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Dear Jon: Low risk from pesticides in Salinas Valley air says agency

Dear Jon: Low risk from pesticides in Salinas Valley air says agency

DEAR JON - There continues to be a question of the level of pesticides in air quality in the Salinas Valley and what if any health risk they pose. But you may be surprised what the latest study has to say about this. Tyrone from Salinas asked me, “Dear Jon, is it true that the air in Salinas is high in pesticides?”

I contacted the state Department of Pesticide Regulation that monitors air quality and their response to Tyrone’s question is that’s not true.

They base this on their most recent study that was done right here in the Salinas Valley during all of 2012. This question is not just a concern for the Salinas Valley but the Central Valley as well. Here on the Central Coast the testing station is set up at the Salinas airport. Two other state testing stations are in Ripon in San Joaquin County and Shafter in Kern County.

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Sheriff's department conducts training in Castroville

CASTROVILLE, Calif. The Monterey County Sheriff's bomb squad and several emergency vehicles were seen Wednesday in the community. 

We checked with the Sherrif's spokesperson Commander John Thornburg and he says this was just a training exercise.

A viewer sent us a note to 'NewTips@KIONRightNow.com' and noticed that the vehicles were going to the Our Lady of Refuge Church in Castroville and they were going in and out of the Community Center across the street.

But again this was just a training exercise.

If you suspect news is happening, be sure to email us at NewsTips@KIONRightNow.com. You can also send us pictures and video at this email address. 

Taniguchi receives All-American Drum Major award

CASTROVILLE, Calif. North Monterey County High School Junior Sachiko Taniguchi has received All-American Drum Major honors from the United Spirit Association. The honor affords Taniguchi a trip to England where she'll participate in the London New Year's Day Parade. Taniguchi became the drum major for the North Monterey County Condors last year as a sophomore.  In her debut year Taniguchi has earned two second place and one third place overall drum major honors in the three band review competitions in Santa Cruz, Cupertino and in Pismo Beach. Taniguchi bested a host of veteran drum majors from bands throughout California. All American status is an extreme honor for high school band drum majors. This honor was bestowed upon Taniguchi at the USA drum major camp in San Jose. 

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.

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Seminar on tire selection and care slated

Seminar on tire selection and care slated

CASTROVILLE, Calif. Ever wonder how to select the right tire for your car? Or how to inspect your tires for proper wear? Take the time and come to a free seminar on the subject at Castroville Tire in August.

Cesar Padilla is the owner of Castroville Tire and a Castroville native and graduate of North Monterey County High School.

Padilla says, “With your family’s safety riding on your tires, having the right tires for your vehicle saves you a lot of fuel, stops the car more quickly and safely, reduces road noise, and provides a much more comfortable ride!”

Recycle-a-ride is back!

Recycle-a-ride is back!
SALINAS, Calif. Recycle-a-Ride is back!  Do you know a person in need of a car? Well, we are ready to surprise someone again!  The pictures you see here are from our last recycle a ride giveway to the Molina family of Salinas. This year, we're giving away a 2008 Chrysler Town and country van.  Our friends at Malone's Collision Repair in Salinas are fixing it up right now!

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.