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government, without popular
information, or the means of
acquiring it, is but a prologue to
a farce or a tragedy; or, perhaps,
both. Knowledge will forever
govern ignorance. And a people who
mean to be their own governors
must arm themselves with the power
which knowledge gives." Robert
By Richard Hannibal, Retired Police Sergeant
In recent weeks, the media has reported
several mountain lion (cougar) sightings on our Central
Coast. There are dozens of sightings each year,
especially in the summer months. The abundance of water
and deer is what draws mountain lions to our urbanized
areas. The latest sightings were in the hills above
north Morro Bay, around the 2300 block of Nutmeg Avenue.
There have also been sightings in the hills above
Cayucos and the Lodge Hill area of Cambria. The drought
has dried up the normal water sources and neighbors in
the area think the cats are coming down to drink water
from horse and cattle troughs.
These beautiful critters are definitely
around. I recall one day on patrol a couple years ago and
saw a mountain lion trotting parallel to me in the hills
above north Morro Bay.
At one point it ran and I was amazed at
its speed. I later learned they could run 40 mph.
The California Department of Fish and
Wildlife consider mountain lions to be "specially
protected mammals." You need good cause and a permit to
kill one, unless of course in self-defense. There are an
estimated 4,000 to 6,000 Mountain Lions living in
California. They average eight feet in length, half of
which is their long tail. They measure about two to three
feet tall; weigh 115-200 pounds for the male, 65-145
pounds for the female.
predator, they are one of natures
most perfect killing machines.
Primary Elections Going on
by Jack McCurdy
Morro Bay voters have faced primary
elections for the past eight years, and many are
fed up with having to vote in June for City
Council candidates and then possibly again at the
subsequent November election if no candidates win
a majority of votes cast in the primary. It can
add up to the better part of a year in campaigning
if candidates need to run in the primary and then
in the November election. That's too much and
unnecessary, many residents and some City Council
members have concluded. So the majority of the
Council — Mayor Jamie Irons and Council members
Christine Johnson and Noah Smukler are submitting
a ballot measure in November, giving voters the
option of keeping primaries in Morro Bay or
dropping them. Fact is Morro Bay is the only city
in the county that has primaries and for community
activist John Barta and Council members Nancy
Johnson and George Leage that's fine and voters
don't need to be asked if they want primaries to
Cambria CSD Suspends Non-Potable Water Distribution
Service at Rodeo
Grounds Stops As District Gauges Impact of Pumping on
Downstream Monitoring Well
Submitted by Cambria CSD - The Cambria Community Services District Board of
Directors has voted to suspend the distribution of
non-potable water at its Rodeo Grounds property until at
least Aug. 4, 2014, the date of its next meeting. It is
taking this action primarily to test whether the pumping
of water from the SR-1 well along Santa Rosa Creek is
lowering levels at a downstream monitoring well, Windsor
Bridge East (WBE). Read
Maturity, Part One
by George Zidbeck
Presenting the chronology of my eighty-three
years for your consideration, I'd fail if I tried to claim that the
first quarter of my lifetime behavior warrants your approval. Part
of my 'miracle' in 'growing up' flowed not from what I did at what
age, but how I meandered through episodic tom-fooleries and criminal
acts, yet emerged unscathed without court sanctions.
While still pre-school, I recall walking about my home where a long
building held garage/storage units. One unit had a brass lock
opened, left dangling from the hasp. No adult stood close. I saw the
item worthy of taking home as a prize of my solitary expedition.
Either the owner saw me, or somebody told him I had taken the lock.
I have the vague recollection of a grown man confronting my mother
at our back door, and faulting me for stealing his possession. My
mother did not spank me, but explained the basics of property
ownership. Her advice carried me for at least the next seven or
eight years. Read More
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