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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.

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Dear Jon: There’s hope for pet owners who can’t afford care

 Dear Jon: There’s hope for pet owners who can’t afford care

You may have been in a situation where your pet had a life threatening condition, but you couldn't pay for care due to one reason or another. It's a really tough situation to be in, the thought of losing your pet to a lack of funds. Shelly wrote to me and asked, “Dear Jon, my pet has a serious medical condition, but I can't pay for care, is there any hope?”

Yes there is hope and one resource I’ve located here on the Central Coast is called the BirchBark Foundation.

Algebra Academy to Start!

Middle school students spend last week of summer with CSU Monterey Bay & UC Santa Cruz professors for a head start in their algebra studies.

More than 100 incoming eighth-graders will spend the last days of their summer break immersed in math at the Bruce W. Woolpert Algebra Academy, which begins Aug. 7 at Graniterock headquarters in Watsonville. This is the fifth year Graniterock has opened its doors to provide a fun, safe environment for students to sharpen their algebra skills with college professors providing instruction.

Classes run 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 7-8 and Aug. 11-12 at Graniterock’s corporate office in Watsonville (350 Technology Drive).  Students will visit CSUMB for a field trip and additional algebra work on Wednesday, Aug. 13. The Academy graduation ceremony will take place at 7 p.m., Thursday Aug. 14 at the E.A. Hall Middle School auditorium in Watsonville.

Monterey County veterans “Stand Down” this weekend

Monterey County veterans “Stand Down” this weekend

FORT ORD, Calif.- Monterey County’s homeless veterans will have a community of their own for 3 days beginning at noon August 1. During the Stand Down homeless veterans, men, women and families will have access to free medical and dental care.

“Our Stand Down,” says Terry Bare, Executive Director of the Veterans Transition Center, “is fully encompassing. Our goal is to get our veterans back on their feet. If we can we can provide opportunity and hope, then we’ve done our job.”