(07:30) Santa Cruz - Santa Cruz Metropolitan Transit District (METRO) announced that it will join with other public transportation systems nationwide today to participate in the 12th Annual National Dump the Pump Day. The slogan of this year’s National Dump the Pump Day is “Dump the Pump. Ride Public Transit.” The 2017 National Dump the Pump Day is a day to encourage people to ride public transportation to take them where they need to go, rather than driving a car. This national day emphasizes the convenience of public transportation that also helps people save money.
THE CONTRACTOR WORKING ON CLEARING THE MUD CREEK SLIDE (SOUTH OF GORDA) HAS BROKEN THE SLIDE INTO 6 ZONES. WORKERS HAVE CREATED AN ACCESS ROAD, AND SET UP RADAR EQUIPMENT TO MONITOR EACH ZONE. THEY SAY THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT THE MOVEMENT IN THE AREA IS BEGINNING TO FALL OFF.
FOR NOW THE FOCUS IS ON PAUL’S SLIDE (WHICH IS 2 MILES NORTH OF NACIMIENTO-FERGUSSON ROAD, AND 10-15 MILES SOUTH OF ESALEN, NEPENTHE, (AND THE RESORTS BETWEEN THEM)). WORKERS HOPE TO HAVE PAUL’S SLIDE CLEARED WITHIN THE NEXT 30 DAYS.
Limekiln State Park, Plaskett Creek Campground and Kirk Creek Campground are still accessible from Nacimiento-Fergusson Road.)
The Monterey County Elections Department will be closed from June 21st through 23rd, so that employees can move to their new facility. The new 20-thousand square foot offices are located in the north building at 1441 Schilling Place in Salinas. Office hours will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday Through Friday. The Election Department’s mailing address will remain the same.
A Gilroy man, who was arrested last month in connection with a home invasion, has been arrested after numerous firearms and a large amount of ammunition were found in his home. 50 year-old Jon Kovacs, who is a convicted felon, is prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition.
A man has been arrested for suspected D.U.I., in connection with this afternoon’s accident near Buena Vista. The southbound Highway 1 off-ramp there was closed after a major accident occurred there. The driver tried to flee the scene, but was arrested and booked into Santa Cruz County Jail.
The name of a man, who was shot and killed in Salinas June 6th, has been released. 28 year-old Alexander Rene Durazo, of Bakersfield, was killed at a motel on the 100 block of Kern Street. The shooter was only described as a male wearing a grey sweatshirt and dark pants. Anyone with information about the shooter is encouraged to contact the Salinas Police Department.
The man, who was shot after he led law enforcement officers on a high speed chase in Salinas yesterday, was reportedly high on meth at the time. 38 year-old Darryl Haley, who has a long criminal past, is still sedated at an area hospital. He was transported there after he was shot yesterday.