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"When I was 14, I was the oldest I ever was. I've been getting younger ever since." Shirley Temple
New Information on Threats from Nuclear Reactor Pools by Jack McCurdy
New information from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) showing that even a small nuclear reactor pool fire could render 9,400 square miles uninhabitable and displace 4.1 million Americans on a long-term basis are among the factors causing Mothers for Peace among 34 environment organizations to file a petition with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to hold off on additional reactor licensing. Such a reactor pool could include the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant. Read More
Morro Bay Mayor Irons Set to Run For Re-election
Mayor Jamie Irons has formally announced his candidacy for re-election in 2014. Irons, a 22-year resident of Morro Bay, won his first term in an impressive victory over 3 opponents and is the only Mayor ever in Morro Bay history to be elected in the first election of Morro Bay’s two election system. Read More
Legislation Calls For Safety Warning Labels to Highlight Health Risks of Sugary Drinks
(Sacramento) Armed with overwhelming research linking soda and sugary drink consumption to skyrocketing rates of obesity, diabetes, and tooth decay, the nation’s first piece of legislation requiring safety warning labels on sugary drinks sold in California has been introduced by Senator Bill Monning (D-Carmel). Read More
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Now Only Five Years Until New WRF is Operating by Jack McCurdy
It's been nine years since the state ordered Morro Bay and Cayucos to stop using the old sewage plant and develop a new one. The previous city councils got nowhere and when the last one of those councils left office in 2012, no progress had been made, costing the city millions for the eight-year delay. But a new council, composed of mayor Jamie Irons and council members Christine Johnson and Noah Smukler, took over last year and have developed a five-year plan to provide residents with a new WRF, which means a brand, new plant is expected to be completed and running in 2019. Cost to Morro Bay residents for water? That is unknown at this point, but it is almost sure to go up. But the offsetting big benefit will be an abundant supply of reliable water, which the city doesn't have now. Read More
Power Plant Closed: What Happens Now? by Jack McCurdy
The 59-year-old Morro Bay Power Plant closed for good on February 5, and now the question being asked is: what happens to the plant and its picturesque,107-acre site in the future? There are not even tentative answers to that question right now. But the Journal plans an investigation and will attempt to provide readers with a guide as to where the plant is headed in the Journal's April 1 edition. Don't miss it!
Walkout! by Jack McCurdy
Council member Nancy Johnson walked out of a recent Morro Bay City Council meeting after banging her notebook folder on the table where she sits, announcing, "I am not stepping down . . . you go right ahead. I am not stepping down, You're going to do what you damn well please anyway. Read More
Shutterbugs by Bill Bouton
My primary photography interest is nature. I had a “Norman Rockwell childhood," surrounded by a family supportive of my interests. Growing up on 80 acres of flower-filled old fields, woods, rivers, and creeks in southwestern Michigan, I was fortunate to have nature, rather than media, as one of the major influences in my young life. Read More
Great Blue Heron Image on Banner by Nan Carder
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