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June 27, 2022

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Abandoned kitten finds a home
I wish to thank you for the 3-month-old kitten that you dumped
down the road in the county from our home. My husband and
granddaughter found her while bicycle riding.
At a check at two homes in the area, we were told she did not
belong to either.
Since we already had a cat and two dogs, I called some friends
and found her home.
We were asked if we could keep her for a few days. She runs like
a tornado all over the house. She runs into us, knocks our poodle
off of her feet and ambushes everything from behind the furniture
and corners.
She springs out and stands on her back legs like a grizzly,
before running off. She has never used her claws or teeth.
She was already trained for a cat box and lies in front of the
TV with the dogs in the evening. She has already been spayed. She
lies outside our bedroom door at night and reaches under the
bathroom door when you are in there and wants you to catch her
paws. She is the most fun cat we have ever had. My husband who is
not a cat person loves her.
I would like to know how you trained her. She is beyond belief
and fabulous.
Yes, we kept her. What is wrong with you?
Joy Jean
Hollister
Abandoned kitten finds a home

I wish to thank you for the 3-month-old kitten that you dumped down the road in the county from our home. My husband and granddaughter found her while bicycle riding.

At a check at two homes in the area, we were told she did not belong to either.

Since we already had a cat and two dogs, I called some friends and found her home.

We were asked if we could keep her for a few days. She runs like a tornado all over the house. She runs into us, knocks our poodle off of her feet and ambushes everything from behind the furniture and corners.

She springs out and stands on her back legs like a grizzly, before running off. She has never used her claws or teeth.

She was already trained for a cat box and lies in front of the TV with the dogs in the evening. She has already been spayed. She lies outside our bedroom door at night and reaches under the bathroom door when you are in there and wants you to catch her paws. She is the most fun cat we have ever had. My husband who is not a cat person loves her.

I would like to know how you trained her. She is beyond belief and fabulous.

Yes, we kept her. What is wrong with you?

Joy Jean

Hollister

Please share input for superintendent search

The Hollister School District Board of Education is seeking input from parents, staff, and community members regarding the selection criteria for our next Superintendent. Dr. Ron Crates is retiring in June and the Board has begun a search for his successor.

We are hosting a Community Forum next Tuesday, February 2, beginning at 6:00 PM at the district office, 2690 Cienega Road, Hollister. Participants are invited to share their ideas about the qualities we need in our next leader. Hollister School District Board members will use the input from this Forum to guide our search for a new Superintendent.

For further information, please contact Hollister School District at 630-6300.

Dee Brown, Ph.D.

HSD Board President

Pinnacles values relationships with neighbors

Pinnacles staff want to make it clear that hunting does not constitute a threat to condors if non-lead bullets are used. In fact, condors stand to benefit greatly from hunting activities. Condors are at risk when they inadvertently ingest lead bullet fragments that remain in animals that have been killed with lead bullets. Using copper bullets is a practical solution to this problem and they are being adopted by many responsible hunters and ranchers in Condor country in California. The Institute for Wildlife Studies (IWS), is offering a limited one-for-one ammo exchange program for hunters and ranchers wishing to turn in their lead bullets for a matching caliber box of nonlead bullets. Contact Jake Theyerl at 524-1477 for more details. The response thus far of folks from King City up through Hollister wishing to take advantage of this program has been encouraging and demonstrates the willingness of local sportsmen to follow responsible hunting practices.

The reference to poisons in your article refers to the practice in Argentina of some irresponsible ranchers in Argentina who lace dead livestock with poisons that are meant to kill mammalian predators. There have been several cases of Andean condors finding these carcasses, feeding on them, and dying an immediate death as they inadvertently consume flesh that contains the poison. The practice of putting poisons in livestock carcasses is not practiced in the US, because the poisons previously used such as 1080 and strychnine are now illegal, having been recognized as also poisoning many non-target secondary scavenger species such as eagles, vultures, ravens, foxes, etc. Responsible U.S. ranchers would not use these poisons and we are in no way suggesting that they are being used here.

We value community support and interest in the condor program and wish to continue nurturing positive relationships that serve condor conservation, hunters, and rural working landscapes.

Denise Louie

Chief of Resource Management

Pinnacles National Monument

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