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Friends of Saddle Mountain

Saddle Mountain towers over the desert solitude of central Arizona, yet is located just 55 miles from downtown Phoenix – one of America’s most populated cities, with over 1.5 million residents. Two mountain masses, jutting up among side canyons, form the saddle that gives the mountain its name and its unique architecture. Saddle Mountain is backyard to those living in the Tonopah area and also provides a great escape from busy metropolitan life in Phoenix.

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Have Faith in Wilderness — National Council of Churches Photo Contest 

Do you enjoy retreating to a secluded lake for meditation and spiritual rejuvenation? Do you feel closer to God when you’re in nature?   Do you have pictures of the special places that provide escape from your hectic life and help to refresh your faith? 

Take some time to sift through your favorite photos and reflect on how you connect with God in America’s wild lands. Whether you’re recreating in, retreating to, or restoring our natural treasures, the National Council of Churches wants to hear from you. The Council has kicked off their On God’s Wild Land Photo Contest! Submit your photos today!

Share a vivid image of your favorite wild place and your thoughts on how you connect with God in America’s wilderness. If you’re the lucky winner, you’ll receive a gift certificate from outdoor clothing and gear retailer Patagonia. All entries must be sent or postmarked by Wednesday, October 31. For more information, click here.

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Dear Ginny,

The Wall Street Journal is alarmed, and you should be proud of the reason why. The newspaper ran a front page article in September describing wilderness proposals “from Virginia to Oregon” that Congress has under consideration. Reading more closely, you can see why this trumpeter of laissez-faire government and unfettered development is worried.

Many of these proposals are pushed by Republicans and Democrats alike, some with Republicans taking the lead. The reporter writes that “many of the bills enjoy strong bipartisan support in the states affected and so are nearly certain to become law.” With that kind of broad backing, these bills “will be likely to win President Bush’s signature,” White House aides say.

It’s not just the Republican support for these measures that galls the paper. The acknowledgement of “strong bipartisan support for wilderness preservation among both voters and politicians” is another way of saying Main Street USA wants these wilderness proposals. When the Wall Street Journal starts seeing Chambers of Commerce, realtors and homebuilders, even timber companies, as well as traditional conservation groups, line up behind these measures, you can understand why the article ran so prominently.

By what you’re doing to build this support locally, you’ve turned their world upside down.

Mike Matz
Mike Matz
Executive Director

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Mineral King: Protecting a Legendary Wild Valley — and Honoring One of Those Who Saved It

Mineral King Proposed Wilderness

Some 115,000 acres of wilderness will be protected in California’s southern Sierras under new bipartisan legislation introduced in both the House and Senate in July. The centerpiece is a 69,500-acre wild treasure most fittingly to be named the John Krebs Wilderness, honoring the former Congressman and conservationist whose courageous leadership was crucial in winning protection for this once gravely threatened place.

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Congressional Update

Congress Returns, and Acts on Wilderness

September saw a flurry of congressional action on wilderness legislation. On September 20, the Senate Public Lands and Forests Subcommittee held a hearing on the Copper-Salmon Wilderness Act (S. 2034/H.R. 3513), which was introduced just two weeks earlier. The measures, to designate as wilderness the Copper Salmon region of Southern Oregon, was introduced by Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR). Sen. Gordon Smith (R-OR) joined on as a cosponsor at the hearing. The conservation bill would protect 13,700 acres of pristine old-growth forest surrounding the headwaters of the Elk River in the Siskiyou National Forest, a largely intact ancient forest.

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Save Alaska’s Teshekpuk Lake!

Caribou herd along Teshekpuk Lake shore

Alaska’s Teshekpuk Lake is on the verge of being leased for oil development, imperiling one of the world’s most ecologically important wetland complexes. Literally hundreds of species of migratory bird from six continents depend on the health of these wetlands as a refuge during their long journeys. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is now planning to open these sensitive wetland habitats to oil and gas drilling. Tell the BLM that Teshekpuk Lake is off-limits!

Take Action Now!

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Wilderness Hero

Bill Grant: a lifelong love affair with the west

Bill Grant

Bill Grant of Grand Junction, CO has always been a westerner at heart. He grew up in the shadow of the Appalachian Mountains in western North Carolina, but subsequently lived in several parts of the country. Prior to moving to Colorado, he spent twenty-one years in Ohio where he was a professor of western history and culture at Bowling Green State University.

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Jul 19, 2007
I received this from a friend.  Please be aware and pass it on!


Subject: Fw: Dog Owners Poison Alert  


If you do not have a dog, please share with others, who have dogs.  I have
verified this information as being truthful using the following site:


Have a dog? this CAREFULLY and please send it on.

This week I had the first case in history of raisin toxicity ever seeen at
MedVet. My patient was a 56-pound, 5 yr old male neutered lab mix that ate
half a canister of raisins sometime between 7:30 AM and 4:30 PM on Tuesday.
He started with vomiting, diarrhea and shaking about 1AM onWednesday but the
owner didn't call my emergency service until 7AM.


I had heard somewhere about raisins AND grapes causing acute Renal Failure
but hadn't seen any formal paper on the subject. We had her bring the dog in
immediately. In the meantime, I called the ER service atMedVet, and the
doctor there was like me - had heard something about it, but....anyway, we
contacted the ASPCA National Animal Poison Control Center and they said to
give IV fluids at 1 ½ times maintenance and watch the kidney values for the
next 48-72 hours.


The dog's BUN (blood urea nitrogen level) was already  at 32 (normal less
than 27) and creatinine over 5 (1.9 is the high end of normal). Both are
monitors of kidney function in the bloodstream. We placed an IV catheter and
started the fluids. Rechecked the renal values at 5 PM and the BUN was over
40 and creatinine over 7 with no urine production after a liter of fluids.At
that point I felt the dog was in acute renal  failure and sent him on
toMedVet for a urinary catheter to monitor urine output overnight as well as
overnight care.


He started vomiting again overnight  at MedVet and his renal values have
continued to increase daily. He  produced urine when given lasix as a
diuretic.  He was on 3 different  anti-vomiting medications and they still
couldn't control his vomiting. Today his urine output decreased again, his
BUN was over 120, his creatinine was at 10, his phosphorus was very elevated
and his blood pressure, which had been staying around 150, skyrocketed to
220.. He continued to vomit and the owners elected to euthanize.


This is a very sad case - great dog, great owners who had no idea raisins
could be a toxin. Please alert everyone you know who has a dog of this very
serious risk. Poison control said as few as 7 raisins or grapes can be
toxic. Many people I know give their dogs grapes or raisins as treats,
including our ex-handlers. Any exposure should give rise to immediate


Laurinda Morris, DVM

Danville Veterinary Clinic

Danville, Ohio

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Posted: Jul 19, 2007 12:23pm
Apr 21, 2007
National Geographic has a live streaming Eagle cam.  I thought you may like to monitor it.
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Posted: Apr 21, 2007 5:53am
Apr 9, 2007
I received this from a friend and thought it worthwhile to forward along
Breast Cancer Hospitalization Bill - Important
legislation for all women.

Please send this to everyone in your address book. If
there was ever a time when our voices and choices should be
heard, this is one of those times. If you're receiving this,
it's because I think you will take the 30 seconds to go to vote
on this issue and send it on to others you know who will do the

There's a bill called the Breast Cancer Patient
Protection Act which will require insurance companies to cover a
minimum 48-hour hospital stay for patients undergoing a
mastectomy. It's about eliminating the "drive-through
mastectomy" where women are forced to go home just a few hours
after surgery, against the wishes of their doctor, still
groggy from anesthesia and sometimes with drainage tubes still

Lifetime Television has put this bill on their web page
with a petition drive to show your support. Last year over half
the House signed on.

PLEASE!! Sign the petition by clicking on the web site
below. You need not give more than your name and zip code

This takes about 2 seconds. PLEASE PASS THIS ON to
your friends and family, and on behalf of all women
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Posted: Apr 8, 2007 10:28am
Mar 22, 2007
This is a very moving clip. It was made by some of our troops in Iraq.
It lets you know why we are so honored to have these men and women
This soldier video is new and different. It is moving and heartwarming.
Enjoy and pass it on!
The singer needs a recording contract when he comes home! American
should contact him and he shouldn't have to wait in line.
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Feb 18, 2007
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Location: , New York United States

missing you both

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