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Winemaker Paul Smith and his wife, Robin, planted four blocks of vines on their Woodside property about 10 years ago. Now, they produce pinot noir ‘garagiste’ style, distributing only in Woodside, under the label GBH Vineyard. Photo by Michelle Le. See Section 2 for the story.
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Mounted Patrol honors chuck wagon cook and physician By Dave Boyce Almanac Staff Writer
life of action in a white coat and, alternatively, in a Western saddle, has been the lot of Portola Valley resident Walter J. Cole, a Stanford dermatologist, cow roper, occasional veterinary consultant, community benefactor and chuck wagon mess cook, from all of which he has retired. In view of his many accomplishments in the community and his 57 years of participation in the Mounted Patrol of San Mateo County, the Woodside-based association has named Dr. Cole, now 94 and no longer riding, the Outstanding HorsepersonCitizen of 2009. “He (is one of) the last surviving members of a small group that organized and moved the patrol forward for our continuing enjoyment,” patrol member Bill Wraith wrote in announcing Dr. Cole’s award. “His fellow professionals, (Mounted) Patrol and other horse friends join us in honoring him with this special award.” Dr. Cole grew up with horses in Manitoba, Canada, where his father, a surveyor for the railroad, kept a herd of 40, Mr. Wraith said. He studied medicine in college, served as a surgeon in the Royal Canadian Navy, and completed post-graduate studies at Johns Hopkins and Stanford universities and the University of California at San Francisco, and was a medical school professor at the latter two. His local dermatology
practice started in 1955 and he retired in 1991, Mr. Wraith said. In the local hills, he helped cut trails from the Mounted Patrol grounds on Kings Mountain Road to Towne Ranch in La Honda, Mr. Wraith said. Dr. Cole was a regular on cattle drives and round-ups and co-authored “Chuck’s On,” a cowboy cookbook published by the California Beef Council, with whom he sponsored Mounted Patrol’s first barbecue pit. Dr. Cole had run the barbecue at county fairs for years, organized Mounted Patrol blood donations, participated in searchand-rescue missions, and arranged nursing scholarships at UCSF, Mr. Wraith said. Artist with rope
Much of Dr. Cole’s work with cattle took place in the hills above Portola Valley at ranches with names such as Marthin, Mariani, Piers and Conley, he said in an interview. On roping days, Dr. Cole would be part of a team of cowboys who gathered in a corral to brand, dehorn (if necessary), vaccinate and castrate (the males), one animal at a time. Since the cattle tended to be uncooperative to these ministrations, the mounted cowboys would capture them by “heading and heeling”: immobilizing the cow with rope lassos looped around the head and rear heels and pulled in opposing directions.
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Walter Cole’s riding days are behind him, but not forgotten by his equestrian buddies. The Mounted Patrol of San Mateo County has named him Outstanding Horseperson-Citizen of 2009.
Dr. Cole was a header. “Cowboys, by and large, were either good headers or good heelers,” he said. A reporter commented that roping days must have been awful for the cattle. “They don’t know where they hurt the most,” Dr. Cole replied. Asked for the key to great cowboy beans, he gave up little by way of secrets: “Everybody’s got their own ideas,” he said. He soaks his beans — either Pinto
or maroon-and-white Anasazi — overnight and cooks them with salt pork and onions, he said. At one end of the spectrum for openfire cooking is food that tastes great, in part because you’re outside, and there’s a very clean pot when the meal’s over. At the other end, at least there’s plenty to eat. Where did his beans place on that scale? “If you don’t like it, don’t eat it,” Dr. Cole replied without hesitation. A
New rules may create major obstacles to Cargill’s plan to build on Bay infill
Goat survives mountain lion attack
By Renee Batti
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he commission charged with protecting and regulating development in San Francisco Bay is poised to issue new rules that are likely to present major obstacles for the Cargill plan to build a community of up to 12,000 new homes on Bay infill, according to county Supervisor Rich Gordon. Mr. Gordon, who is also a member of the regulating body, the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC), said the new rules have been drafted to address rising sea levels resulting from climate change. Although no date has been set for the commission to act on the proposed rules — an amendment to the Bay Plan — Mr. Gordon said he
believes the vote will be scheduled by the end of June. A Democratic candidate for the state Assembly’s District 21 seat in the primary election in June, Mr. Gordon said his position on the BCDC makes it inappropriate to take a position on Cargill’s controversial proposal to build up to 12,000 homes on its 1,436 acres of salt ponds along the Bay between Woodside and Marsh roads. But, he added, he expects to support the BCDC’s proposed Bay Plan amendment as now drafted. Mr. Gordon alluded to the proposed amendment during a Feb. 24 forum for Assembly District 21 candidates. He described the new rules as representing See CARGILL, page 8
By Dave Boyce
t was surely 10 minutes of hell for the pygmy goat Henri in Portola Valley on the night of Feb. 18, when an adult mountain lion jumped a 5-foot fence at around 9:30 p.m. at the goat’s Wayside Road home and attacked, biting him in the neck. He’s recovering, owner Susan Nightingale told The Almanac. He has two puncture wounds to his trachea and what appears to be a claw scratch on his back, she said. Ms. Nightingale said she became aware that something was wrong when she heard an unfamiliar “throaty screaming” — a sound of fear — coming from outside. It might be an anguished bird in the nearby wild area, she said she thought. She didn’t see anything on her
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The two scars seen here on the shaved throat of Henri, a pygmy goat, are harsh souvenirs of a Feb. 18 attack by a mountain lion in a fenced yard along Wayside Road in Portola Valley.
first trip outside, she said, but the second time her flashlight illuminated Henri on his side and 25
feet away and inside the fence, a See GOAT, page 8
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Habitat ready to rebuild more homes By Sean Howell Almanac Staff Writer
abitat for Humanity volunteers are tearing through disused homes in Menlo Parkâ€™s Belle Haven neighborhood at a remarkable rate, dismantling non-conforming units, gutting kitchens and bathrooms, installing new plumbing and electrical lines, replacing windows and doors and laying down sheetrock and stucco to prepare the homes for sale to working-class people. The renovations are moving so rapidly, in fact, that Habitat has asked Menlo Park to help it buy five homes in addition to the five purchases the city has already helped fund, as part of a program to purchase and repair bank-owned properties in a neighborhood that has experienced a rash of foreclosures during the economic recession. The City Council could vote at its meeting Tuesday, March 2, on whether to grant $625,000 of funds from land developers to Habitat to extend the program. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the council chambers, located in the Civic Center complex between Laurel and Alma streets. Habitat has bought five homes and finished renovating three since its work began in late May 2009. It plans to finish the remaining two homes by late spring, according to Menlo Park Housing Director Doug Frederick. More than 1,000 volunteers, representing 42 organizations, have put some 6,500 hours into the task thus far, according to Mr. Frederick, who said volunteers are already lining up to work on additional homes Habitat might buy. The foreclosure crisis is still chipping away at Belle Haven, Mr. Frederick said. One source estimates that there are currently 72 homes in the community that are either in default, at the point of a trustee sale, or owned by a bank.
Home Depot to fund 44 ECR trees Home Depot has provided a grant that will fund the planting of 44 London Plane trees along El Camino Real in Menlo Park, according to Chuck Kinney, founder of Trees for Menlo Inc. The new line of trees will occupy the El Camino median, stretching between Middle and Oak Grove avenues, Mr. Kinney said. Home Depot declined to disclose the dollar amount of the grant. Menlo Parkâ€™s public works department will help plant the trees.