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South Texas Uranium News

PAT SUTER RECEIVES LONE STAR SIERRA’S HIGHEST HONOR

The Coastal Bend Sierra Club Chairperson, Pat Suter, has been honored by the Lone Star Sierra Club for
her many years of dedication and work to conserve and protect the environment for all. 
The Orrin Bonney Award, which is named for one of Lone Star’s founders, has been given to
only 22 Texans in 43 years.

Ken Kramer, Executive Director of the Lone Star Sierra Club, according to an April 4, 2008,
report in the Corpus Christi Caller-Times said, “It’s our highest recognition for major-leaguers
who have exemplified the spirit and commitment of the Sierra Club for years.”

To read some details of Pat Suter’s service for which she earned this honor, click on:

http://www.caller.com/news/2008/apr/04/local-activist-honored-by-texas-sierra-club/
              

APRIL 2008   NEWSLETTER

 UPCOMING EVENTS

FRIDAY, APRIL 11.      MAQUILAPOLIS;   CITY OF FACTORIES

     See details below.  Time:  6:30 pm
                                    Place:  The Progressive Center, 413 Waco Street

MONDAY, April 14. 
Meeting together with Coastal Bend Bays Foundation

    Truan Natural Resources Center, TAMU-CC.  Social, 5:30 pm. 
    Program, 6 pm.  See below

TUESDAY, APRIL 15.  Regular luncheon planning meeting at the central
   Library, 215 Comanche at 11:30 am. Planning for EARTH DAY/BAY
   BOOTH

THURSDAY, APRIL 17.  Pre-event social for participants in EARTH DAY
  /BAY DAY.  Details below

 SATURDAY, APRIL 19.  EARTH DAY / BAY DAY.  10 am to 5 pm. At
  COLE PARK.  Details below.

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 COMMENTS FROM THE CHAIR

April is really a very busy month for all of us.  First of all the film…Hal Suter received a copy from national Sierra and Naomi Linzer arranged for the showing.  We hope all of you will come see it.

       The film is an inspiring story of women workers fighting for decent working conditions and a clean and healthy environment.    These women show that there is hope for improving the lives of maquila-workers and their communities.  The Sierra Club urges  you to watch this documentary and take action.

***  The next event is on Monday evening with the Bays Foundation.  The program is COASTAL DUNE MANAGEMENT:  DEVELOPMENT, MITIGATION AND RESTORATION.

 The speakers are Dave Sullivan from Naismith Engineering (think Torguga Dunes and the dune problem next to Zahn Road), John Reilley speaking on Revegetation and Restoration; Jennifer Smith-Engle, Nueces County Protection Program Support specialist and Fred McCutchon, chair of the Nueces County Beach Management Advisory Committee.    It promises to be a lively meeting.

***  Tuesday, April 15, Regular meeting of the planning committee.

**** Thursday:  April 17, the sponsors of the EARTH DAY / BAY DAY EVENT are invited to the pre-event social.  It will be held in the Cheniere offices on the 16th floor of the north tower of 1 SHORELILNE PLAZA  FROM 5 TO 7 PM   Please RSVP if you are attending.

****  SATURDAY; APRIL 19,   EARTH DAY / BAY DAYFREE FAMILY FUN…..COLE PARK…10 AM TO 5 PM

We need volunteers to help staff the booth.  Please call me at 852-7938 or e-mail to phsuter@stx.rr.com to tell me when you can work (and enjoy) the event.

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THE ORRIN BONNEY AWARD

      Pat Suter was presented with the ORRIN BONNEY AWARD on April 5 in Austin by the Lone Star chapter of the Sierra Club.  This is the highest award the club presents and was in recognition of her many years of working for the club.  In her remarks on the presentation, Pat said that the successes of the Coastal Bend Group is due to the pro-active nature of her EX-COM.  Mina Williams and Venice Scheurich take care of in-situ uranium mining issues.  Joyce Jarmon and Edie Cosgrove assist with monitoring the refineries and their emissions.  Kenn Jobe helps with recycle issues.  The Group also follows the suggestions of national in their efforts to cooperate with other groups working the environmental.  Hal Suter, president of the Beach Access Coalition, keeps up with beach affairs.  Kathy Griffith is the membership chairman of the Group and is also the editor of the Audubon Outdoor Club’s NEWSLETTER and so keeps that contact going.    She also thanked the state office for all their help.

     Teresa Carrillo, treasurer of the Coastal Bend Group and member of the Lone Star Chapter EXCOM, made the presentation.      cej

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Check our web site for the excellent minutes of our meetings prepared by Venice Scheurich, Secretary and Cheryl McGrath, webmaster. 

                       http://texas.sierraclub.org/coastalbend

THE LONE STAR CHAPTER WILL MEET HERE ON JULY 19 FOR THEIR REGULAR EXCOM MEETING.  They are interested in hearing about uranium mining and wind energy.  So we will begin to prepare for the members to come here.  

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MARCH MEETING MINUTES 2008

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COASTAL BEND SIERRA CLUB - March 2008 Meeting Minutes

The Coastal Bend Sierra Club met on Tuesday, March 18 from 11:30 am until 1:15 pm at the Central Library, 805 Comanche Street. Chairperson Pat Suter welcomed guests and reminded them that the February minutes are posted on the web site.

Treasurer Teresa Carrillo reported that some of the club’s CD’s have matured and that she is in the process of researching options for reinvesting our funds as well as placement of our checking account. Naomi Linzer suggested that online banking options also be considered. Teresa will give a full report in April. On another matter, Teresa reported on her investigation to find the source of a wildfire which burned several hundred acres in Duval County recently.

Mina Williams and Venice Scheurich reported on their attendance of a uranium stakeholders’ conference sponsored by the South Texas Environmental Institute on March 17 at TAMUK. They also updated the group on recent developments on uranium exploration/mining in Goliad and Kleberg Counties and mentioned that there had been quite a lot of coverage of this in both the Victoria Advocate and the Kingsville Record.

Joyce Jarmon, who is one of Coastal Bend Sierra’s representatives on the Community Advisory Council and the Long-Term Health Care Committee, reported good news on the matter of benzene emissions. She brought a graphic showing a dramatic decrease in such emissions from 2004 through 2007.

Our Political Chair, Hal Suter, reminded members that they would soon receive the National Sierra Club ballot in the mail and stated that he will brief the club on candidates’ positions and qualifications at our next meeting. Hal also reported that Defenders of Wildlife and Sierra Club filed a petition asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review the matter of how much authority Sec. of Homeland Security Chertoff has in building the Border Fence. Additionally, Hal reported on a DVD which is available on the Maquiladora situation and Naomi Linzer agreed to see if we could have a viewing of it at the Progressive Center on Waco Street.

Pat Suter reported that she wrote a letter to TXDOT on behalf of Coastal Bend Sierra in which she pointed out our opposition to the Trans Texas Corridor, I-69. Hal Suter also wrote a letter in opposition to the project. Both letters called attention to tactics used by the proponents which have not fulfilled the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act.

In final comments, Pat Suter announced that Coastal Bend Sierra will have a booth at the Green Building Conference at the American Bank Center on March 28, and that we will also have a booth at Earth Day/ Bay Day at Cole Park on April 19.

Submitted by Venice Scheurich


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                          COASTAL BEND GROUP

                       EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Pat Suter 852-7938 Chairman
phsuter@stx.rr.com    
Mina Williams 882-1179 V.Chairman
Teresa Carrillo 361-672-4703 Treasurer
Venice Scheurich  241-4289 Secretary
Hal Suter 852-7938 Lone Star Chapter   Represent.
COMMITTEE CHAIRS    
Recycling 993-3737 Kenn Jobe
Venice Scheurich  &
Mina Williams
241-4289

882-1179


Uranium Mining
Bill Alling 289-9090 Air Quality
Kathy Griffith 578-5291 Membership/Publicity/Audubon
Club Liason
Hal Suter and Mina
Williams
852-7938 Political
Hal Suter 852-7938 Walks
Hal Suter
Teresa Carrillo
852-7938 Representataive to Lone Star Chapter
Joyce Jarmon   Refinery Emissions &
Community Advisory Council/Long Term Health Care
Edie Cosgrove   Refinery Emissions
Cheryl McGrath   Webmaster



  Cheryl McGrath      Webmaster
 
csmcgrath@earthlink.net
             

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  • Texas State Legislature Online

    CORPUS CHRISTI MAYOR & CITY COUNCIL

    Mayor Henry Garrett                                           District 1 Bill Kelly
    Business: 826-3100                                               Business: 888-6600
    Mobile: 850-3113                                                  Mobile: 815-7314
    email: Lindale@cctexas.com                               email: BILL@BILLKELLYONLINE.COM

    District 2 John Marez
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    Mobile:
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    District 3 Pricilla Leal                                         District 4 Mike McCutchon
    Home: 853-1748                                                  Business: 883-6211
    Mobile:537-1746                                                 Mobile: 853-4745
    email: pricillalealatdistrict3@yahoo.com           email: MMCUTCH@STX.RR.COM

District 5 Larry Elizondo                                    At Large: Nelda Martinez
Home: 844-5259                                                  Business: 779-7938
Mobile: 991-2680                                                Mobile (city) 826-3105
email: LRElizondoSr@Hotmail.com                   email: nelda@neldamartinez.com

At Large: Melody Cooper
Business: 887-8014
Mobile: 74-4170
email: JOE@MELODYCOOPERLAW.COM

At Large: Mike Hummell
Business: 883-3563
Home: 906-0782
email: mhummell@HDHLawFirm.com

       
         
STATE  ELECTED OFFICIALS ADDRESSES

Hon. Solomon Ortiz                         State Rep. ____
House Office Bldg.                           P.O. Box 2910  
Washington, D.C. 20515-4315       Austin, TX 78768-2910
                                                                Solomon Ortiz, Jr.
                                                                Abel Herrero
                                                                Juan Garcia


Hon. Kay Bailey Hutchison            Sen. John Cornyn
 Senate Office Building                   Senate Office Building
 Washington, D.C. 20510                Washington, D.C. 20510

        Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa    Commissioner Jerry Patterson
        P.O. Box 12068                            GLO 1700 Congress Ave.
        Austin, TX 78711-2068                 Austin, Texas 78701

         Commissioner (Chairman)                                          
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         Austin, TX 78711        

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