Local http://kazu.org en Scholarship Program Finds Success With Unlikely Candidates http://kazu.org/post/scholarship-program-finds-success-unlikely-candidates <p>Edna Valdez looks every bit the part of a typical college student with her skinny leg jeans and smart phone in hand.&nbsp; But this 31-year-old is anything but typical.&nbsp; Her bright cheerful smile goes a long way at hiding all the obstacles she faced to get here.</p><p></p><p>“There’s been a lot of hardship in my life,” said Valdez.&nbsp; So much hardship that tears well up in her eyes when she thinks back over the past ten years.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Krista Almanzan 45263 at http://kazu.org Scholarship Program Finds Success With Unlikely Candidates Why California’s Coastal Trail Is Taking So Long http://kazu.org/post/why-california-s-coastal-trail-taking-so-long <div>California is famous for its beaches and outdoor living -- including breathtakingly beautiful hikes near the ocean. Yet, when it comes to hiking trails, more have likely heard of the Appalachian Trail than the California Coastal Trail. The proposed trail is decades in the making, but still unfinished. &nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><br /> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Vinnee Tong 44943 at http://kazu.org Why California’s Coastal Trail Is Taking So Long Ag Tech Accelerator Launches in Salinas http://kazu.org/post/ag-tech-accelerator-launches-salinas <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A new program aims to bring technical innovation to the agricultural fields of the Salinas Valley.&nbsp; It’s called </span><a href="http://www.thriveaccelerator.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Thrive Accelerator</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, and it’s looking for ten </span>ag<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> tech start-up companies that will receive mentorship, have the chance to test their technology in local fields and compete for venture capital funding.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 13:10:15 +0000 Krista Almanzan 44635 at http://kazu.org Ag Tech Accelerator Launches in Salinas National Park Status Boosts Tourism and Hopes http://kazu.org/post/national-park-status-boosts-tourism-and-hopes <p>About a year ago, Pinnacles National Monument became Pinnacles National Park. The new designation was expected to boost tourism at the park and economic development in nearby cities like Soledad.&nbsp; So has it?</p><p></p><p>“Pinnacles is full of possibilities for the visitor: hiking, bird-watching, getting close to the geology by climbing,” said Karen Beppler-Dorn, Superintendent at <a href="http://www.nps.gov/pinn/index.htm">Pinnacles National Park</a>.</p><p></p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 22:22:34 +0000 Madison Williams 44071 at http://kazu.org National Park Status Boosts Tourism and Hopes Hacking For Good at the Fishackathon http://kazu.org/post/hacking-good-fishackathon <div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Hacking has a bad reputation – think the recent breaches of credit card systems at Target and Neiman Marcus. But there is a movement underway where computer coders are hacking for the public good.&nbsp;&nbsp; And it happened this past weekend at the </span><a href="http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Monterey Bay Aquarium.</a></p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Doug McKnight 43668 at http://kazu.org Hacking For Good at the Fishackathon