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Its tiny black button snout bumped into my weathered finger. Then the 6-week-old island fox pup proceeded to gently rub its silvery muzzle against my hand as we huddled out of the northwest winds on Santa Cruz Island. Shielded by a long shallow gully smothered in lemonade berry, purple sage …

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“Vivo” – Sony’s new animated movie featuring original songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda – has been ten years in the making. It got picked up in 2010 by DreamWorks, then was dropped, then got picked up again by Sony in 2016, which scheduled its release for 2020. But 2020 was not a good year for mov…

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It’s hard to tell, through the texts and tearful phone calls, the exact series of events: did the engine die, or did the headsail tear apart first? Either way, my wife’s best friend’s husband found himself in a bad way on the Timor Sea last week aboard his new 35-foot yacht, on the 350-mile …

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I’ve spent my last few columns discussing the state of agriculture in the Carpinteria Valley. I’ve considered the context of land being lost to agriculture via urban development and a farmer population that is “aging-out” without being able to pass farmland to the next generation. Another co…

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This summer, my annual migration to Mitlenatch Island off the coast of British Columbia was an obstacle course. First, there were three Covid-19 tests and a complex crossing at the U.S./Canada border. Then, my flight to the coast was cancelled due to wildfires in British Columbia. In a panic…

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Parents’ concern for their children is deep and compelling. Of course, parents always want what is best for their kids, not just in infancy, but throughout childhood and into adulthood. They often hope their offspring will remain nearby… just not in the same bedroom they grew up in.

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AppreciationI would like to thank all the principals, assistant principals and their office staff for a safe and successful school opening for the 2021-2022 school year. Great job! Covid-19 Safety ProtocolsEnsuring that our students and staff return to healthy and safe school environment  is…

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As the former Director of Technical Operations for one of the largest cannabis growers in California, I wanted to share how technology plays a key role in the cultivation, processing and protecting this highly regulated crop. The focus of this month’s column is technology as applied to the e…

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The weather-beaten, volcanic rock was some of the worst I have ever encountered. From atop a windswept marine terrace, I down-climbed the nearly sheer 300-foot-tall cliff to the frothy surf swirling below, my camera slung over my shoulder.

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The winter of 2021 was dry, and it looks like 2022 may bring a dry winter as well. According to the NWS Weather Prediction Center, this year’s winter is under a La Nina watch, which could mean a dry winter. Our water supplies have already been impacted from the recent dry conditions, and we …

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The summer is quickly coming to an end. I can hardly believe the kids are back to school next week. One part of me feels like I spent a good amount of quality time with them, but the other part feels like I could’ve done more. I know I’m not alone here, and I also know that the “mom guilt” d…

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Very occasionally, the seemingly endless scrolling I do on Instagram reveals something worthwhile. One was a recent post from Australian surfer Dave Rastovich and his wife Lauren Hill for their Waterpeople podcast, featuring Professor Isaiah Helekunihi Walker of Brigham Young University, Oahu. 

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Lately, I’ve found myself wondering what it will be like to do things that I haven’t done – and couldn’t do – since the pandemic began. What will it be like to sit inside a restaurant? Eat in someone else’s house? Go to the movies? I wondered: Will it be awkward? Will I feel anxious? Or will…

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Water is a top factor in health and wellness. 

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When something bugs us or just doesn’t seem right, what do we do? Maybe we post about it on Facebook or Nextdoor. Maybe we send a pitchfork to the Coastal View News. Or we might vent about it to neighbors or friends. Sometimes it is nice just to get confirmation that others see some of the s…

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Last month, I touched on the topic of smart homes and smart buildings, and it got me to thinking about the new world of IoT (internet of things) and how our cars have gotten very smart and well-integrated, whereas our homes are another story. 

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Thriving farm economies are an integral lifeway in California. Since the last century, the mild climate and fertile inland and coastal valleys of much of the state have filled with farms and orchards producing an incredible amount of food for both domestic and international export. Agricultu…

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Approximately two hours of light remained when I left ragged Kinton Point on the western fringe of Santa Cruz Island. Sea conditions across the Santa Cruz Passage were sublime – glassy, flawless and without swell, a rare sight indeed. It looked really good with sunset approaching over Santa …

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Turns out sea monsters are afraid of humans. Fair enough. Humans don’t have a great track record. Especially with things they don’t understand. Or that they’re afraid of. I’d be afraid of them too, if I were a sea monster.

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Discarded masks loop from twigs, catch in drains, press mouths to grass. My litter-conscious husband recently stooped to pick one up, halting when I yelled at him. I was thinking of those molecules of breath caught in the fabric. Alien litter, as untouchable as dry ice.

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It was a gathering of friends over lunch – just women glad to finally be able to put away our masks and talk in a meandering way. Then one of us asked the question that started out as something to ponder, grew into annoyance and finished with the four of us highly irritated. Why doesn’t the …

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All the major labels manufacture surfboards via computer program and some variation of a CNC machine. It’s the obvious path to scale one’s business for maximum profit since a lone shaper can only produce so many boards. The machine-cut surfboard also makes sense in terms of product consisten…

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It is my pleasure to honor and recognize the distinguished Carpinteria High School Class of 2021 – 140 graduates! They did it! For the past four years, their high school experiences were disrupted by fires, mudslides, lost lives and now the Covid-19 pandemic. They lost milestone experiences …

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Earlier this year, I used some of my “extra” time at home (courtesy of the Covid-19 shutdown) to take care of some overdue maintenance of the part of our backyard I use as a garden. I dug out a huge amount of rocky soil, worked in a lot of compost from the past year, added mulch on top, then…

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Happy belated Solstice! June 20 is the longest day of the year, marking the beginning of summer. Solstice is an important moment in your garden, since the warm, long days and warmer evenings cause growth so rapid it feels that you can sit and watch your plants lengthen towards the sun. 

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As science and policy director for Santa Barbara Channelkeeper and a 14-year resident of Carpinteria, I appreciated Bob Franco’s June 16 letter to the editor, “Don’t drink the water,” for its effectiveness in raising awareness about an important pollution issue impacting Carpinteria’s local …

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The frothy disturbance was clearly visible from the cobbled shore of Scorpion Anchorage, near the southeast fringe of Santa Cruz Island. From that windswept, open ocean outpost an animated humpback whale was heaving itself out of the gray, choppy seas.

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School is out, the weather is warming up and for teens and parents who are trying to figure out what to do with the unstructured time, there can be pressure, anxiety and sometimes downright panic. 

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In the 11th century, Islamic philosopher Ibn Sina – more commonly known in the West as “Avicenna” – introduced a thought experiment. He asked us to imagine that someone – you, let’s say – was created an instant ago in a blank void. You have no memories, beliefs, thoughts, nor can you see, he…

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While some locals can say they’ve volunteered as long as they’ve lived in Carpinteria, a select few can say they’ve volunteered longer than Carpinteria has been a town. Curtis Lopez is one of those special individuals. 

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The new Surfer’s Journal arrived recently and more than ever, in this era of digitized peering into palm-sized devices, its glossy pages resonate with glimpses of the surfing life from across the world and over the decades. Authentic and tangible, the Journal always surprises. One essay in p…

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I had originally planned to write about health and technology but that will have to wait for a future column as another idea has taken center stage for me. Let me take a minute to explain why I shifted gears.

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The Snowy Plover sat nestled under a roofed cage with bars wide enough for it to come and go, as if it were relaxing under a palapa. 

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There are many moving pieces when trying to get healthier. Nutrition and all its facets is certainly in the top spot. Besides that, you could focus on moving more and working out (including steps), getting more sleep, reducing stress, nutrient timing, appropriately timed rest days and fixing…

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“Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.”

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We’re almost there – we’re almost back to the movies. After more than a year of binge watching movies and TV and sports and Youtube and anything else we could stream from home, the time is almost here when we can bask in the warm glow of those neon lights, pay way too much for way too much p…

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The bait ball, moving with the ebb and flow of an incoming morning tide, had attracted a decent chunk of Elkhorn Slough inhabitants toward the frenzied food source. We sat motionless in our kayaks and watched from inside the second largest tract of tidal salt marsh in California outside the …

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Throughout the past few weeks, California has moved into a drought crisis with the governor declaring drought emergencies in 41 of the state’s 58 counties. As of May 18, 16% of the state is in exceptional drought, 57% is in extreme drought, 21% is in severe drought, and 6% is in moderate dro…

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My grandsons saw me just about every day of their lives until their parents had the audacity to move to Texas. Maybe I could have forgiven Northern California but Texas? Of course the fickle gods of bad luck had more ways to torture me when Covid kept everyone isolated, plane travel virtuall…

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Volunteering trailblazer Caroline Alarcon is no stranger to setting her own path. Not only is she the founder of the Latina Professional Alliance, but she also organized the Child Safety Event, a free children’s safety program in 2016 and 2017. She also served as the 2018 chairwoman of the b…

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Between making lunches for the kids, responding to emails at work, and paying bills at home, we try to find time to connect with our partner. The same partner who we fell in love with and were spontaneous and fun with. It’s hard to remember that when life is happening at 100 miles per hour. …

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I am on the plane returning from an “almost-post-pandemic” visit with my family in Washington State. The primary purpose was to visit with my father who is 91 and lives alone in the house he built for my late mother 30 years ago. I am sharing this because it has to do with how I spent my tim…

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The California Department of Education and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) are partnering to offer K–12 California schools antigen testing for students and staff at school sites. The Abbott BinaxNOW is a rapid antigen test designed to detect the Covid-19 virus, with results…

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