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Image caption: The Baldwin Hills area in South Los Angeles is one region where a state conservancy would keep open land accessible to the public.
California’s 10 State Conservancies: How They Protect Parks and Open Land

How California’s 10 state conservancies buy up open land and shield it from developers to preserve the natural environment for public use.

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A nonprofit was set to take over management of Laguna Seca Jan. 1, but the contract remains in limbo.

Last summer, the Monterey County Board of Supervisors was eager to usher in a new era of management of the county-owned Laguna Seca Recreation Area. They voted 5-0 on July 18 to approve a concession agreement with nonprofit Friends of…

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Tipsy Putt targets a February opening for Cannery Row location after signage-related delays.

Over the past few months, Jennifer Robinson has fielded many questions regarding the anticipated opening date of the Tipsy Putt location on Cannery Row in Monterey. Some even wondered if the unique miniature golf pub would open at all.

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What is Audubon's Christmas Bird Count and How Do I Participate?

Find out what the National Audubon Society's Christmas Bird Count is all about and learn how to participate in Santa Cruz, Monterey, and Silicon Valley.

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TAMC will open a traffic garden at San Antonio Park in King City.

Play can be a way for kids to learn new concepts, including math, vocabulary words and, according to transportation officials, the rules of the road.

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Pacific Grove City Council approves exploring a temporary solution to a skatepark.

A majority of the Pacific Grove City Council in April all but killed the idea of a permanent skatepark in the town with a 5-2 vote, bowing to pressure by residents who feared such a facility would bring noise and…

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Big Sur Land Trust acquires the 5,105-acre Basin Ranch.

Now that a landmark acquisition has been made official, the Big Sur Land Trust, in its 45 years of existence, has now put over 45,000 acres of land into conservation—an average of more than 1,000 acres per year.

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Sen. Caballero secures $1.4M in state funding for Greenfield, Soledad improvements

SALINAS VALLEY — Sen. Anna Caballero stopped by Greenfield and Soledad last Monday to present checks for $1 million and $400,000 in state funding, respectively, to the City of Greenfield for radio transmission and reception upgrades and to the Soledad-Mission …

Image caption: Conservation director Bryan Largay helps the Land Trust of Santa Cruz County choose its priorities.
A Conversation with California Conservationist Bryan Largay

The conservation director of Land Trust of Santa Cruz talks about the highlights of his work, and some of the issues he sees in maintaining California’s parks.

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After a pilot program, Salinas agrees to a one-year private security contract at Closter Park.

Going for a walk, spending a day in the grass and playing basketball are part of the routine for people who live near Closter Park, the most-visited park in Salinas.

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King City launches weekly community walk on Wednesdays

KING CITY — In conjunction with Blue Zones Project Monterey County, the City of King is launching a new weekly walk/bike/run event, which kicks off Wednesday evening and continues through October. The Blue Zones Project is a community well-being initiative …

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160 acres protected in Ventana Wilderness west of Salinas Valley

CENTRAL COAST — Located in California’s Central Coast, the 160-acre Church Creek property overlooks the wild, sharp-crested ridges and steep valleys of the interior coastal range. The private property is in the heart of the Ventana Wilderness, west of the …

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New Soledad park welcomes all to enjoy

SOLEDAD — A beautiful warm morning welcomed the South Monterey County community to the grand opening of Soledad’s Orchard Lane Park on Saturday. The 3.5-acre park was filled with excited children, happy parents and of course the Soledad City Council …

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Big Sur Land Trust seeks state funds for a 5,105-acre acquisition near Arroyo Seco.

It’s a scenic area in the rolling foothills of the Santa Lucia Mountains, one mile north of Carmel Valley Road near where it hits Arroyo Seco Road. There are grasslands, oak woodlands with at least six species of oak trees,…

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Soledad is getting ready to open the first inclusive park in South County.

After a year of construction, a new park with a goal of serving children of all abilities is getting ready to open in Soledad. That year followed four years of members of the community actively participating in meetings, surveys and…

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Agencies managing Laguna Grande Park finally approve a plan aiming to resolve challenges.

Laguna Grande Regional Park is jointly managed and owned by the cities of Monterey and Seaside, and the Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District. For the past decade, managing the park has been a subject of controversy.

Image caption: The California Constitution was written, in English and Spanish, at Colton Hall, at the time the largest municipal building west of the Rockies.
Hidden History in the Birthplace of California

Pam Marino of Monterey County Weekly reports that the city government there is grappling with a unique problem: How to provide access to the places that make Monterey “the most historic city in California.”

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Gonzales City Council awards contract for community center

GONZALES — Gonzales City Council awarded the design-build contract for the Dennis and Janice Caprara Community Center to the Otto Construction/WRNS Studio team on June 6. The community center will be constructed on a city-owned parcel at Gabilan Court and …

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Monterey rolls out the first phase of an accessible walkway on Del Monte Beach.

On June 16, 2022, representatives of the Monterey Neighborhood and Community Improvement Program convened to vote on ranking 154 possible projects that had been proposed by their members. (The NCIP program, created in 1985, uses revenue from transient occupancy taxes…

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