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Posted on September 6 at 6:44 p.m.
I'm curious if crusher-destemmers could be made to use the technology available on table saws whereby the blade stops instantly if it hits something soft. They won't even damage a raw hot dog. I know the winery machines don't have a blade like a saw but the technology might work?
On Winemaker Loses Right Hand in Harvest Accident
Posted on August 12 at 10:25 a.m.
It's not "IN" Goleta per official maps. 93111 is SB.
On Multiple Murder Victims Found in Home Near Goleta
Posted on May 1 at 6:04 a.m.
loony goes off on a tangent about Bundy and we're no longer talking about the Adventure Pass. . .
On Adventure Pass Foes Claim Victory
Posted on April 30 at 3:51 p.m.
The adventure pass was put in place to fund improvements in the forecast. Initially it was run by FS employees.
With outside concessionaires running it and taking their profit, how can it possibly be making any money to fund anything? I want to see the balance sheet on the program, complete with how much the outside vendor is taking, what it has funded in the forest, and so on.
The concessionaires have a racket going and they aren't going to give it up. It's complete and utter BS.
If I drive to the Upper Oso area, park on the public road before the campground, and travel into the back country, I am NOT going to be buying a pass.
Posted on March 3 at 2:36 p.m.
Uhh, you miss the point.
You said, "the weather didn't cause the drought, it was usage."
This makes no sense. Usage does not affect how much it rains. Drought it caused by lack of rain, which we have had for the last several winters, including this one when it has scarcely rained at all until last week.
Usage could/does affect how much humans have in storage for our own uses, but it does not cause drought.
On Rainstorm Lands With Ferocity
Posted on March 1 at 2:50 p.m.
The usage caused the drought?
Sooooo, more people using water causes it to not rain?
Interesting theory. May want to put the bong down now.
Posted on December 9 at 9:38 a.m.
EB - there may be larger issues involved, but for me the real stink of the Adventure Pass is that it has never done what it was put in place for.
It was started as a pilot program to fund improvements. It was initially run by FS staff, with outside vendors in town selling the pass as well. There have been no improvements that I've seen, or that are listed publicly where we could all see what a benefit this has been (yeah, right). Now it is run by an outside for-profit concessionaire, so how much of the income is even going to the FS for these nonexistent improvements?
p.s. thanks for the suggestion about ignoring the kiosk. I tried to do that once and maybe it was just a bad day to be there, but I had the woman who was there yell at us and stand in front of the car when we tried to go past (this is several years back). I'll have to try it again.
On Los Padres Forest Proposes Changes in Recreation Fees
Posted on December 8 at 9:09 a.m.
It's hard to avoid having to deal with the pass when you go to the Paradise Rd areas since the concessionaire has a kiosk and gate across the road.
I've never bought the pass and never will, but it does prevent me from getting past that gate into the upper Paradise Rd areas. I go up there less than I used to for that reason.
Posted on November 26 at 4:32 p.m.
Anyone who has explored out there a bit knows that the islands are extremely rugged/potentially dangerous. We need to be careful about increased access where it could lead to increased need for rescues, more possibility of lawsuits due to death/injury, and a resulting spiral into ever more and more development in the name of "safe access".
Not to mention the many Chumash sites and indigenous flora/fauna.
My vote - leave them exactly as is. Access isn't that easy, so there aren't a lot of yahoos getting into trouble.
On Future of the Channel Islands
Posted on September 30 at 11:48 a.m.
The details posted don't make sense.
Landed near Mariposa Reina, took off again at El Cap.
So he drove on 101 for about 10 miles?
On Plane Makes Emergency Landing On Highway 101