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clean up removes 1,600-pounds from beaches 07/05/11 9:45p.m. TDH

Volunteers helped the group save our shores remove nearly 17-hundred pounds of pollution from Monterey bay beaches.   The clean up event was held on tuesday, at several beaches in Monterey and santa cruz counties.  Just less than 14-hundred pounds was garbage, while the remaining amount were recyclables.  The 5th of july “star spangled cleanup” is now the 2nd-largest such event of the year for the conservation group.  Ranked by pounds of pollution removed, santa cruz’s seabright beach was the dirtiest, followed by cowell’s, and panther beach.

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Salinas carjacking, arrest 07/05/11 9p.m. TDH

2-teenagers were arrested in salinas on Sunday night, after carjacking a man at gunpoint.   Just before midnight, the driver was in his car on north hebbron avenue, when he was robbed of his wallet and keys.   Salinas police officers apprehended the two 17-year-olds shortly afterwards, near east alisal and wood streets.   Both of the suspects are documented gang members.   the 2-boys were booked into monterey county juvenile hall.

 

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Music program will continue, holl. 07/05/11 9:20p.m. TDH

A 34-thousand-dollar donation to a Hollister school will keep a music program running for at least another semester.   The gift from the Save the Music Drive was announced last week, and will allow the band teacher at rancho-maze middle school to remain employed, under a temporary contract.   Fundraisers with the save the music drive plan to make another donation closer to the start of the spring semester, to keep the program running for the entire school year.

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w.v. public art fundraising 07/05/11 9:20p.m. TDH

Watsonville city leaders agreed last week to adopt a 2-year public art plan.   The first step of the plan will be fundraising, as the city has little money to spare on the previously-commissioned plan.  City council members hope to promote public art in watsonville by allowing artists to decorate utility boxes, and vacant spaces, as well as host music festivals in the city, and more.  

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Waste Sites Closed Sundays 07/05/11 6p.m. TDH

The santa cruz county board of supervisors has suspended waste services on Sundays, at the Buena vista landfill, as well as the ben lomond transfer station.   The temporary closures were made to address declining revenue at the disposal sites, while the county is struggling to find revenue.  The Sunday closure also means that the household hazardous waste facility at the ben lomond transfer station will only be open on Thursdays.  The sites will remain open during their regular hours for the other 6-days of the week, from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30p.m.

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