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Dear Jon: The prospect of widening Highway 1

Dear Jon: The prospect of widening Highway 1

Tourists, residents and gridlock on our highways, especially on Highway 1 proves a headache for drivers on the Central Coast. If you drive through Moss Landing daily you know what gridlock can be during the rush hour. Kelly wrote to me and asks, “Dear Jon, we live in the richest state in the U.S. and Highway 1 is still just two lanes from Monterey to Santa Cruz. Are there plans to make it four lanes, as it should be?

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State unveils a new web fishing guide

State unveils a new web fishing guide

SACRAMENTO, Calif. If you’re looking to hook a fish or two or more, you’ll want to access the new California Department of Fish and Wildlife online Fishing Guide. This new and improved service will help novice and experienced anglers plan successful fishing trips.

The new web fishing guide is faster and provides detailed information about fish plants and fishing locations. Perfect to land your catch of the day.

The new version of the guide is found on the CDFW website.

Castroville man sentenced to 50 years for Cisneros murder

Castroville man sentenced to 50 years for Cisneros murder

SALINAS, Calif. A Castroville man has been sentenced to 50 years to life in prison for the brutal killing Jose Cisneros in May of 20011. Alberto Cortez, 22, of Castroville, was convicted of one count of first degree murder and one count of street terrorism; as well as firearm and gang enhancements and will now spend decades behind bars.

 

On May 7, 2011, Jose Cisneros was shot and killed on Haight Street in Castroville. He was shot multiple times, including several shots to the head and was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

Second fire near North Monterey County High contained

Second fire near North Monterey County High contained

   CASTROVILLE, Calif. North Monterey County firefighters on Monday afternoon responded to a  quarter-acre fire that ignited in a brushy area at the Monte del Lago mobile home park.

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Multi-acre blaze sparks near high school

Multi-acre blaze sparks near high school

CASTROVILLE, Calif. A grass fire sparked just before noon on Thursday near North Monterey High School.

According to North Monterey County Fire Chief Chris Orman, the fire broke out along Castroville Boulevard in a field near the high school.

Major accident on Highway 183 injures 6

Major accident on Highway 183 injures 6
 CASTROVILLE, Calif. Six people were injured in a major accident on Highway 183 on Sunday rear Espinoza Road. New information from the California Highway Patrol suspects the the cause of the accident is due to alcohol. Reportedly two vehicles crashed head-on along Highway 183 around 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. One driverm, Pedro Rodriguez, was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence. He sustained moderate injures, while his two passengers received major injuries. The other driver, a woman had two children in her vehicle and sustained moderate injuries. The children were rushed to Bay Area hospitals.

DEAR JON: Buses flashing red lights mean stop

DEAR JON: Buses flashing red lights mean stop

Students are back at school and traffic safety is a hot topic, especially around school buses. You’ve probably seen buses flashing red lights often. Most people stop, as they should, but police say many don’t. Nick sent me a note, “Dear Jon, without fail everyday I see drivers that do not understand what the lights on the school bus mean, can you help?”

The Salinas Police department’s Sargent Gerry Ross says this issue continues to be a problem, “Officers are not going just give you a warning if you pass a bus with its red lights flashing.” For me, that’s warning enough.

When you see a school bus what's the first thing that comes to your mind? Are you thinking, ‘There’s a road hog in my way!?’ Or do you see a bus as a vehicle carrying precious cargo, our children?