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Bodega Bay Beat by Joan Poulos

Bodega Bay, California

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

Thank you, and thank you, to the Coast Guard Auxiliary for putting up the little holiday tree at the end of the breakwater again this year. We hold our breath each year, hoping no tragedy will befall it. We have had years with no tree (electricity failure; personnel change, etc.) and it just isn’t the holiday season without it. Normally it stays up until Epiphany (January 6) but those of us who simply admire and don’t perspire love WE DID IT!!! we can get.

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Crab Traps Bodega Bay Crab Fishermen Update
February 1, 2016

On Wednesday, January 20, crab tests will have began again, weather permitting. Check the Gazette website for updates.

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

Thank you, and thank you, to the Coast Guard Auxiliary for putting up the little holiday tree at the end of the breakwater again this year. We hold our breath each year, hoping no tragedy will befall it. We have had years with no tree (electricity failure; personnel change, etc.) and it just isn’t the holiday season without it. Normally it stays up until Epiphany (January 6) but those of us who simply admire and don’t perspire love WE DID IT!!! we can get.

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Crab Traps Bodega Bay Crab Traps Remain Onshore
January 1, 2016
As the heavy clouds roll into Northern California this holiday season bringing a blessing of rain to the parched soil, we can give thanks to the Los Niño currents. But for a large number of families living on Sonoma’s coast, this Christmastime will bring to them no tree, no gifts, no songs around a warming fire.
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Bodega Bay Beat Bodega Bay Beat - December 2015
December 1, 2015
by Joan Poulos
First of all, a date correction. Fish Fest will be held April 9 and 10. The tall ships are coming April 13. Apparently both the Chieftain and Lady Washington will be here. Go online and get tickets if you are interested.
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Mason's Marina Bodega Bay UPDATE: Mason's Marina Community Feedback Impacts Plans
November 19, 2015
In response to the feedback we have decided to defer the feasibility study and focus our current efforts on improvements to the docks and boat slips of Mason’s Marina and other improvements to address safety and environmental concerns including testing for soil and ground water contamination from the Mason’s Marina gas station.  
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Joan Poulos - Bodega Bay Beat Bodega Bay Beat - November 2015
November 1, 2015
by Joan Poulos
These are interesting times for legal junkies like me, and for others who have even a passing interest in laws and politics.   For those of us who supported the Death With Dignity legislation (SB 128) it was refreshing to see our Governor allow the legislation to stand.  His statement reflected his own angst (being Jesuit trained and with the Catholic church opposing the measure) and his understanding that his veto would have deprived many terminally ill of choices.  This helps remind us that when we support a candidate we need to inquire who they ARE, and not be swayed by groups that support or oppose, or even by individual votes that we disagree with.
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Joan Poulos - Bodega Bay Beat Bodega Bay Beat - October 2015
October 1, 2015
by Joan Poulos
This will be a short column. On Labor Day I tried to go to my friend John Hershey’s book signing. He and his friend Simone have put out a beautiful book. Apparently it went well ( I am told) but I took a fierce tumble down the hill and smashed my elbow on the railroad tie holding in the cascading chips. Once again Bodega Bay ‘s finest came to my rescue and whisked me yelling and whimpering to Sutter. Since it was a holiday, staff was sparse. The excellent doctor discovered that I needed steel plates inserted. No supplier would get them out on a holiday so I had a two and a half day wait for surgery ( about a seven hour procedure,I am told) I have been asked my impression of the new Sutter hospital. Since I am typing this with one finger, it will be brief. The facility is very nice, but will be even better when entirely finished. (The electrician was still working next to my room.)As with any new structure, the personnel changes/procedures take awhile. Most are really great nurses; some are pretty testy who could take some brush up training on public relations. In all it looks like a good addition to our community.
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Joan Poulos - Bodega Bay Beat Bodega Bay Beat - September 2015
September 1, 2015
by Joan Poulos
More than 100 citizens, including Supervisor Efren Carrillo, came to the Grange July 29 to try to find out what was going to happen at Gleason Bay. CalTrans was gracious and professional but they had far too few answers to please the crowd. The EIR (environmental impact report) and the documents may be commented upon until August 23. 
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Joan Poulos - Bodega Bay Beat Bodega Bay Beat - August 2015
August 1, 2015
by Joan Poulos
Welcome to THE best place to spend summer. School is out; elections are held, and Farmers’ Market starts. This is in addition to a continuing salmon season and even a little rain.
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Joan Poulos - Bodega Bay Beat Bodega Bay Beat - July 2015
July 1, 2015
by Joan Poulos
Welcome to THE best place to spend summer. School is out; elections are held, and Farmers’ Market starts. This is in addition to a continuing salmon season and even a little rain.
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Joan Poulos - Bodega Bay Beat Bodega Bay Beat - June 2015
June 1, 2015
by Joan Poulos
June is a special month in Bodega Bay. School is out; elections are held, and Farmers’ Market starts. This is in addition to a continuing salmon season and even a little rain.
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Joan Poulos - Bodega Bay Beat Bodega Bay Beat - May 2015
May 1, 2015
by Joan Poulos
We had some good news and some bad news in Bodega Bay last month. The good news is that the Fisherman’s Festival (Fish Fest) was a huge success. The weather co-operated and the sea was quiet for the Blessing of the Fleet. 
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Joan Poulos - Bodega Bay Beat Bodega Bay Beat - April 2015
April 1, 2015
by Joan Poulos
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