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Jenner Jottings

Jenner Jottings by Tim McKusick

CONTACT Tim @ timothymckusick@gmail.com

Tim McKusick - Jenner Jottings Jenner Jottings -Tim McKusick -March 2017
March 1, 2017
Finally, a forecast of sustained sunshine here on our saturated West- County hillsides! The record amounts of rain we have experienced are a God-send of course, filling our reservoirs and hopefully recharging our over-stretched aquifers.
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Tim McKusick - Jenner Jottings Jenner Jottings -Tim McKusick - February 2017
February 2, 2017
Our emergency responders with the local fire departments and fire protection districts worked tirelessly through the storms that recently ripped through Northern CA, doing WE DID IT!!! it took to keep us safe and out of harm’s way. Responding to everything from medical emergencies and structure fires to cliff rescues and auto accidents, our rural emergency responders are truly our community heroes. 
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Tim McKusick - Jenner Jottings Jenner Jottings -Tim McKusick - January 2017
January 4, 2017
I wish a Happy 2017 to all of my readers, clients and future clients! And a very special Happy Hopeful 2017 to my wonderful editor Vesta! Her paper is really the #1 paper in Sonoma County (and southern Mendocino County!).
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Tim McKusick - Jenner Jottings Jenner Jottings -Tim McKusick - December 2016
November 25, 2016

Fall storms are pounding our rugged coastline with spectacular record-sized waves. But even on those fair-weather beach-going days, when families are drawn to the ocean, it can be dangerous. ‘Sleeper waves’ can knock you down and pull your legs out from under you as you wade in the shore-break. Before you realize what is happening you can be sucked out into the pounding surf. Such is the case last February 26, when a Lake County family of five was determined to enjoy their day at the beach in spite of the cool weather and huge waves forecast.  

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Tim McKusick - Jenner Jottings Jenner Jottings -Tim McKusick - November 2016
October 26, 2016

Good news from the Russian River Salmon and Steelhead Monitoring Program. According to Nicolas Bauer, Fisheries Scientist, (ca-sgep.ucsd.edu/russianrivercoho) as relayed toMike Keller, spokesperson for the Friends of Sheephouse Creek, results from the 2016 snorkel survey of Sheephouse Creek show a slight uptick in numbers of Coho Salmon and Steelhead over last year’s count. 2016 had 434 Coho Salmon ‘year of young’, 138 Steelhead ‘year of young’, and 8 Steelhead residents.

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Tim McKusick - Jenner Jottings Jenner Jottings -Tim McKusick - October 2016
September 26, 2016

Good news from the Russian River Salmon and Steelhead Monitoring Program. According to Nicolas Bauer, Fisheries Scientist, (ca-sgep.ucsd.edu/russianrivercoho) as relayed toMike Keller, spokesperson for the Friends of Sheephouse Creek, results from the 2016 snorkel survey of Sheephouse Creek show a slight uptick in numbers of Coho Salmon and Steelhead over last year’s count. 2016 had 434 Coho Salmon ‘year of young’, 138 Steelhead ‘year of young’, and 8 Steelhead residents.

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Tim McKusick - Jenner Jottings Jenner Jottings -Tim McKusick - August 2016
August 2, 2016

Although we have been cutting Coastal Redwoods for hundreds of years, it is only in the last quarter century that we have begun to really understand the vital role these trees play in the coastal (and world-wide) eco-systems.

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Tim McKusick - Jenner Jottings Jenner Jottings -Tim McKusick - July 2016
June 29, 2016

My work takes me all over Sonoma and neighboring counties, often times driving the rural back roads in search of the perfect ‘retreat property’ for clients wishing to escape the stress and pressures of city life, some seeking retirement and relaxation and some searching for a week-end get-away, with the goal of being able to re-charge their ‘bliss-batteries’ to get them through another week…

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Tim McKusick - Jenner Jottings Jenner Jottings -Tim McKusick - June 2016
May 27, 2016

I have never seen the Russian River Estuary with so much (bright) green matter, in such high concentrations lining the shoreline and Penny Island, and the summer (algae blooming/breeding) heat is not yet upon us. It is impossible to ignore this obvious imbalance in the River’s water chemistry any longer. One would surmise that with the Federal Government mandating this critical Estuary habitat be protected, more would be done to stem the flow of man-made pollutants from entering the waterway both upstream and in the Estuary itself.

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May 1, 2016

A Tsunami of public opinion washed over the CA Coastal Commission (CCC) at the recent CCC hearings held at the Veterans Memorial Building in Santa Rosa. The packed house overwhelmingly urged the CCC to follow the CCC Staff recommendations and REJECT the appeal by State Parks in their proposal for ‘Pay to Play’ along our Sonoma Coast. 

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Jenner Jottings -Tim McKusick - April 2016 Jenner Jottings -Tim McKusick - April 2016
March 30, 2016

The Iron Ranger debate continues. California State Parks whose plans to charge admission to many of our (currently ‘free’) beaches and parks here in Sonoma County was met with opposition from both our County Board of Supervisors as well as the Public, has appealed to the CA Coastal Commission (CCC) to push forward their ‘pay for play’ agenda. 

The recent firing of CCC executive director Charles Lester (in spite of his overwhelming support by the public) may have a direct effect on negotiations and final outcome of this disagreement between the County and State Parks. As Lester was a vocal proponent of the public’s right to access, some feel that his removal signals a shift in CCC politics leaning more towards the interests of developers, and away from assuring more and continued public access. 

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Jenner Jottings -Tim McKusick - January 2016 Jenner Jottings -Tim McKusick - February 2016
February 4, 2016
Watching the storm surge at the mouth of the Russian River, with the high seas seeming to push the river upstream against its current, I can’t help but wonder what this scene will look like with even a slight rise in sea level. The jetty which usually stands strong against the forces of the Pacific, was literally disappearing under powerful ocean waves, with brown-tinged sea foam flowing over the sandy beaches, filling the estuary.
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Jenner Jottings -Tim McKusick - January 2016 Jenner Jottings -Tim McKusick - January 2016
January 1, 2016
Jenner made the spotlight on the 11 O’clock News recently with localized flooding caused by the mix of a stormy ocean in a “king tide event” washing over the closed river mouth sandbar and backing the river up into the low lying areas of town. The recently reroofed visitor center, standing on piers at river’s edge was flooded and the Post Office and Café Aquatica parking lots a “duck’s playground”.
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Jenner Jottings-Tim McKusick Jenner Jottings - Tim McKusick - December 2015
December 1, 2015
In this season of giving thanks, I am continuingly reminded that we have so much to be thankful for. In the tiny seaside town of Jenner, we have a citizen (He politely declined to be named in an interview attempt) who you may find picking up any litter that finds its way to the roadside. I met him one evening, just as the sun was setting and the town was quiet and seemingly deserted. He had just retrieved a couple ‘stray’ kayaks from out in the river and returned them to the launch ramp area. “Kids being a little mischievous”, he said with a smile on his face. He was just performing yet another thankless task; a humble neighbor, giving to his community with nothing asked in return.
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Jenner Jottings - Tim McKusick Jenner Jottings - Tim McKusick - October 2015
October 1, 2015
The meeting room at the Timber Cove Volunteer Fire Department was filled beyond capacity as Sonoma Coastal residents met with Sonoma County’s Permit and Resources Department (PRMD) to discuss the proposed changes in the preliminary draft of the Local Coastal Plan Update.
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Jenner Jottings - Tim McKusick Jenner Jottings - Tim McKusick - September 2015
September 1, 2015
2015 marks several Community Anniversaries on the North Coast including The Sea Ranch & Timber Cove’s 50th and Gualala Ranch’s 45th.
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Jenner Jottings - Tim McKusick Jenner Jottings - Tim McKusick - August 2015
August 1, 2015
Summer has Highway One buzzing along the Sonoma Coast. With temperatures inland heading into triple digits, our pristine coastline is the ideal place to seek relief. Parked cars are once again lining up outside the locked gates of some of our more popular State Beaches. A sad state of affairs, indeed.
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Jenner Jottings - Tim McKusick Jenner Jottings - Tim McKusick - July 2015
July 1, 2015
Summer has Highway One buzzing along the Sonoma Coast. With temperatures inland heading into triple digits, our pristine coastline is the ideal place to seek relief. Parked cars are once again lining up outside the locked gates of some of our more popular State Beaches. A sad state of affairs, indeed.
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Jenner Jottings - Tim McKusick Jenner Jottings - Tim McKusick - June 2015
June 1, 2015
Things are busy in the seaside hamlet of Jenner, a popular destination for day-trippers from the bay area. Even with the Russian River at historic low flow levels, the estuary is a pleasant spot for kayaking and paddle-boarding. With the mouth of the river currently open, the tidal influences are keeping the lower river navigable and thoroughly enjoyable.
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Jenner Jottings - Tim McKusick Jenner Jottings - Tim McKusick - May 2015
May 1, 2015
I celebrated Earth Day by taking a tour of the Sonoma Valley Waste Water Treatment Plant located among the vineyards on the outskirts of the town of Sonoma. About 20 people were in attendance of this Community Open House, including a local Brownie Troop to hear how the area’s “liquid” waste is treated, processed and ultimately discharged into the environment.
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