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Image caption: Many of Robert Kerbeck’s neighbors in Malibu Park lost their homes in the 2018 Woolsey Fire, which left behind lots where only chimneys still stood.
Give Your Home a Fighting Chance in a Wildfire

California wildfires are becoming larger, more frequent and more ferocious. ‘Malibu Burning’ author Robert Kerbeck shares simple steps you can take to protect your home.

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Second Bat Tests Positive for Rabies in Toro Park

SALINAS — A bat found on June 7 near Portola Drive and Anza Drive in the Toro Park area of unincorporated Monterey County has tested positive for the rabies virus.

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Calforests Applauds Funding for Wildfire Prevention, Preparedness in Governor Newsom’s May Revision

On May 14, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced the May Revision includes a proposed budget allocation to assist the State in achieving its fire prevention and fire suppression goals.

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Limited Access on Highway 1 Creates Hardship, but Also Some Magic, in Big Sur.

The paved, two-lane portion of Highway 1 through Big Sur is an attraction unto itself. It’s also the artery that residents, employees, emergency responders and tourists use to get to and from the remote community. With access limited on all…

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Tri-County Collaborative Awarded Fentanyl Overdose Prevention Grant to Tackle Rising Overdose Rates

CENTRAL COAST — The Tri-County Collaborative (TCC) has been awarded a California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Fentanyl Overdose Prevention Grant.

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Monterey County Health Department Offers Safety Tips for Bicyclists, Drivers

MONTEREY COUNTY — May is National Bicycle Safety Month, and Monterey County Health Department is encouraging everyone to get active and safely take bike rides, while at the same time reminding drivers to be on the lookout for more people …

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Military Ordnance Found in Soledad Prompts Evacuation, Bomb Squad Response

SOLEDAD — Officers from the Soledad Police Department were responding to a call for service on April 15 when they were notified of a potential threat to the community — a possible bomb in the bed of a nearby truck.

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Narcan Dispensers Are Now Publicly Available at Spots in Monterey.

To combat the rising number of drug overdoses, the Monterey Police Department and Central Coast Overdose Prevention coalition have installed boxes at three areas in Monterey that dispense lifesaving medication known as Narcan.

Image caption: The O Lot Safe Sleeping site at Balboa Park in San Diego on March 22, 2024.
Is San Diego Homeless Camp Ban ‘Successful’?

A new bill would make it illegal for homeless residents to camp in certain places, such as near schools, throughout California. Its authors say such a ban has had great success in San Diego. But a closer look at that …

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Highway 1 Convoys to Big Sur Are Canceled for Saturday, April 13, Due to Weather.

Access to and from northern Big Sur continues on guided convoys at 7am and 5pm daily to allow vehicles through a closure at Notley's Landing. The highway is closed to regular traffic due to a slip-out on Saturday, March 30,…

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Bat Tests Positive for Rabies in Toro Park

SALINAS — A bat found on April 2 near Toro Creek Road, in the Toro Park area of unincorporated Monterey County, has tested positive for the rabies virus.

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Group Sues County and State Over Use of Pesticides Near Schools.

A lawsuit filed April 4 against farms and county and state agencies allege that the approval of pesticide use near three schools in North Monterey County is disproportionately harming those who live and work in the area.

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Highway 1 Closure Could Jeopardize the Big Sur Marathon.

The closure of Highway 1 in Big Sur north of the Rocky Creek Bridge has thrown the Big Sur International Marathon, scheduled for Sunday, April 28, into jeopardy.

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Highway 1 Convoys to Continue for Residential Access to Big Sur, Depending on the Weather.

After calls came in from passing motorists, Caltrans officials arrived on Saturday afternoon, March 30, to find a chunk of Highway 1 missing from the road just south of Rocky Creek Bridge. They implemented a hard closure of the highway…

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Seaside’s Second Fire Station Takes a Step Toward Construction With Environmental Documents.

When it was built in the 1970s, Seaside’s fire station on Broadway Avenue was situated in a central location, allowing for even response times to all areas of the city.

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Missing Hiker Caroline Meister Is Found Dead at the Base of a Waterfall in the Ventana Wilderness.

After a three-and-a-half-day search, the Monterey County Sheriff's Office announced that search-and-rescue teams located the body of a missing hiker at the base of a waterfall in the Ventana Wilderness. Caroline Meister's remains were located around 10:45am Friday, March 22,…

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New Alert and Warning System Enhances Safety for Monterey County Residents

MONTEREY COUNTY — Monterey County’s Department of Emergency Management has announced the implementation of a cutting-edge Alert and Warning System designed to ensure the safety and well-being of all residents.

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Community Network Meeting Focuses on Youth Safety and Well-Being in South Monterey County

SALINAS VALLEY — Vista Verde Middle School in Greenfield recently hosted a community network meeting aimed at fostering a nurturing and safe environment for local youth, families and communities across South Monterey County.

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Seaside City Council Votes to Put 'Safe and Sane' Fireworks on the Ballot.

Fireworks have long been a polarizing issue in Seaside—some people love them, some people loathe them.

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Flash Flooding Damages Homes in North Monterey County.

For a good part of the year, many stream beds in the region contain just a trickle of water, or nothing at all. Rainfall this season has swelled many water bodies. But an unusually intense and stationary thunderstorm brought flash…

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A Pyrocumulus cloud generated by the Dixie Fire in July, 2021.
What is Fire 'Containment?' That and Other Terms, Explained
What does it mean when firefighters call a fire "contained?" Here's a brief guide to commonly used fire prevention terminology.
States have expansive powers to protect the health of the general public.
The State’s Broad Power to Protect Public Health, Explained
Since long before the COVID-19 pandemic, states have possessed broad authority to protect public health.
California will soon be getting a new hotline number as an alternative to 911 for mental health crises.
988, the New Mental Health Emergency Number, Explained
Here's the story behind that new service, and the original 911 number.
Mosquitos kill about 725,000 people every year, worldwide.
Taking a Bite Out of the Mosquito Population
How local government tries to control the world’s deadliest wild animal—the mosquito.
There are more than 300 community service districts in California.
Community Services Districts, Explained
Areas that the county overlooks can form their own local governments.
How Not to Feel the Burn
These groups help residents preserve their property, health and life.
Supercell storms are just one of many weather phenomena in the era of climate change.
The New Vocabulary of the Climate Change Era
As climate change causes more extreme and unusual weather, we need a new set of terms to describe the various phenomena
Though it’s the most famous, the San Andreas Fault is just one of more than 500 active faults in California.
Battening Down for the Big One
Making it through the earthquake is easy—the hard part comes later.
Many of Robert Kerbeck’s neighbors in Malibu Park lost their homes in the 2018 Woolsey Fire, which left behind lots where only chimneys still stood.
Give Your Home a Fighting Chance in a Wildfire
Wildfires are larger, more frequent, and more ferocious—so be prepared.
Thousands of homeowners have been kicked off their fire insurance policies.
California Fire Insurance Crisis: How the State Helps Homeowners
The state tries persuading insurance companies to cover homes in fire zones.
With CERT training, volunteers can learn firefighting skills.
Emergency Teamwork
With CERT training, ordinary civilians can play critical roles in protecting their communities.
View of the flooded San Lorenzo River Park Benchlands in Santa Cruz, California on New Year's Eve 2022.
Communicating During Disaster and Crisis
Recent lessons learned over days of local disaster.
Flooding on the Salinas River in 2023 brought economic hardship to farmers and snarled traffic.
Disaster Prep: Alerts, Maps and Apps
Keep these online resources handy in case of floods, fires, quakes and other disasters
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