A BI-MONTHLY PUBLICATION OF THE KERN-KAWEAH CHAPTER OF SIERRA CLUB

SEPT./OCTOBER, 2010

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PANORAMA VISTA CHALLENGE TO LOCAL ENVIRONMENTALISTS
Three groups join forces to establish, develop and maintain 950-acre Kern River Corridor
The Panorama Vista Preserve consists of over 950 acres on both sides of the Kern River below the Panorama Bluffs. In the late 1990s, ARCO (which had both the mineral rights and surface ownership of what is now the majority of the Preserve) made it known that they were willing to sell the surface rights. A coalition of of three groups, the Kern River Parkway Association, the Kern Equestrians and the Kern River Access Committee were given an option to buy the property if they could raise $118,000. Eventually, after the funds were raised, and the property purchased, a new entity, the Kern River Corridor Endowment,was formed to manage the property. Eventually, ARCO returned the $118,000 to the Kern River Corridor Endowment to be used as an endowment. About five years ago a few of us began a small scale revegetation project. We had gathered valley oak acorns from Windwolves and
PLANTING FOR THE FUTURE:

Madi Evans and Harry Love are potting plants at the Panorama Vista Nursery below Panorama Drive near Bakersfield Co!ege.
Photo/Courtesy of Andy Honig

California sycamore seeds from the sycamores already growing on the Preserve. With the help of Steve Hampson, we laid out a drip irrigation system that drew water from the well of the small neighboring community. In the fall of 2006 we were ready to plant and began our trial and error learning process. With the help of Boy Scouts and their parents we planted about 100 oaks and acorns after having made chicken wire baskets to

protect the seedlings from rodents. When our planting day was over all but three seedlings were protected by chicken wire top and bottom. The next morning the three unprotected had been chewed off. The oaks seemed to do okay but most of the sycamores lost their foliage. However, the next spring, most of the sycamore leafed out and we seemed to be off to a good start. But that was the spring of the “false chinch bugs”—tiny
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Fa! Banquet set for Nov 13 at Hodel’s; reservations due on Nov. 11
Our annual Fall Banquet on Nov. 13 at Hodel’s Country Dining, Kern Room, 5917 Knudsun Drive will start with a no-host social hour at 5 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m. This is an opportunity to meet and greet and socialize. Invite your family, work buddies, neighbors, and friends. (No children under the age of 7, please.) The Fall Banquet is a reaching out to the community to attract new members. We will explore what the Sierra Club is all about and why the Club is important to you and your family. The $25 cost includes set-up, linens, security, tax and gratuity. For our program, Chapter activists will give an update on what they are doing and what successes they have had. Reservations are a MUST, to be received no later than Thursday, Nov. 11 (checks only, no cash). Walk-ins cannot be accommodated. See the reservation form on the back of this newsletter. —Glen Shellcross, Buena Vista Chair

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willow, cottonwood and mulefat cuttings and put them in containers of water to (we thought) soon be planted. The crucial thing was for P.G.&E. to provide electricity for the well pump. Finally, in late April after PG&E postponements, the water system was up and running and we, with many volunteers, planted a couple thousand trees and shrubs over the next two months. Active in working on planting was Harry Love, a Kern-Kaweah Chapter activist and Audubon member who organized Audubon work parties, Meanwhile Bill Cooper, Phil Shepard and Rich O’Neil constructed a nursery for the propagation and holding of nursery stock. The Hampson Grove and the nursery continue to be watered from the trailer tank, but we have recently connected a water system from the well to our first grove and soon will be tying our nursery and the Hampson Grove to the watering system thanks to a $3000 grant awarded us by the Kern-Kaweah Chapter. We have made a great deal of progress in our revegetation but the story is not over. Volunteer or just come by and see how things are coming along. Go to our web site http://panoramavista.org to learn more, to see where we are, and learn how to contact us. —Andy Honig

PANORAMA VISTA: Chapter donates $3000 to support watering system
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sucking bugs which appeared in the millions. Before we realized what was happening we had lost almost our entire planting. But we persevered and replanted (mostly sycamores because we didn’t have any more oaks), and these sycamores did well. Two years ago a new grove next to the river was started with the help of Bill Cooper and Rich O’Neil. This was named the Hampson Grove after Steve Hampson who had tragically died. The Hampson Grove was not connected to drip irrigation and had to be hand watered with cat litter jugs of water that I trucked from home. In 2009 we got a grant from the Kern Wildlife Commission to purchase a 525 tank, trailer and pump. We got permission to pump water from the river and our burden was lessened. This brings us to 2009 when, with the help of Scott Frazer of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, we received a couple of grants to enable us to have an irrigation system installed for a new 30-acre grove. An old well, dating from the 1940s was refurbished. In early February, with the help of many friends, including Sierra Clubbers, we gathered thousands of

Sierra Club offers viewpoints on November ballot initiatives
Sierra Club California is again making recommendations for several initiatives appearing on the upcoming ballot in November. For more information, see: www.sierraclub.org/politics/endorsements/ No on Proposition 18: The Safe, Clean, and Reliable Drinking Water Supply Act of 2010. This November, California voters will vote on an $11.1 billion water bond. Sierra Club California opposes the water bond and urges voters to reject it. This bond would obligate the state to pay back more than $800 million in bond debt every year for the next 30 years. These payments would further stress our general fund, providing $800 million less for schools, parks, social services, police protection and fire services. It seems unwise to add these huge annual payments to a budget with a projected shortfall of $21 billion by 2011. No on Proposition 23: Proposed Big Oil Initiative. Big Texas oil companies are trying to buy their way out of cleaning up their California refineries and fuels. Companies like Valero and Tesoro recently announced that they plan on fully funding a November ballot initiative that would halt clean energy efforts and pollution control standards aimed at cleaning up our air and atmosphere for our kids and future generations. Yes on Proposition 25: Proposition 25, which would allow state budgets to be passed by a simple majority of each house of the Legislature. The anti-democratic twothirds requirement for passing budgets has created opportunities for anti-environmental mischief. One of the most egregious examples came in 2007, when 14 Senate Republicans held the budget hostage to their demand for non-fiscal legislation weakening the California Environmental Quality Act’s application to global warming. Yes on Proposition 21: The California State Parks Initiative. The State Parks and Wildlife Conservation Trust Fund Act of 2010, would provide a stable, reliable and adequate source of funding to protect state parks and conserve wildlife. “With our state parks facing an insurmountable funding crisis and irreparable damage, it is essential we provide our parks with a sustainable and reliable funding stream,” said Jim Metropulos, Senior Advocate of Sierra Club California. “For years California’s 278 state parks have been an integral public asset that residents and visitors alike enjoyed, and it is imperative we maintain these priceless assets for our children and future generations.” Proposition 21 would ensure a dedicated and reliable funding stream for state parks through an $18 annual State Park Access Pass surcharge and, in return, would provide vehicles subject to the surcharge free, year-round admission to state parks.

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Fa" inspires renewed dedication to ongoing projects
The end of summer…and wherever you wandered, I hope you are back safely, with adventures to share. This time of year means many things to us in the Kern-Kaweah Chapter. First, we urge you to look over the Sierra Club endorsements for the November ballot. Next, beautiful Sierra Club calendars are once again being offered for sale as a Chapter fundraiser. Be sure to see the article on Calendar contacts. And last, Chapter and Group Executive Committee elections are coming up. Have you considered becoming a candidate ? On a sad note, two of our long-time Chapter members passed away this summer – Chris Geyer and Jean Pretorious. Both of these active women gave not only their money, but their time to the Sierra Club. We will miss their familiar, warm smiles at Chapter events, but they both leave inspiration in our hearts. How fortunate we were to know Chris and Jean, and count them as friends of the environment. The end of summer…if you enjoyed a winding trail through wild places, clear blue skies, sparkling waters, and pristine open spaces, thank an environmental group. We encourage you to give back by doing your part to make a difference. Seasons pass and time passes quickly. Get out there and do something good for our natural world today! —Georgette Theotig Kern-Kaweah Chapter Chair

Giant Sequoia National Monument campout coming Sept. 24-26
The Kern-Kaweah Chapter of Sierra Club is encouraging members and friends to join in a camp out and hike Sept. 24-26 in one of the most magnificent sequoia groves in the Giant Sequoia National Monument. Sponsoring the event are the Sierra Club/Sequoia Task Force and Tule River Conservancy Sequoia Task Force Chair Carla Cloer, Vice-Chair Joe Fontaine, Sequoia Forest Keeper Ara Marderosian, and Rich Kangas are leading the activities. Meet folks who were instrumental in creating the Monument and who now fight for real protection of these forests. See why these groves need to be reunited with the rest of their ecosystem under the management of Sequoia National Park.

We will camp near Quaking Aspen at the headwaters of the South Fork of the Middle Fork of the Tule River about one and a half hours from Porterville. Our downhill hike on Saturday morning will begin after a no-host breakfast. We will discuss past and planned future activities in the grove and the latest on the Forest Service's attempt to re-do their Management Plan. Bring lunch to munch at a site by the Tule River. An optional afternoon trip will be offered to tour the Trail of 100 Giants, discuss the Forest Service’s recent expansion and tree removal projects there, and pay tribute to the unmarked Sequoia where President Clinton created this Giant Sequoia National Monument. Saturday night will feature a potluck supper. Participation is optional. For Sunday morning a two-hour round-trip hike is planned down the Freeman Creek Grove Trail where the Forest Service, with no notice, replaced every stream crossing with wooden bridges and banked the trail for bike speed. For those who don't have to rush home, we will conclude the weekend with a short hike to the

top of Dome Rock to see an overview of the Kern River and the site of the McNally fire. You MUST contact Carla at 559 . 781.8445 or at cac@ocsnet.net by Sept. 8 to reserve your place as space is limited. Membership in Sierra Club, Sequoia Forest Keeper, or Tule River Conservancy is not required . There is no fee for the outing. Directions and more information will be sent to those who make reservations. To receive alerts and newsletters by mail, send your name and address to "Sequoia Task Force," or "Tule River Conservancy," P.O. Box 723, Porterville CA 93257. —Carla Cloer cac@ocsnet.net

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KERN KAWEAH ROUNDUP
PLEASE 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 for the type of hike, equipped appropriately for the activity and prepared to sign a Sierra Club release for 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 layered clothing. The following might be helpful but definitely is not required: compass, whistle, matches or lighter, and a good first aid kit. Long pants are recommended. Unprepared for the prospective hike? It will be a no-go for you. Participation must be leader approved. Please let the leader know ahead of time that you are intending to participate. Check individual group listings 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 to be 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 of travel does not constitute approval by the State of California. This legislation is designed to protect the user of outdoor activities that require 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 4 or 5 miles are at 7 p.m. at the corner of Highways 178 and 184. Contact Gordon (gnipp@bak.rr.com) or Larry (661.873.8107) for more information. Saturday, Sept. 4—Breakfast. Ara Mardarosian has been invited to speak about community opposition to a solar installation in Weldon, Calif. Meet at 10 a.m. at Camino Real Restaurant, 3500 Truxtun Ave. at the corner of Truxtun and Westwind, just west of Oak Street in Bakersfield. Optional brunch is served for $7.60/person + tip. Info: 661.246.6195. Saturday, Sept. 18—Adopt-a-Highway Cleanup. Meet at 9 a.m. at Old River Road and Hwy 119 (Taft Hwy). Park at the Monte Carlo lot. We will bring equipment. We recommend that you bring a hat, good hiking shoes/boots, and water to drink. Inclement weather cancels this event. Call to confirm your attendance: 661.246.6195. Saturday, Oct. 2—Breakfast. Scott Frazer who is a private lands biologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will discuss the Kern National Wildlife Refuge. Presentation is at 10 a.m. at Camino Real Restaurant, 3500 Truxtun Ave. (See Sept. 14 entry for more information) Thursday, Oct. 14—Picnic in Jastro Park Bring a salad or dessert to share with six people at 6 p.m. A fire and condiments will be provided but you need to bring your own meat and marshmallows. Jastro Park is located between Truxtun on the south and 18th Street on the north. It is just two blocks east of Oak Street. Also, used batteries will be collected for recycling. Call leader Lorraine Unger for details 661.323.5569. Saturday, Oct. 16—Adopt-A-Highway cleanup: Meet at Old River Road and Hwy 119 (Taft Hwy). Park at the Monte Carlo lot. (See Sept. 18 for more information.) BVG Recycles—Bring your household batteries to our meetings, and we’ll recycle them for you. Also, visit our Facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sierra-Club-Buena-Vista-Group/359839178824?v=wall&ref=mf

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CONDOR GROUP
More info? Mary Ann Lockhart (661.242.0432). Hikes? Dale Chitwood (661.242.1076)
Saturday, Oct. 2—Potluck. The regular meeting of the Condor group will be held at the Pine Mountain Clubhouse. 6 p.m. potluck, 7 p.m. program. Program will be announced early in September. There are no day-long hikes planned during this period. Call to see if opportunities arise during the fall months. A very successful Peak to Peak hike took place in July. Twenty-one persons started from Mt. Pinos to make the trek to Cerro Noroeste, a seven-mile trip with ups and downs and great views to all sides. Many local club members have joined in the efforts of the Tri-County Watchdogs, a local environmental group, to protest the permission that the Kern County Board of Supervisors granted to Frazier Park Estates to build 550 houses in an area already threatened by water shortages. A suit has been filed with support from the Kern County Chapter. Sunday Strolls. These will continue through September...We leave the Pine Mountain Clubhouse at 8 a.m. each Sunday morning to visit interesting spots close to the community, all within a five minute drive at the longest. You do NOT need to make a reservation for these walks...just show up on time to stretch your legs, breathe the fresh air and be ready for surprises that we can't anticipate. Birds, flowers, geology...even ants plus ... can be topics of chit chat along the way. Children are welcome as long as they are accompanied by an adult. Call 661.242.0432 for more information.

KAWEAH GROUP
More info? Call Pam Clark (559.784.4643) or Diane Jetter (559.781.8897).

OWENS PEAK GROUP
More 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, Sept. 18—The Circumnavigation of Lost Benchmark Hike. In keeping with our "Lost" theme, we will hike entirely around striking Lost Bench Mark (on the Kern Plateau, 8075 ft max, 1500 ft gain, 6.3 mi RT). In the process we will visit Lost Creek and Lost Meadow and traverse the spooky Dead Horse Meadow. This is an interesting and worthwhile September workout to a little visited part of the Kern Plateau. Moderate hike due to distance with some cross country sections. Meet Saturday at 7:30 a.m. at the Ridgecrest Cinema parking lot. Call Dennis Burge at 760.375.7967 or Jim Nichols at 760.375.8161 for more info. Monday, Sept. 27—Red Rock Canyon Talk. Russ Dingman of California State Parks will tell us about the status of the Red Rock Canyon General Plan. Meet at the Maturango Museum at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16—Aspen Grove Tour. Leisurely hike to visit and photograph the best of the groves turning golden with fall splendor on the Kern Plateau (8500 ft elevation, 1500 ft gain; 6 mi RT) . The locations will depend on climate, seasonal variations, and maybe the current fire limitations, if any. Hooker, Jackass, McConnell, Albanita and other meadows will be considered. We will learn to identify the trees and how they respond to the changing seasons. Easy/moderate due to length and elevation gain. Meet Saturday at 7:30 a.m. at the Ridgecrest Cinema parking lot. Call Dennis Burge at 760.375.7967 or Jim Nichols at 760.375.8161 for more info. Monday, Oct. 25—Travel Talk. Janet Westbrook will show pictures of some of her most recent travels with an ecological implication. Meet at the Maturango Museum at 7:30 p.m.

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MINERAL KING
Please visit mineralking.sierraclub.org for more info. Also find Mineral King Group on Facebook!
Saturday, Sept. 11 —Crystal Lake - Mineral King Hike. This is a 10-mile hike with panoramic views of the Mineral King valley. There is significant elevation change, and while the hike is strenuous we will maintain a steady, gentle pace. For more information contact Dave at 559.688.4813 or coachk24@aol.com Thursday, Sept. 30 —Dinner social at Panera Bread, 4103 South Mooney Blvd. in Visalia at 6 p,m. No RSVP needed. Look for Mineral King Table placard. Thursday, Oct. 21—Bring-A-Bag Dinner. Join us at the Cal Natives Nursery for a talk hosted by Cathy Capone. Ice teas and dessert provided. For information, call 559.781.8897. Saturday, Oct. 23 —Kings Canyon Hike. A moderately easy 5-mile round trip hike in Kings Canyon National Park. We will hike 2.5 miles downhill among redwoods and dogwood to Redwood Creek where we will enjoy lunch. Call David or Joanne for meeting time and place at 559.733.2078. Find the Mineral King Group on Facebook! Visit our page for up-to-date information on outings, social events, and our conservation efforts in Tulare and Kings Counties. California/Nevada Regional Conservation Committee Desert Committee Outings
For questions about, or to sign up for a particular outing, please contact the leader listed in the write-up. For questions about Desert Committee 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-Sunday, Sept. 4-5--Tamarisk Bash in Surprise Canyon. This is a traditional end of summer outing as we help remove invasive tamarisk from Surprise Canyon north of Ridgecrest. It is warm weather, but the year-round stream will let us soak and cool as the spirit moves us. We will work Saturday with Marty Dickes, our coordinator from the BLM. Sunday is reserved for a hike to cooler elevations above the desert. Enjoy car camping, a potluck dinner Saturday, and campfire stories. Contact leader Craig Deutsche at craig.deutsche@gmail.com, 310.477.6670. Sunday, Sept. 19--Caliente Ridge Exploratory Hike. Join us in the unique Carrizo Plain National Monument, on a moderate day hike along Caliente Ridge, into the Wilderness Study Area—see why it should be wilderness! The hike is part of the wilderness meeting weekend, come for the entire weekend, including Saturday's meeting, or just for Sunday's hike. Leader: Cal French. Contact Vicky Hoover for details or to sign up at vicky.hoover@sierraclub.org, 415-977-5527. Friday-Sunday, Sept. 24-26--Black Rock Desert Digital Photography Car Camp. Join retired photographer Graham Stafford on a photographic and exploratory journey into the Black Rock Desert. We will visit some of the beautiful areas including natural hot springs. All levels of photographers accepted. Beginners encouraged. Graham will spend individual time with each participant and their camera. He will cover basic and advanced areas of digital photography. View some of his work on his website at www.grahamstafford.com. Friday-Sunday, Sept. 24-26--Service And Hiking In the Carrizo Plains. This is an opportunity to visit and to assist an outstanding and relatively unknown national monument. There will be an optional and scenic hike high in the Caliente mountains on Friday. Others may join us for National Public Lands Day on Saturday when we will participate with other volunteers restoring one of the historic homesteads in the center of the Plain. On Sunday, we will tour a number of the historic, prehistoric, and geologic sites in the Monument. Leader Craig Deutsche at craig.deutsche@gmail.com, 310.477.6670. Friday-Sunday, Oct. 1-3--Death Valley National Park Service Trip Wilderness restoration work party in Butte Valley, a beautiful and remote area of the park in the southern Panamint Range. Meet Friday afternoon and drive to work site – high clearance vehicle required. May start work on Friday in time permits. Saturday will be a workday, followed by a potluck supper in the evening. Work half a day on Sunday. (Project and location may change.) Bring work gloves, camping equipment, and food and water for the weekend. Leader: Kate Allen at kj.allen@wildblue.net, 661.944.4056. Saturday-Wednesday, Oct. 10-13--Death Valley Digital Photography Car Camp. Join retired photographer Graham Stafford on a photographic and exploratory journey into Death Valley. We will visit Eureka, Mesquite and Ibex Dunes Beginners encouraged. Graham will spend individual time with each participant and their camera. He will cover basic and advanced areas of digital photography. 4WD high clearance encouraged, but 2WD vehicles with good tires okay. No low sport type vehicles. www.grahamstafford.com. For more information contact leader Graham Stafford at graham@grahamstafford.com.

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VACATION PLANNING: ANGELES CHAPTER INVITES OUTINGS PARTICIPATION
Upcoming outings scheduled by the Angeles Chapter Outings Committee (2010-11) may be of interest to Kern-Kaweah Chapter members. These outings are fairly reasonably priced, and most involve hikes and outdoor activities. The Popular Hawaiian Adventure (Sept. 21-27) involves four beautiful hikes of varying difficulty into the tropical rain forests of Oahu. Participants will also have a chance to learn to surf with a world famous Waikiki Beach Boy. The price of $1,195 includes a round trip flight, six nights of lodging and ground transportation. Contact leaders Richard Glick (949.859.0255) or Christine Dickey (949.651.9642) for more information. This trip often sells out, so make contact early. Three Continents Mediterranean Cruise (Nov. 21-Dec. 3) is a 12-night adventure aboard the Norwegian Jade. Ports of call include, Rome, Athens, Ephesus, Turkey, Malta and Barcelona. For information, contact Gabriela at IberoAmericana (888.477.8669 or gabriela@iberoamericanatravel.com A precruise extension will be offered in Barcelona. Destination Costa Rica (Feb. 2011) is a 15-day tour from the Pacific beaches to the wild Northern Caribbean. On layover days, hike and explore why this country is known for its enlightened approach to conservation. There will be visits to volcanoes, rain forests, ecological reserves, wildlife refuges. Sierra Club member cost is $1475 (nonmember cost is $1575) and includes mid-range accommodations (dbl. occup.), a private 21-passenger airconditioned coach, some meals, happy hours, boat transportation to Tortuguero, driver gratuities. Contact co-leader Donna Specht (donnaspecht@juno.com) or at 714.963.6345. Deluxe Vietnam (March 2011) includes a land package from Hanoi to SaPa, Halong Bay, Tam Coc, Hue and Hoi An, spending at least two days in most locations. Trip fee of $1395 includes deluxe accommodations, over 15 meals/ happy hours, all park/museum fees. Discounted group international airfare is offered. For information, send e-mail to lajeunes@pacbell.net. Please insert subject line Vietnam 11.

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Arenal volcano in Costa Rica/ (2010)/ Photo by Claus Engelhardt

Magic Hiking Circuit of Ecuador (Aug. 19-28, 2011) is a 10-day trip at three San Jorge Eco-Lodge Reserves. Includes treks to sacred waterfalls, some jungle trails, some steep, some trails following in the same footsteps as the pre-Incans. Sierra Club member cost is $1775 (nonmembers, $1875) with group airfare extra. Contact co-leader Donna Specht (donnaspecht@juno.com) or at 714.963.6345. New Mexico Adventure (Oct. 8-15) involves fun-filled adventures in the “land of enchantment, including the Albuquerque Balloon Festival, Santa Fe, Taos and Chaco Canyon. Cost is $1195. For information, contact Mike Sappingfield at mikesapp@cox.net

Sierra Club Elections Information In accordance with Sierra Club bylaws, an annual chapter election and group elections are required in the fourth quarter of each year to elect replacement Executive Committee (ExCom) members for those whose two year terms are expiring. Because all members of the chapter are eligible to participate in the chapter election process (and group members in the group election process), our chapter utilizes the Roadrunner publication to accomplish the election process. The election process consists of several steps; the first step is the nomination process where names are placed in nomination through the Nominating Committee (NomCom) or by petition requiring 15 chapter member signatures submitted to the NomCom. Once the nominations have been verified by the Nominating Committee and the nomination period has expired, the nominees are published in the election slate for chapter (or group) members to cast their votes. Finally, the ballots are counted by the Election Committee and the results are reported to the ExCom for entry into ExCom records. Kern-Kaweah Chapter Nominations Nominations for the Chapter ExCom will be received by the Chapter Nominating Committee from the initial date of the September-October 2010 Roadrunner publication until Oct, 1, 2010. Nominations (or petitions) may be submitted to the NomCom by mailing them to the Kern-Kaweah Chapter Nominating Committee, P.O. Box 38, Tehachapi, CA 93581. must include the name and contact information of the person submitting the nomination. Nominations will not be accepted after Oct. 1, 2010. Chapter Voting The ballot and instructions will be published in the November-December 2010 Roadrunner and ballots cast by chapter members will be received until Dec, 1, 2010. The results will be published in the January-February Roadrunner.

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BOOK TALK:

NEW VOLUME OFFERS GUIDE TO CALIFORNIA GEOLOGIC SITES

A super little volume came in the mail the other day addressed to me, and I thought I’d share it with Kern-Kaweah Chapter members because it seems so informative about California geology. California Rocks!: A Guide to Geologic Sites in the Golden State (2010) by Katherine J. Baylor is a perfect guide for people wanting to explore state parks and some quite spectacular scenery in our state. It’s a soft-bound paperback with high quality paper. One could easily tote it along in the car when traveling. One of the best features of this book is its beautiful pictures illustrating unusual geological formations. One such photo is of weathered granite rock at the Jumbo Rocks Campground in Joshua Tree National Park. Northern California locales include the Lava Beds National Monument near the Oregon border, Mount Shasta, and Castle Crags State Park north of Redding. Descriptions of formations are easy to read for non-geologists like myself. Baylor holds degrees in geology and geography from UC-Santa Barbara and works currently as a hydrogeologist for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Copies of the book are available for $16 (plus

S&H) through the Mountain Press Publishing Company in Montana at 406.728.1900. This informative book would make a good addition to anyone’s environmental or travel library. It would also make a great gift. Also if you have a book to share with members of the Chapter, send your review to the editor at sierraroadrunner@gmail.com —Marjorie Bell, Roadrunner Editor

CAL EX-COM NEEDS DELEGATES FOR SAN LUIS OBISPO CONVENTION
The Kern Kaweah Chapter should be appointing a full complement of electoral delegates for the Oct. 9-10 Convention at the September ExCom meeting at the latest. The Chapter is entitled to four delegates, but so far only Art and Lorraine Unger are registered for the events in San Luis Obispo. This is the first time we have scheduled a joint CNRCC meeting and convention. The agenda looks excellent: the new Executive Director Michael Brune will be there both days, and on Sunday morning there will be a workshop to discuss a California Chapter Fundraising Support Network. I've attached another copy of the Convention flyer. Maybe you could distribute this to your ExCom and other chapter volunteers to generate some more interest. An email with specific logistics will be out soon. Lori Ives ives@ivesico.net will be glad to hear from you. Also, here's a link to the Diversity Toolkit on the Clubhouse. It's got some hints for engaging folks who have not always thought of the Club as a comfortable place for them. But we will be stronger when they are involved. The following is a link to more information: http://clubhouse.sierraclub.org/ people/committees/diversity/toolkit/ recruiting_and_retaining_volunteer s.aspx Thanks for all your work in the San Joaquin Valley. —Vicki Lee Cal ExCom Secretary

TWELVE MONTHS OF BEAUTY: CALENDARS TO GO ON SALE SOON
Yes, this is a pitch for Sierra Club Calendars – once again, the Chapter is offering the most beautiful calendars for sale: large Wilderness calendars and the smaller Engagement calendars. And once again, they are offered at the bargain basement price of only $10 each ! What a deal – you get resplendent photos to gaze at every day, and the Chapter has more funds with which to work on conservation efforts. And if you’re concerned about the processing, the calendars are printed on paper containing a minimum of 50 percent recovered waste, of which at least 10 percent of the fiber content is postconsumer waste. The virgin content of the paper is chlorine free and entirely from tree farms. Here are the contacts: Bakersfield: Isabel Stierle (661.246.6195), Porterville: Pam Clark (559.784.4643), Tehachapi: Georgette Theotig (661.822.4371), Frazier Park: Mary Ann Lockhart (661-242-0432), Ridgecrest: Dennis Burge (760-375-7967)

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SEPT./OCTOBER, 2010

MIDGEBUZZINGS
Members of the Kern-Kaweah Chapter recently learned of the death of Christena Geyer. Her long tenure in the Sierra Club included two terms as chapter chair, and years of participation in the legendary Golden Trout backpacks led by Joe and Bugs Fontaine. On those hikes she was not only the oldest participant, but also the most intrepid and the most fun. As chapter chair, Chris sought ways to make membership attractive, insisting upon the importance of social events that would bring people together, and fostering outings enjoyed by families. As the widowed mother of three very young sons, she was devoted to character development in children, especially as it could be strengthened by experiences in the out-of- doors After the death of her husband, she made a decision to seek a career that would coincide with her sons’ school years, and became a high school librarian. Each June she and the boys, Peter, James and Robert, packed what they would need for the summer, and took off for adventures in the great parks of this country, experiencing landscapes and cultural centers in virtually every state. In the campgrounds, after they set up their tent, the boys went off to explore their surroundings while Chris settled down in a folding chair with a book. She had taught them the rules of safety, and she knew that only by being trusted and respected for their own judgment would they develop the independence they would need for adulthood. This is not to say that there were no harrowing moments in those summers. All three boys were full of the same talent for mischief and fun that made their mother such a joy to know. When her sons were old enough, she took them out of school for an entire Chris Geyer (left) with year of travel, convinced that such an experience would be more to their a Chapter Chair Georgette advantage. They visited parts of Europe and the Near East, sometimes looking for places as unusual as the likes of Brigadoon before they became fashionable. Theotig They spent time in Africa where, among countless other adventures, they traveled on a working boat up the Jubba River and slept on the deck. Adventure was the game, and fearlessness the goal. On the Golden Trout hikes Chris was the life of the party. She loved practical jokes, and claimed to be the magic charm that kept rain away. Sure enough, during all her years with the Golden Trout hikers it never rained once. Maybe on the people a mile up, but not on them! As Mrs. Geyer, the librarian at Bakersfield High School, she was popular with the students and told great stories about them. My favorite featured the sophomore boy who often came in and made his way stealthily to the section on human anatomy and hygiene. One day, when she saw that he had brought a freshman boy with him, she followed them and slipped into the aisle behind the stack they were consulting. Here is what she heard in a dramatic whisper: “Okay, this is the one I told you about. It’s the worst of all. See what it says right here? This one attacks the gentiles!” Then there was the freshman girl who, coming across an obituary column for the first time cried, “Look Mrs. Geyer! They all died alphabetically!” Chris Geyer was the epitome of Sierra Club values and ideals. She was sparing with the use of energy before most people thought to be; she understood the equation of human well being and the health of the natural world, and above all, she loved hiking in the great Sierra. We will never stop missing her. —Ann Williams

Executive Committee of the Kern-Kaweah Chapter
Chair: Georgette Theotig (Tehachapi), 661.822.4371. Vice-chair: Gordon Nipp (Bksf), 661.872.2432. Secretary: Ara Marderosian (Kernville), 760.378.4574. 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. Arthur Unger (Bksf), 661.323.5569. Peter Clum (Min King), 559.561.4661. Chapter ExCom Meetings: All Sierra Club members are always welcome to attend these meetings. Call 661.822.4371 to confirm all meeting dates as well as location and time.

THE ROADRUNNER

SEPT./OCTOBER, 2010

POSTSCRIPTS
350.org Campaign Events Oct.10
Jamie Hann from 350.org urges activists to find or start an event in the Oct. 10 “Day to Celebrate Climate Solutions.” In a recent email he said, “A strong and vibrant climate movement will create the political space for our champions to...take on the big polluters and bought-off politicians who are blocking progress.” For suggestions, see: 350.org/workparty-ideas.

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CCS Public Workshop
The public is invited to participate in a public workshop about carbon capture and sequestration on Oct. 1 from 8:30 a.m. till 4 p.m. in the CSUB Student Union Multi-Purpose Room at 9001 Stockdale Hwy. There is no charge to attend, but participants must RSVP to the CSUB Geology Department at 661.654.3027.

ExCom Nominations Due Oct. 1
Members are encouraged to nominate themselves and/or others to participate in the governing board of the Kern-Kaweah Chapter. See page 7 of The Roadrunner for information about nominating procedures.

Dinner Reservation Form — Clip and mail by Nov. 4 deadline I/we will attend the Fall Chapter Dinner on Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010 at Hodels off Olive Drive in Bakersfield. Please make check out to: SIERRA CLUB, KERN-KAWEAH CHAPTER. Mail check to: Glenn Shellcross, Chair, Buena Vista Sierra Club Group, 6403 Priest River Place, Bakersfield CA 93306-7435. Check must be received by Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010. Enclosed is a check for ______ reservation(s) @ $25 per person for a total of $________ Indicate number of each meal requested: ___ Beef tips with Mushrooms ___ Lemon herb roasted chicken ___ Special dietary needs: specify _____________________________ Name(s) of those attending: ________________________________________________

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