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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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One or both of my boys are screaming in the living room, my husband is frantically trying to get dinner ready and I’m doing my best to stay present during the fifth meeting of the day happening on Zoom. This scenario has become all too common in our household, as I’m sure it has in many othe…

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A little over a year ago I was in the hospital getting a new knee, happy and content that my life would be better with greater mobility and less pain. Then Covid-19 started infecting our world, and life became one of worry, fear, tension and loneliness. But now there is finally some improvem…

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Matt Duncan, a former Coastal View News editor, has taken physical but not emotional leave from Carpinteria to be a philosophy professor at Rhode Island College. In his free time from philosophizing, Duncan enjoys chasing his kids around, watching movies and updating his movie review blog, duncansreeldeal.blogspot.com.

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I shape my surfboards at Jeff Hull’s boat yard in Ventura and count myself lucky to have what must be one of the most beautiful commutes on the planet – that sparkling channel in all its moods with the islands beyond like a standing invitation both on my way to work, and then home again to C…

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Since we moved into our home in the hills above Carpinteria more than a decade ago, we have had a large boisterous family of Acorn Woodpeckers as neighbors. They have lived here for many generations – much longer than us. Acorn Woodpeckers live in a colonial nest where they pile in and sleep…

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Have you heard the recommendation that we need 10,000 steps a day for good health? Guess what? Just like the eight cups of water a day recommendation, it was made up! In fact, not only was it made up, but it was also a marketing ploy from a 1965 Japanese pedometer. The company name was Manpo…

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Sometimes a problem is so huge and so far beyond our immediate control that it seems impossible to tackle. Why bother doing anything when our tiny effort can’t have any real effect? Besides, change is hard.

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We were staring at each other, blue eyes to dark, bloodshot red. In bare feet my toes gripped the barnacle-encrusted reef as I teetered on my haunches on a low tide slab on the northern fringe of Santa Rosa Island.

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In high school I took Spanish for two years and then switched to French in college. Needless to say, I have a very limited vocabulary in both languages. Actually, one of my secret life goals is to spend six months in Mexico or Spain and try to absorb more language than “buenos dias” – that i…

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I’m ready for the good old days. The nowadays are tough. And even the glimmers of hope – vaccines, new leadership, an improving economy – just make me all the more ready to turn the page and get back to the way things were. I’ve started to listen to NPR again (I couldn’t stomach the news for…

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Seeds come in all shapes, sizes and colors, from the tiniest specks of white sand which are chamomile and lettuce seeds to thick and robust pumpkin seeds and corn kernels. All seeds, no matter how tiny, contain a combination of genetic material from two parent plants. For as long as plants a…

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I’ve heard somewhere that if a person writes a letter, say, to their congressperson, it represents about 10 people who share the point of view but haven’t gotten it together to write for themselves. The takeaway, in a political sense, is that personal letters to representatives make a differ…

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When I first saw him, I felt sorry for this island fox. I thought to myself, how is he going to survive on the island?

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If you feel stuck at home during Covid, a sure way to lift your mood is to encourage nature to come to you. At our house, we have a variety of bird feeders, a bird bath and a small fountain that I can watch from our kitchen window. Each day, we see a predictable parade of regular visitors, a…

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Reach into your wallet and pull out a $1 bill. Turn it over and take a look at the back. Do you see the pyramid with an eye over it on the left side? This symbol is from the Great Seal of the United States. The unfinished pyramid represents strength and duration, as well as work yet to be do…

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Have you ever considered what happens in your brain when you say things like, “I’m not good at dieting” or “I am never consistent at working out”? It’s simple; you’re reinforcing these statements as true.

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A Rotary Club of Carpinteria Morning member since 2019, Mary Layman has helped build the club’s Carp Aid Diem initiative from the ground up. She, husband Otto, and club members Leana Orsua, Sheila Murphy, Paige Van Tuyl and Tamarind Harman organized a five-week gift certificate fundraiser to…

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There’s a saying that those who can’t do, teach. Joe (Jaime Foxx)—the main character in Pixar’s latest animated feature, “Soul”—hopes he’s the exception.

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I had a knee replacement last February in anticipation of many more years of playing with my grandchildren, traveling to exotic countries, enjoying San Francisco with my son and adventuring with friends. Well, my knee is strong and ready with hardly a scar, but the Covid-19 virus is really c…

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Winter is my favorite time to garden in our mild coastal climate. Cooler temperatures and the slower pace of plant growth allow you to focus your energies on the long-term life of your garden: soil health, perennial plantings such as trees and shrubs and water conservation measures. Our unus…

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My best friend from childhood sent a photo of his 12-year-old daughter a week ago with a text message: “I wish I’d spent more time with her.” He and his wife split up last year, and it’s not so much the pain of divorce he’s referring to (there were plenty of reasons), but the 15-hour days he…

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It is with tremendous gratitude that I write my last column and leave “It Takes a Village” and the Carpinteria Children’s Project (CCP) in the generous and capable hands of Interim Executive Director Teresa Alvarez and CCP’s Board of Directors. Next week, I will take the next step in my prof…

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January is the time to acknowledge the school board and its role in supporting student achievement during School Board Recognition Month. We are proud to join more than 1,000 local educational agencies in the state in recognizing the contributions of our board members who in this time of unp…

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Following our first rainstorm of the year, I ventured out into a freshly washed world with my binoculars. After the previous day’s steady rainfall, which measured an inch and a half in our rain gauge, birds were swarming the feeders. They too had been hunkered down and were hungry. They fed …

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New Year’s Resolutions are overrated. Statistics show that 92% of New Year’s resolutions are destined for failure. Why?

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This year has presented enormous challenges. Stay-at-home orders, online schooling, empty grocery store shelves, cancellations of events and gatherings – they all impacted people differently, but nobody was unaffected. Added to this were periods of air choked with smoke from wildfires near a…

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Only the owls knew what had happened. After stepping inside a prominent sandstone cathedral, I discovered the fresh carcass of an adult barn owl lied sprawled out on the dusty floor of the gritty rock outcropping.

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I would like to recognize all CUSD employees for their tireless work in providing safe and healthy learning environments for elementary students and for creating engaging remote learning for secondary students. In this most challenging school year, our staff has continuously demonstrated the…

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We are all darn sick of the pandemic and the limitations it has put on our lives. Sharing a casual meal with a friend, gone. Movie theaters, museums, the Santa Barbara Bowl, all gone for now. And I don’t know about yours, but the walls of my home are shrinking every day. Those close to me an…

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As the hope and promise of winter rain grows, I look forward to the season of mushroom hunting.  While the semi-arid climate of southern California isn’t as famous for mushroom hunting as the lush rainforests of the Pacific Northwest or the rainy redwoods of Northern California, there are st…

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To Carpinteria’s Liz Pretzinger, volunteering is practically a full-time job. She spends nearly 30 hours each week volunteering in the community. Farmers Market frequenters may know Pretzinger and her husband BD Dautch from Earthtrine Farm, which has been growing organic produce since 1986 w…

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My buddy Simon is 20 years my junior and a mad man in surfing. The scarier and more remote the surf spot, the happier he is. With big waves forecast for Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 8 and 9, 2020, I am on the Central Coast where he lives, and we are investigating a boulder-strewn cove in Big …

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This past spring, when we entered the first lockdown, I departed from the usual movie review to recommend something longer and more binge-able—something that could eat up more of those quarantine hours. It was Michael Jordan’s “The Last Dance.” Now, as we enter our second lockdown (or is it …

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Think about someone who has been a role model for you at some point in your life. It may be a parent or a teacher, an older brother or sister, possibly a mentor at work, or maybe someone you never even met, but who inspired you to accomplish something. How might things have been different fo…

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It did not hit me until a couple days after finishing my day trip, kayaking around Point Bennett, arguably the most exposed region of the Channel Islands National Park, located on the west end of San Miguel Island. After skimming through my photos from the day, I determined that most, if not…

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