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Monarch butterflies threatened

Scientists in Pacific Grove said there's been a drop in the number of Monarch Butterflies coming to the Monterey Peninsula and herbicides could be to blame.

Monarchs lay their eggs on milkweed, which is a plant that's been practically wiped out on farms by pesticides.

According to the City of Pacific Grove, more than 60,000 people visit every year to see the migrating butterflies.

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Paper or plastic? Pacific Grove taking up the bag debate

Paper or plastic? Pacific Grove taking up the bag debate

When asked by grocery store clerks, "paper or plastic?" What do you chose?

Or do you bring your own reusable bags? 

Like many cities in California, Pacific Grove is trying to decide how to best handle this environmental problem of plastic bags. On Wednesday, Pacific Grove city leaders said a state deadline sped up the process of putting a ban in place. On August 6, the city council will hold a first reading of the plastic bag ban ordinance.  

August 20th will be a second reading and possibly an approval.

The city has decided to move forward with a 10 cent fee for paper bags.

Pacific Grove shines bright at Feast of Lanterns

Pacific Grove shines bright at Feast of Lanterns

For more than one hundred years, people in Pacific Grove have celebrated its history and culture with a summer festival called the Feast of Lanterns. This Festival kicked off Wednesday and runs through the weekend.

There's a lantern parade to the beach and fireworks over the bay to a multi-cultural community event filled with entertainment.

Not only is the festival an educational experience for the community, but it provides scholarships for community-spirited, active middle school and high school girls who are selected each year to reign over the Festival as the Royal Court.

The Feast of Lanterns is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization, with an all-volunteer Board of Directors. The proceeds of the festival each year, minus operating expenses, fund an academic scholarship program for the Royal Court.

Grandmother and teen girl hit by car in Pacific Grove

Grandmother and teen girl hit by car in Pacific Grove

PACIFIC GROVE, Calif. - A 60-year-old woman and her 11-year-old granddaughter were injured Wednesday afternoon near Lover's Point in Pacific Grove when they were hit by a car, according to police. 

Police said the two were crossing the street in a marked crosswalk just after 3 p.m., when a driver identified as Gordon Eugene, 92, failed to see the women after stopping at a stop sign from 17th Street and turning left onto Oceanview Boulevard.

The 11-year-old suffered minor injuries and was taken to the Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula. Her grandmother suffered more serious injuries and was taken by helicopter to San Jose, but she is expected to recover.

A Cal star helicopter landed on the Pacific Grove golf course just after 3 p.m.

Jewell Avenue was blocked off at the front of Sally Griffin Senior Center.

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Pacific Grove looks to elect new mayor, councilmembers

Pacific Grove will hold an election in November for mayor and three city councilmembers as people across the state head to the polls on the same day. A new mayor will be elected to a two-year term and three councilmembers to four-year terms. Incumbents, whose seats are up for re-election, include Mayor Bill Kampe who is seeking another term in office. The one councilmember not eligible for re-election is Alan Cohen, who can't serve in the same office for more than eight consecutive years. The nomination filing period opened July 14 and closes August 8 at 5 p.m. Nomination forms must be filed with the city clerk's office. The Monterey County Election Department will handle the election for the city, with an estimated budget cost of $45,000.

Exploring the history of Monterey's Fisherman's Wharf

Exploring the history of Monterey's Fisherman's Wharf

For thousands of years people have made their living fishing the Monterey Bay, beginning with the Rumsien Ohlone, the Native People of the Monterey area to the squid fishermen from China.

Monterey's Old Fisherman's Wharf Association Continues its "Wharf Walks at Monterey's Old Fisherman's Wharf" on Saturday, August 2nd with a focus on the maritime history of the Monterey Bay.

The Old Fisherman's Wharf Association will team up with noted Monterey Bay Fisheries Historian and author, Tim Thomas. He offers monthly walks on the first Saturday of every month from 10:00 AM - Noon.

Tours meet at the head of Old Fisherman's Wharf (near the pink "Harbor House" store, #1 Old Fisherman's Wharf, Monterey. Advance reservations are required by calling Tim Thomas at (831) 521-3304 or via email timsardine@yahoo.com.

The search begins for this year's Miss Monterey County

It’s that time of year again, as the Monterey County fair is searching for the next Miss Monterey County; a woman who is ambitious, intelligent and driven.