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Drones banned in four Monterey Bay nationally protected areas

MONTEREY, Calif.-  There's increasing concern for the Monterey Bay, a nationally protected sanctuary, as recreational drones become more popular.  On Wednesday night, we investigated the impact of these unmanned aircraft on marine life. 

The FAA bans use of all recreational drones over four areas in the Monterey Bay.  But Newschannel 5 got a firsthand look at why this relatively new and somewhat controversial technology, has some positive and negative affects on our marine life.

Like a foreign object from another planet, the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary said marine life can't tell whether it's a bird or a plane.  

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Monterey County fights prescription drug abuse, misuse

Prescription drug abuse is on the rise nationwide. More than 7 million people, in fact, admit to using prescription medications recreationally. In Monterey County, that trend is no different. Prescription-drug-related deaths from overdoses, exceed motor vehicle-related deaths.

Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula has taken the lead in addressing this serious public health issue by bringing together more than a dozen organizations to create the Monterey County Prescribe Safe Initiative. Included in that group are all four county hospitals — Community Hospital, Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System, Natividad Medical Center, and Mee Memorial — in addition to most of the county urgent-care facilities (Doctors on Duty and Monterey Bay Urgent Care); the Monterey County attorney general, coroner, public health and clinics, and sheriff’s departments; the Hospital Council of Northern and Southern California; and the Monterey County Medical Society.

Library hours during 4th of July weekend

The Salinas Public Library will be closed Friday, July 4th  for the Holiday. The John Steinbeck, Cesar Chavez and El Gabilan libraries will reopen for regular hours on Saturday July 5th. 

‘Evenings by the Bay' extended hours and live music at Monterey Bay Aquarium

Visitors at the Monterey Bay Aquarium have an additional two hours until 8 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday (July 5 through August 31) to see the aquarium in a completely different light.

In addition to spending more time at favorite exhibits and communing with nocturnal ocean animals that come to life at dusk, the galleries will be filled with live musical performances – from rock n’ roll to jazz, from R&B to pop and Caribbean music. For Unplugged Saturdays, each week a new band will perform inside the aquarium. Each Sunday, some of the Monterey Peninsula’s most talented professional jazz musicians will set the mood.

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First human cases of West Nile virus in California reported

First human cases of West Nile virus in California reported

Two people have been tested positive for West Nile Virus, the first two of the season. The cases were reported by Contra Costa and San Joaquin Counties. State health managers warn it’s never too early to protect yourself and animal from the virus.

Grand jury calls Monterey County cyber security 'at risk'

Grand jury calls Monterey County cyber security 'at risk'

MONTEREY, Calif. - After a data breach in Monterey County’s social services department in 2013 on an old 2008 computer, the grand jury embarked on a study of the county’s privacy and security of on-line data and information systems. What it found was a gross lack in attention to data security mostly related to funding of education of best practices and new software protections for the issue.

Farm run by veterans turns to community for help

Semper Fresh Farms, a startup vocational transition opportunity in organic farming, owned and operated by U.S. veterans, is hoping to bring in enough money to keep the farm going and change lives. It is located in Monterey County and run by a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. A fundraiser will take place with wine, food and live entertainment on: Thursday, June 26 at 12:00pm Location: 384 Corral De Tierra Road in Salinas.

Semper Fresh Farms is holding the planting fundraiser in an effort to generate operating funds for the veteran transition program. Organizers said they are about $9.1k short of the goal in having a functional, sustainable farm.