Fire Near Tassajara

July 17, 2013

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Looking toward Tassajara from the Pine Ridge Trail in the upper Church Creek drainage ten months after the Basin Complex Fire. Today’s fire is probably (make that definitely) burning behind the low hill in the center left of the photo.

A fire broke out earlier this afternoon along the Tassajara Rd. It’s apparently a little north of the Zen Center. A column of smoke is now (3:15pm) visible from the Salinas Valley. A lot of equipment is headed that way so, hopefully, folks will do their best to avoid the roads in the upper Carmel Valley, Cachagua and Jamesburg for the time being. Read the rest of this entry »


Monterey Bay: Garbage Dump

July 10, 2013

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The Monterey Bay Sanctuary: Not exactly pristine

One of the great things about living next to the ocean is that it makes it easy to get rid of sewage, trash and pretty much anything else you don’t want. And while the East Coast tradition of simply hauling municipal garbage out to sea on a barge and pushing it overboard never caught on here (something to do with the prevailing onshore wind, no doubt), Moss Landing’s Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (better known as MBARI) now tells us that Monterey Bay is nevertheless awash with trash.

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Unsafe & Insane: Selling Fireworks During Fire Season

July 3, 2013

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A fireworks stand near the entrance to the bone-dry, brush-covered Ft. Ord National Monument: What could possibly go wrong?

In most of the Monterey Bay area the mere possession, much less the actual use, of any kind of fireworks, regardless of how “Safe and Sane” they may be, is unlawful. And there’s a reason for that.

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