(10:45) Santa Cruz County - CalFresh recipients receive an increase in their purchasing power for three Farmers Markets in Santa Cruz County. The new $10 budget, for people who are members of CalFresh, was made possible by the Market Match Program. The Market Match program is a USDA grant that matches CalFresh purchases. The three locations CalFresh members can use the funds are Felton, Live Oak, and the Watsonville Certified Farmers Market.
(10:00) Salinas - The Salinas City Council voted in favor for two projects that will help make the roads safer. Salinas Public Works will be adding speed cushions and new road markings in an effort to get drivers to slow down. Public Works received $90,000 from the Measure G budget to complete the project. The rubberized speed cushions will be put in on Little River Drive in the Creekbridge neighborhood, and Rosita Drive. The project is expected to be done by Thanksgiving
(08:00) Santa Cruz County - A Homeless program has successfully housed its 500th client. The Santa Cruz County program was created in 2012 to help find housing for the homeless and to offer support services. The organization is in the process of opening up a county winter shelter for those who are still unable to find affordable housing
(07:20) Gonzales - A man from Santa Cruz is wanted for the murder of his mother. Kasey Gaskell is still being sought by police and the FBI for the September 21st homicide of 66 year-old Shannon Magner. Magner was found in her sons apartment stabbed in the back of the neck. Gaskell was last seen in Kansas City, Kansas on September 23rd. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is encouraged to call the police.
(07:15) Santa Cruz - A man from Santa Cruz is wanted for the murder of his mother. Kasey Gaskell is still being sought by police and the FBI for the September 21st homicide of 66 year-old Shannon Magner. Magner was found in her sons apartment stabbed in the back of the neck. Gaskell was last seen in Kansas City, Kansas on September 23rd. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is encouraged to call the police.
(19:19) SANTA CRUZ–A clean up day is scheduled for the San Lorenzo River this weekend. The Saturday cleanup event for a downtown stretch of the river is being organized by Save Our Shores and the Coastal Watershed Council. Volunteers will remove trash and plant native near the Laurel Street Bridge. The clean up takes place from 10 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Check-in is at Mimi De Marta Park, 119 Broadway in Santa Cruz.
(17:51) SANTA CRUZ- A former Scotts Valley parks and recreation aide appeared in Santa Cruz County Superior Court yesterday (Thursday). 23 year old Trevor John Arriola was charged with possession of obscene material involving a minor, depiction of sexual conduct of a child and distribution of lewd material involving a minor. The charges are in connection with an incident where he allegedly requested and received nude pictures from a 15-year-old girl in an online relationship. If convicted Arriola faces up eight years in prison.
(17:36) SANTA CRUZ- Additional funds will be made available for the Highway 17 Wildlife Crossing Project. Yesterday (Thursday) the California Transportation Commission (CTC), the governing Board of Caltrans, voted to commit 3.1 million dollars to help build the wildlife crossing tunnel under Highway 17. The state’s commitment helps the Land Trust of Santa Cruz County, which took the first step toward building the wildlife crossing in early 2014 with the protection of a 10-acre property at Laurel Curve. To date, the non-profit has protected two properties totaling 290 acres on the east side of the highway, and is currently raising funds to purchase a conservation easement on 170 acres west of Laurel Curve. Design on the project could begin in the next few months.
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