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760 393 3344

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To the new subscribers...I like to do a recap of our vactions...we hade another great one that took us to many places.    

We had left off in Reno, heading towards Modoc County and to Lakeview, Oregon where Bob's younger brother Gary,
and his wife Cindy reside. Gary is a cattle broker and Cindy works for the Forest Service.

Bob and Gary's family were heavily entrenched in ranching in their early childhoods. Gary remained in Modoc County
(Paisley) and managed the famous ZX Ranch up until the death of JR Simplot.


Bob and Gary's Grandfather had a contract with the US Calvary to provide horses for the soldiers in Sacramento. The
trip from Modoc County to Sacramento took almost 6 months roundtrip. Their grandmother was left alone to fend for
herself and her children in his absence.  During this time she shot a Pieute Indian on her front porch. Of course, this is a
beloved story the family loves to share...and she lived to be 104 years old. She was 'ready to go,' because all of her
'card playing friends' had passed away.

Here we go:

Tucked up in the Northeastern corner of California where Oregon, Nevada, and California all come together, lays a
sparsely populated, high desert region known as Modoc County.
Modoc County is lime green (right top of the map) below

It was named after the Paiute chieftain who fought one of the last Indian wars in America. Running north and south
through the middle of the county is a beautiful mountain range, The Warner Mountains, with an abundance of wild life,
thick forests, and cold mountain lakes. To the south lies the vast Madeline Plains where wild horses still run today. On
the east side of the Warners, bordering the great Nevada desert, is Surprise Valley, a fertile valley of natural meadows.
The local ranchers feed the rich meadow hay to their livestock in the winter and allow them to graze on the wild desert
grass of Nevada, to the east, in the summer.

The naming of the valley in the 1860s, rather than earlier, is substantiated by the fact that no records of travel or Army
reports dealing with that region have been found using the name “Surprise”. In one early account, the local Indians
referred to this valley as “Kibeningnaredols”, which means “Valley of the Long Mountains”.

“Surprise Valley was given this name and for good reason. The first settlers making the arduous trek along the
Southern Route of the Oregon Trail in the 1800s were quite surprised to discover the lush eastern flanks of the rugged
Warner Mountains in a fifty-mile long valley, which is bordered on the east by alkaline lakes. Between the mountains
and the lakes, these travelers found a zone of tall grass, rich soil, springs and creeks - perfect places for homesteading
ranches and farms.

The native Paiutes were 'surprised', too, as their ancestral lands were taken over by strangers and these natives were
placed on reservations in Fort Bidwell and Cedarville. Such is history with the settling of the entire U.S. Paiutes still
living in the valley, as do the ancestors of some of the first settlers.

There are four small communities in Surprise Valley; Fort Bidwell, Lake City, Cedarville, and Eagleville. A variety of
newcomers as well as escapees from the hubris of city life also populate this area.

Lakeview is a town in Lake County, Oregon, United States. The population was 2,294 at the 2010 census. It is the
county seat of Lake County. The city bills itself as the "Tallest Town in Oregon" because of its elevation. Lakeview is
situated in the Goose Lake Valley at the foot of the Warner Mountains and at the edge of Oregon's high desert country.
Its economy is based on agriculture, lumber production, and government activities. In addition, tourism is an
increasingly important part of the city's economy. Oregon's Outback Scenic Byway passes through Lakeview.


The site of Lakeview was donated by M.W. Bullard who settled in Goose Lake Valley in 1869.  The town was first
known as Bullard's Ranch or Bullard's Creek. This name gave way to Lakeview because of the excellent view of Goose
Lake that was seen from the town site at the time. Lakeview became the county seat of Lake County (which then also
comprised the area of what is now Klamath County) at general election held in November 1876, winning over Linkville
(later Klamath Falls) by a vote of 242 to 181.

After being established in 1876, Lakeview grew as a commercial center for area sheep and cattle ranches. Lakeview
continues to be a business center for the region, with agriculture and lumber now serving as the main industries.

Lakeview has always been the center of a large trading area and is the natural location for a town, nestled as it is
against the hills on the east and the great open valley on the west. Lakeview is on the border of the last frontier and
referred to as Oregon's Outback.
Ridin' high with J.R. Simplot

The Idaho farm boy turns hard work and big gambles into an empire that stretches from spuds to computer chips

J.R. Simplot is worth a couple of billion.

But the 87-year-old still likes to drive himself to work and stop by McDonald's for an Egg McMuffin and hash browns.

It's the potatoes that please him most. Because when John Richard Simplot orders McDonald's potatoes in his town or anywhere
else, chances are better than even that he grew them.

``Fella, I think I kinda put Idaho on the potato map,'' Simplot growls.

Idaho license plates say ``Famous Potatoes'' on the bottom. Simplot's reads ``Mr. Spud'' across the middle.

It would be enough that Simplot rose from humble beginnings to become potato king. But the last past two decades of his work life
have veered from fertile brown fields and the traditional rhythm of farming to cutting-edge technologies and the wild roller coaster
of the computer chip market. He staked Micron Technologies Inc. in 1980 -- a venture that soon doubled his overall fortune.

Fortune Magazine ranked him as the 37th wealthiest American, his worth pegged at $2.2 billion.

Creating forefront empires across two generations has made Simplot not just one of the last great tycoons of Charles Russell's
American West, but one of the first new tycoons in Bill Gates' high-tech West.

It's a heady constellation, though he's the first to say it wasn't by design. All J.R. Simplot knows, he will tell you, is how to work hard
and take chances. Big, fat chances.

He has officially retired from the company that bears his name. Since 1994, his three children and one grandson share the
chairman's office. But neither that, the company changes nor the two hips he recently had replaced have measurably slowed him.

He still controls the J.R. Simplot Co. land and livestock division and continues to build the company and his family trust.

In the past year, the company bought the largest food processor in Australia, and Simplot's family trust snatched up 10 percent of
Magma Copper Co. and Boise Cascade Corp.

Now, he's got his sights set on a ranch down under.

``I'm going to buy a million acres, irrigate it, grow potatoes,'' he says. ``Then I'm going to ship 'em north.''

North means Indonesia and Southeast Asia, completing the Asian expansion Simplot began when he followed the french
fry-ravenous McDonald's into China in 1990.

Simplot thinks potatoes can compete with rice as the dietary staple in Asia.

In today's business climate of managerial consensus-taking, he is an anomaly: the cowboy who operates on gut as well as
acumen, defiance as well as collaboration.

``He's a vanishing breed,'' says H. Dean Summers, a friend for more than 40 years and former Idaho state senator. ``I've thought
about it, and I don't think anybody coming along now could build what he's built.

``I just don't think it's possible anymore.''

- Dazzling successes

Simplot built his empire on dazzling successes, any one of which would have been enough to satisfy most entrepreneurs:

*From a dirt-poor tenant farmer in the 1920s, Simplot became one of the first middlemen in agriculture. By 1940, he was shipping
most of the potatoes grown in Idaho, with 33 warehouses along the Snake River.

*In 1941, he jumped into the new technology of drying vegetables with overnight success. In the next four years, Simplot supplied
one-third of the dried potatoes and onions to American troops in World War II.

*In 1953, Simplot patented the frozen french-fried potato, an invention of his scientists that made him billions.

*In 1966, he persuaded McDonald's founder Ray Kroc to sell his frozen french fries, and Simplot expanded with the chain across
the globe.

Along the way, Simplot accumulated other businesses to help cut his costs -- or just satisfy his undeniable appetite for more and

He broke into the cattle business as a feedlot operator in the 1960s. The explosion of his frozen foods operation had created tons
of waste, and Simplot used it to fatten his cattle. He became and remains one of the top 10 U.S. beef producers.

Phosphate-heavy fertilizer for his vast growing fields became so expensive that Simplot bought phosphate mines and commenced
to manufacture his own mix of soil enrichers.

They worked. With mines promising production for another century, Simplot started marketing the stuff.

His subsidiary Soilbuilder Fertilizer has some about 100 outlets throughout the West. The product ; it is used on golf courses
around from the United States and to the Pacific Rim, making the fertilizer division a profit leader in the company the past three

Simplot does not sell things, unless for some clear strategic gain that advances his urge to gather yet more. He is in that way a

Land has rewarded him most. It's also what he has gathered most.

- Buying starts early

He started at 16, purchasing buying 5,000 acres in Idaho's Raft River Valley for 50 cents an acre. Trading up, generating more
cash, he kept buying.

While He's not indiscriminate, but he's quick. Simplot says he thinks things through at night. ``If it makes sense here,'' he says,
pointing to his skull, ``I do it.''

Simplot's friends say that if he likes the first look of a ranch, he buys it on the spot.

If he doesn't buy land, he leases it from the federal government and uses it for grazing. Simplot either doesn't know how much land
he owns or simply won't say, but the leased portions of his holdings exceed 3 million acres -- a land mass nearly the size of

``I guess I'm kind of a land hog,'' he says.

Among his dozen large cattle ranches is the nation's largest, situated near Paisley, Ore.: the 137-mile-long, 64-mile-wide ZX
Ranch. The last huge spread in Texas, King Ranch, was split up in a transaction several years ago.

``There might be somebody out there who owns more land than I do,'' he says, pausing a moment. ``If there is, I don't know who
they are.''

All the gathering has been fortified by a childlike fascination with widgets and technology. The new machine figures in story after
story, etching into place a pattern: He falls in love with some untried technology, claims ownership of it and tries to turn it to gold.

Sometimes it's failed. Often it's worked.

Take the electric potato sorter and the prune drier dryer.

Starting out growing potatoes on rented land in Idaho in 1928, Simplot heard about a new sorter and persuaded his landlord to go
halves on the $256 machine.

A deft mechanic, Simplot improved the device so it made especially quick work of the crop. He began sorting potatoes for

Then, the rub: Simplot's landlord and partner objected, saying the device, and the business it was spawning for Simplot, amounted
to unwelcome competition for his friends.

``We were arguing,'' Simplot recalls. ``He'd had a few drinks, and he said he'd flip me for the whole machine.''

Simplot, who attributes his lasting health to abstinence from liquor and tobacco, called heads on the coin his landlord tossed in the

Simplot walked away with the sorter, turning the dirt farmer into the state's dominant potato man, sorting and shipping most of
Idaho's potatoes. All the while he was urging his farmer clients to use better seed and smarter techniques to grow a higher-quality

By 1940, Simplot was shipping onions, too. As the manager of his finances as well as field operations, Simplot drove to Berkeley,
Calif., to collect $8,500 owed by him from a man who was buying his culled onions.

There Simplot met the man who bought the onions from Simplot's client.

``Turns out he was buying the onions after this guy dried them and made onion powder,'' he recalls.

They had lunch. The man showed Simplot a prune drier dryer -- a device the delinquent was using to dry Simplot's onions.

Simplot made his move. Using the back of an envelope, he wrote a contract with the onion powder buyer to deliver to him 500,000
pounds of flaked and powdered onions that year. It was a deal for the buyer and $500,000 in profit for Simplot -- not counting the
$8,500 he would collect from the first client.

The blessed prune drier dryer positioned Simplot for a contract whose scale exceeded imagination: the supply of one-third of the
dried potatoes and onions to American troops during World War II.

Not everything turned out, of course.

Simplot walked away from a try at large-scale, American-style farming in Germany after investing $30 million. The patchwork of
expensive, family-owned parcels he was acquiring triggered resistance.

``They taught me a hell of a lesson,'' he says. ``They put the squeeze on me, and then there was a drought.''

He and the J.R. Simplot Co. paid penalties of $40,000 each on a 1977 charge of tax fraud for failing to report more than $1 million
in corporate income and claiming another $250,000 in false deductions.

The previous year, Simplot was at the center of a record-setting commodity scandal for which he paid $50,000 in fines and an
undisclosed amount to settle a $1.4 million lawsuit. He was charged with trying to manipulate Maine potato futures.

During a period of rapidly inflating prices, Simplot and others promised millions of pounds of potatoes they didn't own. Instead of
selling the futures contracts, the group defaulted when the contracts were called and the potatoes due.

Simplot was banned from commodities trading for six years. He's candid and unperturbed talking about the problems now.

``I made out all right,'' he shrugs.

He is back in commodities and now one of the biggest players in cattle futures.

As he walks into his Boise office one morning, the bounce in his step is pronounced as he announces, to no one in particular,
``Cattle prices hit the limit!''

Then he peers across a secretary's desk at a computer terminal and reads the stock quote on his newest abiding love: Micron.

- Venture into future

It's a far cry from prune driers.

But the boyish technical fascination that allowed Simplot to turn crude technology into fortunes with the potato sorter and the prune
drier dryer drove him headlong into microchips.

No aspect of Simplot's business career stirs his passion like Micron, the company he calls ``my baby.''

It is the company that announced to the business world that J.R. Simplot had the vision to compete in specialized, volatile markets
alien to farming. Micron made Simplot immune to the charge that he was just another boot-kick hick who got lucky with french fries.
It lent him international respectability.

Between the shares he and the Simplot Co. own, he controls 22 percent of Micron's stock. Even though Micron shares have
tumbled from a high of $90 last fall to about $30 now -- a dive that has taken $1 billion from Simplot's portfolio -- he remains a
zealous defender.

He slams his bird's-eye maple desktop with a business card sporting Micron chips and talks of their power with pure awe.

``Look at this,'' he says, pointing to a chip smaller than a postage stamp. ``You know how much information is on here?

Simplot is bouncing in his chair. ``That's 64 books that have a thousand pages each! Amazing.''

He does not understand computers or how they work. He doesn't use one because he's never learned to type.

But J.R. Simplot can fathom the economic power of these chips, what they can do. He knows the chip makes decisions about
things like a potato sorter -- a yes/no, yes/no process that, when multiplied at blinding speed, suggests unimaginable economies of

Simplot grasped the power instantly in 1980, when he met with Micron's founders in the rented basement of a Boise dentist's office.
There he decided on the spot to stake $1 million to the memory chip company -- 40 percent of the start-up.

Simplot's passion for Micron has caused trouble within the company. His cheerleading is relentless and, at times, a challenge in
the face of trouble. He asserts that Micron can restart construction of a stalled Utah microchip plant by the end of this year,
although several key stock analysts snort at the notion.

``I think he also told Fortune or Forbes that Micron was going to earn 12 bucks (a share) this year,'' says Richard D. Owens of
Pacific Crest Securities in Portland. ``It's gonna be a little short.''

The precipitous fall in Micron stock -- it represents a 70 percent drop in the company's value on paper -- was caused by a glut in
the inventory of the chips it makes. Micron is one of the 10 largest manufacturers of dynamic random-access memory (DRAM)
chips in a market dominated by Korean and Japanese companies. The only other American manufacturer is Texas Instruments.

But Owens and other analysts say volatility is nothing new to chip-makers. Micron, Owens says, is well postioned as a low-cost
producer for that moment when the market rebounds.

Meanwhile, Micron has led a new charge of dumping against its Pacific Rim competitors. This follows Simplot's initiative in the
1980s, when he complained widely about underpricing by Japanese chip-makers and helped persuade former President Reagan
to slap a $300 million tariff on imported chips.

Simplot occasionally has treated Micron, a publicly traded company, as if it were his own private enterprise. He once reportedly
lost his temper and told Micron President Joe Parkinson that he was fired.

Parkinson told Simplot he didn't have the authority.

``Then, get out of my building,'' Simplot barked.

Parkinson kept his job a few more years, resigning after another bout with Simplot in 1994.

- Holds onto businesses

J.R. Simplot probably would likely not understand firing as because he's never worked for anyone else. He repeatedly has refused
to sell parts of his agribusiness or take it public.

But where Simplot found his independence is murky.

Many entrepreneurs of staggering success cite mentors or models. Or, with reluctance, they talk of formative experiences early in
life -- the kind of precipitous events that shape a person's thinking.

If you ask Simplot, he'll wave off such discussion, affirming the best guess about his early life: J.R. Simplot was born hard-boiled.

It certainly showed at age 14, when Simplot dropped out of school. He moved off the Central Idaho farm and away from his
taskmaster father and went to work for himself.

``He was too tough,'' Simplot says of his father, a man whose drive he now sees in himself. ``He wouldn't let me go nowhere. I
wanted to go to a basketball game, but he said I had to stay and milk those damn cows. So I just left.''

Simplot's mother sent him off with four $20 gold certificates. It's all the stake Simplot ever needed.

He moved into a boarding house in Delco, where public school teachers in the cash-strapped farming town were paid in scrip that
earned interest if they held it.

Simplot started buying it for 50 cents on the dollar and used the scrip for collateral on a bank loan to buy 500 pigs for $1 each.

``Hell, the government was practically paying these farmers to kill 'em,'' he recalls.

He fattened those pigs through the winter on a diet of culled potatoes and the meat of wild horses.

``I shot 'em, jerked the hides off and cooked 'em myself,'' he says.

By summer, Simplot had some of the only pigs around. He and sold them for $7,800, a sum he calls `` a fortune in those days. ''

The money staked Simplot in the potato business and started his reputation as a wheeler-dealer. He was 15.

He showed nerve, as only gamblers can.

What differentiates J.R. Simplot from many gamblers, however, is his confidence that he'll come up aces. Friends say he lingers
for hours daily at the Arid Club, a private card club in Boise, luring the willing into just one more hand of gin rummy.

``He's the biggest gambler I've ever met,'' says his wife of the past 25 years, Esther.

Summers, his old friend, calls Simplot unshakable. He recalls Simplot once taking a call on the futures market that cost him tens of
thousands of dollars. He hung up. Then, Summers says, he proceeded to ``twist your arm off for one point at the gin rummy table.''

The loss of his first wife has left him without apparent scar, though it was out of the blue. After 25 years of marriage, she 'd left
Simplot for another man. Today he shrugs the subject off, remarking that she had everything money could buy.

Esther says J.R. simply refuses to lose sleep over things he can't control. It's when he can have an influence that he becomes

- Holdings dominate

Driving with Mr. Spud through Boise is a taking of inventory.

Though the city boasts only a smattering of his worldwide interests, Simplot holdings dominate this city of 140,000. He speaks of
buildings as if they were toys.

This factory over here is a ``biggie.'' That building over there ``is real.''

His mammoth house overlooks Boise, it's its massive windows shining from a 60-acre knob of green. Just look for the 65-by-30-foot
American flag -- the biggest Simplot could order -- on a 200-foot-tall flagpole.

Neighbors in middle-class neighborhoods below once complained about the noise of his flag snapping in the wind. So Simplot
raised the flagpole to reduce the clamor.

The first stop is ``Esther's rig,'' the Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy, which he bought, renovated and endowed for $5
million. Simplot pulls the white Lincoln Town Car into a handicapped space -- he has no handicapped sticker -- and bursts through
the door with his hand outstretched for the first person he sees, a middle-aged woman.

``I'm the old man Simplot,'' he announces.

``Yes, sir,'' the woman says. ``I know you.''

``And what outfit are you with?'' he asks.

``This is the Boise Philharmonic office,'' she says to the reporter in tow, and then, turning to Simplot, notes, ``We're the fiddlers, Mr.

Simplot continues up the stairs, explaining, ``We got two rooms for the toe-dancers,'' meaning the ballet.

Esther Simplot was working a day job and and singing opera at night when Simplot met her on a trip to New York in the 1960s.
When she became his second wife and moved to Boise, she helped form the opera and is became the driving force behind the
couple's hefty support for the arts.

``They've given hundreds of millions'' to charities around the state, says Steve Crook, a fund-raiser with the performing arts
academy. ``He could put his name on just about anything in this town.''

Now Simplot wants to show off his favorite toy. He drives out of town toward Micron but detours to cruise through Columbia Village,
a subdivision he has developed with Micron's 9,000 employees in mind. Columbia has about 900 homes and space for 7,500 more.

``With a couple of thousand dollars -- and a job -- you can own one of these,'' Simplot crows as he drives slowly past tidy suburban
homes and cul-de-sacs. ``Look at this, fella. It's big, and it's real.

``Ownership is the greatest source of pride anybody in America can have. You own something. It's yours, and you'll fight to keep it.''

At Micron, Simplot drives up and down the rows in the parking lot.

``I just wanted to show you the cars,'' he says. ``Look at 'em. These are jobs.''

Finally Simplot sweeps through the lot at the headquarters for Simplot Food Services, where he pauses to scowl at a smoker
outside on a break.

``We don't allow people smoking in any of our buildings,'' he says. But he's wondering how that one got through the hiring process.
Simplot long has argued against hiring smokers.

Then he slows near the entrance and glares again. The boss is about to hold court.

``One thing I hate is these goddamn parking spaces for cripples,'' Simplot explodes. ``Nobody ever uses them. They're the best
spaces, and they're always empty. It doesn't make any goddamn sense.''

He counts. ``Eight, eight of the best spots we got, and we don't have a cripple working here.''

- He sleeps little

Esther says J.R. gets about five hours of sleep a night.

He stays up late ``when he does his thinking,'' she says, and rises between 4 and 5 a.m. to read for an hour or two before exercise.
The Simplots usually walk for a half-hour each morning in one of Boise's parks, or they take a turn on the treadmill in their home.

With two hip replacements, Simplot has given up jogging. ``I quit that when I was 75,'' he says. And he stopped riding horses at 81
`` 'cause I took a fall and broke a couple of ribs. I was by myself. Boy, that hurt.''

The activity he won't quit is skiing, despite his doctor's advice. Simplot spends much of the winter at his picturesque cabin near

``I still love it,'' he says. ``Next time around, I'm going to be a ski bum.''

The natural question, of course, is why he didn't become one -- a very rich one -- in this life.

He can't. The man who gets his way and makes his own rules is, inevitably, the subject of his own empire.

``I love my damn business,'' he says. ``It's mine. It's real. And nobody ever put a dollar into it but me. I'll never sell it, because you
couldn't buy another one.''
Today is Thursday, January 12, 2017


if you find kittens that need
attention prior to 8 weeks. I
will come and get them and
take care of them.
Mrs. B

In case anyone asks, 80% of the participants walk it, and
many bring their dogs.

It also gives us a great opportunity for the public/community
to hear our band, choir, hear the enthusiasm from our
cheerleaders, and see the  finisher and winning medallions
handmade by our art department. We are also expecting at
least one Olympic swimmer to be signing autographs. :)

Again, thank you for your help,

Chris Geyer

Click on Snoop Dog
to view all of the exciting things happening
this year!

Q. What do bulletproof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers,
and laser printers all have in common?

A. All invented by women.

Q. What is the only food that doesn't spoil?

A. Honey

In Shakespeare's time, mattresses were secured on bed
frames by ropes. When you pulled on the ropes the mattress
tightened, making the bed firmer to sleep on. Hence the
phrase......... "goodnight, sleep tight."

It was the accepted practice in Babylon 4,000 years ago that
for a month after the wedding, the bride's father would supply
his son-in-law with all the mead he could drink. Mead is a
honey beer and because their calendar was lunar based, this
period was called the honey month, which we know today as
the "honeymoon".

In English pubs, ale is ordered by pints and quarts... So in old
England, when customers got unruly, the bartender would yell
at them, "Mind your pints and quarts, and settle down."

It's where we get the phrase "mind your P's and Q's"

Many years ago in England, pub frequenters had a whistle
baked into the rim, or handle, of their ceramic cups. When
they needed a refill, they used the whistle to get some
service. "Wet your whistle" is the phrase inspired by this
Strange Things You Likely
Didn't Know ???

A rat can last longer without water than a camel.

Your stomach has to produce a new layer of mucus every two
weeks or it will digest itself.

The dot over the letter "i" is called a tittle.

A raisin dropped in a glass of fresh champagne will bounce up and
down continuously from the bottom of the glass to the top.

Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying.

On average, 12 newborns will be given to the wrong parents daily!
(That explains a few mysteries....)

Sherlock Holmes NEVER said, "Elementary, my dear Watson."

Because metal was scarce, the Oscars given out during World
War II were made of wood.

There are no words in the dictionary that rhyme with orange,
purple and silver.

The very first bomb dropped by the Allies on Berlin in World War II
killed the only elephant in the Berlin Zoo.

If one places a tiny amount of liquor on a scorpion, it will
instantly go mad and sting itself to death. (Who was the sadist who
discovered this??)

Bruce Lee was so fast that they actually had to s-l-o-w film down
so you could see his moves. That's the opposite of the norm.

The original name for butterfly was flutterby.

The phrase "rule of thumb" is derived from an old English law
which stated that you couldn't beat your wife with anything wider
than your thumb.

Roses may be red, but violets are indeed violet.

By raising your legs slowly and lying on your back, you cannot
sink into quicksand.

Celery has negative calories. It takes more calories to eat a
piece of celery than the celery has in it to begin with.

Bats always turn left when exiting a cave!

The first couple to be shown in bed together on prime time TV
were Fred and Wilma Flintstone.

Men can read smaller print then women can; women can hear

The State with the highest percentage of people who walk to work:

The first novel ever written on a typewriter: Tom Sawyer.

The San Francisco Cable cars are the only mobile National
Q. Half of all Americans live within 50 miles of what?

A. Their birthplace.

Q. If you were to spell out numbers, how far would you have to go
until you would find the letter "A"?

A. One thousand
Fossil Falls
A “fossil” of Nature’s Handiwork

If you go to Fossil Falls, located just off U. S. Highway 395 on
the east side of the southern end of California’s Sierra
Nevada, don’t expect to find either fossils or falls.  What you
will find, rather, is a spectacular lava flow sculpted by rushing
water and wind late in the Ice Ages—a “fossil” of nature’s
handiwork. As you hike the rocky trail through the formation,
you’ll wonder at first where the “falls” are because the land
immediately before you is relatively flat, but abruptly, you’ll
come to the chasm that reveals the spectacular lava falls.

The black shiny lava has been worn smooth over the eons.  It
was primarily water from the Owens River, which once flowed
from an ancient lake, that polished the lava into a smooth
structure.  The resulting formation is reminiscent of a Renoir
sculpture.  You can climb down into the chasm and explore
the lava gorge, or you can take the high ground and enjoy the
scenery that surrounds you.

During the winter months, you may see a trickle of milky green
water flowing through the falls, making a striking contrast with
the dark lava.  It is like watching art in motion.

On a still, dark night, Fossil Falls can become an astronomer’s
dream.  The skies are clear, the airspace is restricted, and the
stars and planets shine intensely, especially from October
through mid-May.  (Desert winds often stir the sand, causing it
to billow into the sky and obscure the view during the other

Fossil Falls is also attractive to rock climbers since it is a little
known spot with solid “finger-friendly” routes.  Several
established routes have difficulty ratings ranging between 5.1
and 5.9.

When visiting the area, you will also likely see the prominent
cinder cone volcano known as Red Cinder Mountain, or Red
Hill.  According to David R. Jessey, geology professor at Cal
Poly Pomona, the volcano erupted last about 10,000 years
ago with evidence suggesting a more recent, relatively minor
eruption on the northwest flank of the volcano.

When looking southward, toward Little Lake, you’ll see
several basalt flows.  Jessey says that the Upper Little Lake
Ranch basalt has been dated at about 130,000 years old and
the Lower Little Lake Ranch basalt at about 400,000 years
old.  The overlying Red Hill basalt has yet to be dated, but
estimates range from 10,000 to 130,000 years.

While the area is an arid desert now, water once flowed from
Owens Lake through the narrow valley to create an
interconnected system of lakes that are now dry basins.  If
you look north from Fossil Falls toward Red Hill, you can see
remnants of one of the ancient lakes in the form of white
sands and silts on the Red Hill Playa.

When lava from volcanic eruptions flowed through the valley,
the streams followed the Owens River’s path, creating a river
of lava that remains to this day.  In addition to lava flows and
river systems, the Owens Valley was once covered with
glaciers.  Melting ice and glacial movement coupled with other
elements helped smooth the lava into the artistic, fluid forms
we see today.

Looking to the east you will see a dome-shaped hill with a
mile-long black scar.  This black marking is a streak of
obsidian, or “volcanic glass.”  Early cultures chipped the
obsidian into high quality, razor-sharp projectile points and
tools.  You’ll still find obsidian flakes, products of the chipping,
around the Fossil Falls area.

Artifacts and rock art from the Fossil Falls area point to a
culture that lived here between 10,000 to 20,000 years ago.  
These ancient “Paleo” people lived along the lakes and rivers
and hunted big game such as the wooly mammoth and the
mastodon.  When the lakes and rivers dried up, the big game
died out, becoming extinct for uncertain reasons, and the
people had to move on to other areas and change their
patterns of subsistence to find new game and food.

Today, Red Hill is mined for volcanic rocks.  When molten
lava erupted through a vent in the Earth’s crust, it cooled
quickly, forming a porous rock called “scoria.”  The scoria
built up around the vent and formed the cone-shaped hill that
you see today.  The scoria is used for a variety of commercial

Fossil Falls has a campground with about a dozen campsites,
four of them suitable for motor homes.  Each campsite costs a
$6 fee per site per night with a 14-day limit for a stay.  Day
use is free.  The campsites are minimally equipped.  You’ll
only find a fire ring, a grill and a picnic table.  A pit toilet is
located nearby.  Bring your own portable canopy because
shade is scarce.  Bring plenty of water unless you don’t mind
using a hand-operated water pump.  Plan to carry out your
trash.  The nearest sanitary dump station is six miles north of
Fossil Falls on U. S. Highway 395 at the Coso Rest Station.

Fossil Falls is located about halfway between Owens Lake
and Ridgecrest just north of Little Lake on the east side of U.
S. Highway 395.  If you’re approaching from the south, you’ll
see a large cinder cone volcano next to the highway.  As you
get closer to the volcano, watch for a small sign that says
“Fossil Falls.”  That’s your turn.  If you pass the volcano, you’
ve gone too far.

Take Cinder Road, which is unpaved, to the parking area,
where you’ll find a restroom and picnic tables.  Cinder Road is
flat and negotiable for most cars.  A short trail leads to the
falls.  Wear good walking shoes; the trail is somewhat rugged
although it should be no major problem for prudent able-
bodied hikers.  Orange arrows painted onto the rocks point
the way.

Fossil Falls is an unusual, otherworldly place that you won’t
soon forget.  Whether you plan on picnicking, hiking, rock
climbing, night sky viewing or camping, you’ll enjoy your visit
to this remarkable desert location.

For more information, contact:

Ridgecrest Field Office
Bureau of Land Management
300 South Richmond Road
Ridgecrest, California 93555
Phone 1-760-384-5400

Bermuda Dunes Community Council members and members of the community,

As you probably know by now, Supervisor John J. Benoit passed away on December 26, 2016, following a sudden battle with
pancreatic cancer.

Due to the passing of Supervisor Benoit, the Bermuda Dunes Community Council meeting, scheduled for January 12, will be
canceled.  We will resume community council meetings in March, with the next scheduled meeting on March 10.

Our office remains open to assist Fourth District residents with county matters.  If you have any questions, please call us at


Joe Pradetto
Office of John J. Benoit
4th District Supervisor
NOTE FROM DONNA HUBENTHAL-NELSON, Chairman of the Bermuda Dunes Community Council:

Each year I do a short recap of what has been accomplished the past year.

We are so happy to see that signal has been installed at Adams and Country Club. This will certainly help our
community as the Jefferson Street project continues towards finalization.

We continue to work with Code Enforcement to approve the appearance of Avenue 42 and other unsightly areas.

re continues to be many new homes being built in Bermuda Dunes. These are high-end mini-ranches and add to the
overall ambience of our community.

A stop sign was installed on Glass and Avenue 42 for safety, as we felt this was an area of concern for our residents
coming and going out of this gate.

The Bermuda Dunes Airport continues to improve their property, with lots of new projects scheduled. Thanks to Bob
Berriman the airport will be working closely with the Council to provide an interface for communication to our residents.

We continue to work with the management company at Ralph's Shopping Center. We have a good working relationship
with the Manager of Ralph's to make sure their shopping carts are removed from Avenue 42 daily.

I continue to call and ask that the shopping center keep their shrubs trimmed for safety. This is something that I have to
do almost once a month, as the manager seems to forget the importance of keeping them trimmed.

Bermuda Dunes continues to attract builders to our area. In this regard, we will be seeing plans for a mini-mall on the
north side of Avenue 42 - next to Rite Aid. We will be reviewing the plans at our March meeting.

The Sheriff's department tells us crime is on the decline in our area. That is great news for all of us.

And again...we will miss our loyal friend...Supervisor, John Benoit. May he rest in peace!

Thanks to all of our faithful residents who attend these meetings and we look forward to seeing all of you soon.

Although Palm Springs, California, is a long way away from the
Chicago area, the home of the House of Tomorrow, that isn't
stopping two events connecting the two during Modernism Week
being held February 16-26, 2017.

The annual event, which celebrates and fosters appreciation of
midcentury architecture and design, will take a deep dive into our
work with America's first glass house on February 25 from 11:30-12:
30 pm. The description is as follows:

Widely regarded as one of the most innovative and influential
houses in modern architectural design, the House of Tomorrow,
recently declared a National Treasure, is set for restoration through
a partnership of Indiana Landmarks, the National Trust for Historic
Preservation and the National Park Service.

Todd Zeiger, director of Indiana Landmarks’ northern regional
office, explores the history of the house, beginning with its
construction for the 1933-34 Century of Progress World’s Fair in
Chicago, the futuristic attributes of George Fred Keck’s design, how
it came to reside in Indiana and the recently launched restoration

Keck’s innovations promised an easier life for people grappling with
the Great Depression. Wildly popular, the house drew over 1.2
million people who paid an extra 10 cents to tour the house. After
the Fair, the House of Tomorrow, along with four other Century of
Progress homes, were purchased by developer Roger Bartlett and
barged across Lake Michigan to their current location in Beverly
Shores, Indiana, a town he attempted to develop as a vacation
destination for Chicagoans.

Chicago Bauhaus and Beyond has graciously coordinated two
scheduled home tours the day before (February 24 from Noon-3:
00pm and 1:00-4:00pm), which will further explore the Palm
Springs/Chicago connection with all proceeds benefiting the
restoration of the House of Tomorrow:

One residence is a one-of-a-kind custom home built in 1960 as a
vacation get-away for the Morses, a Chicago couple relocated to
Los Angeles. Designated a Palm Springs Class 1 Historic site, the
residence is now owned by musicians Joan and Gary Gand,
founders of the Chicago Bauhaus and Beyond preservation group
and active in the House of Tomorrow restoration project.

The second residence is the Leff/Florsheim house designed in
1957 by Donald Wexler AIA, of Wexler and Harrison. The former
residence of Harold Florsheim, of Florsheim Shoes in Chicago, it
has been meticulously restored, adding in conveniences for modern
living today. Floating walls, terrazzo flooring and numerous intimate
vignettes encompass the property with mountain vistas serving as a
backdrop through floor to ceiling glass and atriums.

So, if you happen to be attending Modernism Week in Palm Springs
be sure to check out both events supporting the restoration of the
House of Tomorrow!
Calling all Southern California musicians: Video submissions for
Tachevah 2017 are now open! Enter at now
through Jan. 27 for your chance to vie for the cash prize (among
other awesome perks). Share and spread the word!


About Girl Scout Cookies
When you buy a box of delicious Girl Scout Cookies, you help
power new, unique, and amazing experiences for the awesome
girls in your community who sell these purpose-filled treats—

Will she help the local animal shelter across town or plant a
community garden for friends and neighbors? Cross the country to
see the Grand Canyon, or cross an ocean to fly through the
rainforest on a zip line? It’s up to her and her troop—they own their

That’s the thing. When girls participate in the Girl Scout Cookie
Program, they get more than life-changing experiences and
adventure. They also develop essential life skills—goal setting,
decision making, money management, people skills, and business
ethics—all while soaring in confidence and practicing leadership
the Girl Scout way to lift one another up and change the world,

What an experience! That’s why we always focus on the interaction
between cookie boss and cookie fan, and not cookie parent and
cookie fan—this is SO important! Enjoy your favorite cookies even
more knowing you helped her do and learn amazing things.

Introducing NEW Girl Scout S'mores™ cookies!

We’re celebrating 100 years of Girl Scouts selling cookies by
introducing new Girl Scout S’mores cookies. That’s right! We’re
combining two iconic Girl Scout traditions—s’mores and Girl Scout
Cookies! Joining legendary classics like Thin Mints and Caramel
deLites/Samoas, the new Girl Scout S’mores cookies will be carried
in select markets during the 2017 cookie season.

Girl Scout S'mores™

Thin Mints®

Peanut Butter Patties®/ Tagalongs®

Do-si-dos® / Peanut Butter Sandwich

Savannah Smiles®


Girl Scout S'mores™

Caramel deLites® /





Chocolate Chips nestled in a gluten free peanut butter oatmeal
cookie. Millions of Americans have problems eating food with
gluten—and now there is a Girl Scout Cookie just for them! Made
with whole grain oats and real peanut butter, the gluten-free Trios
variety is offered only in select Girl Scout council markets for as
long as supplies last.

Trios details


Gluten free? Try Toffee-tastic and Trios cookies.  

Note: Not all cookie varieties are available in all regions. To find
out which Girl Scout Cookies are available in your area, contact
your local Girl Scout council

We don't want to start a panic, so please take a deep breath
and have a seat before you read this next line.

Girl Scout cookies are slowly but surely getting more expensive.

CNBC is reporting that prices for Girl Scout cookies in
Massachusetts, California and Hawaii have gone up to $5 a box.
Some folks might call that figure a bit high, but us? Honestly, we
are such groupies for Thin Mints and other delicious Girl Scout
cookies that they could raise the price to $5 a cookie and we'd still
whip out our checkbook and hand over a blank check.

(To any young person out there reading this: a "checkbook" is how
humans paid for things before debit and credit cards were
READ: Our definitive ranking of every Girl Scout cookie flavor
So what's with the price hike? Well, according to the Girl Scouts of
Los Angeles website, the increase is to help offset the rising prices
of running a non-profit organization.
Aaron Paul, Girl Scout Cookies, InstagramInstagram
"Primarily, the increase in the cookie price is because inflation has
increased the cost of doing business for troops, service units, and
the overall council. The last time we increased the price was more
than 10 years ago," reads the website. "A price increase is
necessary to keep up with the ever-increasing costs of running a
nonprofit organization. Without an increase in price, we are unable
to cover existing costs or provide for program enhancements,
building repairs, or other investments on behalf of our membership."

QUIZ: Which Girl Scout cookie are you?

The plus side of a more expensive box of cookies is that the Girl
Scouts of America will in turn get more money. With this price
bump, troop proceeds will increase by nearly 27 percent. That'll
make you feel good about forking over some extra coin to get your
hands on those Tagalongs, right?

So what do you think about paying five bucks for a box of Girl
Scout cookies? Still worth it or will you be tightening your purse
strings come cookie season?
The next 40 years looks like a wild ride....

1.  The FUTURE is approaching faster than one can

In 1998, Kodak had 170,000 employees and sold 85% of all
photo paper worldwide.

Within just a few years, their business model disappeared
and they went bankrupt.

What happened to Kodak will happen in a lot of industries in
the next 5-10 years and, most people won't see it coming.
Did you think in 1998 that 3 years later you would never take
pictures on film again?

Yet digital cameras were invented in 1975. The first ones
only had 10,000 pixels, but followed Moore 's law. So as with
all exponential technologies, it was a disappointment for a
time, before it became way superior and became mainstream
in only a few short years. It will now happen again (but much
faster) with Artificial Intelligence, health, autonomous and
electric cars, education, 3D printing, agriculture and jobs.

Welcome to the 4th Industrial Revolution. Welcome to the
Exponential Age.

2.  Software will disrupt most traditional industries in the next
5-10 years.

3.  Uber is just a software tool, they don't own any cars, and
are now the biggest taxi company in the world.

4.  Airbnb is now the biggest hotel company in the world,
although they don't own any properties.

5.  Artificial Intelligence: Computers become exponentially
better in understanding the world This year, a computer beat
the best Go-player in the world, 10 years earlier than

6.  In the US , young lawyers already don't get jobs. Because
of IBM's Watson, you can get legal advice (so far for more or
less basic stuff) within seconds, with 90% accuracy
compared with 70% accuracy when done by humans.

So if you study law, stop immediately. There will be 90% less
lawyers in the future, only omniscient specialists will remain.

6A.  Watson already helps nurses diagnosing cancer, its 4
times more accurate than human nurses.

7.  Facebook now has a pattern recognition software that can
recognize faces better than humans. In 2030, computers will
become more intelligent than humans.
( NEVER!/Albert)

8.  Autonomous cars : In 2018 the first self driving cars will
appear for the public. Around 2020, the complete industry will
start to be disrupted. You don't want to own a car anymore.
You will call a car with your phone, it will show up at your
location and drive you to your destination. You will not need
to park it, you only pay for the driven distance and can be
productive while driving.

The very young children of today will never get a driver's
licence and will never own a car.

8A.  It will change the cities, because we will need 90-95%
less cars for that.   We can transform former parking spaces
into parks.
1.2 million people die each year in car accidents worldwide.
We now have one accident every 60,000 mi (100,000 km),
with autonomous driving that will drop to 1 accident in 6
million mi (10 million km).  That will save a million lives world
wide each year.

8B.  Most car companies will doubtless become bankrupt.
Traditional car companies try the evolutionary approach and
just build a better car, while tech companies (Tesla, Apple,
Google) will do the revolutionary approach and build a
computer on wheels.

8C.  Many engineers from Volkswagen and Audi; are
completely terrified of Tesla.

9.  Insurance companies will have massive trouble because,
without accidents, the insurance will become 100x cheaper.
Their car insurance business model will disappear.

10.  Real estate will change. Because if you can work while
you commute, people will move further away to live in a more
beautiful neighbourhood.

11.  Electric cars will become mainstream about 2020.  Cities
will be less noisy because all new cars will run on electricity.

12.  Electricity will become incredibly cheap and clean: Solar
production has been on an exponential curve for 30 years,
but you can now see the burgeoning impact.

13.  Last year, more solar energy was installed worldwide
than fossil. Energy companies are desperately trying to limit
access to the grid to prevent competition from home solar
installations, but that simply cannot continue - technology will
take care of that strategy.

14.  With cheap electricity comes cheap and abundant water.
Desalination of salt water now only needs 2kWh per cubic
meter (@ 0.25 cents). We don't have scarce water in most
places, we only have scarce drinking water. Imagine what will
be possible if anyone can have as much clean water as he
wants, for nearly no cost.

15.  Health: The Tricorder X price will be announced this
year. There are companies who will build a medical device
(called the "Tricorder" from Star Trek) that works with your
phone, which takes your retina scan, your blood sample and
you breath into it.

16.  It then analyses 54 bio-markers that will identify nearly
any disease.  It will be cheap, so in a few years everyone on
this planet will have access to world class medical analysis,
nearly for free.  Goodbye, self-serving medical practitioners
and establishments.

17.  3D printing: The price of the cheapest 3D printer came
down from $18,000 to $400 within 10 years. In the same time,
it became 100 times faster. All major shoe companies have
already started 3D printing shoes.

18.  Some spare airplane parts are already 3D printed in
remote airports. The space station now has a printer that
eliminates the need for the large amount of spare parts they
used to have in the past.

19.  At the end of this year, new smart phones will have 3D
scanning possibilities. You can then 3D scan your feet and
print your perfect shoe at home.

19A.  In China, they already 3D printed and built a complete 6-
storey office building. By 2027, 10% of everything that's being
produced will be 3D printed.

20.Business opportunities: If you think of a niche you want to
go in, first ask yourself: "In the future, do I think we will have
that?" and if the answer is yes, how can you make that
happen sooner?

20A.  If it doesn't work with your phone, forget the idea.  Any
idea designed for success in the 20th century is doomed to
failure in the 21st century.

20B.  Work : 70-80% of jobs will disappear in the next 20
years. There will be a lot of new jobs, but it is not clear if
there will be enough new jobs in such a short time. This will
require a rethink on wealth distribution.

21.  Agriculture : There will be a $100 agricultural robot in the
future.  Farmers in 3rd world countries can then become
managers of their field instead of working all day on their

22.  Aeroponics will need much less water. The first Petri dish
produced veal, is now available and will be cheaper than cow
produced veal in 2018. Right now, 30% of all agricultural
surfaces is used for cows.  Imagine if we don't need that
space anymore.

23.  There are several startups who will bring insect protein
to the market shortly. It contains more protein than meat. It
will be labeled as "alternative protein source" (because most
people still reject the idea of eating insects).

24.  There is an app called "moodies" which can already tell
in which mood you’re in.  By 2020 there will be apps that can
tell by your facial expressions, if you are lying. Imagine a
political debate where it's being displayed when they’re telling
the truth and when they’re not - it will ultimately compel all
politicians to be truthful (a truly unique & novel occurrence).

# BY 2020 (or sooner - some might suggest this is happening

I am happy to advise that our team is tied for FIRST

You could join us for lots of activities, including Bocce
Ball if you were a member.

Call Myra - New Social Membership


Bermuda Dunes
Home Owner's

Third Tuesday at
6:00 p.m. each month

Adm Bldg
4:30 PM

* Please Note - Change for Association Meetings

Thanks for keeping the Grill Room Open for us...

We will be there!

OMG - Spaghetti and meat ballS for $7.50 ?

I just love the Chef's Spaghetti!

We must have some Girl Scouts in our Community...if you are
selling cookies, please send us your name and contact
number so that we can support your wonderful cause.

I can hardly wait to get my favorite cookies.

The buffet dinner was fabulous
The Paint and Sip Event is so much fun...I have several
paintings in our home from attending this class

You could be doing some of these great events...if you
become a Social Member...
Thanks to my good friends Gideon and Melody for keeping
me updated on all of their art fairs and projects.

I absolutely love your latest series of vegetables and fruits!

I love these Parmesan Baked Potato Halves, they make the perfect
side dish.  This is my go to recipe for a potato side when we have
company, they are super easy, delicious, and give you the benefits
of a baked potato without all the mess on your plate!

Parmesan Baked Potato Halves Recipe

These Parmesan Baked Potato Halves are great on their own, but
we especially love dipping these in a side of sour cream sprinkled
with a little dried basil.   Ranch dressing is also REALLY good!  
You can also make these with potatoes other then russets.  We
have made them with red potatoes and gold potatoes and both
were really good too.  I can’t decide if I like the golds or russets

My husband always request these as a side dish to go along with
when we are cooking meat on the grill.  It’s nice because I can
throw these in the oven while he is grilling and all the food is ready
at the same time.  Some of our favorite grill recipes that we serve
up with the Parmesan Potato Halves are our New York Steaks and
our Kansas City Baby Back Ribs. Both are so yummy.  And if you
like grilled chicken you should definitely try our Grilled Malibu
Chicken, Grilled Balsamic Chicken, and Grilled Coconut Curry

One secret to making sure that these turn out well is being sure to
let them cool the FULL FIVE MINUTES after cooking before
removing them from the pan.  Trust me.  If you try to take them off
the pan right out of the oven, the parmesan crust on the potato
comes right off.  But if you give it five minutes and then take them
out, the crust sticks to the potatoes beautifully.  If done correctly
you will have a nice crusted parmesan topping to these potatoes
every time.

This recipe has quickly become a fan favorite on our site, and for
good reason, they are so easy and yummy!  They have gone crazy
on Pinterest and Facebook with millions of recipe shares and video
views.  We have gotten so many great comments from our readers
about how much they love these potatoes.  They really are THAT

Serves 6

I love these Parmesan Baked Potato Halves, they make the perfect
side dish. This is my go to recipe for a potato side when we have
company, they are super easy, delicious, and give you the benefits
of a baked potato without all the mess on your plate!
10 min
Prep Time
45 min
Cook Time
55 min
Total Time
Print Recipe

6 small potatoes, scrubbed and cut in half
1/4 cup butter
grated parmesan cheese
garlic powder
other seasonings (to personal preference)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Melt butter and pour into a 9x13 inch
pan and spread evenly across the bottom. Generously sprinkle
parmesan cheese and lightly sprinkle other seasonings all over the
butter. Place potato halves face down on the butter and

Place in preheated oven and bake for 40 to 45 minutes.

Cool for at least a FULL 5 minutes before removing from the pan,
otherwise the parmesan crust won't stick to the potato.

Serve on a plate with a side of sour cream or yogurt for dipping.

I know it is not that great for us - just do it on special


Hello Mrs. B:

I'm a local resident Croatian/American, who owns and operates a
tour company, which is licensed here in La Quinta. We specialize
in unique and exceptional trips to Croatia. I'm taking up to 18
people with me this coming May for a fairly active behind the
scenes experience and thought perhaps your readers would be


Many people want to see Croatia, but don't understand how to
navigate it... We are serious experts in the region and love sharing
the beauty and wonders of Croatia!

Pamela Robinson, Point Happy

Hi Pamela:

OMG - how beautiful.

Thanks for contacting me...I hope our readers will take the
time to check out your site!

Mrs. B

Good morning,

Thank you for reaching out.  The coupons were mailed
earlier this week as we had some production issues that
excluded some homeowners in the initial coupon mailer
which happen to be December 15th.

Also, the 2017 Budget Mailer went out in November.  We
have not received any phone calls or emails from
homeowners stating they did not receive the packet.

We will hold off on late fees and handling charges for
the month of January only due to the coupon book

A portion of the BDSA and all homeowners who have auto
pay with their banking institutions are not affected by this.  I
do apologize on behalf of Optimal Outsource, the company
that is responsible for the coupon books.  Let me know if I
can help you with anything else.  Thank you again for the

John Walters-Clark
John Walters-Clark
Community Association Manager

Palm Desert Location and Info
42-635 Melanie Place, Suite 103, Palm Desert CA 92211
760.346-1161 ext. 129 Phone
760.346.9918 Fax
Hello Mrs. B

We have recently moved into Bermuda Dunes.

We read your Blog and absolutely love it!

Thanks so much for taking the time too keep us up to date on
what is happening inside the gates; as well as, outside the

Bill and Ellen Heimkeys

Hi Bill and Ellen:

Comments like yours is what keeps us going. We have
been at this almost 14 years...and love every minute of

Mrs. B

Original Amos ‘n’ Andy debuts on Chicago radio

On this day in 1926, the two-man comedy series “Sam ‘n’
Henry” debuts on Chicago’s WGN radio station. Two years
later, after changing its name to “Amos ‘n’ Andy,” the show
became one of the most popular radio programs in American

Though the creators and the stars of the new radio program,
Freeman Gosden and Charles Carrell, were both white, the
characters they played were two black men from the Deep
South who moved to Chicago to seek their fortunes. By that
time, white actors performing in dark stage makeup–or
“blackface”–had been a significant tradition in American
theater for over 100 years. Gosden and Carrell, both
vaudeville performers, were doing a Chicago comedy act in
blackface when an employee at the Chicago Tribune
suggested they create a radio show.

When “Sam ‘n’ Henry” debuted in January 1926, it became
an immediate hit. In 1928, Gosden and Carrell took their act
to a rival station, the Chicago Daily News’ WMAQ. When they
discovered WGN owned the rights to their characters’ names,
they simply changed them. As their new contract gave
Gosden and Carrell the right to syndicate the program, the
popularity of “Amos ‘n’ Andy” soon exploded. Over the next
22 years, the show would become the highest-rated comedy
in radio history, attracting more than 40 million listeners.

By 1951, when “Amos ‘n’ Andy” came to television, changing
attitudes about race and concerns about racism had virtually
wiped out the practice of blackface. With Alvin Childress and
Spencer Williams taking over for Gosden and Carrell, the
show was the first TV series to feature an all-black cast and
the only one of its kind for the next 20 years. This did not
stop African-American advocacy groups and eventually the
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
(NAACP) from criticizing both the radio and TV versions of
“Amos ‘n’ Andy” for promoting racial stereotypes. These
protests led to the TV show’s cancellation in 1953.

The final radio broadcast of “Amos ‘n’ Andy” aired on
November 25, 1960. The following year, Gosden and Carrell
created a short-lived TV sequel called “Calvin and the
Colonel.” This time, they avoided controversy by replacing
the human characters with an animated fox and bear. The
show was canceled after one season.
Cindi Nolan
Big Sur Soberanes Fire 2016
Gary working Manager on the ZX

I don't know about you, but I am impressed with Mr. Simplot.

Gary worked as the manager of Simplot in Paisley for several years. He trusted his managers with his checkbook. Here
some photos of the cowboys working the ranch.

As I stated above, after Mr. Simplot's death, Gary and Cindi started their own business. Cattle Brokers for the ranches
in Oregon, California, Nevada and other points.

Below are some wonderful photos of Gary and Cindi working!!! I am so jealous.

Bringing the cows in Pernoll Ranch LLC
Pernoll Ranch
Lamoile, NV
Gary figuring weights at
the Corbari Ranch
Cindi very cold morning in
Idaho shipping cattle
Cave Valley Ranch
Cobari Ranch Jordan Valley, OR
Mary's River Ranch Deeth,
Mary's River Ranch Deeth, NV
How to Make Money Buying & Selling Cattle
by Ronald Kimmons

It is a misconception that losing money is a way of life in the cattle business.

The business of buying and selling cattle can be a considerably lucrative one. A cattle buyer looks only for the healthiest cattle,
while a seller wants to make sure that he gets the best prices for the cows he's selling. To make money buying and selling cattle,
you must not only focus on the buying and selling process but also on how you treat the cattle. If you try to sell unhealthy or
poor-quality cattle, you may not profit from your buying and selling endeavors.

Create a business plan by defining your goals, such as how much profit you plan on making by buying and selling cattle. Your
business plan must define the cattle industry, as well as your niche market. Give information about the ranchers you'll be
purchasing cattle from and the operations you'll be selling cattle to, as you'll probably be operating in a limited geographical area
with clearly identifiable business contacts. Lenders and investors may require you to present this business plan before they agree
to fund your business. Your business plan must include a mission statement, marketing plan, financial management analysis, type
of business ownership, and duties and responsibilities of key personnel, according to the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation.

Choose profitable cattle. Choosing the right type of cattle to buy is essential to make money buying and selling cattle. If you want to
sell high-quality cattle, you must buy high-quality cattle. Certain breeds, such as Angus, tend to fetch a higher price due to their
robust physiology and tendency to produce high-quality meat. However, even though a particular cow or bull may be of a good
breed, that doesn't mean that the individual animal is of high quality. To check whether the cow you buy is of high quality, you
might consider its annual milk production if it's a dairy cow, for instance. Cow sellers usually keep a record of the milk a cow
produces, as well as its weight. You may find cows that produce as much as 500 or 1,000 gallons a year, while others produce
only 200 or 300 gallons. Cows that produce more milk are of higher quality.

Analyze costs. Evaluate the costs of buying or renting a place to keep the cattle while you're looking for profitable buyers; costs
required to keep the cattle healthy; costs of hiring employees with the necessary knowledge to take care of the cattle; and costs of
providing food and other items to make it an ideal home for the cattle. For example, if you want to provide your cows with sufficient
levels of nutrients, consider the costs of buying supplements such as vitamin E, selenium, zinc and copper. These nutrients can
boost an animal's resistance to diseases like mastitis, which is an inflammation of the mammary gland. Consider the costs required
to hire enough people to control how these supplements are administered.

Keep your pasture area fertile so it produces a variety of grasses and grains. Luxuriant soil and abundant pastures keep animals
healthy, which produces higher profits for you. Monitor your livestock regularly. Contact a proficient veterinarian who takes care of
immunization needs in accordance with federal guidelines. If you have your cattle in a specific region or state in which winters are
particularly cold, transfer the herd to a warmer site during those seasons. You must also provide the cattle with appropriate shelter
during hot months.

Hire additional workers during the spring. This is the season in which animals typically give birth, so you need more employees to
take care of your cattle. During this time, you may also be able to reap large profits from selling calves.

Prepare for auctions and trading herds. Public sales constitute small-scale selling, while bulk selling consists of trading hundreds of
cattle all at once. To be successful, you must check the current price in the market so you can get a grasp on what your buying
offers should be and what you can expect to get when you sell your cattle. At the beginning of the auction, prices are always
different from the market price, but this is the way through which buyers and sellers bargain down to a mutually agreeable price.
Become knowledgeable about how to play with prices when bargaining. It also pays to invest in milking equipment so you can sell
cow's milk on the market, even while you're waiting to sell the animals.


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Gary Lake County Fair 2016
Winter Shipping in Nevada
I wanted to be a cattle rancher when I was young,
because it was what I knew and I loved it.
- Sandra Day O'Connor