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A Cool “Cooling Center"

The Lake Berryessa Senior Center & Community Hall will be open today, Saturday June 23, from 10 am - 8 pm as a "cooling center" for those who want/need to get out of the heat & have inadequate or no cooling in their home. Water, popcorn, games, library, cards, hopefully movies, & pool table available. A cool sanctuary for all in need or just a place to hang out ! 4380 Spanish Flat Loop Road - just around the corner from the Spanish Flat Village Center.

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The First Lake Berryessa Annual Horseshoe Tournament Barbecue at the Lake Berryessa Senior Center & Community Hall Was A Success - And Great Fun!

Click Here For Full Photo Album

Saturday, June 16th

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Lake Level as of 6/19/18

The lake level continues to drop slowly and is now at 431.2 feet - 8.8 feet below Glory Hole. 

Rainfall total season-to-date is at 14.89 inches. Water temperature has risen to 75 degrees at the surface.

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Click on the ad to see a great drone video of the property and neighborhood! 

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Boat Problems

Summer funnies are here, but these folks aren't laughing. They had an 1 7/8 ball for a 2" hitch and it let go at Nile Court. The boat and trailer rolled all the way down to the Fire house and separated. Thanks to Lucie Hock for the photos.

SAM 4422
SAM 4415
SAM 4410

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This Is Not Not Funny!

An MIT linguistics professor was lecturing his class the other day. "In English," he said, "a double negative forms a positive. However, in some languages, such as Russian, a double negative remains a negative. But there isn't a single language, not one, in which a double positive can express a negative."

A voice from the back of the room said, "Yeah, right 

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CeCe Highlands bungalow June 2018

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If I wanted to kill myself I would climb up to the top of your ego and jump down to your IQ!

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Boater Outreach at Lake Berryessa Starting to Heat Up!

by Chris Ronco, Lake Berryessa Boater Outreach Intern

Solano Resource Conservation District

The Solano RCD boater outreach interns have been up at the lake spreading environmentally friendly boating practices and helping keep the water clean by educating recreators. So far, interns have educated nearly 600 people on matters such as how to correctly dispose of used bilge pads and what the penalties are for spilling oil into the lake. 

Of all the surveys given so far, a quarter of them have been given to Solano county residents who rely on the lake as a drinking water source. Twenty-six percent of boaters have installed bilge pads on the spot, helping ensure that their boats will not contaminate the lake through oil leaks from boat motors. Interns are excited to get those numbers even higher. In fact, their goal is to surpass 700 boater surveys by August. If you cross their path this summer, please engage with them for just a few minutes and get your free boater kit for the 2018 season.

Bilgee & boat club edited-1

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1243 Steele Canyon June2018

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4312 SpanFlat Loop May2018

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4780 Berryessa Knoxville May2018

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1085 Headlands Apr2018

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2018 Recreation Season Begins at Lake Berryessa

The Bureau of Reclamation announces summer hours and programs for the 2018 recreation season at Lake Berryessa.

Reclamation Facilities are Open

Starting April 1, 2018, Park Rangers will staff the Dufer Point Visitor Center from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends and holidays. Stop-in with your questions about visiting the lake, volunteering with our new birding program, or upcoming events.

The north end of Oak Shores Day Use Area will re-open for day use on April 1. Oak Shores opens daily at 7:30 a.m. throughout the year and is free of charge.

Closing hours will gradually increase as follows:


April 1- May 4: 5 p.m. weekdays, 8 p.m. weekends.
May 5- September 30: 8 p.m. weekdays and weekends.
Once repaving is complete, the Capell Cove Boat Launch will be open from 4 a.m.-10 p.m. and is free of charge.

Make Your Reservations

Beginning May 1, 2018, Oak Shores Day Use Area offers six large group shade shelters at Acorn Beach, Foxtail Flat and Coyote Beach. Group shelters can be reserved for groups of up to 50 for $25, per shelter per day, at http://www.recreation.gov. For more information, or to organize a larger event, please contact the Lake Berryessa Park Ranger Office at 707-966-2111 ext. 113.

Markley Cove Resort, Pleasure Cove Marina, Steele Canyon Recreation Area, Putah Canyon Recreation Area, and Spanish Flat Recreation Area offer services including camping and boat launching. For information on concession-operated facilities, or to make reservations, please call the concession operators or visit their websites:

• Markley Cove, 707-966-2134, markleycoveresort.com

• Pleasure Cove Marina, 707-966-9600, goberryessa.com

• Steele Canyon Recreation Area, 707-966-9179

goberryessa.com/campground-at-steele-canyon

• Spanish Flat Recreation Area 707-966-0200, spanishflatcamping.com

• Putah Canyon Recreation Area, 707-966-9051, royalelkparkmanagement.com.

Plan for a Safe Visit

For those boating this year, familiarize yourself with the California Boater Card program. As of January 2018, boaters 20 years of age and under are required to possess a valid vessel operator card. Boaters may apply for the $10 card from the California Division of Boating and Waterways at: http://californiaboatercard.com/applynow/ .

All Coast Guard and State of California rules for navigation and boat operation apply and are strictly enforced by the Napa County Sheriff’s Office. For more information on preparing for a successful day on the water, read the Division of Boating and Waterways ABCs of California Boating which can be found at https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=28711

Here are some tips to stay safe in the water this summer:

• All swimming at Lake Berryessa is at your own risk.
• Never swim alone
• No lifeguards are present at Lake Berryessa
• Everyone should always wear life jackets and be supervised near water
• The reservoir bottom is uneven and features sudden drop-offs
• The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that up to 70 percent of adult and adolescent water recreation deaths are alcohol related. Sun exposure and heat compound to intensify alcohol’s effect on balance, coordination and judgement, so please use caution. For more details: https://www.cdc.gov/…/water-sa…/waterinjuries-factsheet.html.

Both child and adult-sized life jackets are available for the public to borrow, free of charge, from Oak Shores Day Use Area.

Campfires are only permitted within campfire rings in established campgrounds. Personal charcoal barbecue grills are not allowed anywhere at Lake Berryessa. Those wishing to barbecue with charcoal must use the grills provided in established campgrounds and Day Use Areas. For more information on safely using campfires and barbecues this year, please visit: http://www.preventwildfireca.org.

Join the Fun

Reclamation is looking for motivated individuals to join our team of employees and volunteers who keep Lake Berryessa running throughout the year. Look for our job and volunteer announcements throughout the year at www.usajobs.gov and www.volunteer.gov.

For more information, please contact the Lake Berryessa Field Office at 707-966-2111 ext. 113, or visit the Lake Berryessa website at https://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/berryessa/

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Rattlesnake Safety - Annual Reprint

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June, 2018

LBNews Pg 8&1 Jun18

Click above to download this issue…

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Welcome to the best map of Lake Berryessa you’ll ever find!

Click on the map to see a larger version.

Click here to download a pdf copy.

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Lake Berryessa Fills and Glory Hole Spills: The Video History

This amazing series of Lake Berryessa News Drone videos by Evan Kilkus documents the 45 foot rise of Lake Berryessa in 2017.

http://lakeberryessanews.com/photo-album/videos.html

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Full lake level history 2015
Lake Levels 2006 to 031217 edited-1

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BERRYESSA VALLEY HISTORY

Berryessa Valley and the Town of Monticello Historical Photos and Videos from before Lake Berryessa covered it.

Berryessa Valley photo

Thanks to Carol Fitzpatrick for creating the Berryessa Valley Exhibit at the Spanish Flat Village Center described in the first video.

https://www.facebook.com/BERRYESSA-VALLEY-EXHIBIT-767097649995856/photos/

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WHAT HAPPENED AT LAKE BERRYESSA?

A CONDENSED POLITICAL HISTORY 
1958 - 2018

by Peter Kilkus

How Could the Government Have Done Something So Stupid?

Download a PDF of the first 180 pages of the book here....

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Introduction

Without THE LAKE BERRYESSA NEWS there would be no Lake Berryessa News…and finally there would be no definitive history of what happened at Lake Berryessa. Having participated directly for more than twenty years as an advocate for the lake in the fiasco that was the Bureau of Reclamation’s Visitor Services Plan, its farcical but tragic outcome, and the process of rebuilding, I have very strong views of the causes and results - supported by facts and data which were mostly obfuscated by the proponents of the destruction of the lake’s residential and business community.

The Bureau of Reclamation and their supporters destroyed family recreation at Lake Berryessa for a generation of families, children, and friends. Many people ask me about the history of the process that led to the present situation at Lake Berryessa. When I explain what happened most become incredulous and can't believe the government could have done something so stupid. "How could they have gotten away with that?" they exclaim.

The goal of this book is to provide the history and the context within which such an incredibly destructive course of action took place.

The initial timeline shows a condensed history of the process. The next section tells the story through the eyes of Lake Berryessa News articles. With the permission of the Napa Register, a parallel history is presented through contemporaneous editorials, articles, and letters to the editor from the Napa Register.

This book is not a traditional academic exercise in historical exposition. Academic historians define history as presenting facts without expressing any opinion or analysis of the events whereas memories are comprised of emotions that can have a great influence on the perception of an actual event. Critical historians live by the old saying of "there are two sides to every story and then there is the truth."

I’m more interested in the narrative approach to defining this history. Almost two decades have passed since this story began, and Lake Berryessa history has been created with every day of that twenty years.

This book is the raw, as-it-happened, unfiltered picture of what many of us lived through. It is organized chronologically; focused on a single coherent story; primarily descriptive but also analytical; primarily concerned with people but also the abstract circumstances in which they find themselves. To me a big part of the fascination with any history is trying to discover what was going on inside people's heads in the past, and what it was like to live in that past.

The future is finally looking brighter for Lake Berryessa. History continues to unfold.

Peter Kilkus, Lake Beryessa, 2018

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Table Of Contents

Lake Berryessa History Timeline

How It All Began: The Origins of the “Big Lie”

Will History Repeat Itself In Reverse? What Happened in 1975?

Notice of Intent: Solano Project--Lake Berryessa; Napa, California

The “Big Lie” Continues: Task Force 7 Protests Reclamation’s Unjustified Negative Propaganda

The Facts Fight Back: What You Need to Know About the Battle for Berryessa

Local Businesses Fight Back: Chamber of Commerce Critique of Draft Environmental Impact Statement

Residents Fight Back: More Than 900 Unleash Scorn on Reclamation Plan

The Perversiopn of Public Law 96-375: Demolition Hardball by the Bureau of Reclamation

Reclamation Defends Unjust Requirement to Demolish ALL Existing Facilities At Lake Berryessa

The Pensus Years: The Lake Berryessa News View

Pensus: The Short Story That Was Actually A Fantasy

Pensus Signs Berryessa Contract – Begins Facilities Development – Announces Resort Openings

Springtime at Lake Berryessa: Pensus in Bloom?

They’re Off Like a Herd of Turtles! Bureaucracy at Berryessa

Lake Berryessa: When Do Past Memories Actually Become “HISTORY”?

Goodbye 2011: Another Year of Process Without Progress! Will 2012 Be Any Better?

A Lake Berryessa Midsummer Night’s Dream (With Apologies to William Shakespeare)

Applehood and Mother Pie! What’s Right, What’s Wrong, and Why

Catch-22: The Bureaucratic Double Bind Theory in Practice

Seasons, Cycles, and Radical Change: Chaos Theory - Lake Berryessa Style

Floundering About at Lake Berryessa (This is not a fishing story.)

SNAFU, FUBAR and BOHICA: Deciphering Berryessa’s Ancient Rock Sculpture at Steele Park

Feds Final Folly: The Destruction of Steele Park - Public Law 96-375’s Unintended Consequence

A Modest Radical Proposal: Transfer Management of Lake Berryessa to Napa County

A Path Forward To Revitalize Lake Berryessa: Fire The Feds!

Open Letter to the Federal Government: Get Out of Lake Berryessa!

Napa County and the Bureau of Reclamation: Working Together to Rebuild Lake Berryessa?

Will 2017 Be Lake Berryessa's Lucky Year?

Milestone Achieved! A Positive Report on the Potential Future Rebirth of Lake Berryessa!

The Future of Lake Berryessa Looks Brighter, But The Sun Also Rises A Bit Slowly

Napa County Releases Lake Berryessa Request For Information & Interest

Lake Berryessa History Through Napa Register Articles    

Lake Berryessa History Through Napa Register Editorials

Dueling Napa Register Letters To The Editor 

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Here's an interview I did in 2010, three years after the interview below with Pat Monaghan and just after Pensus had been given the contract for 5 resorts. As we all know Pensus was subsequently kicked out in 2012.        

Here's a 2007 TV interview with Pat Monaghan, cofounder of Task Force 7 at Lake Berryessa, to give you some historical insight. Those of you who remember Pete Lucero will recognize his description of what we called "The Big Lie" - which turned into the "Epic Fail".

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Some Interesting Past Stories


No On Measure C: When Good Science Goes Bad - Or Doesn’t Go Anywhere At All

A Tale of Two Aircraft Tragedies - Twenty Years Apart


Reclamation Releases Final Environmental Assessment (EA) For Lake Berryessa Recreation Areas Development


"Holes In History" at Lake Berryessa: Simple Incompetence, Fervent Ignorance, Malicious Arrogance


Who Will Run The New Lake Berryessa Resorts?


2017: The Year In Review Through Lake Berryessa News Headlines


Christmas Calls To Action For The Survival 

Of The Human Race


The Great Lake Berryessa (Atlas) Fire of 2017


Atlas Fire Timeline From The Berryessa Highlands


What Is That Red Stuff Falling From The Sky?


Circle Oaks Fire - The Great Escape


Lake Berryessa Boater Outreach Program: Summer 2017

Download full report pdf here...


Lake Berryessa 1971: Controversy Begins (Oakland Tribune)


My First Fishing Trip on Lake Berryessa


The Destruction of Steele Park Resort


Analysis of the Creation of the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument - the Dumbest National Monument in the United States


Napa County Wildfire Awareness Resources


Lake Berryessa History: The Summer of Love (1967) versus The Summers of Chaos (1998-1999) 


Exciting New Game Fishing Opportunity at Lake Berryessa


Rattlesnakes: Friend or Enemy – or just a primal fear?


Algae at Lake Berryessa

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Special Publications


Final Ragatz Report (75MB PDF)

Ragatz Summary Recommendations (75 KB PDF)

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Conspiracy Theory Or Automatic Pilot: The Economic Roots Of Environmental Destruction        

By Peter F. Kilkus 

Download PDF of this report (2 MB)

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The Amazing Foods of Chef Neiman Marxist

Chef Neiman Marxist French rev1


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The Winters Express

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BEMS

Eric

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