A Santa Cruz surfer and local radio surf reporter, lost her long-time battle with cancer this morning. Robin Janiszeufski Hesson, also known in the surfing community as “Zeuf”, has been fighting cancer over the past 20-years, first surviving a double mastectomy before being diagnosed with bone cancer. Hesson, who was also known as the “Girl in the Curl” did the surf reports for KPIG. She was also a critical care nurse and helped create the Ride-A-Wave program, which allows disabled individuals to experience the ocean. Hesson was also a featured surfer in “The Women and the Waves” a film about female surfers. A paddle out was held in her honor that she attended in Santa Cruz in October.
The City of Monterey held it’s official Christmas tree lighting ceremony Friday, the first one after an economic downturn led to it being cut four years ago. The traditional ceremony was cut along with other city events and services. The event was marked with the Monterey Community Band leading Christmas carols in front of Colton Hall, along with the Monterey High School R-O-T-C, who presented flags. Santa Claus also made an appearance on the balcony of Colton Hall. The event was made possible by the Old Monterey Business Association and First Night Monterey.
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.