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Friday, September 25, 2015

Remove a racist slur from Stehekin


Stehekin, in the North Cascades, is a place close to our hearts, one that our founders fought to protect for all to enjoy.  Let's remove a racist slur from its maps and trail signs and make it a more welcoming place for all.

I signed a petition to Sen. Patty Murray (WA-1), Sen. Maria Cantwell (WA-2), and President Barack Obama which says:

"In 2008, Washington State officially changed the name of Coon Lake in the North Cascades mountain range to Howard Lake, to honor the African-American miner, Wilson Howard, who staked claims there 125 years ago.

But the National Park Service and the federal government have refused to agree to the state's name change, insisting on maintaining a name that is universally recognized as pejorative.

We urge Sens. Murray and Cantwell, the White House and the U.S. Department of the Interior to right this wrong - stop maintaining a racist name and align the federal government with Washington State's decision to honor Wilson Howard."

Will you sign this petition? Click here:

NCCC board

Friday, September 4, 2015

We regret to inform you of the passing of Betty Manning

Betty Manning passed away September 1st. She was the editor of The Wild Cascades for many years, and a staunch advocate for northwest wilderness. Her presence will be sorely missed.

Claudia Manning said,  "My mother ... almost died from pneumonia as a child and it left her with the use of only one lung, yet still she climbed, hiked, traveled, was an amazing artist, editor and went back to school when she was 45 to get her masters degree in librarianship."

Here are some photos of Betty, courtesy of Claudia.

Betty and one of the Manning children playing recorders in the alpine Cascades, ca. 1965

One of the last photos of Betty before her passing.