The links below point
to nearby historic and geographic points of interest. Neil Young's
Kamungus + webcam
Academy of Anything
Corte Madera open space
Kings Mountain School
Kings Mountain Art Fair
Kings Mountain Artists
San Gregorio Store
County Mosquito ofc.
Midpeninsula Open Space
GeoMAC fire maps
Half Moon Bay Review
Lobitos Creek Ranch
Star Hill is a real place; one of the most remote rural points in
Mateo County, California. Most people who
live here consider this part of greater Kings Mountain community, a few
miles northeast. Our co-ordinates
37.39647, -122.34753. We actually live on the Durham
ridge on the SW point of
Starhill, between the two forks of Tunitas creek facing the pacific at
the cusp of three distinct ecological zones; coastal
grasslands, redwood forests, and mixed oak and madrone woodlands.
Here's an aerial
photo, and a link to Andrew Anker's weather
cam a couple hundred yards uphill from where I am writing this
connected via my two-way satellite link.
and Infrequent News
PG&E Forestry Contacts
Contract forester 800-520-4796.
Hoffman for Peter Beasley, forestry mgrs: 510-437-2829
Star Hill History Notes
May 13, 2004
part of the mountains was once an Ohlone indian camp probably used
by the same people encountered, four miles down the hill, by
the Portola Expedition in 1769. Later the Durham family
operated a dairy farm serving local residents, logging operations
and sawmills and, no doubt the hotels at Kings Mountain and Grabtown,
2 miles away on Tunitas Creek road. Our neighbor, Jack Crow, a
farmer, discovered newspapers dated in the 1860's in the framing of the
barns he still uses today. I have found hand forged square iron nails,
from that period in old fence posts in our pasture, I've also
founds bits of seashells and obsidian flakes in an Ohlone shell mound
site nearby, that I mapped and registered with the state Archeological
commission, a few years back.
In the 1960's Star Hill became best known for the Starhill
Academy of Anything an early counter cultural commune
site of the old Wickett saw mill on the south ridge of Star Hill.
Maybe one day I'll have a chance
to learn a few more Star Hill stories, and post them here, from Ken
Fisher, our local historian.
Best Bobcat Photos
April 1, 2004
Our neighbor, Andrew Anker, has captured some great
of our local bobcats and posted them here, on
Fire Brigade Heroics
thanks to the Kings Mountain Volunteer Fire Brigade for a
monumental and successful
effort Wednesday night to rescue our horse.
When I went out to feed our horses on Wednesday around dusk, our
elderly thoroughbred mare, Legs, was gone. Eventually I found her
lying head down
in a very awkward position at the bottom of an arroyo unable to move.
wife Bonnie, and I and neighbors, Jim Russell and David Mack tried for
hour (or more) to push and pull her into position to stand
For all we knew she had been lying for hours with a broken back or
legs. She was so exhausted she couldn't even lift her head, she
only just lie there groaning and panting, bleeding from a cut on her
was a very bad scene.
Bonnie called 911, and the KM volunteer emergency crew showed up right
There was no reasonable place to hook up a winch or come-along, so we
pushed and pulled the poor horse, but were still unable to move her.
someone, (Jim Sullivan?) suggested using inflatable air bags, filled
from air tanks.
Little by little, we were able to wedge the bags under the horse and
tip her into postition to stand up, if she was able. She struggled
halfway up, but was so weak; she
fell over, right on top of me. Fortunately, I had a springy
fence to my back otherwise I could have been crushed. I don't know how
pulled the horse off of me, but all of a sudden she was pulled to her
Thank you all for your quick moves. Aside from a nasty gash on
forehead, and a scratch on one eye, the horse was wobbly but ok, and I
to lead her up out of the gulch, up the hill to the corral. The
had the foresight to call an emergency vet who looked her over, treated
scratches, and gave her a clean bill of health. Wow!
I was so focused on the horse, and it was pitch dark, I didn't catch
the names of our neighbors
who came to help. On behalf of Legs the Horse, thank you all for an
effort. Without your help, I doubt that our beloved horse would
Friends, I hope you never have to call for help, but if you do, you can
assured that there's a cool, calm and very smart crew of real pros
ready to come to your aid. The Kings Mountain Volunteer Fire Brigade
deserves all our
support. Many thanks again,
/ Mike and Bonnie Liebhold
live on Starhill, or maybe Sierra Morena, or Bald Knob, then you
probably already enjoy listening to KPIG
radio from Freedom California, (Arguably, the best radio station in
the world.) KPIG comes in clear as a bell on
my truck radio on Starhill Road between the gnarly oaks below Jim
Warren's and the Native Son's corner, all the way down to my driveway
Durham Ridge, but not inside the house, even on a 100watt
receiver. I guess I just live at the ragged edge of the'PIG's coverage
area. So I listen to it on the net.
Larry Baptist wrote from the east bay, unhappy that he isn't able to
listen to KPIG anymore since they switched to pay for play on the
Real Audio website.
Here's some good news: Update
05/04. A very high quality 128kbit/sec KPIG stream is available free on shoutcast.
Point Reyes Light reports
more bear sightings on the Marin coast this week.
, Tom Stienstra wrote in In the June 5, SF Chronic:
" The Marin bear: How'd it get there? Could it be a
certain erratic field scout made good on his crazy scheme to drive to a
Northern California landfill, bait a bear into the framed bed of his
pick-up truck, cover the frame with a tarp, and then drive it to Mt.
Tamalpais and let the bear go? Or did the bear migrate all the way down
from Mendocino County?"
bear story and return of our own mountain lions has me wondering when
we'll see a bear or two, too. Like our local mountains West Marin and
Mt. Tamalpais are completly surrounded by either freeways, suburbs or
dairy farms.It is remotely possible that these bears
migrated down a very narrow coridor through Dillon to Occidental and
Cazadero. More likely, I agree, that these are rogue park bears
bundled upcountry in the Sierra and shipped down and released in the
Marin wilderness by a (mis?)guided naturalist(s).
happened before. During the debate over great puma hunting referendum
a few years ago, Fish and Game and Wildlife biologists admitted
they are runing of of habitat for misbehaving mammals. Trinity county
Used to be a favorite drop off , but there not many big wild watersheds
guess is we could be next, since we live right next door to a Wildlife
Refuge, described here on a Crystal Springs
hawks and numerous small birds can be seen overhead or in
the surrounding oaks and madrones. Over 180 different species
of birds have been identified there. Deer, squirrels, bobcats,
coyotes and rattlesnakes are often spotted. Recent sightings of
mountain lions have also occurred. This pristine Watershed area
surrounding the trail is recognized by the California Department of
Game as a Fish Wildlife Refuge and is considered a Biosphere
very local question about
our equally surrounded wildlife refuge. How did our lions get here?
crossed Highway 17? Could be, but more likely, they were
by equally kindly naturalists who want to restore the local
as ideal new habitats for misbehaving large predators from our uphill
Sierra neighbors, / Mike Liebhold