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Murder suspect again ruled unfit 06/26/12 6:45p.m. TDH

A 29-year-old salinas man has again been deemed unfit to stand trial for killing his mother.  Christopher sorenson is accused of beating his 71-year-old mother Janet to death this past December.  He was previously ruled mentally unfit to stand trial, and was again deemed so at a hearing tuesday in a monterey county courtroom.  Sorenson’s mental health is expected to be evaluated again in December.  He remains in custody at Atascadero state hospital.

 

New monterey ranger named 06/26/12 6:45p.m. TDH

A new ranger has been named for the monterey county portion of los padres national forest.   Forest managers have named tim short as the new “monterey district ranger.”    Short currently serves as a district ranger for the Kaibab national forest (in Arizona).    Short replaces outgoing-ranger sherry tune; he is set to take on the role july 30th.

 

Cal-Am rebukes desal regs 06/26/12 5p.m. TDH

Monterey county supervisors are set to take cal-am water to court, to try to enforce new regulations governing desalination plants.  Supervisors recently passed a set of regulations setting health standards and other stipulations.  Cal-am officials have argued that the ordinance does not apply to the utility’s planned desal plant, which is being proposed for a site north of marina.  The state public utilities commission has also maintained that supervisors cannot restrict the plant.  County supervisors decided Tuesday to take the matter to move forward with litigation.

 

SMALL DECLINE IN MCO CROP $ - 06/25/12 14:00 S.S.

THE  MONTEREY  COUNTY  2011  CROP  REPORT SHOWED  A  SLIGHT  DECLINE  FROM  2010.      MONTEREY  COUNTY  AGRICULTURAL  COMMISSIONER ERIC  LAURITZEN MADE  THAT  ANNOUNCEMENT  AT  A  PRESS  CONFERENCE  THIS  MORNING.     EVEN  WITH  THAT  SLIGHT  DECLINE,  THE  AGRICULTURE  INDUSTRY  IN   MONTEREY  COUNTY  BROUGHT  IN  MORE  THAN  3.85  BILLION  DOLLARS  IN  2011.

LIBRARY SECURITY INCREASED 6/26/2012 11AM B.B.

A TEAM, COMPRISED OF GILROY POLICE OFFICERS AND LIBRARY STAFF, HAS PROMISED TO ADDRESS THE ISSUE OF TEENAGERS DEFILING THE NEW 34-MILLION-DOLLAR GILROY LIBRARY, PROMISING THE ISSUE WILL BE CONTROLLED BEFORE THE END OF THE SUMMER. PROBLEMS WITH THE TEENAGERS, HAVE RANGED FROM TAGGING THE ELEVATORS TO SKATEBOARDING ON THE SECOND FLOOR. THOSE ACTIVITIES HAVE LED TO LIBRARY STAFF CALLING FOR A CRACKDOWN, BEFORE THE PROBLEMS WORSEN. STARTING THIS WEEK, GILROY POLICE OFFICERS WILL BEGIN RANDOM WALK-THROUGHS OF THE LIBRARY BUILDING, AND A SECURITY CAMERA SYSTEM HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED TO KEEP TABS ON POTENTIAL MISCREANTS. THE LIBRARY IS NOW ADOPTING A ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY FOR MIBEHAVING TEENS; IF SOMEONE IS CAUGHT DISOBEYING THE RULES, THEY WILL BE ASKED TO LEAVE THE LIBRARY.