The military is in Wilma Hall-McKenzie’s blood. “I’ve been an Army brat all my life. My dad was in the Army for 30 years, and my husbands were both in the Army,” says Hall-McKenzie.
She first moved to the Central Coast in 1953 when her father was stationed at Fort Ord. Life as a military daughter, and later a military wife has taken her all over the world, but always brought her back here.
So when her mom died in 2000, then her dad in 2009 and her second husband in 2012, there was really no question as to what to do with their ashes.
Dan Morash’s big idea touches on a big problem. Food waste. “Unfortunately there’s an awful lot of it. A typical supermarket throws away about 500 pounds of food a day. So it’s a big problem and the scale is big, and this is a great solution,” says Morash, founder of California Safe Soil.
Riding a cobalt blue bike, 15-year-old Connor Gallart races through a complex of steep 6- and 7-foot tall dirt mounds. He’s always at the Post Office Jumps, a one-acre bicycle park across the street from a post office in Aptos.
Each jump sends Connor soaring two stories high into the air where he spins his handle bars, kicks out his legs and does a backflip. This is freeriding, a creative style of mountain biking that emphasizes tricks and technique. Connor discovered the sport while riding the school bus when he was 9.
About ten miles south of Carmel, Dave Weller and Lisa Ballance sit looking intently out at the ocean. There’s not a cloud in sight.
They’re in a small trailer parked on the edge of a cliff at a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) lab. Both hold binoculars up to their eyes amd call out the coordinates of where they spot a gray whale.
Since 1967, this count has happened every other year. While the eastern pacific gray whale is no longer an endangered species, keeping track of its population level is required under the Marine Mammal Protection Act.