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4B Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011 Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter Agent Orange not li0000i,ed to Vietnan00 VET TRAX MIKE McLEOD Division Director, Veterans Services Several herbicides were used by the U.S. military in Vietnam and other south- east Asian countries for de- foliating the forest. The her- bicides got their names from the color-coded bands on the drums they were shipped in- Agent Blue, Agent White and, the most extensively used defoliant, Agent Orange. Between 1962 and 1971, al- most 11 million gallons of Agent Orange were sprayed in Vietnam, principally through a program code- named "Operation Ranch Hand." Agent Orange was al- so used at military installa- tions and other facilities in Hawaii and Puerto Rico, as well as in Cambodia, Canada, Korea and Thailand, among other places. About 3 million veterans served in Southeast Asia. No- body knows how many were exposed to Agent Orange. Some of these personnel were deployed in areas during and immediately after spraying operations, while others actu- ally handled Agent Orange and did the spraying. Veter- ans exposed to An and its dioxin contaminants have re- ported a variety of health problems. These include chlo- racne, skin lesions, liver damage, loss of sex drive, changes in skin pigmentation and sensitivity to light, numbing or tingling in the extremities, sore joints, can- cers and birth defects in their children. The Veterans Administra- tion reports that Agent Or- ange and other herbicides used in Vietnam were tested or stored elsewhere, includ- ing at many military bases in the United States. The Depart- ment of Defense reports that the following states partici- pated in projects to test, dis- pose of or store herbicides in the United States: Arizona Arkansas California Florida Georgia Hawaii Indiana Kansas Kentucky Maryland Mississippi Montana New York North Dakota Pennsylvania Rhode Island Tennessee Texas Utah Washington Wisconsin As I have mentioned in the past, if you were in service during the Vietnam era, about 1961 through 1975, it is a good idea to at least look at the possibility of having been exposed to An -- espe- cially if you have some of the conditions listed above. The Veterans Administration is constantly updating materi- al, regulations and condi- tions affecting veterans. More attention is now being given to those who served on bases in Thailand. There is evidence of the nasty chemi- cal being used in Korea as a defoliant. Let's do, everything we can to stay informed and healthy. Learn more at the website va.gov, CUP warns motorists: Drive now, text L8R The holiday travel season is in full swing and the roads are crowded with vehicles. If that isn't challenging enough, add to it the occasional win- ter storm. With so much hap- pening outside of the vehicle, the California Highway Pa- trol is urging motorists to avoid distractions behind the wheel. CHP is unleashing a traffic safety campaign reminding motorists to focus on dri- ving, and worry about all the other distractions after they have safely arrived at their destination. "There are so many drivers who understand the dangers of distracted driving and fo- cus their attention on the road instead of responding to a phone call or text message," said CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow. "Unfortunately, many drivers still don't un- derstand the hazards, yet sta- tistics have shown that traffic collisions caused by distract- ed driving are on the rise. This campaign focuses on these individuals." Distracted driving is one of the leading contributors to collisions and near-collisions. According to the CHP's Stakewide Integrated Traffic Records System, in 2009, California drivers age 20 years or older were involved in more than 23,000 colli- sions within CHP jurisdic- tion in which inattention was documented as an asso- ciated factor. "The CttP urges drivers to stay focused on the primary task of driving," added Far- row: "Through education and enforcement, we are ded- icated to curb this dangerous behavior." The yearlong grant-funded Adult Distracted Driving II campaign consists of an educa- tion component, as well as sev- eral distracted driver enforce- ment operations throughout the state. By the end of the grant, Sept. 30, 2012, a mini- mum of 50 distracted driving enforcement operations will have been conducted, and at least 20 traffic safety presenta- tions completed. Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traf- fic Safety through the Na- tional Highway Traffic Safety Administration. c00rest officials announce snowmobile route protections Plumas National Forest snowmobile routes in the Lit- tle Grass Valley and Bucks Lake areas will be closed to all wheeled motor vehicles in- cluding all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) by forest order PNF- 11-11-19. This will be effective starting Dec. 15 and lasting until March 31, 2012. Wheeled motor vehicles create ruts on maintained snowmobile trails, which result in hazardous condi- tions for snowmobile opera- tors. The forest has several major snowmobile areas: Four Trees, Bucks Lake, La Porte and Lakes Basin. The Bucks Lake Wilderness Area is closed to all motor vehic]es and bicycles all year. Violation of the closure or- der may be cosily: $5,000 for an individual, $10,000 for" an organization or imprisonment for not more than six months or both in addition to the cost associated with restoring the trail. During the winter months, all drivers are cautioned to maintain a safe operating speed, wear warm clothing and be aware of weather and current snow conditions. Travel plans should be shared with family or friends includ- ing an expected return time. if stranded, drivers should re- main with their vehicle be- cause it may provide shelter, and it is easier to locate a ve- hicle in the forest than find- ing people on foot: While waiting for help to ar- rive, travelers can signal dis- tress by using emergency flashers and by tying a hand- kerchief or flagging onto an antenna or mirror. The tailpipe should be kept clear and a downwind window open if the engine is run peri- odically for warmth. Funding for Plumas Na- tional Forest snowmobile trail maintenance comes from the state of California Off-Highway Vehicle Divi- sion. Information about re- stricted areas, maps, and forest orders may be ob- tained from the following of- rices or the forest website at fs.usda.gov/plumas. Beckwourth Ranger District, Mohawk Road, Blairsden, CA 96103; 836-2575 Feather River Ranger District, 875 Mitchell Ave., Oroville, CA 95965; 534-6500 Mt. 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