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6:00 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Congressman Farr on U.S. Military Action in Syria

Democratic Congressman Sam Farr at his office in Salinas.
Credit Krista Almanzan

President Barrack Obama is gaining support for taking military action against Syria for its use of chemical weapons on its own people.  Next week, the vote is set to go before Congress where Central Coast Congressman Sam Farr will weigh in. 

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6:00 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Search For Source of Santa Cruz Beach Contamination Continues

Save Our Shores' Rachel Kippen and Bronti Patterson clean up Cowell Beach.

Labor Day weekend often marks the final days of summer. And it’s been another busy summer at Santa Cruz’s Cowell Beach, despite the fact that it’s been named one of the state’s most contaminated beaches several years in a row. Finding the source of that contamination has been a challenge.

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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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