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    March-April 2006 Roadrunner Newsletter, Kern-Kaweah Sierrra Club March-April 2006 Roadrunner Newsletter, Kern-Kaweah Sierrra Club Document Transcript

    • The RoadrunnerBimonthly Publication of the Kern-Kaweah Chapter of the Sierra Club — March/April 2006 KERN KAWEAH CHAPTER’S ANNUAL SPRING BANQUET, SATURDAY, APRIL 1ST Norris Road Veterans Hall at 400 Norris Road, Oildale DAVID CROW, SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY AIR MAN, TO SPEAK, ANNUAL CUP WINNER TO BE ANNOUNCED. CHAPTER’S CONSERVATION EFFORTS HIGHLIGHTED The Kern-Kaweah Chapter’s annual banquet will be on Saturday, April 1, at the Norris RoadVeterans Hall at 400 Norris Road, near Chester Ave, in Oildale. It is a time to become acquainted withother chapter members and our friends in the community. Socializing will be encouraged! Exhibits fromlocal environmental groups will be on display. The highlight of the evening will be the recognition ofthe conservation work of members. This year’s special presenter will be David Crow, recently retired executive director of the San Joa-quin Valley Air Pollution Control District. He will be talking about recent innovative decisions by theDistrict to clean up the air and will comment on the hurdles needed to be overcome to deal with ourValley’s air quality problems. Questions and answers will follow. Besides having a great opportunity to meet new members, to renew old friendships, and to get re-vitalized in the community, you will be offered a tasty meal. The menu will consist of either chickenmarsala or spinach lasagna as the entree, along with vegetables, potatoes, salad, roll, and dessert. Thesocial hour, with wine/beverages/appetizers, will begin at 5:30 PM with dinner being served at 6:30 PM.Price: $16.00 per person. Please complete the coupon below and mail to: Harry Love, 13500 Powder River Ave., Bakersfield,CA 93314. Enclose a check for the total amount. Make check payable to Kern-Kaweah Chapter/SierraClub. RSVP by March 24.!---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Yes, I wish to attend the 2006 Annual Banquet of the Kern-Kaweah Chapter of the Sierra Club on April1. With each person @ $16.00, I have included a check for the total. Number attending: ____ (@ $16.00) Total amount: $___________ Desired entrée: put number requested for each item: Chicken Marsala Spinach LasagnaYOUR NAME____________________________ADDRESS_______________________________PHONE NUMBER________________________ Please mail to: Harry Love, 13500 Powder River Ave., Bakersfield, CA 93314.
    • 2 THE ROADRUNNER FIRST IN THE NATION! Indirect Source Rule recognizes that air pollutants created by housing developments need mitigation by extra fees. Thanks, Gordon Nipp and Harry Love, for all your effective efforts! (read details on p. 2 ) The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any. Alice Walker. THE INDIRECT SOURCE RULE— SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY MAKES HISTORY. Chapter activists, Nipp and Love, attendees at public meeting, played a major role in making this happen. Read on! In a historic 10–0 vote, the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District Governing Board votedunanimously on December 15, 2005, in favor of the Indirect Source Rule (ISR). Recognizing thatindirect sources represent some of the largest pieces of the air pollution pie, the Board agreed thathousing projects in the phases of construction and occupation are as much a source of air pollution asautos and factory emissions. The lack of a clear policy on growth has threatened the Valley’s airquality and economic prosperity. The Indirect Source Rule (ISR), by limiting the indirect emissionsfrom new developments, is a major step in putting the Valley on a healthier and more prosperous path. California’s San Joaquin Valley has become the first place in the nation to charge developers ofprojects a fee which will be used to help mitigate air pollution problems. As of March 1, the rule willapply to developments in the Valley larger than 50 houses, with fees beginning at about $1200 perhouse. The efforts of Gordon Nipp and Harry Love, Kern Kaweah Chapter members, to make devel-opers pay their “fair share” by threatening suits played a major role in bringing to public attention theneed for passing this rule. The ISR proposal was supported by the environmental and public healthcommunities and strongly opposed by the Building Industry Association. Passionate speakers at the public hearing supporting this bill helped to turn the tide to get theIRS rule passed. Arthur Unger recorded the following persons as being present at the meeting, many ofthem going to the microphone to further emphasize facts and express positive support for this rule: Eva& Gordon Nipp, Harry Love, Art Unger, Lucy Clark, Ann Williams, Margie Bell, Ches Arthur,Ann Gallon, Ken Ryan, Kevin Hall, and 20 others from elsewhere. At least one speaker drove over100 miles to exercise his right to express his opinion. Barbara Patrick, County Board of Supervisor, wasquoted in the Calfornian as coming to the meeting with doubts about the rule but after listening to thepublic, she “feels more resolute than ever.” Harry Love
    • THE ROADRUNNER 3 MINERAL KING GROUP FACES LAND CHALLENGES Board Of Supervisors Accepts Application For Huge Housing Project In Foothills J.G. Boswell Co. has proposed a planned community on its 36,000-acre Yokohl Ranch property in theSierra foothills east of Exeter between Three Rivers and Springville. This would be a master-planneddevelopment including shopping centers, golf courses, schools, and more. Specific details of the projecthave not been released, but it has been reported that the development envisions a population of some20,000 to 30,000 people. This would make it the fourth largest city in Tulare County, with ten timesthe population of Three Rivers. Until now the land has been used for grazing. It is pristine and very special to the people of TulareCounty. Lots of hills and oaks. These lands are very likely home to a large variety of animal and plantlife. This proposed community is to draw on surface water for its needs. Tulare County is two years into a three-year update of its 40-year-old general plan. Boswell requestedthat the Board of Supervisors allow it to file an application for a general plan amendment to begin thedevelopment process now. The Mineral King Group submitted a letter to the Board of Supervisors and spoke at the publichearing this week urging the Board not to accept the application for a general plan amendment untilcompletion of the general plan update, presently projected to be toward the end of 2006. Unfortunately, the Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to accept Boswell’s application at thistime. The Mineral King Group is very concerned that this negates the policy of focusing growth inexisting urban areas as envisioned in the general plan update process. The Mineral King Group willstay actively involved. Kim LoebTo the readers of the Roadrunner the parallels to Tejon Ranchs Centennial Project of 23,000 homes is obvious. The Carrizo Plain appears to be in trouble. Will it get the attention that its monument status requires?Carrizo! Have you ever been there? Tucked away between Hwy 58 and 166, between I-5 and the Coast,it is one of the most beautiful spots in California, an unbelievable remnant of Old California. It includeslarge grassland areas that burst into fabulous bloom in springtime. An exceptional number ofendangered and threatened species is found in this relatively small acreage. It is a place where manylocals as well as visitors from all over the state and country go to view the sandhill cranes as well ashope for a sighting of condors. And then must be added the fact that you can almost count on seeingvarious raptors of all sizes on the fence posts as you drive in, as well as antelope and tule elk. There isno doubt that you will have exceptional view of the San Andreas Fault where you can really see theeffects of the movements of the North American and Pacific tectonic plates in relatonship to each other.All these qualities were recognized when the area was given monument status in the Clinton era. Butnow there is great concern. A resource management plan for the Monument had been developed that would have changed thegrazing leases from 6 years to annual renewal. It was withdrawn because of directions from the top, theDept. of Interior. A proposed substitute plan now has been presented that would allow the BLMmanagement plan to be formulated using data from 96/97, avoiding a full Environmental ImpactStatement, and would favor business interests rather than protection. In addition, there is an applicationmade for oil drilling in this area, another added insult. All of this makes a mockery of the prescriptionsthat were laid down for Monuments. The Sierra Club has joined with The Wilderness Society, Los Padres Forest Watch, and WesternWatersheds Project to publicize BLM’s failure to follow the law while preparing a ResourceManagement Plan. Hopefully this pressure will return the BLM to the first presented plan. Updates willcome in future Roadrunners.
    • 4 THE ROADRUNNER Want to see the Carrizo first hand? Join this work party. Sat., Sun., Apr. 1–2, Antelope Protection Carcamp (Nature Study/Work Party) With little rainfall and few water sources, the species that live here are both hardy and endangered.Particularly beautiful are the pronghorn antelope which evolved in these wild, open spaces. Then cattleranching left a legacy of endless fences—which are deadly to the pronghorn. Join us for a weekend inthis remote area removing fencing for their benefit. Camp at KCL campground, bring food, water, heavyleather work gloves, and camping gear for the weekend. Potluck Sat night. Rain cancels. Resourcespecialist: Alice Koch. For more information, contact Leaders: Cal and Letty French, 14140 ChimneyRock Road, Paso Robles, CA 93446, 805.239.7338. Prefer e-mail <ccfrench@tcsn.net>. SantaLuciaChap/CNRCC Desert Comm. KERN KAWEAH CHAPTER OFFICERS AND MEMBERS for 2006: Chair: Lorraine Unger (Bksf), 661.323.5569; Vice-chair: Georgette Theotig (Tehachapi);Secretary: Harry Love (Bksf); Treasurer: Janet Wood (Min King); Treasurer liaison: Richard Garcia(Min King); Ches Arthur (PMC). Beverly Garcia (Min King), Steven Montgomery (Bksf), Gordon Nipp(Bksf), Arthur Unger (Bksf). Meetings: Sun, March 5, 11:30 AM Unger’s home, brown bag lunch. Sat, April 1 prior to Banquet. Place to be announced. All Sierra Club members welcome to attend. Call Chair to verify meeting times, places. Special Notice: Sierra Club Elections Ballots will be arriving soon! Please take time to vote! Questions? Feel free to consult with any of the Ex-Com members! KERN KAWEAH CHAPTER GROUP NEWS California Nevada Regional Conservation Committtee meeting, San Luis Obispo, Sat– Sun Mar 18–19. Conservationists from two states meet to discuss and take action on environ- mental concerns. Great opportunity to meet fellow activists. Worth every minute of your time. Contact Lori Ives at ivesico@earthlink.net for further information.REQUIRED READING: Everyone is welcome, Sierra Club members and non-members, to join in any of the outdooractivities. Requirements: You must be in condition for type of hike, equipped appropriately for the activity, and prepared tosign a Sierra Club release from liability. You must be willing to follow leader’s directions. Let the leader know ahead of timethat you are intending to participate. Customary appropriate equipment includes good hiking shoes, plenty of water, snack,sunglasses, suntan lotion, layered clothing. Long pants recommended. Be sure to bring all that is required for your personalhealth needs. Unprepared for the prospective hike? It will be a no-go for you. All events are subject to change.Tuesday Conditioning Hikes. 7 PM, 4–5 miles. Corners of Highways 178 & 184. Gordon 661.872.2432 or Larry 661.873.8107 (KK Chapter)Buena Vista Group More info? call Donnel Lester, 661.831.6784
    • THE ROADRUNNER 5 Congratulations to the 2006 officers of the Buena Vista Group Group Chair: Donnel Lester; Group Vice-Chair: Isabel Stierl; Treasurer: Keith Dilday; Membership Chair: Ann Gallon; Secretary: Jennifer RandelMar 4 (Sat) 8:30 !". Brian Cypher will give a presentation titled “Kit Foxes in the City:Opportunities for Conservation” at our monthly breakfast gathering at the Jungle Café (700 TruxtunAve, across the street from the Beale Library). The presentation is free; the cost of breakfast is about $7.For more information, contact Donnel at 661.831.6784 or Isabel at 661.246.6195.Mar 22 (Wed) 7:00 PM. Buena Vista Group Conservation Committee Meeting. Help us decide theSierra Club’s positions on Bakersfield-area issues such as sprawl, air pollution, farmland loss, endan-gered species, etc. The location for this meeting has not yet been determined; please call Art Unger at661.323.5569 or Gordon Nipp at 661.872.2432 for information.April 8 (Sat) 3:30 PM. Buena Vista Group Social and Potluck at the home of Eva and Gordon Nipp.Come at 3:30 to see the spring flowers and visit. Eat at 5:00. Bring a dish that you are proud of to sharewith your fellow clubbers. Call Eva or Gordon at 661.872.2432 for directions and information. AllChapter members and interested folk are welcome.Third Saturdays Adopt-A-Highway. Buena Vista Group members and friends are invited to join us forthe "Adopt-A-Highway" cleanup the third Saturday of each month, at 9 AM. We will meet at the MonteCarlo Club parking lot at the intersection of Hwy 119 and Old River Road. Bring water, gloves, and ahat. We will work for about an hour and a half. For information, phone Donnel at 661.831.6784.First aid. We need BVG members with current first-aid certificates! If you have a first-aid certificateand are interested in committing to participation in the monthly Adopt-A-Highway cleanup, pleasecontact Donnel at 661.831.6784 or Isabel at 661.246.6195.Leader training—How about you? Interested in becoming an outings leader for the Buena VistaGroup? If so, the BVG invites you to consider completing “Basic Outings Leader Training” (web-basedtraining through the National Organization). To find out more, contact Donnel at 661.831.6784 or Isabelat 661.246.6195 as soon as possible. (This is in addition to obtaining a first-aid certificate!) This trainingwill really help you as a leader!Condor Group More info? call Ches Arthur, 661.242.0423. Pine Mountain Club.DATES AND TIMES FOR ALL HIKES: Fourth Saturday of each month, 8 AM. Persons planning tohike with us need to call to indicate they are coming. Meeting place is the parking lot of Pine MountainClub’s clubhouse. Call Dale, 661.242.1076, or Ches, 661.242.2423Mar 25 (Sat) Our initial hike for the year will be the first part of the Piedras Blancas NationalRecreational Trail. Begins at the far west end of Lockwood Valley Road. The trail starts near the LowerReyes campground and continues along a creekbed with, hopefully, running streams and wildflowers.Our destination is the Upper Reyes campground, located in a beautiful cedar grove. The hike is quiteshort, only six miles long, and quite easy with approximately 900 feet elevation gain. Afterward we canhave burgers and beer at the rustic Camp Sheideck. Ask about meeting arrangement possibilities atLockwood Valley Road and Frazier Mtn Road.April 8 (Sat) Hungry Valley State Park. Lots more than OHV Kim Matthews, resource ecologist,will tell us all about it! You will be amazed what goes on there! Potluck, 6 PM. Program, 7 PM. PoolPavillion Room, Pine Mountain Clubhouse. Please bring you own silverware and a dish to share. Bringitems for raffle and you will get a free raffle ticket!!April 22 (Sat) Antimony Mountain, a new destination for our area hikers. First we will drive a coupleof miles beyond the Pleito campground on a forest service road. Then we will be hiking to the site of theold antimony mine near Antimony Peak. This is a rather arduous hike with three fairly steep climbs,each with elevation gains of 600 to 1000 feet. The hike will be approximately 8 miles long. There arelots of interesting vistas plus the chance to explore the site of the old antimony mine. Antimony fromthis site was hauled downhill to the smelter that many of us have explored on the San Emigdio Creek
    • 6 THE ROADRUNNERhikes.May 27 (Sat) Mt. Pinos to the Boy Scout Camp Road. A long hike, begins at Chula Vista parking lot,leads down to Lockwood Valley Road. Imperative that you sign up for this hike at least three days priorto the hike.Kaweah Group More info? call Pam, 559.784.4643 or Diane, 559.781.8897.Mar 16 (Thur) 7PM Springtime Planning Meeting. Kaweah Ex-com will meet at the home of PamClark. Bring your good ideas and happy spirits to get us off to lots of good times for the coming months.Mineral King Group Visalia. More info? call Kim Loeb, 559.798.1764 Please visitmineralking.sierraclub.org for more info on our events and activitiesMarch 8 (Wed) 6 PM – Dinner Social at Applebee’s on 3400 S. Mooney Blvd. at Caldwell, Visalia. ToRSVP, contact Bev at 559.732.3785 or gmachine@psnw.com.March 19 (Sun) 9 AM – Outing – Lady Bug Trail. Join us on a moderate 6 mile round trip hike inSequoia National Park. Bring water and a lunch and wear hiking boots. Meet at 9 AM in the parking lotby Taco Bell at Mary’s Vineyard Shopping Center at the corner of Noble and Ben Maddox in Visalia.Rain cancels. Call Joanne at 559.733.2078 if interestedMarch 24 (Fri) 7 PM – Film Kilowatt Ours. This film offers practical ways we can reduce our energyuse to decrease our dependence on fossil fuels and lower our energy bills. At Art Works, 120 West 6thStreet, Hanford. For more info, contact Cynthia at 559.635.2526.March 27 (Mon) 5:30 PM – Executive Committee Meeting at Baker’s Square Restaurant, 3301 S.Mooney Blvd., Visalia. All members welcome. To RSVP, contact Bev at 559.732.3785 or gmachneom.April 9 (Sun) 9 AM – Outing – Wild flower hike. This is a moderate 5 mile round trip hike inThree Rivers. We should see lots of beautiful wildflowers. Bring water, lunch and hiking boots. Meet at9 AM in the parking lot by Taco Bell at Marys Vineyard Shopping Center at the corner of Noble andBen Maddox in Visalia. Rain cancels. Call Joanne at 559.733.2078 if interested.April 12 (Wed) 6 PM – Dinner Social at Chili’s, 4015 S. Mooney Blvd., Visalia. To RSVP, contactBev at 559.732.3785 or gmachine@psnw.com.April 24 (Mon) 5:30 PM – Executive Committee Meeting at Baker’s Square Restaurant, 3301 S.Mooney Blvd., Visalia. All members welcome. To RSVP, contact Bev at 559.732.3785 or gmachine@psnow.com@psnw.com.May 6 (Sun) 9 AM – Outing – Redwood Canyon hike in Kings Canyon National Park. We chose Maybecause the dogwood trees should be blooming beautifully next to the redwoods. Bring water, lunch andhiking boots. Meet at 9 AM in the parking lot by Taco Bell at Marys Vineyard Shopping Center at thecorner of Noble and Ben Maddox in Visalia. Rain cancels. Call Joanne at 559.733.2078 if interested.Owens Peak Group More info? call Dennis Burge, 760.375.7967, Jim Nichols,Hikes 760.375.8161. email: dennis93555@yahoo.com Meets in Ridgecrest, Maturango MuseumMar 25 (Sat) Flower Hike (Best flower site we can find; details to be announced, max elev. 4000–5000ft, 1500–2000 ft elev. gain, 4–8 mi RT) We will find a good flower display and hike that, and maybe baga peak in the process. We want to see how the patterns develop before picking the exact location. Thehike will be announced a week before via email or you can call the numbers below. This will be an easyto moderate hike and a great photo opportunity. Meet at 7:30 AM at the Ridgecrest Cinema parking lot.For more information, call Dennis Burge at 760.375.7967 or Jim Nichols at 760.375.8161.Mar 27 (Mon) 7:30 PM. Stan Haye will present a new DVD about Death Valley. Maturango Museum.Apr 22 (Sat) Bear Peak Via the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). (Kern Plateau peak W of the PCT, N ofChimney Meadows Campground, 8228 ft, 2500 ft gain, 7 mi RT) We will explore the PCT N fromChimney Meadows Campground around to the E side of Bear Pk, and thence to the summit. Bear Pk is
    • THE ROADRUNNER 7the location of a California Dept of Water Resources remote weather station, as well as a seismic station.On the PCT, we pass a large millsite and a nice spring. We will use a car shuttle to exit on a Tulare CoRoad. Moderate due to distance and altitude gain. Meet 7:30 AM at the Ridgecrest Cinema parking lot.For more information, call Dennis Burge at 760.375.7967 or Jim Nichols at 760.375.8161.Apr. 24 (Mon) 7:30 PM. Steve Smith will tell us about one of his recent trips, hopefully New Zealandand Australia. Maturango Museum. WORKING TO SAVE SEQUOIAS Update from the Task Force The Sierra Clubs legal department has been busy filing papers in our ongoing battle to protect theGiant Sequoia National Monument. When President Clinton created the Monument in 2000, his Procla-mation dictated that logging would cease and that over 300,000 acres would be managed for protectionof a myriad of species and objects including giant sequoias. Over a year ago, the Sierra Club filed alawsuit against the Forest Service’s Monument Plan because it called for even more logging than had theMonument never been created. That lawsuit is slowly winding its way through the Federal court system.Just a few weeks ago our attorneys filed more briefs in support of a Summary Judgement. We amended our Monument lawsuit last summer when we learned that four timber sales werebeing logged that would seriously jeopardize the Pacific fisher. These timber sales had been“grandfathered” and allowed to go forward when the Monument was created, but the timber industryhad delayed cutting the trees until 2005, well after the original contracts had expired. The Forest Servicehad granted extensions on the original contracts but had not reviewed new scientific information aboutthe fisher, a member of the weasel family that depends on unlogged old-growth forest. This species is onthe brink of extinction because of overlogging. The Forest Service has the responsibility for stoppingany project if new information indicates it could significantly impact a species or other resource. Theseprojects could have affected 23 of the estimated 50 female fisher surviving in this area. Initially we filedto stop the Saddle Timber Sale because it was the one first being logged. Soon we also filed to stop theWhite and the Ice Sales. The judge granted us Preliminary Injunctions on all these sales, immediatelystopping them until he can hear the full evidence and make a final ruling. These preliminary injunctions are tiered to our Monument lawsuit. We anticipate a hearing on ourMonument lawsuit perhaps in April and we are hoping for a decision by midsummer. The judge hasmany options. While we can hope for a fast decision that will send the Monument Plan back to thedrawing boards and permanently stop the logging of big trees in these challenged timber sales, in realitythis legal battle could be just beginning.Carla Cloer MIDGEBUZZINGS Many members of the Kern-Kaweah Chapter will remember Anne Norman, our friend from Englandwho came to Bakersfield with her husband, Bill, to live for several years near a son and his family. Thislively lady, who is close to eighty, but only in years, has been living since Bill’s death on her family’ssmall farm in Washington State where she maintains an independent dwelling, and she keeps usinformed of her activities. With her permission, I’m devoting this month’s article to her. Those of us who grieve over the decline of the natural world and the state of humanity are deeplyworried about the future. Pollyanna seems to be losing her audience as its members drift into the campsof Cassandra and Nostradamus. How refreshing it has been, then, to receive Anne’s letters, all written in tiny, precise print on unlinedpaper with a ball-point pen. She is keenly aware of current environmental horrors, in her area andelsewhere, and outraged by them. But at the same time she has the quickest eye for beauty I have ever
    • 8 THE ROADRUNNERknown. In one of her letters she mentions, as a metaphor for the drought-damaged condition of flora inher neighborhood, what a friend says about her own weed- infested garden: “Why look at the weeds?Look at the flowers. My bluebells have never been better.” The following is one paragraph from an earlyletter which, though it touches on sadness, overflows, nevertheless, with sheer delight in observation: “The buttercups and daisies are out in the fields, lilies and lupine will be in the hedgerows soon.Goldfinches, siskins, and grosbeaks are back and busy stuffing sunflower seeds. My lovely swallowsare back in their box. We had the usual dissension with a brassy English sparrow, but one day I waslucky enough to see five swallows dive-bombing him, and he has decided to back off and find a nestelsewhere. Sparrows in England are in serious decline. No one knows why. Pesticides, probably. I wish Icould send some of ours back home.” This year Anne’s Christmas letter emphasized beauty over dismay. “Farm and garden keep us busy, abig hay crop, not such good fruit. A warm April started growth too soon. Cold May upset the blossomsand the bees. There are four young cattle. The two old ponies enjoy peaceful lives. Otis, the pig, is stillin charge of the barn with Mr. Ginger Tom, the barn cat. Things get exciting when the cows get out orthe tractor gets stuck or we have a thorny day pulling blackberries.” After a pleasant litany of visits from friends and family, there are further observations of nature. “Afamily friend from New England is a super birder. We had an excellent day at a local reserve, veryeducational for me, and some new birds for us both.” “The unusual weather brought a remarkable flowering on the Mt. Rainier slopes and meadows. Withlocal friends and visitors I had five beautiful excursions up both sides of the mountain, gorgeous views,birds and butterflies.” Anne Norman‘s point of view is a gift. She reminds me of my favorite line in English literature. It isfrom Christopher Fry’s play, The Lady’s Not for Burning. On a spring day when the characters arediscussing the possible immediacy of the end of the world, one of them, a giddy woman very unlikeAnne in most respects, declares that such a thing could never happen in the spring. With sublimeconfidence she assures her friends that “God would not so disappoint the bulbs.” Ann Williams MORE SPRING EVENTSFri–Sat, March 31–April 1, “John Muir in Global Perspective.” Conference at the University ofPacific, Stockton; email Harold Wood for further information at harold.wood@sierraclub.orgSat–Sun, April 29-30, 12th Annual Kern Valley Bioregions Festival, Kern River Preserve.Sat, May 27. SPRING FLING at Pine Mountain Club. Memorial Day Weekend. Mark thedate! On this date the Condor Group of the Sierra Club will be preparing and manning adisplay of local wildflowers found in the area. A wildflower walk at 2 PM will beincluded. This will be in conjunction with the Spring Fling, a fund-raising effort relatedto more fire protection equipment. Place: Camp Condor, west of Pine Mountain Club.Time: 1 to 8 PM. Barbecue, kraut dogs and more to be served. Fishing derby, liveentertainment. Donation $25 for adults, $10 for kids. A wonderful time of the year to visitthe mountains.
    • THE ROADRUNNER 9 SPECIAL THANKS TO ALL WHO HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO THE ROADRUNNER’S CONTENT, PAST AND PRESENT: HIKE LEADERS, GROUP LEADERS, SPECIAL ARTICLE AUTHORS, MAILING VOLUNTEERS. THE ROADRUNNER WOULD NEVER SEE THE LIGHT OF DAY WITHOUT ALL THIS GENEROUS HELP!$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ A LETTER WE WOULD LIKE YOU TO OPEN! You will be receiving a request for a donation to the Kern-Kaweah Chapter in order to support legalactions that the Chapter has found necessary to participate in. No donation is too small. Club activistswill be most grateful for all support.$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$REMEMBER: Take all this hazardous waste to hazard disposal centers. It is now against the law to put the following ingeneral trash collections: Computers, cell phones, all household batteries, fluorescent lamps, mercury thermostats, printers, VCRs,telephones, answering machines, radios, and microwaves.Califonia leadership in establishing environmental laws! DONT JUST STAY HOME AND GRUMBLE! Power concedes nothing without a demand; it never has and it never will. - Frederick Douglass Useful Information Action Directory (Thanks to Lori Ives, Angeles Chapter)Sierra Club NumbersSierra Club Legislative Hotline: 202.675.2394Sierra Club National: 415.977.5500Sierra Club Sacramento Legislative Office:916.557.1100; fax 916.557.9669Federal Numbers White House Comment Line: 202.456.1111White House Fax Line: 202.456.2461 US Capitol Switchboard: 202.224.3121California Capitol Switchboard: for legislators: 916.322.9900 Schwarzenegger: 916.445.2841;governor@governor.ca.govSign up for Sierra Club California list serve: <cal-legalert.actionnetwork@sierraclubaction.org>Call Art Unger to receive alerts on local issues: 661.323.5569. and now respond to the requests for action. All of this is great exercise for the mind and body, and you can rightfully say you have done your bit as a responsible citizen.