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A NEW PROGRAM IN SALINAS WILL TEACH GIRLS AGES 7 TO 13 THE JOYS OF MOUNTAIN BIKING. LITTLE BELLAS CO-FOUNDERS, OLYMPIC MOUNTAIN BIKER LEA DAVISON AND HER SISTER SABRA, WILL EXTEND THEIR PROGRAM (ORIGINALLY STARTED SEVEN YEARS AGO AND INTRODUCED TO THE CENTRAL COAST DURING THE SEA OTTER CLASSIC.) LOCAL BRIANNE SPIERSCH WILL BRING HER EXPERIENCE WITH THE NATIONAL INTERSCHOLASTIC CYCLING ASSOCIATION TO THE PROGRAM AS CHAPTER DIRECTOR. FOR MORE INFORMATION, PARENTS IN SALINAS ARE ENCOURAGED TO VISIT LITTLE BELLAS DOT COM.

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SALINAS POLICE RESPONDED TO THE 700 BLOCK OF LEESE DR AT 4:20 A-M THIS MORNING ON REPORTS OF SHOTS FIRED. UPON ARRIVAL, THE OFFICERS FOUND RAY ESPINO, 27, IN THE GARAGE OF THE HOME WITH A SINGLE GUNSHOT WOUND. REPORTEDLY, THE RESIDENT OF THE HOME WAS WOKEN BY NOISES OUTSIDE HIS HOME, SAW ESPINO ENTER HIS GARAGE, ARMED HIMSELF, AND WENT TO INVESTIGATE. WHEN HE ENTERED THE GARAGE, THE RESIDENT WAS STARTLED BY THE INTRUDER AND FEARING FOR HIS SAFETY, SHOT ESPINO ONE TIME. ESPINO WAS TRANSPORTED TO A BAY AREA HOSPITAL AND REMAINS IN CRITICAL CONDITION. SALINAS POLICE ARE STILL CONDUCTING AN INVESTIGATION AND ENCOURAGE ANYONE WITH ANY INFORMATION TO CONTACT THEM.

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A BIG-RIG CARRYING 30 THOUSAND POUNDS OF FROZEN SQUID FLIPPED ON NORTHBOUND HIGHWAY 1 NEAR THE FISH HOOK IN SANTA CRUZ AT APPROXIMATELY 10:50 A-M TODAY. (MON) THE DRIVER WAS REPORTEDLY GOING TOO FAST FOR THE INTERCHANGE AND LOST CONTROL OF THE SEMI WHEN THE WEIGHT OF THE LOAD SHIFTED. CREWS ATTEMPTED TO RIGHT THE TRUCK AND CLEAN UP THE PARTIALLY SPILLED CARGO, WHILE HEALTH OFFICIALS INSPECTED THE REMAINING LOAD FOR SAFETY. ALL LANES OF TRAFFIC REMAINED OPEN ON HIGHWAYS 1 AND 17 IN BOTH DIRECTIONS AND THE DRIVER WAS NOT INJURED. THE OFFICIAL CAUSE IS STILL UNDER INVESTIGATION.

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A HEARING AT THE SACRAMENTO SUPERIOR COURT FRIDAY ADDRESSED A CAMPAIGN AGAINST A CO-ED BATHROOM BILL. THE DISPUTE IS OVER WHETHER OR NOT COUNTIES CAN WITHHOLD OVER 130-THOUSAND SIGNATURES THAT ARE IN FAVOR OF OVERTURNING A-B 12-66.    EARLIER THIS YEAR, OFFICIALS SAID THE REFERENDUM FAILED DUE TO A LACK OF VALID SIGNATURES, BUT UPON FURTHER INVESTIGATION, MANY OF THE ELIMINATED SIGNATURES WERE FOUND WRONGLY DISQUALIFIED.    THE STATE IS ARGUING THAT THE SIGNATURES CANNOT BE TURNED OVER DUE TO VOTER CONFIDENTIALITY.  THE CO-ED BATHROOM BILL ENACTED LAST YEAR WOULD ALLOW STUDENTS TO CHOOSE BATHROOMS BASED ON THEIR SELF-IDENTIFIED GENDER. ARGUMENTS WILL CONTINUE THIS FRIDAY.

 

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SANTA CRUZ COUNTY IS PILOTING A NEW DRUG THAT HELPS CURB HEROIN CRAVINGS.    THE PRESCRIPTION DRUG CALLED VIVITROL BLOCKS OPIATE RECEPTORS, PREVENTING USERS FROM GETTING HIGH ON NARCOTICS SUCH AS HEROIN AND OXYCONTIN.  THE SANTA CRUZ COUNTY DRUG AND ALCOHOL PROGRAM HAS INTRODUCED VIVITROL TO ADDRESS THE CITY’S REVOLVING DOOR PROBLEM.    THE PROGRAM CURRENTLY HAS FIVE ACTIVE PARTICIPANTS RECEIVING AN INJECTION ONCE A MONTH.    THE DRUG HAS BEEN INTRODUCED IN A NUMBER OF COUNTIES IN CALIFORNIA.

 

 

 

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