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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.”

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Photographs wanted for fundraiser benefiting Whalefest Monterey and Museum of Monterey

Attention local amateur and professional photographers in Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties!  Grab your cameras and smart phones and head out to the Monterey Wharf and beautiful Monterey Bay on foot, kayak, boat, or paddleboard, etc. and take some photos of our abundant marine life – whether it’s a whale, otter, sea lion or other denizens of the sea.

The Monterey History and Art Association, Museum of Monterey-Stanton Center and Whalefest Monterey have issued a Call for Submissions of marine-themed photographs by local photographers from both Monterey and Santa Cruz counties for its upcoming “Images of Monterey Bay: A Marine Photography Fundraiser.”

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:





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.

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Whooping cough vaccines handed out in Salinas

Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System is partnering with Central Coast Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice to offer an easy access, low cost immunization clinic in Salinas. The collaboration is an effort to protect the community from pertussis (whooping cough) and help families meet the required immunizations for children returning to school after the summer break.

Potentially life saving vaccines will be offered at the SVMHS Farmers’ Market on Friday, July 25th from 2pm until 6pm. Tdap is a combination vaccine that protects against three potentially life-threatening diseases: tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis, also known as whooping cough. Pertussis is a highly contagious respiratory disease. It is known for uncontrollable, violent coughing which often makes it hard to breathe. Pertussis most commonly affects infants and young children and can be fatal, especially in babies less than a year old.

Grant to support Salinas theatre students

The Hartnell College Foundation was awarded a two year, $90,000 grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation to support The Western Stage. Funding will support theatre student scholarships, development of new productions, youth and community outreach theatre programming. Founded in 1974, The Western Stage has evolved over the last four decades into one of the most respected regional theatres on California’s Central Coast. A news release said the Western Stage brings together professional artists, theatre students, and community members to produce a season of plays that enhance the lives of both the artist and audience. The program speaks to the history and culture of the Salinas Valley and provides educational opportunities to allow students of all skill levels to explore and develop their unique talents.

Take a selfie, win a prize

Take a selfie, win a prize

Salinas wants people to celebrate their local parks as the city kicks off the National "July Parks Make Life Better Month." People can purchase a t-shirt and enter to win prizes in a t-shirt photo contest. Take a picture or selfie while wearing the slogan t-shirt at one of the city's 50 parks. The city said it wants people to get out and explore the beautiful parks and open space. Email photos to volunteerservices@ci.salinas.ca.us