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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.

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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?

76th Ham and Chicken dinner slated

CASTROVILLE, Calif. A milestone event will be celebrated on Sunday, October 12, in Castroville. The Our Lady of Refuge Catholic church is hosting the 76th annual Ham and Chicken dinner.

Organizers say the event is held to bring the community together and support the parish.

The event will be be held at the Castroville Community Center on Crane and Pomber streets beginning at 12 p.m.

As an added incentive to come have have food, fun and entertainment of all, the parish is sponsoring 3 prize raffles. First prize is $2500, second prize is $1000 and third prize is $500. 

If you'd like more information call the parish at 831-633-4015.

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New heart attack clincal trials to begin

New heart attack clincal trials to begin

MONTEREY, Calif. — Drs. Richard Gray and Pir Shah, physicians at Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula’s Tyler Heart Institute (THI) are pleased to announce a new clinical trial available for heart attack patients. THI is leading the way with the trial, designed to reduce the risk of future heart attacks in patients who have experienced a heart attack. Since opening in 2007, THI’s goal is to participate in advanced clinical trials as an option for patients with heart conditions.

THI has been selected to participate by the TIMI Study Group, known for high-quality clinical trials that enhance the care of patients with heart disease. TIMI (Thrombolysis In Myocardial Infarction) is affiliated with Brigham Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. 

Free Day at Los Padres National Forest

Free Day at Los Padres National Forest

 

Los Padres National Forest officials today announced that Saturday, September 27, has been designated as a “Fee Free Day” for visitors to the forest. In all areas of the forest where an Adventure Pass is normally required, the fee will be waived in celebration of National Public Lands Day, which is held each year on the last Saturday in September.

An Adventure Pass is typically required for day use activities and camping at many recreational facilities in the Forest. This weekend’s “Fee Free Day” applies to all Adventure Pass areas except the Lower Santa Ynez Recreation Area, where the fee remains in effect. Other fees such as reservation fees and group site fees will also still apply. Forest visitors who unknowingly validate a daily Adventure Pass on “Fee Free Day” can have the pass replaced free of charge at most Forest Service offices.

Business goes up in flames in Castroville Tuesday

Business goes up in flames in Castroville Tuesday

CASTROVILLE, Calif. A Mexican retail store went up in flames in Castroville today. Several agencies were called out for fear the fire would spead to surrounding buildings.

Crews from Salinas, Watsonville, Presidio on Monterey and CalFire all answered the call after the fire sparked around 11:30 a.m on Merritt Street.

The fire forced a nearby apartment to be evacuated and caused road closures.

The store, which sells clothing, shoes and other items was almost a complete loss. Fortunately crews were able to confine the fire to that business only.