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Public review period for Monterey Downs draft EIR begins Friday

The public review period for the Monterey Downs draft environmental impact report will begin this Friday in Seaside. The public review period will last for 60 days, 15 days longer than required by law. Then the Seaside City Council will take up the project with its final decision on whether to approve Monterey Downs. The development on the former Fort Ord promises thousands of jobs and 100 million dollars in economic benefits to the county and surrounding communities.

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Meet the Adorable, Adoptable Monterey Jacks

Meet the Adorable, Adoptable Monterey Jacks

After 520 name suggestions and 957 votes, the winner of the terrier mix renaming project is: Monterey Jacks! 

To help find these little scruffies great new homes, local shelters and rescues will now be calling all terrier mixes with no discernible primary breed "Monterey Jack Terriers." Stevey, is the very first official Monterey Jack Terrier.

Do you make a mean blueberry pie? CalGiant wants to know about it!

Do you make a mean blueberry pie? CalGiant wants to know about it!

WATSONVILLE, Calif. - Just in time for holiday baking season California Giant Berry Farms launched an “All About Pies” national consumer promotion featuring their fresh blueberries and blackberries.

Consumers are encouraged to enter their favorite berry pie recipe featuring California Giant blueberries or blackberries or a combination of both for a chance to win a grand prize of $500.  Additionally, the grand prize recipe will be professionally photographed and featured on www.calgiant.com

Entries have been pouring in since Thanksgiving and the promotion will run through December 14th.  This provides enough time for the winning recipes to be featured during the holidays and allow consumers to try the recipe at home to share with friends and family during the season. 

3.9 quake south of San Juan Bautista rattles the Central Coast

The Central Coast was rattled by a 3.9 magnitude earthquake Friday evening.

The USGS reports the epicenter was 5 kilometers south southeast of San Juan Bautista. The puts the epicenter just inside San Benito County.

No damage has been reported at this time.

This quake hit at 6:17 p.m. and the recent 4.2 quake on November 19 near the same location, has kept residents on edge. Experts say this is a very active part of the San Andreas fault zone.

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It's time for Project Santa!

It's time for Project Santa!

It's that time of year for Project Santa!

KION/CW and T23 have partnered with Gift Inc. for years, to get all the kids in foster care in Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Benito County gifts for Christmas.

Last year more than 1,000 foster children received a toy through Project Santa, so please help us make it happen again! 

CSUMB sees freshmen applications jump more than 5 percent

CSU Monterey Bay saw a 5.3 percent increase in freshmen applications this year over last year, with approximately 15,391 first-time freshmen applying for admission next fall.

And the university’s total number of applicants is 12 percent higher than two years ago when 13,753 applied, said Dr. Ronnie Higgs, the university’s vice president of student affairs and enrollment services

CSUMB also had 3,713 upper-division transfers apply, an increase of 1 percent.

Approximately 44 percent of the applicants will receive admission letters to the university.

The University is also working on a new housing complex that will open next fall and accomodate about 600 students. http://news.csumb.edu/news/2014/jun/12/student-housing-complex-under-construction

Town Hall aims to educate public about Monterey County’s First Level II Trauma Center

Natividad Medical Center is poised to receive a distinction Monterey County has never had but desperately needs – a Level II Trauma center. The coveted designation will allow trauma victims to receive the urgent care they need when every minute counts.

In what will be the second in a three-part series of community out-reach efforts, the Community First Coalition and Natividad Medical Center frontline workers will host a town hall on Dec. 1 in Seaside to educate residents on what having a Level II Trauma center will mean for the community.

WHO: Natividad Medical Center in partnership with the Community First, Monterey County Coalition; and Monterey County Supervisor Jane Parker

WHAT: A Town Hall to learn about the benefits of having a Level II Trauma facility in Monterey County

WHEN: Monday, Dec. 1 from 6 to 8 p.m.

WHERE: Oldemeyer Center, Bayonet Room, 986 Hilby Ave. in Seaside