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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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A couple of weeks ago, on a beautiful Saturday morning with clean waves at backside Rincon, I took on the role of surfing elder and pretty much mangled it. A south swell had been widely broadcast by my friends at Surfline.com, and many of the guys I’m in contact with had plans to make the mo…

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When Covid hit last year, my husband and I decided to buy a used sprinter van as an escape mobile into nature. We bought it sight unseen from a couple in San Francisco. They met us in Paso Robles, gave us a quick intro to #vanlife and off we drove. We have not looked back. 

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I think I have yet to meet a person who says they eat too many veggies. We all know that veggies are good for us, but why is it so hard to get them into our bodies? 

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I write this article as a vast swarm of honey bees swirls about the community garden searching for a new home, one of the sure signs of spring in Carpinteria. The native ceanothus, elderberry, California poppies and phacelia have been blooming for weeks already, blossoms coated in both Europ…

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Night vision revealed all the inhabitants the remote Elkhorn Plain had to offer. We peered at the results from the Flir Camera (night vision camera) and were blown away by the nocturnal pulse that had come alive under the cover of darkness, a seemingly barren biome tucked away in the hinterl…

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I have lost track of how many times I have warmed up my Mayan Mocha, and I think that if someone else asks me for a snack, I might lose it. I have finally found just enough time to sit and reflect on something that’s been replaying in my mind. Last week, at the Girls Inc. Women of Inspiratio…

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Retired life is far from dull for Carol and Alan Koch. Since 2017, the two have focused their energy on volunteering at the Carpinteria Arts Center. Moving to Carpinteria after 30 years in the Bay Area, the couple quickly acclimated to their new community of volunteers. 

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“Mank” received the most Oscar nominations of any movie this year, proving once again that Hollywood likes itself.

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A few months ago, I was approached in regard to writing a column on technology for Coastal View News. After pondering the possibility, I decided that with over 50 years in the field of systems and technology, I am uniquely qualified to address the subject and share my knowledge.

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A buddy of mine who spent his youth as a deckhand on his father’s commercial fishing boat out of Santa Barbara, and as a member of the Channel Islands surf team in the early 80s along with the great Tom Curren, once said that some of the surf crew in that era divided Rincon, roughly, by coun…

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Tule fog shrouded the grassland floor like a dewy blanket, a dense, moist haze that stretched for 25 miles or more. From the west, I studied its density hovering above a herd of at least 200 tule elk. Yet the wispy overcast weather hovered well below the upper reaches of the Temblor Range on…

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The supplement industry is huge. It’s projected to hit $349 billion globally by 2026. The largest segment is vitamins, which just happen to be the only supplement I recommend across the board. 

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This month marks my one-year anniversary of writing “In the Naturehood.” Being home and paying attention to what is going on in the natural world around me has been the silver lining of this year of pandemic life. 

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Last August, Elizabeth Fonte was walking down Linden Avenue, and as she passed Siam Elephant restaurant, the vague concept she had been mulling over for some time became a crystal-clear vision.

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On Tuesday, March 30, the Carointeria Unified School District Board of Trustees voted to return all students in-person five days per week for elementary schools and four days per week for Carpinteria High School and Carpinteria Middle School beginning Monday, April 5.

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