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Think twice before you buy a bunny for someone for Easter

News release provided by the Monterey County Health Department.

Baby chicks, bunnies and ducks may seem like the perfect Easter basket addition, but think twice! These cute babies grow up into large, adult animals requiring full-time care.

Rabbits make wonderful pets, but they aren't care-free pets. They have to be taken care of just like you would a dog or a cat. Rabbits commonly live for 8-10 years, and can live as long as 15, depending upon the breed, so it is a long-term commitment. Other factors to consider include the fact that not as many vets are experienced with rabbits, so your veterinary costs could be higher than you might expect to pay for a dog.

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Dear Jon: Save yourself an inspection fee with the water district

Dear Jon: Save yourself an inspection fee with the water district

If you're doing any remodeling this spring you should be aware that your water faucets, shower heads and toilets need to be compliant with the water districts codes.

Steve wrote to me and asked, "Dear Jon, Do I have to pay the $105 inspection fee to the Monterey Peninsula Water Management District, even though I sent my invoices saying that I upgraded my appliances?"

You did the right thing in sending in the invoices, but if the invoices don't spell out that the new appliances meet certain flow rates you may be in trouble.

I called the district and here's what their policy is. The first on-site district inspection on a property is always free. If that property is in compliance, they'll provide you with a passing report. If after an inspection, they find that appliances need to be upgraded to meet the acceptable specifications, they'll issue a compliance report.

Carmel Valley welcomes back two businesses

The Carmel Valley Chamber of Commerce is holding a grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony at Avant Garden and Home and Casa Del Soul April 13 from 11 am to 5 pm located at 14 Del Fino Place in Carmel Valley.

Local students make national robotics competition

Local students make national robotics competition

MONTEREY COUNTY, Calif.-Three Monterey County high school students are headed to the national robotics tournament championship.  Five high schools competed in San Jose.  Students from York School, Carmel High School and Seaside High School are now headed to Saint Louis, MO to compete for the title of best robotics team.

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Celebrating Doris Day's birthday with a drink

Celebrating Doris Day's birthday with a drink

She's the golden girl that the Central Coast loves to brag about. With her bright smile and golden locks, Doris Day remains forever stamped on the minds of all those who reveled in her movies and box office hits. On her 90th birthday Thursday, she is still considered one of the biggest box-office stars in her day.

Monterey to allow alcohol in certain outdoor areas

MONTEREY, Calif. - Wining and dining may soon expand within the city of Monterey.  City leaders are making some big changes to the rules when it comes to drinking alcohol in public.  We found out how the city and restaurants plan to make it work. 

"What were looking for is to generate more vitality in the downtown area," said Monterey Mayor Chuck Della Sala.

Starting in May, businesses will have the chance to allow their guests to sit out on a patio with a glass of wine or pint of beer.  Some restaurants said its going to make a big difference on Alvarado Street.

“It used to be you know you’d come down here get a bite to eat, do a little shopping and more people did it.  The more people that come down here its really good for us,” said Alvarado Fish and Steakhouse owner John Digirolamo.

There are some rules to make sure people are consuming safely.

Carmel Looks To Tighten Wine Tasting Rules

CARMEL, Calif. -Drinking, sipping, buying wines are happening more and more in one city.  A popular wine tasting destination is looking to tighten it's rules for newcomers. 

Carmel said it's seeing an increase in requests for tasting rooms.  It's all a part of the city's plan to become the wine-hub for Monterey County.  The city said the point is not to slow down business, but to increase it. 

City leaders aren't the only ones ready to address this issue.  Many residents said they don't want wine tasting rooms to turn into wine bars. 

Carmel said the rules for each tasting room are inconsistent, but there is a base set of rules.  Right now there's nothing keeping wineries in other parts of the state from having their wines promoted and sold in the city.  Tasting rooms we spoke with said they want to keep the industry completely local.