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6:45 am
Fri December 12, 2014

A Courthouse Fixture Fights to Stay Afloat

Blind vendor Randy Henson runs the Snack Shop at the Salinas Court Complex.
Credit Julie Reynolds

Randy Henson has been a fixture in Monterey County courts for 32 years. Henson runs the courthouse snack bar. Like scores of other vendors in courthouses and government buildings around the state, he is legally blind.

“The central vision loss was instantaneous,” he said. It happened in fifth grade. “I came back in after recess and the teacher asked me to read something from the history book and I was like plunking along.”

He discovered he had something Stanford scientists call Wolfram’s Syndrome, which he says mimic diabetes in addition to causing blindness.

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Local
2:40 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Storm Info: Road Closures and Power Outages

Storm debris litters a street in Monterey's El Estero Park.

A powerful storm moving through the Monterey Bay Area has downed trees, flooded roadways and knocked out power throughout the region.

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Local
11:41 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Storm Closes Local State Parks

A chain blocks the coastal trail at Asilomar State Beach in Pacific Grove.

The California Department of Parks and Recreation has closed several state parks in Santa Cruz and Monterey County due the storm.

In Santa Cruz County, Big Basin Redwoods State Park, New Brighton State Beach, Seacliff State Beach and Sunset State Beach are closed now, and will likely remain closed through next Wednesday, December 16th.  

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Local
6:45 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Why the Future Military Base Looks A lot Like the Presidio of Monterey

City of Monterey General Services lined up at the Presidio of Monterey from where workers respond to calls from both the Army and the City.
Credit Krista Almanzan

At a time when the Department of Defense budget is under pressure, some military bases are re-examining how they operate to find ways to save.  And increasingly, they’re looking to the Monterey Peninsula. 

About 15 years ago, Congress passed pilot legislation allowing the Army to partner with the Cities of Monterey and Seaside  to share operating services as a way to cut costs.  More recently Congress authorized that all military installations could enter these intergovernmental services agreements with state or local governments.

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Local
6:30 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Local Survivors of Suicide Loss Connect Saturday

Dawn McGahan is a suicide loss survivor and organizer of Survivor Day Monterey.
Credit Krista Almanzan

The Saturday before Thanksgiving is Survivors of Suicide Loss Day.  Established by Congress 15 years ago, at the urging of Senator Harry Reid who lost his father to suicide, it’s a day when people affected by suicide can gather for support and understanding.  Locally events are being held in La Selva Beach and for the first time on the Monterey Peninsula. 

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