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Re: “Morel of the Story

I would bet that the fire growth mushrooms would be a little more tasty with the "smoke flavor" coming through ;) A bonus of the hunt !!

Posted by Richard Callis on 05/13/2014 at 8:04 AM

Re: “Morel of the Story

This sounds like pretty much the same article that I have seen a couple of times already by Alastair.

I am much less concerned about access for commercial morel hunters like David Campbell, and far more worried about what is constituting the "forest recovery plan" … planting tree farms, after clear cutting?

I have been in the Rim Fire on the Stanislaus side, as part of the UC Berkeley post-burn fungal survey, and the forest is recovering quite nicely all on its own, thank you very much. Burned forests are part of the normal cycle of nutrients, and morels are a big part of forest recovery, as colonizing species. Believe it or not, they don't pop so that humans can make money offa them!

I just got back from the Lake Almanor area and found more "natural" morels than I know what to do with. No burn necessary! BTW, the store price for morels in the Bay Area is now down in the low twenties, which is a far cry from a $30/# wholesale price. The mushroom buyers outside of Chester were paying hunters $8/pound for morels, altho it didn't appear as tho business was booming.

The other advantage to non-burn morels? Little to no grit.

What would y'all have done this spring if Yosemite hadn't burned? Believe me, that morel flash in the pan is not worth losing that forest. It'll come back, just not in OUR lifetimes. That's a real reason to be weeping in our beers.

As far as the "mushroom lobbyists," that's a joke, son. No big bucks, no concessions from lawmakers. Pity the poor folks who put on the Strawberry Music Festival every year; they have been kept out of "their" woods two years running, and they are also taking a big financial hit, but with no other options available.

Here's a thought … just go elsewhere for your spring fungi. The morels are everywhere right now.

There will always be poachers, for mushrooms, deer and whatever else has monetary or food value.

That doesn't make it right or admirable.

It's a pity that we can't get into this fire, this year, but life will go on, and is going on, even for mushroom hunters.

I prefer my wine without the h.

Debbie Viess
Bay Area Mycological Society

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Posted by debbie viess on 05/11/2014 at 2:11 PM

Re: “The People's Business

I want to hear more about what a crook Mary Hayashi is.

Read today's story in the Chronicle. So ridiculous that someone as corrupt as Mary Hayashi thinks she even has the grounds to run for public office.

The "Mug Shot Mary" website makes it pretty clear:

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Posted by Guest on 04/30/2014 at 8:41 PM

Re: “The Gopher Hunters

I dug open tunnels in 3 places, tossed in used cat litter. Gophers gone. Maybe over at my neighbors.

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Posted by mikeSHIR on 04/27/2014 at 3:58 PM

Re: “Back Yard Rambles

How right this article is. K & A is small, but what comes out of this small kitchen is always
something so tasty. With every corner in our towns a McDonalds, etc. you will be so
glad you take the drive to the little town of Tomales and see what Amy has whipped up.

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Posted by Donnie Gentry on 04/16/2014 at 4:12 PM

Re: “Back Yard Rambles

My resident tourist picks (north county):

Lake Sonoma - THE mountain bike spot, also great for hiking, fishing, etc.

Taste of Alexander Valley - because one can never have enough sliders while tasting

Cloverdale Friday Night Live - The best, high quality, free outdoor summer concerts in SoCo this year will be in Cloverdale, marks my words.

Diavola (Geyserville), 101 thai way (cloverdale)

Healdsburg Saturday Farmers market

Alive and Healing: best Tempeh in the county

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Posted by David Garland on 04/16/2014 at 4:07 PM

Re: “Back Yard Rambles

Plan your Ramble with 1st Friday Art Walk Guerneville, CA in Mind! Where River Rd meets Scenic Hwy 116, 3-8 every 1st Friday year-round! Art-Music-Food-Wine! Galleries , Open Studios, Merchants & Street Buskers too...

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Posted by Otto Walker Willis on 04/16/2014 at 12:38 PM

Re: “Homeless Front

This is a very moving and informative story. I don't know how any military person returning home after serving on active duty in Iraq or Afghanistan COULD NOT have PTSD. The terror of both what they did (in the name of our country) and what they experienced over there would really mess up anyone. Then, coming home to an entirely different reality with their recent military training and experiences and trying to fit into their old lives and relationships is a further corkscrew.

IMHO, the problem is at the front end and that's really where the focus should be.
Defending our country on our soil is one thing, engaging in an optional war is really unfair to those who we ask to serve as our surrogates. Those who believe in starting such a war should be the only ones who should serve in it. I understand that all those who serve do so in a volunteer capacity...we don't have a draft. However, some of them see no other option in their lives and others naively believe that the benefit they receive (in experience, money, education, personal growth and responsibility) will outweigh the horrific blowback of the experience. Though not all service people serving in war end up with such debilitating PTSD that it's nearly impossible for them to function normally in our society, I have a hard time believing that most of them don't have varying degrees of PTSD.

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Posted by lneedle 2 on 04/09/2014 at 9:18 PM

Re: “Spring Lit


Posted by Mary Allison Tierney on 04/02/2014 at 5:58 PM

Re: “Spring Lit

Beautiful and brave piece by Teri. I love that writing about Jeffrey keeps his memory alive.

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Posted by Sue LeBreton on 04/02/2014 at 7:38 AM

Re: “I Hate Me

If you are interested in all this, try Hannah Smith (digital self harm).
You mentioned tumblr as a source of support. Dangerous, if you are loved for self-harm.
And of course, the odd Megan Meier story.
You mentioned Jessi Slaughter - forced off the Internet for her own sanity, now transgender.
If you are going to mention Jessi Slaughter, then you have to mention Aurora Eller. Then maybe Giovanna Plowman. Samantha Marie? There is something VERY odd about young females online.

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Posted by Philip Rose on 03/31/2014 at 1:14 PM

Re: “Petaluma or Bust

I read your posts, and half yawl's a bunch of terds. A bunch a cry babies and victims. If you work your ass off, you can make it anywhere.

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Posted by Austa Lavista on 03/19/2014 at 5:31 PM

Re: “Petaluma or Bust

And for you scrubs who left and think you can just Waltz back, hell nah! Unless you left for the Military, then we'll take you back. But other then that, you aren't wanted here neither.

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Posted by Austa Lavista on 03/19/2014 at 5:29 PM

Re: “Petaluma or Bust

As a life long Petaluman of 46 years, the only thing I have to say to all of you is please stay away. I'm not saying go F yourself, just go away to somewhere else and live happy lives and leave our fair city completely out of your plans. Damn vallejeoites, rohnert parkites, and marinites have been trying to make this nice old farm town into their chitholes. We don't want your low income housing, or your f'n mc mansions, we just want out victorians and nice new moderate homes and good working people, and you guys can keep whatever you got going on.

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Posted by Austa Lavista on 03/19/2014 at 5:18 PM

Re: “Petaluma or Bust

"Poor" folks being pushed out by the money form the East Bay & SF?

Keep in mind, these new transplants are being priced out of the East Bay & SF because they are "poor" in those cities and can't keep up with increasing prices.

So a "poor" San Franciscan becomes a "wealthy" Petaluman, while the "poor" Petaluman moves away and becomes a "wealthy" resident somewhere else thus pushing the "poor" resident of somewhere else out.

It's an endless cycle.

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Posted by sunnyday on 03/18/2014 at 1:45 PM

Re: “Petaluma or Bust

Petaluma has its own suburbs: everything east of the freeway. And yes, the West Side (ie, Petaluma) has been (not "is being") settled by "creative professionals" since the mid-90s that are self-employed entrepreneurs who had been priced out of the Bay Area. This is good for Petaluma and Sonoma County - homogenous suburban sprawl is not.

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Posted by Not ready for primetime on 03/14/2014 at 6:25 PM

Re: “Petaluma or Bust


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Posted by unohoo on 03/14/2014 at 5:35 PM

Re: “Petaluma or Bust

Petaluma is only just becoming a suburb. Petaluma had suburbs, now a bunch of people are moving from the big city looking at what has always been an awesome little town and see it as simply a suburb of their big city (like the guy who wrote this article).

And seriously, not gentrifying? As people flee the high prices of SF and Marin, they drive up rents here. Petalumans are moving to Santa Rosa because they are being priced out. In the three years ive been in my current place the duplexes on my street have gone from $1100 and $1200 a month to $1400 and $1450. I rented a 2 bedroom victorian in "the letter street neighborhood" for $1350 7 years ago. Now you are looking at $1800-$2000 for the same. Money from Marin and SF has been buying up real estate for profit. Petaluma Hotel, where all the poor people lived, has been gentrified. What I hear from the people I know...? Many think they will be having to move on. I mean seriously with all these new people, and the slow construction of new homes (population isn't exactly exploding), can this guy really believe that the poorer folks aren't being pushed out? I came to a sweet affordable town a decade ago, hoping someday to be able to buy a sweet home and live my life here, now what I see is gentrification and strip malls popping up everywhere. And as a single parent, I have watched my dream of being able to afford my own home here fly out the window.

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Posted by Sarah on 03/14/2014 at 7:27 AM

Re: “Petaluma or Bust

@TC is threatened by the plurality of people coming to their white-ass neighborhoods who have diverse ethnic, social and economic backgrounds. Also, like some of these people are just coming home anyway. You saying that someone can't come home to raise their kids where they themselves grew up? Creep.

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Posted by LG on 03/13/2014 at 9:19 PM

Re: “Petaluma or Bust

This article was geared toward people with money like our friend from Sausalito, who cant afford to live in Marin or SF. The target audience is people with money. "Come to Petaluma, you can buy our houses!" Sounds more Capitalist than its liberal fish wrap!

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Posted by TC on 03/13/2014 at 12:02 PM

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