PAJARO - A man known as “El Diablo”, has been arrested in connection with the assault of a number of people. Evarado Ortiz Vargas is believed to have assaulted several homeless people near the Pajaro River….including a woman whom he hit on the head with a machete (before demanding money from her). Vargas was booked into Monterey County Jail.
(11:50) Santa Cruz County - A Christian Network will now occupy the KUSP 88.9 station. In a bankruptcy auction with EMF/KLOVE Christian Network and KCRW from Santa Monica, the Christian Network won with a bid of $605, 000 dollars yesterday (Tuesday). The new Network was unable to comment of when they will be up and running at this time.
(10:50) Santa Cruz & San Mateo Counties - As of Monday at 8 a.m. Cal Fire lifted the burn suspension for San Mateo and Santa Cruz Counties. Cal Fire advises those possessing current and valid agricultural and hazard reduction burn permits can now resume burning on permissible burn days. Those wishing to burn must verify it is a permissive burn a day prior to burning. The pile burning requirements or as follows: Only dry natural vegetation can be burned, the burning of trash or painted wood or other debris is prohibited, no not burn on windy days, piles should be no larger than 4 feet in diameter and height, clear a 10 foot diameter down to bare soil around your piles, have a shovel and water source nearby, an adult is required to be in attendance of the fire at all times.
The Santa Cruz SPCA has put together a list of guidelines to help ensure the safety of their pets during Halloween time. Keep animals inside and away from the front door, Make sure ID tags are securely fastened and the information is current, Keep lit pumpkins and candles away from animals, Keep all candies up and away from pets, and animal costumes should be safe and comfortable. Cat owners are advised to keep their cats in doors several days before and after Halloween.
(09:00) Santa Cruz County - A temporary freeze has been placed on new short-term and vacation rentals. The 45 day freeze was approved at yesterday’s (Tuesday) city council meeting because finding long term rentals in Santa Cruz County has been on going issue. The temporary freeze will allow time to develop regulations for vacation rentals and prevent further loss on long term rentals.
(07:35) Monterey County - Monterey County has introduced a text message alert service that will notify commuters about the roundabout project on Holman Highway 68. The Transportation Agency for Monterey County and the Monterey County Office of Emergency Services announced the new service yesterday (Tuesday). For people who want to receive traffic alerts and updates text 68roundabout at 888777. The southbound ramp off Highway 1 to Holman Highway 68 is scheduled to be closed over Veterans Day weekend, starting on Thursday at 7 p-m and will reopen Monday at 6 a.m.
A fundraiser, that’s expected to take 12 to 14 hours to complete, is set to begin early Sunday morning. 13 paddlers from Outrigger Santa Cruz plan to leave Pillar Point Harbor in Half Moon Bay about 2 a.m. Sunday morning…..headed for Monterey Municipal Beach. This year they’re hoping to raise about $30,000.00 for Watsonville-based Jacob’s Heart Children’s Cancer Support Services. The paddlers plan to row a 6-person outrigger canoe in hour-long shifts….and they hope to complete the nearly 90-mile trip sometime between 2 and 4 p-m Sunday afternoon. Last year paddlers from O-S-C rowed 54.4 miles…..and raised more than $17,000.00 for the charity that has provided support to children with cancer (and their families) since 1998.
The president, and C-E-O, of a local medical facility is being honored for his contributions to programs that help the local farmworker community. Pete Delgado, who was a farm laborer as a teenager, is scheduled to receive the Ben Heller Award For Leadership And Courage. The Salinas-based Center For Community Advocacy plans to give Delgado the award at their October 30th Dia De Los Muertos banquet at C-S-U-M-B’s Center near Oldtown Salinas.
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