Monday, March 30, 2009

Navy to discuss training exercises off Mendocino coast

Published: Monday, March 30, 2009 at 7:03 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, March 30, 2009 at 7:03 p.m.

U.S. Navy officials will be at the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday afternoon to present information and take comments on its impact report on military training exercises and testing off the coasts of Washington, Oregon and Northern California.

Mendocino County residents are particularly concerned about the effects of sonar testing on marine life, county officials said.

Supervisors requested the presentation because the Navy had not scheduled a Mendocino County hearing for the Northwest Training Range Complex draft environmental impact report.

The training area — one of 13 — extends from Washington south to the Humboldt and Mendocino counties line.

Also at the board’s request, the Navy extended its public comment period on the impact report to April 13.

The Navy is proposing to expand and increase its ongoing training operations.

The special meeting is scheduled for 4 p.m. in the board’s chambers on Low Gap Road in Ukiah.

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January 12, 2009 Navy Allowed to Kill Whales in Hawaii During Sonar Training

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Emmy’s Spaghetti Shack

Hey, this is GREAT news, Emmy!

March 21, 2009
It’s too soon to celebrate.
Epi Curious
Sonoma Valley Sun

So says Emmy Kaplan, proprietor of the successful Emmy’s Spaghetti Shack in San Francisco, of the report that she’s just bought Deuce. It’s no secret, though, that Emmy wants to bring her signature style to the restaurant scene of Sonoma.

And, while she admits that she is currently negotiating with the owners of Deuce, she wants all to know that Deuce is still open while discussions are taking place. A proper press release will be available when any transaction occurs – and until then, Emmy urges the community to continue to support the current restaurant. After all, until the ink is dry on the contracts, there’s always uncertainty.

A single mother in her early thirties, Emmy, who grew up in the area, wants to bring to Sonoma what she has done so successfully in the City, an urban scene with comfort food and a fun nightlife with live music and dancing.

Epi has her fingers crossed that the contracts will soon be inked and we can all give Emmy and Peter and Kirsten Stewart, the owners of Deuce, a celebratory cheer.

I remain, yours truly, Epi Curious, your entrée to the best of food & wine in the Sonoma Valley.

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Emmy’s Spaghetti Shack
3355 Mission St
San Francisco, CA‎
(415) 206-2086‎

691 Broadway
Sonoma, CA 95476
(707) 933-3823

Monday, March 16, 2009

Shuttle & Space Station to Fly Over Sonoma Tuesday 7:45pm

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Shuttle and International Space Station on Target to Fly Overhead Sonoma County

Posted by jake bayless at Mar 16, 2009 06:35 PM

Space Shuttle Discovery and the International Space Station will be brightly visible high above Sonoma County and Santa Rosa on Tuesday evening. Here is the information you need to know to plan your viewing party! In fact, it looks like Tuesday's weather will cooperate as well.

If the forces of nature align with the mighty power of the American Space Shuttle Discovery and the International Space Station, Sonoma County residents will be in for a treat on Tuesday evening (Mar. 17th) with a rare dual flyby sighting opportunity. The weather outlook is calling for patchy fog - so this might well be one sighting opportunity worth seeking higher ground for!

The Space Shuttle Discovery (STS-119) launched Sunday evening from Florida, and is currently in an earth orbit slightly ahead of, and slower than the ISS. Over the course of the next 2 days, the ISS will be coasting towards the easily maneuverable shuttle. As the ISS nears the Shuttle Discovery, the shuttle will fire its rockets to speed up their orbit and match the groundspeed of ISS in preparation for a Tuesday afternoon docking.

As both orbit ~350 kilometers above the earth, they circumnavigate the earth every 89 minutes. The Space Station and the mated Shuttle Discovery will be easily visible to the naked eye between 7:42 and 7:49pm. Additional details are available from the ISS Ground Track Map.

Find a place with a good view of the sky to the Southwest, and watch as both earthly objects pass overhead at nearly 17,000 miles per hour!

Tragic Accident on Hwy 12 This Morning

We regret having to report on this tragic accident. We pray to the Lord for those involved.

WATCH Press Democrat Video

Fatal crash on Highway 12 near Glen Ellen

JOHN BURGESS/The Press Democrat One driver was killed and another injured in a crash on Highway 12 at Dunbar Road near Glen Ellen.

Published: Monday, March 16, 2009 at 12:18 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, March 16, 2009 at 12:19 p.m.

Highway 12 has reopened after a two-car fatal crash left one person dead and sent a second driver to the hospital Monday morning.

The road was closed through Glen Ellen in both directions for about two hours, but reopened to slow traffic shortly after 8 a.m.

The violent crash occurred about 6:12 a.m. at Dunbar Road and Highway 12, scattering wreckage across both lanes of roadway, the CHP said.

An eastbound driver of a Honda apparently drifted off the right-hand shoulder and then spun across his lane and into oncoming traffic. He was struck by a westbound Suburu Legacy driven by Taylor Thomas, 31, of Sonoma. Thomas complained of pain and was taken to Memorial Hopsital.

Officers were still trying to determine the identity of the Honda driver, who was killed in the crash. The Sonoma County coroner remained on the scene this morning.

“The Honda was ripped in half,” CHP Officer Jon Sloat said.

Both drivers appeared to be going between 50 and 55 mph at the time of the collision. The speed limit along this stretch of Highway 12 is 55 mph.

Authorities urged motorists to take alternate routes between western Sonoma County and the Sonoma Valley or points east.

CHP officers also offered Warm Springs Road to Arnold Drive also was offered as a route around the accident scene.

Students at Dunbar Elementary School were among those expected to find it difficult to get to class.

The crash scene was horrendous, with wreckage and personal belongings scattered across a large area.

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North Bay News
Driver killed in crash on Highway 12
Monday, March 16, 2009 11:11 AM
Bay City News

SANTA ROSA, CA -- The driver of a Honda Accord was killed in a crash in unincorporated Sonoma County near Kenwood Monday morning that shut down state Highway 12 for hours.

The victim was driving east on Highway 12 south of Dunbar Road around 6:10 a.m. when he drifted to the right shoulder then veered across the highway into oncoming traffic, CHP Officer Jonathan Sloat said.

The Honda spun and was struck on the driver's side by a 2009 Subaru driven by Thomas Taylor, 31, of Sonoma, Sloat said.

The collision tore the Honda into two pieces and killed the driver, whose body was still being removed from his car around 9 a.m., Sloat said.

The Subaru overturned and came to rest upright, Sloat said. Taylor was taken to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, Sloat said.

Sloat said a separate, minor collision occurred behind the first accident. The road was wet and it was raining at the time of the crash but the cause remains under investigation, Sloat said.

Highway 12 was completely reopened around 9:20 a.m.

Fatal Accident Shuts Down Highway 12
Posted: 8:01 am PDT March 16, 2009

SONOMA -- At least one person was killed in a crash that has shut down state Highway 12 in unincorporated Sonoma County Monday morning, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The incident was reported at about 6:10 a.m. on Highway 12 at Dunbar Road, south of Kenwood.

CHP Officer Peter Van Eckhardt said it appears there were actually two crashes; a head-on collision between two cars and another crash that involved three vehicles.

He did not have additional details on the crashes but said around 7:30 a.m. that the highway remained closed in both directions and that it likely wouldn't be reopened until after 8 a.m.

Traffic is being diverted onto Warm Springs Road and Arnold Drive, but motorists are advised to avoid the area.

Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press contributed to this report. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Wonder if the Dream Home Winners Can Afford it?


Florida couple wins Sonoma dream home

CHRISTOPHER CHUNG / The Press Democrat

Published: Sunday, March 15, 2009 at 8:30 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, March 15, 2009 at 8:44 p.m.

Joe Smith was still in swim trunks when an HGTV film crew knocked on his Lakeland, Fla., door bearing balloons and news that he just won a Sonoma home worth more than $2 million.

“I’m glad I at least had my shirt on,” the retired electrical engineer for Ford Motor Co. laughed on Sunday night, minutes after the network unmasked him and his wife Cheryl as winners of the 2009 HGTV Dream Home Giveaway.

Neither of the winners had shoes on and Cheryl, who was finishing up the dinner dishes, lamented she didn’t have a moment to put on make-up before the ambush.

But when you win a prize that big and that unexpected, you’re hardly worrying about your close-up, she conceded.

“It’s like somebody dropped me in the middle of a fairy tale,” Cheryl Smith said by phone, as Joe fielded calls from well-wishers.

The couple learned about their windfall last Monday night, but they had been forced to keep their win a secret from all but immediate family until after the show aired at 8 p.m. Sunday night.

The Smiths, who have never been to California, will be flown to Sonoma on April 17 and presented with the keys to the three-bedroom, four-bath house.

The home faces busy Fifth Street East at the corner entrance to Armstrong Estates, a luxury subdivision of seven-figure mansions that developer Steve Ledson has been creating for some 20 years. Each home is built in a grand architectural style of the past. Ledson himself lives in an 1870 Italianate Victorian in the center of the neighborhood where director Francis Ford Coppola filmed his 1987 movie “Tucker. John Lasseter, the chief creative officer for Disney and Pixar, has lived in Armstrong Estates and appeared on Sunday night’s show to praise the charms of Sonoma.

If the Smiths can manage to financially swing the taxes and upkeep on the house, it will be a major upgrade. They now live in a 1,000-square-foot farm cottage, built in 1901.

Cheryl Smith, a homemaker with two grown sons and eight grandchildren, said the couple has always had a fondness for farmhouses and lived for many years on a horse farm in Michigan before retiring to Florida four years ago.

Of course, the home in east Sonoma only looks like an old farmhouse from the street. Inside it is completely furnished by a professional designer with HGTV sponsors’ products. It’s equipped for the good life with an outdoor kitchen, a large flat-screen TV and Blu-ray player, original artwork and the latest Wolf and Sub-Zero appliances. The only agriculture to farm is a pocket-sized vineyard along the fence.

The Home and Garden network has been heavily promoting the giveaway for months, both on the network and on its Web site. More than 39 million entries flooded in to the network’s headquarters in Tennessee, HGTV spokesman Emily Yarborough said.

Cheryl Smith said she entered the drawing every day from Jan. 1, when the network kicked off the contest, to Feb. 17, when the drawing closed. They also have entered the contest nearly every year since its inception in 1997.

“We’ve looked at it on the Internet and in magazines and watched the commercials and the shows,” she said. “You enter because somebody’s got to win it, but you don’t ever believe it’s going to be you. It still boggles my mind.”

The couple have nearly a year to consult a tax attorney and pay Uncle Sam. Property taxes alone on a home of similar value in that neighborhood would run more than $20,000 a year.

The Smiths said the likelihood of winning was so remote to them, they haven’t thought about whether they can afford to keep it. And if they can keep it, they don’t know if they will use it as a second home or pull up stakes and move to California.

“We’re going to have to get financial advice,” Joe Smith said. “I don’t know what the taxes are in California. But I understand they’re high. It might present a problem but I’d like to try and do it if at all possible. We’re going to come out and be neighbors.”

All 13 previous winners wound up selling their Dream Homes. The 1998 winner, Tina Carlson from Thousand Oaks, did keep her home on Bermuda Bluff Island in Beaufort, S.C., for eight years.

“Her parents got too old to travel and couldn’t come as often as they’d like so they sold it. But it was more of a vacation-style home than the one in Sonoma,” Yarborough said.

Don Cruz, the 2005 winner, fought for three years to hang on to his plush lakeside home in Tyler, Tex. But after running through his savings and taking out a loan to pay off a $675,000 tax bill, he and his wife Shelley auctioned the house last year for $1.3 million. It had been valued at $2.2 million.

Kathi Nakao of Sacramento was able to visit her dream “beach cottage” in coastal St. Mary’s, Ga., several times. She won it in 2004. But facing $400,000 in taxes and unwilling to unroot and be separated from friends and family, she and her husband sold their 3,000-square-foot vacation home for above the $1.2 million HGTV estimated it was worth. They used part of the money to remodel their 24-year-old tract house to look like a mini-version of their Dream Home.

The housing market however, has changed dramatically since then. The market is flooded with homes.

Ledson recently sold a similar house down the street for $2.35 million, dropping the price from $3 million after it had been on the market more than a year. He has said he’d be willing to buy the Dream Home back and ride out the downturned market if the Smiths can’t make a luxury second home pencil into their budget.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

After a Couple of Days of Blue Skies, We Get Hit Again Today with Chemtrails


Sonoma Chemtrails

Chemtrails Polluting Shasta Water?

Recent water samples taken from the Mt. Shasta area indicate high levels of aluminum found in rainwater samples. Shown here is a rain guage where the most recent samples were taken.

Citizen concern lingers over aluminum in water
By Charlie Unkefer
Mount Shasta Area Newspapers
Wed Mar 04, 2009, 05:39 PM PST

Mount Shasta, Calif. -
Several Mt. Shasta area residents continue to express their concerns over what they say are toxic levels of aluminum showing up in area rain, snow and pond water samples taken in and around the City of Mt. Shasta.

Recent test results submitted to the Mt. Shasta Area Newspapers by two concerned citizens show levels of aluminum ranging from 198 ug/l (micro grams per liter) to 61,100 ug/l, with the most recent sample taken from a rain gauge within the Mt. Shasta city limits on Feb. 1, showing 1010 ug/l.

According to standards established by the California Environmental Protection agency, this number exceeds the 1000 ug/l Primary MCL maximum contaminant level) for aluminum, qualifying it as unfit for drinking.

The concerns over the apparent high levels of aluminum first surfaced last spring, as a small group of Siskiyou and Shasta county residents began expressing their alarm over what they claim is an aerial spraying program intended to control the weather or thwart global warming.
The issue, commonly referred to as “chemtrails,” is seen by many as nothing more than an internet hoax. Others, however, claim that the lingering plumes of exhaust from planes is part of a world wide program to create a heavy metal “shield” in the atmosphere.

Beginning last spring, some area residents began asserting their consternation over the long lingering clouds seen throughout the area. Proponents of the theory say that contrails, the normal water vapor emitted from jet engines, dissipate quickly, while chemtrails linger for up to half a day, often morphing into a cirrus cloud- like canopy, creating an overcast sky.

History of testing
The regional testing for aluminum began over claims that the exhaust trails consist of aluminum, barium and strontium. Since May, 2008, over 40 samples have been collected, with the majority showing high levels of aluminum.

“This rain water is essentially poisonous,” said Frances Mangels, one of the citizens involved in the sampling.

Mangels has expressed his concerns to local governments and state and federal agencies but has heard no responses to his inquiries.

Science questioned
Perry LeBeouf, a California Department of Water Resources data officer, said the MCL level for any given potential contaminant is typically used to evaluate factors relative to the quality and safety of drinking water systems.

LeBeouf noted that most of the tests for aluminum are done in and around drinking water systems and that there is not a lot of information about aluminum in natural water systems or rain and snow water.

According to LeBeouf, “Aluminum is not very well understood.” He also emphasized that it is a commonly found element and that the levels vary from area to area.

This sentiment was furthered by Siskiyou County Air Pollution Control Officer Eldon Beck, who said that aluminum is not something that is regularly tested in Siskiyou County other than the drinking water system requirements.

Beck noted, “I’ve read reports that there are naturally recurring amounts of aluminum in the atmosphere,” furthering the sentiment expressed by LeBeouf that the samples, while interesting, need more background information to be fully understood.

“I’m fascinated by these numbers and would like to know what this area looks like compared to other areas (in terms of aluminum content in the water),” said Mt. Shasta biologist Rene Henery, who noted that he was not aware of any baseline data for this element in the region but had his concerns that they numbers are high relative to the CEPA primary MCL standards. “Aluminum is definitely super-toxic,” he noted.

One point noted by LeBeouf was that it is not just a question of how much aluminum is in the water. “The PH level of water is also a factor,” he said, noting that there is a broader context that needs exploration whenever sampling occurs.

Guy Chetelat of the Central Valley Water Quality Control Board, one of the primary agencies involved in regional surface and groundwater issues, noted that his agencies had little information about aluminum levels in water. He said he was aware of the concerns being expressed by Shasta and Siskiyou County residents. “There’s a level of public concern around this and we are looking into it,” he said.

Concerns rebuffed
The concerns around aluminum were presented to the Mt. Shasta City Council this past summer as well as the Shasta County Board of Supervisors. In both cases, the governing bodies chose not to further investigate the issue, questioning the validity and scope of the tests, as well as their respective jurisdictions over the issue.

Speaking more generally about the issue, Beck noted, “They (the County Supervisors) did some research and decided that the chemtrail issue was a non-issue, and we left it at that.”

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kevinvl1 week ago

Are there any government or reputable agencies that have conducted testing? Your article makes all this sound very plausible that our drinking water is toxic. Couldn't you provide the other side of the story?
frenchie1 week ago

Yes there are organizations like the National Center of Biotechnology:
frenchie1 week ago

High levels of Silver (Ag), Barium (Ba) and Strontium (Sr) and low levels of copper (Cu) have been measured in the antlers, soils and pastures of the deer that are thriving in the chronic wasting disease (CWD) cluster zones in North America in relation to the areas where CWD and other transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs) have not been reported. The elevations of Ag, Ba and Sr were thought to originate from both natural geochemical and artificial pollutant sources--stemming from the common practise of aerial spraying with 'cloud seeding' Ag or Ba crystal nuclei for rain making in these drought prone areas of North America, the atmospheric spraying with Ba based aerosols for enhancing/refracting radar and radio signal communications as well as the spreading of waste Ba drilling mud from the local oil/gas well industry across pastureland. These metals have subsequently bioconcentrated up the foodchain and into the mammals who are dependent upon the local Cu deficient ecosystems. A dual eco-prerequisite theory is proposed on the aetiology of TSEs which is based upon an Ag, Ba, Sr or Mn replacement binding at the vacant Cu/Zn domains on the cellular prion protein (PrP)/sulphated proteoglycan molecules which impairs the capacities of the brain to protect itself against incoming shockbursts of sound and light energy. Ag/Ba/Sr chelation of free sulphur within the biosystem inhibits the viable synthesis of the sulphur dependent proteoglycans, which results in the overall collapse of the Cu mediated conduction of electric signals along the PrP-proteoglycan signalling pathways; ultimately disrupting GABA type inhibitory currents at the synapses/end plates of the auditory/circadian regulated circuitry, as well as disrupting proteoglycan co-regulation of the growth factor signalling systems which maintain the structural integrity of the nervous system. The resulting Ag, Ba, Sr or Mn based compounds seed piezoelectric crystals which incorporate PrP and ferritin into their structure. These ferrimagnetically ordered crystals multireplicate and choke up the PrP-proteoglycan conduits of electrical conduction throughout the CNS. The second stage of pathogenesis comes into play when the pressure energy from incoming shock bursts of low frequency acoustic waves from low fly jets, explosions, earthquakes, etc. (a key eco-characteristic of TSE cluster environments) are absorbed by the rogue 'piezoelectric' crystals, which duly convert the mechanical pressure energy into an electrical energy which accumulates in the crystal-PrP-ferritin aggregates (the fibrils) until a point of 'saturation polarization' is reached. Magnetic fields are generated on the crystal surface, which initiate chain reactions of deleterious free radical mediated spongiform neurodegeneration in surrounding tissues. Since Ag, Ba, Sr or Mn based piezoelectric crystals are heat resistant and carry a magnetic field inducing pathogenic capacity, it is proposed that these ferroelectric crystal pollutants represent the transmissible, pathogenic agents that initiate TSE.
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Hermit7 days ago

Who SPECIFICALLY did this testing, and on what date was it done? Where specifically was it conducted?

I hope it wasn't just a psychic or a dowser.
frenchie6 days ago

tap google chemtrails
there are a lot of subjects over
mtrose6 days ago

In the article in the Mt. Shasta Herald, Citizen Concern Lingers Over Aluminum In Water, Perry LeBeouf the data officer from the California Department of Water Resources made the following comment, there is not a lot of information about aluminum in natural water systems or rain and snow water. I would suggest his comment is not accurate. There is much we do know about aluminum in California water systems. I encourage him to speak to a leading expert in this area, Rosalind Peterson, a former USDA scientist, Co-Founder of Agriculture Defense Coalition and Founder of California Skywatch. She won several awards and recognition for her extensive efforts to protect drinking water supplies from toxic chemical contamination in Martinez, California. She has spent hundreds of hours pouring over the following CD:

The California State Department of Health has a CD that is available to be purchased by the public for $100.00. This CD contains the results of every water test taken between 1984 and 2006, in the State of California from every public drinking water supply, this includes wells. If you would like your own copy of this CD please contact:

California State Department of Health Drinking Water Division at (916) 449-5568 and request, The California State Department of Health CD (1984-2006). Or send $100.00 to Drinking Water Program, Post Office Box 942732, Sacramento, California 94234-0732. Or a CD containing all of this data is available to the public upon payment of a fee to the California State Department of Health Drinking Water Division in Sacramento.

Peterson discovered the following, while researching through the water data:

1984 - 2007

The California State Department of Health, Drinking Water Division, Sacramento, California, collects all of the water test data from every public drinking water source in the State of California.

These tests are required by the EPA and the State of California, due to possible health effects, when various metals, herbicides, pesticides and other substances are found above state or federal standards in drinking water sources.

1) A review of all water tests in the State of California between 1984 and 2006 from results on this CD was conducted over a six-month period. Every water test result over -0- was analyzed and checked to find any unusual water contaminant data. The results of this search yielded some unusual statistics here in Mendocino and several other Northern California Counties.

2) It was discovered that Barium, Magnesium, Lead, Manganese, Aluminum, Iron, Sodium, and Specific Conductance (the ability of water to conduct a charge), were being found under unusual circumstances in our drinking water supplies. Unusual spikes were occurring in almost all drinking water sources in Mendocino County and in other counties throughout the State of California.

Prior to 1990, these spikes were not evident in drinking water tests results (most tests results were -0-), unless there were historic levels in the water shown by test results each year from 1984. The test results do show that in non-spike years these contaminants were not found in most water sources. Why?

3) These specific spikes started in 1991, and have continued in certain specific years through 2006. The interesting part of these water spikes is that these contaminants almost always spike at the same time and in the same year. If, for example, Specific Conductance is high, then all or almost all the other test results are high at the same time. (Other test results revealed that Boron, Silver and sometimes Zinc were also present during these spikes in some water tests.)

The Albion Mutual Water Company East Well, used as only one example, shows Specific Conductance spiking in 1995, along with Magnesium and Lead. Again in 2001, Specific Conductance spikes and so does Magnesium and Manganese. The years prior to and in between these dates show -0- results. The Albion Mutual Water Company West Well, for example shows all -0- readings until 1998, when Specific Conductance, Magnesium, Sodium and Aluminum all spike.

The Calpella County Water District has definite spike patterns of Magnesium, Barium, Iron and Manganese in the years 1995, 1998 and 2001. The Covelo Eel River Charter School Well 01, shows Magnesium, Barium, Iron, Manganese, Zinc and Specific Conductance spikes in 1999 and 2001, with Specific Conductance reaching a high of 5,390.

In 1999, the Fort Bragg CSP-Mackerricher State Park Lake Cleone Intake Supply Raw, water tests show spiking in 1999 for Specific Conductance (1290), Magnesium (20), Chloride (325), Barium (54) and aluminum (64). Note that test results are in parts per billion. What is interesting is that Iron(1600 ppb) spikes in 2001, along with Manganese (2200 ppb), in this raw water supply.

The unusual part is that these water test results are consistent in almost every single public drinking water source in all of Mendocino County, whether in Ukiah, Fort Bragg, Hopland, Laytonville or Willits. The spikes are consistent in some years, vary in parts per billion (ppb), but show that something unusual is happening to the air in Mendocino County which is impacting the quality of our water. Since these diverse water sources are not connected it is believed that air pollution is the major source of these contaminants in our drinking water supplies.

4) Why are these spikes only found since 1994? Why do these contaminants only spike as a group and not, in the majority of cases, independently of one another? And why is every single public drinking water source showing some form of this spike pattern? The California Air Resources Board Statewide Summary for Iron, Aluminum, Iron, Zinc, Manganese and Barium, also show positive air test results between 1989 and 2001. Our water test spikes appear to correlate strongly with California Air Quality test results. Why?

5) What is causing these water spikes in Mendocino County? How is this impacting the quality of the water we drink? What impact do these spikes have on public health, the quality of our water, our air, soil and trees? What is the source of these pollutants? Industry, jet fuel emissionswhat is happening in Mendocino County and in other counties throughout California? There are many questions and few answers. Why are the California Air Resources Control Board Air Testing Results correlating in some respects with our positive water test results?

To read the full article see:

What we do know about our underground water in this area is, that it is not typical to find any aluminum in the underground water sources. When a Mt. Shasta City resident called our local Dannon water plant and asked if there was any naturally occurring aluminum in their spring water, the company said, no.

And according to Peterson, the City of Redding water districts water reports show most of their water test as non-detectable for aluminum or a minute amount (55 ug/L) appearing in some of their surface waters in some years. They have cease testing for aluminum and barium since 2003. Why?

Given that Shasta County and Siskiyou County residents brought their aluminum and barium contamination concerns to the Shasta County Board of Supervisors, why havent they resumed testing for aluminum and barium in the water? And why hasnt Shasta County or Siskiyou County Air Quality Boards begun to test for aluminum and barium in our areas atmosphere?

The accumulation factor should also be considered. Two lab tests results were taken in Shasta County. The samples were taken from a filtered location (forested hilltop away from any highway or industry). The first sample was taken from a pond, which was lined with a Fish Safe Firestone Pond Guard liner, which is considered safe for aquatic life. The water sampled was an accumulation of over 1- years (18 months). This water test result came back at 375,000 ug/l, that is 375 times the maximum contaminant level (MCL). The MCL for drinking water in this state is 1,000 ug/l or 1 mg/l. There were only two water sources for this pond, rainwater and well. The well water was tested at the time the pond was filled and it tested, ND (not detected) for aluminum.

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mtrose44 minutes ago

Here is my response to the flippant remark by the great intellectual giant, above, 'Oh my god we are all going to die', regarding the unprecedented amounts of aluminum that has been documented in our area's water.

This aluminum, barium and strontium issue is not going away no matter how much some want to stick their heads in the sand and pretend it doesn't exist. No it isn't killing most of us immediately, although these serious neuro-toxins are very likely having serious impacts upon all of us and especially the most vulnerable in our community:

1) Babies and the very young children whose bodies are smaller with immune systems not fully developed. We have unprecedented rates of asthma, autism and attention deficit disorders in this very community and in all over our country.

2) people whose health is already compromised due is illness or old age. There has be a dramatic rise in Alzheimer's in our older populations (and exposure to aluminum has been indicated as one factor).

3) The bees, now the bats (in Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee), trees and fish are dying at unprecedented rates in our state and around the country, AND NOBODY HAS DONE THE NECESSARY EPIDEMIOLOGICAL STUDIES TO SEE IF DISPERSING MASSIVE ALUMINUM OXIDE PARTICLES AT UNPRECEDENTED RATES IS CONTRIBUTING TO THE MASSIVE DIE-OFFS.

Las Vegas Tribune article (a large mainstream paper) reports it quite well:

'residents are increasingly noticing the appearance of chemical trails overhead. Such chemtrails' are substantially different in appearance to the normal condensation trails left by jet airliners. The difference is that while condensation trails are composed of water vapor that dissipates rapidly, 'chemtrails' linger much longer and spread out over time to eventually cover the sky with a thin haze Especially disturbing for residents of heavily chemtrailed communities like Las Vegas is a 'chemtrail sickness' associated with heavy spray days leaving many stricken people complaining of the 'flu' and acute allergic reactions months along with debilitating fatigue - and something even more worrying. See: Las Vegas Tribune article, Chemtrails Are Over Las Vegas at: Vegas Tribune.htm

Also for all the chemtrail deniers out there google: 'Don't Ask About The Weather' documentary (you can watch it for free on youtube) then lets have an informed debate, until then you are WOEFULLY UNINFORMED and not worth another moment of my time.

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BLOG NOTE: It is called "Don't Talk About the Weather"

Friday, March 13, 2009

Sonoma IT vs Sonoma Sun

Sonoma Valley newspaper war heats up

Christopher Chung / The Press Democrat Sonoma Valley Sun and The Sonoma Index-Tribune

Published: Friday, March 13, 2009 at 3:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, March 12, 2009 at 5:42 p.m.

Newspapers may be going the way of the dinosaur, but you’d never know it in Sonoma Valley, where two community papers compete every week for readers and ads.

The Sonoma Index-Tribune has covered the valley for 130 years, under the same family’s ownership for most of that time.

But it faces a challenge from the upstart Sonoma Valley Sun, a free weekly launched in 2004.

Like many newspapers — including The Press Democrat — both papers are feeling the pinch of the economic downturn. The I-T has lost some subscribers and advertising is down, particularly in real estate.

Late last year, the I-T closed its commercial printing business, and it is now printed by The Press Democrat.

The Sun has problems too. The paper has laid off a chunk of its staff and this week reduced publication from two days a week to one.

Is Sonoma Valley big enough to support two newspapers?

“I don’t know if it’s big enough to support one,” joked I-T publisher Bill Lynch, whose great grandfather purchased the business in 1884.

Still, both newspapers vow to fight on.

“We want to continue serving our readers,” said Sun publisher Bill Hammett. “The Sun is a very popular paper with a fresh outlook.”

It’s too soon to write the obituary for small papers, the I-T’s Lynch said.

“Most community newspapers are doing a lot better than the daily papers are,” he said. “We’re holding our own.”

Sonoma Valley’s print rivalry heated up recently when four of the Sun’s former columnists joined the I-T.

“We didn’t go after them,” said Lynch, who publishes the paper with his brother Jim. “They either left on their own or were forced out.”

The I-T’s hiring of ex-Sun staffers shows his newspaper is having an impact, Hammett said.

“It’s a compliment as far as we are concerned,” he said. “They wish they had what we had.”

Hammett, a former school board member who owns a Sonoma engineering firm, started the Sun because he saw demand for more local news, he said.

“There was clearly a need for more thorough news coverage of what was going on in the community,” Hammett said.

Hammett also heads a Sonoma nonprofit, CommonBond Foundation, that licenses the valley’s only radio and TV stations. His small-town media conglomerate has grown to include a Spanish-language monthly, two lifestyle magazines, a video production company and a Web site.

The multi-channel approach promised better coverage of Sonoma Valley’s rich cultural life, said Kathleen Hill, a Sonoma food and travel writer who freelanced for the Sun.

“There was such excitement and optimism,” said Hill, who now writes for the I-T.

At the time, the I-T was “in the doldrums,” she said, and the Sun’s lively coverage was a welcome contrast. Late last year, the Sun began publishing twice a week, on the same schedule as the I-T.

“They were making a bold move to capture market share,” said Daedalus Howell, a former Sun contributing editor who now writes for the I—T.

The I-T didn’t ignore the challenge, Lynch said.

“It made us a lot more aware that competition can come from any quarter,” he said.

The I-T never ceded its role in reporting Sonoma Valley news and it hasn’t lost any ads to the Sun, he said.

“We have never stopped covering the full range of activities, from hard news to features to people to schools to sports,” Lynch said. The I-T also has a Web site, magazine and other print products.

About 15,000 copies of the Sun are delivered free to Sonoma Valley residents. Based on an independent audit, the Sun has more readers than the I-T, Hammett said.

Not so, Lynch said. In the I-T’s own independent survey, “we came out on top,” he said. The I-T has about 8,000 paid subscribers.

Neither publisher would say whether their newspaper is making a profit.

Last week, the Sun said it would return to publishing one day a week, citing the struggling economy and a drop in advertising.

There were four layoffs in editorial and production departments, said Stephanie Dunn, the Sun’s president.

Several others were fired or left, said Hill, who resigned her post at the Sun.

“It’s a very unfortunate situation,” she said.

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Friday, March 6, 2009

Todd Anthony Williams (June 16, 1959 - March 5, 2009)

3/10/09 UPDATE

Friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Todd's Life at 2 pm on Saturday, March 21, 2009, at The London Lodge, 13750 Arnold Drive, Glen Ellen, CA 95442

Santa Rosa Press Democrat Obituary and Guest Book

San Jose Mercury News Obituary and Guest Book

3/9/09 UPDATE

Sonoma Index Tribune Obituary

Mon 3/9 7 PM
Todd Anthony Williams

Todd Anthony Williams, passed away peacefully in Santa Rosa on March 5, 2009, after a courageous two-and-a-half-year battle with cancer. He was born on June 16, 1959 to Richard and Mary Williams, in Hastings, Mich., and moved to California at the age of 2. Todd worked as a mechanical engineer since 1983, the last 12 years for Peterson Mechanical. Todd was a 19-year resident of Sonoma.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Mary Williams, and his daughter, Sara Michelle Williams. Todd is survived by his loving wife Domini (Maffei) Williams; children, Maxwell and Lisa Williams; siblings, Jeff Williams, Mark (and wife, Cecilia) Williams, and Ann (and husband, Steve) Riley; in-laws, Francine and Bill Maffei, and sister-in-law, Julia Maffei Holsworth.

He is also survived by his nieces and nephews: Jennifer and Scott Riley, Brennan, Niko and Antonio Skuljan, Christina (and husband, Brandon Carrillo), Michelle, Stephanie and Mary Williams; and grandnephew, Luke Carrillo. Friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Todd's Life at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 21, 2009, at The London Lodge, 13750 Arnold Drive, Glen Ellen, CA 95442.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Todd's honor may be made to the Todd Williams Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o the Presentation School, P.O. Box 1220, Sonoma, CA 95476.

A private inurnment will be held at Mountain Cemetery at a later date. The cremation was performed by Mission Cremation Service, under the direction of Duggan's Mission Chapel, Sonoma.


It is with great sadness that I have to inform you that Todd passed away this morning. I have been in contact with the family and they are planning a memorial service for Todd. I will let you know when a location and time are set. Todd was an asset to our company and will be deeply missed as a friend and colleague.

Les M. Peterson
Peterson Mechanical, Inc.

This wonderful photo was taken at the Peterson Christmas Party December 2008. At the Relay for Life August 2007, Todd played his drums and you can watch a tiny bit on this video clip (at 6 minutes/45 seconds). Please click here and scroll down to the bottom.

We will miss you, Todd...

Jazz+ or +Jazz?

In spite of not being a jazz expert like others, I too noticed the lack of jazz names on the upcoming and past Sonoma Jazz+ venues.

Talked this morning with Ed Delaney, sax and flute player with jazz group EZ Kewl, and he also said they should change the name from Sonoma Jazz+ to Sonoma +Jazz or even something totally different that TRULY describes the type of music being advertised.

True jazz aficionados will be sadly disappointed for sure!

Sonoma Jazz+: So where's the jazz?

Published: Friday, March 6, 2009 at 3:51 a.m.

In this age of instant branding, Sonoma Jazz+ is a marketing maven's nightmare.

Don't get me wrong. It may be a little soft and boomer-centric, but I'm usually a big fan of the talent at the annual Memorial Day festival in Sonoma.

Just look at last year's lineup: I loved Al Green. Herbie Hancock on the keytar rocked the house. Kool and the Gang made me laugh. And Bonnie Raitt was the perfect closer.

Maybe it was something she said: "Twenty years ago, I wouldn't have been able to even put my toe into a jazz festival."

Now take a look at this year's stellar lineup (going on sale Saturday for Sonoma residents and Monday for the rest of us at Joe Cocker, Lyle Lovett, Ziggy Marley, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (mounting a tribute to Cab Calloway), Chris Isaak, Shelby Lynne and Keb' Mo'.

Apparently, I'm not the only one who's noticed the branding dilemma here. My buddy Gabe Meline over at The Bohemian was much more to the point: "Count the jazz acts."

So last week, I'm trading emails with veteran Grateful Dead publicist Dennis McNally, chatting about a band turning Dead songs into hip-hop anthems when I make the mistake of casually mentioning the jazzless jazz lineup.

He forwards the email to Sonoma Jazz+ publicist Michael Coats who passes it on to Sonoma Jazz+ director Jim Horowitz who emails me to call him if I'd "care to have a dialogue."

I call him up, we chat. It's totally civil. Like we're old buds. He makes a very good point: I can't fill the 3,500-seat tent every night with jazz acts, he says. Do the math.

I totally agree with him. Yoshi's in San Francisco recently announced they were broadening their lineup beyond jazz just to stay in business.

My advice: Don't use the word "jazz" in the festival moniker (five years ago, when the festival dreamed up its name, live jazz wasn't selling any better).

Or maybe (cue the big bold branding concept) all you need to do is move the "+" -- Welcome to the 2009 Sonoma +Jazz festival.

There's a lil' country, pop, reggae, folk, swing, blues "plus jazz" (*not actually on the mainstage, but tucked away for your listening pleasure in an intimate 30-seat café off the square somewhere).

John Beck, a staff writer, can be reached at 521-5300 or at

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Plant Organics Retail Store Opens in Sonoma

Diana MacCarthy is the store manager of the new Planet Organics Retail Store on Riverside Drive in Sonoma.

Planet Organics Opens First Retail Store
Mon, March 2, 7:08 PM

Longtime Sonoma residents, Larry Bearg and Lorene Reed, have just opened their first retail grocery store in Sonoma at 19449 Riverside Dr. at Petaluma Ave. in the old Nicholas Turkey Building, just across the Ig Vella Bridge. 

Bearg and Reed have been delivering local organic groceries to families throughout the Bay Area for more than 13 years. In the process, they built their Planet Organics Home Delivery service into the largest organic grocery home delivery service in the Bay Area, serving over 2,500 customers each week. Now they are applying their experience and the many relationships they have with local area farmers and food producers to open their first retail store. The store focuses on local organic farmers and food producers and offers everything from locally raised grass-fed beef and lamb to pastured eggs, handcrafted jams and marmalades to fresh-baked local organic breads and sushi lunch boxes and fresh made sandwiches. According to Reed, the store features Sonoma’s only “just-organic” produce section, featuring a hundred or more organic fruits and vegetables weekly, many of them local and most grown right here in California.

Bearg stated that all the organic produce is offered at discount prices “because we buy in such large volumes for the delivery service, we can pass those savings along to our retail customers.” In keeping with their “buy local” philosophy, the store also offers fresh-made sushi from nearby Shiso Restaurant as well as sandwiches and salads made by the catering wing of girl and the fig restaurants. The only area in which the store departs from the strictly local angle is in its wine selection. “There are just so many great wines at great prices from all over the world, “says Bearg, “that I just couldn’t limit myself to California.” Bearg describes the wine selection as “The best wines you’ve never heard of, at prices you won’t believe.” To gather his wines he partnered with his favorite wine store, Vintage Berkeley, which provided a selection of “very obscure interesting wines, mostly priced at $10.00 to $25.00 a bottle.” “For Sonoma wine lovers, we should provide a unique selection not to be found elsewhere in town,” says Bearg.

Planet Organics’ community spirit also includes local area schools. During the past 10 years, they have donated over $250,000 to Bay Area schools through the E-scrip school fundraising program. If you have an e-scrip registered credit card, Planet Organics will donate 1-3% of your purchase to the school of your choice.

Planet Organics is open seven days a week, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Phone 933-3740. The website is

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Pennies From Heaven

Sonoma Skies Today!


Three Truants from SVHS Have Car Accident Today



Three teens were injured this afternoon when an unlicensed 17-year-old Sonoma girl driving a 2008 Honda Accord ran off Grange Road at Bennett Valley Road south of Santa Rosa and struck a tree, the California Highway Patrol said.

The driver was trapped in the car for half an hour and suffered major injuries, the CHP said. She was extricated from the car by the Rincon Valley Fire Department and is expected to survive.

A 16-year-old Sonoma girl who was sitting in the right front passenger seat suffered moderate injuries and 18-year-old Peter Vargas of Sonoma complained of pain in his head, back and hands, CHP Officer Jonathan Sloat said. Vargas was sitting in the middle rear seat.

A preliminary investigation of the crash indicates the teens were truant from Sonoma Valley High School and were returning from the Rohnert Park area, Sloat said.

The accident happened around 1:40 p.m. and Grange Road was closed until around 3:30 p.m., Sloat said.

The names of the girls were not immediately available.

"FEMA Camps - I can't debunk them" - Glen Beck

Since Glen Beck is talking about them, thought I'd post a bit about FEMA Camps starting with this 7 min video:


Now here is Glen Beck talking about FEMA Camps


More on FEMA Camps


Philippians 4
1 Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved.

2 I beseech Euodias, and beseech Syntyche, that they be of the same mind in the Lord.

3 And I intreat thee also, true yokefellow, help those women which laboured with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and with other my fellowlabourers, whose names are in the book of life.

4 Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.

5 Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.

6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

9 Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.

10 But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at the last your care of me hath flourished again; wherein ye were also careful, but ye lacked opportunity.

11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.

12 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.

13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

14 Notwithstanding ye have well done, that ye did communicate with my affliction.

15 Now ye Philippians know also, that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church communicated with me as concerning giving and receiving, but ye only.

16 For even in Thessalonica ye sent once and again unto my necessity.

17 Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account.

18 But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, wellpleasing to God.

19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

20 Now unto God and our Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

21 Salute every saint in Christ Jesus. The brethren which are with me greet you.

22 All the saints salute you, chiefly they that are of Caesar's household.

23 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

Monday, March 2, 2009

How Good a Speller are YOU?

Take the Test - CLICK HERE.

"The 25 Most Commonly Misspelled Words is a list that has circulated among American businesses for decades. Two words have variant spellings for companies using British English spelling. Those two words have been repeated in the list of 25 words (making 27 items) asking for the British spelling. Business writers can avoid the problem of having supervisors, colleagues, and editors mark words as being misspelled by using the spellings preferred in their countries. Two words, at least, also have variants that appear with the words in a dictionary. However, business writers have clear preferences for one of the spellings. Select the correct or preferred spelling in each of the following questions to test your spelling of the most commonly misspelled words."

It ain't easy, folks!

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Chemtrails or Contrails? Watch 'Don't Talk About the Weather'

Just rewatched the excellent video series Don't Talk About the Weather and am posting the first clip here:


Watch All of the Series

More info at Sonoma Chemtrails

View Recent examples of chemtrails worldwide

The last clip (27 of 27) of the series


2005 Interview with NYPD Detective Jim Rothstein Exposing Government Corruption

Go here to the source to listen to the whole interview.

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Over the years my opinions have changed but this will never change: Jesus Christ, Lord, God and Savior, died on the cross and rose from the dead to pay for my sin.