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Let the Monterey Bay Aquarium treat you this holiday season. Monterey County residents receive free aquarium admission between Saturday, December 7 and Sunday, December 15 during its annual community open house.


Free admission for Monterey County residents is an annual thank you to the community for its support of the non-profit aquarium.

For general aquarium information including daily program schedules, visit www.montereybayaquarium.org or call (831) 648-4800. The Monterey Bay Aquarium is located at 886 Cannery Row in Monterey.  Its mission is to inspire conservation of the oceans.

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4-Legged Member Joins Monterey County D.A.'s Office

SALINAS, Calif. -- A new team member was annouced at the Monterey County District Attorney's Office on Wednesday. She isn't your typical investigator, but on command she can help with some of the biggest cases around.

Her name is Odile, but goes by Odie. The black labrador/golden retriever mix is a courthouse facility canine. She's been training for two years now to ease victims and witnesses so they can speak out and investigators can get to the bottom of cases.

She responds to 50 commands.

"Take that person away from any tragedy they've endured or witnessed and it brings it down to the simple things in life of petting a dog," said Ryan McGuirk, supervising district attorney investigator.

McGuirk is Odie's handler.

Prunedale Company Gets Real

Prunedale Company Gets Real

Prunedale, Calif. - A central coast logging company is making its debut on "Animal Planet"! The company, Far West Forest Products from Prunedale, helps salvage fallen trees and will be featured on a reality series. 

Twin brothers from a group called "Daniel's Woodland" take fallen redwoods and sequoias, and turn them into works of art! That's where Far West comes in, it helped the brothers log a giant sequoia! 

More Support, But No Plan Yet For Salinas Mobile Park Tenants

SALINAS, Calif. -- Salinas city leaders want to clean up Valley Mobile Park. On Monday, Councilman Tony Barrera met with local church leaders to discuss moving the tenants to other housing.

Despite low power lines and a run-down looking community, the park's owner said the property is in compliance with state codes.

Sen. Anthony Cannella was expected at the meeting, but had to cancel at the last minute because he was in San Francisco for the president's speech.

"We need a lot of cleanness out here. We need a lot of help," said Esperanza Lara, who has been living at the mobile park for seven years.

Councilman Barrera said one of the things he's been wanting to see changed is the electrical wiring that he says is dangerous.

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Maximum Enforcement from the California Highway Patrol this Weekend

Maximum Enforcement from the California Highway Patrol this Weekend

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The California Highway Patrol is joining several other state highway patrol agencies across the nation to participate in traffic safety challenges during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.  Keeping in line with the CHP’s mission of saving lives, their campaigns have set a goal of zero fatalities during the five-day period. It's what the CHP calls their maximum enforcement period.

All motorists should ensure everyone inside their vehicle is buckled up, before heading out.  Whether your travels take you across the country or just across town, buckling up is one way to help secure a safe arrival at your destination.

“Thanksgiving weekend is one of the busiest travel times of the year,” said CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow.  “As the volume of traffic on the roadways increases so does the risk of being involved in a serious or deadly collision.”

Third Annual Tree For Peace Dedicatoion and Lighting Ceremony

The  National Steinbeck Center located at One Main Street in Old town Salinas will be the location for the Fifth Annual “Tree For Peace” Dedication and Lighting Ceremony on Tuesday, November 26th, 2013.  The event is complimentary and open to the public to not only attend but participate. For more information or questions, please contact Steve McShane at (831) 970-4141 or steve@mcshanenursery.com .

55,000 Holiday Light Show to Benefit the Homeless

WHAT:           The Community is invited to join for one of the most amazing traditions in the Salinas Valley – the annual “Holiday Lighting” at McShane’s Nursery & Landscape Supply.  The purpose of the event is to raise awareness when it comes to those less fortunate as canned goods and toys are being collected.


Beginning just after 5PM, November 24th a 55,000 “Holiday Light Show” paired with music will begin.  The show is a product of thousands of hours committed to engineering an  amazing twenty minute light show arranged to some of your favorite holiday tunes.  Once kicked off, the show will run nightly between dusk and 10PM through New Years Day.