Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks

Issues & Ideas: Sea otters, Sequoias, 'Armenia's Fingerprint' and the local economy movement.

Apr 19, 2021
KAZU

On this episode of Issues & Ideas, we learn about the threat to California’s underwater kelp forests, and the Central Coast kelp forest “guardian” — the sea otter. There’s a new guidebook “Sequoia and Kings Canyon: Hiking, Camping, Waterfalls and Big Trees”; and we’ll learn from the author where the best lesser known trails can be found. A local teacher and author launches an updated version of his novel, Armenia’s Fingerprint, coinciding with the 106th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, which occurred on April 24th, 1915. The SLO Chamber's Jim Dantona speaks with Joe Tarica and Ray Riordan of the San Luis Obispo Tribune. And finally, we’ll hear from international author and filmmaker Helena Norberg-Hodge. She's a pioneer of the local economy movement.

Issues & Ideas: Lorilee Silvaggio, Zapotec and spiny lobster

Jan 29, 2021

On this edition of "Issues and Ideas," Central Coast congressman Jimmy Panetta talks about action taken by the USDA under the Trump Administration and how it affects local farmworkers. A group of linguists at UC Santa Cruz are on a mission to save a rarely-studied, endangered language. We’ll hear how records from Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks were moved to the University of California Merced during last September's wildfires. We have a remembrance of San Luis Obispo’s Lorilee Silvaggio, founder of the SLO Civic Ballet. Central Coast poet Toni Stern talks about her new book of poetry. Finally, Father Ian Dellinger learns about the spiny lobster fishing industry in Santa Barbara.

Battle lines are drawn over oil drilling in California

Dec 6, 2019
Adria Watson/CalMatters

Two announcements with implications for California’s oil industry whizzed past each other in recent weeks, revealing starkly conflicting visions for energy development.

After a five-year hiatus on auctions for oil-drilling rights on federal land, Washington finalized a plan to allow them on more than 700,000 acres in 11 Central California counties. A more significant proposal to include parcels on more than 1 million acres in the Bakersfield area is due in the next few months.