Help Us Find the Person Who Shot Three Sea Otters

In early September 2013, members of our Sea Otter Research and Conservation team recovered three sea otters that had been shot to death near Asilomar Beach, in Pacific Grove. State and federal authorities are actively investigating the fatal shootings, and now they need your help finding the perpetrator.

We and other sea otter conservation groups are offering a $21,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual(s) responsible for the crime.

Southern sea otters are slowly recovering after being driven nearly to extinction by fur traders in the 19th century. Today, they’re protected under federal law by the Endangered Species Act and the Marine Mammal Protection Act. Killing a California (or southern) sea otter is a crime punishable by federal and state fines, and possible jail time.

If you have any information about the shootings, contact Special Agent Souphanya of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at 650-876-9078. Anonymous reports can also be made by calling the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service contact line at 703-358-1949, or the California Department of Fish and Wildlife CalTIP line at 1-888-DFG-CALTIP.

Reward contributions have been provided by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Defenders of Wildlife, Friends of the Sea Otter, the Humane Society of the United States, the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, The U.C. Davis Karen C. Drayer Wildlife Health Center and private individuals.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife is providing a portion of the reward money from the California Sea Otter Fund, which is financed by voluntary contributions from state taxpayers. The fund helps support sea otter research and conservation, including the investigation of sea otter deaths and the enforcement of laws protecting sea otters. When filling out your California income tax form 540, look for line 410, labeled California Sea Otter Fund, under Contributions.

Learn more about the California Sea Otter Fund.

Checking Off the List

Leaves gathered - check
35 minutes on the treadmill - check
Try out the punching bag - check
Shower - check
Sore a bit? - check
Time for leftovers, Green Lantern, and (most importantly) some cuddle time with my babe

A battle is brewing in the organic food industry.  The largest trade association for organic farmers, marketers and processors wants growers to help pay for promotional campaigns, using the decades-old funding model that paid for iconic ads like “Got Milk?” and “Beef: It’s What’s For Dinner.” But deciding how to spread the organic message is dividing the sector into factions.


Since I was a little kid I’ve been looking at this and ive been wanting to 50-50 grind it I finally went back and waxed it like crazy and I grind down it so fast #skate #skater #sk8frsh #skatelife #skatepark #skateboard #skateboarding #skateclipsdaily @planbofficial @etniesskateboarding @vierrawatches @fivestarprospect @gslclothing #utah #friend #childhood #checkoff #followme #noticeme

First Check Off and First Exam

This past week, I had my vital signs check off on Tuesday in my HA lab. I passed!!! Go me, lol! I was super nervous, even though I had no reason to be because this check off was a pass only - I’d do the check off until I passed it - so, there was no pressure of it being a pass or fail, but that message never got to my heart. I had a bad case of tachycardia, and tried to calm myself down, but couldn’t. I knew it would happen. I felt calm and ready, but for whatever reason, my heart always beats so fast when I get anxious or have an evaluation. That’s just me, and it only lasts for about a minute, if that. I just happened to occur while my pulse was being taken. 

Anyway, lectures and labs were good this week. Nothing too crazy happened. I was only out in the community on Thursday because Friday (today) I was at the CON of my CNC sim lab, and that was a lot of fun. 

Now, it’s Friday night, and I’ve been having a mental battle with myself between sitting down and focusing on studying for my first exam on Monday (for essentials) or watching TV to numb my brain and not think about the fact that I have my exam on Monday. Obviously, I know that studying is better, but I’m great at procrastination ;) In all seriousness though, I’ve already done a lot of studying, and I’m about ¾ done with all of my note cards to study off of. So, I’m in a good place with my studying to be able to take the evening off and let my mind shut down a bit. 

I’ll most likely stay up a little late tonight to finish my flash cards, and then spend all day tomorrow studying them, and meet with my friends to study too. On Sunday, I’m working for a short 3 hour shift at 7am, and then at 2pm I have a baby shower to go to, and I’ll only stay for about an hour or so and get back to studying. 

It never gets easier; you just get stronger.

Paper – The Other White Stuff

You’ve heard the slogans:

“Got Milk?”

“Beef - it’s what’s for dinner”

“The incredible edible egg”

“Pork - the other white meat”

And now it seems we are headed toward our own memorable catch phrase within the paper industry.  Support is growing toward developing commodity check off program to help promote the positive aspects of paper.  The research is clear:  when people understand that our products come from renewable resources, are made with high levels of renewable energy and are recyclable – their perception improves.

If approved, nearly $25 million per year in funds will come from paper manufacturers and distributors annually producing or importing 100,000 short tons or more of paper and paper-based packaging. 

For more information about this program visit  See who’s in (Sappi is) and learn more about what the program aims to do. 

Got any good ideas for a catch phrase?