Please Contact
Governor Gregoire

The Stehekin Heritage organization is working with Stehekin Valley residents and citizens throughout the state and nation to encourage elected officials to support reopening an essential recreation corridor in the North Cascades Mountains of Washington State - the Upper Stehekin Valley Road.

As part of this effort, we are encouraging you to write Governor Christine Gregoire and staff member, John Mankowski (see addresses below) encouraging them to to meet with a delegation of Stehekin residents for consultation concerning the upper valley road. There is no doubt, the Governor's support is highly regarded as we work to reopen this historic recreational corridor into the heart of the North Cascade Mountains.

If you are aware of the importance of opening the Upper Stehekin Valley Road, please write the Governor with a request to meet with valley residents to discuss this critical issue. Access to the North Cascades impacts not only Washington State residents but citizens across the United States. Please ask the Governor and John Mankowski to reply to questions you present.

During the next two weeks, the Stehekin Choice Online Newspaper will publish letters from those who have already written the Governor. Hopefully, these letters will inspire you to write your own. If you are willing to have your letter published, please send a copy to: .

Thank you for your thoughtful support.
Ron Scutt Editor Stehekin Choice

Governor Chris Gregoire
Office of the Governor
PO Box 40002
Olympia WA 98504

John Mankowski:


Governor Chris Gregoire
Office of The Governor
P.O. Box 40002
Olympia, WA 98504

Dear Governor Gregoire,

Last month I wrote urging you to express your support of Assembly Bill
3408 by Assemblyman Doc Hastings. This bill would support rebuilding approximately 12 miles of the Upper Stehekin Valley Road, a stretch of
one-lane dirt road which has provided a vital access to areas of the
North Cascades since 1945 and which was closed by extensive flood damage.

I now urge you to meet with representatives of the Stehekin Heritage organization as recently requested by their president, Mr. Ron Scutt to present information and discuss this matter. It is important to the community of Stehekin, Washington, to hikers from all over the world and for fire protection and rescue operations.

Since 1968, my family, friends and I have traveled from California almost yearly, and often several time a year, to use this road for access from Stehekin to the beautiful, glaciated, alpine regions of the North Cascades National Park. I consider this region to be one of the gems of the National Park system. I have been an ardent supporter of more than a dozen environmental and conservation organizations for the past 57 years. some of them Washington State - based, and I know that some of these fine organizations will oppose reopening this stretch of road, but my careful and intimate observations are that the road has demonstrated itself to have been harmless to the environment and wildlife during its long existence. Furthermore, due to geographical and land availability, it cannot create further residential or commercial development, or other such dangers, to the areas within or contiguous to the National Park or Stephen Mather Wilderness Area.

Thank you.


Tom Nawalinski
94 Junco Drive
Santa Cruz, CA 95060-9727
Telephone: ( 831) 423-9356

cc by e-mail to: Governor's Aid John Mankowski, Ron Scutt