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Page 12 Wednesday, June 13, 2012 The Adams County Record Continued from front page "Why Council?" you might ask. The racers need a 600 mile station that has difficult terrain to chal- lenge these great athletes. Out of ten races, it is the longest and final race of the year. The 100 or so bay area pigeon fanciers con- sider the. Council race the most prestigious, not only because it is the longest race , but the most grue- some, having to fly over the Sierra Nevada moun- tain range where they can encounter all kinds of weather. It just so happens that Council is exactly 600 Miles by air from San Francisco. The bird that won Council last year was an AU Dark Check hen named "John's Favorite:' Her registered band # is 09 AHG 019. In winning the Council sweepstakes she flew 14 hours and 32 minutes on the wing from Council, Idaho, to San Francisco without stop- ping to drink or eat. She lost one third of her body weight in accomplishing this heroic feat. She was one of only two birds to fly the 600 miles in one day. She beat out hun- dreds of other pedigreed racing pigeons. Adding to her pedigree is the fact that she was second from Council the year before (2010). She was bred by John Belandi, and the off-spring from "John's Favorite" will be sought after for many years to ~ii iiii~ ........ eons come. Along with the celebrity for the pigeon athlete herself, there is also economic value, as well as the prestige that it gives Mr. BelandL Yes, this hen winning the Council, Idaho race is a big deal. In my opinion John has joined other great flyers like Hank Vernassa and Frank Garcia in long dis- tance racing. A tape/ movie will also be available showing the intricacies and day-to-day activities of a pigeon racer. It features Jay Sparrow, another great pigeon flyer who won the big Council race. Some facts about thoroughbred racing pigeons The most a rac- ing pigeon has ever been sold for is $250,000. They are cardiovascu- "lar trained athletes-- not to be confused with flea bitten dis- eased pigeons you see in the city. They eat a much high- er quality of food than most humans. The only other animal besides a human that has won the Medal of Honor was a pigeon by the name of "GI Joe." Racing pigeons were used in both World War I and also World II to carry vital encrypted messages. The Army actually had a pigeon corps. Just prior to race day racing pigeons are fed high carbohydrate diets (carboloading) just like an athletes getting read~, for a tri- athlon. in 1980, and only one made it home: This was the day that Mt. St. Helens erupted. Other country's such as Germany, Holland, Belgium, the Asian. Countries and England have a huge Nobody knows exact- ly how they always know where home is, but research at Cornell University has found loadstone in their brain tissue. This might be where the homing instinct comes from and why they can orient from any location and go straight horme. There might be a magnetic orientation of some kind. Bad weather can really affect the hom- ing instinct--i.e. 850 racing pigeons were released from Council number of fanciers. The Queen of England has her own racing pigeon loft. Fanciers dedicate their life to breeding, training and racing these thoroughbred pigeons with daily training starting as early as 4:00 AM. Yes, there's a price for everythiflg. Pigeon racing dhtes back to 1875, and pigeons used to carry messages dates back 5,000 years. The Pharaohs all used pigeons for communication, as it was the fastest way to send messages. Pigeons are still used by medical labora- tories in big cities to carry blood samples From Dr's buildings to medical labs. Racing pigeons are registered athletes and a permanent band is put on their leg when they are just days old. Pigeon racing is not gender biased, as both hens and cocks fly for the trophies, prestige and money. Release and Breakfast When you join us at dawn on June 16 (this Saturday) you'll see hundreds of thor- oughbred pigeons released, all at once, from a very spe- cial customized $50,000 pigeon trailer. The release trailer is something to see, as it can release all the pigeons at once. The driver, Wes Askins (a real gen- tleman) will be on hand to answer your questions. When you see them take off and the sky is full of racing pigeons, your first question will be, "How do they know how to get home?" Wes will answer that question. Arne Pederson (who is now a Council resident) was an former bay area flyer, and flew in the Council race 10 times. He and his wife Sharron will also be at the Shell station release. After the release and the pigeons are out of sight (heading for San Francisco) all of the view- ers, and of course the drivers, are invited to Shirley and Roy Eastlick's for a special free break- fast. We'll go to Roy and Shirley's in a caravan. Water Releases will Increase Mid-Snake River Flows fROM IDAHO Powv.n The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation is increasing the amount of water coming from Upper Snake River dams in order to help salmon migrating to the Pacific Ocean. BOISE, Idaho, June 12, 2012 - Boaters, anglers and waterfall watchers take note: More water is coming to the Mid-Snake River as the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation releases water from its dams upstream to help flush salmon to the Pacific Ocean. The annual fish augmentation flows start this week. Releases below Milner reservoir will ramp up by 500 cubic feet per second (cfs) each day through Wednesday, with an additional 1,000 fs being added June 16 and 17 until the total additional flow reaches 4,000 cfs. In some parts of the Snake River, the effect will be dramatic. For example, the flow above Shoshone Falls near Twin Fails was recently pegged around 400 cfs: By the-middle of next week, it is expected to reach 4,400 cfs, which is great news for sightseers visiting the Snake River's most scenic cataract. The stretch of the Snake River immediately below Milner Dam had been virtually dry, with the river regaining its flow downstream as a result of springs and agricultural runoff. The water being released from federal reservoirs at Jackson Lake and Palisades will flow below Milner as it makes its way down the length of the Snake, into the Columbia River and eventually to the Pacific Ocean. .These are the first in a series of carefully timed releases overseen by the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Association to keep water levels high enough to allow salmon to complete their migration to the ocean. Dad'a two Favorite 449 State Street, Weiser Bacon Available Pre-order lb 9.99 and 1 lb 1: .99 414-2850