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Not guilty pleas, weapons 07/10/12 6p.m. TDH

2-men accused of weapons violations were arraigned Tuesday in a santa cruz county courtroom.  24-year-old alex Richard valdez and 26-year-old Joshua aaron Robertson were arrested this past Friday morning on ocean street.   both men were wanted in fresno for outstanding warrants, and santa cruz police officers allegedly found a loaded gun in the suspects’ car.   valdez and Robertson both entered pleas of not guilty to being felons in possession of a firearm.   They are due back in court for a preliminary hearing july 23rd.

 

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otter project surveys 07/10/12 6p.m. TDH

Surveyors with the non-profit Otter Project have discovered that most visitors to the monterey bay are following regulations that protect wildlife.  About 2-hundred volunteers with the otter project surveyed 2-thousand visitors to the coast.   Volunteers monitored recreational activities between ano Nuevo and san luis Obispo, and found that (for the most part) surfers, boaters, fisherman, and divers have been observing regulations in conservation and reserve areas. the complete report can be read online, at: otterproject.org.

 

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Woolpert death ruled accidental 07/10/12 5p.m. TDH

Authorities in placer county announced today that Granite Rock C-E-O Bruce woolpert died of accidental drowning.   Investigators believe woolpert fell and hit his head while trying to board a 9-foot dingy (amid heavy winds and high waves.)  he is believed to have fallen, (unconscious), into the water, and drowned.  The fatal accident occurred in north lake tahoe on june 24th.    Woolpert was born and raised in Watsonville.   He was 61-years-old.

 

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Turkey flats fire 07/10/12 tdh/af

Turkey flats fire                    07/10/12           tdh/af

 

Fire fighters from Cal-Fire and other agencies are battling a wildfire in Monterey County that has so far burned more than 27-hundred acres.   The blaze erupted off of Chalome road (near Turkey Flats) around 11:30 a-m yesterday.   as of this morning The fire is still about 30-percent contained.     The blaze has burned a large swath of cattle land on a ranch in the area, but has not yet threatened any homes.    The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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COMMUNITY COLLEGE 7/10/2012 11AM B.B.

BECAUSE OF RECENT BUDGET CUTS, THE CALIFORNIA COMMUNITY COLLEGES BOARD OF GOVERNORS SAYS IT NEEDS TO PRIORITIZE CERTAIN STUDENTS OVER OTHERS. THE BOARD DECIDED THAT FIRST YEAR STUDENTS AND STUDENTS ON TRACK TO REACH THEIR EDUCATIONAL GOALS SHOULD HAVE PRIORITY. THEY ALSO DECIDED STUDENTS WITH MORE THAN 100 UNITS AND STUDENTS ON PROBATION FOR TWO SEMESTERS IN A ROW WOULD BE REMOVED FROM TOP PRIORITY STANDING. OTHER DECISIONS MADE BY THE BOARD STATE THAT STUDENTS WILL NOT BE ABLE TO REPEAT CERTAIN CLASSES, AND WILL NOT BE ABLE TO TAKE CLASSES THAT ARE NON-ESSENTIAL TO GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS. THE PRIORITY REGULATIONS ARE SCHEDULED FOR FINAL ADOPTION IN SEPTEMBER, AND PUBLIC COMMENT ON THE CHANGE WILL BE ACCEPTED BEFORE FINAL ADOPTION.

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