Grand Canyon Chapter
Santa Maria River near the Arrastra Wilderness. Gary Beverly photo
Danger! Legislature in Session!
Here is an easy way to communicate with your legislators.
Iron King Mine/Humboldt Superfund Site
The EPA has released an important document describing the problem and additional field studies planned to complete the cleanup investigation. In general, the issue is that Arsenic, a very dangerous carcinogenic pollutant, is found in soils and water supplies in the area. See the November 2013 report.
Wilderness Act 50th Anniversary
This year is the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. We will be offering outings to visit most of the 19 Wilderness Areas in Yavapai County.
March 15-17, all day; ARRASTRA AND TRES ALAMOS WILDERNESS CAR CAMP
Join us for a three days of hiking in the Arrastra and Tres Alamos Wilderness areas located west of Hwy 93 near the Santa Maria River. This is the perfect time of year to see the desert in spring blush - it's a beautiful area (see photo above). We'll visit a uranium mine site and hike up the river to see Peeples Canyon and learn about the history of the area. High clearance vehicle required, and 4WD is nice. Maximum 8 hikers. For more info, contact Tom Slaback at 928-778-4233 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Pete Seeger, Dead at 94
I’m sure that you noted the passing of Pete Seeger at 94 yrs age a week ago.
I always “liked” him, but I didn’t realize the length, depth, breadth and value of his contributions to our society. The legacy of Pete Seeger has so much to teach us. I’m embarrassed to admit that his death taught me more than his life - I guess I had my head in the sand on this one.
He was an amazing scholar of folk music, but more importantly he used music as a tool of social change. For 70 years, Seeger had a huge influence on every major social issue in America: workers rights, fair pay, free speech,anti-nuclear, women’s rights, racial equality,civil rights, voting rights, peace movement, Vietnam war opposition, and environmental protection.
He stood up to the McCarthy HUAC and was sentenced to one year in prison for refusing to answer their questions, and he was blacklisted. In spite of the blacklist, he founded the Weavers, a wildly successful folk group with many hit songs in the ‘50s.
And he wrote or popularized the most moving and memorable activist ballads of our time: "Turn Turn Turn," "We shall Overcome," Where Have All the Flowers Gone," "If I Had a Hammer," "Waist Deep in the Big Muddy," and others.
Today, as we fight powerful corporate forces, as we try to clean the air and water and to preserve our wildlife and public lands, it can sometimes feel hopeless. But Seeger was an incurable optimist, urging activists to keep at it, even when success seemed impossible.
Paraphrasing Pete: 'You never know when something you said, someone you talked to, will make a change many years later. Pete tells a story of a teeter-totter that has a basket on each end. One basket is loaded with big heavy rocks, the other is empty. The heavy end, representing those that would destroy our quality of life, is rooted on the ground. And we are trickling sand into the empty basket using a teaspoon, trying to make the world right again. If we get enough people with teaspoons of sand, we can fill up that basket, eventually. Then at some point, the teeter-totter begins to move, then it suddenly tips to our side. And then everyone looks up and wonders how that happened.
Pete calls this “horizontal power.” That is his legacy to us, the people.
To view an interview with Pete, watch this video.
Grand Canyon Airport Expansion Halted!
ExComm Agenda & Minutes
The Yavapai Group Executive Committee (ExComm) is now posting our meeting agenda and minutes on this web site. This is a great way for members to track what we do.
This page was last updated on February 13, 2014