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.  

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.

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. 

Johann Wolf

A new online exhibit featuring war veterans from recent conflicts, including Iraq and Afghanistan, aims to start a conversation between civilians and vets through the shared form of expression of tattoo art.

War Ink is an mutli-media exhibit featuring the stories and tattoos of 24 California veterans, including a few from the Monterey Bay Area.

Chris Brown (CB) with the Contra Costa County Library is co-creator of War Ink.

KA: What set you out on this project?

Krista Almanzan

Update: As of Wednesday afternoon, Monterey County Election Officials say they still have nearly 34,000 ballots left to count.   Leaving many race still up for grabs.  56% of total ballots have been counted.

A full count is not expected until Friday.  

This puts voter turnout in Monterey County at roughly 46%.   

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