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Got this from email

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I just got word for those who get Ch. 13, Sacramento, KOVR, our FOTR
Rubicon work weekend will be aired tonight, Wed. 9/19, at 5 and 6pm; then
again at 10pm tonight.
As well, it should run tomorrow morning, 6 or 7am.
sorry this is late notice, but I just got word.
thanks, DEL
Del Albright
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FOTR Web Site: www.friendsoftherubicon.htm
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Yup good coverage seen lance, close up of sillyneck,.. del and rebeca getting interviewed..
should be on tonight at 10 on channel 13..
i couldn't get VCR loaded in time


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Pretty sweet! Did you see the hotty on our crew? <IMG SRC="smilies/eek.gif" border="0"> I'm setting my VCR for the 10:00 o'clock show.
 

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cuz i dont wanna miss it i gotta set my alarm twice tonight 10pm and 4am for work, but i dont wanna miss it.
 

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damn, that was actually pretty long! Saw mike ladd n jiMMy speaking on the camera too <IMG SRC="smilies/wink.gif" border="0">
 

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Great coverage. Mike, Lance, Jimmy, Phil, John, Del,.... I know I missed some. You all did a great job for the camera. Two thumbs up to everyone who participated. <IMG SRC="smilies/bounce.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/bounce2.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/bounce.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/bounce2.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/bounce.gif" border="0">
 

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I saw the tail end of it this morning around 5:50am.
Kelli also had a quick interview.
Very positive slant on the story, they played up the cooperation of wheelers and the government.
 

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http://www.kovr13.com/09sep01/091901c.htm

On this special assignment, John Iander says this summer, a lot of dedicated four wheelers are helping rebuild the Rubicon Trail.



Volunteers help to rebuild the Rubicon Trail


REPORTER
John Iander

PHOTOGRAPHER
KOVR 13 News

APPEARED ON
THE 10:00 News (9/19/01)

Normally on a nice summer weekend like this there would be hundreds of four wheel drive vehicles here on the Rubicon, but this is the first time it has been closed in decades.




Almost a half century ago, a couple of fun loving northern Californians crawled their jeeps across the top of the Sierra. That event became the "Jeep Jamboree" and went on to be duplicated all over the world. On this special assignment, John Iander says this summer, a lot of dedicated four wheelers are helping rebuild the trail that started it all.


Hundreds of thousands of four wheelers from all over the world have now experienced the thrill of taking a vehicle to its max.


How'd you spend your summer weekend? For hundreds of volunteers, this Saturday was a day of hot, dusty, sweaty work. These four wheelers are donating their time and equipment to rebuild the world famous Rubicon Trail over the Sierra.

Mike Ladd and his shiny pickup got a crushing load of gravel and headed up the trail.

Mike Ladd / Four Wheeler: ""Well yeah, it needed to come up and haul some rock, so here it is. We'll be here every time we can, every time we have a volunteer day, we'll be here."

Never mind that Jenny Jewett from the bay area painted her nails last night, today she's...

Jenny Jewett / Volunteer: "Digging rocks out from the dirt and definitely having fun."

Then there's Larry Pape. He first four wheeled over the Rubicon long before many of these volunteers were born.

Larry Pape / Four Wheeler: "I came over here when I was in high school about thirty years ago, and I want to be part of keeping it open to the public."

Now normally on a nice summer weekend like this there would be hundreds of four wheel drive vehicles here on the Rubicon, but this is the first time it has been closed in decades.

For more than half a century man and machine have braved this trek from Georgetown to Lake Tahoe. Mark Smith bought a surplus jeep for five hundred bucks and went on to make history.

Mark Smith / Volunteer: "This is one of the most famous four wheel drive trails in the world. We started the Jeepers Jamboree in 1953."

Hundreds of thousands of four wheelers from all over the world have now experienced the thrill of taking a vehicle to its max.

Mark Smith / Volunteer: "It's a learning experience that you don't need speed and power to drive this trail, you drive it slow and easy. Respect the wildlife, the environment and tread lightly. We only drive on designated roads and trails."

But this use of the Rubicon has always been controversial. Some environmental group and government agencies have argued this wilderness ought to be left untouched by tire and steel.

Over the years, the trail has suffered from heavy use. Some of the streams have become clogged with silt. Conservationists worried that would eventually flow into Lake Tahoe and reduce its clarity. There were government threats the Rubicon might have to be closed.



Conservationists worried that silt would eventually flow into Lake Tahoe and reduce its clarity.



While it might be tempting to pave this trail, that would take all the fun out of four wheeling here. So we are using a combination of rock and muscle."

Dozens of four wheel clubs have joined this summer to form the "Friends of the Rubicon" and with the support of government, they're now working to keep this trail open.

Rebecca Bond / Placer County Civil Engineer: "This stuff is all really great. It is smooth and rounded, a lot of small rock."

Rebecca Bond is a civil engineer with Placer County. She's in charge of rebuilding some of these stream crossings.

Rebecca Bond / Placer County Civil Engineer: "We're calling it a rolling dip. It's taking the water off the road surface. We've got rock to keep the dirt from washing off and then the water will come right off the side of the road and go downhill."

Four wheelers who might otherwise be competing against one another have now joined in this single cause of keeping the Rubicon open.

John Putnins / Friends Of The Rubicon: "I come up here about every weekend, as much as I can. I'm coming from Travis Air Force base and I make the drive every chance I get.

Jimmy Smith / Volunteer: "You meet a lot of great friends on the trail that you don't meet, necessarily, down in the city."

For many Rubicon veterans this trail and the challenge of driving it is a spiritual experience.

Larry Pape / Four Wheeler: "It's just the fun of running, the excitement of getting across. Doing what the pioneers did in the eighteen hundreds."

Of course, we've learned a lot about taking care of nature and the environment since then. Today there's a new sense of paying back the Rubicon.

Part of four wheeling is cleaning up, not only the trash you bring in, but the trash that was brought in years ago, like this old coke can. Look at this, how long has it been since they made tops like that?

Lance Clifford drove us along the trail to inspect the volunteers' work. Today the motto in the back woods is "tread lightly."

Lance Clifford / Friends Of The Rubicon: "Treading lightly means basically not leaving a trace that you have been here before. Anything that you haul in, you haul out. You respect the environment, you don't leave the trail, you stick to the designated routes and you respect the environment, so it will be the same when you come back in ten years."

In the past, four wheelers and the government were often adversaries. Today those wounds are healing.



For many Rubicon veterans this trail and the challenge of driving it is a spiritual experience.



Del Albright / Blue Ribbon Coalition: "We have found that our partners in government work with volunteers like never before. And the volunteers are stepping up to the plate and keep these trails open forever."

And that's a goal these volunteers don't mind sweating over.

Kelly Clifford / Friends Of The Rubicon: "Actually, I am feeling good about it. I know what I am doing, I'm helping it out and I'm feeling good about it."

John Iander, KOVR 13 News




Rebuilding the Rubicon Trail has been so successful, government agencies and environmental groups are now asking these volunteers to work on other roads damaged by years of four wheeling.

Posted to the web on 9/19/01 at 6:30 PM

[ 09-20-2001: Message edited by: Eight ]

[ 09-20-2001: Message edited by: Eight ]
 

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I was tickled with the in-the-field coverage, but I wanted to smack the fella who summed it up in the studio like this, "Rebuilding the Rubicon Trail has been so successful, government agencies and environmental groups are now asking these volunteers to work on other roads damaged by years of four wheeling."

Damaged?

Thanks for capping it off like that... <IMG SRC="smilies/rolleyes.gif" border="0">

Great job, though, all of the FOTR Folks that were there, working, and especially those who interviewed so responsibly. <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0">

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I saw the piece last night and was pleased with the time KOVR allowed. We definately need this kind of positive press.
 

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Originally posted by Lance:
<STRONG>Damn I missed it. Did anyone get it on video tape? I'd love to see it.....</STRONG>
Me To I would love to see a tape
 
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