Mike Shields stands on his front porch and points to the steep slopes that condors often use to get aloft. The birds with a wingspan of as much as 9 feet and can fly from these peaks straight to Pinnacles National Park.
Over the past 25 years, the California Condor population has gone from a low of nine to just over 400 today. Part of the broad-based effort to save the endangered bird has been a ban on lead ammunition in the Condor reintroduction areas. Now state legislators are considering extending that ban statewide, but some argue the existing ban just needs more time.
Nearly a month after the U.S. Senate passed a comprehensive immigration bill, the debate in the House drags on. Meanwhile, local farmers are eager for a solution. They’re facing an ongoing labor shortage that many feel could be solved by immigration reform.
This November, Monterey County voters will face dueling initiatives with different visions for a piece of land on Fort Ord. One measure seeks to maintain the original plan to develop some 500 acres on the former Army base, the other to prohibit development of the land.
Many don’t have vivid memories of when they were just seven-years-old, but Jason Chelius does. That’s how old he was when his father was murdered back in 1979. “I remember sitting in the bathtub, and I mean still to this day, I can hear the rap on the door. So I hear the knock on the door, and the blood curdling screams of my mother, just echo through your body,” said Chelius.