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Enterovirus now confirmed in California

Enterovirus now confirmed in California

SACRAMENTO, Calif. 4 confirmed cases of the Enterovirus D68 have been reported to the California Department of Public Health. 3 cases in San Diego County and 1 in Ventura County are the first confirmed cases in California in 2014.

While other specimens are still being tested in the state, Dr. Ron Chapman with the CDPH says. ““We are not surprised to find EV-D68 causing some illnesses in California given the apparent widespread nature of this virus in other parts of the country.”

More cases are anticipated in the coming weeks. CDPH has asked local health departments to submit samples from all rhinovirus/enterovirus positive specimens from hospitalized children less than 18 years of age for further typing. Several specimens have been received by CDPH for testing, and testing is underway.

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Volunteers sought for 30th annual Coastal Cleanup Day on Saturday

Save Our Shores is seeking volunteers to participate in this year's Coastal Cleanup Day on Saturday. The event, now in its 30th year, is the largest community cleanup of the year.

Save Our Shores will lead cleanups at 70 spots in Monterey and Santa Cruz counties from 9 a.m. to noon.

The event spans the globe, with volunteers in more than 100 countries, and about 3,000 community volunteers are expected to participate locally.

"Due to drought conditions, we have the unique opportunity to clean exposed shoreline at the Loch Lomond Reservoir,” said Rachel Kippen, Save Our Shores program manager. “I am hopeful for volunteers' assistance, as it is a priority for healthy water quality.”

Cleanup sites will include Davenport Main Beach, Panther Beach, Cowell/Main Beach, San Lorenzo River, Sunny Cove, Aptos Creek, Soquel Creek, Watsonville Slough, Elkhorn Slough and Sand City Beach.

Low-income families to get help paying water bill

Central Coast Energy Services, Inc. (CCES), in partnership with the Community Action Partnership of Monterey County, will provide drought-affected, low-income households in Monterey County with a one-time payment assistance benefit on residential water bills.

The Drought Water Assistance Program, a $600,000 Community Services Block Grant, was distributed to 10 California counties where the unemployment rate is higher than the 2013 statewide average, the share of agricultural workers is higher than the state as a whole, and which are experiencing "exceptional" drought conditions according to the U.S. Drought Monitor Classification System. The 10 counties include Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz.

$8.7 million in grants awarded by TAMC; infrastructure improvements planned

$8.7 million in grants awarded by TAMC; infrastructure improvements planned

SALINAS, Calif. Several infrastructure projects in Monterey County will move forward with the awarding of $8.7 million. Included in this funding are downtown Salinas’ street improvements and the new roundabout on the Holman Highway at Highway 1.

The Transportation Agency for Monterey County Board of Directors recently approved the competitive grant funding to transportation improvement projects throughout Monterey County.

Each project submitted by local cities and the County of Monterey is designed to improve safety, reduce congestion & provide access and direct links to communities & business; and in some cases, enhance alternative modes of transportation or stimulate redevelopment.

Some the projects included in this grant funding include the Seaside West Broadway urban village infrastructure improvements project and the King City First Street bicycle and pedestrian improvements south of First Street bridge.

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Monterey County Sheriff's deputies apprehend fugitive sex offender

Monterey County Sheriff's deputies apprehend fugitive sex offender

SOLEDAD, Calif. -A convicted sex offender wanted by Torrance police who led officers on a chase through southern Monterey County Friday morning has been apprehended.

Guy Dietz, 43, was tracked down around 4:30 p.m. using GPS and his cellphone, Sheriff's Commander John Thornburg said. Dietz was located in the area of Highway 101 and Front Street, not far from where he'd ditched his car following a pursuit.

Thornburg said deputies were contacted by the California Highway Patrol a little before 5 a.m. to help with a pursuit of two cars associated with Dietz.

Dietz is wanted in Torrance on suspicion of impersonating an officer to rape a woman.

Country music show coming to Monterey County

The first of its kind country music show will be coming to Greenfield on September 27, 2014. 

Performers include:  Chris Cagle, Bucky Covington, Maggie Rose, and Chris Janson. 

Promoters say they are focused on the music and the  fans.  Ranch 1917 is billed as a fun, family friendly, and safe event. 

To buy tickets and for more information go to:  http://www.ranch1917.com

People behind the concert said "We have a beautiful location in the hills and the inspiration was about music, nature, and fans.  We started the actual work on this about a year ago and the goal was to share our passion of music with the community.  All involved, have full time careers outside of this."
 

Be Ready for a Natural Disaster

Be ready for the next earthquake, fire, flood, or other emergency

Free fair on September 20 will help you prepare

 

MONTEREY, Calif. — After events like the weekend earthquake in Napa, many of us think about whether we would be prepared if disaster strikes. Unfortunately, many of us don’t get past the thinking stage.      

 

What’s the best place to keep an emergency kit? How much water should you have on hand? If you have to go to a shelter, what will you do with your pets? Get guidance and tools to help you answer those questions and others at the Emergency Preparedness Fair, Saturday, September 20, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Del Monte Center in Monterey.