Oil spill in Santa Barbara affects university-owned natural reserve

As of June 6, 149 birds and 72 mammals were reported dead after a pipeline along the Santa Barbara coast burst May 19 and polluted miles of beaches and reserves with crude oil, including a natural reserve owned by the University of California, according to the most recent status report from the oil spill responders.
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Off the beat: Self-reflection and sojourns

There’s a stretch of highway reaching through the Santa Cruz mountains down to the coast that I find myself returning to each summer like clockwork. California Highway 9 winds through redwood forests and hugs steep drops into the San Lorenzo Valley, spanning a number of miles leading through tiny towns and campsites into downtown Santa Cruz and the vast expanse of the Pacific.
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