I appreciate the Auburn City Council’s conflict with designating a place for a potential future site for a homeless shelter to be built should anyone want to build one with 20-beds in the city limits. I do not understand why people turn a blind eye to what is already here. The homeless are here and they are in your back yard. Wouldn’t it be better to offer our homeless a place to go that has services and food for the night rather than pretending they don’t exist and leave them in the city’s many homeless camps? I appreciate the council taking a drive to look at the streets to see where a shelter could be built that won’t offend anyone but maybe the council members should take a look behind the neat and nice Auburn neighborhoods and see where the invisible homeless are living, drinking, smoking, and having camp fires. Maybe they will realize that having a shelter will protect the homeless and the residents from the effects of homelessness in Auburn. I doubt that will happen so I made a little video of my recent trek to homeless camps in the City of Auburn with Auburn Police Officer Blanco. http://youtu.be/pW0PlwU8jfg
Spent Saturday as a Canyon Keeper Volunteer with Rangers from the Auburn State Recreation Area. We met at Upper Lake Clementine to offer the Junior Ranger program to kids and adults alike, enjoying the water on a hot day. We had a group of a dozen or more who gathered to learn about some of the trees we all depend on and enjoy in the canyon.
The Auburn Blood Source office has put out a call to donors stating that Blood Source has been asked to send blood products to San Francisco to help the victims of the plane crash. Blood Source always serves our local hospitals first but share with other areas when possible. Leslie Botos with Blood Source says thanks to your donations local offices are able to help.
If you have never donated before Botos wants you to know it’s quick and easy and you get a snack when you are done.
The Boeing 777 plane crashed while landing at San Francisco International Airport on Saturday, killing at least two people. At least 181 people were transported to area hospitals, 49 with serious injuries.
San Francisco General said early Sunday morning that the hospital had received 53 patients, including at least 26 children. KAHI News Director Mary West donated blood platelets on Wednesday. You can see a video at this address http://youtu.be/tqu2PjKlgIk
Congratulations to Tim Olson from Ashland Oregon on another first place win in the Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run, covering the 100.2 mile distance from Squaw Valley to Auburn with a time of 15 hours and 17-minutes.
KAHI’s Mary West caught up with Olson at the finish line Saturday evening on the track at Placer High School. Olson shared his thoughts on running the historic course founded by Meadow Vista resident Gordan Ainsleigh
Ainsleigh who has finished the race 22 times in 40 years, dropped from the race shortly before mid-night after running 62 miles.
An Awards ceremony for top finishers was held at the Placer High school track on Sunday.
Olson, age 29, ran a race for the ages last year, shaving more than 20 minutes off Geoff Roes’ 2010 course record with a run of 14 hours and 46 minutes.You can see a video of the finish here: http://youtu.be/gVuDj_jly5g
Had so much fun today chasing my rock climbing buddy Gordy as a film crew from South Africa filmed him for an episode of Salomon Running TV based in France. http://youtu.be/D3Ic86Yna3g
I have been plotting to climb the cables on Yosemite’s Half Dome for about 2 years. About the time permits were required to access the cables, I started entering the lottery to win the permits. I thought this was my year. I entered for 7 different dates and did not win any, but 3 of my friends entered and amazingly, won for the same day, allowing 18 of us to climb together on Monday June 17th, 2013.
Rising nearly 5,000 feet above Yosemite Valley and 8,800 feet above sea level, Half Dome is a Yosemite icon and a great challenge to many hikers. Despite an 1865 report declaring that it was “perfectly inaccessible, being probably the only one of the prominent points about the Yosemite which never has been, and never will be, trodden by human foot,” George Anderson reached the summit in 1875, in the process laying the predecessor to today’s cable route.
Today, thousands of people reach the summit. For most, it is an exciting, arduous hike; for a few, it becomes more of an adventure than they wanted. Indeed, park rangers assist hundreds of people on the Half Dome trail every summer.
The 16-mile round-trip hike to Half Dome is not for you if you’re out of shape or unprepared. You will be gaining elevation (for a total of 4,800 feet) most of your way to the top of Half Dome. Most would say the reward is worth the effort. Along the way, you’ll see outstanding views of Vernal and Nevada Falls, Liberty Cap, Half Dome, and–from the shoulder and summit–panoramic views of Yosemite Valley and the High Sierra.
Most hikers take 10 to 12 hours to hike to Half Dome and back; some take longer. If you plan on hiking during the day, it’s smart to leave around sunrise (or earlier) we met at Happy Isles at 6am.
The most famous–or infamous–part of the hike is the ascent up the cables. The two metal cables allow hikers to climb the last 400 feet to the summit without rock climbing equipment. Since 1919, relatively few people have fallen and died on the cables. However, injuries are not uncommon for those acting irresponsibly.
Coming down the cables was my favorite part, it felt much like repelling. The hardest part was the trip back to base camp, being already tired from sleeping in a strange bed the night before, getting up early, having not enough coffee, making the climb up 4,800 feet and then back down the countless granite steps is exhausting. I wouldn’t trade the experience of making the hike with my husband and sons and friends for many things. The view was truly amazing.
I met Mr. Yamasaki 19-years ago when I first worked at AM950 KAHI Radio as the News Director. My morning show partner Dan Songer, truly the Voice of the Foothills, had a local expert in each morning to take calls and talk like like the good friends that everyone seemed to be to Dan. Don Yamasaki was the Garden Guru and Don would call his friend Dan Yamasaki each Wednesday morning. Dan would answer Dan’s questions and take callers questions and time would fly by. After Dan left the radio station to retire closer to his daughter and grandchildren in Kentucky, Don Yamasaki began hosting his own show on Saturday mornings with a full hour of the Garden Guru. Don invited his wife Cherrie to co-host and the pair have been local KAHI Radio personalities ever since.
Don began his horticulture education working on his parents plum farm off Kemper road many years ago. Don’s dad began growing decorative plants and soon moved the nursery to HWY 49 where it became the Yamasaki Nursery where Don, after returning from Ca-Poly with a Horticulture degree began helping Auburnites make beautiful gardens, fight pests and enjoy there little piece of heaven in the outdoors.
Don is the most humble man but the community needs to know what a kind and generous man he is also. Don prepared every show and gave the best advice and he cares about people. Mr. Yamasaki stopped by the station Tuesday to drop off some gardening books, as gifts, to staff at the station. I had the privilege of getting a horticulture and history lesson from Mr. Yamasaki. I hope you enjoy the message and the sound of the Garden Guru one more time. Don and Cherrie’s last show will be this Saturday at 9am June 8, 2013. You still may be able to catch Don shopping at the Saturday morning Farmer’s Market or around town running errands and with a chuckle, he will be happy to answer your gardening questions. We will miss you Don Yamasaki.