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NPR Music will soon announce the winner of the 2016 NPR Tiny Desk Concert Contest.  More than 6000 musicians from across the country, including the Monterey Bay Area have entered.  Check out the local entries below.

Wes Sims

Santa Cruz is boxed in by a greenbelt and the Pacific Ocean.  To make room for future growth, the city plans to increase the density of housing and businesses along four major corridors.  That’s causing some to worry about increased traffic, but city planners envision a future with fewer cars on the road.  

    

Monterey County Deputy District Attorney Jimmy Panetta is one of  three candidates, so far, running to replace retiring Representative Sam Farr in the 20th Congressional District, which includes Monterey and San Benito Counties as well as parts of Santa Cruz and Santa Clara Counties.

Santa Cruz Mushroom Hunters Help Fungi Database Grow

Feb 11, 2016
James Tensuan

After four years of drought in California, mushroom hunting has all but dried up in Santa Cruz, where the hobby boasts a strong tradition. But now that El Nino-driven storms have arrived, fungi fans are heading back to the forest because when it rains, it spores.

Abalone: Best Choice or Avoid? It Depends.

Feb 4, 2016
Krista Almanzan

Abalone is classic California seafood, but the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch lists it as a “best choice” and a shellfish to avoid. Why the split?

Turns out, the way abalone is raised makes a big difference. Growing techniques vary between aquatic farms; some are environmentally friendly while others are destructive.  

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