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August 7, 2020

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2017: beyond fire and floods

A mess, the rains down in South Valley Rains of biblical fury descended on Gilroy in January, dumping close to two inches of rainwater on...

Don’t call them seagulls

A resident in a north Morgan Hill neighborhood glanced into her backyard and discovered a California gull running around in circles and thought that maybe it was injured or sick. So the kind lady captured the bird and quickly brought it to the Wildlife Education and Rehabilitation Center. WERC staff could find no obvious injuries and the bird acted very alert and feisty. It was transferred to a flight enclosure with a small swimming pool. And then it became immediately apparent that the gull was actually just a big baby, although adult-sized and fully feathered and “thisclose” to flying.

Our Local World Dispatch: Wind energy causes concern

IT is always distressing when one good environmental cause gets pitted against another good environmental cause, but that is what is happening with the debate over wind farms. The state of California requires that one-third of all energy produced in the state come from renewable sources. Wind turbines, such as the ones at Altamont Pass, have long been seen as an ideal way to obtain energy in a way that does not harm the environment, contribute to global warming or threaten public safety. The Altamont Pass turbines generate enough electricity to power 100,000 homes.

Injured falcon found in field

’Twas the fortnight before Christmas when Steve Johnson was putting up festive Christmas decorations outside his home in San Martin and witnessed something strange going on in the field next door. Walking over, he discovered an injured juvenile peregrine falcon on the ground, with some turkey vultures circling it with curiosity. Steve rescued the 15-inch long raptor and brought it to the Wildlife Education and Rehabilitation Center.

120 acres purchased for open space

The purchase of 120 acres of undeveloped property in southern Santa Clara County will vastly expand an open space preserve near Canada Road, authorities said.

Police arrests through Oct. 17

Morgan Hill Police arrests through Oct. 17.

Sewing the seeds of Syngenta Flowers protest

A group of demonstrators who flocked to Syngenta Flowers in Gilroy last week was a modest-sized crew that lobbied against genetically engineered seeds, voicing their stance through colorful signs, chants, stickers, biohazard suits and even a chocolate Labrador named Lady, who wore a sign that declared, “No to GMOs! Dogs don't like it either.”

Water district hosts meeting on quake impacting Anderson dam, tax measure

The Santa Clara Valley Water District is holding an informational meeting on the Anderson Dam Seismic Retrofit on Thursday, Sept. 27 at the Jackson School library, 2700 Fountain Oaks Drive in Morgan Hill from 4 to 8 p.m. Water district staff will be on hand to answer questions.

Protest planned: seeds in dispute

Bay Area activists are planning a peaceful protest at Syngenta Flowers in Gilroy today, marking the final day of a nationwide “global week of action” against “evil biotech” facilities linked to the Genetically Modified Organism food system.

Calfire warns of dangers as dry lightning moves in

Calfire increased its staffing due to dry lightning and strong winds throughout much of northern California. A low pressure system along the coast is bringing subtropical moisture, which is causing isolated thunderstorms across northern and central California, many of which have little to no rain with them.