(07:40) Santa Cruz-Watsonville and Salinas have made National Geographic's list of "Happiest Cities in the United States." Coming in at number 2, the Santa Cruz-Watsonville area made the list because of its family-friendly boardwalk, beautiful beaches and the Monterey Bay. Salinas ranked in at number 13 because it’s the hometown of Nobel Prize-winning author John Steinbeck, who based many of his novels in Salinas. Fans of his work can visit the Steinbeck House (his boyhood home) and the National Steinbeck Center. To view the full list of the 25 happiest places in United States visit: nationalgeographic.com
(06:50) Monterey - Authorities reported that 1 person is dead and 3 others were injured during a high speed chase yesterday in Monterey. The high speed chase began around 5:30 p.m. near Bixby Bridge, with a vehicle believed to be involved in at least 7 burglaries. The suspect’s vehicle crashed into 2 other cars at Palo Colorado Road. 1 person was killed and 3 others were injured.
NEARLY 900 FIREFIGHTERS ARE WORKING TO QUELL THE 300-ACRE BEAR FIRE THAT IS BURNING BETWEEN BOULDER CREEK AND LOS GATOS. MANDATORY EVACUATIONS ARE STILL IN-PLACE FOR THE COMMUNITIES OF LAS CUMBRES AND DEER CREEK….AND FOR ALL RESIDENTS OF BEAR CREEK ROAD BETWEEN SKYLINE BOULEVARD AND HAWK RIDGE ROAD. 300 STRUCTURES ARE CURRENTLY THREATENED BY THE WILDFIRE, AND EVACUATION CENTERS ARE STILL SET UP AT LAKESIDE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IN LOS GATOS, AND THE ZAYANTE FIRE STATION IN FELTON.
The deadline is coming up for North Monterey County residents who still need to register so they can vote in the upcoming North Monterey County Unified School District Election. The deadline to register to vote in the November 7th election is this coming Monday. People can verify their registration status, or register to vote by going on-line to: MontereyCountyElections.us or they can register at RegisterToVote.ca.us or people can walk-in to the Monterey County Elections office on Schilling Place in Salinas.
Daytime roadwork is scheduled on Soquel Drive this Sunday. The work will be done between Trout Gulch Road and 200 feet south of Aptos Street. The motoring public is asked to avoid the area between 7 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
A section of the Customs House Plaza was cordoned off this week, due to cracks in the bricks that indicate that portions of the plaza are sinking. Because the customs house plaza is California State Park’s property, City and State Parks employees are evaluating the cause of the cracking….and determining what to do about it. Further testing is expected to be done before repair work begins. People are asked to stay off the cracked area.
Cal-Fire suspended its “air attack” on the Bear Fire for an hour this morning, as the result of someone flying a drone in the area. Flying drones over an active wildfire is not only illegal, it puts the firefighting pilots in danger (due to the possibility of a mid-air collision). That’s because aerial firefighting aircraft fly at very low altitudes, sometimes just a few hundred feet above the ground.
A Florida man was arrested after he caused a small brush fire in the Big Sur area. Michael Manneback was illegally camping in the Partington Ridge area, when he started a fire to stay warm. The fire then caught sections of dry needles and grass on fire. California State Parks maintenance workers, as well as a nearby resident, were able to suppress the spread of the fire until members of the Big Sur Volunteer Fire Brigade could arrive and put out the blaze. Manneback was booked into Monterey County Jail.
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