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Sunday, January 16, 2011

New Blog Location

Hey everyone.

The Monterey County Weekly changed up their website and it now incorporates blogs directly into the website!

The MCW Photo Blog is live once again.

This blog will be live as an archive, but everything new will be posted above.

Also check out the other new and cool blogs and features of the new website.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Funeral for Army Pfc. Conrado Javier

Today, Army Pfc. Conrado D. Javier, a 19-year-old soldier from Marina, CA was laid to rest in Monterey this afternoon.

Javier died on Dec. 19 in the Kandahar province of Afghanistan when enemy forces attacked his vehicle.

Photos by staff photographer Nic Coury.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

2010 Portraits of the Year

Local painter Andrew Jackson bought a home in Castroville and started raising chickens.

There are a lot of people in photos every issue of the
Weekly. With a range of emotions and subject matters, these portraits helped define the character of Monterey County in 2010.

Photos by staff photographer Nic Coury.

2010 MC Weekly Portraits of the Year - Images by Nic Coury

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Winter Brawl: MMA in Salinas

Marco Orozco swings at Benji Silva during the main fight on Friday.

Photos by Nic Coury

Despite the rain, the Fox Theater Salinas was full of heavy-hitting mixed-martial arts action during the Winter Brawl hosted by Central Coast Throwdown.

Local fighters Jonathon Gaxiola and Adrien Olivas both won their bouts and Benji Silva defeated Marco Orozco during the main event.

Silva takes a pounding to the face.

Silva with his game face on, goes for a heavy punch.

A bloodied Orozco after the final round.

Silva celebrates his win.

A fan in the front row cheers on Benji Silva.

Salinas fighter Jonathon Gaxiola takes a minute before his bout.

Gaxiola kicks high at his opponent Jose Antonio-Batacan.

Gaxiola celebrates after winning his first bout.

Rickey Jackson pummels Rojelio Reyes as he would go on to win over Reyes.

Reyes lets out a scream as Jackson gets the upper hand.

Salinas fighter Adrien Olivas steps into the ring.

Olivas gets on top of his opponent Elisar Alvarez. He ended up winning the match.

Fatai Bailala (left) takes a punch from Steven Dickey as he attempts to fight back.

Bailala makes an maneuver to get on top of Dickey.

Blood spots cover the ring following the Dickey-Bailala match.

One of Bailala's trainers wipes sweat and blood from the fighter's face.

Ashlee Evans-Smith gets the advantage over her opponent Samantha Mosqueda.

Mosqueda takes a break between rounds.

Evans-Smith celebrates her win with her trainer.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

The Candy Cane Lane Nutcracker

The Rise of the Candy Cane Lane Nutcracker
shot and produced by Nic Coury.

Nearly 50 years ago, Howard Cowen hand-built the infamous, giant nutcracker that stands tall over Candy Cane Lane in Pacific Grove.

In the video below, Cowen gets help from his two sons, Ron and Ken, his grandson Kris and a neighbor to help erect the big soldier for the holiday season.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Sunday at the Monterey Bay Aquarium

Sea Nettle jellyfish tank.

Photos by staff photographer Nic Coury.

A flamingo takes a peak underneath.


A view of the Aquarium's outside observation decks.

Melissa Hornstien (front) and Andrew McCallum from Salinas take advantage of free admission for locals on Sunday.

A sea turtle pokes its fin out of the water.

Chen Sagiv while on vacation from his home in Isreal takes a picture of the fish.

The Sea Pens in their tank.

A young fish fan feels the slippery kelp in a touch tank.

A visitor takes a photo of jellyfish.

A school of Northern Anchovies swim fast in their circular tank.

Aquarium visitors view the bat rays from the aviary.