Santa Cruz officials are reporting better-than-expected numbers of young steelhead trout in the San Lorenzo river. While the count of adult Steelheads has not improved, officials are encouraged by the high numbers of smolt, or young fish, in the river. The numbers were also up in a count in July. The Central Coast Steelhead was listed as endangered in 1997.
The proposal to build bicycle trails through Santa Cruz’s Arana Gulch greenbelt could be re-introduced soon to the Coastal Commission, which voted yesterday to reject the plan. Commissioners split 5 to 5, with dissenters arguing that the city’s plan did not do enough to protect the endangered santa cruz tar plant. Commissioner mark stone, of santa cruz, has submitted a proposal to waive the usual 6-month period before the commission re-hears the issue. His proposal is set to be voted on at the commission’s meeting next month.
New Leaf Market on Santa Cruz’s Westside was partially evacuated yesterday, after a gas leak was reported nearby. The leak of natural gas forced the store to close for about 90 minutes, and also led authorities to close a portion of Fair Avenue. Santa Cruz Firefighters initially responded to the 5:30 p.m. call, and confirmed the leak. PG and E crews had it repaired by 7 p.m., and the street was re-opened. No illnesses or injuries were reported in the incident.
Salinas police arrested a man last night, after a domestic shooting occurred earlier in the evening. 24-year-old Christopher Moore was taken into custody on the 18-thousand block of Kennedy Street. He is accused of shooting Jose Arenas in the chest, as Arenas stood outside of a residence on Holly Street. Arenas is in serious condition, but is expected to survive.
A memorial is scheduled tomorrow marking the one year anniversary of a Santa Cruz teen who was stabbed to death. Santa Cruz High student, 16-year old Tyler Tenorio, was stabbed several times on Laurel Street after a verbal altercation ensued with suspected gang members. 3 men have been arrested since his death. Tomorrow’s gathering for Tyler is near the 7-11 on Laurel Street in Santa Cruz at 6 p.m. People are asked to bring photos, posters and candles to share.
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