Friday, September 18, 2009


Pine Mountain News

Most of the local news still dwells on the La Station Fire. The fire has been burning for nearly a month now. It is now at 93 % containment. It was supposed to be fully contained by Saturday evening but that deadline has now been pushed back to Tuesday September 22. Lots of smoke still lingers in the air especially on the northeastern side of the fire. The fire has blackened 250 square miles of the 1000 square mile Angeles National Forest.

Local News

A San Diego rock group, " A City Serene" was traveling through the grapevine
in their tour bus Sunday when a Halliburton F 250 truck going the other way lost control
went air born and hit the tour bus overturning it. The Band was on it's first tour
through California and Washington. Two of the band members are in a coma
and 3 are in serious condition. The other member is well enough to be released.

Poem of the Week

A Half Thought

by emily d stine

Coughing up the Pee Cee eH, I long for Malibu,
a little bit of beautiful tucked up above the chaos.

We leave the dull thunder.clouds, a carbon footprint
blanket that decorates the skyline of Los Angeles oh
so awfully. Every mile we go, I feel freer, vegetation

shows itself once more and
Pacific slaps at my side.

LA swamps me like a parasite. Malibu, a temporary
An oasis outlining an urban desert, rapidly
it approaches.
Stepping out, we hike along the cliffs,
a certain familiarity
in their outline, shape.

The backdrop of one hundred movies
names you can't remember and a feeling you
possibly articulate. I chew slowly on the
end of my pen,
eyes lost in the ocean waves.
Eventually I find my mind,
wandering in the Pacific,
string together a half.thought
and begin to write.

Feature Story of the Week


by Jordan Williams

La Paz

I’ll be the first to admit that Bolivia didn’t seem like much

of a vacation choice. I had some vague notion of social

upheaval and the sort of general government turnover

you tend to get in South America. But Rich thought it

would be a neat place to visit; under the (what I thought

was flimsy) pretense that it’s one of the great rugged

places on Earth, rich in geography and culture.

He was right about that, actually, so I have to give him

credit for a fine trip. It seems weird to say that a place

has more geography than another, but I can’t think of a

better way to explain it. Bolivia has some of the most

varied and intense terrain in the world, which means

that a vacation there is not for the weak of heart.

But it also has some of the most beautiful wildlife and

culture in the world, and if you’re up for the more active

sort of vacation I can’t recommend it more. If nothing

else, you can see why Che Guevera was here and

understand those kids always wearing shirts with his

face a little better.

We lit down in Santa Cruz or, technically, Santa Cruz

de la Sierra, although I never heard anyone actually

use the full name. This is the largest city in Bolivia,

and one of the most prosperous and beautiful. You

get a mix colonial era building mixed with the modern,

and the end result is stunning.

The food is also ridiculously good, always a plus for me.

The city is situated in an area where a number of

cultures and types of agriculture come together,

resulting in an expanse of different foods. My favorites

things were Locro, a rice and hen based soup that sticks

to the ribs like a slab of concrete, and Mocochinchi, a

drink made from sun dried peaches that are boiled with

honey and then served cold.


We then struck out for Potosi, the city of silver. The city

was and is a major source of silver, and we’re lucky

enough to be able to take a mine tour. Now, I should

caution you that the mine tours are kind of strenuous

and take place in working mines, but the experience is

well worth it, to get a sense of where luxury and opulence

really comes from.

Samipata was next up, the home of a pre Incan ruin

known as El Fuerte. The site apparently has some kind

of mystical connotation that brings people in, but I

didn’t feel especially enlightened. But it was interesting

to see the ancient cultural roots of the people around us.

All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed my trip to Bolivia. The

country is spectacular, the food is great and the people

are wonderful. The trip has also opened my eyes even

more to the idea of going to places that you usually

wouldn’t consider a tourist spot. If what you want is

adventure, then getting off the usual map of places to

see is your first step.

Pine Mountain Evening

It is evening once again at the ranch. The fall chill is

in the air again and it is nice to be able to relax by a

warm fire.

Dinner is finished and we are relaxing in the family room.

Tonight my sample coffee is Mocha Java. This American

roast coffee combines the rich taste of Java Island coffee

with creamy Ethiopian mocha. It goes well with a plate of

fresh baked cookies.

My coffee and cookies are finished now and it is time for bed.

Everyone have a great week. We will see you next time.