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"Take risks. If you win, you will be happy. If you lose, you will be wise." Unknown


by Joyce Cory

I enjoy taking photos of people taking photos. What caught me about this photo was the happy smiles of the people being photographed in contrast to the tragically dead and bloated Humpback Whale. 

I was visiting friends who lived on Guemes Island. We were talking in the living room when I noticed the sunset. The photo was taken with my first digital camera, a Panasonic 3MP. I am a minimalist photographer. I point and click. Read More

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Jack McCurdy

New MB Water/Sewage Plant Delayed

by Jack McCurdy

  Morro Bay is faced with urgency to create a new source of community water as state water supplies are drying up fast, but it is taking time to decide how, when and where to develop that invaluable new source as a state drought spreads and the state calls for sharp reductions in water use by cities like Morro Bay. The City Council is looking at a range of options to get more water locally, but it is taking more time than expected to fill the city's needs because alternatives now include the city's own water reclamation facility as well as a regional project that may save money but take longer to develop than can be afforded. Read More

Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant on Brink

by Jack McCurdy

TThe Diablo Canyon nuclear plant may be on the brink of closure after a top Nuclear Regulatory Commission executive, who has been lead inspector at the plant, called for a shutdown of the plant until its safety status can be determined. He did so in a report to the Commission that had been kept secret by the agency for more than a year until it was leaked and widely circulated last week, prompting calls for the plant to cease operations and planned hearings on the status of the plant by a Senate committee.   Read More

Morro Bay Water Odor, Taste Strike Out

by Jack McCurdy

Morro Bay was hit earlier last month with an upsurge of elevated bad taste and odor in city water used to drink, wash,  or irrigate. But the "musty and/or earthy taste and odor" in the water reportedly had "greatly diminished" by the middle of last week due to carbon treatment of state water by the Central Coast Water Authority (DDWA), which provides that water to Morro Bay and other local communities that also may have experienced the same water problems. Read More

Cambria Continues Water Conservation Streak With Another Record Low

Consumption in July, Normally Peak Month of Year, Was 44% Below Long-
Term Average and 9th Lowest of Any Month Since Records Began

Cambria, CA – The Cambria Community Services District today reported water production totals for July 2014, showing another sharp drop in usage from prior years and historical averages. Read More

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Cambria Continues Water Conservation Streak
Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant on brink - by Jack McCurdy
Morro bay Water Odor, Taste Strike Out
New MB Water/Sewage Plant Delayed  - by Jack McCurdy

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Morro Bay Library - by Robert Fuller Davis


Slo Coast Arts
Atascadero Writers Group
The Elements of Life - by Lucille Bosco
Frustrated Local Writer  - by Rose Marie Zurkan
Genie's Pocket - by Jeanie Greensfelder
Great Shots - edited by Steve Corey and Jerry Kirkhart
One Poet's Perspective - by Jane Elsdon
Opera Slo- by Kathryn Bumpass
Practicing Poetic Justice - by Deborah Tobola
Shutterbugs by Joyce Cory

Slo Coast Life
A Roe Adventure - by Roe Yeager
A Wilderness Mind - by John Bullaro
Ask the Doc - by Dr. Robert Swain
Best Friends - by Dr. Malcolm Riordan
Beyond the Badge - by Richard Hannibal
Double Vision - by Shana Ogren
Feel Better Forever - by Brian Dorfman
Observations of a Country Squire by George Zidbeck
Whooo Knew? - by Peg Pinard

It's Our Nature
A Bird's Eye View - by Mike Stiles
Elfin Forest - by Jean Wheeler
Marine Sanctuaries - by Carol Georgi and Karl Kempton
Pacific Wildlife Care - by Pamela Hartmann
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