Earth Day week on the mountain

  • [photos by Elke Heitmeyer]

    [photos by Elke Heitmeyer]

Chumash elders remind us that Mt. Pinos is their sacred ‘Center of the World’

By Elke Heitmeyer, Mountain Neighbors

Last Wednesday, Thursday (April 22, Earth Day) and Friday, hundreds of passing community members expressed appreciation for efforts of the few who worked tirelessly over those three days to beautify our corner of Earth. With the help of the Mountain Communities Chamber of Commerce, who coordinated the project with the water company and Kern County, Mountain Neighbors cleaned trash along Frazier Mountain Park Road from Lebec to…(please see below to view full stories and photographs)

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Above right: Earth Day events culminated with a drum circle in the park. Here, Sarah-Jane (‘SunJay’) Owen riffed with a young drummer who ‘could really hold his beat,’ according to one participant; the circle was graced by Native American elders from Bakersfield, including (far right) Cameron Garcia and his mother (holding hat) Arianna Chow Garcia of the Chumash Nation.

Right: Kathleen Weinstein and Clark Carr worked hard to beautify Lebec by cleaning up roadside litter.

Barbara Bouman Jay worked tirelessly all three days.

Mountain Neighbors (l-r)Jim Lowery and Mary Brooks prepared a Monterey Trail sidewalk strip for planting natives.

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This is part of the April 30, 2021 online edition of The Mountain Enterprise.

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