Letters to the Editor

'Save Jesse Morrow'

A visitor to Fresno wishing to sample, in one day, the treasures of the Valley, will see them on eastbound Kings Canyon, Highway 180. Highway 180, a Fresno County designated scenic highway, leads to two national parks, home to Giant Redwoods and to North America's deepest canyon, Kings Canyon.

Highway 180 in the Valley passes beautiful vineyards, orange groves and the world famous Blossom Trail. It climbs gradually through rolling foothills, green and dotted with wildflowers in spring, and golden in summer. However, this idyllic landscape is threatened by the prospect of the approval of a gravel mine on Jesse Morrow Mountain, first foothill mountain on the highway. If the application of CEMEX, a Mexican company, is approved, the mine will bring the number of aggregate mines proposed or operating to four within a few miles of each other.

This level of aggregate production will make eastern Fresno County an industrial site with increased air pollution, noise and light pollution, traffic problems, cracked windshields and aquifer depletion.

To learn more, visit our Web site: jessemorrowmountain.org. Save Jesse Morrow Mountain.

Kay Barnes