(07:45) Cal Fire is reporting the Bear Fire is now 271 acres and is 10 percent contained. Mandatory evacuations have been issued for the communities of Las Cumbres, Deer Creek, and all residents of Bear Creek Road from Hawk Ridge Road to Skyline Boulevard. 2 evacuation centers have been set up at lakeside Elementary School, 19621 Black Road, in Los Gatos and Zayante Fire Station, 7700 E Zayante Road, in Felton.
(07:35) Hollister - A man was arrested after he brandished a gun during a road rage incident in Hollister. 37-year-old Fidel Pena allegedly cut off a vehicle that was traveling on San Felipe Road. The incident occurred on Sunday around 11:30 a.m. Police located Pena in the area of San Felipe Road and Santa Ana Road. Inside the car officers located Pena, his wife, two teenagers and a 4-year-old son. Officers found a handgun in the car and arrested Pena for brandishing a firearm and child endangerment. Pena was booked into the San Benito County Jail.
(06:55) Scotts Valley Police Department is offering safety tips for Halloween: Trick or treat when it is still light outside, put fluorescent or reflective tape on your costume so that you can be seen by motorists. Carry and use a flashlight. Curfew hours in Scotts Valley are from 11:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. for minors under the age of 18 years. The speed limit in residential areas is 25 m.p.h. and it will be strictly enforced.
(06:40) The Bear fire grew slightly overnight, Cal Fire is reporting the fire is now 271 acres and is 5 percent contained. Mandatory evacuations have been issued for the communities of Las Cumbres, Deer Creek, and all residents of Bear Creek Road from Hawk Ridge Road to Skyline Boulevard. 2 evacuation centers have been set up at lakeside Elementary School, 19621 Black Road, in Los Gatos and Zayante Fire Station, 7700 E Zayante Road, in Felton.
A bipartisan group of legislators is working together to encourage members of the U.S.D.A., F.D.A., and E.P.A. to work together to promote innovative new technologies….especially in agriculture. The administration’s interagency taskforce on Agriculture And Rural Prosperity is exploring Biotech Policy, and the bipartisan group of legislators wants the administration’s taskforce to come up with science-based regulations, that also avoid duplications with other regulations.
Food insecurity is pretty prevalent in Santa Cruz county. County officials have reported that 1 in 4 children in the county goes to bed hungry. In honor of International World Food Day, the county has teamed up with Second Harvest Food Bank and U.C.S.C. to get the word out to students about what food resources are available to them. As a result, some people are learning about Cal-Fresh (for the first time). It’s a federal program that gives up to 200 dollars a month to qualified applicants (for food).
There’s a new tradition at a hospital in Salinas. Every time a baby is born (between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m.), a 15 second clip of the Johannes Brahm’s Lullaby will play over the Public Announcement System. The lullaby will play twice in a row when twins are born there, and 3 times for triplets. The new tradition began this week at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital.
The Salinas Police Department has received 180 thousand dollars of grant money. The money comes from the California Department Of Traffic Safety, and the funds are expected to be used for D.U.I. Checkpoints and Traffic Enforcement. Although amped-up Traffic Enforcement is certainly part of where the money will go, Educating The Public is another focus.
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