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February 10, 2004
"Life in the Balance" will cause people to be a bit more careful. You have saved lives. Elden Hughes Whittier
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December 4, 2011 | By Louis Sahagun, Los Angeles Times
Elden Hughes, a crusader for wild places and a leader of the Sierra Club's battles to protect desert wilderness from development and abuse, has died. He was 80. Hughes, who died of prostate cancer early Sunday at his home in Joshua Tree, Calif., was a visionary and inspirational figure who mentored generations of activists in fights to reduce the environmental damage of developments, including renewable energy projects on pristine landscapes and wildlife. Hughes was among a dozen environmentalists invited to the White House in 1994 when President Clinton signed the landmark California Desert Protection Act, which created a new national park in the eastern Mojave Desert and elevated Death Valley and Joshua Tree from national monument to national park status.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 31, 1992
The high priest of off-roading, U.S. Sen. Steve Symms (R-Idaho) told the Blue Ribbon Coalition of off-roaders, timber and mining interests how to handle endangered species that wander onto private land, "Shoot, shovel and shut up." With that kind of leadership and that kind of audience, it is going to take a strengthened Endangered Species Act and all the rest of us to keep things even. ELDEN HUGHES Sierra Club Whittier
NEWS
February 10, 2004
"Life in the Balance" will cause people to be a bit more careful. You have saved lives. Elden Hughes Whittier
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 21, 1994
The Times, in its coverage of the designation of 6.4 million acres of critical desert tortoise habitat, focused on the 1,000 acres in Ward Valley (Feb. 8). There were two lawsuits which forced this designation: one by the nuclear folks focusing on Ward Valley; one by the environmental community focusing on the survival of the tortoise. The suit by the Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund in behalf of the Sierra Club, the Wilderness Society, Desert Protective Council, Desert Tortoise Council, Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, Natural Resources Defense Council, Defenders of Wildlife, and the Desert Tortoise Preserve Committee has brought a major victory in the battle to save the tortoise and its entire ecosystem.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 23, 1994
In her attack on the Sierra Club (Letters, Jan. 2), Soka supporter Alexis Byfuglin claims that the Sierra Club "did not stand up to, and even praised" previous big developments such as Baldwin, Micor and Ahmanson Ranch. She is wrong on all three counts. The Sierra Club came out in opposition to the Baldwin development when it was first proposed in 1987. That opposition helped reduce the development from 1,507 homes, 1.5 million square feet of commercial space and a very costly highway to 550 homes, 200,000 commercial square feet, no road and a 640-acre park donation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 5, 1988
The letter of William Penn Mott Jr., director of the National Park Service and Robert F. Burford, director of the Bureau of Land Management (Letters, June 23) in which they describe a proposed limited transfer of land from the BLM to the National Park Service and opposition to the California Desert Protection Act proves two things: The BLM has park-quality land that should be transferred to the park service and old bureaucrats know how to take orders. The week in which Mott talked of rationing Californians' access to national parks due to overcrowding is a poor time to say we don't need to expand those parks available to expansion.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 4, 2011 | By Louis Sahagun, Los Angeles Times
Elden Hughes, a crusader for wild places and a leader of the Sierra Club's battles to protect desert wilderness from development and abuse, has died. He was 80. Hughes, who died of prostate cancer early Sunday at his home in Joshua Tree, Calif., was a visionary and inspirational figure who mentored generations of activists in fights to reduce the environmental damage of developments, including renewable energy projects on pristine landscapes and wildlife. Hughes was among a dozen environmentalists invited to the White House in 1994 when President Clinton signed the landmark California Desert Protection Act, which created a new national park in the eastern Mojave Desert and elevated Death Valley and Joshua Tree from national monument to national park status.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 18, 1991
Seventeen hundred 20-foot iron stakes in the ground might be heroic. Painted yellow and topped with large yellow umbrellas, they are pure whimsy. As I looked, I thought that there should be leprechauns. Then I saw groups of people resting under each of the umbrellas. I know that Christo had made leprechauns of us all. ELDEN HUGHES Whittier
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 6, 2001
Re "An Icon Restored, Reopened," Sept. 29: We joined in the celebration of the restoration and reopening of Simon Rodia's Watts Towers. It brought together that marvelous mix of people that makes L.A. wonderful. Rodia had said, "I had in mind doing something big, and I did." To the people and agencies that spent six years restoring, I say, "You had in mind to do something big, and you did." Elden Hughes Whittier
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 21, 1994
The Times, in its coverage of the designation of 6.4 million acres of critical desert tortoise habitat, focused on the 1,000 acres in Ward Valley (Feb. 8). There were two lawsuits which forced this designation: one by the nuclear folks focusing on Ward Valley; one by the environmental community focusing on the survival of the tortoise. The suit by the Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund in behalf of the Sierra Club, the Wilderness Society, Desert Protective Council, Desert Tortoise Council, Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, Natural Resources Defense Council, Defenders of Wildlife, and the Desert Tortoise Preserve Committee has brought a major victory in the battle to save the tortoise and its entire ecosystem.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 23, 1994
In her attack on the Sierra Club (Letters, Jan. 2), Soka supporter Alexis Byfuglin claims that the Sierra Club "did not stand up to, and even praised" previous big developments such as Baldwin, Micor and Ahmanson Ranch. She is wrong on all three counts. The Sierra Club came out in opposition to the Baldwin development when it was first proposed in 1987. That opposition helped reduce the development from 1,507 homes, 1.5 million square feet of commercial space and a very costly highway to 550 homes, 200,000 commercial square feet, no road and a 640-acre park donation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 31, 1992
The high priest of off-roading, U.S. Sen. Steve Symms (R-Idaho) told the Blue Ribbon Coalition of off-roaders, timber and mining interests how to handle endangered species that wander onto private land, "Shoot, shovel and shut up." With that kind of leadership and that kind of audience, it is going to take a strengthened Endangered Species Act and all the rest of us to keep things even. ELDEN HUGHES Sierra Club Whittier
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 5, 1988
The letter of William Penn Mott Jr., director of the National Park Service and Robert F. Burford, director of the Bureau of Land Management (Letters, June 23) in which they describe a proposed limited transfer of land from the BLM to the National Park Service and opposition to the California Desert Protection Act proves two things: The BLM has park-quality land that should be transferred to the park service and old bureaucrats know how to take orders. The week in which Mott talked of rationing Californians' access to national parks due to overcrowding is a poor time to say we don't need to expand those parks available to expansion.
OPINION
February 4, 2002
You mischaracterize the Cadiz water grab as a water storage project ("Saudi's Aquifer Role Criticized," Jan. 30). It is a plan to suck a desert aquifer dry. Sure, it can store water, but one just doesn't spend $150 million in ratepayer dollars for a pipeline to a storage area when the Metropolitan Water District already owns storage areas right next to its Colorado River Aqueduct. It is a water grab. Elden Hughes Chair, Sierra Club, California Desert Committee, Whittier
ENTERTAINMENT
July 12, 2009
What a beautiful series of articles on "Harry Potter" [" 'Potter' Trio Looks Beyond Graduation," July 5]. My granddaughter Gelsey is one year older than Emma Watson. When the first movie was in the theaters, she insisted I read the book before seeing the movie. By the time I had obtained the book and read it, the movie was no longer in the theaters. By the time the movie was on DVD, I think I had read the next two books. It has been a wonderful process -- reading the books, seeing the movies, following through articles such as Geoff Boucher's on the processes of making the movies and the growing up of the wonderful actors and actresses.
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