BUDGET ISSUES AT THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION COULD FORCE AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLERS TO LEAVE THEIR POSTS AT MONTEREY PENINSULA AIRPORT. ABOUT 1.3 BILLION DOLLARS OF CUTS TO THE FAA THAT ARE EXPECTED TO BE ENACTED ON JANUARY 2ND COULD FORCE AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLERS OUT OF 106 AIRPORTS ACROSS THE US, INCLUDING MONTEREY PENINSULA AIRPORT.
A SKYDIVER WAS FLOWN TO AN AREA HOSPITAL AFTER SUFFERING UNKNOWN INJURIES FROM A “HARD LANDING” AT MARINA MUNICIPAL AIRPORT YESTERDAY. THE 32-YEAR-OLD TRACY RESIDENT WAS FOUND SEMI CONSCIOUS AT THE AIRPORT AT AROUND 1:15 PM. THE MAN’S PARACHUTE OPENED EARLY RESULTING IN THE DIVER COMING DOWN QUICKLY, CAUSING THE ACCIDENT. THE MAN WAS ONE OF SEVERAL SKYDIVERS IN A GROUP DIVING FROM THE SAME PLANE.
The Santa Cruz County Sanitation District has announced that Spreckles Drive from Forest Drive to Moosehead Drive will be subject to traffic delays and potential lane closures, between the hours of 8:30am and 4:30pm beginning tomorrow morning, through October 15th. The delays are necessary for sewer improvement. Drivers are asked to avoid the area if possible, or prepare to be subjected to delays of up to 30 minutes.
Salinas Police were able to recover a stolen vehicle almost immediately after the car was reported stolen last night. Officers heard the broadcast of the stolen vehicle while on the 500 block of Roosevelt Avenue at 1:50am. They spotted the swiped Nissan driving down Kern Street. The driver entered Highway 101 northbound, and got off the North Main Street exit where officers pulled him over. The car was being driven by 28-year-old Jacob Pulido, with an 18-year-old female passenger. Both were taken into custody without incident. A search of the car uncovered stolen property and a burglary tools, including a shaved key. The woman was released after it was determined that she was not involved with the robbery. Pulido, who was on probation for similar charges, was arrested for possession of stolen property, a stolen car, and burglary tools.
UC Santa Cruz has selected Lodi Native Ron DuBois to take over coaching the school’s NCAA men’s basketball team. The 35-year-old and will be relocating from Memphis, Tennesee with his wife, their 1 ½-year-old son, and another son on the way. DuBois has held a number of positions as head and assistant coach in many cities nationally and internationally. He also served as video coordinator for the Phoenix Suns. DuBois’ level and range of experience helped him to beat out more than 70 other applicants for the job. DuBois will replace 59-year-old Gordon Johnson, who coached the team for 10 seasons. Johnson left the position in June to spend more time with his family.
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