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Low-income families to get help paying water bill

Central Coast Energy Services, Inc. (CCES), in partnership with the Community Action Partnership of Monterey County, will provide drought-affected, low-income households in Monterey County with a one-time payment assistance benefit on residential water bills.

The Drought Water Assistance Program, a $600,000 Community Services Block Grant, was distributed to 10 California counties where the unemployment rate is higher than the 2013 statewide average, the share of agricultural workers is higher than the state as a whole, and which are experiencing "exceptional" drought conditions according to the U.S. Drought Monitor Classification System. The 10 counties include Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz.

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Abandoned building burns in Former Fort Ord

MARINA, Calif. -  A fire burned an abandoned building in Marina on the former Fort Ord. This is the second fire in less than three months in the area, where a vacant building was heavily damaged.

     The Marina Fire Department responded to the area south of Patton Parkway on Hayes Circle near 4th Street just after 8 p.m.  They stayed on scene late into the night mopping up.  The building has been nearly destroyed.

     The challenge for firefighters in this area is that there is no water due to damaged and vandalized infrastructure.  The structure fire is within the Cypress Knolls Project area of Marina and is proposed to be demolished. In June, another vacant building caught fire in Marina just blocks away.

$8.7 million in grants awarded by TAMC; infrastructure improvements planned

$8.7 million in grants awarded by TAMC; infrastructure improvements planned

SALINAS, Calif. Several infrastructure projects in Monterey County will move forward with the awarding of $8.7 million. Included in this funding are downtown Salinas’ street improvements and the new roundabout on the Holman Highway at Highway 1.

The Transportation Agency for Monterey County Board of Directors recently approved the competitive grant funding to transportation improvement projects throughout Monterey County.

Each project submitted by local cities and the County of Monterey is designed to improve safety, reduce congestion & provide access and direct links to communities & business; and in some cases, enhance alternative modes of transportation or stimulate redevelopment.

Some the projects included in this grant funding include the Seaside West Broadway urban village infrastructure improvements project and the King City First Street bicycle and pedestrian improvements south of First Street bridge.

Monterey County Sheriff's deputies apprehend fugitive sex offender

Monterey County Sheriff's deputies apprehend fugitive sex offender

SOLEDAD, Calif. -A convicted sex offender wanted by Torrance police who led officers on a chase through southern Monterey County Friday morning has been apprehended.

Guy Dietz, 43, was tracked down around 4:30 p.m. using GPS and his cellphone, Sheriff's Commander John Thornburg said. Dietz was located in the area of Highway 101 and Front Street, not far from where he'd ditched his car following a pursuit.

Thornburg said deputies were contacted by the California Highway Patrol a little before 5 a.m. to help with a pursuit of two cars associated with Dietz.

Dietz is wanted in Torrance on suspicion of impersonating an officer to rape a woman.

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Marina to hold largest book sale to fund its library system

It promises to be one of the biggest book and media sale events ever in Marina, as The Friends of the Marina Library have amassed more than 500 cases of books to sell as they hope to raise money for the library's collection, musical events, children's activities and to promote literacy.

Volunteers have been collecting, sorting and pricing books, VHS, DVDs and other media for its huge annual sale at the Marina Library Sept. 17-21. There will be limited sales Sept. 9-13 in the library lobby while even more donations are being accepted Sept. 6-13. On Saturday, Sept. 20, children’s musician Marylee Sunseri will perform twice in the Michelle Lang Children’s Room.

This is the library’s largest fundraiser of the year. In the month of July, the Marina Library had over 5,500 visits from patrons and more than 15,000 items checked out.

Country music show coming to Monterey County

The first of its kind country music show will be coming to Greenfield on September 27, 2014. 

Performers include:  Chris Cagle, Bucky Covington, Maggie Rose, and Chris Janson. 

Promoters say they are focused on the music and the  fans.  Ranch 1917 is billed as a fun, family friendly, and safe event. 

To buy tickets and for more information go to:  http://www.ranch1917.com

People behind the concert said "We have a beautiful location in the hills and the inspiration was about music, nature, and fans.  We started the actual work on this about a year ago and the goal was to share our passion of music with the community.  All involved, have full time careers outside of this."
 

Be Ready for a Natural Disaster

Be ready for the next earthquake, fire, flood, or other emergency

Free fair on September 20 will help you prepare

 

MONTEREY, Calif. — After events like the weekend earthquake in Napa, many of us think about whether we would be prepared if disaster strikes. Unfortunately, many of us don’t get past the thinking stage.      

 

What’s the best place to keep an emergency kit? How much water should you have on hand? If you have to go to a shelter, what will you do with your pets? Get guidance and tools to help you answer those questions and others at the Emergency Preparedness Fair, Saturday, September 20, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Del Monte Center in Monterey.