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January-February 2005 Roadrunner Newsletter, Kern-Kaweah Sierrra Club January-February 2005 Roadrunner Newsletter, Kern-Kaweah Sierrra Club Document Transcript

  • The Roadrunner Bimonthly Publication of the Kern-Kaweah Chapter of the Sierra Club — Jan/Feb 2005 Backed by Kern Kaweah Chapter, Sierra Club enters the Water Wars again. CONDOR GROUP SUES LA COUNTY RE: PROPOSED WATER EXTRACTION PROJECT on Gorman Hills in the Tejon Pass AreaThe great challenge in California (and elsewhere, but that is another story) is Water! The latest is very local. Itinvolves a proposal to drain water from the Gorman Hills, site of one of most wonderful flower displays (whenthere is enough rain) in the state, some say in the country. For what purpose? To sell to willing buyers who willuse it to resell to all of us as bottled water.Description. This “water farm” project would be located on Gorman Post Road, which runs parallel to and isvisible from I-5. This is located in the area where in the spring some of the most beautiful flowers are spread overthe hillsides, attracting folks from all over the state to come and view the sights.Quoting from the document from Los Angeles County Regional Planning, “the objective of the project is toextract water from four springs in the 192 acres site and export it via tanker trucks. To achieve that objective,water storage tanks and truck loading facilities would be constructed at three locations on the site. Up to three setsof eight polyurethene water storage tanks each, 24 tanks in all, limited to 14 feet in height and capable of holding10,000 to 12,000 gallons each, will be placed on 30’ by 60’ concrete slabs. The tanks will be set below grade andscreened from the the road with landscaped earthen berms. The facility will be run on a 24-hour basis, year-around.”“The full annual water withdrawal allotment from the on-site springs on the Gorman Hills permitted by theGolden Valley Municipal Water District would be 300 acre-feet per year. To transport the entire allotment wouldrequire an average of 44 truck trips per day (16,000 per year). With facilities’ operations being possible on a 24-hour basis, this could be accommodated with an average frequency (for all three stations combined) of 1.8 truckarrivals/departures per hour.”Impacts. Many questions have been raised concerning this project. There is a need for a more detailed wateranalysis, because the report in the file is full of speculation and conjecture. The County admits in its own reportsthat “there remains an uncertainty about this conclusion, due to the present lack of flow quantification regardingconnectedness of the various parts of the aquifer.” No peer review of the assumptions of the hydrology report hasbeen made. Very little attention was paid to the potential effects on the precious wetland areas that are in closevicinity to the project area.No attention was paid to the proposed housing projects in the area, Centennial City (23,000 homes), Fallingstar(800 houses), 150 houses by a local school, as well as other mini-housing projects and their possible impact on thelocal water supply. Already local people are finding their wells are going dry. People feel they are being “robbed”of their water if such a project is allowed. There is also the question of the Golden Valley Municipal WaterCompany’s agreement with the proposer of this project. Consider these facts: 1 acre foot of water = 325,851gallons; 301 acre feet of water = 98,081,151 gallons of water. The lowest retail price of water per gallon sold at
  • 2 THE ROADRUNNERVons is 50c per gallon. The value of the water being allowed for extraction thus amounts to $49,045,575. Giventhe sale prices of Arrowhead at the upper end of bottled water, the profits rise astronomically.Set-up costs have not been subtracted from the above figure but according to the Bottlers Website, $300,000 is theaverage one-time cost. The applicant has offered the Company $50,000 per year for the privilege of extractingwater from this area. Such a contrast between potential profit and payment for precious water.Conclusions. The above circumstances, plus other impacts such as air quality, traffic concerns, poorly done biotasurveys, have combined to more than convince the Sierra Club that this project needs to be subjected to the eyesof the court. With the aid and support of the Kern Kaweah Chapter and the national Sierra Club, the CondorGroup has filed a suit against this project. More to come! GOOD NEWS SENATE APPROVES NORTH COAST WILDERNESS!! You read that right—in the waning hours of the session, the U.S. Senate approved the North Coast Wildernesslegislation by unanimous consent. Many around the state, especially in the North Coast, feel this is one of the bestpresents of the holiday season! Take some time out to celebrate! How it happened. Senate victory was achieved by outstanding effort and help from Senators Boxer andFeinstein, and of course from Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-01), who is the lead sponsor for this district bill in theHouse. In particular, Senator Feinstein, who began very cautiously and spent a great deal of time studying theissue, has emerged as a full and energetic advocate for this bill, and we should load her desk with compliments. Where it stands. House passage was not attained, so the bill dies for now. What happens next. In the new year, Rep. Thompson’s and Sens. Boxer and Feinstein’s legislation will bereintroduced for consideration in the 109th Congress. In January, work will start to secure Senate and Househearings for that reintroduced legislation. The Senate passage yesterday sets a precedent and should have apositive impact on the Senate in the new year. But supporters will still have to come out swinging in 2005 and beready to make it happen. WILDERNESS PROTECTION A BIG GOAL FOR KERN KAWEAH CHAPTER ACTIVISTS EVERYONE CAN HELP you , YOU, and Y O U! Sign up for Activists Lists in order to help legislators know our opinions on this topic and more!Our Chapter Cares We know that lots of people in our Kern Kaweah Chapter have been part of the successfulWilderness movements in California. Your help and the help of many more of us can continue to work and pushfor this cause and others. Join in by signing up for the California Activists List and our local Chapter list in orderto receive the ALERTS that signal that letters and telephone calls are needed to tell our elected officials of oursupport (or non-support as the case may be) for their activities in Congress, California Legislature and/or localentities.New Years Resolution These next four years are going to be tough ones. But a success like the aboveWilderness approval signals that there are cracks in the one-party control of Washington and your participationcan help to widen those cracks into chasms. Decide to make a contact with your government, national, state andor local, at least once a month.Make your voice be heard! Start right now!How to begin! - Email alunger@juno.com or call Art Unger, 661.323.5569.Pro-Environment Appointments In State LegislatureSenate President pro Tem-elect Don Perata announced that he has named Senator Sheila Kuehl (D-Los Angeles)to chair the Natural Resources and Water Committee and Senator-elect Alan Lowenthal (D-Long Beach) to chair
  • 3 THE ROADRUNNERthe Environmental Quality Committee. Senator Kuehl will also serve as Chair of the Budget Subcomittee onResources. Both these persons have done much to promote environmental protections, Kuehl in particular, withitems related to water.PLOVERS PROTECTED—ANOTHER VICTORY FOR CALIFORNIA ACTIVISTSThe Santa Lucia Chapter of the Sierra Club and the California Department of Parks and Recreation has finalized aconsent decree for the Protection of the Western snowy plover at the Oceano Dunes State Vehicular RecreationArea. The Chapter sued the Department of Parks for violating the Endangered Species Act, putting the snowyplover, least tern and steelhead trout at risk in its management of Oceano Dunes. In addition to closing off one half mile more of the beach, the settlement will secure nearly half a milliondollars for research, education, public outreach, and volunteer programs. The Morro Coast Audubon Society willreceive $50,000 a year for five years to expand its successful plover volunteer program and information clearinghouse.COSTA RICA,International Sierra Club Style OutingIn addition to local outings, the Sierra Club sponsors an array of International expeditions. One of the mostpopular destinations is Costa Rica, and having taken the trip in June of this year, we can see why!Costa Rica is a place full of wildlife, tropical rainforests, volcanoes, and warm humid air! The rainforest was sodense in many places, we felt we were on another planet, due to all the foliage, dark gray skies, and the persistentwarm rain. The volcano we traveled so far to see was shrouded in mist, but its rocky lava slopes offered beautifulviews nonetheless. We were able to see the elusive and famous resplendent Quetzel, and went mist-netting forbats with a biologist one evening. Plus we saw, in the wild, exuberant scarlet macaws, anhinga, toucans, squirrelmonkeys, white-faced coati, many poison dart frogs, crocodiles, and other fascinating animals. We were able tophotograph poison dart frogs, Giant Iguana, hummingbirds, the beautiful Motmot, turtles, agouti, howlermonkeys, and many colorful insects. The tropical foliage made for great photos in nearly any direction.The Sierra Club volunteer leader, Mary OBoyle, was an outstanding trip leader. We would go on any trip sheleads, regardless of destination, just to have the joy of being led by such an enthusiastic, knowledgeable, andflexible person! After the Sierra Club-sponsored trip, we added a four-day personal excursion to Marenco andCorcovado National Park, to see some of Costa Rica’s beautiful coastline.To see photos of our trip, including Monteverde, Arenal Volcano, Selve Verde, Marenco, and CorcovadoNational Park, see our online photo album at: http://homepage.mac.com/muirpower/costa_rica/ Reported by Harold & Janet Wood, Mineral King ChapterCALIFORNIA WILL KEEP REGIONAL CONSERVATION COMMITTEE FOR SURE! DECISION BY NATIONAL BOARD RILES CALIFORNIA SIERRA CLUBHere is how it went. The National Sierra Club Board voted to eliminate monies to support the RegionalConservation Committees, committees that are designed to deal directly with conservation issues in each state.Sierra Club California (SCCAL) immediately voted to oppose the Board’s elimination of the RegionalConservation Committees. The California Nevada Regional Conservation Committee has been an essential andeffective entity conducting and coordinating regional work in California and Nevada. A California ConservationCommittee, which has been one of the functions of the CNRCC, is necessary to the functioning of the Sierra Clubin California, where there are 13 chapters. There have to be statewide meetings of representatives from allChapters to make California conservation policy and political endorsements.SCCAL has asked the Board to reconsider its decision to eliminate the RCCs and to consult the elected repre-sentatives of the RCCs and the Council of Club Leaders before making significant changes to the structure of theregional conservation organization.SCCAL is concerned that the Sierra Club is moving in a unhealthy manner each time it reduces the levels ofvolunteer structure that provide for face to face contact and dialogue especially in the instance of regional
  • 4 THE ROADRUNNERleadership where its contribution to discussion of the broader conservation mission of the Club has not beenreplicated by other structures.We have reported on these state-wide meetings regularly. Participants in these meetings have found that theirunderstandings of state and national environmental concerns are always enhanced and their will to act accordinglyis energized tremendously. JANUARY, FEBRUARY CALENDAR OF COMING EVENTSEveryone is welcome, Sierra Club members and non-members, to join in any of the outdoor activities. Requirements: Youmust be in condition for type of hike, equipped appropriately for the activity, and prepared to sign a Sierra Club release fromliability. You must be willing to follow leader’s directions. Unprepared for the prospective hike? It will be a no-go for you.Please let the leader know ahead of time that you are intending to participate. Customary appropriate equipment includesgood hiking shoes, plenty of water, snack, sunglasses, sun tan lotion, layered clothing. Long pants recommended. It is alwayswise to call before coming to a listed activity.TUESDAY CONDITIONING HIKES. 7 PM 4–5 miles. Corners of Highways 178 & 184. Gordon661.872.2432 or Larry 661.873.8107 (KK Chapter)Jan 8–9 (sat-sun) ANTELOPE PROTECTION CARCAMP. Join us for a weekend removing fencing for thebenefit of the antelope. Camp at KCL campground, bring food, water, and camping gear for the weekend. PotluckSaturday night. More info? contact Leaders: Cal and Letty French, ccfrench@tcsn.net - 805.239. 7338, 14140Chimney Rock Road, Paso Robles, CA 93446. (Santa Lucia Chap) CNRCC Desert ComJan 9 (sun) 2 PM BUENA VISTA ADOPTED HIGHWAY SEGMENT CLEAN UP Meet at the parking lot ofthe Monte Carlo Club at the corner of Hwy. 1 (Taft Hwy.) and Old River Road. (Bksf) Work 1 to 11/2 hours. Mustbe 16 or older to work. If you come as a skilled “trash spotter,” you are most welcome. Call Glenn for more info,661.832.3382.Jan 12 (wed) 6 PM - Mineral King EVENING SOCIAL at Tachibana, Mooney Blvd., Visalia. All interested inenvironmental activities are cordially invited. More info? Call 559.739.8527 (Mineral King)Jan 15 (sat) SOUTH REGIONAL CONSERVATION COMMITTEE 10 AM Angeles Chapter office, Suite 320,3435 Wilshire, Los Angeles. Contact; Ken Smokoska, CNRCC Vice Chair (South) ksmokoska@sierraclubsandiego.orgJan 15 (sat) HIGH POINTS OF RED ROCK CANYON STATE PARK (Red Rock Canyon and environs, elev3300 ft, 500 ft gain, 5 mi RT) We will visit Nightmare Gulch on our way to explore the “pinnacles” and the “RedButtes” from several good viewpoints. A beautiful and relatively easy hike for January. Meet at 7:30 AM at theRidgecrest Cinema parking lot. For more information, call Dennis Burge at 760.375.7967 or Jim Nichols at760.375.8161. (Owens Peak Gp)Jan 15–17 (sat-mon) INDIAN PASS CARCAMP. Join us as we explore the Indian Pass Wilderness Area ineastern Imperial County. While ATVs roar through the nearby dunes we will walk quietly through the gravelwashes, rocky hills, and gentle passes in this low desert biome. Carcamping will include the civilized amenities,but three fortuitous routes will allow both short and long dayhikes to the interior of an area normally only seenfrom the outside. Limit 12 participants. Ldr: Craig Deutsche, deutsche@earthlink.net 310.477.6670. (CNRCCDesert Com)Jan 16 (sun) - Hike from HOSPITAL ROCK in Sequoia National Park: Joanne and David Dudley, leaders. Forfurther details and RSVP 559.733. 2078. (Mineral King Gp)JAN 22 (sat) 10 AM BAKERSFIELD SIERRA CLUB members (this means *you* if you live in Bakersfield)are invited to attend a revitalization, reorganization and brainstorming session at the Beale Library, Lake Room,701 Truxtun Ave., at 10:00 AM. Bring your thoughts on how a grassroot level of the Sierra Club can meet yourneeds and desires in the Bakersfield area. Would you like to see a Sierra Club Group serving this community?Mark your calendar and please plan to attend. Coffee or orange juice and donuts will be available for free, but wewill not refuse any donations. See you there. We need your ideas. Glenn Shellcross, Chair 661.832.3382Jan 24 (mon) 7:30 PM DEATH VALLEY’S PAST Death Valley National Park Archeologist Kelly Turner willpresent some highlights of Death Valley archeology. Maturango Museum. For info. call Stan Haye at760.375.8973 (Owens Peak Gp)
  • 5 THE ROADRUNNERFeb 5–7 (sat-mon) Explore the UNKNOWN MOJAVE. While the East Mojave Preserve is well known, fewerpeople know of the mountains and Wilderness Areas immediately to the south. We will carcamp with appropriateamenities and explore the Marble, Clipper, and Piute Mountains on three consecutive dayhikes. These low rangesshould provide us with moderate weather, long views, and winter solitude. Limit 12 participants. Leader: CraigDeutsche, mail to: deutsche@earthlink.net 310.477.6670. (CNRCC Desert Com)Feb 6 (sun) 9 AM BUENA VISTA ADOPTED HIGHWAY SEGMENT CLEAN UP Meet parking lot MonteCarlo Club at the corner of Hwy. 1 (Taft Hwy.) and Old River Road. Work 1 to 11/2 hours. Must be 16 or older towork. If you come as a skilled “trash spotter,” you are most welcome. Call Glenn, 661.832.3382.Feb 9 (wed) 6 PM EVENING SOCIAL MIMI’S CAFE, Packwood Creek Shopping Center, Visalia. Allinterested in environmental activities are cordially invited. More info? Call 559.739.8527 (Mineral King Gp)Feb 19 (sat) LAMONT PEAK AND LAMONT II (Lamont is 1.6 mi E of Canebrake/Chimney Meadows roadat saddle S of Lamont Meadow; elev 7429 ft (Lamont) and 7475 ft (Lamont II), 2100 ft gain, 4.6 mi RT (toLamont II). We will climb Lamont Peak and then go on to the higher and little visited companion Lamont II.Lamont II is another .9 mi and 250 ft down then up again further along a trail on the E ridge of Lamont. You cando one or both. Meet at 7:30 AM at the Ridgecrest Cinema parking lot. For more information, call Dennis760.375.7967 or Jim at 760.375.8161 (Owens Peak Gp)Feb 19–21 (sat-mon) SOUTHERN NEVADA HOT SPOTS. PRESIDENT’S DAY FIELD TRIP to visit twokey threatened public land areas. Join a day hike Saturday to the new Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area,just south of Las Vegas, where helicopter overflights are a serious concern, if a proposed new heliport is built.Sunday and Monday join overnight car campout to the Gold Butte area at the eastern edge of the state wherestriking cultural artifacts and unique geologic formations are in danger of being overrun by exponential increasesin recreation use by off-road vehicles. The overnight features central commissary. Leader Vicky Hoover isassisted by several local experts. vicky.hoover@sierraclub.org - 415,977.5527. (SF Bay/CNRCC Desert Com)Feb 19–21 (sat-mon) WHIPPLE MOUNTAIN CARCAMP. For this trip in the far eastern San BernardinoCounty, we will need 4X4 vehicles. Bring all your drinking water as there is none available. We will exploreWhipple Wash, which is supposed to rival the Zion Narrows. To get on the trip, send $20 made out to Sierra Clubto David Hardy, Box 99, Blue Diamond, NV 890004. If you show up or cancel more than 10 days before the trip,you get the $20 back. Ldr: David Hardy, hardyhikers@juno.com 702.875.454 (Toyaibe Chap//CNRCC DesertCom)Feb 24th (thur) THE SOUTHERN SIERRA NEVADA: ECOLOGICAL CROSSROAD AND RAREPLANT HOTSPOT. Spectacular slideshow tour of the bioregions and their unique plants. Presented by FletcherLinton, the Forest Botanist on the Sequoia National Forest. (Southern Sierra Nevada is a floristic melting potbetween the Central Valley and the Mojave Desert and also between the High Sierra and the Southern CaliforniaMountains. This confluence of diverse floras creates a high density of rare endemic plants and many interestingplant communities.) Porterville Community Center, 466 E. Putnam Ave. at 7 PM. Call 559.781.8897 for moreinformation. (Kaweah Gp)Feb 28 (mon) JAPAN 7:30 PM at Maturango Museum. Jean Bennett will present slides of her recent trip toJapan. For info. call Jean at 760.446.4339 (Owens Peak Gp) LOOKING AHEADMar 5–6 (sat-sun) WILDERNESS RESTORATION in Imperial County. On Saturday we will participate, alongwith the Student Conservation Association and perhaps members of an off-road vehicle group, in a BLMsponsored restoration project to close and disguise several illegal routes in the Yuha Desert near the town ofOcotillo. On Sunday we will visit Anza Borrego State Park to explore and dayhike south of highway S2 near DosCabezas and Portrereo Palms. Early spring is the time to enjoy these southern deserts and mountains. Info andsign-up with Ldr: Craig Deutsche, 310.477.6670 mail to: deutsche@earthlink.net (CNRCC Desert Com)Mar 18–20 (fri-sun) Hike near Cambria on coast: Joanne and David Dudley, Leaders, For further details andRSVP 559.733. 2078. (Mineral King Gp)Sept 8–11 Sierra Summit, San Francisco. POPULATION ACTIVIST TRAINING, WASHINGTON, D.C. April 2–4! HERE’S A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO BECOME A SPRAWL STOPPER!
  • 6 THE ROADRUNNERJoin us for the 2005 National Population Activist Training event featuring forums on the latest population issues.Learn valuable activism skills, meet inspiring people and become better advocates for international familyplanning. Come to Washington to learn how we can work together to*Re-fund UNFPA *Increase funding International Family Planning Program *Repeal the Global Gag RuleSierra Club’s Global Population and Environment Program will pay for lodging and almost all of your meals. Weencourage Sierra Club members to ask local chapters or groups for assistance in paying for travel costs to andfrom DC. For more details, please contact Sarah Fairchild at 202.675.2396 or sarah.fairchild@ sierraclub.org. Tofind out more about Sierra Club’s Global Population and Environment Program, please visit our website:http://www.sierraclub.org/population DAIRIES INUNDATE KERN COUNTY WITH FAR MORE THAN MILK Questions that need discussion and answering.Many of those who live near dairies and 82% of the voters in Wasco actively oppose dairies. Here are problemsthe dairy industry should discuss.*Do these milk animal factories collect around the edge of developing areas so that in a few decades they can selltheir land for $300,000 to $400,000 an acre, as they are doing in Chino?*The 18-wheel milk trucks will wear out our roads. How is the cost of repair divided among trucks, producers andtax payers?*Chino dairies have hauled 375,000 tons of manure to Kern County in the last three years. Has this manure beenapplied to crops at a rate that enabled the crops to use all the nitrogen and phosphorous in the manure? Many localwells have been closed because of nitrogen from fertilizer.*Why did dairies use low interest state loans, called “pollution control revenue bonds,” to buy bigger dairies,instead of for their intended purpose of reducing pollution? When California Treasurer Phil Angelides realizedthis, he stopped giving loans.*Groundwater near Chino is contaminated by dairies. Kern County confines manure waste water to lagoons linedwith clay soils which are supposed to greatly slow infiltration. Manure waste water is allowed to overflow thelagoon due to heavy rain once every 25 years on average. Test wells are placed near the lagoon. What happens ifthe test well finds contamination? Shouldn’t we test the soil just below the lagoon?*Annual deaths in California will fall by 6,500 if we attain state air standards. Particulates come from beef anddairy cattle. In addition dairies make over half of the ammonia in our air. This ammonia reacts with the oxides ofnitrogen from vehicles and other engines to form droplets of ammonium nitrate in the air; these droplets are overhalf of all the particulates in winter and help form our winter haze. Hydrogen sulfide also comes from manure.*Occasionally milk prices decline and milk is dumped on the ground instead of being brought to market. Whenthat occurs, will dairies still afford to protect our air and water?*Will local dairies use expensive digesters (microbial digestion, anaerobic digestion) that can turn manure intoclean fertilizer and reduce flies, odor and air pollutants?*How much chemical pesticide will be used to decrease flies? What is the cumulative impact on dairy workers,other agricultural workers and neighbors, of chemical pesticides?It is disturbing that when we are considering adding more dairies and thus they should be on their best behavior,poor sanitation was found in one of nine inspected dairies. Another local dairy recently diverted its wastewater toan adjacent property.For details or documentation please contact the Sierra Club at alunger@juno.com. Art Unger FROM THE CHAIRWe’ve just completed a very trying national election. Many California Sierra Club members volunteered to thepresidential campaign. Phone calls to Nevada and Oregon were also part of our California efforts to help get outvoters. Thanks to all of you who worked on the election both locally and out of state.
  • 7 THE ROADRUNNERThere were many victories nationwide both in local races and state races. We as a Club are sad about the results ofthe Presidential election. We now have our job laid out for us protecting what we cherish most. Throughadministrative changes in the federal agencies our President is weakening protections of areas important to ourhealth; our air quality, our water quality and quantity, and our beloved wild places.Join the Kern-Kaweah Activist Hot Line to get notification of letters you can write and issues you can select thatpertain to you. If you have computer access look at www.sierraclub.org to see what little bit you can do to help.We really need your help as a volunteer. Please call me at 661.323.5569 to offer your services and to answer anyquestions you may have. Lorraine Unger MIDGEBUZZINGSPublic television has brought back an old story whose primary character has long been a household symbol:Pollyanna. When I heard of the new production I remembered what fun we made, in our iconoclastic adolescence,of this little Miss Do-Good, and of her adult doppelganger, Norman Vincent Peale. With newly acquiredcynicism and cultivated drollery we pounced upon clichés and probably hurt some mothers’ feelings when theychirped such ditties as “Brighten the Corner Where You Are.”But then I remembered further back, when we were in the midst of the Second World War and those samemothers were putting gold stars in their windows in honor and memory of lost sons. And for some reason Irecalled a radio voice from that time coming nightly into households all over America, that of a newscaster whopreceded each recital of the horrendous which was then balm for our ears: “Ah, there’s good news tonight!”Thank you, Gabriel Heater. I’m glad I’m old enough to remember you, and too old to laugh.And so I have decided, in the interest of our emotional environment in these increasingly threatening times, to telltwo charming true stories to start the new year. Both were shared with me a few years ago by our mutual friend,Christena Geyer, Sierra Club supporter and high school librarian. I know she won’t mind my passing them on toyou.One day, in the midst of a busy schedule assisting teachers and students with research projects, Chris noticed twoboys, whom she knew to be a freshman and a sophomore, furtively edging their way toward the part of the librarydevoted to hygiene and sex education, the sophomore in the lead. That section was not currently on any teacher’sagenda, and Chris decided to do a little eavesdropping just for fun before shooing them back to business. Quietlyshe glided down the aisle on the other side of the stack, and stopped when she heard their low, excited voices.Suddenly the sophomore, having found the book he was looking for and clearly reveling in his role assophisticated elder, said in a muted, thrill-charged whisper: “Now! Here it is! See this? Look at these pictures!This is the one you never, never want to get because, see what it says? This one attacks the gentiles!” Anappropriate caveat, no doubt, for gentiles, though decidedly a relief to the Hebrews!Not long after that, Chris was breaking in a new student assistant, a freshman girl. They were preparing dailynewspapers for the rack, and Chris was going over the material carefully, starting with the layout and accustomedorder of The Bakersfield Californian. Most freshmen don’t know much about newspapers beyond the comicsection, and the lesson, in this case, regarded obituaries. Fascinated, the new assistant began reading, and Christurned away to attend to other business. Suddenly the girl gasped, and then she said, (in a dramatic whisper, ofcourse—this was a library) “Mrs. Geyer! Did you see this? I can hardly believe this! Look, Mrs. Geyer!Yesterday they all died in alphabetical order!”These stories are calculated to make you laugh as much as I did when I first heard them. But I hope that they alsotell you how much we loved our work as members of a high school faculty, and some of the reasons why. Here’sto a very happy and cheerful New Year to you all! Ann Williams
  • 8 THE ROADRUNNER Thanks so muchto all the people who have faithfully contributed information and articles to The Road-runner, and to the crews who have prepared it for mailing.And thanks also to all the people who have made financial contributions to the Chapter,which has meant a lot to us, because you are supporting the Sierra Club’s work in ourown back yard. This makes you an important part of our work to protect wilderness andwildlife, to improve the quality of life in our cities, and to promote the enjoyment ofnature.
  • 9 THE ROADRUNNER Sierra Club Executive Committees OUR LOCAL SIERRA CLUB ELECTIONSExecutive Committees (Excoms) in the groups and thechapters are responsible for setting up programs andhikes, and carrying out everyday business of groups.Vote for your excom members using the ballots below.All Sierra Club members are invited to attend thesemeetings.CHAPTER EXCOM usually meets on a Saturday. Nodefinite Saturday is set because of various conflicts.Call Lorraine Unger (661.323.5569) for up-to-dateinformation on time and place.MINERAL KING GROUP EXCOM:Meets the fourth Monday of month.Ballots will be counted, new officers elected at Jan24th mtg. Inquire about monthly e-mail notification.Call 559.739.8527.CONDOR GROUP EXCOM meets on Mondays at 9AM as needed. Call Ches at 661.242.0423 for up-to-date for information.SIERRA CLUB ELECTIONS: Please vote. Remember, each person of joint memberships has a vote. Ballot for Mineral King Group Ballot for ALL SIERRA CLUB MEMBERS members only Condor Group members only PLEASE VOTE IN THISEx-Com Ballot – There are four Executive Committee for Condor ELECTION.open posts. Please vote for four Group, 2005 Executive Committee forcandidates only. Return ballot to: Vote for nine and nine only Kern Kaweah ChapterP.O. Box 3543, Visalia, CA 93278. Mail to PO GG, PMC,93222 before Please vote for six candidates.Write-ins welcome. February 1st All members have a vote.Return ballot to: Voter 1 Voter 2 Please mail to Kern-Kaweah Chap.,P.O. Box 3543, ________ Ches Arthur PO 3357, Bksf. CA 93385 beforeVisalia, CA 93278. ________ Fay Benbrook February 1st, 2005.Need to mail so that letter is post- ________ Dale Chitwood voter 1 Voter 2marked by January 20, 2005. _______ Erica Cordes _______Ches Arthur__________Voter #1 Voter #2 _______ Jan de Leeuw _______Richard Garcia_____ Joanne Dudley ________ Katherine King _______Harry Love_____ Francis Hagan ________ Gita Nelson _______Ara Mardrosian_____ Sharon Meckenstock ________ Harry Nelson _______Gordon Nipp_____ Janet Wood _______ Barbara Nusbaum _______Lorraine UngerVoter 1 Write In Voter 1 Write In Voter 1 write in__________________________ __________________________ __________________________________________________Vo __________________________ ________________________ter 2 Write In Voter 2 Write In Voter 2 write in____________________________ __________________________ ________________________________________________ ______________________ __________________________