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In the not too distant future, California's coastline and its iconic beaches could be washed away, leaving only cliffs behind.

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The article "Jennifer Garner hosts St. Helena event raising $1 million for local cancer screening" begs the question: Why are we having to depend on the kindness of wealthy people to provide the health care services necessary for a fully functioning, civil society?


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On May 22, anyone driving north from Napa on 29 would have seen big billowing clouds of smoke from a fire of old vines, creating a noticeable haze over multiple miles for hours. This is not a letter opposing such fires, which do have pest and disease control benefits, but rather to do them using “Cleaner Burn” methods.

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We created a website on old-time baseball in northern and central central California with the domain name of The website features some 1,600 pictures of non-pro and semi-pro teams among extensive memorabilia from the late 1880s through late 1980s.

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At the recent World Affairs Napa Valley program, the conversation covered everything from electric tractors, microbes, steelhead and warm-climate grapes. The event was entitled, “Earth Day: Climate, Ecology and Adaptation.”

I scan the media each week to keep abreast of all that has to do with building and remodeling homes, new tools and new technology in the trades. I also talk to dozens of homeowners. I can tell you that inflation and soaring interest rates are inspiring more and more homeowners to contemplate tackling home-improvement projects that two years ago they would have hired out.

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An estimated 100 young people showed up for Mentis’ first annual Youth Mental Health Festival earlier this month, held at the Pelusi Building at Kennedy Park. The goal of our festival was to expose youth to a variety of self-care activities and wellness tools to equip them in caring for their mental health.

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Winemakers from all over Europe, Australia and even areas in South Asia have flocked to California’s Central Coast and especially the Paso Robles region to establish new wineries. Now two well-established Paso winemakers have reversed the trend. Two brothers with a major Paso winery are in the process of putting down roots in the heart of Italy.

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