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$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.

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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.

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.

 

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A peek at the 69th season of the Monterey Symphony

A peek at the 69th season of the Monterey Symphony

From classical favorites, to excerpts from Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite, Beethoven's Symphony No. 6, and Dukas' The Sorcerer's Apprentice, audiences around Monterey County will have the chance to witness live performances of the 69th season of the Monterey Symphony this fall. There will be internationally acclaimed guest artists. A news release this week said, "a brilliant range of classical performances will emerge across the canvas of the stages at Sherwood Hall in Salinas and Sunset Center in Carmel-by-the-Sea." Single tickets are now on sale. The Monterey Symphony's 69th season opens in October.

 

 

Multi-million dollar cars draw tighter security for Monterey Car Week

MONTEREY, Calif.-Armed guards and a undercover security are patrolling the Monterey Peninsula as cars worth millions of dollars are making an appearance for this year's Car Week.  Security is tight because there's a lot at stake for the auction companies.

Last year Monterey police said a 1961 Chevy Impala Super Sport was stolen right off the Russo and Steele auction lot near Fisherman’s Wharf.  That car was one of four stolen last year.  That's why auction houses said they're taking a few extra steps to avoid a repeat. 

"The value of the number of cars that are here is substantial.  In the hundreds of millions of dollars, not just in our auction room but all auction rooms and concourse on the Peninsula," said RM Auctions Vice President Alain Squindo.

Squindo said the company pulls out all the stops to ensure these cars are kept safe from start to finish.

Carmel Mission Foundation gets $500,000 challenge grant

CARMEL, Calif. -  The Carmel Mission Foundation has received a $500,000 grant from an anonymous donor, which will help with ongoing renovation and preservation efforts at the mission.

The grant is what's called a challenge grant, meaning that donations to the Foundation will be matched dollar for dollar up to $500,000.

“With new donations now counting double, we are able to accelerate efforts to preserve the remainder of the Carmel Mission complex. We are very grateful to this most generous donor," said Vic Grabrian, president and CEO of the Carmel Mission Foundation.