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Life After Sierra Blanca
News Column  October 30, 1998, by Jenny Staff
"...Most people weren't expecting the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission (TNRCC) to deny approvalof the Sierra Blanca low-level nuclear waste dump. Conventional wisdom went that as soon as the November elections were safely passed and all repercussions for governor and proto-presidential candidate George W..."

Day Trips: Sierra Madera Astrobleme
Meteor crater south of Fort Stockton creates a blemish on the desert floor
Columns  December 3, 2015, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...The Sierra Madera Astrobleme on U.S. 385 between Fort Stockton and Marathon wouldn't register on most people's radars if the highway signs didn't point out that they were entering or exiting the astrobleme...."

Clearly Stating the Sierra Club's Position
Postmarks  June 10, 2011
"...Dear Editor, It's discouraging that the Chronicle and Randi Shade continue to mischaracterize the Austin Sierra Club water policy position, particularly regarding Water Treatment Plant No. 4 [“'An Independent Person,'” News, June 3]..."

Sierra Sues Luminant
Sierra Club targets one of nation's 'dirtiest coal plants'
News Story  September 10, 2010, by Michael King
"...On Sept. 2, the Sierra Club, represented by Earthjustice and the Environmental Integrity Project, filed a federal lawsuit against Luminant (formerly TXU), operator of the coal-fired Martin Lake power plant in Longview, Texas..."

Sierra Club Officials Support Clark
Postmarks  June 8, 2005
"...Dear Editor, While we are flattered that candidate Jennifer Kim's campaign ad mentions working with the Sierra Club on environmental issues in the valley, we urge everyone to please vote for Margot Clarke. Although we appreciate everyone who has a role in pursuing environmental justice, the Sierra Club believes that of the candidates in this race, only Margot Clark has the experience to effectively serve the people of Austin and to protect us and our environment...."

Coal News: Sierra Club Still Watching TXU, Ranks of Greenhouse-Gas Reduction Accord Grow, and Coal-Fired Power Plant Investments Protested
DAILY News  November 21, 2007, by Daniel Mottola
"...That's a mouthful. The Lone Star Sierra Club is prodding Dallas utility TXU, now doing business as Luminant, to solidify its commitment to cancel applications to build eight new coal-fired power plants – made as part of its private-equity buyout deal earlier this year – by changing the permits’ dismissal status at the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to dismissed “with prejudice” as opposed to “without prejudice,” as is stands now, which makes it easier to refile them, the Sierra Club says..."

Whoa Nelly: Sierra Blanca Strikes Again
Rapper briefly detained at checkpoint
DAILY Music  October 11, 2012, by Shelley Hiam

Keeping Busy
Armendariz moves from the EPA to the Sierra Club, still defending the environment
News Story  September 14, 2012, by Nora Ankrum
"...Al Armendariz, Texas' highest environmental official until last spring, moved to Austin this summer to join the Sierra Club as its senior campaign representative for the statewide Beyond Coal Campaign. The move follows his untimely resignation as administrator of the U.S..."

Radioactive Waste and Money Woo Sierra Blanca
News Story  October 17, 1997, by Robert Bryce
"..."We didn't generate one iota of that stuff and they want to dump it on us." -- Sierra Blanca business owner Gloria Addington photograph by Robert Bryce Overgrown weeds and "for sale" signs dominate both sides of the town's main street. Boarded up gas stations sit alongside abandoned houses with broken windows..."

Sierra Blanca Dump Proponents Divide and Multiply
News Story  January 31, 1997, by Robert Bryce
"...Instead, it was a bit of both. Last week, the three members of the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission (TNRCC) ruled that nine opponents of the radioactive waste disposal facility in Sierra Blanca, outside of El Paso, will be able to retain their legal status in the ongoing fight over the site. But now, instead of just fighting lawyers hired by the Texas Low Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Authority (TLLRWDA), opponents will have to contend with an additional fleet of lawyers hired by the state's two biggest electric utilities...."

The director of The Saratov Approach is back with another true Mormon epic
Film Review  April 10, 2015, by Marc Savlov
"...Native Liberians all, they’re caught between armed rebels backed by future Liberian president and current crimes-against-humanity convict Charles Taylor and then-President Samuel Doe’s government forces. As Monrovia, the capital, collapses around them, they decide to attempt a daring escape to neighboring Sierra Leone’s Freetown..."

Blood Diamond
This action-packed take on the issue of blood diamonds is an example of social critique masquerading as cineplex fodder.
Film Review  December 8, 2006, by Marc Savlov
"...As a means to drive home its chief argument – that the 14-carat rock on your fiancée's ring finger might be little more than a blood-drenched byproduct of an African civil war – the stringent verisimilitude of Blood Diamond includes endless sequences of slaughter, bloodthirsty child soldiers, and politically motivated dismemberment, which is rough, gory stuff. That it's taken hip-hop star Kanye West's Grammy-winning track "Diamonds From Sierra Leone" to fully coalesce the issue in the mind of the public is a thoroughly depressing commentary on our bling-addled culture, but at least the facts are readily available..."

Naked City
Rogers and Clark Two-Step at Sierra Club
News Story  July 18, 2003, by Lauri Apple
"...After more than two years' service with the Sierra Club's Lone Star chapter, headquartered in Austin, grassroots outreach coordinator Erin Rogers put in her final day last Friday. Rogers will head to the hallowed halls of Harvard University to pursue a master's degree in public administration..."

Free Solo
Staggering mountaineering achievement mixes vertigo with wonder
Film Review  October 12, 2018, by Steve Davis
"...Its most striking peak, El Capitan, inspires awe in those first witnessing its singular majesty. Vertically ascending skyward to a height of over 3,200 feet, the mountain is nowhere near the pinnacle of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, but its unforgivably sheer facade of block granite has long dared humans to conquer it..."

Uh-Oh Exxon
Oil giant sued for violations of the Clean Air Act
DAILY News  July 8, 2010, by Jillian Richardson
"...Yesterday the Sierra Club and Environment Texas publicly announced their intention to sue ExxonMobil Corporation for violations of the Clean Air Act by their refinery and chemical plant complex in Baytown. The suit is based on self-reported violations from the oil giant to the state of Texas over period of about five years...."

Shallow Grave
From its opening titles -- set against the propulsive rhythms of a techno theme by Leftfield -- you know you're in for something different, something wild. First-time director Boyle scores...
Film Review  March 10, 1995, by Marc Savlov
"...From its opening titles -- set against the propulsive rhythms of a techno theme by Leftfield -- you know you're in for something different, something wild. First-time director Boyle scores impressively with this Scottish tale of greed, murder, and the quest for a perfect flatmate that echoes everything from Alan Parker's The Commitments to The Treasure of Sierra Madre, and never feels anything but wholly original..."

White Fang Two: Myth of the White Wolf
Something in us loves an animal running. There is purpose and grace, power and freedom in it, of a kind we humans had long ago but lost on our way...
Film Review  April 22, 1994, by Robert Faires
"...He heaps on our cinematic plate more than enough stories for this kind of juvenile adventure: the quest of a Haida maid (Craig) to find a white wolf that will lead her tribe to a lost herd of caribou; a cross-cultural romance between the maid and White Fang's master (Bairstow); White Fang's hunt for his master when the two are separated in a river; the plot of a preacher to move the Haida off their land; the hunt for the caribou; the romance of White Fang and a wolf. By the end, Fallon is hurling story at us, with ever-more improbable action scenes and a climax that's three parts Perils of Pauline, one part Guns of Navarone, and a jigger of Treasure of the Sierra Madre..."

Coming from the director who gave us 48 HRS., The Warriors, and The Long Riders, as well as the combined producing talents behind the Back to the Future and Alien...
Film Review  January 8, 1993, by Marc Savlov
"...Hill has obviously tried to make a hip, ultra-violent actioneer, but what he ends up with is more a choppy, ultimately boring pastiche involving endless shots of automatic weapons fire and peoples' legs pumping furiously as they scramble to avoid the ricochets. Bills Sadler and Paxton are more or less believable as the two Treasure of Sierra Madre-addled hicks, but T and Cube seem to do nothing so much as act out a pair of tedious gansta-rap fantasies onscreen..."

Obama Picks Environmentalist for EPA Region 6
Armendariz to oversee Texas
DAILY News  November 6, 2009, by Katherine Gregor
"...Sierra Club organizers Ian Davis and Eva Hernandez were celebrating this morning that President Barack Obama has selected Dr. Alfredo "Al" Armendariz as Regional Administrator for EPA Region 6, which includes Texas..."

Environmental Groups Sue Shell Oil Company
DAILY News  January 10, 2008, by Daniel Mottola
"...Shell Oil Company’s Houston-area plant has been illegally spewing a wide range of harmful emissions into the air in violation of its permitted limits and the Clean Air Act on the average of more than once a week for the last five years, resulting in the release of millions of pounds of excess air pollutants, according to a lawsuit filed this week by Environment Texas and the Sierra Club. “Because the state of Texas and the U.S..."

Nature's Water Clinic
Drought Has San Antonio Over a Pump
News Story  July 26, 1996, by Louisa C. Brinsmade
"...One of the key players in this political drama is the Sierra Club, which filed suit on June 10 in U.S. District Court in Midland against San Antonio and more than a thousand other pumpers, including cities, water utilities, agricultural users, and the U.S..."

What a Dump
What Does Gov. Bush Have Buried in West Texas?
News Story  March 13, 1998, by Nate Blakeslee
"...Bush. They met to discuss the state's plan - endorsed by the governor - to construct a radioactive waste dump less than 20 miles from the Rio Grande, near the tiny West Texas town of Sierra Blanca..."

Club Endorsements
Who's backing whom in the Nov. 6 election
DAILY News  October 25, 2018
"...Vincent Harding ENDORSEMENTS: Asian American PAC, AFSCME, Austin Neighborhoods Council, Austin Tejano Democrats, Austin Young Democrats, Black Austin Democrats, Capital Area Progressive Democrats, Clean Water Action, Communications Workers-America, Laborers International Union of North America (LiUNA), Sierra Club - Austin Regional Group, Stonewall Democrats of Austin, University Democrats, Austin Central Labor Council..."

Reporting From the Front Lines
New media in troubled lands
Screens Story  March 4, 2011, by Belinda Acosta
"...In West Africa's Sierra Leone, the user age is skewing younger and younger. Scarred by a 10-year civil war, Sierra Leone is home to a lost generation for whom the passing down of personal history has been lost due to family deaths..."

Naked City
Off The Desk:
News Story  September 11, 1998
"...A Sierra Club report released Wednesday, "The Dark Side of the American Dream," ranks Austin high on its list of 20 U.S. cities where suburban sprawl poses the greatest threat to the environment and quality of life..."

Off the Desk
News Story  June 14, 1996
"...Grad student Hicks told the newsletter that he got involved after reading about RECA's actions in the Chronicle and the States--man: "I hope this will keep big money out of politics," he said. "Austin's not for sale." -- A.D. The Stench of Victory It may be long past June 1, but you can still smell the afterburn -- especially down at the state and local Sierra Club headquarters..."

Subsidizing Smog
A new report from the Sierra Club shows that while new roads may get traffic moving, air quality will continue to suffer.
News Story  November 30, 2001, by Dan Oko
"...It's not the sort of thing Austinites will want to hear in the wake of voters passing a $185 million road bond package this month, but a new report from the Sierra Club shows that while new roads may get traffic moving, air quality will continue to suffer. According to "Clearing the Air With Transit Spending," released in mid-November by the environmental group's national office, suburban-style development and a continued focus on private transportation threaten not just livability but human health in most of America's large cities -- including Austin, San Antonio, Dallas, and Houston..."

Naked City
Off the Desk:
News Story  August 7, 1998
"...The long-running campaign to stop the proposed nuclear waste dump in Sierra Blanca was dealt a staggering blow last week when the U.S. House of Reps gave its green light on the $50 million deal..."

Naked City
Warren Chisum resurrects the Andrews County nuclear waste dump, Longhorn Pipeline politics under scrutiny, and Austin marches against hate
News Story  March 16, 2001, by Louis Dubose
"...Chisum told me he preferred no bill to a bad bill. The bad bill would have brought Texas more than the scrapped nuclear plants of Maine and Vermont -- which were destined for a Sierra Blanca dump rejected by the Texas Natural Resources Conservation Commission..."

Lone Justice
To Protect Resources, Judge Bunton Defies Politicians
News Story  September 13, 1996, by Robert Bryce
"...Water and endangered species are among the most controversial issues in Texas. But where have our state's leaders been when it comes to these issues? Ever since May of 1991, when the Sierra Club filed a lawsuit to impose pumping limits on the Edwards Aquifer, politicians have run for cover..."

Then There's This: Hard, Coal Reality
Breaking up with Fayette Power is hard to do, AE officials say
News Column  February 7, 2014, by Amy Smith
"...The long road to moving "Austin Beyond Coal," as the Sierra Club slogan goes, just got longer and more complicated. On Tuesday, utility officials delivered the grim news to the City Council Com­mittee on Austin Energy that severing the city's marriage to the coal-fired Fayette Power Project would carry a cost-prohibitive price tag...."

Environmental Cage Match
After a history of pulling its punches, is EPA finally forcing TCEQ to clean up the Texas air?
News Story  May 28, 2010, by Katherine Gregor
"...But Hernandez, 29, chose to move here last year for an unusual reason: Texas' horrendous air pollution problem. A nationally respected Sierra Club organizer, Hernandez moved to Aus­tin to head up a grassroots statewide campaign to fight the state on permitting and building a dozen new coal plants..."

Local participants, activists in Denmark for U.N. climate summit
News Story  December 11, 2009, by Katherine Gregor
"...Aitkens is a co-director of UT's Campus Environmental Center, run by the student government. Active in the local chapter of the Sierra Student Coalition, she was selected by the Sierra Club in late October to attend COP15 as one of 16 student leaders from around the nation..."

Maria and Málaga
A world-renowned wine master and her chef show what Spain is made of.
Food Review  April 28, 2006, by Mick Vann
"...One of the true gems of the recent Texas Hill Country Wine & Food Festival wasn't even a sanctioned event. The Grand Dame of Spanish winemakers, Maria Martinez-Sierra of Bodegas Montecillo in Rioja, was in town for a Women and Wine panel..."

Devil in the Details
Why Is 'Talented Amateur Historian' Leon Day Obsessed With the Death of Ambrose Bierce?
Books Story  May 17, 2002, by James McWilliams
"...Before his trip, Day returned to an obscure piece of evidence that he had yet to fully consider. It was a 1928 New York Times article by Edward Synott O'Reilly, a Texas writer, cowboy, and soldier known locally as "Tex." In the article, O'Reilly, who was traveling with Villa's army, reported hearing that "an American had been killed in Sierra Mohada." O'Reilly knew that Bierce was in the area because Bierce, who desperately wanted to meet Villa, had been leaving notes for him at hotels from El Paso to Chihuahua City to that effect..."

Our readers talk back.
Columns  May 17, 2002
"...Sierra Club Responds..."

Naked City
Off the Desk:
News Story  August 12, 1999
"...The Sierra Club, which issued its biennial Environmental Impact Statement on the 76th Texas Legislature last week, found little to cheer for in the wreckage of a session characterized more by stasis than success for the environmental community. Of the hundreds of bills the Sierra Club lobbied for or against this session, the best thing that could be said about the three bills with the greatest impact on the environment was they could have been much, much worse, given the anti-environmental makeup of this year's Legislature...."

Folding with Aces
News Story  January 16, 1998
"...When Alert Citizens for Environmental Safety (ACES, now known as ACES/Hudspeth Directive for Conservation) was granted "party status" in the TNRCC hearings to review the license application for a low-level nuclear waste dump in Sierra Blanca, we received the news with skepticism. Only recently in West Texas had we witnessed the TNRCC's devotion to the sewage dumping industry, and its willingness to ignore our concerns..."

Columns  December 19, 1997
"...If that is the case, why hasn't the Governor taken a leadership position on an issue of critical importance to the health and safety of Texans for generations to come -- the site selection process for a radioactive waste dump? In his public statements the governor distances himself from the decisionmaking process. Using former Governor Richards and the Texas legislature as political cover for his approval of the Sierra Blanca site may be smart politics, to me it demonstrates an absence of leadership...."

Columns  December 12, 1997
"...If that is the case, why hasn't the Governor taken a leadership position on an issue of critical importance to the health and safety of Texans for generations to come -- the site selection process for a radioactive waste dump? In his public statements the governor distances himself from the decisionmaking process. Using former Governor Richards and the Texas legislature as political cover for his approval of the Sierra Blanca site may be smart politics, to me it demonstrates an absence of leadership...."

Top 10 Environmental Stories
Save Our Springs' anniversary, Al Armendariz's move, and the bag ban
News Story  January 4, 2013, by Amy Smith
"...4) Sierra Club Shuffle Former regional EPA Director Al Armendariz, who resigned from his federal post after howls of protests over his stance on polluters (he's agin 'em), joined the Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club to head up its statewide Beyond Coal Campaign. Meanwhile, Sierra Club stalwart Ken Kramer retired as director of the state group after 30 years...."

Res Publica
Citizens' calendar, July 2-8
News Story  July 2, 2010
"...SIERRA CLUB'S GREEN MONDAY Do a little phone-banking for clean energy, eat a little pizza. 6-8pm..."

Environment Is Central to Our Well-Being
Postmarks  February 26, 2008
"...Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton came to town and discussed many germane issues to our future well-being. The environment is central to our well-being. On behalf of the local chapter of the Sierra Club and as a Texan, I would like to direct your readers attention to the work of the National League of Conservation Voters at Also of note is that this week the League of Conservation Voters gave Sen..."

Naked City
News Story  December 14, 2007
"...• In what could potentially be the quid pro quo atom bomb of the millennium, plans for a West Texas toxic-waste dump proposed by billionaire and all-star GOP benefactor Harold Simmons are now before the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality but are already taking heavy flak from the Lone Star Sierra Club. Simmons seemingly greased every palm in the statehouse to smooth his radioactive plans, with his company, Waste Control Specialists, giving more than $2 million in political cash since 2001 while spending $2.8 million on 63 lobby contracts, according to Texans for Public Justice..."

Naked City
News Story  November 2, 2007
"...• Joining the popular opposition to impending Department of Homeland Secur­ity plans to construct a 70-mile Texas-Mexico border wall, the Lone Star Sierra Club last week joined Defenders of Wildlife, a number of nearby community groups, U.S. Rep..."

Border Wall Opposition Mounts
Immigration and environmental groups alligne4d against wall.
DAILY News  October 26, 2007, by Daniel Mottola
"...Joining the popular opposition to impending Department of Homeland Security plans to construct a 70-mile Texas-Mexico border wall, The Lone Star Sierra Club last week joined Defenders of Wildlife, a number of nearby community groups, U.S. Rep..."

Election 2006
The latest from the campaign trail
News Story  September 29, 2006
"...TLR is predominantly funded by major GOP donors, including right-wing San Antonio businessman James Leininger, Houston homebuilder Bob Perry, and Dallas real estate big wheel Harlan Crow. – A.S. Courage Endorsed by Sierra Club In the race to represent Texas' 21st U.S..."

The Council We Deserve?
In the races for City Council, it's a search for competence amidst the chaff
News Story  April 22, 2005, by Michael King
"...With the exception of the smoking ordinance – which, depending on turnout, could be sufficient to propel Knaupe into a run-off – none of these distinctions is likely to draw the voters' rabid devotion or ire, and the campaign buzz has been mostly beneath the surface, or in the background, where the supporters gather. Clarke is best known for her environmental work (e.g., the Sierra Club), and her core is in the central city, while Dealey is identified largely from her work with health care nonprofits, and her likely strength is among Westside liberals..."

Texas Parks Get Drilled
Sierra Club files suit over Bush loosening of oil-and- gas rules
News Story  November 26, 2004, by Wells Dunbar
"...Thanks to the Bush administration, there's a new slant on drilling for oil and natural gas under national parks – including here in Texas, at places like Padre Island National Seashore and Big Thicket National Preserve. But rules helping big business "directionally drill" under Texas' parks aren't going unchallenged – the Sierra Club on Nov..."

Naked City
Drilling plan threatens world's longest protected beach
News Story  July 23, 2004, by Wells Dunbar
"...Scenic Padre Island National Seashore is under attack, according to the Sierra Club. Tuesday, the club's Southern Plains office held a rally on the Capitol steps to highlight the findings of the organization's new report, "Wildlands at Risk" (available at atrisk), and specifically a looming environmental catastrophe on the Texas coast...."

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