A CIVIL SETTLEMENT HAS BEEN REACH BETWEEN CALIFORNIA AMERICAN WATER COMPANY (AKA CAL-AM) AND THE MONTEREY COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE. THE SUIT WAS BASED ON THE WATER COMPANY’S VIOLATIONS OF HAZARDOUS WASTE LAWS THAT STEMMED FROM HANDLING OF WASTE SLUDGE AT 3 OF ITS FACILITIES. CAL-AM HAS AGREED TO PAY NEARLY 400 THOUSAND DOLLARS. THE SETTLEMENT MONEY WILL GO TOWARD HELPING RURAL DISTRICT ATTORNEYS PROSECUTE ENVIRONMENTAL CASES.

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A NEARLY 6 THOUSAND ACRE PARCEL, JUST NORTH OF SANTA CRUZ, HAS BEEN DONATED TO THE PUBLIC. THE TRUST FOR PUBLIC LAND HAS TRANSFERRED THE 5 THOUSAND 843 ACRE COAST DAIRIES PROPERTY TO THE U.S. BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT. BY THE END OF THIS YEAR, THE B-L-M HOPES TO HAVE 2 TRAILS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. ONE IS THE LIDDELL CREEK TRAIL OFF OF BONNY DOON ROAD, AND THE OTHER IS THE MOLINA PASTURE TRAIL OFF SWANTON ROAD.

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A 23 YEAR-OLD CASTROVILLE MAN, ACCUSED OF BATTERING HIS GIRLFRIEND, HAS BEEN ARRESTED. LUIS ANDRADE LARA IS SUSPECTED OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. HE WAS BOOKED INTO MONTEREY COUNTY JAIL.

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