Reading On The Río Beni

READING ON THE RÍO BENI: For the ninth year in a row, a crew of Santa Barbara Middle School kids and their supporters ventured into the Bolivian Amazon to raise money and do some hands-on work in support of the Fundación Salud Río Beni, the health organization founded more than a decade ago by the late Dr. Lou Netzer.

Led by brothers Jim and Christopher Brady, the 14 members of this year’s El Puente (or “The Bridge”) group traveled 90 miles by boat down the Beni and Tuichi rivers, then walked for 20 miles before working on several dozen BioSand water filters in the community of Torewa. Here, they are reading The Indy on the shores of Lake Chalalan in the Madidi National Park. See and for more info.

To submit a comment on this article, email or visit our Facebook page. To submit information to a reporter, email

Be succinct, constructive, and relevant to the story. Leaving a comment means you agree to our Discussion Guidelines. We like civilized discourse. We don't like spam, lying, profanity, harassment or personal attacks.

comments powered by Disqus
event calendar sponsored by:

Alvarado and Ford File for School Board

Mark M. Alvarado and Kate Ford registered to run for the Santa Barbara Unified school board.

Thousands Received DACA Relief After Lawsuits Filed

Renewal applications have totaled 117,446 since program suspension was overturned.

Bank Robbery Suspect Kills Self in Bathroom

[Update] The suspect in the Goleta Rabobank robbery has been identified as Keith David Goodwin, believed to ...

News-Press’ Found to Owe Union and Employees $2.2 Million

National Labor Relations Board puts money amount on employee losses since 2006.

Fire Starts Just West of Buellton

[Update] Vegetation fire starts on the 1000 block of Highway 246; Bobcat Springs on evacuation warning.