News and Notes

Video camera wanted

Do you have a video camera or digital camera you could lend or donate to high school students to publicize their coastal conservation community education project? These youth have volunteered to complete a series of six Orange County Inner City Outings field trips in 2005 and teach elementary school students and other community members how inland activities affect our coast. Please call Lisa Hellman 714-964-4488 for more information on how you can support this program.


Tom Amneus, 1907-2004

Tom Amneus, longtime Sierra Club member and a past chair of the Angeles Chapter, passed away on Aug. 22 at the age of 97.

Mountain of the gods

It was late August, and I was in Athens for the Olympic games. The air was humid and thick with smog as Carl Lewis passed me on his way to the Acropolis, Olympic torch in hand. There is an acropolis, or high point, in every Greek city, and as Carl lit the Olympic flame to open the games, my mind drifted to another high point, the highest point in the land, the home of the Gods: Mount Olympus.

The seed man

Why is the Southern Sierran called the Southern Sierran?

Ed Peterson

Ask Ed Peterson, at 99 the Angeles Chapter's oldest member. In the late 40s, legendary volunteer Irene Charnok told him the Chapter was about to launch a newsletter and was having a contest to come up with a name. The winner of the contest would receive a lifetime subscription. Peterson won.

Palos Verdes-South Bay Group wins one for hikers and habitat

The Palos Verdes-South Bay Group scored a significant victory for wilderness and the safe enjoyment of it. In December, the Rancho Palos Verdes City Council, to the surprise of many, sided with the Sierra Club's recommendation for trail usage in the 160-acre Forrestal Nature Preserve. Group vice-chair Hersh Kelly recounts how the group achieved this remarkable success. -Ed.

Birds in the Sierra; trash takes over

Sierra Birds: A Hiker's Guide, written and illustrated by John Muir Laws. Calif. Academy of Sciences and Heyday Books, 64 pages. $9.95

The Day the Trash Came Out to Play, by David M. Beadle, illustrations by Laurie A. Faust, Ezra's Earth Publishing. $16.95

For both the novice and experienced birdwatchers, Sierra Birds: A Hiker's Guide would be a useful resource. The book's organization is user-friendly and its slim, lightweight size makes it easy to tote around in a full day pack or on multi-day backpacking trips.

Chapter sets training workshops for volunteers both new and experienced

Among the many helpful topics at this year's Volunteer Training is public relations. A PR specialist will train our activists to most effectively communicate with officials. Space is limited to 10 people only, so sign up quickly. Participants will go through mock lobbying sessions, then be coached and critiqued on their presentations.

Hikers dies in Sierra Nevada accident

Angeles Chapter Wilderness Training Committee leader Brian Reynolds died in a climbing accident on Aug. 22. Brian fell while climbing the steeply exposed northeast face of Middle Palisade on a mountaineering trip sponsored by WTC and the Sierra Peaks Section.

Brian Reynolds

photo by Joshua Hibbard

Freely trading environment for profit

and Megan Garcia

Most environmentalists see the upcoming presidential ballot as an easy choice. It is expected that Kerry will carry on the Clintonian legacy of protecting the environment, as he has already touted 'green and clean communities.' Bush, on the other hand, offers Healthy Forests (a.k.a. Leave No Tree Left Behind) legislation and a well-documented history of favoring corporate interests over environmental protection.

Green up the season

The holiday season is about more than just material goods or 'stuff,' as the simplicity organization Seeds of Simplicity puts it. It is a time to express gratitude for the earth's bounty in fall and a time to express joy and hope in response to her evergreen promise of life's continuation in winter.


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