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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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6:44 am
Thu March 19, 2015

Central Coast Veterans Cemetery needs long term community support

The ceremonial groundbreaking for the Central Coast Veterans Cemetery at Parker Flats Road on the former Fort Ord.
Credit Krista Almanzan

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. 

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6:45 am
Fri February 27, 2015

A big break for ag tech starts ups is also Salinas' big break

California Safe Soil takes food waste and turns it into fertilizer.
Credit California Safe Soil

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.

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6:44 am
Thu February 19, 2015

End of an era: famed Aptos mountain biking dirt jumps close

Riders line up on top of a tall hill that sends them shooting through the Post Office Jumps park.
James Tensuan

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.

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6:44 am
Mon February 9, 2015

Technology Expands Gray Whale Count

NOAA's Dave Weller and Lisa Ballance count whales south of Carmel at Granite Canyon.
Credit Krista Almanzan

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.

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