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{ U Wednesday, July 25, 2001 m Celebrate the Sierra. That is the message from the Sier- ra Nevada Alliance for its eighth annual conference to be held at Yosemite on Au- gust, 10-12. "The Sierra is changing in two directions at once--on the one hand there is a sub- stantial increase in growth and on the other an exponen- tial increase in protection and restoration of water- sheds and open space," said Bill Center, president of the alliance. "And Siei'ra residents are getting very smart in dealing with both through whatever means works best," he noted. Martha Davis, famed for her success at Mono Lake, will address the conference on its theme: "Conflict and Collaboration: Two Paths to Success," by talking about these two very different tools in the toolbox that local citi- zens can protect and restore their communities and the places they love best. Growth issues will be tack- led in the panel titled, "Sier- ra Sprawl: Transportation Drives it All," with two Sier- ra experts on growth. Bob Johnston, a UC Davis professor and guru of trans- portation, growth connec- tions, and the fiscalization of land use in California, has included the Sierra in his new planning models. John- ston started his planning ca- reer working on the 1970 Nevada Tahoe Regional Plan when Nevada was a reluctant participant in regional plan- ning. Greg Greenwood, the Sier. ra's own geographer, and sci- ence advisor to the Secretary of Resources for California, has mapped future growth patterns in the Sierra for the Sierra Nevada Ecosystem Project. Greenwood is also known for his description of the central Sierra footh'dlsas tlie east East Bay .... The alliance's commitment to watershed restoration is explored by a panel titled "Taking the Pressure off of Sierra Streams," and a field trip to a Merced River restoration project in Yosemite Valley. The panel features representatives from the Mono Lake Commit- tee, the Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board, and the state's Urban By Dollwa C4mtlm Managing Editor County employees can now accrue up to 90 hours of com- pensation time (paid time off) in lieu of being paid over- time. But, due to the backlog of work in the county's plan- ning department, those em- ployees will be allowed to ac- crue up to 180 hours. Planning Director John McMorrow asked the board of supervisors to make his employees an exception to the county rule because of the extraordinary circum- stances. An increase in workload and a shortfall in staff slowed the permR process this build. ing season. McMorrow has implemented some changes to remedy the situation, but believes increasing the avail- able comp. thne will help fur- ther. Board chairman Don Clark asked McMorrow if the em- ployees were eligible to re- ceive overtime pay. McMor- row said they were, but some would prefer to take their compensation in extra time Off. Supervisor Bill Dennison asked ff allowing the employ- ees to stock up comp. time could cause problems for the department later. But Me- Morrow assured him that the ell)l)loy(x~: w,)t~(d t,)ly I.~ ;iO Iowetl 1() (a]~? thc t:~ollll), liIlle when it wouldn't cause de- hys. The supervisors voted unan ously to grant the re- quest. / Streams program, including park restoration specialist Louise Johnson, regulatory water quality engineer Lauri Kemper, nonprofit water- shed program organizer Hei- di Hopkins, and urban streams program director Sara Denzler. Urban streams in the Sier- ra? Yes, there are any num- ber of streams that have been channeled underground in such Sierra towns as Plac- erville, Jackson, Quincy and Sonora. Field trips will be led to the Hetch Hetchy Dam by Ron Good of the organization named, appropriately, Re- store Hetch Hetchy, and to the site of the National Park's proscribed fire pro- gram by the park's fire ecolo- gist Kara Painter, John Muir, as portrayed by Lee Stetson, will entertain the group on Saturday night, and the alliance will award its Futures Fund mini-grants to winning applicants along with the alliance's annual awards recognizing excep- tional work in the Sierra. The Sierra Nevada Al- liance is a regional coalition of 77 nonprofit grassroots and community groups working to protect and re- store the natural resources and community values of the Sierra Nevada region. The al- liance holds an annual con- ference in different places throughout the Sierra, fea- turing camping, rustic facili- ties and natural surround- ings as our backdrop. This year, the celebration will be held at the Crane Flat campus of the Yosemite Insti- tute. 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