by Isabelle Huang
Should you go trick-or-treating this year? With Halloween around the corner, some people decide to stay home this year but others rather go out and participate in their normal Halloween traditions. Due to this year’s circumstances, people are troubled about what they should do. Online resources about the Covid-19 pandemic suggested that you should avoid going trick-or-treating in your neighborhood and handing out candies, even if you wear a mask and follow the guidelines published by CDC, Centers of Disease Control and Prevention. However, the majority of people felt that they have been quarantining long enough that it would be fine to trick-or- treat as long as you take all the proper precautions.
Even though the pandemic is still going on, some people believe you can still go trick- or- treating. A good number of citizens say that as long as you wear a mask, social distance, and simply avoid contact such as dropping down the treats for the trick-or- treaters to pick up, along with following precautions, trick- or-treating is still considered safe and as doable as ever. Families can trick-or-treat at trusted family and friends’ homes or staying in their own neighborhoods.
On the other hand, a lot of people say that you should avoid trick-or-treating even with the procedures of a mask and social distancing. Also, people proved that they can find other ways to stay at home and celebrate halloween safely such as going on Zoom and carve pumpkins with each other or find a game where you can do in-game trick-or-treating. Another reason why people decide to skip trick-or-treating this year is because it would help contain the virus as it can potentially spread from person-to-person by touching the same candy bowl.
In conclusion, Halloween this year will for sure be different. But in the end, it is up to you on how you want to celebrate it. If it's resuming your normal Halloween traditions or staying at home, be sure to stay safe and follow all the guidelines! Happy Halloween!
By Juliette de Clapiers
Hurricanes can destroy millions of homes, along with lives! They hurt people, and leave a lot of damage behind them. Hurricanes have seasons which is when there are the most hurricanes although there can be hurricanes other times. The hurricane season is different for each ocean. The Atlantic hurricane season starts on June 1st and ends on November 30th, and the Pacific hurricane season runs from May 15th to November 30th. An average hurricane can dump 6 inches to a foot of rain across a region and they can also produce tornadoes… For a hurricane to form there needs to be warm ocean water and moist, humid air. Once there is humid air, it flows upward into a zone of low pressure that is over the warm ocean water, the water releases from the air creating the clouds of the storm, and while it rises the air in a hurricane rotates. They can travel 15-20 miles per hour.
When a hurricane is formed, it is seen by a special satellite that is monitored 24/7, and then is told to the people that they think might be affected by it. People take action to protect their homes the best they can. There are different types of ways to protect yourself, and here they are, listed:
By Kimaaya R. Mehta
When Lowell High School turned into a lottery school many opinions came up. Both positive and negative. Here is my opinion on Lowell turning into a lottery school.
Lowell High is one of the best high schools in San Francisco. Dare I say the best. Having an older brother in Lowell, I know how hard people work to get in. So isn’t it a good thing to turn Lowell into a lottery school. It takes pressure off peoples' backs and gives other people a chance to go to Lowell. I disagree with this.
Firstly, many people worked hard to get into Lowell. You may be thinking. Well Lowell is now just a regular public school. OF course the admission has changed but both the teachers and the environment haven't. Lowell has always been a school where you have to work hard. Slacking off is not an option. But, especially during online learning, slacking off can sometimes occur often. As I know Lowell does give a lot of work and even if some teacher changes the workload a little the environment wouldn’t change as much. As for in Lowell you do get a lot of work and that can lead to pressure. So if you thought the pressure of getting into Lowell is gone, well once you are in Lowell it would be a whole new story.
Although this thought doesn’t really occur to people. As Lowell is a very prestigious school, kids from Lowell may have a better chance of getting into good colleges. Not that kids from other schools don’t have a good chance at all, but more kids from Lowell aim to go to school like the Ivy Leagues. As this may affect the schools reputations in colleges, it isn’t such a problem.
There is no doubt that kids who go to private schools do have a better chance to get into a better college. Many kids do aim to go to great colleges. But private school is very expensive and hard to afford. Lowell gives people who don’t have enough money to go to private school a chance to achieve their admarations. Now that Lowell is a lottery school this may change. Kids who do want to go to the Ivy League school are in a lottery to get into Lowell. In may opinion this in terrible
In conclusion, Lowell gave people a motive. Aspired them to achieve high goals and make them reality. Most of that is down the drain now. Mission to make Lowell disagree with the decision to make Lowell a lottery school, and I strongly disagree to make it a permanent lottery school.
You’ve heard of Halloween. You’ve heard of All Hallows Eve. But have you ever heard of Samhain? You haven’t? Great, now you have a reason to read this article.
You probably recall the holiday in which you dress up in a scary costume and walk door to door in hope of getting candy (unless you don’t celebrate Halloween). But you probably don’t know about the old Celtic festival called Samhain. What is it you ask? Well, it was a festival where the Celtic people would light bonfires and wear costumes to scare away ghosts. Hmmmmm. That sounds a lot like another holiday I know.
Halloween's origins date all the way back 2,000 years ago which was when the Celts celebrated the festival. The area in which the Celts once roamed is now known as Ireland which is known for a different holiday called St. Patrick's day (which we will talk about in the future) where leprechauns search for gold, The united kingdom, and northern France. Samhain celebrated the end of summer and the harvest and the start of winter, where it was cold, dark, and crops would run low. Because of this, many people would die which is why the Celts believed this was when the dead would once again roam the earth. And on the night of October 31st, they would start the celebration.
DO you wanna know more about the history of Halloween? Then check out this link to learn more. Halloween: Origins, Meaning & Traditions - HISTORY. Well, I will see you soon!
By Helen Duan
4 million acres ablaze and engulfed in flames. Once blue and bright skies are now dark, smokey, and orange. People are now facing not just a global pandemic but also a wildfire crisis. It is California’s dry and hot season right now, and wildfires are becoming out of control this year. Wildfires have been destroying homes, hurting and killing animals, and burning down many trees in places such as Yosemite and Big Basin. This year, California has experienced the worst recorded wildfire in history. However, we can prevent these types of wildfires in the future. During this wildfire crisis, we have been looking and bringing back indigenous cultures with the help of people who can teach us their traditions. They are here helping us because they want to protect their ancestral land just as their ancestors did in the past.
A 64-year-old Paiute grandma named Alveta Coats helps clear away foliage. Her Paiute ancestors took care of the forest for over 7,000 years. Now, it is her turn to protect her ancestral homeland. This was an opportunity to fix the problems we created. However, a 93-year-old grandma named Helen Coats, one of the last members of the Paiute tribe, is in the same situation as Coats but is left with no resources due to her tribe’s forced relocation. In the past, the Paiute tribe, the Miwuk tribe, and the indigenous groups set fires to encourage the growth of vegetation and to kill insect pests. They burned vegetation to trigger the sprouting in oak trees to get prized nuts. Then, instead of spending time in protecting their land, the tribes were forced to do jobs, such as service jobs, performing for tourists, and more. Without indigenous customs to address fires, we are now facing unprecedented amounts of wildfires.
When Helen’s family, the Paiute tribe, and the Miwuk tribe were relocated, the forests started to get out of hand. At the border, between Oregan and California, flames have been destroying over 150 homes and killing 2 people at Happy Camp. Now, people at Happy Camp are evacuating. If the Karuks are allowed to burn the forest, Happy Camp might be averted from wildfires. People are looking to natives for years now for their help. Many blame the government for causing so many problems because it has prohibited natives from practicing helpful wildfire prevention customs. A new law is now allowing dead material to accumulate, and it requires the need to intentionally burn 4,000 acres a year now just as the natives once did to prevent large wildfires.
Luckily, we have solutions to save our forests and creatures. Natives played a big role in fighting fire with fire. They set fire to clear grazes and reinvigorate soil. Now, lightning-spark is allowed to burn freely. Also, we have Alevta Coats and a team of natives are protecting our forest like her ancestors did for over 7,000 years. A crew called Calaveras Healthy Impact Products Solutions (CHIPS) gathered many people, including Alveta Coats, to help with handling restoration. The other team is taking care of cutting and sawing. For 4 years, Coats have been replanting and gathering things such as meadow grass, acorns, black oaks, and more! She planted milkweeds to attract more butterflies. “Replanting makes me feel good,” Coats said in “Their Tribe was Evicted From Yosemite. Now It's Their Job To Protect It From Wildfires,” a SFGate article by Ashley Harrell.
As you can see, the Native American tribes’ customs can help to protect us from wildfires, and there should be more respect and support for Native Americans. We have made many problems throughout the past few years, which caused many large wildfires that have burned land and homes and hurt both humans and animals. Now, we need the Native American tribes to guide us and teach us how to protect our and their land from wildfires with their old customs. They can teach us what to burn and how much, what to replant, and how to do this annually. Together, we can work together to prevent these large wildfires from ravaging through California in the future.
“Their Tribe was Evicted From Yosemite. Now It's Their Job To Protect It From Wildfires,” a SFGate article by Ashley Harrell. Link here
“Fighting Wildfires With Fire” a Wall Street Journal article by Richard Schiffman. Link here
Resources and for further reading:
Calaveras Healthy Impact Products Solutions (CHIPS) http://www.calaveraschips.org/
California Fire Resources - https://www.fire.ca.gov/resources/
PEW - “California May Need More Fire to Fix its Wildfire Problem” (article) https://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/blogs/stateline/2020/09/18/california-may-need-more-fire-to-fix-its-wildfire-problem
By Helen Duan
Tahoe is a bear country. People who have lived in Lake Tahoe have had bear encounters and many stories of it to tell. For example, once someone was riding their mountain bike on the beautiful trails behind the North Shore neighborhood and ran into a mama bear and her cubs. Another time, when a family was not in their house, a bear knocked open the door and went inside the house. The bear found a tray full of pastries and gobbled down the pastries. Tensions between bears and humans are very high. Ann Bryant, who is the go-to bear expert, has been receiving many calls this year during the summer. Many reports were about bear sightings, break-ins, or worse. In the “What Have We Done to Our Bears?,” an article from SF Gate, Bryant says, “A lot of folks, unfortunately, do not have a clue about the rules for visiting and vacationing and staying in bear country. People call because they saw a bear and think he escaped, like, 'Do not they live in a zoo? What is a bear doing walking loose?' It has just been mind-boggling, the attitude.” Those are things that happen in Tahoe, the bear country.
Bears are considered as threats in Lake Tahoe. Bears usually come down from the hills to find food. They are seen near human turf or dumpsters. Sometimes, they enter homes. When they smell food nearby, they will follow the scent until they find what they are looking for. When a human blocks a bear from entering a store, the bear will scratch or bite the human, which will be the bear’s doomed- the bear will die- because the human will either shoot the bear or call the animal control department. Bears are considered as threats, but we are considered threats to bears too.
Bryant’s Bear League is trying to prevent situations between bears and humans. "The bear became the bad guy because people ignored what you should do: the rules for securing and taking care of your trash so you don’t attract the bears,” Bryant says in the “What Have We Done to Our Bears?” A few fundamental things are the following:
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