----- Original Message -----
From: Jack Venrick
Sent: Wednesday, July 12, 2006 12:37 PM
Subject: Pacific Legal Foundation

----- Original Message -----
From: Jim Katzinski
To: Jack Venrick
Sent: Tuesday, July 11, 2006 12:12 PM
Subject: RE: Pacific Legal Foundation

Dear Jack:
Here's some good news you can share with your members.  Thanks to PLF, it's no longer business as usual at the Corps of Engineers.  And, if it wasn't clear to some, a recent District Court in Texas applied Rapanos to a decision in US v. Chevron Pipeline:
Good news from the West:  In Texas, if there's no nexus, "…as a matter of law in this circuit, the connection of generally dry channels and creek beds will not suffice to create a 'significant nexus' to a navigable water simply because one feeds into the next during the rare times of actual flow (page 14)."

So sing along with me: "The stars at night, are big and bright, especially if there's no nexus (in Texas)…"

I hope you didn't mind that I injected a little sense of humor from an email regarding this case I received.

We'd be glad to update your members at a future meeting.  I'm sure you know John is a former PLF attorney and would be a fine addition to the Supreme Court.



From: Jack Venrick [mailto:jacksranch@qwest.net]
Sent: Tuesday, July 11, 2006 11:39 AM
To: Jim Katzinski
Cc: Ron Ewart; Rodney McFarland CAPR; Pam Sias CAPR; Tony Zgraggen CAPR
Subject: Pacific Legal Foundation

Jim -
Thank you for all you have done to draw the line in the green quick sand sucking all of  "U.S." into it.   
Please feel free to add my email to any other news coming out of PLF.  
Also I will cc Ron Ewart of the National Association of Rural Landowners (NARLO) and some of the Citizen Alliance for Property Rights board members.  Hopefully they can forward your email to their entire group.
Also I have attached a CAPR announcement of a special CAPR meeting this month with John Groen candidate for WA State Supreme Court position 8. 
CAPR meets the first Thursday of every month at the Issaquah IHOP off I90 first exist going east near Lake Sammamish Park.  I am sure the CAPR folk would love to hear from you if you wish to schedule in with Rodney McFarland.
Thanks again.
Jack Venrick
Rural Land Owner
Enumclaw, WA
----- Original Message -----
From: Jim Katzinski
To: jacksranch@qwest.net
Sent: Tuesday, July 11, 2006 10:34 AM
Subject: FW: Sierra Club - Cascade Chapter Home Page

Dear Mr. Venrick:
Thank you for your email.  For several years, Pacific Legal Foundation has drawn a line in the sand against these extremists environmental organizations and their agenda to undermine private property rights.  Laws like the Endangered Species Act have proven to be an effective tool for groups like the Center for Biological Diversity to become a veritable species listing machine, promoting the listings of critters, exotic plants, and insects, at the expense of human beings and defying common sense.
PLF is one of the most effective organizations taking these groups on in the courtroom.  We have devoted significant resources to our ESA project, and a great deal of that work is being done here in the Northwest Center, based in Bellevue.  We are also representing rural King County land owners challenging the CAO.
We could use your help.  The most common way for people to hear about the good work of PLF is by word of mouth from others like you who have become familiar with our mission.  If you would, please provide me with your mailing address and I'll be sure to make sure you receive our newletters and can even send you some extras to distribute.  Of course, any financial support would also be welcome--we promise it will be put to good use.
Thanks again for contacting us and for your interest in PLF.
Jim Katzinski
Regional Director of Development

From: Rob Rivett
Sent: Wednesday, June 21, 2006 2:25 PM
To: ESARP Group
Subject: FW: Sierra Club - Cascade Chapter Home Page


From: Sylvia Harr
Sent: Wednesday, June 21, 2006 12:48 PM
To: Rob Rivett; Reed Hopper
Subject: FW: Sierra Club - Cascade Chapter Home Page


From: Jack Venrick [mailto:jacksranch@qwest.net]
Posted At: Wednesday, June 21, 2006 12:47 PM
Conversation: Sierra Club - Cascade Chapter Home Page
Subject: Sierra Club - Cascade Chapter Home Page

Just scan this home page of the Sierra Club - Cascade Chapter for a minute.
The property rights and freedom organizations need to counter all of this green myth that is being thrown out into our society.  Half the people in the country have bought into this and it take more energy and time to reprogram this distorted thinking.
Look at their level of indoctrination of the green theme.  It is no wonder we are losing our land, our freedoms and our liberties.
They can't even spell phosphates correctly.  They probably have few to none on the local staff that have relevant education in the soft sciences.  Any technical direction is probably coming from the east coast.....just my heavily bias opinion......
Jack Venrick
Enumclaw, WA
Explore, enjoy and protect the planet

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Clean Water (HB2322): Support cleaner water by passing legislation to remove phosphates from dishwashing detergent. Such phospates and the resulting blue-green algae pollution have harmed water quality in Lake Whatcom, Vancouver Lake, the Spokane River, Hood Canal and many other rivers and streams around the state. In Spokane, reduction of phosphorous has been determined as the single most important step we can take to improve oxygen concentrations in the Spokane River.

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