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Posted on November 8 at 7:55 a.m.

Come to the talk to find out :)

Or check the Heyday Books publication titled something like "It Will Live Forever: Yosemite Indian Acorn Preparation" by Julia Parker and Bev Ortiz. In the back is a recipe, "Julia Parker's New Way Acorn" that simplifies the process, but it's still not fast food.

On Celebrating California's Native Foods

Posted on April 25 at 3:26 p.m.

Yes, the Ag Commissioner is probably hoping that people will be mollified because they won't have to breathe pesticide spray. Actually the chemical they plan to apply to the ground around the trees is of longer-lasting concern. It is a systemic insecticide, meaning the tree will absorb it into the leaves, flowers and fruit, and it will remain poisonous for a long time. It will certainly kill bees that visit the flowers to collect nectar or pollen. And people who don't want to consume pesticides might prefer not to eat the fruit of trees that are treated in this way.

On Pesticide Travels Throughout Plant

Posted on August 16 at 6:33 a.m.

Many years ago, in my youth, I once jumped from a moving horse. Crossing a small bridge, it spooked and suddenly took off running. I lost my balance and was afraid of getting dragged, so I jumped. Stupid, yes; fortunately I was just shaken, not hurt. But maybe that's what this rider was thinking. Hope all recover quickly from this unfortunate accident.

On Six People Injured During Horse Ride

Posted on June 20 at 9:13 a.m.

This headline is misleading. The Gathering is not merely "Chumash Basket Weaving"-- this is a statewide event that brings in highly skilled California Indian basketweavers from many different tribes.

On Indian Basket Weaving

Posted on April 25 at 8:23 p.m.

I'm so sorry about the loss of David, who was a fine person and a tremendous asset to the museum and the community. His wisdom and his wit will be greatly missed. It's unfortunate, the phrasing "details not made public," "undisclosed," etc. Makes people assume there's something to hide. Why not just write "an accident," period? Then more details can be provided later, if the family thinks it's anyone else's business.

On David Bisol Dies

Posted on March 28 at 7:05 a.m.

I do have a home in Mission Canyon, and here's my input: If you must clear "brush" (=native vegetation), do NOT do so during bird nesting season February to July. There is absolutely no reason why it cannot be done during the rest of the year.

On Fuel Break Squabble

Posted on October 6 at 7:30 a.m.

The map is of UC Berkeley, not UCSB. Says so right on it.

On UCSB’s University Art Museum Switches Gears

Posted on August 11 at 6:47 a.m.

Nitpick all you want, SezMe, but those are minor points in a good, informative story. The Santa Ynez River was significant steelhead habitat until Bradbury Dam(n) blocked migration, and it will be key in restoration of this species.

The relevance of Gibraltar is that the Mission Tunnel, which brings water from the reservoir into the city water system, has captured the springs that formerly fed Mission Creek. After the tunnel was built and later augmented, a once-perennial stream that supported steelhead became intermittent and frequently dry in summer. The restoration of natural water flows in Mission Creek will be a factor if steelhead are to recolonize this stream.

On Steelhead Trout Recovery Project Bigger Than Ever

Posted on August 10 at 7:17 a.m.

The historic Old Mission Dam in the Botanic Garden will be the insurmountable barrier to steelhead passage into the upper Mission Creek watershed. However, the Rattlesnake Creek drainage branches off Mission Creek below the dam, and once the downstream barriers are removed, the fish will have access to the excellent spawning areas there. Kudos to SB Creeks Division, the EDC and all the agencies who are involved in this worthwhile project.
p.s. "Bradbury Damn" -- an appropriate spelling from the fish point of view.

On Steelhead Trout Recovery Project Bigger Than Ever

Posted on April 28 at 7:18 a.m.

Yes; next door, in fact. Did you not see any of the earlier coverage about this? See today's Daily Sound for more details.

On Arson Identified in Mission Canyon Residential Fire

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