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Think twice before you buy a bunny for someone for Easter

News release provided by the Monterey County Health Department.

Baby chicks, bunnies and ducks may seem like the perfect Easter basket addition, but think twice! These cute babies grow up into large, adult animals requiring full-time care.

Rabbits make wonderful pets, but they aren't care-free pets. They have to be taken care of just like you would a dog or a cat. Rabbits commonly live for 8-10 years, and can live as long as 15, depending upon the breed, so it is a long-term commitment. Other factors to consider include the fact that not as many vets are experienced with rabbits, so your veterinary costs could be higher than you might expect to pay for a dog.

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Dear Jon: Pot dispensaries largely unregulated at the state level

Dear Jon: Pot dispensaries largely unregulated at the state level

More marijuana dispensaries are popping up on the Central Coast and the big question has been: Who will regulate this growing business?  James wrote to me and asked, “Dear Jon, Who's bright idea was it to approve pot shops in California?” That “bright idea” came from voters almost 18 years ago.

Dear Jon: Abandoned cars don't have to be an eyesore

Dear Jon: Abandoned cars don't have to be an eyesore

Let’s face it; the last thing you want is for an abandoned car to be an eyesore in front of your home. Bryan sent me note and asked, “Dear Jon, there's a car parked on the street in front of my house. I've asked the neighbors if it's their car and it's not. How do I deal with this nuisance?”

Dear Jon: Lowe’s won’t say if they’re coming to the Central Coast

Dear Jon: Lowe’s won’t say if they’re coming to the Central Coast

It's springtime and there are lots of home remodeling projects going on right now on the Central Coast. Mike sent me a note and asked, “Dear Jon, I'm remodeling a home and can't believe that it's 2014 and there's no Lowe's store on the peninsula or Salinas. Gas is too expensive to drive to Gilroy! Why not put Lowe’s in Marina?”

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Marina man sentenced to prison for 9 years for strangling his wife

A Marina man is headed to state prison for nine years for strangling his wife in 2011, according to the Monterey County District Attorney's Office.

Michael Fortner was convicted of assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury. Prosecutors say he strangled his wife twice on Nov. 4, 2011, causing her to become unconscious.

Last week, Fortner was sentenced to four years in prison on the assault charge and an additional five years for personally inflicting great bodily injury.

Big rig overturns on 101 near Prunedale

Big rig overturns on 101 near Prunedale

PRUNEDALE, Calif. - Motorists had a hassle on Highway 101 on Sunday when a big rig overturned.

The accident happened in the morning hours and caused quite a headache for drivers.  Both lanes were blocked by the big rig and it took C-H-P several hours to clear the scene. So far the reason for the mishap has not been released and fortunately no one was hurt in the incident.

Dear Jon: Waste Management changes course on safety audit fee

Dear Jon: Waste Management changes course on safety audit fee

SALINAS, Calif. - What's going on with Waste Management in Salinas? Marsha emailed me and asked, “Dear Jon, there are 37 households on Oak Heights Drive and Shady Lane in Salinas. Now Waste Management wants to charge us $15 more a month because our hill is steep, why?”

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