Peak & Prairie

Rocky Mountain Chapter's
Online Newsletter
October / November 1999



edited by Thom McKibbin



  Chapter Meetings 

 Group Meetings 


To list December and January outings, events or meetings; email to Thom McKibbin at,  by October 29 or fax to the chapter office at 303-861-2436, by October 25. Please follow the format below. Late submissions should be sent to Roger Wendell for inclusion in the Outings web page.


All Club Members and interested public are free to sign up for ANY OUTINGS. 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.

Sunday, October 3. Eat pears at Pear Lake - Strenuous hike to a lovely lake in Wild Basin at Rocky Mountain National Park. 12 miles round trip, 2000í gain. Pears will be provided. Contact Linda Batlin, 303-494-6407. (An Indian Peaks Group Outing).

Friday, October 22. Shanahan Ridge - Easy full moon hike on Shanahan Ridge. An annual favorite! Enjoy moonlit views of the Flatirons. Bring treats to share. 4 miles, 500í gain. Steve Bortz, 303-440-5459. (An Indian Peaks Group Outing).

Saturday, November 6. Castlewood Canyon - Join RMC Outings Chair Roger J. Wendell for an EASY HIKE through Castlewood Canyon, south of Denver near Franktown. Letís enjoy the fall weather as we discuss issues related to First Aid, the Ten Essentials, and Cosmology (the origins of the universe). For more information, email or call Roger at 303-693-4244  (A Rocky Mountain Chapter Outing).



Wednesday, September 29. Volunteer Simplicity Introduction talk - at the Denver Zen Center, 3101 W. 31st Avenue. The session begins at 6:45, doors close at 7:00. Call 303-433-7291 for more information.

Saturdays, October 2, October 9, and October 16, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Free Composting Class - Denver Recycles offers free composting classes. Now is the perfect time to recharge your soil with compost. All classes will be held at the Denver Recycles Backyard Composting Demonstration Site at 13th Ave. and Colorado Blvd. Call 303-640-1678 to register.

Wednesday October 6, Your Money or Your Life workshop - from the book by Joe Dominguez and Vicki Robin. Contact Jann Chasteen at 303-433-7291 for more information.

Wednesdays October 6 and November 3. Rocky Mountain Arsenal committee meets - Anyone interested should contact Sandy Horrocks at 303-470-1352 for more information.

Wednesday, October 20, 7 p.m. Deep Ecology Study Group - will meet at 1690 Argonne St., Aurora. We will be completing the study course put out by Northwest Earth Institute on Deep Ecology. You must preregister for the group. Contact Sandy Snider at 303-366-8766 for more information.

October 21, Thursday, 7 p.m. Sprawl and Urban Growth Discussion - Woody Beardsley from CoPIRG will be giving a presentation on the problem of Sprawl and Urban Growth at the Aurora Central Public Library. He will be showing slides, answering questions, and showing us how we can get more involved in this important issue. Contact Dianna VanderDoes at 303-699-2036 for more information.


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. Itís 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
The Metro Regional Council of (Sierra Club) Groups, meets monthly for breakfast to provide an informal forum for inter-group communication 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 the meeting date. 

Chapter Conservation and Legislative Committee 
Monday, October 11 and November 8, 5:30-9:00 p.m. Suite 205B at 1410 Grant St., Denver. (NE Corner of Colfax and Grant). We discuss issues and state legislature bills of importance to the Chapter and how to respond to them. Open to all members. Please contact Conservation Committee Chair Kirk Cunningham, 303-939-8519 or regarding information and agenda items for the Conservation Committee meeting and Mark Pearson, Legislative Chair for agenda and information concerning the Legislative Committee, 970-259-6181, .

The Pollution Cluster Committee 
This Committee work on air quality, water quality, hazardous waste, household waste and recycling need help. We need volunteers to research, educate, write letters to legislators, compose articles for our Peak & Prairie newspaper, attend meetings, and make phone calls. Please join us and make a difference. Even if you have never participated in any of these types of activities, itís easy and fun. Please call Joan Seeman 303-738-8407 or e-mail me at

Executive Committee 
Saturday and Sunday, October 9-10. The Ex-Com is the governing body of the chapter. It meets quarterly at locations throughout the state to discuss and decide on conservation issues and administrative matters. The Mt. Evans Group is the host for this meeting. For information and agenda, contact Chair Greg Casini, 303-861-2844. 

Lifestyles/Education Committee
Mondays, October 25 and November 22. Potluck and meeting at 2929 W. 39th Ave. Denver. Call 303-433-7291 for more information. The Lifestyles/Education Committee seeks to inform our communities on living an eco-friendly life. 

Population Committee
The Chapter Population Committee meets for its bi-monthly meeting at 7-9 p.m. on Wednesday, October 13 at the Sierra Club office, 1410 Grant, B205. Join us to discuss Year 6 Billion, fall presentations, and what you can do to increase awareness of the overpopulation problem which contributes to environmental
problems world-wide. For further information, contact Fred Elbel, RMC Population Chair, 303-220-7499 or email for more information.

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.

Transportation Committee
Tuesday, October 5, and November 2, 6:00-8:00 p.m. The committee holds evening meetings monthly, on the first Tuesday of the month in conjunction with the Sustainable Transportation Committee. We meet at the CoPIRG office, 1520 Blake above Las Delicious restaurant. This is just across 16th St. from the RTD Market St. station. Call Don Thompson 303-320-4895 for additional information.

Inner City Outings
Wednesday, October 13 and November 10, ICO meetings are usually held in the evenings on the second Wednesday of the month in Suite 205B at 1410 Grant St., Denver. ICO introduces disadvantaged urban young people to the out-of-doors. Meeting dates and times may vary, so call the ICO hotline at 303-512-8331 to confirm.

Peak & Prairie Editors Meeting
Tuesday, October 26. 7:00-8:30 p.m. Editors and new volunteers receive assignments and plan the next issue of the P&P. At the Rocky Mountain Chapter office, 1410 Grant Street, Suite B205. Call Kevin Mackessy 303-471-1594 or for further information. 

Simplicity Panel Discussion (Lifestyles/Education Committee)
Thursday, October 28, 7 - 9 p.m. at First Unitarian Church, 1400 Lafayette St., Denver
In a world dictated by the mass media and advertisements for the latest fashions and cultural trends, Voluntary Simplicity is emerging as an unexpected social phenomenon. Over-consumption (along with over-population) has been cited as a key root to the environmental crisis. Many people have grown weary of the damage to the Earth, and the disconnection in their own lives. We will examine the Voluntary Simplicity movement, and how it invites us to return to the simple pleasures of family and home.
Join panelists Kathy Fay, Brett Johnson and Mary Romano for an informative discussion on simplifying one's lifestyle through thoughtful consumerism, the role of advertising and attention to money matters. Refreshments will be provided. Donations will benefit the Lifestyle/ Education Committee. Simplicity literature and books will be available. For further information, contact Jan Oen at or (303) 320-4895.

Peak & Prairie mailing party
Thursday, November 18. Join us for fun at the P&P mailing party in SE Denver, near Colorado Blvd. and Yale. Call Angela Medbery, 303-433-2608, to confirm location and time.

Gay and Lesbian Sierrans
Thursday, October 14, and November 11 - The GLS Committee welcome new members. The GLS Committee is a great way to join in appreciation and concern for our natural environment. The GLS balances our memberís environmental, social and political objectives. Call Sue Scheppler 303-477-4285 for information, time and location of our meetings. 


Group Meetings

Enos Mills Group 
Tuesday, October 12 and November 9, 6:00 p.m. potluck, 6:30 meeting. The Ex-Com meets at Sierra Club Headquarters, Suite 205B at 1410 Grant St. Denver. An 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) 
Thursday, October 14, 7 p.m. High Plains Ex-Com meets at 2857 S. Olathe Way, Aurora. This is a good way to find out what is happening on the eastern plains and to meet activists and other like-minded people in your area. Contact Dianna VanderDoes at 303-699-2036 for more information.

Thursday, November 11, 7 p.m. High Plains Ex-Com meeting. This is a good way to find out what is happening on the eastern plains and to meet other activists working in your area. Contact Dianna VanderDoes at 303-699-2036 for more information.

Indian Peaks Group 
Boulder County 
All Club meetings are open to members and the concerned public. Volunteerism is welcome on any of the committees listed below.

Wednesday, October 6, 7 p.m., CONSERVATION COMMITTEE, the Law Fund conference room, 2260 Baseline Rd. in Boulder. All those who are willing to be more active on the Clubís conservation program in Boulder County should attend. Call Conservation Chair Kirk Cunningham for agenda items and other details, 303-939-8519,

Monday, October 17, 7 p.m., URBAN LAND USE COMMITTEE, place to be determined. This committee deals with land use issues within the incorporated cities of Boulder County. Contact Chair Matt Appelbaum at 303-499-8970 (h), for agenda items and to find out about the meeting place.

Wednesday, October 25th, 6:15 p.m., EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE, the Hogeís home, 2300 Iris Ave. in north Boulder. Look for the mailbox on the south side of Iris with animals painted on it. The Executive Committee is the final stop for policy matters and for Group administration. Contact Chair Susan LeFever at 303-443-5482 (h), for agenda items and other details. We begin at 6:15 with a potluck supper, and the rest of the meeting starts at 7:00.

Note: Other IPG committees are active but do not have regularly scheduled meetings. Please contact the following issue chairs for information on how be active on that committee: Transportation (City of Boulder only) - Bob Law, 303-543-7081; Open Spaces - Ann McFarland, 303-413-0664; Recycling - Mary Skumanich, 303-444-1747; Outings - Susan Jones, 303-444-6821; Water Quality - Kirk Cunningham, 303-939-8519; Wilderness - Linda Batlin, 303-494-6407; Pesticides - Cosima Krueger, 303-448-0832; Political - Barry Satlow, 303-442-1006; Newsletter - Catherine Lutz, 303-402-1638; Fundraising - Perry Rosensweig, 303-554-8122; Longmont issues - Larry Box, 303-684-0321.

Mount Evans Group 
(SW Jefferson, Northern Park, Clear Creek and Gilpin Counties) 
Thursday, October 14 and November 11, 7:30 PM. at the Evergreen Recreation Center. MEG meets on the second Thursday of each month. This summer, the Mount Evans Group is promoting our alternative to the proposed paving of Guanella Pass Road, working to save the 6,000-acre Beaver Brook Watershed from development, helping with Community Weed Day and environmentally safe eradication of hawkweed, working a community recycling program, and helping to put together the Pike/San Isabel National Forest Citizensí Management Alternative. We are always looking for individuals who are ready to actively make a difference on our planet. For more information, please call Betsy or Greg at 303-674-7236 or Lyn at 303-838-8117.

Pikes Peak Group 
(El Paso & Teller Counties)
Tuesday, October 12, 7 p.m., Pikes Peak Group General Meeting. Beidleman Environmental Center, 740 W. Caramillo. Note: This is not our regular general meeting location. For directions, call 385-0045. Program to be announced.

Tuesday, October 19, 6:30 p.m., Pikes Peak Group Conservation Committee and Ex-Com meeting. Beidleman Environmental Center, 740 W. Caramillo. All members are welcome to attend and participate in our monthly conservation and executive committee meetings.

Sunday, October 24, 5 p.m., Pikes Peak Group newsletter mailing party and potluck dinner. Come join us to help assemble and prepare our next issue of the TIMBERLINES newsletter for mailing. This is a great place for new and newly-active members to get involved. For location, please contact Judy Bolin at 719-592-0963.

Poudre Canyon Group 
(Larimer and Weld Counties)
Monday, October 11 and November 8, 6:30 p.m., Excom usually meets at the Poudre Fire Authority conference room, 102
Remington, Fort Collins. Confirm details by contacting Will Walters,
493-5409 or

Rachel Carson Group 
(Eastern Jefferson County)
Thursday, October 21 and November 18. 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, October 12 and November 9, 6:30 p.m., Ex-Com meets at the Lamplighter Coffee House in Pueblo. Call Susan Finzel-Aldred, 719-947-0315, for confirmation of dates.

South Platte Group 
(Parts of Arapahoe, Douglas, Jefferson Counties)
Wednesday, October 27 and November 24, 7 p.m., the fourth Wednesday of each month, at Ho Hoís Restaurant, next to CUB Foods, Mineral & Broadway, (one mile north of Broadway and C-470) in Littleton. Call Mike Mueller, 850-7883 or email at to confirm location and dates.

Uncompahgre Group 
(Mesa, Delta & Gunnison Counties)
Wednesday, October 13, 6:00 p.m., General Membership and Ex-Com meeting and potluck supper. Meet the second Wednesday of alternate months at Shelly Weissí home, 2215 Driftwood Lane, Grand Junction; call Shelly for directions, 970-243-5138.

Wednesday, November 10, 6:00 p.m., Public Lands and Forest Committee Meetings. Meet the second Wednesday of alternate months the CEC Offices, 1,000 N. 9th Street #29, Grand Junction. Call Vicki for further information. 970-464-0502.

Weminuche Group 
(Durango area)
Wednesdays, October 6 and November 3, 5:00 p.m., Group meeting at the Carvers Bakery in Durango. Call Jim Decker for information and to confirm meeting dates, 970-259-7658.

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