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Meet Our Study’s Newest Mountain Lion Kittens!


Evybudee sez "SQUEE"

Our newest research subjects are two spotted mountain lion kittens between the ages of three and four weeks old. P-43 and P-44, as the two are known, are from two separate litters on opposite ends of our study area.

P-43 is a young female found in a remote area of the Santa Monica Mountains near Malibu Creek State Park. We've been following her mom, P-23, since she was three weeks old and this is her second litter of kittens. P-23 gained fame a few years back when a motorcyclist spotted her early one morning on top of a deer on Mulholland Highway.

The image below gives you a sense of what these moms are looking for in a den. Many of mom's GPS points are localized in one small area for the first three weeks after she gives birth (which is how researchers know she might have a litter), so our biologist, Jeff Sikich, has a GPS device in hand as he tries to track down the den location.

Juana Maria Better-than-Nothing: The Strange Tale of the Lone Woman of San Nicolas Island

It was 1853 on San Nicolas Island, the most remote of California's eight Channel Islands. Sixty-five miles southwest of Point Mugu, in Ventura County, one visitor reported the island's "shifting sand dunes, its 90-foot fog shrouded peak, its deep cut canyons, its bleak cliffs and the crashing seas breaking over its rocky shores" made it "just about one of the most desolate places on earth." This isolated isle had once been home to a thriving group of native people known as the Nicolenos. Now it was supposedly uninhabited, though sailors sailing by occasionally reported seeing a human figure waving her arms, running towards them on the foggy shore. In 1853, Captain George Nidever set out on his third trip in search of this legendary apparition.

More at http://www.kcet.org/shows/california_coastal_trail/content/history/juana-maria-better-than-nothing-the-strange-tale-of-the-lone-woman-of-san-nicolas-island.html

Untethered badass!

100-year-old Echo Park church damaged in fire that may have been arson

Source: Los Angeles Times

A 100-year-old building in Echo Park that served as a home for mostly ethnic religious groups was nearly destroyed in an early-morning fire that was intentionally set, officials said.

Forerunners for Christ church had been hosting church services and religious groups at the building in the 1600 block of North Morton Avenue for seven years and had cemented itself as part of the community.

Investigators determined that the fire was intentional, Humphrey said.

The church hosts two Latino groups, as well as 50 to 60 regular parishioners, who are mostly Filipino, Samoan and black, she said.

Read more: http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-100-year-old-echo-park-church-20150629-story.html

it spreads west...

Homeowner sues pipeline firm in Santa Barbara County oil spill

Source: Los Angeles Times

Santa Barbara County homeowner is the latest party to file suit against the Texas owners of a pipeline that burst last month along the Gaviota coast, sending thousands of gallons of oil into the Pacific Ocean..

The suit claims Alexandra Geremia's home just north of Refugio State Beach has been "bombarded" with a steady stream of tar balls and oil sheen from the spill that prevents her from walking on the beach.

Calling the clean-up efforts near the home "unsatisfactory," the suit claims the spill will hurt the value of Geremia's property for years to come.

The corroded pipeline owned by Plains All American Pipeline ruptured May 19 and spilled roughly 101,000 gallons of crude along the coast near the picturesque state beach. About 21,000 gallons made its way from where the underground pipe is buried above U.S. 101 into a storm culvert and flowed into the Pacific.

Read more: http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-homeowner-suit-oil-spill-20150625-story.html

Its hard to have any empathy for a 1%er who owns land on the beach in Santa Barbara but I have to give credit where credit is due!

About 21,000 gallons of oil leaked off Santa Barbara County beaches

Source: Los Angeles,Times

Emergency officials were responding Tuesday afternoon to a ruptured pipeline that was estimated to have leaked 21,000 gallons of oil into the ocean off Santa Barbara County, authorities said..

By 3:45 p.m., the leak had left a four-mile-long sheen of oil extending about 50 yards into the waters along Refugio State Beach in Goleta, said Coast Guard Petty Officer Andrea Anderson.

The ruptured pipeline is operated by Plains All America Pipeline and runs along the coast near Highway 101, Coast Guard officials said. The leak was first reported to county fire officials about noon, and Coast Guard crews stopped the leak by 3 p.m., Anderson said.

Plains All America Pipeline could not be reached for comment.

Federal, state and local authorities have arrived at the scene to investigate the cause of the leak and coordinate cleanup efforts, said Alexia Retallack, spokeswoman for the California Office of Spill Prevention and Response.

Read more: http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-pipeline-santa-barbara-coast-20150519-story.html?track=rss&utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter&dlvrit=649324


Fatal shooting at Cottonwood Walmart - Saturday March 21 - CPD Dash Cam

Its hard to count how many things went wrong here.

Police release video of fatal Cottonwood brawl

Source: Sedona Red Rock News


The Arizona Department of Public safety has released the dashcam video of the fatal shooting of a suspect in the parking lot of Cottonwood Wal-Mart on March 21.

A police officer was wounded in the leg and another suspect was shot in the abdomen. The fatal shot appears at time index 3:14.

A police officer was shot in the leg, two suspects were shot and one suspect was killed in brawl between at least eight suspects, eight police officers and store employee in the Wal-Mart parking lot in Cottonwood on Saturday, March 21.

Read more: http://www.redrocknews.com/news/13-top-news/11527-police-release-video-of-fatal-cottonwood-brawl.html

Here you have a clusterfuck of a police action.

Thanks Obama (and Liz Warren too!)

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