Photographer Leo Leon has been taking moonlight shots around town. He says Pacifica is beautiful around the clock, especially at night (top to bottom: Rockaway Beach, Pacifica from above, Sharp Park Fishing Pier).
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Coastside Land Trust Art Gallery recently presented its 2nd annual "California Raptor Show." The exhibit featured 26 local artists who captured California's diverse raptor population through art. Mediums included oil, watercolor, batik, acrylic, mixed media, wood carving, and fine-art photography. Look for this exhibit to return in the fall. Coastside Land Trust is dedicated to the preservation, protection, and enhancement of open space, including the natural, scenic, recreational, cultural, historical, and agricultural resources of the San Mateo County coast, for present and future generations. 788 Main Street, Half Moon Bay, 650-726-5056.
The Better Business Burro (BBB) wonders what's opening in the high-turnover restaurant space on Highway 1 @ Rockaway Beach. Click Comments (below) to get the latest info. Also, BBB hears that Radio Shack in Linda Mar shopping center may close as the entire chain enters bankruptcy, but it is trying to work something out with Sprint to keep the Linda Mar store open. Stay tuned.
While we Little People fuss and fume over our budgets and programs and local issues, we should remember where the Big Bucks really go:
Tomahawk cruise missile: $1.2 million, plus costs of fuel, crew, and deployment of warships to launch the missiles
Hellfire missile: $100,000, plus costs of fuel, crew, and warplanes to fire the missiles
Small Diameter Bomb: $30,000, plus costs of fuel, crew, and warplanes to drop the bombs
B-1 bomber: classified; estimated cost somewhere between $1.5 billion and $2.4 billion, plus $58,000 an hour to operate
F-15E Strike Eagle fighter bomber: $108 million, plus $39,000 an hour to operate
F-22 Raptor: $350 million, plus $68,000 an hour to operate
The United States uses much of this expensive firepower in Syria and Iraq against American-made materiel (artillery and tanks) that ISIS/ISIL seized from the Iraqi Army when it disintegrated in June 2014.
(Sources: Robin Wright, “The Vortex,” The New Yorker, December 8, 2014; Yahoo News; Defense Daily)
Outdoor writer Tom Stienstra reports mind-boggling statistics in his San Francisco Chronicle/SF Gate blog: WHERE'S THE SNOW?
He writes: "Blue Canyon averages 252 inches of snow per year, Truckee averages 204 inches per year, and both have zilch right now. The weather station at Blue Canyon (5,240-foot elevation at the small airport) is used as a reporting point for meteorologists across America; it has bare dirt around it right now. Drought? Hardly. The station has already recorded an amazing 46.67 inches of rain this winter. If all that rain were snow, it could be 20, 30 feet high."
He adds: "It’s not only bare dirt along the Dunsmuir Grade, but it has not snowed there even once this season. Zero. Yet just above the Dunsmuir Grade, at Girard Ridge, the rain gauge has recorded 46.88 inches of rain this winter. Last year at this time, it was about 4 inches. On Saturday, the freezing level was 10,600 feet at Mount Shasta, some 1,500 feet higher than 9,025-foot Mount Eddy to the west."
Meanwhile, in the Redwood Empire to the north of us, Gasquet has received a towering 47.52 inches of rain, 37.43 inches have fallen in Zenia on the Eel River, and, closer to home right in Sonoma County, Yorkville (familiar to those of us who take Highway 128 from 101 to Mendocino) has had a staggering 53.76 inches of rain. But almost all of that wet stuff fell in December. January has been so dry, Tom reports, "that the rivers are low and clear."