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$75,000 in rewards offered to catch operators who flew drones above fires

San Bernardino County supervisors unanimously agreed Tuesday to offer rewards for help in tracking down drone operators who interfered with firefighters during three major wildfires this summer. Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, July 29, 2015 After the … Continue reading

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Santa Susana Field Lab Petition for National Monument

A movement asking President Barack Obama to designate a portion of the Santa Susana Field Laboratory as a national monument has the attention of NASA, which has deferred the impending demolition of a historic rocket test stand at the site … Continue reading

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Refugio State Beach set to reopen, two months after oil spill

Officials toured the beach Thursday and cleared it to reopen July 17 Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, July 11, 2015 Refugio State Beach in Santa Barbara County will reopen to the public next week, two months after a pipeline … Continue reading

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Local freshwater swimming holes not so fresh after all

Heal the Bay report finds high fecal indicators Source of this article: The Thousand Oaks Acorn, July 9, 2015 At Heal the Bay, we care about water quality and public health. Our Beach Report Card has been helping beachgoers and … Continue reading

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A Cast of Characters: The Creation of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area

Source of this article: KCET.org, June 25, 2015 The public is so often chastised for not really hanging in to achieve action on a particular cause. This reaffirms the need for really hanging in. All those people who worked — … Continue reading

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To water or not to water; Thousand Oaks explains new restrictions

Drought restrictions on water use are confusing because the city is served by three water districts, each with their own reduction requirements Source of this article: The Thousand Oaks Acorn, June 25, 2015 Thousand Oaks residents are eager to know … Continue reading

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Know your trail etiquette?

Common sense is the rule of the off-road Source of this article: The Thousand Oaks Acorn, June 25, 2015 With hundreds of miles of walking, cycling and equestrian paths, the Santa Monica Mountains and Ventura County backcountry are a magnet … Continue reading

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Hollow posts double as death traps

Conejo Open Space Conservation Agency rangers are saving wildlife one pipe at time, and the Conejo Valley Audubon Society applauds them. Source of this article: The Thousand Oaks Acorn, June 18, 2015 What do wildlife traps and open-topped vertical pipes … Continue reading

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Rare frogs survive first year

At least a handful of rare frogs have survived their first year in the Santa Monica Mountains due to an effort by the National Park Service to expand the range of the California red-legged frog in Southern California. Source of … Continue reading

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Meet the Verdugo Mountains’ very own mountain lion: P-41

The Verdugo Mountains are his home. He’s P-41, a male mountain lion who is ‘kind of a ham’ Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, May 29, 2015 Johanna Turner, a sound effects editor for Universal Studios, joined the … Continue reading

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