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BIG SUR LAND TRUST’S NEW PURCHASE 08-20-10 11:00 a.v.

Another trail section along the lower Carmel River has been acquired by the Big Sur Land Trust. $225,000 in private funds was used to purchase the mile-long easement that is expected to connect existing trails at Palo Corona Regional Park to the Quail Lodge area. The trail segment is slated to be completed by late next year with funding provided by state grant money in conjunction with the Monterey County Public Works Department.

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PRUNEDALE IMPROVEMENT PROJECT 08-20-10 08:30 a.v.

A stretch of Highway-101 known as “Blood Alley” is slated to receive an upgrade as part of a state improvement project. The California Transportation Commission unanimously approved allocating 91.3 million dollars towards the Prunedale Improvement Project, which calls for 2 new interchanges, an overpass and a median barrier along a stretch of the highway north of Salinas. The project will include 2 interchanges at the north and south ends of the stretch of highway, including Crazy Horse Canyon and Echo Valley Roads, and Russell and Espinosa Roads, as well as an overpass at Blackie and Reese Roads. Construction of the 4-year project, is expected to start next April.

 

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LIVE OAK DRUG ARREST 08-20-10 07:00 a.v.

A 21-year old Live Oak man is now behind bars after robbing a man at gunpoint early yesterday morning.   The robbery took place just before 1 a.m. on the 3500 block of Capitola Road when the robber, Logan McDonough arrived at the victim’s home to purchase Marijuana, then pulled out a gun and stole the marijuana along with prescription pills.  McDonough was arrested at his Live Oak home and was taken to Santa Cruz County jail for robbery, possession of marijuana for sale and drug possession.

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PINNACLES CLIMBING AREAS REOPEN 08-20-10 06:45 a.v.

Rock Formations at Pinnacles National Monument, that were subject to advisory closures to rock climbing and off-trail hiking for protecting nesting falcons and eagles, have now been reopen. Those areas, will reportedly remain open until next January when the raptors return and begin to select their nest areas. According to parks officials, a total of 7 prairie falcon nests successfully produced nestlings and fledged a total of 27 young, representing an average year for Pinnacles productivity.

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WATSONVILLE FLUORIDATION FINE 08-20-10 05:50 a.v.

The City of Watsonville was cited for failing to fluoridate it’s water supply. The fine was issued yesterday by the State Department of Public Health 7 months after the City Council refrained from signing a contract for a 2-million dollar grant to pay for a fluoridation system. A committee which was established to continue negotiating the deal, was expected to bring the contract back to the council this past spring. The citation sets an August 29th deadline for the city to provide written assurance that it plans to comply with a 2003 state order to fluoridate, and calls for an implementation schedule to be submitted by mid-Sept.

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