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Posted on November 19 at 9:25 a.m.
In December of 1968 and Jan/Feb of 1969, we were hit head-on with the pinapple connection. In those days Rose Valley Road was dirt and not paved. It turned to mush and goo when it rained or snowed.
The U.S. Navy Construction Battalion out of Port Hueneme had a base in the valley, they kept the road open as part of their heavy equipment training.
A group had crossed the Sespe at Lions and gone further back. A storm hit and the VCSO contacted the Seabees, they took a International Harvester TD-20B across the Sespe for a rescue. By the time the came back, the Sespe at Lions was roaring and had enough power to float the TD-20B, which weighs around 15.5 tons and send it into the downstream current. Six boys, three men and a Sheriff Deputy lost their lives.
The Sespe commands respect.
I can't remember how many times I was glad to have gotten across the Sespe at Lions and in the CCC cabin, that sat to the left of the old Piedra Blanca Ranger Station, listening to the rain by the old potbelly stove, in those days Rangers were naturalists and did not wear guns.
One year we got snowed in and had to walk out to Highway 33, just left the vehicles behind until the weather cleared, two weeks latter.
On Piedra Blanca Trail to Twin Forks Camp
Posted on November 5 at 7:43 a.m.
I really hate to burst your bubble.
1. This was not a vote for Republicans, it was a vote against Socialism, on a National Level. If the Repubs can't lead they will be shown the door.
2. The New Deal Water Projects championed by FDR and Friends, have destroyed more Natural Habitat than oil ever has, it the reason you are here, right.
3. The WG should focus on every public entity in the County using Reclaimed Water and all public grass be removed, except for playing fields, and be replaced with Desert Scape, do something productive.
On Santa Barbara Votes: 2014 General Election
Posted on October 29 at 3:06 p.m.
Prop 1 is so Gov. Brown and his cronies on both sides of the aisle can jam the California Population up to 50 million, follow the money. The Bullet Train the same, for a 50 million population.
1976 a population of 22 million was sustainable, now at 38 million, almost 40 years latter, it is not sustainable and Gov. Brown and friends are not hiding their goal of a 50 million population.
Heal the Ocean, what a joke, just another carpetbagger group that does not have a clue.
Not one more dime for Population Growth.
Population Growth does not Heal Coastal Waters, bring back abalone, blue shark, ling cod, rock scallops, swordfish, purple urchin,Santa Barbara shrimp, etc.
Population Growth does not solve dilapidated water treatment plants, effluent leaking from sewer systems or solve reclaimed water issues, it makes them worse.
The old Democratic Party understood sustainability and population issues. The Socialist Democrats do not have a clue.
On Yes on Proposition 1
Posted on October 29 at 11:08 a.m.
If Prop 1 and 2 addressed Population Sustainability, I would be for it but all this will do make it possibly for an even larger Population in a State that is already over-populated, mostly in the South.
You don't help a Drunk by giving them more alcohol.
Of all of the woes that California faces, is an ever increasing population that wants to live in a Costal Desert, people that claim to want to Heal The Ocean better go back to 1976 when the population was 16 million fewer, mostly in the South, and study how pristine it was compared to now.
It is called too many people and I will not vote for any bond that allows both sides of the aisle to increase the population any further. We should be looking at reducing population and truly Healing the Ocean over time than allowing politicians to add to it, Biology 101. We should be looking at removing Dams.
Posted on October 29 at 10:46 a.m.
Rest in Peace
On Ventura Sheriff's Deputy Hit and Killed During Traffic Stop
Posted on October 29 at 10:44 a.m.
Capps claims to be for the Middle Class, well this member, barely, Health Insurance went up 500/mo or $6,000.00 for 2014 and just got a notice it goes up on January 1, another 100/mo or $1,200.00. So $7,200.00 in two years, thanks Lois for screwing the Middle Class.
But I agree with the comment above.
"What a pathetic race. What a pathetic district. Isn't there anyone else?"
On Mitchum’s Biggest Role Yet?
Posted on October 27 at 8:49 a.m.
The earliest credible clinical evidence of smallpox is found in the smallpox-like disease in medical writings from ancient India (as early as 1500 BC), Egyptian mummy of Ramses V who died more than 3000 years ago (1145 BC). and China (1122 BC).
It has been speculated that Egyptian traders brought smallpox to India during the 1st millennium BC, where it remained as an endemic human disease for at least 2000 years.
Smallpox was probably introduced into China during the 1st century AD from the southwest, and in the 6th century was carried from China to Japan. In Japan, the epidemic of 735–737 is believed to have killed as much as one-third of the population. At least seven religious deities have been specifically dedicated to smallpox, such as the god Sopona in the Yoruba religion. In India, the Hindu goddess of smallpox, Sitala Mata, was worshiped in temples throughout the country.Statue of Sopona, the Yoruba god thought to cause the disease.
The timing of the arrival of smallpox in Europe and south-western Asia is less clear.
Smallpox is not clearly described in either the Old or New Testaments of the Bible or in the literature of the Greeks or Romans. While some have identified the Plague of Athens – which was said to have originated in "Ethiopia" and Egypt – or the plague that lifted Carthage's 396 BC siege of Syracuse with smallpox, many scholars agree it is very unlikely such a serious disease as variola major would have escaped being described by Hippocrates if it had existed in the Mediterranean region during his lifetime. While the Antonine Plague that swept through the Roman Empire in AD 165–180 may have been caused by smallpox, Saint Nicasius of Rheims became the patron saint of smallpox victims for having supposedly survived a bout in 450, and Saint Gregory of Tours recorded a similar outbreak in France and Italy in 580, the first use of the term variola;
other historians speculate that Arab armies first carried smallpox from Africa into Southwestern Europe during the 7th and 8th centuries. In the 9th century the Persian physician, Rhazes, provided one of the most definitive descriptions of smallpox and was the first to differentiate smallpox from measles and chickenpox in his Kitab fi al-jadari wa-al-hasbah (The Book of Smallpox and Measles). During the Middle Ages, smallpox made periodic incursions into Europe but did not become established there until the population increased and population movement became more active during the era of the Crusades.
On Enterovirus D68 Confirmed in Santa Barbara
Posted on October 23 at 12:51 p.m.
Actually Unocal sprang up in Santa Paula, California.
It is interesting that the modern Bards are all Democrats and served in the current Governor Browns, first "Moon Beam" administration, as Chairperson of the state Water Resources Control Board, no less, spending five decades as an environmental activist.
Oil is so 1800's and needs to be replaced as an Energy, but rather than commit Seppuku, it would be better to have a replacement first.
The socialists just Hate corporations but Lockheed Martin put out a press release last week that they have their "Skunk Works" working on a compact nuclear fusion reactor.
This would potenitally solve many many problems. Given the success LM has had with war machines maybe they can solve the hydrocarbon issue for World Peace?
Now the largest environmental disaster in California and the Western States has been the damming and diversion of water, tens of millions of acres of wildlife habitat has been destroyed since the 1930's New Deal Water Projects, much greater than anything Big Oil can ever be held accountable for.
Overpopulated cities with constantly leaking sewer pipes, virtually killing all the shoreline along the Pacific Ocean, goes on each and everyday, along with constantly reduced habitat for animals that have surrvived.
Hey Water Guardians, Big Oil and Farmers may be easily emotional hot button prey for the low information voter but all of their ill deeds pale in comparison of the wildlife habitat that has been destroyed so you can live on the Gold Coast and point fingers at others.
A very well written article.
On Have You Kicked Your Inner Poodle Today?
Posted on October 20 at 9 a.m.
So a White Shark attacked a one person outrigger canoe 2 miles off the Lighthouse, this weekend, already they are beating the drums for a killing frenzy, way to many sharks.
Really, compared to my youth, hardly any sharks. I remember an Ericson 30' sailboat that was molested for hours by an Orca, broke the knot meter off the hull and scared the hell out of the owner while he headed back to the harbor. Even starting the engine, for noise, did not dissuade the Orca.
We are just another of the many species on this rock, we don't own it and life is Risk, from the moment of conception until death.
On Hiking, Dogs, and Bears
Posted on October 19 at 8:58 a.m.
Santa Barbara, home to "I have never seen a Variance, that planning did not like". Why spend money on creating Planning Rules, when everyone gets a variance anyway?
On Can Creek Restoration and Affordable Housing Coexist?