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October 7, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
The state Department of Health Services is advising sportfishermen not to eat sardines harvested from Monterey Bay. The fish may be contaminated with a naturally occurring toxin that can cause mild to serious illnesses, or even death. Researchers with the department have found elevated levels of domoic acid, which is produced by microscopic marine algae, in the sardines. Symptoms of domoic acid poisoning can occur within 30 minutes to 24 hours of eating the toxic fish.
February 12, 2001
A magnitude 4.0 earthquake struck the Monterey Bay area at 3:04 p.m. Sunday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. It was the latest temblor in a seismically active weekend in California. The quake, centered eight miles southwest of Hollister, caused neither damage nor casualties. Early Sunday, there was a fifth noticeable aftershock of Saturday afternoon's moderate 5.1 quake centered four miles northwest of Big Bear Lake in Southern California's San Bernardino Mountains. This was a magnitude 3.
California officials, scrambling to boost electricity supplies, gave preliminary approval Tuesday to plans for turning a power plant at Moss Landing into the state's largest by 2003. The California Energy Commission tentatively endorsed the $535-million proposal by Duke Energy Corp. to nearly double the capacity of the Monterey Bay plant, which Duke bought from Pacific Gas & Electric in 1998.
August 26, 2000 | From Associated Press
State health officials Friday advised against eating shellfish caught for sport in Monterey Bay because they may be contaminated with a naturally occurring toxin that can make people sick. The warning includes clams, mussels, scallops and oysters--plus sardines and anchovies--caught by sport fishermen.
July 23, 2000 | MARLA CONE, TIMES STAFF WRITER; Marla Cone is an environmental reporter for The Times
For my family, the ocean is a unifying force, drawing each of us for different reasons. My husband, a surfer, sees the ocean and checks out the waves. I study the indelible impact of its pollution as part of my job. And when my son looks out on that vast blue expanse, he is preoccupied with one question: "What's in there?" At 2 1/2 years old, Christopher is fascinated with anything that swims, floats or sits in ocean waters, from sea slugs to blue whales.
August 26, 1999
What's happening the next few weeks: * The Monterey Jazz Festival, now in its 42nd year, runs Sept. 17-19 and features concerts by the Chucho Valdes Quintet, Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band and Diana Krall, right. There also will be tributes to Duke Ellington, and Clint Eastwood hosts his favorite musicians playing jazz from his films. Grounds tickets, $25 for Friday, $32 for Saturday or Sunday, $79 for all weekend pass. Prices higher at the gate. Arena seats sold out. (925) 275-9255.
June 27, 1999 | BOB SIPCHEN
Like Egypt and Mesopotamia, India is a cradle of civilization. But unlike the people of those other regions, the author writes, today's Indians remain clearly linked to their ancient traditions: They "still believe in the same religion(s), they still worship the same gods and they still chant the same verses and hymns, which they recited 4,000 years ago. " Travelers to this subcontinent encounter a living museum of a vast slice of humankind, one-seventh of which lives in India.
June 13, 1999 | JOHN McKINNEY, John McKinney is the author of the just-published "Coast Walks: 150 Adventures Along the California Coast" (Olympus Press, $14.95)
Just south of Santa Cruz, two lovely strands with British-sounding names located on Monterey Bay beckon the beach walker. Both New Brighton and Seacliff state beaches host lots of swimmers, surfers and campers. New Brighton's half-mile-long beach is backed by bluffs forested with cypress and Monterey pine. Raccoons, deer and other animals inhabit this wooded upland as well as the park's grassy coastal terrace, where the campground and picnic area are situated.
This weekend, Chuck Norris returns from hiatus, David Duchovny goes behind the camera and "Masterpiece Theatre" presents a swashbuckling romance. The Disney Channel's nature series, "Going Wild With Jeff Corwin," tonight at 8:30, observes Earth Day with a visit to Monterey Bay. CBS' "Walker, Texas Ranger" returns to the network's Saturday lineup at 10 p.m. "The E! True Hollywood Story" looks at the life of controversial comic Lenny Bruce, Sunday at 8 p.m. on E! Entertainment Television.
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