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www.cioverdalereveille.corn January 24, 2019 The Cloverdale Reveille Page 5 EDiTORiAL Is it fake or real news? One thing already appears certain for 2019 and that is that all of us will continue to confront more and more fake news from the daily torrent of tweets, talk radio, faceless social media, Russian robots and our Nextdoor gossipers. Things could get so bad that real news won't have a chance unless it is just as sensational, loud or crude as the fake stuff. Looking ahead at the next 12 months of news, which of the follow- ing do you think will actually happen and which items would you call fake: Government shutdowns. This year will be like a rolling black- out for our federal government. Large parts of it will be opened and closed for weeks and months at a time as the divided Congress and an impeachable president play roulette with our national security, federal workers' paychecks and our tax dollars. Fake or real? Self-driving cars. Tests go well and the first fleet of driverless vehicles is allowed on Highway 101. During a rush hour episode in July, twoautomated cars collide in a first-ever driverless road rage incident, leaving a CHP officer speechless. You know it's bound to happen sooner or later. Wildfires. We can only hope the next reports of a wildfire in our region will be totally fake news. But we can't afford to take any fire warning or smell of smoke as a false alarm. It is not fake news that we now live in year-round wildfire country. We think we are better prepared for the next fires, but the truth is we still have much more to learn and do. Climate change. Go ask PG&E if climate change is real or not. The new and more extreme weather patterns of drought, less fog and high winds just cost the giant utility billions of dollars. Will it be fake news to report that PG&E's pending bankruptcy will be felt in all of our pocketbooks? Facebook confessions. The social media monster will convert to everyone's angel by scrubbing all past collected users' data off the internet and starting over. The new Facebook will be dedicat- ed to privacy and benevolent causes. A new Facebook corporate logo will feature a unicorn. Believe it? The internet breaks. Well ahead of most predictions, all Amazon and other cyber currency platforms are hacked, making the internet a counterfeit version of itself. All banking and credit card transactions are not longer secure. Millions of people at Amazon, the stock markets, government and Google become unemployed. Flea markets and garage sales start popping up everywhere just like before there was eBay. SMART arrives in Windsor. Lots of people will call this fake news. The first trains may not arrive at the Windsor station in 2019, but 2020 is looking like a good bet. Talk about completing the commuter service to Cloverdale remains another story, however. Affordable housing solutions. This serious topic will continue to require lots of serious planning and new approaches. It is not fake news to report this will be a decades-long story. We look for- ward to reporting real news about real progress. It would not be fake news to say this is everyone's problem to help solve. The end of fake news. News consumers become fatigued with Trump impeachment rumors, too many Democratic presidential candidates and too many government shutdowns. Millions of viewers cut their cables to FOX, CNN and MSNBC. There is a national blackout and when the lights come back on five days lat- er, everyone realizes they didn't miss a thing. Book sales, maga- zine and newspaper reading and old movie reruns replaced smart phone hours. People got happier and the real news of the day was all that was left. Too bad that's fake. -- Rollie Atkinson HISTORY Through the Years in the Reveille W][~he following items are selected from " I "archived issues of the Cloverdale JL Reveille. January 27, 1906 - 112 years ago Joyce Mann On Monday morning while making his rounds, the Jersey dairy milkman discov- ered a horse browsing on the public streets. The milkman informed Marshal Conner of the discovery and suggested the animal be impounded. The horse was taken in tow and placed in the pound. Later, when the milkman returned home he discovered he was shy one horse. It then dawned on the milkman that he was the owner of the horse at large and went in search of the pound keeper. He was given possession of his property, good-naturediy paid the fee and acknowledged that was a "horse" on him. January 9, 1969 - 50 years ago The Cloverdale City Council passed a resolution Tuesday night authorizing the mayor to enter into a lease agreement and option to purchase between the City of Cloverdale and owners of the land adjacent to the present sewer plant facili- ties. The agreement provides for payment of $3,500 a year rent, plus taxes, for a period of 10 years and damage payments in the amount of $3,000 a year. At the end of 10 years the city will have the option to purchase the parcel of land containing about 43 acres for $22,100. The city is faced with a cease and desist order if they do not comply with a North Coastal Water Quality Control Board order to improve Cloverdale's sewer facilities. January 26, 1994 - 25 years ago It has been over three years now since the Stagecoach Development Company of Santa Rosa clear-cut over 100 acres of oak and madrone forest on the famous Preston Ranch prop- erty just north of Cloverdale. The company then sold hun- dreds of cords of oak and madrone for firewood. Stagecoach no longer owns the Preston property. It went into foreclosure and is now the property of the Bank of San Francisco. The ques- tion now is, what is going to become of this valuable property? The Preston Ranch is not only important because of it natural values, it is an historical landmark as well. Some historical buildings are still standing that date from the time Madame Emily Preston owned the property and was head of a utopian style community there. The County of Sonoma has designated the ranch as an historical landmark, yet nothing is being done to preserve the old church or the lake house. The historical Preston Cemetery is also a concern. Many will recall that the impressive Preston Mansion was burned to the ground in a wildfire in the late 1980s. The 800-plus acre Preston property is a sensitive piece of land. Its features include vernal pools, win- ter creeks and most importantly, Preston Lake, one of the few natural mountain lakes in the county. The oak and madrone forests and riparian woodland provide habitat for a wide vari- ety of wildlife. What is to become of Preston? Its fate seems in limbo while the historical buildings continue to deteriorate, and one more piece of Sonoma County heritage crumbles. Whatever happens, let us hope that more responsible caretak- ers end up with this natural and historical prize. LETTERS OPINION This is Cloverdale Indivisible EDITOR: The Jan. 10 Reveille reported on the Jan. 3 event "Indivisible celebrates midterm election." In part, the article stat- ed, "The Democrat group hosted an event on the plaza on Jan. 3, where attendees could learn about HR1 " Cloverdale Indivisible is not a "Democrat group." Indivisible is a national movement that believes in grassroots Cannabis Country In 2019 it's all about survival Less than a month ago, I attended an hour-long panel, "Tips for Making Money in the Newly Regulated activism involving small groups of committed citizens with a vision that government institutions at all levels reflect the people Jonah RaskinMarket," that took place at the Emerald Cup served. This encompasses civil rights -- gender, race, ethnicity in Santa Rosa. and religion; economic justice; progressive values; freedom; safe- Oddly enough, no one offered any suggestions for making ty; respect and fairness within the community, money in the cannabis market, which changed drastically Indivisible groups engage with local, state and federal politi- when "adult use" became legal in California on Jan. 1, 2018. clans to communicate agreement or disagreement on policies that It's been a bad year for growers, as nearly everyone in the support or counter the movement's values by writing to and call- industry has known for months. ing politicians and encouraging the community to do the same. Hearing the news at the Emerald Cup made it sound offi- If you are interested in being a part of this movement, email cial. Tina Gordon, a board member with the International cloverdaleindivisible@gmail.com for more information. Cannabis Farmers Association, told the audience at the "Tips" News is important to our society. It informs us about events panel, "Be comfortable with the uncomfortable." around us. We thank the Reveille for the interest in reporting the She added, "I don't know how to solve the banking thing." January event. We appreciate its positive and extensive coverage. No one did, though nearly everyone at the Emerald Cup bought or sold something, including cannabis, and consumed Shirley Davis it right there at the fairgrounds. CloverdaleAs Gordon and others know, the cannabis bureaucracy has made life uncomfortable for many farmers who once earned a Helping the U.S. Coast Guard comfortable living on the black market, though they were also EDITOR: As most of you know, Jane and I are on the coast subject to arrests and rip-offs. Growers who were busted or robbed bounced back. and in the ocean a lot. Between local boating and several trips per Bouncing back isn't as easy these days. year to Southern California for diving, we have relied on the The "Tips" panel moderator, Kristin Heidelbach-Teramoto Coast Guard to project the boaters and mariners on our coasts, -- a 15-year veteran with the Teamsters Union -- summed it rivers and several lakes. With the current government shutdown, up when she said, "It's all about survival." the Coast Guard Training Center finds several young Coast Arthur Darling, 78, knows about survival in the drug cul- Guard families along with veterans, struggling to pay their bills ture. In many ways his story, which began in the 1960s, is also while they have been forced to work without pay -- indentured the story of a generation. Darling worked at The Oracle, the servitude. Jane and I are donating cash to these fine young men San Francisco underground newspaper, lived in a commune and women and their families. If you choose to donate cash, called East West House, befriended Janis Joplin before she please reach to me as we are working with a local Cloverdale fam- became famous and took drugs to flunk his physical exam for ily whose two adult children are in the Coast Guard stationed in induction into the military, which kept him out of Vietnam. Petaluma. If you are looking to donate food please reach out to the Darling wasn't always stoned, or if he was, it didn't stop Redwood Empire Food Bank. Thank you. him from working as a dishwasher, baker, carpenter, electri- Ron Pavelkaclan and plumber. Arrested a couple of times for possession of Cloverdalemarijuana, he went to jail and didn't moan and groan about it. Hezekiah Allen, the former executive director of the COMMENTARY California Growers Association, also knows about survival in Foggy Mountain Tales the cannabis industry. "I moved to Sacramento in the hopes of bridging the gap between rural California and the state government," he told Finding the way home me at the Emerald Cup. "Now, I'm in rescue mode and trying to make the best of a bad situation. Many haven't survived." Living on Pine Mountain I have come to Sadly, the Cup has lost much of the pizzazz it had during love foggy mornings. One morning I the days of pot prohibition. But after all these years, aging hip- woke up to find that the fog had hidden pies like Darling are still curious about pot, young cannabis everything below in billows of white that activists like Allen are still feisty and Teamsters organizers didn't even allow the lights of Cloverdale to like Heidelbach-Teramoto are itching for a fight. Pamela Tinnin show. It wasn't until a few hours later that All of them might help Revelation, a local company that the fog made its way up to us about 1,600 grows marijuana indoors in Graton and manufactures top- feet above the valley, grade cannabis extracts and edibles. Not long after that first fog, I dreamed that one morning I "Revelation is the redheaded step-child," Leon Sharyon told awoke to find there had been some sort of cosmic shift in the me. "Our neighbors just don't want us here." Sharyon owns night and the heavy white waves that surrounded us weren't the property at 1900 Green Valley Road where Revelation runs fog, but the ocean. In the 37 years since I came here, that all year long. dream has returned many times. Strangely enough, the dream Sharyon is an investor and also a crucial link between the doesn't hold the fear that comes with nightmares, although craft beer and the craft cannabis industries. In fact, he con- such an event would be catastrophic, nects CannaCraft, which manufactures cannabis products in Fog hasn't been the stuff of any bad dreams, but it has Santa Rosa, with Lagunitas, the Petaluma brewery, where he frightened me a time or two. One night years ago when I was served for years as the chief financial officer. driving home on a country Oregon road about as crooked as Brian Corrigan and his brother, Patrick, are the growers at the one here, I had to make my way through a fog bank that Revelation. became so heavy I kept losing sight of not only the yellow line, "We only harvest about 240 pounds a year, but it's organic, but the white line that marked the shoulder that dropped off to artisan and craft cannabis," Brian told me. He added, "We're the river, after the entourage effect: the smell, taste, high and look." Clenching the steering wheel, I drove slower and slower. The Corrigan brothers exercise near total control over cul- Finally up ahead I saw taillights and managed to make out a tivation, including room temperature. Enough cannabis is logging truck hauling an empty trailer. More than likely, the harvested at Revelation to keep five "trimmers" going all year driver knew the road, so I followed those lights and hoped for long, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m with snippers and not machines. That's a the best. After nearly a half hour of tense, slow driving, I saw boom to the local economy. the truck's brake lights come on. I stopped just behind and sat There's no noise, no smell of weed, no watchdog, no armed there waiting, guard and no barbed wire fence. Organic matter is composted A large man appeared in the dim light of my headlights. He and reused. Manzana, the factory that makes applesauce, held a flashlight pointed at my window and growled, "Have cider, vinegar and juice, causes the only ruckus in the neigh- you got a problem?" borhood. "I can't see, so I followed your lights," I said through the Across the street from Revelation, big trucks pull in and half open window, my voice shaking, pull out all day. At the height of the apple season, the only "Well, you're in my driveway," the guy said, his voice not smell is the smell of apples. so rough. "Might as well come on in. Get us a cup of coffee." Still, Graton residents complained to the county about the Moe Allen turned out to be a nice guy, about my dad's age, a cannabis at Revelation. lifelong logger. He made me coffee, put out a plate of Oreo "There's still a stigma attached to cannabis," Brian cookies and told me stories until the fog lifted. Corrigan said. "People don't know what's really going on, so It was a long time before I made a drive like that again. I they fall back on old notions, like cannabis is the gateway remember the year, 1985, just a few months after my father-in- drug and attracts bad people." law died. Murph was the one who taught me to drive in the Chuck Ross, the dynamic executive chef at Revelation, fog. He always told me that once I got on the mile stretch of the says, "we're professionals trying to make a living." Ross is dirt road to our house, "Look for the berm. Just look for the known in the trade as "The Godfather of Sauce." This year, berm." he'll make a cannabis-infused hot sauce. One night I started home after a later than usual Cloverdale At the Willow Wood Market and Caf6 in Graton, one City Council meeting. As administrative assistant to the city employee told me, "The local foes of pot bad mouth the pot manager, I also substituted for the city clerk who was ill. industry, and then go back of the caf6 and smoke a joint. That night the fog was as heavy as I had ever seen. On the That's hypocrisy." paved road, I could still see pretty well, but once through the bottom gate, the road almost disappeared from sight. Jonah Raskin, a professor emeritus at Sonoma State I drove slower and slower, my hands clenched on the University, is the author of Marijuanaland, Dispatches from wheel. Finally I was barely moving, tired and near tears, when an American War, published in French as well as English, and I remembered Murph's chuckle and his words, "Look for the shares story credit for the feature length pot film Homegrown. berm." I edged over to the right and caught sight of the small hill that edged the road. I crept along and finally glimpsed a EDITORIAL POLICY: The Cloverdale Reveille welcomes letters to the faint light off to the left, our porch light. Once again, a kind, editor and commentaries. All acceptable submissions are published good-hearted man had led me home. online weekly and in print as space allows. Letters should not exceed 400 words. Commentaries should not exceed 700 words. Submissions must include a telephone number for verification. Email to news@cloverdalereveille.com. 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