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February 2009

 

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28 February, 01 March 2009

 

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Last Updated Sat at 5:00PM...Added news, NAVNOTICE # 1566,

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Picture of the Day

Sunday

The Kinder's Girls !

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our River Picture of the Day..... Is from Mary Beth Tiemann. 

 

Its a shot of Jill, Amanda, Jeni and Mary at Kinder's Season Opener on Friday night.

 


Kinder's is open...

That means spring and boating season are right around the corner.
 

Picture of the Day

Saturday

Empty Bench With A View

HA !

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our River Pictures of the Day..... Is from Capt'n Larry Demko, who hails out of the Duck Club....

 

 

Bill:

Blue Marlin (Andy) was at the docks and saw, what we believe to be your new boat.

That empty bench on it explains a lot of things...


Larry Demko
Fastrac Media


 

Yesteryear's

Picture of the Day

 

Sunday

Click on pic to enlarge

 

YesterYear's River Picture from 2007----  was sent in by Betty Bannister, who hails out of Grafton Harbor.  She sent us a shot of some pelicans on the little island across from the Loading Dock.   

 

Yesteryear's

Picture of the Day

 

Saturday

Click on pic to enlarge

 

YesterYear's River Pictures from 2005----- was a picture of  mason_schute, a favorite summer hangout for a lot of boaters. This pic was sent in by Steve Schulte of  www.steveschulte.com

 

 

Navigation Notice ......

 

Updated Sat at 5:00PM

To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 2/28/09
Subject: ATON DESTROYED OR EXTINGUISHED
NAVNOTICE # 1566


SAFETY AND SCHED BCSTS UNTIL CANCELLED
USCG NOTICE TO MARINERS EIGHTH DISTRICT NR 0037-09 UM
ILLINOIS RIVER
1. USCG SECTOR UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER ISSUES THE FOLLOWING AIDS TO NAVIGATION NOTICE:
A. ISLAND 526 LIGHT (LLNR 8115) MM 0.7 RDB ILR. LIGHT IS DESTROYED.
B. DIAMOND ISLAND LIGHT (LLNR 8020) MM 22.8 RDB ILR. LIGHT IS
DESTROYED.
C. HURRICANE ISLAND UPPER DAYBEACON (LLNR 7980) MM 28.3 RDB ILR.
LIGHT IS DISPLAYING IMPROPER CHARACTERISTICS.
D. LITTLE BLUE LIGHT (LLNR 7855) MM 53.8 LDB ILR. LIGHT IS
EXTINGUISHED.
E. MOORES LANDING LIGHT (LLNR 7659) MM 75.9 RDB ILR. LIGHT IS
EXTINGUISHED.
F. BEAVER DAM LIGHT (LLNR 7655) MM 82.3 LDB ILR. LIGHT IS
DISPLAYING IMPROPER CHARACTERISTICS.
G. COAL CREEK UPPER DAYBEACON (LLNR 7640) MM 85.8 RDB ILR. LIGHT IS
DESTROYED.
H. GRAPE ISLAND LIGHT (LLNR 7630) MM 87.0 LDB ILR. LIGHT IS
DESTROYED.
I. SUGAR CREEK ISLAND DAYBEACON (LLNR 7550) MM 94.3 LDB ILR. LIGHT
IS DESTROYED.
J. OTTER CREEK DAYBEACON (LLNR 7510) MM 111.4 RDB ILR. LIGHT IS
DESTROYED.
K. SPRING LAKE SLOUGH LOWER DAYBEACON (LLNR 7930) MM 133.9 LDB ILR. LIGHT IS DISPLAYING IMPROPER CHARACTERISTICS.


 

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To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 2/27/09
Subject: Updated High Waters on the Illinois River, Ice Conditions on the UMR
NAVNOTICE # 1565

SUBJ: WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0036-09 UM
SAFETY AND SCHEDULED BROADCASTS UNTIL CANCELLED
CANCEL WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0030-09 UM
USCG NOTICE TO MARINERS EIGHTH DISTRICT NR 0036-09 UM
UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER/ILLINOIS RIVER
USCG SECTOR UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER ISSUES THE FOLLOWING SAFETY
ADVISORY:
A. ZONES 1-16 (MM 457.2 TO MM 857.6 UMR) REMAIN IN THE ACTION PHASE
FOR ICE CONDITIONS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE UMR WAP ANNEX.
B. ZONES 17-22 (MM 301.2 - MM 457.1 UMR) ARE IN THE WATCH PHASE
FOR ICE CONDITIONS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE UMR WAP ANNEX.
C. ZONES 4-6 (MM 80.3 - MM 145.5 ILR) ARE IN THE WATCH PHASE FOR
HIGH WATER CONDITIONS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE ILR WAP ANNEX. ALL
VESSELS ARE REQUESTED TO TRANSIT THESE AREAS WITH CAUTION AND AT THE SLOWEST SAFE SPEED TO MINIMIZE WAKE DAMAGE.
E. MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO ENSURE THAT FLEETS ARE CLOSELY
MONITORED AND MOORING LINES ARE ADEQUATELY SECURED, AND TO EXERCISE DUE CAUTION TO AVOID SINKING BARGES AND HIGH LOCALIZED FLOW OR OUT DRAFT CONDITIONS DUE TO WATER BYPASSING A TEMPORARY DAM THAT MAY BE CAUSED BY AN ICE GORGE.
F. MARINERS SHOULD BE AWARE THAT BUOYS MAY BE UNRELIABLE DUE TO ICING CONDITIONS. ICE RENDERS REFLECTIVE MATERIAL INEFFECTIVE, AND ICE FLOWS MAY DRAG BUOYS OFF STATION AND SEVER BUOYS FROM THEIR MOORINGS.

 

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


 

Updated Sat at 5:00PM

News Release


      Release No. 09-01    Public Affairs Officer: Alan Dooley             

314-331-8002 (O)
618-939-5985 (H)
618-719-9039 (C)

Email: cemvd-pa@ usace.army.mil


For Release: IMMEDIATE               Date: February 27, 2009


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


Levee protection restored in St. Louis District


St. Louis, MO, Friday, February 27, 2009 – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in St. Louis announced today that authorized levels of protection have been restored to levees damaged by flooding in the summer of 2008 in both Missouri and Illinois.


      The District had targeted February 28 for the work, which was completed yesterday.


      Level of Protection – or LOP – is determined by restoring the levees that were
damaged to their heights prior to last summer’s floods.


      Forty-five levees were proposed for repairs under Public Law 84-99, under which the majority of repair funding comes from the Federal Government. To date about $13 million in Federal dollars have been expended on the work.


      While all breaches in the levees have been closed, Corps of Engineers authorities
indicate substantial work remains to fully restore the levees. This work includes replacing some damaged gravity drains, which allow precipitation water to drain when rivers are below flood stage; replacing some damaged pumps and seeding levees to restore grass coverage which reduces erosion.


      Some of this work will have to be delayed until weather improves.


      Work was delayed several times this winter due both to freezing and rainfall
conditions. This required designs and construction to be altered to properly install and compact levee materials.

 

       Even before all work is completed, Corps of Engineers authorities indicate that current levels of protection, combined with plans and materials to conduct flood fighting if necessary, will provide required interim protection.


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

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

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

 

 

Updated Sat at 5:00PM

Excessively Thick Ice Causes Late Shipping Season For The Upper Mississippi River............

In a news report on cruelkev2.blogspot.com.......... The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has announced that the start of the shipping season will be delayed for the second straight year due to ice that is overly thick for this time of year.

Measurements that the Corps have taken at Lake Pepin are around 18-20 inches.

The Corps will be taking measurements each week through March, and estimate that shippers will have to wait until April to shipping on the upper Mississippi River.........

Click here to read this news report.

Updated Sat at 5:00PM

Mississippi River Sediment To Aid Marsh Restoration...........

According to a news story from nola.com.......... The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has granted an $8.4 million contract to Weeks Marine Inc. to dredge the Southwest Pass at the mouth of the Mississippi River. The sediment will be used in the restoration of approximately 130 acres of marsh land.

Almost 2.3 million cubic yards of sediment is expected to be dredged from the main shipping channel at the Port of New Orleans. The material will be placed on the east and west shores. Some will be placed behind rock dikes, in an effort to restore the riverbank.

In western Louisiana, Lake Charles Harbor & Terminal District, the state and the U.S.A.C.E. signed an agreement promising close to $20 million for a dredging project in the Calcasieu Ship channel. The sediment will be used to construct a 440 acre marsh close to Black Lake, as well as 227 acres of marsh in the Sabine National Wildlife Refuge.

Click here to read this news story.

Updated Sat at 5:00PM

Did You Know ? 

  Mile 0.... on the US Army Corps of Engineers' Navigation Maps for the Upper Mississippi River is at the confluence of the Mississippi and the Ohio Rivers.

  

    The numbers increase as you go upstream....and....the last mile listed is "mile 855" near Coon Rapids, Minnesota.

 

For more information go to http://www.nps.gov/archive/miss/tug/miles.html

February 28, 1870 in River History ------  
   The east channel pier caisson for the Eads Bridge reached bedrock more than two years after cornerstone was laid on top of bedrock for the west abutment.

    For more info click here

 

My River Home Docks For Rent....

   Rent a 36 foot dock for the year and get the free use of a hoist.

   Call Andy 314.566.5403

U.S. Coast Guard photograph

 

 

NEW YORK -

 

An entanglement team from the Center for Coastal Studies, based in Glouchester, Mass., attempt to free an entangled humpback whale from a lobster pot and netting eight miles east of Sandy Hook, N.J., Feb. 26, 2009.

The Coast Guard enforced a 500-yard safety zone around the animal to protect it and boaters during the attempt.


(U.S. Coast Guard photo/PA3 Barbara L. Patton)

 

 

Click here for more information
 

Saturday    21 &  28  February, 2009

Cabela’s at Mills Mall to Host USCG Auxiliary Safe Boating Class

 

 

Contact: Doug Edelman
Flotilla Staff Officer - Publications 3-13 8WR USCGAUX
Assistant District Staff Officer - Public Affairs
edeldoug@charter.net
636-379-0877
January 5, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

 

Cabela’s at Mills Mall to Host USCG Auxiliary Safe Boating Class

 

Boater Education Saves Lives

Missouri’s Mandatory Boater Education Law, which took effect January 1, 2005, requires that every Missouri resident born after January 1, 1984 who operates a vessel on Missouri lakes must carry a boating safety identification card issued by the State Water Patrol, and a valid photo ID. This requirement includes operators of personal watercraft like Jet-Skis. The boating safety ID card indicates successful completion of a boating safety education course.

Flotilla 3-13 of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary will be offering the Boating Skills and Seamanship course at Cabela’s in Hazelwood, at the St Louis Mills Shopping Center . The class meets from 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM on 2 consecutive Saturday mornings, February 21 and February 28, 2009. Successful completion of this course will not only earn the boating safety ID card, but will give you invaluable information which will help you to remain safe on the water.

Pre-registration is necessary as space is limited. Sign up will be held at Cabela's during their Great Outdoors Hunting and Fishing Days event on February 15. For more information, contact Mark at msz@charter.net or cell phone number 314-803-7044.
 


To learn more about boater education, Vessel Safety Checks and other services provided by the Coast Guard Auxiliary – or if you are interested in learning how to become one of us – please visit us online at www.uscgauxflotilla3-13.org or contact us at bcz@charter.net.


 

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.

 

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The RiverBills.com February 2009 Calendar ------ 

  

      To make a wall calendar.....click here 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

 

 

 


That's it.Its Friday

27 February 2009

 

Over Two Million Visitors Strong !

 

 

Welcome New Advertiser !

Jeff Owens

Health Coverage made Easy

 

Selecting the right health plan can be confusing, which is why I'm here to help. To get started, please contact me so we can review your health benefit needs. We have many health plans and I can help you find the right one.
 

Telephone: 314-923-5526 or 866-392-6952

e-mail: jeffery.owens@wellpoint.com

 

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield

Picture of the Day

 

Goodland, Florida

Boat Mardi Gras Parade

 

 

Click on pic to enlarge

 

 

Our River Pictures of the Day..... Is from Capt'n Larry Hellrung, who hails out of Grafton Harbor in the boat... "Liberty."

 

 

 

Bill,

 

 I know spring is just around the corner but not many boating pictures until then. Here are some from Florida. Dick and Sue Forbis, (Bidder Suite from Harbor Point) went to the Goodland, FL Mardi gras parade with us. Attached is picture of Sue Forbis and Patty Hellrung dressed for the parade. I wonder how they got the beads? Second picture is Dick and Sue Forbis on our boat. Attached are pictures of the some of the floats.

 

Larry & Patty Hellrung

Liberty

Grafton Harbor
 

Yesteryear's

Picture of the Day

 

 

Click on pic to enlarge

 

YesterYear's River Pictures from 2006----- was of Captain Jacks Bar and Grill all blocked up and ready to be raised up above the 500 year flood level.  

 

 

It now Oasis Bar & Grill

Kinder's Season Opener....... Tonight  Friday, Feb 27th  

 

Come Join Us for Kinder's Opening Day Party !

  RAIL  

Will be providing the Rock -n- Roll

 See You There !

 Kinder's Restaurant is opening for business.  Drop by on Friday and help us start the boating season off right.  Have a bite to eat and a good cold drink...visit with river friends and the good folks at Kinder's.  ........There are some docks out !

  

Check out Rail's website

www.RailRock.com

 

Dining Room Hours....

Friday ......... 5 PM - 9PM

Saturday..... 11AM - 9PM

Sunday....... 11AM - 7PM 

 

Weather Permitting

Call 618 - 883-2586 or  618 - 883-2356  

Click here to go to Kinder's website

 

 

Click here for more information
 

Signs Designating Illinois River Road To Be Installed Soon............

In a news report from mywebtimes.com......... Back in 2005, the roads between Ottawa and Havana along the Illinois River were designated as part of the Illinois River Road National Scenic byway. The signage was unveiled in a ceremony in 2007, however, construction of the signs, and placement planning have taken some time. The signs have already been installed in Peoria, Il.

The 291 mile scenic byway runs through Ottawa on U.S. 6 and route 71.

The U.S. Secretary of Transportation recognizes 126 routes as National Scenic Byways. The Illinois River Road's mission statement is to "provide a living museum without walls that will enhance people's experience of the nature, history, archaeology and other intrinsic qualities of the byway, while providing and maintaining unique recreational and educational experiences for visitors and residents, and sustaining local communities' economies and quality of life."

Click here to read this news report.

 

Illinois House Passes Omnibus Appropriations Bill, H.R. 1105........

According to a news report from bnd.com........... An appropriations bill passes through the Illinois House of Representatives, and is on the way to the Illinois Senate. This $9.8 million bill includes funding for many projects, including water infrastructure:

* $287,000 to start [the] design of levee repairs, in the Alton to Gale levee districts.

* $2.4 million for north levee berm construction at the Chain of Rocks

* $718,000 to address underseepage in East St. Louis

* $1.8 million for operations and maintenance to the Kaskaskia Navigation System

* $335,000 for sewer improvements in Madison and St. Clair counties

* $502,000 to address underseepage at Prairie Du Pont

* $2.6 million for construction of relief wells for the Wood River levee district, as well as Madison County

Click here to read this news report
 

My River Home Docks For Rent....

   Rent a 36 foot dock for the year and get the free use of a hoist.

   Call Andy 314.566.5403

U.S. Coast Guard photograph

 

 

Ice Rescue Training in Sandusky


Members of Coast Guard Station Marblehead deploy ice rescue gear during a multi-agency drill February 23, 2009, with local fire departments.



 

Saturday,   28  February  2009  

Con Trios Yacht Club's ......"Get Together"    

 

 

Con Trios Yacht Club February "Get Together"
Saturday February 28th, 2PM to 6PM
Big Muddy Food and Spirits,
 

Click here to go to the Con Trios website for more information

 

The RiverBills.com February 2009 Calendar ------ 

  

      To make a wall calendar.....click here 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

River History........
    Chicago Portage National Historic Site


The French explorers, Fr. Jacques Marquette, and Louis Joliet were shown the short portage between the Mississippi River system and The Great Lakes in 1673. This ancient Indian portage ultimately led to Chicago becoming a major trading hub.

During the expedition up the Illinois and Des Plains Rivers to Portage Creek, the Indian guides revealed to Fr. Marquette and Joliet the 1.5 mile portage to the Chicago River. The expedition was then able to continue on to Lake Michigan.

Ever the visionary, Louis Joliet foresaw a canal connecting Portage Creek to the Chicago River, thus bypassing the portage. In 1848, that vision was realized, and the Illinois and Michigan Canal was completed.

In 1952, a memorial, the Chicago Portage National Historic Site, was erected to commemorate the important discovery. The memorial is a portion of the Illinois and Michigan National Heritage Corridor.

Source: howstuffworks.com
 

Henderson County, Ill.
    After The Flood Of 2008, Cleanup Involves Removal Of Hazardous Materials..........


In a new story from kwqc.com....... Cleanup efforts are still underway after the 2008 floods in Henderson County, Illinois. Workers are wearing masks for protection against the hazardous black mold that thrives in the flood decimated homes. Most debris will be disposed of in the Des Moines County Landfill in Iowa.

FEMA is picking up 75% of the tab for the restoration, and the remaining 25% is picked up by Henderson County..........

Click here to read this news story.

 

 

 

 


 

Thursday

26 February 2009

 

Over Two Million Visitors Strong !

 

 

Welcome New Advertiser !

Jeff Owens

Health Coverage made Easy

 

Selecting the right health plan can be confusing, which is why I'm here to help. To get started, please contact me so we can review your health benefit needs. We have many health plans and I can help you find the right one.
 

Telephone: 314-923-5526 or 866-392-6952

e-mail: jeffery.owens@wellpoint.com

 

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield

Picture of the Day

 

Click on pic to enlarge

 

 

Our River Pictures of the Day..... was sent in by Capt'n Pete Zimmer, who hails out of Grafton Harbor in the cruiser..... "Jack Daniels Old #7"

 

 

 

Bill,

 

Waiting for Barkley Lock to open on a trip with Byron Smyrniotis on his 36 carver.

J. Peter Zimmer
 

Yesteryear's

Picture of the Day

 

 

Click on pic to enlarge

 

YesterYear's River Pictures from 2008----- was sent in by Sharon G

 

I'm soooo looking forward to digging my toes 

in the sand!

 

 

Bill,

   I think we're all getting tired of the icy cold and are looking forward to spring. Here's a colorful sunset taken near Hamburg last May. (2007)


Hey, May's not too far off, I'm soooo looking forward to digging my toes in the sand!

 

Sharon G

 

RiverBill says....  That is superb picture Sharon.  Come on Spring !


Navigation Notices ......

 

To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 2/25/09
Subject: River Testing at the Chain of Rocks Canal
NAVNOTICE # 1564


SUBJ: WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0035-09 UM
SAFETY AND SCHEDULED BROADCASTS UNTIL CANCELLED
USCG NOTICE TO MARINERS EIGHTH DISTRICT NR 0035-09 UM
UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER
THE CHAIN OF ROCKS CANAL WILL HAVE THE BOTTOM OF THE RIVER TESTED 20 TO 30 FEET OUTSIDE THE CHANNEL ON THE RIGHT DESCENDING BANK ABOVE AND BELOW THE ENTRANCES OF THE CHAIN OF ROCKS CANAL. THIS WILL COMMENCE ON THE 2ND OF MARCH 2009 AND WILL TAKE PLACE FROM 0700 CST UNTIL 1730 CST MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION MARINERS MAY CONTACT THE M/V E. FRAKES ON VHF-FM CHNLS 13 AND 16. NAVIGATION WILL NOT BE AFFECTED. ALL MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO TRANSIT THE AREA WITH CAUTION.
 


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Black Bears in Missouri..........

 

RiverBill's received the following e-mail press release from Jim Low of the Missouri Conservation Commission.

 

 

 

The bears came over the mountains
Now numbering in the hundreds, Missouri
bears are part of the Show-Me Landscape.

JEFFERSON CITY—Show-Me State hunters see them. So do anglers and campers. Most encounters are fleeting, leaving surprised outdoors people wondering how a black bear got into Missouri. The answer is “over the mountains.”

Resource Scientist Jeff Beringer is the Missouri Department of Conservation’s expert on furbearing mammals, including black bears. He said the Show-Me State’s native bear population probably was gone by the early 20th century.

“It is possible that a few survived in remote pockets of the Ozark Mountains,” said Beringer, “but they had a lot working against them. They got hit with a double whammy of unregulated hunting and large-scale deforestation. It seems more likely that the bear population we have today came from Arkansas.”

Black bears did survive in the 160,000-acre White River National Wildlife Refuge in southeastern Arkansas – once known as “The Bear State.” By the middle of the 20th century, however, the refuge and other areas in southeastern Arkansas harbored so few native bears that the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission imported bears from Minnesota and Manitoba for a bear restoration effort in other parts of the state.

The agency released 254 black bears in the Ouachita Mountains of western Arkansas and in the Ozark Mountains of northwestern Arkansas between 1958 and 1968. Today the Game and Fish Commission estimates Arkansas’ black bear population at 3,000. Hunters harvested a record 400 bears in Arkansas’ 2007 hunting season.

Beringer said black bears may need up to 30 square miles of habitat per individual. These home ranges often overlap. Females with adjoining ranges generally are related. Males, on the other hand make long “dispersal moves” at about 1.5 years of age to establish territories among unrelated animals.

That, said Beringer, is how Missouri got many of its male bears. Females in an established bear population generally do not make long moves. However, Missouri probably received a few females from the initial Arkansas release, as these animals traveled widely before settling down into home ranges.

Bears’ secretive nature makes estimating the Show-Me State’s black bear population difficult. Beringer said the best estimate is a few hundred. Although bears have been seen as far north as Marion County, near Hannibal, most of the state’s bears live south of I-44. Counties with the most sightings include Carter, Ripley, Reynolds, Howell, Ozark, Barry, Taney, Christian, Stone and Douglas.

Unlike mountain lions, which have only been documented as individual animals in Missouri, black bears clearly are reproducing and rearing their young here. A recent incident in Christian County provides the latest proof.......click here to go to the Missouri Conservation Commission website and continue reading.

 

 

 

Unnamed Group Formed To Coordinate Barge Traffic.........

In a news report from waterwaysjournal.com........ In the upcoming years, barge traffic will be facing delays, as repairs, and upgrades are performed at 5 Mississippi and 2 Illinois River locks. These delays could be up to 11 hours, for each tow, at each lock. For the next ten years or so.

As a result, during a meeting of the Upper Mississippi River Basin Association in St Louis, a new committee was formed to coordinate navigation. Members include representatives from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the towing interests, as well as the companies that ship by barge.

At present, the committee has established a charter, and will conduct regular meetings, possible quarterly. The committee has yet to pick a name............

Click here to read this news report.
 

Kinder's Season Opener....... Friday, Feb 27th  

 

Come Join Us for Kinder's Opening Day Party !

 Live Music by The Rock n' Roll River Band

 Rail 

See You There !

 

Click here to go to Kinder's website

 

Click to enlarge

Lewis Boats... boat of the week

2009 Regal 2565 Window Express, bimini top, full enclosure, dockside A/C, vacuflush, SEVEN YEAR engine/drive warranty.

Contact us for discounted pricing and owners events info.

 

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

Click here for map from Map Quest                    Click Here for website

Grafton Harbor.........

    Boater Swap Meet

 

Sat. May 16, 2009
10:00 AM
Boater Swap Meet

Bring your boating accessories that you no longer need to Grafton Harbor .

Anchors, life jackets, chairs……..

Sell, Buy, and Trade with river friends.

For more information call Grafton Harbor at 618-786-7678.

           

My River Home Docks For Rent....

   Rent a 36 foot dock for the year and get the free use of a hoist.

   Call Andy 314.566.5403

U.S. Coast Guard photograph

 

 

Arctic Domain Awareness Patrol (For Release)


BARROW, Alaska - Whale bones near the Arctic Ocean in Barrow.

 

(Official U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Kurt Fredrickson)

 

New Sailor.........

Bill,

Thanks for being there all the time. 

 

This is the newest sailor of the Mississippi River, hailing out of Yacht Club of Stl.

 

 TYLER KELLY 7.66 lbs 20 in

 

 

Thank you,

Captin Paul Broyles of the Life of Riley

 

Click on pic to enlarge                  

Saturday,   28  February  2009  

Con Trios Yacht Club's ......"Get Together"    

 

 

Con Trios Yacht Club February "Get Together"
Saturday February 28th, 2PM to 6PM
Big Muddy Food and Spirits,
 

Click here to go to the Con Trios website for more information

 

The RiverBills.com February 2009 Calendar ------ 

  

      To make a wall calendar.....click here 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

Fishy News..........
   Missouri River Catfish Noodlers Lobby Jefferson City


According to a news story from stltoday.com............ Several catfish noodlers attended a hearing before a Missouri state senate committee in an effort to legalize hand fishing. The art of hand fishing, or noodling, seems to be a tradition, to be passed down from generation to generation.

Apparently, the Missouri Conservation Commission believes that the practice of hand fishing is targeting the largest catfish, who are nesting. Potentially, this could cause a future population reduction.

Missouri state Senator Chuck Purgason (R) advised both sides of the issue to find a resolution amongst themselves, leaving the lawmakers out of it. Purgason doesn't care for the idea that bureaucrats, not knowing anything about noodling, making decisions on gaming law...........

Click here to read this news story.

Mississippi River

   Keokuk, Iowa
   City Is Considering Building A "World Class" River Port Terminal

In a news story from connecttristates.com........ The city of Keokuk, Iowa is looking into constructing a "world class" river port terminal on the Mississippi River banks. Since Keokuk is at the northernmost point on the Mississippi River that barge traffic can flow year-round, Mayor David Gudgel believes that a port would be a wise investment.

Since barge shipment is the most economical way to ship goods, a port terminal would contribute to not only attracting new businesses, but help anchor existing businesses to the Keokuk area........

Click here to read this news story.
 

River Facts

   The Illinois River(s)........

Did you know that there is more than one Illinois River ? 

 

Everyone is familiar with the Illinois River that runs through the State of Illinois from the Great Lakes and joins the Mississippi River at Grafton, Illinois, but did you know there are more Illinois rivers ?    
 

  • There is another Illinois River that is a tributary of the Arkansas River, in Arkansas and Oklahoma.....click here.

  • And yet another Illinois River in the state of Oregon. Its a tributary of the Rogue River... click here.

 

 

 

Tuesday

24 February 2009

 

Over Two Million Visitors Strong !

 

 

Picture of the Day

 

Click on pic to enlarge

 

 

Our River Picture of the Day..... was sent in Capt'n Pete Zimmer, who hails out of Grafton Harbor in the cruiser..... Jack Daniels Old #7.

 

Pete wrote:

We had a little disagreement at

Harbor Point Yacht Club

one meeting

 

 

Yesteryear's

Picture of the Day

 

 

 

   

 

 

YesterYear's River Pictures from 2008...... was sent in by Sharon G

 

Bill:

      How about a summer sunset, dreaming of warmer weather...no birds, just a peaceful evening on the river.

 

RiverBill says...Thanks Sharon for the great picture !    


Navigation Notices ......

 

To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 2/23/09
Subject: ATON DISCREPANCY (BNM NR 0032-09 UM)
NAVNOTICE # 1561


ILLINOIS RIVER
1. THE USCG SECTOR UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER ISSUES THE FOLLOWING
AIDS TO NAVIGATION NOTICE:
A. BLUE CREEK POINT LOWER LIGHT (LLNR 7015) MM 172.5 RDB ILR. LIGHT
IS EXTINGUISHED.
B. SPRING BAY LIGHT (LLNR 6995) MM 174.3 RDB ILR. LIGHT IS
EXTINGUISHED.
C. BABBS SLOUGH LIGHT (LLNR 6920) MM 184.1 LDB ILR. LIGHT IS
DESTROYED.
D. BENNETTS LANDING LIGHT (LLNR 6910) MM 184.8 RDB ILR. LIGHT HAS
BEEN DESTROYED.
E. LACON LIGHT (LLNR 6895) MM 190.0 ILR. LIGHT IS EXTINGUISHED.
F. HENRY ISLAND LIGHT (LLNR 6875) MM 193.3 RDB ILR. LIGHT IS
EXTINGUISHED.
G. WILLOW POINT DAYBEACON (LLNR 6805) MM 201.0 RDB ILR. LIGHT IS
DESTROYED AND MISSING.
H. FLAT BEND LIGHT (LLNR 6795) MM 204.0 RDB ILR. LIGHT IS
DESTROYED.
I. BUREAU CREEK LIGHT (LLNR 6760) MM 209.4 LDB ILR. LIGHT IS
DESTROYED.
J. HUSE SLOUGH LOWER DAYBEACON (LLNR 6670) MM 219.8 LDB ILR. LIGHT
IS DESTROYED AND MISSING.
K. PERU LOWER DAYBEACON (LLNR 6665) MM 220.7 RDB ILR. LIGHT IS
DESTROYED AND MISSING.
2. MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO TRANSIT THESE AREAS WITH EXTREME
CAUTION.

 

 

~~~~~^~~~~~~^~~~~~~^~~~~~~~^~~~~~~^~~~~~

 

 

 

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

       

Boat Show News......

   Slow Boat Show Attendance Has Silver Lining,  Buyers Showed Up

According to a news report from bnd.com......... In spite of the economic issues and very low attendance, the people that showed up at the boat shows in St. Louis and Belleville were "buyers.".

The boat industry trade association, however, is speculating that sales will be down by about a third. The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) concurs, estimating a 30% decrease in sales for '09.

Industry insiders remain optimistic, citing that prior issues, like high fuel costs, are just inconveniences to be overcome. Boaters seem to adjust their lifestyle, and adapt to conditions...... finding a way to be on the water.

Click here to read this news report.

 

Click here for more information
 

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

The March edition of Heartland Boating is on the shelf at your local boat store. 

 

 

This issue has an article by our own Sherri Stanczak,  tilted....

 

"And Now, A Little Historical Perspective"

Find out what makes rivers go up and down -- and how often.

 

Check it out !

 

Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal.......
  Crumbling Canal Walls All That Stands Between Joliet, Illinois

  and 39 Feet Of Water

According to a news article from the chicagotribune.com......... The Lockport Lock and Dam is but one example of the decaying waterway infrastructure desperately in need of a make-over. Studies at Lockport have shown that water is getting past the deteriorated concrete walls, and boiling up in a nearby creek. This poses a flood threat to the nearby Des Plains River Valley.

Consequently, a breach, or shut-down of the Lock system will disrupt the water shipping industry. A representative from the Waterways Council states that the water shipping industry is "out of sight, out of mind", and the public is not aware of how much of the nation's fuel, grain and steel are shipped by water.

Only a portion of the needed funds have been appropriated in the stimulus packages. However, the projects have been called shovel-ready, in that they are just the type of make-work project that will get people back to work.............

Click here to read this news article.
 

We Finally Got the Date Set

   Kinder's Season Opener....... Friday, Feb 27th  

 

Come Join the Season Opener Party !

The river band

 Rail 

Will be playing the music

 

    Dining Room Hours....

Friday ......... 5 PM - 9PM

Saturday..... 11AM - 9PM

Sunday....... 11AM - 7PM 

 

Weather Permitting

Call 618 - 883-2586 or  618 - 883-2356

 

Click here to go to Kinder's website

Increase In River Barge Traffic Could Be Coming..........

In a news story from recordonline.com.......... With the increase of roadway traffic, and pollution concerns, shipping by water has been getting a new lease on life. A 15 barge tow can move the equivalent cargo of 1,050 tractor trailers. This efficiency translates to 1 gallon of diesel being able to move a ton of cargo 576 miles on a barge, versus 413 miles by train,, or 155 miles by semi.........

Even though there was a time in our nation's history when most all goods were shipped by water, upgrading the waterway infrastructure to handle current shipping demands will require a major infusion of funds............

Click here to read this news story.
 

Mixon Insurance Agency........

 

 

Mixon Insurance Agency has a new website and a new ad on RiverBill's.

 

Click the ad on the right and check out their new website.

 

My River Home Docks For Rent....

   Rent a 36 foot dock for the year and get the free use of a hoist.

   Call Andy 314.566.5403

A Look Back in Time......

   An Old-time Boat Show Photo

Click here  and take a look at a photo from the 1964 Iowa Sports, Boat and Vacation Show. Its a classic shot of two young ladies and a pair of water skies in a fiberglass runabout.

 

All the guys look pretty interested !

 

 

RiverBill says... A big muddy thanks goes out to Matt Burrows for sending us the link.  You all remember Matt......he was one of the bartenders at Capt'n Jacks.

Show Me The Mississippi Meeting......

  
To: All Show Me the Mississippi Committee Members
Re: Meeting Notice: March 5, 6:00 pm, Big Muddy Food and Spirits

From: Jim Marr, Chairman 2009

Greetings!!! We are happy to announce that there will be a 2009 Season on the river and it will be great!!

Our first 2009 Show Me the Mississippi Committee of the Chamber of Commerce meeting will be held Thursday, March 5 at Big Muddy Food and Spirits. Arrive for a beverage of your choice at 6:00pm the meeting starts at 6:30pm.

The address is 3761 New Town Blvd. , St. Charles , MO 636-724-7920
 

Call with any questions, comments and items to add to the agenda.

Thanks - Jim

 

 

Contact:
Jim Marr – Safe Harbor Yacht Sales – 636-250-3500
jim@safeharboryachts.com

or
Heidi Fairbanks – St. Charles Chamber of Commerce – 636-946-0633
heidi@stcharleschamber.org

 

U.S. Coast Guard photograph

Click to enlarge

 

New Orleans, Mardi Gras


A Coast Guard 25-foot response boat from the Maritime Safety and Security Team from Kings Bay, Ga., patrols the Mississippi River as fireworks signify the official start to Mardi Gras Monday, Feb. 23, 2009.

The Coast Guard delivers Rex, King of Carnival and King Zulu, king of the Krewe of Zulu to give their proclamations and kick off Lundi Gras as part of Mardi Gras festivities.

U.S. Coast Guard photograph / Petty Officer 3rd Class Tom Atkeson
 

World Wide Marine Training.....

   Captain’s License Classes in Grafton, IL
 

8-day OUPV (6-Pak) Class ..... Mon, March 2 through Mon, March 9, 2009

4-hour Towing Endorsement Class.....Thurs, March 5, 2009

3-day Master Upgrade Class..... Wed, March 11 through Fri, March 13, 2009

4-hour Sailing Endorsement Class..... Thurs, March 12, 2009

Call Toll Free: 866-249-2135

 

The RiverBills.com February 2009 Calendar ------ 

  

      To make a wall calendar.....click here 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

Friends of the Mississippi River

  January Website Update........

 

The Friends of the Mississippi River website has been updated for February.  Below are a few of this month's river related articles:


~ River corridor critical area legislation introduced
~ Mississippi River Challenge July 25th and 26th
~ RBC grant helps FMR educate, mobilize on water stewardship
~ No more winter boating on the Mississippi?


 

Click here and check it out

Law Firm Issues Summary Of The Marine Provisions In The Stimulus Act..........

In a news report from marinelog.com......... The Blank Rome law firm released an advisory summarizing nautical funds in the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

On top of the $4.6 billion to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, $60 million to states for ferries, and terminals, and grants totaling $100 million for shipyards, other maritime programs include:

$150 million in grants for new port security;

$1.5 billion in discretionary grants, including funds for port infrastructure;

$300 million in grants to fund the EPA's Diesel Emissions Reduction Act;

$600 million for repair and construction of NOAA facilities:

And the extension of the Renewable Energy Production Tax Credit through 2013..........

Click here to read this news report.

Illinois......

  Weather Conditions To Blame For Poor Waterfowl Hunt In '08

In a news report from blogs.suntimes.com......... Due to the summer floods causing sub-par food conditions for waterfowl along the rivers, and the early freeze, the hunting for waterfowl was down, but goose hunting was close to normal.

Click here to read this report.
 

Lymon Morse Yacht Company Builds Solar Powered Generator..........



According to a news story from ksdk.com........ Zach Lymon, of the Maine based Lymon Morse Yacht Co. has invented a solar powered generator.

Called the Powercube, and capable of producing about 3.5 kilowatts, the solar panels charge a battery inside the unit. The output is similar to a medium sized generator.

Lyman also has a solar energy company in Washington D.C.. The Powercube has stirred interest from power companies and the military. In fact, the military has a few of the units deployed overseas.

Priced at $27,000 per unit, as the Powercubes enter production, expect costs to fall to roughly half..............

Click here to read this news story.
 

Boats.... Boats.... Boats !

The Fold-up Boat....

While cruising the inter-net late one night we ran up on a "fold-up fishing boat" that is advertised to fold up to 4 inches flat and is supposed to be more stable than an inflatable !

 

Click here to go to the Porta-Bote website and check it out....

The Colombian Coffin......  

 

According to a news report on Rueters..... There is a new type of boat traveling the waters of the Pacific Ocean.

 

Its a sleek jungle-built semi-submersible vessel called the Colombian Coffin.  They are packed with cocaine and traveling the waters of the Pacific Ocean from Colombia to the United States.

The fiberglass boats travel just at or below the surface of the water with only the glass-enclosed cockpit visible from above.   A pilot and three or four crew members share the cramped quarters of the boat that has no bathroom nor a galley, but plenty of heat from the diesel engines.

 

Authorities believe that the drug smugglers build 60 - 75 of these fiberglass submarines in jungle shipyards of northwest Colombia every year.

Click here to read this news story view the photos..

 

 

 

 


Monday

23 February 2009

 

Over Two Million Visitors Strong !

 

 

Picture of the Day

 

Lewis and Clark

Boat House and Nature Center

Click on pic to enlarge

 

 

Our River Picture of the Day..... is of the Lewis and Clark.... Boat House and Nature Center, located on the St. Charles riverfront.

 

The Lewis & Clark Boat House and Nature Center is the Discovery Expedition's permanent home. It is located on the riverbank of the Missouri River at Bishop's Landing on the St. Charles riverfront.  The building has an educational facility that features exhibits relating to the Lewis and Clark expedition.  It also has exhibits related to the Missouri River ecosystem.

 

For more information visit their website    http://www.lewisandclark.net/

 

Yesteryear's

Picture of the Day

 

 

A Cold Icy Day on the River

Brrrr....

 

 

   

 

 

YesterYear's River Pictures from 2008...... were from Paul and Joan Barbary.  

 

Hi Bill,
I work in Alton and I get to see the Mississippi on a daily basis. I thought the river looked cool today. No, I mean really cool. Lot's of ice.
I took a couple of shot's from the old lock & dam site here in Alton. We are looking from the Illinois side to the Missouri side.
One day closer to spring.

Seeya on the river,

Paul & Joan Barbary

Missouri River

   Two Spring Pulses Scheduled..........

In a news story from ksfy.com............ The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has decided that since there is plenty of water in storage, two spring pulses have been authorized.

Although the spring pulses were approved approximately six years ago, they have not been utilized due to drought conditions.

The temporary raising of water levels is intended to help the endangered pallid sturgeon. Biologists will be investigating if the water levels will help the sturgeon.

The first pulse is set for March, and the second should be in May..........

Click here to read this news story.
 

World Wide Marine Training.....

   Captain’s License Classes in Grafton, IL
 

8-day OUPV (6-Pak) Class ..... Mon, March 2 through Mon, March 9, 2009

4-hour Towing Endorsement Class.....Thurs, March 5, 2009

3-day Master Upgrade Class..... Wed, March 11 through Fri, March 13, 2009

4-hour Sailing Endorsement Class..... Thurs, March 12, 2009

Call Toll Free: 866-249-2135

 

Spring is Near ...........

 

Bill:

 

FYI - Spring officially begins Friday, March 20th, 2009 at 6:44 AM !

 

Darryll

 

Click here for more information
 

Fishing News
   Illinois' Proposed Fishing Tackle Lead Ban......


In a news story on Prairie States Outdoors...... The proposed ban of lead fishing tackle in Illinois is causing a great deal of concern among the state's anglers.

 

Illinois State Senator, Heather Steans, wants to do something to reduce the amount of lead in the water and reduce poisoning problems for waterfowl.  She admits her bill still needs some work.  She plans to discuss it with fishing advocates and make changes before sending it to committee so that it don’t impact the ability of people to go fishing.


Click here to read more.....
 

We Finally Got the Date Set

   Kinder's Season Opener....... Friday, Feb 27th  

 

Come Join the Season Opener Party !

The river band

 Rail 

Will be playing the music

 

    Dining Room Hours....

Friday ......... 5 PM - 9PM

Saturday..... 11AM - 9PM

Sunday....... 11AM - 7PM 

 

Weather Permitting

Call 618 - 883-2586 or  618 - 883-2356

 

Click here to go to Kinder's website

STLRIVERRATS.COM......
 

 

Hello Bill

 

I am Larry from Maryland Heights your website is great been following it since you started it.. I am a Union Carpenter layed off also a novice webguy..Got a chatroom going for fellow river rats check it out STLRIVERRATS.COM
Maybe you can put a link on your page?????

My other websites include STLCHITCHAT.COM STLCARPENTERS.COM STLOUISYOUTUBE.COM

kEEP UP THE GOOD WORK HOPE YOU CHECK MY SITES

Peace,,, Larry
 

My River Home Docks For Rent....

   Rent a 36 foot dock for the year and get the free use of a hoist.

   Call Andy 314.566.5403

River Destinations

   Vicksburg, Mississippi

   Great Sunday Drive Retraces Union Fleet's Ill-Fated Campaign.........

In a news story from the sunherald.com........ In 1863, General Grant was searching for a way to get around the Confederate defenses along the Mississippi and Yazoo Rivers at Vicksburg. After spending months digging a canal far away from the confederate gun emplacements, the Union decided to take a more direst route. The Union would send 5 Ironclads to try to navigate the rivers and bayous in an effort to thwart the rebels holding Vicksburg.

Using a Federal grant, free tour guides were printed, and 7 interpretive signs were installed, so tourists can follow the Union Navy's journey from Rolling Fork to Vicksburg. It is estimated that the entire tour would take about 4 hours, and cover 100 miles.

It is believed that the new tour will give visitors a peek at the size and complexity of the Vicksburg campaign, as well as the strategies needed for the union victory..........

Click here to read this news story.
 

Marking Docks With 911 Address

   Legislation Introduced To Aid Water Patrol and Emergency Workers....

According to a news article from connectmidmissouri.com.......... If Missouri state representative Wayne Cooper has his way, 911 emergency response will be greatly improved at the Lake of The Ozarks. Cooper filed a bill to order docks to be marked with the nearest 911 address.

House bill 957 will require the docks to have the proper permits, as well as the 911 area to have at least 950 miles of shoreline constructed, and/or maintained by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.....

Click here to read this news article.

The RiverBills.com February 2009 Calendar ------ 

  

      To make a wall calendar.....click here 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

Illinois River

   East Peoria, Ill.
   Ducks Unlimited Donates Land To IDNR.......

According to a news report from yourheartofillinois.com........... The most prolific waterfowl and wetland conservation group, Ducks Unlimited, has recently donated 370 acres along the Illinois River to the state of Illinois.

Apparently, Ducks Unlimited has around $1 million invested in the procurement and restoration of the land.

The property has been assigned as a waypoint along the Illinois River national scenic byway.

Click here to read this news report.

Missouri Conservation Commission to Meet March 11 & 12.......


Click here for more information
 

Military Tests Stealth Boat As New Drug Intervention Weapon........

In a news article from abcnews.go.com........ Going against usual protocol, the U.S. military teamed up with the Columbian Navy to test a drug interdiction vessel. The Columbian Navy played the part of drug runners, using small Go--Fast boats that are capable of outrunning the standard Coast Guard boats. The U.S. sailors got to play with the Stiletto.

The Stiletto is unique in appearance, with her M shaped hull, and is quite special in her capabilities. She is capable of launching a 33 foot RIB complete with a U.S. Coast Guard boarding party in less than a minute. This means response times are greatly reduced.

However, the Stiletto is not perfect, and still needs further design modification. High speed handling is an issue, as injuries and sea-sickness is common. Other refinements are to weapons systems, and revised sensors.........

Click here to read this news article.
 

From the Weekend Edition

Roger Spain.....

 

RiverBill's received the following e-mail from Little John....

 

 

 

Long time Contrios member Roger Spain of the boat Bad Inflence (the carpet guy)is in the hospital with serious heart issues. Roger is in Intensive Care, and special tests will be done on MondayThey are waiting for his heart to get stronger, to do much of anything.We will update as soon as we can, but in the meantime, Please keep Roger and Donain your thoughts and prayers

 

LJ

Atlantis.....

   Grid Is Not Lost City Of Atlantis !

In a news story from theage.com.au........ Google's mapping utility "has not" discovered the lost city of Atlantis.

Unexplained images produced by Google Earth appeared to be a grid of streets on the ocean floor just off the coast of Africa.  The find cause much stir among Atlantis hunters last week because the grid was located at one of the possible sites of the lost city. 

 

Futher study has determined that the grid is actually tracks left by boat sonar.
 

Click here to read this news story
 

Delta Queen Update........  

 

RiverBill's received the following e-mail from the save-the-delta-queen organization.

 

 

 

Dear Bill,

good news first: The National Trust for Historic Preservation eventually is supporting our efforts to save the Delta Queen as an overnight passenger vessel.

Kentucky preservationist Don Clare has nominated the Delta Queen to the National Trust's 2009 list of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places and we'll find out in late April whether or not she makes the final cut But in the meantime the Trust is helping the cause with this story on its website, PreservationNation: Delta Queen Steamboat.

Please join us in thanking our friends at the Trust for coming to our aid. You can do that at info@nthp.org. And if you haven't done so already, please second Don Clare's nomination of the boat to the 11 Most Endangered List: 11Most@nthp.org.

Delta Queen status update

On February 11, the Delta Queen arrived at Chattanooga, TN, where she'll stay for a while serving as a floating hotel (see: www.deltaqueenhotel.com). Ambassadors International will stay owner of the boat but is leasing her to Chattanooga Water Taxi Co. owner Harry Phillips. He's planning to open the hotel in April.

Ambassadors International states that this leasing contract is subject to end in case US Congress issues a new exemption for the Delta Queen and the boat will stay intact as she is, no alterations made.

For the moment this seams to be a good thing for the Delta ! Queen co mpared to sitting on idle in the humid climate of New Orleans at a spot with lot of river traffic and hence highly dangerous. At Chattanooga she'll be taken care of very well, Mr. Phillips has promised.

Next steps

Even though newspaper reports are talking about the Delta Queen being "permanentely moored" at Chattanooga we still belief this is just temporary. The fight for a new exemption for the Delta Queen continues, but at the same time we wish Mr. Phillips success for the Delta Queen hotel plans as this will also help preserving and eventually saving the Delta Queen.

If you want to do something right now, please contact the National Trust and support the DQ's nomination for the 11 Most Endangeres Historic Places. You might also want to inform your local newpapers about the National Trust's support for the Delta Queen.

Thanks very much for your help. Together we'll save the Delta Queen!

Yours Sincerely,
Franz Neumeier
www.save-the-delta-queen.org



Twin Vee Catamarans.......  

 

According to a news report on ttradeonlytoday.com..... Boatbuilder Twin Vee, of Fort Pierce, Florida has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. In December the company shut down its operations and laid off their production workforce.
 

Twin Vee reported about $1.3 million in assets and more than $1.7 million in liabilities.

 

Twin Vee manufactured center console, express, pilothouse, “Sport Console” and fish/ski power catamaran boats ranging in size from 19 to 36 feet.  They also had a “Classics” line that ranged from 10 to 22 feet.

 

Click here to read this news story

 

Click here to go to Wtinn Vee Catamara's website.

 

 

 


The Weekend Report

Saturday, Sunday

21, 22 February 2009

 

Over Two Million Visitors Strong !

 

 

Happy Mardi Gras !

Picture of the Day

Sunday

KJ's Place

Click on pic to enlarge

 

 

Our River Picture of the Day..... is of some of the crowd celebrating Mardi Gras at KJ's Place last night in Portage Des Sioux, Mo

 

 

Next time your in the area stop in say HELLO, have a cold drink and a bite to eat.

 

 

Click on button above

and check out their webpage

Picture of the Day

Saturday

Happy Birthday Bernie !

Click on pic to enlarge

 

 

Our River Picture of the Day..... is from Bernie Patrico's Birthday Party at The Big Muddy last nite.  Pictured above are Sarah, Bernie, John and Michelle Patrico !

 

Happy Birthday Bernie !

 

 

 

More pictures from last nite's party

 

 

  

 

  

 

 

Yesteryear's

Picture of the Day

Sunday

A Cold Icy Day on the River

 

 

YesterYear's River Pictures from 2008...... was a shot from the Winfield Dam RiverCam taken yesterday about 4:25 PM.......Brrrrrrr 

  

Click here to go to the 

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers  Research and Development Center website

 

 

Yesteryear's

Picture of the Day

Saturday

 

 

YesterYear's River Pictures from 2006...... was sent in by Greg Sadowski, who hails out of Woodland Marina.  Greg snapped a picture of these 3 white pelicans as they were taking to flight.  

 

RiverBill rates this one  as a "National Geographic quality picture" !

 


Updated Sunday at 7:11AM

Navigation Notice ......

 

To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 2/21/09
Subject: PEKIN RAILROAD BRIDGE, MM 151.2 ILR

NAVNOTICE # 1560

USCG SECTOR UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER ISSUES THE FOLLOWING SAFETY ADVISORY:

DUE HAZARDOUS NAVIGATION CONDITIONS NEAR THE PEKIN RAILROAD BRIDGE AT MM 151.2 ILR, THE COAST GUARD REQUESTS ALL TOWS USE AN ASSIST VESSEL WHEN TRANSITING THE AREA AROUND THE BRIDGE. HIGH WINDS AND A VARIABLE STRONG CURRENTS HAVE BEEN REPORTED IN THIS AREA.
ALL MARINERS REQUESTED TO USE DUE CAUTION WHEN TRANSITING THE AREA.


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

       

Updated Sun at 8:15AM

Roger Spain.....

 

RiverBill's received the following e-mail from Little John....

 

 

 

Long time Contrios member Roger Spain of the boat Bad Inflence (the carpet guy)is in the hospital with serious heart issues. Roger is in Intensive Care, and special tests will be done on MondayThey are waiting for his heart to get stronger, to do much of anything.We will update as soon as we can, but in the meantime, Please keep Roger and Donain your thoughts and prayers

 

LJ

Updated Sun at 8:15AM

Illinois River

   Steamed Asian Carp Plant

 

According to a news article in pjstar.com....... Heartland Processing is planning to open a pilot plant in Havana, IL and start steaming the dreaded Asian Carp to turn them into fish meal and fish oil.

 

Click here to read this news story
 

Grafton's Landing Bar and Grill....

  

Grafton's Landing Bar & Grill will be open this weekend.

 

The restaurant will be open on Saturdays and Sundays from now on until the weather gets better.


Patricia Marcum
 

River History ........... The city of Portage Des Sioux was founded in 1799 by Spanish Lt. Gov. Zenon Trudeau and François Saucier. 

   The French name, Portage Des Sioux, originated from an overland escape route between the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers that was used by a band of Sioux Indians fleeing enemies. The Sioux portaged their canoes across the land in this area and outdistanced their rivals who took the river all the way to the confluence.

 

Source...Wikipedia Encyclopedia

U.S. Coast Guard photograph


Updated Sun at 7:15AM

Members of the 32nd Civil Support Team receive training on how to signal rescue crews in open water at Fort Meade, Md., Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009. The Coast Guard is training the CST to be more familiar with maritime operations and survival for responding to hazards in and around maritime environments. U.S. Coast Guard photo/ Petty Officer 3rd Class Ayla Kelley.
 

River History ...........

 

River Mardi  Gras

August 6, 2005 

Iowa Beach @ UMR 224

 

Click here ...n' take a look back at this River Mardi Gras party

 

Mississippi River

   Hannibal Needs New Fuel System At The Marina...........

According to a news story from connecttristates.com........... During the floods of '08, the fuel system at the Hannibal Marina was damaged. Apparently, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources has found that the marina's fuel system is corroded and leaking. Hannibal has been issued 3 citations.

Costs just to remove the old tanks and piping is estimated to be between $12,000 and $20,000.

The fuel system at the Hannibal marina is vital in that it not only provides fuel for local boaters, but transient mariners as well.

It is hoped that FEMA will shoulder some of the bill, as the damage was caused by flooding.

Click here to read this news story.

Palisades Yacht Club

   Mardi Gras Party ..........

 


 

My River Home Docks For Rent....

   Rent a 36 foot dock for the year and get the free use of a hoist.

   Call Andy 314.566.5403

Kaskaskia River

   Kaskaskia Above Flood Stage In Clinton County..........

In a news report from fox2now.com...... The flood warning for the Carlyle tw is still in effect. As of 2:30 pm on Friday, the river was just over flood stage at 423.8 feet. Flood stage is at 423.5 feet.

Minor flooding has been forecast, and the Kaskaskia River is expected to reach 424.3 feet by Monday morning.

Click here to read this news report.

 

The RiverBills.com February 2009 Calendar ------ 

  

      To make a wall calendar.....click here 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

Meramec River

   Historic River Bridge May Be Closing......


According to a news story from threeriverspublishing.com............ Crawford County road workers were performing maintenance and repairs to the historic Bird's Nest Road bridge that spans the Meramec River. Repairs included replacement of metal braces, and boards, as well as the lubrication of pins.

MoDOT will have to inspect and approve of the work that has been completed. It will also have evaluate the bridge's safety for traffic.

Commissioner John Hewkin has stated that the bridge will eventually not be safe for vehicle travel, and as a result will be closed. It has been determined that the bridge is not essential, and the county can't cough up the necessary funds for its replacement..........

Click here to read this news story
 

Fishing News
   Fall Might Just Be Prime Time For Hooking Up Gigantic Flathead Catfish......


In a news story from 2.arkansasonline.com......... Arkansas waters are ripe with the flathead catfish. From the lakes, to the trophy-flathead producing Arkansas River, there are plenty of places to drop a line, and tempt the cats.

And due to the flathead's propensity to feed and bulk up for winter, the autumn season is the time to fish for the record-breakers.

It is believed that the flatheads feed in the fall, and "hibernate" similar to bears, and other mammals as the colder winter season sets in.

This hibernation is backed up by eye witness accounts of the large cats lying on the bottom, covered in silt, as if in a state of suspended animation.

 

Click here to read this news story

 

Atlantis.....

   Has Google Earth Discovered The Lost City Of Atlantis?

In a news story from cbs2chicago.com........ Google's mapping utility has produced many "discoveries" over the years, from a guy with a sniper rifle, a lost Roman villa in the pristine forests of Mozambique, to the discovery of the lost city of Atlantis.

The "finding" located off the coast of Africa resembles street grids. The exact coordinates are 31 15'15.53N, 24 15'30.53W.

Google released a statement that the underwater street grids are actually a byproduct of the mapping process..................

Click here to read this news story.

 

Lake of the Ozarks

   Polar Bear Plunge This Weekend.......  

 

The 14th annual Polar Bear Plunge will be held  at Lake of the Ozarks State Park on Saturday, Feb. 28th.

 

Registration Opens at 12:00 Noon, Parade of Costumes starts at 2:00 - Plunge starts at 2:30

 

Click here for more information. 

Friends Of Pool 9 Honored In Washington...........

In a news report from the gazetteonline.com........... A friends group that formed after usage limitations were proposed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, will be acknowledged as the National Friends Group of the Year in Washington. This group was formed three years ago, to preserve the Mississippi River for future generations to enjoy.

The group that would become the Friends of Pool 9 met with Fish and Wildlife reps in 2006, to discuss shortcomings in the upkeep of beaches on the upper Mississippi River. The group was granted permission to rehab the beaches, and quickly organized funds, labor, and well as equipment to restore them.

The national recognition award will be the second in the group's history. Last summer, Friends of Pool 9 was given the Izaak Walton League of America's Honor Roll Award.

Click here to read this news report.

Click here to visit the Friends of Pool 9 website.

 

 

 


Friday

20 February 2009

 

Over Two Million Visitors Strong !

 

 

Welcome New Advertiser !

K.K.K. Services Inc

 Complete Marine Service & Sales

Almost Anything-Anywhere...

 

We are a complete mobile marine service and sales company on the Mississippi River in St. Charles County. We service mainly the Alton pool on the Mississippi River but have traveled most of the main waterways in the US to service our customers. Maintenance, sales or transportation we do it all and would be happy to help you with any problem.
 

Karl W. Kotraba

Kurt K. Kotraba

 

Check them out at http://kkkserviceinc.com/default.aspx

 

Picture of the Day

 

A River Sunrise

 

 

 

Click on pic to enlarge

 

 

Our River Pictures of the Day..... are of a river sunris, taken last Sunday morning in the Two Branch Island area of the Mississippi River.

 

 

 

Sitting on a river bench

watching the sun rise and the river flow !

 

Yesteryear's

Picture of the Day

 

 

 

click on pic to enlarge

 

 

YesterYear's River Pictures from 2006...... was of workers moving the harbor building into Grafton Harbor. 

 

 

Lynne Adams took the above pictures.

   

 


Navigation Notices ......

 

To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 2/19/09
Subject: ATON DESTROYED
NAVNOTICE # 1559


SUBJ: WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0029-09 UM
SAFETY AND SCHED BCSTS UNTIL CANCELLED
USCG NOTICE TO MARINERS EIGHTH DISTRICT NR 0029-09 UM
ILLINOIS RIVER
1. THE USCG SECTOR UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER ISSUES THE FOLLOWING
AIDS TO NAVIGATION NOTICE:
A. BLUE CREEK POINT LOWER LIGHT (LLNR 7015) MM 172.5 RDB ILR. LIGHT
IS EXTINGUISHED.
B. SPRING BAY LIGHT (LLNR 6995) MM 174.3 RDB ILR. LIGHT IS EXTINGUISHED.
C. BABBS SLOUGH LIGHT (LLNR 6920) MM 184.1 LDB ILR. LIGHT IS DESTROYED.
D. BENNETTS LANDING LIGHT (LLNR 6910) MM 184.8 RDB ILR. LIGHT HAS
BEEN DESTROYED.
E. HENRY ISLAND LIGHT (LLNR 6875) MM 193.3 RDB ILR. LIGHT IS EXTINGUISHED.
F. WILLOW POINT DAYBEACON (LLNR 6805) MM 201.0 RDB ILR. LIGHT IS
DESTROYED AND MISSING.
G. FLAT BEND LIGHT (LLNR 6795) MM 204.0 RDB ILR. LIGHT IS DESTROYED.
H. BUREAU CREEK LIGHT (LLNR 6760) MM 209.4 LDB ILR. LIGHT IS DESTROYED.
I. HUSE SLOUGH LOWER DAYBEACON (LLNR 6670) MM 219.8 LDB ILR. LIGHT
IS DESTROYED AND MISSING.
J. PERU LOWER DAYBEACON (LLNR 6665) MM 220.7 RDB ILR. LIGHT IS
DESTROYED AND MISSING.
2. MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO TRANSIT THESE AREAS WITH EXTREME
CAUTION.

 

 

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

       

Grafton's Landing Bar and Grill....

  

Grafton's Landing Bar & Grill will be open this weekend.

 

The restaurant will be open on Saturdays and Sundays from now on until the weather gets better.


Patricia Marcum
 

Coast Guard Auxiliary

   Boating Safety Class at Cabela's in Hazelwood........


 

The Coast Guard Auxiliary still has room available for late registrants for the Boating Safety Class being offered on Feb 21 and 28, from 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM at Cabela's in Hazelwood.

 

If people are interested, they can email Mark at msz@charter.net for information. Would appreciate if you could get a small notice up.


 

 

Delta Queen

   Ohio Rep Introduces New Resolution To Save The Delta Queen.............

According to a news report from wcpo.com......... Ohio State Representative, Robert Mecklenborg (R) has introduced a resolution urging the National Trust for Historic Preservation to select the Delta Queen as one of America's Most Endangered Places.

Previously, Mecklenburg's resolution to urge Congress to renew the Queen's exemption from the 1966 Safety At Sea Act was unanimously accepted by the Ohio General Assembly.

The Queen's cessation of operations affects not only the Mississippi and Ohio River corridors, but the tourism of many states as well.............

Click here to read this report.

Con Trios Yacht Club.......

    February "Get Together"

 

 

Con Trios Yacht Club February "Get Together"

Saturday February 28th, 2PM to 6PM

Big Muddy Food and Spirits,
3761 New Town Boulevard,
St. Charles, MO
(636) 724-7920

 

Click here to go to the Con Trios website for more information

Grafton Harbor....

 

   Slips Now Available............. No Personal Property Tax

   Call now.....618 - 786 - 7678

Mississippi River Fishing News......
   Study Shows Fish Wintering In Dredge Cuts, Under Ice

According to a news story from the press-citizen.com............ After spending the summer and fall of catching and installing transmitters on the dorsal fins of crappie, bass, and bluegill from the Mississippi River near Debuque, Iowa, researchers returned to the frozen waters armed with a radio frequency receiver, knotted line with a sinker to measure depth, and an auger to see just where the fish go during the winter months.

One of the things the researchers discovered is that the fish tend return to the areas where they have survived winters past.

Click here to read this news story.
 

My River Home Docks For Rent....

   Rent a 36 foot dock for the year and get the free use of a hoist.

   Call Andy 314.566.5403

Boat Show News.....

  

$3 Million In Sales At Atlanta, Atlantic City And Miami Boat Shows Indicate Improving Consumer Confidence.........

According to a news story from motorboating.com.......... Everglades Boats, manufacturer of luxury fishing boats, reported exceptional sales numbers from several important boat shows.

This, in conjunction with the planned production shutdown has allowed sales figures to catch up with production. Workers will resume production starting March 2nd, and will gradually ramp up in response to demand.

Started in 1999, and located in Edgewater, Fla., Everglades Boats has rapidly moved to the forefront in the family/sports fishing category. With models ranging in size from 21-35 ft, and construction processes rendering the boats virtually unsinkable, it is no wonder that Everglades has been honored with 3 industry awards............

Click here to read this news story.

Click here to visit the Everglades Boats website

 

 

 

38th Annual Illinois Boat Show Docks In Rockford, Ill............

In a news report from the dailyherald.com............ the 38th annual Illinois Boat Show is taking place this weekend in  Rockford Illinois..


Fri, 20, February..... 4pm-8pm
Sat, 21, February.....10am-6pm
Sun, 22, February..... 11am-5pm

Show location:
8800 E Riverside Blvd. Loves Park, In the East Expo Hall..........

Click here to read this report.
 

Des Plaines River

   EPA States Oil Spill Cleanup Complete.....

In a news story from wthitv.com............. Caterpillar, Inc.'s oil spill clean-up effort is being monitored by the EPA. They released a statement that the lion's share of the cleanup is complete, and any penalties against Caterpillar will be announced at a later time.

The EPA stated that the oil spill has not had a sizeable impact on the ecology.....

Click here to read this news story.


 

Great lakes

   Environmentalists Call For Stricter Federal Regulations On Ballast Water....

According to a news report from dispatch.com............ Invasive aquatic species pose a grave threat to the Great Lakes marine ecosystems, as well as Lake Erie's $1 billion per year tourism industry.

The U.S. EPA has identified 30 species of aquatic invaders, 13 of which have decided to call the Great Lakes home. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service puts the cost of damage to wildlife and businesses at $100 billion, each year.

Elimination of invaders is not practical, so the focus turns to prevention, however the suggested ballast tank filters and treatment systems have met with opposition from the shipping companies. The EPA has not stated their position on species invasion prevention...........

Click here to read this news report.

 

Sort of Crazy News
   Surfer Rescued from Lake Superior !   In February !


In a news report from sootoday.com............ The U.S. Coast Guard, in cooperation with the Marquette, Michigan Fire Department, Police, and EMS workers rescued a surfer from Lake Superior earlier this week.
 

According to the news story, the man and his surfboard were swept over a break wall into the cold waters of Presque Isle Harbor.  The surfer was trying to paddle to back to the shore, but was still 150 years out when rescued.


The surfer collapsed prior to reaching shore. Luckily, EMS personnel were standing by to rush the victim to the hospital.

Click here to rear this news report.


 

Lake of the Ozarks

   Polar Bear Plunge This Weekend.......  

 

The 14th annual Polar Bear Plunge will be held  at Lake of the Ozarks State Park on Saturday, Feb. 28th.

 

Registration Opens at 12:00 Noon, Parade of Costumes starts at 2:00 - Plunge starts at 2:30

 

Click here for more information. 

 

 


Thursday

19 February 2009

 

Over Two Million Visitors Strong !

 

 

Welcome New Advertiser !

K.K.K. Services Inc

 Complete Marine Service & Sales

Almost Anything-Anywhere...

 

We are a complete mobile marine service and sales company on the Mississippi River in St. Charles County. We service mainly the Alton pool on the Mississippi River but have traveled most of the main waterways in the US to service our customers. Maintenance, sales or transportation we do it all and would be happy to help you with any problem.
 

Karl W. Kotraba

Kurt K. Kotraba

 

Check them out at http://kkkserviceinc.com/default.aspx

 

Picture of the Day

 

Who Is That River Rat ?

Click on pic to enlarge

 

 

Our River Picture of the Day..... is of River Rat, Capt'n Johny Hornung at the St. Louis Boatshow last week.

 

 

Who is he ?

John is one of the people that works down in the hull of the RiverBills.com boat to keep it a-float and on-line each and every day.

 

John likes to burn the midnight oil cruising around on the water-ways of the internet in search of river news and oddities.  He likes to write the news intro's and he puts together the RiverBIll's monthly calendars.  He takes pictures here and there ....and... even dabbles in a little river history now and then. 

 

Say hello to Johny next time you see him out and about ...or ...on the river.

 

 

RiverBill says...Thanks for all you do John !

Yesteryear's

Picture of the Day

 

click on pic to enlarge

 

 

YesterYear's River Picture of the Day in 2006...... was sent in by Tony and Debbie.  It's a picture of a beautiful orange and yellow river sunset with a silouette of the lighthouse at the Duck Club in the foreground.  Great shot !

 

RiverBill says........Thanks for the picture Tony & Debbie

   

 

 

Mississippi River

   Hannibal Railroad Bridge Slow, But Functional.......

According to a news story from kmov.com........... The Norfolk Southern railroad bridge spanning the Mighty Mississippi River at Hannibal, Mo. has to raise to allow passage for large river traffic. Usually, this operation takes about three minutes. After the breakage of a driveshaft coupling, the process takes more than 3 times as long.

The U.S. Coast Guard was concerned with the safety of the bridge, and concluded that it would operate safely enough. Bridge operators must have 30 minutes notice before mariners can pass through...........

Click here to read this news story.


Lake of the Ozarks

   Polar Bear Plunge This Weekend.......  

 

The 14th annual Polar Bear Plunge will be held  at Lake of the Ozarks State Park on Saturday, Feb. 28th.

 

Registration Opens at 12:00 Noon, Parade of Costumes starts at 2:00 - Plunge starts at 2:30

 

Click here for more information. 

Con Trios Yacht Club.......

    February "Get Together"

 

 

Con Trios Yacht Club February "Get Together"

Saturday February 28th, 2PM to 6PM

Big Muddy Food and Spirits,
3761 New Town Boulevard,
St. Charles, MO
(636) 724-7920

 

Click here to go to the Con Trios website for more information

Grafton Harbor....

 

   Slips Now Available............. No Personal Property Tax

   Call now.....618 - 786 - 7678

Illinois Fishing Report .......

 

Click here for the Chicago Sun-Times Fishing Report

My River Home Docks For Rent....

   Rent a 36 foot dock for the year and get the free use of a hoist.

   Call Andy 314.566.5403

Drinking Beer and Walking......  Captain George Shindel sent us a bit of info in 2008 on drinking beer and walking....

 

 

A recent study found that the
average American walks about 900 miles a year.
Another study found
Americans drink, on average, 22 gallons of beer a year.
 

That means, on average, Americans get 41 miles per gallon of beer !

 

 

 

 

So what is a boater's ratio for nautical miles per gallons of beer ?

Boat Show News.....

  

Miami Florida
Attendance At The Miami International Boat Show Down By 26%...........

According to a news report from miamiherald.com............ In concurrence with expectations of lower attendance and sales, the Miami International Boat Show saw a decrease in show goers to the tune of 26%.

96,736 people rotated the turnstiles this year versus 130,487 in '07.........

Click here to read this news report.
 

 

 

Louisville, Ky.
Preparations Underway For The 2009 National Houseboat Expo........

According to a news story from houseboatmagazine.com............ Set-up for the 11th annual National Houseboat Expo began at the Kentucky Exposition Center. With manufacturers rolling in the houseboats, and vendors prepping to hawk their wares.

 

The show will start Friday afternoon ........

Click here to read this news story
 

The RiverBills.com February 2009 Calendar ------ 

  

      To make a wall calendar.....click here 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

Missouri River

   Kansas City Officers Look For Man In Missouri River.......

In a news report from kansascity.com......... Police are searching for a man who went into the Missouri River from the Heart of America Bridge in Kansas City.

Officials are not sure whether the man fell in the river, or if he jumped.

Water rescue teams are searching the river in boats..........

Click here to read this report.


 

Coast Guard Auxiliary

   Boating Safety Class at Cabela's in Hazelwood........


 

The Coast Guard Auxiliary still has room available for late registrants for the Boating Safety Class being offered on Feb 21 and 28, from 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM at Cabela's in Hazelwood.

 

If people are interested, they can email Mark at msz@charter.net for information. Would appreciate if you could get a small notice up.


 

 

Mississippi River
   A Minnesota City Woman Charged In Boating Accident.........


In a news article on news.postbulletin.com............ Mary Louise Salisbury of Minnesota City faces six charges stemming from the July 4th collision on the Mississippi River between the powerboat she was piloting and a pontoon boat. Salisbury was towing a tuber, and her attention was focused behind her vessel when the collision occurred.

A passenger from the pontoon boat was impaled on one of the powerboat's cleats, and dragged off of the pontoon. The victim was taken to shore for medical attention..........

Click here to read this news article.

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday

18 February 2009

 

Over Two Million Visitors Strong !

 

 

Welcome New Advertiser !

K.K.K. Services Inc

 Complete Marine Service & Sales

Almost Anything-Anywhere...

 

We are a complete mobile marine service and sales company on the Mississippi River in St. Charles County. We service mainly the Alton pool on the Mississippi River but have traveled most of the main waterways in the US to service our customers. Maintenance, sales or transportation we do it all and would be happy to help you with any problem.
 

Karl W. Kotraba

Kurt K. Kotraba

 

Check them out at http://kkkserviceinc.com/default.aspx

 

Picture of the Day

 

Every Boat Has It's Story

Click on pic to enlarge

 

 

Our River Picture of the Day..... was taken last week at the St. Louis Boat Show.   Its some of the members of the Mississippi Valley Antique & Classic Boat Society.

A great bunch of boaters. 

 

Every boat they had on display had it's own story !   All interesting !

 

The group put together movies of boaters on the Mississippi River taken in the 40's and 50's and were showing on an old classic television set....Wow.   They were really remarkable. One of the first things I noticed is that there was no River Road along the bluffs yet !

 

Keep your anchor right where it is...... because we have more stories and pictures coming down the river from these guys in the future.

 

 

 

RiverBill says... A big muddy thanks goes out to everyone from the Mississippi Valley Antique & Classic Boat Society for the tour and the stories !

 

Yesteryear's

Picture of the Day

 

BRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR

 

click on pic to enlarge

 

 

YesterYear's River Pictures of the Day in 2007......were from Clarence Forti. He titled them "BRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR"

 

    

Bill, 
I hope this weekend is the start of the spring thaw.......We shall see.......

 

Clarence 

 


 
RiverBill says.... Boy...it really looks cold in those pictures !   

   

 

 


Navigation Notices ......

 

To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 2/17/09
Subject: Waterway Restriction/Closure - Hannibal R/R Bridge - CANCEL
NAVNOTICE # 1558


The Hannibal Railroad Drawbridge is now open to navigation.
 

 

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

       

Contact: Doug Edelman
Assistant District Staff Officer - Public Affairs
District 8WR USCGAUX
edeldoug@charter.net
636-379-0877
February 18, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

National Safe Boating Week is May 16 – May 22, 2009

 

The North American Safe Boating Campaign began in 1957 and has developed through the years into a large scale, international campaign. Working with partner organizations such as the US Coast Guard Auxiliary and the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators, the North American Safe Boating Campaign promotes a message of boating safety, encourages boater education, and helps to save lives. The campaign sponsors National Safe Boating Week during the week preceding the Memorial Day Weekend each year. Memorial Day is deemed by many as the unofficial kickoff to the boating season.

The primary message of the Campaign this year is to promote the wearing of life jackets every time and all the time you are on the water. The slogan is as simple as the message, “Wear It!”

Life jackets unquestionably save lives. The overwhelming majority of boating fatalities involve drowning, and it is rare that a drowning victim is wearing their life jacket. Many lives would be saved if everyone wore their life jacket all the time on the water. There is no other single safety action one can take which could directly reduce as many boating fatalities.

Unfortunately far too many boaters do not wear them! A life jacket kept “within reach” is vastly different from a properly fitted and worn life jacket when accidents can happen in an instant and you find yourself in the water!

While many boaters will rationalize that life jackets are bulky, ugly, or uncomfortable, newer life jackets come in a variety of styles and types which are much more comfortable and stylish than those of years past. There are even “barely there” inflatable life jackets which inflate automatically if you fall in the water.

The US Coast Guard Auxiliary will be emphasizing the “Wear It” message in their many safety events leading up to and culminating with National Safe Boating Week in May.

To learn more about boater education, Vessel Safety Checks and other services provided by the Coast Guard Auxiliary – or if you are interested in learning how to become one of us – please visit us online at www.uscgauxflotilla3-13.org or contact us at bcz@charter.net.


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 29,000 members of the Coast Guard Auxiliary donate millions of hours annually in support of Coast Guard missions.


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First Boat Top Ten Most Popular Boat Names For 2008.......  
      

1. Happy Ours
2. Carpe Diem
3. Aqua - Holic
4. State of Mind
5. Anchor Management
6. The Office
7. Feelin' Nauti
8. Yes Dear
9. Sundance
10. Serenity Now 

 

 Click here to read this news article on www.firstboat.com.

 

Spring & Longer Evenings  Are On The Way.......... 

  • Only 30 days until Spring.  The Spring Equinox is Friday, March 20th this year.

  • Plus Daylight Savings Time  is right around the corner .... it begins on March 8 and ends Nov.1st this year.

We Finally Got the Date Set

   Kinder's Season Opener....... Friday, Feb 27th  

 

Come Join the Season Opener Party !

The river band

 Rail 

Will be playing the music

 

    Dining Room Hours....

Friday ......... 5 PM - 9PM

Saturday..... 11AM - 9PM

Sunday....... 11AM - 7PM 

 

Weather Permitting

Call 618 - 883-2586 or  618 - 883-2356

 

Click here to go to Kinder's website

Grafton Harbor....

 

   Slips Now Available............. No Personal Property Tax

   Call now.....618 - 786 - 7678

"Flood Pulses" On Missouri River Mimic Nature...........

According to a news story from argusleader.com............. An effort to save the pallid sturgeon, the spring pulses, imitate a naturally occurring event. That is the heavy flow of water downstream, due to the snow melt. These efforts, however, are controversial due to the effect on barge traffic.

It is believed that the Missouri River dams have changed the way the river functions. Biologists hope that the increase in flow will urge the endangered pallid sturgeon to spawn, and breathe new life into the river ecosystem. The pulses bring invertebrates for young fish to eat, as well as create "nurseries" for sturgeon youngsters to grow.

Click here to read this news story.

 

My River Home Docks For Rent....

   Rent a 36 foot dock for the year and get the free use of a hoist.

   Call Andy 314.566.5403

Bait Shop Locator Offered By BoatUS......

In a news report from portclintonnewsherald.com........ Whether you need help planning a fishing trip , or just the location to the nearest bait and tackle shop, boatusangler.com/bait has your answers, with the ability to search by regions, states, zip codes, and even bodies of water!

Click here to read this news report.

Click here to visit the boatusangler.com/bait website.

 

Missouri Department of Conservation News .......

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



Few fishing regulations changes for 2009 (w/pic)
Anglers will find little changed since last year,
but they need to buy new permits March 1.



JEFFERSON CITY—Missourians will not have to adjust to many changes to the state’s fishing regulations this year, but they do have to remember to buy a new permit for outings starting March 1.

Missouri’s permit year runs from March 1 through the last day of February the following year. 2009 resident fishing permits and prices remain unchanged from 2008. However, resident and nonresident anglers under age 16 will be able to buy trout permits for $3.50 instead of the regular price of $7, effective July 1. Daily trout tags at Missouri’s four trout parks will remain $3 for adults and $2 for anglers under age 16. Also effective July 1, the price of a nonresident fishing permit will increase from $40 to $42.

The only other change in 2009 fishing regulations affects nonresident students attending public or private secondary, post-secondary or vocational schools in Missouri. These students can buy 2009 resident permits – except lifetime permits – starting July 1. Such purchases must be made at Missouri Department of Conservation offices. Nonresident students must carry evidence of Missouri residence and student status while fishing on resident permits.

More information about Missouri fishing permits is available at mdc.mo.gov/regs/permits.htm.


-Jim Low-

 

The RiverBills.com February 2009 Calendar ------ 

  

      To make a wall calendar.....click here 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

  

U.S. Coast Guard photograph


USCGC Osage


The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Osage, homeported in Sewickley, Penn., and its crew steam down the Ohio River during an underway trip Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2009.

The Osage, a 65-foot inland river tender that pushes a 100-foot barge, has an area of responsibility that covers the Allegheny, Monongahela, Ohio, Kanawha and Big Sandy rivers in and throughout the Pittsburgh area.

The crew is tasked with maintaining approximately 800 aids to navigation in and along the rivers' banks, while also brush-cutting areas around shore aids during the summer months. The Osage, along with other river tenders in the Coast Guard's fleet, is responsible for maintaining a safe and navigable water system throughout the U.S. Crews of the river tenders work long hours enduring extreme weather conditions to ensure that commerce is flowing up and down the U.S. river system.

(U.S. Coast Guard photo/Petty Officer 2nd Class Thomas M. Blue)



 

Coast Guard Auxiliary

   Boating Safety Class at Cabela's in Hazelwood........


 

The Coast Guard Auxiliary still has room available for late registrants for the Boating Safety Class being offered on Feb 21 and 28, from 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM at Cabela's in Hazelwood.

 

If people are interested, they can email Mark at msz@charter.net for information. Would appreciate if you could get a small notice up.


 

 

Guidelines For New Boat Owners.............

In a news article from housebaotmagazine.com............. After purchasing your "new" houseboat, or any boat for that matter........ there are a few chores you better attend to. The big three start with taking care of registration and title, taxes, and guaranteeing the proper care for your boat, whether in use, or in storage...............

Click here to read this news article.

 

17th Century Wreck Discovered in Lake Michigan Believed To Be The French Griffin..........

According to a news report from guardian.co.uk.......... An epic journey, started 34 years ago, when a teacher taught Steve Libbert of the Griffin's disappearance on Lake Michigan, came to a head, when divers discovered a length of timber sticking from the sandy bottom. It is believed that this is just the beginning of the recovery of a French exploration ship filled with shipyard supplies, cannons, muskets, and furs.

As a result, the French government has decided to get involved in the battle for rights to the wreck. The state of Michigan, however, states that the wreck is set into the lake bottom, and was abandoned; thus it is state property.........

Click here to read this news report.

 

 



 

Tuesday

17 February 2009

 

Over Two Million Visitors Strong !

 

 

Welcome New Advertiser !

K.K.K. Services Inc

 Complete Marine Service & Sales

Almost Anything-Anywhere...

 

We are a complete mobile marine service and sales company on the Mississippi River in St. Charles County. We service mainly the Alton pool on the Mississippi River but have traveled most of the main waterways in the US to service our customers. Maintenance, sales or transportation we do it all and would be happy to help you with any problem.
Karl W. Kotraba

Kurt K. Kotraba

 

Check them out at http://kkkserviceinc.com/default.aspx

 

Picture of the Day

 

A Sunday Morning Sunrise

Click on pic to enlarge

 

 

Our River Picture of the Day..... is a shot taken early Sunday morning in the Two Branch Island area


 

Yesteryear's

Picture of the Day

 

A Flock of Snow Geese

click on pic to enlarge

 

 

YesterYear's River Pictures of the Day in 2006......... was sent in by her entry in by Lynn Williams. 

 

    It's actually a series of pictures.  The first one, shown above, is of the Grafton Ferry crossing the confluence of the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers.  

  

Put on your life jacket, throw out your anchor and then  click here.  Watch the amazing sequence of pictures of what happens when the ferry disturbs the flock of white snow geese in it's path !

   

 

 


Navigation Notices ......

 

To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 2/16/09
Subject: Waterway Restriction/Closure - Hannibal R/R Bridge
NAVNOTICE # 1557

The Hannibal R/R bridge at MM 309.9 UMR is immobiblized in the closed to navigation position due to mechanical failure. All vessels are requested to contact USCG Sector Upper Mississippi River on VHF-FM ch 16 or at (314) 269-2332.
 

 

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

       

 

 

 

COMEDY NIGHT

$10 per person

Saturday February 21, 2009 @ 8pm

 

Back by popular demand

is nationally touring comedian

David Graham

As seen on Comedy Central & the Tonight Show

With opening act Chris Smith

Doors open at 6pm with a limited menu.

Live music by DJ Ray following the show.

Reservations recommended, David’s shows

 sell out nationwide.

Call 636-250-3042 and leave a message.

Must be 21.

 

 

 

105 Lake Village Drive, St. Charles, MO 63301

636-250-3042

 

 

Mississippi River

   Bank Stabilization Along Great River Road........

In a news report from thetelegraph.com........ The Illinois Department of Transportation has teamed up with Baxmeyer Construction Inc. to shore up the eastern bank of the Mississippi River along the Great River Road. The damaged riverbanks stem from last years flooding.

 

Crews are dumping large rocks along the the river bank to help stabilize the ground and prevent erosion.

 

The work between Grafton to Alton has been going on for the last couple of weeks.  It should be completed this Wednesday.

Click here to read this news report.
 

Grafton Harbor....

 

   Slips Now Available............. No Personal Property Tax

   Call now.....618 - 786 - 7678

Upper Mississippi, Illinois and Missouri Rivers

   Flood, Maintenance, And Repair Estimates For 2009.....

According to a news article from connecttristates.com........ The Upper Mississippi, Illinois, and Missouri Rivers Association got together for their annual meeting to discuss river issues. High on the agenda was the flood estimates for this spring. Given the slow snow melt, the forecast looks good and the chances for a major flood are fairly low.

Other topics under discussion were the state of levee repairs, as well as the needed updates and repairs to several locks and dams.

Click here to read this news article.

 

My River Home Docks For Rent....

   Rent a 36 foot dock for the year and get the free use of a hoist.

   Call Andy 314.566.5403

Coast Guard Auxiliary

   Boating Safety Class at Cabela's in Hazelwood........


 

The Coast Guard Auxiliary still has room available for late registrants for the Boating Safety Class being offered on Feb 21 and 28, from 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM at Cabela's in Hazelwood.

 

If people are interested, they can email Mark at msz@charter.net for information. Would appreciate if you could get a small notice up.


 

 

Saturday    21 &  28  February, 2009

Cabela’s at Mills Mall to Host USCG Auxiliary Safe Boating Class

 

 

Contact: Doug Edelman
Flotilla Staff Officer - Publications 3-13 8WR USCGAUX
Assistant District Staff Officer - Public Affairs
edeldoug@charter.net
636-379-0877
January 5, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

 

Cabela’s at Mills Mall to Host USCG Auxiliary Safe Boating Class

 

Boater Education Saves Lives

Missouri’s Mandatory Boater Education Law, which took effect January 1, 2005, requires that every Missouri resident born after January 1, 1984 who operates a vessel on Missouri lakes must carry a boating safety identification card issued by the State Water Patrol, and a valid photo ID. This requirement includes operators of personal watercraft like Jet-Skis. The boating safety ID card indicates successful completion of a boating safety education course.

Flotilla 3-13 of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary will be offering the Boating Skills and Seamanship course at Cabela’s in Hazelwood, at the St Louis Mills Shopping Center . The class meets from 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM on 2 consecutive Saturday mornings, February 21 and February 28, 2009. Successful completion of this course will not only earn the boating safety ID card, but will give you invaluable information which will help you to remain safe on the water.

Pre-registration is necessary as space is limited. Sign up will be held at Cabela's during their Great Outdoors Hunting and Fishing Days event on February 15. For more information, contact Mark at msz@charter.net or cell phone number 314-803-7044.
 


To learn more about boater education, Vessel Safety Checks and other services provided by the Coast Guard Auxiliary – or if you are interested in learning how to become one of us – please visit us online at www.uscgauxflotilla3-13.org or contact us at bcz@charter.net.


 

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.

 

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The RiverBills.com February 2009 Calendar ------ 

  

      To make a wall calendar.....click here 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

  

U.S. Coast Guard photograph


A crew member from Coast Guard Cutter Resolute shoots a tow line across to the Coast Guard Cutter Dependable

 


 

The Future of Boating Magazines ..........
 

 

According to a news report on tradeonlytoday.com....... a group of industry publishing experts speaking at the Miami International Boat Show predicted that boating magazines are here to stay, but their editors and writers need to work multimedia into their future plans.

They predicte a continuing move from paper magazines to electronic publications. Boaters read paper magazines to get ideas, find out about products and destinations..... and then use the Internet to find out more.

Click here to read this news story

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday

16 February 2009

 

Over Two Million Visitors Strong !

 

 

Welcome New Advertiser !

K.K.K. Services Inc

 Complete Marine Service & Sales

Almost Anything-Anywhere...

 

We are a complete mobile marine service and sales company on the Mississippi River in St. Charles County. We service mainly the Alton pool on the Mississippi River but have traveled most of the main waterways in the US to service our customers. Maintenance, sales or transportation we do it all and would be happy to help you with any problem.
Karl W. Kotraba

Kurt K. Kotraba

 

Check them out at http://kkkserviceinc.com/default.aspx

 

Picture of the Day

 

Sundowners

Boatshow Party Bus

Click on pic to enlarge

 

 

Our River Picture of the Day..... is from Capt'n Darryll Weil, who hails out of the Yacht Club of St. Louis in the cruiser...."After You."

 

Bill,

Updated my website, www.captainweil.com with some more pictures. On Friday, February 13th, 2009. Sundowners at Yacht Club of St. Louis organized a bus trip to the Boat Show. We had snacks and refreshments on the bus and then the Rail Band played at the club when we returned. We then stayed on our boat that night. Great way to go to the Boat Show.

To see the pics go to: http://www.captainweil.com/20090213boatshow/default.htm

 

Enjoy,

Darryll
 

Yesteryear's

Picture of the Day

 

  

 

click on pic to enlarge

 

 

YesterYear's River Pictures of the Day in 2007......... were sent in by our friend Carl Seidler.  

 

   Carl, his wife Marsha and son Daniel hail out of Grafton Harbor.  

 

 

Bill, 

 

   Daniel and I went up to the farm Wednesday evening and took a Couple Pictures at the Ferry, Here we are watching the Ice Cubes go down the River and my Friend Larry (Liberty) Is Chasing his Stolen Boat around Florida in the Sunshine, Just glad he got it back in one piece, Hope they never messed it up to much.

Take Care, 

Carl

 

RiverBill says...Thanks for the pictures Carl.     Buoy ..that water looks cold.

 


Navigation Notices ......

 

To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 2/15/09
Subject: High Waters on the Illinois River, Ice Conditions on the UMR
NAVNOTICE # 1556


SUBJ: WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0028-09 UM
SAFETY AND SCHEDULED BROADCASTS UNTIL CANCELLED
CANCEL WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0026-09 UM
USCG NOTICE TO MARINERS EIGHTH DISTRICT NR 0028-09 UM
UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER
USCG SECTOR UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER ISSUES THE FOLLOWING SAFETY
ADVISORY:
A. ZONES 1-17 (MM 437.1 TO MM 857.6 UMR) REMAIN IN THE ACTION PHASE
FOR ICE CONDITIONS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE UMR WAP ANNEX.
B. ZONES 18-19 (MM 364.2 - MM 437.0 UMR) HAVE ENTERED THE WATCH
PHASE FOR ICE CONDITIONS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE UMR WAP ANNEX.
C. ZONES 4-6 (MM 80.3 TO MM 145.5 ILR) HAVE ENTERED THE WATCH PHASE
FOR HIGH WATER CONDITIONS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE ILR WAP ANNEX. ALL VESSELS ARE REQUESTED TO TRANSIT WITH CAUTION AND AT THE SLOWEST SAFE SPEED TO MINIMIZE WAKE DAMAGE BETWEEN THESE ZONES.
D. MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO ENSURE THAT FLEETS ARE CLOSELY
MONITORED AND MOORING LINES ARE ADEQUATELY SECURED, AND TO EXERCISE DUE CAUTION TO AVOID SINKING BARGES AND HIGH LOCALIZED FLOW OR OUT DRAFT CONDITIONS DUE TO WATER BYPASSING A TEMPORARY DAM THAT MAY BE CAUSED BY AN ICE GORGE.
E. MARINERS SHOULD BE AWARE THAT BUOYS MAY BE UNRELIABLE DUE TO ICING CONDITIONS. ICE RENDERS REFLECTIVE MATERIAL INEFFECTIVE, AND ICE FLOWS MAY DRAG BUOYS OFF STATION AND SEVER BUOYS FROM THEIR MOORINGS.
 

 

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

       

St. Louis, Mo

   16 February 1854 in River History.......

 

Fifty were killed and twenty-five badly injured when the steamer "Kate Kearney" blew up as she was pulling away from a St. Louis wharf on 16 February 1854. Some of the passengers and crew were blown into the Mississippi River and lost.

Click here to read more 
 

Grafton Harbor....

 

   Slips Now Available............. No Personal Property Tax

   Call now.....618 - 786 - 7678

Boat And Sports Show Attendees' Vehicles Broken Into.........

According to a news story on ksdk.com........ The image of St. Louis has been tarnished by the thieves who broke into several vehicles and swiped some of the contents. One of the vehicles had been broken into three times over three successive nights.

A theft victim states that he did not have to alert authorities. Several of the vehicles had been fingerprinted, and an officer's business card had been left behind.

The St. Louis Police Department gave details on one of the thefts, in that it occurred at an attended lot, but the attendant did not notice anything unusual.

The thefts are reminiscent of the incident last summer, where 2 motorcycles were stolen during the Shriners International Convention.............

Click here to read this news story.

My River Home Docks For Rent....

   Rent a 36 foot dock for the year and get the free use of a hoist.

   Call Andy 314.566.5403

Update

   State of Illinois Lead ban........


The Prairie State Outdoors website........ has an update on the proposed bill that has introduced in the Illinois Senate to end the sale or distribution of lead sinkers and lead jigs in the state.

The bill would forbid the use of lead sinkers and lead jigs in the state's freshwater lakes, ponds, rivers, streams, brooks and similar bodies of water where the Illinois Department of Natural Resources has jurisdiction.

 

The Prairie State Outdoors website has some links to additional reading on  the matter.

 

Click here

 

 

Mississippi River, East Dubuque, Ill.
   Snow And Ice Spice Up Charity Golf Tournament.........


In a news report from thonline.com............ Some spouses may file for divorce over a Valentine's day present of a round of golf. Especially if the course is covered in snow and ice. But not Karan Lawler.

She, and hubby Scott, participated in the 6th annual Ice Golf Classic at Mid-Town Marina. The 168 participants shot 18 holes on the frozen Mississippi River.

The fundraiser benefits the St. Mark's Community Center in Dubuque.

Click here to read this report.

 

New portable Lift For Pontoon Boats Now Available.......

In a news report from north-american-waterway.com............. When you get the Sea Legs Pontoon Lift, you truly can take it with you.

 

Lower your Sea Legs to when making berth, Raise the Sea Legs to cruise. With features such as remote controls, single pump/single reservoir power unit, and an automatic shut-off upon full retraction, the system is available for twin and tri toon pontoon hulls........

Click here to read this report.

 

 

Click here to go to Sea-Legs website

The RiverBills.com February 2009 Calendar ------ 

  

      To make a wall calendar.....click here 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

  

Upcoming Midwest Boat Shows........


 

Mid-America Boat Show

February 19 - 22, 2009 Kansas City, Missouri

 

55th Annual Kansas Sports, Boat & Travel Show F

February 19 - 22, 2009 Valley Center, Kansas

 

Dayton Boat Super Show

February 20 - 22, 2009 Vandalia, Ohio

 

National Houseboat Expo

February 20 - 22, 2009 Louisville, Kentucky

 

Ford 55th Annual Indianapolis Boat, Sport & Travel Show

February 20 - March 1, 2009 Indianapolis, Indiana

 

38th Annual Rockford Boat - Fishing Expo

February 20 - 22, 2009 Rockford, Illinois

 

The Boat Show - Springfield

February 27 - March 1, 2009 Springfield, Illinois

 

Hot Springs Boat, Tackle & RV Show

February 27 - March 1, 2009 Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas


 

Illinois

   Endangered Species Proposed Delistings ........

  

 According to a news report on the Prairie States Outdoors website...... the Illinois Endangered Species Protection Board is expected to remove eagles from the state's threatened species list.   That doesn't mean a person cna go out and shoot them, because they are federally protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty and by the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act.

 

Click here to read this news article

Lake Ozarks

   18th Annual St. Patrick’s Parade on the Water on Saturday, March 14 ........

  

 According to a news report on the LakeExpo.com...... The 18th annual on-the-water St. Patrick’s Parade at Lake of the Ozarks will be held on Saturday, March 14.

The boat parade will begin at Ozark Bar-B-Que with a breakfast buffet at 9AM.  The parade will begin at 11:30AM.
 

The Tropic Island Cruise Boat will be available to transport St. Patrick Day partiers without a ride to Coconuts, Jolly Rogers, Richard Knoggin’s and Three Pigs on the Water.

The awards ceremony will be at Ozark Bar-B-Que at 4:30PM.

.Click here to read this news story.

 

 


 

The Weekend Report

Saturday, Sunday

14, 15 February 2009

 

Over Two Million Visitors Strong !

 

 

Last updated Sat at 7PM...Added Sunday pics, and News.....Add KKK Complete Marine Servise Ad.....Added flyer for Anchor Yankers St Patricks Dinner Dance, Con Trios Feb Get Together Info

Welcome New Advertiser !

K.K.K. Services Inc

 Complete Marine Service & Sales

Almost Anything-Anywhere...

 

We are a complete mobile marine service and sales company on the Mississippi River in St. Charles County. We service mainly the Alton pool on the Mississippi River but have traveled most of the main waterways in the US to service our customers. Maintenance, sales or transportation we do it all and would be happy to help you with any problem.
Karl W. Kotraba

Kurt K. Kotraba

 

Check them out at http://kkkserviceinc.com/default.aspx

 

Pictures of the Day

Sunday

 

River Gator

Click on pic to enlarge

 

 

Our River Picture of the Day..... was sent in by Capt'n Pete Zimmer, who hails out of Grafton Harbor in the cruiser "Jack Daniels Old #7."

 

 

Bill,

On our trip to the Gulf in Byron's Boat Zoe, we noticed these large bluish-green logs on the bank of the river down south. Pretty soon they started swimming after us.

 

This was around Demopolis on the Tom Bigbee Waterway and Black Warrior River.

 

Pete Zimmer
 

Pictures of the Day

Saturday

 

A Lighthouse n' Sailboats

and

Eagles n' Ice

 

  

 

Click on pic to enlarge

 

 

Our River Pictures of the Day..... Are from Valerie Aulabaugh, who hails out of Grafton Harbor in the boat "Last Call".

 

 

 

Bill,

We just got back from New Smyrna Beach, Florida. I thought I would send you a picture of sailboats and the Lighthouse at St Augustine.

 

We went to Grafton Harbor today to check on our boat. I took some pictures of the ice on the river and just happened to catch your readers favorite subject--a couple of eagles.

 

Hope everyone is staying warm. At least we have the boat show next week to look forward to.

 

Valerie Aulabaugh

Last Call

 

Yesteryear's

Picture of the Day

Sunday

 

  

click on pic to enlarge

 

 

Yester Year's River Pictures of the Day in 2007----- was sent in by Dave Tiefenbrunn , who hails out of Eagles Landing Marina, in the boat "Wet Bar".

 

Dave wrote:

 

Bill,

   A few of us got together yesterday at Eagles Landing Marina. (Sunday..02/11/07). 

   When being close to the river just isn't good enough you have to move the fire onto the river.   I know this does not look like a good idea, but Butch said it was fine!!

Thought you might like the pic.

Thanks,
Dave Tiefenbrunn
Boat - "Wet Bar" - Eagles Landing Marina

Yesteryear's

Picture of the Day

Saturday

 

  

click on pic to enlarge

 

 

Yester Year's River Pictures of the Day in 2007----- was sent in by Sharon Gwillim.   She took this picture at West Alton on Monday the 12th.    She snapped this picture just as this eagle caught his lunch out of the river.   

 

RiverBill says.... Good picture Sharon ..... Thanks!

Public Notices Open For Comment

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

 

  1. P-2707: The applicant request authorization to suction dredge up to 700,000 yards of sand between Mississippi River Miles 191 to 194, within St. Louis County, Missouri. The public notice opens on February 23, 2009 and closes on March 15, 2009.

 

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

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

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

 

 

 

Note:  Lock and Dam 26 at Alton, IL is at Mississippi River Mile 200.5

         

St. Louis Boat & Sportshow.........

 

America's Center and Edward Jones Dome
701 Convention Center Plaza
St. Louis, MO 63101

Show Hours

Wednesday, February 11    5 pm –  10 pm
Thursday, February 12        2 pm –  10 pm
Friday, February 13            noon –   10 pm
Saturday, February 14        10 am – 10 pm
Sunday, February 15          11 am –   5 pm

 

For more information Click here

 

 

 

Online.....

Buy 3 tickets and get one free... Click here

River Valentines Day Parties......
 

Oasis Bar & Grill ....Sweetheart Dinner...click here

Palisades Yacht Club.... Sweetheart Dinner..  click here

Kinder's Restaurant....Dinner Dance......Click here

 

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

2009 Serial Number Verification Stations Announced



In Missouri boaters are required to have a title for all vessels and/or outboard motors unless the vessel is powered by oar alone or is a sail boat less than 12 feet in length powered by sail alone. Any person who tries to register their boat or motor with the Department of Revenue will find that without a proper title many times they are required to have a serial number verification performed by the Missouri State Water Patrol. During this inspection a Water Patrol officer will check for a proper serial number and verify the vessel or motor is not stolen. The officer will complete a form 798 that will be submitted to the Department of Revenue along with the application paperwork. In order to make it easier for the public to have a serial number verification performed, the Missouri State Water Patrol has established the below listed station locations at which the public can bring a boat or motor by at the designated times. For a complete list of Department of Revenue requirements for registering a vessel/outboard motor please visit their web site at:

http://dor.mo.gov/mvdl/motorv/watercraft
 

 


Click here to continue reading this news release


 

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The above reprinted from the Missouri State Waterpatrol website

Click here to check out the Missouri State Water Patrol website

 

Updated Sat at 7:00PM

Peoria, IL

   River Group Reviews 2008 Flooding

   
According to a news article in thehawkeye.com.........The Upper Mississippi, Illinois and Missouri Rivers Association met in Peoria, Illinois to review the 2008 flood season.  Not much has changed since 1993, and they everyone agreed that the Flood of 2008 reminded them that the levees along the rivers need to be improved to higher levels.

There are fears that funding to improve the levees will be delayed this year.  The Mississippi River Commission OK'd the Army Corps of Engineers plan to improve the levees in August of 2008.  Congress is now reviewing the proposal.

Click here to read this news story.




 

Updated Sat at 7:00PM

River Destinations

    Memory Lane Cafe.... Portage Des Sioux, Mo

   
According to a news article in the St. Charles Journal...... for some eagle watching and home made cooking stop by the Memory Lane Cafe located at 1850 Main street in Portage Des Sioux.

 

 The house is just a few blocks from the Mississippi River near the statue of the Lady of the Rivers.  Its the 2nd oldest house in St. Charles County.... Built in 1850.

 

The cafe is open only on Saturday and Sunday from 12 noon to 7 PM and has seating for 60 in the main dining room ...and 25 additional in the the smaller rooms.

 

Click here to read this news article.

Anchor Yankers

   St. Patrick's Day Dinner & Dance ......


 

The Anchor Yankers Boat Club will once again be celebrating our annual St. Pat’s Dinner and Dance on Saturday evening, March 14, 2009. This is a great evening of cocktails, dinner and dancing along with an open bar for only $39.95 each.

 

 A reservation form is available at http://www.a-y.us/09_stpats_ announcement.pdf


Richard D. Roberts
2244 Kehrs Ridge Drive
Chesterfield, MO 63005
(636) 532-5424

 

Updated Sat at 8:20AM

Con Trios Yacht Club

    February Get Together.

Con Trios Yacht Club February Get Together is set for Saturday, February 28th at Big Muddy from 2PM to 6PM. Registration is $10 per person to cover the appetizers, entertainment, etc. Cash Bar.

 

Check the Con Trios website for more information. This does qualify as an official event to help make your membership requirement of attending 2 events.

 

Darryll Weil,

Fleet Captain and webmaster

 

 

 

Click here to go to Con Trios yacht Club website for more info.....
 

My River Home Docks For Rent....

   Rent a 36 foot dock for the year and get the free use of a hoist.

   Call Andy 314.566.5403

Please check our website www.sundownersstl.com

 

Update

   Alton Amphitheater........


According to a news story on TheTelegraph.com........ there is a a lot of interest

in holding concerts, weddings and maybe even a martial arts exhibition at Alton's new Riverfront Amphitheater.

The city of Alton is using other cities' agreements to help model application, policies and restrictions, such as no coolers allowed. 

 

The city envisions concerts at the amphitheater bringing in audiences from well beyond Alton and that the facility would be used for smaller venues also.
 

 

The amphitheater will seat 4,000 people.


Click here to read this news story .

TheTelegraph.com Photo.... The Clark Bridge

  

     Click here for a photo from TheTelegraph.com of a disappearing Clark Bridge.
 

  

TheTelegraph.com Photo

   National Great Rivers Research and Education Center Field Station........

  

     Click here for a photo from TheTelegraph.com of work going on at the Lewis and Clark Community College's National Great Rivers Research and Education Center Field Station.

 

The field station is adjoins the Melvin Price Locks and Dam on the Mississippi River at Alton, Illinois.  The opening is scheduled for the fall of 2009.
 

  

The RiverBills.com February 2009 Calendar ------ 

  

      To make a wall calendar.....click here 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

  

Buyer Incentives on MasterCraft's NewMC 300........


According to a news story on the tradeonlytoday.com..... MasterCraft is offering a Luxury Retail Promotion for new for potential buyers of the MasterCraft 300.

"Once qualified, top MC 300 prospects will be treated to an all-expenses-paid trip to MasterCraft world headquarters in Knoxville, Tenn. The trip includes a two-night stay at Blackberry Farm, a 4,200-acre estate in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains."


The promotion Includes a tour of MasterCraft facilities, meeting with the management, a sea trial of a MC 300, a meeting with their sales team to design their MC300 and an option to return for final delivery of their boat, including a sea trial.
 

 

Click here to read this news story

 

 

 


 

 

Friday

13 February 2009

 

Over Two Million Visitors Strong !

 

Picture of the Day

 

 

 

Click on pic to enlarge

 

 

Our River Pictures of the Day..... were taken last night at the 55th Annual St. Louis Boat & Sportshow by Capt'n Johnny Hornung of RiverBills.com.

 

 

RiverBill says...Thanks for the pictures John !

Yesteryear's

Picture of the Day

 

  

click on pic to enlarge

 

 

Yester Year's River Pictures of the Day in 2008---- was an early morning picture from the RiverCam at Winfield Lock and Dam about 8:00 AM  

 

Look At Those Colors !

 

 

 Click here to go to the 

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers  Research and Development Center website

 


Navigation Notices ......

 

To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 2/12/09
Subject: ICE CONDITION UPDATE
NAVNOTICE # 1555


SUBJ: WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0026-09 UM
SAFETY AND SCHEDULED BROADCASTS UNTIL CANCELLED
CANCEL WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0025-09 UM
USCG NOTICE TO MARINERS EIGHTH DISTRICT NR 0026-09 UM
UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER
USCG SECTOR UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER ISSUES THE FOLLOWING SAFETY
ADVISORY:
A. ZONES 1-17 (MM 437.1 TO MM 857.6 UMR) REMAIN IN THE ACTION PHASE
FOR ICE CONDITIONS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE UMR WAP ANNEX.
B. ZONES 18-19 (MM 364.2 - MM 437.0 UMR) HAVE ENTERED THE WATCH
PHASE FOR ICE CONDITIONS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE UMR WAP ANNEX.
C. MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO ENSURE THAT FLEETS ARE CLOSELY
MONITORED AND MOORING LINES ARE ADEQUATELY SECURED, AND TO EXERCISE DUE CAUTION TO AVOID SINKING BARGES AND HIGH LOCALIZED FLOW OR OUT DRAFT CONDITIONS DUE TO WATER BYPASSING A TEMPORARY DAM THAT MAY BE CAUSED BY AN ICE GORGE.
D. MARINERS SHOULD BE AWARE THAT BUOYS MAY BE UNRELIABLE DUE TO ICING CONDITIONS. ICE RENDERS REFLECTIVE MATERIAL INEFFECTIVE, AND ICE FLOWS MAY DRAG BUOYS OFF STATION AND SEVER BUOYS FROM THEIR MOORINGS.


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

       

St. Louis Boat & Sportshow.........

 

America's Center and Edward Jones Dome
701 Convention Center Plaza
St. Louis, MO 63101

Show Hours

Wednesday, February 11    5 pm –  10 pm
Thursday, February 12        2 pm –  10 pm
Friday, February 13            noon –   10 pm
Saturday, February 14        10 am – 10 pm
Sunday, February 15          11 am –   5 pm

 

For more information Click here

 

 

 

Online.....

Buy 3 tickets and get one free... Click here

River Valentines Day Parties......
 

Oasis Bar & Grill Super Bowl Party....Sweetheart Dinner...click here

Palisades Yacht Club.... Sweetheart Dinner..  click here

Kinder's Restaurant....Dinner Dance......Click here

St. Louis Boat Show Not Immune To Poor Economy..............

In a news article from stltoday.com......... Amid the doom and gloom of the economy, many exhibitors at the 55th annual St. Louis Boat and Sports show are optimistic. Given that last year the show had about 44,000 guests, about 40,000 spectators are expected through the turnstiles this year.

Vendors acknowledge the rough economic time, but the common mantra seems to be that this is a buyer's market. Several boat dealers state that they are seeing fewer first-time buyers. However, the dealers are seeing many boaters looking to upgrade..........
 


Click here to read this news article.
 

State of Illinois

    Bill to Ban Lead Sinkers and  Lead Jigs

According to a news report on The Prairie State Outdoors...... A bill has introduced in the Illinois Senate that would end the sale or distribution of lead sinkers and lead jigs in the state.

The bill would forbid the use of lead sinkers and lead jigs in the state's freshwater lakes, ponds, rivers, streams, brooks and similar bodies of water where the Illinois Department of Natural Resources has jurisdiction.


Click here to read this news story

 

Illinois Fishing Report.......

Click here for the northern, central and southern Illinois fishing report from the Prairie States Outdoors website.

 

Fishing History

   3 Pound, 8-Ounce Bluegill......

Darren May of Olney, Illinois caught a 3-pound, 8-ounce state record bluegill on May 10, 1987 in a Jasper County farm pond.

 

Click here to go to the The Prairie State Outdoors website and take a look at this monster bluegill.

  Oasis Bar and Grill

                  636- 250 - 3100

    Wed - 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 @8pm on Fridays

Feb. 14..Sweetheart Dinner...click here

Click here for webpage

 

Saturday, 14 February, 2009

Oasis Bar & Grill Sweetheart Dinner

 

 

 

Carlyle Lake........

 

Lake Level and Releases Increasing

at Carlyle Lake

Carlyle Lake, Carlyle, Ill., February 12, 2009 – As of 9 a.m., Thursday, February 12, the current pool elevation of Carlyle Lake is 445.14 feet, referenced to the National Geodetic Vertical Datum (NGVD), with a release of approximately 2,780 cubic feet per second (cfs). The inflow into the lake on Wednesday was approximately 12,330 cfs. Gate changes to increase releases to approximately 5,000 cfs will be made Friday after downstream tributaries have crested. The river is considered bank full at 4,000 cfs. Due to the excessive precipitation over the past couple days, Carlyle Lake has risen and is predicted to crest on Monday, February 16 at 449.0 feet NGVD without additional precipitation. The target pool elevation during winter months is 443.0 feet NGVD.
 

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

My River Home Docks For Rent....

   Rent a 36 foot dock for the year and get the free use of a hoist.

   Call Andy 314.566.5403

River Reading
    "The Great Ohio River Flood Of 1937" by James Casto.......


In a news story on dailyindependant.com...... "The Great Ohio River Flood Of 1937" by James Casto illustrates the damage caused by the fateful flood with over 200 photos of the damage. This flood killed almost 400 people, and displaced about one million from their homes.

Casto's tome also shows that with the outbreak of WW II, several flood control projects were put on hold, and that we tend to take for granted the protection from our modern levees........

Click here to read this news story.

U.S. Coast Guard photo

 

 

Osage

 


Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class John Webster, a boatswain mate and buoy deck supervisor (right), keeps a watchful eye on the buoy's mooring chain while buoy deck crewmembers aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Osage, prepare to replace the buoy's hull in the Ohio River Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2009.

The Osage, 65-foot inland river tender, homeported in Sewickley, Penn., maintain approximately 800 aids to navigation along the Allegheny, Monongahela, Ohio, Kanawha and Big Sandy rivers. The crew's area of responsibility covers more than 600 miles of river and is a crucial part that keeps commerce flowing up and down America's river system.

(U.S. Coast Guard photo/Petty Officer 2nd Class Thomas M. Blue)

 

J.D. Power Boatbuilders and Engine Manufacturers Awards.........


According to a news story on the tradeonlytoday.com.....J.D. Power and Associates handed out 11 awards to boatbuilders and engine manufacturers that received the highest marks from consumers.

This year’s winners include:

• Bass Boat Segment: Bass Cat,
• Coastal Fishing Segment (17 to 30 feet)......... Grady-White
• Express Cruiser Segment (24 to 33 feet)........ Regal and Sea Ray.
• Small Runabout Segment (16 to 19 feet)........ Sea Ray.
• Large Runabout Segment (20 to 29 feet)........ Cobalt
• Pontoon Segment........................................ Bennington.
• Ski/Wakeboard Segment.............................. Nautique by Correct Craft
• Outboard DI 2-Stroke Segment...................... Evinrude.
• Outboard EFI 4-Stroke Segment.....................Honda.
• Sterndrive EFI Segment................................ Volvo Penta
• Inboard EFI Segment.................................... Pleasurecraft Engine Group

Click here to read news story.
 

Kinder's Opens For Valentines Day ..........

 

   Serving Dinner from 5PM - 9PM.... Limited menu

  Dance from 9PM - 1PM with DJ

 

 

Click here to go to Kinder's website

 

 

The 2009 Opening Day at Kinder's is tentatively scheduled for Friday, 27 February

Weather Permitting  

Come Join the Party 

 

Keep your anchor right here for more information as is becomes available

 

The RiverBills.com February 2009 Calendar ------ 

  

      To make a wall calendar.....click here 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

  

Kaskaskia River
  Tournament Fishermen Should Have Better Season Than 2008......


In a news story on bnd.com.......... As long as the weather is more cooperative in 2009, tournament anglers will have several opportunities to troll the waters of the Kaskaskia River. Due to poor weather in 2008, several tourneys were postponed, and others had to be canceled.

U.S.A. Bassin is putting on five Saturday, and ten Tuesday night tournaments. Superbassin is organizing five Sunday tournaments on the lower portion of the Kaskaskia. The Thursday Bass series tournaments will be returning, put on by Smitty's at the Marina in New Athens.

Click here to read this news story.
 

USCG Streamlines Mariner Credentialing...........

In a news report on marinelog.com...... The Coast Guard condensed the Mariner Licensing and Documentation program from the 17 Regional Examination Centers to the National Maritime Center. The NMC is located in Martinsburg, W Va.

The NMC evaluates mariners in three areas. They are a safety and security evaluation, a professional qualification evaluation, as well as a medical evaluation.

In addition to bringing the evaluations under one roof, efforts are being implemented to speed up the process as well............

Click here to read this news report.

 

 

 



 

 

Thursday

12 February 2009

 

Over Two Million Visitors Strong !

 

Picture of the Day

Swan Lake

  

Click on pic to enlarge

 

 

Our River Picture of the Day..... is form Sharon Gwillim

Bill,
A peaceful view at Swan Lake on the drive home from the cabin last weekend.

 

Sharon Gwillim

Yesteryears

Picture of the Day

 

Antique & Classic Boat Society

Mississippi Valley Chapter 

At The 2008 St. Louis boat Show

 

  

 

  

  

 

click on pic to enlarge

 

 

Yester Year's River Pictures & River Story of the Day in 2008---- 

 

Bill, 

The show was a big success for the ACBS Mississippi Valley Chapter. Check out how busy our booth was. It was crazy all four days.

 

We look forward to seeing everyone at Grafton in June. (2008)

Captain Marty. 

 

 

St. Louis Boat & Sportshow.........

 

America's Center and Edward Jones Dome
701 Convention Center Plaza
St. Louis, MO 63101

Show Hours

Wednesday, February 11    5 pm –  10 pm
Thursday, February 12        2 pm –  10 pm
Friday, February 13            noon –   10 pm
Saturday, February 14        10 am – 10 pm
Sunday, February 15          11 am –   5 pm

 

For more information Click here

 

 

 

Online.....

Buy 3 tickets and get one free... Click here

Mississippi River.....

   Army Corps Of Engineers Prepares To Kick Off River Shipping Season....

In a news report from wxow.com............. Spring is in the air, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers acknowledges this by measuring the ice thickness in Lake Pepin. The U.S.A.C.E will measure the ice thickness in several locations across the lake. The corps will use this information to estimate when commercial navigation can resume on the upper Mississippi River.

Navigation around St. Paul typically resumes around March 20th. The corps will begin the survey on February 18th.

Click here to read this news report.

 

U.S. Coast Guard photo

Click on picture larger view

 

Grand River, Ohio

 

The Coast Guard Cutter Neah Bay conducts ice breaking operations along the Grand River to mitigate flooding for communties in the Grand River, Ohio area, Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009. The Coast Guard provides support to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the mission to reduce flood and storm damage.

 

(U.S. Coast Guard/Photo by Petty Officer Third Class Jacob Haslem)

 

12 February, 1963 In River History......


The construction of the Gateway Arch began on February 12, 1963 in downtown St. Louis on the banks of the Mississippi River

 

Source: Wikipedia Encyclopedia

The Delta Queen Has Arrived In Chattanooga, Tennessee.......

In a news article from sunherald.com........ Several hundred spectators welcomed the Queen's arrival in Chattanooga. Some of the revelers were even allowed to board the vessel. Her steam powered calliope was fired up, and even played "Rocky Top", which is the University of Tennessee fight song.

Craig Haney, the Chattanooga fire marshal, states that Queen will be thoroughly inspected, before the planned April opening.

The floating hotel, kitchen and lounge will offer several types of entertainment, such as jazz brunches, and historically themed tours. Her twin vessel, the Delta King, is pulling similar duty in Sacramento, California, as a restaurant and hotel...........

Click here to read this news article
 

Kinder's Opens For Valentines Day ..........

 

   Serving Dinner from 5PM - 9PM.... Limited menu

  Dance from 9PM - 1PM with DJ

 

 

Click here to go to Kinder's website

 

 

The 2009 Opening Day at Kinder's is tentatively scheduled for Friday, 27 February

Weather Permitting  

Come Join the Party 

 

Keep your anchor right here for more information as is becomes available

 

Water Pipeline From Mississippi River Could Cure Colorado Water Woes....

In a news story from thewesterner.blogspot.com......... A hay farmer by the name of Gary Hausler brought up a unique answer to the water shortage issues being addresses by the Rio Grande Inter Basin Roundtable session. The concept would be to construct a 22 inch pipeline running from the Mississippi River, near Hickman, Kentucky, and terminating at a point between Denver, and Colorado Springs, Colorado.

The estimated cost of the project is $22.5 billion. The time estimates are about 30 years, from concept phase, to completed project.........

Click here to read this news story.
 

 

Des Plains River

   Caterpillar Plant Oil Spill Cleanup Deemed A Success..........

In a follow-up news report from suburbanchicagonews.com........ EPA officials claim that the cleanup effort on the Des Plains River has been successful. However, officials are still awaiting the test results of water and ground samples. The EPA states that there is no evidence of damage to the wildlife from the spill of 69,000 gallons of waste oil. Most of the spill was on land, and approximately 6,000 gallons of the waste made it into the River.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources concurs with the EPA's findings......

Click here to read this news report.
 

U.S. Navy Apprehends 7 Pirates.............

 

In a news story on foxnews.com......... The U.S. Navy guided missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf captured 7 men believed to be pirates in the Gulf of Aden. A Marshal Islands flagged merchant ship sent a distress call stating that armed pirates were trying to board her from a skiff.

This marks the first arrest made by the U.S. anti-piracy task force since its' inception. Authorities report that the pirates were armed with AK-47s as well as RPGs. As per an agreement with Kenya, the pirates will be remanded to the Kenyan authorities......

Click here to read this news story.

 

 

 


 

 

Wednesday

11 February 2009

 

Over Two Million Visitors Strong !

 

Picture of the Day

 

Mississippi Valley Chapter of the Antique & Classic Boat Society

Setting UpBoat Show Exhibit

 

 

   

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Our River Pictures of the Day..... was sent in Capt'n Gene Hughes of the Mississippi Valley Chapter of the Antique & Classic Boat Society.

 

 

Bill,
Just a few quick pics of the set-up crew at the Boat Show Exhibit for the
Mississippi Valley Chapter of the Antique & Classic Boat Society. The club
president, Jack Hartwig is pictured with his helper crew. The Boat Show at
the Americas Center opens 5pm. Wed. and goes thru Sunday.

Pictured next to his latest project (Chris Craft) boat, James Tobin will
have loads of information to share with anyone planning to restore that old
"Barn Find". The non-profit club sends our thanks to the Convention Center
for donating the space to share our love of preserving the "Woodys &
Classics"

Some very unusual classics will be available for attendees to view.

Thanks & hope to see you there!

Capt. Gene Hughes
Matters Knot & Family Tree
 

Yesteryears

Picture of the Day

 

 

 

 

click on pic to enlarge

 

 

Yester Year's River Pictures & River Story of the Day in 2008---- was of a Winfield Dam Sunset taken in the Spring of the year from the the sundeck at Cedar Hill Resort.

 

St. Louis Boat & Sportshow.........

 

America's Center and Edward Jones Dome
701 Convention Center Plaza
St. Louis, MO 63101

Show Hours

Wednesday, February 11    5 pm –  10 pm
Thursday, February 12        2 pm –  10 pm
Friday, February 13            noon –   10 pm
Saturday, February 14        10 am – 10 pm
Sunday, February 15          11 am –   5 pm

 

For more information Click here

 

 

 

Online.....

Buy 3 tickets and get one free... Click here

Friday, 13 February, 2009

Sundowners.......St. Louis Boat Show Party

 

Attention !

Sundowners needs a guest count of the individuals going to the boat show on their party bus!


Please call Jon and Kelley Klipp at 636-250-3042 and
leave a message if you are going to join them.

Missouri River.....

   Current Snowpack Indicates Normal Runoff Flow This Year......

In a news report from kimt.com....... The Army Corps of Engineers say that the snowpack in it's current form is a good indicator, but not a guarantee, that runoff through the Missouri River reservoir will be average this season.

Expected runoff is looking to be roughly 10% of normal...................

Click here to read this report.

 

Missouri River Outlook......


In a news story from kxnet.com............. Lake Sakakawea is expected to peak slightly higher than last year at approximately 1,829 feet. The lake has had low water levels due to the lower snow levels, and drought conditions over the past few years.

 

The US Army Corps of Engineers has shorten the navigation season on the Missouri River by 22 days, keeping the water levels at the upstream lakes higher.

Click here to read this news story.
 

 

 

Lake Sakakawea
Lake Sakakawea is the third largest man-made lake in the United States. Created in 1956 when the Garrison Dam tamed the Missouri River, about 50 miles from Bismarck, South Dakota, it is between 2-3 miles wide, and 14 miles long.

Source: Wikipedia Encyclopedia. Click here to read more.

U.S. Coast Guard photo

Click on picture larger view

 

A vessel attempts to pull the fishing vessel, Katie Rae, off the beach at Becher's Bay on Santa Rosa Island. Coast Guard Airstation Los Angeles Photo.
 

Four Winns Announces Shut Down For Majority Of March.......

In a news report from 9and10news.com......... Jeff Olson, president of Four Winns states that not enough business is present to keep manufacturing boats. As a result, Four Winn's' Cadillac, MI. plant will close for 3-4 weeks, and workers will be laid off.

However, in every cloud, there is a silver lining. Bill Kerns, general manager of Spicer's Boat City states that there is a resurgence in Michigan manufactured products, supporting Michigan, and their economy..........

Click here to read this news report.

Please check our website www.sundownersstl.com

 

Update ....Des Plains River Waste Oil Spill
   Cleanup May Take Several Days

In a follow up news report from thonline.com........... EPA officials state more days may be needed to clean up the oil spill at the Caterpillar plant in Rockdale, Ill.

A Caterpillar spokeswoman is quoted as saying that it is unclear how long the storage facilities were overflowing before guards reported the spill..........

 

Click here to read this news report.
 

Kinder's Opens For Valentines Day

 

   Serving Dinner from 5PM - 9PM.... Limited menu

  Dance from 9PM - 1PM with DJ

 

 

Click here to go to Kinder's website

   

2008 New Orleans Tanker Collision
   DRD Towing Co. Used Improperly Licensed Pilots Commonly

In a follow up news story from thenew995fm.com.......... Gary Daigle testified in a Coast Guard hearing that apprentice mates were routinely dispatched to pilot the company's boats, and should have been under direct supervision, but weren't.

A DRD vessel was involved in the July collision, and resultant spillage of fuel in the Mississippi river..............

Click here to read this news story.

 

Authorities Release Name Of Woman Found In Missouri River..........

In a news article on kmbz.com........... The Missouri State Highway Patrol announced that the body of Lana Sandweiss was found in the Missouri River last weekend. She was reported missing back in November. Her car was found empty and running in Ray county.

 

The authorities have not released a cause of death.

Click here to read this news article.

 

The Eagle Nest.........

    Mating For Life Is One Reason They Are So Large..............

In a news story from semissourian.com......... Being as bald eagles are one of the largest North American birds-of-prey, it stands to reason that their nests are among the largest constructed. The national record for nest size is 10 ft. wide, 20 ft. deep, and weighing in at 2 tons.

The bald eagle is considered to be a native to Missouri. Even though their numbers dwindle throughout 1800's, the restoration efforts of the US Fish and Wildlife service, and the Missouri Department of Conservation, the bald eagle has been removed from the endangered species list........

Click here to read this news story and a great picture of a bald eagle on the arm of Jena Baumgarten.

 

 

 


 

 

Tuesday

10 February 2009

 

Over Two Million Visitors Strong !

 

Picture of the Day

 

Click on pic to enlarge

 

 

Our River Picture of the Day..... was sent in by Russell Holloway.  Its of eagles and gulls over an open area on the frozen river.
 

Yesteryears

Picture of the Day

 

 

click on pic to enlarge

 

 

Yester Year's River Pictures & River Story of the Day in 2006---- was from Rick Sievers.

 It's a story about the rusting old houseboat named Ma Belle when she still had some color to her. The artist rendition of Ma Belle in her prime is at the top and then a couple of real pictures of the old houseboat follow.   

 

  

 

Bill, 

  Here is a couple of pictures we dug up of Ma Belle. I can't find any of Morris. There is another funny story about these two pictures. The gentleman you see is a long time, very close friend and his girlfriend. They live in Atlanta, GA., and every so often we get together and it was his turn to be here. We had recently bought our 39' Sea Ray at the time these were taken, and Dave hadn't seen the boat yet. Our Sea Ray is pristine, and Ma Belle isn't! In fact, at this time Morris was already gone for some time and Ma Belle was getting in bad shape inside. Nasty bilge water had been laying in it for some time and stunk. The furniture was broken down and dirty. Clutter was everywhere, and things were rusting and decaying and broken all over. So when they came up to see us, we were naturally very "anxious" to show our new boat! With the cooperation of everyone else on the dock, we marched them straight into Ma Belle and proudly began showing off our new "palace on the river", describing how we were "going to paint this and that" and "do some decorating" and "get the furniture recovered" and so on... My wife even picked up a broom and did a little sweeping, which at that point was like trying to kill a bull elephant with a flyswatter. Meanwhile, we were amusedly watching their faces through all this farce and they looked like they'd been told the IRS made a mistake on their taxes and wanted their first born male child as payment. They were absolutely blank and had the color of a linen tablecloth. Dave finally rasped out a weak: "Well, maybe we could help you clean it up a bit while we're here...hrmpff" To which I replied: GREAT! lets get a few things and we'll spend the night!! and we left the Ma Belle. They looked like Marie Antoinette on the way to the guillotine as we walked down the dock. Of course as we passed our real boat we explained our accidental misrepresentation and that this was the real one. And of course their response was, ...well I've never been called things like that before or since. In fact, I'm not sure what some of those words meant, but they sounded kinda bad. And all we could do is laugh our nautical butts off. We went back to Ma Belle and got their "real" opinions of what needed to be done and I won't say what they were here. The pictures are of them getting back off Ma Belle after that. We're still friends to this day, but I suspect I've got a payback coming!

Rick Sievers

 

 

Public Notices Open For Comment

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

 

 

 

  1. Confluence Point Missouri River Fish and Wildlife Mitigation Project.
    Project Summary: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) - Kansas City District (NWK) proposes to develop fish and wildlife habitat on approximately 1,118 acres of land at the confluence of the Missouri & Mississippi River in St. Charles County, Missouri. The project name is the Confluence Point Missouri River Fish and Wildlife Mitigation Project (Confluence Point). The project involves the restoration and long term management of fish and wildlife habitat on two contiguous tracts of land. Approximately 532 acres of land in the north section is owned by the Corps of Engineers and the remaining, approximately 586 acres, is owned by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR). The project would be completed under the authority of the Corps' Missouri River Fish and Wildlife Mitigation Program (Mitigation Program). Collectively, the 1,118 acres are managed by MDNR as their Edward (Ted) and Pat Jones – Confluence Point State Park.
    Confluence Point Project     Draft -- Project Implementation Report    Draft --Confluence Point Project Appendices

 

 

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

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

US Coast Guard Handout Photo

 

Waste Oil Spill At Caterpillar Plant, Contaminates Des Plains River...........

In a news report from surburbanchicagonews.com......... 6000 gallons of waste oil spilled into the Des Plains River at the Caterpillar plant, located just south of Joliet, Ill. Apparently, a failed pump on a 40.000 gallon open-air holding tank caused the discharge.

The spill has affected approximately 9 miles of the river. The EPA states that there is no risk to humans, and wildlife has not been adversely affected. River traffic has been affected with only one vessel passing through the spill zone at a time.

Clean-up efforts were quickly put into place, beginning with the deployment of booms, which are basically floating rings of absorbent material that will contain the spill. Then, large sweepers will suck up the sludge. It is estimated that the clean-up will take a few days...........

Click here to read this news report.

Frame from U.S. Coast Guard video

 

 

Lake Erie, Port Clinton, Ohio

   Despite Weather Service Warnings, Ice Fishermen Stranded On Ice Floe....

In a news report from blog.cleveland.com.......... The Coast Guard, and the fire rescue unit of Jerusalem Township rescued 134 people from an ice floe on Lake Erie. Higher temperatures had caused the ice to begin to melt.

Luckily, with the warnings issued by the National Weather Service, there were fewer fishermen tempting fate on the ice..............

Click here to read this report.

 

 

Click here to view US Coast Guard rescue video.
 

The RiverBills.com February 2009 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

  

Art work by John Hornung

 

Cruiser Yachts Shuts Down For A Month .........

In a news report from tradeonlytoday.com.... Cruisers Yachts is stopping production for the month of February because of the poor economy.  The company is based Oconto, Wisconsin.

 

A tentative return date for the employees was set for early March. Cruiser Yachts historically shuts down for one week for inventory during the winter.

Click here to read this news story

Mv. A.M. Thompson To Be Auctioned.........

In a news story from the Waterways Journal........ Mv. A.M. Thompson is to be  auctioned off at Greenville, Mississippi on March 11th.  The twin-screw towboat was built in 1949 and was seized from Eagle Marine Towing Inc. in September of 2008 to satisfy outstanding debts.
 

The United States Marshal’s office will conduct the auction on the U.S. Courthouse steps in Greenville. Bidding will start at $2 million.  The boat and all of the equipment is being sold in “as-is, where-is” condition.


Click here to read this news story
 

Erie Canal Earliest "Highway" To The West.........

In a news story from journal-register.com.......... Opening in 1825, the Erie Canal was starting point for the first great migration of settlers westward. It also established New York City as the main commercial city in the United States.

Called "Clinton' Ditch", and spanning 363 miles from Albany to Lake Erie, the Erie Canal was proposed to legislators by New York Gov. DeWitt Clinton in 1817. Construction was completed in 1825, and marked by Gov Clinton taking the trip through the canal on a packet boat.

These days, the canal has semi-retired as a recreational, as well as a historic resource..............

Click here to read this news story.
 

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

Kankakee River

   Will County, Illinois Authorities Use Warm Water To Prevent Ice Jams........

In a news story from surburbanchicagonews.com........ The Will County Emergency Management Agency is using warm water piped in from the nearby Dresden nuclear power plant in an attempt to prevent the formation of large ice blocks in the Kankakee River.

The main concern over the ice blocks is flooding due to ice jams acting like dams. Another issue is potential damage to property from ice collisions.

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency permits the release of warm water from the power plants' cooling pond twice per season, for a duration of 14 days each time. The Illinois EMA has already released water from the pond from Jan 7 - 21..........

Click here to read this news story.

 

 

 

 

Monday

09 February 2009

 

Over Two Million Visitors Strong !

 

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Picture of the Day

Palisades Eagle Watch

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Our River Picture of the Day..... Were sent in by Capt'n Darryll Weil, who hails out of the Yacht Club of St. Louis in the cruiser..... After You.

 

 

Bill,

 

Updated my website on 2/7/2009. Went up to Palisades Yacht Club for River Bills "Eagle Watch".
Didn't see any eagles there so we headed to Oasis at North Shore and saw a few. Got to demonstrate the zoom power of my camera in the last two pictures.

Go here to see the pictures:http://www.captainweil.com/20090207eaglewatch/default.htm

 

Enjoy,

Darryll
 

1st Ever RiverBill's Eagle Watch.........

Bill,

 

Thanks to Amy & Scott, owners of Palisades, for their hospitality.

I was happy to learn that Carl (and others, I'm sure) aren't fond of dog pics. And none of us understand the "empty bench" photos. We haven't figured out the connection between the empty benches and boating.

We fear that one day, in a fit of winter-time boredom, you'll post a photo of a bench, with a dog on it and an eagle swooping down.

Since I 'm originally from Cleveland, and my boating in my mis-spent youth was done on Lake Erie, the big story of the day was the ice fisherman who were stuck when an 8-mile long ice floe broke off from the shore and started to drift towards Canada --aided by a 35 MPH wind from the southwest.

Here are local links to two stories that have some pics and video

http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090208/NEWS16/902080334

http://blog.cleveland.com/metro/2009/02/more_than_125_fishermen_pulled.html

Larry Demko
Fastrac Media

 

Yesteryears

Picture of the Day

click on pic to enlarge

 

 

Yester Year's River Pictures of the Day in 2005---- is of the Clark Bridge that crosses the river from Alton, IL to Missouri at the UMR 202.5 mile marker. The blue roofs of the boat docks at the Alton Marina can be seen protruding above the rock breakwater on the far side of the river.

 

 

United States Coast Guard

 

Ninth District External Affairs

U.S. Coast Guard                  

 

 

 

Date: Feb.8, 2009

News Release  

Contact: Petty Officer Will Mitchell
(216) 902-6020 office                     
(216) 310-2608 cell 

 

                      

 

U.S. Coast Guard and EPA work together to secure 65,000 gallon oil spill

 

The oil was released from a Caterpillar Inc. holding tank in Rockdale. The majority of oil is on land but approximately 4,500-6,000 gallons went into the Des Plaines River contaminating a three mile area.

The Coast Guard is working with the Oil Spill Response Organization, as well as multiple local facilities to place containment boom around the the oil. There are two vacuum trucks on-scene as well.

The River has been shut down between mile marker 278 and 289. The Coast Guard will be monitoring VHF Ch. 16 to assist vessels in the area.

The EPA is the leading agency.

For question please contact Jenny Marsett, spokeswoman for the EPA, at (312) 919-0126.

For question pertaining to the affected river please contact Petty Officer William Mitchell, Ninth District Coast Guard spokesman, at (216) 310-2608.



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The Des Plaines River

The Des Plaines River flows southward for 150 miles (241 km) through southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois[1] in the U.S. Midwest, eventually meeting the Kankakee River west of Channahon to form the Illinois River, a tributary of the Mississippi River

 

Source: Wikipedia Encyclopedia
 

 

Click here for information and map on Rockdale, IL. from Wikipedia Encyclopedia.
 

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

 

 

 

          Illinois Department of Natural Resources                             
For Immediate Release

February 5, 2009

Illinois Department of Natural Resources
February Newsbits




Get Your 2009 License: Illinois fishing, hunting, and sportsmen combination licenses for 2009 are now available from DNR Direct license and permit vendors, online through the IDNR web site (www.dnr.state.il.us), or by calling 1-888-6PERMIT (1-888-673-7648). DNR Direct makes buying licenses, habitat stamps, and waterfowl stamps convenient and easy. By going online, license buyers can use American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa, or E-Check and print their own license or receipt – and the system is available 24 hours a day. The 2009 annual licenses are valid through Mar. 31, 2010 unless otherwise noted.

 

 

State Record Fish: The IDNR Division of Fisheries is saluting 18 year old Jon A. Zettler of Chatham for catching a new state-record yellow bass/white bass hybrid. The fish was caught on Nov. 3, 2008 at Rend Lake in Franklin Co. IDNR District Fisheries Biologist Dan Stephenson reports genetics tests conducted by the Illinois Natural History Survey confirmed recently that the fish was a yellow bass/white bass hybrid. The fish weighed in at 2.06 pounds and was 15 inches in length. The hybrid is the first of its size reported in Illinois and this fish has prompted the IDNR to add the category of the yellow bass/white bass hybrid to the list of state fishing records. Zettler caught the fish on a Grizzly jig (tube) with a Sam Heaton Super Sensitive rod and Flueger reel. When told his catch was a new state-record fish, Jon Zettler said, "I was blown away and sure glad I went with my dad and his friend (Nick Shafer) that morning. We don't spend as much time together as we used to and catching this fish sure made the day that more special." Jon’s father, Bob Zettler said, "Just to spend time with my son and see him enjoy
the outdoors makes me happy, but when you throw in this particular fish he caught, words cannot do it justice of how proud and happy I am for him.”

 

 

Pere Marquette Bald Eagle Programs: Visit Pere Marquette State Park near Grafton this winter to enjoy an informative program on bald eagles. Eagles may be spotted in the tree tops along the Illinois River. The site interpreter at Pere Marquette presents informative programs about bald eagles on select dates throughout the winter. Phone 618/786-3323 for a complete schedule and to register for the programs. All programs will begin at the park's visitor center at 8:30 a.m. with a short video presentation, followed by an observational drive to view the wintering bald eagles.

 

 

Pere Marquette Bald Eagle Programs: Visit Pere Marquette State Park near Grafton this winter to enjoy an informative program on bald eagles. Eagles may be spotted in the tree tops along the Illinois River. The site interpreter at Pere Marquette presents informative programs about bald eagles on select dates throughout the winter. Phone 618/786-3323 for a complete schedule and to register for the programs. All programs will begin at the park's visitor center at 8:30 a.m. with a short video presentation, followed by an observational drive to view the wintering bald eagles.

 

 

Free Fishing Days: Mark your calendars for Illinois Free Fishing Days, scheduled this year for June 5-8. Free Fishing Days allows anyone to fish without the need for a fishing license, inland trout stamp, or salmon stamp during the four-day event each June. For information on Free Fishing Days special events, contact Terry Beard at 217/785-5822 or e-mail terry.beard2@Illinois.gov.
 

 

The above is only a partial list of the News Release.......click here to go to the IDNR website and read more

 

 

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   Alton Marina Fire Update.........

 

Link to The Telegraph news story.
http://www.thetelegraph.com/news/kmov_22670___article.html/live_video.html



On January 23rd, about 11AM, there was a fire on “F” Dock of the Alton Marina. The Alton Fire Department arrived quickly and did a superb job of containing a fire with a huge fuel load and boats exposed on all sides. Three boats were involved, two of them clearly total losses, while the third sustained severe heat damage on the starboard side. No one was aboard the boats at the time, and no one was injured by the fire. The United States Coast Guard arrived within the hour to ensure that the damaged vessels were handled safely.

Insurance and service companies were contacted right away, and the boats were secured in place- 8-10 inches of ice prevented moving the boats beyond the confines of their slips.

On Saturday January 31st, the boats were removed from the water with a 150-ton crane from Missouri Crane Company.

The roof structure of the dock was damaged by the fire, and to prevent any problems during the snow and ice that we were expecting the following Monday, roof panels were removed and the dock structure was braced.

The Illinois State Fire Marshall’s Office is investigating the fire, with the assistance of the Alton Fire Department.

At this point, The City of Alton is waiting on the Fire Marshall’s report, but in the mean time is consulting with engineers and the manufacturer of our dock structures on the time frame and extent of the repairs. The dock will be repaired to its original dimensions and appearance as soon as possible, so that our boaters can enjoy the Alton Marina boating experience!

As a further note to all of the boaters out there, make certain that you are careful about the electrical systems on your boat- especially when they will be unattended for long periods of time. A fire can double in size every minute, faster if there is a good fuel source!

Also, talk to your insurance agent, and make sure that your coverage meets your expectations!



P. Jeremy Fowler
Harbormaster
The Alton Marina
#1 Henry St.
Alton, IL 62002
(618) 462-9860
(618) 462-9873 fax

 

New Web Address

    Illinois Valley Yacht Club .........

Bill,

 

Here is the new web address for the Illinois Valley Yacht Club at Peoria.  http://www.ivyclub.org/

 

Gary Hunt

Lien on Me

Tanker/Tugboat Collision Hearings To Continue.........

In a news report from knoe.com.......... Three men that were working as port captains for DRD Towing Co. will be taking the stand to answer for collision that caused the spillage of 283,000 gallons of fuel. The accident caused the closure of almost 100 miles of the Mississippi River near New Orleans for six days......

Click here to read the report.

Cell Tower at Grafton.....

Bill,

The long awaited Cell Tower at Grafton is scheduled to be operational Wed February 11th.......

 

Clarence Forti

 

Falling Missouri Riverbed Wreaks Havoc On Infrastructure.....

In a news follow-up on journalgazette.net.... The Missouri River riverbed had been dropping since the 20's, and after the flood of '93, has been picking up, accelerating into the new millennia. As a result, exposure of things such a bridge piers and freshwater pick-ups are at risk.

Researchers are unsure as to how far the drop will go, or whether or not it can be reversed. They are also curious as to why the channel sinks in some places, and not others...........

Click here to read this news report.

The RiverBills.com February 2009 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

  

Art work by John Hornung

 

MarineMax’s Cutbacks Gets Approval of Analyst .........

In a news report from tradeonlytoday.com.... MarineMax is getting approval of analyst despite more than a 50 percent drop in sales.

The company is reportedly taking the right steps to make it through the severe down turn in the marine industry.

 

Click here to read this news story

 

Click here to go to MarineMax website

Cruisair Celebrates 50 Years.........

In a news report from tradeonlytoday.com....Cruisair is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.  The company, founded in 1959,  manufactures air-conditioning systems for boats and yachts.

Almost one million Cruisair brand air-conditioning systems have been installed in boats and yachts all over the world through the years.  This includes portable hatch-top air-cooled units to multi-ton tempered-water systems for yachts.

 

Click here to read this news story.
 

 

Click here to go to Cruisair website

Liquidation Sale......Galaxie Boat Works

In a news report from tradeonlytoday.com.... Galaxie Boat Works out of Jacksonville, Texas, is had a going-out-of-business sale this weekend.

 

After 40 years in business The complete boat manufacturing plant went up for sale, including 10 acres of commercially zoned property, a large office building, six warehouses, two loading docks, all of the manufacturing equipment, molds, patents, inventory, materials, warehouse and support equipment.

 

Click here to read this news story

 

 

Click here to go to Galaxie Boat Works website
 

U.S. Coast Guard photograph

 

Boat explosion off N.C.
 

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, N.C. - The fishing vessel Beau Vin burns after its captain was rescued from a life raft by a Good Samaritan off Wrightsville Beach, N.C., Sunday, Feb. 8, 2009. He was rescued 20 minutes after making a mayday call at 1:30 p.m. and reporting an explosion on board his 60-foot fishing vessel 20 nautical miles from Masonboro Inlet Sunday.

The captain of the Beau Vin expended all fire fighting capabilities and abandoned ship into his life raft with a 406 mHz Emergency Position Indication Radio Beacon (EPIRB). The EPIRB gave rescuers a position to find the man in distress.

 

(U.S. Coast Guard photo/BMC Michael A. Freeman)
 

Illinois Fishing Report.........
 

Check out the Prairie Sates Outdoors Illinois Ice fishing report.  Northern, Central and Southern Illinois.

 

Click here

Arkansas May Get The Blue Catfish As Their Official Fish.........

In a news story from thecabin.com........ A bill was introduced into the Arkansas House of Representatives to make the Blue Catfish the official state fish.

At one time, bills have been submitted to make the state fish the largemouth bass, as well as the bream. As a result, there has been no official state fish.

In a state the has approved of a state flower, insect, and now a state mammal, perhaps there is a state fish in their future..............

Click here to read this news story.
 

More Whale Shark Sightings Near Mouth of Mississippi River...........

In a news report from theledger.com........ Between commercial fishermen, oil rig workers, and researchers, the sightings of whale sharks is on the rise.

The sightings are primarily in the areas close to the mouth of the Mississippi River. Researchers believe that the whale sharks are drawn by the plankton blooms that are most likely fed by the increase in fertilizer run-off. As well as the fertilizer run-off, researchers are concerned with the other chemicals that are consumed by the whale sharks.........

Click here to read this report.

An Unidentified Body Found In Missouri River............

In a news report from connectmidmissouri.com............ Authorities pulled a body of a female from the Missouri River Saturday near Glasgow, Missouri. It was announced that dental comparisons will begin in an effort to identify her.

It is unknown who she was, or how long she had been in the water. Saline county, Mo officials will begin to compare dental records of all missing white females from mid-Missouri, to try to identify her. She was found close to "Stump Island" on the Missouri River.........

Click here to read this news report.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Weekend Report Saturday & Sunday

07, 08 February 2009

 

Over Two Million Visitors Strong !

 

Last updated Sun at 8:00 AM

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Sunday

Eagle Watching Days

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Our River Picture of the Day..... is a shot of some eagles over a frozen Dardenne Slough from Francis Kennedy...

 

 

Picture of the Day

Saturday

Eagle Watching Days

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Our River Picture of the Day..... is a shot of an Eagle from Capt'n Pat Reid of Crystal Photography...

 

Watch for more eagle pictures all weekend !

Yesteryears

Picture of the Day

Sunday

 

Mystic River

 

click on pic to enlarge

 

 

Yester Year's River Pictures of the Day in 2008---- were  sent in by Carole ......

She named them

Mystical River

 

Carole Wrote:

 

    We live on a bluff across from Portage De Sioux power plant. This is a pix I thought you might enjoy seeing. All the fog was moving when I took these pix and it was mystical. Now we are seeing thousands of gulls, white pelicans, geese, ducks and, of course, bald eagles. 


- CAROLE

 

 

 RiverBill says....Thanks for the pictures Carole.   They are simply Fantastic !

  You must have a great view from your house ! 

 

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Yesteryears

Picture of the Day

Saturday

 

A bench with a view

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Yester Year's River Pictures of the Day in 2005---- was of river benchench with a  viewriver benchench with a  view at the St. Charles County Hide Away Harbor Park that is about half way between the Grafton Ferry Landing and the town of Portage Des Sioux on the Missouri side of the river. Looks like a good place for a picnic. The park has 2 launch ramps. One ramp is on the slough side and other is in a protected area. There is also a fishing dock next to one of the ramps. Hide Away Harbor Park is near the UMR 214.5 mile marker.

 

 

A good place to

spend the afternoon 

"Watching the River Flow"


Updated Sun at 7:30AM

Navigation Notices ......

 

To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 2/6/09
Subject: ICE BOULDERS IN CHANNEL
NAVNOTICE # 1554

SUBJ: WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0023-09 UM
USCG NOTICE TO MARINERS EIGHTH DISTRICT NR 0023-09 UM
FOR SAFETY AND SCHEDULED BCSTS UNTIL CANCELLED
UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER
THERE IS AN APPROX 15-20 FT WIDE ICE BOULDER THAT IS 5-6 FT ABOVE THE WATER LINE ACROSS FROM NATIONAL MAINTENANCE IVO MM 197 UMR RDB. THERE IS ALSO A SIMILAR SIZE ICE BOULDER APPROX HALF A MILE NORTH OF THIS LOCATION ALONG THE RDB. ALL MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO KEEP A SHARP
LOOKOUT AND TRANSIT THESE AREAS WITH EXTREME CAUTION.


 

 

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

       

Updated Sun at 8:00AM

Reward Increased in Eagle Killings...........

According to a news story on TheTelegraph.com....... The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that it has increased the reward for information about who killed the two Bald Eagles.

 

An increased reward of up to $5,000 per eagle is now being offered for information leading to the arrests and convictions of those who killed the eagles.

Two St. Louis area residents, John and Michele Hopkins, donated the additional money to increase the reward.

 

Click here to read this news story.
 

Updated Sun at 7:50AM

Alton Marina Fire

   Faulty Electrical Connection Caused Fire...........

According to a news story on TheTelegraph.com....... Fire investigators believe that the cause of last month's fire at Alton Marina was a faulty electrical shore power connection on a houseboat. Investigators believe that the bad connection overheated or arced (sparked) and started the fire.

The January 23 fire destroyed the houseboat and heavily damaged a 290 Sea Ray cabin cruiser.  It also damaged the canopy of the dock.


Click here to read the news report

 

The Pelicans Have Returned to the Alton Area ...........

According to a news story on FOX2now....... The American white pelicans have returned to Alton area.  Thousands of them can be seen on the Mississippi River just south of Alton Lock and Dam.

 

Conservationists are predicting that around 10,000 of the pelicans will show up and they have  already taken over the fishing rights near the dam in the area that was ruled by the eagles..

Click here for this news story and video



River Bill says.... A big muddy thanks goes out to KGOODE for this news tip !

Capt'n Gary Behnke Had Hip Surgery ...........

Bill,

Everything went great he got to sit up last night. Today he gets to walk and maybe steps. Please tell everyone this for me.
 

Thanks,
Jeri Behnke

 

 

Gary and Jeri boat out of North Shore Marina in the cruiser Rae Marie V.

U.S. Coast Guard photograph

Updated Sun At 7:35

CGC Zephyr


In this photo by the U.S. Coast Guard, the Coast Guard Cutter Zephyr seized an estimated 400 pounds of fish from a suspected illegal fishing vessel, Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2009.

The interdiction occurred 45 nautical miles off the Texas coast and 4 miles from the U.S./Mexico border.

The suspected illegal fishermen were transferred to U.S. Customs and Border Protection for repatriation. The seized catch spoiled and was later abandoned.

(U.S. Coast Guard photo/CGC Zephyr)

 

Whale Sharks Near Mouth Of Mississippi River...........

In a news story from wlox.com....... Whale sharks, some up to 50 feet in length, are showing up in the Gulf of Mexico near the mouth of the Mississippi River. It is believed that the sharks are feeding on the plankton that thrive in the phosphorous and nitrate rich water. This just happens to be the same chemical cocktail that is responsible for the oxygen-deprived dead zones.

The Whale sharks are arriving between April and November, with most showing up between June through October, corresponding with the annual Gulf heating, that tends to feed hurricanes.........

Click here to read this news story.

The Big Muddy Restaurant.....

The Big Muddy Restaurant has just released their February entertainment calendar.

 

Click here and check it out.
 

The RiverBills.com February 2009 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

  

Art work by John Hornung

 

Arizona's Lake Pena Blanca Drained Due to Mercury.........

In a news report from kvoa.com.... Over the years, Lake Pena Blanca has had an issue from mercury making its way into the water from old mines, settling into the soil. As a result, fish would feed off of the sediment, and up the food chain, the contamination would go.

After draining, the crews have dug up and hauled away sediment from the drained lake. The sediment will be interred in a nearby consolidation cell, and covered. It could one day be a helipad.

Rumor are abound as to what could be found in the lake bed. From bodies, weapons, to abandoned cars, surprises have not popped up. Yet..........

Click here to read this news story.

Saturday,  07  February

  6th Annual Polar Bear Plunge

  Lake St. Louis

 

The 6th Annual Lake St. Louis Polar Plunge is planned for this coming Saturday.....February 7th, 2009.

  Hundreds will bear freezing weather and biting winds for this year's Polar Bear Plunge, a fundraiser that benefits the Special Olympics of Missouri.    

 

Registration begins at 12 noon.
Plunge starts at 2 pm.

 

Click here to read more on the Special Olympics website

 

 

 

 

 

  

Friday

06 February 2009

 

Over Two Million Visitors Strong !

 

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Yacht Club Sunset

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Our River Picture of the Day..... was sent in by Mary Tiemann, who hails out of Eagles Landing and Woodland Marina in the cruiser....The Kystal lady.

 

 

Its a sunset picture taken from the The Yacht Club of St. Louis !

Yesteryears

Picture of the Day

 

Our Lady of the Rivers Shrine

 

click on pic to enlarge

 

 

Yester Year's River Pictures of the Day in 2005---- was a shot of Our Lady Of the Rivers, a 25-foot fiberglass statue of Mary, watching over the Mississippi River near Portage Des Sioux, Mo. The statue was erected in 1957 and it is where the annual "Blessing of the Fleet " takes place. It is also a darn good place to take a look at the river and the bluffs.

United States Coast Guard

 

DATE: February 05, 2009 16:40:54 CST                                                          

Office of External Affairs

U.S. Coast Guard

 

Date: Feb. 5, 2009

News Release

Contact:  Lt. Rob McCaskey
(314) 269-2541

 

 Coast Guard helicopter crew assists river evaluations



ST. LOUIS, Mo. - A helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City, Mich., assisted local industry and Coast Guard representatives in evaluating the severity of icing on the Mississippi and Illinois rivers, Feb. 4, 2009.

The HH-65C Dolphin rescue helicopter crew conducted over flights of portions of the upper Mississippi River and Illinois River to determine the severity of icing on the river. Ice conditions not only reduce water levels but can also build up under barges and towing vessels causing them to ground without touching the river bottom.

Navigating in ice conditions can be difficult because ice can displace aids to navigation, form into ice gorges and damage the hulls of towing vessels and barges.

"The Coast Guard is committed to partnering with industry and using all available resources to mitigate the economic impact of icing conditions caused by the recent frigid temperatures," said Capt. Steve Hudson, captain of the port, Sector Upper Mississippi River.


 

The Coast Guard Cutter Sangamon is shown moored amongst sheets of ice at its homeport in Peoria, Ill., during a Coast Guard over flight to evaluate the ice conditions on the upper Mississippi River and Illinois River Feb. 4, 2009.

The flights by the HH-65C Dolphin helicopter crew from Traverse City, Mich., provided a bird's eye view of the icing conditions on the rivers to help industry and Coast Guard representatives determine how to mitigate the economic impact of the icy waterways.

U.S. Coast Guard photograph / Seaman Apprentice Zachary Stewart




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Missouri Budget Cuts Could Reduce Water Patrol........

 

According to a news article in the LakeSun..... Missouri Governor, Jay Nixon's recommendation to curb the state's spending could cause a reduction in the number of Missouri Water Patrol officers.

The governor is proposing to cut $5 million from the Missouri Department of Public Safety budget. That could mean reducing the Missouri Water Patrol by 22 officers.

The cuts would come at the beginning of July, 2009.

The budget process gets under way next week.

 

Click here to read this news story.

 

 

 

RiverBill says.... A big thanks goes out to Carl Sonker of the boat...."Don't Blink"... for this news tip !

Friday, February 6th......

  Palisades Yacht Club Big Read Book Discussion

 

The St. Charles City-County Library District is hosting Big Read Book Discussions in February.  http://www.neabigread.org/about.php

 

The Big Read book for St. Charles County February 2009 is Call of the Wild by Jack London. http://www.neabigread.org/books/callofthewild/

 

The North County Library Big Read Book Discussion will be held at

Palisades Yacht Club on Friday, Feb 6 from 7:00 - 8:30pm.

 

We will have tables reserved near the fireplace.

 

Anyone who would like to register...click here

 

Click here for more info

The Big Muddy Restaurant.....

The Big Muddy Restaurant has just released their February entertainment calendar.

 

Click here and check it out.
 

Towboat Acts As Icebreaker.....

In a news story photo on TheTelegraph.com........... the towboat, M/V Tony Lippman is shown prepping to tie up to its' barge just up-river from the Alton Dam. The towboat had jettisoned her barges and played icebreaker, which is a common practice on the Mississippi River when the the channel gets plugged up with ice.

According t the assistant lock master at Lock and Dam 26 its common for towboats to work together to break up the ice, as there is no working icebreaking vessels in this area.

Click here to read this story and view the photo.
 

High Water Stops Asian Carp Harvest On Kaskaskia River From Getting Started........

In a news report on bnd.com........ Commercial fishing crews were not able to begin the the Asian carp roundup on the Kaskaskia River due to high water. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources had awarded commercial fishing contracts to 3 fishing crews this year. The contracts allowed fishing for 2 weeks, beginning December 15th through the end of January.

However, with the heavy rains of December and the corresponding water level increases at Carlyle Lake, the spillway gates had to remain open. The high water coming through the spillway would have interfered with the nets used by the commercial fisherman.

During a 3 week period in December 2007...... 60,000 pounds of Asian carp were caught in the Carlyle spillway.

A new set of fishing contracts could be awarded soon.  The water conditions should improve within the next week to ten days.

Click here to read this report.
 

The RiverBills.com February 2009 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

  

Art work by John Hornung

 

Oasis Bar and Grill Update .........

The Oasis bar and Grill will be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays starting February 9, 2009 to get things in order for the upcoming Season !
Thanks
Raye Anne
 

Two Emergency Frequencies No Longer Monitored by US Coast Guard.....

In a news report from thenewstribune.com......... The Coast Guard has stopped monitoring distress signals on 2 frequencies, 121.5 and 243 MHz. The reason is due to issues with accuracy, false alarms, and other issues that delay rescue missions.

The Coast Guard advises boaters to upgrade to more modern equipment that broadcasts at 406 MHz.

The decision was also influenced by the need for conformity to international standards.

Click here to read this report.
 

Alton, IL

   Cutting Up The President.........

 

According to a news article in the Wednesday edition of TheTelegraph.com..... Workers are on the Alton riverfront cutting up the President Casino. Work has been going on for months to take the boat apart and ship it to St. Elmo, Illinois.  Investors plan to turn the 300 ft long casino boat into an 80-room hotel, convention center and museum reprehensive of the 1940s an 50s. The 65-foot-tall boat is now cut down nearly to the deck.
 

 

Click here to read this news story.

More On The HMS Victory.......

The Discovery Channel has chronicled the Odyssey Marine Exploration's finding of the HMS Victory. The documentary aired on Discovery Channel's Treasure Quest. The episodes are "The Legend" and "Return To The Legend".

Click here to visit discovery.com and take a peek at the Treasure Quest page.
 

Two Rivers Marina 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

Green Boating In Zero Emission Water Cruiser.......

In a news story from ecofriend.org....... The "Manta Bay Cruiser" is a new design concept from the imagination of Daniel Natterdal. The boat is considered green in that she is powered by an electric motor and constructed with organic plastics, recycled metals and glass. The wood can even be considered recycled, since it is driftwood!

Click here to view the photos and read the story.

 

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

New Ad Size............

We have a new size ad on RiverBill's.... 160 pixel x 160 pixel..... with more information for you.....the consumer. 

 

Check them out.. gotboatgear.com and the Golden Eagle Ferry are the first advertisers to use the new size.   All ads in the right hand column will be updated to the new size....one at a time.

 

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Where the Mississippi, Illinois and Missouri Rivers Flow into the Internet

 

Illinois Governor Quinn Fires New Illinois Department of Natural Resources Head......

In a news report from pjstar.com....... Kurt Granberg was fired as director of the IDNR this week.  Granberg had been appointed to the post just three weeks prior by the former governor of Illinois.

 

Conservation groups urged new Illinois Governor Quinn to remove Kurt Granberg as director of the IDNR in favor of someone who has experence in managing a natural resources agency.  The governor was able to reverse Granberg's nomination, as it had yet to pass Senate conformation.

Since Governor Quinn has a background in conservation issues, many conservation groups believe that a "partnership" will be formed with the IDNR. Quinn had chaired the Illinois River Coordinating Council.


Click here to read this report.
 

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Super Bowl Party Pics

 

 

  

 

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Our River Pictures of the Day..... were sent in by Mary Tiemann, who hails out of Eagles Landing in the cruiser..... Crystal Lady.

 

  Mary sent us pictures from last Sunday's Super Bowl Party at Sundowners Bar and Grill at the Yacht Club of St. Louis.  The featured photo at the top is of Jon Klipp, owner of Sundowners,  preparing the roasted pig for the party.

 

RiverBill says....Thanks for the pictures Mary.

Yesteryears

Picture of the Day

 

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Yester Year's River Pictures of the Day in 2005---- was a shot of a flock of river gulls and the bluffs.

 

These gulls were all sitting in a row on a rock dike around the UMR 213 mile marker. The Bluffs and the Great River Road are in the distance.

New Illinois Governor Quinn Pens Foreword To Illinois River Photo Journal....

In a news story on petelit.com.......... Governor Pat Quinn lends his thoughts as a foreword to the photographic collection called "Life Along The Illinois River", by David Zalaznik.

Click here to read the Governor's foreword.
 

Marina Update ....

  

Alton Marina

 

Alton Marina is not silted in. As of 6:00Pm on Feb 4, we have an average depth of 9 1/2 feet in the harbor. That being said, are planning to be dredged this year, in order to get us back to our design depth of 12 feet.

If there is anything else that I can help you with, please call Alton Marina at (618)462-9860 during business hours, or call my cell (618)946-6600 anytime.

 

Lets hope that we see some boating weather soon!

Regards,

Jeremy

 

 

 

Grafton Harbor

Grafton Harbor has been dredging since early fall. The fairways have been dredge to 10 feet and we are now dredging inside the slips.

We are looking forward to seeing you in the Spring.

 

Jan DeSherlia

Man Sentenced in Paddlefish Egg Case............

In a news report on kmov.com............. Thomas Jerry Nix, of Memphis, Tennessee, was convicted of conspiracy to engage in illegal commercial fishing. This stems from his catching paddlefish in illegal nets on Table Rock Lake and then harvesting and selling the caviar in Tennessee.

He was sentenced to 1 year, 1 day in a federal prison, a fine of about $30,000 to the Missouri Department of Conservation, as well as forfeiture of the boat and equipment used during the crime. Nix will not be eligible for parole.

Click here to read this news report.

Hunting and Fishing ...........  

   

To check Illinois hunting and fishing information, 

visit......... http://dnr.state.il.us/admin

 

To check Missouri hunting and fishing seasons listed on the Missouri Department of Conservation Outdoor Calendar, 

visit .......  http://mdc.mo.gov/seasons 

New Website

   St. Louis Sail and Power Squadron ............

 

Gus Elia has created a new website for the St. Louis Sail and Power Squadron !

 

The new URL is http://www.slsps.org

 

The St. Louis Sail and Power Squadron (SLSPS) is a fraternal boating organization for those interested in all things boating, whether it be paddling, sailing or power boating. As a not-for-profit educational organization SLSPS is dedicated to making boating safer and more enjoyable through education and civic service. Please take time to look around this website to familiarize yourself with our club and if you are from the region (or just visiting) we hope you will come and visit us.

"BOATING IS FUN.......WE'LL SHOW YOU HOW"

 

Click here.......

The RiverBills.com February 2009 Calendar ------ 

 

  

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Art work by John Hornung

 

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

 

Empty Nest? Hopefully not for long

Two new osprey nesting structures at the US Army Corps of Engineers St. Louis District's Rivers Project Office at West Alton, Mo., might be inhabited in as little as a month after their installation. The basket-like platforms sitting atop utility poles are designed to serve as habitat for ospreys, a bird of prey that normally begins nesting in late February.

Ospreys normally nest in large trees that are completely surrounded by water, giving them a 360° view of potential predators. Because availability of this type of habitat is limited, ospreys are opportunistic and readily build nests on man-made platforms.

The idea of placing the structures was brought about by volunteer Gene Sands who spends a good deal of time observing the wildlife at the Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary. Sands, a retired biologist, contacted the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to inquire about having a platform donated.

“I only asked for one platform and they (IDNR) insisted I take two” said Sands who went with Corps biologist Charlie Deutsch to retrieve the donated items.

Corps biologist Sarah Miller confirmed that ospreys had been in the Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary as recently as a few weeks before installation. Miller used the success of similar structures at the Corps’ Carlyle Lake as a guide to determine the best locations for the new habitat.

Three nesting platforms are already in place at Carlyle Lake, approximately 50 miles southeast of the Alton area. The first structure was installed at the lake in 2003 and was occupied immediately. It continues to remain active. The success of this shoreline platform aided in Miller deciding on two waterside locations, one on Ellis Island and the other just behind the Rivers Project Office.

 


 

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Oasis Bar and Grill Update .........

The Oasis bar and Grill will be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays starting February 9, 2009 to get things in order for the upcoming Season !
Thanks
Raye Anne
 

United States Coast Guard

 

DATE: February 04, 2009 09:39:59 CST                                                          

Office of External Affairs

U.S. Coast Guard

 

Date: Feb. 4, 2009

Media Advisory  

Contact:  Lt. Rob McCaskey
(314) 269-2541

 

 Coast Guard to host Maritime Industry Day



WHO: U.S. Coast Guard

WHAT: Maritime Industry Day 2009

WHEN: 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., Tuesday Feb. 10, 2009

4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., Wednesday Feb. 11, 2009

9 a.m. to 12 a.m., Thursday Feb. 12, 2009

WHERE: Tan-Tar-A-Resort, State Road KK, Osage Beach, Mo., in the main conference room

The Coast Guard is hosting an Industry Day in the Lake of the Ozarks area with members from the Coast Guard, the Regional Exam Center and the Transportation Security Administration who will be available to answer questions about mariner licensing, Transportation Workers Identification Credential Program and federal regulations for hunting and fishing guides upon federal waterways.

Tuesday presentations will address issues for mariners currently holding a license, Wednesday presentations will address issues for potential licensed mariners, and presentations on Thursday will focus on tourism agencies.

Additional information is available on the Sector Upper Mississippi website at www.uscg.mil/d8/sectUMR/
 


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BURLINGTON, Vt.- Ice rescue crews from Coast Guard Station Burlington and the Burlington Fire Department trained together on Lake Champlain Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2009. The crews trained for three days, allowing the teams to increase familiarity with the capabilities of the other agency.

 

(U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer Etta Smith)
 

Houseboat Industry Battens Down Hatches, Prepares To Ride Out The Storm..........

In a news report from houseboatmagazine.com......... Southern Kentucky's houseboat industry has felt the economic crunch with the rest of us. Buyers have been shying away from making the high-ticket purchases due to the uncertain economy. Lake Cumberland's 10 house boat builders have had to respond with layoffs, temporary shutdowns, and one company closed.

Yet, amid the doom and gloom, some manufacturers remain oddly optimistic. Be it drumming up business by sending reps to attend more boat shows, an increase in the number of inquiries over the past few weeks, to taking the downtime to retool in preparation for better times.  Hopes are high that the tide will turn soon.

Click here to read this report.

 

Month Long Shut Down For Yacht Builder........

In a news story from wxow.com.............. Cruisers Yachts of  Ocanto, Wisconsin has announced that operations will cease for approximately 1 month due to the economic downturn and sagging recreational vehicle sales.

The company states that the 500 employees were placed on unemployment, and given a tentative return time of early March. Due to unsold inventory there have been several production layoffs in recent months.

Click here to read the news story.

 

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

New Ad Size............

We have a new size ad on RiverBill's.... 160 pixel x 160 pixel..... with more information for you.....the consumer. 

 

Check them out.. gotboatgear.com and the Golden Eagle Ferry are the first advertisers to use the new size.   All ads in the right hand column will be updated to the new size....one at a time.

 

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Where the Mississippi, Illinois and Missouri Rivers Flow into the Internet

 

BoatUS Magazine Make-Over..........

According to a news report from portclintonnewsherald.com........ BoatUS Magazine has been re-launched with a new layout, look and  more content. The make-over is headed up by newly appointed consulting editor Bernadette Bernon. She previously was at the helm of Cruising World magazine as editor in chief, as well as editorial director of Cruising World and Sailing World.

The magazine is published by Boat Owners Association of The United States with circulation topping 600,000 readers.  The magazine is considered the most trusted source of information for recreational boaters.

The new layout will include a review section focusing on boats, gear and tow vehicles.

 

Theme issues are also planned.....starting with the Spring Boat Prep issue, due out in March.

Click here to read this report.

 

 


 

Wednesday

04 February 2009

 

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Picture of the Day

St. Charles Riverfront

 

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Our River Picture of the Day..... is a scenic view of the St. Charles, Mo riverfront.

Railroad tracks, park benches, picnic tables and the Missouri River.

Yesteryears

Picture of the Day

 

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Yester Year's River Pictures of the Day in 2006----- Was sent in by Gayle La Marr of the boat "Sound Waves"

 

 Hi Bill,

     We took this picture 2 weekends ago (2007). We had stopped in Alton after a drive down the river road. We did see a few eagles, and had a great afternoon. But this was a 1st. We had a great laugh after we walked out of Fast Eddies and this was in the parking lot.

See ya on the river soon!
Gayle

Missouri Senate Hears Testimony On Bill Targeting Riverway Drunken Decadence........

In a news report on the news-leader.com.......... A Missouri Senate committee heard testimony on Senate Bill 2. This bill is aimed at curbing drunken shenanigans on Missouri's waterways by banning methods of rapid intoxication. The legislation would prohibit beer kegs, Styrofoam coolers, jell-o shots, beer bongs, as well as the exchange of beads for displays of nudity.

Bill supporters believe that drunkenness and nudity are becoming all too common on Missouri's best canoeing rivers; thus scaring off families and church groups. Several campground and canoe livery owners testified in favor of the bill. They claim after federal laws went into effect 2 years ago in the Ozark National Scenic Riverways, a more peaceful atmosphere has become the norm.

Click here to read this report.
 

Could Brake Lights Be In Your Boats Future?

In a news story on powerboat.about.com......... A safer boating environment is the goal of PWC Industries.

 

Enter the Safety Alert System...... This product mounts to the stern of any vessel.  An LED light alerts other boaters that you are slowing down or it can be set to "distress mode" to let other boaters know you are in need of assistance.

Click here to read this news story.
 

 

The RiverBills.com February 2009 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.
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Art work by John Hornung

 

Lake Saint Louis Polar Plunge........... The 6th Annual Lake St. Louis Polar Plunge is planned for this coming Saturday.....February 7th, 2009.

  Hundreds will bear freezing weather and biting winds for this year's Polar Bear Plunge, a fundraiser that benefits the Special Olympics of Missouri.    

 

Registration begins at 12 noon.
Plunge starts at 2 pm.

 

Click here to read more on the Special Olympics website

MarineMax Announces Greater Losses, Same-Store Sales Down 52%.......

In a news report from foxbusiness.com.......... Boat and yacht retailer, MarineMax Inc. has Stated that their fiscal first quarter losses rose from $6.4 million, to $14.3 million for the same period last year. This represents losses going from 35 cents/share to 78 cents/share.

Quarter revenues dropped 53% to $100.2 million. Quarterly same-store sales fell 52%

MarineMax states plans are to reduce major expenses, and close 5 stores to lower operating costs............

Click here to read this report.


Blueway May Be Established On Mississippi River.....

In a news article on the tennessean.com.......... National Park Service representatives, and members of the Mississippi River Corridor Tennessee surveyed portions of the Mississippi River upstream of Memphis to determine likely settings for establishing a blueway.

 

A blueway is in essence a water trail on the river, the way a greenway is a trail through the wilderness.

The proposed blueway stretches 16 miles from the Meemen-Shelby forest to the downtown Memphis riverfront. The blueway would be marked by signs, have designated access points, and information available on things such as campsites, river history, and ecology. Tennessee already has an established blueway on a 50 mile section of the Tennessee River Gorge, close to Chattanooga.

The main benefit to the Mississippi River blueway would be the promotion of recreational use, as well as raising historical and ecological awareness of the River.


Click here to read this news article.
 

Two Rivers Marina 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

Further Testing Finds More Pollutants From Tennessee Coal Ash Spill....

In a news story from thinksouth.org............. Environmental activists found high levels of copper and arsenic in independently taken water samples from the river east of the TVA coal ash spill site. Congress is looking at tighter regulation of ash ponds. These ponds are present at 156 coal fired power plants, in 32 states.

Approximately $1 million is spent per day by the TVA on the clean up effort. Environmentalists state that further harm is possible by leaving the ash alongside the river, where it could leach into the water supply whenever rain falls..................

Click here to read this news story.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Tuesday

03 February 2009

 

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Hannibal Boat Club Party

 

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Our River Picture of the Day..... was sent in by Ed and Nancee Shahan of the Boat Nuts Brokerage Firm.

 

 

Bill,
I am sending you a picture from the Hannibal Boat Club party held this past Saturday night. The party was a fund raiser for Brent Beard who has been diagnosed with cancer. Brents' family are long standing members of the Hannibal Boat Club and are great people. A hog was roasted for the occasion and members brought side dishes. Music was provided by a DJ and a great time was had by all. A total of $1325.00 was raised for Brent. We wish him all the best, and hope all that read this will include him in their prayers for a full recovery. Baby it may be cold outside but all of us river rats can still heat things up on the river.

 

Thanks for the great job you do getting the word out about river doings.

 

Ed & Nancee Shahan,

BoatNuts Brokerage Firm
 

 

 

RiverBill says.... If someone from the Hannibal Boat Club will send an e-mail to riverbill@prodigy.net we will add you a link on Riverbill's.

Yesteryears

Picture of the Day

 

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Yester Year's River Pictures of the Day in 2007----- was a sunset sent in by Lou Amighetti of the Missouri State Water Patrol.  Look at those colors streaking up into the sky !

  Looks like this picture was taken looking up the Illinois River with the lights of Grafton on the right. You can even see part of the Water Patrol boat (and antenna) at the bottom.

 

 

Public Notices Open For Comment

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

 

 

 

  1. P-2698:The applicant. Jeff Snider requests Department of the Army Permit authorization to construct a dam on Brady Creek, which is a tributary to the Meramec River. The dam will create an approximate 16-acre recreational lake that will impact approximately 2,315 linear feet of creek channel through clearing, filling, grading, and impounding. The proposed project is located 3.8 miles south of Catawissa, Franklin County, Missouri. The Public Notice opens February 3, 2009 and closes on February 24, 2009.

  2. P-2697:The applicant The Tri City Port District proposes to construct a public, commercial, inland navigation harbor, to be known as the River’s Edge South Harbor. Approximately 14.63 acres of forested wetlands, 5.50 acres of emergent wetlands and Mississippi River frontage would be impacted by the proposed harbor excavation and placement of fill to support harbor related facilities and operation. The approximate 63.64-acre project area is located along the left descending bank (LDB) of the Mississippi River at approximate river mile l83.5. The site is located in Section 26, Township 3 North, Range 10 West, in Madison, Madison County, Illinois. The public notice comment period is open from February 6, 2009 through February 26, 2009.
     

 

 

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River Day Trips Cure Winter Blues...........

In a news report from stltoday.com.............. With the winter season coming to a close, the answer to cabin fever is close by. To the north of the St. Louis area, is the Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary, near Alton. In addition to the usual winter visitors like Canada geese, white pelicans, and gulls, several Trumpeter swans have begun to winter below the Alton dam. A little further up the Great River Road is Grafton, with visions of eagles along the way. Many shops, restaurants, and wineries await.

A little ways south lays Ste Genevieve, and Hickory Canyons Natural Area. The sights include box canyons and sandstone cliffs. Apparently, the box canyons drip similar to waterfalls, but in the wintertime, the dripping freezes, creating icicle "waterfalls" that can reach more than 50 feet high.

But, ya may want to hurry, as the winter season draws to a close, so does the opportunity to enjoy these sights. Until next winter, at least...........

Click here to read this report.
 

 

The RiverBills.com February 2009 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.
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Art work by John Hornung

 

The New Issue Of Missouri Conservationist Magazine Is Out........The paper and on-line edition of  the December, Missouri Conservationist Magazine is out.

  Click here to view it the on-line edition

 

  This edition contains some articles you might be interested in as boaters:

         "Building Mussels"

         "Wetland Program Works"



Photo of LST325 on Illinois River by Larry Hellrung

 

LST325

   WW II Relic May Attain Spot On National Register Of Historic Places.........

In a news report from the courierpress.com.......... The LST 325 arrived in Evansville, Indiana in October 2005. And shortly thereafter, the USS LST Ship Memorial, a group of military retirees, applied for a $700,000, Save America's Treasures grant. This program is one of the larger programs the National Park Service offers, to preserve historical structures and sites. However, the USS LST Ship Memorial soon discovered that the LST 325 needed to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places in order to qualify for the grant.

The LST 325 was scheduled to be listed on the Indiana state's register of historic places, however, the meeting of the Indiana Historic Preservation Review Board was canceled on account of bad weather. At the next meeting, scheduled for April 22, 2009, the ship's application will be reviewed, and forwarded to the National Park Service for the final decision on installation on the National Register Of Historic Places.

Barring further delays, the LST 325 would be on the National Register by the end of June, or early July..............

Click here to read this report.

 



LST (Landing Ship, Tank)
LST was the military designation given to naval ships that supported amphibious operations during WW II. These ships were designed to carry, and land enormous quantities troops, cargo, and vehicles onto beaches..........

Source: Wikipedia Encyclopedia, click here to read more.

Where Old Boats Go When They Die.............

Click here and take a look at the tradeonlytoday.com video titled "Where old boats go when they die II"

Fountain Powerboat Industries, Inc. Reports Second Quarter 2009 Fiscal Results and Six-Month Financial Results........

In a news report from marketwire.com............... Fountain Powerboats (NYSE Alternext US:FPB) announced the results of fiscal 2009 second quarter, and the six-month period, that ended Dec 31, 2008.

 

Second Quarter

Net sales were $5,839,908, compared to net sales of $15,196,038 for the comparable quarter of  2008.

 

Gross loss was ($1,031,092), compared to a gross profit of $2,216,271 for the same quarter of 2008.
 

 

Six Month Financial Results
Net sales were $23,427,947, compared to net sales of $33,245,468 for the same period of 2008.

 

Gross profit was $1,187,226, compared to gross profit of $4,920,857 for the same period of 2008.


Click here to read the report on MarketWire.com.
 

 

 

 

In a news story on tradeonlytoday.com......Fountain Powerboat reported a 61 percent drop in net sales for fiscal 2009 second quarter


Click here to read report in tradeonlytoday.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday

02 February 2009

 

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Our River Pictures of the Day..... are from Rick, mary and Katy Estes, who boat out of lake Center marina in the boat....Y2Katy II


Hey, Bill,

It's about half an hour before the Super bowl (Go Big Red!). Maybe I can get this e-mail done before it starts. There seems to be some dissatisfaction with the amount of bird pics (or the lack of BOAT pics) from some of your subscribers. Maybe I can help.

 

 These pictures have been in the family album for some 45+ years. I finally had them "digitalized" just so I could send them to RiverBill's. At first look, they are just old boating shots with very little interest to most people. But, actually, they were taken at one of the very early "Blessing of the Fleet" parades. The first "Blessing" was in 1957, this one is probably a year or two or three later. I say that because when I took a magnifying glass to the original pics, the one with the very large cruiser (the judges boat?) has a banner on it that reads "HELP US TO COMPLETE THE SHRINE, GIVE GENEROUSLY NOW". My dad, Glenn Estes, had a friend, Bill Murphy, who had a boat called the "Lushwell". These shots were probably from one of their excursions. That's my dad to the rear of the boat with the pennants, at some unknown dock, but probably Palisades. After Murphy got rid of his boat, at least once or twice a year my dad would take the whole family out to the harbors just to be close to the river, even though we never had a boat. I remember playing the arcade bowling game and drinking sodas at South Shore when I was maybe 9 years old. Later, when I was in my early 30's, before I had a boat, dad and I would go to Palisades, North Shore and the rest of the harbors just to have a beer or two and let him reminisce. Thanks to dad and my father-in-law, I, too, am enjoying the beauty of the mighty Mississippi, and hopefully passing this along to my daughter, Katy and her future children.

 

Rick, Mary & Katy Estes

Y2Katy II

Lake Center Marina

 

 

RiverBill says.....  Thanks for sharing these great pictures from the past with us Rick !

Looks like they had a great turnout on the water and on the land.  I really enjoyed looking at the vintage boats.

Yesteryears

Picture of the Day

 

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Yester Year's River Pictures of the Day in 2007----- was of a frozen Dardenne Slough taken 2007 year about this time.  Looks really cold !

A Frozen Dardenne Slough

 

This shot was taken from the deck of Sharky's Restaurant.....  We miss you Sharky's !

 

St. Charles

   Most Homes Flooded in 2008 Will Be Raised.......

According to a news article in the St. Charles Journal......... the majority of the houses damaged by last year's floods are in the process of being saved by the owners.

 

A St. Charles County ordinance requires that after a house is more than 50% damaged by flood water, it must be elevated, demolished or sold to the US Government. Even if the owner decides to demolish it, all future buildings on the property must be elevated.

 

One hundred ten homes were substantially damaged by the floods of 2008.

  • 58 homes are in the process of being raised.

  • 7 homeowners have filed for demolition permits.

  • 22 homeowners have applied for a federal buyout.

  • Some homeowners have not informed St. Charles County of their plans.
     

Click here to read this new article
 

 

Grafton, IL

   City Is Working To Get River Dredged For Grafton Ferry and Grafton Marina.....

According to a news article in TheTelegraph.com......... Grafton, IL is working to help two businesses that are economically important to the city's tourist trade.... The Grafton Ferry and the Grafton Harbor.
 

Last year's flood and "development runoff" has silted in the Grafton Harbor.  Mayor Richard Mosby filed for relief funds through FEMA, but the request were denied because of the way the marina's contract with the city is written.  The mayor has appealed the denial.

The contract states that Grafton Harbor is responsible for "maintenance dredging."  The mayor is saying this is not normal maintenance.


The city is also trying to help the owners of the Grafton Ferry find funding for dredging its silted-in crossing route between two islands at the confluence of the Illinois and Mississippi rivers.

Click here to read this news story
 

 

The RiverBills.com February 2009 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

  

Art work by John Hornung

 

With Deepest Sympathy........

  

 Billy Joe Yates, Father of Bert Yates, Has Passed Away

 

 

Bert Yates' father, Billy Joe Yates, passed away on Wednesday, January 28th, 2009.

 

Mr. Yates will be laid out at the Chapel Hill Mortuary, 6300 Highway 30, Cedar Hill, MO 63016 on Monday, February 2nd from 2 PM to 9 PM.

 

Funeral will be on Tuesday, February 3rd at 10 AM from Chapel Hill.

 

 

Bert and Renee Yates

Members of Con Trios Yacht Club

Bert and Renee boat out of Eagles Landing Marina.

Photo courtesy of Con Trios Yacht Club

 

Our condolences go out to Bert and his family.

 

Man-of-War, HMS Victory, Discovered In The English Channel......

In a news report from the heraldtribune.com......... Odyssey Marine Exploration has discovered the wreckage of the British man-of-war, HMS Victory, that sank in the English Channel on October 4, 1744. Evidence including 31 brass cannons definitively identify the ship as the HMS Victory. The vessel, is resting in 330 feet of water.

It is expected that the ship was carrying about 4 tons of gold Portuguese coins. The HMS Victory was returning from Portugal where she was assisting a Mediterranean convoy thwart a French blockade.

Odyssey states they are in negotiations with the British government about a joint salvage project. A spokesman from the Ministry of Defense says that they are aware of Odyssey's find, and if she is a British warship, her wreck would be "sovereign immune", meaning she could not be disturbed without permission of the United Kingdom.........

Click here to read this report.

New Ad Size............

We have a new size ad on RiverBill's.... 160 pixel x 160 pixel..... with more information for you.....the consumer. 

 

Check them out.. gotboatgear.com and the Golden Eagle Ferry are the first advertisers to use the new size.   All ads in the right hand column will be updated to the new size....one at a time.

 

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Where the Mississippi, Illinois and Missouri Rivers Flow into the Internet

 

From Florida Mines To Dead Zone In The Gulf........

In a news article from tampabay.com......... When the EPA decided that the carcinogenic fuel additive, MTBE, should be phased out, and states ordered refineries to switch to ethanol, it started a higher demand for corn. Midwest farmers responded by upping their corn crops and they started using more fertilizer.

The majority of the fertilizer for the United Sates comes from the phosphate mines of Florida.

This increase in fertilizer run-off into the Mississippi River, and into the Gulf of Mexico has caused an increasing dead zone, and a corresponding decrease in the Gulf's fishing industry...........

Click here to read the article.
 

 


MBTE

Methyl tertiary butyl was a gasoline additive to oxygenate the fuel and raise it's octane number. It has been found to easily pollute ground water supplies, when leaked from underground storage tanks.

MTBE also has medical uses, in the dissolution of gallstones..............

Source: Wikipedia Encyclopedia, click here to read more

 

Delta Queen Update

   Grass Roots Effort to Save Her..............

In a news report on Cincinnati.com............ The Delta Queen is the very last of her kind.....a paddlewheel-propelled steamboat with a wooden superstructure that cruises our rivers with overnight passengers. Thanks to politics, she stopped cruising America's rivers on Oct. 31.  Since then she has been docked near New Orleans.

On February 4th the Delta Queen will steam up-river to Chattanooga, where it will be moored and (most important) preserved intact as a riverfront hotel.

Click here to read this article about the former St. Louis resident who is heading up the Save-The Delta_Queen Campaign.
 

 

Click here for pictures of Delta Queen's last visit to Cincinnati, Ohio

 

 

FOX2now Report

Click here to read the FOX2now news report on the Delta Queen's final trip to become a riverfront hotel.
 

 

 

 

 

 

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Picture of the Day

Frozen n' Open River

Sunday

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Our River Picture of the Day..... is of the Mississippi River in the Two Branch Island area.  The river is frozen from shore to shore in the area right in front of the camera, but a short distance down the river there is a large pocket of open water.


 

 

Picture of the Day

Watchin The River Flow

Saturday

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Our River Picture of the Day..... is of a couple on the snow covered St. Charles riverfront spending some time watching the Missouri River Flow by.


 

Yesteryears

Picture of the Day

Sunday

 

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Yester Year's River Pictures of the Day in 2005----- was from the RiverCam at Winfield Lock and Dam on the Mississippi River........

 A Snowy Day on the River

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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers  Research and Development Center website

 

Yesteryears

Picture of the Day

Saturday

 

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Yester Year's River Pictures of the Day in 2005----- was of the Grafton Ferry and a Wintertime Boater. It was taken from the Grafton Ferry landing on the Missouri side of the Mississippi River. The houses in the distance are on the bluffs along the Illinois River.

 

RiverBill says... Looks like Dutch in the cruiser ...."Scoundrel" heading up-river.

 


Navigation Notices ......

 

 

From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 1/30/09
Subject: Lock Restrictions
NAVNOTICE # 1553


UPPER MISSISSIPPI AND ILLINOIS RIVER
A. THE USACE HAS ISSUED THE FOLLOWING NOTICES FOR VESSELS
TRANSITING ON THE ILLINOIS WATERWAY SYSTEM.
B. VESSELS TRANSITING THE MARSEILLES AND STARVED ROCK LOCKS ARE
RESTRICTED TO 105 FOOT WIDTH. DOWNBOUND TOWS ARE RESTRICTED TO 400 FEET. DOUBLES WILL BE REQUIRED TO TRIP OR USE A HELPER BOAT TO ASSIST WITH THE FIRST CUT.
C. UPBOUND DOUBLES TRANSITING THE DRESDEN ISLAND LOCK WILL BE
REQUIRED TO TRIP OR USE A HELPER BOAT TO ASSIST WITH THE FIRST CUT.
D. PEORIA LOCK AND LEGRANGE LOCK ARE CURRENTLY UP WITH THE FOLLOWING RESTRICTIONS. TOWS ARE REQUIRED TO HAVE A WIDTH OF 105 FEET. DOUBLES WILL BE REQUIRED TO TRIP OR USE A HELPER BOAT TO ASSIST WITH THE FIRST CUT. LAGRANGE LOCK CAN PULL SOUTHBOUND CUTS.
E. ALL OTHER LOCKS ARE CURRENTLY UNDER NORMAL OPERATIONS.
F. ICE COUPLINGS ARE REQUIRED IN ALL LOCKS.
G. LOCK 24 ON THE UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER HAS REPORTED MAKING HARD CUTS.

 

 

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From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 1/30/09
Subject: DAYBEACON DESTROYED
NAVNOTICE # 1552


SUBJ: WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0021-09 UM
SAFETY AND SCHED BCSTS UNTIL CANCELLED
USCG NOTICE TO MARINERS EIGHTH DISTRICT NR 0021-09 UM
ILLINOIS RIVER
COAL CREEK UPPER DAYBEACON (LLNR 7640) MM 85.8 UMR RDB. THE COAST GUARD RCVD A REPORT THAT THE LIGHT HAS BEEN DESTROYED DUE TO THE RIVER BANK COLLAPSING. MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO TRANSIT THIS PORTION OF THE RIVER WITH CAUTION.

 

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

       

With Deepest Sympathy........

  

 Billy Joe Yates, Father of Bert Yates, Has Passed Away

 

 

Bert Yates' father, Billy Joe Yates, passed away on Wednesday, January 28th, 2009.

 

Mr. Yates will be laid out at the Chapel Hill Mortuary, 6300 Highway 30, Cedar Hill, MO 63016 on Monday, February 2nd from 2 PM to 9 PM.

 

Funeral will be on Tuesday, February 3rd at 10 AM from Chapel Hill.

 

 

Bert and Renee Yates

Members of Con Trios Yacht Club

Bert and Renee boat out of Eagles Landing Marina.

Photo courtesy of Con Trios Yacht Club

 

Our condolences go out to Bert and his family.

 

River Super Bowl Parties......
 

Oasis Bar & Grill Super Bowl Party...........click here

Palisades Yacht Club.... $1.00 Longnecks during game

Sundowners Super Bowl Pig Roast....click here

Sunday, 01 February, 2009

Oasis Bar & Grill Super Bowl Party

 

 

 

Sunday, 01 February, 2009

Super Bowl Pig Roast

 

 

Updated Sun at 8:30 AM

New Ad Size............

We have a new size ad on RiverBill's.... 160 pixel x 160 pixel..... with more information for you.....the consumer. 

 

Check them out.. gotboatgear.com and the Golden Eagle Ferry are the first advertisers to use the new size.   All ads in the right hand column will be updated to the new size....one at a time.

 

RiverBills.com

Where the Mississippi, Illinois and Missouri Rivers Flow into the Internet

 

Updated Sun at 7:00 AM

Accu Weather For St. Charles and Washington, Mo............

Added Accu Weather links for the Missouri River cities of St. Charles and Washington, Mo to the left hand column of RiverBills.com.......  After all this is where the Mississippi, Illinois ad Missouri Rivers flow into the internet !

 

Updated Sun at 6:00 AM

Crews Raise Boat That Sank In Alton Marina Fire............

In a news report from thetelegraph.com............ In an effort that spanned two days, a boat that sank after a fire at the Alton Marina was salvaged Saturday. After hacking through 8-10 inches of ice, Pat Riley, of Pat Riley Marine Services dove in after the wreck. Two hours later, she was floating atop the surface once more.

The damage to the dock and boats has been estimated at $345,000. Investigators are still trying to determine the cause of the fire. Boat owners, although dejected, heap praise on the Fire Department, and their quick response.............

Click here to read this report.

Updated Sun at 6:00 AM

Dubuque, Iowa
   500 Gallon Spill Into The Mississippi River..........

In a news report from thonline.com............ The Iowa Department Of Natural Resources states that 500 gallons of the wood byproduct, lignin, spilled from a 2.2 million gallon storage tank due to an open valve. Authorities believe vandalism is the cause of the spill.

The spill did make it to the river ice through a drain at the Dubuque River Terminals Property. The spill did not completely melt through the ice, and clean-up was underway.

The chemical spill does carry the potential to kill off aquatic life, but the threat is believed to be low for a body of water the size of the Mississippi River.

Click here to read this report.
 

 


Lignin Wood Polymer
Lignin is a compound derived from wood. It is one of the most abundant organic polymers in the world, second only to cellulose. Lignin is also crucial to the conduction of water in plants.

Commercial uses:

  • Dispersants in high performance cement applications, water treatment formulations and textile dyes

  • Additives in specialty oil field applications and agricultural chemicals

  • Raw materials for several chemicals, such as vanillin, DMSO, ethanol, torula yeast, xylitol sugar and humic acid

  • Environmentally sustainable dust suppression agent for roads

Source:  Wikipedia Encyclopedia  click here to read more

Missouri

   New State Record For Fresh Water Drum......

Jim Low of the Missouri Department of Conservation sent RiverBill's the following press release:
 

 


Missouri gets new state-record freshwater drum
The 26.5-pound fish was gigged at Lake of the Ozarks.
 

LAKE OZARK —Kenneth F. Hoener, of Hermann, set a state record for freshwater drum taken by “alternative methods” when he gigged a 26.5-pound freshwater drum at Lake of the Ozarks Nov. 7. The fish measured 38 inches long.

The Missouri Department of Conservation recognizes fishing records in two categories. Pole-and-line catches must be taken on hand-held equipment. Alternative methods include trotlines, throwlines, limblines, banklines, juglines, spearfishing, snagging, snaring, gigging and archery.

The previous “alternative methods” record was a 15-pound, 3-ounce drum caught on a trotline at Lake Wappapello in 1996. The current pole-and-line record for freshwater drum is a monstrous 40.5-pound fish caught by an Iowa man at Lake of the Ozarks in 1980.

 

 

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Click here to go to the Missouri Department of Conservation website
 

Activation of Electronic Fish Barrier on Illinois River Delayed..............

In a news report on Prairie State Outdoors.......... Activation of the electric barrier in the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal near Romeoville, Illinois has been delayed because of defects in the cooling system.  The delay could last until late March.

The electronic barrier is designed to prevent Asian carp in the Illinois River from moving through the Ship Canal into Lake Michigan and beyond.

 

The US Army Corps of Engineers had planned to turn on the barrier by January 31, 2008 at 1 Volt/inch.


Click here to read this news story

Ice Cover Mississippi River ..........

 

Click here for news report and video from the St. Louis Fox2Now on the Icy Mississippi River Conditions.  To some its a beautiful winter scene.... and to others it dangerous place to be working.

 

 

Illinois Fishing Report .......

 

Click here for the northern and central Illinois fishing report from the Prairie States Outdoors website.

Fountain Stock Suspended From Trading on New York Stock Exchange...

In a news report from the TradeOnlyToday.com......... The stock of Fountain Powerboat Industries’ will be suspended from trading on NYSE Alternext US.

 

The exchange noted that Fountain had “sustained losses that were so substantial in relation to its overall operations or its existing financial resources, or its financial condition had become so impaired."

After the delisting, the company's outstanding shares will be quoted under a new symbol in the Pink Sheets.  The new symbol is yet to be announced.

Fountain’s stock was listed at 33 cents per share on Friday morning.

Click here to read more.....

 

 

Fountain Powerboats website
http://www.fountainpowerboats.com/

Silverton Marine Corp Cutting Work Force...

In a news report from the TradeOnlyToday.com......... Silverton Marine Corp. is laying off  202 employees because of current economic conditions. The company had nearly 500 employees as of October 2008 with facilities in New Jersey, Florida and Maryland. The company has not shipped a boat to a dealer in two months.


Silverton, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year.

 

Click here to read this news story
 

 


Silverton Marine Corp website

http://www.silverton.com/

Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet Channel Closed..............

In a news report on nola.com............ Efforts have begun to close the Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet shipping channel in St. Benard Parish. This closing will bring an end to 45 years of navigation on the 60 mile shortcut from New Orleans to the Gulf of Mexico.

Although the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers states that the channel had no impact on the post-Katrina flooding, the channel took the majority of criticism for the flooding of New Orleans, and St. Benard Parish.

Supporters of the project are in good spirits, stating that the coast finally can heal itself and that this will start to restore the natural hydrology, the natural plumbing.

Click here to read this report.

 

 


The Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet
The Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet, or Mr. Go was intended to be a shorter route from the Gulf of Mexico to the Port of New Orleans and provide port access to deep draft vessels that cannot navigate the Industrial Canal's locks.

Click here to learn more about Mr. Go on Wikipedia.
 

 

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