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Posted on July 31 at 5:31 p.m.
Art was one of the people who made the Sierra Club a class organization. He shared so much of his time and knowledge of the backcountry and its trails to literally thousands of people over the years. As the obit points out, he created one of the first trail guides for the Santa Barbara region, and never asked for a penny in return. Besides which, he was a great guy and I loved to swap anecdotes with him when I delivered the Sierra Club's Condor Call to his door. Anyone who has walked, sauntered and hiked the trails in and around Santa Barbara should know of his historical importance in introducing the public to our wonderful backcountry, its flora and fauna. The Sierra Club Los Padres Chapter honors Art for all he did.Sincerely, Condor John Hankins,Editor, Condor Call
On Obituary for Arthur Benkaim
Posted on July 24 at 5:56 p.m.
This is a wonderful tribute to JP who deserves every word and then some. As a reporter for nearly 35 years in Santa Barbara, I saw him grow and become a beloved part of the community. John and I covered many of the same issues and events and I found that he was one of our profession who is a true role model ... smart, fun, ethical and courageous. He has the public's trust and that is golden. Kudos squared to a fine man and a great journalist.~John Hankins
On John Palminteri
Posted on January 2 at 2:02 p.m.
I stand, sit and salute in awe of Jim Higman and his wife Sue. What marvelous people to grace our area. They were awarded one of the national Sierra Club's biggest honors, the Colby Award, which was perfect as they met through the Sierra Club and were leaders of the Los Padres Chapter. The Higmans created a generous endowment for the club’s William E. Colby Memorial Library, which holds one of the largest collections of environmental and mountaineering literature in the U.S. It is housed in the Bancroft Library at UC Berkeley and its administrator, Ellen Byrne, said "I'm not sure the library would've survived without them."
On Obituary for James Edwin Higman
Posted on December 12 at 12:35 p.m.
Yep, Tom is one of the good ones, and it's great to see that his ethics and talents are recognized. I remember a previous editor at the SM Times whose main contribution to journalism was to ensure the reporters kept their desks clean (once he threw all the notes on a reporter's desk into the trash to ensure the desk was empty of clutter). Enter Tom, raising the bar considerably after that sad sack. He kept the bar high and the quality of the newspaper was instantly noticeable. His trajectory into online news is certainly the way to go. Way to go, Tom.John HankinsCounty News Service
On Newsman Journeys into a Likely Future
Posted on October 8 at 2:52 p.m.
Yay, sorely needed and with Melinda Burns rooting out the bad guys, this gives the effort instant credibility. The Indy can't do it all. But an ongoing source of funds will be necessary; grants can only get you going. I like the Reader Supported News approach of subscribers paying for its news instead of ads, but RSN has to beg every month for people to shoot them $5 or $10. That's because with the internet, a lot of folks think they should get their news for free, when in fact it's a costly process. This thinking needs to be changed. My wife prods me to start a blog due to my 40+ years of journihilistic experience in Santa Barbara, but I don't give it away for free. I like to eat with a roof over my head; it keeps the rain off the computer. Just remember, you get what you pay for, and Melinda & Co. are worth some coin coming their way. John Hankins -30-
On Santa Barbara Journalism Initiative Gets Major Grant
Posted on September 10 at 9:14 a.m.
Grease completed its first weekend with a lot of buzz about it's energy, music and attitude. Since this is the original brash version that was sanitized in the movie, I understand Ojai ACT is suggesting parents not take their kids under the age of 14 to this. ... on the other hand, I'm of that generation which was exposed that demon music and angst at that age, perhaps even helped start it!