(11:30) Santa Cruz- A state of emergency was announced on Friday by California Governor Jerry Brown regarding the hepatitis A outbreak that has already brought the deaths of 18 people in the state. There are currently 581 reported cases of hepatitis A in California, with 71 cases located in Santa Cruz County. This declaration will allow state health officials to purchase additional vaccines in an attempt to curb the spread of the disease. For vaccination information visit santacruzhealth.org
(08:40) Aptos - Valencia Elementary is Hosting its annual Harvest Festival this month. The festival will have a haunted house, games, food trucks, Harry Potter activities and a bake sale. The festival is scheduled to take place from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday, October 28, at Valencia Elementary School, 250 Aptos School Road.
(08:15) Watsonville - The Watsonville Police Department announced that it is National Teen Driver Safety Week. Car crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers, ahead of all other types of injury, disease, or violence. Teens and families are encouraged to take part in the programs offered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: Start Smart, Every 15 Minutes, Impact Teen Drivers, California Friday Night Live Partnership, The Power to Youth and the Power of Parents and Students Against Destructive Decisions. For more information on programs visit: cityofwatsonville.org
(07:15) Santa Cruz - The Santa Cruz Public Works Department announced that work on Lompico Road at Post Mile 1.85 between Creekwood Drive and Lake Boulevard will be subject to traffic delays with potential lane closures. These traffic delays and potential lane closures are necessary to repair storm damage to the roadway. Construction will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday, October 23 through Thursday, November 30. Motorists can expect delays of up to 20 minutes.
(06:50) Evacuation orders have been lifted in the York Fire. Fire Officials reported that the blaze started yesterday off York Road and South Boundary Road, east of Monterey. 32 acres have burned. No structures have been damaged.
(06:00) Watsonville - Authorities reported that 3 people were stabbed Saturday night in Watsonville. The stabbings took place around 10 p.m. in the area of Progress Avenue at Longview Drive. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Watsonville police Department.
A project to remove and haul slide material from the catchment area near Waddell Creek starts today (Mon). The removal and repair of the rock-fall as needed will be on both directions of Highway 1 between Waddell Creek and the Santa Cruz/San Mateo County line. Alternating one way traffic controls will be in affect through Friday. Motorists can expect delays of up to 15 minutes.
Caltrans began full over night road closures of Highway 9 last night. The closures are need for repair to the Brookdale slip out and will be between Western Avenue and Pike Road, from 10 pm until 6 am until the end of the month. The official detour is Bear Creek Road/Summit Road to Highway 17 and Mount Hermon Road. Bus schedules and routes may also be affected during the 15-night closure.