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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.

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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.

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. 

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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.”

Traffic alert: Drivers warned to heed road work or else

Beginning today, Caltrans and the California Highway Patrol (CHP) are warning motorists statewide that the CHP is conducting maximum enforcement of traffic laws in active construction zones as part of a public safety campaign focused on work zone safety.

 

As part of this campaign, Caltrans will activate its electronic highway message signs in active construction and maintenance work zones around the state to display the following warning:

WORKERS AHEAD

CHP ON PATROL

MAX ENFORCEMENT

 

Dear Jon: Low risk from pesticides in Salinas Valley air says agency

Dear Jon: Low risk from pesticides in Salinas Valley air says agency

DEAR JON - There continues to be a question of the level of pesticides in air quality in the Salinas Valley and what if any health risk they pose. But you may be surprised what the latest study has to say about this. Tyrone from Salinas asked me, “Dear Jon, is it true that the air in Salinas is high in pesticides?”

I contacted the state Department of Pesticide Regulation that monitors air quality and their response to Tyrone’s question is that’s not true.

They base this on their most recent study that was done right here in the Salinas Valley during all of 2012. This question is not just a concern for the Salinas Valley but the Central Valley as well. Here on the Central Coast the testing station is set up at the Salinas airport. Two other state testing stations are in Ripon in San Joaquin County and Shafter in Kern County.