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Bob Marley’s Son Turns Former California Prison into Pot Farm

Marley’s prison-turned-pot-farm became an overnight success pretty much as soon as the sale went through in the fall of 2016.

By the time the city of Coalinga decided to sell the former prison – closed in 2011 – it had already accumulated over $3 million in debt.

Photo Credit: EZRA DAVID ROMERO / VALLEY PUBLIC RADIO

The sale to Damian Marley and his partner Ocean Grown Extracts not only wiped that debt out, it also left the town with over a million in the coffers before anyone even planted a single seed.

The new farm is sure to turn a profit; pot is bug business, and the city paved the way for the large scale operation by voting to allow commercial cultivation, delivery, and distribution in the jurisdiction.

Plus, the compound is surrounded by fence and barbed wire, so the crop will be as well protected as any in the country.

California also voted to legalize recreational marijuana about a month after the sale, which is expected to lead to exponential growth in demand throughout the state for the new farm’s product.

Marley told Billboard:

“Many people sacrificed so much for the herb over the years who got locked up……

Egg Vending Machine at Glaum’s Ranch

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$4 for eggs and a floorshow

Easter is a cacophony of chickens Sebastian “Seb” Frey (CC BY 2.0)

Fourth of July chickens Inside Santa Cruz (CC BY 2.0)

The chicken floor show at Glaum Egg Ranch biobetl (CC BY 2.0)

Christmas at the egg ranch Yuriemedia/CC BY 2.0

Eggs Yuriemedia/CC BY 2.0

Sure, you could go and buy your eggs at the grocery store like everyone…

Are These the Skeletons of the First European Colonists in the U.S.?

When Hurricane Matthew roared through St. Augustine, Florida, in October 2016, many of the town’s historic buildings were damaged. But it wasn’t until a building owner decided to tear up a flooded floor to mitigate water damage that an historic discovery was made—what may be the skeletons of the earliest European colonists in the United States.

The city of St. Augustine was founded by admiral Pedro Menéndez de Avilés, who had sailed from Spain and spotted land in what is now Florida on August 28, 1565. Menéndez became the first governor of Florida, and St. Augustine was its capital for two centuries. Although Pensacola, Florida, is the oldest multiyear European settlement, founded by Tristán de Luna in 1559, St. Augustine, located in the northeast part of the state, wins the title for being the oldest continuously occupied European settlement in the contiguous U.S.

Given the age of the city, St. Augustine’s archaeological team has worked for decades to shed light on various phases of occupation. In 1572, the town was relocated from a barrier island onto the mainland, following difficulties defending it from the Timucua Indians. Shortly after this move, the first parish churches were established: Nuestra Señora de la Soledad and, slightly earlier, Nuestra Señora de los Remedios, the parish church of St. Augustine.

The sites of both churches, which were in use between the 16th and 18th centuries,…

Famously Gigantic Sequoia Tree Topples in California Storm

Northern California’s famed Pioneer Cabin Tree, a giant sequoia in Calaveras Big Trees State Park that was carved out to form a tunnel big enough to drive through, fell down during a recent rainstorm, according to the San Francisco Chronicle’s SFGATE. The tree had been a tourist destination for more than a century.

In the late 19th century, the owners of the Calaveras North Grove carved out the tunnel in the tree in response to a similar tree tunnel in Yosemite that was drawing visitors away from Calaveras. The tree was chosen because a large fire scar already prevented a tree top from growing [PDF]. At one point, the park…