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Re: “Buckle Up

Thanks for the article Gabe. You place Frankie Boots in a line that includes Kate Woolf and other Sonoma County folk-country-bluegrass figures. And rightly so. Indeed there are a number of good local, younger bands that could be placed there: Driftwood, The Bootleg Honey's and Old Jawbone, to name a few.
And, just to fill in a bit more of that history, it's worth noting that Sonoma County was, indeed, a hotbed of those music's for many years. I moved here in 1978 hoping to secure the guitar chair in Kate Wolf's band (only to find Nina Gerber got there first) but what I discovered was a wealth of talent and band-playing opportunites. Bluegrass, in particular, was popular during this time. Between the well known bluegrass bands (Boothill, Eagle Ridge, HiJinks & The High Forehead Boys) and the Old-Time bands (too many to name) it seemed you could find really good acousticly driven music most nights of the week. In fact, I played bluegrass at a club, now long gone, on fourth street called Joe Frogger's every week. It was a wildly popular club, nightly over-run with fans of that music.
Among local acoustic musicians from that era, some of the names of the best of best remain vital today: Chris Carney, Layne Bowen, Evan Morgan, Ted Dutcher. And then there's Chip Dunbar. He was responsible for teaching many, many people the joy of banjo, guitar, mandolin and singing. Though he passed a few years ago Chip's legacy lives on with groups like The Mighty Chiplings, so named to honor their first important teacher in this music.
And we shouldn't forget important venue's like The Inn of the Beginning in Cotati; concert home to many of the important figures in acoustic music. I remember seeing David Grisman (with a fresh-faced young singer who went on to some Nashville noteriety: Vince Gill), David Bromberg, Doc Watson (who politely requested that folks refrain from smoking so he could sing), Norman Blake, and bay area bluegrass icon Laurie Lewis. I could go on.
So, yes, let's hoist a glass and honor those great musicians here in Sonoma County who have always entertained us, educated us and endured with us the comings and goings of fashions and the closure of clubs that support this music.
A final tip-of-the-hat to Sheila Groves down at the new Twin Oaks in Penngrove. Looks like country-bluegrass (ie Americana) may have a new home in Sonoma County.

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Posted by Kevin Russell on 12/25/2013 at 3:20 PM

Re: “Buckle Up is the studio in santa fe where Frankie Boots recorded this album

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Posted by John Treadwell on 12/25/2013 at 3:07 PM

Re: “Capping the Stem

I really do think much of the problem comes from just how much public land has been the subject of ill-advised closures to even the most limited foraging, putting pressure on those public lands that remain open, such as Salt Point SP. To put it into perspective, not only is this true of much of the SF Bay Area (except for a few city and state parks, and Pt. Reyes), put the majority of public land in coastal Mendocino, Humboldt, and Del Norte Counties. This leaves the average mushroomer without access to stretches of private land (eg, the majority of us) and lack of time and/or money to travel to Oregon little option but to either forage on the same few areas of public land so many other people go to, or illegally poach on closed public lands or trespass on private land.

I will note that this is exactly the opposite approach that places like Spain have taken. In that case, they've chosen to regulate the practice, but actually open up large areas to foraging tourism, which has proven to be a boon to the local economy. It would be nice if California land managers could lay of their "purity of nature" approach (particularly ludicrous in the urbanized landscape of the SF Bay Area) and make allowances for demonstrably low-impact forms of foraging, such as non-commercial scale mushroom picking.

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Posted by Peter G Werner on 12/22/2013 at 8:04 PM

Re: “Sam's Takeover

The problem is that any Walmart operation costs the community it is in $Billions to support a labor force it refuses to pay a living wage. Not to mention the fact that, AGAIN, none of the money made by this "inequality-pumping machine of a business" gets recirculated in our own community because all of the profit is taken out of the community. We would be better off if the space were used for a local small business which would actually benefit the community where big box Walmart does not. Even Costco is more beneficial to the community because it pays a living wage.

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Posted by Wilma on 12/22/2013 at 6:41 PM

Re: “Bill McKibben Calls Out Obama's Shoddy, Contradictory Policies on Climate Change

Well he could not approve the XL pipeline for starters.

Posted by Michael Jones on 12/21/2013 at 8:26 PM

Re: “Capping the Stem

I appreciate your input Jacob, but I suspect that you are not representative of all of the neighbors to Salt Point. I attended a meeting with the Park management a couple of years ago, where a major point of contention was complaints from locals about the poaching and trespassing on private property adjacent to Salt Point. The second biggest reason for closing Salt Point to mushroom foragers or regulating mushroom hunters, was "white flowers in the forest," in other words, TP left behind, so to speak. Of course, that is directly correlated with budget constraints closing bathrooms at Woodside and elsewhere, and there is no reason that one should target mushroom hunters for that etiquette breach any more than any other user of that Park, without DNA verification!

AS to commercial groups hunting at Salt Point, I absolutely agree that it shouldn't happen. I do believe that use to be an abuse of a commons, the only really productive mushroom commons that we have here in our already over-regulated State park system. And I have also seen those huge groups that follow the monthly SOMA picnics there at the Park, which also fly against the park regs that state only small groups at a time should be hunting.

The more people in the woods, the more trampling occurs. One can walk lightly in the woods, but it is not hard to see evidence of places where folks have broken new trails or torn down a slope.
Of course, the four footed pigs also have a hand/trotter in this damage.

The way that current mushroom hunters use that park is also disturbing: I often see duff scraped away from pines, a tell-tale sign of a greedy mushroom hunter, and I have personally observed one small group of humans, not pigs, tearing the duff away from all of the pines they walked up to, in search of their porcini buttons.

This topic needs to be discussed in an open manner, and all uses there looked at a bit harder.
I love that park, but one can love something to death. In my opinion, no commercial mushroom hunting should be allowed at that Park, whether by collecting more than one's fair share of mushrooms for sale to markets or restaurants, or taking paid commercial forays to that Park.

I have a lot of respect for Todd Farceau as well as most of the folks quoted in this article. If one is charging money to others to hunt in one of the very rare places where mushrooming is free to all,
it sets the wrong tone, and makes those mushrooms a commodity not a right.

Mushrooms, not profit, for the people at OUR Salt Point.

Debbie Viess
Bay Area Mycological Society

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Posted by debbie viess on 12/21/2013 at 8:30 AM

Re: “Bill McKibben Calls Out Obama's Shoddy, Contradictory Policies on Climate Change

I would like Bill to state actions Obama could take. Can he outlaw coal exports?

Posted by Jan Freed on 12/19/2013 at 8:20 PM

Re: “Capping the Stem

Hi Alastair-
Good question. Is trespassing on adjacent private property an issue?: sure, it happens - however it's not a big deal, though, and it simply doesn't happen often. I've found most people to be extremely cautious about avoiding private property, and gratuitously apologetic when they make a mistake. Groups like SOMA are super about encouraging people to pay attention to maps and where they are in the park(s).

Root cause: The park is very poorly marked. That, *and* property lines criss-cross surrounding roads with no rhyme or reason. Therefore, it is super easy for folks (who are usually wandering like drunken sailors through the park hunting mushrooms) to wander onto adjacent properties.
Have a look at this map: Pay particular attention to the Kruse Ranch and Seaview Roads area... the parcel lines are all over the place. Park administration has made no effort, in the 4+ years I've lived here, to address this. If folks are complaining about trespassing, I suspect this is the root cause, and a simple one to resolve.

Another beef: Park administration (Duncan's Mills office) despite their newfound surplus, is apparently too busy rationalizing the keeping of parking lots and bathrooms *closed* along Highway 1 at places like Stump Beach, and Fisk Mill Cove (both part of Salt Point) to focus on managing a popular and largely positive use of the park in mushroom foraging.

Thanks for asking and for following up.


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Posted by Jacob Bayless on 12/19/2013 at 1:03 PM

Re: “Capping the Stem

Hi Jacob - As the writer of the story in question, I am wondering if you have ever had problems with people trespassing on your land in pursuit of mushrooms. The same sources that have reported mushroom hunting to be impacting the park also told me that trespassing around the park's boundary has become problematic. True?

Posted by Alastair Bland on 12/19/2013 at 12:35 PM

Re: “Capping the Stem

Maybe more parks could participate in mushroom foraging but have a rotational cycle so that no one park would be used over and over. Each park could recover and regenerate in the off years.

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Posted by Peter woods on 12/19/2013 at 12:30 PM

Re: “Food-Fad Fails

Digital read thermometer probes have been a lifesaver for me, because I don't cook enough meat (except on the grill) to really know by "feel" or experience when that whole turkey/beef roast/crown roast is really done..but I have to agree with their flimsiness! Usually it's the metal wire leading from the probe that fails, usually from...HEAT. Wouldn't you think they'd take into account during the design process? "Our product will be used in 500 degree grills. I guess heat resistance to 200 should be sufficient."

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Posted by geodrone61 3 on 12/18/2013 at 12:10 PM

Re: “Capping the Stem

I live adjacent to Salt Point. The suggestion that the park is somehow over-run with foragers is just absurd - most of them never make it more than a few hundred yards inland from Highway 1, in a park that extends a mile inland & up steep hills.

Are more & more people discovering it? Absolutely. Is the forest trampled? Hardly. Wild pigs have a much larger and more negative impact on the park (lately) than humans - period.

This year there isn't much to harvest anyway, as we simply haven't had enough rain.

The idea that other Coastal Sonoma parks should be opened to foraging is brilliant. The larger numbers of people randomly walking the forest will also stem the emergent destructive illegal pot grows on state property as well - something that *IS* a recurring problem in Salt Point (and others) but somehow is not mentioned much in the press...

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Posted by Jacob Bayless on 12/18/2013 at 9:00 AM

Re: “The Anchor-Outs

I live on the anchorage its a really nice life stlye

Posted by Taylor on 12/18/2013 at 3:30 AM

Re: “Zach Braff Saves the Rio Theater in Monte Rio

Than you everyone for saving the theater. A great community effort (including Zack Braff) and treasured resource.

Posted by Sitala on 12/17/2013 at 9:32 AM

Re: “George Takei's New Trek

George is also active in the Japanese American Community, producing a musical drama on his imprisonment here:
And when he posted this site to his followers, bumped this petition by about 25,000 signatures:
Fighting for civil rights with passion and humor, an amazing human being!

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Posted by Evan Johnson on 12/15/2013 at 6:09 PM

Re: “Hospital Fever

It is refreshing to hear the voices of RNs, the actual caregivers who work at the bedside and see first-hand the impact of the decisions of those working in the corner office. Health care services are shrinking, and privatizing, and becoming more expensive and exclusive, even in the face of Obamacare. Hopefully for the rest of us, Nurses like these will lead the way to a place where health care is a human right. Go Nurses!

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Posted by Northbay Leftpost on 12/11/2013 at 10:00 AM

Re: “George Takei's New Trek

Although I haven't been much of a "Trekkie", an Interred-Asian, or specifically gay man, I still find the career and life of George Takei fascinating.The author of this article paints a picture of an uncomplicated American original who has survived, and is now thriving in an ambiguous culture with an uncertain future. His bravery is demonstrated when virtual and actual worlds of real people meet. It is not surprising that he has gained an immense following in the realm of social media. A man of this caliber would be a natural for political office in any arena.His ending statement about humor being the connective glue that binds us, speaks of his humanity. Someone with this much insight and wisdom is desperately needed to lead us out of our virtual prison camps and into a closet that fits us all ...(Pun intended).

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Posted by Christopher Sullivan on 12/11/2013 at 9:16 AM

Re: “My Son's Ashes

Thank you to the Bohemian for the continuing coverage on this story. I pray to God that Andy Lopez's family would get the attention their story deserves.The other local news media outlets coverage of this story are neither informative or noteworthy with only a few seconds of their airtime. Please continue to have coverage of any upcoming events in Andy's honor.
Thank you again.

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Posted by Sebastopolfan on 12/05/2013 at 10:36 PM

Re: “Dec. 7: Merle Haggard at the Uptown Theatre

Merle Haggard is scheduled at the Uptown theatre on December 7, 2013. This coming Saturday December 7, 2013

Posted by h on 12/05/2013 at 9:55 AM

Re: “Sam's Takeover

It sounds as if the Bohemian is intentionally trying to evoke a certain response to Walmart or the change of the market to Walmart with the wording "Walmart sneaks into the former ...". How are they "sneaking"? This was announced a few weeks ago ... did the Bohemian "news crew" not hear of that? Is this really "news" to the Bohemian? And in the final result, will the community be better served by a lower priced grocery outlet in their midst than either a higher priced store as before OR by an empty building in a major space for the center? In free enterprise, the measure is whether or not the public patronizes the store ... no?? That remains to be seen. But I doubt the folks in the community are as surprised as the Bohemian seems to be. This is old news.

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Posted by Al Christenson on 12/05/2013 at 8:35 AM

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