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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.  

Krista Almanzan

The Beach Flats Community Garden in Santa Cruz has been at the center of a dispute that lasted several months now.  The publicly run garden is located on private property, and the owners want some of the land back, but the gardeners don’t want to leave.

Krista Almanzan

Jerry Lytle’s story is a familiar one among veterans behind bars.  He never collected the benefits he earned from service in the Army, and once in prison, he didn’t realize he still could.

Jackie Mow

California is home to more than two-million undocumented immigrants, some of them children. The life of one of those kids is featured in a new  documentary called East of Salinas, airing locally Monday on PBS.  Salinas teacher Oscar Ramos also plays a key role in the documentary. 

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