There’s an algal bloom growing in the Monterey Bay. It’s grown 400 percent in the past several weeks. It’s a similar type of algae to the one that sickened (and killed) hundreds of seabirds in the Monterey Bay back in 2007. This particular type of single-cell algae is generally considered non-toxic….but when it gets battered by strong surf, the cells break down…..causing the foam that is problematic for seabirds.
Santa Cruz City Council members are expected to consider a proposed vacation rental moratorium when they meet this afternoon. That’s in response to an increase from displaced renters. If approved, the moratorium would initially be for 45 days, but could be extended to 22 months. The 2:30 meeting is slated to take place in council chambers at 809 Center Street.
The winners have been announced for an art contest in the San Lorenzo Valley Unified School District. The contest was about burning wood for heat….and its impact on air quality, which is a huge issue in the valley where many people have used woodstoves for heat for years. There were several categories for this contest. In the kindergarten through 3rd grade category, the first place winner was Avery Armstrong. In grades 4 through 6th the person who took first place was Ashli Trageser. In grades 7th and 8th the top winner was Griffin Hardisty. In 9th through 12th the winner was Lori Claes…with the overall winner of the contest being 9th grader Sarah Jane Murphy.
One of the largest of all toothed whales was spotted in the Monterey Bay this month….a place where one hasn’t been spotted for 5 years. The male Sperm Whale has actually been seen several times by different people, always in fairly deep waters (fairly close to the shore). Male Sperm Whales can grow to be 40-60 feet long, and their primary diet is squid. Sperm Whales are on the Endangered Species List.
A Santa Cruz man has now been arrested in connection with a number of home and vehicle break-ins, that took place in the Live Oak Area of Santa Cruz last week. 51 year-old Michael Biscovich faces possible charges of first degree burglary, second degree burglary, and receiving stolen property. He was found walking near the burglarized home, with some of the inhabitant’s jewelry in his pocket. Biscovich was booked into Santa Cruz County Jail.
A Santa Cruz man and woman suffered serious injuries Friday, when their car hit a tree in Oregon. 66 year-old driver Dana Leroy Niehaus, and his 66 year-old passenger Jeanine Niehaus, were transported to Saint Charles Bend Health System for treatment. They had been headed west on highway 20 (near Bend Oregon) when the accident occurred.
A silicon valley company is reportedly “test driving” a prototype “flying car” at the Hollister Airport. Zee Aero has signed a 34 year lease for an acre of land (between 2 landing strips) there. Based on plans, the company intends to build an office building, a hangar, and an aircraft ramp on the property at the Hollister Airport.
A Salinas woman, who may have been the driver in a fatal hit-and run accident earlier this month, has been located. The October 18th hit-and-run left 25 year-old Cody Austine Hillock with fatal injuries. He had been walking along Foletta Road, north of Alta Road when he was hit. The investigation of that fatal accident is ongoing.
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