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11:22 am
Thu August 22, 2013

New Degree Program Helps Salinas Valley Students Set Sights on Silicon Valley

Students in the CSIT-in-3 program attend their first Computer Science class at Hartnell College.
Credit Krista Almanzan

Although the Salinas Valley is only about a hour south of Silicon Valley, many high school students there don’t imagine a future in tech. But a new program is trying to change that by taking a different approach to earning a computer science degree. 

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10:01 am
Thu August 15, 2013

A Community Approach to Wildfires

The view from Chews Ridge.
Credit Doug McKnight

Another dry winter has left the state of California under a heightened fire danger.  It’s a reality that hit close to home last month when a wildfire blackened more than 200 acres of land near the Tassajara Mountain Zen Center.  There’s a local organization that’s trying to take some of the uncertainty out of wildfires by bringing together firefighters, property owners and environmentalists to work out concerns before fire strikes. 

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10:32 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Drones Show Potential Use in Disaster Response

PSI's Instant Eye UAV hovers over the ground at Camp Roberts.
Credit Krista Almanzan

The FAA recently approved permits for the first commercial use of drones.  So later this summer, two drones will be used to survey ice floes and migrating whales in the Artic; as well as, support emergency response crews monitoring oil spills.  The potential use of drones beyond the battlefield was made clear this week at an event hosted by the Naval Post Graduate School

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6:00 am
Thu August 1, 2013

Is Skepticism in Condor Country Hindering Lead Ammunition Ban?

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.
Credit Leslie David

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.

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12:22 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Labor Shortage Hastens Push for Immigration Reform

Workers stack boxes of freshly picked Brussels sprouts at Ocean Mist Farms in Castroville.
Credit Krista Almanzan

 

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. 

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