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BAY AREA COUPLE FOUND SAFE 06-22-10 20:40 a.v.

A Mountain View couple, hiking in the Los Padres National Forest over the weekend, were found safe after being reported missing Monday.  The Monterey County sheriff’s office was contacted after 29-year old Brandon Boers and his wife, 26-year old Amanda Boers didn’t return Saturday from a 2-day hiking trip from China Camp to Big Sur. The couple, along with their Australian shepherd, who were found safe in the Miller Canyon area, were flown out of the area early this morning.

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S.C. CITY EMPLOYEES HONORED 06-22-10 19:40 a.v.

2 City employees were honored during the Santa Cruz City council meeting today.    Director of the Parks and Recreation division, Dannettee Shoemaker and solid waste worker in the Public Works Department, John Lippi, were both acknowledged by council members during today’s 3 p.m. meeting.  Also during today’s meeting, Mayor Mike Rotkin issued a proclamation recognizing July as Parks and Recreation month.

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SALINAS TODDLER RESCUED 06-22-10 19:15 a.v.

An off-duty nurse came to the rescue of a 2-year old boy who was choking Saturday at the Northridge Mall movie theatre in Salinas.  38-year old Jesse Magallon happened to be in the lobby of the Century 14 movie theatre when the boy, Gabriel Rico started choking on a coin. Magallon performed the Heimlich Maneuver, along with other techniques, to help dislodge the coin.   Both the boy’s mother and Magallon had bought tickets to see same movie, when the incident took place in the theater's lobby.

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STRAWBERRIES NO. 1 CROP IN MCO 06-22-10 18:15 a.v.

In a 2009 crop report released today, the Monterey County Ag Industry reached the 4-billion dollar mark, while strawberries came in number 1 in the county, for the first time, passing leaf lettuce as the top producing  commodity in the Salinas Valley.   According to Ag officials, last year’s strawberry crop was worth over 750-million dollars, and in the last 20 years, the number of acres planted for strawberries has doubled from 5,000 acres to over 11,000.    88% of the nation’s strawberry crop is grown in California.

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PAINTER OF LIGHT PLEADS N G 06/22/10 10:46 S.S.

THE  FAMOUS  “PAINTER  OF  LIGHT”,  THOMAS  KINKADE, PLEADED  NOT  GUILTY  THIS  MORNING,  TO  CHARGES  HE  DROVE  DRUNK  IN  CARMEL  JUNE  11TH.      THE   52  YEAR-OLD  WAS  ARRAIGNED  IN  A  MONTEREY  COUNTY  COURT  ROOM.      KINKADE’S ATTORNEY  HAS  ASKED  FOR  ADDITIONAL  TIME  TO  ALLOW  HIM  TO  GET  A  SAMPLE OF  BLOOD  FROM  THAT  NIGHT RE-TESTED.     A  PRE-TRIAL  FOR  KINKADE  HAS  BEEN  SET  FOR  JULY  29TH.

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