Archives for February 2017

The story of Toola the sea otter

By Horace Assar Courier Staff Writer

Toola was a sea other who raised a dozen pups in Monterey bay, and died there in March of 2012. She was suffering from a neurological illness in which a pathogen was affecting her brain, giving her countless seizures. Staff were able to control her behavior but decided not to ever release her back into the wild. She changed the way scientists were handling otter pups and never hesitated to take care of them.

She was found pregnant on Pismo beach and was brought right after to the aquarium in 2001. Veterinarians discovered she had toxoplasmosis, a parasite spread by cat feces. A month or two after arriving at the aquarium, she gave birth to a stillborn pup. At the same time the aquarium received a two week old pup and decided to give him to Toola. She did not hesitate and instead nursed the orphan pup like it was her own and taught him how to open clamshells with rocks and eat crabs without getting pinched. The pup that Toola raised was able to return to the Pacific, where he is now king of a pack of Elkhorn Slough and has fathered countless pups himself. Toola fostered twelve more pups each for five months. Two of them are still at the aquarium, five are around the coastline making babies of their own, and six are either dead or alive having shaken off their tracking tags. A few years ago this story attracted the son of then Assemblyman Dave Jones and persuaded his father to write a legislation to protect sea otters. It is now required that cat litter bags have a toxoplasmosis warning.

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Girl Scout cookie stand robbed by Logan student

By Mary Kay Floyd, Courier Staff Writer

This past Wednesday, a Logan student was arrested for robbing a Girl Scout cookie stand in which he held the vendors at gunpoint.

The robbery happened on February 8th in the afternoon.  The stand was set up in front of Safeway on Decoto Rd.  A mother and her twelve year-old daughter were in charge of the stand.  The robber approached them as if he were to buy cookies.  He left, and shortly after, held them at gunpoint and stole a certain amount of money.

The mother and daughter were unhurt, and had donations of roughly one-thousand dollars to account for the stolen money.  They did not give up on selling cookies after the incident.
A 17-year old Logan student was arrested on two counts of robbery.  He allegedly committed a robbery here on the James Logan campus.  He is now at a juvenile hall.  His name will not be released since he is a minor.

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Nordstorm attacked by Donald Trump

By Sarah Chawla, Courier Staff Writer 

Nordstrom has been under fire recently after deciding to stop carrying Ivanka Trump’s products.

The decisions to drop the brand came after the sales dropped sharply following the election. Nordstrom ensured that the decision was strictly business. The Wall Street Journal revealed that sales of the line have plummeted by nearly a third in the last fiscal year and has dropped by 70 percent in the last three weeks of October 2016.

Donald Trump took to twitter to respond to this, saying “My daughter Ivanka has been treated so unfairly by @Nordstrom. She is a great person — always pushing me to do the right thing! Terrible!”

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Pack your bags for a cross country road trip

By Isaiah Bayardo, Courier Staff Writer

The idea of traveling through all 50 states seems like a very tiring feat, and frankly, a little too ambitious for the average person. Many people, American and foreign, have done this for many different reasons, ranging from doing it for fun to doing it for a cause. Many of us don’t ever get to plan a trip to visit every single corner of this gigantic country; but with intensive planning and preparation, it is really worth the time and money.

Thousands of miles of American land present infinite opportunities for experiencing different cultures, lifestyles, and ways to have fun. It truly reminds and further teaches travelers how diverse this country is. Traversing through a magnificent, bustling city such as New York, Los Angeles, or Chicago gives a much different picture than a slow-paced rural state such as Wyoming, Montana, or Nebraska. Taking a road trip is the perfect way to witness the slow transition as you change from one environment to another. “You don’t get plucked out of some place and then dropped off somewhere completely different like you would on a plane.”

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Logan drama students host the Improv Show

By Cameren Brown, Courier Staff Writer

A few weeks ago, Logan hosted an improv show featuring members of our Drama Club. From 7:30 to 9, the Little Theater stage was occupied by 5 performers, where several games took place to entertain the audience.

There was a variety of games, including “Universal Remote”, where members acted out a scenario with a “referee” directing them to do certain activities whether it be changing the setting, making someone act in reverse, or even speeding themselves up as if in a VHS tape. There was also “The Bachelor”, where one member would act as someone choosing a date between the other three cast members.

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Logan students keep mixed feelings towards GoGuardian

By Harleen Kaur, Courier Staff Writer


Go-Guardian is a software sponsored by schools who supply chromebooks for teachers to use nationwide. It cost schools approximately lower than seven dollars per student based on the length of the contract and subscriptions bought.Through this program, it is possible for teachers to monitor what students are doing in the class period and control their chromebook pages and tabs from their own equipment. The purpose is to prevent students from possibly harmful material that they may be exposed to, stop them from getting off guard during class, and recovering lost or stolen chromebooks. Hence, most teachers favor using this software to keep the education system working sufficiently.

  Several students have mixed feelings regarding Go-Guardian. Breanna Cao stated “I think that it’s a pretty useful website because it prevents people from cheating on an online test, especially if I spent much effort studying for it and other students didn’t.” The software enforces justice and eliminates injustice.

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Conservationist Killed by Drug Dealers

By Horace Assar, Courier Staff Writer

Jairo Mora Sandoval was a Sea Turtle Conservationist who headed to the beach with four other foreign female volunteers on the night of May 30th, 2013.

They were all kidnapped by seven drug dealers. The women escaped, while Jario was captured and tortured to death. Jario then died of head trauma and asphyxiation.

At the time of his death, Dario was on an operation to protect leatherback sea turtles from poachers. Research shows that such environmentalists in parts of South and Central America are in much danger due to the poachers and drug dealers who roam the beaches, who will kill anyone in their way.

Four of the seven defendants were convicted and three were acquitted. All seven defendants were accounted for sexual assault against one of the female volunteers. The four men who were convicted received sentences ranging 74 to 90 years for both crimes, and each of those defendants will serve fifty years in prison.

Weeks before the verdict, prosecutors dropped charges against Darwin Salmón, one of the defendants, due to “lack of evidence.” On the other side of the courtroom, Fernanda Sandoval and and Rafael, who were Jairos parents, went through great grief. Thankfully, these criminals were brought to justice and given sentences.

 

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Emma Watson and Disney bring classic back on screen despite criticisms

By Michael Morales, Courier Staff Writer

The classic Disney animation, Beauty and the Beast, is finally being adapted into a modern motion film, ready for the big screen.

The overwhelming popularity for vintage princess movies to be remade into 21st century dramas is nothing new; we have seen this with stories like Cinderella and Snow White. However diehard Disney fans have been ecstatic ever since the bare mention of a Beauty and the Beast remake. The trailer has then released, only gaining the movie more attention, and now a minute long clip starring Emma Watson (who will be playing Belle), has been charted number 3 on Youtube’s top trending list. The two hour long film will be under the genre of a musical, and we get a taste of that in the clip where Watson sings the iconic intro song ‘Belle.’

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Logan Hosts Blood Drive

By John Kenneth Macantan, Courier Staff Writer

Logan, get your iron up, the blood drive is here.

On Wednesday February 22, starting 8:15 AM to 2:15 PM, students who signed up ahead in leadership room are going to receive an appointment card during class for times that they signed up for.

In order to donate, students are required to have their blood tested for the amount of iron they have. After that, they are required to have they have their weight taken, and be examined if they are healthy enough to donate.

Some tips for donors to keep their iron up is to drink plenty of orange juice with your cereal. Also by eating rich food such as red meat, fish, poultry, bean, spinach, and raisins, the organizers can determine how much iron is contained in the body.

Donors are recommended to have a good night sleep, eat plenty of breakfast the morning of the drive. Donors are also advised to drink plenty of fluids throughout the day.

Donors will have 1 pint of blood taken out. The procedure will last approximately 8-10 minutes, and afterwards, the donors will be awarded a T-shirt and something to eat.

 

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Reasons why some students cannot swim

By Carlos Velasco, Courier Copy Editor

A major component to what some consider as a “good childhood” is having fun with friends at a park, movies, or the classic day at the pool.

Some students at Logan and other schools still, as high schoolers, do not know how to swim. This is extremely surprising to me, but it could be because I, personally, have been swimming since I was little.

Jeremy Aquino, a Logan senior had some thoughts on why some people at the high school level don’t know how to swim.  “Kids are never taught by their peers, but a lot of the time the parents themselves don’t know how to swim, so the children never learn.”

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