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Horoscopes
 
Aries (3/21-4/19):
Action and adventure await you this Thursday, though not before hours of pointless exposition and predictable plot twists.
  
Taurus (4/20 - 5/20):
Your financial situation takes a turn for the worse this week when that damn quarter slips loose and falls behind the sofa cushion.
   
Gemini (5/21 - 6/20): 
 They say you have the grace of a dancer and the agility of a world-class gymnast. After that, though, it's usually just a bunch of mean-spirited laughter.
 
Cancer (6/21-7/22): 
Either the whole thing is just one big coincidence, or they named a deadly species of blood-sucking parasite after you for a reason.
 
Leo (7/23-8/22):
 While it's true that love has no boundaries, no limits, and no rules, your court-appointed restraining order has all three.
 
Virgo (8/23-9/22): 
Avoid making any important decisions this week. And, come to think of it, next week as well. In fact, assume this is always the case unless the stars tell you otherwise.
 
Libra (9/23-10/22):
Possessed by satanic forces, your dog will soon order you to murder all those squirrels.
 
Scorpio (10/23-11/21): 
 You never thought you'd end up a billionaire, living in a palatial mansion, and jet-setting around the world. So it's no real disappointment, when you don't.
 
Sagittarius (11/22-12/21):
Everyone wants to live forever, but in your case it would just mean more time being chased by an angry swarm of bees.
 
Capricorn (12/22-1/19): 
Your extremely trying week will not be improved by your decision to deal with all problems by leaning on the horn.
 
Aquarius (1/20-2/18): 
Your perfectionist streak will consume you this week when you attempt to posit the world's single most precise chaos theory.
 
Pisces (2/19-3/20):
The alignment of the stars and the planets this week can only mean one thing: You're looking at a very simplistic, two-dimensional model of our solar system.

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Glory Hole Photo Album

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Lake Berryessa Watershed Partnership Focus Group (and Goodies!)

Free launch passes and other goodies will be available from the Lake Berryessa Watershed Partnership at Markley Cove on Saturday, Aug. 23.

Boater Focus Groups – Helping boaters keep engine fluids out of our waterways is a major focus for the Boater Education Program at Lake Berryessa. To make sure we’re doing the best job possible in our outreach efforts, we’ll be conducting Focus Groups to let boaters tell us what they think about our messaging, our methods and our program.

There will be a Focus Group Session at Lake Berryessa on Saturday August, 23. Participants will receive tote bags of goodies, free launch passes and snacks. To participate, boaters should contact Mike Gordon at Michael.gordon@solanorcd.org or 707-678-1655 x 122.

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Excitement at The Corners! New Businesses Arrive.

The good news is that I had to update the Lake Berryessa News’ detailed map of Lake Berryessa to include four new businesses. There’s a new version of the map available for download at the left.

Berryessa Highlands folks will finally have a place to go again for groceries, food, drink, and socializing.

Yevo Jeworowski, formerly of Boone’s Saloon fame at the Spanish Flat Village Center, recently purchased the Corners property previously known as the Crossroads. He will open Steele Canyon Brewery and Steele Canyon Pizza in October. He and his partner are installing a mini-brewery now. The Steele Canyon Saloon has a liquor license and will serve a full range of cocktails along with delicious craft brews, pizza, and appetizers.

Greeley Wright and his family have opened the Lake Berryessa Market on weekends. Greeley is a very outgoing person who is enthusiastic about his new venture. He and his family recently moved to the Berryessa Highlands from San Jose. You can stop by on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays now for a range of items. Greeley will formally open the full Lake Berryessa Market in October.

The fourth business is also a Greeley Wright venture - an on-line ordering and delivery service. He calls it Greeley’s Groceries. The web site will be www.LakeBerryessaMarket.com. His business card describes it thus:

“Greeley’s grocery and delivery service is a rural grocer committed to serving the communities of Berryessa Highlands, Circle Oaks, and the surrounding areas. Customers can order groceries/products from our web site, by phone, or at the market. Orders are available for pick-up at the market the following day or can be delivered to your home for an additional charge. Items available for order include, but are not limited, to groceries, dry-goods, appliances, and lumber.”

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Lake Berryessa Ski Boat Rentals, Wakeboard Boat Rentals, Pontoon Boat Rentals, Waverunner Rentals, Paddleboard Rentals, Kayak Rentals, and Fishing Boat Rentals

Lake Berryessa is still 260 deep at the dam. California’s drought is hardly affecting Lake Berryessa – it’s going to be an outstanding season! Lake Berryessa has 165 miles of shore line and one of the largest and cleanest lakes in California. Lake Berryessa has more miles of shoreline than Lake Tahoe and certainly Folsom Lake. The shore has beautiful oak and pine trees on the west side and large hills and cliffs on the east side. Oak Shores & Smittle Creek day use areas have a ton of picnic and swimming areas with shade and tables. We have the best boat and jet ski rentals in Northern California and the best lake closest to the Bay Area and Sacramento.

Directions to Lake Berryessa Boat & Jet Ski Rentals

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Love the Lake

Berryessa Highlands property owner. Eric Stone, came up with the Love the Lake stickers that were so popular last year. He's expanded into a range of other Love Lake Berryessa items.

 

http://www.lovethelake.bigcartel.com/

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Reclamation Announces Summer/Fall Park Events and Interpretive Programs at Lake Berryessa

The Bureau of Reclamation’s Central California Area Office announces  summer and fall park events and Park Ranger interpretive programs at Lake Berryessa in Napa County, Calif. All activities will be held rain or shine and are free of charge. Participants will need to pay day use or camping fee for walks and programs held in  the concession areas. Activity descriptions state if a day use or camping fee is required. Some programs have group-size limitations, so please contact the Park Ranger office or recreation planner regarding availability. Participants should wear sturdy shoes and clothing appropriate for the weather and bring water and sunscreen for daytime activities. Children are welcome, but those under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Night Walk
Saturday, Aug. 2, 8 to 9:30 p.m.
Steele Canyon Recreation Area campground
Join a Park Ranger for an evening walk and discover “what goes bump in the night.” Learn about the nocturnal critters that call Lake Berryessa home and experience the night time world using all your senses. Day use or camping fees at Steele Canyon Recreation Area apply. For details and directions, please contact Mike McGraw at 707-966-2111 ext. 112 or mmcgraw@usbr.gov.

Snakes Alive! (Campfire Program)
Saturday, Aug. 9, 7:30 to 9 p.m.
Putah Canyon Recreation Area campground
Join a Park Ranger and explore the world of rattlesnakes and their kin. Separate fact from fiction and learn the valuable role these amazing animals play in the ecosystem. Following the program will be a marshmallow roast. Day use or camping fees at Putah Canyon Recreation Area apply. For details and directions, please contact Mike McGraw at 707-966-2111 ext. 112 or mmcgraw@usbr.gov.

Evening with a Park Ranger (Campfire Program)
Saturday, Aug. 23, 7:30 to 9 p.m.
Spanish Flat Recreation Area campground
Join a Park Ranger around a campfire and learn the story of Lake Berryessa. Discover the human drama behind the scenery from early Native American inhabitants to the residents of Northern California who now depend on Berryessa’s waters. Following the program will be a marshmallow roast. Day use or camping fees at Spanish Flat Recreation Area apply. For details and directions, please contact Mike McGraw at 707-966-2111 ext. 112 or mmcgraw@usbr.gov.

C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation, Kids Fishing Event
Saturday, Sept. 13, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Pleasure Cove Marina
Reclamation, in partnership with Pleasure Cove Marina, is hosting the Fifth Annual C.A.S.T. (Catch a Special Thrill) for Kids Fishing Event. The C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation provides children with disabilities or disadvantages an opportunity to experience the sport of fishing. Kids will be partnered with anglers for a morning on beautiful Lake Berryessa. Reclamation is looking for boaters, volunteers and children to participate in this great event. To volunteer or register a child, please contact Jason Jordan at 707-966-2111 ext 143 or jgjordan@usbr.gov.

Nocturnal Happenings (Evening Program and Walk)
Friday, Sept. 19, 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Putah Canyon Recreation Area
Join a Park Ranger for an evening talk and walk to discover which animals call Lake Berryessa home. Learn about the special adaptations needed to survive in this rugged landscape. Day use or camping fees at Putah Canyon Recreation Area apply. For details, directions and to RSVP, please contact Victoria Payan at 707-966-2111 ext. 113 or vpayan@usbr.gov.

California Coastal Cleanup Day
Saturday, Sept. 20, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Pope Creek Bridge Parking Lot & Markley Cove Area
Join Reclamation, the Solano Resource Conservation District and partners for this annual lake and shoreline clean up event. Volunteers will clean up the shoreline of Lake Berryessa as part of the State-wide event. Since the program began in 1985, over 800,000 Californians have removed more than 15 million pounds of debris from California’s shorelines and coast. To volunteer, please contact Jason Jordan at 707-966-2111 ext 143 or jgjordan@usbr.gov.

Nature Hike – Fall Foray
Saturday, Oct. 18 and Saturday Nov. 1, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Meet at the Smittle Creek Day Use Parking Lot
Join a Park Ranger for a leisurely hike on the Smittle Creek Trail along the western shoreline of the lake. Enjoy an autumn day exploring California’s unique Blue Oak woodland and the tranquility of Lake Berryessa. Meet at the south end of the Smittle Creek Day Use Area parking lot, off of Knoxville-Berryessa Road. Vehicles can be shuttled to the trail end point at Coyote Knolls within the Oak Shores Day Use Area. Hikers can stay with the Park Ranger for the entire 2.6 mile, 3-hour hike or leave early if they choose. Bring a lunch to enjoy on the hike. For details and directions, please contact Mike McGraw at 707-966-2111 ext. 112 or mmcgraw@usbr.gov.

National Public Lands Day
Saturday, Nov. 15, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: Eticuera Day Use Area
Help restore Lake Berryessa’s native landscape at this restoration event. Volunteers will plant native plants and trees as part of an ongoing restoration effort. To volunteer, please contact Jason Jordan at 707-966-2111 ext. 143 or jgjordan@usbr.gov.

Lake Berryessa Water Education Program
Available by Appointment
Oak Shores Day Use Area
The Lake Berryessa Water Education Program is an interdisciplinary learning experience for students in grades
4-6. The program integrates the natural resources of Lake Berryessa with California State curriculum standards. Classes join a Park Ranger at the lake to learn about the importance of water in their lives. In addition to the onsite learning experience, a teacher packet is available with logistical information and pre- and post-site activities. Berryessa Park Rangers may be available to conduct pre-site classroom visits. For more details on this free program, please contact Mike McGraw at 707-966-2111, ext. 112 or mmcgraw@usbr.gov.

Paddle With A Park Ranger
See locations and times below.
Experience Lake Berryessa from a unique perspective during these Ranger-led paddling tours. Paddling outings are open to experienced swimmers with a kayak, canoe or other non-motorized boat. Coast Guard-approved life jackets will be available, but boats are not available for rent. Participants should bring their boat, life jacket, paddle, sunscreen, hat, water, clothing layers depending on the weather, and a lunch/snack. Pre-registration is required, and space is limited. Changes to locations and times may occur because of fluctuating water levels. Events occur rain or shine, but high winds could cause an event to be cancelled. For details, directions and to RSVP, please contact Victoria Payan at 707-966-2111 ext. 113 or vpayan@usbr.gov.

Oak Shores Exploration – Saturday, July 19, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Meet at Foxtail Flat in Oak Shores. Trailers are not permitted inside the park. Be prepared for a strenuous walk to the shoreline.

Capell Cove Cruise – Sunday, Aug. 17, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Meet at the Capell Cove Public Boat Launch.

Oak Shores Exploration – Sunday, Oct. 12, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Meet at Foxtail Flat in Oak Shores. Trailers are not permitted inside the park. Be prepared for a strenuous walk to the shoreline.

Capell Cove Cruise – Saturday, Nov. 8, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Meet at the Capell Cove Public Boat Launch.

Special Event – Kayaks ‘n Camping – Friday and Saturday, Sept. 19 and 20
Join the Lake Berryessa Park Rangers for a special camping weekend at Putah Canyon Recreation Area. Enjoy the Nocturnal Happenings evening program and walk on Friday night, an opportunity to participate in the annual California Coastal Cleanup on Saturday morning, and a paddling outing on Saturday afternoon based out of Putah Canyon Recreation Area. Day use or camping fees at Putah Canyon Recreation Area apply.

Interpretive programs and events at Lake Berryessa tie into President Barack Obama’s America’s Great Outdoors initiative (http://americasgreatoutdoors.gov/) which seeks to empower Americans to share in the responsibility to conserve, restore and provide better access to our lands and waters and leave a healthy and vibrant outdoor legacy for generations to come. Park Ranger-led hikes and activities also support the Department of the Interior’s Let’s Move Outside initiative (http://www.letsmove.gov/lets-move-outside) which encourages children and their families to enjoy outdoor activities that abound in every city, town and community. And where better for the public to appreciate and enjoy the great outdoors than at a Reclamation facility like Lake Berryessa?
If you would like to participate in a program and need accommodation, please contact the Lake Berryessa Park Ranger Office at 707-966-2111 ext. 113 at least 14 days in advance.

Please visit the Lake Berryessa website at http://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/berryessa/index.html for additional information.

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Lake Berryessa is not a National Monument!

Proponents of the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Conservation Area, knowing that Congressman Thompson’s highly unpopular bill will never pass Congress, have begun an anti-democratic strategy to bypass Congress and have the President declare Lake Berryessa a National Monument under the Antiquities Act - simply by a stroke of his pen!

Lake Berryessa does not meet the basic standards of an NCA. And it especially doesn’t meet any criteria to become a National Monument.

The main problem affecting Lake Berryessa in all this chaos is that it was included in the original silly Berryessa Snow Mountain NCA in the first place. Lake Berryessa is like the tail of a dog that can't seem to wag the rest of the dog's body. The lake is not even connected on the map to the rest of the proposed NCA/National Monument which stretches far into Northern California. Just look at the map yourself!

At a minimum, Lake Berryessa should be removed from the boundaries of any proposed National Monument or NCA and the NCA should be renamed the Mendocino Snow Mountain NCA.

The Antiquities Act states that National Monuments should contain “historic landmarks, historic and prehistoric structures, and other objects of historic or scientific interest” and be “the smallest area compatible with the proper care and management of the objects to be protected.” Lake Berryessa meets neither criteria and clearly falls into the “Rural Developed Setting” under the government’s own Water and Land Recreation Opportunity Spectrum Users' Handbook (WALROS) quoted below. This designation should immediately exclude it from National Monument or NCA consideration. And Lake Berryessa and the surrounding areas are already highly protected.

"A rural developed area is beyond a metropolitan area and the suburban ring of development. Rural developed areas may serve as "bedroom" communities for urban areas and may contain working farms, ranches, and towns. In this setting, primary road networks are common. Although development will be prevalent and common, the setting has a pastoral sense because of an interspersing of forests, water resources, hills, valleys, canyons, wetlands, open spaces, and agricultural lands. Naturally appearing shoreline edges are common, although various water controls or other structures are also common. Recreation management is prevalent and common but not as extensive as in an urban setting.”
 
Lake Berryessa is a man-made lake with no special historical or environmental significance, created by a minor dam and surrounded by bedroom communities and private land. It has historically been a major public recreation destination. Although I have been a long-standing critic of the Bureau of Reclamation in the past, its recent actions show that Reclamation is doing an excellent job in managing the future development process for the revitalization of the lake. Reclamation’s last Public Forum presentation in Winters of the status and results of the ongoing planning process for the lake’s redevelopment were extremely thorough and professional. It included drafts of detailed Market Assessment and Financial Analysis, Conceptual Site Plans, and Infrastructure Design Report. These are all available for review at their web site:

http://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/berryessa/updates/index.html

How would a National Monument designation affect residents, property owners, and ranchers in the boundaries? How would the designation affect the NBRID, the Berryessa Highlands, and the potential Community Services District being planned for that region?

A National Monument is traditionally managed by the National Park Service, but the Bureau of Land Management has often been designated as the manager in the legislation. A National Monument designation would force out the Bureau of Reclamation - as would Thompson’s other bill in Congress. His management transfer bill, HR4166, does not enjoy popular support among the people affected and has never had any significant public input. What would be the cost of the transition and who would pay for it? How long would it delay the present process? What specifically can the BLM do better an faster than the BOR?

What happens to current Reclamation employees, some long-term, who care as much about the lake as do local residents? Their lives would be seriously affected, their jobs could be eliminated, their families could be uprooted for no good reason.

A National Monument designation could severely restrict public access to and future development at the lake - as could an NCA designation. The usual radical exclusionist suspects have already been floating the idea that some of the resorts should not be reopened at all, reopened with limited amenities, or reopened for day use only. 

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Reclamation Announces Hours of Operation for Recreation Facilities at Lake Berryessa

The Bureau of Reclamation’s Central California Area Office announces the hours of operation for recreation facilities at Lake Berryessa for 2014:

Dufer Point Visitor Center
May 18 through September 1: Weekends and Holidays 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Weekdays Noon-2 p.m.; closed Wednesdays

The Lake Berryessa Visitor Center offers displays and exhibits on the history of Lake Berryessa, the Monticello Valley and the construction of the Solano Project. It also houses an exhibit of local wildlife (stuffed and mounted) showing the common and not-so-common animals found around the lake. Park Rangers are available to answer questions about natural resources, recreational opportunities, wildlife and the area’s history. Brochures, maps, trail guides and other educational information are available free of charge. Contact the Park Rangers at 707-966-2111 ext. 113 for information about park events, hikes, kayak tours and educational programs.

Oak Shores Day Use Area
May 1 to September 15: Open 7 a.m., Close 8 p.m.

On April 1, the seasonal closure of the northern portions of Oak Shores Day Use Area will come to an end, and the entire day use area will be available for public use from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Closing hours will move to 8 p.m. on May 1 to correspond to the longer daylight hours.

Smittle Creek Day Use Area
May 1 to September 15: Open 7 a.m., Close 8 p.m.

Other developed day use areas and dispersed access points at Lake Berryessa are open from dawn to dusk.

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Markley Cove Resort, Pleasure Cove Marina, Steele Canyon Recreation Area, Spanish Flat Recreation Area and Putah Canyon Recreation Area continue to be open and offer a variety of recreation services. For information regarding operations and services offered at concession-operated facilities, please call the concession operators or visit their websites:

Markley Cove: 707-966-2134, www.markleycoveresort.com

Pleasure Cove Marina: 707-966-9600, www.goberryessa.com

Steele Canyon Recreation Area: 707-966-9179, www.goberryessa.com

Spanish Flat Recreation Area: 707-966-9192, www.goberryessa.com

Putah Canyon Recreation Area: 707-966-9051, www.royalelkparkmanagement.com.
For questions, please contact the Lake Berryessa Field Office at 707-966-2111 ext. 0.

Please visit the Lake Berryessa website at http://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/berryessa/index.html for additional information.

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Reclamation Announces 2014 Park Events and Ranger Interpretive Programs

Lake Berryessa Water Education Program
Available by Appointment
Oak Shores Day Use Area

The Lake Berryessa Water Education Program is an interdisciplinary learning experience for students in grades 4-6. The program integrates the natural resources of Lake Berryessa with California curriculum standards. Classes join a Park Ranger at the lake to learn about the importance of water in their lives. In addition to the onsite learning experience, a teacher packet is available with logistical information and pre- and post-site activities. Berryessa Rangers are available to conduct pre-field trip classroom visits. For more details on this free program, please contact Mike McGraw at 707-966-2111, ext. 112 or mmcgraw@usbr.gov.

Displays and Exhibits
Starting on May 18: Weekends 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Weekdays Noon-2 p.m., closed Wednesdays
Lake Berryessa Visitor Center

The Lake Berryessa Visitor Center offers displays and exhibits on the history of Lake Berryessa, the Monticello Valley and the construction of the Solano Project. It also houses an exhibit of local wildlife (stuffed and mounted) showing the common and not-so-common animals found around the lake. Park Rangers are available to answer questions about natural resources, recreational opportunities, wildlife and the area’s history. Brochures, maps, trail guides and other educational information are available free of charge.

Interpretive programs and events at Lake Berryessa tie into President Barack Obama’s America’s Great Outdoors initiative (http://americasgreatoutdoors.gov/) which seeks to empower Americans to share in the responsibility to conserve, restore and provide better access to our lands and waters and leave a healthy and vibrant outdoor legacy for generations to come. Ranger-led hikes and activities also support the Department of the Interior’s Let’s Move Outside initiative (http://www.letsmove.gov/lets-move-outside) which encourages children and their families to enjoy outdoor activities that abound in every city, town and community. And where better for the public to appreciate and enjoy the great outdoors than at a Reclamation facility like Lake Berryessa?

If you would like to participate in a program and need accommodation, please contact the Lake Berryessa Park Ranger Office at 707-966-2111 ext. 113 at least 14 days in advance.
Please visit the Lake Berryessa website at http://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/berryessa/index.html for additional information.

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The Berryessa Valley History Exhibit Now Has A Web Site

Carol Fitzpatrick has developed a great new web site for the Berryessa Valley History Exhibit at the Spanish Flat Village Center with some interesting photos and personal stories about the Berryessa Valley and Town of Monticello before the Monticello Dam was built in 1958.

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Peter Kilkus, Owner/Editor
1515 Headlands Drive
Napa, CA 94558
pkilkus@gmail.com, 415-307-6906
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