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FORT ORD MONUMENT EXPANSION - 7/16/13 08:00 av

A 60-ACRE PLOT OF OPEN SPACE WILL SOON BE GOING TO THE FORT ORD NATIONAL MONUMENT.   THE ARMY IS EXPECTED TO MAKE A RABBIT-SHAPED PLOT OF LAND AVAILABLE TO THE BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT IN ABOUT THREE WEEKS.   THE LAND, WHICH WAS GIVEN THE NAME “RABBIT PARCEL” DUE TO IT’S SHAPE, IS LOCATED AT THE CORNER OF THREE SISTERS AND OIL WELL ROADS.   THE PLOT WAS ORIGINALLY ALLOCATED AS A PARKING LOT FOR MAZDA RACEWAY LAGUNA SECA, HOWEVER, THE MONTEREY COUNTY PARKS DEPARTMENT GAVE UP THE LAND IN A 2004 PROPERTY SWAP.

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SALINAS TRUCK/TRAIN COLLISION - 7/16/13 07:30 av

NO ONE WAS INJURED AFTER A TRUCK SLAMMED INTO A PASSING SALINAS-BOUND PASSENGER TRAIN YESTERDAY AFTERNOON (MON).  AUTHORITIES SAY THE DRIVER OF THE WHITE CHEVROLET SILVERADO SLIPPED HIS FOOT ON THE BRAKE CAUSING HIM TO DRIVE INTO THE SPEEDING TRAIN AT ESPINOSA ROAD AND HIGHWAY 183, BETWEEN SALINAS AND CASTROVILLE.  ACCORDING TO REPORTS, NO ONE ONBOARD THE TRAIN AT THE TIME SEEMED TO NOTICE THE INCIDENT.  CREW MEMBERS SAY ANOTHER PICKUP PASSED IN FRONT OF THE TRAIN SHORTLY BEFORE THE COLLISION.

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CARMEL RIVER – STEELHEAD TROUT - 7/16/13 07:00 av

A RESCUE PROGRAM FOR THE ENDANGERED STEELHEAD TROUT IS SLATED TO START EARLIER THAN EXPECTED BECAUSE OF THE RAPIDLY RECEDING CARMEL RIVER.  SO FAR, 40-THOUSAND OF THE TROUT HAVE BEEN SAVED.  BIOLOGISTS SAY IF A DIFFERENT SOURCE OF WATER SUPPLY ISN’T UTILIZED, THAT NUMBER IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE TO RISE.  THE PROGRAM GOT STARTED IN APRIL, ALREADY MONTHS AHEAD OF SCHEDULE.  THE EARLY START IS ATTRIBUTED TO A BELOW-NORMAL WINTER AND A VERY DRY SPRING WHICH IN TURN CAUSED THE CARMEL RIVER TO RECEDE SOONER AND FARTHER CREATING A THREAT TO THE STEELHEAD POPULATION.

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KING CITY SHOOTING - 7/16/13 07:00 av


TWO MEN WERE HOSPITALIZED YESTERDAY (MON) IN KING CITY AFTER SUFFERING FROM GUNSHOT WOUNDS.  POLICE RESPONDED TO THE 400-BLOCK OF NORTH VANDERHURST AVENUE JUST BEFORE 6 P-M TO FIND THE MEN IN A GARAGE OFF AN ALLEY-WAY.  A 24-YEAR OLD MAN SUFFERED A SINGLE GUNSHOT WOUND TO THE LEG WHILE A 28-YEAR OLD MAN WAS SHOT IN THE LOWER TORSO.  THE SUSPECT VEHICLE, WHICH WAS DESCRIBED AS A DARK GREEN HONDA, WAS LATER FOUND UNOCCUPIED IN THE GREENFIELD AREA.   NO SUSPECTS HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED AND NO ARRESTS HAVE BEEN MADE.

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CHEMICAL ODOR SCARE - 07/16/13 06:30 av

THREE CHILDREN WERE HOSPITALIZED YESTERDAY AFTERNOON (MON) AS A PRECAUTION AFTER BEING EXPOSED TO A STRONG CHEMICAL ODOR AT SANTA CRUZ’S ADVENTURE SPORTS.    THE CHILDREN COMPLAINED OF EYE IRRITATION STEMMING FROM THE CLUB’S HOT TUB AND WERE TAKEN TO DOMINICAN HOSPITAL AROUND 4 P-M.     FIREFIGHTERS REPORTED NO EVIDENCE OF A LEAK BUT SHUT DOWN THE POOL AREA UNTIL AN EVALUATION OF THE FACILITY’S SYSTEM WAS MADE.

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