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Castroville clerk risks life in store robbery

Castroville clerk risks life in store robbery

CASTROVILLE, Calif. A small business owner being robbed at gunpoint put his life in danger during a robbery at his convenience store. The robbery occured Thursday and the store owner tells News Channel 5 their livelihood was at stake, so he took action.

The incident was caught on survelience video and as soon as the suspect walked into 'Sam's Smoke Shop and Fishing Supply,' he pulled out a gun. He pointed it at a customer before turning it on the Castroville store owner. 

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Enterovirus now confirmed in California

Enterovirus now confirmed in California

SACRAMENTO, Calif. 4 confirmed cases of the Enterovirus D68 have been reported to the California Department of Public Health. 3 cases in San Diego County and 1 in Ventura County are the first confirmed cases in California in 2014.

While other specimens are still being tested in the state, Dr. Ron Chapman with the CDPH says. ““We are not surprised to find EV-D68 causing some illnesses in California given the apparent widespread nature of this virus in other parts of the country.”

More cases are anticipated in the coming weeks. CDPH has asked local health departments to submit samples from all rhinovirus/enterovirus positive specimens from hospitalized children less than 18 years of age for further typing. Several specimens have been received by CDPH for testing, and testing is underway.

Native plant fair and open house at Elkhorn Slough Reserve slated

Native plant fair and open house at Elkhorn Slough Reserve slated

ELKHORN, Calif. Celebrating and showcasing one of the Central Coast’s natural habits will occur at the Elkhorn Slough Reserve on Saturday, September 27. It’s National Estuaries Day and organizers at the reserve will host activities and presentations free and open to the public.

Since its official designation in 1988, dozens of sites throughout the coastal United States have celebrated National Estuaries Day on the last Saturday of September, hosting gatherings, field trips, events, and seminars to highlight the extraordinary richness of our nation’s estuaries.

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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New sidewalk project on Rico street in Castroville set to start

CASTROVILLE, Calif. -

Construction on a sidewalk improvement project on Rico Street in Castroville is slated to begin Friday, Sept. 12.

 

 

Castroville to see safer pedestrian crossing near high school

SALINAS, Calif. -

Monterey County is getting more than $13 million in funding for four transportation projects and Castroville will see it's share of those dollars as well. 

 

Dear Jon: Strawberries smaller this year?

Dear Jon: Strawberries smaller this year?

DEAR JON - The Central Coast produces 88 percent of the Strawberries in the United States and the Salinas/Watsonville region is roughly 50 percent of the California production. Miguel was concerned and asked me, “Dear Jon, why have the strawberries been small and not ripe lately?" 

The California Strawberry Commission's Carolyn O’Donnell and I met up a Central Coast strawberry field to provide Miguel an answer. I noticed in the field we entered that there were berries of all sizes, but not the huge berries you see in peak season in the spring.