Thursday April 18th Local Sports

first_imgMINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A San Francisco man is accused of bilking the Minnesota Vikings out of about $70,000 in a luxury suite scam. The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office says 39-year-old Daniel Escamilla signed a contract to rent a suite for the Sept. 9 game against the San Francisco 49ers, which he attended. When his check for $37,000 bounced a few days later, Escamilla told the Vikings he would send checks for that game as well as for a Sept. 23 game against the Buffalo Bills. Those checks also bounced. = Todd Ciochetto IOWA CITY — Popularized by the movie “Moneyball” analytics has made its way to college baseball. Rick Heller is credited with bringing analytics to the Big Ten after taking the Iowa job in 2013. He says at the college level it is used for player development and includes the study of pitch designs, launch angles for hitters and even vision training.Heller has an army of student managers run the analytics and several have found jobs in professional baseball.Heller says the downside is he has lost several assistants to Major League clubs including two before the start of this season.Heller says more and more college coaches are getting hired by Major League clubs because of analytics.Iowa faces Nebraska in a three-game series starting on Friday at Banks Field in Iowa City. IOWA CITY — Long considered one of the weakest position groups on the team the Iowa Hawkeyes are expecting more big plays from the wide receivers next season. Two of the top three wide outs return in juniors Brandon Smith and Ihmir Smith-Marsette. Receivers coach Kelton Copeland says redshirt freshmen Tyrone Tracy and Nico Ragaini have stood out in spring drills.Copeland says Tracy and Ragaini are motivated to make an impact.Tracy will give the Hawkeyes a big play threat they have been lacking for years.Copeland says the added depth at receiver may allow the Hawkeyes to go with more three wide looks to help offset the loss of standout tight ends Noah Fant and T. J. Hockenson.Iowa’s top returning tight end is Nate Wieting. Known more for his blocking the senior had two catches a year ago.Iowa wraps up spring drills on April 26th . MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Nelson Cruz had two hits and two RBIs for Minnesota, helping Jake Odorizzi and the Twins beat the Toronto Blue Jays 4-1 following a 54-minute rain delay. Off to a solid start in his first season with Minnesota, the 38-year-old Cruz had an RBI single in the first inning and an RBI double in the third. After walking in the fifth, he scored on a single by Marwin Gonzalez. Cruz twice drove in Jorge Polanco, who had two hits and is batting .429.center_img MASON CITY — Two NIACC basketball players signed national letters of intent on Wednesday to continue their careers. Mandy Willems signed with the University of Missouri at Kansas City, while Tahya Campbell signed with the University of West Georgia. Willems this past season became the fourth NIACC women’s player to earn first-team All-American honors. She says she might be able to make an impact right away for the Kangaroos.Willems says after looking at a number of schools she decided to stay in the Midwest.Campbell says West Georgia seemed to be the perfect fit for her.NIACC coach Todd Ciochetto says it’s good to see both these players heading to four-year schools.Ciochetto says it was great to see Willems advance to a four-year school after thinking she wouldn’t play in college.You can hear more comments from both players as well as Ciochetto below = Mandy Willems = Tahya Campbelllast_img read more

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Worth County confirms first COVID-19 cases, number of cases in listening area to 23

first_imgNORTHWOOD — Worth County public health officials say the first case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in the county.Worth County Public Health Director Jessica Reyerson says the individual is 41-60 years old and is self-isolating at home.It brings the total number of confirmed cases in our immediate listening area to 23. Cerro Gordo County has had 12 positive cases, Hancock three, Mitchell two, with single cases in Butler, Franklin, Kossuth, Winnebago and Wright counties.last_img

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Bucks hold off Cavs despite James’ 39 points

first_imgCarpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LeBron James scored 39 points for Cleveland, which lost for just the second time in its last 20 games. James had seven assists but grabbed just one rebound in the waning seconds. Kevin Love finished with 21 points.After a slow start, the Bucks got to the Cavaliers for 39 second-quarter points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkMilwaukee cracked the 100-point barrier early in the fourth, but then stalled.Milwaukee led 103-83 when Cleveland launched a furious comeback. Back-to-back 3-pointers by Dwyane Wade put the Cavaliers up 107-105, capping a 24-3 run and giving the visitors their first lead since the second quarter.A 3-pointer by Brogdon put the Bucks back in front with 3:38 remaining. A traditional three-point play by James put the Cavaliers ahead 113-112 with about two minutes left.Tony Snell responded with a 3-pointer for Milwaukee with 58.9 seconds remaining. Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense After a Cleveland miss, Antetokounmpo grabbed a loose ball, hit a short shot and was fouled. His free throw gave the Bucks a 117-113 lead with 5.9 seconds to go.Wade finished with 14 points for Cleveland, and Jeff Green had 13.Milwaukee took its first lead early in the second quarter at 41-40 with Love and James on the bench. The Bucks remained hot even after the duo returned and at one point extended their advantage to 14. They led 69-58 at the half, sparked by 17 points from Middleton, who had a four-point play, as well as a 14-2 advantage in fast-break points.TIP-INSCavaliers: Wade was 5 for 10 from the field after sitting out Sunday night’s game against Washington to rest. “Something with his knee has been going on, and if he needs to take off, then we understand that,” coach Tyronn Lue said. … The Cavs scored at least 100 points for the 25th straight game.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals View comments Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Team chemistry not the issue for struggling Thunder, Carmelo Anthony sayscenter_img LATEST STORIES Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo celebrates with Khris Middleton (22) after making a basket and being fouled during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017, in Milwaukee. The Bucks won 119-116. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)MILWAUKEE — Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 27 points, Eric Bledsoe had 26 and the Milwaukee Bucks held off the Cleveland Cavaliers 119-116 on Tuesday night.Milwaukee ended a five-game losing streak to Cleveland. Khris Middleton had 18 points and 10 assists, and Malcolm Brogdon scored 16 points.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Bucks: Jabari Parker, who is recovering from ACL surgery on his left knee, practiced with Milwaukee’s G League affiliate for the second consecutive day. Parker, who also tore his left ACL in December 2014, is not expected to be back on the court for the Bucks until February. … Matthew Dellavedova, who missed 15 consecutive games with left knee tendinitis, returned to the active roster, as did Snell (left patellar tendinitis) and Jason Terry (left calf strain). … G Sean Kilpatrick, signed to a two-way contract on Monday, dressed for the game. Kilpatrick appeared in 16 games for Brooklyn before being waived on Dec. 7.UP NEXTCavaliers: At home against Chicago on Thursday night. Cleveland won the first two games of the season series.Bucks: Host Charlotte on Friday night. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Read Next MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

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Bentol City on a Mission to Fulfill ‘Promise, Purpose and Prosperity’

first_imgBentol, a small city situated thirty minutes from Monrovia, still bears some scars of the vandalism and looting that characterized Liberia’s first military coup in which President William Richard Tolbert, a Baptist preacher and native of the town, was slain in 1980. The town also suffered more extensive looting during the country’s back-to-back civil wars of the 1990’s.Ancestors of the Tolberts migrated from South Carolina in the United States in the 1870s due to oppression and headed to West Africa. Their home, Bentol, is the combination of the last names of two former Liberian presidents hailing from and with strong connection to the town – Stephen Allen Benson and William Richard Tolbert – both of them descendants of former slaves freed and repatriated.After serving for nearly ten years as president, Tolbert was killed in the Samuel Doe-led coup of 1980, forcing many surviving family members to flee the country and leaving Bentol lying looted, vulnerable, idle and in ruins.President Tolbert’s eldest daughter, Christine Tolbert- Norman, at age 70, graciously accepted President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf’s offer in 2013 to serve as mayor of the virtually disserted city.Norman is approaching her mid 70’s. But age has not impeded her desire to rebuild and restore life to Bentol – a city whose fast development was truncated by the killing of her father – the beginning of Liberia’s doom era.“I actually desired to be the mayor of this city,” she told this writer on a visit, sitting in her office in one of the buildings that stood out in the town when her father was president.“At some point when I saw my city just sitting idle, I saw that I could make a difference; so when the president appointed me because of my desire to help, it was very much an emotional moment for me,” she said.“I thought it was one of the best things that could happen to me at this stage of my life.”Struggling to manage and work with a tiny annual government subsidy of around $30,000, Mayor Norman’s focus has been largely on providing education opportunities for hundreds of children whose parents cannot afford tuition and fees in distant, expensive schools. By this, she says, she wants to keep alive the dream and philosophy of her late father who had started planting schools in isolated rural towns fast before his death.“Development is about the mind,” she said, “if you have development in the mind where you have people who believe in themselves, people who have confidence in themselves, people who have love for themselves and for their community and for their country, you have development; and this is what I am seeing, and seeing now.”She has proudly nicknamed Bentol: “A city of promise, purpose and prosperity” and this is emblazoned to the back of red t-shirts she wears in the field on casual days. Her excitement to govern what is left of what her late father put in place and the progress she’s seen so far gives her reasons to try to give a lot of other names to the city.“Bentol city is going to be named city of learning,” she declared with a broad smile. “If we focus now on teaching our children to read; teaching them basic skills, teaching them life skills – which is practical skills – tailoring, sewing and so forth, even giving them a sound high school education, we have our manpower to develop this city in about twelve years.”There is a youth training center in the city where carpentry, computer science, soap making and other basic skills are offered. One of the beneficiaries, Augustus Cocker – now in his late thirties – earns a living from the computer training he received. He speaks of how “this place was dead and underdeveloped until Madam Norman became mayor.”“Thank God, our city is taking its place once again in the society,” he said.Showing the writer around while at the same time meeting people, including well-wishers and farmers, Mrs. Norman paused to explain why besides having the pedigree to serve, she sees returning to Bentol as an obligation.“One, I was born in this city, I grew up in this city, I went to my first education program in this city; but my dad, President Tolbert, was born in this city, he grew up here; he lived here until he died,” she said with some level of emotion.“I am happy to be doing this because at my age, I have lots of endowments when it comes to education. I figure I can add value to helping to mobilize the city and to inspire leadership in the city”.At the other wing of the mayor’s office, a group of community farmers gathered to be supplied with vegetable seeds, an effort to build their capacity and enhance food sufficiency across the township. Mrs. Norman believes through such programs Liberia’s reliance on imported food can be reduced.A decision by the government of her late father to up the retail price of rice, Liberia’s staple diet – from 22 to 26 dollars in 1979 so that, in the view of the proponents of the scheme, local farmers could get more from their efforts and encourage others to go into farming, was apparently misconstrued by the public.Political activists organized a citizen’s march in Monrovia to protest the increment; criminals soon seized the opportunity to loot Monrovia and the march turned violent, killing hundreds of people.Tolbert was assassinated in a military coup a year later.Christine Tolbert-Norman wants to maintain the dream of her late father about self sufficiency in food.“With agricultural production – an extended, expanded agricultural production – we can feel ourselves; we will have food security; it will help to alleviate poverty,” she said.“Therefore, every school will be encouraged to have a school garden; every church will have a church garden.”Looking around, one can see that Bentol still bears the legacy of the late President William R. Tolbert, including his once famous Lion House and the iconic Zion Praise Church that the president pastored up to the time of his killing; the streets, including one he named after Ivory Coast’s founding father and first president, Felix Houphoet Boigny, are being remarked.The city is once again coming alive. Some of the features making Bentol once again a place to want to spend time include a peace park, a baptismal pool, which serves as a prayer garden and tourist attraction, and fruits; and on every Thursday, farmers and marketers from far and near meet in the outskirts of the city to do business.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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NPSS basketball teams set for action, spots in Provincials on the line

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The North Peace Secondary School’s sports teams are set for action this weekend.The Junior Boys and Girls Basketball teams are hosting the northern regionals. The playoffs start at 2:00 p.m. on Friday through Saturday as regional teams battle it out for spots at Zones, which will be held in Dawson Creek.The Senior Boys and Girls Basketball teams are off to Beaverlodge for the BRHS Tournament.- Advertisement -Meanwhile, the Senior Girls Curling team prepares for Provincials in New Westminister at the end of the month.last_img read more

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Northern Health consulting on healthy aging and seniors’ wellness

first_imgIn the Peace Region, meetings will be held on September 30 in Fort St. John at the Lutheran Senior Apartment Buildings and in Dawson Creek on October 1 at the Walter Wright Pioneer Village in the Sudetan Hall, both starting at 2 p.m. The meetings will be used to provide residents with information on seniors’ health and what their wellness means on both a personal and community level, as well as hear from attendees on their experiences and ideas. A discussion on aging while still at home as well as assisted living and complex care will also be held. The meetings are free to attend, but anyone unable to make it can send their comments to consultations@northernhealth.ca.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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Appeal of $1.1 million penalty unlikely

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 The rapper was shot to death in 1997 after leaving a music industry party in the Miracle Mile area. While much speculation has focused on Wallace’s role in a heated East Coast-West Coast rap feud, some have tried to link the killing to the LAPD’s Rampart corruption scandal. Soon after the case went to trial last summer, U.S. District Judge Florence-Marie Cooper found that an LAPD officer improperly withheld evidence. The judge declared a mistrial and imposed the $1.1 million penalty in January. City Attorney’s Office representatives said Thursday that they will examine whether to appeal the penalty when the case is over, although it is unlikely they will do so. On the substance of the case, the attorneys said they do not believe LAPD officers were involved in the murder and said the evidence error was a mistake by a single detective. Zine pressed the city lawyers on the employment status of the detective and on how the city plans to proceed with its defense. The attorneys said such discussions should take place in a future closed-door meeting because they would involve personnel matters and legal strategy. Also on Thursday, the committee considered the LAPD’s policy on officers holding second jobs, which is being reviewed after a former officer’s involvement in the scandal surrounding private investigator Anthony Pellicano. Councilman Jack Weiss said he thinks the department should ban private investigations and security-related outside work. The LAPD is studying how a ban might work and is expected to report back in a month. Weiss also pushed city administrators to include funding in the coming fiscal year’s budget for more LAPD detectives to track down unsolved crimes. The department has said it lacks the resources to cope with a looming flood of DNA evidence under Proposition 69. Dan Laidman, (213) 978-0390 dan.laidman@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Los Angeles probably will not appeal a $1.1 million penalty imposed by a federal judge for an evidence error in a lawsuit related to the murder of rap star Notorious B.I.G., city lawyers said Thursday. As City Council members voiced concerns about costs and damage to the city’s credibility, the Public Safety Committee questioned City Attorney’s Office representatives. “I’m just concerned about future liability to the city of Los Angeles and the taxpayers,” said Councilman Dennis Zine. The city is defending itself against a lawsuit filed by the family of Christopher Wallace – known as Notorious B.I.G. or Biggie Smalls – that accuses the Los Angeles Police Department of covering up its officers’ role in his death. last_img read more

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GOVT HAS SERIOUS QUESTIONS TO ANSWER ON COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATION – DOHERTY

first_imgPearse Doherty TDDeputy Pearse Doherty has said the government has serious questions to answers on the collapse of the IBRC Commission of Investigation.The Sinn Fein TD last week submitted a series of written questions to An Taoiseach’s department on this issue.Speaking today he said “Quiet clearly the government doesn’t want this issue played out in the height of a general election so serious questions need to be answered about its handling of this issue. “We need to know when the government became aware of the fact that KPMG was not making documentation available to the commission of investigation, what action it took when it became aware of this fact and why has it taken so long, just weeks out from when the final report was due, for the government to consider taking emergency action.“The government was forced to establish this investigation amid huge public pressure earlier this year and for it to fall flat on its face just before a general election will quiet rightly raise suspicion.“Every effort must be made by the government to salvage this investigation even if that means bringing emergency measures to the Dáil this week.“Sinn Féin will certainly be raising this issue in the Dáil this week.” GOVT HAS SERIOUS QUESTIONS TO ANSWER ON COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATION – DOHERTY was last modified: November 8th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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McGUINNESS PAYS TRIBUTE TO DONEGAL’S 40,000 FANS AT CROKER

first_imgFOR many of us, it will have been our final – 40,000 of us at Croke Park yesterday.And every single one of us wondering where we will get tickets for the final, knowing that not all of us will.Jim McGuinness was quick to pay tribute to the Donegal supporters for the support so far. “When we stared out on the journey in the middle of May up in Breffni Park, it was a long way to the All-Ireland final, and to be there now is fantastic really for this group of players,” McGuinness said.“The support at the minute has just been fantastic. Even in the warm-up today they were chanting ‘Donegal’, which was unbelievable for our players.“Last year, we tried to put a framework in place that we could help the boys to achieve things in the game and we tried to build that over the winter. I think the supporters understand that and they understand what we’re trying to do.”He added: “We’re trying to move the thing forward, develop the lads individually and develop them as a group. “And I suppose the lesson from last year was try to get more scores on the board, and they’re aware of that as well.“They have been with us every step of the way really since Breffni Park, and I think after the 2-18 (Donegal scored) in the Ulster final there was maybe a wee bit more optimism in them that this group of players could achieve something in the All-Ireland series and they’ve come out in huge numbers as a result.”Now he is hoping some of those in the crowd yesterday will one day play for theiry county.“The boys have a great relationship with the supporters as well, and the kids and everything else,” said Jim.“It’s a great shot in the arm for Donegal football to be honest with you. We just hope now that the synergy that it creates, there will be a Michael Murphy, or a Colm McFadden, or a Rory Kavanagh in the offering in a few years’ time as a result of it.” McGUINNESS PAYS TRIBUTE TO DONEGAL’S 40,000 FANS AT CROKER was last modified: August 27th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:000 FANS AT CROKERMcGUINNESS PAYS TRIBUTE TO DONEGAL’S 40last_img read more

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Activist hopes she left back yard a bit better off

first_img Pearson credits a cadre of Sierra Club volunteers – plus former Placerita supervisor Frank Hovore’s expertise identifying dozens of endangered species, actress Tippi Hedren’s support, a trio of earthquake experts, Santa Clarita Councilwoman Marsha McLean’s efforts and 10,000 signatures inked on a petition – with contributing to the dump’s eventual defeat. Amid the hush of rustling oak leaves swaying on long branches in a gust of wind, Pearson’s blondish hair nearly eclipsed her clear gray-blue eyes. Traipsing among the groves’ long shadows and into bright light, she recalled time spent away from this place, caring for it from afar. Pearson lobbied and contributed passages to three state measures in the 1990s that helped preserve Whitney Canyon as a park. She campaigned for the Wild Heritage Bill of 2002, which would confer wilderness designations on local U.S. Forest Service lands. Earlier in the week, as Pearson cleaned out her garage, sifting through mountains of paperwork used to mount her campaigns, she tossed out more than 50 file boxes of stuff. Her thoughts detoured to the 1990s. “Who is this lady who did all this stuff?” she wondered aloud. Supporters and foes commend Pearson’s deftness at getting things done, her ability to buttress her passions with an armload of facts. “One of the problems any (environmental) organization has when they’re up against something, frequently what comes to the fore is emotion,” said Hovore, a former Los Angeles County natural areas administrator. “Karen would show up with a list of reasons carefully thought out, she would back it up with good solid data. It made her much more of a factor than if she walked on the street with a sign.” The genteel battleground recently encroached on her own back yard – literally – as the 1,100-home Riverpark project threatened to shave a nearby ridgeline and intrude on her Saugus neighborhood’s tranquillity. Pearson hammered out a compromise with developer Newhall Land and Farming Co. “She certainly has very strong opinions, but she is very willing to roll up her sleeves and sit down at the table and come to find common ground and more importantly, solutions,” said Marlee Lauffer, Newhall Land’s spokeswoman. “We ended up with a win-win for everyone.” City Planning Commissioner Diane Trautman lamented Pearson’s planned move to Boulder, Colo., saying the city is in her debt. “She’s been a dedicated activist and stalwart protector of the environment. She has done so with grace and dignity,” Trautman said. “We’re all going to miss her.” Judy O’Rourke, (661) 257-5255 judy.orourke@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – The uphill trail that bears her name is the perfect metaphor for the 15-plus years Karen Pearson has spent as an environmental activist. Pearson, who founded the local Sierra Club chapter in 1990, remembered trekking the nearly half-mile loop at the Placerita Canyon Natural Area with her son when he was little. “It’s like a soul home,” she said. “I love this place.” Pearson returned to the trail days after it was named in her honor Tuesday, planted her feet in the dirt and talked about her efforts to expand this place she’s loved for years. The memories are bittersweet for Pearson, who will soon be moving out of state. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 She isn’t leaving without knowing that $1 million from a state measure she co-authored and voters approved in 1992 is finally being spent at the park for expansion and renovation. County officials said Thursday the money will be spent on yearlong renovations that could get under way in November. Pearson said she is appreciative, but with her trademark directness asked what took so long. “Thirteen years is a long time to be sitting on $1 million,” she said. Placerita Canyon Nature Center’s director and park supervisor commended Pearson for rallying others to call for preservation of open space near the western end of the park and in surrounding canyons. “She has been a big supporter of the nature center and the natural area, and a tremendous friend to the volunteers and staff,” said Ian Swift. “Her tenacity culminated in getting Whitney Canyon preserved as a park.” Pearson’s itch to keep natural spaces intact began with helping to prevent nearby Elsmere Canyon from becoming the world’s largest trash dump. Her mantra was “I will not have that happen on my watch,” she said. Pearson founded the Sierra Club chapter, which served as a base for galvanizing opposition to the dump in California and Washington, D.C. “I had never been to a Sierra Club meeting before I started it,” she said. last_img read more

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