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Experience Scotland traditions in Monterey

It will get competitve. You'll see heavy athletics, drum major classics, pipe bands and dancing.

It's the 47th Annual Monterey Scottish Games and Celtic Festival this weekend, August 2nd & 3rd at the Monterey County Fairgrounds and Event Center. Tickets are available online or at the gate.

Organizers with the Monterey Scottish Games and Celtic Festival said they are looking forward to a great weekend.

Monterey Scottish Games & Festival showcases the remarkable competitive displays of events. It's rich in tradition and history, as the competitors represent skilled talents from world renowned and local dance troops, pipe bands, and athletes.   

 

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Changes for Big Sur Marathon relay event

Changes are coming next year to one event during the scenic Big Sur Marathon. The popular relay event, where teams of family and friends compete at shorter distances, will feature four-person teams, down from five in the past. The distances of 4.8, 5.0, 7.2 and 9.2 miles will remain, but the relay will be limited to 200 total teams. Registration will open August 1.

Organizers said the progressive distances allow choices for both experienced and newer runners who, while not ready for one of the event’s longer races, still want to experience the beautiful and challenging ocean-front course on Highway 1 between Big Sur and Carmel.

Race organizers are also making changes to improve relay exchange logistics including gear check and runner refreshments. In addition, an improved team member bib assignment process will help the marathon’s public safety team better track runners on course.

Traffic alert for Monterey drivers around sewer work

On Friday, August 1, Monterey Peninsula Engineering will begin working throughout the city until Thanksgiving on rehabilitating sewer lines. In order to minimize congestion, major arterial, commercial, and high traffic areas, the work will be completed at night unless it's residential work, which will be completed during the days. The city is responsible for operating and maintaining a sanitary sewer collection system that includes over 100 miles of sewer pipelines, 7 lift stations, and over 2,000 manholes within the City limits, as well as in the Naval Postgraduate School and Presidio of Monterey. The system was assessed and repairs prioritized utilizing an "A" through "F" rating system. Identified areas that received a "D" or "F" rating are now planned for rehabilitation.

Million dollar gift for Monterey School's ocean program

The Monterey Institute of International Studies received a $1.8 million gift for continued growth and expansion of the Institute's ocean and coastal economics research and education center, called the Center for the Blue Economy. 

The gift has three components: a $600,000 outright gift this first year and then challenge matching gifts of $600,000 in each of the following two years, with the goal of generating at least $3 million for the center's operations over the next three years.

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Monterey County veterans “Stand Down” this weekend

Monterey County veterans “Stand Down” this weekend

FORT ORD, Calif.- Monterey County’s homeless veterans will have a community of their own for 3 days beginning at noon August 1. During the Stand Down homeless veterans, men, women and families will have access to free medical and dental care.

“Our Stand Down,” says Terry Bare, Executive Director of the Veterans Transition Center, “is fully encompassing. Our goal is to get our veterans back on their feet. If we can we can provide opportunity and hope, then we’ve done our job.”

Photographs wanted for fundraiser benefiting Whalefest Monterey and Museum of Monterey

Attention local amateur and professional photographers in Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties!  Grab your cameras and smart phones and head out to the Monterey Wharf and beautiful Monterey Bay on foot, kayak, boat, or paddleboard, etc. and take some photos of our abundant marine life – whether it’s a whale, otter, sea lion or other denizens of the sea.

The Monterey History and Art Association, Museum of Monterey-Stanton Center and Whalefest Monterey have issued a Call for Submissions of marine-themed photographs by local photographers from both Monterey and Santa Cruz counties for its upcoming “Images of Monterey Bay: A Marine Photography Fundraiser.”

Traffic alert: Drivers warned to heed road work or else

Beginning today, Caltrans and the California Highway Patrol (CHP) are warning motorists statewide that the CHP is conducting maximum enforcement of traffic laws in active construction zones as part of a public safety campaign focused on work zone safety.

 

As part of this campaign, Caltrans will activate its electronic highway message signs in active construction and maintenance work zones around the state to display the following warning:

WORKERS AHEAD

CHP ON PATROL

MAX ENFORCEMENT