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Marc Silber

Smartphones have turned all of us into photographers, and we are taking more pictures than ever.  Whether or not they’re any good… well Carmel photographer Marc Silber at least wants to make them better. 

I recently spoke with Silber about his new book Advancing your Photography: A Handbook for Taking Photos You’ll Love.

Krista Almanzan

At the Big Sur River Inn, outdoor umbrellas and dining tables sit on the decks waiting for visitors.  It’s spring break, a time of year when the restaurant would normally be busy and the rooms here booked.  But both are virtually empty.

Erika Mahoney

The fear of deportation is looming large over the region’s undocumented community. And for US-born children with undocumented parents, the reality of possible separation is setting in. 

Last March the California Coastal Commission told CEMEX that its sand mine in Marina violates the Coastal Act.  A year later, the plant is still up and running while drawn out talks between the two continue. 

Krista Almanzan

Update: On Tuesday, March 28th State Parks opened the bypass trail to local residents, school children and people who work south of the downed bridge.  Trail users must get a pass from State Parks and sign a waiver.  The trail opens a half hour before sunrise and closes a half hour after sunset.

Erika Mahoney

For more than a century a cement plant defined the small, coastal community of Davenport. In fact, the town just north of Santa Cruz was built to house its workers. Now seven years after the plant shutdown, residents are again looking to the plant to define their town.  

CalTrans

The Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge in Big Sur is still standing after efforts to tear it down Monday didn’t work.  A crane wielded a 6000 pound wrecking ball onto the bridge, but it didn’t hit with the desired strength says CalTrans Spokesman Jim Shivers.

Samantha Clark

Under legislation recently introduced in Sacramento, driver’s licenses and other state identifications could soon have a third gender option. In addition to using the letter M for male or F for female, the letters NB may be added to stand for people who are non-binary.  Someone who doesn’t identify exclusively with either gender.

Costly Rebuild Ahead After Storms Crumble Roads

Feb 23, 2017
Brandt Bates

The recent storms have not only brought much-needed water to drought-stricken California, they have also brought massive damage to highways and roads. The California Department of Transportation estimates there has been nearly $500 million in storm damage to the state’s highway system. In unincorporated Santa Cruz County alone, the bill for damaged roads has reached over $30 million. As Santa Cruz County officials figure out how to pay for the damage, some residents are not waiting for help.

President's Day Storm Causes Flooding, Power Outages

Feb 21, 2017
Brandt Bates

Widespread rain across the Monterey Bay Area Monday downed more trees and caused more flooding and power outages. 

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