Krista Almanzan

Congressman Sam Farr will retire when his current term ends in January 2017.  He made the announcement Thursday at the National Steinbeck Center in Salinas to a room filled with family, friends and supporters.

“I don’t have any doubts that I could’ve gotten elected again and because you in this room have elected, almost counting primaries, 40 times,” said Farr.

But he said looking ahead to his next birthday on the Fourth of July helped motivate his decision.  He’s turning 75 and wants to spend more time with family.

Doug McKnight

Fourteen year old Luke Herzog rummages through a night stand in the bedroom of his Pacific Grove home.  He holds up three notebooks filled in long hand. They are the first draft of a book he began at age nine and published when he was eleven.

And that book wasn’t his first attempt at writing.

“I wrote a 30 page book, I’m doing air quotes with my fingers, back when I was in the third grade. It was called ‘The Triangle of Illusions’. I don’t remember what it was about but it had a cool name,” says Herzog

Photo Courtesy of Ed Kilgore

Pacific Grove resident and political commentator Ed Kilgore has a new book that examines the 2014 mid-term election. It was an election in which the Republicans achieved a majority in the Senate and now control Congress.

The first thing you notice about Ed Kilgore is his infectious laugh. His round gentle face, smooth southern drawl and easy manner stands in stark contrast to his frantic life.  Every day he grinds out 12 essays for an online blog at the left of center Washington Monthly.  It’s incredibly demanding.

Krista Almanzan

Once a week, Karen Nalley Artalejo and Spanish language interpreter Olga Rice make the 40 minute drive from their office in Salinas to an apartment in Greenfield to work with Samuel Lopez.  He’s a toddler just a couple months shy of his third birthday.

Doug McKnight

Journalist Claudia Melendez Salinas decided to write her first novel while covering a story for the Monterey Herald nine years ago. It was a period when the city of Salinas was having a difficult time financially and had to make some hard choices about what services to cut.

“The libraries had just been closed. But they were also having issues with the community centers,” says Melendez Salinas.