Author Archives: Steve

Comments needed by December 4th to opposed hotel plan that would block historic Calabasas trail

The city of Calabasas is pushing plans for the building of the Rondell Oasis Hotel that would block access to the Juan Bautista de Anza Historic Trail (“DeAnza Trail”). The trail is designated as a National Historic Trail and got … Continue reading

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Photogenic lion meets with untimely demise

NPS blames rodenticide poisoning Source of this article: The Thousand Oaks Acorn, October 15, 2015 A mountain lion found dead Sept. 30 within the boundaries of Point Mugu State Park has been identified as Puma-34, a juvenile female who was … Continue reading

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Native American sites plundered in parks

‘Devastating’ looting hits Native American archaeological sites Source of this article, the Los Angeles Times, August 16, 2015 State parks officials and Native American leaders are decrying what they say has been a devastating spate of vandalism and looting at … Continue reading

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Prime parcel to become a forestry lab

Sierra Nevada parcel will test ways to reduce mega fires and increase snowpack Source of this article, the Los Angeles Times, August 15, 2015 Forest ecologists finally got their wish: an entire private landscape on which to test methods of … Continue reading

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The ‘sad but not surprising death’ of a wandering puma known as P-32

The mountain lion, known as P-32, was a wanderer. Source of this article, the Los Angeles Times, August 14, 2015 By the time he was killed — struck Monday morning by a vehicle as he crossed Interstate 5 near Castaic … Continue reading

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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:, 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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