Peak & Prairie

Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Sierra Club
Volume XXXIII, Number 3, June / July 1998

Online Newsletter


Features                              Departments
BLM Wilderness Campaign Begins! Capital Report
The Colorado Fourteeners Initiative: A Peak Effort View from the Chair
Free Training for Public Lands Issues Lifestyle Bits
Backcountry Survival 101 Pesticide Bits
Earth Force Teams Up with Metro Middle School Teachers Calendar
Toxic Tours At Rocky Mountain Arsenal? Grassroots
Light Pollution
On The Trail: Minimal impact Mountain Biking Tips
The MIA: Don't Miss This - It Won't Miss You!
Sand Creek Regional Greenway
The Politics of Pesticides: A Few Points
Critical Time for Animas-LaPlata Water Project



Rocky Mountain Chapter Officers & Ex-Com Members

Wild Oats-Alfalfa's Grocery Certificates

Public Officials

Sierra Club Election Results

Sierra Club
Rocky Mountain Chapter
1410 Grant Street, Suite B205
Denver, CO 80203

Mary Romano
Office/Communications Manager

Sandra Eid
Legislative Coordinator

Phone: (303) 861-8819
Fax: (303) 861-2436
web site:
BBS: (303) 402-6905


To make a substantial gift to protect the environment. If you do not have a will, the state decides how your property and other affairs are handled. Decisions made now can later provide financial security for family, friends and the Sierra Club. You may even direct your bequest to a specific Club program or your home Chapter.

For more information and confidential assistance, contact the Sierra Club Planned Giving Program, 85 Seconds Street, 2nd floor, San Francisco, CA 94105, (415) 977-5639.

Sierra Club presents...

John Fielder, wilderness photographer and his slide show:
Colorado's BLM Wildlands

Slides of undiscovered areas of BLM public lands in northwestern Colorado that are currently being considered for wilderness designation.

Invite your friends, family, neighbors!

Contact the SW Regional Office at (303) 449-5595 for more info.

Friday, June 5th at 7:00pm
@ The Station at 7th & Main in Grand Junction

Wednesday, June 10th at 7:00pm
@NIST Auditorium (325 Broadway) in Boulder

Friday, June 12th at 7:30pm
at Steamboat Springs Middle School in Steamboat Springs

Wednesday, June 24th at 6:30pm
at the Ft. Collins Public Library
(Sierra Club SW Office will present BLM Wilderness Slideshow)




Stop! Stop! Junk Mail!

If you want to help the environment and get rid of junk mail, see the tips listed on the EcoFuture™ website:

Now that we've moved our office, we have need for a few items (in good to excellent condition). Perhaps you can help. Donations for the move will also be accepted. Thanks.

Our wish list includes:

  • A mini-refrigerator
  • A small (desktop) copy machine (or perhaps a donated lease of one)
  • A plain paper fax
  • A med-small computer table
  • Med-low light plants
  • Fully adjustable office chairs
  • 2 desks in nice condition
  • And the ultimate: a new Pentium computer!

Colorado Hiking Certificate

With the hiking season on us, it is time to renew or purchase a Colorado Hiking Certificate. With the $1 certificate, you will have paid into the statewide search and rescue fund as if you had purchased a hunting or fishing license. It is a way for back country users who do not hunt or fish to be covered by the search and rescue fund.

Certificates are sold at most sporting goods stores and other outlets for hunting and fishing licenses. A portion of the cost funds the Watchable Wildlife Program and non-game functions of the Colorado Division of Wildlife.

At times even the best of plans, map reading abilities and eyes on the trail are just not enough. If you need a search and rescue team, a Colorado hiking certificate may prove to be the purchase of a lifetime.

1998 Schedule
Chapter Executive Committee

Date Host Group
July 11-12 1998 Trappers Lake Group (Steamboat Springs)
October 10-11 1998 Blue River Group (Summit County)
January 16-17, 1999 (tentative dates) High Plains Group (Aurora)

Chapter Retreat (Don't Miss This One!!)

September 25-26  Glacierview Ranch
Contact Melanie Guerra (303) 715-1838



Peak & Prairie Guidelines

Peak & Prairie is published 6 times a year by the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Sierra Club, dedicated to the exploration, enjoyment, and protection of the wild places of the earth. For reprint permission, which is freely granted with credit, contact the editor.

Opinions expressed in the pages of Peak & Prairie are not necessarily those of the Sierra Club or the Rocky Mountain Chapter. The editor reserves the right to edit material for length, clarity, or content. The Chapter reserves the right to approve all advertising before publication. Readers are invited to contribute, but please limit your article to 750 words. Articles, announcements, and letters for Peak & Prairie may be submitted in any of the following ways, but computerized submission is preferred.

Computer Media
Articles and news items may be uploaded to the RMC bulletin board system (BBS), by Telnet at (set terminal emulation to ANSI) or via the World Wide Web at This accommodates virtually unlimited numbers of users simultaneously. You may still get on by modem at (303) 420-6905. Use 300-28.8k baud, no parity bit, 8 data bits, and 1 stop bit. Place your item into the SUBMIT file directory of the Peak & Prairie Production section of the file library, preferably in ASCII text file format. Include your name and phone number in the file.

Mail or deliver a computer diskette with your material to the RMC office. We can handle Macintosh or PC compatible diskettes, preferably in ASCII text format. Include your name and phone number in the article and on the disk and enclose a printout.

Announcements of meetings, outings, and other events should be entered directly into the Calendar of Events subboard on the BBS. Each event must be entered separately.

Hard Copy
Mail or deliver typed announcements or very short articles to the RMC office at the address above, Attn: Peak & Prairie or Peak & Prairie Calendar Editor, or fax to (303) 861-2436. Include your name and phone number.

Membership subscriptions are $1 per year (included in the annual Sierra Club dues). nonmembers may subscribe for $5 per year.

Peak & Prairie is printed on recycled paper by Barnum Publishing, Denver.

Submission Deadlines:

Issue Articles Calendar
Aug/Sept June 28 July 3
Oct/Nov Aug 30 Sept 4



Editor Fran Baxter - (303) 238-8817
Co-Editor Kevin Mackessy (303) 471-1594
Layout Sean Mueller (303) 377-7503
Co-Layout John Driscoll (303) 832-8168
Editorial Assistants    
  Kirk Cunningham (303) 939-8519
  Christine Carr (303) 722-4525
  Barry Satlow (303) 442-1006
  Lu Snyder (303) 861-9680
  Pam Sherman (303) 444-0622
Calendar Editor Reginald Allen - (303) 795-2121
Media Diane Drekman (303) 861-5783
Photos OPEN  
Grassroots Editor Mike Gizzi - (970) 434-6048
Circulation / Mailing Parties Angela Medbery (303)433-2608
Advertising Mary Romano (303) 861-8819



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