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Bodega Bay Beat by Joan Poulos

Bodega Bay, California

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Bodega Bay Beat Bodega Bay Beat - March 2017
March 1, 2017
by Joan Poulos

Democracy at its best was demonstrated Thursday night at the Grange. The Grange Hall (nearly all 150 chairs we have were occupied), was completely full of citizens ready and eager to share their ideas about “the opportunities and challenges in Bodega Bay.”

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Bodega Bay Beat Bodega Bay Beat - February 2017
February 1, 2017
by Joan Poulos

Those of us lucky enough to live with a clear view of the harbor were treated with a real light show this morning

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Bodega Bay Beat Bodega Bay Beat - January 2017
January 4, 2017
by Joan Poulos

Months like this has been are hard to accurately record. Will the crab season open or not? Will the crabs be their usual delicate flavor?

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Spud Pont Crab Bodega Bay Bodega Bay Crab Season opens in time for Holiday Feasts
December 8, 2016
Last year toxins in crab in our local fishing area nearly destroyed many fishing businesses in Bodega Bay. So having crab season open in time for holiday feasts this year brought deep sighs of relief to both fishermen and those who prefer to support local crab fleets rather than purchase from out fo the area.
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Gourmet au Bay owners Sissy and Bob Blanchard Find them Down by Bodega Bay
December 1, 2016

Remember the Sand Piper down by the Bay at the bottom of the hill in Bodega Bay? Famous for years - clam chowder and everything seafood. They moved to the top of the hill when the landowner decided to remodel. So now we have a move in the opposite direction...along with some additions and improvements.

Gourmet au Bay (1412 Bay Flat Rd) has been above the Bay for years, serving wine on their deck overlooking the water and sunsets, wine tasting and an excellent gift shop for tourists and locals. Always busy but never enough parking and a challenge to get on and off Coast Hwy 1.

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Bodega Bay Beat Bodega Bay Beat - December 2016
November 25, 2016
by Joan Poulos

Months like this has been are hard to accurately record. Will the crab season open or not? Will the crabs be their usual delicate flavor?

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Bodega Bay Beat Bodega Bay Beat - November 2016
October 26, 2016
by Joan Poulos

Fall has come. Salmon season is over. Fishermen are still having a tough go but working hard. As much as we love it out here, the fog gets a little old. It is nice to see the sun, and especially nice when the wind is not blowing. The last few days have been lovely and although we could surely use some more rain, the heavy dew has watered the garden well. We keep our fingers crossed and hope and pray for a good crab season. So far, the tests look good.

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Bodega Bay Beat Bodega Bay Beat - October 2016
September 28, 2016
by Joan Poulos

Summertime has slipped by. Children are back in school, crab season is over, fishermen are still having a tough go but working hard. As much as we love it out here, the fog gets a little old. It is nice to see the sun, and especially nice when the wind is not blowing. The last few days have been lovely and although we could surely use some more rain, the heavy dew has watered the garden well.

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Bodega Bay Beat Bodega Bay Beat - September 2016
September 1, 2016
by Joan Poulos

The fire department meeting room was nearly filled August 8 when the local CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) met to consider the issue of alternative power in the event of a crisis which would affect: 

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Bodega Bay Bike & Pedestrian Prairie Trail Bodega Bay Bike & Pedestrian Trail Liz Burko Bridge
August 23, 2016
Community members, parks staff, and elected officials gathered in Bodega Bay on Friday, Aug. 19, to dedicate the newest segment of the Bodega Bay Pedestrian & Bicycle Trail and to name a trail bridge in honor of Elizabeth “Liz” Burko, the late State Parks superintendent who oversaw the Sonoma Coast.
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Bodega Bay Beat Bodega Bay Beat - August 2016
August 1, 2016
by Joan Poulos

Election Day is always interesting in Bodega Bay. The Primary, June 7, was confusing in that there were five different ballots to choose from. The voters who declined to elect a party could vote in the Democratic Primary, but not the Republican primary. They could also vote Green Party or Decline to State. The depiction of Independent Party was confusing, in that there was a ballot for them, as well, and many voters were confused.

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Bodega Bay Beat Bodega Bay Beat - July 2016
June 29, 2016
by Joan Poulos

Election Day is always interesting in Bodega Bay. The Primary, June 7, was confusing in that there were five different ballots to choose from. The voters who declined to elect a party could vote in the Democratic Primary, but not the Republican primary. They could also vote Green Party or Decline to State. The depiction of Independent Party was confusing, in that there was a ballot for them, as well, and many voters were confused.

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Bodega Bay Beat Bodega Bay Beat - June 2016
May 27, 2016
by Joan Poulos

The Fish Fest was successful as always, although the weather cut into the profit margin a little. The community reaps the benefit of the hard work all these citizens put in and the money they earn (and distribute to the community). The annual “success fest” is June 17 at the Grange Hall and a great “success”in and of itself. Don’t forget the Firefighters’ Pancake breakfast July 2 .It is always excellent (even if you don’t elect to buy a glass of champagne.)

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A Secret Garden A Secret Garden in Bodega Bay
May 25, 2016

A periwinkle wisteria drips its flowers casually across an open gate beckoning guests to enter Bodega Bay’s new Secret Gardens. Transformation from the outside world to this West Sonoma Brigadoon is instantaneous as arrivals walk into a place of peaceful retreat.   

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Bodega Bay Beat Bodega Bay Beat - May 2016
May 1, 2016
by Joan Poulos

As usual, the community put together a smashing Fish Fest. The countless hours the workers put in even before the event are too seldom honored. This year’s Give Fish A Chance, superimposed on a Peace symbol, was the subject of some head scratching. We finally came down to agree that both Fish and Peace were much on our minds, and that our community is dedicated to furthering the welfare of both. The crowds were big, especially on Sunday, since Saturday was a “drought-less“ day (a phrase coined by one of the many parking helpers who advised against cutting across the swale to get to the site).

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National Association of Social Workers Honor Russian River Sisters National Association of Social Workers to Honor Russian River Sisters
April 1, 2016
The National Association of Social Workers (NASW), California Chapter, Region A, Sonoma Unit honors the Russian River Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence with the distinguished Public Citizen of the Year Award. 
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Bodega Bay Beat Bodega Bay Beat - April 2016
April 1, 2016
by Joan Poulos

Hitchcock still has it. The local Chamber of Commerce sponsored a movie night, featuring The Birds and North by Northwest. The Birds, as usual, was a big hit, with the little squeals when the birds attacked, and the happy little applause when the movie was over. It is unique to watch this movie in Bodega Bay even though the Tides is new and different and the School Teacher’s House is really in Bodega. Kudos to the Chamber for preserving this classic experience (although now they have added popcorn.) 

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Bodega Bay Beat Bodega Bay Beat - March 2016
March 1, 2016
by Joan Poulos

Travel is wonderful; getting home is even better.  As I watched the rolling surf this morning, I was reminded of how beautiful the clouds were in Ethiopia; but how beautiful they are here, too.

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Bodega Bay Crabber - Diego - idle crab pots Bodega Bay Crab Fleet still testing crabs with Domoic Acid
February 18, 2016

After hearing input from the commercial fishermen and public at large, the seven-person committee voted unanimously to pass on opening commercial fishing from Point Reyes south.

Their recommendation to Dr. Smith will be to either open commercial fishing state wide or by districts for the following reasons.

1. Protection of the Public.

2. To avoid a concentration of crab cages around Point Reyes for the protection of migrating whales.

3.  To conform to proven, existing rules of safety for consumers.

Bodega Bay commercial fishermen will continue to pull test crabs from the water until they come up with two clean tests in a row.

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Bodega Bay crab fishermen test crab for domoic acid Bodega Bay Crab Fishermen still in Limbo
February 10, 2016
Jim Kelly reports from the coast that crab were tested clean a couple of weeks ago which was followed up by a dirty test. Spots up and down the California coast are coming up with two clean tests so we will know soon if tests start coming in consistently clean. But until its consistent - no crab can be harvested.
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