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  • 1. THE ROADRUNNER 1 The Roadrunner Bimonthly Publication of the Kern-Kaweah Chapter of the Sierra Club Sept./Oct. 2006 SEQUOIA MONUMENT UNDER ATTACK ON TWO FRONTS REMEMBER: HARD COPY COUNTS MORE THAN E-MAIL! Be sure to send your comments to Government Officials’ LOCAL OFFICESWhat Has Happened in the Sequoia National Forest?FREEMAN CREEK TRAIL. One of the most beautiful trails in the Sequoia National Monument, theFreeman Creek Trail, has been widened to five feet across, turning it into what amounts to an unoffical“OHV” trail. All of this was done without any public notice or opportunity for public input with theForest Service, which claims their action was “maintenance.” The meaning of maintenance does notcover, in additon to widening, making switchbacks, dumping dirt down hillsides above the stream, andother actions that require heavy machinery.You are urged to strongly protest this action to Forest officials and our congresspersons and forcefullyrequest that barriers and signage be created and posted that would combat OHV intrusion as well asdemand that this exceptional trail be returned to its former state.Write to Acting Forest Supervisor Nancy C. Ruthenbeck Sequoia National Forest,1839 South Newcomb St.,Porterville, CA 93257, Call 559.784.1500 FAX 559.781.4744 and copy to Pacific Southwest RegionalForester 1323 Club Drive, Vallejo, CA 94592 . Call 707.562.8737. Make the extra effort to contact ourSenators also.ATTEMPT TO LEGALIZE ILLEGAL TIMBER SALES On still another Sequoia front, help stoplogging of large trees in the Giant Sequoia National Monument! U.S. Representative Devin Nunes ofFresno has introduced a bill to overturn court victories by environmentalists and Californias AttorneyGeneral Bill Lockyer that halted these projects. Nunes’ bill, HR 5760, would override these decisionsand allow the Forest Service to conduct those two large logging projects despite the fact that they arefocused on an area essential to the habitat of an endangered species, the Pacific fisher.You need to write with strong words to your house representative to protest this bill. Meetingsconcerning it will be held in early September when Congress reconvenes, so take this action now!*WHENEVER YOU COMMENT ON SEQUOIA AFFAIRS BE SURE TO INCLUDE WORDS INSUPPORT OF PUTTING THE MONUMENT IN HANDS OF THE NATIONAL PARK SYSTEM.Nunes 113 North Church Street, #208, Visalia, CA 93291. Voice: 559.733.3861.Feinstein 2500 Tulare St, # 4-290 Fresno, CA 93721 Voice: 559.485.7430 FAX: 559.485.9689Boxer 2500 Tulare St, Suite 5290, Fresno, CA 93721 Voice: 559.497.5109 FAX: 559.497.5109 HUG a Sequoia! Fall Outing, Sept 29–Oct 1YOU are invited by the Sierra Club’s Sequoia Task Force on Sept 29–Oct 1 to join our annual FallOuting in the magnificent Giant Sequoia National Monument, about 90 minutes east of Porterville,California. You can arrive any time after 2:00 PM Friday, September 29. Saturday morning we will haveseveral hikes and see a wide variety of spectacular scenery. We will hike through the Wheel MeadowGrove down the South Fork of the Middle Fork of the Tule River in the Slate Mountain Roadless Area.Later we will take a short but steep jaunt to a secret waterfall. We will enjoy the vista from Dome Rock,with an overview of the Kern Valley and views into the high peaks of Sequoia National Park; we willvisit sites where the Sierra Club stopped logging inside the Monument about a year ago. Saturday nightwe will join together in a potluck, a unique and yummy experience! (cont’d p. 7.)
  • 2. 2 THE ROADRUNNER NEWS IN A NUTSHELLSPRING BANQUET—Have you been wondering what you can do to help the Sierra Club?Do you enjoy the annual Kern Kaweah Chapter Spring Banquet? Please step up now and call HarryLove, 661.589.6245. Harry will give you all the details and convey the enjoyment of working with folksto plan and carry out this wonderful occasion. Rewards? Many gracious thank-yous and the pleasure ofmeeting many fine folks.Statewide meeting of the California–Nevada Conservation CommitteeSat & Sun, Sept 9–10: Representatives of the Sierra Club Groups from all over the state meet to discussand take action on Conservation concerns. Much attention this time will concern the propositions on theballot, the voting outcome of which could severely affect conservation efforts. Contact Lori Ives forreservation information: lori.ives@angeles.sierraclub.orgKern-Kaweah Chapter Annual Fall Get-TogetherMark Saturday, November 18, as the date to reserve for the 6 PM social hour followed bydinner featuring speaker, Carla Cloer, premier Sequoia activist and more. Planned for Bill Lee’sChinese Chopsticks Restaurant. More info in next issue. It’s Calendar Time AgainMake your holiday shopping easier, support SC Conservation efforts. The beautiful 2007 Wildernessand Engagement Sierra Club calendars are now available for purchase. Just $10 each. Both calendarsavailable at the Chapter Dinner Gathering. To purchase your calendars in your locale, members tocontact are: Bakersfield/Tehachapi: Georgette Theotig, 661.822.4371; Porterville: Pam Clark, 559.784.4643; Frazier Park: Mary Ann Lockhart, 661.242.0432.Tejon Ranch via a fine photo tour at the Center for Biological Diversity’s website.After you have seen the beauties of this 270,000 acre property, you will understand why there is greatconcern and hopes that this area can be preserved. This land deserves to become a California State Parkor a Federal National Park for the pleasure and education of all Californians and Americans. On thewebsite, there is an opportunity for you to express your views at once on this subject. Just Google it andyou are there. Do it now!Service and Celebration on the Carrizo Plain: Oct. 14–16 (Sat–Mon) In 2001,William Clinton created the Carrizo Plain National Monument under the authority of the Antiquities Actof 1906. The area is now part of the National Landscape Conservation System, special landscapesmanaged by BLM. This outing, sponsored by the Sierra Club and The Wilderness Society, will celebratethe one-hundredth anniversary of the Act. On Saturday, we will remove and/or alter barbed wire fencingto benefit pronghorn antelope. Sunday’s celebration will be a hike in a rugged and little-known area ofthe Caliente Mountains WSA. Those who are able will continue fence removal on Monday. For infor-mation, contact Leader: Craig Deutsche, (310.477.6670), deutsche@earthlink.net. CNRCC Desert Com/Wilderness Society
  • 3. THE ROADRUNNER 3WHY SIERRA CLUB SUPPORTS PHIL ANGELIDES FOR GOVERNOR By Bill Magavern, Senior Representative, Sierra Club CaliforniaWe can do better. We can have a governor who moves consistently toward a more sustainable futureinstead of an executive who tries to please his big-business supporters with one hand while makingenvironmental promises with the other.That is why Sierra Club has endorsed Phil Angelides for governor. Angelides impressed those on theinterview committees with his thorough knowledge of policy issues and his ability to articulate hispositions. (Governor Schwarzenegger declined repeated requests to return our questionnaire and meet with us.)  Angelides has put smart-growth principles into practice, while Schwarzenegger has supported freeway expansion and the rollback of the landmark California Environmental Quality Act.  Angelides supports the Clean Alternative Energy Initiative on the November ballot. Schwarzenegger opposes it.  Angelides supports giving communities the ability to enforce California’s public health and environmental laws, while Schwarzenegger backed the business-sponsored initiative that took away that right.  Angelides called a halt to the handouts to industrial dairies in the Central Valley, while Schwarzenegger tried to keep giving away pollution-control money to polluters.  Angelides promises to name four committed preservationists to the Coastal Commission. Schwarzenegger has named only one.  Angelides opposed Bush and is endorsed by environmental champions like Senator Barbara Boxer. Schwarz- enegger went to Ohio in 2004 to campaign for George W. Bush, the most anti-environment president in our whole history.  Angelides is proud that his family owns 3 hybrid vehicles. Schwarzenegger is proud of his role in creating the gas- guzzling Hummer.Angelides has based his campaign on the conviction that California can compete with anyone by takingthe high road—offering its people the best educational opportunities and the cleanest environment.Schwarzenegger raises fears that businesses will flee the state if subjected to stringent environmentalsafeguards—a claim not supported by evidence.Sierra Club California’s interview committee was well aware of Angelides’ record as a developer in theSacramento area in the past; we discussed it with him. We gave much more weight, though, to his recordas our elected state treasurer over the last 8 years. He has put the weight of his office behind real invest-ments in clean energy and smart growth, and has prodded corporations to clean up their environmentalpractices. To help elect Phil Angelides, go to http://angelides.vivademocracy.com/ PROPOSITION 90—THE TAXPAYER TRAP Threatens to undermine land use planning and environmental protectionThis November, Californians will vote on one of the most significant measures affecting environmentallaw to ever reach the ballot. Wealthy, out of state backers of this misleading and dangerous measurewant voters to believe Proposition 90 is about “eminent domain reform.” But the impacts of the measurewill be much more far-reaching and would effectively abolish our ability to pass or enforce basic lawsthat protect our coastline, open space, farmland, air and water quality, and other natural resources andwill cost taxpayers billions of dollars in lawsuits to fund payouts to a few developers.A hidden provision, not mentioned by its proponents, that allows virtually anyone to sue claiming a newlaw or regulation has impacted the value of their property or business—no matter how far-fetched theclaim—and taxpayers will be on the hook to pay the bill. This could result in thousands of lawsuitscosting taxpayers millions of dollars just in litigation costs. A similar but much less far-reaching mea-sure was passed in Oregon in 2004 and has already resulted in 2,000 claims requesting $3.8 billion incompensation.
  • 4. 4 THE ROADRUNNERIf Proposition 90 passes, virtually any actions taken to protect the environment could result in land-owners, who simply have to claim the law “damages” their property value, demanding huge paymentsfrom all taxpayers through state and local governments. In many cases to avoid bankruptcy, localgovernments will have no choice but to allow the environmentally destructive actions.The scope of environmental regulations that could trigger compensation under the measure is virtuallylimitless. Some examples include:Protection of old growth forests, wetlands, coastal areas, grazing lands, croplands, public parks, andopen space – New listings of endangered or threatened species or protection of habitat – Urban growthboundaries – Neighborhood zoning protections: height limits, setbacks, local restrictions on big-boxretail, inclusionary workforce and affordable housing, and restrictions on adult businesses in residentialareas and near schools – and more.To help fight his measure, stay aware of updates on this campaign and other November election issues at www.sierraclubcalifornia. AND BE SURE TO VOTE NO ON PROP 90 NO MATTER WHAT! KERN KAWEAH ROUND-UPPLEASE 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: You must be in condition fortype of hike, equipped appropriately for the activity, and prepared to sign a Sierra Club release from liability. You must bewilling to follow leader’s directions. Be sure to bring any personal medicines you might need. Customary appropriateequipment includes good hiking shoes, plenty of water, snack, sunglass suntan lotion, layered clothing. Long pantsrecommended. Unprepared for the prospective hike? It will be a no-go for you. Please let the leader know ahead of time thatyou are intending to participate. Change of plans may be necessary. IF YOU DONT WANT TO BE DISAPPOINTED, BESURE TO MAKE THAT CALL.Buena Vista Group More info? Call Donnel Lester, 661.831.6784Buena Vista Group’s monthly free program meetings are the first Saturday of each month, 8:30 AM atthe Hill House (700 Truxtun Avenue, Bakersfield, opposite the Beale Library). Breakfast is available forabout $7. For more information, contact Donnel at 661.831.6784 or Isabel at 661.246.6195.Sept 2 (Sat) Program: Viewing of the film “The Long View: A Plan to Save Our Ocean Fish.” We willalso use this meeting time to discuss administrative and planning issues.Oct 7 (Sat) Program: "How Native is Native?" Randi McCormick is the principal biologist ofMcCormick Biological and member of the California Native Plant Society (CNPS). Randi will trace thepath of how native plants become cultivars and enter the nursery trade. We may also hear about the use(and misuse) of native plants in residential, city, and Caltrans landscaping projects. Bring yourquestions. Note: the CNPS Annual Native Plant sale is Sat., Oct. 21 at CALM.Clean-ups Buena Vista Group members and friends are invited to join us for the "Adopt-A-Highway"cleanup the third Saturday of each month (September 16 and October 21), at 9 AM. We meet at theMonte Carlo Club parking lot at the intersection of Hwy 119 and Old River Road. Bring water, gloves,and a hat. We will work for about an hour and a half. For information, phone Donnel at 661.831.6784.Condor Group For further information call Lockhart (661.242.0432) or email: jmal@frazmtn.com Meets PineMountain Club. Call Dale Chitwood, 661.242.1076, for hike info.Environmental concerns continue to occupy much of the Condor Group’s time: suit in regard toproposed water extraction project on the Gorman hills, response to OHV trails designations, forestthinning plan in Mt Pinos District, Los Padres National Forest, and proposed housing developments,Falling Star (800 houses), Gorman Ranch (200 to 300-plus houses), as well as miscellaneous smallerprojects and of course, the grandiose proposed projects by Tejon Ranch: Centennial 23,000 houses andMountain Village 3,500 houses plus eight golf courses. Want fun? Come join us!
  • 5. THE ROADRUNNER 5Sept 23 (Sat) Peak to Peak. (rescheduled.) Hike from Mt. Pinos to Cerro Noroeste. Beautiful views,refreshing air. Meet 8 AM, PMC tennis courts. 7000 to 8900 altitude. Strenuous. Reservations are amust. Call Dale Chitwood, hike info, 661.242.1076; Barbara Nussbaum, 661.242.1843, reservations.Oct 7 (Sat) Energy: Personal and Worldwide Concerns. Paul Gipe, speaker. Potluck 6 PM, Program 7PM. Pine Mountain Clubhouse.Oct 28 or 29 (Sat-Sun) Hunting season is in force during this month making the Los Padres NationalForest unsafe for hikers. We are tentatively planning an excursion for October 28 or 29, hopefully to theKern Wildlife Preserve. Please call 661.242.0432 for more information after October 1.Nov 25 (Sat) Thorn Point. A wonderful goal to reach after climbing up a series of switchbacks to alovely area up so high that when you do the final upgrade, mounting the steps to the top of the firewatchtower, on a clear day you can see the Pacific. Strenuous. Call as above for September 23.Kaweah Group More info? call Pam, 559.784.4643 or Diane, 559.781.8897.Sept 21 (Thurs) is the date for one of the most important meetings of the year. It is the time for puttingtogether everyone’s ideas for a full and exciting calendar of events for the coming season. Bring yourideas to a meeting at Pam Clark’s home on the above date. Starting time is 7 PM. See you there.Mineral King Group. More info? Call Chair Kim Loeb. 559.798.1764. Please visit mineralking. sierraclub.org formore info on group events and activities.GENERAL PLAN. Mineral King Group ExCom and members continue to be involved in monitoringand providing input to Tulare County regarding its General Plan update. Conservation Chair Mary Moysubmitted comments on behalf of the Group regarding the Environmental Impact Report Notice ofPreparation for the General Plan.Additionally, Group members have been working with the recently formed Tulare County Citizens forResponsible Growth, a working group of local citizens and organizations committed to ensuring thatfuture growth protects our natural resources, communities, and local economy. This group will be mak-ing presentations throughout the county regarding growth, issues surrounding the General Plan update,and educating and energizing community members to become engaged in the process to ensure that theplan is truly representative of community values and not just special interests.Regarding the current status, the County had been planning to release the draft General Plan update inmid-September, but in early August the County abruptly postponed all Technical Advisory Committeeand Sub Task Group meetings to some future date. The County’s General Plan update website is www.westplanning.com /docs/tulare/index.htm.SEQUOIA RIVERLANDS TRUST, based in Visalia, just received the prestigious Sierra LighthouseAward from the Sierra Nevada Alliance. This award is given to “an organization which is a brightbeacon of hope in the Range of Light.” The land trust was chosen because in only a few years it hasprotected thousands of acres of land through purchases and easements. It is recognized statewide as anaccomplished and efficient conservation organization. ExCom member Brian Newton also serves on theland trust board.Sept 13 (Wed) 6 PM – Dinner Social at Fugazzi’s California Bistro, 127 W. Main St., Visalia. PleaseRSVP to Bev at 559.732.3785 or gmachine@psnw.com.Sept 16 (Sat) 8 AM – Outing – Mosquito Lakes – 7 miles round trip, 2100 ft gain. This is a hike inMineral King to a series of 6 lakes in the Mosquito Lakes canyon. We will hike to the first lake. Brooktrout fishing is reportedly good. This will be probably the steepest of all the hikes we will do thissummer, but we will take our time and it should be a good day. Deet is recommended to keep themosquitoes at bay. We will meet at the Taco Bell at Mary’s Vineyard (Ben Maddox & Noble) at 8 AM.For more information, contact Allen at 559.739.8087.
  • 6. 6 THE ROADRUNNERSept 22 (Fri) 7 PM – Film Screening – To Be Announced – We will have a film at the Tulare CountyOffice of Education at the corner of Woodland and Burrel Avenues in Visalia. Check our websitewww.mineralking.sierraclub.org for details.Sept 25 (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@psnw.com.Oct 7 (Sat) 7 AM – Outing – Day trip to and hikes at Glacier Point in Yosemite National Park. Wewill meet at 7 AM in the parking lot by Taco Bell in Mary’s Vineyard at Ben Maddox & Noble. We planto do two short hikes with beautiful and unique views of Yosemite Valley without all the crowds ofYosemite Valley. Call Joanne and David at 559.733.2078 or Allen at 559.739.8087 for details.Oct 11 (Wed) 6 PM – Dinner Social at El Tarasco Mexican Restaurant, 208 W. Main St., Visalia.Please RSVP to Bev at 559.732.3785 or gmachine@psnw.com.Oct 21 (Sat) – 8:30 AM – Outing – Marble Falls – 7 miles, 1500 ft gain. This should be a nice fall hikefrom Potwisha to Marble Falls. Marble Falls is a series of powerful whitewater cascades over multi-colored marble on the Kaweah River. We will parallel the river up the canyon to the falls. We will meetat the Taco Bell at Mary’s Vineyard (Ben Maddox & Noble) at 8:30 AM. For more information contactJoanne 559.733.2078 or Allen 559.739.8087.Oct 23 (Mon) 5:30 PM – Executive Committee Meeting at Baker’s Square Restaurant, 3301 S.Mooney Blvd., Visalia. All members welcome. To RSVP, gmachine@psnw.com or contact Bev at 559.732.3785.Owens Peak Group For further information call Dennis Burge, Chair 760.375.7967 Jim Nichols, Hikes760.375.8161 email: dennis93555@yahoo.com Ridgecrest, Maturango MuseumSept 23 (Sat) TABLE MOUNTAIN TRAVERSE (TABLE MOUNTAIN is between the Middle and theSouth Forks of Bishop Creek, 11711 ft elevation; 2600 ft gain; 7.4 mi) This nice mountain traverse willtake us up and over Table Mountain, which lies between Lake Sabrina and South Lake. There are 6 ormore lakes and several meadows along the route. The high point of Table Mountain overlooks SouthLake and the mountain structure matches the topography of Coyote Ridge just to the east. Moderate hikedue to distance and elevation gain. Note early meeting time. Meet Sat, Sept 23 at 7:00 AM at theRidgecrest Cinema parking lot. Call Dennis Burge at 760.375.7967 or Jim Nichols at 760.375.8161 formore info.Sep. 25 (Mon) 7:30 PM. FOUR CORNERS. Jean Bennett will present a CD slide program on abackpack trip (a few years back) to the spectacular Grand Gulch area of the 4 Corners country. This wasa trip taken by local people. Meet at Maturango Museum.Oct 21 (Sat) ASPEN GROVE TOUR (Kern Plateau, 8500 ft elevation, 1500 ft gain; 6 mi RT) Leisurelyhike to visit and photograph the best of the groves turning golden with fall splendor. The locations willdepend on climate, seasonal variations, and maybe the current fire limitations. Hooker, Jackass,McConnell, Albanita and other meadows may be included. Easy/Moderate due to length and elevationgain. Meet Sat, Oct 21 at 7:30 AM at the Ridgecrest Cinema parking lot. Call Dennis Burge at760.375.7967 or Jim Nichols at 760.375.8161 for more info.Oct 23 (Mon) 7:30 PM. Janet Westbrook will present a program on Norway: Oslo to Bergen via trainsand ferries, then on the Lindblad ship Endeavour up secluded fjords along Norwegian Coast and LofotonIslands, continuing to Bear Island and an amazing 5 days around the Svalbard Archipelago and Spitz-bergen, with spectacular ice shots, many sea birds, and 42 polar bear sightings! Meet at MaturangoMuseum.
  • 7. THE ROADRUNNER 7 MIDGEBUZZINGSDURING MY backpacking years I felt as most of my wilderness-loving friends do about the experience ofsolitude in the wild. We would go long distances to avoid other hikers and campers, and we reveled inthose days when we saw no one but each other. We had standing jokes about Boy Scouts and churchgroups, and we avoided them with studied determination. When I take out the photos from those days Ifeel again the pleasures of skinny-dipping in icy lakes, gazing in profound silence at incomparablesunsets, or sitting undisturbed with an early cup of coffee, mesmerized by the beauty of distant peaksand glaciers.Some fortunate people can keep up the strenuous effort of backpacking for many years beyond theirsixties, though most of us stop for various reasons, including physical necessity. For many of us whocannot continue, the longing for wilderness remains throughout our lives. We sometimes find other waysof getting there, including the use of pack animals, though such plans usually involve necessary com-promises with the purity of earlier experience.During my earlier years in the Kern-Kaweah Chapter, some of us enjoyed car camping in the desert. Wewent with friends from Ridgecrest, astute desert-lovers who continued camping well into their eightiesand who knew where to go to find solitude. Even though those expeditions involved vehicles and dirtroads, we got away entirely from crowds and enjoyed the silences and the dazzling stars of desert nights.Thanks to those wonderful days I have not been enthusiastic about the idea of ordinary car campingbecause of the inevitable noise and traffic connected with it. So it was with surprise and delight that Ifound myself enjoying very much a car camping experience in the Owens Valley two weeks ago when afriend and I decided to take a chance on finding a good place without reservations, and on a weekend atthat.We drove up the valley to a place about four miles north of Bishop, and turned at the sign for the MillCreek Campground. There were plenty of spaces for tents, and we were soon engaged in setting upcamp. We fired up the Coleman stove and lamp, ate a good supper, and then sat in folding chairs toenjoy the evening sky. Most of the “noise” was the laughter of children, who played until their bedtime.The next day we hiked the Rock Creek Trail. We started at nine thousand feet and walked to the fourthlake, for an altitude gain of another thousand feet. The leisurely climb and return involved about fivehours, including a stop for lunch. Since it was a weekend, we encountered many people, but they wereall as enchanted as we were with that incomparable beauty, and sharing their joy was a pleasure. Drivingback we explored the Rock Creek public campgrounds and found them beautiful and inviting.On the way home we went into the new Visitor Center just south of Lone Pine, where we found anexcellent map of Highway 395 and the adjoining country, as well as a brochure listing public and privatecampgrounds in the valley and in the Inyo National Forest. Included in the list are the numbers of sitesin all campgrounds, the dates they are open, drinking water availability, fees, and reservation informa-tion. I’m ready to look for a tent of my own. I have everything else I need for car camping plus, after allthese years, an impatience to get started. Want to come along? Ann WilliamsHUG A SEQUOIA. (cont‘d from p. 1.) As always, seeing old friends and meeting new people from allover the country are the best part of these outings. Talk with the activists who worked to protect theseforests and groves for a quarter of a century and who continue to fight the Forest Service’s latest plans tolog in the groves under the pretext of restoration.Before heading home Sunday we will hike to a hidden glade in a spectacular stand of Sequoias in acandidate Wilderness area. Sadly, just this week the Forest Service destroyed the main trail by bull-dozing it to 5’ width, thus allowing trespass by ORV’s. We can document the damage and then go cross-country to find a Sequoia that may well have been a seedling when Cleopatra was crossing the Nile. Ifenough of us make the trip, we just might be able to stretch all our arms around one single tree. Others
  • 8. 8 THE ROADRUNNERmay chose to continue to walk to the Bush Tree at the bottom of the Freeman Creek Grove, others mayelect to hike to the Needles Lookout perched on a granite spire overlooking the Kern River Canyon andthe Golden Trout Wilderness.Participants will need their own food and camping gear. Tents are recommended but not required. Wewill provide the group campsite, spare gear on request, liquid refreshment, maps, advice, and lots ofinformation. Details about this popular annual outing are available by e:mailing Carla at <cac@ocsnet.net> or by calling 559.781.8445. Be sure to leave your name and contact information. RESER-VATIONS ARE REQUIRED BY SEPTEMBER 24th. Participants are NOT required to be members ofthe Sierra Club. More information will be sent to you when you make your reservation. KERN KAWEAH CHAPTER OFFICERS AND MEMBERS for 2006:Chair: Lorraine Unger (Bksf), 661.323.5569; Vice-chair: Georgette Theotig (Tehachapi), 661.822.4371; Secretary: HarryLove (Bksf), 661.589.6245; Treasurer: Janet Wood (Min King); Treasurer liaison: Richard Garcia (Min King), 559.592.9865; Mary Ann Lockhart (PMC), 661.242.0432; Ara Marderosian (Kernville), 760.378.4206, Gordon Nipp (Bksf),661.872.2432; Arthur Unger (Bksf), 661.323.5569 Meetings: All Sierra Club members welcome to attend. Call Chair to verify meeting times, places. hhhhhhhhhhhVery special thanks to all the persons who contribute to The Roadrunner, particular to the group re-porters and the mailers. It just wouldn’t be possible to produce this newsletter without their generoushelp month after month. hhhhhhhhhhhMAGICRead the Roadrunner and more—on the web!Put Sierra Club Home Page into your search engine.Follow the directions from there. Easy as pie, really it is!Want to contact Roadrunner editor? Mary Ann Lockhart, jmal@frazmtn.com or 661.242.0432Want to change your address for Sierra Club publications?Call 415.977.5653 and listen to menu. We are not ableto do it locally. Good luck! ddddHelp preserve and restore!Making your estate plans? Include the Sierra Club.Call John Calaway, Director of Planned Giving.Learn about options and opportunitiesthat will ensure your gifts will be used as you desire.Phone: 415.977.5639 for more information. dddd
  • 9. THE ROADRUNNER 9Help preserve and restore!When making your estate plans include the Sierra Club.Call John Calaway, Director of Planned Giving to learn about options and opportunities that will ensure your giftswill be used as you desire.Phone: 415.977.5639 or e-mail planned.giving@sierraclub.org for more information.From the Chair Lorraine Unger We just returned from the Le Conte Memorial Lodge in Yosemite Valley. The Valley is stupendous andthe water was running high in the Merced River while we were there. The Lodge which was built andmaintained by the Club has been deeded to Yosemite National Park but we still supply staffing for thesummer months, May-September. The Club employs a professional curator, Dr. Bonnie J. Gisel, whoperforms an outstanding job providing the public with the Sierra Club message. I would like toencourage you all to consider a week’s commitment at Le Conte; it’s a wonderful experience and anopportunity to learn about the founding of the Park and the Sierra Club.The Le Conte Memorial Lodge is quite interesting with something for every visitor. There is aCommerative Wilderness Quilt Project hanging over the doorway. It is composed of squares based ondrawings made by visitors of their Park experience. There is the feel of a quiet library and the bookshelves are full of texts on nature, Joseph Le Conte, John Muir, climbing, the building architecture, etc.One corner is dedicated to children with appropriate books and toys, plus projects for them to work on.Displays depicting the history of the Club, John Muir’s life, and Joseph Le Conte have been designedand constructed with staff/Le Conte Committee cooperation. One of our Chapter members, HaroldWood has been Chair and a long term member of the Le Conte Committee. His wife, Janet, has alsobeen very involved in assisting in running the facility. You need to sign up early to volunteer so plan ahead. Your responsibility is to work 3 hours per day forfive days. Also, you are committed to assisting the curator at two evening programs. You will beprovided with a camping place that you share with other volunteers. But the end reward Is a real sense ofthe history of the Club and a feeling of where you fit in with preserving our environment. To volunteercall (209) 372-4542 www.sierraclub.org/education/leconteANNUAL FALL GATHERING OF THE KERN KAWEAH CHAPTER Time Again To Catch Up On Old Friends And New, Nov. 18th.Fall is just around the corner, and that means it’s time to make plans to attend our annual Chapter DinnerGathering. This year we will again enjoy a 6-course Chinese dinner at Bill Lee’s Chinese ChopsticksRestaurant, 1203 18th Street, in Bakersfield (661.324.9441). Our lively Social Hour begins at 6 PM,with a no-host cocktail hour. Dinner will begin at 7 PM. A mere $16 reserves your complete dinner,including tax and tip.During dinner we will be given special updates by our hardworking Chapter activists on local andnational issues of importance. This is your chance to learn first-hand about the conservation efforts ourChapter works so hard on. After dinner, we will have a special presentation by Carla Cloer, the longtimeactive protector of the Sequoias. Reservations are a must, to be received no later than Wednesday,November ???? Questions? Call Georgette Theotig, 661.822.4371, in Tehachapi. Please send a check(no cash, please) for $16 per person, written out to: Kern-Kaweah Chapter, Sierra Club, and mail it to:Georgette Theotig, PO Box 38, Tehachapi, CA. 93581. We hope to see our friends for an evening of funand celebration!