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S C AND MCO WEST NILE VIRUS BIRD DEATHS - 07/18/12 1908 S.S.

2  BIRDS  IN  SANTA  CRUZ  COUNTY  AND  ANOTHER  2  IN  MONTEREY  COUNTY  HAVE  TESTED  POSITIVE  FOR  WEST  NILE  VIRUS.      THE  4  BIRDS  WERE:   A  SPARROW (FOUND  TUESDAY  IN  THE  BOLSA  KNOLLS  AREA  OF  SALINAS);   A  HAWK (FOUND  WEDNESDAY  NEAR  CASTROVILLE;    A  GREAT-HORNED  OWL FOUND  NEAR  THE  SUMMIT OF  HIGHWAY 17;    AND   AN  AMERICAN  CROW WAS  FOUND  IN  THE  LIVE  OAK AREA OF  SANTA  CRUZ  COUNTY.

WEST  NILE VIRUS IS   TRANSMITTED  BY  MOSQUITOES.      ELDERLY  AND  YOUNG  PEOPLE  AS  WELL  AS  THOSE  WITH  COMPROMISED  IMMUNE  SYSTEMS  RISK  BECOMING  ILL,  OR  EVEN  IN  SOME  CASES,  DYING.    SEVERE  SYMPTOMS  CAN  INCLUDE  LOSS  OF  VISIONDISORIENTATIONCONVULSIONS,  AND  TREMORS;      WHERE  MILDER  CASES  MAY  ONLY  INCLUDE,  A  SKIN  RASH  ON  THE  CHEST,   STOMACH  AND  BACK….NAUSEA…OR  SWOLLEN  LYMPH  GLANDS.

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NEARY LAGOON TULE 7/18/2012 12:30PM B.B.

TULE REMOVAL AND SEDIMENT MANAGEMENT AT NEARY LAGOON WILL PREVENT ACCESS TO THE FLOATING DOCK FROM JULY 30TH TO SEPTEMBER 5TH.        THIS REMOVAL IS PART OF A BI-ANNUAL TULE REMOVAL, WHICH IS OUTLINED IN THE NEARY LAGOON MANAGEMENT PLAN.          REMOVAL OF 1200 CUBIC YARDS OF SEDIMENT IS ALSO PART OF THE PROJECT.

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SAN LORENZO RIVER FLOOD 7/18/2012 12:30PM B.B.

ANNUAL FLOOD CONTROL INSPECTIONS AND GENERAL MAINTENANCE WORK FOR THE SAN LORENZO RIVER WILL COMMENCE THE FIRST WEEK OF AUGUST, AND WILL CONTINUE FOR ABOUT 5 WEEKS.  THIS YEARLY MAINTENANCE IS REQUIRED BY THE U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS, INVOLVES REPAIRS TO DRAINAGE SYSTEMS AND MANAGING OF PLANT LIFE IN THE AREA.

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SARGENT RANCH 7/18/2012 9:30AM B.B.

THE 6500 ACRE SARGENT RANCH, NORTHWEST OF SAN JUAN BAUTISTA, IS SET TO BE SOLD AT A FORECLOSURE AUCTION ON JULY 26TH.  THE LENDER FORECLOSING ON THE RANCH, FIRST BLACKHAWK FINANCIAL CORP. OF DANVILLE, IS HOPING TO RECOVER MORE THAN 21 MILLION DOLLARS FROM THE SALE.  BUYERS WILL TAKE OVER SARGENT RANCH LLC, BUT WILL NOT OWN 100% OF THE LAND.  WAYNE AND MARCI PIERCE OF LA JOLLA OWN 85% OF THE RANCH.  A 35 MILLION DOLLAR DEVELOPMENT PLAN WAS SLATED FOR THE RANCH IN 2007, BUT TRIBAL PAPERS FOR THE DEVELOPMENT FORGED BY IRENNE ZWIERLEIN WERE DISCOVERED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR.  THE RANCH OWNERS FILED BANKRUPTCY THREE YEARS LATER.

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NEW RADAR TRAILER 7/18/2012 10AM B.B.

THE HOLLISTER POLICE DEPARTMENT IS DEPLOYING A NEW SPEED-DETECTING RADAR TRAILER TO EDUCATE DRIVERS ABOUT SPEED LIMIT CHANGES AND CURB UNSAFE DRIVING.  THE TRAILER WAS PURCHASED USING GRANT FUNDS FROM THE OFFICE OF TRAFFIC SAFETY, AND WILL BE PLACED AT VARIOUS POINTS THROUGHOUT THE CITY, DISPLAYING THE NEW SPEED LIMIT AS WELL AS THE DRIVER’S CURRENT SPEED.  THE NEW SPEED LIMITS IN THE CITY ARE SET TO TAKE EFFECT AUGUST 2ND.

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