine

 Longshot Saloon Update ..........

 

Thursday & Friday Happy Hour 4PM - 7PM

$1.50 Bush......$1.75 Budlight....  35 ¢ wings

 

Thursday Nights starting at 7PM

69 ¢ tacos and 35 cent wings

St. Louis Agencies Are Working Together on New Flood Plan......

Because of the recent floods this year, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the National Weather Service and the U.S. Geological Survey are going to start working together more closely to find a better plan for flooding in St. Louis. 

  The  three agencies are trying to figure out a way to predict the weather better, update the river stages during the flood and communicate this information to the farmers, river communities and to the barge traffic as well. This year made them realize how important that is.

 To read this full article in KSDK online, click here

 SAVE THE DELTA QUEEN

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

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Click here to view the Delta Queen's Last Cruises

News From Afar

   Keokuk Receives FEMA Flood Money


Keokuk has just received a million and a half dollars for flood recovery.

 

Some of this moneys will go to the G.M. Verity Museum, the Port Terminal Warehouse and to the replace the city's pumping system. Three large pumps at the city pumping station were damaged during this year's flood.

 

To read this full story, click here

 

 


 

 

Wednesday

 

October 8th ... 2008

Over 1.9 Million Visitors Strong !

Welcome New Advertiser !

  Oasis Bar and Grill

         We Are Open !

      Mon - Thur .... 11AM - 3PM

      Fri & Sat ....... 11AM - 1:30AM

      Sun ................   9AM - 11PM

 

 

Limited Menu

$5.00 Lunch Specials...Mon - Thur

Sunday Breakfast Brunch  9AM - 12 Noon

Karaoke every Friday Night

Live Music this Saturday Night 10/04 /08

636- 250 - 3100

Halloween Party Sat Nov 1st       Live Music By .....Park Road

 Picture of the Day

 

click on pic to enlarge

 

 

Our River Picture of the Day......  is from Mary & Steve B. oh and Cody who is happy to be a river dog.

 

Bill,

Here are some photos of the old D.O.G. (Dans owners Group).
As you probably already know Lewis boats is the new Regal dealer for St. Louis and they along With Cory Nelson set up a fall beach event at Two Branch last Sat and Sun.
 

Have a Great day.

Mary Bachmann
 


 

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

 

 Yesteryears Picture of the Day

 

Mississippi River   Large Mouth Bass

 

Click on pic to enlarge

 

 

Yester Year's River Pictures of the Day 2004........ was sent in by Lonny Unverzagt.  It's a picture of a Mississippi River... Large Mouth Bass for our Catch of the Day page.

 

Lonnie wrote in his e-mail;

 

Bill,

  My brother Joe's B-day was today October 7, 2006.  He took this picture of the bass I caught off the Mississippi River near Hartford. We caught several this morning..... they must be feeding well getting ready for winter. 

  All bass were caught and released for future fun for our kids. 
Lonny

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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: Jefferson City

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning is a Tragic Reality for Boaters



The tragic loss of four Missouri residents from Elsberry, on the Mississippi River, just across the Illinois state line brings to light the fact that boating tragedies are not limited to the warm weather months. Illinois Conservation Police investigating the incident on 10-5-08, suspect the victims succumbed to carbon monoxide poisoning while staying on a house boat overnight on the river near Hamburg, IL. The victims all from Elsberry, MO. are identified as Dale Ryan 48, Jody Ryan 38, William Boehm 50, and Ruth Boehm 49.

Carbon monoxide is an odorless gas produced from any combustion engine. Carbon monoxide is heavier than air and will settle in low spots. Signs of carbon monoxide poisoning can be mild at first and easily mistaken for other illnesses. The early symptoms can include headache, nausea, or drowsiness. Carbon monoxide robs the body's ability to absorb oxygen in the blood stream from the lungs which will render a victim unconscious and eventually dead without medical intervention. Anytime the presence of carbon monoxide is detected in an enclosed area, all occupants should immediately exit the enclosure into open fresh air. The enclosure should be vented by opening windows and using fans if available.

Any boat that has an enclosed cabin area should be equipped with carbon monoxide detectors. The cost of these safety devices are small relative to other costs associated with boat ownership. The source of carbon monoxide can be from a boat's motor, the motor of a nearby boat, or onboard gas powered generators used as power sources on boats. Carbon monoxide can enter the cabin area of a boat from leaking vent lines. It can also be blown in through open windows on boats. Know where the exhaust ports are on your boat. Position your boat so they are on the downwind side and be mindful of back drafts which may pull carbon monoxide into the cabin of a boat. The bottom line is only a carbon monoxide detector can alert you to the presence of the poison gas.

Never let swimmers around the exhaust ports. There have been many drownings nationwide and multiple near drownings in Missouri in recent years attributed to carbon monoxide poisoning to swimmers around vessel exhaust ports where dangerous levels of carbon monoxide can build up. Children are more susceptible to carbon monoxide poisoning due to their smaller body mass. Life jacket use has been a key factor in saving the lives of swimmers who were rendered unconscious by carbon monoxide.

Carbon monoxide is a real concern in the winter months for people forced to use alternate sources of heat. Boaters need to keep carbon monoxide in mind year round. Whether using a house boat generator to run an air conditioner in the summer, or a duck hunter using a heater in the winter, carbon monoxide detectors are essential safety equipment needed to save lives from an otherwise undetectable danger. The boating industry has been working to reduce the dangers of carbon monoxide. Through awareness education, cleaner burning engines, and better hull design carbon monoxide incidents can be prevented.


News Release ID: N07080208
Release Date: 20081007
 

 

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The above reprinted from the Missouri State Waterpatrol website

Click here to check out the Missouri State Water Patrol website

 

Missouri Department of Conservation News ........

   RiverBill's received the following e-mail MDC news Release from Jim Low

 

 

 

Artists K-8 sought for endangered-species postcard contest

Getting discovered has never been easier for young artists.

JEFFERSON CITY – Getting discovered has never been easier for budding young artists. All they have to do is send a postcard to the Missouri Department of Conservation.

This is the second year for the Missouri Endangered Species Postcard Contest. Youngsters from kindergarten through eighth grade enter art focusing on endangered plants and animals and get recognition through a public display of all entries at the Missouri State Capitol Nov. 16 through 19.

Winning entries in four age-classes (grades K-2, 3-4, 5-6 and 7-8) will be printed as postcards and sold at Conservation Department Nature Shops. Proceeds will help conserve endangered plants’ and animals’ habitat.

The contest is intended to get kids thinking about the Show-Me State’s threatened flora and fauna. This year’s theme is “Ozark River and Stream Habitat – We gotta have it!” Suitable subjects for entries include the Ozark hellbender, running buffalo clover, the Niangua darter, the cerulean warbler and the golden mouse. Other endangered Ozarks plants and animals and full contest details are available at mdc.mo.gov/programs/es_walkrun/.

Entries can be drawn, painted or colored, but they must be on postcards or 4- by 6-inch index cards. Submit entries in envelopes to Endangered Species Postcard Contest, Lisa Backlesse, P.O. Box 180 , Jefferson City , MO 65102-0180 . Entries must be received by Nov. 7.

-Jim Low

New Menu Items At Grafton's Landing ........

 

 

Grafton's Landing Restaurant, located at Grafton Harbor has some new menu items !

 

The new menu items include quesadillas, nachos, taco salad, chicken wrap, pork tenderloin, chili cheese dog, slider burgers, mozzarella sticks, and jalapeno poppers.

Patricia Marcum

Grafton's Landing Bar & Grill

618-786- 4745


Click here for Grafton's Landing  website  

RiverBill's Visitor Stats ------  The visitor stats are in for September 2008

 

81,617 unique visitors in Sept 2008

 

More than 27,000 more visitors than Sept 2007

Click here for .pdf file & more info

 

Thanks for Logging On !
 

The Big Muddy  ... Celebration Week !

What:          The Big Muddy Celebration

When:         October 6 - 11

Where:        3761 New Town Blvd., near the New Town

                   Boulevard exit off Highway 370

More Info:   636-724-7920

The Big Muddy will donate 5 percent of all sales during the celebration week to the Forgotten Heroes charity.

 

Live music Wed nite (the anchor nite) at 8 pm

Click here for The Big Muddy October Event & Dinner Special Calendar

Oct. 7th, 2005  in River History....... 
 

The first phase of new Piasa Park was dedicated.  The park is located along the Great River Road just up--river form Alton, IL.   It is the home of the Piasa Bird painting on the rock bluffs.


Celebration marked the completion of the 1st phase of transforming the park with completion of things like the a parking lot, restrooms, overlook plaza and more

 

Click here for 2005 news story in the Alton Telegraph.
 

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

Please check our website www.sundownersstl.com

 

Carbon Monoxide Incident in Pool 25.......

 

  

Bill,

I hate to hear of yet another suspected carbon monoxide incident involving boaters in our area. My thoughts go out to the families involved. I recently had the opportunity to talk with those individuals involved in last year’s carbon monoxide incident near Two Branch and I am very happy to see they are recovering. Based on my experience, they were very lucky to have such alert folks around to help them to survive. The outcome of this weekend’s incident was obviously much worse. Such incidents should not happen, it is no mystery how carbon monoxide is created.


As you probably know, I have investigated many incidents involving carbon monoxide, including incidents involving injuries and deaths on boats. I have investigated fatal incidents where carbon monoxide detectors actually functioned but did not prevent death. A carbon monoxide detector may not prevent an exposure incident, but it is certainly better to have one in each sleeping area than not. I will again extend an offer to our boating community to voluntarily provide information regarding programs, products, and services available to help prevent such incidents. Maybe together we can motivate more people to become educated and aware of just how easy it is to be overcome by the effects of carbon monoxide in small confined spaces such as boat cabins. You name the event and I’ll provide the literature and information. I cannot stress enough that carbon monoxide exposure incidents aboard boats are preventable with the right combination of boater education, routine mechanical inspections, and marine rated carbon monoxide detection devices and alarms. The marine sales and service organizations advertising on your website can certainly step up to the plate also and proactively educate their clients and recommend the latest in carbon monoxide detection equipment. The information is available to them. Boater owners, if your repair facility does recommend adding or upgrading carbon monoxide detection equipment and/or routine exhaust system inspections, don’t assume they are just trying to screw you during tough times, their actions may actually help save your life. All too often it is a combination of simple and detectable conditions that come together and precipitate catastrophic results.

Please feel free to pass on my comments.


Randy Bicknese, P.E.
Schaefer Engineering, Inc
636-332-6464

News From Afar.......

   Great Lakes

  

According to a news story in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, there is a lack of U.S Coats Guard icebreakers on Lake Michigan and this could disrupt this winter's deliveries, including everything from road salt to coal to steel.

Shipping advocates say the Great Lakes need at least two more new icebreakers to keep shipments moving safely this winter.

 

Click here to read this news story

The RiverBills.com Oct 2008 Calendar ------ 

   

   Hang it on your wall or make it a screen saver for your PC. 

   To make a wall calendar.....click on the picture above for an enlarged view and print it on a piece of 8 1/2 X 11 photo paper. Set the paper to "landscape" and "center" the photo on the paper.
Enjoy

   Picture by RiverBill

   Art work by John Hornung

 

  Ahoy All.......The link to the full size calendar is fixed !

Delta Queen Makes Last Stop in Point Pleasant, Ohio .........

 

The Delta Queen Riverboat made it's last stop in Point Pleasant, Ohio yesterday.  The celebration included the band playing river music and the queen departing with a calliope concert.

 

This is the Delta Queen's final trip up the Ohio River to Point Pleasant.  The riverboat will head to Cincinnati and then Nashville, Tenn.

 

Click here to read more in the Huntington, W.Va.... herald-dispatch.com

 

Palisades Preserve Gains National Recognition.........

 

A project of the Great Rivers Land Trust, the Palisades Preserve,  has recently received national recognition.  The Conservation Fund tapped into the Mississippi River Revolving Fund in 2007 to create the 430 acre preserve. The area overlooks the confluence of the Mississippi and the Illinois Rivers and is a site for migratory birds and several species of fauna and flora..

 

The Conservation Fund is the national organization that provides help for groups like Great Rivers Land Trust to complete larger projects.... like the Palisades Preserve. They provided money so that the land could be acquired and then allowed time for the Great Rivers Land Trust to then pay it back.
 

To read more  in the Alton Daily News, click here

 

 

Click here to read more about the Palisades Preserve......

Cougar Sightings in Illinois, Missouri, Iowa and Minnesota .........

According to an article in the Chicago Tribune, a cougar, was shot and killed recently in Chicago's north side.   The cougar is one of North America's premier predators and they are moving back into the Midwest.

About 40 cougar sightings have been confirmed since 1990 in the Midwest. Mostly in the states of Iowa, Minnesota and Missouri.  Three cougar sightings have been confirmed in Illinois, including one in April..... and in the year 2000, a 110 pound cougar was killed by a train in Randolph County, Mo.
      

Click here to read this news story....

 Many Iowa Towns Are Without Flood Insurance.......

 

There were about 50,000 buildings in high risk, flood prone areas in the state of Iowa, but only about 12,300 had flood insurance last summer.

 

There are still 131 cities and counties in Iowa that have not signed up for national flood insurance. Twenty nine residents were denied federal assistance because their towns did not participate in the program.

 

To read this full article, click here on KHQA online

 Longshot Saloon Update ..........

 

Thursday & Friday Happy Hour 4PM - 7PM

$1.50 Bush......$1.75 Budlight....  35 ¢ wings

 

Thursday Nights starting at 7PM

69 ¢ tacos and 35 cent wings

River Destinations.......

   Historic House Tour in Alton, IL

  

This Sunday from noon-6:00 pm, there will their 36th Annual Alton Fall Historic House Tour. This tour generally brings in tourists from both sides of the Mississippi River. They have some new attractions along with some of the same. This tour is sponsored by the Alton Area Landmarks Association. There are ten sites to check out this Sunday, October 12th. The tickets are $12 per person available that day or beforehand at the Visitor’s Center. The address is Hart House, 524 Belle Street & the corner of 3rd and Henry Streets. To find out more about it call 465-6676 or go to www.altonlandmarks.org.

 

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

 

News From Afar

   Keokuk Receives FEMA Flood Money


Keokuk has just received a million and a half dollars for flood recovery.

 

Some of this moneys will go to the G.M. Verity Museum, the Port Terminal Warehouse and to the replace the city's pumping system. Three large pumps at the city pumping station were damaged during this year's flood.

 

To read this full story, click here

 

 


 

 

Tuesday

 

October 7th ... 2008

Over 1.9 Million Visitors Strong !

Welcome New Advertiser !

  Oasis Bar and Grill

         We Are Open !

      Mon - Thur .... 11AM - 3PM

      Fri & Sat ....... 11AM - 1:30AM

      Sun ................   9AM - 11PM

 

 

Limited Menu

$5.00 Lunch Specials...Mon - Thur

Sunday Breakfast Brunch  9AM - 12 Noon

Karaoke every Friday Night

Live Music this Saturday Night 10/04 /08

636- 250 - 3100

Halloween Party Sat Nov 1st       Live Music By .....Park Road

 Picture of the Day

click on pic to enlarge

 

 

Our River Picture of the Day......  is from Capt'n Rick Flier,  who hails out of North Shore Marina in the motor vessel....... "MISS SIPPY"

 

 

Bill,


My son, and a couple of friends, and I, took a nice cruise
yesterday (Sunday). We left from the Meramec River, in Arnold, and motored on up
to the Rat Race at Long Shots. We stayed for a couple of refreshments
then off to Fast Eddie's, for a few more!!! We left and made the trip
back through the locks and got the boat back on the trailer just as
darkness hit us. The picture was taken around 7:00pm, last night (Sunday), as we
were heading back down river. Perfect day, good friends and cold
drinks....ahh to be a boater...
 

See ya later buddy,
Rick Flier.


 

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

 

 Yesteryears Picture of the Day

 

Suntan Slough Sunset

 

Click on pic to enlarge

 

 

Yester Year's River Pictures of the Day 2004........ was a beautiful red and blue sunset taken by Mark and Kathy Sweetnam from "Honeymoon Slough" in early September.

This place is also known as "Suntan Slough" by some. Both names apply because the place is pretty private but a bit difficult to get into, especially when the water gets low. No exact location for this place - You will have to find this spot on your own ! Mark and Kathy are out of Two Branch Harbor and Mark is the base player in the band named "2nd Nature" that played at some of the Two Branch Harbor parties and some of the Jamaica Dazes parties .

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Four Elsberry Residents Found Dead on Houseboat.........

According to a news article in the TheTelegraph.com....4 boaters from Elsberry, Mo were found dead in a houseboat Sunday afternoon appearently from carbon monoxide poisoning. The boat, a 35' King Craft, was on anchor near Tisdel Island in pool 25 of the Mississippi river, north  of Hamburg, IL.

It was supposed to be a birthday celebration for Jody Ryan, but ended in tragedy.  The 4 people on the houseboat were found dead by friends on Sunday afternoon after they honked their boat horn and got no response.

The houseboat was anchored on the Illinois side of the Mississippi River.  Illinois Department of Natural Resource Conservation Offices are conducting an investigation.
 

Click here to read the news article in TheTelegraph.com

Click here to read the news story on STLtoday.com  

 

RiverBill says...Thanks Dale for the link to the news story in TheTelegraph.com... and thanks to everyone that e-mailed RiverBill's a news tip about this story.