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Arana Gulch Project Blog 11-25-13 12:00 av

A new blog is expected to keep Santa Cruz County residents in the know on construction updates for the Arana Gulch Project.   The site contains an updated map of the trail, as well as a weekly timeline that describes the work being done.  The site was created by the Santa Cruz Public Works Department for those who want to be kept in the loop on the progress being made of the 68-acre pedestrian and bicyclist trail connecting Live Oak and Santa Cruz. The blog can be found at arana trail project dot blog-spot dot com. A letter explaining the construction is also expected to be sent to nearby neighbors. 

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Davenport Beach Cliff Rescue 11-25-13 11:30 av

A woman was rescued at a Davenport beach over the weekend after falling 30-feet from a rocky cliff.   Officials say the incident occurred around 1 p.m. Saturday at Panther Beach.    The 22-year old woman suffered critical injuries to her back and neck, and was air lifted to a Bay area trauma center.   Her condition is unknown at this time.

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Salinas Little Caesars Pizza Robbery 11-25-13 11:30 av

Two suspects are on the loose after a Salinas Restaurant was robbed at gunpoint yesterday morning. Police say the just before noon incident occurred at the Little Caesar’s Pizza on the 500-block of East Laurel Drive when two men wearing black hooded jackets walked in.  One of the suspects had a gun and demanded money.   The men fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.  They were last seen on Santa Teresa Way.     

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New unemployment numbers for Santa Cruz County are the lowest they’ve been in five years.   Unemployment for September dropped to 7.3%, the lowest this year, while numbers rose slightly last month to 7.5%, the lowest for that month since 2008.  The jobless rate for the City of Santa Cruz is 6.2%, with 2100 people looking for work.  Since 2009, part-time employees went up from 11% to 13%, and full time workers dropped from 88.5% to 87%. Unemployment this time a year ago was at 9%.

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Two K-Mart burglary suspects were arrested in Salinas over the weekend after attempting to out run officers.   The incident occurred just after 1:30 p.m. yesterday on the 1000 block of North Davis Road.  38-year old Clemente Valdez and 36-year old Leiloni Ancheta were being chased outside by the store’s security guard, when they were ordered to the ground.  Valdez got up and ran across Highway 101 where police were able to locate him near Monroe Street.  He was arrested for shoplifting, resisting arrest and several warrants, while Ancheta was also arrested for the same charges.

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