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A look at amphibians in northern B.C.

first_imgAttendees will get a copy of a new amphibian guide and will learn about Frog Watch, a program where the public can report information about frogs and amphibians that will be included in a provincial database.Anyone who has questions about the presentations can contact Conrad Thiessen at the Ministry of Environment at 250-787-3287 or Glynnis Maundrell at the Charlie Lake Conservation Society at 250-261-9478. Amphibians of the world and in B.C. will be the focus of two presentations at Charlie Lake Provincial Park, June 28.Purnima Govindarajulu is the provincial herpetologist with the B.C. Ministry of the Environment and has been looking at the conservation of amphibians within the province.Govindarajulu will be giving two presentations on amphibians and their habitats with the first presentation taking place at 2:30 p.m. and the second taking place at 7 p.m.- Advertisement -The presentations will look at the different amphibians that live in the Peace River region, how they are surviving, why they are important to the environment and any threats that exist to their habitat and survival. A trip to Watson’s Slough will take place after the first presentation where people will be able to look at some local amphibians and their habitats.The sessions will take place at the day use area at the Park. Everyone is welcome to attend either session; however the first presentation will be aimed at industry and government whereas the second will be specifically for the general public.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Frank Girardot: Voyeurs can visit L.A.’s crime scenes

first_img`You remember things. “Dried blood. The body was over there. Those little cards with the numbers. Families standing nearby sobbing. “Wilted flowers. The candles.” To photographer Leo Jarzomb and other veteran photogs and reporters, every corner has a story. Leo and I recently had this discussion in the course of adding another file to our collective memory bank as we stood near the scene of a triple homicide. When I first moved to Los Angeles, my interest in this sort of thing was more voyeuristic than professional. A friend of mine, Peter Houlahan, who grew up in Whittier, lived in a basement apartment on North Curson Avenue in Hollywood. We shared that interest. Late one summer night, probably after the clubs had closed, Pete took me on a tour of historical crime scenes. We visited the home where Leno and Rosemary LaBianca were butchered by members of the Manson family, the Chateau Marmont bungalow where John Belushi overdosed, and the apartment building where actor William Holden bled to death in a drunken stupor. Some months after that, I went to work for a newspaper downtown, and on another summer night, ran across my first active crime scene. To this day, the details I know are scant: Summer 1989. Location: Sixth between Main and Spring. Time: maybe 12:30 a.m. A trail of blood leads from a phone booth outside an all night check-cashing place. A man lies face down in the middle of Sixth. Cops stand around smoking cigarettes. Nobody knows anything. The paper ran a brief the next day, essentially saying just that. A few years later, a guy (one of many) gets dumped off the side of Azusa Canyon Road. He’s bound with duct tape. A search-and-rescue team hauls the body up from the canyon and places it on the turnout gravel. A coroner’s investigator chomping on a cruller or bear claw that’s dripping sliced almonds wipes his mouth and proclaims, “looks like the family of Julio Doe has lost another son.” There’s nothing spectacular about any of this; could be any day in the San Gabriel Valley. It becomes almost routine for guys like Leo and me. It turns out there’s a company that specializes in what my friend Pete did for kicks. Los Angeles-based Esotouric provides bus tours “into the secret heart of LA.” Their clients are likely voyeurs like me. They’ve got one Sept. 29, called “Blood and Dumplings.” It’s billed as a “criminal and gastronomical excursion into the San Gabriel Valley.” Those who can afford to part with $60 will get to see millionaire music producer Phil Spector’s castle in Alhambra, where B-movie actress Lana Clarkson was shot to death; Valenzuela’s Restaurant in El Monte, where author James Ellroy’s mother was last seen alive; and the Hawaii Supermarket in San Gabriel, where the “Man from Mars Bandit” was shot and killed by a police sharpshooter in 1951. “I think the San Gabriel Valley has some of the most interesting crime stories,” said tour promoter Kim Cooper, who also runs a popular true crime Web site known as “The 1947 Project.” Cooper, her husband, Richard Schave, and a guy known only as “Crimebo the Clown” put together a variety of crime scene bus tours of Los Angeles, Pasadena and the San Gabriel Valley. The Sept. 29 tour will end with a visit to 101 Noodle Express in Alhambra for dumplings and scallion pancakes. Actually all of the tours have a food element, Cooper said. “This is all really visceral stuff,” she said. “In one way we are living vicariously, and I guess eating is one way to remind ourselves that we are still alive.” Maybe the coroner with the cruller was on to something. [email protected] (626) 962-8811 Ext. 2717 http://www.insidesocal.com/sgvcrime160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img