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2:51 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Farm to School Survey

Students at Frank Paul Elementary School in Salinas learn about farming at Coke Farms in San Juan Bautista.
Credit Vinnee Tong

For the first time, the U.S. Department of Agriculture surveyed school districts around the country to find out how much of their food is purchased locally -- and how much they’re teaching students about nutrition and farming. The results of the so-called farm-to-school census are out this week. 

And here in the salad bowl of the world, schools benefit from their proximity to farms big and small.

  

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1:00 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Veterans Meet Deadline

Site of Proposed Veteran's Cemetery

Efforts to build a Veteran’s Cemetery on the former Fort Ord passed a crucial deadline this week. Supporters of the project raised the 2 point 6 million dollars necessary to secure a Federal grant to build the first phase of the project.

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6:00 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Researchers Explore Unknown Life of Otters in the Slough

Dr. Mike Murray of the Monterey Bay Aquarium preps a sea otter for surgery.
Credit Krista Almanzan

If you’ve ever filled out that line on your tax form to donate to the California Sea Otter Fund, your dollars are at work right now in Elkhorn Slough.   The fund is paying for the first year of a three year study on otters at the Moss Landing estuary. 

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5:22 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Toxic Algae Plagues Watsonville's Pinto Lake

Blue green algae near the shore of Pinto Lake in Watsonville
Credit Krista Almanzan

Watsonville needs to clean up Pinto Lake.   The popular recreation spot is plagued with toxic algae that not only smells bad, but can also make people sick.  To make matters worse,  the solutions are more expensive than this cash strapped city can afford.

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11:56 am
Thu September 12, 2013

Salinas Playground Designed to Bring Kids of All Abilities Together

Salinas Mayor Joe Gunter, Amanda Bakker, Tatum Bakker and Shawn Bakker at the ground breaking ceremony for Tatum's Garden fully inclusive playground.
Credit Tatum's Garden

 

  

A playground under construction in Salinas is a first for the Monterey Bay Area.  It’s a place where all children, even those with special needs, can play side by side. 

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