Shell Game: Hunt for Red Abalone

Abalone2The sport is sustained not just by the succulent reward — a slightly sweet, buttery meat pounded out for tenderness and often breaded for the pan — but also by the family traditions it spawns and the adventure it holds in store.

The rugged coastline of Sonoma and Mendocino counties, removed only an hour or so from the urban Bay Area, accounts for all but 2 percent of the annual catch of red abalone, the only species of its kind open to sport harvest in California, and only in waters north of San Francisco. (The state banned commercial harvest of abalone two decades ago to curb overfishing, and it is illegal to sell wild-caught abalone.)

The divers who now arrive on these shores come equipped with little else than a wet suit, a modified pry bar and weight belts lashed around their waists. They must use only their own breath — no
scuba gear allowed — to find and unfasten the snail-like creatures from their dark, rocky roosts. Only those that would span a good-sized salad plate can be taken, with strict daily and seasonal “bag” limits for each diver.

From Sonoma Magazine.  The complete story can be found HERE.

Bodega Bay Public Utility District Drought Contingency Plan

BBwaterPlan1. Declaration of policy, purpose, and intent

1.1 General

In order to conserve the available water supply and protect the integrity of water supply facilities, with
particular regard for domestic water use, sanitation, and fire protection, and to protect and preserve public
health, welfare, and safety and minimize the adverse impacts of water supply shortage or other water supply
emergency conditions, the Bodega Bay Public Utility District (the “District”) hereby adopts the following
regulations and restrictions on the delivery and consumption of water.
The primary focus is placed on best management practices to manage water use demand, while evaluating
options for alternative water supply sources. Water uses regulated or prohibited under the Plan are
considered to be non-essential and continuation of such uses during times of water shortage or other
emergency water supply condition are deemed to constitute a wasteof water which subjects the offender(s) to
penalties as defined in thisPlan.

1.2 Water use priorities

The risks to public health from water shortages could be high and include issues of water quality, water
quantity, sanitation, and hygiene for personal use and food preparation. As a result of this, the Plan
establishes the following priorities for use in developing demand reduction programs and allocations during a
water shortage emergency. Priorities for useof available water, from highest to lowest priority, are:
1. Health and safety: residential home interior uses, sanitation, and fire fighting
2. Commercial, industrial, and governmental: maintain jobs and economic base
3. Existing landscaping: especially trees and shrubs
4. New demand: projects without permits when shortage is declared

Complete plan can be found HERE.

Bodega Big Event BBQ – August 2nd

big event bbq

Fort Ross Festival – July 25th – 10:00am to 6:30pm

FortRoss_banner_ frf_2015California State Parks and Fort Ross Conservancy are pleased to welcome you to Fort Ross Festival where we celebrate the wonderful diverse international flavors and cultures of Fort Ross. This year’s event, sponsored by Renova Fort Ross Foundation, will highlight the Kashia, Russian, Alaska Native, and California ranch era peoples who have called Fort Ross home over the centuries. We’ll offer costumed historical vignettes, hands-on crafts, militia cannon firings, horse and buggy rides, music & dance from numerous cultures, an international food bazaar — and of course, the Fort Ross Beer Garden!

Fort Ross Festival Activities Throughout the Day

10:00 to 6:30—Fort Ross Conservancy Bookshop in the Visitor Center — open all day, offers great Fort Ross items for sale
10:00 to 4:00 – Historic crafts and cooking demonstrations in the fort compound
11:00 to 5:00—International Food Bazaar (Call Picnic Area)
11:30 to 5:30—Beer Garden (Call Picnic Area), also serving coffee & tea
12:30 to 4:30—Horse and Carriage ride (free!) between Windmill and Fort Compound
1:00 to 4:00 — Ranch era Call House walk through, and tea with Ranch era descendants
4:30 to 5:00 — Kedry and Kitka (marine terrace)
5:00 to 5:30 — Su Nu Nu Shinal (Dance Circle)
Schedule of Events (subject to change)

10:00 Divine Service – St Nicholas Cathedral (Fort Ross Chapel)
10:30 Windmill Interpretive Talk & Demonstration (Windmill)
11:00 Russian Orthodox Procession to the cemetery and Panikhida
11:15 Fort Ross History Interpretive Talk (Outside Ocean Gate to Fort)
11:15 Storytelling (Apple trees at Rotchev House, Fort Compound)
11:45 Militia drill and cannon firing (Fort Compound)
12:30 Horn Orchestra of St. Petersburg (Fort Compound)
1:30 Russian House Kedry & Kitka Women’s Ensemble performing traditional Russian song & dance
2:00 Fort Ross History Interpretive Talk (Outside Ocean Gate to Fort Compound))
2:00 Storytelling (Apple tree at Rotchev House, Fort Compound)
2:00 Windmill Interpretive Talk & Demonstration (Windmill)
2:30 Kitka Women’s Ensemble (trio) (Outside Fur Warehouse)
3:00 Horn Orchestra of St. Petersburg (Fort Compound)
3:45 Militia drill & cannon firing (Fort Compound)
4:35 Russian House Kedry Russian song & dance (Marine Terrace outside Fort Compound)
5:00 Su Nu Nu Shinal Kashia dancers (Marine Terrace outside Fort Compound)

How Bodega Bay got its name

BodegaBayMapBodega Bay is named for Don Juan Francisco de la Bodega y Quadra. The name “Bodega” probably refers to an ancestor who worked in a wine cellar or warehouse, two meanings of the Spanish word.

Born in Peru in 1743, Bodega traveled to Spain as a young man to enter the Cadiz Naval Academy. Returning home an officer, his career was hindered by the navy’s prejudice against those who were not Spanish-born.

To prove himself, Bodega volunteered for a dangerous voyage in 1775, when Spain was beginning to colonize California. The mission was to sail as far north as possible, claiming territory while looking for the Russians who were rumored to be moving down the Pacific Coast.

From the Santa Rosa Press Democrat. The complete story is HERE.

PUBLIC MEETING – Realignment of Highway 1 at Gleason Beach – July 29, 2015

Public MeetingPUBLIC MEETING – Realignment of Highway 1 at Gleason Beach – July 29, 2015 

Notice of Availability of the Draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Assessment (EIR/EA) as well as Public Question/Answer Panel and Open House/Map Display for the State Route 1 Gleason Beach Roadway Realignment Project

What’s Being Planned: The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) proposes realignment of State Route (SR) 1 at Gleason Beach in Sonoma County to maintain the highway, which has been damaged by multiple erosive forces, including severe storms in 1996 and later years. The Environmental Impact Report (EIR)/Environmental Assessment (EA) evaluates three Build Alternatives and one No-Build Alternative.

The proposed project is located in a rural coastal area in unincorporated Sonoma County approximately 5 miles north of Bodega Bay, California, on State Route (SR) 1 between post miles (PMs) 15.1 and 15.7, immediately southeast of Gleason Beach, and would move the current SR 1 alignment several hundred feet inland. The proposed project consists of constructing a two-lane roadway that would replace the current alignment, a new bridge where the new roadway would cross Scotty Creek, as well as other associated components.

The purpose of the proposed project is to protect SR 1 from coastal erosion while maintaining the Route’s long term connectivity.

Why this Ad: Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), Caltrans studied the environmental impacts of this project. The analysis shows that the proposed project will significantly affect the quality of the environment. The document that explains this conclusion is called the Draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Assessment (Draft EIR/EA).

This notice is to inform you that the Draft EIR/EA is available for a 45-day public review period from July 10, 2015 to August 23, 2015, and a public meeting is scheduled on July 29, 2015 at the Grange Hall in Bodega Bay from 6:00-8:00pm to accept comments on the Draft EIR/EA. Public comments may also be submitted at any time during the review period to the California Department of Transportation at the address listed below.

What’s Available: The Draft EIR/EA is available for review at the following locations:

  • Department of Transportation District 4 Office, 111 Grand Avenue, Oakland, CA
  • Central Santa Rosa Library, 211 E Street, Santa Rosa, CA
  • Guerneville Regional Library, 14107 Armstrong Woods Road, Guerneville, CA
  • Occidental Library, 73 Main Street, Occidental, CA

An electronic version of the document is also available online at:

Where you come in: You are invited to review the Draft EIR/EA for this project and provide comments to us. A Public Question/Answer Panel and Open House/Map Display will be held to solicit comments and questions on the environmental analysis and impacts evaluated in the EIR/EA. Verbal or written comments on the Draft EIR/EA may be submitted at this public meeting or at any time during the review period.

Comments must be received by 5:00 PM on August 23, 2015, and can be submitted via U.S. Mail, fax, or email to:

The email to submit comments is:

The fax number is: 510-286-5600

Oliver Iberien, Branch Chief

Division of Environmental Planning & Engineering

California Department of Transportation District 4
Attn: Thomas Rosevear

111 Grand Avenue

Oakland, CA 94612

Extras Needed for Film Shooting in Bodega Bay (sebastopol)

Lane1974Seeking 20-25 extras of all ages for the film Lane 1974 shooting near Bodega Bay this August. We are looking for both “straight” folk and hippie folk, but are especially in need of men and women with longer hair.

Unfortunately we are a SAG ultra low budget film, so while we can’t pay out for extras, we can offer a really fun experience on a film set, a catered meal while on set, along with a special thanks in the credits. You will also have the un-yeilding thanks of a crew full of ambitious filmmakers!

If interested, please send headshots, resume, and any black out dates for August via email.

About the Film:
It’s 1974. 13-year-old Lane runs wild and free with her friends on a beautiful Northern California commune, until a reckless decision made by her mother forces the family to leave the security and safety of the community land. Lane’s family is left to strike out on their own.

Her mother insists on living off-the-grid where Lane and her two young siblings scrounge for food, occasionally attend school, and rely on one another for care and security. After a series of dangerous and isolating events, Lane sets out on a 600-mile journey alone in search of the “normal” life she has always imagined.

Craig’s listing is HERE.

Months-long construction project to limit Highway 1 traffic near Fort Ross

RoadSignConstructionThe Santa Rosa Press Democrat is reporting that there will be a temporary traffic signal for several months on Highway 1 north of Fort Ross State Park beginning Tuesday while Caltrans builds an erosion prevention wall, the agency said Monday.

There will be only a one-way lane for traffic for five months while Caltrans builds a 265-foot wall along the west side of the highway to prevent erosion. The road will also be widened.

On Wednesday, Caltrans will turn on a traffic signal on Highway 1 just south of Fort Ross, also routing traffic one-way only. This signal will be in effect for three months while Caltrans completes a project to stabilize the uphill side of the highway, the agency said.

Comment from Tina Romeo on the CALTRANS work:

Fort Ross Store and Lodge will be open for business just north of the Fort. The traffic work will only have minimal impact on our local visitors. No more than 5 minutes at a time.

Thanks for your comment Tina

Terrapin Creek earns ★★★½

TerrapinFoodIf you had to dream up your perfect restaurant, what would it be like? It might be near the ocean, close to a lovely bay with salt-scented breezes. Beautiful art would decorate the walls, and large windows flood the room with light. The owners would be friendly and welcoming. The food would be exceptional, the wine list well chosen.

It’s a good description for Terrapin Creek in Bodega Bay, one of just three Sonoma County restaurants, along with Madrona Manor in Healdsburg and the Farmhouse Inn in Forestville, to win a Michelin star for 2015. That’s saying something for a restaurant so unpretentious, welcoming and comfortable that you want to come back as soon as you’re closing the door to leave.

Complete review by Jeff Cox of the Press Democrat is HERE.

Ceres Benefit Concert with Jazz Singer Kellye Gray – July 15th

KellyGraye2 copyFreestone, CA: If you’re into jazz, outdoor concerts, and supporting  your community, we have the event for you. Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary is hosting it’s annual Ceres Benefit Concert. Featuring the musical talents of San Francisco jazz star Kellye Gray, delicious and healthy food served by Ceres Community Project, wine, dessert, and more, this evening in the beautiful Osmosis gardens will be one to remember.

Wednesday, July 15 6-9pm at Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary

The Ceres Community Project, based in Sebastopol, CA, works to restore locally-grown, organic whole food to its place as the foundation of health for people, communities and the planet through an integrated model that provides those facing cancer and other life-threatening illnesses with nourishing meals. It gives teens experiences of growing and preparing healthy food, and educates the larger community about the connection between food, healing and wellness.

Performing for the evening is the lovely Kellye Gray. With her renowned, brilliant use of voice as instrument, Kellye has entertained dignitaries and heads-of-state, and shared stages with an impressive constellation of international jazz, blues and R&B stars in a career spanning twenty years. The San Francisco Examiner called her “a musically most imaginative tour de force.” Described as “stunning scat singing, instrumental simulations and dark-toned balladry” by the Los Angeles Times, Gray creatively uses her voice as part of the ensemble. JazzTimes magazine calls her ” an impressive, indeed frighteningly vast talent.”

Tickets and info at

Venue and tickets: Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary

       209 Bohemian Highway

        Freestone, CA 95472

        Front desk: 707-823-8231

Contact: Rachel Hazlett

      Marketing Director

      cell: 707-634-4952