A contractor has been chosen to build the proposed Marina desalination plant. Cal-Am water officials chose Massachusetts-based C-D-M Constructors Incorporated, based on it’s prior work and experience in dozens of similar projects, along with work done at the Sand City desalination plant and the Pebble Beach Company’s recycled water project. The new plant is said to be at the core of the Monterey Peninsula water supply project, which is designed to provide a new water supply to offset a state-ordered cutback in pumping from the Carmel River, slated to take full effect at the end of 2016. A special meeting is set for this week with the project’s public governance committee to discuss Cal-Am’s selection.
The 85-year old American veteran detained in North Korea has returned to American soil and is now on the Central Coast. Palo Alto resident Merrill Newman was completing his 10-day vacation tour in North Korea on October 26th, when he was taken captive while waiting for a plane back to China. North Korean officials cited Newman’s age and heart condition when they released him Friday. Newman said he was kept comfortable in a hotel room, and was well fed eating traditional Korean food while being forced against his will to stay in the communist country. Newman was reportedly held after North Korean authorities claimed an email he sent to his fellow anti-communist fighters, who had fled south after the war, was evidence of espionage. Newman is currently staying at his vacation home in Santa Cruz this week.
A deadline to cash in on rebates for certain water saving devices in Monterey County, is quickly approaching. The Monterey Peninsula Water Management District says the deadline is New Years Eve to take advantage of the program, which includes cash rebates on water saving appliances that are available for commercial property owners and businesses on the Monterey Peninsula served by California American Water. Officials say the “Commercial Customer Rebate Program” helps businesses and commercial property owners implement the required water efficient measures. The rebates are available for purchase until midnight December 31st 2013, for commercial customers to still receive cash back.
A single engine plane that departed from a Salinas airport last week, had to make an emergency landing due to equipment failure. Authorities say the Piper PA 24 was heading from Salinas to Auburn Thursday afternoon, when the pilot noticed engine trouble and landed the plane in a Fair Oaks park just after 2:30. A Federal Aviation Administration spokesperson says the aircraft suddenly lost power and glided into a hard landing, hitting the tops of some trees and clipping a parked car before coming to a rest. No injuries were reported and the FAA says they plan to investigate the incident.
A group of suspected gang members are being sought in connection with a Salinas shooting that occurred during a party over the weekend. Police arrived to the 20-block of St. Michael Way just after 1:30 a.m. Sunday, after a report of a man saying he had been shot. The man told police he was at a party when four or five uninvited men arrived, when they got into a fight with the man and his friends. The victim reportedly followed the suspects to their vehicle, when one of the men fired several rounds, striking the victim in the arm. The victim said the gunman was yelling gang slogans during the shooting. Police say the purported gang members were last seen driving away in a white Acura.