A Monterey County Grower Shipper announced plans last week to expand it’s Salinas-based vegetable processing plant. An extra 80,000 square feet will be added to Taylor Farms Retail existing facility to accommodate increased demand of it’s Green Giant Fresh branded cut vegetable line. The new plant, which will be 135,000 square feet by the time the project is completed by next April, is expected to include state-of the-art processing equipment along with energy efficiency and cold chain management.
No injuries were reported after a small wildfire was extinguished Friday afternoon in Watsonville. Fire crews responded to an area behind the 200-block of Green Meadow Drive near Main Street just before 2 p.m. Officials say the blaze burned an area about 25-by-100-feet before it was extinguished 10 minutes after responders arrived. Firefighters say the blaze may have been started by a downed power line after electricity was knocked out in the area. The cause is still under investigation.
NEARLY FORTY THOUSAND POUNDS OF COOKED CHICKEN WAS RECALLED EARLY SATURDAY MORNING BY COSTCO. THE ANNOUNCEMENT, MADE BY THE AGRICULTURAL DEPARTMENT, RELATED TO THE STORE’S RECALL OF NINE THOUSAND ROTISSERIE FOSTER FARM CHICKENS, AND RELATED KIRKLAND FARM SOUP, CHICKEN SALAD AND LEG QUARTERS, THAT WERE PURCHASED BETWEEN SEPTEMBER 11 AND SEPTEMBER 23RD, AT THE SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO LOCATION. AS OF SATURDAY, OFFICIALS AT COSTCO WERE UNABLE TO BE REACHED. HOWEVER, A RECORDED MESSAGE WARNS CUSTOMERS THAT ANY LEFTOVER ITEMS FROM FOSTER FARMS, SHOULD BE RETURNED, OR DISCARDED.
A PRIVATE PLANE TOOK OFF FROM MONTEREY REGIONAL AIRPORT AROUND 3:00 P-M LAST THURSDAY AND LOST A PASSENGER DOOR, AS SOON AS IT WAS AIRBORNE. THE 75 POUND DOOR, FELL APPROXIMATELY ONE THOUSAND FEET AND LANDED ONTO THE ROOF OF THE EL CASTELL MOTEL, AT NORTH FREMONT STREET AND CASA VERDE WAY. THE PLANE RETURNED TO THE AIRPORT SAFELY, BUT THE DOOR WAS NOT DISCOVERED UNTIL 17 HOURS LATER. SOME ONE DRIVING BY THE MOTEL THE NEXT DAY, SAW THE DOOR ON TOP OF THE BUILDING AND NOTIFIED THE MANAGER. THE FIRE DEPARTMENT REMOVED THE DOOR FROM THE ROOF AND AN INVESTIGATION IS UNDERWAY AS TO JUST HOW THE DOOR BECAME SEPARATED FROM THE PLANE. NO ONE WAS INJURED IN THE ACCIDENT, WHICH OCCURRED LESS THAN A BLOCK FROM THEMONTEREY COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS.
HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE ATTENDED THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE YEAR LONG CELEBRATION OF THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE SANTA CRUZ WHARF. THE EVENT INCLUDED SPEECHES BY CITY OFFICIALS, FREE FOOD, MUSIC AND A MUSEUM OF THE HALF MILE LONG STRUCTURE’S HISTORY DATING BACK TO 1914. THERE WERE ALSO PLANS FOR THE UPCOMING RENOVATION OF THE WHARF, WHICH WAS ORIGINALLY BUILT BY THE CITY WITH A BOND FOR 172 THOUSAND DOLLARS. THE PLANS FOR THE RENOVATION ARE EXPECTED TO COST THE CITY 1 POINT 2 MILLION DOLLARS.
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