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HIGHWAY 236 FATAL CAR CRASH 04-12-11 18:30 a.v.

A 17-year old Boulder Creek girl was killed yesterday afternoon after crashing her car into a tree near Big Basin. The 4:30 p.m. collision occurred when the teen was traveling Eastbound on Highway 236 at a high-rate of speed, before she lost control of her 1996 Toyota Camry, and drove off the road at Country Villa. officials say the vehicle collided with a large tree before it rolled over. The girl was pronounced dead at the scene.The collision is currently under investigation.

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A portion of Highway 1 in Big Sur, which was shut down last month due to a mudslide, will now remain closed longer than officials had expected. Highway 1 at Rocky Creek is now said to be closed until early May, instead of late April, as previously planned. Officials say geologic instability is causing construction work to be delayed. Caltrans says the early May reopening will only provide limited vehicle access with traffic signal control. Pedestrians, are still being escorted in both directions through a half-mile section from one end of the slide to the other twice daily at 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. Bicycles are also allowed to be walked through the slide during these times.



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During it’s meeting yesterday, board members with the Salinas City Elementary School District approved issuing layoff notices to over 2 dozen employees. The decision to eliminate 32 classified positions for the 2011-2012 academic year, falls on the heels of the District’s budget shortfall. A total of 31 part-time and 10 month contract positions will be eliminated, including one day-care aide, 10 instructional aides, one migrant parent service clerk, one parent coordinator, and 18 preschool instructional associates.



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HWY 129 FATAL CRASH 04-12-11 17:30 a.v.

A fatal accident in North Monterey County has caused both lanes of Highway 129, between Gilroy and Aromas, to shut down. The 3:30 p.m. crash occurred near the town of Aromas, between Highway 101 and Rogge Lane, when a cement mixer over-turned killing the driver. Officials say it may be anywhere from 2 to 6 hours before the Highway is reopened.

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Construction on a roundabout, that began last week in the City of Santa Cruz, is expected to be completed by this summer. The city’s 1st circular intersection, which is being built in front of the depot park intersection at Pacific Avenue and Center Street, is said to reduce traffic delays near Main Beach and the Municipal Wharf. The roundabout is designed to allow vehicles to travel in and out of the area without making complete stops, since all stop signs in the intersection will be replaced with yield signs. Completion is expected for the 1st week of May.

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