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  1. 1. A BI-MONTHLY PUBLICATION OF THE KERN-KAWEAH CHAPTER OF SIERRA CLUB MAY-JUNE, 2009 The Roadrunner COURT FORCES ENVIRONMENTAL COMPLIANCE Gordon Nipp and Sierra Club attorney Naficy bring about cha"enge to Tulare’s General Plan Update Global warming, urban sprawl, issues. The public role of Sierra should require global warmingand farmland conservation were Club is to watch them.” mitigation for new projects," saidthree considerations leading to The Tulare decision represents Bressett.Sierra Club’s March 19 victory in a growing trend of California "Were in a new era. America isa lawsuit over development plans cities to include environmental turning to a clean energyin the City of Tulare. Tulare concerns such as global warming economy, and smart city planningCounty’s Superior Court in in their planning. Attorney is a key part of that.”Visalia ordered the city’s planning General Jerry Brown has called Nipp also hopes that the Tularecommission to address such on local governments to address decision has an impact throughoutenvironmental issues in its especially the global warming California “We’ve been workingGeneral Plan Update. impacts of land use planning and on these issues for a long time, Kern Kaweah Chapter vice- has provided resources to and we’ll continue to be workingchair Gordon Nipp was decision makers to identify, on them.”instrumental in bringing about the quantify, and mitigate greenhouse Nipp and Naficy havelawsuit. Assisted by San Luis gas emissions. successfully leveraged manyObispo attorney Babak Naficy, "Every city, town and state lawsuits into settlements out ofNipp and Sierra Club have needs to do its part to fight global court in Sierra Club’s favor,worked for several years to warming," said Sierra Club including the 2007 suit againstpressure cities and counties to attorney Holly Bressett. "Cities the Rosedale Ranch project. Soondirect attention to the can have vibrant growth without a new effort will involve 600environment in plans for contributing to global warming. acres north of Bakersfield, whichdevelopment. Were thrilled that the court has are planned for 20-acre parcels “Cities and counties ought to be recognized that. We hope to work “Deep thanks and appreciationfollowing the law,” Nipp said in a with Tulare to develop the kind of go to Gordon and Babak for thephone interview. He urges Climate Action Plan that Stockton tremendous amount of work andcitizens to be watching planning has created. time spent on these cases,” Kerndepartments and city councils for The Tulare decision should Kaweah chair Georgette Theotig signal other cities in California. commented.legal violations. to take global warming seriously. —Sierra Club Press Secretary “They are used to having no Kristina Johnson and “They need to put togetherone speak up about environmental Roadrunner Editor Marjorie Bell Climate Action Plans, and theyLOCALS TO CELEBRATE JOHN MUIR’S BIRTHDAY AND EARTH DAY THIS MONTH One of the chapter events celebrating John Muir’s Club is an official sponsor, includes a Climatebirthday as well as Earth Day is a wine and cheese Change panel discussion on April 23 at 7 p.m. in thesocial from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22 at Student Union multipurpose room. The Inauguralthe SURFACE Gallery, 1703-20th Street (across CSUB Sustainability Summit key note speaker onfrom the Fox theatre downtown). For details, call April 24 is Majora Carter, founder of SustainableAnn Gallon at 661.589.7796. South Bronx and an environmental justice advocate. Of possible interest also are CSUB events on and On Saturday, April 25 from 9 a.m. till 12 noon, ataround the official Earth Day celebration. The CSUB the chapter will host a table of brochures andCharles Kegley Memorial Lecture and other items for a celebration of Earth Day andSustainability Summit, of which the local Sierra Green Careers.
  2. 2. THE ROADRUNNER MAY-JUNE, 2009FROM THE CHAIR Club honors Dudley, Burge, Newton at annual spring banquet Congratulations are in order to our three honoreesat the annual banquet on March 28 at Benjisrestaurant. Receiving the Ruth Allen/Susan B. MillerAward was Joanne Dudley, from Visalia. The SierraClub Cup was awarded to Dennis Burge, fromRidgecrest. Last, the Long Trail Award was presentedto Brian Newton, of Visalia. The Chapter thanksthese honorees for their contributions to the Chapter,and we appreciate all their good work for theenvironment. I want to again express gratitude to Arthur Ungerfor his past two years serving as chapter chair.Arthurs persistence and dedication have been muchappreciated. In addition, many thanks to all memberswho gave time for chapter causes in 2008, ascommittee members, officers, or in other ways. You Joanne Dudley and Brian Newton (both frommade a difference. Visalia) won recognition for chapter leadership. I ask that you re-read the March Appeal letter inthe March/April Roadrunner. Did you see the part world. The same is true for Earth Day. We all knowabout volunteering your time instead of your dollars? that Earth Day is every day—what are you doing toVolunteering in the Chapter has a ripple effect—what make a difference today? —Georgette Theotigyou do spreads out to create a positive change in the Chapter ChairFOX TALESMurphy’s work locally benefits endangered kit fox population Since the early 1970’s when first the southwest have kit foxes in them because they easily fall prey tocoming to Kern County to teach them,” Murphy said. feral dogs and coyotes.”science at Cal State University “Look for soft tracks because of A native of North Carolina, Dr.Bakersfield, professor emeritus Dr. the fur between their toes and prey Murphy received advanced degreesTed Murphy has taken on the remains.” They often eat pigeons, in zoology and botany from Dukemission of getting to know doves, ground, squirrels and eggs. University. His work with the kitBakersfield’s favorite endangered Some of them have also been fox involved many hours ofspecies, the elusive kit fox. known to hoard golf balls from local observation, trapping, radio- “Very few things I’ve done have courses. tracking, rearing and sometimesbeen as much fun as working with In the 1980’s very few people paid rehabilitating the animals. He andkit foxes,” Dr. Murphy told Sierra much attention to the little canines. his wife once even nurtured sixClub members and friends at a Murphy recalled instances in which orphaned pups in a spare room inbreakfast talk at the Camino Real human carelessness caused their home before releasing themrestaurant earlier this month. “They fatalities. For example, the little into the wild.are just so darn sweet.” foxes have been welded into pipes, His activism has informed many Dr. Murphy’s interest in the local caught in soccer nets at CSUB, citizens through local publicfox population started in 1972 when trapped in chain link fences and information efforts as well ashe saw his first fox while exploring even poisoned in dens near the bike national media such as TVs "Wildfor toads in a canal near CSUB. path. About Animals" and theLater he began taking pictures and There remain about 200 to 400 kit Smithsonian magazine.studying them closely. Kit foxes foxes within the city and maybe Dr. Murphy is founding director ofoften live in sumps, sometimes in 6000 or a few more totally. “I don’t the Facility for Animal Care andthe banks of freeways and even in have a lot of hope for them,” Treatment (FACT) at CSUB.ice plant and under piles of trash. Murphy said. “Not even wild“A good 10 percent of the sumps in preserves are the best habitat for —Marjorie Bell
  3. 3. THE ROADRUNNER MAY-JUNE, 2009Sequoia extendsmanagementproject commentperiod to April 20 Porterville, CA — TheSequoia National Forest isextending the public commentperiod for the Motorized TravelManagement Project DraftEnvironmental Impact Statement(DEIS), which was published inthe Federal Register on Jan. 30,2009, originally for a 60-daycomment period. Forest Supervisor Tina Terrellhas received requests for moretime to review the documents, sothe comment period has been ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEMS: Off road vehicles do serious damage toextended for an additional 15- &agile mountain ecosystems causing soil erosion in Sequoia National Forest. The datedays, from March 31 to April 20, for public comment has been extended to April 20.2009. Comments must be Photo by Ara Mardarosianreceived no later than April 20,2009, at 4:30 p.m. Porterville, CA 93257, or by information are available on the Federal, state, tribal and local facsimile to (559) 781-4744. Sequoia National Forest websitegovernment and other interested Following the analysis of public at: www.fs.fed.us/r5/sequoia/parties are requested to comment comments, Forest Supervisor Tina projects/ohv or a CD with theon the DEIS. Comments will be Terrell will make a final decision Draft EIS and maps can beaccepted by email at comments- and create a Final Environmental requested by contacting Chrispacificsouthwest- Impact Statement (FEIS) and Sanders, Project Team Leader, atsequoia@fs.fed.us, or by mail to Record of Decision (ROD). This (559) 784.1500.Chris Sanders, Travel decision is scheduled to be madeManagement, Sequoia National in summer, 2009. The DEIS, 10 —Contributed by Ara Mardarosian maps representing the Forestkeeper, Sequoia NationalForest, 1639 South Newcomb St., alternatives, and other project ForestBuena Vista group co-sponsoring Muir event at CSUB on May 14 Dick Shore, a former Bakersfield an MBA from Toledo in 1974, in both resident, will be portraying John Muir ecology and economics. He is a Certified through story and song at the CSUB 60+ Quality Engineer, and in his parallel career group on May 14 at 2 p.m. in the capacity has served in both industrial and Stockdale Room of the Runner cafeteria. government organizations. Shores The event is being co-sponsored by the enthusiasm for the theater has enhanced Buena Vista group, CSUB History his John Muir presentation. Department, and 60+ Club members. For more information about Dick Shore Born in the shadow of the Sierra Nevada, as John Muir, check out: http:// Shore hiked and camped in Yosemite and www.sierraclub.org/john_muir_exhibit/ throughout the West Coast, as well as over frameindex.html?http:// half of the remaining states. He received www.sierraclub.org/john_muir_exhibit/ his Ph.D. in zoology at Duke in 1963 and live_presentations/shore.html
  4. 4. THE ROADRUNNER MAY-JUNE, 2009KERN KAWEAH ROUNDUPPLEASE READ CAREFULLY IF YOU PLAN TO PARTICIPATE IN SIERRA CLUB HIKES:Everyone is welcome, Sierra Club members and non-members, to join in any of the outdoor activities. Requirements: Youmust be in condition for the type of hike, equipped appropriately for the activity and prepared to sign a Sierra Club releasefor liability. You must be willing to follow the leader’s directions. Be sure to bring any personal medicines you might need.Customary appropriate equipment includes good hiking shoes, plenty of water, snack, sunglasses, suntan lotion, and layeredclothing. The following might be helpful but definitely is not required: compass, whistle, matches or lighter, and a good firstaid kit. Long paints are recommended. Unprepared for the prospective hike? It will be a no-go for you. Participation mustbe leader approved. Please let the leader know ahead of time that you are intending to participate. Check individual grouplistings for the desired means of communication.Since unexpected change of plans may be necessary, it is recommended that YOU contact the hike leader the night before tobe assured that the hike is still going to happen.New California legislation designed to protect the consumer requires us to publish this notice: CST 2087755-40. Registration as a seller oftravel does not constitute approval by the State of California. This legislation is designed to protect the user of outdoor activities thatrequire cash payments of more than $50 for participation.BUENA VISTA GROUP More info? Call Donnel Lester at 661.831.6784 or e-mail donnelc3bvg@earthlink.net or Isabel at 661.246.6195. Tuesday conditioning hikes of four or five miles are at 7 p.m. at the corner of Highways 178 and 184. Trails hiked vary from week to week. Contact Gordon (gnipp@bak.rr.com) or Larry (661.873.8107) for more informationabout .Sierra Club, Buena Vista Group upcoming urograms.Wednesday, April 22—Sierra Club Wine & Cheese Social 5 to 7 p.m. at SURFACE Gallery, 1703-20th St, Bakersfield (across from theFox Theatre). This is an informal opportunity for new and old members to get acquainted. RSVP to Ann at 661.589.7796.Saturday, May 2—Wind Wolves, a Wildlands Conservancy Preserve; presentation at 10 a.m. by Dave Clendenen, staff ecologist, andSherryl Clendenen, outdoor education director. Wind Wolves, at the foot of the Grapevine, is the largest nonprofit preserve on the WestCoast with 97,000 scenic and ecologically diverse acres open for hiking, picnicking and (by permit) camping. Camino Real Restaurant,3500 Truxtun Avenue at the corner of Truxtun and Westwind, just west of Oak St. Brunch is served for $7.50/person (tip not included).Info: 661.589.7796Saturday, May 16— Adopt-A-Highway cleanup. Meet at the corner of Old River Road and Highway 119 at 9-11 a.m. Bring water, ahat, and good hiking shoes. We will provide gloves and cleanup gear. For info call 661.319.6996.Saturday, June 6—FACT at CSUB, Tour & Ice Cream Social, 10 a.m. The Facility for Animal Care and Treatment was founded by Dr.Ted Murphy as a wildlife rescue, conservation and education project for California State University, Bakersfield. Tour will include agarden maintained by the Cactus & Succulent Society and the Tortoise Compound. We are capping BV Groups year of programs with afun site visit and ice cream treat. Bring cameras. Directions to FACT: Enter SE corner of CSUB campus from Camino Media; pass theinfo booth and turn right through parking lot - pass recycling area and field to dirt road to FACT. HYPERLINK "http://www.csub.edu/FACT/BIGmap.htm” For info call 661.203.2770.Saturday, June 20—Adopt-A-Highway cleanup Meet at the corner of Old River Road and Highway 119 at 9-11 a.m. Bring water, a hat,and good hiking shoes. We will provide gloves and cleanup gear. For info call 661.319.6996.BVG Recycles—Bring your household batteries and unbroken CFL’s to our meetings, and we’ll recycle them for you. Meeting Notices—If you would like to receive Buena Vista Group meeting and activity notices by email, please contact Donnel Lester, atdonnelc3bvg@earthlink.net, with Add me to the email list. You can opt out of the email notices at any time. We try to limit this to once-a-month emails.CONDOR GROUPMore info? Mary Ann Lockhart (661.242.0432). Hikes? Dale Chitwood (661.242.1076)
  5. 5. THE ROADRUNNER MAY-JUNE, 2009Saturday, April 25— Mt. Guillermo. Meet at the PMC tennis courts at 8 a.m. to join the car pool trip to Pine Springs Campgroundlocated off of Lockwood Valley Road where the hike begins. This is considered an easy hike of about 4 miles round trip. The elevationgain is only about 600 ft. and is rewarded with a gorgeous view of the Cuyama Badlands to the west. Wildflower displays are expected.Reservations are essential. Call Dale Chitwood 661.242.1076 or Mary Ann Lockhart 661.242.0432.Saturday, April 25—Nature Fest, noon till 3:30 p,m. Frazier Park Elementary School, Frazier Park. Hands on activities for young andold, displays, story times, and much more. Free to all. More info? call 551.242.0432May 23/June 27 (fourth Saturday of the months) —Due to Forest Service closures and uncertainty of wildflowers these hikes do nothave designated destinations. The hikes will happen but we can not determine where at this time. Please call for information the first ofMay. 661.242.0432Saturday, June 6—Ara Marderosian of the Sequoia ForestKeeper and our Sierra Club will be speaking about the Sequoia Monument spresent and past, the lessons learned and future prospects. Potluck is at 6 p.m. and program at 7 p.m. Meeting is held in the Pine MountainClubhouse. For directions please call 661.242.0432.Sunday Strolls. (Sundays, 8 a.m.) —By request, the Sunday Strolls will begin on the first Sunday in May this year and will continue on,weekly, throughout the summer. Children accompanied with parents are welcome. Strolls are one hour and half long, all in the vicinity ofPine Mountain Club. Mainly easy walking. Need to wear good shoes. There is plenty of time for observations as well as chatting alongthe way. Meeting Place is the Pine Mountain Clubs parking lot. No need to register. More info? Call 661.242.0432KAWEAH GROUPMore info? Call Pam Clark (559.784.4643) or Diane Jetter (559.781.8897).OWENS PEAK GROUPMore info? Chair Dennis Burge (760.375.7967) or e-mail dennis93555@yahoo.com. Jim Nichols,hikes (760.375.8161) or e-mail jnichols@ridgecrest.ca.us.Saturday, April 18—Flower hike. We will find another good flower display and hike to that, and maybe bag a peak in the process. Wewant to see how the patterns develop before picking the exact locations. The hike will be announced a week before via email or you cancall the numbers below. This will be an easy/moderate hike and a great photo opportunity. Meet at 7:30 a.m. at the Ridgecrest Cinemaparking lot. For more information, call Dennis Burge at 760.375.7967 or Jim Nichols at 760.375.8161.Saturday, May 16 —Andrews mounain (a peak in the Wacoba complex of the Northern Inyos, 9461 ft max elev, 1030 ft elevation gain,3 mi RT). This is an easy peak to reach from the high clearance roadhead S of the Eureka Valley access road. With 4x4s, we may explorea bit of Squaw Flat, a bit of Papoose Flat, and maybe also bag Andrew Bench Mark with its great overview of Owens Valley. Meet at 7:30a.m. at the Ridgecrest Cinema parking lot. For more information, call Dennis Burge at 760.375.7967 or Jim Nichols at 760.375.8161.Saturday, June 20—Pine Creek Trail to Pine Lake (first lake reached on the Eastern Lateral Access Trail from the Pine CreekTrailhead, 9942 ft max elevation, 2500 ft elevation gain, 7 mi RT) This hike is part of our program of exploring the major eastern accesstrails to the Sierra. The Pine Creek Trail leads to Italy Pass and Pine Creek Pass. This will be an moderate hike. Meet Sat, June 20, at7:30 a.m. at the Ridgecrest Cinema parking lot. For more information, call Dennis Burge at 760.375.7967 or Jim Nichols at 760.375.8161.MINERAL KING GROUPMore info? Call 559.761.0592. Please also visit mineralking.sierraclub.org for more info.Saturday, April 18—Middle Fork Trail to Panther Creek Falls (Sequoia National Park - 7 mile round trip, 1400 foot elevation gain)This is a moderate hike. The trail passes through chaparral and grassland above the middle fork of the Kaweah River to Panther Falls.Rain cancels. For more information contact Dave Keller at 559.688.4813 or COACHK24@aol.comWednesday, April 22—6 p.m. Dinner/social. Please join us for a “no host” dinner at Thai Basil Restaurant, 1423 E. Noble Ave., Mary’sVineyard Shopping Center, Visalia. Contact Beverly Garcia for reservations at bev.garcia@kernkaweah.sierraclub.org or 559.624.0199.Friday, May 1— Film Series: "Blue Vinyl." 7 p.m. program at 210 Cafe, Visalia. With humor, chutzpah and a piece of vinyl sidingfirmly in hand, Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Judith Helfand and co-director and award-winning cinematographer Daniel B. Goldset out in search of the truth about polyvinyl chloride (PVC), Americas most popular plastic. “Blue Vinyl” is an Emmy nominee and
  6. 6. THE ROADRUNNER MAY-JUNE, 2009Sundance Film Festival Winner. “Frightening and funny! ‘Blue Vinyl’ has left audiences lingering in the hallways for hours to debate andquestion.” ~Sharon Waxman, The Washington Post. Free admission. For more info contact kim.loeb@kernkaweah.sierraclub.org.Wednesday, June 10—6 p.m. DINNER SOCIAL: Please join us for a “no host” dinner at Panera Bread Restaurant, 4103 South MooneyBoulevard, Visalia. Contact Beverly Garcia for reservations at bev.garcia@kernkaweah.sierraclub.org or 559.624.0199. California/Nevada Regional Conservation Committee Desert Committee OutingsFor questions about, or to sign up for a particular outing, please contact the leader listed in the write-up. For questions about DesertCommittee outings in general, or to receive the outings list by e-mail, please contact Kate Allen at kj.allen@wildblue.net or 661.944.4056..Saturday-Monday, April 18-20—Furnace Creek Backpack (In the White Mountains): On the east side of the White Mountains nearDyer, Nevada, Furnace Creek is a beautiful stream. Well backpack up the creek on Saturday, do a day hike beyond the head of the canyonto Tres Plumas Flats on Sunday, and backpack out on Monday. This is an easy to moderate trip. We should be back at our cars by latemorning on Monday. Limit 12. Leader: John Wilkinson 408.876.8295 or e-mail johnfw1@mac.comFriday-Sunday, May 29-31 —Wilderness Restoration in Death Valley NP: Work project in Middle Park/South Park area of thePanamint Mountains to repair vehicle trespass damage. Also, possibility of clearing up trash and debris from the vicinity of a couple ofthe old cabins in the area. Requires 4 WD, possibility of carpooling at trail head. Meet Friday afternoon and drive up Pleasant Canyon tocampsite. Work Saturday and Sunday. Happy hour/potluck on Saturday night. Contact leader Kate Allen at kj.allen@wildblue.net, or661.944,4056. CNRCC Desert CommitteeSaturday-Sunday, June 6-14—Gorge Scramble: Tonto Creek, Hellsgate Wilderness, Arizona. Spectacular four-day gorge scrambleof Tonto Creek, a seldom visited granite canyon in the Mogollon Rim. It offers a desert riparian habitat, unadulterated wilderness, andvaried colors and geology in the canyon walls. Lots of polished granite and many lengthy pools to float thru on your air mattress. Call forparticipant requirements, available space, itinerary and outing details. Leader; Paul Plathe 209.476.1498. Delta-Sierra GroupSaturday-Sunday, June 13-14—Domeland Wilderness Basecamp: In the very southernmost Sierras, this wilderness includes ponderosapines, sage meadows, and the flowing South Fork of the Kern River. Elevation is modest and weather should be comfortable. On Saturdaywe backpack four miles to Rockhouse Basin, set up camp, and explore through the valley and along the river. Sunday will be a leisurelyreturn to our cars. An easy to moderate journey for learning backpackers. Leader: Craig Deutsche at craig.deutsche@gmail.com,(310.477.6670). CNRCC Desert Committee Friends honor legendary Pam Clark, Bugs Fontaine, Theresa Jim Clark at April 4 event Stump (standing) and Ruth Smith and One of the pleasures of membership in the Sierra Club is Joe Fontaine arein sharing history with special people who made a fine looking at oldcontribution to the life of the organization. One such man photos of trips withwas Jim Clark, in whose honor old friends from the Kern- the late Jim Clark.Kaweah chapter joined with his daughter, Pam, for a Photo by Maria Politespecial memorial on April 4. Their meeting place,Audubon’s Kern River Preserve in Weldon, wasappropriate since it represents what he held most dear: preserve. Except for good boots and an all-weatheradvocacy for the preservation of the natural world. jacket, he wore old street clothes on his mountain Jim died only a few months prior to his 100th birthday, adventures, and he always wore the same old felt hat. Heafter a long history of adventures backpacking and slept soundly every night in all weather on a pad barelymountain climbing from Alaska to Mexico. A native of thicker than a postage stamp. On one hike early in hisMissouri, he came to California and very soon became career, Jim met a family carrying light, comfortable packsenchanted with the Sierra Nevada. In a library he made in the man’s garage. His name was Kelty! Jimdiscovered Starr’s Guide to the John Muir Trail and the invested in one of the first commercial Kelty packs andSierra Nevada. The book was too large to carry on the used it for the rest of his hiking days.trail, so he went to the library several nights after work In Jim’s honor the Kern-Kaweah chapter donated 16and copied it into a small notebook that would fit into his good binoculars to add to the 16 already given to theshirt pocket. He carried it with him for many years on Audubon Preserve for use by visitors, especially children.Sierra trails.Only a very special person could inspire such Nothing would have pleased him more.stories and such laughter as was shared that day at the —Ann Williams
  7. 7. THE ROADRUNNER MAY-JUNE, 2009 MIDGEBUZZINGS Although I am almost exclusively a patron of public broadcasting, where I can depend upon reasonablediscourse, I am nevertheless over my head in the news of the day. I have reached the saturation point and havedecided to drop out for a while from grim reports and prognostications. As much as possible I want toconcentrate upon what is both beautiful and available to us. The idea for this tiny revolt came to me two Sundays ago on one of the most exquisite days in localweather history. By late morning a strong wind was arranging colossal cloud formations in the lower valley withsuch an effect of light and shadow as I have rarely seen here. I reached for my camera, my wallet and my carkeys, and took off after it, driving eastward. I chose the road to Caliente, and what a fortunate decision! I amlooking now at the resulting photographs, and I must say that at least one qualifies for enlargement and framing.Another result of the day was a poem that I took great pleasure in writing. This week I decided to tune in exclusively to natural beauty and began by playing my audio tapes of VitaSackville-West’s classic, In Your Garden, and listening with deep pleasure, while going about household chores,to the cultivated and lovely voice of an English narrator. Sackville-West wrote a gardening column for theLondon Observer. The tapes in my library cover the late 40’s, after the Blitz, when England was cleaning up themess of war and everyone was in mourning and doing without all but the basic necessities. Here is a sentencefrom that recording: “Agreeable incidents do continue to occur from time to time, even in 1948. And there stillseem to be days when things go marvelously right…rarities to be recorded with gratitude before they can beforgotten.” Exactly! Here are the photographs and here is the poem to remind me, when I need cheering up, of abeautiful day. Those of us in our 70’s and older will remember a radio newscaster with a marvelous name who was lovedby the listening public, much as Walter Cronkite was venerated years later. Throughout World War II, when thenews was grim and when a whole generation was serving in combat in Europe and Asia, Gabriel Heater wouldbegin every evening’s broadcast with the announcement that we had waited for all day: “Ah, there’s good newstonight!” Then, before getting to the worst reports, he would tell us of some hopeful event, such as the advanceof a troop line, or a skirmish won by allied forces. Keep in mind that we had not yet come out of the effects of The Great Depression, and the Dust Bowl haddevastated the lower Midwest, making masses of people homeless and desperate. All of this was a living realityfor me from the time I was seven years old until just before junior high school. Some of my school mates weremigrant children, and my mother, who had become a teacher to help with family finances, requested that she beassigned especially to those children, whom she found beautiful. I believe that it is the duty of a good citizen to remain informed. But we must also be wary of becominghopelessly caught up in grimness, real as it is and necessary to understand. To focus upon beauty is not to denywhat is horrific and appalling, but to be better prepared to respond to it effectively. Look for the spirit of Gabriel Heater in the next “Midgebuzzings.” —Ann WilliamsExecutive Committee of the Kern-Kaweah ChapterChair: Georgette Theotig (Tehachapi), 661.822.4371. Vice-chair: Gordon Nipp (Bksf), 661.872.2432. Secretary:Arthur Unger (Bksf), 661.323.5569. Treasurer: Lorraine Unger (Bksf), 661.323.5569. Donnel Lester (Bksf),661.831.6784. Richard Garcia (Min King), 559.624.0199. Ann Williams (Bksf), 661.324.1055. Mary AnnLockhart (PMC), 661.242.0432. Ara Marderosian (Kernville), 760.378.4574.Chapter ExCom Meetings: All Sierra Club members are always welcome to attend these meetings. The nextmeeting is at 10 a.m., April 26, at the home of Arthur and Lorraine Unger.. Call 661.323.822.4371 to confirm allmeeting dates as well as location and time.
  8. 8. THE ROADRUNNER MAY-JUNE, 2009 Non-Profit Org. ELECTED OFFICIALS The Roadrunner U.S. POSTAGE Gov. Arnold Swarzenegger (R) PAID 916.445.2841 Permit No. 498 Bakersfield, CA STATE SENATE Dean Florez (D) 916.651.4016 Roy Ashburn (R) 916.651.4018 STATE ASSEMBLY Danny Gilmore (R) 916.319.2030 Jean Fuller (R) 916.319.2032 U.S. SENATE Barbara Boxer (D) 202.224.3553 Dianne Feinstein (D) 202.224.3841HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES Jim Costa (D) 202.225.3341 Kevin McCarthy (R) 202.225.2915 EARTH DAY CELEBRATION—FRESNO “Building An Ethical Economy.... One Dollar at a Time” Ellis Jones, UC Davis and author of the Better World Shopping Guide Saturday, April 25th, 2009, 2-5:30 p.m.— Dr. Jones speaking a 3 p.m. Unitarian Universalist Church of Fresno 2672 E. Alluvial Ave. (between Chestnut and Willow) STAYING INFORMED: Join our KERN-NEWS & KERN FORUM e-mail lists at: http://kernkaweah.sierraclub.org Chapter Ex-com meetings: All Sierra Club members are always welcome to attend. Earth friendly socks are available at www.sierraclubsocks.com to benefit both Sierra Club and the National Coalition for the Homeless. Submit articles to The Roadrunner at sierraroadrunner@gmail.com. To contact Marjorie Bell, the editor, by phone, call 661.322.4891. The Roadrunner is printed on 100% post consumer recycled paper.

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