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San Jose's First Hotel Has Been Spared The Wrecking Ball
The Hotel Metropole located at 33 S. Market St. in San Jose, California has been spared the wrecking ball and has been given historic landmark status by the San Jose City Council. The Hotel Metropole was built in the Romanesque style by San Francisco/San Jose architect William Binder and it was home to both a brothel and a blacksmith shop. After it opened in 1902, the Hotel Metropole took its place among other small hotels on the block, providing modest accommodations for new arrivals to the valley. Those who lived above San Jose's storefronts during the day were largely shopkeepers themselves and skilled tradesman. A 1924 photo of the block shows the Hotel Metropole as a bookend to a bustling block filled with Christmas shoppers, fedoras and Model-T Fords. 

Then the Great Depression hit downtown San Jose, leading to middle-class flight to the growing suburbs. The Metropole's neighborhood took a dive as San Jose's business district migrated to South First Street. The old hotel became a flophouse until the city condemned the upstairs of the building after the 1989 Loma Prieta quake, and the last $380-per-month tenants were evicted in 1994. Jack Douglas is a retired historian who worked at the SJSU library and wrote the book "Historical Footnotes of Santa Clara Valley". Douglas remembers the Hotel Metropole as it was when he arrived in San Jose in the '50s: "It has always been a sort of second-rate hotel for transients, the kind of thing you wouldn't notice." 

David Boone, the real estate developer who owned the property in the late '80s, argued against historic designation for the hotel, playing up its low-rent reputation as an embarrassment to the de Saisset legacy: "To associate him with that is an affront to his family's good name." The Hotel Metropole was originally named the Alcantara Building when it was built by San Jose pioneer Pedro de Saisset. In making his case against landmark status for the Metropole in 1989, Boone cited the "structural infirmities" of the building. He also wrote a letter to the council arguing that preservation was "impractical from a cost perspective" and offered to photograph the building for historic purposes before demolition.

The Redevelopment Agency joined the chorus of Metropole detractors as, at the time agency officials were eager to charm a high-rent corporate tenant for a high-rise they hoped to construct in its place. As agency director Frank Taylor to the City Council in 1988: "The historic merit of the building seems to us outweighed by the rehabilitation costs associated with making it useful combined with the lost opportunity for large-scale development." In the end, the City Council voted against the agency and the developer and gave the Hotel Metropole historic landmark status. Stuck with the old hotel, Reliance Loan Company foreclosed on Boone and partner former San Jose Councilmember David Goglio in 1995, leaving the property to South Market Street Partners, who suddenly found themselves with one of the most valuable parcels of land--historically and commercially--in San Jose.
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Sentinel Gap Ice Age Features

This is the link to a panoramic video that features aerial views of Sentinel Gap, the Columbia River, Wanapum Dam and the Basalt Boulder Field located west of Mattawa, Washington. Also featured is the ice-rafted erratic granite boulder (deposited 15,000 years ago), which is a popular spot for geologists. This area is a short drive from where I live.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G77_CQrc_3w


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Big Cowboy Mark's Pepper and Sausage Bake

This is a rather easy and inexpensive recipe. It is full of flavor and great for company. Preparation time is about 20 minutes. Baking time is 30 minutes. It serves 4 to 6.

You will need:

1 box Kraft Stove Top Stuffing Mix (Savory Herbs)

1 2/3 cups hot water

1/4 cup vegetable oil

1 green bell pepper

1 red bell pepper

1 1/2 lbs. Italian Sausage (Hillshire Farm Italian Smoked Sausage works best)

1 can (15 oz) of tomato sauce

1/4 tsp of onion powder

1/4 tsp of garlic powder or garlic salt

1/4 tsp of Mexican oregano flakes

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Empty box of Stove Top Stuffing Mix in a large bowl and add 1 2/3 cups hot water, mix thoroughly until moistened, set aside. Then slice Italian Sausage into pieces about 3/4 of an inch in size. Take both green and red bell peppers and slice the tops out and core out all of the seeds, rinsing out both peppers. Slice and chop both peppers into 1/4 inch to 1./2 inch pieces. Place 1/4 cup vegetable oil in a large skillet and heat on stove at medium heat, add sliced Italian Sausage to the skillet. Let sausage cook until pink in color and then add chopped green and red peppers, stirring frequently. When peppers appear to be getting limp remove skillet from stove and drain off almost all of the vegetable oil, return to stove and continue to cook on low to medium setting for about 7 minutes. Add 1/4 tsp onion powder, 1/4 garlic powder (or garlic salt) and 1/4 Mexican oregano flakes to sausage/pepper mix as it cooks. Stir in spices and reduce heat to low. In a 13" x 9" baking dish place stuffing mixture and then add sausage/pepper mix to stuffing in baking dish, mix evenly. Take 1 can (15 oz.) of tomato sauce and pour over top of stuffing/sausage mixture, making sure to cover it all. Place baking dish into preheated oven uncovered and bake for 30 minutes. Sprinkle with crumbled Feta, mozzarella or Parmesan cheese, if desired. Serve immediately. Serves 4 to 6.

Click on link below to see finished product

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j211/cowboymark_photos/SausageBake001.jpg

Copyright, "Big Cowboy Mark Recipes" May 14, 2010

 



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Washington Geology Lecture Series

A fascinating video of Geology Professor Gene Kiver discussing the Ice Age geology of eastern Washington, the possibility of establishing a National Park here and the glacial/volcanic dynamics at Mount Rainier's summit. Click on the link below to view the video.

http://vimeo.com/8021397



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Washington Geology Lecture Series

Myself with Nick Zentner, geology expert from Central Washington University and Ice Age Floods Institute lecturer. Tonight Nick revealed the occurrence of a 9.0 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami which took place 60 miles off the coast of Washington on January 26, 1700 at 9:00 pm. Taken at Raw Space, Ellensburg, Washington on May 12, 2010 at 8:30 pm. Click on link, below.

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j211/cowboymark_photos/NickZentner001.jpg

Nick Zentner (Central Washington University geologist) interviews U.S.G.S. Geologist Brian Atwater regarding earthquakes in the Pacific Northwest along the Juan de Fuca Plate and his evidence proving that a 9.0 magnitude earthquake struck the Washington coast on January 26, 1700 at 9:00 pm. Click on link below to view video. 


http://vimeo.com/5112118



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Big Cowboy Mark's Pepper and Sausage Bake

This is a rather easy and inexpensive recipe. It is full of flavor and great for company. Preparation time is about 20 minutes. Baking time is 30 minutes. It serves 4 to 6.

You will need:

1 box Kraft Stove Top Stuffing Mix (Savory Herbs)

1 2/3 cups hot water

1/4 cup vegetable oil

1 green bell pepper

1 red bell pepper

1 1/2 lbs. Italian Sausage (Hillshire Farm Italian Smoked Sausage works best)

1 can (15 oz) of tomato sauce

1/4 tsp of onion powder

1/4 tsp of garlic powder or garlic salt

1/4 tsp of Mexican oregano flakes

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Empty box of Stove Top Stuffing Mix in a large bowl and add 1 2/3 cups hot water, mix thoroughly until moistened, set aside. Then slice Italian Sausage into pieces about 3/4 of an inch in size. Take both green and red bell peppers and slice the tops out and core out all of the seeds, rinsing out both peppers. Slice and chop both peppers into 1/4 inch to 1./2 inch pieces. Place 1/4 cup vegetable oil in a large skillet and heat on stove at medium heat, add sliced Italian Sausage to the skillet. Let sausage cook until pink in color and then add chopped green and red peppers, stirring frequently. When peppers appear to be getting limp remove skillet from stove and drain off almost all of the vegetable oil, return to stove and continue to cook on low to medium setting for about 7 minutes. Add 1/4 tsp onion powder, 1/4 garlic powder (or garlic salt) and 1/4 Mexican oregano flakes to sausage/pepper mix as it cooks. Stir in spices and reduce heat to low. In a 13" x 9" baking dish place stuffing mixture and then add sausage/pepper mix to stuffing in baking dish, mix evenly. Take 1 can (15 oz.) of tomato sauce and pour over top of stuffing/sausage mixture, making sure to cover it all. Place baking dish into preheated oven uncovered and bake for 30 minutes. Sprinkle with crumbled Feta, mozzarella or Parmesan cheese, if desired. Serve immediately. Serves 4 to 6.

Click on link below to see finished product

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j211/cowboymark_photos/SausageBake001.jpg

Copyright, "Big Cowboy Mark Recipes" May 14, 2010

 



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Washington Geology Lecture Series

A fascinating video of Geology Professor Gene Kiver discussing the Ice Age geology of eastern Washington, the possibility of establishing a National Park here and the glacial/volcanic dynamics at Mount Rainier's summit. Click on the link below to view the video.

http://vimeo.com/8021397



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Washington Geology Lecture Series

Myself with Nick Zentner, geology expert from Central Washington University and Ice Age Floods Institute lecturer. Tonight Nick revealed the occurrence of a 9.0 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami which took place 60 miles off the coast of Washington on January 26, 1700 at 9:00 pm. Taken at Raw Space, Ellensburg, Washington on May 12, 2010 at 8:30 pm. Click on link, below.

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j211/cowboymark_photos/NickZentner001.jpg

Nick Zentner (Central Washington University geologist) interviews U.S.G.S. Geologist Brian Atwater regarding earthquakes in the Pacific Northwest along the Juan de Fuca Plate and his evidence proving that a 9.0 magnitude earthquake struck the Washington coast on January 26, 1700 at 9:00 pm. Click on link below to view video. 


http://vimeo.com/5112118



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