Employees Call For Sale of Herald

Sep 18, 2014
Doug McKnight

Newspaper employees across, the country from the San Jose Mercury News to the St. Paul Pioneer Press and the Monterey County Herald, have reached a breaking point.  Last week, they took out ads in print and online in search of new community minded owners to take over their newspapers.  And now it appears the company that owns all these papers is willing to sell. 

Krista Almanzan

As CO2 emissions increase, so will ocean acidification.  The problem happens when the ocean absorbs carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, and the seawater’s pH level drops.  It’s already harming oyster hatcheries and coral reefs. 

A solution could begin with the Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPrize, an international competition for the development of accurate and affordable pH sensors.   Lab trials for the prize are underway in Moss Landing at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI).

Krista Almanzan

An 18th birthday can be a tricky time for kids in foster care.  As adults, they can leave the system, but being out their own isn’t easy.  Statistics from the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption show 1 in 5 foster kids will be homeless after 18 and only half will have a job at 24.  

But a growing number of California communities are finding a solution in a community center model where foster kids help other foster kids transition out of the system into adulthood.  One such center opens today in Salinas.  It’s called the Epicenter.

Salinas has an estimated 3000 gang members.  Yet most the people who live there, work there or visit can carry on with their day unaffected by all that’s going on in the gang underworld.

But a new book titled Blood in the Fields: Ten Years Inside California’s Nuestra Familia Gang pulls back the curtain on one of the most violent gangs in America. 

It’s written by award winning journalist and Harvard Nieman Fellow Julia Reynolds (JR). She’s a reporter with the Monterey County Herald.

Krista Almanzan

Salinas has had no shortage of violence lately with two deadly shootings just last week.  But this week the city is being looked at as a model for its efforts in reducing youth violence.   

A delegation visiting from Washington D.C. spent Tuesday and Wednesday going to meetings, presentations and tours like one in the refurbished National Guard armory across the street from the Salina’s Police Department.