A 28 year-old forklift operator died very early Monday, when his rough terrain forklift flipped and rolled down an embankment near Soledad. The just after midnight accident occurred along Camphora-Gloria Road. The forklift driver was from El Centro.
A 9th opium poppy field has been found on the central coast. Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s deputies discovered the poppy field on a property on the 1000 block of Riverside Drive in Watsonville. The field included about 400 poppy plants, that had been planted between weeds and other plants as cover. The property has been vacant for over 90 days. Spokesmen for both the Santa Cruz and Monterey County Sheriff’s Offices say their Poppy Investigations are ongoing.
1 person died in a fatal accident in the Carmel Valley this morning. The crash occurred on Cachagua Road, west of Tassajara Road around 11:30 a.m. The vehicles involved were a truck and a motorcycle, and the motorcyclist (68 year-old Salinas resident William West) was declared dead at the scene.
Watsonville Police Department is recruiting volunteers for its Post Incident Team. The group would work with officers to talk with residents and calm fears by dispelling any rumors and providing information on community resources. People interested in joining should call 831-763-5678 by June 15.
Commencement ceremonies for UC Santa Cruz are set to run through the weekend. Saturday will have six ceremonies, with the first starting at 9 a.m. with the last starting at 5:30 p.m. Sunday will feature four ceremonies, the first of which will start at 9 a.m. and the final ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. More information can be found at specialevents.ucsc.edu.
As the City of Santa Cruz searches for a new director of Parks and Recreation, officials are asking the public for input. Residents are asked to share their thoughts on the recruiting process at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Police Community Room at 155 Center Street. The director oversees the maintenance of city parks, the municipal wharf and all the recreational programs.
Hundreds swarmed the liquidation sale of Aptos Shoe & Apparel on Monday at the Capitola Mall. Shoppers had eagerly anticipated the liquidation sale after the store suddenly shuttered its doors on April 30. The store had seen steep declines in sales in recent years. The liquidation sale goes from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. through Wednesday and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. from Thursday to Saturday.
Contract negotiations at Monterey Peninsula College broke down, prompting faculty to protest on Monday. Leaders at the Monterey Peninsula College Teacher’s Association say its members have been without a contract for five years. Leaders at the college say state funding has dwindled and the budget only allows for small raises.
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