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OPERATION SURF S.C.- 04-07-14 7:30 SG

A SANTA CRUZ SURF EVENT IS HONORING U.S. SOLDIERS WOUNDED IN IRAN AND AFGHANISTAN.   THE SIXTH ANNUAL OPERATION SURF IS HELPING SOLDIERS DIAGNOSED WITH POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER LEARN TO RIDE THE WAVES. PROFESSIONAL SURFERS HAVE VOLUNTEERED TO BE INSTRUCTORS DURING THE EVENT.   THE SOLDIERS WILL BE SURFING FOR SIX DAYS IN SANTA CRUZ AND CAPITOLA.

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S.C. & M.C. SHELLFISH WARNING- 04-07-14 7:00 SG

THE CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH HAS ISSUED A WARNING TELLING CONSUMERS NOT TO EAT RECREATIONALLY HARVESTED SHELLFISH FROM SANTA CRUZ AND MONTEREY COUNTIES.   THIS INCLUDES MUSSELS, CLAMS, OR WHOLE SCALLOPS.    DANGEROUS LEVELS OF THE TOXIN DOMOIC ACID HAVE BEEN DETECTED IN THE SHELLFISH, WHICH COULD CAUSE ILLNESS OR DEATH IN HUMANS.   THE WARNING DOES NOT PERTAIN TO COMMERCIALLY SOLD SHELLFISH FROM APPROVED SOURCES.

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SALMON FISHING-4/6/14-2000-PMD

THE OPENING OF RECREATIONAL SALMON SEASON HAD THE SANTA CRUZ HARBOR BUSY OVER THE WEEKEND.  BY 5 A-M SATURDAY MORNING THERE WAS A LONG LINE OF TRAILER-ED BOATS WAITING FOR THEIR TURN AT THE LAUNCH RAMP. MOST OF THE PARKING LOTS AROUND THE HARBOR WERE FULL BY 6. IN THE EARLY AFTERNOON A LARGE PERCENTAGE OF FISHERMEN HAD RETURNED, WITH ABOUT 50 PERCENT REPORTING CATCHES. ALTHOUGH THERE WERE SOME REPORTS OF CATCHES NEAR THE SOQUEL HOLE, LOCALLY SALMON WERE SPARSE.   ALMOST ALL FISHERMEN THAT GOT THEIR LIMITS CAUGHT THEM IN THE MOSS LANDING AREA.  RECREATIONAL SALMON SEASON IS OPEN UNTIL APRIL 30TH.

 

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WATER RATIONING-4/6/14-1934-PMD

THE PROPOSED WATER RESTRICTIONS THAT ARE SET TO TAKE EFFECT ON MAY 1ST COULD COST SANTA CRUZ MILLIONS.   THE RATIONING PLAN IS TO GO AHEAD, EVEN WITH THE BOOST TO WATER LEVELS FROM THE BETTER THAN AVERAGE RAINFALL TOTALS OVER THE PAST 2 MONTHS.  THE PLAN IS EXPECTED TO COST APPROXIMATELY 1 MILLION DOLLARS IN WAGES FOR THE NEW EMPLOYEES NEEDED TO MANAGE AND ENFORCE THE MANDATED RESTRICTIONS, CITY OFFICIALS ARE ALSO ANTICIPATING OVER A MILLION DOLLARS IN LOST REVENUE DUE TO THE LOWER AMOUNT OF WATER THAT CAN BE SOLD UNDER THE RESTRICTIONS.

 

 

 

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HIGHWAY 9 WRECKS -4/6/14- 1754 –PMD

HIGHWAY 9 IN THE SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS WAS THE SITE OF 2 ROAD CLOSING ACCIDENTS ON SATURDAY. THE 1ST HAPPENED SHORTLY BEFORE 2 P-M AT THE 3.2 MILE MARKER.  ACCORDING TO C-H-P SOURCES A CAR SOUTHBOUND LOST CONTROL AND CRASHED HEAD ON INTO AN ONCOMING PICKUP TRUCK. 1 PERSON WAS LIFE FLIGHTED TO A BAY AREA TRAUMA CENTER AND AT LEAST 2 OTHERS WERE TAKEN TO A BAY AREA HOSPITAL BY AMBULANCE. THE 2ND ACCIDENT WAS NEAR BOULDER CREEK WERE A DRIVER ROLLED A PICKUP TRUCK SUSTAINING MINOR INJURIES.

 

 

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