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redhot.gif (1175 bytes)   Important Upcoming Events

redhot.gif (1175 bytes)Watershore Advisory Committee-Landry Proposal for the bayfront-March 7, 5:30pm
If you cannot attend the meeting, please call the Mayor's office at City Hall and leave a record of your wishes.
The action by the City will be determined in part from what the Committee does on Thursday.

redhot.gif (1175 bytes)Rolling Thunder Down Home Democracy Festival-Saturday, March 23-Travis County Expo Center
       contact Pat Suter for carpool information Event sponsored by Lone Star Sierra and our sister Group in Austin,
       this is a 12-city trek to Austin.

redhot.gif (1175 bytes)Cross Timbers Group Garage Sale-March 23 at the Suter home. Some of us cannot go to Austin,
     but start saving your stuff.  A newsletter will come out this week with more information.

                 redhot.gif (1175 bytes)See The Observer for details on the Corps
                  Presentation on Packery Channel

            March 12, 2002 Primary Election News
 
          Watch for a statement from Lone Star Chapter on the candidates
           running to replace Carlos Truan. Lone Star is endorsing
           Chey Hinojosa. There is controversery over his opponent,
           Barbara Canales Black's interest in BNP Oil's lease to drill
           On South Padre Island.

See The Observer on-line for more.


OUR NEXT SIERRA CLUB MEETING IS MARCH 19, 2002  
Time:  11:15 for Lunch; 12:15 Meeting
Place:  Art Community Center, 100 Shoreline

Pat Suter, Chair, conducted the meeting;. Topics discussed included candidates in upcoming
elections, Earth Day on April 20, the proposed Corpus Christi Bayfront projects, and Packery Channel.

Pat reported that the Treasury stands at $6,236, and that the Annual Garage Sale at the
Suter home (1002 Chamberlain) will be Saturday March 23. (Please bring articles for sale
on Friday, March 22.) Earth Day activities will be at Hazel Bazemore Park. More on this next month.

The Corpus Christi City Council will consider on March 19 two proposals for developing the Bayfront,
and will take public comments. On March 26 they may make a decision. Members were enjoined to
speak out at the March 19 Council meeting. (Pat has written about the projects in the
Feb. 15 Observer. Plans can be seen on www.observercc.com

Pat made a detailed report on a presentation made by an official of the U.S Corps of Engineers on the
status of the Packery Channel project. Summary: The design is 95 percent completed. The original
$30 Million projected cost has not been changed (Ed. Note – despite adding more dredging than in
the original plan). Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) in March, 2002, with Final EIS in
May If the schedule holds (unlikely), work on the rock jetties would be done in 2003, the dredging
in ’04 and early ’05. Websites for more information: Packery.com, observer.cc.com, Coastal Bend Sierra Club.

Frank Hankins, Secretary

WATCH THE COASTAL BEND SIERRA CLUB ON CABLE CHANNEL 10 on
WEDNESDAY NIGHTS AT 8:30PM.  Galaxie Video does an excellent job of
producing the show. 


                   Important Articles and News
       
KEMPS RIDLEY TURTLE UPDATE by Mina Williams &Venice Scheurich
         he Corpus Christi Experiment VX Nerve Agent Disposal by Bill Alling
                
 Should This City Be the Waste Dump
              for Chemical Weapons Residue??
 
                Bill Alling's Letter to The Caller-Times

         GLOBAL WARMING - WHAT MUST BE DONE by Pat Suter - see Feb. 2001 News
        
 Environmentalists are Worried  -by Pat Suter
      CITY OF CORPUS CHRISTI DOUBLE STANDARD READY TO UNFOLD by Pat Suter - see November News
        
EMAIL SENATOR KAY BAILEY HUTCHISON TO EXPRESS YOUR UNFAVORABLE OPINION
ON HER BILL TO DO BEACH RESTORATION AND ENVIRONMENTAL ENHANCEMENT BY DREDGING PACKERY CHANNEL