A known gang member was arrested by a Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s deputy yesterday (Thurs). A deputy patrolling Soquel Avenue pulled over Stephen Simmons at the 76 gas station. Simmons attempted to provide a false name before being positively identified. Simmons was on probation and found to be in possession of a concealed fixed blade knife, methamphetamine, and drug paraphernalia. Simmons was arrested and booked into jail on multiple charges.
The smoke from a 14-acre Prescribed Burn, being conducted in Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, is being seen as far north as Ben Lomond. The Burn is being done in an area off of Graham Hill Road near the campground, and its part of the long-term strategy to reduce the threat of wildfire. This burn is also designed to help maintain the rare Sandhills Habitat in the area, because it relies on fire to maintain a healthy eco-system.
The Beaver Fire, burning in San Benito county, has burned 215 acres and is now 65 percent contained. The wildfire is burning not far from where the airline and eastern fires burned last week.
A new summer concert series in Pacific Grove is scheduled to begin tomorrow evening and run through Mid-July. The concerts are being hosted by the Pacific Grove Chamber Of Commerce, and are slated to take place between 5:30 and 7 p.m. both Friday and Saturday evenings. They’ll be held at the Lovers Point Beach Café, beneath the beach house restaurant at 620 Ocean View Boulevard.
The full list of dates and performers is on-line at:
Some local commercial salmon fisherman are concerned that they won’t be able to make a living this year, with the Salmon Season cut down to just 19 days. The first half of the season was in early may, while the second half will be the last 2 weeks of this month. The recreational salmon fishing season is longer, running from April 7th through July 2nd…..but both seasons are shorter than usual.
In the first quarter of this year, the numbers of cases of Whooping Cough more than doubled in Santa Cruz, over the 2017 numbers. County health officer Doctor Arnold Leff said that Pertussis is covered in the D-taP shot given to babies that are 2 months, 4 months, 6 months and 12 months-old….and then they are given booster shots again before kindergarten and middle school. Whooping C ough often starts with a mild cough, runny nose, or fever, it tends to move on to vomiting, exhaustion, and paroxysms of rapid coughs, followed by the high pitched “whoop” sound. About 50 percent of babies who get whooping cough will need to be hospitalized. For more information, people can call their local physician or go on-line to:
With the numbers of new blood donors shrinking every year, the American Red Cross is encouraging those who have not given recently, or who have never given blood….to make a life-saving donation. When any type of blood (A, B, or O) is missing from hospital shelves, patient care can be impacted.
5 teens were arrested yesterday, after they caused a fire on Larkin Valley Road while driving in a stolen vehicle. Shortly before the vehicle was found fully engulfed in flames, it had been involved in the hit-and-run of another vehicle. The teens were taken into custody as they tried to flee from the burning vehicle.