Author Archive for eric.murtaugh.

A rabbi and a mayor walk into a bar …

Well, there you have it. It’s safe to say our elected officials and public figures are largely unworthy of our trust. The big story out of New Jersey neatly sums up the past few months of political scandal. It’s the same ol’ sad Jersey song, but there’s much to be said about corrupt holy men […]

Driver strikes light pole, fire hydrant

ENCINITAS — An Encinitas man struck a light pole and fire hydrant at the roundabout at Leucadia Boulevard and Hermes Avenue in Leucadia shortly after 6 p.m. on June 20. Charles Langer Haggins was driving eastbound on a flat tire and speeding into the roundabout when he lost control of his vehicle, according to Sgt. […]

This land is your land, this land’s not my land

I have found the concept of localism intriguing for some time now. Having lived in various locales around the country, I’ve experienced different levels of native pride, from the “Born and Raised Here” bumper stickers to semi-violent barstool arguments. During my commute to work today I spotted several out-of-town plates: Iowa, Kansas, Jersey, Illinois, Nebraska […]

‘Jru’ the tree sitter busted on drug charges

ENCINITAS — Andrew Watkins, a man who earned a reputation for his tree protest at Orpheus Park in Leucadia, was recently arrested at Moonlight Beach on drug charges, according to Sgt. Jack Reynolds of the Encinitas Sheriff’s station. A deputy patrolling the area contacted Watkins and a group of friends at 10:50 p.m. on April […]

Outdoorsy instinct beats common sense

Any good gardener nibbles away contently while they toil amongst their crop. The problem: I’m not a good gardener, but I remain a nibbler. So there I was, late at night on my patio, trimming dead branches, contemplating our relationship with food-bearing plants. Having read somewhere that common elephant ear plants (which go by the […]

‘Green’ talk has me green in the face

All this talk about going “green” is making me nauseated. Where did this madness begin? Hollywood? New York? Elsewhere? The “green” revolution has morphed into a fashion statement of sorts, a sickening attempt at finally giving a damn about the planet we call home. Suddenly everybody seems concerned about the environment. We’ve become a tribe […]

I need to weed out bad gardening advice

Tell people around here you have a garden, and invariably they’ll end up suggesting a pot crop. The gardening conversation typically begins with placid curiosity. What do I grow? Do I start from seed? Do I add soil amendments? How do I water? How can I possibly decide what to plant? Questions of that ilk. […]

Existentialist gone wild: not always a happy ending

People are still talking about Christopher McCandless, the young adventurer who wandered into the Alaskan bush never to return. Love him or hate him, you can’t resist contemplating his motives or pondering his ideologies. Whether you’ve read John Krakauer’s book “Into the Wild” or have seen the movie by the same name, Christopher’s backward stance […]

Cyclist struck by vehicle

A cyclist was struck by a truck pulling a white boat at approximately 11:40 a.m. on Nov. 17. John Edwards was traveling south on the Coast Highway 101 near the intersection of Leucadia Boulevard when he was hit by the passing boat. A Sheriff’s department community service officer happened to be in the area as […]