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I write a lot about things we can do to be better environmental stewards, but I am not always the most perfect example of that. Like most people, sometimes circumstances in my life lead me to eat out more, buy products that are not as great for the environment, or just generally create more …

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We have laughed together, cried together, grieved together and disagreed with each other. But I’ve never seen a group of my friends as activated as we were the evening after the testimonies of Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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The aptly named Stephanie Smothers (Anna Kendrick) is an annoyingly on-top-of-it mom. Most parents feel accomplished if everyone still has a pulse at the end of the day. But not Stephanie. This single mom (that’s right, she does it by herself) is an ever-vigilant watcher of her son, Miles (J…

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“My dad was a newspaper linotype operator and could get a job in any small town or big city in the country. These men were called ‘tramp’ printers, and we moved every two weeks to six months for the first 10 years of my life. The most I remember moving was 13 times in the nine-month school year.”

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It’s that time of year again when many birds make their journeys to warmer climes. They know where they want to go and maybe there’s some bumps along the way, but eventually, hopefully, they make it where they want to be, safe and sound.

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This vegan dish benefits from the combination of ripe avocado and fresh cilantro. The avocado gives it a creamy flavor. The cilantro provides an herbal back-beat (my apologies for mixing metaphors). If you are not a fan of cilantro, substitute Italian parsley.

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"It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.” ––Ralph Waldo Emerson

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It’s back-to-school, my favorite time of the year—new school supplies, meeting new teachers and seeing friends again, all make September an exciting time for Carpinteria Unified School District students, parents, teachers and staff.

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While collaborating on a life story project a few years ago, I told a client good progress had been made on her family tree. Her excited response was a bit out of the ordinary.

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Coastal Cleanup Day is this Saturday, and while I wrote about it several years ago, it seems like a good time to revisit the origins of the largest international volunteer event focusing on the environment and the continued importance of environmental education.

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Next week I will sever my right arm from my body, at least that’s what it feels like. In actuality, I’m taking my son to college in Washington state. This baby, who is now noticeably taller than I am unless I don my 4-inch heels (which I can do as needed), has done a great job growing up. He…

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With fall and winter approaching, a spirit of giving fills the air. As you count your blessings, why not give a boost to others as well? To make it easy, here are some volunteer openings right in your own back yard. From fostering a kitten to driving someone to the grocery store, you can mak…

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Fran Davis is an award-winning writer and freelance editor whose work appears in magazines, print and online journals, anthologies and travel books. She has lived in Summerland most of her life.

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In my July column, I wrote about cultivating a wild garden as a home-scale step towards greater sustainability in a rapidly changing climate. I touched on topics such as building healthy soil, landscaping with drought-tolerant edible and native plants, water conservation and growing biodiver…

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In my July column, I wrote about cultivating a wild garden as a home-scale step towards greater sustainability in a rapidly changing climate. I touched on topics such as building healthy soil, landscaping with drought-tolerant edible and native plants, water conservation and growing biodiver…

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A couple weeks ago, Diane and I crawled out of our tent at dawn and heard a remarkable sound—silence. The air was still so the pines, firs and hemlocks were not even whispering. It was the first morning of our week-long backpacking adventure in the mountains of Lassen Volcanic National Park.…

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Mount Whitney Trail was all lit up at midnight, so I thought it was Search and Rescue moving out to find someone unfortunate. I was still half asleep, a little groggy after driving for nine hours and only catching an hour of sleep in the back of my truck. But with Lone Pine Creek rushing and…

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Dear Readers: I appreciate your comments and your questions. People have told me that they hesitate to send in a question because they are not good writers or maybe the question isn’t important enough. Rest assured we will edit for clarity and brevity, but all questions are important. Send l…

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I must have been eight or nine years old when I discovered there were guns in my brother’s closet. They weren’t his guns. They weren’t loaded. But they sure looked like rifles (at least to me) just like Roy Rogers or Gene Autry carried as they went after the bad guys. My mother explained tha…

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Cassius Green’s (Lakeith Stanfield) job prospects are not very impressive. Just to get a telemarketing job, Cassius makes up a story about having worked at a bank, puts together a fake “Employee of the Month” award that he proudly props on his knee throughout the interview and even brings in…

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“I always wanted to chronicle the family history with my mother. She was always interested in that. I wanted some researchers I’d worked with to talk to her, but my mother was a little antsy about it. I know she would’ve gotten into it. But I wasn’t forceful, and I didn’t make it happen. Tha…

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The City of Carpinteria has opted to move forward with both Community Choice Energy and Strategic Energy Planning, which is in line with Carpinteria’s policies regarding sustainable communities and making our area more resilient. Now, did you understand anything in that last sentence? Becaus…

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Just after sunset on Thursday, Aug. 2, Carpinteria Movies in the Park will continue its summer series of family-friendly movies under the stars on Linden Field. The movie is “Hoot” which is based on the Newbery Award-honored book of the same name that was also a New York Times bestseller.

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Christian Beamish is an Editor at the Coastal View News. He is also the former Associate Editor of The Surfer’s Journal and author of “The Voyage of the Cormorant” (Patagonia Books 2012) about sailing into Baja aboard his self-built, 18-foot beach boat by sail and oar. He lives in Carpinteria with his wife and two young children.

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Summerlanders crowded the church social hall last week for a community meeting on homelessness, organized by Supervisor Das Williams’ office. The issue with Summerland’s more or less permanent homeless population came to a head recently when a second fire broke out in brush next to a homeles…

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I have to admit, even though I am privileged to work and guide kayak trips at Channel Islands National Park, sometimes things can get a little stale on the largest isle off the California Coast. Diversions are needed before and after work to keep things fresh on the volcanic isle.

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Someday we may be known as the people of the fire. We live in a land of fire. We plant our homes where fire thrives. We play fast and loose with fire, gamble that it won’t catch us. And we are ever wary. We know its preferences, dry hillsides, rising temperatures and rocketing winds. We can …

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“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view... Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it,” wrote Harper Lee in “To Kill A Mockingbird.”

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) is one of the agencies that tracks the impacts of climate change. This week they stated that June 2018 was the third-hottest June on record. In May, a Columbia University study found that the cloud cover in Southern California has been …

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Picture yourself walking down Linden Avenue about to cross the train tracks. You see a train stopped at the station, and you calmly continue across the tracks on your way to the beach with no worries. But what if just as you are crossing, the train begins to rev its engine? You probably quic…

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Winfred Van Wingerden is well known in Carpinteria for his local volunteer activities. He’s done everything from helping Girls Inc. blossom to ensuring that students from low-income families have access to computers.

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Long before walnut orchards covered the fertile floodplain of the Carpinteria Valley the native peoples of the South Coast were tending their environment as wildland gardeners.

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It was nearly dark on the Carrizo Plain National Monument when I drove on a plateau of dry, crunchy grass overlooking the Temblor Range on the Elkhorn Plain in the southeast corner of the monument, coyotes yelping in unison in some nameless canyon.

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At its June meeting the Summerland Citizens Association invited Deputy Eric Springer to address the town’s local homeless situation. Deputy Springer, who works with the Coastal Patrol, assured residents that Summerland’s problems with the folks he called the “transient population” tended to …

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Recently, I started thinking more and more about the women who raised me and guided me and supported me until their lives were completed.

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In terms of both water quality and solid waste, dealing with our ever-growing litter problem is a constant challenge. As global markets change and more countries try to deal with cleaning up their environments, we are having to deal with more of our own waste at home. People are often surpri…

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Han Solo is one of the most charming, compelling characters in the “Star Wars” franchise. So why not make a movie about him? For big studios like Disney and Lucasfilm, the formula is temptingly simple: get a bunch of famous actors together, find a team of writers to come up with a bracingly …

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Each June comes with a final exam or project, sometimes a promotion party, then the school year ends, and summer begins. I was a student, then a school teacher and leader, then a mom. In one role or another, I’ve lived that end-of-the-school-year pattern for a loooonnnng time. But this year …

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As we finally get some distance from this winter’s fires and floods, we see signs of plant life sprouting from the charred ground and can breathe clean air without ash or smoke. I’m glad for these little gifts of relief from such a devastating winter. These are some of the signs that we are …

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After the Thomas Fire scorched our mountains, it appeared what remained was a dry, ashy wasteland. On December 30, while the fire still burned further to the west, my wife Diane and I hiked to the top of Phase 2 of the Franklin Trail. We found a few skeletons of bushes remaining, with every …

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Any meeting that starts off with a description of Summerland as a “scrappy community” is bound to be interesting. And last week’s Summerland Citizens Association meeting was both interesting and scrappy.

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Most of us have experienced depressing feelings resulting from stress, medical conditions, pressures from work, the loss of a friend or family member, or any number of life events. I thought it would be helpful to clarify the difference between feeling depressed or having depressing thoughts…

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All it took was a western snowy plover to get my mind right for a hike in the Guadalupe – Nipomo Sand Dunes National Wildlife Refuge, located in Santa Barbara’s North County.

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Walking the burn zone five and a half months after the Thomas Fire is a testament to the regenerative power of our fire-adapted landscape. The front range is awash in color—bright greens, purples and yellows unfold against a stark backdrop of ashy mountains and the jagged black limbs of shru…

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