Peak & Prairie

Rocky Mountain Chapter's
Online Newsletter
February / March 1998

 

Calendar
by Reginald Allen

To list outings, events or meetings, post the information in the Outings, Events or Meetings Forum of the Chapter BBS (see Page 2), email to rmc-calendar@juno.com or fax to the chapter office at (303) 861-2436, Attn: Calendar Editor. Please follow the format below.

Outings

All Club members and interested public are free to sign up for any outing. There is no cost, except for sharing gas expenses with the driver. We meet for car-pooling at various times and places, so call the leader for that information. Participants may be screened by the leader for appropriate equipment and experience.

We are on the look out for members who have a serious interest in leading outings. First aid training (which the Club will pay for) and a knowledge of the trail, and area to be visited are essential. Call IPG outings coordinator, Sue Jones (303) 442-8635, GLS outings coordinator, Sue Scheppler (303) 340-8344, or EMG outings coordinator, Reg Allen (303) 795-2121 for information.

Any day, February through March Animal tracking outings to census the snowshoe hare population to see what areas will support lynx reintroduced from Canada. Since the track measurements must occur between 24 and 48 hours after a snowfall, these outings can happen any day of the week. Some training is available. Kirk Cunningham (303) 939-8519 (IPG).

Sunday, February 1 Moderate 10 miles round-trip, 1200' elevation gain snowshoe outing in Rocky Mountain National Park out of Wild Basin Lake following Bluebird Lake Trail to Ouzel. Stopping at this Sylvan Lake to enjoy the winter splendor. Linda Batlin (303) 494-6407 (IPG).

Saturday, February 7 Cross-country ski trip at Devil's Thumb Ranch. Rentals and lessons are available at the Ranch for novices. For more information call Sue Scheppler (303) 340-8344 (GLS).

Saturday, February 7 Intermediate skill level cross-country ski trip at Chicken Creek or Lake Vallecito. Call Leslie or Mike at (970) 382-2230, or Jan Holt (970) 382-8840 (WEG).

Saturday, February 7 Easy to moderate snowshoe hike to Horsethief Park on the west side of Pikes Peak. No previous snowshoeing experience necessary. Rentals are available at several local outdoor stores and if enough people interested in renting. Call before February 2 to express interest. We may be able to get a group rental rate. Call Jim Lockhart (719) 385-0045 for further information (PPG).

Sunday, February 8 Moderate ski tour, in the Peaceful Valley area. Snow conditions permitting, a 10 mile round-trip starting from Camp Dick and going up to the Indian Peaks Wilderness boundary. Kirk Cunningham, (303) 939-8519 (IPG).

Sunday, February 15 Snowshoe outing along Segment 4 of the Colorado Trail near Bailey. All skill levels are welcome. For further information call Lara Juliusson (303) 455-7218 (GLS).

Saturday, February 21 Winter workday for our Adopt-A-Trail on the Cherry Creek Bike Path. Meet at the bike path Colfax ramp at1 p.m. Winter duties are a bit lighter--mostly picking up trash. Bring work gloves. For questions or directions call Jan Oen, (303) 320-4895 (EMG).

Saturday, March 7 Back to Devil's Thumb Ranch to hone our skills on a cross-country ski trip. All skill levels are welcome, rentals and lessons are available at the Ranch. For more information call Sue Scheppler (303) 340-8344 (GLS).

Sunday, March 8 Cross-country ski trip, from Bear Lake to Sprague Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park. Only 3-4 miles downhill with car shuttle back to Bear Lake. Susan Jones, (303) 444-6821 (IPG).

Sunday, March 15 Fifth annual Emerald Lake Snowshoe Trip. Easy 5 miles round-trip, 800' gain snowshoe trip to a beautiful alpine lake in Rocky Mountain National Park. Bring snacks to share. Beginners welcome! Steve Bortz, (303) 440-5459 (IPG).

Friday, March 19 Almost a full moon ski tour in the Brainard Lake area, depending on snow conditions, on the road or on the South Trail. Easy to moderate run with optional hot drinks in Nederland afterward. Kirk Cunningham, (303) 939-8519 (IPG).

Sunday, March 29 Another classic, easy 5 miles round-trip, 600' gain, snowshoe trip in Rocky Mountain National Park from Bear Lake to Mills Lake. Bring snacks to share. Beginners welcome. Steve Bortz, (303) 440-5459 (IPG).

Saturday, March 21 Workday for our Adopt-A-Trail on the Cherry Creek Bike Path. Meet at Colfax ramp at 1 p.m. Bring work gloves, duties are mostly picking up trash. For questions or directions call Jan Oen, (303) 320-4895 (EMG).

Sunday, March 22 We return to the site of last winter's enjoyable snow-shoe outing along the 10-mile creek trail. All skill levels are welcome. For further information call Lara Juliusson (303) 455-7218 (GLS).

Sunday, April 12 Put on your Easter bonnet and participate in a sneak preview of the summer hiking season--a moderate hike through Eldorado Canyon State Park to Walker Ranch, 8 miles round-trip. Hopefully, the trail will be dry. Kirk Cunningham (303) 939-8519 (IPG).

Sunday, April 19 Moderate day hike on Mesa Trail. Start the hiking season with this hike from Chatauqua to Eldorado Springs and return. Negligible elevation gain, 12 miles round-trip. Linda Batlin, (303) 494-6407 (IPG).

 

Events

Saturday, March 14, 6 p.m., Annual Dinner    Unitarian Universalist Church, 50th & Pennsylvania, Boulder. Indian Peaks Group Annual Awards Dinner. David Wegner of the Glen Canyon Institute in Flagstaff, AZ, will talk on Restoring Glen Canyon - A Time for Action- (yes, draining Lake Powell). This informal spaghetti supper is a great way to meet other Sierra Club activists and members in Boulder. It will be lots of fun. Tickets are $15, $25/couple, $10 for students.

The program will begin with a social hour at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 - out by 9. Some of the dinner will be cooked by Boulder County Treasurer Sandy Hume, former IPG ex-com member.

Before he resigned from the Bureau of Reclamation, Dr. Wegner was the Bureau scientist overseeing the artificial flooding of the Colorado River below Glen Canyon Dam for beach and habitat restoration. He is working with the Sierra Club on the Glen Canyon restoration project. The proposal to drain Lake Powell and restore Glen Canyon, initiated by the Club's board of directors, has ignited controversy and outrage, as well as hope, throughout the West. Wegner's talk will cover the development of the Colorado River basin and the impact of control of the river system and of Glen Canyon Dam and Lake Powell. It will focus on the issues involved in the Club's project to prepare a Citizens Environmental Assessment on the restoration of Glen Canyon. Call Terry Pannick, (303) 440-3438, for reservations and tickets.

Tuesday, February 10, 7 p.m. Colorado Grizzlies   Denver Public Library, 14 and Broadway. Members of all Metro Groups are encouraged to invite their friends to join the EMG & HPG for this exciting slide show presented by Jorge Andromidas, about the Colorado grizzlies, our greatest native bear. Enter on Broadway and follow signs. Call Jean Smith, (303) 388-3378 for information.

Sunday, February 15, 11:30 a.m. First Plymouth Congregational Church, 3501 S. Colorado Blvd. & Hampden will have Kevin Trenberth from NCAR to speak on Global Warming: Fact or Fiction. Everyone is invited (Free coffee and snacks for all).

March 5-6 Western Water Law. The 5th annual conference on water rights, water use, and water quality issues, sponsored by Water Environment Federation and CLE International, in Denver. (800) 873-7130.

March 25-29 Ecopsychology  The Colorado Institute for a Sustainable Future presents Ecopsychology for Educators, a residential training for professionals concerned about the psychology and spiritual dimensions of the environmental crisis. Will Keepin, Ph.D., Laura Sewall, Ph.D., and Jed Swift, M.A. Held at the Glacier View Ranch in Ward, CO. For details contact CISF, (303) 440-4153 or email: ecosustain@aol.com.

 

Chapter Meetings

All Sierra Club meetings are open to the public. New and old members who would like to become more active are urged to attend. It's a good way to meet people and share concerns. Chairs: to reserve a conference room at the Club office building, call Mary Romano at (303) 861-8819 (days) at least one week before your meeting.

Metro Regional Council of Groups
Tuesday, February 3 & March 3, 7 a.m.
- Dozen's Restaurant, 236 W. 13th St., Denver. MRCOG, the Metro Regional Council of (Sierra Club) Groups, meets monthly for breakfast to provide an informal forum for inter-group communications on issues that cross group boundaries, especially those related to growth (for example, RTD, mountain backdrop, water, open space, air, GOCO). Contact Don Thompson, (303) 320-4895, for agenda information and to confirm the meeting date.

Conservation Committee
Monday, February 9 & March 9, 6:30 p.m.
B-1 conference room at
1410 Grant Street #B-205, Denver. The February meeting will be preceded at 5:30 by a meeting of the Chapter Legislative Committee. The Conservation Committee meets to discuss issues and coordinate the chapter's volunteer conservation activities. The committee includes all chapter issue committees and group conservation chairs. Call Kirk Cunningham, (303) 939-8519 or kmcunnin@juno.com, for information and agenda items.

Lifestyles/Education Committee
Wednesday, February 18, 6:30- 8:00 p.m.
, in the conference room at
1410 Grant Street #B-205, Denver. Lifestyles/Education Committee seeks to inform our communities about living an eco-friendly life. Mary Romano will provide an introductory evening on the topic of Voluntary Simplicity and VS study circles. For details contact Jan Oen (303) 320-4895.

Tuesday March 24, from 6:30- 8:00 p.m. The Voluntary Simplicity introductory evening will be repeated. in the  conference room at 1410 Grant Street #B-205, Denver. Join Mary Romano to learn more about what Voluntary Simplicity is, how it can make your life more enjoyable and rewarding, and get a feel for the simplicity study groups now forming throughout the state. For more information contact Mary Romano at w (303) 861-8819 or h (303) 388-0911, mor1@concentric.net.

Population Committee
Thursday, February 12, 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Committee meetings are in the Sierra Club, conference room at
1410 Grant Street #B-205, Denver. The world population is 5.9 billion and growing. The US population is doubling within a lifetime, moving toward half a billion people in the next century, threatening environmental protection we have fought for so hard. Join us for a discussion of population issues including the UN CEDAW resolution and the Population Ballot Question. Contact Fred Elbel, (303) 220-7499, felbel@sni.net.

Water Quality Committee
The committee holds evening meetings monthly, at irregular times. It deals with all issues covered by the Clean Water Act: pollution, discharge regulation, planning, polluted run-off and wetlands protection. We usually meet for a potluck supper before the meeting. To be on our contact list, call chair Kirk Cunningham, (303) 939-8519.

Inner City Outings
Tuesday, February 3 & March 3, 6:30 p.m.
in the conference room at
1410 Grant Street #B-205, Denver. ICO introduces disadvantaged urban young people to the out-of-doors. Meetings dates and times vary with the season, so call David Rausen, ICO Chair (303) 698-0805 to confirm.

Peak & Prairie mailing party
Thursday, March 26.
Join us for fun at the mailing party! Dinner and refreshments provided. Call Angela Medbery, (303) 433-2608, for location and time.

Gay and Lesbian Sierrans
Thursday, February 12 & March 12, 6:30 p.m.
The GLS Committee welcomes new members in the Sierra Club Headquarters, conference room,
1410 Grant Street #B-205, Denver. The GLS Committee is a great way to join in appreciation and concern for our natural environment. GLS balances our members' environmental, social and political objectives, call Sue Scheppler (303) 340-8344, for information.

Outings Leadership
Thursday, April 3, 6:30 p.m.
Do you enjoy hiking, skiing, and other outdoor activities? Do you love to meet new people, or have good times with friends? Sure! Join outings specialist Kirk Cunningham to learn the ins and outs of outings leadership. Open to anyone who is interested. The location will be the conference room at
1410 Grant Street #B-205 in Denver. For information and RSVP call Sue Scheppler (303) 340-8344.

 

Group Meetings

Enos Mills Group
Tuesday, February 10 and March 10, 6 p.m. potluck, 6:30 p.m. meeting. Executive Committee meets the at
1410 Grant Street #B-205, Denver, conference room. Opportunity to meet other EMG activists and learn what the Sierra Club is doing in Denver. Call Jan Oen, (303) 320-4895 to confirm time and location.

High Plains Group (eastern Denver suburbs)
Tuesday, February 10, 7 p.m. Join us for this exciting slide show about the Colorado grizzlies, our greatest native bear. Presented by Jorge Andromidas at the Denver Public Library, 14 and Broadway. Call Jean Smith, (303) 388-3378 for information.

Indian Peaks Group
Wednesday, Feb. 4, March 4, and April 1, 7:00 PM. IPG Conservation Committee meeting, LAW Fund Building, SW corner of Baseline and Broadway in Boulder. We discuss and formulate a Group strategy on pressing conservation issues not involving urban areas. Contact Kirk Cunningham, (303) 939-8519, for information on agenda etc.

Thursday, Feb. 5, March 5, and April 2, 12:00 noon, Urban Land Use Committee. We meet for lunch in downtown Boulder to discuss issues involving cities in Boulder County. Call Pam Hoge, (303) 440-3827, for agenda and meeting details.

Thursday, Feb. 12, and April 9, 6:15 PM (potluck supper), 7:00 (meeting). Executive Committee meeting. The Executive Committee discusses management issues and sets conservation policy for the IPG. The Hoge's home, 2300 Iris Ave. in Boulder, located on the south side of Iris, look for the painted mailbox and the wooden fence. Call Susan LeFever, (303) 443-5943, for agenda items and other details.

Thursday, Mar. 12, 6:15 PM (potluck supper), 7:00 (meeting). Executive Committee, at the Atrium, SE corner of Iris Ave. and 30th St. Call Susan LeFever, (303) 443-5943 for details.

Mount Evans Group (western Jefferson County)
Tuesday, February 10 & March 10, 7:30 p.m. Meetings are at the Evergreen Rec. Center. Call Myron Gerhard for information, (303) 948-9778.

Pikes Peak Group (El Paso & Teller Counties)
Tuesday, February 10, 7:00 p.m. High Plains UU Church (1714 Brookwood Drive). General Meeting, Ecological Cities. From Kyoto to Colorado Springs: How to reduce global warming gases and still live the good life. Dr. Val Viers will discuss global warming from a regional perspective, including actions that our community can take to help reduce climate-altering gases. Dr. Val Viers is Professor of Physics at Colorado College. For more information call Gail Snyder at (719) 481-4962. Tuesday, February 17, 6:30 - 9:00 p.m. Members are invited to attend and participate in our Conservation Committee and Executive Committee meetings at Beidleman Environmental Center, 740 W. Caramillo. If you are interested in local, state, or national environmental issues, this is the place to learn more and get involved with the activities which relate to them. For more information contact Chuck Hachmeister at (719) 592-0963.

Sunday, February 22, 5:00PM, Newsletter stapling party and potluck dinner. Come join us to help assemble and prepare for mailing the next issue of our Timberlines newsletter. This is a great place for new and newly-active members to get involved. It's one of our most enjoyable social activities. For information about the location contact Judy Bolin at (719) 592-0963.

Tuesday, March 10, 7:00 p.m. General Meeting. Colorado author and photographer, Joe Milligan, will teach us the names of the mountains you always wanted to know. His 30 minute slide show will feature the mountain skylines from the main highways instead of the typical aerial views. Please join us at this meeting at the High Plains UU Church at 1714 Brookwood Drive. For information call Gail Snyder at (719) 481-4962.

Tuesday, March 17, 6:30 - 9:00 p.m. Conservation Committee and Executive Committee meetings. Beidleman Environmental Center, 740 W. Caramillo. If you are interested in local, state, or national environmental issues, this is the place to learn more and get involved with the activities which relate to them. For more information contact Chuck Hachmeister at (719) 592-0963.

Poudre Canyon Group (Larimer and Weld Counties)
Monday, February 9 & March 9, 6:30 p.m. Executive Committee usually meets at the Norlarco Credit Union, 700 Whaler's Way, Fort Collins. Contact Will Walters, (970) 568-9841, or walters@ezlink.com.

Monday, February 23 & March 23, 6:30 p.m. The Conservation Committee meets in various location. Contact Ramon Ajero, (970) 226-4126, for information.

Rachel Carson Group (eastern Jefferson County)
Tuesday, February 16 & March 16. Meetings are usually held at the Arvada Municipal Hall, but call Joan Rech, (303) 541- 0710 to confirm location and time.

Sangre de Cristo Group (Arkansas River & San Luis Valleys)
Tuesday, February 10 & March 10, 6:30 p.m. Executive Committee meetings at the Lamplighter Coffee House in Pueblo. Call Susan Finzel-Aldred, (719) 947-0315, for confirmation.

Uncompahgre Group (Mesa, Delta & Gunnison Counties)
Wednesday, February 11, 6:15 p.m. - Executive Committee meeting and potluck supper. Meet the second Wednesday of alternate months at Shelly Weiss' home, 2215 Driftwood Lane, Grand Junction; call her for directions, (970) 243-5138.

Weminuche Group (Durango area)
Monday, February 2 & March 6 - Executive Committee meeting. Call Jim Decker for information, (970) 247-8811.

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