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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.

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Country music show coming to Monterey County

The first of its kind country music show will be coming to Greenfield on September 27, 2014. 

Performers include:  Chris Cagle, Bucky Covington, Maggie Rose, and Chris Janson. 

Promoters say they are focused on the music and the  fans.  Ranch 1917 is billed as a fun, family friendly, and safe event. 

To buy tickets and for more information go to:  http://www.ranch1917.com

People behind the concert said "We have a beautiful location in the hills and the inspiration was about music, nature, and fans.  We started the actual work on this about a year ago and the goal was to share our passion of music with the community.  All involved, have full time careers outside of this."
 

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.

 

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.