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(06:55) Santa Cruz - A dinner benefit will be held this month for Santa Cruz-based Fiji Institute of Sustainable Habitats.  The benefit will raise funds for FISH’s next medical aid delivery to remote areas of Fiji struggling to recover from a 2015 super-cyclone, and the Sustainability Education program offered free to Fijians this fall.  There dinner includes live music, entertainment, silent auction and a raffle for one week at Fiji Organic Village and Fijan art.   The benefit will be hosted by India Joze, from 5 to 9:30 p.m. on Sunday, August 20, at 418 Front Street.   A second benefit will be September 6, in Felton.

 

An investigation into a Salinas attempted murder in July led to two arrests on Friday.  The Salinas SWAT team arrested the alleged shooter 29 year old Marcial Allen Elizalde at a home on the 200 block of Paloma Avenue. Monterey Sheriff’s deputies arrested a second suspect, 20 year old Isaac Jimenez at a Greenfield residence.  Both men have been booked into Monterey County Jail on attempted murder charges.  

 

Monterey County Free Libraries (MCFL) invites local residents, their family and friends to attend the Seed Swap at the Big Sur Library Branch to learn about mushrooms and preserving techniques for seeds, and to swap seeds. The event is from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. on August 26th at the Big Sur Branch, located at Highway 1 at Ripplewood Resort  Big Sur. For more information, please call the Big Sur Branch Library at (831) 667-2537.

A California Condor chick has been hatched in Big Sur. Biologists from the Ventana Wildlife Society have confirmed that two Condors born in the wild, from raised in captivity parents, have mated and produced a second generation wild hatch-ling. The chick, the first 2nd generation wild offspring is believed to be about three months old.



A single Asian gypsy moth was captured in an early detection trap on a t residential property in Santa Cruz. The traps are used statewide to protect against invasive pests. The Asian Moth eggs are introduced to the area on products transpoted on container ships from China and Russia. A single female can range 25 miles laying thousands of eggs. Infestation outbreaks have been successfully eradicated with an organic bacteria. The pests could threaten local and fruit trees. Residents with questions or concerns about trapping activities are encouraged to

call the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s Pest Hotline at 800-491-1899.

 

 

The Santa Cruz Fire Department was able to control a home fire on Saturday. Shortly before 10 a.m. fire crews responded to reports of a blaze on the 100 block of Anderson Street. Upon arrival firefighters observed smoke and flames in the dwelling which was determined to be unoccupied. The fire was contained in about 15 minutes. The cause of the blaze was determined to be electrical. Damages are estimated at 150 thousand dollars.

A longtime iconic coffee shop is closing in downtown Santa Cruz. The Cafe Pergolesi has been operating at its Center Street location since the 1970’s and recently announced it will be going out of business. The owners cite dropping revenues possibly due to downtown issues such as parking and homelessness as probable causes. The café will close August 26th.

Authorities are investigating a fatal collision that took place in Marina, Friday night. The CHP has reported that at about 11:30 p.m. the driver of a Hyundai attempted a turn across oncoming traffic and was struck by two vehicles. The 35 year old victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

 



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