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DEAR JON: Buses flashing red lights mean stop

DEAR JON: Buses flashing red lights mean stop

Students are back at school and traffic safety is a hot topic, especially around school buses. You’ve probably seen buses flashing red lights often. Most people stop, as they should, but police say many don’t. Nick sent me a note, “Dear Jon, without fail everyday I see drivers that do not understand what the lights on the school bus mean, can you help?”

The Salinas Police department’s Sargent Gerry Ross says this issue continues to be a problem, “Officers are not going just give you a warning if you pass a bus with its red lights flashing.” For me, that’s warning enough.

When you see a school bus what's the first thing that comes to your mind? Are you thinking, ‘There’s a road hog in my way!?’ Or do you see a bus as a vehicle carrying precious cargo, our children?

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New heart attack clincal trials to begin

New heart attack clincal trials to begin

MONTEREY, Calif. — Drs. Richard Gray and Pir Shah, physicians at Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula’s Tyler Heart Institute (THI) are pleased to announce a new clinical trial available for heart attack patients. THI is leading the way with the trial, designed to reduce the risk of future heart attacks in patients who have experienced a heart attack. Since opening in 2007, THI’s goal is to participate in advanced clinical trials as an option for patients with heart conditions.

THI has been selected to participate by the TIMI Study Group, known for high-quality clinical trials that enhance the care of patients with heart disease. TIMI (Thrombolysis In Myocardial Infarction) is affiliated with Brigham Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. 

Free Day at Los Padres National Forest

Free Day at Los Padres National Forest

 

Los Padres National Forest officials today announced that Saturday, September 27, has been designated as a “Fee Free Day” for visitors to the forest. In all areas of the forest where an Adventure Pass is normally required, the fee will be waived in celebration of National Public Lands Day, which is held each year on the last Saturday in September.

An Adventure Pass is typically required for day use activities and camping at many recreational facilities in the Forest. This weekend’s “Fee Free Day” applies to all Adventure Pass areas except the Lower Santa Ynez Recreation Area, where the fee remains in effect. Other fees such as reservation fees and group site fees will also still apply. Forest visitors who unknowingly validate a daily Adventure Pass on “Fee Free Day” can have the pass replaced free of charge at most Forest Service offices.

Enterovirus now confirmed in California

Enterovirus now confirmed in California

SACRAMENTO, Calif. 4 confirmed cases of the Enterovirus D68 have been reported to the California Department of Public Health. 3 cases in San Diego County and 1 in Ventura County are the first confirmed cases in California in 2014.

While other specimens are still being tested in the state, Dr. Ron Chapman with the CDPH says. ““We are not surprised to find EV-D68 causing some illnesses in California given the apparent widespread nature of this virus in other parts of the country.”

More cases are anticipated in the coming weeks. CDPH has asked local health departments to submit samples from all rhinovirus/enterovirus positive specimens from hospitalized children less than 18 years of age for further typing. Several specimens have been received by CDPH for testing, and testing is underway.

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Native plant fair and open house at Elkhorn Slough Reserve slated

Native plant fair and open house at Elkhorn Slough Reserve slated

ELKHORN, Calif. Celebrating and showcasing one of the Central Coast’s natural habits will occur at the Elkhorn Slough Reserve on Saturday, September 27. It’s National Estuaries Day and organizers at the reserve will host activities and presentations free and open to the public.

Since its official designation in 1988, dozens of sites throughout the coastal United States have celebrated National Estuaries Day on the last Saturday of September, hosting gatherings, field trips, events, and seminars to highlight the extraordinary richness of our nation’s estuaries.

Low-income families to get help paying water bill

Central Coast Energy Services, Inc. (CCES), in partnership with the Community Action Partnership of Monterey County, will provide drought-affected, low-income households in Monterey County with a one-time payment assistance benefit on residential water bills.

The Drought Water Assistance Program, a $600,000 Community Services Block Grant, was distributed to 10 California counties where the unemployment rate is higher than the 2013 statewide average, the share of agricultural workers is higher than the state as a whole, and which are experiencing "exceptional" drought conditions according to the U.S. Drought Monitor Classification System. The 10 counties include Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz.

Derek Carr to start for Oakland Raiders

Derek Carr to start for Oakland Raiders

OAKLAND, Calif. - Raider Nation, get ready to start the Carr. For the first time in Oakland Raider history a rookie quarterback will start week 1 of the regular season.

Oakland rookie Derek Carr will start the season opener against the New York Jets.
    
Coach Dennis Allen announced Monday that Carr got the nod ahead of Matt Schaub, who struggled in the preseason and has been hampered by a sore elbow.
    
Carr will be the first rookie to start the season opener at quarterback in Raiders history.