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6:45 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Monterey Bay a bright spot in the snowy plover recovery

an adult snowy plover
Jenny Erbes Point Blue

Carleton Eyster walks up a sand dune toward the water at Moss Landing State Beach.  He has binoculars around his neck and a scope mounted on a tripod in his hand.

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6:45 am
Thu April 16, 2015

Santa Cruz's new tech frontier: drones

A drone hovers near the beach in Aptos.
Credit Krista Almanzan

Some of the biggest players in the world of drones will be meeting two weeks from now in Santa Cruz.  They’re coming for the Drones Data X Conference.

I met the event’s founders, Philip McNamara and Doug Erickson, outside a coffee shop in downtown Santa Cruz.   McNamara is a serial entrepreneur who has co-founded four companies.  He recently moved here from Ireland by way of Berkeley.

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6:45 am
Fri April 3, 2015

A year after police arrests, King City still in turmoil

Veronica Villa owns El Sinaloense Restaurant in King City.
Credit Julie Reynolds

In King City, El Sinaloense is more than just another restaurant at the end of Broadway Street.   It’s a kind of civic center for the town’s residents, a place to exchange news and opinions.

Ranchera music blares on the jukebox at lunch time, when customers ranging from field workers to high school kids to city officials stop in for shrimp tacos or a chicken tostada.

Conversations here invariably get around to city politics, and the opinions always flow.

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6:45 am
Thu March 26, 2015

Monterey one of the first counties to get new tsunami playbook

A sign in Sand City notes you are entering a Tsunami Hazard Zone.
Credit Krista Almanzan

   

Back in March of 2011, a 9.0 magnitude earthquake in Japan triggered a tsunami, and then a  Tsunami Warning for much of the California coast. 

At the time the basic tsunami evacuation plan said a Warning should trigger the worst case scenario evacuation.  This left county emergency managers with two options: order an evacuation of everyone in the tsunami flood zone or do nothing.

Why even consider doing nothing?  Because the 2011 warning came at a time of low tide. 

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4:04 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

State honors local tech and math programs with cash awards

CSIT-in-3 student Mariela Ceja goes over her resume with adviser Katie Cunningham. The state just awarded the CSIT-in-3 program $5-million from its fund for Innovation in Higher Education.
Credit Krista Almanzan

A fledgling computer science program that’s putting students from the Salinas Valley on a path to Silicon Valley careers has been honored by the state for its innovation.

Today California’s Committee on Awards for Innovation in Higher Education awarded Hartnell College and Cal State Monterey Bay $5-million for its CSIT-in-3 Program (computer science and information technology). CSUMB is KAZU’s parent institution.

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