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Erika Mahoney

Today Monterey County will open a parking lot as a safe place for the homeless to car camp overnight. But it may be a while before anyone uses the space.    

Doug McKnight

Farmers in the Salinas Valley are worried about how they will plant, grow and harvest crops in the future.

For more than three decades, the number of farm workers in California has been shrinking and those still on the job are getting older.  So, ag companies have been turning to technology for help.

Erika Mahoney

In a region starved for water, Pacific Grove has been using drinking water on its public golf course. That practice ends today.

Erika Mahoney

The majority of people living in Santa Cruz are renters. But high rents are driving some of them out. One homeowner is leading an effort to change that.

Erika Mahoney

Salinas has hundreds of unsolved murders. For the victims’ families, the wait for justice can be unbearable. So this month, a group of moms who lost their children launched a new website. They hope it will renew interest in their cases.  


Erika Mahoney

Thursday PM Update: The first phase of the trial over Monterey County’s voter-approved fracking ban wrapped up Thursday afternoon.  Judge Thomas Wills has 90 days to make a decision.  

Krista Almanzan

After Monterey County voters approved a fracking ban last November, oil companies and royalty owners quickly filed six lawsuits against the county.  Those have all been consolidated into one trial.  Phase one began today.  

Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office

The Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office says arson caused the Bear Fire in Boulder Creek.  The same man accused of looting an evacuated home during the fire now faces arson charges.  

Erika Mahoney

Helicopters flying near Carmel River State Beach Wednesday will be carrying boulders and large pieces of redwood trees to the lower Carmel River. The material will create new habitat for the federally threatened steelhead trout.

Erika Mahoney

Firefighters are slowly getting the upper hand on the Bear Fire burning east of Boulder Creek. At 320 acres, it's now 30-percent contained. Some evacuation orders have been lifted, but 300 homes are still threatened. KAZU got a first-hand look at the damage.

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