• Dharma Center Opens in Pacific Grove

    April 14, 2014

    Dear Friends of Khenpo Karten Rinpoche:

    We are very happy to announce that Rinpoche has moved into a space for Manjushri Dharma Center (MDC). It’s a small building located in downtown Pacific Grove (near the Post Office on the other side of Lighthouse Ave.), but a great start for his first “home.” Please come and visit Rinpoche during his office hours, join him for regularly scheduled meditation sessions, or call him at 831/917-3969 to set up private meeting. See information below for the MDC address and schedule. Read the rest of this story »

    Monterey County Association of REALTORS® Hosting Peninsula Water Forum and Measure O Debate

    April 14, 2014

    The Monterey County Association of REALTORS® (“MCAR”) will be hosting a Monterey Peninsula Water Forum, including a debate on Measure O, on Tuesday, April 22nd from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Seaside, CA. The event is open to the public and free to attend. Read the rest of this story »


    April 11, 2014

    Here are the major scheduled road and lane closures for Monterey County from Sunday, April 13, through Sunday, April 20, 2014 – newest information is in red. Please keep in mind that construction work is weather-dependent. Read the rest of this story »

    Last Chance for Free Tax Prep from United Way: 2 sites added

    April 10, 2014

    People who make less than $57000 have one last chance to get free tax prep or help to file an extension.

    Last minute filers can go to the Salinas Center for Employment (CET) or the United Way Monterey County Salinas office on Tuesday, April 15 from 5:00pm to 8:30pm. For people who prefer to do their own taxes, United Way also offers free online software for both federal and state returns on its website.

    Anyone who earned less than $57,000 should file their taxes and claim the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).  Many people do not file because of the high cost – on average $200 even for simple returns.  VITA eliminates this cost barrier and allows workers to claim all the refunds and credits for which they are eligible.  Addresses of sites open Tuesday are: Read the rest of this story »

    Eco Hip Hop Coming to Area Schools

    April 7, 2014

    Brett “Mr. Eco” Edwards has performed at area assemblies at no cost at more than 85 schools, reaching more than 42,000 “Eco Heroes. He has released his debut album, “Hybrid Hip Hop,” which is available in Whole Foods stores nationwide. He has more than 130,000 You Tube Views. Shows are sponsored by PG&E and the Monterey Air Pollution Control District. See his video press release at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sykx0ZP9phc

    Breakers results from North Salinas Invitational

    April 5, 2014

    Breakers results from North Salinas Invitational: One-two finish in girls varsity 3200 meter run, Michelle Watkins (school record 11:54.73), followed by Kaitlin Alt.
    Cayla Whiteside 4th place girls varsity 800 meter run.
    Zack Miller double winner, frosh soph boys long jump and 100 meter dash.
    Next up for the Breakers vs. King City and Carmel in King City, Thursday, April 10. Thank you, Steve Watkins

    Cal Am Workshops

    April 4, 2014

    IN CASE YOU MISSED THE AD ON PAGE 3 OF THE CURRENT ISSUE: California American Water will host two public workshops next week that will address issues, including its current rate case, the ongoing drought and customer service enhancements as well as other issues within the Monterey district. Customers are encouraged to stop by and ask questions during this open-house style meeting. Read the rest of this story »

    Pacific Grove City Hall Paid Off

    March 21, 2014

    The final payment on the improvements and repairs to City Hall, going back to 2004, has been made. This frees up $223,000 (the amount of payments) in the budget. Will we have a mortgage-burning party? Well, we’ll at least have a story next week in the print issue.

    Special Council Meeting: Wait for the judge

    March 12, 2014

    Given a choice to proceed directly to the ballot with the citizens’ initiative on rescinding the “3@50” retirement or to wait until June 26 and be guided by the judge’s decision on some items he left up in the air, the Pacific Grove City Council at a special meeting on March 12 chose the latter action. The vote was 5-2 with Robert Huitt and Dan Miller dissenting. Read the rest of this story »

    Red Cross Reminds Central Coast Residents 
to Be Prepared for the Next Earthquake

    March 10, 2014

    Download App, Make a Plan; Get a Kit; and Know What To Do

    Last night’s (March 10, 2014) 6.9M earthquake 50 miles off the coast of Eureka, CA and the subsequent 19+ aftershocks are reminders to all Bay Area and Central Coast residents of the risks of living in earthquake country. American Red Cross encourages all residents to take the simple steps to be prepared for the next earthquake. Read the rest of this story »

    Reports of gunman shut down MPC campus

    March 7, 2014

    Prepared by Lt. Leslie F. Sonné
    Monterey Police Dept.
    No Evidence of Man with a Gun on Campus

    On March 7, 2014 at 11:01 AM, a 65 year old man from Santa Cruz reported an armed robbery to Monterey Police Officers. The man told officers that he had been robbed while sitting in his car in the area of Fishnet and Iris Canyon by two Hispanic males wearing red shirts. One of the alleged suspects was said to have been armed with a handgun. The alleged suspects left the area either on foot or in a vehicle.

    Due to the close proximity of the Monterey Peninsula College campus, the school was notified of the possible suspect description and the campus administrators placed the campus on lockdown. Read the rest of this story »

    Retired PGPD Cdr. Nyunt Arrested on Threat Charges

    March 3, 2014

    Monterey County District Attorney Dean Flippo announced today, March 3 that John Nyunt a former police commander with the Pacific Grove Police Department was arrested early Saturday morning, March 1, at his home in Monterey. Nyunt was booked on felony charges of committing criminal threats in violation of Penal Code section 422. The victim of the threats is his former wife Kristin Nyunt.

    Nyunt is being held on $500,000 bail. His arraignment is expected to take place on March 4.

    A broadcast news station is reporting that the threat took place before Kristin Nyunt was jailed on credit card forgery files but this has not been corroborated. She remains in jail in Santa Cruz county.

    Pacific Grove Police Chief Vicki Myers stated that as Nyunt is retired and that this is a Monterey District Attorney case, she has no statement on the matter.

    TAMC Highway Maintenance This Week

    February 28, 2014

    The following are TAMC “cone zones” for scheduled work in the coming week. This does not include emergency work. Read the rest of this story »

    The State of the City of Pacific Grove – Mayor Kampe’s 2/18/14 speech

    February 23, 2014

    By Marge Ann Jameson

    Mayor Bill Kampe’s State of the City address, delivered to a crowd of nearly 100 on Tues., Feb. 18, was a fact-filled snapshot of Pacific Grove’s major challenges including water, pensions, business vitality, the budget, city staff and the desire for a constructive dialog on local issues. Kampe offered listeners a synopsis of what is being done to meet those challenges, from the Local Water Project to out-sourcing some positions on City staff. While he had a 7+-page speech written out, he used it only as a “crib sheet” and spoke almost extemporaneously, punctuating his speech with humorous anecdotes. He stayed on subject until the question-and-answer portion, and kept the entire event down to one hour.

    He first reminded listeners of Pacific Grove’s virtues, from natural features like our beach with its seal pups and otters, the Butterfly Sanctuary, as well as buildings and attractions like Lovers Point with its new pool, the Beach House restaurant (remember that the City owns the property), the library, and the Museum of Natural History. Read the rest of this story »

    Amgen announces route through Monterey

    February 21, 2014

    The City of Monterey, host city for the Stage 4 start of the Amgen Tour of California, unveiled the route professional cyclists will take through Monterey.
    The world’s top cyclists will gather Wednesday morning, May 14 in downtown Monterey for an 11:50 a.m. start on Alvarado Street. Cyclists will turn right on Franklin Street, riding past the Monterey Sports Center; left on El Estero and right on Del Monte Avenue, past Window-on-the-Bay and the Naval Postgraduate School; right on Hannon to Highway 1 and then ride 100 miles to Cambria.
    The popular race will not go through Pacific Grove and will bypass Santa Cruz, which played host last year.

    SPCA Rescues Rhinoceros Auklets

    February 14, 2014

    The SPCA for Monterey County Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Center is caring for two emaciated Rhinoceros Aucklets.

    The first Rhinoceros Aucklet, a juvenile, was found on Carmel Beach. The second, an adult in breeding plumage, was found on the recreation trail near Monterey Bay Kayaks in Monterey. When rescued, the two birds were emaciated but alert and fairly strong. Skilled SPCA staff are providing oral fluids and nutrition via feeding tubes. The adult has recovered enough to eat fish and yesterday started enjoying time in warm water pool.

    Rescued Rhinoceros Auklet

    Rescued Rhinoceros Auklet

    Video is available here: http://youtu.be/W9J1ASGCE6s

    If you see injured wildlife or wild animals acting unusual, please contact the SPCA Wildlife Center at 831-264-5427. Skilled wildlife staff are available for emergency wildlife rescues 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For your safety and the safety of the animals, never touch or try to feed wildlife on your own. Always call the SPCA Wildlife Center for assistance.

    The SPCA Wildlife Center is the only full service wildlife rescue and rehabilitation center in Monterey County. To donate to help rescue injured and orphaned wild animals, please call the SPCA at 831-373-2631 or donate online at www.SPCAmc.org.

    City Council Actions (synopsis) 2/5/14 meeting

    February 9, 2014


    Major actions taken by the Council at its regular meeting on February 5, 2014 include: Read the rest of this story »

    Where’s Buster Keaton When We Need Him?

    February 8, 2014

    On Fri., Feb. 7 at approximately 5:40 a.m., the Pacific Grove Police Department and the Monterey Fire Department responded to a traffic collision at the corner of 14th Street and Lighthouse Ave. in Pacific Grove.

    A small garbage truck had been picking up a dumpster when the dumpster came loose from the truck and began to roll downhill, northbound on 14th Street. The driver jumped out hoping to stop the dumpster but he forgot to put the truck in park. The truck began to roll downhill, too, and veered onto the sidewalk where it struck two parked cars and a house. It then struck an SUV that was parked in the driveway of another house, which pushed the SUV into that house. Read the rest of this story »

    AMGEN seeks volunteers

    February 7, 2014

    Organizers of the nation’s largest and most prestigious professional cycling race, the Amgen Tour of California, have just launched a campaign to recruit nearly 4,000 volunteers to assist with the 2014 Amgen Tour of California cycling race, which kicks off in Sacramento on May 11 and will travel nearly 750 miles through 12 host cities for official stage starts and finishes before concluding on May 18 in Thousand Oaks, California. Read the rest of this story »

    TAMC Cone Zone

    February 7, 2014

    With bad weather forecast, some of these projects may not take place On the other hand, with bad weather forecast, there may be additional closures! Stay alert.

    Highway 1 – Multiple Locations: Feb. 10 – Feb 14 • Daytime drainage and tree work at multiple locations along Highway 1 between from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

    Locations are: Lime Creek Bridge to Garrapata Creek Bridge: Drainage work. Hurricane Point to Garrapata Ridge Road: Crack and Seal work. Peter Pan Road to Granite Canyon Bridge: Maintenance operation. Carmel Valley Road to Moss Landing Road: Sweeping operation. Iris Canyon Road, Aguajito Road, and Fremont Street: Guardrail repair. Motorists can expect delays of approximately 10 minutes.

    City Worker Union Files Charges Against City

    February 3, 2014

    United Public Employees of California, the union that represents City of Pacific Grove workers, has filed an Unfair Labor Practice charge against the City. Papers were filed on Fri., Jan. 31. Read the rest of this story »

    Become a Central Coast Lighthouse Keeper

    February 3, 2014

    A one hour orientation meeting will be held Tuesday, February 11 at 7:00 p.m. at State Parks Monterey District Office, 2211 Garden Road, to discuss a two-month training program to become a volunteer at Pt. Sur State Historic Park and/or Pacific Grove’s Point Pinos Lighthouse. At this meeting we will present information on the Volunteer Program and answer any questions you might have. Read the rest of this story »

    CHP Urges Motorist to Play it Safe on Game Day

    January 31, 2014

    The Super Bowl is one of America’s most highly anticipated sports events when friends and family often gather in homes, bars, and restaurants to watch the game.

    Whether attending the game, watching at a bar, or hosting a party, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) joins with the U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the National Football League, and TEAM (Techniques for Effective Alcohol Management) to remind everyone that Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk.  Before choosing to drink, choose your team’s Most Valuable Player – a sober designated driver. Read the rest of this story »

    Lost Key and Electronic Fob in Pacific Grove

    January 31, 2014

    On 1/28/14, probably somewhere between RobertDown and the post office. If found, please turn in to Bookmark Music, 307 Forest Ave, or the police dept. Thanks.

    Water Management District Board Approves Interim Conservation Measures

    January 31, 2014

    Expanded Conservation Outreach and Carmel River Activities the Focus of Actions

    The Monterey Peninsula Water Management District (MPWMD) Board of Directors has voted unanimously to approve a set of increased interim conservation measures to help combat the effects of the third year of drought on the Monterey Peninsula. These measures include an increased level of conservation-focused public outreach and additional riparian vegetation and fisheries activities along the Carmel River. Read the rest of this story »

    Lecture: The Nature Study Movement in Pacific Grove c. 1875

    January 28, 2014

    On Thursday, February 6, at 6:00 p.m., Don Kohrs will share his recent findings associated with summer gatherings of the Chautauqua Assemblies in Pacific Grove and the strong emphasis the founders of the assembly placed on the instruction of the natural sciences, romantic literature, and the arts. In addition, he will speak to the organizing of Chautauqua Circles throughout the State of California, and how these Chautauqua reading circles seeded the establishing of the California Federation of Women’s Club; a federation whose political efforts would be directed towards the protection and preservation of nature. Read the rest of this story »

    Celebrate the British Invasion

    January 28, 2014

    “Satire, Swing and Shorts Skirts!” is a survey of Swinging London of the ’60s and Beatlemania to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the arrival of the Fab Four in NYC conducted by Robert Marcum and Howard Burnham. Read the rest of this story »

    TAMC Cone Zone: Road Repair Delays Announced for Next Week

    January 25, 2014

    TAMC Cone Zone: Road Repair Delays Announced for Next Week

    Highway 68 – Pacific Grove:  Jan. 31

    Daytime paving on Highway 68 between 17 Mile Drive and Grove Ave. from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Motorists can expect delays of approximately 10 minutes. Read the rest of this story »

    Mock Trial Begins This Week

    January 25, 2014

    High School Mock Trial competition Grapples with Second Degree Murder and Unlawful Search and Seizure

    Pacific Grove, Monterey, Carmel, Palma, Salinas and  Santa Catalina high schools are preparing for their annual competition at the upcoming Monterey County High School Mock Trial program to be held January 27, 29 and 30 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. The final event will be on Feb 1  from 9:30-4:30. the Lyceum of Monterey is the sponsor. Read the rest of this story »

    Seals pupping very early: Second birth at Hopkins this week

    January 24, 2014

    Following a stillborn pup a few days ago, a live pup was born this morning 1/24/14. Thereafter, things did not go well. Thanks you, Kim Worrell, The Harbor Seals of Pacific Grove. Kim has a request of members of the public.

    Our first live pup was born this morning around 7:30am. This is extremely early for the birth. The pup was born alive and the mom was attentive to it, protecting it from the gulls and attempting to get it to nurse at one point. Unfortunately, it got washed out by the large waves and was never seen again. It was very small and not strong enough to probably survive the harsh power of the ocean even though pups born normally can enter the water immediately. This pup however was just too premature. Had it been higher on the beach and maybe nursed a few days before entering the water, it may have had a chance. The mother did her best to try and save it but was unsuccessful. I watched them in the surf and then they both disappeared. I have not seen the mother since and I always hope I may find them both safe somewhere but my instincts tell me that the pup did not make it.

    This is the first live birth and we need to keep our eyes open for more. It is becoming increasingly important to let people know that these seals are very pregnant and we need to monitor the sound levels and activity at hopkins beach. Please let everyone know that this area is now considered a nursery and to try and maintain a little quieter environment around there. Many other pregnant females are carrying very low right now and I would not be surprised to see more pups very, very soon.

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