Due to declining populations of Abalone, California wildlife officials are recommending that the recreational abalone fishing season be shut down for 2018. The Fish And Game Commission expects to make their final ruling on that tomorrow at a meeting in San Diego. 37 percent of abalone shells spotted recently were either empty, or had decaying abalone, inside. Abalone feed on kelp, and there has been a massive kelp die-off.
A Salinas man has pleaded guilty to 4 felony counts. They include shooting into an occupied vehicle, assault with a deadly weapon, possession of a weapon in jail, and resisting an executive officer. 26 year-old Clemente Morado could face a sentence of more than 15 years in state prison, when he returns to a Monterey county court room January 11th.
(09:30) Aptos - The California Highway Patrol is offering a traffic safety program for senior drivers. The Age Well, Drive Smart Program is designed to provide drivers with the keys to driving safer and driving longer. Topics of discussion will include: How to tune up driving skills, learning about normal, age-related physical changes and how to adjust to them and understanding the alternatives to driving. The class will be held on Saturday, December 30, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the Aptos Library, located at 7695 Soquel Drive. To make a reservation call 831- 662-0511.
(08:50) Santa Cruz - Caltrans District 5 announced they will be hosting an on-site recruitment next week, for an equipment operator in the Santa Cruz Maintenance Unit. Recruitment is scheduled to take place next Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Santa Cruz Maintenance Station, 195 Capitola Road Extension, in Santa Cruz. For more information, call 805-542-4779.
(08:00) Davenport - Last night the public was presented with 4 different choices on what to do with the former Cemex Plant that is located in Davenport. The 4 proposed alternatives include Eco Lodging, recreational use, senior housing and clean technology use. The county Board of Supervisors, planning commission and Coastal Commission will all be involved in selecting the final alternative for the plan.
(07;45) Monterey - The Caltrans Monterey Maintenance and Salinas Electrical crews announced they be performing electrical work on Highway 1 on Saturday. The southbound Highway 1 #2 (right) and #3 (far right) lanes between Casa Verde and the Highway 68 interchange will be closed from 6:30 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. The Highway 68 eastbound off-ramp will be closed to traffic from 6 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. For more information on this project and for traffic updates on other Caltrans projects in Monterey County, residents can call 831-372-0862.
(06:55) King City - A man was stabbed last night in King City. The incident took place just before 8 p.m. at a motel on the 10 block of Broadway Circle. The 35 year-old victim was approached by 4 men who attached him and stabbed him once in the abdomen. The victim is being treated with non-life threatening injuries at an area hospital. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the King City Police Department.
(06:35) Salinas - The City of Salinas is holding a meeting tonight to discuss road improvements. The project costs 7 million dollars and would include the areas of Bardin Road, Alisal Street, Alisal Road and Sconberg Parkway. The City will present the draft design which includes roundabouts, ADA enhancements, and new street lighting at crosswalks. If the project is approved ground is scheduled to break June of 2018. The meeting will be held at 6:30 tonight at Bardin Elementary School, 425 Bardin Road, in Salinas.
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