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  • Loss from the recent Butte Fire
    Loss from the recent Butte Fire
    Last updated on September 13, 2015 by The C.A.R.L.A. Team | This article is Archived | Permalink

    We have some very sad news to report from the Butte Fire in
    Calaveras County.

    One of CARLA's MAJOR supporters including the reason for our
    rapid expansion and a very good friend, John LaRue, experienced
    a devastating and very personal loss from the Butte Fire near
    Mt. Ranch.

    Some of you may know of the JKL Museum of Telephony or even had
    the pleasure of touring it. If you have, you know what a "WOW,
    THAT'S SO COOL" experience it was and how you probably shared
    that 'wow factor' with anyone you tried to describe it too.

    Preliminary information is that the Museum burned to the ground
    along with a beautiful home and several other buildings,
    warehouse, vehicles and so much more. There was even a theater
    that was added a few years ago and so many hard to replace, one
    of a kind, nostalgic and refurbished items throughout the
    existence and history of Telephony in this country.

    We know what it's like to pour all your heart, time, money and
    resources into something special and yet even if we lost all of
    CARLA today, it would pale in comparison to the loss that was
    experienced from this fire including all the dozens of other
    homes that have been overrun in the last few days.

    In fact, it's very possible we lost a 900 MHz repeater that was
    installed a few years ago in Calaveras County but never
    integrated into the rest of the network yet. With all the fires
    going on and still to come, it will truly be miraculous if we
    don't suffer a loss somewhere amongst all the systems currently
    in place.

    Those of us who are part of CARLA would like to offer our
    heartfelt thoughts and condolences to John, his family and the
    many friends and supporters who were all part of the museum's
    birth and existence. We are ready to help and assist in any way
    we can with recovery and/or possible rebuilding efforts.

    If you want to look at some of the now only memories of the
    museum, here is the address to the website:


    Tom, N6MVT
    ...and the rest of the CARLA Team.