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Be Ready for a Natural Disaster

Be ready for the next earthquake, fire, flood, or other emergency

Free fair on September 20 will help you prepare


MONTEREY, Calif. — After events like the weekend earthquake in Napa, many of us think about whether we would be prepared if disaster strikes. Unfortunately, many of us don’t get past the thinking stage.      


What’s the best place to keep an emergency kit? How much water should you have on hand? If you have to go to a shelter, what will you do with your pets? Get guidance and tools to help you answer those questions and others at the Emergency Preparedness Fair, Saturday, September 20, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Del Monte Center in Monterey.


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CALTRANS works to reduce water use in drought

SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY – Caltrans is installing “smart irrigation” controllers, a recycled-water pipeline, and low-flow fixtures to cut its water use along state highways throughout the Central Coast.

“As the drought intensifies here in California, we are making every effort to lead the way conserving the state’s precious water supplies,” said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty.

Caltrans plans to install more than 30 “smart irrigation” controllers – which can reduce water usage as much as 50 to 60 percent – at various locations along U.S. Highway 101 and State Route 1 from Santa Barbara County to Santa Cruz County. The smart irrigation devices monitor plant health and apply water only when absolutely necessary. They automatically turn off when it rains and when it is forecast to rain. They also shut off and notify the water manager if the system malfunctions.

Hollister Police issue missing person bulletin for Vanessa Flores

The family of a missing Hollister woman believed to be with murder suspect Jose Barajas are urging the public to keep their eye out for her.

Vanessa Flores is believed to be with Barajas, who is accused of fatally shooting Ariana Zendejas on Friday night. At first, Hollister police said they didn't know if Flores had gone with Barajas willingly or not.

Tuesday, Flores' family members spoke with members of the media and said their daughter should be considered a kidnapping victim.

Hollister gets downtown weather center

Thanks to a nonprofit group, Weatherag, and the help of different community members, a new downtown weather center has been added to the Hollister Sign Company’s roof.

 “It's a professional weather station. It's wireless so we don't have to drill any holes through the roof. It transmits data to a main console inside the building,” said Weatherag’s chief meteorologist, Scott Borgioli.

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HPD: "Hollister Police Arrest Murder Suspect"


"HOLLISTER, CALIFORNIA – July 26, 2014- On July 14, 2014 at about 10:15 PM, Daniel Manuel Cadenas (31) of Hollister, was shot and killed on Prospect Avenue. The Hollister Police Department has identified Francisco “Frankie” Cardenas (18) of Hollister as a suspect in the murder and a “No bail” warrant was issued for his arrest. 

Monterey County veterans “Stand Down” this weekend

Monterey County veterans “Stand Down” this weekend

FORT ORD, Calif.- Monterey County’s homeless veterans will have a community of their own for 3 days beginning at noon August 1. During the Stand Down homeless veterans, men, women and families will have access to free medical and dental care.

“Our Stand Down,” says Terry Bare, Executive Director of the Veterans Transition Center, “is fully encompassing. Our goal is to get our veterans back on their feet. If we can we can provide opportunity and hope, then we’ve done our job.”

Traffic alert: Drivers warned to heed road work or else

Beginning today, Caltrans and the California Highway Patrol (CHP) are warning motorists statewide that the CHP is conducting maximum enforcement of traffic laws in active construction zones as part of a public safety campaign focused on work zone safety.


As part of this campaign, Caltrans will activate its electronic highway message signs in active construction and maintenance work zones around the state to display the following warning: