Krista Almanzan en Out Of The Fields And Into Computer Science Classes To earn money for her family, Alicia Leon Rios worked in the fields in Salinas, Calif. Meanwhile, she sent her toddler, Leticia, to Mexico to be raised by her grandparents.<p>Even now, Alicia Leon Rios chokes up thinking about that difficult decision more than two decades ago. Sun, 01 Sep 2013 12:17:00 +0000 Krista Almanzan 43019 at California Missions Undergo Upgrades To Resist Quakes At California's nearly two dozen Spanish missions, conversion these days isn't just about religion; it's also about seismic retrofitting. That's because the missions — which date to the late 1700s, when Spain's king sent Franciscan missionaries to convert natives to Christianity — would not withstand a major earthquake.<p>At a mission in Carmel, a 220-year-old basilica is in the middle of an earthquake retrofit. Fri, 28 Dec 2012 21:18:00 +0000 Krista Almanzan 25925 at The Practical Side Of The Great American Jam Band <a href="" target="_blank">The Grateful Dead</a>'s eponymous live album started it all for Nicholas Meriwether.<p>It was 1985. He was studying history at Princeton and got hooked by psychedelic jams like "Wharf Rat." After his first concert, he knew: "I will spend the rest of my life thinking and studying this."<p>Meriwether now heads the Grateful Dead Archive at the University of California, Santa Cruz, which recently opened to the public. Wed, 25 Jul 2012 20:58:00 +0000 Krista Almanzan 16523 at Fencing's Father-Son Duo Hones An Olympic Dream <p></p> Wed, 13 Jun 2012 09:21:00 +0000 Krista Almanzan 13560 at Santa Cruz Surfers Make Coastline A Reserve You may think of surfers as slackers. But in Santa Cruz, Calif., they're city council members and business owners. And they're also conservationists — who just got their piece of the central California coast <a href="">named a World Surfing Reserve</a>.<p>Long before surf music topped the charts and long before surfers had crazy nicknames, surfers have been riding the waves in Santa Cruz.<p>On a recent day, the crowd included "Wingnut" — also known as Robert Weaver — and other surfers. Mon, 14 May 2012 07:17:00 +0000 Krista Almanzan 10976 at A Real Estate Deal That Spans The Earth For sale: 160 acres of rolling hills in California perfect for a vineyard, cattle ranch or communication with outer space.<p>To understand how Silicon Valley businessman Jeffrey Bullis ended up owning the Jamesburg Earth Station — a former telecommunications center with a 10-story satellite dish — you have to think back to 2004.<p>The real estate market was booming. Bullis was visiting a friend in Carmel Valley on California's Central Coast, where homes can still sell for millions.<p>"I was like, I'd like to retire out here. What's available? What's a nice piece of property?" Bullis says. Sat, 11 Feb 2012 11:12:00 +0000 Krista Almanzan 5222 at