The Coastal Post - June 2000

News Briefs

EPA's Diesel Fuel Sulfur Reduction Too Much

A proposal by the Environmental Protection Agency to reduce the sulfur content in diesel fuel goes too far, too fast, says NATSO, the association representing the nation's travel plaza and truckstop industry.

"EPA's proposal could seriously disrupt our nation's diesel fuel supply and delivery system," said NATSO President W. Dewey Clower. "Under this ill-conceived proposal, diesel fuel producers, distributors, and retailers may not be able to deliver an adequate supply of diesel fuel to consumers."

While the petroleum industry supports a 90 percent reduction in diesel sulfur levels, EPA's would be a 97 percent cut, and it has failed to provide any compelling technical justification to support its proposal.

Furthermore, EPA's proposal could result in a phase-in of the new ultra-low sulfur fuel, requiring retailers to carry two different grades, which would exacerbate supply and price volatility, and prove potentially devastating financially for travel plaza and truckstop operators who do not have the means to deliver two grades of highway diesel.

Chili Cook-Off

Mesa House, a licensed Assisted Living Facility for residents of West Marin and their families, administered by West Marin Senior Services, and located at 331 Mesa Road in Pt. Reyes Station, will be celebrating its first anniversary on Saturday, June 3 with a Western Shindig and Chili (and cornbread) Cook-off from 12:30-4pm.

There is no entry fee for the cook-off, but contestants are encouraged to contact 663-8148 for contest rules and categories of judging. Chili and/or cornbread should be brought to Mesa House by 1:00 for judging. Prizes will be awarded at 2:00.

There will be live western music and other food besides chili.

Clinics' Fiesta Benefit

The Coastal Health Alliance, which operates the Point Reyes, Stinson Beach, and Bolinas clinics, will hold a Fiesta Celebration benefit on June 17 from 5-8:30pm at Toby's Feed Barn in Pt. Reyes Station.

There will be live music, Texas-style Mexican dancing, and gourmet food from both sides of the border. The Alliance is a non-profit organization owned by the West Marin community. For more information, call Executive Director John Severson at 663-8666.

Insect Threatens Southland Agriculture

Insects which threaten grapes and other major crops in California, glassy-winged sharpshooters, have been discovered in Porterville by Tulare County agriculture officials, who are deploying additional traps in the South County area to determine the extent of the infestation. The counties include Kern, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Santa Barbara, and Ventura.

In March, Governor Gray Davis announced a plan to sponsor legislation to provide $14 million over two years to fight this insect, and Pierce's disease.

For more information, visit the California Department of Food and Agriculture's webpage at

San Geronimo Art Show

The paintings of Priscilla Patey of Forest Knolls will be presented at the Two Bird Cafe in the Valley Inn, at 625 San Geronimo Drive off Sir Francis Drake Blvd. through June, Wednesday-Sunday, 8am-3pm and 5:30-9pm.

Using gouache paint with attention to detail, stylized motifs are juxtaposed with realistic subjects to create a magical atmosphere.

For reservations, call 488-0105, and to speak to the curator, Susan Wilson Rodgers, call 488-0528.

Marin Children Need Loving Homes

Learn about becoming a foster or adoptive parent at an Information Meeting offered by the Marin County Department of Health and Human Services on Thursday, May 25 or June 22, from 7-9pm at 10 North San Pedro Rd., Room 1018 (at the north end of the building), San Rafael. Additional meetings will be held the fourth Thursday of each month.

Approximately 200 Marin children need loving foster and/or adoptive homes each year. You can make a genuine difference in the life of a child waiting to belong.

Call 499-7118 for more information.

Salmon Season Opened May 1

Commercial salmon fishing season in California opened May 1 and continues through September 30. Most of the fish brought to market early in the season will be harvested between Monterey and San Francisco.

California is the leading producer of troll-caught (hook-and-line) King salmon along the Pacific Coast. Most of the catch is comprised of Sacramento River Fall-Run Chinook salmon, which continued to have above-average returns last year. "Last year the commercial salmon trolling fleet caught 3.5 million pounds of California King SalmonĘ, a 100 percent increase over the 1998 catch of 1.7 million pounds," said Walter Doll, Chairman of the California Salmon Council.

Last year's catch yielded extremely large fish that exhibited deep salmon coloring and intense flavor. This generated a lot of enthusiasm by consumers, restaurateurs, exporters and custom smokehouses.

The Pacific Fisheries Management Council, a regulatory body that manages the Pacific fishing season, predicts the commercial salmon troll industry will land as much or more King salmon this year.

Consumers can once again find fishermen selling salmon directly from their boats. In response to an influx of cheap imported farm-raised salmon from Chile, fishermen have set up organized markets at local ports. The prices are below retail and they also offer consumers the added confidence that the salmon they purchase are local, fresh and of the highest quality.

Direct marketing is expected at ports in Half Moon Bay, San Francisco, Santa Cruz, Bodega Bay and Moss Landings. Consumers wishing more information can call the local port harbor office for time and locations.

Sacramento River Fall-Run salmon are bountiful because of decades of work undertaken by fishermen to conserve and enhance these fish. When dams

along rivers to capture water, so did construction of hatcheries, which replenish salmon stocks by the millions each year.

Doll wants consumers to know that not all salmon are alike. "Salmon species vary on where they're caught, and whether they're from the ocean or farm-raised. California salmon, or Chinooks, are called Kings because they are the most prized as well as the largest of the five species of Pacific Salmon." King salmon have a higher oil content and are a favorite among professional chefs. Nutrition studies have found that eating fish such as salmon once a week reduces the risk of heart disease. Ocean-caught King salmon have higher levels of the Omega-3 fatty acids that are good for the heart.

Visit the California Salmon Council website at for more information.

Fishermen contribute two cents per pound of their catch to fund the Council's marketing programs.

The Council has developed a new consumer recipe brochure. For a free copy, send a self-addressed, stamped, business-size envelope to California Salmon Council, POB 2255, Folsom, CA 95763-2255.

Dipsea Historical Photo Exhibit

The Stinson Beach Historical Society announces a photographic exhibit curated by member Shirley Mitchell, titled "The Dipsea Trail 1923" at the Historical Corner in the Stinson Beach Library from May 20-August 20.

In 1923, Mr. Watson Howden photographed the Dipsea Trail from Mill Valley to Stinson Beach, recording the trail's twists, turns and views. Photographs of Lytton Square, the Dipsea Stairs, Windy Gap, Lone Tree, the Moors and the finish line will also be on display, along with trail maps by Dewey Livingston, a West Marin historian and hiker.

Call 868-0553 for more information, or to talk to the curator, 707-785-3738.

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