Latest Julia Scott Stories

2008-09-05 21:00:07

By Julia Scott PRINCETON-BY-THE-SEA -- The sun-dappled waters of Pillar Point Harbor look bright and beautiful on a hot afternoon, but the bacteria that lies below the surface is as much of a mystery as where it's coming from. County Environmental Health officials have known for years that the inner harbor's waters contain dangerously high levels of fecal coliform bacteria. It accumulates on Capistrano Beach, leading the county to post a permanent warning sign to keep visitors away....

2008-09-04 12:00:16

By Julia Scott CRYSTAL SPRINGS -- David Moore is used to dealing with trees suffering the ravages of Sudden Oak Death. He knows the telling details: desiccated leaves and brown cankerous lesions oozing from the bark. But even Moore, San Mateo County's parks superintendent, got a little depressed recently when his crew had to cut down more than 40 trees afflicted with the disease along some trails at Crystal Springs. He feared the trees were about to fall over and hit someone. "We've...

2008-09-01 21:00:20

By Julia Scott HALF MOON BAY -- After months of frantic lobbying, the city lost its last chance at passing a bill that would help pay down its Beachwood lawsuit debt by the end of the year on Sunday, the last day for any bill to be passed by the state legislature. The weekend ended with state Sen. Leland Yee's long-shot compromise bill, SB 863, still awaiting a vote in the Assembly Appropriations Committee before heading to the Assembly floor for a vote. The bill, crafted in the...

2008-08-28 00:00:26

A Classical singer will compete for a recording contract in one of the UK's largest talent competitions. Julia Scott (21), from Blankney Barff, near Lincoln, is looking to impress the judges when she attempts to take another step towards the final of Idol UK and a pounds25,000 prize. Miss Scott will perform at the regional final in Leeds on September 21 and hopes her past experience in the Echo-backed Wow Factor will help her progress. In 2006 she finished third in the competition after...

2008-08-27 15:00:57

By Julia Scott A new fire retardant product with unknown long-term impacts on human health and the environment has been discovered in two wastewater treatment plants that discharge into San Francisco Bay, according to a scientist with the San Francisco Estuary Institute who made the find. The product, Firemaster 550, is one of California's most widely used brominated fire retardants and is routinely added to the polyurethane foam used in upholstered furniture to meet the state's stringent...

2008-08-02 03:00:16

By Julia Scott, San Mateo County Times, Calif. Aug. 2--A large number of dead harbor porpoises have been washing up on beaches in San Mateo County and elsewhere in the Bay Area this summer, and marine mammal experts are at a loss to explain what could be killing them. A total of 24 harbor porpoises -- 12 males, 9 females, and three still in utero -- have been discovered by beachcombers since early June, according to the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito. More carcasses are likely to show...

2008-07-16 21:00:17

By Julia Scott, San Mateo County Times, Calif. Jul. 16--PRINCETON-BY-THE-SEA -- A team of state and federal fisheries agents served a search warrant in early July to a seafood processor suspected of buying illegally caught groundfish, according to federal officials. Workers at Exclusive Fresh, Inc. stepped aside to let the agents in July 1, according to Don Masters, special agent in charge of law enforcement for the National Marine Fisheries Service's southwest division. Officials seized...

2007-03-29 12:00:20

By Julia Scott PACIFICA -- Tait Cowan grew up in Linda Mar and spent every afternoon in high school surfing at Pacifica State Beach. If his dream comes true, someday soon he'll move into a new home overlooking it all -- part of a subdivision he hopes to build on a grassy hillside on the northern flank of Linda Mar, where he still lives and owns a surfboard shop. "Every part of my life I can see from this hill," Cowan said, gazing at the scene below: the houses, the beach, the valleys,...

2006-11-16 09:00:33

By Julia Scott LA HONDA -- One of the county's best-known ranches will soon be open to the public for hiking and horse riding while cattle continue to graze its grassy hills. The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District is in the final stages of purchasing La Honda's 3,681-acre Driscoll Ranch, an active livestock-grazing operation north of Highway 84. It soon will become part of the adjacent 2,042-acre La Honda Open Space Preserve, forming the largest protected open space area in San...

Word of the Day
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'