(08:00) Boulder Creek - A car crashed into a power pole last night causing power outages and a road closure. The incident took place on Highway 9 at Spring Creek Road in Boulder Creek. PG&E is currently working to clear the downed power lines. There is no estimated time of when the road will reopen. Santa Cruz CHP reported the driver was taken to a hospital, but the extent of the injuries are unknown at this time.
(07:50) Monterey - The Transportation Agency for Monterey County announced that a 10-day construction phase on the Holman Highway 68 roundabout project began yesterday. The construction will cause a complete shutdown of the southbound Highway 1 on-ramp through next Tuesday. After that it will be closed at night through the early hours of June 29th.
The nearly 650-foot long cruise ship that has been docked in the Monterey Bay since Sunday is scheduled to leave on Wednesday. Passengers on the ship, named “The World”, created their itinerary. At each port, experts educate the passengers on the language, culture, and traditions, of the area.
“The World” is expected to make 4 trips this year, but this is the only one that is scheduled to dock in the Monterey Bay.
The Behavioral Health Bureau of Monterey County’s Health Department has been awarded 6 million dollars. The state funds will be used to provide more mental health services at 2 sites in south Monterey county; and to create a sobering center and offer other services. The 2 new mental health services sites are slated to be established in King City.
The seawall in Pacific Grove won’t be fixed any time soon. That’s because the California Coastal Commission has denied the Coastal Development Permit Waiver that would have allowed the 31-foot section of seawall to be repaired. It runs between Lovers Point and Sea Palm Park on Ocean View Boulevard. Commissioners say they denied the permit because some locals expressed a concern over the lack of a Shoreline Management Plan.
Construction is due to begin this Thursday to replace the Casserly Road Bridge. The 11-foot long bridge (between Casserly and Smith Roads) is considered to be a key connecting route for south county residents and businesses. It is expected to be closed to all traffic between Thursday June 22nd and Friday August 11th. A detour route is expected to be put in place before the bridge replacement work begins.
A recovery plan, to reduce threats to the threatened population of Central California Tiger Salamanders, has been released by the U.S. Fish And Wildlife Service. One guideline includes combating the introduction of the non-native Texas salamander, and another the restoration and conservation of their habitat….especially in and around the vernal pools on the former Fort Ord. U.S. Fish And Wildlife Service Recovery Plans provide guidance and voluntary planning ideas to help federally listed species recovery….they are not regulatory documents. Raptor species, such as Owl and Red-Tail Hawk, and vernal pool-dependent species, including Western Spadefoot Toad and Vernal Pool Tadpole Shrimp, could also benefit from the plan.
Although a Santa Cruz county judge determined today that Doctor James Kohut will be able to post bail, the doctor won’t be able to do so until after his June 28th hearing in a Santa Cruz county court room. Kohut, who pleaded not guilty to 11 felony charges, could face 165 years-to-life in prison if he is convicted on all of the charges against him. The judge has also suspended Kohut’s medical license to practice in California.
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