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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:





Carmel Valley man accused of statutory rape

 Carmel Valley man accused of statutory rape

CARMEL VALLEY, Calif. -  A 20-year-old Carmel Valley man is accused of statutory rape, Monterey County Sheriff's deputies said.

Deputies responded Tuesday to a report of past tense physical abuse of a minor. An underage girl told deputies that Jose Matias Reyes Alvarez had battered her. She had a visible injury.

While investigating that incident, the deputy discovered Alvarez had been in a sexual relationship with another underage girl and had taken her across state lines without her parents' consent.

Alvarez was arrested on an unrelated warrant as well as charges stemming from this investigation.

Monterey High alum and athlete fatally shot in Seaside

Seaside police identified the man shot and killed in his car on General Jim Moore Boulevard just after midnight Wednesday as 28-year-old Rafael Wynn.
Seaside police said Wynn had no known gang ties and no criminal history.

Those who knew Wynn, like local Olympic bobsled runner Nick Cunningham, said he is reeling from the loss of a friend who he was supposed to go have a beer with this week.

Cunningham, who grew up in Monterey, said Wynn was an amazing guy. They played track and football together at Monterey High and at MPC.

Cunningham said "Ralf" as he called him, was the guy that if you were having a bad day, you could count on him to put the smile back on your face. Right now, Nick is one of many people angry, upset and with so many questions about what happened to their friend.

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The search begins for this year's Miss Monterey County

It’s that time of year again, as the Monterey County fair is searching for the next Miss Monterey County; a woman who is ambitious, intelligent and driven.

Wildlife managers warn to ID salmon before keeping

Wildlife managers warn to ID salmon before keeping

MONTEREY, Calif. Ocean sport anglers are being warned to be vigilant about properly identifying their salmon before keeping them. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife says the ocean salmon fishing season in California is well underway and proper identification is critical for the survival of Coho or Silver salmon, a protected species.

Colorvybe 5k Fun Run road closures in Marina

MARINA, Calif. -Marina police want to warn about a couple of road closures Saturday during the Colorvybe 5k Fun Run.

Residents are advised to avoid these roads between the hours of 8:45 a.m. until 11 a.m.

Here are the road closures: