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Posted on March 20 at 9:42 a.m.
Yep, the' JB' has been a local treat, but was also was around longer than 35 years of Don and Kathy's ownership. The sizzling, yummy offering was handed out through the window in the 1960's by Mada Campbell, wife of Jalama ranger Floyd Campbell, who later moved to Nojoqui County Park in the SY Valley. Mada, who always greeted one and all with spatula in hand from the tiny kitchen, was truly the draw (along with the food) and loved her role as 'Mom" to the early surfers who ventured to the then remote park over the curvey dirt roads to get in some wave action away from the Rincon crowds. Mada would produce trays of burgers and fries serving county park folks, ranch hands, Vandenberg officers and intrepid locals who treated the Jalama store as their neighborhood mini mart and drive-in.
On 35 Years of the Jalama Burger
Posted on December 15 at 4:14 p.m.
Do not forget the Book Loft over the hill in the SY Valley. It too has had a long run due to the book buying skills of original owner Kathy Mullens. This authentic book store has survived among the trinket shops of Solvang for over 40 years.
On Booked for the Holi-Daze
Posted on June 21 at 6:56 a.m.
Looking at Native American blood lines, the Chumash of today are pretty far removed from original origins and do not carry the cranial features anymore. I grew up in the valley and remember a lovely lady in Los Olivos who had the 'Chumash' forehead and dark coloring. Didn't the last full-blood die in the turn of the century? It is sad the mission period all but wiped out the culture and language, but tacky casino world is not a plus either unless owning hotels and attracting low-life are the goal. California and the 'rancheria' system in tribal land treaties helped make this mess.
On Casino Powering Chumash Culture?
Posted on September 1 at 7:11 a.m.
The booze wars over the years gave rise to the still popular Cold Spring Tavern. It was so dark in there, even in the 1960s, one could not see what or with whom they were tippling with. Our little piece of the Ozarks.
On Of Saloons and Sipping
Posted on May 18 at 6:42 a.m.
I hate to see this development. Around Sedona, AZ you now have to bring a bag of money to even get near Oak Creek. It may be $3 today, $7 next year. Just like being in hot water, keep turning up the heat until you are whipping out $10 without much thought to just slow down and look. Having another look at County Parks budget, I'm sure some savings may be found. Years ago, it was enough to just have on-site housing and less money in the paycheck to give it your all in the park jobs, 24 hrs a day.
On County Mulls Beach Parking Fees
Posted on April 8 at 7:27 a.m.
Not only do some of us remember the dumping at the site, but also the way it was hauled to our little corner of the world..over San Marcos Pass, nearly every day and night in tanker trucks. These trucks, which looked like evil cigars on wheels, hauled ass, so to speak, trying to get their glow- in- the- dark load off their backs as soon as possible. To do this, they zipped by Santa Barbara's drinking water supply (Cachuma), ranches with steak on the hoof on the other side of the close fences, elementary schools (Los Olivos and Los Alamos) and lots of grapes.
On Fat Tick in a Dog's Ear
Posted on March 24 at 7:24 a.m.
Good note on the Book Loft. I worked there when they were in an attic and then after the move to the building seen today designed by the late Gary Mullins. Kathy, his widow is the bookbuyer and one of the best in the west. We had to know our stock to hand sell books, something not seen in the chains. Kathy takes chances on new authors, reviews all publishing lists and still sees road warrior book sales folks in order to offer the range of solid titles to tempt our wallets. The 'Loft' has vintage and classic books to give the valley a taste of the venerable Book Den in the city.
On SBCC Prez and Her Job Search
Posted on February 11 at 6:43 a.m.
Great! I love the fact that Basque studies are expanding in the west, along with modern look at Basque politics and language. Flagstaff, AZ still has a Basque handball (pelota) court next to an empty 1920s boarding house (ostatu) that is dire need of being rescued from neglect. The court is made out of local red sandstone and rises nearly three stories at the top of the back wall.It is listed on the top of endangered historic structures in Arizona and needs students such as at UCSB to help preserve the culture and heritage it represents. It can be viewed on South San Francisco Street in Flagstaff.
On Basque Studies Stands for Cultural Diversity
Posted on February 11 at 6:23 a.m.
Good article, but I think the line about the subject having lived in Boulder, 'Colorado' should be looked at again. I feel that if a business was for the workers on the Hoover Dam in the 1930s, it must have been Boulder City'Nevada'. Mr. Tate was thought to have started a nightclub in Las Vegas around the same time, that would have been about 40 miles away. I grew up in Banning, CA in the mid 1950s and the blacks who worked in Palm Springs had to live somewhere away from the 'beautiful and powerful' folks they served in the winter months, hence the neighborhood on the eastside of town.
On King of Clubs, Hogs, and Trash
Posted on October 8 at 7:27 a.m.
And now one sees the need for more time spent in geography classes, Matt. I was in the SY Valley when this news feature came out..it was not only a Vandenberg missle shooting across the night sky that weekend, but also a streaking, flaming AEbleskiver. The following kiss- up article by Nora Wallace did its best the smooth the savage Viking beast.
On When Ann Met Jerry in Cuba