Author Archives: Steve

Rindge Dam closes to the public

Rindge Dam on Malibu Creek will be closed to the public starting Aug. 21. Source of this article: The Thousand Oaks Acorn, August 21, 2014 California State Parks officials say the 88-year-old dam is being closed for a variety of … Continue reading

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California man rescued after making ‘HELP’ sign with cypress needles

Mike Vilhauer used sticks and needles to write “HELP” seen by helicopter pilot Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, August 20, 2014 A scavenger hunt for fish bait turned into a desperate five-day mission by a West Sacramento … Continue reading

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Long time open space advocate, Burt Elliot, passes away

Thousand Oaks loses one its most dedicated open space volunteers. Source of this article: The Thousand Oaks Acorn, August 14, 2014 Anyone who’s hiked the trails of the Santa Monica Mountains has likely walked in Burt Elliott’s footsteps. Elliott, who … Continue reading

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And along came a rider

When humans and horses collide, problems can arise Source of this article: The Thousand Oaks Acorn, July 10, 2014 Gorgeous weather and longer days bring outdoor enthusiasts in greater numbers to the city’s many trails, streets and pathways. Skateboarders, bicyclists, … Continue reading

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Arcadia firefighter likely died in fall from cliff, coroner says

Medical examiner’s office says injuries to body are consistent with cliff accident. Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, July 2, 1014 Mike Herdman, an off-duty Arcadia firefighter whose body was found in Los Padres National Forest after a … Continue reading

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Missing Arcadia firefighter found dead in forest

Michael Herdman’s body is discovered two weeks after he left camp to find his dog. Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, June 28, 2014. Two weeks after he ran off after his dog at a campsite and disappeared, … Continue reading

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Santa Susana toxic cleanup effort is a mess

The Santa Susana Field Laboratory site is one of the most challenging cleanup jobs in the state, possibly the country. Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, June 15, 2014 Any way you cut it, the situation at the … Continue reading

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Need a fresh idea? Just take a walk

If you find yourself in a creative slump, scientists have a suggestion: Take a walk. Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, May 3, 2014 People generate more creative ideas when they walk than when they sit, according to … Continue reading

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Mountains coastal protection plan approved for LA County

Some laud Local Coastal Program, others see it as government overreach Source of this article: The Thousand Oaks Acorn, April 24, 2014 Environmentalists see the recent approval of the Santa Monica Mountains Local Coastal Program as a milestone. For Los … Continue reading

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Household rat poison linked to death and disease in wildlife

Evidence of rat poison is found in a sickly puma whose territory includes Griffith Park. Researchers suspect a link between poisons and mange. Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, April 17, 2014 The mountain lion known as P-22 … Continue reading

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