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I0 The Julian News All Your Tree Service Needs Commercial FISHING REPORT Cindy Brook Slow Season Sometimes, there just isn't a lot of activity in the backyard. Very few birds come to visit. I don't know why this is, but even though it's slow, I still put seed out on the tray feeder and keep the birdbatks filled with water. Just for those few who stop by E-mail: birdingbits@cfl.rr.com 2016 King Features Syr~cate, Inc. Howdy! From Lake Cuyamaea "Dusty Britches" here with the fishin' report... Some good news...TIMBER! The big trees are falling. Ron Peklar of El Cajon included an 8 pound Mt.Lassen trout from Chamber's Park in his stringer using an inflated night crawler; Jayden Campos of Ramona reeled in a 4 poufid 8 ounce rainbow to add to his stringer while fishing the "Fox Hole" using the Cuyamaca Sandwich; Mike Romero from Lake Elsinore included a 4 pound "bow" to his stringer while fishing Lone Pine; Little Katelyn Russo of San Diego caught a 1 pound 12 ounce rainbow on her snoopy pole using green power bait and a piece of a night crawler also at Lone Pine; Mark Van Keuran of Alpine nabbed a 7 pound trout using a power worm fishing the shore al Lone Pine; Dave Miller of Solana Beach included a 10 pound 4 ounce Mt. Lassen beauty in his limit; and Mike Eggers of Ramona included in his limit of fish, none of which were under 3 pounds topped out with a 6 pound 8 ounce rainbow... Mike caught his limit before noon at Lone Pine using green power bait. Along the Dike area Kevin O'Kesson was doing well when we heard screaming over by the handicap dock. The 3 young men had tied into a nice Florida Strain largemouth bass.., with a good gerth and weighing in at 5 pounds 8 ounces the fighting fish made the young men sound like a junior high school girls cheer leading squad. The weekend is just beginning and lots going on. The weather is co-operating and a waxing moon making night hikes a part of the venue. With the political constipation going on daily, there's not enough Maalox at the counter to slow it down, so it's a good time to get some fishin' in, II and widdle away the time with a friend. So, come on out and get a line wet. The restaurant has been serving up some good grub for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. "Henny Penny" and "Hildegard Hamhocker" have been tending to the customers while "Yosemite Sam" and "Fog Horn Leg Horn" have been doing the cooking. This weekend we were treated to the experience of recapturing one of our porta-potties that had blown into the Lake during a recent storm. We thought that we had it secured good enough over at Lone Pine by using (4) fence posts.., one on each corner driven into the ground and tied to each corner with bailing wire. The posts were still there, but the porta-pottie was gone. There were originally three porta- potties before the storm side-by- side at Lone Pine. The next day there was only one left, and it was knocked over, the second we found down by the water's edge several hundred feet away, and the third was totally gone. We've been looking for it for a while now. The water finally cleared up enough for Jay Blaylock and Tom Chapman to see it, under water, over by the Dike just north of Pumphouse Cove... as the crow flies, about a half mile away. "Cuss Cussler" and I went over in a boat with a buoy to mark it, then retrieve it later. Well, one thing led to another, and before you knew it "Cuss" was sandwiched between what was left of the top of the porta-pottie and one of the walls trying to keep it from going back into the Lake while lying on his back in the bow of the boat.., face up, trying not to slide with the porta-pottie back into the Lake. Well, he laid there until the troops arrived as Tom Chapman in another boat, and Jay Blaylock with our tractor came to the rescue. We slid ole "Cuss" out from between the tangled carnage of plastic and, using the tractor, extricated the remnants of the porta-pottie. Now that's a "BROWN TROUT" fishin' story for ya. "Tight Lines and Bent Rods"... "Dusty Britches" Bark staining and bleeding resulting from GSOB larval feeding The Early Signs Of Spring In Julian's Night Skies One of the earliest signs of spring can be seen in Julian in the beautiful night skies in March. The great winter constellations, Taurus and Orion, are moving inexorably to the west and Leo is rising to nearly the zenith by 10:00 pm in mid-March. The constellation Leo is easily recognizable as a crouching lion with its brightest star, Regulus, right on the ecliptic (the path of the planets through the sky) and its mane is the distinctive sickle shape (reverse question mark) on its western side. One of the brightest open clusters in the spring is M44, the Beehive Cluster. Visually, M44 has more than a dozen stars bright enough to be seen as a distinct fuzzy patch with the naked eye. The Beehive Cluster is located between the constellations Leo and Gemini. Imagine a line connecting the bright stars Regulus (in Leo) and Pollux (the eastern star in the star pair Castor and Pollux in Gemini). The Beehive is located slightly below that line and slightly closer to Pollux. M44 is a dazzling sight in any pair of binoculars and it can be seen even with a bright Moon or light pollution. The Beehive Cluster actually contains an estimated two hundred stars and it was first identified as a cluster by Galileo himself. Most galaxies cannot be seen with a pair of binoculars, but in March we can see a pair of very bright galaxies, M81 and M82, in the constellation Ursa Major (the Big Dipper). Imagine a diagonal 4ine connecting the two corners of the cup of the Big Dipper from the bottom left to top right (pointing away from the handle). Follow the line away from the cup about the same distance as the diagonal across the cup and you will come to two smudges - one long and ray-shaped (M82, known as the Cigar Galaxy) and a brighter spiral galaxy (M81) with a bright rounded core. The two galaxies are approximately 12- 13 million light years from us, and they are close enough to each other that they have gravitationally interacted in the past. In fact, M82 is a prototypical "starburst galaxy" with intense star formation activity resulting from its interactions with M81. We now know that galaxies do not evolve alone - they exchange energy and matter with the galaxies around them. The planet Jupiter is visible all night in March below the hind legs of Leo. Jupiter is as close to Earth as it will be all year, so certain of its surface features and its four Galilean moons should be readily visible in binoculars or a small telescope. Mars rises around midnight during the month and both Saturn and Mars will be visible very near the constellation Scorpius in the hour before sunrise during the month. Mars and Saturn will move closer to each other throughout the month. Venus rises in early March in the east-southeast about an hour before the Sun, but it will be difficult to see as it disappears into the solar glare by early April. You may log on to the website: http://www.astronomy.com/ observing/sky-this-week for a discussion of the latest weekly sky events from Astronomy magazine. Oak Borer continued from page 3 Exit hole from Borer Beetle 2015 due to the loss of trees in California. "A lack of precipitation over the last four years has made trees in many regions of California susceptible to infestations of native bark beetles, which are constrained under normal circumstances by the defense mechanisms of healthy trees," Gov. Jerry Brown wrote in his declaration. One of the biggest culprits in the spreading of GSOB is firewood from dead trees killed by GSOB. Firewood can harbor harmful insects such as GSOB. Moving around infested wood can introduce these pests to new areas where they might take hold and could have devastating impacts to trees, our natural resources and local communities. Even wood that looks safe can harbor destructive pests. For example, female GSOBs lay eggs in the cracks and crevices of oak bark, and the larvae burrow into the cambium of the tree to feed so they may not be visible. Some signs that your trees may be infested with GSOB include: bark staining or black areas where sap appears to be oozing out; thinning of the top of the tree or crown of the tree; small "D" shaped exit holes in the bark around the trunk of the tree; increased woodpecker damage as they try to eat the beetle larvae in the tree. If you are interested in learning more about GSOB and what you can do to help prevent the spread of this terrible pest and potentially save your oak trees, be sure and attend the free panel discussion at the Julian Library on Tuesday, March 8, 2016 at 6 p.m. Prolong your roses February 24, 2016 For a quart vase, use 2 tablespoons of dissolved sugar, 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and 1/2 teaspoon of bleach. This will supply adequate levels of sucrose, acidify the water and help keep microbes from growing in your flower vase. - Brenda Weaver Source: homeguides.sfgate.com 2016 by King Features Syndicate, Inc. World rights reserved. Questions & Answers About Our Environment Dear Earth Talk: Are genetically modified organisms (GMOs) really so bad for us and the environment, and given their prevalence in our food supply already, how can I avoid them? -- Dianne Mercurio, Richmond, VA has created an online petition so everyday Americans can let the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) know that they have the right to know what's in their food, especially when it comes to GMOs, But until we have federal rules in place requiring labeling, concerned consumers will have to take matters into their own hands when it comes to ferreting out the GMO content of what they eat. Luckily the Non-GMO Project is helping make it easier by offering verified products the opportunity to display its "Non-GMO" symbol on their Since the U.S. does not require food producers to label products containing g, enetically-modified organisms, the non-profit Non-GMO Project has taken matters into its own hands and released its own certification label for the industry. Unless you only buy foods that are certified organic or marked as "GMO-free," odds are that a great deal of the food you eat contains genetically modified organisms (GMOs). 'But are you risking your health and damaging the environment by eating GMOs? Not according to Monsanto, the agricultural biotechnology company that is a leading producer of GM seed. Monsanto contends that GMOs are safe to eat and that seeds with GM traits have been tested more than any other crops in the history of agriculture--with no credible evidence of harm to humans or animals. The company also points to studies that have positively assessed the safety of GMOs, including the 2010 European Commission report summarizing the results of 50 research projects addressing the safety of GMOs for the environment as well as for animal and human health. In announcing the report, the Commission stated that "there is, as of today, no scientific evidence associating GMOs with higher risks for the environment or for food and feed safety than conventional plants." Of course, not everyone agrees. According to the non- profit Non-GMO Project, genetically modified crops and food items can contaminate conventional crops and foods through cross-pollination and/ or contamination. Also since many GM crops are designed to be immune to herbicides and pesticides, farmers have increased their use of various weed and bug killing chemicals to keep competition for their cash crops at bay. The resulting overuse of these chemicals has led to a rapid evolution of "super weeds" and "super bugs" that can quickly take over unmaintained or wild lands. Given the prevalence of GMOs in our food supply already, the non-profit Just Label It believes labeling everything that contains GMOs would be a start so at least consumers can choose on their own what they put in their bodies. Some 64 countries around the world--including China, Japan, Australia, Brazil, Russia and 28 nations in the European Union-- currently require labeling on foods created with GMOs. Just Label It is one of many activist voices calling on the United States to follow suit. The group labels. Currently the group has verified some 35,000 food products across 1,900 different brands commonly available on U.S. store shelves as GMO- free, representing annual sales topping $13.5 billion. Meanwhile, Whole Foods has stepped up its support of GMO labeling by instituting a new policy of "full GMO transparency" in all of its North American stores by 2018. Beyond just labeling, though, Whole Foods is also working with many of its suppliers to transition to ingredients from non-GMO sources altogether. Activists hope that this leadership will trickle down to mainstream grocers as well. CONTACTS: Monsanto, www. monsanto.corn; Non-GMO Project, www.nongmoproject.org; Just Label It, www.jusUabelit.org; Whole Foods, www. whole foods, com. Earth Talk is produced by Doug Moss & Roddy Scheer and is a registered trademark of Earth Action Network Inc. View past columns at: www.earthtalk.org. Or e-mail us your question: editor@earthtalk.org 1. In what year did the Chicago Cubs play their first game at Weeghman Park -- later known as Wrigley Field? 2. Who replaced Davey Johnson as manager of the New York Mets in 1990? 3. In 2014, Rashad Greene set a Florida State record for most receiving yards (3,830). Who had held the mark? 4. Who holds the record for most field goals made in a season for the Houston Rockets? 5. Name the last NHL player before Alexander Ovechkin (three consecutive) to win a goal- scoring title. 6. Who was the only U.S. soccer player on both the 1999 and 2015 women's world Cup squad? 7. How many title fights did Earnie Shavers have during his 26-year heavyweight boxing career? Answers on page 14 4 i ~, I, tl -