Chalk Fire News

September 28, 2008

10:00AM Sunday November 2 Update

The 2-3 inches of rain that fell yesterday and last night over the Santa Lucia Mountains has almost certainly brought this horrendous fire season to a definitive end. Read the rest of this entry »


BAER “Technical Specialist” Reports Trickle Out

September 23, 2008

BAER Team “Technical Specialist” reports (apparently written over a month ago – why is the Forest Service so slow to relax their grip on these things?) have been trickling out today. Read the rest of this entry »

10 Months After Marble Cone: An Historic Article by Dr. James Griffin

September 19, 2008

Dr. James Griffin, of Hastings Reservation, published a very interesting article in the July 1978 issue of Fremontia (a journal of the California Native Plant Society). Read the rest of this entry »

Rage Against the Bike: Why Cyclists Run Stop Signs

September 17, 2008

Sharing the Road

As cyclists, we’re often surprised at how many of the non-cyclists we meet consider themselves experts on cycling safety. Read the rest of this entry »

Marina’s Dunes Project and the Magic of the Market

September 9, 2008

“It was a vast jumbled waste created by sub-human or pre-human monsters in a delirium of greed.” – Henry Miller’s first impression of American urban planning upon returning from his years in Paris


This generic big-box shopping center is the only part of the Dunes project to be built so far. The next phase calls for two hotels – one a high-end “boutique” hotel (100 rooms) and one of more average pretensions (400 rooms). The Marina City Council can’t wait. Read the rest of this entry »

Draft BAER Report Released

September 9, 2008

The first draft of the eagerly awaited BAER Report has hit the streets. Read the rest of this entry »

The Mushroom Whisperer

September 2, 2008

Just when you thought we’d never again write about anything not fire related …. along comes a news item about a mushroom poisoning.

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