They haven't been seen in the Santa Monica Mountains in four decades, but a population of California red-legged frogs in the Simi Hills is raising biologists' hopes that the threatened species might be able to be replanted in the rugged Southern California mountain range.
There are piles of colorful bounty, and retirees with walkers, and young mothers with strollers, and small children who have escaped said strollers and now have rings of various colors around their mouth. There is also something soothingly pleasant that I can't quite pin down.
A bill now on the floor of the U.S. Senate would exempt the Navy from environmental laws protecting California's sea otter population, and environmental activists are urging the language be stripped from the bill.
DNA tests performed on a mountain lion that was struck and killed on Route 101 near Agoura Hills underscore the threat the highway poses to the survival of the big cats in the Santa Monica Mountains, according to the National Park Service.
Bottle Village is a fascinating place with an equally fascinating history. Although unknown in Kansas, it is well known in the 4500 block of Cochran Street in Simi Valley. Bottle Village is testimony to ingenuity, and the stamina and attention to detail of grandmothers.
Odds are, you'll bring the things that matter to you when you travel. But perhaps at some point those things will falter, or maybe, for a moment, you will put them away. And then you will sit quietly, absorbing a world not remote at all.
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