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Election 2014
6:04 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Salinas Voters To Weigh in On a One Cent Tax, Twice

The front door at Salinas City Hall shows the City's reduced hours of operations.
Credit Krista Almanzan

Walking into Salinas City Hall, the first thing you might notice are the business hours posted on the front door: “Closed Friday, Saturday and Sunday”.  But this perpetual three day weekend is nothing to celebrate. 

Salinas City Manager Ray Corpuz says, it’s a reflection of how the recession has hurt the city’s budget.  “Trying to serve the public with just four days has been a very difficult challenge,” says Corpuz.

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Election 2014
8:31 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Monterey County Sheriff Race About Competence and Qualifications

Sheriff Scott Miller with supporters at a news conference announcing his endorsements
Credit Doug McKnight

  In the upcoming election, no race has been more contentious in Monterey County than the one for Sheriff.  Deputy Steve Bernal is running to replace his boss Sheriff Scott Miller.  The race between these two men highlights the discord within the Sheriff’s Department.  During the course of the campaign -- Miller has been dealt a no confidence vote from the union representing his deputies – and settled a federal lawsuit brought on by the union over allegedly campaigning in uniform.  Miller’s campaign calls these the acts of disgruntled employees, including his opponent.

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Local
12:05 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Fort Ord 20 Years Later

A tank that was to be used for target practice in the impact area of Fort Ord will now be part of a future display at the Fort Ord National Monument.
Credit Krista Almanzan

Fort Ord closed on September 30, 1994.  It was one of the largest U.S. military bases ever shutdown.  The closure left behind an area of land the size of San Francisco.  

Today the base is home to a university, National Monument and construction is underway on a new joint Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense heath care center.   But after 20 years, a lot of work still remains. 

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Local
10:03 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Employees Call For Sale of Herald

Newspaper box outside the Monterey County Herald’s new location
Credit 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. 

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Local
9:57 am
Fri September 12, 2014

From Surfers to Scientists: Ocean Health XPrize Competitors Begin Lab Trials

Benjamin Thompson founder of Boardformula shows his smart fin.
Credit 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).

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