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Central Coast counties will receive food assistance beginning in May

Central Coast counties will receive food assistance beginning in May

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Counties on the Central Coast will get significant aid as the drought continues. With the hot, dry months approaching and extreme drought grips much of the state, the California Department of Social Services’ has announced that food banks in 24 drought-affected counties will be receiving shipments of food assistance. The first $5.1 million in food assistance will begin to hit food bank shelves in early May, delivered directly to drought-impacted communities.

“Communities are feeling the impacts of the drought, and this assistance will help families put food on the table,” said CDSS Director Will Lightbourne. “As the drought persists, we’ll continue delivering assistance to where it is most needed.”

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One victim hospitalized following shooting in Hollister Sunday

Hollister police are investigating a shooting that happened around 12:30 p.m. Sunday on the 800 block of Washington Street.

Officers say a fight escalated when one of the suspects retrieved a rifle and starting shooting.  Police say the victim was shot three times and was later transported to a Bay Area hospital for medical treatment.

Police say they believe the shooting could be gang related.

Think twice before you buy a bunny for someone for Easter

News release provided by the Monterey County Health Department.

Baby chicks, bunnies and ducks may seem like the perfect Easter basket addition, but think twice! These cute babies grow up into large, adult animals requiring full-time care.

Rabbits make wonderful pets, but they aren't care-free pets. They have to be taken care of just like you would a dog or a cat. Rabbits commonly live for 8-10 years, and can live as long as 15, depending upon the breed, so it is a long-term commitment. Other factors to consider include the fact that not as many vets are experienced with rabbits, so your veterinary costs could be higher than you might expect to pay for a dog.

Dear Jon: Pot dispensaries largely unregulated at the state level

Dear Jon: Pot dispensaries largely unregulated at the state level

More marijuana dispensaries are popping up on the Central Coast and the big question has been: Who will regulate this growing business?  James wrote to me and asked, “Dear Jon, Who's bright idea was it to approve pot shops in California?” That “bright idea” came from voters almost 18 years ago.

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Salmon season opens up on a good note


Central Coast fishermen are reporting a big success on day one of salmon season despite the drought.  Yet, they could feel the affects down the line.  We caught up with the anglers just as they were docking their boats for the day in Moss Landing.

Rotary Club Hosting 50th Anniversary of the San Juan Bautista Antiques Show

From Rotary Club website: http://www.rotarysanjuanbautista.com/sjb-antique-fair.htmlThe Rotary Club of San Juan Bautista is delighted to invite you to California’s original outdoor Antique and Collectibles Fair.  Guests of this event may look forward to shopping for bona fide antiques, collectibles, memorabilia, and nostalgia (items produced prior to 1975).&n

Hollister soldier gets surprise welcome home parade

After two tours and a Purple Heart medal, a soldier from Hollister received a surprise welcome home party Wednesday evening after serving in Afghanistan.

Sgt. Clay Swanson, 23, pulled up to his home, tired after a long trip, but with a motorcade of veterans following, waving American flags. His family and friends greeted him with smiles and hugs. Hollister's police chief thanked the schools and teachers who announced his arrival to their students and encouraged participation.