Doug McKnight

Fourteen year old Luke Herzog rummages through a night stand in the bedroom of his Pacific Grove home.  He holds up three notebooks filled in long hand. They are the first draft of a book he began at age nine and published when he was eleven.

And that book wasn’t his first attempt at writing.

“I wrote a 30 page book, I’m doing air quotes with my fingers, back when I was in the third grade. It was called ‘The Triangle of Illusions’. I don’t remember what it was about but it had a cool name,” says Herzog

Photo Courtesy of Ed Kilgore

Pacific Grove resident and political commentator Ed Kilgore has a new book that examines the 2014 mid-term election. It was an election in which the Republicans achieved a majority in the Senate and now control Congress.

The first thing you notice about Ed Kilgore is his infectious laugh. His round gentle face, smooth southern drawl and easy manner stands in stark contrast to his frantic life.  Every day he grinds out 12 essays for an online blog at the left of center Washington Monthly.  It’s incredibly demanding.

Krista Almanzan

Once a week, Karen Nalley Artalejo and Spanish language interpreter Olga Rice make the 40 minute drive from their office in Salinas to an apartment in Greenfield to work with Samuel Lopez.  He’s a toddler just a couple months shy of his third birthday.

Doug McKnight

Journalist Claudia Melendez Salinas decided to write her first novel while covering a story for the Monterey Herald nine years ago. It was a period when the city of Salinas was having a difficult time financially and had to make some hard choices about what services to cut.

“The libraries had just been closed. But they were also having issues with the community centers,” says Melendez Salinas.

Krista Almanzan

Any day now the Army hopes to resume prescribed burns on the former Fort Ord.  It’s part of the clean-up process, which began when the Army base closed more than 20 years ago.

To find out what happens after the smoke clears, I took a rare trip into the burn area with Lyle Shurtleff.  He’s Munitions Response Manager for the Fort Ord Environmental Cleanup.