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Updated 8:50 a.m. Sept. 17: A black sport utility vehicle went over the cliff south of the Devil's Slide tunnels on Wednesday afternoon, resulting in at least one fatality. On Thursday, authorities identified the driver who died in the crash as 73-year-old Anthony Colonnese Jr. of San Francisco.

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Updated: 3:51 p.m. Cal Fire and other emergency responders were looking for a missing kayaker off Mavericks Beach on Wednesday afternoon. And that was only one emergency on the Midcoast this afternoon.

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After more than a thousand lightning strikes hit the state Thursday night into early Friday morning, the Coastside breathed a collective sigh of relief that there were no new wildfires as a result.

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By volunteering one hour a week, you can make a positive difference in the life of an older adult who is depressed, coping with life changes or suffering the loss of a loved one.

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El Granada nonprofit Coastside Hope is hosting another COVID-19 vaccine clinic on Friday, Sept. 17. The clinic, offering first and second doses of Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines, is scheduled for 1 to 5 p.m. at 99 Avenue Alhambra in El Granada. No appointment is needed, and vaccin…

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In the past month, four emergency room nurses — exhausted by the onslaught of patients and emotional turmoil wrought by COVID-19 — have quit at the Eureka hospital where Matt Miele works.

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The Half Moon Bay Beautification Committee’s effort to highlight local artists is exemplified through Made on the Coast, the subcommittee that gives juried arts and crafts an exclusive platform in front of thousands during the festival. It began in 2012 and in a typical year roughly 20 photo…

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Joel Holland’s name carries its own heft at the annual World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off. The Sumner, Wash., resident is a seven-time winner and has three-peated twice, once from 1992 to 1994 and again from 2004 to 2006. If that hadn’t secured his place in the festival’s lore, his 2017 go…

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San Mateo County’s revised budget increases spending to $3.8 billion after a windfall of around $90 million worth of state and federal money came through to fund programs that combat the COVID-19 pandemic and restart the local economy.

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No Half Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Festival this year means no haunted houses, musical acts, pancake breakfasts, pie-eating or costume contests. But at its core, the loss of the festival once again means a lost opportunity for more than 30 nonprofit and faith organizations that receive much-ne…

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For decades, Mike Valladao’s pumpkins have been impossible to miss at the Half Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Festival. Since 1986, “Farmer Mike” has blended a farmer’s touch with an artist’s eye to carve massive cartoonish faces and intricate designs into giant gourds.

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Hearts were heavy late on Tuesday night when the Half Moon Bay City Council unanimously voted to deny a special events permit for the 2021 Half Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Festival after citing concerns over the contagious Delta variant and local vaccination rates.

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The California Gubernatorial Recall Election comes to a conclusion on Tuesday, Sept. 14. Ballots were mailed to all voters in California last month, and can be dropped off at drop boxes across the county, including at Half Moon Bay Library and the Pacifica Community Center.

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After more than a thousand lightning strikes hit the state Thursday night into early Friday morning, the Coastside appears to have been spared from any new lightning-sparked wildfires. Most of the strikes landed in the North Bay and around the Lodi area. Half Moon Bay residents woke up to da…

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Updated 4:15 p.m.: Tree trimming along Highway 1 this week is causing major backups on the Coastside’s only major transportation artery. Caltrans’ work to remove and trim trees in the Miramar and Frenchman’s Creek areas is slated to last from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. through Friday of this week. 

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Fire crews from the Coastside and San Mateo County were dispatched to Touraine Lane in Half Moon Bay on Wednesday to put out a house fire. The flames were contained to a second-story bedroom and all three residents evacuated the home safely, said Cal Fire spokesperson Cecile Juliet. There is…

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Dunes Beach, and the wooded trails surrounding it, are in line for a freshening up and removal of litter when members of the local Rotary Club join volunteers from the public for the Coastal Cleanup Day with the Rotary Club of Half Moon Bay.

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In celebration of Hispanic American Heritage Month, which begins on Sept. 15, the monthly Make It Main Street event in downtown Half Moon Bay included a special screening of “Strength: Documenting the Asylum Seeker,” a film directed by Oscar Guerra at the Half Moon Bay Odd Fellows lodge.

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Hearts were heavy late on Tuesday night when the Half Moon Bay City Council unanimously voted to deny a special events permit for the 2021 Half Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Festival after citing concerns over the contagious Delta variant and local vaccination rates.

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CalFire has banned all outdoor burning in its San Mateo and Santa Cruz coverage areas due to the ongoing risk of wildfire. The ban extends to campfires, celebratory bonfires and other open burns. It does not preclude enclosed charcoal barbecues at home or in designated areas.

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Pacifica Police say a woman fell to her death from the bluffs on a Mori Point Trail on Sunday morning. The San Mateo County Coroner’s Office identified her as 45-year-old Yvonne Rogan from Daly City.

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Since 1994, a 300-foot-long stretch of the West Trail, which provides beach access to Pillar Point, has substantially eroded and needed emergency repairs, according to a report from the San Mateo County Harbor District. Now the Harbor District is doing something about it.

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Even after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration gave full approval for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for anyone 16 or older last month, San Mateo County and other local public entities still aren’t mandating vaccination for staff.

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As San Mateo County mirrors state and national trends with a growing adult population, Half Moon Bay is planning to join the network of cities that have passed initiatives to support services for older adults.

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The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District is considering purchasing a portion of the Johnston Ranch property south of Half Moon Bay to preserve and potentially open up public access to the 644-acre grasslands.

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The city of Half Moon Bay’s Redistricting Advisory Committee completed its second of four required public hearings last week and presented options for the public to submit new district maps.

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With in-person learning in full swing at private and public schools from Pacifica to Pescadero, some private schools are seeing more students in classrooms. Meanwhile, public schools say they aren’t noting a significant change in enrollment.

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The Half Moon Bay City Council on Tuesday night will decide whether the city’s flagship event will take place this year given the recent surge in COVID-19 cases due to the contagious Delta variant. Given the circumstances, organizers had announced a smaller Half Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Fest…

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John Schultz, captain of the fishing vessel New Krabmandu, wasn’t sure what he was looking at exactly. After a day of work at sea, he and his deckhand Robert Gieskin had every reason to head back to Pillar Point Harbor, but a small object bobbing along the surface near the southern waters of…

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At last week’s Half Moon Bay Planning Commission meeting, the city unveiled plans for its new home for the Public Works Department, a corporation yard on the 21-acre lot at 880 Stone Pine Road.

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The vast majority of land set aside for residential use on the coast is constrained by single-family zoning, attracting wealthy homeowners looking for large properties and small-town charm.

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San Mateo County will begin administering booster shots of the COVID-19 vaccine on Sept. 20, the date recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. County officials say there are enough doses to get shots in arms for everyone who wants a booster.

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El Granada resident Keith Mangold can imagine how the disaster will unfold. One night, some kids would be playing around with fireworks near Quarry Park. A stray spark could ignite some brush, which quickly races up to the crown of one tree, then hops to the next. Soon, the whole park is abl…

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The pandemic has touched many students with heightened stress, disruptions and remote learning hurdles, but experts say it may have the greatest impact on the youngest learners, those in the formative years of learning to read.

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With ballots arriving in the mail last week, the election to decide whether to recall Gov. Gavin Newsom is heating up locally. Democrats and Republicans are campaigning in earnest, hosting events and building support among local voters.

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The body of a woman who washed ashore in Pacifica in June was identified last week when the San Mateo County Coroner’s Office confirmed the death of Kan Jean Chang Fung. Fung was an 84-year-old San Francisco resident.

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Amid a sea of purple and red dots last week, the air quality index readings on the coast stood out, showing yellow and green numbers in the 50s and below. That’s because coastal conditions often counter the worst of drifting smoke, local weather forecaster Jan Null said.