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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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Salinas business owner breaking silence after deadly attempted armed robbery

A Salinas business owner who watched his relative get beaten and shot to death inside his store is breaking his silence. It's been more than two months since the deadly attempted armed robbery at the Hot Stop convenience store.

"I'm still feeling too much pain in my heart," he said.

The business owner asked News Channel Five not to release his identity. He's fearful knowing the two killers who held up the store Aug. 16 are still on the loose.

"At night time, I can't get sleep, sometimes two to three-hour nights," he said.

Having to reopen the store and sitting at the very counter where the tragic events unfolded doesn't make it easier. That night he was in the back of the store when the two men walked in, striking him, his wife and relative.

He is okay, but 55-year-old Sook Mi Oh was beaten and murdered. His wife, who is still hospitalized in serious condition, is unable to remember anything.

Monterey Symphony Announces City Lights Concert: November 21-23, 2014

Single tickets now on sale for the Monterey Symphony’s second concert of its 69th Season, City Lights! The Monterey Symphony presents Charlie Vernon, bass trombonist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, as he showcases his talents in Lindberg’s Chick ‘a’ Bone Checkout, a signature piece written expressly for Vernon. The West Coast premiere of this work, as part of the Monterey Symphony’s City Lights concert, is a great tribute to the deep and powerful aspects of the trombone, and the raucous, great city of Chicago! Mr. Vernon is the first single trombone soloist in the Monterey Symphony’s 69-year history.  This concert will continue to transport you musically to colorful cities in Spain, the United States, and France; the entire concert is a tribute to the orchestra’s tremendous versatility.

No charges filed against deputies who shot, killed unarmed man

SALINAS, Calif. -- The Monterey County District Attorney's Office said Friday it will not file criminal charges against the deputies who shot and killed an unarmed wanted parolee back in March.

Hector Chairez was shot and killed March 20 in a rural part along Highway 1 between Carmel and Big Sur. He was a possible burglary suspect when he allegedly led deputies on a chase and rammed a U-Haul truck into an oncoming patrol car. Deputies said Chairez ran in the area near the home on Garrapatos Road.
The DA's report shows deputies tried getting Chairez to surrender, but he refused, saying he was suicidal and needed mental help.

The report said one of the deputies heard Chairez say he didn't have a gun. It also states deputies saw bulges in his pants pockets and saw him allegedly drop his hand toward his waistband. They thought he was armed and were afraid of being ambushed, so one of the deputies fired three rounds at Chairez.

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Time to Register for the Foggy Moon Dance Weekend 2014

Foggy Moon Dance Weekend 2014 is coming and registration and secure online payment to attend will end Sunday, October 26th at 10pm.

Traffic accident sends 2 to hospital, including officer

SALINAS, Calif. -- A traffic accident Monday night in Salinas sent two people to the hospital including a police officer.

Police said a truck ran through a red light at the intersection of San Juan Grade Road and East Boronda, striking the patrol car and another vehicle.

The officer and the driver of the other victim's vehicle were sent to the hospital and later released.

“Fiesta Del Mar" Celebration Encourages Families to Conserve the Ocean Together

“Fiesta Del Mar" Celebration Encourages Families to Conserve the Ocean Together

Families can learn how to enjoy and protect the ocean at the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s 10th annual “Fiesta del Mar” event on Sunday, October 19.  Fiesta del Mar is an annual Latin American cultural festival celebrating ocean conservation. This year’s fun-filled day will include activities for the whole family, including live performances by musicians and traditional Aztec dancers, bilingual feeding shows and crafts for kids. Children ages 12 and under will be admitted free to the aquarium all day.