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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."
 

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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.

 

Miss Monterey County Fair crowned

Miss Monterey County Fair crowned

The Monterey County Fair crowned Karina Medrano of Salinas Valley as Miss Monterey County Fair Friday night during the fair's annual Kick-Off Barbeque.

Kelly Violini, Fair CEO, said in a news release this weekend, Karina's love of agriculture and strong FFA background made her the ideal candidate. Medrano will serve as the official hostess of the 2014 event and receive a $1,000 scholarship.

Organizers said, a lifetime resident of Monterey County, Karina, is 17 years old and a recent graduate of Salinas High School. Her passion for agriculture and leadership skills shined through with her participation within the Salinas FFA chapter. She enjoys raising market hogs for the Monterey County fair; which has lead her to be a passionate advocate in the agriculture industry.

Avoid the 20 DUI Task Force set

Avoid the 20 DUI Task Force set

SALINAS, Calif. - Those who take the risk to drink and drive stand a high probability of getting caught. Why? Because law enforcement is especially looking for the those driving under the influence between now and Labor Day. The 'Avoid the 20' task force is set to get starting Friday, August 15.

Expecting to arrest between 100 and 140 DUI suspects over 18 days, city and university police, sheriff’s deputies and California Highway Patrol officers in Monterey and San Benito Counties are beginning their summer mobilization.

The Avoid the 20 effort, named for the number of law enforcement agencies in the two counties, gets its funding from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, said Salinas police traffic Sgt. Gerard Ross.

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Dear Jon: There’s hope for pet owners who can’t afford care

 Dear Jon: There’s hope for pet owners who can’t afford care

You may have been in a situation where your pet had a life threatening condition, but you couldn't pay for care due to one reason or another. It's a really tough situation to be in, the thought of losing your pet to a lack of funds. Shelly wrote to me and asked, “Dear Jon, my pet has a serious medical condition, but I can't pay for care, is there any hope?”

Yes there is hope and one resource I’ve located here on the Central Coast is called the BirchBark Foundation.

School supplies on the way to thousands of students

School supplies on the way to thousands of students

United Way Monterey County volunteers in partnership with the Monterey County Office of Education delivered backpacks throughout Monterey County Monday. A bus departed from Salinas, loaded with donated backpacks and school supplies, to make its first stop at Sherwood Elementary School on Wood Street. This is a school where approximately 24 percent of K-6 students are considered homeless. The deliveries culminate a week of activity where volunteers collected and sorted supplies and stuffed backpacks.

There are more than 5,865 students in Monterey County who are homeless or in great need and cannot afford the supplies they need for school. Backpacks containing binders, paper, notebooks, pens, pencils, crayons and other necessities will be delivered to students in each school district. 

Organizers said providing children with the necessary supplies to participate in school promotes learning, encourages self-esteem and helps kids stay in school. 

Monterey County veterans “Stand Down” this weekend

Monterey County veterans “Stand Down” this weekend

FORT ORD, Calif.- Monterey County’s homeless veterans will have a community of their own for 3 days beginning at noon August 1. During the Stand Down homeless veterans, men, women and families will have access to free medical and dental care.

“Our Stand Down,” says Terry Bare, Executive Director of the Veterans Transition Center, “is fully encompassing. Our goal is to get our veterans back on their feet. If we can we can provide opportunity and hope, then we’ve done our job.”