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FILL THE BOOT 7/24/2012 4PM B.B.

THIS FRIDAY (JULY 27TH) THE SAN BENITO FIRE DEPARTMENT AND CAL FIRE WILL PARTICIPATE IN THE “FILL THE BOOT” CAMPAIGN TO RAISE MONEY FOR THE MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY ASSOCIATION.  THE EFFORT HAS FIREFIGHTERS STANDING AT THE INTERSECTION OF AIRLINE HIGHWAY AND SUNNYSLOPE ROAD IN HOLLISTER FROM 9 A.M. TO 4 P.M.  THE FIREFIGHTERS WILL BE HOLDING A BOOT WHICH CAN BE FILLED WITH CASH CHECKS OR ANY SPARE CHANGE…ALL DENOMINATIONS OF MONEY ARE ACCEPTED AND NO DONATION IS TOO SMALL.

 

THE FIREFIGHTERS AT THE INTERSECTION WILL NOT INTERFERE WITH TRAFFIC FLOW, AND IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY, ALL UNITS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR INCIDENT RESPONSE.

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Salinas Man Attempts to Run Down Wife 7/24/12 10a AF

A Salinas man is in custody after allegedly attempting to run over his wife with a car during a disagreement.     The Salinas Police responded to a report of domestic disturbance on the 100 block of Rico Street around 7 pm last night.    Officers determined that 58-year-old Manuel Valdez and his wife were arguing outside their residence, when Valdez got in to his vehicle and sped toward his wife in an alleged attempt to run her over.    He was unsuccessful in his effort, but Salinas police report that there were visible skid marks in the parking lot of the residence where the incident occurred.     Valdez then drove away, and was contacted by police while still in his vehicle.    He was taken into custody on charges of assault with a deadly weapon and driving under the influence.

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Monterey Bay Exploration Center Open 7/24/12 9:30a AF

The Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center on Pacific Avenue near the Santa Cruz Wharf held its grand opening ceremonies yesterday afternoon, and brought in more than 1,000 new visitors.    The 12,400 square foot, $16.7 million dollar facility will serve as a community resource to educate the public about the nation’s largest marine sanctuary.    Representative Sam Farr and Santa Cruz mayor Don Lane, as well as other local representatives attended the opening ceremonies, which included a kelp ribbon cutting.    The exploration center has 7,000 square feet of exhibits, including a 14,000 gallon tank replica of the sea floor.   It is now open to the public Wednesday through Sunday from 10am to 5pm, and admission is free.

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Further Cabrillo Reductions 7/24/12 9.00a AF

Cabrillo College administrators have already cut or reduced multiple staff and faculty positions, and rolled back services and available classes, but a fourth round of reductions could result in even more cutbacks.     Budget talks may result in the elimination of 9 filled positions, and 5 vacant positions, as well as more than 150 teaching units.     Those 9 positions are currently filled with classified union employees, spurring accusations from the classified union that administrators are targeting their members specifically.    The Cabrillo governing board is scheduled to meet on August 6th to discuss the proposed reductions.

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Watsonville Levee Stabbing 7/24/12 8.30a AF

A 26-year-old man was stabbed in near the levee in Watsonville yesterday, after being chased by 3 assailants.    The victim was near the edge of the levee on the south side of river park when he was chased by 3 men; one of whom stabbed him multiple times in the upper torso.    The man was able to escape his attackers by crossing the levee to the Monterey County via the Pajaro bridge.    The wounded man ran to the roadway and flagged down a bystander, who called Monterey County Sherriff’s deputies.    The man was seriously wounded, and was flown to a bay area trauma center, where he is now in stable condition.     The reason to the attack is unknown, and the incident is under investigation.

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