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    Police: shooter threats at PGHS

    Since March 1, person(s) left several written threats at the Pacific Grove High School campus. Since that time, PGPD investigators and the School Resource Officer are working closely with school staff and students to identify the culprit(s). The information we have include: the threats were found in girl locker and bathrooms; the threats were reported to law enforcement on March 1st, 5th and 7th; investigators have interviewed numerous students and staff; reviewed 24 hours of surveillance video that revealed numerous students near or accessing the locations where the threats were left; and investigators continue to conduct interviews with potential witnesses. Our investigators have notified the FBI and other Monterey County law enforcement agencies.

    Our priorities are to identify the person(s) responsible, and evaluate security and preparedness. Police and Pacific Grove Unified School District administrators met and reviewed safety protocols, attended and continue to attend faculty meetings to discuss campus safety and the investigation, and increased police presence on the campus.

    We are aware the threats have many students, staff and parents fearful. We are hopeful that sharing this information will assist investigators with identifying and apprehending those responsible for the threats on school campus. Chief Christey said, “Police and school staff are doing all that they can to track down the culprits and restore the sense of safety and security at the high school. If you are the person who is doing this, please come forward so we can put an end to this. These cases are being investigated as felony terrorist threats and we ask anyone who has information that will help us, please contact the police department as soon as possible.”

    Trains and Christmas

    By Ted Prichard
    The tradition of including a model train setup around or near the Christmas tree has been common in many homes over the decades, blossoming in the post-war ’40s and ’50s. Young boys … and even
    some girls … dreamt of having his or her private railroad empire to help celebrate the holiday season.
    Lionel Trains were fueling this fire, often included in store displays with a rather elaborate complex of tracks, trains and accessories that presented the latest offerings. Typically they were judiciously
    placed near Santa Claus to help inspire wish lists. More recently, The Polar Express film helped us to rekindle that excitement, too.
    A huge influence on the hobby _originated locally with the wartime arrival of a man named John Allen, ultimately a renowned and visionary model railroader dubbed “The Wizard of Monterey.” Born in
    1913, at around age 30 he moved to Irving Street, off Cannery Row. It was there that he began his first model railroad and developed skills that catapulted him to virtually regal status among his peers.
    Photos of his work were in the model train press regularly, continuing up to his death in 1973.


    In the early 1950s, John bought a home on Cielo Vista Terrace, situated near the top of the hill south of Monterey. There, he designed and constructed an extensive rail line that became known around the world. Today its status continues as a legendary example of the hobby at its finest, a miniature empire named the Garre and Daphetid (read that as “gory and defeated”). Ultimately he grew tired of the name’s inferences, referring to the railroad as the G&D or the GD Line. Able to devote his life’s work to creating this small world, he required little in the way of help in constructing it. His attention to detail in the planning was amazing, with so much of the infrastructure laid down even years before it might be needed. He did, however,welcome help in its operation. Local hobbyists became the nucleus of his “operating group,” while others came from some distance for the bpportunity to run trains. Numerous servicemen who were stationed at Fort Ord, DLI or the Naval Postgraduate School also volunteered their time.
    Vestiges of the G&D Operators group remain in this area, although none of the original members are with us. The late Allan Fenton, a Carmel resident, was among those in John Allen’s circle, later being a prime mover in sustaining the nearly-annual model railroad show. This year it’s being held at the American Tin Cannery, Friday and Saturday December 9 and 10. There is no charge to attend.

    Upcoming Road Closures- FY17/18 Crack Seal and Slurry Seal CIP Project

    This notice is to inform Pacific Grove residents that the City will begin its Annual Crack Seal and Slurry Seal Capital Improvement Program (CIP) Project on October 18, 2017. The purpose of this work is to prevent rapid pavement deterioration and potholes due to inclement weather. This work is an important part of the City’s pavement management program.

    Specific closure dates and locations can be found in the chart at the below link.

    road closures

    Arrest in Armed Robbery Case

    On May 28 at 12:35 a.m., Monterey Police Officers were dispatched to the 300 block of Tyler Street in Monterey for a robbery. Two victims had been walking though the area when they were approached from behind and knocked to the ground by the suspect. The suspect took a purse from one of the victims and threatened to shoot them with a firearm. No firearm was actually observed. The suspect fled on foot and was then observed driving away in a vehicle. Read more…»

    You’re Invited to a Kitten Shower

    SPCA Kitten Shower

    Help kittens rescued by your local, independent SPCA for Monterey County by donating to our Kitten Shower! Similar to a baby shower, a kitten shower offers you the chance to help rescued underage and orphaned kittens.

    Right now, your SPCA is caring for 149 kittens, with more arriving every day. Read more…»

    Helicopter to make low-level flights over Northern Salinas Valley

    Beginning May 14, 2017, residents of Marina, Neponset, Castroville, Moss
    Landing, Blanco, and Salinas, may see a low-flying helicopter towing a
    large hexagonal frame. This unique equipment is part of a project to map
    groundwater aquifers and subsurface geology in the area. Read more…»

    They’re back…

    Laura Twohig sent us a couple of pictures of “tuna crabs” from the sands at Lovers Pt. Today in Pacific Grove we experienced an “invasion” of Tuna crabs, which are so named because they are often found in the bellies of tuna. Pleuroncodes planipes is a bright red critter which occasionally floats in the thousands onto area beaches and die there, leaving a red, smelly carpet. It seems to depend on warm currents, particularly in El Niño years, to bring it from Southern California to our shores.

    Last time they visited in numbers like today was October, 2015.

    It is around five inches long.It resembles a lobster, but has a shorter abdomen. Hence one of its other common names: Squat Lobster. While edible by humans, there’s not enough meat to make it worth the trouble. But then again, the French love winkels… It’s probably not a good idea to eat a dead one from the beach because you don’t know how long it has been there. Read more…»

    Assembly Member Mark Stone Honored as Legislator of the Year by California Special Districts Association

    Special districts in Monterey County and across the state recognized Assembly Member Mark Stone as their 2016 Legislator of the Year. Assembly Member Stone was selected because of his non-partisan spirit, support of local flexibility, and close work with the local service specialists responsible for delivering waste management, water, fire protection, parks, and other essential services.

    Dennis Allion, MRWMD Board Member; Bruce Delgado, MRWMD Board Chair; Assembly Member Mark Stone; MRWMD Board Member Gary Bales; MRWMD General Manager Tim Flanagan

    The recognition is awarded by the California Special Districts Association (CSDA), and was presented Friday at the Monterey Regional Waste Management District in Marina, CA. Bruce Delgado, Chairman of the District Board of Directors said, “Waste Management districts vary enormously across the state. Assembly Member Stone has shown a deep understanding of the complexity of waste management and the value of special districts in diverse communities. Assembly Member Stone is an advocate for local flexibility and a champion for local residents.”  Read more…»

    Panetta Statement Regarding President Trump’s Executive Order on Immigration 

    Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Calif.) released the following statement regarding President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration.  Read more…»

    Wet & Windy Weather – Are you Prepared?

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    The weekend forecast calls for very wet, windy weather this weekend. The SPCA for Monterey County reminds you to keep your family and your pets safe during the storm and potential flooding, mud slides, and power outages.

    The SPCA for Monterey County offers free disaster preparedness information for people, pets, and livestock in English and in Spanish on our website, including a list of items that should be included in a disaster preparedness or evacuation kit. This vital information can be found at www.SPCAmc.org/prepare. Read more…»

    Have you seen this love note from Cal-Am?

    New Rates Likely to Take Effect in March 2017

    PACIFIC GROVE, Calif., December 1, 2016 – Today the California Public Utilities Commission issued an order for new water rates and a new method for calculating water charges for California American Water customers on the Monterey Peninsula. Their ruling also includes changes to the emergency conservation and rationing plan administered by California American Water and the Monterey Peninsula Water Management District. While the Commission’s decision does not increase the amount of revenue California American Water will collect, it will result in a rate increase, as it approves recovery of $39.8 million in revenue, that was previously adopted by the Commission, but which was not collected due to increased water conservation. Collection of the $39.8 million will be reduced for revenue previously recovered in rates of approximately $8 million. The rate change is expected to begin around March, 2017 depending on when the Commission grants implementation approval. Read more…»

    Breaker of the Week: Lexi Rohrer Continues the Tradition

    lexi webLexi is a junior at PGHS who was recently rewarded for her journalistic prowess.

    Read more…»

    Great Egret Found Shot Near School in Soledad

    Tiny Puppy with Painted Nails Abandoned in Salinas: Reward Offered

    MADD Recognizes Officers for Drunk Driving Arrests

    Bear sighted in Pacific Grove, Tranquilized

    At 5:30 this morning (Sun. June 14) a bear was sighted in the area of Lighthouse & Cypress. Read more…»

    SPCA for Monterey County Using Finding Rover Facial Recognition App

    Official Mathletics Results

    47th Annual — here are the results and the stats from the Monterey County School Board Read more…»

    Big Sur International Marathon Wraps 30th Year: Entries by Lottery Next Year

    Adam Roach crosses the finish line

    Adam Roach crosses the finish line

    9,000 runners compete under sunny, but windy skies

    Read more…»

    Good Old Days Program 2015

    Lacrosse: Pacific Grove Moves to 6-2 Overall on the Season

    City Council Member Casey Lucius Exploring a Run for Congress

    Girls Basketball: Breakers Have Four Players Selected To the 2015 All MTAL Team

    Mini Cooper Erupts in Flames (video)

    Boys’ Basketball Team Finds the Win

    Breakers Boys’ Basketball Team Escapes With the Win

    Coast Commission Approves Temporary Fencing to Protect PG Seal Pups

    The Copplas Keep Winning in the Family

    Schools receive $196.430.76 from librarian’s estate

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    This is the Heal the Bay Beach Report Card for Monterey Peninsula beaches, which reports water quality grades, or when relevant, weather advisories. An A to F grade is assigned based on the health risks of swimming or surfing at that location. Look at the "dry" grade for all days except those "wet" days during and within 3 days after a rainstorm. Click here for more information on the Beach Report Card. Click the name of the beach when it pops up for more details, or choose a beach below.

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