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Impact Monterey County Hosts Community Conversations

Impact Monterey County is celebrating Make a Difference Day by holding a series of Community Conversations in Greenfield. The event is meant to give residents the chance to say what would make our county the best possible place to live and work.

The conversations will be held from 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm on Saturday, Oct. 25 at the Greenfield Community Arts Center at 215 El Camino Real and at the Binational Center for the Development of Oaxacan Indigenous at 239B El Camino Real.  Conversations will be held in English, Spanish and Triqui.

IMC hopes to collect data from thousands of people from neighborhoods throughout the county and of all ages. 

·         Survey: 3,000-4,000 – 3,702 people have already responded

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New heart attack clincal trials to begin

New heart attack clincal trials to begin

MONTEREY, Calif. — Drs. Richard Gray and Pir Shah, physicians at Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula’s Tyler Heart Institute (THI) are pleased to announce a new clinical trial available for heart attack patients. THI is leading the way with the trial, designed to reduce the risk of future heart attacks in patients who have experienced a heart attack. Since opening in 2007, THI’s goal is to participate in advanced clinical trials as an option for patients with heart conditions.

THI has been selected to participate by the TIMI Study Group, known for high-quality clinical trials that enhance the care of patients with heart disease. TIMI (Thrombolysis In Myocardial Infarction) is affiliated with Brigham Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. 

Free Day at Los Padres National Forest

Free Day at Los Padres National Forest


Los Padres National Forest officials today announced that Saturday, September 27, has been designated as a “Fee Free Day” for visitors to the forest. In all areas of the forest where an Adventure Pass is normally required, the fee will be waived in celebration of National Public Lands Day, which is held each year on the last Saturday in September.

An Adventure Pass is typically required for day use activities and camping at many recreational facilities in the Forest. This weekend’s “Fee Free Day” applies to all Adventure Pass areas except the Lower Santa Ynez Recreation Area, where the fee remains in effect. Other fees such as reservation fees and group site fees will also still apply. Forest visitors who unknowingly validate a daily Adventure Pass on “Fee Free Day” can have the pass replaced free of charge at most Forest Service offices.

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.