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Equine rescue center new location 06/11/12 8:40p.m. TDH

A shelter service for horses and other equines has moved operations from its hollister-area location to a new site in watsonville.  The “equine rescue center and sanctuary” was founded as a no-kill shelter in 2009.  it has been located in paicines, (outside of Hollister), but operations have been relocated to a 250-acre site near highway-129, off of watsonville’s vanoni road.  the shelter’s volunteers are currently caring for 48-equines, including horses, donkeys, and mules.   Much of the work to move the shelter involved making arrangements to transport the dozens of large animals, many of which are extra timid because of past abuse.    For information on volunteering or adoption, visit the website: equine rescue center dot com.

Votes still to be counted, SCC district-5 06/11/12 8p.m. TDH

Nearly 4-thousand uncounted votes are expected to be tallied Thursday for santa cruz county supervisorial district-5.   the race looks likely to be heading for a runoff in November, though that could change with the addition of the thousands of uncounted votes, which are mostly vote-by-mail ballots that were returned close to the end of the voting day.   there are about 20-thousand votes in santa cruz county that are yet to be counted.   In district-5, bruce mcpherson is close to the 50-percent mark needed to win the seat outright and avoid a November runoff.  His closest opponent, eric hammer, has so far garnered 38-percent of the district’s vote.


Deadline to object to water rate increase 06/11/12 8p.m. TDH

Tuesday night marks the deadline for monterey county residents serviced by California-american water to object to proposed fee increases.  Cal-am officials want to raise water rates by 8-percent.   If a certain percentage of customers formally object, the plan will be cancelled, but otherwise, the increase will be implemented.   15-thousand letters from dissenting customers must be received to meet the mark…currently about 12-thousand letters have been received.    It’s too late to mail a letter to the board of directors, but letters can be dropped off at the water district’s office.     7 p.m. is the deadline; the office is located at 5 harris court, building “g”, in monterey.  if it’s after 7 p.m., you can bring a letter to the public meeting on the subject, which is set to be held at the hyatt regency hotel, located at 1 old golf course road in monterey.  again, that public meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.


Salinas Shooting 06/11/12 8p.m. TDH

A shooting was reported in salinas monday afternoon.   Just before 6 p.m. 1-person was shot outside a bank on north main street and boronda road.  the victim was taken to an area hospital.    No arrests were immediately made.   Anyone with information about the incident is encouraged to contact the salinas police department.


Wanted man arrested (MCO) 06/11/12 8p.m. TDH

A wanted sex offender was arrested this past Friday in north monterey county.   watsonville resident Ellis Wilson was wanted by authorities for failing to register as a sex offender.  He was taken into custody by monterey county sheriff’s deputies for that charge, as well as violation of a protective order, possession of a stolen vehicle, and domestic violence.   Wilson was booked into monterey county jail.