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LIVE OAK CAT STRUCK WITH ARROW 04-12-11 19:30 a.v.

A 3-year old cat is recovering after being struck with a cross-bow arrow over the weekend. The cat’s owner says Max was missing for two days when he came home Sunday night with a 12-inch long arrow lodged inside of his skull. Max was treated at a local pet hospital Sunday night where the arrow, which went through his skin only and not his skull, was safely removed. He returned the next day to his Live Oak area home with no permanent damage.The incident is being investigated to determine if the act was intentional or accidental.Anyone with any information is asked to call Santa Cruz County Animal Services.

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HIGHWAY 236 FATAL CAR CRASH 04-12-11 18:30 a.v.

A 17-year old Boulder Creek girl was killed yesterday afternoon after crashing her car into a tree near Big Basin. The 4:30 p.m. collision occurred when the teen was traveling Eastbound on Highway 236 at a high-rate of speed, before she lost control of her 1996 Toyota Camry, and drove off the road at Country Villa. officials say the vehicle collided with a large tree before it rolled over. The girl was pronounced dead at the scene.The collision is currently under investigation.

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A portion of Highway 1 in Big Sur, which was shut down last month due to a mudslide, will now remain closed longer than officials had expected. Highway 1 at Rocky Creek is now said to be closed until early May, instead of late April, as previously planned. Officials say geologic instability is causing construction work to be delayed. Caltrans says the early May reopening will only provide limited vehicle access with traffic signal control. Pedestrians, are still being escorted in both directions through a half-mile section from one end of the slide to the other twice daily at 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. Bicycles are also allowed to be walked through the slide during these times.



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During it’s meeting yesterday, board members with the Salinas City Elementary School District approved issuing layoff notices to over 2 dozen employees. The decision to eliminate 32 classified positions for the 2011-2012 academic year, falls on the heels of the District’s budget shortfall. A total of 31 part-time and 10 month contract positions will be eliminated, including one day-care aide, 10 instructional aides, one migrant parent service clerk, one parent coordinator, and 18 preschool instructional associates.



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HWY 129 FATAL CRASH 04-12-11 17:30 a.v.

A fatal accident in North Monterey County has caused both lanes of Highway 129, between Gilroy and Aromas, to shut down. The 3:30 p.m. crash occurred near the town of Aromas, between Highway 101 and Rogge Lane, when a cement mixer over-turned killing the driver. Officials say it may be anywhere from 2 to 6 hours before the Highway is reopened.

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