Fourth Carmel River Lagoon “Emergency” Since October

December 28, 2009

Can we make it five before the end of the year?

Dozers work, yet again, to breach the Carmel Lagoon sandbar after waves, yet again, brought water dangerously close to the floor level of Lagoon-bottom homes. Read the rest of this entry »

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Chanterelles in the Rain

December 26, 2009

Boletus edulis and the hearty cooking it inspires are just the thing for crisp fall evenings, but by the time we’ve finished our Yule feast we’re ready for something lighter and more delicately flavored. We’re ready, in other words, to eat some chanterelles. How good that the chanterelles oblige us by fruiting so heavily at just this time. Read the rest of this entry »


Tsunami Inundation Maps Released

December 18, 2009

For those who like to dwell on future calamity, the California Geologic Survey released a set of Tsunami Inundation maps yesterday covering major sections of the California Coast. The nice thing about a steep coastline is that most of us don’t have much to worry about – although parts of downtown Monterey and Santa Cruz may be in for a rough time when the Big One hits.

The maps should also serve as a reminder that the beach is not necessarily the best place to locate major projects. Projects like the Monterey Bay Shores “Eco-Resort” that the Coastal Commission turned down again this week – and that other beach hotel Sand City wants to build – come to mind.


Groups Trying to Force Forest Service to Allow Public Participation in Land Use Decisions

December 15, 2009

Los Padres ForestWatch and the California Chaparral Institute today filed a lawsuit seeking to force the Forest Service to comply with federal law and allow meaningful public input into Forest land use decisions. Far from inviting public participation, the Forest Service, as we have often pointed out, usually attempts to conduct planning in total secrecy. Read the rest of this entry »


Third Carmel River Lagoon “Emergency” Since October

December 13, 2009

Some gentle rain, a high tide, and it’s another “emergency” for the homes on the bottom of the Carmel River Lagoon – the third since October. Read the rest of this entry »


Cloud Seeding Program Hopes to Intensify Big Sur Rainfall

December 4, 2009

Keeping the highway open is a challenge even in good weather

While Big Sur residents and Cal-Trans pray for mild rains, the Monterey County Water Resource Agency is preparing to intensify this winter’s rains by seeding clouds off the Big Sur coast with silver iodide. The goal is to fill the San Antonio and Nacimiento reservoirs by producing heavier rain. Read the rest of this entry »


More Alta Vista Memories

December 2, 2009

Last week’s post, Remembering Alta Vista, has generated so much interest, as well as some wonderful photos from Judith Goodman and Mark P., that we’ve been inspired to dig even deeper into our own dusty boxes of photos.

So here they are – a whole new batch of Alta Vista memories … Read the rest of this entry »