Erika Mahoney

Sandbags Help Hold Back Carmel River At Flood Stage

Gusty winds and heavy rain continue to impact the Central Coast. The Carmel River reached flood stage this Valentine’s Day.

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Salinas, CA – Beginning in the summer of 1992, Mary Jane Nee and her father Jim Nee of Santa Cruz set out on a cross country bike ride. They aimed to spend two weeks on the ride every summer until they made it from coast to coast. Along the way, they discovered it's the little things in life that can keep you going.

Salinas, CA – People will go to great lengths for the one they love. J and Sonja Jackson of Pacific Grove show that in a very unique way.

Salinas, CA – The power of kindness changed Alex Urciuoli's life. In an interview with his wife Angela, he talks about his second grade teacher. He remembers her as an always positive, grandmotherly woman who had the greatest impact on his life when he reached the third grade.

Yolanda and Lauro Navarro sit in their dining room. Their Watsonville home is in foreclosure.

Watsonville, CA – If owning a home is the American Dream, then Lauro and Yolanda Navarro have lived the dream three times over. They bought their first home in Watsonville in the 1980s and then the couple inherited a second home. But the dream turned into a nightmare when they leveraged both those homes to build the house they live in today.

They are facing foreclosure because of a series of events: a bank dispute, costly legal battle with their contractor and job loss.

Moss Landing, CA – Since the beginning of June volunteers from the Marine Mammal Center have rescued more than 300 starving California Sea Lions off beaches from San Luis Obispo to Mendocino with most coming from the Monterey Bay Area. A high number considering the center rescued 485 in all of 2008.

Seaside, CA – In the special election aimed at addressing California's budget problems, measures 1A to 1E failed. Measure 1F passed. 1F keeps elected state officials from getting raises when the general fund ends the year with a deficit.

The failure leaves the state with a more than $21-billion deficit. Democratic Assemblyman Bill Monning of Carmel supported all the measures. KAZU's Krista Almanzan spoke with him on Election Night about what's next.

Monterey Bay Area – Monterey County is home to one of the 24 labs in the state that can screen for Swine Flu. Any suspected cases are passed on to the State Lab for confirmation. So far, the lab has tested an estimated 100 samples from locals with flu-like symptoms, and all have come back negative.

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