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Cal Fire warns Californians to be fire safe during holiday cooking

Cal Fire warns Californians to be fire safe during holiday cooking

SACRAMENTO, Calif. Thanksgiving is a time of food, fun and festivities; but this time of year is also a time to be extra cautious as thousands of home fires across the nation are caused from holiday cooking.


With friends and family visiting, it’s important to not get distracted and to be aware of your cooking activities.

“The holidays bring inherent fire danger that can quickly lead to tragedy if you don’t take just a few easy steps to prevent a fire,” said Chief Tonya Hoover, California’s State Fire Marshal. “Just by keeping an ‘eye on what you fry’, you can reduce the chance of a cooking caused fire.”

To help reduce the chance of fire and injuries associated with cooking fires, CAL FIRE offers these following suggestions:

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Veterans Day events around the Central Coast

Any other events we should know about? Send them to newstips@kionrightnow.com.

All events take place on Tuesday, Nov. 11 unless otherwise specified.

Salinas:  4th Annual Monterey County Veterans’ Day Parade, Oldtown. Starts near Salinas High School on Main Street at 2:00pm

Salinas: Ceremony at the  Vietnam Veterans Memorial Park, off of East Laurel Drive, 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Vietnam vets will he honored, along with returning vets from Iraq and  Afghanistan.

Monterey:  YMCA Veterans’ Day Camp, runs Nov. 10-11 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. for grades K-8. Locations are at the Monterey YMCA as well as the Salinas YMCA. To register, call 758-3811

Vets and Active-Military members get free meal on Veteran's Day

Vets and Active-Military members get free meal on Veteran's Day

On Veteran’s Day, Tuesday November 11th, for the sixth year in a row, Applebee’s will offer veterans and active duty military a free entrée as a thank you for their service.

Participating Applebee's wants to thank every veteran and active duty military in the U.S. by offering a free meal on Veteran’s Day.
The restaurant chain will also give away life-improving items to military families via the Give Squad which will be extended to families of veterans and active duty military, providing needed items such as washers and dryers, medical equipment, etc. 

Participants can chose from a limited entrée menu:
7 oz. House Sirloin
Bacon Cheddar Cheeseburger
Double Crunch Shrimp
Three-Cheese Chicken & Sun Dried Tomato Penne
Fiesta Lime Chicken
Chicken Tenders Platter
Oriental Chicken Salad

Santa Cruz County 911 dispatchers will begin asking Ebola-related questions

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY, Calif. - Ebola precautions are getting more serious in Santa Cruz County, as public health officials take steps to protect the Central Coast. Next week 911 dispatchers will start asking callers if they've recently traveled to one of three "hot zones" currently dealing with an outbreak.

Santa Cruz Regional 911 said Monday it will start asking questions after units have been dispatched to figure out whether the person is at risk of having Ebola. That way, paramedics will be prepared before they show up to the emergency room.

"The paramedic will question the patient about travel history and whether or not the person is suffering from one of the symptoms of Ebola," said Celia Barry with the Santa Cruz County Emergency Services.

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Highway patrol seeks witnesses to 183 accident

Highway patrol seeks witnesses to 183 accident

CASTROVILLE, Calif. - A major accident that left 6 with serious injuries continues to be investigated by the California Highway Patrol. Almost a month later, 3 persons remain in the hospital from this accident.

On October 12, at 2:45 p.m., emergency personnel responded to a call of a vehicle collision on SR-183 near Castroville. Upon arrival, they found a head-on collision with major injuries.

The victims in the hospital remain in the intensive care unit, including a 16 year old female from Watsonville.

The driver of one vehicle, 22 year old, Pedro Alonzo-Rodriguez of Salinas, was determined by officers at the scene to be under the influence of alcohol and was placed under arrest for felony DUI.

The CHP is asking for the public’s assistance in locating witnesses to this collision.

Dear Jon: The prospect of widening Highway 1

Dear Jon: The prospect of widening Highway 1

Tourists, residents and gridlock on our highways, especially on Highway 1 proves a headache for drivers on the Central Coast. If you drive through Moss Landing daily you know what gridlock can be during the rush hour. Kelly wrote to me and asks, “Dear Jon, we live in the richest state in the U.S. and Highway 1 is still just two lanes from Monterey to Santa Cruz. Are there plans to make it four lanes, as it should be?

Santa Cruz SPCA offers humane education program

Santa Cruz SPCA offers humane education program

The Santa Cruz SPCA’s Humane Education Program is on a steady incline, reaching over 5,000 of Santa Cruz County’s youth per year, more than 75 percent of whom are located in Watsonville and surrounding South County areas.

The Humane Education Program  is designed to teach today’s youth lessons of kindness, responsibility, compassion, and respect for animals and people alike.  The kids of today are the companion animal guardians of tomorrow and in order to effectively curb issues like animal abuse, neglect, improper care practices, and over-population in the future we must help the youth understand how to make positive choices for their community now and for the rest of their lives.