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Comment Archives: stories: Music, Arts & Culture: Arts

Re: “Intimate Art

Great story, and much appreciated. However, the admission information is incorrect. Individual admission is $5 Thursday through Sunday, with family admission at $8. Wednesdays are free. The prices quoted above are for an upcoming event, The Diebenkorn Pages, on August 1.

Posted by Ron Richards on 07/20/2015 at 4:58 PM

Re: “Fat Tire Temple

I've never defended horseback riding, as you claimed. I don't support it. All I said is that mountain biking harms hikers and equestrians, which is FACT. Of course, it also harms mountain bikers! I'm for protecting mountain bikers, too, but you and mountain bikers never say anything about that.

Posted by Mike Vandeman on 07/10/2015 at 7:46 AM

Re: “Fat Tire Temple

Your original post stated this: "The common thread among those who want more recreation in our parks is total ignorance about and disinterest in the wildlife whose homes these parks are. Yes, if humans are the only beings that matter, it is simply a conflict among humans (but even then, allowing bikes on trails harms the MAJORITY of park users -- hikers and EQUESTRIANS -- who can no longer safely and peacefully enjoy their parks)."
Who's the liar, Mike?

BTW, I am not a mountain biker and I agree that they should not be allowed on hiking trails. Feel free to hate me regardless.
Your total lunacy is duly noted.

Posted by Park User on 07/10/2015 at 3:50 AM

Re: “Fat Tire Temple

Your libel is duly noted.

Posted by Mike Vandeman on 07/09/2015 at 8:09 PM

Re: “Fat Tire Temple

I've said NOTHING about equestrians, LIAR. All I said is that horses have the right to go wherever they want to, just like any wildlife. BIKES, of course, have NO rights, and don't belong off of pavement. Why can't mountain bikers EVER tell the truth???

Posted by Mike Vandeman on 07/09/2015 at 8:08 PM

Re: “Fat Tire Temple

By the way, Here is a little background on Mr. Vanderman.

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Posted by Park user and Wildlife fan on 07/09/2015 at 2:24 PM

Re: “Fat Tire Temple

Mike Vandeman, Disparaging bike riders and at the same time, defending equestrians.
Now THAT takes willful ignorance.
Neither should be allowed in my opinion.

Posted by Park user and Wildlife fan on 07/09/2015 at 2:16 PM

Re: “Fat Tire Temple

Your lies are duly noted.

Posted by Mike Vandeman on 07/06/2015 at 12:29 PM

Re: “Fat Tire Temple

Watched the video and only saw great recreation in a beautiful natural setting. Missed the all the destruction and raping of resources by the MTB'rs. If riding your bike down a mountain constitutes the "rough treatment of nature" then I guess I'm guilty of manhandling mother nature.

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Posted by Harry_Balzonya on 07/06/2015 at 12:05 PM

Re: “Fat Tire Temple

Bicycles should not be allowed in any natural area. They are inanimate objects and have no rights. There is also no right to mountain bike. That was settled in federal court in 1996: . It's dishonest of mountain bikers to say that they don't have access to trails closed to bikes. They have EXACTLY the same access as everyone else -- ON FOOT! Why isn't that good enough for mountain bikers? They are all capable of walking....

A favorite myth of mountain bikers is that mountain biking is no more harmful to wildlife, people, and the environment than hiking, and that science supports that view. Of course, it's not true. To settle the matter once and for all, I read all of the research they cited, and wrote a review of the research on mountain biking impacts (see ). I found that of the seven studies they cited, (1) all were written by mountain bikers, and (2) in every case, the authors misinterpreted their own data, in order to come to the conclusion that they favored. They also studiously avoided mentioning another scientific study (Wisdom et al) which did not favor mountain biking, and came to the opposite conclusions.

Those were all experimental studies. Two other studies (by White et al and by Jeff Marion) used a survey design, which is inherently incapable of answering that question (comparing hiking with mountain biking). I only mention them because mountain bikers often cite them, but scientifically, they are worthless.

Mountain biking accelerates erosion, creates V-shaped ruts, kills small animals and plants on and next to the trail, drives wildlife and other trail users out of the area, and, worst of all, teaches kids that the rough treatment of nature is okay (it's NOT!). What's good about THAT?

To see exactly what harm mountain biking does to the land, watch this 5-minute video:

In addition to all of this, it is extremely dangerous: .

For more information: .

The common thread among those who want more recreation in our parks is total ignorance about and disinterest in the wildlife whose homes these parks are. Yes, if humans are the only beings that matter, it is simply a conflict among humans (but even then, allowing bikes on trails harms the MAJORITY of park users -- hikers and equestrians -- who can no longer safely and peacefully enjoy their parks).

The parks aren't gymnasiums or racetracks or even human playgrounds. They are WILDLIFE HABITAT, which is precisely why they are attractive to humans. Activities such as mountain biking, that destroy habitat, violate the charter of the parks.

Even kayaking and rafting, which give humans access to the entirety of a water body, prevent the wildlife that live there from making full use of their habitat, and should not be allowed. Of course those who think that only humans matter won't understand what I am talking about -- an indication of the sad state of our culture and educational system.

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Posted by Mike Vandeman on 07/01/2015 at 8:36 PM

Re: “Private Impressions

We are so glad there is a local Edward Degas show!

-Village Art Supply
Santa Rosa

Posted by Bank Wizus on 06/22/2015 at 5:57 PM

Re: “Return to Form


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Posted by Lynda LeMole on 06/17/2015 at 12:46 PM

Re: “Return to Form

Go for it Beau..... with best from Tad Mann

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Posted by A.t. Mann on 06/17/2015 at 9:37 AM

Re: “Tea for Two

When you bringing it East? I'll never forget that day in Erbil...

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Posted by Bill Shortell on 05/22/2015 at 12:51 PM

Re: “Hip Couture

LOVE suzy's pretty dresses, look her up on instagram!!

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Posted by aaa on 05/06/2015 at 1:46 PM

Re: “Bury the Problem

Biochar systems have so many market applications yet to be cultivated; "Carbon Fodder" feeds for Livestock in the EU, Australia & Japan, Plant Chemical Communications, (plant signaling), even Char building materials such as Biochar-Plasters which block Cellphone signals, the potential markets are massive.

CoolPlanet's investors & CEOs project (assert) that they will be the first Trillion Dollar Company, based on their $1.50/Gal. cost to produce Bio-Gasoline. Biochar the by product.

For a complete review of the current science & industry applications of Biochar please see my 2014 Soil Science Society of America Biochar presentation. How thermal conversion technologies can integrate and optimize the recycling of valuable nutrients while providing energy and building soil carbon, I believe it brings together both sides of climate beliefs.
A reconciling of both Gods' and mans' controlling hands. Agricultural Geo - Engineering; Past, Present & FutureAcross scientific disciplines carbons are finding new utility to solve our most vexing problems
2014 SSSA Presentation;Agricultural Geo-Engineering; Past, Present & Future.

Posted by Erich J. Knight on 04/17/2015 at 10:07 PM

Re: “Iconic Opening

I'm disappointed. I've been pretty excited about the opening of the Art Museum of Sonoma County only to find out that admission to its Studio 54 themed party, complete with red carpet, is $200/$175, if you're a member. I'm not wanting to go for the soirée but for some art in my neck of the woods. I didn't see a "normal" cost of admission for the exhibit that runs through May 24th in this article or via their website. Way to isolate a lot of us, especially the starving artist. Sheesh!

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Posted by Ro on 04/10/2015 at 9:40 PM

Re: “The Heretic

Folks who know how to actually practice Holistic Management planned grazing somehow get much better results than university researchers who don't understand it.
I've visited Neil Dennis and Blain Hjertes ranches in Saskatchewan - they are part of a study of 7 farms that over a 3 year period sequestered nearly 9 tonnes of carbon per hectare per year. As Blain says. "All of these farms have had increases in grass production, had a decrease in inputs, are holding more water in the soil and producing more nutrient dense food. Clearly farmers are more profitable, consumers have better food and society has more water holding capacity mitigating floods and mitigating climate change. To view results check out the web site at"

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Posted by Tony McQuail on 03/12/2015 at 6:28 PM

Re: “Ghost Stories

Right before Tom took over, my friend's dad was the manager. We were about 11/12 at the time and basically lived there and helped him with everything from ushering to sell concessions. I saw many things while hanging there before and after hours. The projection booth ghost was seen many times. Also have seen someone in the balcony on several occasions. I've never been afraid though. Hanging at the Phoenix was partly responsible for me being a ghost hunter myself. Good times!

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Posted by Nikki Stras on 02/26/2015 at 5:18 PM

Re: “The Heretic

Its not a system but holistic management. Anyone who tries to turn it in to a system will fail - as the trial showed.

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Posted by Høgni Iversen on 02/18/2015 at 8:21 AM

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