Meet Our Legislators – Feb 8

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bclwv_logo2The League of Women voters of Brown County will host its annual Meet Our Legislators session, in partnership with the Farm Bureau, on Saturday, February 8 at 10:00 am. 

State Representative Eric Koch and State Senator Brent Steele will be there to discuss their legislative priorities and to respond to questions from the public.

BC_OfficeBuildingThis will be an excellent opportunity to express any concerns you may have about the DNR’s logging agenda in Brown County, to take the pulse of our representatives on this important issue, and to respond accordingly should the views of our representatives diverge from your own.

The meeting will be held in the Salmon room of the County Office Building, 201 Locust Lane, Nashville, IN 47448.

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Bloomington Natural – Leaving the Deam Wilderness to others

deam_wildernessNews from the U.S. Forest Service that I can’t take Natural Bloomington ecotour guests into the Charles Deam Wilderness Area sparked conflicting reactions down at my core. As the shining symbol of natural resource protection in Southern Indiana, the 13,000-acre swath of forested ridges on Lake Monroe is the place I have the most stories about. As a neophyte environmental activist in 1982, for example, I drove an aide to U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar there for its dedication.

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WoodWatch: Who to contact

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If you want to voice your opinion on the DNR’s logging policy that could cost the citizens of Indiana 60% of her state forests, but unsure who your representatives are, you can find your legislator at the following link: http://iga.in.gov/legislative/2014/legislators/ , or you can call or write to them at the phone numbers and addresses below:

Indiana House of Representatives
200 W. Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204-2786
(317) 232-9600
(800) 382-9842

Indiana State Senate
200 W. Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204-2785
(317) 232-9400
(800) 382-9467

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History of logging in Indiana – 3/3 (audio)

Audio excerpt from Episode #22 of the Brown County Hour, (January 2014). The third of a three-part extended interview with Charlie Cole and Linda Baden on the history of logging in Indiana.

Charlie and Linda, Jan 2014

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History of logging in Indiana – 2/3 (audio)

Audio excerpt from Episode #21 of the Brown County Hour, (December 2013). The second of a three-part extended interview with Charlie Cole and Linda Baden on the history of logging in Indiana.

Charlie and Linda, Dec 2013

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History of logging in Indiana – 1/3 (audio)

Audio excerpt from Episode #19 of the Brown County Hour, (November 2013). The first of a three-part extended interview with Charlie Cole and Linda Baden on the history of logging in Indiana.

Charlie and Linda, Nov 2013

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Charlie Cole & Linda Baden #1 – Overview of the Yellowwood Road project (audio)

Audio except from Episode #18 of the Brown County Hour (September 2013), where we introduce husband/wife Charlie Cole and Linda Baden, who have lived on Yellowwood Road for many years, and are thus personally impacted by the DNR’s proposed Yellowwood Road project. In their efforts to educate themselves on the issues confronting them, their neighbors and others who frequent Yellowwood State Forest, they have gathered an enormous amount of information on the history of logging in Brown County, and the detrimental aspects of the Yellowwood Road plan.

Charlie and Linda, Sep 2013

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BC Commissioners respond, modify Yellowwood Road project

I’m extremely heartened that the will of the people superseded the heavy hand of the State, and the Yellowwood Road project has been substantially changed to reflect the views of the people who actually live along the road, and here in the County.

Mind you now, this isn’t because the State listened, in fact they informed everyone back in July, at the so called ‘public input meeting’, that this was a done deal. But a funny thing happened on their “Road” to suppress democracy, the people got involved.

It turns out the final word rested with the County Commissioners, and when this was pointed out to them they began a series of meetings to address the concerns of folks who will be most impacted, the people who actually live on Yellowwood road.

In last weeks Brown County Democrat (the local paper) the head DNR fellow from Yellowwood Forest, Jim Allen, wrote a letter to the editor in which he played fast and loose with the facts, and he’s been called out on these untruths.

Somewhere in Indianapolis the DNR is meeting to discuss the fact that they just got their comeuppance, and frankly it’s high time.

The upper portion of Yellowwood road will not be paved, and the County completely rejected the State’s plan to use the inferior “chip and seal” on the lower portion of the road, and sent INDOT back to the drawing board.

There’s a lessen to be learned here, and it has huge implications on the up coming fight to save the Back Country Forest Preserve areas that are slated for destruction. If enough people care about an issue, even the mighty DNR can be made to bend to the will of the people.

This is our chance to make a difference, if you care about the future of our wild lands, please consider lending your hand and heart to the cause.

There are two bills before the legislature that would restore the three remaining Back Country areas to there former protected status: Senate Bill 398, and House Bill 1179. We urge any one who’s interested to contact their representative and share your feelings.

In a date yet to be announced, there will be a meet and greet for State Senator Brent Steel and Representative Eric Koch that the League of Women Voters will be hosting at the Brown County office building. It’s going to be held within a couple weeks.

We are hoping for a large turn out to support the Back Country. As soon as there’s a firm date I will post and send a letter to the Democrat.

~~ Dave Seastrom.

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BCH Episode #22 – Jan 2014

BCH Episode #22: 2014-01-05

Singer/songwriter Cari Ray

Singer/songwriter Cari Ray

Hosted by Dave Seastrom and Vera Grubbs. First aired Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 9 AM on WFHB.

In this episode of the Brown County Hour:

  • Vera Grubbs’ interview with BC artist Patricia Rhoden Bartels
  • a Brown County story from Tramp Starr
  • poems by Chris Curtin and Gunther Flumm
  • Brown County State Park naturalist Katie Kogler with some interesting facts about spiders
  • more of our ongoing series about logging in Brown County, featuring Charlie Cole and Linda Baden
  • another audio essay from BCH co-producer Dave Seastrom
  • a conversation between Father Time and the New Year’s Baby by Rick Fettig, featuring the voice talents of Becky Stapf as the babe
  • and our musical guest, Brown County Music Awards Entertainer of the Year (2013), Cari Ray.
Father Time & the New Year’s Baby

Father Time & the New Year’s Baby

Theme music by Slats Klug & Friends.

Also available for downloading/streaming at WFHB.org – Brown County Hour

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BCH Episode #21 – Dec 2013

BCH Episode #21: 2013-12-01

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Mel Chance playing clarinet in his log cabin studio

Hosted by Dave Seastrom and Lee Edgren.

First aired Sunday, December 1, 2013 at 9 AM on WFHB.

In this episode of the Brown County Hour:

  • Ian McCabe with a taste of It’s a Wonderful Life, being performed till December 16th at the Brown County Playhouse
  • Vera Grubbs’ interview with BC artist Anne Ryan Miller
  • an historical report of Hippies in Brown County
  • The Land & Lore of Brown County by Bill Land
  • poems by Chris Curtin and Gunther Flumm
  • live recording of the dedication of the Salt Creek Trail
  • more of our ongoing series about logging in Brown County, featuring Charlie Cole and Linda Baden
  • audio essays from BCH co-producers Dave Seastrom and Rick Fettig
  • and our musical guest, Brown County big band luminary (clarinet, sax, vocals) Mel Chance.
Theme music by Slats Klug & Friends.

Also available for downloading/streaming at WFHB.org – Brown County Hour

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