Reprieve for Big Sur River Gauge

October 25, 2014

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The Big Sur River meets the sea

The automated Big Sur River Gauge, which had been scheduled to go out of operation at the end of the 2014 water year, has received a last minute reprieve. With only a week to go before the November 1 start of the 2015 water year, the Monterey County Water Resources Agency has agreed to another year of funding. The cost to the Agency is expected to be $13,550. Read the rest of this entry »


Rain Making

February 6, 2014

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Lake Nacimiento

The Reservoir Operations Committee of the Monterey County Water Resources Agency Board meets today to discuss options for dealing with the shrinking San Antonio and Nacimiento reservoirs.

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The Condor Conspiracy

October 31, 2013

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El Condor Pasa

If you’re like us, you probably assume the biologists, veterinarians, technicians, and volunteers working tirelessly to save California condors from extinction do it because they care deeply about the condors and their place in the web of life. It turns out, though, that the real agenda of the Condor Recovery Program is to disarm the American people preparatory to imposing the enviro-fascist mandates of UN Agenda 21. That’s what we’ve been reading in the comment sections of dozens of online periodicals, anyway.

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A Visit From the Copyright Trolls: How Rumblefish & Google Monetize Other People’s Property

July 27, 2012

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Nervous Nellies Kick Kids Off Dennis the Menace Park Locomotive: Victory Over Fun Now Complete

July 17, 2012

Kiss it goodbye, kids

Nothing sums up the changing attitudes toward safety and security in this country better than the decline and fall of Monterey’s Dennis the Menace Park. Read the rest of this entry »


Wildflower of the Week: Opium Poppies

June 30, 2012

Papaver somniferum, the opium poppy, in one of its many guises (Photo: publicphoto.org)

We’re making opium poppies our Wildflower of the Week due to an article on page 11 of this week’s Carmel Pine Cone concerning an alert Carmel police officer who discovered an opium poppy growing on a city easement along the side of a Carmel street. The offending plant, you’ll be glad to know, was seized before it could further damage the town’s moral character. After the plant tested positive for morphine, down at the station, it was renditioned to a federal crime lab for “further analysis.” The article concludes by noting that “it’s unknown who planted the illegal poppy.” Your tax dollars at work. Read the rest of this entry »


Garrapata State Park to Stay Open

June 28, 2012

Soberanes Pt. at Garrapata State Park

Update: State Parks has announced that, all possible benefits having been milked from this particular piece of political theater, no parks will actually close on Sunday. Sure couldn’t have seen that one coming!

The Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District and the Big Sur Land Trust have agreed to take over emptying the garbage cans and servicing the porta-pots at Garrapata State Park (which is about all the services the park currently receives from State Parks), meaning the Park, which had been scheduled to “close” Sunday, will now remain officially open. Read the rest of this entry »


Garrapata State Park “Closing” Next Weekend

June 23, 2012

Garrapata State Park is scheduled to close next Sunday, July 1

When Gov. Brown announced plans last year to save $22 million by closing 70 of California’s State Parks, it was immediately obvious that it wasn’t really about the $22 million. Read the rest of this entry »


Spectre of Drought

January 11, 2012

The sun sets over Soberanes Pt., bringing yet another week without rain to an end.

The ground is drying out, there’s no rain in sight, and the National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center is calling for drought through at least the end of March. Read the rest of this entry »


San Clemente Dam Removal: A Job for the Army?

November 29, 2011

The silted up, useless, unsafe, and steelhead blocking, San Clemente Dam awaits removal Read the rest of this entry »