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A rock slide, that dumped tons of rock last month blocking dozens of homes on a Scotts Valley Road, is expected to take months before the debris is cleared. Geologists say they need more time to study the slide that occurred on Nelson Road on March 21st, and expect to finish a report on it by early June. Public Works officials, meanwhile, said it would take over 2,000 truckloads to haul debris from the road.


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S.C. TRACTOR RESCUE 04-13-11 06:30 a.v.

A 65-year old man was rescued yesterday morning after he was found pinned under a tractor. Emergency crews in Santa Cruz County responded to a 911 call after a landscape contractor was backing up a small tractor just before 11 a.m. on the 200 block of Golf Club Drive, when it struck a hole in the ground and the driver became trapped under one of the tractor wheels. The man was extracted from the tractor before he was air-lifted to an out of county hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

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HWY 129 FATAL CRASH - UPDATED 04-13-11 06:00 a.v.

A fatal accident yesterday in North Monterey County caused both lanes of Highway-129, between Rogge Lane and Chittenden Road, to shut down for several hours. The 3:30 p.m. crash occurred near the town of Aromas, when a Watsonville man, who was driving a loaded cement mixer with a trailer West near Rogge Lane, veered across the eastbound lane, causing the truck to roll over and hit a tree. The driver was declared dead at the scene. The road was reopened after 10 p.m.


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S.C. COUNTY BANK AWARDED 04-12-11 20:00 a.v.

Santa Cruz County Bank has been designated as a Super Premier Performing bank for it’s performance last year. Financial Industry Consulting Firm, The Findley Reports Incorporated, says the bank’s performance in 2010 was 1 of 19 banks in California, and the top 10-percent of all banks in the Western United States to receive the acknowledgement. Santa Cruz County Bank has also been given a 4-Star “excellent” bank rating for 10 consecutive quarters by Bauer Financial Services.


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LIVE OAK CAT STRUCK WITH ARROW 04-12-11 19:30 a.v.

A 3-year old cat is recovering after being struck with a cross-bow arrow over the weekend. The cat’s owner says Max was missing for two days when he came home Sunday night with a 12-inch long arrow lodged inside of his skull. Max was treated at a local pet hospital Sunday night where the arrow, which went through his skin only and not his skull, was safely removed. He returned the next day to his Live Oak area home with no permanent damage.The incident is being investigated to determine if the act was intentional or accidental.Anyone with any information is asked to call Santa Cruz County Animal Services.

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