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Scotts Valley Hwy-17 Fire - UPDATE - 11-12-13 16:00 av

Firefighters from multiple agencies responded to a wild land blaze that ended up closing one lane of Highway 17 for about an hour this morning.    Officials say the fire broke out in Scotts Valley near Crescent Drive at about 10:30, after being started by a log that had caught fire from discarded embers of a campfire that burned a few days ago. The far right, northbound lane of the highway was closed while crews extinguished the blaze in about 10 minutes.  No injuries were reported and no structures were damaged.

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18 Y/O KILLED, 18 Y/O INJ - 11/12/13 11:49 S.S.

THE  INVESTIGATION  INTO  WHY  A  DRIVER  LOST  CONTROL  OF  HIS  S.U.V.  IN  NORTH  MONTEREY  COUNTY  SUNDAY  NIGHT  CONTINUES.   THE  10:10  P.M. ACCIDENT   OCCURRED  WHEN   THE  18  YEAR-OLD  DRIVER  FAILED  TO  CORRECTLY  NEGOTIATE  A  TURN  ON  LIVE  OAK ROADWEST  OF  McGINNIS  ROAD.       HIS  18  YEAR-OLD  PASSENGER,  RUBEN  HUERTA,    SUFFERED  MODERATE   INJURIES  IN  THE  CRASH,    AND  WAS  AIR-LIFTED  TO  SAN  JOSE  REGIONAL  MEDICAL  CENTER.

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TOYS FOR TOTS COLLECTING - 11/12/13 10:45 S.S.

TOYS  FOR  TOTS  IN  SANTA  CRUZ  COUNTY  IS  STARTING  TO  COLLECT  TOYS  FOR  THIS  HOLIDAY  SEASON.    THE  25  YEAR-OLD  ORGANIZATION,  THAT  WAS  STARTED  AFTER  THE  1989  LOMA  PRIETA  QUAKE,  HOPES  TO  RECEIVE  14  THOUSAND  TOYS  BY  DECEMBER  16TH OF  THIS  YEAR.     THE  ORGANIZATION  COLLECTS  NEW,  UNWRAPPED  TOYS;   AND  THEY  CAN  BE  DROPPED  OFF  AT MORE  THAN  30  PLACES  IN  SANTA  CRUZ  COUNTY.  FOR MORE  INFORMATION  ON  THOSE  LOCATIONS,  PEOPLE CAN  GO  ON-LINE  TO:

         www.SantaCruzCounty.ToysForTots.org

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FIRE NEAR HIGHWAY 17 (SV) - 11/12/13 10:48 S.S.

AUTHORITIES  HAVE  SHUT  DOWN  1  LANE  OF  HIGHWAY 17,  DUE  TO  A   FIRE  ON  THE  NEARBY  HILLSIDE.     THE  BLAZE,  WHICH  IS  NEAR  CRESCENT  DRIVE,    APPEARS  TO  HAVE  BEGUN  AS  A  TREE-ON-FIRE,  AND  THEN  IT  SPREAD.     FIREFIGHTERS  ARE  WORKING  TO  GET IT UNDER  CONTROL. 

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HOW TO HELP TYPHOON VICTIMS - 11/12/13 10:13 S.S.

SEVERAL  TRI-COUNTY  FILIPINO  GROUPS,   AND  AT  LEAST  1  FILIPINO  MARKET  (MABUHAY  FILIPINO  ORIENTAL  MARKET  IN  SALINAS)  ARE  WORKING TO  HELP  PEOPLE  IN  THE  TYPHOON-RAVAGED  PHILIPINES.    NOT ONLY  ARE  MORE  THAN  10  THOUSAND  PEOPLE  BELIEVED  TO  HAVE  BEEN  KILLED  WHEN  TYPHOON HAIYAN  HIT  THE  EASTERN  PHILIPINES,  BUT  AT  LEAST  10  THOUSAND  MORE  ARE  NOW  HOMELESS.     THE  OWNER  OF  THE  EAST  ALVIN  DRIVE  MARKET  SAYS  THAT  SHE  CAN  TRANSFER  FUNDS  STRAIGHT  TO  THE  G-M-A  FOUNDATION  IN  THE  PHILIPINES.    MONEY  THERE  GOES  DIRECTLY TO  ANOTHER  FOUNDATION,   THAT  HAS  A  PROGRAM  IN  PLACE  TO  PROVIDE  DISASTER  RELIEF.     FOR  MORE  INFORMATION,  PEOPLE  CAN  CALL  THE  OWNER  OF  MABUHAY  FILIPINO  ORIENTAL  MARKET  ON  EAST ALVIN  DRIVE  AT  (831) 444-0211.SEVERAL  AREA  CULTURAL  CENTERS  ARE  ALSO  PUTTING  TOGETHER  FUNDRAISERS.

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