There’s a unique tropical forest along the Peruvian border called the Cazaderos in southwest Ecuador that’s home to numerous species found only in that ecosystem, including the highest concentration of endemic bird species in South America. It’s rainy for half the year and dry for the rest, making it the perfect climate to produce corn — a crop that’s boomed over the past decade since the U.S. government has been offering subsidies to increase its production for use in biofuels. That’s also part of the reason such forests have been greatly reduced, and the 19,317-acre Cazaderos, which is of major biodiversity importance and has luckily remained unharmed, is at the top of the world’s conservation list.
Canyon Crest Academy junior Catherine Wu has qualified as one of 20 students nationwide for the U.S. National Biology Olympiad (USABO). Catherine won the opportunity to attend the Biology Olympiad Camp on June 2 at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind., with a chance to be selected for the International Biology Olympiad to be held in Bern, Sweden this summer.
The Encinitas Sheriff’s Station will hold a “Coffee with the Community” on Wednesday, April 24, from 8-9 a.m. at La Colonia Park and Recreation Center, 715 Valley Avenue, Solana Beach.
A tot lot and adjacent lawn at Powerhouse Park in Del Mar will soon be off-limits to dogs, based on discussion at Monday’s (April 15) Del Mar City Council meeting.
A new task force made up of merchants and city staff will look at ways the Del Mar city government can assist existing businesses and encourage new businesses to locate in the city.
The issue will be considered at the Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, April 23. The plan put forward by Supervisors Ron Roberts and Greg Cox calls for each supervisor to appoint one member to the new panel, and the nine members of the 22nd DAA board to fill the rest of the seats.
County Board of Supervisors to hold April 23 public meeting on the issue
The Solana Beach City Council on April 10 approved $100,500 for traffic calming projects along South Cedros Avenue.
Solana Beach officials are considering the use of contingency funds set aside for unanticipated costs on the Highway 101 renovation project to pay for additional work along the 101 corridor.
Robert Brewer, 66, used to be a state and federal prosecutor and was a decorated Army paratrooper in the Vietnam War.