Ventana Wilderness to Reopen May 1

April 26, 2009

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Time to head back to the woods!

The Forest Service is silent, of course, but reliable sources report that the currently closed portion of the Los Padres National Forest (which includes the Ventana Wilderness) is set to reopen on May 1. Read the rest of this entry »


A Visit to La Cueva Pintada

April 25, 2009

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The army hasn’t allowed the public to visit La Cueva Pintada (on Fort Hunter Liggett) in something like 10 years, so when the San Antonio Valley Historical Association succeeded in navigating the bureaucratic maze and getting permission for a public tour a lot of people jumped at the opportunity. Read the rest of this entry »


Forest Service Website Hacked

April 20, 2009

We’ve heard from some people wondering why our links to the Los Padres National Forest Current Conditions page and other Forest Service pages aren’t working. The reason appears to be that the Forest Service has been victimized by hackers Read the rest of this entry »


Fire Near Pfeiffer Beach

April 19, 2009

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It’s been a hot day and, sure enough, the CHP is receiving reports of a fire burning near Pfeiffer Beach. Firefighters and air support are reported to be on the way …. Read the rest of this entry »


Garland Park Wildflowers

April 18, 2009

Here’s a little of what we saw today ….

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Sky Lupine (Lupinus nanus) and Coast Goldfields (Lasthenia californica) share a meadow. Read the rest of this entry »


Charges Against MIRA Caretaker Dropped

April 17, 2009

The Monterey County District Attorney has dropped all charges against Ivan Eberle, the caretaker at the MIRA observatory on Chews Ridge. Eberle had been charged with battery on a firefighter and interference with a firefighter in the line of duty (see earlier post for details). Read the rest of this entry »


Public Officials Endure Fort Ord Dunes State Park Grand Opening

April 15, 2009

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The Ribbon Cutting – Marina Mayor Bruce Delgado tries to wipe the sand out of his eyes while Supervisors Dave Potter and Jane Parker grin and bear it. As a squadron of other dignitaries attempt to form a wind break, California State Parks Director Ruth Coleman and Representative Sam Farr attack the ribbon with scissors big and small. Read the rest of this entry »