Mystery of Bodega Bay proposal solved

BodegaProposalFollowing last week’s storms, the clouds cleared just enough to create an artistic painting of color in the sky. This is what called Edward Kent, an amateur Sonoma County photographer, and Louise Kent, his wife of 44 years, to the Sonoma Coast on Dec. 12.

It was Edward’s intention to capture the sunset with his camera at Salmon Creek in Bodega Bay that evening. But it was the image of a man on bended knee in front of his girlfriend that stopped Edward and Louise in their tracks.

The complete article by Crissi Langwell of The Press Democrate can be found HERE.

Newest Segment of Bodega Bay Bike & Pedestrian Trail Opens to Public

BodegaTrailParks officials and community members gathered Thursday in Bodega Bay to open the newest segment of a larger pedestrian and bicycle route planned for the coastal village. The path dedicated by Sonoma County Supervisor Efren Carrillo and others is a .47-mile connection between the Bodega Dunes campground and the Bodega Bay Community Center and Children’s Bell Tower.

Referred to as the Coastal Prairie segment, the path features an aggregate surface, 320 feet of boardwalk over sensitive wetlands, and improved accessibility to the Community Center and Bell Tower. The segment is part of the long-term Bodega Bay Bike & Pedestrian Trail project, which will give residents and tourists a safe and scenic alternative for traveling Highway 1 between Salmon Creek to Doran Beach. The larger project will include 3.4 miles of bike and pedestrian path – including a boardwalk with access to shops and restaurants along Bodega Harbor – and 4 miles of bike lanes along Highway 1. Secondary bike and pedestrian routes will connect to nearby parks and marinas.

The recently completed trail segment cost approximately $425,000 to build and was funded by Regional Parks, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, the Sonoma County Transportation Authority and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Future segments of the Bodega Bay Trail project will be constructed as funding becomes available. Funding is currently being sought to extend the Coastal Prairie Trail .63-miles north from the Bodega Dunes driveway to Keefe Avenue, improving access to the Salmon Creek neighborhood and South Salmon Creek Beach. (The first trail section to be completed was the Cheney Creek crossing, which linked Doran Beach to the Birdwalk Coastal Access Trail in 2008.)

The entire Bodega Bay Trail project is part of the California Coastal Trail, a network of public trails along the 1,200-mile California coastline that is more than half complete.

A ray of hope for our Sonoma sea stars (SR Press Democrat)

StarfishThe sea stars (starfish) along the Sonoma Coast have mostly died off from sea star wasting disease.

This sickness has killed off most of the sea stars in areas from Mexico into Canada. Modern epidemiologists have not been able to determine what is causing the die off.

Some specialists believe that sea star wasting disease is caused by two agents attacking the sea stars at once. It could be like AIDs, where a virus attacks and weakens the immunity of the individual, then a bacterial infection kills them off. Scientists believe that this disease is caused by a combination of a bacteria, a virus or pollution.

Molecular sampling of samples of sick sea stars is now being done at Cornell University under Professor Drew Harwell. Researchers are working to determine if the main cause of sea star wasting disease is a virus or a bacteria. There is no evidence that this disease is caused by radioactivity from the Fukushima nuclear plant.

Read more of the Santa Rosa Press Democrat article HERE.

“Hole in the Head” exhibition at Sonoma State University

pit-main-imageThe exhibition Hole in the Head: The Battle for Bodega Bay and the Birth of the Environmental Movement presents the dramatic story that involved a remarkable array of people, including scientists, students, atomic energy commissioners, communists, libertarians, ranchers, a museum director, Pacific Gas and Electric, government officials from the state and local level, the Sierra Club and the leadership of the University of California—to name a few.

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Exhibition runs from November 2, 2014 – February 9, 2015 at the Sonoma State University Library.

Sonoma State University Library at the Jean and Charles Schulz Information Center
1801 East Cotati Avenue • Rohnert Park, CA 94928

Support Bodega Bay Fire New Ambulance

indiegogo ambulane fundraiserBodega Bay Fire has created a crowd sourcing fundraiser on indiegogo.com to raise $50,000 to complete the purchase of a new ambulance.

Perks of donating include:

$100 gets 1 Bodega Bay Firefighters T-Shirt

$1,000 gets your name on a commemorative plaque

$5,000 gets your name/business name on the side of our ambulance

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/paramedic-ambulance-for-bodega-bay-fire-department

50 Years Ago, the Anti-Nuclear Movement Scored Its First Major Victory in CA
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Hole in the Head photo by Woody Hastings

An interview with Bill Kortum, who helped lead the opposition to a nuke plant at Bodega Bay by Woody Hastings

Fifty years ago, on October 30, 1964, the American environmental movement scored a major victory when California utility Pacific Gas & Electric said it was abandoning plans to construct an atomic energy plant at Bodega Bay, about 70 miles north of San Francisco.

The struggle to protect Bodega Head is widely viewed as the launch point of the US anti-nuclear movement. The mass demonstrations at the Seabrook Nuclear Power Plant, the opposition to PG&E’s development of the Diablo Power Station on the California Coast, the long-running American Peace Test actions against the Nevada nuclear test, the massive Nuclear Freeze marches – all of them came in the wake of the struggle against building a nuclear plant outside this small fishing village that would soon become better known as the setting of the Alfred Hitchcock thriller, The Birds.

To many Northern California residents today, it is amazing that such a proposal ever existed; that otherwise sane people thought it was a good idea to build a nuclear power plant at the Bodega Head. At the time, however, most Americans were pro-nuclear, including most self-indentified “conservationists” or “environmentalists,” a word that was just then coming into use. So it fell to an ad-hoc band of citizen-activists to raise the alarm about the power plant and to spearhead the opposition to it. If those concerned citizens had not risen up to oppose this ill-conceived plan, we would be living in a different Northern California today, saddled no doubt with an aging industrial forbidden zone on what had once been a beautiful rocky outcropping on the coast.

You can read the complete article HERE.

Getting the Most from Outdoor life in Bodega Bay by Sue Hughes

GoatRock2Certainly the main attraction for tourists and locals alike at Bodega Bay is the stunning scenery here. It is so breathtaking that it’s more than easy to just get caught up in this with walks and hikes of varying levels. What is particularly great about this area, though, is the vast array of different outdoor activities with which you can really get stuck into. Therefore, this area is absolutely ideal for family holidays as there is sure to be something here to suit everyone in the party. Being just ninety minutes out of San Francisco, Bodega Bay is one of Northern California’s best kept secrets and hidden gems. Here is a small look into what is on offer in this region and why it has become so well-known with sports enthusiasts.

Getting Active

The waves are often massive at Bodega Bay, especially when there is a swell, making this a big favorite with experienced surfers. Salmon Creek is a particularly popular spot for surfers as the waves here are consistently large. This is a great spot for the whole family, though—younger kids enjoy skim-boarding here and there is ample room for the little ones to splash about in the calmer waters of the creek. Also a great place for beginners to learn the ropes of surfing, Salmon Creek is as diverse as it is breathtaking. Do be aware, though, that the waves here can be exceptionally rough, so it’s important, if you are inexperienced, to learn how to do it properly with a good surf school, and have the right travel insurance cover before beginning your vacation so that you can be fully prepared and be in the right position to have a great time.

If you’re after a more relaxed outdoor activity, head to Goat Rock, a perfect location for kayaking. The views out on the water here are simply spectacular and the calmer waves in the bay provide ideal conditions for an enjoyable kayaking experience. Goat Rock is also a great place to spot harbor seals, and if you visit from March till June you will be able to see newborn pups, which is a definite must if you are in the area around this time as it is a truly unforgettable experience. Why not take a kayaking tour around Goat Rock, and learn the history of the area and discover all there is to know about the coastal and river ecological system here.

Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty

You really are spoiled for choice when it comes to areas of natural beauty in Bodega Bay. There is a huge variety of different parks to explore depending on what it is you are looking for from your vacation. Armstrong Redwoods Reserve is two miles north of Guerneville, and is home to some of the tallest, most spectacular trees in the whole of Sonoma County. There are many ways to explore this park including horseback riding, cycling on paved paths and exciting hikes. There is also a fabulous picnic area for when you are in need of some respite from all your outdoor exploring. Doran Park south of Bodega Bay is another picturesque location, made up of over 150 acres, with stunning cliff views, sandy inlets, ample opportunity for nature spotting and boat tours. Here you can also enjoy clamming, fishing and surfing, so a real diverse treat to satisfy everyone’s needs and wants. For nature enthusiasts there are vantage points here where you will be able to witness gray whales migrating south from early December through to mid-February, and then as they migrate North from March until early May. If you take a trip out to Bodega Head, this is also a fantastic place to view the whales, and during the migrating seasons the area is staffed to provide information to visitors, and help you to spot the whales.

According to Breaking Travel News ‘following the success of this year’s London 2012 Olympics, the popularity of activity-based holidays has soared. It appears a rise in the demand for activity holidays over beach and relaxation breaks has been inspired’. It’s no wonder really when you consider the massive benefits that can come from an activity-based holiday, and Bodega Bay really is the perfect place for this no matter what sport or outdoor activity it is that appeals to you and your party.

Whales off Bodega Head!

Have you ever been able to see the whales off Bodega Head? Here is a short video done in 2010 that shows the whales around Bodega Head.

A Bodega treasure–Terrapin Creek Cafe

Terrapin CreekAuthor Karen Stephen shares her experience in dining at the Terrapin Creek Cafe in Bodega Bay. Stephen, author of Degrees of Obsession and Mother Tongue, describes her good experience at the Terrapin Creek Cafe and she begins her experience by writing:

“I had just checked in to the Bodega Bay Inn (that’s another story for another time) and had only a little over an hour to get some dinner before I settled in to watch the final race in the Indy Series. I thought I would be relegated to a bag of Fritos and bean dip  from a convenience store, but, taking a chance, I walked across the parking lot to an unassuming blue clapboard building that housed the Terrapin Creek Cafe. The host and owner said they were fully booked but if I could be in and out in an hour that he could seat me. Perfect!

terrapin_creek_interiorThe interior glowed with the casual elegance and colors of southern France and I chose a table with a view of the small, open, and quietly streamlined kitchen. My efficient and knowledgeable fifty-something (my apologies if you were much younger!) waiter was warmly attentive. Such a blessing when one is dining solo. The menu offered a tempting array of local and international cuisine at reasonable prices.”

The details of what she ate for her meal can be found HERE.

Bodega Volunteer Fire Department Polenta Dinner October 4th 5pm


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